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Dec 11, 2019

This week's episode opens with discussions of the latest news, including Rohan Dennis' move to Ineos, the new Women's WorldTour teams, and WADA's move against Russia. 

Then, Jonathan Vaughters talks about his attempt to hire the winner of Dirty Kanza.

In this week's Nerd Alert, James dives into the subject of micro-mobility, and we talk scooters and ebikes.  

Dec 9, 2019

This is a sneak preview of our new Nerd Alert podcast, so if you like what you hear, make sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform. 

Although we’ve done all-tech podcasts in the past, the new Nerd Alert will now come to you on a more regular basis — every other week — and will be co-hosted by global tech editor James Huang, Australian tech editor Dave Rome, editor-in-chief Caley Fretz, and professional mechanic Zach Edwards, who owns and operates Boulder Grupetto in Boulder, Colorado.

For this initial episode, we discuss in detail the key findings in Dave’s most recent tech feature, which dives into Adam Kerin’s incredibly exhaustive research on chain efficiency and durability. Which chains last the longest, and which ones aren’t worth the extra money? What’s the most economical way to keep your expensive drivetrain running smoothly? And what are our hosts’ favorite chain lubes?

Dec 4, 2019

This week's episode features special guest Jonathan Vaughters of EF-Education First. He's in town ahead of his impending Flagstaff climbing showdown with Neal Rogers. 

The show opens with a discussion of Egan Bernal's decision to race the Giro and Tour, and then pivots to Sofie de Vuyst and doping in the women's peloton. 

Finally, James laments the lack of winterized helmet options on the market. 

Nov 28, 2019

This is the first episode of Freewheeling, a new podcast from Abby Mickey and the editors of CyclingTips. Please note that Freewheeling will exist on the regular CyclingTips Podcast channel this week only. In the future, you'll have to subscribe to Freewheeling separately. 

This episode tackles important angles on athlete health and nutrition, and delves into RED-S, or Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports. Abby speaks with Ruth Winder, current US National Road Champion, about her fight to stay healthy in a sport that prizes low weight, and Jackson Long, a nutritionist who specializes in athlete health. 

Nov 20, 2019

This week's episode opens with a discussion of team allocations for the Tokyo Olympics, then delves into the proper pronunciation of Mads Pedersen.

In this week's Nerd Alert, James speaks with a carbon expert about carbon fiber fork steerer failures - sparked by last week's BMC recall. Is the push for integration making bikes less safe?  

Nov 14, 2019

This week's show opens with a remembrance of Raymond Poulidor, who passed away this week. 

Then, we dive headfirst into the tribunal of Richard Freeman and the sordid testimony this week of Shane Sutton. 

In this week's Nerd Alert, we discuss mandatory helmet laws and a patent for a Shimano gearbox. 

Oct 30, 2019

The Tour of California is going on hiatus - or is it done for good? Caley and Neal discuss the news that America's biggest road race won't happen in 2020. 

Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman is finally testifying. What do we expect to hear? 

In this week's Nerd Alert, Dave Rome talks through a pro mechanic's toolbox - what they use, what they don't, and why. And then Caley's true feelings about torque wrenches slip out. 

 

Oct 17, 2019

The 2020 Tour de France is low on sprint stages, low on time trials, low on long stages, and is full of climbs from end to end. It's a Tour that looks more like a Vuelta - more dynamic, less formulaic. It's a great match for today's ever-shortening attention spans. 

Is that a good thing? 

In this week's Nerd Alert, James looks into some strange moves at Strava and the failure of cars to stop when they're supposed to.  

Oct 9, 2019

This week's episode opens with a discussion of the British Zwift eRacing national champion who had his title stripped and was given a 6-month ban after he cheated on his way to his national title. 

Then, we look ahead to Lombardia, the last of the Monuments. 

Finally, James takes a look at a new system from WTB that claims it can guess which saddle you need based on, of all things, the width of your wrists. 

Oct 2, 2019

This week's episode opens with our final thoughts on the World Championships, including the controversy surrounding the disqualification of Nils Eekhoff in the men's U23 race. 

In this week's Nerd Alert, James pulls out a study from NASA that provides some insight into why some tires might be better than others on wet roads. 

Sep 29, 2019

In our final Worlds episode, Dave and Caley chat with Abby Mickey about Annemiek van Vleuten's dominant performance in the elite women's race, then break down a thrilling, brutally difficult men's race. 

Then Caley tries more English foods, and Dave's mum makes an appearance. 

Sep 27, 2019

The Worlds roll on. The time trials, juniors, and espoirs are behind us, and only the elites remain. 

Caley and Dave are in Harrogate, trying out all sorts of local delicacies, and open this week's episode with a discussion of junior world champion Quinn Simmons' quick jump up to the WorldTour. 

Then, Caley sits down with Abby Mickey to preview the elite women's race and talk about the junior road race winner, Megan Jastrab. 

 

Sep 25, 2019

This week's episode comes straight from Harrogate, where the Yorkshire worlds kicked off on Monday and continue through Sunday. Caley Fretz and Dave Everett are on the ground and discuss Chloe Dygert's dominant win, Rohan Dennis' redemption ride, Yorkshire accents, Yorkshire food products, a rider from Ghana, and much more. 

Sep 19, 2019

This week's episode opens with a discussion of Iain Treloar's recent column on his old Cannondale CaadX, which, contrary to all known marketing, still shreds. 

Where has the bike industry gotten it right, and where has it inflated claims of technological advancement? James and Caley discuss. 

Then, Marshall Opel sits down with Dirty Kanza winner Colin Strickland for a wide-ranging chat about all things gravel. 

Sep 11, 2019

James is back from a Eurobike show full of bikes with motors and bikes for riding nowhere, and it feels like an existential moment for the bike world. How do we feel about these changes to the fundamental nature of cycling? 

Plus, we hear from Sepp Kuss and Nielson Powless on their time at cycling's new juggernaut, Jumbo-Visma, and discuss Mathieu van der Poel's insane Tour of Britain sprint. 

Sep 5, 2019

In this week's episode, Caley and Neal are joined by Dane Cash to discuss the ongoing Vuelta a Espana, now in its second week. Can Primoz Roglic hold his lead? Is Movistar's lack of cohesion actually a good thing? Then we hear, briefly, from CyclingTips' reporters in Germany, where the Eurobike tradeshow just kicked off.

Aug 29, 2019

This week's episode comes to you from Rapha's Boulder, Colorado clubhouse. We talk Vuelta, Marcel Kittel, Colorado Classic, and then James brings up something a bit controversial: Electronic drivetrains aren't always reliable.

Aug 27, 2019

In this special episode of the CyclingTips Podcast, Marshall Opel sits down with Tyler Hamilton. 

Hamilton raced for two of the most notorious teams of cycling's doping era, US Postal and CSC, and wrote a tell-all book called The Secret Race after he was banned for doping for a second time. He moved to Montana, largely to escape the pro cycling world. Marshall caught up with him there and found out what he's been up to, and what his relationship to the sport looks like now. 

Aug 20, 2019

This week’s Podcast comes to you from a Boulder institution, Vecchio’s Bicicletteria, where Neal, James, and Caley first talk about Tom Dumoulin’s move to Jumbo Visma (is that team as strong as Ineos now?) and then dig into the best way to find a good mechanic.

Aug 14, 2019

There's a lot to rave about in modern bike tech, and a lot to rant about, too. James Huang leads this episode off with a Nerd Alert segment discussing the best and worst of the bike industry. 

This week's episode is recorded from our Endless Gravel van, and we have chief gravel correspondent (and van driver) Marshall Opel on the show to discuss gravel racing and victory - and whether the two belong together. 

Finally, Matt de Neef is in Boulder all the way from CT's Melbourne office and discusses his ride up Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in North America.  

Jul 29, 2019

As cyclists, we are forever chasing the elusive free watts of power, extra few kilometers per hour and a few less grams on the scales, all with the goal of going faster.


In our new dedicated Tech series we're calling 'Nerd Alert', we aim to dispel the myths, understand the technology, and bring you the information you need to go faster.The first episode sees James Huang and Caley Fretz sit down with Specialized’s director of integrated technologies, Chris Yu, and Professor Robert Chung to discuss all things aerodynamics and just how much it matters.

Jul 29, 2019

The best Tour de France in years is over. Caley and Rupert are in Paris, joined by Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal and Matt White, director sportif at Mitchelton-Scott, to discuss the last three weeks. 

Jul 28, 2019

Egan Bernal secures yellow for Paris as Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France stage 20 from the break.

Caley, Iain, Rupert, and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson talk about Bernal's Tour performance, what it means for Colombia, and what it means for the race.

Jul 27, 2019

Egan Bernal is in the yellow jersey after a wild stage 19 at the Tour de France, which was cut short due to extreme weather and hazardous road conditions.

Caley, Rupert, Iain, and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson discuss the day's dramatic events and where the race stands with two days left.

Jul 25, 2019

Nairo Quintana won the stage, but did Movistar even want him to? And Egan Bernal got a gap, only to have his teammate try to bridge across. It was a day for odd tactics, and Rupert and Caley are joined by ESPN.com's Bonnie Ford and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson to talk through a spectacular day of racing.

Plus, James Huang calls in for a Nerd Alert segment on climbing bikes.

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