The Cyclist Pod
The Cyclist Pod
Oct 26, 2020
Show 82 - Romesh Ranganathan vs Peloton
52 min

The Cyclist Pod talks to Romesh Ranganathan!

In an episode that was initially going to just be about Peloton, we hand over the assessment to someone who actually uses it - a lot - and that's Romesh. Its cutting, surprisingly enthusiastic, and very very funny.

We've still got time for some aimless silliness, a more serious (ish) look at why Peloton might be a serious option for keen cyclists, and a quintessential Velominati. In fact, it's so Velominati, it's a rule that has it's own rules. You can't miss this, despite us still having a few technical gremlins with Stephen's voice. Though it might just be Stephen's voice.  Oh and there's a kitbag where formal dinner wear might now become your go-to Autumn cycling apparel. This is not a windup. But of course, it's all about Romesh. Strap in, this is a corker.

Well. All about Romesh - and a tiny bit about toblerone. Yeah, you heard. 

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Voices by Marcella Vincent / Produced by Stephen Grant and Jimmy Ward Music 'Zazie' c/o Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) / Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License / http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3

The Cycling Podcast
The Cycling Podcast
Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore
195: Explore | Escape From Lockdown
Explore returns with Escape From Lockdown, an episode celebrating the simple joy of riding a bike. The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult to explore the world on two wheels. Most of the world has experienced lockdown or travel restrictions of some sort and we've all been tethered to home more than usual. For this episode, four riders took advantage of loosening restrictions to go cycling and they ended up enjoying four very different adventures. The result is an hour or so of pure escapism. We'll travel from coast to coast in northern England with Felicity Cloake, join Richard Moore as he tackles his first 100-mile ride in years, go bikepacking and outdoor camping with Ian Boswell and his wife Gretchen, and scale the 1,909m ascent of Mont Ventoux with Hannah Troop and her friend Ollie. Explore by The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/?utm_source=google-ads&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=1905711499&ad_group=72226008204&target_id=kwd-42576349472&creative=380202581659&match_type=e&device=c&ad_position=&network=g&feed_item_id=&device_b=desktop&network_b=search&interest_location=&click_location=9046030&keyword=iwoca&device_model=&placement=&placement_cat=&gclid=CjwKCAiA7939BRBMEiwA-hX5J7G2ra602YMYZqDwtZhcDbU9KrM5UHMZkx5My5P7fzatR-dPvNU_-BoCyFEQAvD_BwE) and Science in Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) . HANNAH TROOP'S VOYAGE TO VENTOUX Where was your ride? Montpellier train station to the top of Mont Ventoux and back again... more or less How long was it? Day one: 160km Day two: 70km Day three: 93km When was it? October 8-10 Who were you riding with? My friend Ollie What bike were you riding? My Cannondale Evo What was the terrain like? Mainly road but Komoot took us over some amazing gravel too What are you most glad you took with you? Hannah: A pair of Vibram-soled trainers that could be rolled up easily, and so fit into my handlebar bag without taking up too much room. Also the Rapha Explore down jacket, which packs down into a small bag so doesn't take up a lot of room, but it's so nice to have warm and comfy clothing to change into at the end of a long day on the bike Ollie: Backpack Hannah: I will not accept this answer, I said to Ollie that if he ever came cycling with me again while wearing that backpack, I'd take it off him and burn it. This was explained to him about 155km into the first day of riding, while I was carrying it up a 3km climb that was ramping up to 12%! What do you wish you'd not left behind? Hannah: The outbound route for my Garmin...LOL! And the Garmin mount for the other bike. If there's more than one of you it's great if you can both see the route. It's a huge help having someone else share the navigation. It just lessens the load on your brain once you become fatigued, and it's always good to have two pairs of eyes checking that you're heading in the right direction Ollie: Chamois cream Hannah: Can I add another question? What do you wish you'd left behind? Ollie's 8kg rucksack. Frame bags are definitely the way to go. Cycling with that much weight on your back just makes things so much more hard work. It also means you get a lot more saddlesore. Highlight? Hannah: Has to be ascending Mont Ventoux and reaching the top of a mountain that has so much cycling history encapsulated within its slopes. Taking it all in, while having two hours of being inside your mind and body, experiencing your body go through moments of feeling strong and then moments of struggle. It's a wonderful moment that holds many parallels to life, especially after this year. It was a lovely, albeit hard, moment for reflection Ollie: Descending Mont Ventoux with my partner in crime Lowlight? Hannah: Spectacularly bonking on the third day, while carrying Ollie's 8kg rucksack... Ollie: The nappy rash Hannah and Ollie stayed at La Ferme des Belugues (https://www.lafermedesbelugues.com/) courtesy of Friends of the Podcast Karen and Spencer Martin. RICHARD MOORE'S RIDE PICARDIE Where was your ride? The ride was to Contalmaison from Croissy-sur-Celle via Saint-Just-en-Chaussée, Montdidier and Albert How long was it? 167.96km When was it? August 15 Who were you riding with? It was a solo ride What bike were you riding? Canyon Endurance CF SL Disc 8.0 Pro What was the terrain like? Rolling terrain. No serious climbs but 1,452m elevation What are you most glad you took with you? A face mask What do you wish you'd left behind? About 5kg* of blubber Highlight? Welcome party and picnic in Contalmaison Lowlight? Within five minutes of setting off after lunch a wasp flew into my helmet and stung my head *conservative estimate Sponsor Richard's ride for Pancreatic Cancer UK. (https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=RichardMoore1&pageUrl=2) IAN BOSWELL'S BIKEPACKING AND CAMPING Where was your ride? We started at our house in Peacham, Vermont, and stayed the night at Ricker Pond in Groton State forest. How long was it? Only 40 miles, 20 each way When was it? Mid-July Who were you riding with? My wife, Gretchen What bike were you riding? I was on my Specialized Diverge gravel bike, Gretchen was on the Creo e-bike from Specialized What are you most glad you took with you? The s'mores! What do you wish you'd not left behind? I could have used a sleeping bag and sleeping pad. We shared one sleeping pad and I slept using a quick dry towel as my blanket FELICITY CLOAKE'S WAY OF THE ROSES Where was your ride? The Way of the Roses from Morecambe to Bridlington How long was it? Day 1 (Thursday afternoon): 63.6km (Lancaster-Morecambe-Settle) Day 2 (Friday): 72.4km (Settle-Ripon) Day 3 (Saturday): 83.7km (Ripon-Pocklington) Day 4 (Sunday morning): 73.8km (Pocklington-Bridlington) When was it? Early October Who were you riding with? My friend, (annoyingly fit Strava addict) Gemma What bike were you riding? A Condor Fratello by the name of Eddy What was the terrain like? In general, undulating terrain – day two across the Dales was relentlessly hilly, while day three near York was very flat. Some “fun” cross country stuff through muddy fields en route, but mostly on road What are you most glad you took with you? Wet wipes – it was ridiculously wet and muddy on day three and we had to clean ourselves down next to York minster before we could even contemplate going inside for lunch  What do you wish you'd not left behind? While I didn’t use my new winter tights (legs dry quicker than Lycra) I do regret not getting waterproof shoe covers. My feet were VERY soggy for three days straight Highlight? Swooping majestically through the Fountains Abbey estate on the way into Ripon after a hard day in the Dales. Or possibly a large fish and chips in Bridlington Lowlight? Arriving at the B&B just outside Pocklington in the dark absolutely soaked through to find nowhere to dry our stuff and nowhere nearby to eat. Pretty dispiriting getting back into the soggy gear and on to the bikes in the storm
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