There's a lot to rave about in modern bike tech, and a lot to rant about, too. James Huang leads this episode off with a Nerd Alert segment discussing the best and worst of the bike industry.
This week's episode is recorded from our Endless Gravel van, and we have chief gravel correspondent (and van driver) Marshall Opel on the show to discuss gravel racing and victory - and whether the two belong together.
Finally, Matt de Neef is in Boulder all the way from CT's Melbourne office and discusses his ride up Mt. Evans, the highest paved road in North America.
As cyclists, we are forever chasing the elusive free watts of power, extra few kilometers per hour and a few less grams on the scales, all with the goal of going faster.
In our new dedicated Tech series we're calling 'Nerd Alert', we aim to dispel the myths, understand the technology, and bring you the information you need to go faster.The first episode sees James Huang and Caley Fretz sit down with Specialized’s director of integrated technologies, Chris Yu, and Professor Robert Chung to discuss all things aerodynamics and just how much it matters.
The best Tour de France in years is over. Caley and Rupert are in Paris, joined by Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal and Matt White, director sportif at Mitchelton-Scott, to discuss the last three weeks.
Egan Bernal secures yellow for Paris as Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France stage 20 from the break.
Caley, Iain, Rupert, and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson talk about Bernal's Tour performance, what it means for Colombia, and what it means for the race.
Egan Bernal is in the yellow jersey after a wild stage 19 at the Tour de France, which was cut short due to extreme weather and hazardous road conditions.
Caley, Rupert, Iain, and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson discuss the day's dramatic events and where the race stands with two days left.
Nairo Quintana won the stage, but did Movistar even want him to? And Egan Bernal got a gap, only to have his teammate try to bridge across. It was a day for odd tactics, and Rupert and Caley are joined by ESPN.com's Bonnie Ford and the Wall Street Journal's Josh Robinson to talk through a spectacular day of racing.
Plus, James Huang calls in for a Nerd Alert segment on climbing bikes.
Luke Rowe and Tony Martin were kicked out of the Tour following an incident. Did they deserve it? Can they appeal?
Caley, Rupe, and Iain are once again joined by Josh Robinson of the Wall Street Journal to talk about the day's racing, and the day's controversy. Then, they discuss Josh's Thursday front page story on the two men in charge of artfully adjusting inappropriate road paint.
The Tour de France rolled out of its second rest day and into baking temperatures and a relatively straightforward sprint stage. But nothing at the Tour is every truly straightforward.
Geraint Thomas fell down again. Caleb Ewan proved he's the man to beat in Paris, if he can get there. Iain Treloar only got two keychains from the caravan. Caley, Rupert, and Josh Robinson break down the heat-soaked action and look ahead to the looming Alps.
It's hot in Nîmes. Very hot. Caley, Rupert and Iain are joined by Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal in the shade of a square in this southern French city to discuss the legacy of this year's Tour de France winner.
To wrap things up, Iain takes us deep into a Tour de France caravan schwag experience.
Simon Yates nabs his second Tour stage win as Julian Alaphilippe cedes time on stage 15.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain delve into the wide-open general classification battle at the Tour de France, with insights on rising star Emanuel Buchmann from Felix Mattis. Also, hear from Richie Porte after an action-packed day in the Pyrenees.
Thibaut Pinot powered to the stage 14 victory on the Tourmalet, while Julian Alaphilippe continued to shine as big names like Geraint Thomas lost time.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain wonder if it's time to start believing in Alaphilippe and consider who else might be able to knock him out of yellow. Also hear from Abby Mickey and Marianne Vos after a compelling race at La Course.
Julian Alaphilippe takes an impressive stage 13 time trial win to extend his Tour de France lead. Marianne Vos storms to victory at La Course.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain talk with Bonnie Ford and Joshua Robinson about a compelling day in France.
Simon Yates got his first Tour de France stage win, Rohan Dennis abandoned the race under unusual circumstances.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain discuss the day's events from Pau with some insights from other Tour journalists as well, plus a brief appearance by Dave Everett.
Caleb Ewan took his first Tour de France victory, Richie Porte was part of a big crash, and Jens Keukeleire defended the Hour Classification with exceptional panache.
Caley, Rupert, and Iain check in from a restaurant in Toulouse and talk through the day's big stories, plus look ahead to the Pyrenees and beyond.
Rupert, Caley and Iain Treloar, and a pile of special guests, are in Albi, France for the first rest day of the Tour de France. They discuss the new ebike from Specialized, and riding with the Quickstep team to a coffee shop. Then the conversation turns to the upcoming Pyrenees and Alps, what yesterday's splits mean for the overall and for Ineos' dominance, and whether Thibaut Pinot still has a chance.
What could have been a mellow sprint stage was anything but. The GC was flipped on its head, all thanks to a bit of wind.
Caley and Rupert are joined by Ann Braeckman, Iain Treloar, and Ian Parker to break down the day's racing, and what it might mean for the Tour ahead.
More importantly, we rate the press buffet and determine the current leader in the hour classification.
Daryl Impey stole the show in the Tour's 9th stage, taking a breakaway win. Julian Alaphilippe remains in yellow. Luke Durbridge has the coveted Hour Classification. Can he defend it through tomorrow?
The Giro Rosa wrapped up with a somewhat predictable result. Abby calls in with the latest, and then looks ahead to La Course, which takes place in Pau this week.
Thomas De Gendt did what he does best to nab stage 8 of the Tour de France from the breakaway, while Julian Alaphilippe retook the yellow jersey in Saint-Étienne. Caley and Rupert talk panache, Alaphilippe's chances to stay in yellow, Thibaut Pinot's overall hopes, and more.
At the Giro Rosa, Anna van der Breggen topped Annemiek van Vleuten to take a mountaintop victory on stage 9. Van Vleuten still leads as the race heads into its final stage.
If you listened to stage 7’s episode and were annoying by interference noises, we do apologize. We’ve pulled that episode down (so if you listened, congrats, you experienced an extinct episode!).
Thankfully, our Giro Rosa coverage survived. So here’s that. We’ll be back to normal after stage 8 of the Toue wraps up.
The first true test of the Tour de France left almost every team a winner - with one notable exception - and provided a look into the next two weeks of racing. The standouts? Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe. Caley and Rupert discuss the day's racing, and what it all means.
At the Giro Rosa, a lumpy stage ended as a few others have before. Abby Mickey calls in with the details.
On the eve of the Tour's first foray in the mountains, Ineos decided to test out some new wheels: Lightweights. Every rider on the team was on the super light carbon hoops. But is that a good idea? James calls in and offers his perspective.
Caley and Rupe and in Colmar, where today's stage finished, and run through the green jersey battle and look ahead to La Planche des Belles Filles tomorrow.
At the Giro Rosa, it's a story of dominance.
Elia Viviani sprinted to his first ever Tour de France stage victory with a strong display of speed and great lead-out from his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammates. Caley and Rupert talk sprint battles and we hear from Caleb Ewan, third on the day, before looking ahead to the hills and mountains on the horizon.
At the Giro Rosa, Annemiek van Vleuten powered to a queen stage victory and took a commanding overall lead.
Julian Alaphilippe took the first yellow jersey for a Frenchman since 2014, and what a show it was. Caley and Rupert chat about his ride, and then look ahead to the green jersey competition.
At the Giro Rosa, we saw another finish end with an 'oops.'
It's a long way to Paris, but a few contenders for the yellow jersey lost big time in Sunday's team time trial.
Caley and Rupert discuss the results of the day, who won and who lost, and what it might mean for the rest of the race.
Then we hear from Toms Skujins, who on stage 1 took picked up a call from nature he just couldn't send to voicemail.
Finally, Abby Mickey rings in with an update from the Giro Rosa, where an early celebration lost the day.
The opening stage of the Tour de France was won by a rider nobody would have picked before the start. Caley and Rupert discuss Mike Teunissen's victory, what it means for the green jersey competition, and why we might expect at the team time trial tomorrow.
At the Giro Rosa, Marianne Vos showed us all why she's the greatest of all time.