Dirt columnist, DH World Cup commentator and ex-tea bag eater Richard “Cunny” Cunynghame has just filmed a pilot episode for an Off-Road Cycling TV Show called “Cycle Dirt”. If this pilot show gets enough interest we could see Cunny and some mountainbike action on real proper telly!
This edit focuses on cyclocross but we’re told that the show will cover Downhill, Enduro, BMX, Freestyle, Cross Country as well as Cyclo-Cross and feature the likes of the Athertons, Steve Peat, Shanaze Reade, Helen Wyman and Sam Pilgrim.
Cunny adds: “The kind of mountain bike events we aim to go to are things like World Cups, Mega Avalanche, Enduro World Series, Red Bull Rampage. We’ll also be at BMX and cyclo-cross events, anything on the dirt inspired side of cycling.”
And on the subject of his sartorial elegance: “My wardrobe is all my own doing and will be getting weird at points. It will be supplied by WeSC, vintage shops and Saville Row, my cousin actually works there! I have being considering whether I need to wear make up like Gary Linekar does.”
Stu MacLean, Producer:
“Cycle Dirt will be a new TV series which will provide coverage of the ‘alternative’ cycle sports in which British Riders compete internationally. The UK is a leading force in the disciplines of Downhill, Enduro, Cyclo-Cross, BMX, Freestyle and Cross Country, with the likes of the Athertons, Steve Peat, Shanaze Reade, Helen Wyman and Sam Pilgrim at the pinnacle of their sports. However, few are household names and this show will bring their races throughout the year into the our homes. The exciting format will get to the heart of the riding and the great communities that surround them. There will also be big involvement with fans of the sports at the events and online. Music will form a strong part of the show, like it does in the lives of almost everyone in these sports and we want to help push new music talent. Riding bikes off-road is more than just a sport and Cycle Dirt aims to capture that.”
Richard Cunynghame, Presenter:
“I’ve adored riding bikes off-road almost my whole life. I’ve seen the sports grow massively in that time. Now is the right moment to bring all these sports and their many facets to a wider audience and I’m determined to do so in a way that is honest to the lifestyle, attitude and heritage of all these disciplines. When the guys behind Cycle Dirt approached me, I was delighted with their attitude and aim to bring more exposure to the sports I love not only through what happens on the bike but what goes on around it. There’s so much that sets these sports apart that I can’t wait to get out there covering them, and to an outstanding soundtrack I may add!!”
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