The whole of tomorrow night's 'ScienceShack' on BBC2 is devoted to pedal power. Cuddly science-to-the-masses presenter Adam Hart-Davies - TV's best-known fluoro-clad Brompton user - interviews bike guru Mike Burrows and squeezes into the Blueyonder speed machine

Cycling stars on prime-time telly tomorrow

‘ScienceShack’ is an Open University production and is presented by Adam Hart-Davies, the cycle-loving science populariser who is becoming synonymous with programmes devoted to scientific reconstructions and history half-hours with titles such as ‘What The Romans Did for Us’.

In the recently aired ‘What The Victorians Did for Us’, Hart-Davies gamely wobbled across screen on an Ordinary bicycle – aka ‘Penny Farthing’. In tomorrow night’s ‘ScienceShack’ he comes bang up to date by featuring the Blueyonder Challenger faired recumbent. This is the bike recently raced by Jason Queally in the British Human Power world championsips at Battle Mountain, Nevada.

Hart-Davies was allowed to sit in, but not ride, the Blueyonder Challenger. Apparently, on the day of filming there was too much wind for the recumbent to be safely ridden.

‘ScienceShack’ is on at 7.30pm, Tuesday, BBC2.


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