After an exhausting week of delivering the Giro diaries, Caley has gone on vacation, but not before filing one last segment from the Giro d’Italia. In Caley’s absence, Neal and James are joined by Marshall Opel, our “Man the Van” pursuing an Endless Gravel Summer. After chatting about the rumors that Team Ineos is courting Giro winner Richard Carapaz, and whether the sport needs to implement budget caps, Marshall shares his experiences and observations from the Dirty Kanza 200. Finally, Neal previews his upcoming interview with MTB world champion Kate Courtney, who is two for two in XCO races in 2019.
The queen stage of this Giro d'Italia saw early fireworks but seemed to fizzle in the end, until the final climb. But it wasn't a GC battle that caught our eye, it was Miguel Angel Lopez, felled by a spectator, and his quite reaction to be taken down.
Caley and Neal discuss the incident and then rate this year's Giro. Was it a good vintage?
A year after he dropped out of the Giro with what would turn out ot be Epstein Barr virus, Esteban Chaves found redemption in the Dolomites, taking an emotional stage win with his parents in the crowd.
Caley is joined by Ian Dille of FloBikes to talk through the stage, plus look ahead to Saturday's massive mountain stage. Will it be a firecracker, or a fizzle?
The final bunch sprint of this Giro d'Italia turned out to be... not a bunch sprint. Oops, said the sprinters.
Caley and Neal break down the sprint team's mistakes, discuss the trade rumors swirling around Movistar's GC stars, and debate whether Vincenzo Nibali, Mikel Landa, or Simon Yates will attempt a Froome-esque long bomb.
Dave's gone home, but Caley is still on the ground in Italy, and he calls up Neal to chat about Wednesday's mountain stage and the two big GC days still to come.
Plus, we talk to Jered and Ashley Gruber about their lives on the road, plus get some top tips on how to come watch the Giro yourself.
Straight to you from a traffic jam in northern Italy, Caley and Dave break down the antics of the Mortirolo and discuss the gear choices (and mechanical issues) brought on by the famed climb. Plus we hear from Hugh Carthy, Fabrizio Guidi, and Primoz Roglic.
It's raining in Bergamo, host city for the Giro d'Italia's second rest day. Dave and Caley do a small hotel tour and run into none other than Lotto-Soudal's Adam Hansen, who has a high-tech new way of monitoring his pedal stroke. Then it's time to reminisce about Giro stages past, and get excited about what's coming up in the race's last week.
Caley and Dave start their day on a roundabout island, surrounded by the peloton of the Giro d'Italia, and end it sitting on a set of steps that lead down to Lake Como. In between was one of the most exciting Giro stages we've seen in years.
Needless to say, it was a good day. Listen in for details of Primoz Roglic's bike swap, plus the daring ethos of Hugh Carthy.
Richard Carapaz struck out alone and won big — he took the stage and the pink jersey. Caley and Dave discuss Movistar's two-pronged tactics, why these sort of maneuvers work in the Giro but not the Tour, and, as a result, why the Giro is better than the Tour.
The Giro d'Italia has officially entered the high mountains, and stage 13 did not disappoint. Caley and Shoddy Dave dropped into the race on its lucky 13th day and bring you this episode from atop the final climb, the first uphill finish of this Giro.
The Giro d'Italia is in full swing, and James, Neal, and Caley kick off with the latest news from Italy, plus a chat with the 20-year-old winner of the Tour of California. A discussion of the modern doping landscape, including motorized doping, wraps up this week's racing segment.
Marshall Opel, our man in the Endless Gravel Summer van, is in the basement to chat about Shimano's new GRX gravel groupset, plus the balance between serious gravel racing and laid-back gravel riding. Is the sport road-ifying? Are we going to see more trainers on the start line of major gravel races? Should we care? We dig in.
The Giro d'Italia saw losses for Tom Dumoulin and a win for Primoz Roglic, the Tour of California may finally be won by its home team, and a couple of old sprinters are back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This week's episode opens with a discussion of the latest racing news — all these things, and more — and then turns to the decidedly nerdy.
Get out a pen and paper, because it's time to go to class. Caley and James discuss tire sizes for gravel racing, and note the apparent linear relationship between the amount of dirt and gravel in an event, and the size of the tire best suited to that event. Except, as always, there are a pile of caveats.
This week's episode opens with the latest in racing news then Neal, Caley, and Dane look ahead to the Giro d'Italia and Tour of California, both of which kick off this weekend.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James explains why Trek's rumored move to threaded T-47 bottom brackets is big news for the bike industry, and the crew discusses Giant's new no-questions-asked carbon frame replacement program.
Neal, James and Caley are back in the basement for the first time in nearly a month and open this week's episode with a pressing question: Is Liege-Bastogne-Liege finally exciting? And, follow up, why can't ASO give us live coverage of the women's race?
That discussion ties into the second part of the show, which digs into the Rapha Roadmap for the future of road cycling. This massive document lays out problems with pro cycling, and proposes solutions. But would those solutions work? And who would implement them?
In this week's Nerd Alert, James poses a reader question: Does a product's place or origin matter?
We're back in a basement, though it's not the same basement. Neal has some sort of flu, so Caley and James are in James' basement this week, along with Dane Cash. The three discuss Mathieu van der Poel's incredible Amstel Gold victory — one of the most amazing finishes we've ever seen — and Kasia Niewiadoma's daring attack, then look ahead to Fleche Wallonne.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James chats with a tubeless rim manufacturer that isn't happy with the new tubeless "standard."
Dave Everett and Caley Fretz begin their Sunday in Hell with a walk around the pits at the start in Compiegne, chatting with Silca's Josh Poertner about tire optimization. Then they hop in their rental car and head out on course.
Will their oil pan survive? What does it feel like to stand on the final corner before the Roubaix velodrome? These and other important questions, answered herein.
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.
It's holy week, and this week's episode comes from the ground at the Tour of Flanders, including interviews at the Antwerp depart and Oudenaarde finish.
Caley is joined by Dave Everett for a wander around the Flanders, including chats with the John Degenkolb, Heinrich Haussler, Taylor Phinney, Ruth Winder, Jonathan Vaughters, and more.
Caley takes you inside the celebrations at EF, and Dave settles an age-old question: Socks over leg warmers, or under?
It's here. Holy week. Flanders, Roubaix, the best one-day races all year. Neal, James, and Caley start off the show with a look at E3 and Gent-Wevelgem, and what they tell us about the way things could play out across the fields of Belgium and northern France.
On this week's Nerd Alert, James calls up the researcher behind Virginia Tech's third-party helmet safety tests to get the real story behind all the claims and counterclaims that have been thrown around since Bontrager announced its Wavecell helmet line.
La Classicissima! Milan-San Remo put on a show, with daredevil descents and dropped chains, and a worthy winner. But Trefeo Binda might have been even better.
Neal, Caley, and Dane Cash break down the weekend's racing, attempt impromptu race commentary of Volta Catalunya, and discuss Matthieu Van der Poel's post-crash recovery.
In Nerd Alert, James has been digging into John Degenkolb's dropped chain on the Poggio. What is it about road racing that makes 1x hard to perfect?
Dave Brailsford did it. He found a sponsor. What does the Ineos news mean? Who's the man behind the money? This week's episode digs into the announcement.
Plus, we round up the week's racing news, from Paris-Nice to Tirreno to Drenthe, and have a look at the recently announced hilly start of the 2020 Tour de France.
James is in New York City for the launch of Bontrager's new WaveCell helmet tech. He talks to the researchers behind the development, which is claimed to be 48 times more effective at preventing concussions.
We open this week's episode with a breakdown of one of the season's best one-day races, Strade Bianche, plus a look at a windy first few stages of Paris-Nice.
Then, we hear an astounding interview from the Nordic Nation podcast with Karel Tammjärv, one of the cross country skiers busted in Austria for blood transfusions. Tammjärv explains in detail how he got around the biological passport.
In this week's Nerd Alert, James sits down with Mavic to talk about the newly settled road tubeless standard.
Finally, we remember Kelly Catlin, who died last weekend.
This week's episode opens with an analysis of last weekend's Belgian opener, then we chat with Dane Cash about Rohan Dennis' general classification ambitions.
Neal rang up the communications director from E3 Harelbeke to ask about that weird frog poster. Then we dig into the recent doping confessions of two Austrian cyclists.
Finally, we ask an existential question: Is Zwift making us soft?
We open this week's episode with a recap of recent racing, plus a call-in from our man in the Middle East, Dane Cash.
Then James, Neal, and Caley discuss the very strange E3 Harelbeke poster, which appears to show two body painted women turning themselves into a frog. Or something. We're not quite sure.
Then, in Nerd Alert, James calls up Josh Poertner to ask about the entry of tubeless tires into the world of pro cycling. Josh says they'll be everywhere in five years.
This episode wraps up with a chat about riding across Kyrgyzstan.
This week's episode opens with a roundup of February's racing, including discussion of the exhilarating Tour Colombia and how that style could be translated to Europe.
Then we talk retirement and legacy with Helen Wyman.
In this week's Nerd Alert, Dave Rome speaks with pro mechanics about the particular difficulties of implementing disc brakes into the WorldTour.
Plus, we answer VeloClub questions about chain wear, the lure of Campagnolo, and objectivity in journalism.