Cycle Events

Lew Lawton’s Cycling Podcasts

These podcasts are created for broadcast during the Roundabout Swindon programme on Swindon 105.5 (  between 9am and 10 am on Friday morinings.  The idea is to increase the awareness of the cycling opportunities that exist in and around Swindon, or to tell the stories of some of our local cyclists.   If you have a story that you would like to tell on air.  Please contact me, Lew Lawton, on 07387 269456 or drop an email to cycle [dot] medic [at] btinternet [dot] com .  I’d love to hear from you.

Podcast 25  Ride Leaders needed to deliver a free Guided Ride Programme in Swindon

Swindon Borough Council in association with British Cycling and HSBC is promoting a series of free guided rides which will be suitable for new cyclists, those returning to cycling and cycling with children. New volunteer ride leaders are required and in March there will be a one day course to equip volunteers with the skills needed. Lew Lawton went to find out more. The website for the rides is find a ride near you and for ride leaders add /volunteer.  The web site for ideas on teaching your child to ride is teach your child to ride


Podcast 24  The White Horse Challenge

For the past 5  years the  Mobile Cycle Medic, initially in the guise of Lew Lawton, but now in the hands of Tony Staples, has provided Race Mechanic support to one of the Swindon’s popular Sportives, The White Horse Challenge.  For Swindon 105.5 Community Radio, Lew took his microphone out recently to meet organiser Fergal McGraph and two local riders who participated in last year’s event to get the latest update on this early sportive.   Our chat was recorded in a noisy canteen at Honda in […]

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Lew’s Ventoux Adventure

This is my belated Mont Ventoux Blog  12-14 Sept 2017

You can probably trace my adventure to Ventoux back to that fateful day on July 13 1967 when my Hero Tommy Simpson died during the Tour De France.   At the time I had no idea whereabouts in France this mountain was, but as young, ambitious, but not very good schoolboy racing cyclists, my younger brother and I were distraught.  I remember my father buying and writing a card to Helen Simpson.
Years and years past.   My father, who had been active in days of the British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) and as a former president of the British Cycling Federation often went in some form of official capacity to the Tour De France, died.  We found a large framed Black and White photo of Simpson  in his Peugeot rainbow jersey after he won the World Championships.  
I have no idea what happened to that photo, but I have seen many similar in print over the years.
By the time of my father’s death I was well into my Army career and had not cycled for a while.  It was not until 1990 that I purchased a bike to ride to work from my married quarter in Colerne to my office in Corsham. Between then and now my interest in cycling has grown and grown to the stage where my wife, Betsy, would say I am fanatical.
Between 2003 and 2009 I completed four multiday bike rides in Sinai, China, Peru and Nepal, as well as a couple of London to Brighton’s.  If there was a bug, I had it!
Two or three years ago whilst visiting friends in France to watch a stage of TdF, the […]

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