We're back to our regular weekly episodes, and that means a return to the Giro d'Italia. The big TT was Tuesday — how did things shake out? Was Simon Yates' final weakness actually weak? Neal and Caley break down the last week of the Italian grand tour.
Plus, reports suggest Colombian phenom Egan Bernal will race the Tour de France. Is that a good idea?
And finally, a Nerd Alert in which James Huang rides an old road bike to see just how far road bikes have come (or not come, as the case may be.)
In this episode, Caley Fretz catches up with former pro Tim Johnson to break down the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California and analyze the top sprinters ahead of the Tour de France.
Plus, a chat with Rally doctor Kelby Bethards about what it takes to keep his team moving and thoughts on form and ability from an introspective Lachlan Morton.
Egan Bernal and Katie Hall came into the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California with the weight of expectation. Both delivered. In this episode, we break down the GC battles and chat with Hall and Bernal's chief lieutenant, Tao Geoghegan Hart to find out how they did it.
Plus, a chat with the 20-year-old American who finished 7th, despite a flat tire in the time trial.
Fernando Gaviria took his second stage win and Kendall Ryan took her first ever leader's jersey in Elk Grove, California on Thursday. Caley Fretz is on the ground at the race and chats with Ian Boswell about the speed of the peloton (he says it's faster) and Toms Skujins about his breakaway confidence and his victory solute. Plus he checks out a strider race for 3-year-olds.
Then, Neal Rogers joins to dig into the GC picture, and how things might play out on the Tahoe stage. The men face a hard stage, harder than previous editions to Tahoe, and the stage will decide the overall for both the men's and women's race.
The second of three key stages at the Tour of California, a 34km time trial through Morgan Hill, is now behind us. Where to the favorites sit? Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz walk the pits at the TT and chat discuss the stage.
Plus, a Nerd Alert with wind tunnel engineer Chris Yu, who gives us a lesson in bike aerodynamics.
Toms Skujins has now won three stages in four starts at the Tour of California. How does he do it? More brains than brawn, he says. And did he plan that victory solute? Not exactly.
Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz and in California and break down Tuesday's attack-filled stage, then look ahead to the time trial in Morgan Hill, which could decide the race overall. We hear from Peter Sagan and his director Patxi Villa, plus Egan Bernal and stage winner Skujins.
Yesterday, Egan Bernal told us that he is, quote, "Not yet a good road rider."
The first decisive GC stage of the Amgen Tour of California suggested otherwise. The Colombian talent spread his wings and flew away from the rest of the field.
We catch up with the new race leader plus his teammate Teo Geoghegan Hart, Tour de France climber's jersey winner Rafal Majka, and Brit Adam Yates to break down the stage.
Finally, the first in a recurring series: Why are you here? The Tour of California is a long way to go for the European peloton, so we asked classics man Oliver Naessen why he made the trek.
The first stage of the Tour of California ended, predictably, in a sprint. What did we learn from it? Who's leadout train is firing on all cylinders? Who needs to find their sprint legs? The best sprinters in the world are here, duking it out.
Plus, a 15-minute sit-down with one of the brightest talents in the sport, Colombian Egan Bernal. He's introspective and has his feet firmly planted on the ground.
The Amgen Tour of California kicks off Sunday and we'll record daily episodes all week for our beloved podcast listeners. This is the first: A preview of the week to come, in which we hear from top GC contender Tejay van Garderen and sprinter Caleb Ewan.
Plus, everything is bigger in America, including the roads. How does that affect the racing? We chat with the pros to find out.
The Giro d'Italia kicked off in Israel last weekend. What was it actually like? What did it mean to Israeli cyclists, and what did it mean to Palestinian cyclists? Matt de Neef filed a dispatch with answers.
Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz break down the racing of the first week and look ahead to the first GC battle on Etna.
This week's Nerd Alert includes a chat with Aqua Blue's mechanic about racing at the highest levels of the sport without a front derailleur.
The Giro d'Italia is about to kick off and we run through the key stages, evaluate the major contenders, and discuss the unique opening weekend, the first ever partenza outside Europe.
This week's Nerd Alert sets off with a small rant from James on the bike industry's inability to set its own tubeless standards, then morphs into a discussion of e-bikes on trails, and is topped off with an analysis of Vista Outdoor's announcement that it will see a number of its bicycle brands. Did the boycott work?
This week's episode comes to you from the grounds of the Sea Otter Classic, which is quickly becoming the go-to show for forward-looking bike tech. We run through the coolest tech from the festival and get some insight from SRAM into where the industry is headed.
It's not all Sea Otter, though. We're back in Boulder for the second half of the show to chat Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Lotto Soudal's team troubles, and the origins of CyclingTips itself with CT founder Wade Wallace.
There are tools and skills you need to bring on every ride — what are they? This week's Nerd Alert tackles roadside and trailside repairs.
But first, Michael Valgren won Amstel Gold in exactly the same way he won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. What's his secret? Is the new Amstel finish better than the old one? It's now a finish that better suits the fast men, including Peter Sagan, because the Cauberg is farther from the finish line. Does that make for better racing? Time for some debate.
Plus, Neal chats with the folks behind USA Crits, a series of the best criteriums in the US.
Paris-Roubaix did not disappoint. This year's edition was chaotic, beautiful, and terrifyingly difficult. As it always is. We break down Peter Sagan's win, the mistakes QuickStep made, and chat with Niki Terpstra and Taylor Phinney on the velodrome's infield.
This week's Nerd Alert focuses on Sagan's unique bike, his crazy mid-race stem adjustment, and the special models pros get to use.
On the eve of cycling's hardest one-day race, Caley Fretz and Neal Rogers discuss a muddy recon day, breaking QuickStep's dominance, Peter Sagan's chances, who might go home with the cobblestone trophy.
This week we're coming to you from the fields of Flanders, just hours after the Ronde. Caley Fretz and Dave Everett chat about the race, marvel at Belgian bike culture, lament bikes lost in canals, and dream of hearty stew.
Plus, Caley has a dispatch from his ride in one of EF's Tesla team cars during the race, Koen De Kort talks about recon rides, and — Nerd Alert — Trek-Segafredo's technical director Matt Shriver talks about bike setup for Flanders and Roubaix.
As tires get bigger and pressures decrease, is frame compliance really all that important anymore? Doesn't comfort just come from your tires? James Huang sets out to answer that question in this week's Nerd Alert.
But first, it's Flanders week. Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem are in the rearview mirror, and De Ronde looms. Who's looking good? Who isn't? Can anyone beat back the strongest QuickStep team we've seen in years?
It's not all cobbles, though. The Volta a Catalunya saw a battle of GC men, and Alejandro Valverde was the most impressive. That didn't sit well with everyone.
A driverless car hit and killed a woman walking her bike across a road in Tempe, Arizona last weekend. The incident is a reminder that autonomous vehicle technology is still in its development phase, and reopened questions as to whether such vehicles are truly ready for public roads. We chat with advocate and journalist Peter Flax about the coming wave of autonomous vehicles.
But first, Milan-San Remo! The first monument of the year was last Sunday, and Neal and Caley break down the finale and argue over how good the race actually is. Then they go on a massive tangent about covering the Tour de France and how the reporting game has changed.
Plus, Flax stays on the line to chat about his story on cyclingtips.com about the Crash Race, which is exactly as nuts as it sounds.
Winter turns to spring, summer turns to fall, and cyclists the world over have to figure out how to dress for the transition. This week's Nerd Alert picks the best clothing for the often cold, variable weather of shoulder seasons.
Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico are now behind us, and Milano-Sanremo is just ahead. What can the first two major stage races of the year tell us about the coming classics season? There's a long list of injuries and illnesses that will affect the coming races.
Nino Schurter was spotted on a new electronic, wireless mountain bike group. Will the clutch on a mountain bike derailleur kill battery life? Schurter also pulled out of his pedal at the first World Cup of the season. Was it his fault?
A hallmark of the modern cycling scandal is its location, wedged somewhere in between the ethical line the sport has drawn for itself and the legal line drawn by the WADA code. This week's news surrounding Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins is no different. We dig into how those lines are drawn, and how they might be re-drawn.
Strade Bianche was, once again, an incredible day of racing. Some are calling for a sixth monument. Would this race qualify?
Nerd Alert returns (briefly) to the gun and boycott debate before focusing one something far more enjoyable: The new Trek Checkpoint is the latest in a string of bikes designed for fun on any surface.
The conversation and debate over gun control following the Parkland shooting in Florida has seeped into the cycling world, as some consumers have called for a boycott of bike brands owned by the massive firearms and ammunition company Vista Outdoor, which is a major benefactor of the National Rifle Association. But would such a boycott even be effective?
Plus, we run through the week in bike news, from Tom Dumoulin's terrible bike throw to Alexander Vinokourov's strange financial woes, and James Huang pulls out his crystal ball and looks into the future of indoor training, augmented reality, and games like Zwift.
In this week's episode: The first cobbled classics of the season, a test for concussions, how the North American Handmade Bicycle Show predicts the future, and a sit-down with world champion Chantal Blaak.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is this weekend, and it will feature the final 60km of the old Tour of Flanders course. That means the Muur and the Bosberg are back in a finale, together at last.
A new blood test can detect proteins released when someone has a head injury. Right now, there's no sport-wide concussion protocol in place. Does such a blood test have a place in cycling?
Nerd Alert! James Huang just got back from NAHBS, a reliable predictor of the bikes we'll be riding (and yearning for) in a few year's time.
And finally, Anne-Marije Rook sits down with world champion Chantal Blaak for a wide-ranging interview.
As the winter Olympics kick off, Caley and Neal look into the link between the Games, world politics, and Team Sky's scandals. Turns out Sky and American democracy have quite a lot in common.
But first, a quick news roundup and a chat with Brandon McNulty, just 19 years old, who almost won a stage of the Dubai Tour in a solo breakaway.
This week's Nerd Alert dissects Elia Viviani's ridiculously long disc brake wheel change and Katie Compton's disc-sliced knee. Plus, should e-mountain bike racing be a thing?
This week's podcast sifts through the week in bicycle news — from a muddy cyclocross worlds to Adrien Costa's decision to step away from the sport — before taking a deep dive into two of James Huang's recent reviews.
The week in bicycles was full of racing news. Colombia Oro y Paz, a new stage race, set off on Monday, as did the Dubai Tour, the first opportunity for the world's top sprinters to go head-to-head. Cyclocross worlds wrapped up on Sunday with a somewhat surprising victory, and one of America's brightest young talents, Adrien Costa, has decided not to race for Hagens Berman Axeon in 2018.
The Angry Asian (our very own James Huang) isn't angry about people who ride with headphones, but he is a bit disappointed in them. James recently tested a solution: bone-conduction headphones. We find out whether they really work, and let James get a bit ranty while we're at it.
Finally, James recently finished up a two-year (yes, two years) test of Trek's aero Madone. What did he learn from living with the bike for that long? Has his view of aero bikes changed?
Three American amateur racers were suspended for doping, or avoiding anti-doping tests, in the last week. What's going on?
Wout Van Aert is going to race Paris-Roubaix. Can the 'cross star compete?
We take issue with a tweet from Outside Magazine.
Nerd Alert! James Huang and Caley Fretz discuss James' recent trip to the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in this week's tech segment.
Plus, a look at the cyclocross world championships with Neal Rogers and Anne-Marije Rook and then a chat with mountain biker Kate Courtney.