BikeRadar Live: Workshops and talks for everyone

There's going to be something for you in the big top

As well as the racing, bike demos and other top-class entertainment at BikeRadar Live, there will be a series of talks and workshops in the BikeRadar big top.

Whether you like your riding on the road or on the trail, there’s going to be something for you.

Dominic Gill kicks off the action at 9am on Saturday with a talk on his experience riding a tandem 29,519km from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, the most southerly city in South America. Read more about Dominic’s travels here.

Other highlights include a Q&A session with ex-pro cyclists Graeme Obree, Stephen Roche and Magnus Backstedt, hosted by Cycling Plus editor Rob Spedding.

Mountain bikers are in for a treat with appearances by stars of the sport including Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, the Athertons and Martyn Ashton.

Professional bike mechanic Mike Jenner will hold classes on wheelbuilding and road and mountain bike technical support, answering your questions and passing on wisdom gained while working for the likes of DT Swiss and the Subaru-Gary Fisher mountain bike team.

Here’s the full rundown on the weekend’s workshops and talks:


  • 9-9.45am: Dominic Gill talks about travelling the world on a tandem.
  • 10-10.45am: Bike handling skills workshop with ex-pro cyclist Chris Ball followed by group tuition on the Donington race circuit – 4x30-minute slots, max of 12 in each class, 11am-1pm.
  • 11-11.45am: How to become a cycling journo with cycling journalists John Stevenson and Paul Smith, and frame designer and former journo Brant Richards.
  • 12-12.45pm: Mountain bike panel talk hosted by What Mountain Bike’s Justin Loretz with downhillers Greg Minnaar and Rachel, Gee and Josh Bryceland.
  • 1-1.45pm: Bike handling skills session with ex-pro cyclist Chris Ball followed by group tuition on the Donington race circuit – 4x30-minute slots, max of 12 in each class, 3pm-5pm. Register with Chris after his talk.
  • 2-2.45pm: Mountain bike technical support with Mike Jenner.
  • 3-3.45pm: The fantastic four: Peaty, Smith, Ashton & Longden. Top British mountain bike stars Steve Peat, Chris Smith, Martyn Ashton and Will Longden talk to bike journalist, John Stevenson, about their careers and what it takes to be a successful off-road pro.
  • 4-4.45pm: Suspension talk with Paul Smith and Neil Cousins from TF Tuned.
  • 5-5.45pm: In search of Robert Millar – Daniel Friebe interviews writer Richard Moore about Robert Millar. Includes film highlights from Robert Millar – The High Life.
  • 6-6.45pm: Nutrition for Performance – Lessons from the Stars - Tim Lawson gives a seminar on the nutrition plans of stars, pro riders, Olympic medallists and Grand Tour winners. Whether it’s a 17 second flat-out sprint or a three week 21 stage Tour, there are lessons for all to learn.


  • 9-9.45am: Wheelbuilding with World mountain bike championship mechanic Mike Jenner.
  • 10-10.45am: Fit for life...the secrets of better road riding Learn all about health and fitness in cycling with expert panel, ex pro cyclist and coach, Chris Ball and sports scientists Dr Gary Palmer and Tim Lawson.
  • 11-11.45am: Bike handling skills with ex-pro cyclist Chris Ball followed by group tuition on the Donington race circuit – 4x30-minute slots, max of 12 in each class, 12-2pm. Register with Chris after his talk.
  • 12-12.40pm: From soccer to cycling...the incredible journey of Geoff Thomas. Former England and Crystal Palace footballer, Geoff Thomas is interviewed by Cycling Plus editor, Rob Spedding.
  • 12.45-1.30pm: Tales and tips from the top. Celebrity and ex professional cyclists, Graeme Obree & Stephen Roche talk to Rob Spedding about their lives in cycling.
  • 2-2.45pm: Suspension talk with Paul Smith and Neil Cousins from TF Tuned.
  • 3-3.45pm: Road bike technical support with Mike Jenner.

About BikeRadar Live

BikeRadar Live is the biggest ever mass-participation cycling event to hit the UK, and will take place on the weekend of 30–31 May 2009 at Donington Park in Leicestershire.

The weekend will be packed full of races and challenges, with something for everyone, whether you want to compete, watch your friends and family or just check out some of the world’s best riders.

Entry into any of the events gives you full access to the festival’s many attractions including spectacular all-weather stunt displays, invitational dirt jump and dual slalom comps, a cycling film festival, live big top entertainment and the Scott Sunset DJ Sessions. Test yourself against pro and celebrity riders in the Procycling Hot Laps, post a time in the Wattbike comp or take the kids along to the CycleActive skills school. A purpose-built bikes and accessories expo will give festival-goers the chance to ride the latest bikes from leading brands and grab show-only deals on bikes and accessories.

Events include the Cycling PlusSportive supported by Pacific Outdoor Equipment (100km & 100 mile), MBUK night-time enduros (12hr & 4hr), MBUK eliminator dual-slalom and the Devil Takes the Hindmost circuit race. Click here to sign up.

BikeRadar Live’s world-class facilities include on-site camping with a kids and family area, secure bike lock-up, showers, bike wash, workshop, picnic area, medical centre, viewing stands and food and drink market.

BikeRadar Live is brought to you by Future, the makers of MBUK, Cycling Plus,, What Mountain Bike, and Procycling.

This article was published by BikeRadar, the world's leading source of bike reviews, gear reviews, riding advice and route information
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