Ready, Neddy, go on the Tour
JOURNALIST, TV presenter and best-selling author Ned Boulting is coming to The Atkinson this weekend with his all-new show, Tour de Ned.
Following the success of the first two tours of Bikeology, cycling fans are invited to relive the 2018 Tour de France in an evening of theatrical messing around, occasional music, massive historical digressions, some searing rants and all-round lycra-clad obsession.
The ITV cycling commentator’s Bikeology show sold more than 20,000 tickets - including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - and his latest show is built with wobbly precision on the edifice of the greatest bike race on earth.
From the cobbles of Roubaix, over Alpe d’Huez towards the grand finale in Paris, Tour de Ned will recreate the gut-wrenching, edge of the seat drama of the race on a stage near you.
Ned will relive memories of the best moments from the summer seen from the sometimes wonky perspective of the man who is paid to watch the telly and shout out names as riders climb, crash, stop for a toilet break and attack each other.
Stage by stage, rest day by rest day, the Tour de France will be reanimated before your very eyes – drug busts and all.
Tour de Ned will also lift the curtain, with exclusive video of footage of life on the road with the ITV Tour de France team, inviting you inside David Millar’s Maserati, alongside Gary Imlach’s polo shirts as he steams them, joining Chris Boardman, as he settles down for his mid-afternoon nap.
Tour de Ned will bring to life the thousands of kilometres travelled as they unfold alongside the grandest of Grand Tours.
Ned said: “Tour de Ned is the living proof, based on the fact people keep showing up, that you can create a theatrical show relating to cycling.
“Whether you’re cycling mad, like cycling a bit, or accidentally booked the wrong tickets thinking I was somebody else, you’re in for an experience worthy of the world’s most bonkers sporting event.
“I’m thrilled to be back a year later, under the spotlight - like a Tour de France rider under suspicion - but with more body mass, mainly from three weeks of eating mostly bread and cheese.”
Tour de Ned comes to The Atkinson, Southport on Friday, November 9.
Tickets are £22.50 and can be booked online at www.theatkinson.co.uk or through the box office on 01704 533333.