This page features the podcasts that Lew Lawton produces for broadcast each Friday morning around 9.15am for Swindon 105.5, the community radio station for Swindon by Swindon 

13 Dec 2019  Christmas Gifts for Cyclists

Lew has been on the hunt for Christmas gifts for the cyclist you are struggling to buy for.  There a wide selection from £8 to £50 in this edition.

some of the web sites mentioned   www.lovevelo.co.uk , www.cyclemiles.co.uk, rapha.cc, prendas.co.uk, britishcycling.org.uk, cyclinguk.org, beerbabe.co.uk.  

Here’s a picture of those Kilometre markers available from summitfinish.co.uk

6 Dec 2019   See 15 Nov

29 Nov 2019  Edn 61 Recycles Swindon Be Bright Be Safe Be Seen Campaign

Lew went to see Chloe Kirwan of Recycles Swindon to find how any cyclist can get free advice on being bright, being seen and staying safer on Swindon’s roads this winter, and while he was there he also found out about donating bikes and the Recycles very own cycling club.

Recycles Phone Number is 01793 401834   and you can contact Chloe by email chloe [dot] kirwan [at] salvationarmy [dot] org [dot] uk.    To find Recycles on Facebook look for Recycles, Booth House

22 Nov 2019  Edn 60   Proposed Closure of Day House Lane

A call for action for anyone who walks, runs, cycles or rides a horse along Day House Day. Lew explains that Highways England needs to do some work on the A 419 bridge over Day House Lane and that this means Day House Lane will have to close, making cycling to Liddington, Wanborough and Aldbourne a bit inconvenient. The address Lew gives in the piece is info [at] highwaysengland [dot] co [dot] uk

15 Nov 2019  Edn 59 Nicola Marshall  Membership Director Cycling UK

Lew talks to Nicola about the activities of Cycling UK and finds out about the benefits of becoming a member of this national cycling body.  To find out more about joining Cycling Uk and getting the third party insurance that Nicola mentions go to https://www.cyclinguk.org/join

NB  Due to a schedule change this podcast was not broadcast on 15 Nov but is due for broadcast on 6th Dec.

8 Nov 2019  Edition 58  James Cleeton :Sustrans’ Director South of England

Swindon has a number of parts of the Sustrans National Cycle Network passing through or nearby.   Lew thinks that the work of Sustrans need to be more widely known so this week he put in a call to James Cleeton, Sustrans’s Director for the south of England.  Find out more at Sustrans.org.uk 

1 Nov 2019    Edition 57  Tommy’s Ride

The clocks have gone back and winter’s on its way but there’s no need to stop cycling. It’s nearly Remembrance Sunday so why not ride your bike and support The charity that looks after our veterans at the same time. Lew talks to Martin Harrison of www.trailbreak.co.uk to find out how. Tommy’s ride is on Sat 9 Nov so you still attend a Remembrance Day parade. More details at www.trailbreak.co.uk/tommys-ride/
 
 

18 Oct 2019   Edition 55 Safe Cycling

In this edition Lew explains some of the reasons our position on the road helps cyclist, and other road users, to stay safe.   You can find out about the secondary and primary positions and hopefully after listening you will not ride in the gutter anymore.

 

4 Oct 2019  Edition 53  The UCI world Championships and Winter Cycling

In this edition Lew reminisces about his recent trips to France and to Yorkshire. There are also some tips for winter cycling .  You can find more tips here 1010uk.org/articles/essential-guide-winter-cycling-survival

Sept 13  Edition 52  The Garmin Ride Out

Lew got a chance to ride with some of the professionals who are taking part in the Tour Of Britain, he also caught up with an olympic gold medlaist

Sept 6  Edition 51  Tour of Britain, The Cycle Show and buying a lock

Two big cycling events coming up soon.  The opportunity to see some top class cyclists, including Mark Cavendish in action on British Roads, and another to try out the latest bikes.  There’s also some advice on how to choose the right lock for your prized bike

Aug 30 Edition 50 Guided Rides and the World Championships

Yorkshire is set to be the focus of  the cycling world at the end of September as the world road championships are to be based in Harrogate from 22 to 29th.  The races will be held in many parts of the three ridings.

Aug 17  Edition 49  Cycling in the Alps

No Podcast last week as Lew was on his way to France to experience the joys (if that is the right word) of cycling up to 2000 metres above sea level and beyond riding in the wheel prints of famous cyclists like last year’s Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. 

The web sites mentioned in this weeks podcast are surlaroutedesalpes.com  www.bike-oisans.com  and for general info about the town where Lew stayed http://bourgdoisans.com

Aug 9 Edition 48

As we reported last week some local cyclists have set their sights on LEJOG or Land’s End to John O Groats.  However the two people that Lew talked to have got very different ideas on they would tackle the 850 miles plus journey.   The Recycles Cycling Club actually completed their ride this week, whilst a rider from Swindon Wheelers is still planning his ride and waiting for favourable weather…..

Click here to watch Paul just before they start day 10

We kindly ask that if you are able to pledge, please choose one of the charities below that you wish to support or split it evenly between the two charities in the links below. One is the Swindon Downs group which is very close to me and my sister and the other The British Heart Foundation. Thank you so much all of you. X

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-ashman2

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Aug 2  Edition 47

3 editions to go till we reach edition 50  A lot to report on this week, including two very different cycling events that took place weekend, an invitation to join Lew on a family Friendly ride on Sunday 4th Aug.  There’s also news of a team of four Swindon cyclists who are members of the Salvation Army’s Recycles Cycle Shop’s own cycling club as they take on the challenge of LEJOG (Land’s End 2 John O’Groats).

The team are inviting donations to one of the two charities they support.  Paul has set up two Just Giving pages to make it really easy to donate they are

A.  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-ashman2  to donate to 

 

and  B. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-ashman3 to  donate to

The email address for Ben Humphrey to register your interest in attending a Road Cycling Confidence Course is BHumphrey [at] Swindon [dot] gov [dot] uk

 

July 26th Edition 46

This week has been a week where several people in Swindon have been thinking about Disabled People and Cycling.  In Swindon there are many opportunities for ALL people to ride a bike, but like many places there are also a few obstacles.  Lew attended a training course this week to help improve things, Becky Cox came into the studio to explain what obstacles still remain and there’s news of a guided ride that almost everyone can take part in.

July 19th Edition 45

At the end of July, Faringdon will see many sporting and leisure cyclists taking part in the “TDF”, no not Tour De France, but Tour De Farcycles.  Sjoert Vojt one of the group tells us all about it

July 12th

With the Tour De France in full swing you would think that on a Sunday afternoon Lew would be glued to the TV watching the race, but not at all.  Last Sunday he was out in Faringdon for Swindon105.5 covering the opening of a brand new cycle training facility for kids (and grown ups)

 

July 6th

Last week end Lew took part in the first ever Hydraride Sportive. The event was organised by Friends of Lethbridge School and attracted 70 cyclists. The weekend also saw the British Road Race Championships in Norwich, and we have two new national champions as you’ll hear. To contact Ben Humphrey about the courses mentioned call 07815 776593 or email bhumphrey [at] swindon [dot] gov [dot] uk

June 28th Lew Lawton considers what he missed whilst away on his holidays and look forward to the Tour De France. Sjoerd Vogt of the Farcycles group describes how the town went mad on the Glorious 12th of June To contact Ben Humphrey about the courses mentioned call 07815 776593