Bike racing is back! Neal, James, and Caley begin with the news that the UCI will ban the painkiller Tramadol, often used in "finish bottles," from competition beginning in March. Then they take a look at Elia Viviani's first WorldTour sprint of the year and chat with Jonathan Vaughters about his team's new kit (and his Flagstaff duel with Neal).
James has issues with some of the vehicle tech being launched at the Consumer Electronics Show, and thinks it may actually make riding more dangerous.
Finally, Neal calls Phil Liggett to talk about his longtime co-commentator, Paul Sherwen, who recently passed away.
Disc brakes can be very loud. It's a reality that road cyclists are beginning to come to grips with, but there are things riders can do to minimize the noise. For some insight, James and Caley call up Christian Huele, a former pro cyclocross racer who now works for SwissStop.
But first, there's quite a lot to be excited about as the 2019 racing season kicks off. Neal has a list of the big moments and trends to keep an eye out for this year.
It's time for the second annual CyclingTips Podcast CyclingTippy Awards!
James Huang and Caley Fretz are joined by Dave Rome (all the way from Sydney) for a rundown of the best, worst, fastest, slowest, and most annoying tech of 2018. Plus, we make our tech predictions for 2019.
James, Neal, and Caley are in the basement for the final episode of 2018 with a pile of questions from you, our dear listeners. They answer questions about gravel bikes, drivetrain upgrades, favorite snacks, road racing tactics, and more.
Thank you to everyone who listened, laughed, shared, and commented this year. The CyclingTips Podcast wouldn't exist without you.
Caley and Neal chat with Peter Flax and ask him why he stopped wearing a helmet a few months ago.
Then, Caley calls up James to chat about the new SRAM 12-speed cassette that was spotted over the weekend at the Saitama Criterium in Japan. The nerd alert duo discusses the other new tech they spotted beside the cassette.
Caley, James, and Neal are in the basement talking gravel bikes and how to make your gravel bike better. The conversation gets nerdy when it comes to tires and wheels. Is 650b the way to go for a gravel bike?
And, the trio talks about the WorldTour calendar and how it's way too long and too complicated.
Caley, Neal, and James are in the basement to discuss Thibaut Pinot's emphatic victory at Il Lombardia and how the Frenchman is cycling's most mortal star.
The trio then debates Zwift racing and whether virtual racing is a future discipline of cycling. Sides are definitely chosen between the three when talking about the pros and cons.
Finally, James gets super nerdy when he brings up a gearbox he saw at Chris King's recent open house and builder showcase in Portland. Are gearboxes the future?
Caley, James, and Neal open this week's episode chatting about Kanstantsin Siutsou's positive test for EPO.
Then the trio talks about Ashton Lambie's individual pursuit record and how he isn't your typical track world record holder. We also hear from Lambie.
Finally, Steve Frothingham of Bicycle Retailer joins the show to talk tariffs and how the new tariffs taking effect against China will affect the bicycle market - and potentially make buying bikes in the US more expensive.
Caley, James, and Neal open this week's episode examining the opening days of the Vuelta a Espana and look at the recent emergence of LottoNL-Jumbo as a serious GC grand tour team.
The trio also chats about the folding of Aqua Blue Sport and a peculiar anonymous email we received.
Finally, Italian frame builder Dario Pegoretti passed away last week at the age of 62. We talk with Silca's Joshua Poertner, who worked closely with Pegoretti, about the Italian legend.
A bike, any bike, is a sum of its decisions. Good ones and, yes, sometimes bad ones.
Who makes those decisions? People do. Well, mostly. Computers help quite a lot these days. But even with all sorts of fancy software, building a new bike from scratch still takes a huge team of people. It takes engineers of all sorts. A product manager to make sure the thing works. Aerodynamicists to make it fast. Designers to make it pretty. The announcement of a new model is the final step in a process that began two to three years prior. That’s two to three years of decisions.
A pile of new bikes came out before the Tour de France this year. Among them was this Venge. We wrote about it then, and we’ve been riding it since. One thing stuck out: It’s a lot better than the last Venge. Way better.
That comes down to decisions. So, at Specialized’s invitation, we flew to Morgan Hill, California, home of Specialized HQ, and sat down with four people responsible for most of those decisions.
This episode is brought to you by Specialized.
We open this week's episode looking back at the Colorado Classic where UnitedHealthcare went 1-2 in both the men's and women's final overall standings. The program is set to fold at the end of the season.
Then, Shane Stokes looks into the importance of resilience in the sport of cycling.
Finally, James, Neal, and Caley talk about what makes things cool in cycling. And who decides that stuff is cool, anyway?
We open this week's episode with a small rant, and a bit of cursing. James doesn't like it when cyclists treat each other as the enemy. We're all friends here, right?
Then, a discussion of some of the unfortunate events of the last week. We have Lance Armstrong's thoughts on the Jan Ullrich situation, plus the sad story of Adrien Costa's climbing accident and the incredible reaction from the cycling family.
Finally, a look at the winner of last week's Tour of Utah, a young climber from Colorado named Sepp Kuss, and then a look ahead to the Colorado Classic.
And we're back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Caley is back from the Tour de France and rejoins James and Neal to talk about the racing that's gone on since the Tour finished (yes, there's been some) and the best ways to travel with your bike, without breaking it.
Plus, a dive into the mystery of Mr. X, a shadowy figure who went from cycling advocate to cycling hater. Our own Matt de Neef and Iain Treloar spent the better part of two months digging into his story, and bring you a short documentary with their findings.
"Ghosts I-IV" by Nine Inch Nails is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
This week's episode kicks off with Neal and Caley discussing the UCI's abrupt dropping of Chris Froome's Salbutamol case. The dynamic duo analyze the statements given by all parties and dive into how this decision will affect the future of professional cycling.
Then it’s preview time. The Tour de France begins Saturday and this year's route is a doozy. We outline the route and explain which stages are the ones you will not want to miss.
Finally, the favourites and possible contenders for the different Tour jerseys are examined and, of course, the duo make their predictions on who will win this year's Grande Boucle.
This week's episode kicks off with a roundup of last weekend's national championships, which occurred across much of Europe and in North America, before diving into a new helmet test that attempts to rank popular helmets not for weight or aerodynamics but for how safe they are. Surprisingly, that's a novel concept.
Finally, an interview with the author of a book about Greg LeMond's comeback from being shot while turkey hunting in 1987.
It's all tech, all the time this week. Caley Fretz and James Huang are joined by Dave Rome to run through the future of road drivetrains from all three major manufacturers, plus a look at players trying to break in like FSA and Rotor.
Plus, plenty of hate for closed-off standards, 1x drivetrains that are dropping chains, and electronics that just won't work. No drivetrain company escapes our ire this week.
James Huang thinks you have enough bikes. Do you? For years we've believed in N+1, the equation that dictates that the correct number of bicycles to own is the number you currently own (N), plus one. But bikes are more versatile than ever, and that means maybe you don't need +1. Maybe N is enough.
Plus, Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz break down the Criterium du Dauphine, including Team's Sky's dominant performance and Geraint Thomas' chances of riding for himself at the Tour de France.
The Dauphiné used as a final test for bikes and equipment before the Tour de France. So what have we seen? What does it mean? We run through the latest goodies from France.
Then, we dig into the controversy that came out of Dirty Kanza last weekend. Kanza is the world's premier gravel event, and is growing rapidly. That's led to some growing pains.
eBikes are coming. In many places, they're already here. James Huang and Caley Fretz sit down with two experts in the field to run through the arguments for and against their use on- and off-road.
In this episode, Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz dissect the controversial stage 19 ride of Chris Froome, who has been accused of both being both "unbelievable" and a tactical mastermind. Which is it?
The ride has been compared to Floyd Landis' escapade at the 2006 Tour de France. So we called up Floyd to find out what he thinks, and to help define exactly what "doing a Landis" might mean.
Plus, a chat with Chad Haga, one of Tom Dumoulin's Giro lieutenants.
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.