Life in the Peloton – A Swedish odyssey

Season 9, Episode 132,  Aug 04, 2021, 06:49 PM

It's a bit of a different episode of Life in the Peloton this week because instead of chatting to someone in the world of professional cycling, I decided to document a bikepacking ride I went on a few weeks ago.

As many of you will know, my team – EF Education-Nippo – has embraced all sorts of cycling events in the past couple of years. You might have followed Lachlan Morton's Alternative Tour de France, for example.

My adventure in Sweden came about partly thanks to our team's helmet and glasses sponsor POC. They heard I was interested in taking on a different sort of challenge and they suggested an self-supported event that takes riders the length of Sweden. It's called the Sverigetempot, a road ride of more than 2,000 kilometres from Riksgränsen in the north to Smygehuk in the south. I joined up with Magnus and Damien for the ride, which took us seven days, and I documented the journey along the way, so I hope you enjoy listening to our adventures.


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The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.