A Q&A evening with The Cycling Podcast featuring Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau.
Since 2013 The Cycling Podcast has been essential listening for cycling fans, bringing a complex, colourful and controversial sport to life through interviews, insight and irreverent humour.
As well as weekly episodes and daily shows from the three Grand Tours of France, Italy and Spain, the team behind the podcast has performed live events throughout Europe – but never, until now, in Scotland.
At the Signet Library in Edinburgh regular hosts Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie will be joined by the doyen of the French press corps, François Thomazeau, as they look back on all the highlights and scandals of an eventful cycling year.
Richard Moore (@richardmoore73) is a journalist and author. His first book, In Search of Robert Millar, won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards. His second book, Heroes, Villains & Velodromes, was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. He is also the author of Slaying the Badger: LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France (Yellow Jersey, 2011), Sky’s the Limit: British Cycling’s Quest to Conquer the Tour de France (HarperCollins, 2011) and Étape: the untold stories of the Tour de France’s defining stages (HarperSport, 2014). His latest book, The Bolt Supremacy: Inside Jamaica’s Sprint Factory, was published in 2016. Richard is also a former racing cyclist who represented Scotland at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and Great Britain at the 1998 Tour de Langkawi.
Lionel Birnie (@lionelbirnie) is a journalist, author and publisher. After training as a journalist he spent five years working for a local newspaper before joining Cycling Weekly in 1998. He covered the Tour de France for the first time in 1999. He covered the 2012 Tour, won by Bradley Wiggins, for The Sunday Times. The 2014 was his 12th. He established Peloton Publishing in 2010 and, after writing and publishing several football books, co-founded The Cycling Anthology series. The Cycling Anthology is published twice a year and comprises essays about professional cycling by some of the best writers and journalists in the world. In 2013, he published Hunger, the long-awaited autobiography of Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly. It was shortlisted for Irish Sports Book of the Year.
François Thomazeau (@sauveurmerlan) is a French writer and broadcaster, author of true crime fiction and of several books covering a wide range of interests from mod subculture and bistronomie to his Marseilles home town. Former Reuter's head of sport in Paris he has published books on the Olympics, tennis, rugby, sports economics and doping. A highly-regarded commentator of The Tour de France since 1986, François has been awarded with the Prix Jacques-Goddet 2016 for his feature Ne tirez pas sur l'ambulance published on VéloPro website. He is a regular contributor guest to The Cycling Podcast.
Admission is £12 + Eventbrite fee
First half 19:00-19:45
Second half 20:00-20:45
Extra time may be played if the questions are flowing
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