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Jul 15, 2018

Over dinner, Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the day's action and look at the highly anticipated cobbled stage at the Tour.

We hear from Trek's Matt Shriver on the technical aspect of a cobbled  Tour stage and EF Education-First's director sportif Tom Southam explains the tactics aspect.   

At the Giro Rosa, Ruth Winder and Skylar Schneider give their takes on a crazy stage. The day involved thunder and lightning, and the tough Monte Zoncolan.

Jul 13, 2018

Caley Fretz flashes back to the good ol' days and goes out on course to experience the culture of the Tour de France.

Special guest Rupert Guinness finds Caley at the finish, once he arrives, to talk about how these long slogs through the countryside of France are a necessity to the face of the Tour de France.

Ruth Winder tunes in and it's apparent it's been a tiring Giro Rosa thus far, but only two days remain.

Jul 12, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss the professionalism of riders talking with the media after a bad day at the Tour and how some deal with it better than others.

Plus, Guinness gives his thoughts on team buses and how things have changed since he covered his first Tour de France in 1987. #BantheBuses 

And, we have a double diary entry from the Giro Rosa, as Ruth Winder and Skylar Schneider both tune-in to talk about the brutal uphill time trial and incredibly long transfer after.

Jul 11, 2018

In a new segment, Caley Fretz talks "Tactics with Toms," and special guest Rupert Guinness looks back on the good ol' days of the press buffet. 

The dynamic duo also discusses the exciting finale of the stage and provide insight into the unique way ASO designed the route.

Also, Sunweb's Ruth Winder tunes in as always from the Giro Rosa, where it was the first summit finish of the 2018 race.

Jul 10, 2018

Caley Fretz and special guest Rupert Guinness discuss stage four's bunch sprint and whether Mark Cavendish will win a stage at the 2018 Tour or whether the Manx missile will beat Eddy Merckx's Tour stage win record.

And, Sunweb's Ruth Winder gives us a very special diary entry from the Giro Rosa (Hint: She won!).

Jul 9, 2018

It's team time trial day at the Tour! Caley Fretz walks the pits with Silca's Josh Poertner and the duo dive deep into the world of time trial bike tech. 

Caley is also joined by Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness to talk about the day's racing action.

Plus, Ruth Winder gives us an update from the Giro Rosa and how she's lucky to still have all her skin. 

Jul 8, 2018

Caley Fretz, Dave Everett, and special guest Rupert Guinness dissect all the action from the second stage of the 2018 Tour de France and discuss how the day's headlines were again the high number of crashes that occurred. 

The trio also look forward to stage three's team time trial, and which general classification contenders could gain back time.

At the Giro Rosa, Ruth Winder flashes back to racing the same stage in 2013 and how it is one of the best experiences she's had so far in her young career.

Jul 7, 2018

The 2018 Tour de France began on the island of Noirmoutier-En-L’Ïle and Neal Rogers gives a recap of all the action from the opening stage.

Special guest Rupert Guinness, who is covering his 30th Tour, joins our on-the-ground reporters Caley Fretz and Dave Everett to discuss the chaos of stage one. He also shares a fascinating story from when the Tour last visited Noirmoutier-En-L’Ïle in 1999.

Plus, we hear rider diaries from Ruth Winder and Skylar Schneider on the second stage of the Giro Rosa.

 

Jul 6, 2018

Caley Fretz, James Huang, and Dave Everett discuss what they've seen and heard so far before the Grande Boucle starts on Saturday.

In nerd alert, they discuss a change in rider fits they've noticed and how riders are moving their saddles forward.

Plus, we hear from Ruth Winder (Sunweb) at the Giro Rosa, catch up with Toms Skujiņš (Trek-Segafredo) about his first Tour, and talk with EF Education-Drapac's Chief Vibe Officer Taylor Phinney.

Finally, Jonathan Vaughters provides his thoughts on the handling of Chris Froome's case.

Sep 8, 2017

For the documentary Icarus, lifelong cyclist Bryan Fogel set out to experience the effects of performance-enhancing drugs, and to see just how easy it might be to beat anti-doping tests. With the help of Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov, Fogel used EPO, testosterone, and Human Growth Hormone as he trained for the 2015 Haute Route. Along the way, however, he inadvertently became entrenched in Rodchenkov’s clandestine world of helping Russian athletes dope for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. For this podcast, Editor Neal Rogers spoke with Fogel about the original mission for the project, focusing on everything that ended up on the cutting-room floor after his documentary took an unexpected, and unimaginable, turn.

Sep 5, 2017

In our "retirement" miniseries, we talked to several cyclists about their retirement, and what their lives are now. You’ll hear that while some have moved away from cycling and onto to non-cycling related jobs, others are finding retirement quite difficult. 

In this episode, we talked to cycling couple Will and Shoshauna Routely. At the end of 2016, they both retired at the same time --albeit not entirely by choice -- and they've started a new business together. Away from the cycling industry, the Routely are now brewing Kambucha in Canada. 

Aug 25, 2017

It has never been a more challenging time to run an independent brick-and-mortar bicycle shop, what with decreasing profit margins, a more knowledgeable and demanding clientele, and the impossible situation of trying to compete head-to-head with gargantuan online retailers who not only have everything in stock, but also sell it cheaper. The road ahead is undoubtedly rocky, but there is a path forward — which is a good thing, since every cyclist will need the help of a good bike shop sooner or later. 

Aug 21, 2017

Adam Hansen is the Energizer of the pro cycling world. With more than 380 days of racing over the 19 past grand tours, he just can't seem to be stopped. CyclingTips roving report David Everette talks with Adam about his persistence and his remarkable energy and efficiency: in addition to being a pro cyclist, Adam makes time for software development, a cycling shoe company, and more. 

Aug 17, 2017

The active career of a professional cyclist is a relatively short one. While there certainly are some exceptions, most pros retire in their early thirties.

As an athlete, their whole life revolves around the next training session, the next race, the next goal and the next season.  Their lives are filled with travel and their social circles tend to consists of other cyclists with the same lifestyle.

And so, being a professional cyclist is so much more than a job. For most, it’s an identity and a way of life. Losing that when retirement comes, can be a very difficult thing and each athlete copes with it differently.

In this miniseries, we talked to four cyclists about their retirement, and what their lives are now. You’ll hear that while some have moved away from cycling and onto to non-cycling related jobs, others are finding retirement quite difficult.

In this first instalment, we chatted with American Phil Gaimon (who last rode for Cannondale) and his self-proclaimed “worst retirement ever.”

Come back later for chats with Swedish rider Emma Johannson and cycling couple Will and Shoshauna Routley.

Aug 3, 2017

On the road, pedal-assist eBikes make a certain amount of sense for certain applications. But what about on singletrack, where skill level often develops in tandem with fitness — and where access is ongoing challenge for mountain bikers? For this podcast, editor Neal Rogers spoke with a wide variety of stakeholders, including eMTB manufacturers, mountain-bike racers, and representatives from the International Mountain Bike Association, who find themselves in the middle, torn between widening their base and disenfranchising those who have fought for trail access since the advent of the sport.

Jul 28, 2017

In this episode of the CyclingTips podcast, roving reporter David Everett asks the hard questions. Specifically, he asks pros what it's like to ride in the Tour de France grupetto. With stories from Andres Greipel, Sky DS Servais Knaven, Quick Step Floors DS Brian Holm and more, and finds out -- among other things -- that if you want to avoid losing a body part, you'd better do as the Bus Driver says. 

Jul 16, 2017

The Tour de France is plenty difficult and dangerous even considering the things racers can control. Safer bikes and courses help with danger; better training and equipment helps with chances of success. 

But that still leaves a lot of factors that are out of racers' control. How do riders in the Tour de France deal with those things? Sometimes with luck, ritual, and superstition. 

In this episode of the CyclingTips Podcast, News Editor Shane Stokes talks with Cadel Evans, Greg Lemond, Taylor Phinney, Sean Kelly, and many more former and current racers about how they work to control the uncontrollable in the Tour de France.

Jul 10, 2017

25% of the racers in this year's Tour de France are racing it for the first time. For many of these racers, it's a dream come true...until suddenly it's not. For this episode of the podcast, the editors of CyclingTips caught up with several TdF debutants before the race to learn about their hopes and expectations, and then again during the race to find out what the reality is like. The results span from incredible—white and polka-dot jerseys—to heartbreaking: serious and painful accidents. This is a can't-miss episode of the CyclingTips podcast including pre- and during-race interviews with Taylor Phinney, Paddy Bevin, Stefan Kung, as well as pre-race interviews with Damien Howsen and Jay McCarthy.

Jul 1, 2017

CyclingTips' Matt de Neef and Shane Stokes are on the ground in Dusseldorf, Germany with an insider's look at what you can expect from this year's course, the  favorites for all the important battles, and predictions for the critical first week stages. Featuring clips from Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans, Matt White, and Dan Martin, this is the deep-dive TdF pre-race episode you should not miss.

Jun 30, 2017

For years Specialized has been beating the drum of women’s specific bikes, but when it comes to the 2018 line of bikes, Specialized is diverting from that approach. The 2018 Tarmacs and Diverges feature a unisex frame with gender-specific touch points. Ella Editor Anne-Marije Rook sat down with Specialized’s road product manager, Stephanie Kaplan, to talk about what led to Specialized’s 180-degree turn on gender-specific geometries. 

May 28, 2017

Road bikes are often evaluated on a linear scale: if a light bike is good, a lighter one is better; likewise for aerodynamics, stiffness, and rolling resistance. But while the effects of weight, aerodynamic efficiency, and rolling resistance are easy to measure and simple to correlate to real-world riding, the influence of frame stiffness isn’t as clear. Is stiffer better? Maybe — but maybe not.

May 22, 2017

Mobile bike repair vans are gaining a lot of traction among busy cyclists who don't want to load half a dozen bikes and cart them to the bike shop, wait two weeks, and then come back to pick them up. And companies like VeloFix and Beeline Bikes cater to cyclists who might feel intimidated by the traditional bike shop "insiders-only" vibe. But with this Amazon.com-ification of services, what happens to the culture of cycling, often centered around well-known, deeply-stocked stores like Vecchios and The Bicycle Trip? Editor-in-Chief Neal Rogers talks with all these people to see how mobile shops and brick-and-mortar shops compete...and how they can work together.

Apr 9, 2017

The cycling world is full of marketing hyperbole, and when it comes to power meters, there's no more important claim than accuracy. Almost without fail, every power meter currently available supposedly produces data that is within +/-2% of the actual value. But is that actually the case? According to US technical editor James Huang and a three-person panel of experts who discuss the topic on this week's CyclingTips podcast, not everything may be what it seems. 

Mar 28, 2017

For most cyclists, riding their bike is more than a hobby. It’s a way of life. The bike can represent many things to many people — endorphins, fitness, identity, freedom, fresh air, therapy, a social network. What happens when, for one reason or another, this is removed from their lives, indefinitely? We spoke with three hardcore cyclists — Levi Leipheimer, Georgia Gould, and Kenny Jones — who are all currently adapting to life off the bike.

 

Mar 3, 2017

Following her mother’s motto of ‘be tough but still be a lady’, pro cyclist Breanne Nalder won’t leave the house until she’s properly put together, even if she’s going out for a training ride. So much so that she has permanent eyeliner tattoed on her. Her teammate Jen Luebcke meanwhile matches her earrings to her kit, Mandy Heintz likes to have her nails done for special races while Clare Rose goes au natural, letting her legs do all the talking. As a female pro athlete, does it matter what you look like?

Ella Editor Anne-Marije Rook talked to five riders from the Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling team about the importance and pressures of appearance in women’s cycling. 

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