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.
A ride report from the time before coronavirus. Jack heads into the wild uplands of the North York Moors on an audax event organised by Dean Clementson and hosted by Mike Metcalfe. “Don’t Keep to the Road” promises gravel tracks, broken roads and brutal climbs. Plus podcast listeners share their Covid-19 lockdown tales from the turbo. To order a signed copy of Lost Lanes North go to the web shop at https://lostlanes.co.uk/shop and for a free embroidered Lost Lanes cloth patch designed by Adam Hayes enter the coupon code ‘thebikeshow’ at checkout. Limited to the first fifty purchasers.
There is more information on the event, including a PDF route sheet and GPX file, on the Audax UK website.
Jack goes to Preston, Lancashire to ride with artist Gavin Renshaw. They ride out on some of the City of Preston’s bicycle infrastructure before heading for the wild uplands of the Forest of Bowland. Along the way they talk about cycling in Preston and Gavin’s work with In Certain Places, a long-term project that is bringing artists and creative thinkers into the process of city planning and urban development.
Image above is View of Preston from Brindle by Gavin Renshaw, 2016.
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.
This year marks 200 years since Karl Drais invented a two wheeled ‘running machine’. Since then all sorts of people have ridden all sorts of bicycles for all sorts of reasons. Looking back at two centuries of cycling and cyclists is Dr Michael Hutchinson, former professional bike racer and author of several books about cycling. His latest is “Re:Cyclists – 200 years on two wheels” is an engaging and affectionate look back at the cyclists of the past two hundred years and has just been published by Bloomsbury.
The Just Giving page for donations in memory of Mike Hall is here.
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race is a gruelling 5,500 km coast-to-coast bicycle race across Australia. The race features the two leading long distance bike racers in the world as well as dozens of other cyclists determined to push themselves to the very limits of physical and mental endurance. Jack is joined by Australian cycling journalist Craig Fry and long distance cycling expert Chris White to discuss what it takes to win the race, or even to get to the finishing line in Sydney, plus the long history of overlanding in Australia and the possibilities of making the journey in a more leisurely cycle touring style.