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Carlton Kirby's Cycling Lock-In
4 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
London live show preview!
After dates around the country this year, Carlton looks forward to playing ('playing') his first live show ('show') in central London on December 1, at the Seven Dials Club.
46 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
12. The Tour de France
Carlton reflects on some of the highlights of the 2020 Tour route, outlines his views on monks, nouvelle cuisine, trucker's cafes, certain grapes and Hugh Scully, drives round in circles with Sean Kelly, opens and closes an 80s disco, makes women cry, is invited to the world accordion championships, tries to buy a ski lodge - and witnesses an apparently genuine miracle. Plus: News of our next live Zoomcast! Hosted by Duncan Steer. More info at radiodaysevents.com.
37 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
11. The Bonus Episode
Our guide to the year's cancelled/postponed cycle races continues with trips to Austria, Slovenia and Holland. We discuss Carlton's rivals for the Telegraph cycling book award and look forward to our June 24 live online show. (More info at radiodaysevents.com).
46 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
10. Tour de Suisse
The Tour de Suisse is traditionally one of the last big races before the Tour de France. Continuing our discussion of 2020's cancelled/postponed races continues, Eurosport bon viveur Carlton Kirby discusses why riding up Swiss mountains is easier than riding up French mountains; villages accessible only by ladder; the world's highest lighthouse; 70s balladeer Gilbert O'Sullivan; human hibernation; and strong drink. Plus: news of our live (online) show on June 24. Hosted by Duncan Steer.
46 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
9. Criterium du Dauphine
The week-long stage race in the French Alps is a traditional appetiser for the Tour de France for both riders and spectators: Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome (three times) have all won the Dauphine on their way to winning the Tour. Carlton reflects on summit finishes, Alpine villages, the history of the croissant, the pros and cons of Grenoble, the testing of the bouncing bomb and Sean Kelly's party piece. Plus news of our upcoming live (online) show and so much more! Hosted by Duncan Steer. Photo: Lyon, home of nouvelle cuisine and the first-stage finish.
50 minutes | May 22, 2020
8. Giro d'Italia, Week 3
It's the final week of the (postponed) Giro, so we head into the mountains to ask: what did Carlton suggest when the race organisers asked him how they could improve the race? Does Sean Kelly get a better hotel room than everyone else? Why is Carlton embittered about the National Lottery? Plus novelty badges, memorials to curmudgeons, Queen Victoria's toilet and much else besides. Our last episode before a short intermission. Hosted by Duncan Steer
45 minutes | May 15, 2020
7. Giro d'Italia Week 2
Our guide to the year's cancelled/postponed bike races continues. This week, Week 2 of the Giro, taking us along the Adriatic coast. We talk Marco Pantani, disappointing museums, the pros and cons of seafood, Sean Kelly's enthusiasm for pizza, the cave town of Matera, Fellini vs Clint Eastwood... and why Carlton is doing new, live commentaries on old races from years ago.
51 minutes | May 8, 2020
6. Giro d'Italia, week 1
Three days in Hungary and two days in Sicily were scheduled to begin the 2020 edition of the Giro... Carlton reflects on what we're missing, in conversation with Duncan Steer.
40 minutes | May 1, 2020
5. Tour of Romandie
This six-day stage race round western Switzerland was scheduled for April 28 to May 3, before the lockdown came. Many riders use it to help line up a bid for the Tour de France: both Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome won here ahead of their first Tour wins, in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Carlton reflects on the race,and Switzerland in general, with some thoughts on overpriced cheese, airport car hire rackets etc etc. Hosted by Duncan Steer. Write to us at email@example.com
47 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
4. Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Eurosport's lead cycling commentator, Carlton Kirby, guides us through the season's cancelled races. This week, stories from past editions of the two Belgian races that (usually) form the Spring Classics finale. Hosted by Duncan Steer.
46 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
3. Amstel Gold
Carlton explains why the Dutch Classic can be one of the most exciting days of racing on the calendar. Plus: heated cycle lanes, the world's greatest bubble and squeak, a thumbs-up for speed skating, a thumbs-down for virtual racing, a story about a sausage and a seal... and much else besides. Hosted by Duncan Steer.
39 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Carlton muses on past editions of cycling's toughest one-day race. There's a turnip lunch, an intimidating dinner, a car on fire and a lengthy conflab with France's No 1 road-surfacing fan. Plus: what did Sean Kelly tell him about his two victories? And would Carlton recommend a romantic short break in Roubaix? Hosted by Duncan Steer.
39 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
1. The Tour of Flanders
The 2020 Tour of Flanders is not happening on Sunday 5 April. Carlton Kirby reflects on what we're missing. Why was Sean Kelly crammed into a van with a women's cycling team? Why was Carlton in tears at the finish line one year? What is the most Belgian thing in Belgium? And where's the best place to buy curly slippers? Hosted by Duncan Steer.
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