Live interview and book launch: The story of Frank Vandenbroucke, cycling’s great lost talent, with Andy McGrath

Tuesday May 17th 2022 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM GMT

Boston Room, George IV, 185, Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 2DR

Andy McGrath, editor of Rouleur, will be in Chiswick (Turnham Green – District and Piccadilly lines) as he launches his new biography of doomed Belgian cycling icon Frank Vandenbroucke.

Charismatic, talented, good-looking, the young Vandenbroucke’s victories in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Paris-Nice and Ghent-Wevelgem raced him to huge celebrity status in Belgium and comparisons to Eddy Merckx. 

But from his mid-20s, Vandenbroucke’s career and life unravelled, thanks to struggles with drugs (both recreational and performance-enhancing), relationships and mental health. After a series of failed comebacks, Frank Vandenbroucke died in 2009 at the age of 34.

Guided by exclusive contributions from Vandenbroucke’s family, friends and team-mates, Andy McGrath’s new book, God is Dead: The Rise and Fall of Frank Vandenbroucke, Cycling’s Great Wasted Talent’ tells the story of his chaotic life and times. 

Andy McGrath is editor of Rouleur magazine. He is also the author of Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017. He has also written on cycling for The Guardian, Financial Times, Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport.

Andy joins us at our regular cycling In Conversation night in Brighton, where previous guests have included Carlton Kirby, Emily Chappell, William Fotheringham, Jeremy Whittle, Emma O’Reilly, Michael Hutchinson and Matt Rendell. Andy will be in conversation with regular host, the former Procycling writer Duncan Steer. There will be a chance to ask your own questions.

Tickets are £12 or £25 including a hardback copy of ‘God is Dead: The Rise and Fall of Frank Vandenbroucke, Cycling’s Great Wasted Talent’. (RRP: £18.99)