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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luke Rowe and Tony Martin were kicked out of the Tour following an incident. Did they deserve it? Can they appeal?
Caley, Rupe, and Iain are once again joined by Josh Robinson of the Wall Street Journal to talk about the day's racing, and the day's controversy. Then, they discuss Josh's Thursday front page story on the two men in charge of artfully adjusting inappropriate road paint.
The Tour de France rolled out of its second rest day and into baking temperatures and a relatively straightforward sprint stage. But nothing at the Tour is every truly straightforward.
Geraint Thomas fell down again. Caleb Ewan proved he's the man to beat in Paris, if he can get there. Iain Treloar only got two keychains from the caravan. Caley, Rupert, and Josh Robinson break down the heat-soaked action and look ahead to the looming Alps.
It's hot in Nîmes. Very hot. Caley, Rupert and Iain are joined by Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal in the shade of a square in this southern French city to discuss the legacy of this year's Tour de France winner.
To wrap things up, Iain takes us deep into a Tour de France caravan schwag experience.
Julian Alaphilippe takes an impressive stage 13 time trial win to extend his Tour de France lead. Marianne Vos storms to victory at La Course.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain talk with Bonnie Ford and Joshua Robinson about a compelling day in France.
Simon Yates got his first Tour de France stage win, Rohan Dennis abandoned the race under unusual circumstances.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain discuss the day's events from Pau with some insights from other Tour journalists as well, plus a brief appearance by Dave Everett.
What could have been a mellow sprint stage was anything but. The GC was flipped on its head, all thanks to a bit of wind.
Caley and Rupert are joined by Ann Braeckman, Iain Treloar, and Ian Parker to break down the day's racing, and what it might mean for the Tour ahead.
More importantly, we rate the press buffet and determine the current leader in the hour classification.
Daryl Impey stole the show in the Tour's 9th stage, taking a breakaway win. Julian Alaphilippe remains in yellow. Luke Durbridge has the coveted Hour Classification. Can he defend it through tomorrow?
The Giro Rosa wrapped up with a somewhat predictable result. Abby calls in with the latest, and then looks ahead to La Course, which takes place in Pau this week.
If you listened to stage 7’s episode and were annoying by interference noises, we do apologize. We’ve pulled that episode down (so if you listened, congrats, you experienced an extinct episode!).
Thankfully, our Giro Rosa coverage survived. So here’s that. We’ll be back to normal after stage 8 of the Toue wraps up.
The first true test of the Tour de France left almost every team a winner - with one notable exception - and provided a look into the next two weeks of racing. The standouts? Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe. Caley and Rupert discuss the day's racing, and what it all means.
At the Giro Rosa, a lumpy stage ended as a few others have before. Abby Mickey calls in with the details.
Elia Viviani sprinted to his first ever Tour de France stage victory with a strong display of speed and great lead-out from his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates. Caley and Rupert talk sprint battles and we hear from Caleb Ewan, third on the day, before looking ahead to the hills and mountains on the horizon.
At the Giro Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten powered to a queen stage victory and took a commanding overall lead.
Julian Alaphilippe took the first yellow jersey for a Frenchman since 2014, and what a show it was. Caley and Rupert chat about his ride, and then look ahead to the green jersey competition.
At the Giro Rosa, we saw another finish end with an 'oops.'