Highway Cycling Group and The Bike Show

18:30 Monday 29th June, listen to the Bike Show on resonance FM to hear what happened when Jack Thurston of the Bike Show rode through The Highway Cycling Group’s patch on day two of his epic ride from London to Bristol. Listen in as we visit The Hackpen Clumps where the HCG founder’s ashes are scattered, and look out over the Wiltshire landscape.


Find out what happens if you take a Lemond Etape with a cheap back tyre at speed down Green Lane, the rutted, flint-strewn, chalk scar that drops from the Ridgeway to Avebury.


Walk with us as we make a circuit of the stone circle and speculate wildly on its origins. Join us as we drink in the pastoral scene of two highland cows enjoying the shade of a horse chestnut tree.


And gasp in amazement as Jack interviews me whilst riding along a recently restored canal path between Chippenham and Lacock. Throughout, I invite you to smirk at my funny sounding voice and my wheezing as I try to keep up with Jack.

Finally, don’t forget to donate to Resonance FM to help keep the Bike Show on the air.

If you missed the show, you can download the podcast or listen at the Bike Show web page

Thank you very much to Jack Thurston for inviting me to be his guide through the Wiltshire landscape, and for an absolutely splendid day, including, but not limited to, lunch at the Red Lion – Avebury, a dip in the river at Lacock*, and some speedy puncture repair.

Jack Thurston prepares to take a dip in the river, Lacock, Wiltsire

Jack Thurston prepares to take a dip in the river, Lacock, Wiltsire

* Where we were joined by Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming and Wild Swimming Coast two books I most heartily recommend if you fancy a dip in the river or sea.

Support The Bike Show

The Bike Show, as far as I am concerned, is a national treasure. This fantastic radio show (also available as a podcast from iTunes) is probably the only show about bicycles on the airwaves in the U.K. It has it’s fair share of listeners the world over too. The content is always rich and varied, from rolling interviews (interviewing while cycling along), examinations of cycling and politics, town planning, weird cycle rides, sub-24 hour camping, a history of Moulton Cycles, Round the world by bike, bicycle films, bicycle music… that’s just the last six weeks or so. If you haven’t listened to The Bike Show, then I implore, nay, insist that you go to the web page and listen. There are also complete archives available, if you are just discovering The Bike Show for the first time, then there is over three years of previous material to keep you going, load them up onto your iPod and listen at your leisure.

In an interview, the Bike Show presenter Jack Thurston once said of the connection between bicycles and radio:

“I think they are both subtle technologies, and gentle technologies. Television shouts, whereas radio is just a word in your ear. I think a bicycle compared to a car is the same kind of thing. There’s a subtlety the bicycle shares with radio.”

He also has great taste in music, lacing the articles with sounds, old and new, to create a collage or a tapestry of sound. It’s lovely to hear the sound of gentle exertion as an interviewee eases up a hill while talking about an around the world trip by bike. Or the ringing of bike bells as the interview rolls along a canal path. Or my very favourite sound, the ticking of a freewheel.

If you listen to The Bike Show already, then, if you have not yet done so, you really should make a donation to Resonance FM, the radio station that broadcasts it. Actually if you have already done so, you should do so again.

“Resonance 104.4 fm is London’s first radio art station and is run by the London Musicians’ Collective. It started broadcasting on May 1st 2002. Its brief? To provide a radical alternative to the universal formulas of mainstream broadcasting. Resonance 104.4 fm features programmes made by musicians, artists and critics who represent the diversity of London’s arts scenes, with regular weekly contributions from nearly two hundred musicians, artists, thinkers, critics, activists and instigators; plus numerous unique broadcasts by artists on the weekday “Clear Spot”.”

Which is as much to say that it’s essentially run by volunteers. As you can imagine, it costs a lot of money to run a radio station, so Resonance rely on donations, it’s continued existence often looks a bit precarious. If you have listened to, and enjoyed, the bike show, I implore you to chuck them a bit (or a lot) of cash to help keep them going. It would be a sad day indeed if the bike show could no longer be heard thrumming out of our speakers or headphones on a Monday night. Support Resonance FM by making a donation here.

I’ll leave you with a photo that goes with a set from a recent interview on the show with the owner of London’s ‘anti-bike shop’ selling old restored classic bikes. More gorgeous pics from the flickr set here.

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