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.
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.
This is the first episode of Freewheeling, a new podcast from Abby Mickey and the editors of CyclingTips. Please note that Freewheeling will exist on the regular CyclingTips Podcast channel this week only. In the future, you'll have to subscribe to Freewheeling separately.
This episode tackles important angles on athlete health and nutrition, and delves into RED-S, or Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports. Abby speaks with Ruth Winder, current US National Road Champion, about her fight to stay healthy in a sport that prizes low weight, and Jackson Long, a nutritionist who specializes in athlete health.
This week's show opens with a remembrance of Raymond Poulidor, who passed away this week.
Then, we dive headfirst into the tribunal of Richard Freeman and the sordid testimony this week of Shane Sutton.
In this week's Nerd Alert, we discuss mandatory helmet laws and a patent for a Shimano gearbox.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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, 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?