Cycling - it might not be a laughing matter for Dave Gorman...

Comedian to ride length and breadth of Britain in September

Riding a bike often brings a smile to my face. That's why I do it. For instance, last week I went mountain biking for the first time in years, fell off several times, but got home with a big grin. And then there's the time I slid into the canal...Comedian Dave Gorman also tends to leave me with a stupid grin too, so the combination of a top comedian and a bike obviously tickles my funny bone.

Eh? Yep, Gorman the hugely successful 'conceptual' comedian behind Are you Dave Gorman?, Googlewhack Adventure and America Unchained is combining cycling with jokes. Now, before you start worrying about rubbish jokes like that one about different paving materials in the pub...come on you know the one...punchline 'watch out he's a cycle path' well. Anyway, that's not what Gorman will be doing. On August 30 he embarks on a 32 night tour in Truro and will ride his Boardman bike between each venue. 

His plan is to visit the four 'corners' of the British mainland which means he'll be pedalling around 1500 miles in 32 days. Not bad going. Although the tour is called Sit Down, Pedal, Pedal, Stop and Stand Up don't go along expecting hours of bicycle related hilarity – you'll need to come and watch our designer Ben trying to fold a folder for that – as Gorman says the stand up bit isn't about the journey.

Coincidentally, there must be something about comedians and exercise at the moment as Eddie Izzard is currently running 30 miles a day six days a week for seven weeks. All for Sport Relief. Good work fella!

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK
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