As we emerge from coronavirus lockdown, is there a better summer holiday, a better way to get a change of scene, than heading out on your bike to explore the country where you live?
This episode of the podcast is all about cycle touring, cycle exploring, bikepacking, adventure cycling or whatever term you prefer to use to describe heading out into the world on your bike for a few days, a week or even longer.
Joining host Jack Thurston is Richard Fairhurst, creator of the brilliant cycle.travel website and (from 43 minutes in) Josie Parkinson, first time cycle traveller talking about her tour from Abergavenny to the Isle of Wight via Stonehenge.
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Jack’s Lost Lanes books are full of ideas for day rides, weekends away and multi-day tours.
And do check out cycle.travel for planning your next long distance bike adventure.
The return of The Bike Show sees Jack chewing the fat with Max Leonard, author of Higher Calling: Road Cycling’s Obsession with the Mountains. They talk a lot about climbing, bikepacking, the evolution of cycling towards exploring new places, about cycling in France, and about Max’s Kickstarter project to republish a long-lost cycling guide to the off-road paths and gravel tracks of the Alps.
Wrapping up The Bike Show’s coverage of this year’s Transcontinental Race, Jack Thurston talks to race organiser Mike Hall and women’s race winner Emily Chappell. Mike also tells the story of his record-breaking ride in the Tour Divide race earlier in the year and reflects on the growth of bikepacking, as a sport and a pastime.