Talking Le Tour with Paul Fournel

paul_fournelAn extended, hour long edition of the show featuring French writer, poet, cyclist and cultural ambassador Paul Fournel (pictured). We stroll from the French House in Soho to the Rapha Cycle Club in Clerkenwell, to visit an exhibition of a hundred years of racing bicycles. The exhibition runs for two more weeks and is well worth a visit. Paul Fournel’s book Besoin de Vélo is one of the loveliest pieces of writing about cycling and is available in English translation as Need for the Bike. If you buy it after clicking through on the link, Resonance FM gets a few pennies. Rob Ainsley of the Real Cycling blog reports on the launch of London’s two new cycle superhighways.

  • http://www.timandkathy.co.uk/journal/ Tim Beadle

    Hi Jack,

    What strange but beautiful mashup was the version of Eric B & Rakim’s “Paid in Full” at the end?

    Cheers,

    Tim

  • Jack

    That would be Party Ben’s “Paid for My Doorbell” (Eric B. & Rakim vs. White Stripes):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOdnq8PdbAs

    Of course it’s based on the splendid Coldcut remix of Paid In Full.

  • http://www.timandkathy.co.uk/journal/ Tim Beadle

    Cheers for the link :)

    Tim

  • http://www.jordan-maynard.org Rob Jordan

    That was lovely discussion with Paul Fournel at the Rapha exhibition. I grew up in Coventry, and the discussion of the Coventry-built Centaur bike reminded me that Coventry is twinned with Paul’s home town of St Etienne. How appropriate that two great cycle cities should maintain that link.

  • marc

    What a beautiful voice Paul Fournel has. Pretty much summed up Lance in a nutshell. An amazing athlete but I’ll not remember him as fondly as others gone before. Another great show, thank you.

    hat !

  • Ben

    Hello Jack,
    thank you so much for bringing on Paul Fournel in your programme that often. The Need for the Bike has been a great source of consolation while recovering from my own little cycling injury. The podcast too, for that matter. Thank you indeed for the five years of bike show goodness!
    Cheers,
    Ben