Ready, Neddy, go on the Tour

Southport Visiter - - Theatre, Arts & Comedy -

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.the­atkin­ or through the box of­fice on 01704 533333.

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