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Inside stories from the Tour de France: Matt Rendell In Conversation 



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Inside stories from the Tour de France: Matt Rendell in conversation

We are delighted to welcome Matt Rendell, acclaimed cycling author and a regular on ITV’s Tour de France coverage, to the Exchange.

Matt will be joining us the day after the conclusion of the 2021 Tour de France.

As well as reflecting on this year’s race, Matt will be discussing his latest book – ‘Colombia es Pasion: The Generation of Racing Cyclists Who Changed Their Nation and the Tour de France’. Matt maintains that the way a stream of cyclists from small Colombian villages have risen to compete in (and, in Egan Bernal’s case, win) the world’s biggest cycle race is one of the greatest stories in sport. Matt is uniquely placed to tell this story, which sheds light on both Colombia’s troubled national history and on the timeless, global allure of the Tour itself.

Alongside his seven acclaimed cycling books, Matt has worked for several teams; lived in Italy, Spain, France, Latvia and Colombia; written a book about learning salsa; and has past lives as a university lecturer and jazz double-bassist.

Whether reflecting on his own remarkable life or the big themes of sporting and cultural history illuminated in his books, Matt is a great story-teller and we look forward to an evening of revealing and entertaining conversation. There will be a chance to ask your own questions.

The evening will be hosted by former Procycling magazine writer, Duncan Steer.

  • Monday 19th July 2021 | 7:30 pm
  • General Admission Ticket | £10
  • General Admission Ticket + A Copy of Rendell’s Book | £23

Praise for “Colombia es Pasion” by Matt Rendell

“Wonderful… explores a new generation who have beaten poverty, violence and corruption, and can now, via two wheels, tell a story of a more peaceful, happier nation” The Observer

“Remarkable, a masterpiece, one of the best books written about cycling…” Ned Boulting and David Millar, on the Never Strays Far podcast