11:30am - Herne Hill Velodrome: A Cycling Home for Everyone exploring the many different ways the velodrome is used, and what's coming down the track with Tim McInnes, Thea Smith, Isabelle Clement MBE, Rhoma Erekpaine and Iain Cook.
Tim McInnes is the Chair of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, the charity that has run the Velodrome since 2017. He became a Trustee in 2017 and was appointed Chair in 2019. He’s a life-long South Londoner and still lives locally, and while he’s not born a track-cyclist when he’s not doing his day job most of his time is spent in the saddle in some shape or form.
Thea Smith is HHV's Cycling Development Manager and is focused on creating opportunities at HHV for people who don't usually see themselves represented in cycling. Drawing from a long-standing background of activism in art, having co-founded and published a magazine about contemporary art and feminism between 2012-2019, Thea's involvement in Velociposse CC provided a platform to put new ideas into practice and informs her community-focused approach to getting people on bikes.
Isabelle Clement MBE has been the Director of Wheels for Wellbeing since 2011. The Velodrome is one of Wheels for Wellbeing’s three South London inclusive cycling bases, where hundreds of disabled people of all ages come to use their fantastic fleet of all kinds of cycles, supported by a lovely team of cycling enthusiasts (paid staff and volunteers). Isabelle was part of the first ever committee of Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome and was instrumental in ensuring that HHV and its pavilion are accessible for disabled cyclists and spectators alike. Isabelle is an urban handcyclist and has been working tirelessly to explain to whoever will listen that there are a multitude of disabling barriers in the UK cycling environment and that many more disabled people would cycle if they were removed. She has recently been asked to join the Interim Board of Active Travel England. When she’s not cycling or advocating for more accessible cycling conditions, she sings in two South London based choirs.
Rhoma Erekpaine in her own words: "I taught myself how to ride a bike at age 13 as my friends use to tease me about not being able to ride a bike, I didn’t however own a bike (hybrid) until I was about 25 years old which I used to commute to work only, a few years later my brother (a keen cyclist) persuaded me to get a road bike and I haven’t looked back since. I joined various cycling clubs but there was always something missing, so a bunch of us decided to create a club “No Limit Cycling Club” for the community, our mission is to be an all-inclusive club, giving everyone the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in most cycling disciplines with "No Limit". Having the opportunity to cycle and coach women of colour has been an amazing experience."
12:30pm - Everything you've ever wanted to know about indexing your gears with Matt Williamsfrom Revamp Bikes. A common issue that can cause much frustration, Matt one of our resident mechanical experts, will show you how to index and tweak your mechanical gears: there's a few tricks Matt has to share, to make this seemingly complicated operation easy, so bring your bike along to learn all about what makes your gears shift smoothly.
2:00pm - Beryl Burton: Britain's Greatest Athlete with Jeremy Wilson and Duncan Steer.
Jeremy Wilson is the Chief Sports Reporter for the Daily Telegraph. He was voted investigative sports reporter and national journalist of the year for his work on football and dementia. His sports writing was again highly commended in 2021 at both the British Press Awards and the British Journalism Awards. A lifelong club cyclist, he worked previously as a sports journalist for the Guardian.
Duncan Steer has written for Procycling magazine, The Guardian, The Independent and is a contributor to Stelvio, the recently launched cycling magazine/website. Duncan is a regular host of In Conversation events with guests from sport, entertainment and beyond at venues around the country. He has hosted runs of shows with cycling luminaries including Carlton Kirby, Emily Chappell, Matt Rendell and William Fotheringham. Duncan's website is radiodaysevents.com.
3:00pm - The Perfect Cycling Journey: exploring the elements of a brilliant expedition by bike with Felicity Cloake, one of our foremost food writers and Jenny Graham the round-the-world women's record holder; food, roads, people, destinations and kit will all be debated.
11:30am - Exploring by Brompton: how the iconic folding bike opens up the world to the intrepid explorer. Bromptonists Jools Walker and Kamar Omar share the joy of cycling and describe their journeys of discovery on the road and in the cycling community.
1:00pm - Cycling journalism present and future
2:15pm - Bike maintenance demo: The M-Check! Bring your own bike along to learn from London Bike Kitchen founder Jenni Gwiazdowski how to do the "mother of all bike checks" done by professionals multiple times a day
Jenni Gwiazdowskiis founder and director of the London Bike Kitchen, a DIY bike workshop that specialises in education. She is also author of the book "How to build a bike".
3:00pm - Ned Boulting in conversation with Nick Turnbull
Ned Boulting completed his 19th Tour de France for ITV sport this summer, having reported on the event since its centenary year. He is a best selling author, having penned four cycling titles and widely acknowledged as one of the most intelligent, respected and loved members within the wider sports media. Despite the COVID pandemic preventing him from appearing in theatres with the “Retour de Ned” over the last few years, he is excited to be working on announcing new dates in 2022 to bring back cycling’s first ever one man theatrical show.
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