Matt and Ned were out in their FINERY for the Tour Series finale in Ipswich!
Ned went for #understatedstyle with a subtle linen mix #traditional though linen is notoriously difficult in the heat #dangerous We think Matt narrowly swung this one in his favour with daring deployment of #stripes and #cardi #metrochic
Soon, however, Ned was back doing what he does best: #micwielding and #profile with just a hint of #greyingtemples and swoonsome #laughterlines. Golly! #golly
The end of the Tour Series is no laughing matter, of course. Several tears were shed in the INBFC office over the end of this particular era. Happily, Ned and Matt mirrored our mood with a touch of #seriousface. Until Pov started catching champagne corks, at least #ouch
Woking is mostly famous for being the place where Martians landed in War of the Worlds, the birthplace of the Jam, and for not being Wokingham (where most of the INBFC’s Distant Relations live). #WokingFacts However, tonight Woking was famous for being the venue for all sorts of UTTERLY EXCITING bicycle-related action!
Not only did Hannah Barnes show everyone how to be NAILS, but Ned’s sartorial choices demonstrated a welcome return to form with #openneckedshirt, #subtlechecks and the ever-popular #MiniMac (TM) #stylish #practical #slimming:
Ned’s looking sunkissed and relaxed, we reckon. All this relentless book-touring is obviously doing him good, as the waves of #NedLove from adoring fans rejuvenate his complexion. Not to be outdone, Matt was sporting a groovy new haircut:
He looks a little resigned in this photo, however. It’s hard not to in the face of Ned’s masterful wrap-up performance #HandInPocket #micwielding #seriousface
@wegelius tweeted this little teaser of Ned in Corsica (thanks to @ondrive for the spot):
Very good! Not quite warm enough for #cutoffs, yet, sadly, but we’re liking the jacket-slung-around-the-hips look #louche
Tonight, we sat down in eager anticipation of some #NedAction on ITV4. Our hopes were raised by early sightings of Ned, doing #seriousface perched on a rock while giving his lucky old KNEE a cuddle #wow #cuddle #contrastcollar
We were disturbed by the tiny bat making its way up Ned’s collar, though. Could this explain his absence in the rest of the programme? #vampire
Ned gave a TALK at Walton-on-Thames! #gosh #PA #powerpoint #laserpointer And of course, the INBFC massive were there in FORCE to support him. Lovely and talented @Laurie_king from www.opencreative.co.uk let us borrow his picture of Ned contemplating his lectern, above #wow #notes. According to EVERYONE Ned’s talk was TERRIFIC. Of course! What would you expect? Afterwards some key INBFCers got UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL with Ned #wow #cuddle including @LulhAndy (below) and @Ewbles (below below). #FanWithTheMan Very good, chaps!
We’ve been sadly bereft of #NedAction over the last few months, but Revolution came along just in time to save us from moroseness and general lackadaisiality. Here’s Ned with @cyclingweekly writer and generally all-round smokin’ HOT esteemed cycling news personality Sophie Smith #gosh #blimey Sophie ALMOST manages to drag our attention from swoonworthy creases around Ned’s eyes and delightful #micwielding action #profile shot. Below, Ned appears with two perennial favourites among INBFC members, Lizzie Armitstead and Ed Clancy #coo #chops #gingereyelashes #golly
Follow the link for details of Ned’s next outing #gosh #interactive #audienceparticipation Knowing our luck, it’ll be sold out already. But hey. If you’re down there, worth a try, eh? Give Ned a massive INBFC #manhug for us.
Well. We were all #sadface, because there is #NoNed on tonight’s Revolution #bah. But then lovely stalwart INBFCer @SimoneWarner alerted us to this interview with Ned in the Revolution programme from last Saturday. Ned gets all excited about stuff, so we do, too. Of course.
In the meantime, here’s a picture of Ned from last year’s Revolution, to keep you going. That’s better, isn’t it #aaaah
We’ve been a bit piano recently, it’s true. Ned’s been on his hols, and we’ve been getting all distracted by the Olympics and stuff #gosh #trackskillz #roadskillz #medals #inawe
But! Ned is BACK in ACTION. Several upcoming opportunities for #NedAppreciation have reached our ears, and we thought we’d pass them along to you #service
1. Tomorrow (Sunday 12 August) BRIGHT and EARLY, Ned is (we are reliably informed by @Aitchy71) voiceovering the first episode of a series about SURFING in the UK! #wow #brave #cold #jellyfish It’s at 7:30 am on Channel 4. Here’s what the Radio Times has to say about it, and here’s the lovely informative website about the film itself.
2. Also tomorrow, The Cycle Show (@cycleshowtv) is FILMING at jolly trendy and groovy cycling cafe/shop look mum no hands! (@1ookmumnohands) #hip #happening INBFC London Caucus members might like to slope down to the shop from about 12 noon and have a crafty cappuccino in the background while Ned’s on the SOFA #fameatlast #halloMum #getontheTELLY #WearYourBadgeWithPride
3. Finally, the results of all that strenuous filming in (2) above will air in The Cycle Show on Monday 13 August at 8pm on lovely familiar ITV4 #homesweethome The show is an HOUR long this time and features Ned talking about COMMUTING and stuff #golly #Borisbike #onewaysystems #whitevanman
Continuing our popular #NedLookingYOUNGAndStuff theme, lovely @davereinhardt let us post his delightful picture of Ned interviewing Brad ca. 2006! #gosh #topical Some things change #hair #shirt and some stay the same #seriousface #masterfulmicwieldingACTION
And if you liked @modcyclingphoto on @itvcycling this evening: this. Lovely @VeloClubDL interviewed Scott Mitchell for their terrific podcast a while back. We haven’t listened to it yet, but they assure us it contains absolutely NO Wigginsese #gosh #swears
I want a shirt like the blue one Ned wore in Boulogne. I can tell it's a Penguin but I can't find any trace of a blue one online. You can get black and white "Tramline" designs (have a look at Amazon or Ebay) but not blue. Can NBFC track one down or does Ned get "exclusives" to wear on telly?
Ooh! It IS a lovely shirt, true. Can we crowdsource this one? INBFCers! To the rescue! [theme music plays]