Which three songs would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island with nothing but a turbo trainer for company?

In a cycling version of the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, we invited readers to select the three songs that they would take with them if they were stuck on a remote island with nothing but a turbo trainer (well, and a way of listening to music, of course).

Music can be a very personal thing, but it’s always interesting to see (and hear) what gets other cyclists’ blood pumping.

Others decided that they would dispense with music altogether…

Which tunes would you choose to take with you to relieve the monotony of your desert island turbo trainer exile? Tell us in the comments box below.

‘The Beautiful People’ by Marilyn Manson; ‘Forty Six and 2’ by Tool; ‘Back In Black’ by ACDC. These are my favourite road trip songs, and seeing as I hate indoor trainers, at least this way I’ll take a piece of being on the road with me.
Shaun Ferreira

Just heard the UCI have banned desert island discs again.
Steve Lee

‘Slam’ by Pendulum, just for THAT chorus. ‘Adrenaline’ by Phantom Black (from my favourite ever Sufferfest). ‘Crawl’ by The Divine Madness (ditto, and because it signified the start of the last video of my Sufferfest Knighthood!)
Liz Johns

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‘History’ by One Direction (thinking back of what was). ‘Cecilia’ by The Vamps (my second name, always liked the song). ‘Beautiful Day’ by U2 (to lift my spirits). Definitely songs with a meaning.
Marlize Moolman

‘Freaks’ by Timmy Trumpet (gets me pedalling). ‘Immortals’ by Fall Out Boy (makes me feel invincible). ‘Coming Undone’ by Korn.
Helga Scholtz

‘Road to Nowhere’ by Talking Heads.
Andy Kerr

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Not quite the discs we had in mind

Zipp 900 Tubular. Fast Forward Carbon Track. Mavic Comete. That’s a fine collection of discs (wheels). Actually, the names sound like something an avante garde electronic group might come up with for three tracks on an over-long and self-indulgent album.
William Longstaff

The only disc I’d need is a metal cutting disc for an angle grinder to chop up the turbo trainer into tiny little pieces. I’d then fashion the pieces of metal into useful items to help me survive on the desert island, such as fishhooks, knife and fork, razor to shave legs, etc.
Dave Willshire

Something slow to start with, ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ by Massive Attack maybe, to get warmed up. Then something with a moderate tempo to keep the cadence going, ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by Black Eyed Peas is good. Then some hardcore Dutch gabba running at 250 beats per minute so that the fast-pedalling friction causes the turbo trainer to burst into flames and attract the attention of a passing ship.
Moe Calvin


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As I sit here now, I can hear a stream of cars rushing past the house, someone using a chainsaw and a house alarm going off. I wouldn’t take any music to a desert island, I’d just enjoy the relative calm. The gently whirring turbo trainer and the soothing sound of the sea lapping against the desert island shore would make a nice change from the disturbance of urban life.
Tim Corbett

‘Rije Rije Rije, Stoempe Stoempe Stoempe’. ‘Bicycle Race (I Want To Ride My Bicycle)’. ‘A Bicycle Made For Two’. I can’t think of any other cycling-related songs, or a punchline. I normally have a punchline for these things.
Thomas Willingham

  • PavoFahrer

    I’m with Moe Calvin for 1st track! then Amon Amarth We shall Destroy next My Dying Bride Wreckage of my Flesh