Hairy Biker Si King recalls the emotional moment Dave Myers overtook him on his motorbike as they filmed first series since his cancer diagnosis
Hairy biker Si King has shared the emotional moment he watched his co-star Dave Myers reach a major milestone during his cancer treatment.
The celebrity chef, 57, told how he felt overwhelmed when he saw Dave pass him on his motorbike while they were filming the new series of their show.
It is the first time the presenting duo have returned to filming their cooking show since Dave was diagnosed with cancer in 2022.
Speaking ahead of the series, The Hairy Bikers Go West, which was shot while Dave was still undergoing treatment, Si said the focus was getting back on their bikes.
Dave, 66, underwent his treatment while they spent several weeks driving 600 miles from Scotland to Devon, in the west of the country.
Hairy biker Si King (left) shared the emotional moment he watched his co-star Dave Myers (right) reach a major milestone during his cancer treatment
Si, said: ‘Our focus, and Dave’s focus in particular, was to get on the bike, start the process of filming, and bring some level of normalcy back for him, his family, for me, for the crew.
‘That’s what he was working towards and that’s what got him through that particular part of his treatment.
‘There was a lovely moment on the first day of filming where Dave overtook me on the road on the bikes and it was great, it was like ‘oh he’s back’. It was really quite emotional.
‘This is a series we will always remember. We are very fortunate to do what we do and I think this one was especially special overall because of Dave’s health and his sheer and utter determination and love for what he does.
‘Especially continuing to do this while he was having treatment took remarkable courage and energy – and that adds to the reason why Dave and I won’t forget it.
‘The levels of support and kindness shown to Dave and I throughout have been fantastic.’
Dave is also making a return to the land of his birth – his birthplace Barrow-in-Furness has changed from historic Lancashire to Cumbia – and it was that connection that led them to choose the west of Britain for the seven-part series which meet producers and sample food.
The celebrity chef, 57, told how he felt overwhelmed when he saw Dave (left) pass him on his motorbike as they filmed the new series of their show
Si added: ‘Dave is a west coast boy and we really enjoyed visiting some of his old haunts and our favourites. It was so joyful because it’s Dave’s neck of the woods, it was great.’
In May 2022, Dave revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.
In December, Dave left viewers in tears when he gave an emotional health update during The Hairy Bikers’ Christmas Special.
He offered an update on his diagnosis while explaining the reason for not publicly sharing the type of cancer he was diagnosed with.
While much of the festive special focused on his love of food, Dave also shared insight into his recent cancer battle, which included unseen footage of his hospital treatment.
Speaking about the moment he found out he had cancer, Dave recalled receiving a phone call from his doctor while driving on the motorway in France.
“I don’t remember the rest of the ride home, it was like everything around us collapsed,” added his wife Liliana.
In December, Dave left viewers in tears when he gave an emotional health update during The Hairy Bikers’ Christmas Special
“It’s like, ‘Where do we go from here?'” Dave continued. ‘When I first got the call, what went through my mind was disbelief, and a refusal to believe it in a way.
“It’s the word, isn’t it, the word everyone fears.”
He added that the moment it ‘got real’ was when Dave went for chemo for the first time, before it ‘got real’ when he lost all his hair.
“The first batch of chemo was very, very devastating,” Dave said, recalling being told by an oncologist that he would be ‘taken to the edge’.
‘You don’t realize the impact it can have, the debilitating effects kick in quite quickly.
‘My sense of taste and appetite went, I was weak, you see your weight drop and you have to eat, but it’s finding something you want to eat. I had sores in my mouth. I would fall over quite a lot.’
“It was hard, and it’s hard to see him struggle physically with the effects of the treatment,” Liliana added.
‘By the second round of chemo my hair was coming out. It’s quite radical really, it’s not a gradual shedding, your hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, everything just goes,’ Dave continued.
He offered an update on his recent diagnosis while explaining the reason for not publicly sharing the type of cancer he was diagnosed with
While much of the special focused on his and partner Si’s love of food, Dave also shared insight into his cancer battle, including unseen clips of his hospital treatment
Later in the special, Dave shared an update on his health, revealing that he will be able to get back on his bike for another road trip with his partner Si King
Dave’s emotional update left many viewers in tears, with some praising the presenter for speaking so openly about his cancer battle
“It was all about survival, getting through one week to the next.”
Later in the special, Dave revealed he was going to be able to get back on his bike for another road trip with his pal Si.
He said: ‘My legs go, the grin, I feel like a hysterical teenager again. I’m going to call Kingy. It means we can get back on the road together.’
After his 37th round of chemotherapy, viewers saw the emotional moment Dave got back on his bike for the first time.
Si, said: ‘I knew I got my husband back. It was like a miracle happened because it was something we thought he would never do again. But he does.
“I jumped for joy, not for any other reason, but to see my best mate doing what he does.”
Dave’s emotional update left many viewers in tears, with some praising the presenter for speaking so openly about his cancer battle.
One posted: ‘Dave Myers – back on the bike. What a moment,’ while a second added: ‘I watched #thehairybikers Coming Home For Christmas. An east for food, friendship and overcoming cancer. Cook for all the people who helped Dave Myers in his cancer journey at a Christmas dinner.’
‘The food was his love for those people. Worth watching on iPlayer,” wrote a third.
One viewer said: ‘I enjoyed The Hairy Bikers and their Christmas show. There is no doubt that Dave Myers had a very difficult time.
“A small part of me wonders if a mere mortal had cancer at the same time, would they have had the same treatment from the NHS?”
‘Well actually a bit up at the Hairy Bikers Christmas Special. Cancer sucks, glad Dave Myers is doing well,’ one fan posted.
Another tweeted: “An amazing and emotional watch. The hairy bikers Dave Myers covers travel from chemo to a feast. Wish him luck.’
‘Watching @HairyBikers now and seeing the amazing Dave Myers look similar but better than me and going through a similar journey is very uplifting but also heartbreaking. I get his pain, LITERALLY. Wish I could eat like him and I really need to… soon!’ added one fan.
‘Crying here – in a bit of shame tbh. I enjoy watching the Hairy Bikers but never really liked Dave Myers. Are you looking at his bravery now? Amazing guy,’ shared another.
One also posted: ‘Just amazing. How the hell he managed it, I have no idea. I wouldn’t have,’ with one user going on to say: ‘Great to see Dave Myers back on our screens.’
‘Grow up with The Hairy Bikers so it’s emotional to see Dave Myers’ recent battle with cancer, but I’m enjoying getting back together, being themselves and cooking together!’ added one fan.
The Hairy cyclists Go West airs at 6 p.m on Tuesday 6 February on BBC Two.