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May 27, 2020

How does a sport make heroes? How does cycling build superstars? This is the focus of our third Roadmap Episode, digging into the future of pro cycling at a time when the future is anything but clear. 

We speak with Justin Williams, who has built his Legion criterium team into a mini media house, and to Helen Wyman, who understands the lessons road cycling can learn from cyclocross. And finally, we talk to Kimo Seymour of Life Time, the company that owns North America's largest gravel events. 

 

May 21, 2020

We take a break from our Roadmap Episodes this week (they'll be back next week) to bring you a news roundup, including doping positives and rumors that Chris Froome is looking to change teams, plus a chat with SRAM about the future of its drivetrains. 

May 12, 2020

Bikes are booming. Countries are paying for bike repairs; cities are shutting down roads to cars, making them safer for cyclists and pedestrians; bike sales are near holiday levels.

One of cycling's greatest strengths, and most confounding weaknesses, is the gulf between participants and fans. Can pro cycling take advantage of the bike boom?

This week's special episode of the CyclingTips Podcast, the second of the Roadmap Episodes created in partnership with Rapha, looks into this question.

We begin with the calendar. Last week, the UCI formally released the 2020 calendar, slamming dozens of races into about three and a half months. It's a testament to the conflicting stakeholders involved. We hear from EF Pro Cycling's Mitch Docker and Mike Woods, as well as the Cyclist's Alliance Iris Slappendel, for a pro perspective.

Then, we look forward. As outdoor racing disappeared, virtual racing took over. We speak with the founder and CEO of Zwift, Eric Min, about his platform's place in pro cycling now and in the future.

May 5, 2020

In unprecedented times for the sport, when every race on the calendar is postponed or cancelled and WorldTour teams face extraordinary challenges, we're partnering with Rapha to create a podcast series to consider the future of professional cycling. 

This first episode includes insight from Ineos' Dave Brailsford, EF's Jonathan Vaughters, and Rapha's Simon Mottram. We discuss the pandemic's impact on the race calendar, on teams, and on riders.  Is there a silver lining to this cloud?

Apr 29, 2020

We open this week's episode with a short news roundup, including the latest Tour de France dates and more, before dropping into a conversation with a first-time gravel rider. What did he learn? What can we learn from him? Plus we throw a few silly mistakes of our own onto the pile. 

In Nerd Alert, the focus is on the Babymaker ebike we wrote about this week. Can the bike industry learn anything from its obnoxious but successful marketing? 

Apr 23, 2020

This week's episode includes a chat with Dirty Kanza founder Jim Cummins on the petition to change his race's name, plus reporter Joe Lindsey joins us to discuss a study into how far apart people need to ride to stay safe. 

In this week's Nerd Alert, James yells at the bike industry for not putting fender mounts on enough bikes. 

Apr 15, 2020

This week's episode opens with the news of a Tour de France start on August 29, ending in September. What would this mean for cycling? For pro teams? For other races? We discuss. 

In this week's Nerd Alert, James explains the positives and negatives of various types of hydraulic brake fluid. Then we have a very serious discussion related to overshoes, their color, and their place next to bare legs. 

Apr 9, 2020

This week's episode kicks off with all the important bike-related news, good and bad, and then Dane calls up the creator of the Tour de Quarantine, race announcer Brad Sohner. 

Nerd Alert this week is a helpful guide to any new cyclists out there. What do you need to make your foray into cycling a success? 

Apr 2, 2020

With outdoor riding limited or banned in much of the world, bikes are going online. There are virtual trade shows, replays of races, and of course virtual riding. We talk about what's available to help you scratch the bike itch. 

Then, an important discussion: Who from the modern pro peloton would win an early-1900s style Tour de France? 

Nerd Alert this week has some practical tips on making sure you're prepared to take care of yourself if you do get out on the bike. 

Mar 25, 2020

The Olympics are postponed, the Tour de France hangs in the balance, and we have a homemade bread recipe you simply must try. 

This week's episode includes reporting from this year's edition of Milan-San Remo, including reactions from Koen de Kort and Adam Hansen. 

This week's Nerd Alert walks you through a cleaning and lubing process that will keep chain marks off your living room carpet. 

Mar 24, 2020

CyclingTips has a new podcast! It's called From the Top, and it's hosted by CT Founder Wade Wallace. In it, Wade chats with the people who built some of the biggest brands in cycling. 

This first episode is with Simon Mottram, the founder of Rapha.

This is the only episode of From the Top that will be found on this feed, so make sure you subscribe to From the Top so you never miss an episode. 

Mar 18, 2020

Bikes are an escape, and so in this episode of the podcast we try to talk about anything but the bad news swirling all around us, and instead look to the positives: What can we do to fill our time? Do socks belong over or under leg warmers? Can you wash a bike in the shower and dry it with a hairdryer? 

Plus, a special song to close out the episode from Cofidis pro Nathan Haas. 

Mar 12, 2020

Knee warmers, are they good or bad? This is the very important topic that dominates this week's Nerd Alert segment. James and Neal are on Team Good, Caley and Abby are on Team Bad. Which team are you on? 

It's a good thing this week's Nerd Alert is lighthearted, because the rest of the episode... isn't. Sorry. We run through the latest coronavirus news, abuse allegations, and then say a sad goodbye to Nico Portal and Ben Sonntag. 

Mar 4, 2020

It's been a rough week in cycling-related news. Coronavirus, abuse allegations, Gianni Moscon - none of it is particularly uplifting, but we need to talk about it. And, don't worry, we do throw some good news in there, too. 

Then, in this week's Nerd Alert, James discusses a frequently overlooked component that can make your bike safer. 

Feb 26, 2020

This week's episode opens with a news roundup, from Valenciana to the UAE Tour to track worlds. Then we discuss coronavirus and it's potential impact on the pro calendar. 

Then, James discusses a cheap, easy way to make your shifting better. 

Feb 21, 2020

This week's episode comes to you from Sedona, Arizona, where much of the CyclingTips crew is currently testing a slew of gravel bikes. James, Abby, Caley, and Dave Rome discuss what exactly these sort of tests look like, plus dig into the week's news. 

Feb 12, 2020

James, Neal, and Abby are back in Vecchio's for this week's episode and kick things off with a rundown of the week's news. 

Then, James digs into some new rolling resistance data that suggest using latex tubes can be just as fast as a good tubeless tire. 

Feb 6, 2020

Neal, Dane, Abby, James, and Caley are back in Vecchio's are run through the latest news, including the young stars of cyclocross worlds and San Juan, and then put the Ferrari allegations in context. 

In this week's Nerd Alert, James brings back a report from the Outdoor Retailer show about a bike mechanic class that's coming to American schools. Finally, we find out which podcast host is the best (and worst) mechanic. 

Jan 29, 2020

Neal, James, Dane, and Caley are back at Vecchio's following a chat through the week's pro cycling news, including discussion of the Tour Down Under, coronavirus, and the craziness at the Vuelta San Juan.

Then, James debunks the concerns around racing with disc brakes, once and for all. 

Jan 25, 2020

We're back from the Specialized/Blacksheep Chateau in Adelaide, this time with a pair of pro mechanics and a lot of questions. 

James Huang and Dave Rome lead this episode, which delves into the world of team mechanics. How do they keep white bar tape clean? How often are they swapping chains? We get tips and tricks to keep your own bike running smoothly. 

Jan 23, 2020

We're back again from the Specialized/Blacksheep Chateau in Adelaide, this time with Neal Henderson, the head of sports science at Wahoo and a coach who has helped 47 athletes (including Rohan Dennis) win world championships.

We ask him about Dennis, how to get Shoddy Dave to the finish line of the Strade Bianche sportive, and about his coaching philosophy and use of data. 

Jan 22, 2020

This week, the CyclingTips Podcast comes to you live from Adelaide, Australia, where we've set up at the Specialized/Blacksheep Chateau for the Tour Down Under. This episode includes a chat with TDU winner Ruth Winder and one of its key animators, Brodie Chapman. 

 

Jan 16, 2020

James, Neal, Caley, Dane, and Abby are all back in Vecchio's for this week's episode, the first of 2020 with the whole CyclingTips Podcast crew. The episode opens with a news roundup, discussing Bernie Eisel's retirement, Lorena Wiebes' contract controversy, and more. 

Neal sits down with Tim Johnson to discuss the place of national governing bodies in the growth of gravel racing. 

Matt de Neef calls in from Melbourne, just back from covering Aussie nationals. 

Finally, James discusses Castelli's new ultra-lightweight kit in this week's Nerd Alert. 

Jan 9, 2020

We're back! The first CyclingTips Podcast of 2020 runs through major storylines we're keeping an eye on ahead of the coming race season, including Rohan Dennis opening up about an unhealthy relationship with food, Chris Froome's time at team camp (or lack thereof) and the sponsor search of the world's best women's team. 

In this week's Nerd Alert, James discusses the value of WorldTour sponsorship for cycling brands following the announcement that SRAM will now sponsor Movistar, ending the team's 37-year run with Campagnolo. 

Dec 19, 2019

It's awards season! And we're about to click ov er into a new decade. So we put two and two together, and this episode awards the best rides, riders, controversies, and bikes of the twenty-teens. 

Oh, and we pick a few of the worst things, too. 

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