Neal, James and Caley are back in the basement for the first time in nearly a month and open this week's episode with a pressing question: Is Liege-Bastogne-Liege finally exciting? And, follow up, why can't ASO give us live coverage of the women's race?
That discussion ties into the second part of the show, which digs into the Rapha Roadmap for the future of road cycling. This massive document lays out problems with pro cycling, and proposes solutions. But would those solutions work? And who would implement them?
In this week's Nerd Alert, James poses a reader question: Does a product's place or origin matter?
We're back in a basement, though it's not the same basement. Neal has some sort of flu, so Caley and James are in James' basement this week, along with Dane Cash. The three discuss Mathieu van der Poel's incredible Amstel Gold victory — one of the most amazing finishes we've ever seen — and Kasia Niewiadoma's daring attack, then look ahead to Fleche Wallonne.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James chats with a tubeless rim manufacturer that isn't happy with the new tubeless "standard."
Dave Everett and Caley Fretz begin their Sunday in Hell with a walk around the pits at the start in Compiegne, chatting with Silca's Josh Poertner about tire optimization. Then they hop in their rental car and head out on course.
Will their oil pan survive? What does it feel like to stand on the final corner before the Roubaix velodrome? These and other important questions, answered herein.
It's holy week, and this week's episode comes from the ground at the Tour of Flanders, including interviews at the Antwerp depart and Oudenaarde finish.
Caley is joined by Dave Everett for a wander around the Flanders, including chats with the John Degenkolb, Heinrich Haussler, Taylor Phinney, Ruth Winder, Jonathan Vaughters, and more.
Caley takes you inside the celebrations at EF, and Dave settles an age-old question: Socks over leg warmers, or under?
It's here. Holy week. Flanders, Roubaix, the best one-day races all year. Neal, James, and Caley start off the show with a look at E3 and Gent-Wevelgem, and what they tell us about the way things could play out across the fields of Belgium and northern France.
On this week's Nerd Alert, James calls up the researcher behind Virginia Tech's third-party helmet safety tests to get the real story behind all the claims and counterclaims that have been thrown around since Bontrager announced its Wavecell helmet line.
La Classicissima! Milan-San Remo put on a show, with daredevil descents and dropped chains, and a worthy winner. But Trefeo Binda might have been even better.
Neal, Caley, and Dane Cash break down the weekend's racing, attempt impromptu race commentary of Volta Catalunya, and discuss Matthieu Van der Poel's post-crash recovery.
In Nerd Alert, James has been digging into John Degenkolb's dropped chain on the Poggio. What is it about road racing that makes 1x hard to perfect?
Dave Brailsford did it. He found a sponsor. What does the Ineos news mean? Who's the man behind the money? This week's episode digs into the announcement.
Plus, we round up the week's racing news, from Paris-Nice to Tirreno to Drenthe, and have a look at the recently announced hilly start of the 2020 Tour de France.
James is in New York City for the launch of Bontrager's new WaveCell helmet tech. He talks to the researchers behind the development, which is claimed to be 48 times more effective at preventing concussions.
We open this week's episode with a breakdown of one of the season's best one-day races, Strade Bianche, plus a look at a windy first few stages of Paris-Nice.
Then, we hear an astounding interview from the Nordic Nation podcast with Karel Tammjärv, one of the cross country skiers busted in Austria for blood transfusions. Tammjärv explains in detail how he got around the biological passport.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James sits down with Mavic to talk about the newly settled road tubeless standard.
Finally, we remember Kelly Catlin, who died last weekend.
This week's episode opens with an analysis of last weekend's Belgian opener, then we chat with Dane Cash about Rohan Dennis' general classification ambitions.
Neal rang up the communications director from E3 Harelbeke to ask about that weird frog poster. Then we dig into the recent doping confessions of two Austrian cyclists.
Finally, we ask an existential question: Is Zwift making us soft?
We open this week's episode with a recap of recent racing, plus a call-in from our man in the Middle East, Dane Cash.
Then James, Neal, and Caley discuss the very strange E3 Harelbeke poster, which appears to show two body painted women turning themselves into a frog. Or something. We're not quite sure.
Then, in Nerd Alert, James calls up Josh Poertner to ask about the entry of tubeless tires into the world of pro cycling. Josh says they'll be everywhere in five years.
This episode wraps up with a chat about riding across Kyrgyzstan.
This week's episode opens with a roundup of February's racing, including discussion of the exhilarating Tour Colombia and how that style could be translated to Europe.
Then we talk retirement and legacy with Helen Wyman.
In this week's Nerd Alert, Dave Rome speaks with pro mechanics about the particular difficulties of implementing disc brakes into the WorldTour.
Plus, we answer VeloClub questions about chain wear, the lure of Campagnolo, and objectivity in journalism.
After wrapping up the week's racing news, Neal, James and Caley dive into a discussion of the ethical quandary presented by big-money race promoters in ethically dubious countries.
On Nerd Alert, we call up Jeff Rowe of Neutral Sans Frontiers to ask how 12-speed SRAM complicates an already complicated situation.
Finally, we answer VeloClub listener questions, both philosophical and pragmatic.
This week's episode opens with cyclocross worlds, including a dissection of Lucinda Brand's odd pit crash. Then we have a dispatch from Australia and the Herald Sun Tour.
Then, on Nerd Alert, James gets a bit ranty about water bottles that don't use a regular water bottle cage, and we award the first CyclingTippy WHY?! Award.
Finally, we answer a VeloClub question: Are carbon wheels more comfortable than aluminum wheels?
This week's episode opens with the sordid tale of Iljo Keisse's disrespectful act toward a woman in Argentina, his subsequent apology, and then his team's utter failure to properly address the issue.
Then, James posits an interesting question: Is it possible to use equipment to close the gap between riders of different abilities? What's the best way to do it?
The Tour Down Under has wrapped up, Richie Porte won on Willunga again but didn't win the race. Caley and Neal kick off this week's episode with a discussion of Porte's efforts, and then we have a dispatch from Matt de Neef in which he chats with riders who are on new teams.
In this week's Nerd Alert, a debate rages over the fuzzy line between gravel bikes and mountain bikes. At what point is a gravel bike just a hardtail with drop bars? New gravel bikes with 29-inch wheels and 2.0" tires — mountain bike sizes — have us wondering what on earth is going on.
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.