Friday 16th July 6:00 - 9:00 pm

BESPOKE and CHARLOTTE'S CHATSHOW hosted by Charlotte Cole-Hossain and Marta Cooper

6:00 pm - Bespoke: A Guide to Cycle-Speak and Saddle Slang - Tom Bromley in conversation with James Spackman of HHV

Some sports lend themselves to language: cycling is one of them. With its rich history and culture, and its professional roots across the continent and beyond, cycling has developed a terminology that goes well beyond borders, producing a lexicon all its own.

Bespoke guides the reader through a land where the road to hell is paved not with good intentions, but with cobbles. This is a place where all the world is a stage unless you are a one-day specialist. Where its inhabitants come with a litany of arresting nicknames Badgers, Cannibals, Eagles, Pirates each with a wonderful story of their own.

Tom Bromley is the author and co-author of ten books under his own name, and the ghostwriter of fifteen more, including prize-winners and international bestsellers. He teaches novel writing for the Faber Academy, is Director of Fiction for the Professional Writing Academy and in 2017, founded the Salisbury Literary Festival. Tom's latest book, Bespoke, investigates cycling language in all its weird glory. He lives in Salisbury with his wife, two daughters and his record collection.


Tim McInnes is the Chair of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, the charity that owns, runs and operates the Velodrome. He became a Trustee in 2017 and Chair in 2019 and while a relative novice on a track bike is a well practiced endurance bike rider and likes nowhere better than being in the mountains. By day Tim works in retail strategy and transformation.

Boru Pratt McCullagh: "I'm part of the team that work at HHV but have been coming here my whole life, racing and training here every week as a youth before switching to the coaching side of things. I'm the Head Coach which means I get to coach a little bit of everything, as well as ensure that rider experiences before, during and after coming to the track is as good as it can be. I took a few years off the bike and really started riding regularly after the first lockdown where I fell in love with it all over again, the mental side of it all is where I get my kick from it now."

Esme Wiley and Max Capamagian who raised £6k doing a virtual Everesting and other rides for the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome.

Luke Andersonfrom British Cycling with some exciting news about new initiatives.

Luke started cycling with Wigmore CC aged 12 and tried track aged 16 when he got fed up of always being rolled by trackies.  He represented England through the HHV coordinated team at 5 Nations Juniors series which accelerated his learning curve.  Won some National medals on Track before switching to Road and racing in France. Started with BC as a Go-Ride Coach in 2009, and loved it!  Became Regional Development Manager in 2013, and Cycling Delivery Manager in 2018, now responsible for managing the staff team in the South East.

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