Podcast special: Lionel Birnie’s People’s Grand Tour

On the eve of the summer edition of the People’s Grand Tour, Jack goes for a spin around the back lanes of rural Hertfordshire with cycling journalist Lionel Birnie, a regular guest on The Bike Show, who writes about professional bike racing for the Sunday Times and Cycle Sport magazine. The People’s Grand Tour is open to anyone willing to commit to riding at least ten days over a 23 day period, starting this Saturday 11 August. It’s free to enter and a great way of increasing the amount of riding you’re doing. Our ride took in Ivinghoe Beacon, two punctures and ended with a coffee at The Hub, a fantastic new cycling cafe in Redbourne.

5 Responses to Podcast special: Lionel Birnie’s People’s Grand Tour

  1. Nick Orloff August 15, 2012 at 12:58 am #


    I really enjoyed the rolling interview with Lionel, and I’m going to enter the People’s Grand Tour.

    As the for the Touring Omnium in Rio 2016 …. I recently had the pleasure of competing, in France, in the “4 course lunch, including ils Flottante (because it’s such a light desert, won’t weigh you down at all) with 1/2 a bottle of wine (2 beers in my case) followed by 100K ride” – I didn’t really understand why my cycling companion was only picking at the buffet course and passed on everything else, until we were heading off and he said “that road along the valley floor (the FLAT one) looks a bit boring, I reckon it’s more interesting if we knock over a few climbs”.
    Quite an effort to not bring up the day’s takings, and a tough event. Looking forward to watching the pros have a go in Rio!

  2. Mike August 15, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Hello Jack, liked the interview with Lionel, good programme – please let me know what the music you used for that episode is??

  3. Geoff August 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    A great show Jack. The live puncture repair sets a new standard in radio broadcasting.

  4. Tom August 17, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Hello Jack, really enjoyed that edition of The Bike Show. I was told to keep an old inner tube to cut into strips for fitting as spacers to lights etc. What about “Changing into dry clothes in a bus shelter” for your Touring Omnium?

  5. Mark September 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I really enjoyed this episode Jack. The interview with Lionel was fantastic and I laughed out loud at the live puncture repair and descriptions of the touring omnium. The 4 course lunch brought back fond memories of hot days and big meals in the mountains. Great stuff. Keep it up — The Bike Show really is a delight.

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