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As the biggest annual sporting event in the world approaches, Sheffield Hallam University and BBC Radio Sheffield are hosting a live show exploring all things Tour de France.

The show will form part of the Cycle Heaven series, a week of radio programmes on BBC Radio Sheffield that will celebrate the arrival of the world's greatest cycle race to South Yorkshire.

As part of Sheffield Hallam's sponsorship of the Grand Départ 2014, a three-day spectacular which marks the first leg on the colossal 3,664 kilometre Tour de France journey, the University will host a great line-up of cycling stars in a live debate in its Pennine lecture theatre.

Guests include: Nigel Mitchell, Head of Nutrition of Team Sky, who will reveal how crucial food and drink were to Chris Froome's Tour de France victory in 2013; Sheffield’s former Tour de France rider Malcolm Elliot and current professional road cyclist, Dean Downing.

The audience will also hear from Chris Sidwells, cycling journalist and nephew of the legendary Tom Simpson who died during the ascent of Mount Ventoux on the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France.

Dr David James, deputy director of the Centre for Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam will also feature on the panel, he will be discussing his work with British Cycling around the development of their hugely successful Olympic Bike

Dr David James said: “I am delighted to be a part of the Cycle Heaven Live debate. It promises to be an excellent opportunity for anyone with an interest in cycling to gain an insight into all that goes into preparing for a Tour de France race.

 "Our research has explored the physics of cycling and has led us to work with British Cycling and a number of leading bike brands. Having some of biggest names in the world of cycling under one roof will really get Sheffield into the spirit of the Tour.”

The Cycle Heaven debate forms part of a wider programme of events organised by Sheffield Hallam University as part of its official sponsorship of the Grand Départ 2014.

The sponsorship agreement means that Sheffield Hallam is the first ever university to partner with the Tour de France in this way, giving students the opportunity to take up hundreds of volunteer roles at the race and in official events associated with the biggest annual global sporting event.

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Cycle Heaven Live will be broadcast live between 6:00-7:00pm on Tuesday 1 July, listen to the show on BBC Radio Sheffield 88.6 FM, 104.1 FMor listen again on BBC Radio Sheffield iPlayer.

To find out more, visit our dedicated Tour de France website


For press information: contact Nicole Kelly in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email