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The Editors of CyclingTips
CyclingTips is a podcast that seeks to share the beauty of cycling and to inspire cyclists of all levels to become better and more knowledgeable riders.
22 hours ago
2021 Tour de France predictions
With the Tour de France grand départ mere days away, the CyclingTips podcast team runs through which stages are going to matter, who is going to factor in the general classification, and their personal picks for the race across France.
1 hr 14 min
Jun 15, 2021
Developing bike racers to be leaders with L39ion
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... Dane breaks down the major talking points coming out of the Tour de Suisse. The debate around Mark Cavendish going to the Tour de France continues. Caley caught up with Justin Williams after L39ION of LA swept all the elite men's and women's races at Tulsa Tough over the weekend. For Nerd Nugget, the saga of the Speedco handlebars continues, and Ronan actually agrees with the UCI?
1 hr 24 min
Jun 8, 2021
Conclusions from the Critérium du Dauphiné
This week on the CyclingTips Podcast... Dane breaks down the final takeaways from the Critérium du Dauphiné and what to expect from the Tour de Suisse. Plus, the women raced their first-ever Tour de Suisse Women. Unbound Gravel delivered two impressive races from both the elite men and elite women. For Nerd Nugget, a conversation about why the UCI can’t apply some of the rules more consistently
Jun 1, 2021
Final takeaways from the 2021 Giro d'Italia
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... The Giro d'Italia is over and with the final two stages fresh in our minds we discuss the race, who disappointed, and who impressed. For Nerd Nugget, Ronan wrote a story about front hub "fairings" used at the Giro ITT that were banned by the UCI.
May 28, 2021
The Giro GC battle is far from over
After an exciting stage 19 at the Giro d'Italia the CyclingTips podcast gets together to chat what happened on the day and what to expect in the final two stages.
May 25, 2021
Can anyone at the Giro top Bernal?
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... We discuss the second week at the Giro d'Italia, Bernal's class, and if it was a mistake for Ineos Grenadiers to take him to the Giro instead of the Tour de France. For Nerd Nuggets, James brings up the mysterious wheels of Jumbo-Visma spotted in Italy.
May 19, 2021
Bernal's MTB background is coming in handy at the Giro
After a crazy stage 11 at the Giro d'Italia, the podcast team got together to chat about who won on the gravel and who lost.
May 18, 2021
Should Grand Tours include gravel?
The podcast crew chats Giro d'Italia so far, Egan Bernal, Giulio Ciccone, and whether or not gravel should be included in Grand Tours. Caleb Ewan's early departure from the Giro was met with criticism by many. Did he disrespect the race by leaving? Plus, mechanics pull some pretty crazy stunts behind races.
1 hr 3 min
May 13, 2021
Ciccone is in uncharted waters -- Giro d'Italia Stage 6
Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia saw some significant movement in the general classification, redemption for Bahrain-Victorious, and a very bazaar situation with the Team BikeExchange car and Pieter Serry.
May 11, 2021
Testing times for equipment sponsors
The Giro d'Italia kicked off over the weekend with an ITT dominated by three teams. Why did Jumbo-Visma, Ineos Grenadiers, and Deceuninck-Quick Step shine above all the rest? We've got some ideas. In this week's Nerd Nugget the crew discusses teams using non-sponsor correct equipment, and why it matters.
May 4, 2021
What to expect at the 2021 Giro d'Italia
This week on the CyclingTips Podcast... After a brief discussion of the Tour de Romandie and the Festival Elsy Jacobs, the podcast team discuss the upcoming Giro d'Italia. Dane breaks down which stages to tune into and which stages will decide the race (a more comprehensive list of stages can be found here thanks to Matt de Neef). Then the team discusses contenders. Who will show up ready to fight for the pink jersey, and who could surprise us? Plus, Peter Sagan is back, but can he out sprint Caleb Ewan? On this week's Nerd Nugget segment, James talks sweat and a nifty little device that might benefit those who are easily dehydrated.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 27, 2021
That's a wrap on the Spring one-days
This week on the CyclingTips Podcast... The Ardennes are over which means we are hurtling towards Grand Tour season. The crew discusses the final four one-day races for the men and women; La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. With the Giro d'Italia mere weeks away, Dane teases who will attend the first Grand Tour. Finally, ins this week's Nerd Nugget segment, Ronan noticed some fascinating handlebars in a Danish race recently that, like marmite, have fueled a love it or hate it debate.
1 hr 6 min
Apr 26, 2021
The SRAM Rival eTap AXScast
In the latest of our deep-dive episodes, where we chat with the people behind new products, we sit down with Kate Powlison, road brand manager at SRAM, and Paul Cantor, road director at SRAM, to learn about SRAM's new Rival eTap AXS, the companies increasing focus on electronic shifting, and what it all means moving forward. This episode is brought to you in partnership with SRAM. As always, we agreed prior to recording that we could ask anything we want.
Apr 20, 2021
Amstel Gold Race, Mark Cavendish, and SRAM Rival AXS
This week on the CyclingTips Podcast... We discuss two exciting finales at the 2021 Amstel Gold Race and Mark Cavendish's string of wins at the Tour of Turkey. For the Nerd Nugget, James breaks down the new SRAM Rival AXS.
Apr 14, 2021
Introducing: From the Gun
The first episode of From the Gun, a podcast from L39ion of Los Angeles and CyclingTips that will focus on stories inside American cycling. Justin Williams and Mark Alford host, joke, cry and have real conversations about our sport, the industry, the culture behind it, and much more. In this introductory episode, Justin and Mark discuss what is to come in future episodes, the first L39ion of LA team camp, expanding the team to Miami and beyond, and their upcoming racing schedule.
Apr 13, 2021
Some "rules" were made to be broken
In this week's episode of the CyclingTips Podcast... We discuss the final stages of the Itzulia Basque Country, Mark Cavendish's win at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, and Kasia Niewiadoma's contract extension with Canyon-SRAM. While scrolling through the internet James came across a photo of a VW Tiguan complete with a mountain bike on the back. In this week's Nerd Nugget James goes over a few inaccuracies he noticed that are actually dangerous.
Apr 10, 2021
The Muddy Waters of Arkansas
As much as we’d like to “stay in our lane”, sometimes circumstances compel us to venture outside of it, like right now. The situation regarding trans rights in Arkansas may seem like a purely political topic, but it does actually affect the cycling community as a whole, so it’s worth all of us talking about it. What should be done here? What shouldn’t be done? How should you navigate the situation so you can decide for yourself? There are no easy answers to this, but in this conversation with longtime cycling industry advocate (and PR/marketing veteran) Chris DiStefano, maybe we can all at least figure out a way to somehow move forward. Here is one resource for a bit of guidance and information about what you can do to show your support for the trans community.
Apr 6, 2021
A whole lot of Flanders
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... The team chats 2021 Tour of Flanders. The men's race featured controversy, heartbreak, and an unexpected winner. In the women's race, a clear favourite did not disappoint. For this week's edition of Nerd Nuggets James discusses the tyre + wheel choice of the Tour of Flanders winner.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 30, 2021
One-day races and Bouhanni controversy
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... Ineos dominated the Volta a Catalunya, sweeping the general classification podium. There were also three WorldTour one-days for the men and two for the women. All five of the races featured interesting tactical choices by many of the top teams. For Nerd Nuggets, James gets into Enve's new bike frames.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 23, 2021
Big races in Italy and Garmin's power SPDs
We kick off this week's show with a breakdown of Milan-San Remo and Trofeo Binda, including Ineos curious tactics at the former and Trek's fantastic tactics at both. Then, James digs into a new pedal-based power meter from Garmin that is SPD compatible, meaning it'll work for your mountain or gravel bike. Check out Continental's video launch of their new Ruban and eRuban tyres here.
Mar 19, 2021
The Wahoo Speedplaycast
In the latest of our deep-dives with the people behind new products, we sit down with Chip Hawkins, the founder of Wahoo, and Ian Boswell, a former WorldTour pro and now Wahoo athlete, to talk through the company's acquisition of Speedplay, their plans for a power meter, and how they've improved the pedals themselves. This episode is brought to you in partnership with Wahoo. As always, we ask anything we want.
Mar 16, 2021
Double the weeklong races, double the drama
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... We discuss Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico. Two fantastic weeklong stage races full of controversy, heartbreak, and wonderfully exciting wins. Abby quickly breaks down the Healthy Ageing Tour, and everyone looks forward to the last 15 km of Milan-Sanremo. Nerd Nuggets this week features Ronan Mc Laughlin answering some of the questions about Wahoo's newly reintroduced Speedplay pedals. Lastly, you can find Ostroy's Black Cycling Pioneers Resort Shirt here. 100% of the proceeds go to Ride Up Grades, let's get more kids on bikes!
1 hr 7 min
Mar 9, 2021
Who doesn't love Strade Bianche?!
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... The whole crew is still excited about the men's and women's races at Strade Bianche over the weekend. Italian racing wasn't the only action, however. Paris-Nice is on, and Cavendish is (almost) back. James has even more power meter news to discuss, this time in the form of power meter...shoes?
1 hr 4 min
Mar 8, 2021
International Women's Day Special
Happy International Women’s Day! Over the past couple of years, the number of female-identifying cyclists has grown. More women are finding cycling, the joy and the freedom that accompanies hopping on a bike and taking off on an adventure. What continues to bring more women to cycling is the community, the friendships that develop around the bike. To get a sense of where the cycling industry stands when it comes to female-identifying cyclists Abby chatted with two women who are immersed in the industry. Elorie Slater, marketing manager of Pivot Cycles, has put a lot of thought into how to get more female-identifying riders on bikes. Through her experience at her bike shop and within the marketing world of cycling she has connected with other cycling companies to put aside their differences and band together to make cycling a more inclusive and welcome environment. Luisa Grappone, an aerospace engineer for Hunt bike wheels, came to the cycling industry after working with aeroplane…
1 hr 22 min
Mar 2, 2021
Would you lease a road bike?
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... There was a lot of races to discuss, between the Opening Weekend in Belgium, a small race in France, and the finale of the UAE Tour. Dane and Abby debate the best transfer of the women's peloton. For this week's Nerd Nugget segment James called up Jamie Milroy of DASH in the UK to talk about their bike subscription program. The concept of leasing instead of buying a bike is one that has been discussed on the podcast before, so we dive into it a little deeper.
1 hr 14 min
Feb 23, 2021
UAE Tour, Nelson Vails, and SRAM's purchase of Time pedals
This week on the CyclingTips Podcast... Dane breaks down the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var and the UAE Tour, Abby has a few thoughts on the suspension of former Health Mate - Cyclelive team manager Patrick van Gansen, and we are all excited about Tao Geoghegan Hart's action towards diversifying the sport by funding a stagiaire spot on the Hagens Berman Axeon team. Mike Better calls up Nelson Vails, retired professional road and track cyclist for the USA and the first Black cyclist to win an Olympic medal, to chat about diversity in cycling. Finally, for or this week's Nerd Nuggets James talks about SRAM's purchase of Time pedals and what that might mean for the future of pedal-based power meters from the American component manufacturer. This Nerd Nuggets segment is also available on YouTube.
1 hr 2 min
Feb 16, 2021
Visors on road helmets are rad
On the CyclingTips podcast this week we discuss Tour de la Provence, the Bernal vs. Alaphilippe race up Mont Ventoux, and Clasica de Almeria. James has a thing or two to say about the response to Kevin Hart riding a road bike, more specifically, cyclists response to Kevin Hart's on-bike style. Caley and James finally have an outlet to debate whether or not we should all be waxing our chains. And finally, in the newly renamed tech segment, James breaks down the new e-bike act in congress. In the podcast James mentions a way to help the e-bike bill move along, details can be found here.
Feb 9, 2021
The super tuck, Chris Froome's disc brakes, and Zwift cheating
This week on the CyclingTips podcast... Dane breaks down the news including Étoile de Bessèges and the new UCI rules. Opinions differ regarding the ban of the "super tuck". Matt de Neef makes a surprise guest appearance to talk about the Australian National Championships. Instead of a debate this week Caley, Ronan, and Shoddy respond in-real-time to Chris Froome's bike review, especially his take on disc brakes. And for Nerd Alert, Ronan chatted with Robert Chung about cheating on Zwift. Can Zwift ever be a reputable form of competition? Chung has some thoughts.
1 hr 10 min
Feb 2, 2021
The most compliant kit, Cyclocross Worlds, and Shimano wireless news
This week on the CyclingTips podcast Jose talks everyone through Cyclocross Worlds and Dane breaks down EF's new kit as well as an actual road race that took place and races that will not happen. Shoddy squares off against James in this week's debate, mechanical vs. electronic shifting, please vote for the winner here. For "Nerd Alert", James calls upon you, the listeners, to help find a new name for this tech news segment. He then mentions the damage salt water can do to a bike, a relevant concern given cyclocross worlds, Shimano's wireless plans, and Decathlon's secondhand store.
Jan 26, 2021
Dumoulin's time off, CX World Cup, and Taya's rollerless chain
On this week's CyclingTips podcast there is a lot to discuss. From Tom Dumoulin taking a break from racing, the Olympic back-and-forth, the end of NBC Sports, and Dane's chicken nugget diet. As the winner of last week's debate, Dane squares off against Shoddy. The topic: best men's 2020/21 World Tour transfer. Who made the better argument? Vote for yourself here. Jose joins the podcast to discuss the final round of the cyclocross World Cup. For Nerd Alert, James is not convinced by Taya's new rollerless chain.
1 hr 9 min
Jan 22, 2021
What does Brexit mean for bikes?
After briefly discussing the impact Brexit is having on the cycling industry in an earlier episode of the CyclingTips podcast, Shoddy, Abby, and Ronan do a bit of a deeper dive into Brexit and bikes. First, Ronan spoke with Tony Connelly, European Editor for RTÉ News and Current Affairs, to go over the nuts and bolts of the situation. Next, Shoddy caught up with Joe Laverick, CyclingTips contributor and professional cyclist for Hagens Berman AXEON, who is currently navigating how he will get to Europe to race. And finally, Ronan talked to Myles McCorry of Galibier, a cycling clothing brand out of Northern Ireland, to see how the new rules have impacted business.
1 hr 9 min
Jan 22, 2021
The future of e-racing with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio
This week on the Freewheeling Podcast Abby talked with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, professional cyclist for SD Worx and the first-ever esports cycling world champion, about everything from her ever-evolving cycling retreat Rocacorba Cycling, the future of esports, and being teammates with current world champion Anna van der Breggen. Listen to the full episode on the Freewheeling Podcast, wherever podcasts are found.
Jan 19, 2021
Annemiek van Vleuten at team camp, and a Peloton in the White House
In this week's CyclingTips podcast, Dane breaks down the news and Abby chats with Annemiek van Vleuten about her first Team Movistar team camp and her thoughts on 2021. With James off for the day, Shoddy is handed the reigns to Nerd Alert leading to a discussion of what kind of stationary bike Joe Biden should bring to the White House. This week also marks the start of a new segment on the podcast, a debate! Dane Cash and Caley Fretz square off to determine which Grand Tour in 2021 will be the most exciting.
1 hr 4 min
Jan 11, 2021
Hirschi's surprise transfer and a deep dive into PFAS
In this week's CyclingTips Podcast, Dane is back to go over all the news surrounding Marc Hirschi's move to UAE Team Emirates plus the news regarding the continued conversations around Wout van Aert's future contract, Trek-Segafredo and Bahrain Victorious Grand Tour rosters, and Team Cofidis's plan for a women's team. For a special Nerd Alert segment, James spoke with Sonya Lunder, the Toxics Policy Advisor for the Sierra Club, about PFAS.
1 hr 16 min
Jan 6, 2021
Well hello 2021! We are back.
We are back with another episode of the CyclingTips Podcast! With Dane sitting out this episode Abby takes over the news segment (don't worry, it's only temporary). José breaks down all the cyclocross that happened over the holidays, and James discusses the impact of Brexit on the bike industry in the U.K.
Dec 23, 2020
The 2020 CyclingTips
In this, the final episode of 2020, the CyclingTips Podcast crew get together to discuss the great and the not-so-great of what was, in general, a fantastic bike racing season...you know...minus the COVID.
1 hr 14 min
Dec 16, 2020
de Stig, Cherie Pridham, and news in drafting
We begin this week's episode with a conversation about the cycling esports World Championships and cyclocross. Dane caught up with Cherie Pridham to discuss her new job with Isreal Start-Up Nation. Jose talked about sitting down with Stig Broeckx prior to the release of his documentary de Stig with English subtitles, available now for VeloClub members and next week for non-members. And finally, James runs through the latest news in tech. Some chain lubes should be avoided, and news in drafting.
1 hr 14 min
Dec 8, 2020
2021 season continues to take shape, the Australian CyclingTips team checks in
For this week's CyclingTips podcast Caley, Dane, Abby, and Shoddy chat about Mark Cavendish and his situation next year, the new Team Sunweb plus more transfer news, and finally Cherie Pridham joining Israel Start-Up Nation for 2021. Shoddy walks us through his $200 winter kit challenge and contemplates what his next project should be. With James sitting out this episode we turn to the CyclingTips team in Australia who have been working on an exciting new project, coming soon to the CyclingTips youtube channel.
1 hr 6 min
Dec 2, 2020
A new type of chain and the crash replay debate
On this week's CyclingTips podcast Dane does a deep dive into NTT's new name and new faces, as well as the riders who have moved on to different outfits for 2021. Then the gang discusses an article Caley Fretz wrote over the weekend regarding crash replays on live television. They are joined for the debate by a real live professional cyclist, Toms Skujins. The podcast ends with a Nerdy discussion of a new type of chain.
1 hr 18 min
Nov 23, 2020
Pro cycling’s grand experiment
In the finale of our Rapha Roadmap series, we speak with Dave Brailsford, Simon Mottram, Tiffany Cromwell, and Mitch Docker about the accidental experiment that was the 2020 road season. What did we learn?
1 hr 6 min
Nov 17, 2020
Head units for your wrist and Groenewegen’s suspension
Just to make sure you all listening are paying attention, we flipped the script for this week's CyclingTips podcast. To kick it off, James introduces the gang to the new Wahoo Element Rival, a watch that is a head unit for your wrist. The talk turns to why cyclists aren't more interested in such an item, and the importance of heart rate monitoring in training. Per-usual, Shoddy misses the good old days. Next, a discussion of Chloé Dygert and Canyon//SRAM's statements over the weekend regarding equality in bike racing, and doing better in the future. And finally, a mini-season in review. From Grand Tours to the women's (lack-of) calendar, the gang chats about some of the major themes of the season, culminating in the suspension of Dylan Groenewegen.
1 hr 18 min
Nov 10, 2020
Full-face road helmets are the future
In today's episode of the CyclingTips podcast, Dane does a final rundown of the racing news. The Vuelta proved to be yet another exciting finale to a Grand Tour, so the gang discusses the contenders, the action, and more. Abby wraps up the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, which ended in an exciting race for bonus seconds. Chloe Dygert makes a guest appearance to talk about her new team for the next four years and how she's feeling after the World Championships. And finally, James spent the entire podcast in a full-face helmet just for Nerd Alert. The discussion turns to whether or not full-face helmets are the future of road cycling. This week's episode is brought to you by NOBL wheels and their new lightweight road and gravel wheels.
1 hr 5 min
Nov 3, 2020
What Tour de France 2021 stages are we already excited about?
With some exciting Vuelta a España stages behind us, and some interesting Tour de France stages announced over the weekend, we've got a lot to chat about in this episode. Not to mention all the transfers we've neglected while racing was full gas! Plus, James has some thoughts about...cardboard... cyclingtips.com/signup
Oct 26, 2020
Tao Geoghegan Hart as a 15-year-old
In this week's episode, we discuss the finale of the Giro d'Italia over the weekend, with a special appearance by the former Axeon Hagen's Berman soigneur, Reed McCalvin. Briefly, the Vuelta is discussed, as well as De Panne, the end of the one-days, and the end of the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team. For Nerd Alert, James has thoughts about the skinsuit seen on Tao Geoghegan Hart on the final day of the Giro and a pair of new Oakley's seen on Chris Froome at the Vuelta. https://cyclingtips.com/members/signup-2/ https://cyclingtips.com/2020/10/goodbye-boels-dolmans-and-thanks-for-all-the-memories/
1 hr 17 min
Oct 22, 2020
The TCRcast: Chatting with the engineers behind the Giant TCR
Giant’s ninth-generation TCR family follows in the footsteps of other major players in the industry in that it now adds a generous dose of aerodynamic shaping to its previously light-and-stiff formula. However, the family of carbon fiber frames has also gone on a diet, gains a newly refined geometry, and — of course — has room for bigger tires, all while still retaining its superb stiffness and composed ride quality. We sat down with two of the engineers behind the bike for a deep dive on its creation. This episode is brought to you by Giant.
Oct 19, 2020
So much racing! Plus, musical bicycle chairs.
The bulk of this week's episode focuses on the abundance of racing. Between the Giro and two Flanders' over the weekend and the Vuelta starting on October 20th, there's almost too much racing news to discuss. In this week's Nerd Alert segment we talk about musical bicycles, aka, the three teams that announced new bike sponsors all on the same day. This episode of the CyclingTips Podcast is brought to you by Industry Nine and their new 1/1 Road GRCX wheels. Check them out at industrynine.com
Oct 12, 2020
The Classics Are Here
With the Classics season underway we chat about what has happened and what's to come... or not to come. That means Gent-Wevelgem, Paris-Roubaix, and Flanders. We also discuss the goings on of the Giro d'Italia since last episode.
Oct 6, 2020
The Canyon Aeroadcast
Canyon has today officially unveiled its third-generation Aeroad aero road racing machine. As expected, it’s more efficient aerodynamically than its forebear, with modern features such as fully hidden cabling, a disc-only format, and a proprietary integrated cockpit. However, it’s also stiffer than the previous version while retaining that model’s admirable comfort levels. We sat down with the engineers behind the new Aeroad. This episode brought to you by Canyon.
1 hr 1 min
Oct 5, 2020
A Giro Midview and Liege
We kick this episode off with a midview (like a preview, but after the race has started) of the Giro d'Italia. The first three stages saw major GC shakeups. Then, we talk Liege, including Alaphilippe's early post-up and Lizzie Deignan's clever breakaway move. Finally, we chat with Tadej Pogacar's coach.
1 hr 8 min
Sep 28, 2020
Worlds wins and Pogacar's coach
This week's episode begins with a breakdown of last weekend's world road championships, then a look at the crazy calendar ahead. To wrap up the episode, we have the first half of a discussion with Tadej Pogacar's coach, Iñigo San Milan.
1 hr 5 min
Sep 24, 2020
The World Championships and Campagnolo's gravel group
This week starts off with a discuss of the road world championships, which look set to combine a brutal course with brutal weather. Then, we discuss Campagnolo's new gravel group Ekar.
Sep 22, 2020
Forging Olympic gold from heartache
In this wide ranging interview Scott McGrory tells all about his reflections exactly 20 years after he won his Olympic gold medal in the madison, the hardships he endured in the lead-up, as well as the demons he’s struggled with ever since. Buckle up and get a box of tissues and get ready for one of the most gut wrenching and inspiring stories that he so generously shares with us.
1 hr 44 min
Sep 20, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 21: The end
Was is a two crepe Tour? A three-crepe? The Tour is over, and we loved it. Thanks for coming along with us.
Sep 19, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 20: The final time trial
It all comes down to this. Primoz Roglic had 57 seconds on Tadej Pogacar. Was it enough? Plus, the Giro Rosa ends in spectacular fashion, and we hear from Brodie Chapman on the final stage.
1 hr 7 min
Sep 18, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 19: The Baroudeurs
With both stage honors and a green jersey battle on the minds of the world's strongest one-day racers, stage 19 of the Tour turned into a mini Classic in the final 40km. We break down the action, give Sunweb some props, and wonder what CCC is up to. The Giro Rosa is wide open after the unfortunate injury and departure of Annemiek van Vleuten.
Sep 17, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 18: Gravel on Glieres
The last true mountain stage of this Tour de France saw a few attempts but not great movement at the top of the GC, and a heartwarming 1-2 finish for an Ineos that hasn't had the best Tour thus far.
Sep 16, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 17: Fighting it out on a cycle path
The Col de la Loze did not disappoint. The narrow, steep final climb of stage 17 set the GC race alight, and may have clinched the win for Primoz Roglic. Plus, Marianne Vos won her third stage and the Giro Rosa and we hear from 2nd place on the day, Hannah Barnes.
Sep 15, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 16: What's up with Egan?
Egan Bernal was in the gruppetto today, but was that on purpose? Will he go for stage wins? We discuss the defending champion's chances and much more. Today's Giro Rosa segment includes a diary from Hannah Barnes, who has a few tricks up her sleeve for dealing with race hotels.
Sep 13, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 15: Grand Colombier
Wout van Aert was impressive, Primoz Roglic and Tadej Pogacar showed they are the men to beat, and Egan Bernal had un jour sans. We dig into what it means headed into the last week of the Tour de France. At the Giro Rosa, Vos showed her strength and the coming days look incredibly difficult. We hear from diarist Ruth Winder on the tough third stage.
Sep 12, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 14: Teamwork makes the dream work
Sunweb showed once again that it's the most aggressive and cohesive stage hunting team in this Tour de France. The triple punch into Lyon gave them yet another victory. Plus we have a report from a gravel-filled Giro Rosa and a look toward Sunday's Tour massive mountain stage.
Sep 11, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 13: Giro Rosa and Puy Mary
The Giro Rosa kicked off today, and we have a report from Abby and diary from Ruth Winder in today's episode. In France, the Tour saw two races in one, among breakaway riders and the GC. Who came out on top? We break it down.
Sep 10, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 12: A team effort
He did it. After two close calls, Marc Hirschi finally stayed away, taking his first Tour de France stage win, which also happened to be his first pro victory. We discuss the brilliant tactics of his Sunweb team and look ahead to tomorrow, one of the hardest stages of the entire Tour.
Sep 9, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 11: A maneuver too far
A sprint stage at the Tour de France, and drama after the finish. Peter Sagan made himself some room on the right side of the final 100 meters, and the maneuver got him relegated, with big implicates in the fight for the green jersey. Did he deserve it? Your podcast hosts are almost in agreement... except for one of them.
Sep 8, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 10: Bennett sprints into our hearts
The echelons never really came on stage 10, but the sprinters delivered their own brand of excitement. The tight, twisty route led to numerous crashes and a furious finale. We break down the sprint and look ahead to tomorrow.
Sep 6, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 9: Pogacar in the Pyrenees
Young Tadej Pogacar once again proved he's willing to attack. Primoz Roglic looked calm and collected. His team, Jumbo-Visma, is just strong enough. The French are still close. And Egan Bernal is coming around. There's lots to talk about in our final episode from the first week of the Tour.
Sep 5, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 8: The GC battle begins
It was a Tomsultuous, chaotic, brilliant stage at the Tour de France. The first day in the Pyrenees saw a series of hard attacks, with no team fully able to control the GC group, plus a successful breakaway containing a certain fiancée of one of our podcast hosts. We break down the day's tactics and discuss how the race for yellow is looking after the first day in the high mountains.
Sep 4, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 7: Echelons into Lavaur
Echelons! Lots of them. We discuss how they form, why they're so hard, who gained and who lost on the most frenetic stage of the Tour de France thus far. Plus, a look ahead to the Pyrenees, picks from the Secret Pro, Rigoberto Uran on a camel, and Bauke Mollema's second-hand peanut butter. This episode is brought to you by Trek and #GoByBike.
Sep 3, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 6: Entente cordiale
It wasn't the most thrilling stage, despite an uphill finish. Is there a truce in the peloton? Or are they just scared of week three? Trek-Segafredo's Ruth Winder joins us to look ahead to the Giro Rosa and José Been includes a bridge in her stage 7 lesson. This episode is brought to you by Syncros.
Sep 2, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 5: Alaphilippe's oops
A largely uneventful stage wrapped up with a fantastic sprint and a bit of controversy when it was announced that Julian Alaphilippe would lose his yellow jersey after taking a feed within the final 20km. We have EF's Jonathan Vaughters on the episode to discuss that incident (the same thing happening to Rigoberto Uran a few years ago) and the GC race as a whole. José Been is back with another lesson and Abby and Shoddy show you what it's like at the start line these days.
1 hr 2 min
Sep 1, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 4: The first uphill finish
The first GC battle is now behind us. Did we learn anything? José Been joins us today to analyze the race. Roglic looked good, Carapaz looked bad, Bernal looked questionable, and Shoddy's favorite Frenchman put in a late dig. Plus, a story of Guillaume Martin's drinking exploits and a food and wine tour of tomorrow's stage.
Aug 31, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 3: Headwind sprints and clincher wins
A mostly uneventful stage ended in a furious sprint finish defined by a nasty headwind. It took patience and more than a little daring to pull off the victory. Then, James joins us for a Nerd Alert on clinchers (with tubes!) at the Tour. Plus, we hear from the Secret Pro ahead of the first uphill finish of this Tour de France. Today's episode is brought to you by Flobikes.
Aug 30, 2020
Tour Daily, stage 2: Alaphilippe's second act
Julian Alaphilippe is at it again. The Frenchman took yellow a stage earlier this year than last - it took him until stage 3 in 2019 - but the week ahead looks favorable for a long defense. Can he do it? Do we need to become Alabelievers, once again? Plus, a more detailed look at yesterday's crashes, a top stage 3 tip from the Secret Pro, and much more.
Aug 29, 2020
Tour Daily: Wet and crashy in Stage 1
It was a somewhat surprising podium for the first stage of the Tour de France, led by the elder statesman of the sprinters, Alexander Kristoff. It was a day full of crashes, and though most of the GC favorites stayed upright many of their domestiques did not. At La Course, an expected sprint didn't play out that way, and we dig into why. Finally, the Secret Pro sends over his tip for Stage 2.
Aug 28, 2020
Tour Daily: The Tour starts tomorrow
Welcome to the first Tour Daily episode, coming to you from an Airbnb in Nice (and elsewhere. Thanks, COVID). In this final episode before the Tour kicks off, we run through the route, key stages, plus make some picks for the most important competition, the race for the Maillot Sable. Plus, we get a stage 1 pick from the Secret Pro.
1 hr 11 min
Aug 25, 2020
The 2020 Tour de France preview
The 2020 Tour de France is an Alps-heavy route with eight mountain-top finishes and one crucial mountain time trial. It begins in Nice, takes a quick dip into the Alps, then runs west for a brief stint in the Pyrenees. That’s followed by a long slog across the middle of France, highlighted by a massive uphill finish at Puy Mary. The last week bounces around in the Alps and leads into a time trial finishing on La Planche des Belles Filles for the penultimate stage. Who's going to win?
1 hr 4 min
Aug 17, 2020
The last test before the Tour
We're less than two weeks from the start of the Tour de France. The Dauphine is behind us, but didn't answer many of the questions we had when it started. GC favorites are injured. Young riders are rising. We dig into the race, plus the crashes at Lombardia, and look ahead to the Tour. You know what really grinds James's gears? Water bottles.
Aug 12, 2020
Wowwing Wout and the Jumbo freight train
Jumbo-Visma is on a tear. Can they hold on to that form? Plus, we dissect the Tour of Poland crash, Dylan Groenewegen's level of fault, and what the race organizer should have done differently. Transfer season is in full swing. What do the major moves mean for both the riders and their new teams? This week's Nerd Alert discusses the regional specificity of gravel tires, and the best way to find a tire that works for your part of the world.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 5, 2020
The heightened chaos of Strade Bianche
This week's episode discusses the first major one-day of the re-started season, Strade Bianche, including insight from Trek-Segafredo's Toms Skujins on the heightened chaos inside a peloton racing every day like it might be the last race of the season. Plus, we round up the latest transfer news, discuss Peter Sagan's future teammate, Nils Politt, and where Marianne Vos might end up next year. This week's Nerd Alert is simple: We're hiring a tech writer. What sort of skills are we looking for?
Jul 29, 2020
A COVID omerta, Mavic's woes, and threaded bottom brackets
This week's episode runs through the first weekend of racing, including Annemiek van Vleuten's incredible run of wins and a spate of riders being pulled from the Vuelta a Burgos over coronavirus concerns. In this week's Nerd Alert, we kick off with news from Mavic and its new ownership, then dig into threaded bottom brackets and why they're still not a cure-all for creaks.
Jul 28, 2020
The TarmaCast: Inside the new Specialized Tarmac SL7
How do you take a bike like the Tarmac SL6 and make it even better? In this special episode, pun intended, we sit down with the engineers behind the new Tarmac SL7 to talk optimization, aerodynamics, integration, and lots more. Thanks to Specialized for partnering with us on this episode, and for making the engineers behind the Tarmac available for whatever questions we wanted.
Jul 23, 2020
13-speed Campagnolo and the great Froome debate
This week we chat about e-racing's ability to lower barriers in Africa, debate whether Chris Froome should make Ineos' (sorry, Grenadier's) Tour de France team, and look into what a new freehub body from Campagnolo tells us about future groups from the Italians.
Jul 15, 2020
Real Tour, virtual Tour, and ranking our mechanic skills
Bike racing approaches, and with it plenty of bike racing-related news. We run through news from the Tour de France, La Course, and the Virtual Tour de France, plus dig into Chris Froome's decision to jump to Israel Start-Up Nation. Then, a spirited debate: How do our podcast hosts stack up as home mechanics?
Jul 10, 2020
Contador and Pooley take on Everest
This week's episode is overflowing with news, from Chris Froome's departure from Ineos to Emma Pooley and Alberto Contador's run at the Everesting record.
Jul 1, 2020
Rupert's VRAAM and the great base layer debate
We open up this week's episode with the news, including discussion of Chris Froome's decision to stick with Ineos, Zwift's virtual Tour de France, and Tour de France Podcast host Rupert Guinness's virtual Race Across America. Then, the great base layer debate. Should you wear one when it's hot? What do the pros do?
Jun 24, 2020
The Pride Episode: Being out as a cyclist
Paul Hartner is 21 years old, races for the Project Echelon elite team, and has legitimate dreams of a pro career. This makes him one of the most accomplished openly queer male cyclists on earth. This is his coming out story, and, more broadly, the story of being out in the cycling world. It's told with the help of Trek-Segafredo pro Tayler Wiles and the man who guided Paul out of the closet, Owen McGrath.
Jun 18, 2020
L39ION of LA, Lachlan's Everest, and Manuela Fundacion
It's been a wild week in bike news. We actually had to re-record most of this episode, as the 24-hour gap between recording and publishing saw two major news stories make abrupt U-turns. Manuela Fundacion will not be Mitchelton-Scott's new sponsor, and Lachlan Morton didn't actually set the Everesting record. We discuss. Plus, we chat with Justin Williams about a new podcast collaboration between CyclingTips and his L39ION of LA team.
Jun 11, 2020
The head-to-toe $200 kit challenge
We open this week's episode with the News, including CCC's decision to pull out of its men's WorldTour team and rumors that Romain Bardet may be leaving AG2R. Then, Shoddy Dave explains how he kitted himself out, head-to-toe, for $200 USD. Helmet, shoes, shorts, jersey, socks, gloves - everything. Was the gear any good? What did he learn from shopping at the bottom end of the market?
Jun 3, 2020
Fastest known times and selling used bikes
We open this week's episode with the news, from both the cycling world and the rest of the world. We hear from Justin Williams again, this time with a short story we all need to hear. Then we discuss Lachlan Morton's FKT on the Kokopelli trail and, finally, provide some tips on buying and selling used bikes.
1 hr 2 min
May 27, 2020
Roadmap Episodes: How to make heroes
How does a sport make heroes? How does cycling build superstars? This is the focus of our third Roadmap Episode, digging into the future of pro cycling at a time when the future is anything but clear. We speak with Justin Williams, who has built his Legion criterium team into a mini media house, and to Helen Wyman, who understands the lessons road cycling can learn from cyclocross. And finally, we talk to Kimo Seymour of Life Time, the company that owns North America's largest gravel events.
May 21, 2020
Froome on the move and SRAM's future drivetrains
We take a break from our Roadmap Episodes this week (they'll be back next week) to bring you a news roundup, including doping positives and rumors that Chris Froome is looking to change teams, plus a chat with SRAM about the future of its drivetrains.
May 12, 2020
Roadmap Episodes: Bikes are booming, can pro cycling boom, too?
Bikes are booming. Countries are paying for bike repairs; cities are shutting down roads to cars, making them safer for cyclists and pedestrians; bike sales are near holiday levels. One of cycling's greatest strengths, and most confounding weaknesses, is the gulf between participants and fans. Can pro cycling take advantage of the bike boom? This week's special episode of the CyclingTips Podcast, the second of the Roadmap Episodes created in partnership with Rapha, looks into this question. We begin with the calendar. Last week, the UCI formally released the 2020 calendar, slamming dozens of races into about three and a half months. It's a testament to the conflicting stakeholders involved. We hear from EF Pro Cycling's Mitch Docker and Mike Woods, as well as the Cyclist's Alliance Iris Slappendel, for a pro perspective. Then, we look forward. As outdoor racing disappeared, virtual racing took over. We speak with the founder and CEO of Zwift, Eric Min, about his platform's place in…
May 5, 2020
The Roadmap Episodes: How lockdown is shaping the future of cycling
In unprecedented times for the sport, when every race on the calendar is postponed or cancelled and WorldTour teams face extraordinary challenges, we're partnering with Rapha to create a podcast series to consider the future of professional cycling. This first episode includes insight from Ineos' Dave Brailsford, EF's Jonathan Vaughters, and Rapha's Simon Mottram. We discuss the pandemic's impact on the race calendar, on teams, and on riders. Is there a silver lining to this cloud?
Apr 29, 2020
The mistakes we've made
We open this week's episode with a short news roundup, including the latest Tour de France dates and more, before dropping into a conversation with a first-time gravel rider. What did he learn? What can we learn from him? Plus we throw a few silly mistakes of our own onto the pile. In Nerd Alert, the focus is on the Babymaker ebike we wrote about this week. Can the bike industry learn anything from its obnoxious but successful marketing?
1 hr 5 min
Apr 23, 2020
Is there virus in the slipstream?
This week's episode includes a chat with Dirty Kanza founder Jim Cummins on the petition to change his race's name, plus reporter Joe Lindsey joins us to discuss a study into how far apart people need to ride to stay safe. In this week's Nerd Alert, James yells at the bike industry for not putting fender mounts on enough bikes.
1 hr 7 min
Apr 15, 2020
The Tour de France in September
This week's episode opens with the news of a Tour de France start on August 29, ending in September. What would this mean for cycling? For pro teams? For other races? We discuss. In this week's Nerd Alert, James explains the positives and negatives of various types of hydraulic brake fluid. Then we have a very serious discussion related to overshoes, their color, and their place next to bare legs.
1 hr 6 min
Apr 9, 2020
Inside the Tour de Quarantine
This week's episode kicks off with all the important bike-related news, good and bad, and then Dane calls up the creator of the Tour de Quarantine, race announcer Brad Sohner. Nerd Alert this week is a helpful guide to any new cyclists out there. What do you need to make your foray into cycling a success?
1 hr 8 min
Apr 1, 2020
Scratching your bike itch online
With outdoor riding limited or banned in much of the world, bikes are going online. There are virtual trade shows, replays of races, and of course virtual riding. We talk about what's available to help you scratch the bike itch. Then, an important discussion: Who from the modern pro peloton would win an early-1900s style Tour de France? Nerd Alert this week has some practical tips on making sure you're prepared to take care of yourself if you do get out on the bike.
Mar 25, 2020
Milan-San Remo and a sparkly clean chain
The Olympics are postponed, the Tour de France hangs in the balance, and we have a homemade bread recipe you simply must try. This week's episode includes reporting from this year's edition of Milan-San Remo, including reactions from Koen de Kort and Adam Hansen. This week's Nerd Alert walks you through a cleaning and lubing process that will keep chain marks off your living room carpet.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 24, 2020
From the Top: Building Rapha
CyclingTips has a new podcast! It's called From the Top, and it's hosted by CT Founder Wade Wallace. In it, Wade chats with the people who built some of the biggest brands in cycling. This first episode is with Simon Mottram, the founder of Rapha. This is the only episode of From the Top that will be found on this feed, so make sure you subscribe to From the Top so you never miss an episode.
1 hr 25 min
Mar 18, 2020
The anti-virus virus show
Bikes are an escape, and so in this episode of the podcast we try to talk about anything but the bad news swirling all around us, and instead look to the positives: What can we do to fill our time? Do socks belong over or under leg warmers? Can you wash a bike in the shower and dry it with a hairdryer? Plus, a special song to close out the episode from Cofidis pro Nathan Haas.