Jack Thurston, DJ of “The Bike Show” on Resonance FM, kindly invited three AUKs (Dave Minter, Pete Kelsey and me) plus Chris Ragsdale, a sub-45 hour vedette from the Seattle International Randonneurs to guest on his second PBP programme on Monday 17th October 2011.
Resonance FM’s studios are located in Southwark, London just beyond London Bridge. As ever, any excuse for an urban mini adventure on the pink Brommie was grasped firmly with both hands. With BikeHub navigating me, I had a wonderful ride to the studio. The route took me across the heart of London’s shopping districts, through Chinatown and, to finish, wonderful cobbled roads as skinny as boot laces. The icing on the cake was swinging past the Golden Hind, which looked very majestic in it’s almost-dry dock.
I’d never met Jack before. I was told by a mutual friend that Jack is ‘such a nice guy’, which was bang on. Prior to doing the live half hour programme, he made us all feel very comfortable about what to expect and what to do.
With Jack’s expert guidance and ability to create an interesting and captivating radio programme on the move, he pulled the diverse PBP experiences of all four of us together. You can catch up with Monday’s programme via http://thebikeshow.net/paris-brest-paris-part-two/.
Post-show, we went to a local pub for a couple of “sherbets” and a bite to eat. Talking to Jack over one or maybe two pints was brilliant. He is a very diverse cyclist from the urban commute to wild cycle-camping and just about anything in between. If you have the time, I would really recommend either regularly catching the show live on a Monday night 18:30 to 17:00 on Resonance FM 104.4 or via the podcast on http://thebikeshow.net. He also does the Twitter thing.