New book plus 11-date stage show from The Cycling Podcast next month

The Grand Tour Diaries is published on 11 November - the same day theatre tour starts in Bristol

The team behind The Cycling Podcast will be publishing their second book next month and will also be touring the UK and the Republic of Ireland with an 11-date stage show.

The tour starts in Bristol on 11 November, the same day that the book is published, with both sharing stories from the three Grand Tours and the Women’s Tour over the past couple of years.

The book, entitled The Grand Tour Diaries, is the follow-up to The Cycling Podcast’s previous book, A Journey Through The Cycling Year, reviewed last year on

Besides the racing, journalists and podcast presenters Lionel Birnie, Orla Chennaoui, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore and François Thomazeau share their experiences of travelling across entire countries and the places, people and food they encounter there.

Stories include “the mythical ‘Zoncolan of the south’, a gun-toting Bruce Willis lookalike in the Italian Alps, the origins of Il Sanguinaccio Volante – the Flying black pudding – and run-ins with the Pronunciation Police as well as, in a tax-dodging Umbrian agriturismo, the actual police.”

The Cycling Podcast itself continues to go from strength to strength, with the first nine months of the year seeing nearly 170 episodes and 10 million downloads.

Besides the journalists and presenters involved in the podcast, special guests will also feature during the tour, with dates and venues as follows:

11 November, St George’s Hall, Bristol

12 November, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

13 November, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

14 November, Liberty Hall, Dublin

15 November, Belfast MAC

18 November, The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, London

25 November, The Arts Theatre, London

26 November, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

27 November, Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

28 November, Y Theatre, Leicester

30 November, RNCM, Manchester

Tickets for the shows can be bought from The Cycling Podcast website, where advance copies of The Grand Tour Diaries can also be purchased costing £15.

The book will also be sold at the tour venues at a discounted price of £12.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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