The Cycling Podcast

The Cycling Podcast – daily insight and analysis of the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a España and Classics. Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. Richard Moore is the author of Slaying the Badger and Sky’s the Limit, Daniel Friebe writes for Procycling and is author of The Cannibal, a biography of five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx, and Lionel Birnie is co-editor of The Cycling Anthology, a collection of essays about the Tour de France.


episode 7: Life in the Peloton – Jack Thompson

It's a bit of a departure from the norm this week because my guest is Jack Thompson – aka Jack Ultra – who is not a professional cyclist but whose adventures on two wheels have demonstrated to me the power of the bike.

When I first heard about the type of riding Jack does I was impressed by the sheer scale of the targets he sets himself. From Everesting three mountains, one in Italy, one in France, one in Spain, back to back to attempting to ride further in a week than anyone else has done, these solo rides are very different to the shoulder-to-shoulder intensity of life in the pro peloton.

And yet I thought there'd be some similarities and when I learned that for Jack cycling is something of a therapeutic pursuit for him I was fascinated to find out more about him and why he does what he does.

I hope you enjoy the episode.


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Theme music
The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.


 2021-02-03  54m