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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. 

Dec 31, 2017

This year saw dubious and outlandish marketing claims, brilliant bits of trickle-down engineering, and trends that will change the face of the bike industry forever. What was the best tech of 2017? What about the worst? Caley Fretz, James Huang, and Dave Rome hand out the first annual CyclingTips Tech Awards (working title — help us come up with a better one in the comments). 

Dec 25, 2017

As the holidays swirl around us and the calendar ticks over, it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the first annual CyclingTips Podcast Awards.

Caley Fretz, Neal Rogers, Shane Stokes, and Anne-Marije Rook look back at a season that had a bit of everything — incredible victories, deplorable acts, above-average intrigue — and award the best and worst of the 2017 pro cycling season. 


Dec 19, 2017

Everesting noun. An endurance test in which a cyclist rides up and down a climb until he or she reaches the elevation gain of Mount Everest. 

What if someone Everested on Mount Everest? CyclingTips own Andy Van Bergen gave it a shot, and he's on the podcast to chat about preparation, altitude sickness, and the emotion that builds behind any massive endeavour. 

Lance Armstrong has been invited to the Tour of Flanders. What does he get out of it? What does Flanders get? What do we get?

USA Cycling is borrowing from the British cycling model with its new National Team. Neal brings us a report on the changes. 

There isn't much left to say about Chris Froome's salbutamol situation. We decided to give the topic five minutes. Neal starts a timer and Caley provides a brief update. 

James loves a good e-bike, and he thinks the e-bike discussion is focused on the wrong bikes.  



Dec 13, 2017

Chris Froome has tested positive. A sample from the Vuelta a Espana was found to contain double the legal limit of the asthma drug Salbutamol. What does this mean for Froome? What exactly is Salbutamol? What does it do? Caley Fretz and Shane Stokes dig into the breaking news. 

In this episode, your hosts chat with Peter Flax about his recent feature on American racing mainstay Bill Elliston, then call up Enve and Mavic to ask them about safety concerns with carbon clincher wheels. Finally, after eight positive tests at the Vuelta a Colombia, can we trust the best performances of Colombian cycling? Klaus Bellon, a writer born in Bogota and now living in the U.S., gives us a reason to believe. 

Dec 5, 2017

What happens when a pro doesn't like his or her bike? Well, sometimes they switch teams. For time trialists in particular, following the fastest equipment is a well-honed path to success. News Editor Shane Stokes caught up with Ryan Mullen to chat about the time he thinks he'll gain with a move to Trek-Segafredo, and Neal Rogers and James Huang dig into a rift between 'cross star Wout Van Aert and his team's bike sponsor.  

Ever tried bunny hopping a patriarchy? Ellen Noble does it, pretty much every weekend. Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook brings us a story about empowerment through airtime. 

And yes, we were wrong about Chris Froome going to the Giro. But now that we know he's going, what does it mean? Caley Fretz thinks he may not win any more Tours de France as a result. 

Nov 28, 2017

The Giro d'Italia is going to Israel, and Chris Froome might be going to the Giro. Can we separate sport and politics in the most politically charged city on earth? Will Froome risk missing out on his fifth Tour de France and aim for the maglia rosa? 

Caley Fretz, Neal Rogers, and James Huang open this week's episode with a look at the news and controversy swirling around the Giro d'Italia. Then, James goes public with his bold attempt to make a rim brake bike stop as well as a disc brake bike and Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook chats with America's first cannabis sponsored cyclist. 

This episode of the CyclingTips Podcast is brought to you by Stages Cycling. 

Nov 20, 2017

The controversy dates back to 2011, when a mysterious medical package was flown from Manchester to the French Alps near the end of the Criterium du Dauphine. Last week, UK Anti-Doping dropped its investigation into Bradley Wiggins and the jiffy bag, and then Wiggins released a statement extolling his exoneration. 

But is he, really? We chat with the reporter who broke key details of the Wiggins story, Matt Lawton, and then look into Wiggins' changing public statements on doping and dopers with CyclingTips News Editor Shane Stokes. 

Then, a look at the health — or lack thereof — of elite athletes. A recent SHecret Pro column dug into the topic, and Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook went looking for answers. Are elite athletes actually healthy? 

Nov 15, 2017

Welcome to new CyclingTips Podcast, a revamped weekly show with hosts Caley Fretz, Neal Rogers, James Huang, and CyclingTips editors from around the globe. Every week, we'll bring you big, beautiful, emotional stories, insider tech knowledge and tips, unique interviews, and much more. 

This week, Caley, Neal, and James dig into the spat between Phil Gaimon and Fabian Cancellara, which could be headed for a court room. We found a lawyer of our own to find out whether Gaimon is truly in hot water over a passage in his book that says Cancellara "probably did have a motor."

Then, we hear from Neal and Mathieu van der Poel. One of them is writing a big feature, the other is an unbelievable, once-in-a-generation talent. 

Finally, James does the math on 1x drivetrains following the news that pro team Aqua Blue will ride without front derailleurs at the highest level of pro racing next year.