Eurosport's lead cycling commentator Carlton Kirby presents a weekly guide to everything that's NOT happening in the sport this year, with stories and reflections from his 25 years in the gantry. Hosted by Duncan Steer
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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