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Apr 10, 2019

The new Specialized Roubaix launched this week, and you've probably seen the headlines: It has a new Future Shock, aero tube shapes, stealthy, sleek looks, and more.

Just as we did with the Venge last summer, we wanted to dig deeper. So we asked for an early test bike, rode it, and then flew to Specialized headquarters in Morgan Hill, California, sat down with the engineers and product managers behind the bike. 

This podcast goes deep into the development of the Roubaix, from early mistakes to tricky fixes to final product. 

Dec 20, 2018

Telecommunications giant Sky is pulling out of cycling. Caley, Neal and James discuss the implications this will have on the sport. 

Caley also catches up with EF-Drapac boss Jonathan Vaughters to talk about cycling's future.

In Nerd Alert, James chats about a bike he recently tested and why it's really good. 

Dec 12, 2018

Is Peter Sagan switching to mountain biking? Where does he rank among the all-time greats? Caley, Neal, and James discuss a recent interview where the three-time world champ suggested he'll leave road racing in a few years. 

In Nerd Alert, Donn Kellogg of Donnelly Sports joins the trio to talk tires and things of that nature.

Dec 5, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James are back in the basement with a new snack. The trio remembers legendary commentator Paul Sherwen and call Lance Armstrong to get his thoughts. In Nerd Alert, Specialized's Head of Human Performance Todd Carver joins the group to talk 'Q Factor' aka pedal stands width.

Nov 29, 2018

Caley, James, and Neal reflect on the Giro Della Donna and Alberto Contador's appearance. Caley talked to Contador about many things while he was in Australia.

Andrea Tafi, as many of you have heard, is attempting to ride Paris-Roubaix next year at 52. We chatted with exercise physiology graduate Zach Nehr about the science behind aging and endurance sports.

In nerd alert, the guys discuss Specialized's new MIPS helmets and give our listeners an impromptu gift guide.

Nov 16, 2018

He calls them breakdown rides. Rides that take him deep enough into himself that something breaks or heals, or sometimes both. Iain Treloar speaks to us about a recent breakdown ride he took.

Also, James is back from his top-secret mission to get the scoop on Continental's foray into tubeless road tires. Is an industry standard coming soon?

Oct 30, 2018

Caley, James and Neal are back in the basement discussing an array of topics from Neal's weight-loss plan, power meters and radios in bike racing, and personalizing your frame with anodization. 


Oct 10, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James open the episode in the basement by reading an email they received from a fan. 

The trio then discusses how to fix bike racing. The conversation centres around Rapha's new partnership with EF-Drapac. We hear from EF-Drapac CEO Jonathan Vaughters and Rapha CEO and founder Simon Mottram.

Also in nerd alert, James dives deep into how he reviews products. The conversation turns to his relationship with bike companies. Do companies incentivize him to write a good review?

Oct 5, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James are back in the basement, albeit a bit later this week, but, nonetheless, the trio discusses the many layers that are surrounding Alejandro Valverde's win at the world road championships.

In nerd alert, James catches up with Oakley's Kyle Donahue at Interbike to examine lens tints and what sort of technology goes into creating lenses that let us see the world crisply. As it turns out, the technology isn't all that simple.

Sep 26, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James are back together in the basement to tackle what they see as a major problem in professional cycling — the calendar. The UCI announced new reforms for 2020 and the trio are less than thrilled. 

Also, James caught up with Challenge Tires' Morgan Nicol to discuss the future of gravel tires and Nicol revealed an interesting new product the company is working. Challenge has been testing a tubular gravel tire. Could a tubular gravel tire change the gravel scene as we currently see it? 

Sep 19, 2018

It's just Caley and Neal in the basement this week with James away at Interbike.

Neal catches up with EF-Drapac's Michael Woods to discuss his La Vuelta stage win and the very personal story he shared on live television after.

Also, the duo discusses the upcoming vote for President of the CPA, the rider's union, and the controversy surrounding the vote.

Finally, Caley calls James to ask the one question everyone wants to know from the 2018 Interbike show, "What's the coolest thing he's seen?"

Sep 11, 2018

Caley, Neal, and James dive deep into the price of bikes, especially high-end bikes. Why is a top-end road bike, so much more expensive than a top-end mountain bike? Are bike companies taking advantage of consumers?

Plus, Neal and Caley look at the week in racing and discuss American Kate Courtney's emphatic win at the cross-country mountain bike world championships.

Jul 29, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness relax on a balcony overlooking Paris and discuss the events of the last three weeks. They talk about the highs and lows, and examine the future of Team Sky at the Tour de France.

Dave Everett chimes in from the beach in the Basque Country near his home, where he watched the final kilometres of the stage around the Champs-Élysées.

Finally, Caley checks-in with a few of our favourite riders at the finish to see how it truly feels to the finish the Grande Boucle.

Jul 28, 2018

Caley Fretz and Dave Everett take a stroll through the team paddock in Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, site of the stage 20 individual time trial. The duo bumps into Castelli's Steve Smith and the trio discusses Geraint Thomas' race issued skinsuit and how it differs from his team issue kit.

After the stage, the dynamic duo ventures back to Dave's house to have a chat about the stage over dinner. Will Thomas win more Grand Tours and is the Giro-Tour double possibly in the modern-era?

Jul 28, 2018

Caley Fretz, Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the GC shakedown from stage 19 and Dave provides insight into the penultimate day time trial, as he lives only 20 kilometres from the stage start.

And, Dave shares why he stopped racing when the trio discusses whether the race jury should step in and remove riders who are injured.

Finally, Toms Skujiņš joins the podcast again to talk tactics. This time it's about survival instead of fighting for the win.

Jul 27, 2018

Caley Fretz, Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness begin by telling stories about the history between Pau and the Tour de France. 

Most of the trio's conversation centres around Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, and if there's a potential rivalry between the two.

Also, Dave wonders the start paddock before the stage and talks with Rory Sutherland, Tom Scully, and Toms Skujiņš.

And, the legend Aussie sprinter Robbie McEwen makes a surprise appearance. 

Jul 26, 2018

On this episode, Dave Everett finds the most passionate Peter Sagan fan, Rupert Guinness gets stuck at his hotel, and Caley Fretz experiences a dismal press buffet.

The trio discusses the excitement of the intense short stage and they want more of them. Rider safety again comes up, as a fan was seen trying to crash Geraint Thomas in the finale of the race.

And, will Chris Froome ever win another Tour?






Jul 25, 2018

Caley Fretz, Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness ventured over the Col du Portillon and into Spain for dinner.

The trio's conversation begins with Dave explaining his day in the Katusha-Alpecin team car and what it was like inside the caravan during the bizarre neutralisation that occurred early in the stage.

Then, Rupert explains how Philippe Gilbert's crash into the ravine during the stage brought back memories of when Fabio Casartelli died on the same descent in 1995. Rupert was covering the Tour in '95 and he takes us through what it was like to be at the race on that tragic day.

Jul 24, 2018

Dave Everett is back on the Tour de France, and joins Caley Fretz and Rupert Guinness at the dinner table to finish off the Tour's second rest day.

The trio discusses Sir Dave Brailsford's interesting comments from the Team Sky press conference and they look at how his comments could affect the safety of the peloton.

But, before the trio get to talking they get interrupted by a few fellow journalist friends. 

Jul 23, 2018

Trek-Segafredo's Toms Skujins is back to discuss breakaway tactics with Caley Fretz. 

Special guest Rupert Guinness joins Caley after the stage to talk about the important things at the Tour de France like the odd press buffet they had today.

Of course, the duo discusses what happened in the stage and take a sneak peek at the upcoming stages in the Pyrenees.

Jul 21, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness chat on a runway high above the town of Mende. The dynamic duo gets interrupted on a few occasions, but that doesn't deter them from discussing the emergence of Primož Roglič. Caley notes LottoNL-Jumbo may be the team to take it Sky and not Movistar. 

Also, Caley and Rupert are furious over having to pay for the press buffet.

Jul 20, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness find a makeshift paradise to relax and talk about the slow stage 13. The duo dives into how the commissaires changed the time cut on stage 12 and how fewer sprinters in the race have actually made the bunch sprints more dangerous.

They also look at the general classification and discuss who could make a run in the final week.



Jul 19, 2018

Caley Fretz spends the day on the famous Dutch corner of Alpe d'Huez and notes the changes for 2018, especially the increased security.

Special guest Rupert Guinness finds Caley after the stage to talk about the GC contenders and how they look as the race leaves the Alps.

And, Rupert is impressed with Alpe d'Huez's press buffet after worrying about it for many days.

Jul 18, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the excitement that was stage 11 while sipping on a glass of rosé and overlooking the valley below.

Team Sky are balancing Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome as co-leaders, but is there any drama between the two? The duo looks back on previous co-leader teams at the Tour.

And, we hear from Taylor Phinney on surviving in the grupetto and Mitchelton-Scott director Matt White gives his thoughts about the double uppercut the team was dealt on Wednesday.


Jul 17, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness examine the first day in the mountains, as Dave Everett struggles with working and paying attention to the race at the same time in the press room and asks for a few tips.

The trio go on a few tangents and Rupe talks about the one time he ran up Alpe d'Huez.

And, La Course and the most emotional interview ever! Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig cried her heart out at the finish in happiness and laughter. She also caused few journalists to tear up as well.

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