London to Bristol

The Bike Show is a London show, broadcast on Resonance FM, a London station. And despite the exhortations of the show’s worldwide podcast audience, we mostly cover things that are going on in this fair city. However, it has recently come to my attention that the UK’s numero uno cycling city is reputed not to be the nation’s capital, but its smaller west country cousin, Bristol. And believe it or not, I have never actually set foot in Bristol (its two railway stations excepted). So I thought it was about time I did pay a visit to find out about some of the bikey things going down in B-Town, as I have been told it is known to the cognoscenti.

So, I’ll be cycling from London to Bristol on the long weekend of the 29-31 May 2009. And I’d like to extend an invitation to all Bike Show listeners who live anywhere in between to join me for a segment and show me a few things of local interest. As it stands, the route is going to take in Stoke Poges (in search of a notable historical artifact), a night near the bare mountain of Silbury Hill, and a roll along the the byways of North Wiltshire, where I look forward to being guided by the Highway Cycling Group. That leaves quite a few gaps to be filled.

If you’d like to show me your patch, then please get in touch via email: bikeshow at resonancefm dot com.

Podcast only: Spring Classics Special Edition

The Bike Show may be off air, but come with us on a trip to Belgium, home of the Flemish hard men and De Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders). Along the way I get a surprise tour of the legendary showers at the Roubaix velodrome (pictured left).

Photo credit: Garmin Slipstream

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The end of the road

It’s the end of the road for The Bike Show. Find out why in this special podcast only final edition featuring many Bike Show favourites including Buffalo Bill, editor of Moving Target, cycle sport correspondent William Greswell, London bike messenger Nhatt Attack, Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists, and Joe and Wes from the London Bicycle Repair Company.

Please note that this special episode was broadcast on 1 April and is what is known, in France, as Un Poisson D’Avril.

16 March 2009: End of season finale – a bike pop epic

grave-architectsIn the last of the current season we drop in on a police bicycle auction to pick up a bargain. Plus a bike pop epic from the Grave Architects (pictured above) and we hear from Jo Upton, presenter of Bike Love, a bicycling radio show in Sydney, Australia.

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9 March 2009: Legends of the Rás

Photo Credit: Kieran D. MurrayThe Rás Tailteann is an 8 day stage race in the Republic of Ireland held each May since 1953. A particularly gruelling race, some say it is Ireland’s ‘Tour de France’ and it is a much cherished tradition, far more so than the Tour of Ireland. John Herety, Directeur Sportif of the Rapha-Condor road racing team and formerly DS of Recycling.co.uk talks about the modern Rás. We also tell the story of possibly the greatest legend of the Rás: ‘Iron Man’ Mick Murphy, the blood-drinking, fire-eating hard man who won the 1958 race in quite extraordinary circumstances. Peter Woods is a documentary-maker at RTÉ and tracked down Murphy (pictured above, at his home-made stone gym) and tells the story of one of sport’s living legends. Woods’s 40 minute documentary is compulsory listening. You can find it on the RTÉ website.

Photo credit: Kieran D. Murray.

No Bike Week: 8-15 March

nobikeweekNo Bike Week will soon be upon us. It is an experiment in asceticism and an attempt to subvert the tired notions of government-sanctioned “Bike Weeks” that take place from time to time.

Here’s how it works. You – a regular cyclist – vow not to ride a bicycle, tricycle, unicycle or other pedal-powered mechanical contrivance from 23.59 on Sunday 8th March for seven full days and nights. You may ride again from 00.01 on Monday 16 March. During this period, which you might like to think of as a “bikefast”, you will keep a record of how you manage to get around, how you’re feeling, what’s going through your mind from one day to the next. Your expectations, frustrations, unexpected pleasures, unbearable torments…. whatever they may be. The best way to do this is using a voice memo function on a mobile phone, or other recording device. Failing that, a pen and paper will do. The results will be compiled into a No Bike Week feature on The Bike Show.

I am inviting all those taking part to be my guest for a Last Supper Carnival on Sunday evening, 8 March, somewhere in central London, quite possibly at my house. If you don’t live in London or even in the UK, you can still take part. We will find a way to connect with you. If you’d like to join the brave souls who have already agreed to take part, please get in touch by email bikeshow@resonancefm.com.