THREE FANTASTIC SPORTING EVENTS

OUR DEAR OLD THING BLOWERS, THE BEST OF BRITISH CYCLING… AND ONE MAN AND HIS 100-YEAR-OLD BIKE

Our headline act on our first Festival day is cricket commentator legend Henry Blofeld, joining us on Saturday 1 March at 6pm in the Forum. Talking about his memoir Squeezing the Orange, Blowers has a host of eccentric anecdotes for us, his dear old friends. One for all sports fans – and anyone who likes a shaggy dog tale (and a stiff drink).

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We’re really thrilled to welcome sports fanatic and award-winning broadcaster BT Sport’s Danny Kelly to the Festival for the first time. He’ll be speeding down to Bath as soon as his Friday evening show is over (co-hosted with Danny Baker) to join us for Celebrating British Cycling on Sunday 9 March at 1pm in the Guildhall. In conversation with Guardian cycling correspondent and author of Racing Hard, William Fotheringham, and Richard Moore, author of Tour de France 100, the trio will explore the joy Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins have brought to a nation of cycling lovers, as well as the controversial side of the sport.

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Travel writer extraordinaire Tim Moore – dubbed “the British Bill Bryson” – gives us a Bath exclusive: a sneak peek at his new book Gironimo (out in May 2014), about his attempt to complete one of the toughest cycle races in history. The author of French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France travelled to Italy for his latest challenge, completing the entire 3,162 kilometres of the Giro d’Italia on a 100-year-old bike. In authentic 1910s costume and kit (complete with wine cork brakes), Moore deserves to celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of the Giro in style and we can’t wait to give him a hero’s welcome on Saturday 1 March at 4.30pm in the Old Theatre Royal.

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