Explore returns to The Cycling Podcast as a monthly show following the seven-part debut series, which was release at the end of 2018.

Lionel Birnie and Hannah Troop introduce the show, which will also feature regular contributions from former World Tour professional rider Ian Boswell.

In this episode we meet Felicity Cloake, award-winning food writer for The Guardian and author of the excellent One More Croissant for the Road, to talk about cycle touring and the search for culinary perfection in France.

After spending July covering the Tour de France for the past couple of decades, the highs and lows of French cuisine is a subject close to Lionel’s heart so he was interested to hear how Felicity decided which route to take, which dishes to seek out and understand why touring a country by bicycle offers a deeper perspective on the changing cultures and landscape as a journey unfolds.

Combining the spirit of Henri Desgrange with the essence of Elizabeth David, Felicity went in search of the French Classics but, this being cycling, she also went to sleep hungry and (slightly) demoralised in a tent.

We also hear from Ian Boswell, who rode for Team Sky and Katusha-Alpecin before retiring at the end of last year after suffering successive concussions sustained in crashes. Ian who will explore the world of gravel and self-supported racing this year will be filing a monthly despatch for our series. In this first instalment, we catch up with him in the depths of winter in Vermont to find out what he has planned for 2020.

Show notes
0:00 Lionel and Hannah introduce Explore
8:26 Coffee with Felicity Cloake, part one
38:20 Welcome to Explore, Ian Boswell
1:03:40 Back to Felicity for part two


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