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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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, 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?
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.
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?
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?"
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.
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.
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.