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Mar 21, 2018

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 about the Crash Race, which is exactly as nuts as it sounds. 

Mar 14, 2018

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? 

Mar 7, 2018

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. 

Feb 28, 2018

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. 

Feb 21, 2018

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. 

Feb 13, 2018

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? 


Feb 7, 2018

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?

Jan 31, 2018

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. 

Jan 24, 2018

Peter Sagan has a tattoo of himself that asks the cycling world, "Why so serious?" Good question, Peter, good question. Caley Fretz and Australian Editor Matt De Neef are only semi-serious as they discuss Sagan's icon status and then wrap up the Tour Down Under. On the docket are the impressive ride of Sky's young Colombian Egan Bernal, a chat with George Bennett about a surgery for side cramps, and deciding once and for all whether time bonuses are good for bike racing. 

Jan 17, 2018

The Podcast is in Australia! Caley Fretz and CyclingTips founder Wade Wallace start off with a few Tour Down Under predictions (which will almost certainly be wrong) and then Dave Rome gives us a guided tour of the mechanic's pits at the year's first WorldTour Race. There are new powermeters, new sponsors, and lots of integration in the pro ranks this year. 

The Women's Tour Down Under saw its most competitive edition ever and Simone Giuliani was there to report on the action. 

James Huang is just back from the world's largest consumer electronics show, CES, and spent some time checking out vehicle technology that could save cyclist's lives. 

Finally, Neal Rogers and Anne-Marije Rook dig into US Cyclocross Nationals, including chats with Katie Compton, Stephen Hyde, and Jeremy Powers. 


Jan 9, 2018

Now is the time to visit Colombia. After decades of violence, the cycling-mad nation is open and safe and utterly beautiful. Caley Fretz spoke with Colombian guide Francisco Lopez about the country's long overdue exhalation, and what it means for both locals and cycling tourists. 

But first, Simone Giuliani and Matt de Neef report on last weekend's Australian Nationals. There were hat-tricks and surprises and excessive heat. 

James Huang is en route to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and hints at his drone shopping plans. 

Finally, Neal Rogers chats with the director of a new documentary on Eritrean Cycling called King of the Mountains and with an up-and-coming American talent Neilson Powless.