Four Great Lives in Cycling: Kuklos, Robinson, Mustoe, Fignon


Studio discussion of four great lives in cycling: Kuklos, the prolific journalist who documented British cycling scene in the first half of the twentieth century; Brian Robinson (pictured, above), the first Brit to win stages in the Tour de France; intrepid cycle tourist Anne Mustoe; and Laurent Fignon, perhaps the last truly great French professional bike racer.

Expert guests are Graeme Fife, author of a newly published biography of Brian Robinson, and Tim Dawson, columnist on the Sunday Times and editor of the Cycling Books website. Plus a chance to win a set of Gavin Turk Les Bikes de Bois Rond postcards. Answers by email to

Further reading:

Of Wrigging – Kuklos. A 1927 essay taking on John Ruskin’s opposition to cycling.

Brian Robison: A Pioneer – Graeme Fife (Mousehold Press, 2010)

A Bike Ride – Anne Mustoe (Virgin Books, 1991)

We Were Young and Carefree – Autobiography of Laurent Fignon (Yellow Jersey Press, 2010)

3 Responses to Four Great Lives in Cycling: Kuklos, Robinson, Mustoe, Fignon

  1. Malcolm January 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    There only seems to be the first 4mins of the show here – I want to know more about Kuklos! Is there any way to hear the rest of the podcast? Cheers!

  2. Jack January 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Seems to work now. Sorry about that.

  3. Malcolm January 28, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Great, cheers Jack!

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