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BeSpoke: 5 live's new cycling programme (featuring the Chopper Challenge)

Wednesday 31 October 2012, 14:42

Patrick Nathanson Patrick Nathanson


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Liam Philips takes on the Chopper Challenge, part of 5 live's new cycling series BeSpoke.


"I thought of that while riding my bicycle" - Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity


The Manchester Velodrome has seen many things in its time. Day in, day out it’s filled with the perspiration of world champions and Olympic gold medallists as they train in pursuit of future glory.


But has it seen anything like the Chopper Challenge? The great and the good of British cycling take it in turns to embark upon a timed lap around the velodrome’s inner concourse…on a Chopper. The rules are simple- the rider must remain seated at all times, fastest rider wins.


The Chopper Challenge is just one of the features of Colin Murray’s new monthly cycling show BeSpoke, which launches this Friday from 9pm on BBC 5live Sport.


BeSpoke, the network’s first ever dedicated cycling programme, will freewheel from lifestyle to sporting issues as we delve deep into the rich cultural backdrop that frames cycling in this country – the Sunday rides punctuated by pints in rural pubs, the unique fashion, the music, the equipment.


As for Einstein’s conception of the Theory of Relativity whilst on two wheels? Imagine what he would have come up with had he been on a Chopper…


Patrick Nathanson is a producer for 5 live Sport. Bespoke, 5 live's new monthly cycling programme, begins Friday 2 November at 9pm.


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    Comment number 1.

    I was looking forwards to an hour of cycling news and was expecting something that may even be slightly serious with all the current drug related shenanigans.
    Why can't FiveLive manage this without feeling the need to trivialise everything with things like the 'Chopper Challenge'? The station seems to be mistaking 'making things more accessible' with 'dumbing down'

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    Comment number 2.

    Why is Five Live so obsessed with giving Colin Murray so much exposure? He is simply dreadful; inarticulate, just not funny and frankly quite difficult to understand to my West Country ears. Sory, but it had to be said.

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    Comment number 3.

    Shame this is being aired on Friday night. I actually enjoy the 3 hour weekend sports preview. Unfortunately I am often in my car on Sunday evening during R5's weak 7 til 10pm slot. This would have been better replacing the frankly awful On the Money.

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    Comment number 4.

    Hopes up, then dashed. Good idea, no, a great idea, but wrong night and sadly, wrong presenter.

    I like On the Money by the way, it is a shame to completely marginalise anything but flipping sport on the station.

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    Comment number 6.

    Unfortunately Radio fivelives Colin Murray obsession goes on and on. It about sums things up that this is announced as the excellent Danny Baker gets the chop from Radio London. BBC Radio has lost its way.

    Let's face it who when meeting our olympic gold medallists would name the programme after himself? Most would be too embarassed too...

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    Comment number 7.

    Seems that Five Live's very sensitive management cannot take criticism any more.

    Are we not allowed to voice an opinion?

    Seems not . All very sad . How long before this post gets axed?

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    Comment number 8.

    ITV4 had an excellent cycling programme on all summer - covering all aspects of the sport - when there were things like, er, the Olym/Paralympics, tours of Spain, France & Britain etc on.

    This might be, therefore, construed - in some quarters - as lazy opportunism & derivitive programming by those who can pre-record the show and get out and about in London an hour earlier on the same money. Just a thought!

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    Comment number 9.

    'As for Einstein’s conception of the Theory of Relativity whilst on two wheels? Imagine what he would have come up with had he been on a Chopper..'

    What physics indeed off the splashed back of a loyally serving guillotine rather than astride ambling wheels just in time for afternoon tea.


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