The Bike Show: Christmas books special

A Christmas books special with guests George Theohari (author of the newly published Cyclist’€™s Companion), Guy Andrews (editor of Rouleur) and Graeme Fife (among the UK’s leading cycle writer whose memoirs were published this year). Includes readings from Tim Krabbé’s The Rider, Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men On The Bummel, Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman and Graeme Fife’s play Jam. Plus we give away copies of the latest edition of Graeme Fife’s Tour De France: the history, the legend, the riders and the beautiful Rouleur Annual 2007.


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Everyone is guessing wrong for the Rouleur Annual quiz question, so there’s a visual clue after the jump.

Eddy Merckx wine

Read Guy Andrews’s top cycling books Christmas list:

Rouleur Photo Annual 2007 (goes without saying…)
The Tour de France – The History, The Legend, The Riders – Graeme Fife (just re-issued and updated – a great read)
Flying Scotsman – Graeme O’Bree (Amazing story, better to read the first hand account, before watching the film)
Fall from Grace – Freddy Maertens (Has to be read to be believed, a quirky account from an enigmatic rider, albeit with a slightly iffy translation)
The Rider – Tim Krabbe (a classic, no, the classic)
The Vanishing – Tim Krabbe (not a great deal on cycling, but another classic from the Dutch master)
The Escape Artist – Matt Seaton (motivates and inspires)
In Search of Robert Millar – Richard Moore (perhaps the finest work this year, a superb commentary on the life of the Scottish Grimpeur)
Paris-Roubaix – a Journey Through Hell (excellent pictures from the world’s greatest one day race)
Need for the Bike – Paul Fournell (short stories and comments from the French essayist and keen cyclist)

And look out for these in 2008:

Six Day – Graeme Fife and Camille J McMillan (to be published by Rapha/Rouleur)
Need for the Bike – Paul Fournell (to be given the Rouleur treatment in 2008 as we re-publish with Jo Burt’s illustrations)
Rouleur Photo Annual 2008