For this year’s programme of talks we’re keeping things local, with the launch of a new history of hill climbs and a talk by the bike-mad head of product design at UWE.

 A Corinthian Endeavour: The Story of the National Hill Climb Championship

June 10 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm
Roll for the Soul, Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL United Kingdom

Writer and rider Paul Jones gives a talk exploring the history of the National Hill Climb Championship, through interviews and images of the competitors; Vic Clark, Bob Maitland, Brian Robinson, Eric Wilson, Malcolm Elliott, Chris Boardman, Paul Curran, Gareth Armitage, Tejvan Pettinger and others.   It’s an oblique look at this esoteric and unique event, looking at the often eccentric character of the hill climber, the amazing landscapes and geography, strange bikes and the fickle force of nature.

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Bicycle Design (and Engineering)

June 11 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Roll for the Soul, Quay Street, Bristol, BS1 2JL United Kingdom

Drew Batchelor, the head of product design at UWE will talk about beautiful, unusual, innovative and downright daft bicycle designs and the engineering that makes bicycles amazing.

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Previous years

Last year we had talks from Carlton Reid, speaking about his radical history of transport Roads Were Not Built For Cars, Jack Thurston, author of “Lost Lanes” and host of Resonance FM’s “The Bike Show” presenting a history of cycle touring, and Rachel Aldred from the University of Westminster chairing a discussion on cycling inequalities.

Speakers in 2013 included Max Glaskin dropping some cycling science, endurance racer Mike Hall, author of “Conversations on the Coast” Nick Hand, Sustrans area manager Jon Usher speaking about the massively successful Two Tunnels project, and film-maker George Salt speaking about his work documenting Nairobi’s budding cycling culture.

Two Worlds, Two Wheels Talk – Bristol Cycle Festival 2013 from Stick in Mind on Vimeo.

You can also watch and listen to some of 2012’s talks online. Click here for more.