I am excited to have put together a short tour of seven venues with different guests each night, in the fortnight before the Grand Depart of the 2023 Tour on July 1 (and also one in the first week of the race…). Each night will offer a different insight into cycling’s recent history and what we might expect from this year’s Tour. Hopefully, we can bring the same range of guests to all the venues (and others) in the immediate future.
Alongside my returning guests Carlton Kirby (Eurosport’s voice of cycling, launching his second book, Sticky Bottle); Matt Rendell (ITV Tour commentator and general two-wheeled polymath); Jeremy Whittle (30 years in a hire car covering races for The Guardian, The Times, BBC 5 Live and now Radio Cycling) and Michael Hutchinson (Cycling Weekly columnist and winner of more British titles than any other man)… it is (I’m saying) a great coup to bring the recently-retired Alex Dowsett – twice a stage winner at the Giro and breaker of the World Hour Record – to join us at our night in Guildford . Alex, of course, has raced with and against many of this year’s Tour contenders and will be giving us a unique insider’s view. This is the first time Alex has been a guest at one of my nights and I hope it is the first of many.
I will be hosting all the shows, except the panel night in Guildford, which will be chaired by Jeremy.
June 19, NOTTINGHAM, Metronome: Matt Rendell in Conversation
June 20, BARNES, London SW13, OSO Arts Centre: Matt Rendell in Conversation
June 21: READING, South Street Arts: Carlton Kirby in Conversation
June 26: GUILDFORD, Electric Theatre: Tour preview night hosted by Jeremy Whittle with guests Alex Dowsett and Michael Hutchinson
June 27: SOUTHAMPTON, The Attic, Totton: Carlton Kirby in Conversation
June 28: CHISWICK, George IV: Jeremy Whittle in Conversation
July 6: NORWICH, Maddermarket: Michael Hutchinson’s How to be a Cycling Champion