Show me your scars: the cult and culture of suffering in cycling
Saturday 19th November, 15:00
Is cycling a pain? This panel asks why pain deters some and motivates others to push their bodies to the limit.
Together we will discuss how pain is perceived and dealt with in a number of cycling contexts and how perceptions of pain inform endurance athletes’ experiences of exercise, and the pleasure participants and spectators take from it. The audience will be invited to share their thoughts and to show off their scars.
Panellists include Martin Hurcombe, a French cultural historian obsessed with the Tour de France; Stuart Burgess, advisor to the British Olympic Cycling Team; and social historian Erika Hanna, all from University of Bristol. They will be joined by Paul Jones, author of A Corinthian Endeavour: The Story of the National Hill Climb Championship; and Phil Adkins, director of social cycling group Le Sportif.
This event is free and part of Feel It festival. For more information about the festival: www.bristol.ac.uk/feel-it-festival