Cycling in Britain has truly arrived: it’s going to get its own television show. ITV4 is broadcasting an eight-part ‘cycling-based chat show’ starting from Monday, July 23.

Graham Little will present The Cycle Show with assistance from Rob Hayles and Anna Glowinski. The programme will be filmed at the Look Mum No Hands! cyclists’ cafe in Old Street, London, which has hosted a couple of Eurosport’s post-Tour de France analysis shows over the past couple of weeks.

The show’s producers, Century TV, say that it will ‘follow the latest cycling news and includes features with a two-wheeled theme, from Top Gear style challenges to technical features’.

A ‘Rolla Sprint Challenge’ will be included in each show. Similar in style to Top Gear’s ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’, the segment will put a well-known person onto the rollers to see how fast they can pedal. Eddy Merckx, Nigel Mansell, Wayne Hemingway, Graham Obree and Gary Kemp have apparently signed up.

“We feel that there is a real gap in the market for a programme such as this and we’re looking forward to getting the show underway,” said Century TV managing director Rohan Browning.

“ITV4 are an ideal partner for a programme such as this and it will really complement their cycling portfolio.”

The Cycle Show kicks off at 8pm on Monday and will be repeated on Saturdays at 5.30pm. The show is supported by retailer Chain Reaction Cycles.

ITV4 has a growing portfolio of cycling shows, which have included the Tour de France, Vuelta a Espana, Tour Series and Tour of Britain in the past year.

The Cycle Show has its own Twitter account, website and Facebook page where you can find out more.

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  • Revolting Pensioner

    We have just had the Anniversary Games ( In London of course ), but despite the number of GOLD Medals won by UK Cyclists, I didn’t see or hear of any Anniversary Cycling events. Did I miss out ? Maybe it was just London Snobbery playing part in the Anniversary Games ???

  • dai bananas brother

    Bad planning, – clashes with Pobol y Cwm on S4C – ‘Cariad4Beicio’ –
    Dai’s missus says that she warned you about the jobsworths at the Olympics a month ago, and now look what’s happened.
    If little Tommy Voeckler wants to stay somewhere safe, they’ll put him up next door amd make sure he gets to the startline on time. There’s a brammer of a practice ride as well, the road up to the old Cholera Cemetery at the back of Abertysswg is the same steepness as Box Hill

  • Steve F

    My heart sank when I read the words ‘Top’ and ‘Gear’ but we will have to give it a try if only out of loyalty to ITV4 who gave us Le Tour after CH4 dumped it, (terrestrially speaking of course).

  • Mark Jones

    This has the potential to be a good show if it’s done correctly. Graham Little seemed like a decent presenter from his stint covering for Ned during the Tour Series. Well done to ITV4 for their continued support of cycling.

  • Peter

    Well done ITV4 – great idea, looking forward to this, it will be a winner and perfect timing with the Tour and Olympics being so topical

  • Don Danberry

    Sounds interesting, although the mentions of Top Gear put me off. I’m sure that’s how the producers sold it to ITV4 – Top Gear on Bikes. As long as Rob Hayles doesn’t turn up with a curly black wig, a pair of ’80s jeans pulled up to his nipples, and boasting about being chums with David Cameron, it should be ok.

    Still, I’m sure I’ll watch it out of some sense of loyalty as ITV4 do such a brilliant job of covering the TdF, and other races, so I wish them every success with it.

  • wayne

    lets hope this is a good show as t.v could do with a programe like this.