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Nov 7, 2018

Caley and Neal chat with Peter Flax and ask him why he stopped wearing a helmet a few months ago.

Then, Caley calls up James to chat about the new SRAM 12-speed cassette that was spotted over the weekend at the Saitama Criterium in Japan. The nerd alert duo discusses the other new tech they spotted beside the cassette.

Oct 30, 2018

Caley, James and Neal are back in the basement discussing an array of topics from Neal's weight-loss plan, power meters and radios in bike racing, and personalizing your frame with anodization. 

 

Oct 24, 2018

Caley, James, and Neal are in the basement talking gravel bikes and how to make your gravel bike better. The conversation gets nerdy when it comes to tires and wheels. Is 650b the way to go for a gravel bike?

And, the trio talks about the WorldTour calendar and how it's way too long and too complicated.

Oct 16, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James are in the basement to discuss Thibaut Pinot's emphatic victory at Il Lombardia and how the Frenchman is cycling's most mortal star.

The trio then debates Zwift racing and whether virtual racing is a future discipline of cycling. Sides are definitely chosen between the three when talking about the pros and cons.

Finally, James gets super nerdy when he brings up a gearbox he saw at Chris King's recent open house and builder showcase in Portland. Are gearboxes the future?

Oct 10, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James open the episode in the basement by reading an email they received from a fan. 

The trio then discusses how to fix bike racing. The conversation centres around Rapha's new partnership with EF-Drapac. We hear from EF-Drapac CEO Jonathan Vaughters and Rapha CEO and founder Simon Mottram.

Also in nerd alert, James dives deep into how he reviews products. The conversation turns to his relationship with bike companies. Do companies incentivize him to write a good review?

Oct 5, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James are back in the basement, albeit a bit later this week, but, nonetheless, the trio discusses the many layers that are surrounding Alejandro Valverde's win at the world road championships.

In nerd alert, James catches up with Oakley's Kyle Donahue at Interbike to examine lens tints and what sort of technology goes into creating lenses that let us see the world crisply. As it turns out, the technology isn't all that simple.

Sep 26, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James are back together in the basement to tackle what they see as a major problem in professional cycling — the calendar. The UCI announced new reforms for 2020 and the trio are less than thrilled. 

Also, James caught up with Challenge Tires' Morgan Nicol to discuss the future of gravel tires and Nicol revealed an interesting new product the company is working. Challenge has been testing a tubular gravel tire. Could a tubular gravel tire change the gravel scene as we currently see it? 

Sep 19, 2018

It's just Caley and Neal in the basement this week with James away at Interbike.

Neal catches up with EF-Drapac's Michael Woods to discuss his La Vuelta stage win and the very personal story he shared on live television after.

Also, the duo discusses the upcoming vote for President of the CPA, the rider's union, and the controversy surrounding the vote.

Finally, Caley calls James to ask the one question everyone wants to know from the 2018 Interbike show, "What's the coolest thing he's seen?"

Sep 11, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James dive deep into the price of bikes, especially high-end bikes. Why is a top-end road bike, so much more expensive than a top-end mountain bike? Are bike companies taking advantage of consumers?

Plus, Neal and Caley look at the week in racing and discuss American Kate Courtney's emphatic win at the cross-country mountain bike world championships.

Sep 6, 2018

Caley, James, and Neal open this week's episode chatting about Kanstantsin Siutsou's positive test for EPO. 

Then the trio talks about Ashton Lambie's individual pursuit record and how he isn't your typical track world record holder. We also hear from Lambie.

Finally, Steve Frothingham of Bicycle Retailer joins the show to talk tariffs and how the new tariffs taking effect against China will affect the bicycle market - and potentially make buying bikes in the US more expensive. 

Aug 29, 2018

Caley, James, and Neal open this week's episode examining the opening days of the Vuelta a Espana and look at the recent emergence of LottoNL-Jumbo as a serious GC grand tour team.

The trio also chats about the folding of Aqua Blue Sport and a peculiar anonymous email we received.

Finally, Italian frame builder Dario Pegoretti passed away last week at the age of 62. We talk with Silca's Joshua Poertner, who worked closely with Pegoretti, about the Italian legend.

Aug 24, 2018

A bike, any bike, is a sum of its decisions. Good ones and, yes, sometimes bad ones.

Who makes those decisions? People do. Well, mostly. Computers help quite a lot these days. But even with all sorts of fancy software, building a new bike from scratch still takes a huge team of people. It takes engineers of all sorts. A product manager to make sure the thing works. Aerodynamicists to make it fast. Designers to make it pretty. The announcement of a new model is the final step in a process that began two to three years prior. That’s two to three years of decisions.

A pile of new bikes came out before the Tour de France this year. Among them was this Venge. We wrote about it then, and we’ve been riding it since. One thing stuck out: It’s a lot better than the last Venge. Way better.

That comes down to decisions. So, at Specialized’s invitation, we flew to Morgan Hill, California, home of Specialized HQ, and sat down with four people responsible for most of those decisions.

This episode is brought to you by Specialized.

Aug 22, 2018

We open this week's episode looking back at the Colorado Classic where UnitedHealthcare went 1-2 in both the men's and women's final overall standings. The program is set to fold at the end of the season.

Then, Shane Stokes looks into the importance of resilience in the sport of cycling. 

Finally, James, Neal, and Caley talk about what makes things cool in cycling. And who decides that stuff is cool, anyway?

Aug 14, 2018

We open this week's episode with a small rant, and a bit of cursing. James doesn't like it when cyclists treat each other as the enemy. We're all friends here, right? 

Then, a discussion of some of the unfortunate events of the last week. We have Lance Armstrong's thoughts on the Jan Ullrich situation, plus the sad story of Adrien Costa's climbing accident and the incredible reaction from the cycling family. 

Finally, a look at the winner of last week's Tour of Utah, a young climber from Colorado named Sepp Kuss, and then a look ahead to the Colorado Classic. 

Aug 8, 2018

And we're back to your regularly scheduled programming. 

Caley is back from the Tour de France and rejoins James and Neal to talk about the racing that's gone on since the Tour finished (yes, there's been some) and the best ways to travel with your bike, without breaking it. 

Plus, a dive into the mystery of Mr. X, a shadowy figure who went from cycling advocate to cycling hater. Our own Matt de Neef and Iain Treloar spent the better part of two months digging into his story, and bring you a short documentary with their findings.

"Ghosts I-IV" by Nine Inch Nails is licensed under CC BY 2.0. 

Jul 29, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness relax on a balcony overlooking Paris and discuss the events of the last three weeks. They talk about the highs and lows, and examine the future of Team Sky at the Tour de France.

Dave Everett chimes in from the beach in the Basque Country near his home, where he watched the final kilometres of the stage around the Champs-Élysées.

Finally, Caley checks-in with a few of our favourite riders at the finish to see how it truly feels to the finish the Grande Boucle.

Jul 28, 2018

Caley Fretz and Dave Everett take a stroll through the team paddock in Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, site of the stage 20 individual time trial. The duo bumps into Castelli's Steve Smith and the trio discusses Geraint Thomas' race issued skinsuit and how it differs from his team issue kit.

After the stage, the dynamic duo ventures back to Dave's house to have a chat about the stage over dinner. Will Thomas win more Grand Tours and is the Giro-Tour double possibly in the modern-era?

Jul 28, 2018

Caley Fretz, Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the GC shakedown from stage 19 and Dave provides insight into the penultimate day time trial, as he lives only 20 kilometres from the stage start.

And, Dave shares why he stopped racing when the trio discusses whether the race jury should step in and remove riders who are injured.

Finally, Toms Skujiņš joins the podcast again to talk tactics. This time it's about survival instead of fighting for the win.

Jul 27, 2018

Caley Fretz, Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness begin by telling stories about the history between Pau and the Tour de France. 

Most of the trio's conversation centres around Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, and if there's a potential rivalry between the two.

Also, Dave wonders the start paddock before the stage and talks with Rory Sutherland, Tom Scully, and Toms Skujiņš.

And, the legend Aussie sprinter Robbie McEwen makes a surprise appearance. 

Jul 26, 2018

On this episode, Dave Everett finds the most passionate Peter Sagan fan, Rupert Guinness gets stuck at his hotel, and Caley Fretz experiences a dismal press buffet.

The trio discusses the excitement of the intense short stage and they want more of them. Rider safety again comes up, as a fan was seen trying to crash Geraint Thomas in the finale of the race.

And, will Chris Froome ever win another Tour?

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 25, 2018

Caley Fretz, Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness ventured over the Col du Portillon and into Spain for dinner.

The trio's conversation begins with Dave explaining his day in the Katusha-Alpecin team car and what it was like inside the caravan during the bizarre neutralisation that occurred early in the stage.

Then, Rupert explains how Philippe Gilbert's crash into the ravine during the stage brought back memories of when Fabio Casartelli died on the same descent in 1995. Rupert was covering the Tour in '95 and he takes us through what it was like to be at the race on that tragic day.

Jul 24, 2018

Dave Everett is back on the Tour de France, and joins Caley Fretz and Rupert Guinness at the dinner table to finish off the Tour's second rest day.

The trio discusses Sir Dave Brailsford's interesting comments from the Team Sky press conference and they look at how his comments could affect the safety of the peloton.

But, before the trio get to talking they get interrupted by a few fellow journalist friends. 

Jul 23, 2018

Trek-Segafredo's Toms Skujins is back to discuss breakaway tactics with Caley Fretz. 

Special guest Rupert Guinness joins Caley after the stage to talk about the important things at the Tour de France like the odd press buffet they had today.

Of course, the duo discusses what happened in the stage and take a sneak peek at the upcoming stages in the Pyrenees.

Jul 21, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness chat on a runway high above the town of Mende. The dynamic duo gets interrupted on a few occasions, but that doesn't deter them from discussing the emergence of Primož Roglič. Caley notes LottoNL-Jumbo may be the team to take it Sky and not Movistar. 

Also, Caley and Rupert are furious over having to pay for the press buffet.

Jul 20, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness find a makeshift paradise to relax and talk about the slow stage 13. The duo dives into how the commissaires changed the time cut on stage 12 and how fewer sprinters in the race have actually made the bunch sprints more dangerous.

They also look at the general classification and discuss who could make a run in the final week.

 

 

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