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.
This week's episode kicks off with Neal and Caley discussing the UCI's abrupt dropping of Chris Froome's Salbutamol case. The dynamic duo analyze the statements given by all parties and dive into how this decision will affect the future of professional cycling.
Then it’s preview time. The Tour de France begins Saturday and this year's route is a doozy. We outline the route and explain which stages are the ones you will not want to miss.
Finally, the favourites and possible contenders for the different Tour jerseys are examined and, of course, the duo make their predictions on who will win this year's Grande Boucle.
This week's episode kicks off with a roundup of last weekend's national championships, which occurred across much of Europe and in North America, before diving into a new helmet test that attempts to rank popular helmets not for weight or aerodynamics but for how safe they are. Surprisingly, that's a novel concept.
Finally, an interview with the author of a book about Greg LeMond's comeback from being shot while turkey hunting in 1987.
It's all tech, all the time this week. Caley Fretz and James Huang are joined by Dave Rome to run through the future of road drivetrains from all three major manufacturers, plus a look at players trying to break in like FSA and Rotor.
Plus, plenty of hate for closed-off standards, 1x drivetrains that are dropping chains, and electronics that just won't work. No drivetrain company escapes our ire this week.
James Huang thinks you have enough bikes. Do you? For years we've believed in N+1, the equation that dictates that the correct number of bicycles to own is the number you currently own (N), plus one. But bikes are more versatile than ever, and that means maybe you don't need +1. Maybe N is enough.
Plus, Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz break down the Criterium du Dauphine, including Team's Sky's dominant performance and Geraint Thomas' chances of riding for himself at the Tour de France.
The Dauphiné used as a final test for bikes and equipment before the Tour de France. So what have we seen? What does it mean? We run through the latest goodies from France.
Then, we dig into the controversy that came out of Dirty Kanza last weekend. Kanza is the world's premier gravel event, and is growing rapidly. That's led to some growing pains.
eBikes are coming. In many places, they're already here. James Huang and Caley Fretz sit down with two experts in the field to run through the arguments for and against their use on- and off-road.
In this episode, Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz dissect the controversial stage 19 ride of Chris Froome, who has been accused of both being both "unbelievable" and a tactical mastermind. Which is it?
The ride has been compared to Floyd Landis' escapade at the 2006 Tour de France. So we called up Floyd to find out what he thinks, and to help define exactly what "doing a Landis" might mean.
Plus, a chat with Chad Haga, one of Tom Dumoulin's Giro lieutenants.
We're back to our regular weekly episodes, and that means a return to the Giro d'Italia. The big TT was Tuesday — how did things shake out? Was Simon Yates' final weakness actually weak? Neal and Caley break down the last week of the Italian grand tour.
Plus, reports suggest Colombian phenom Egan Bernal will race the Tour de France. Is that a good idea?
And finally, a Nerd Alert in which James Huang rides an old road bike to see just how far road bikes have come (or not come, as the case may be.)
In this episode, Caley Fretz catches up with former pro Tim Johnson to break down the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California and analyze the top sprinters ahead of the Tour de France.
Plus, a chat with Rally doctor Kelby Bethards about what it takes to keep his team moving and thoughts on form and ability from an introspective Lachlan Morton.
Egan Bernal and Katie Hall came into the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California with the weight of expectation. Both delivered. In this episode, we break down the GC battles and chat with Hall and Bernal's chief lieutenant, Tao Geoghegan Hart to find out how they did it.
Plus, a chat with the 20-year-old American who finished 7th, despite a flat tire in the time trial.
Fernando Gaviria took his second stage win and Kendall Ryan took her first ever leader's jersey in Elk Grove, California on Thursday. Caley Fretz is on the ground at the race and chats with Ian Boswell about the speed of the peloton (he says it's faster) and Toms Skujins about his breakaway confidence and his victory solute. Plus he checks out a strider race for 3-year-olds.
Then, Neal Rogers joins to dig into the GC picture, and how things might play out on the Tahoe stage. The men face a hard stage, harder than previous editions to Tahoe, and the stage will decide the overall for both the men's and women's race.
The second of three key stages at the Tour of California, a 34km time trial through Morgan Hill, is now behind us. Where to the favorites sit? Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz walk the pits at the TT and chat discuss the stage.
Plus, a Nerd Alert with wind tunnel engineer Chris Yu, who gives us a lesson in bike aerodynamics.
Toms Skujins has now won three stages in four starts at the Tour of California. How does he do it? More brains than brawn, he says. And did he plan that victory solute? Not exactly.
Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz and in California and break down Tuesday's attack-filled stage, then look ahead to the time trial in Morgan Hill, which could decide the race overall. We hear from Peter Sagan and his director Patxi Villa, plus Egan Bernal and stage winner Skujins.
Yesterday, Egan Bernal told us that he is, quote, "Not yet a good road rider."
The first decisive GC stage of the Amgen Tour of California suggested otherwise. The Colombian talent spread his wings and flew away from the rest of the field.
We catch up with the new race leader plus his teammate Teo Geoghegan Hart, Tour de France climber's jersey winner Rafal Majka, and Brit Adam Yates to break down the stage.
Finally, the first in a recurring series: Why are you here? The Tour of California is a long way to go for the European peloton, so we asked classics man Oliver Naessen why he made the trek.
The first stage of the Tour of California ended, predictably, in a sprint. What did we learn from it? Who's leadout train is firing on all cylinders? Who needs to find their sprint legs? The best sprinters in the world are here, duking it out.
Plus, a 15-minute sit-down with one of the brightest talents in the sport, Colombian Egan Bernal. He's introspective and has his feet firmly planted on the ground.
The Amgen Tour of California kicks off Sunday and we'll record daily episodes all week for our beloved podcast listeners. This is the first: A preview of the week to come, in which we hear from top GC contender Tejay van Garderen and sprinter Caleb Ewan.
Plus, everything is bigger in America, including the roads. How does that affect the racing? We chat with the pros to find out.
The Giro d'Italia kicked off in Israel last weekend. What was it actually like? What did it mean to Israeli cyclists, and what did it mean to Palestinian cyclists? Matt de Neef filed a dispatch with answers.
Neal Rogers and Caley Fretz break down the racing of the first week and look ahead to the first GC battle on Etna.
This week's Nerd Alert includes a chat with Aqua Blue's mechanic about racing at the highest levels of the sport without a front derailleur.
The Giro d'Italia is about to kick off and we run through the key stages, evaluate the major contenders, and discuss the unique opening weekend, the first ever partenza outside Europe.
This week's Nerd Alert sets off with a small rant from James on the bike industry's inability to set its own tubeless standards, then morphs into a discussion of e-bikes on trails, and is topped off with an analysis of Vista Outdoor's announcement that it will see a number of its bicycle brands. Did the boycott work?
This week's episode comes to you from the grounds of the Sea Otter Classic, which is quickly becoming the go-to show for forward-looking bike tech. We run through the coolest tech from the festival and get some insight from SRAM into where the industry is headed.
It's not all Sea Otter, though. We're back in Boulder for the second half of the show to chat Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Lotto Soudal's team troubles, and the origins of CyclingTips itself with CT founder Wade Wallace.
There are tools and skills you need to bring on every ride — what are they? This week's Nerd Alert tackles roadside and trailside repairs.
But first, Michael Valgren won Amstel Gold in exactly the same way he won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. What's his secret? Is the new Amstel finish better than the old one? It's now a finish that better suits the fast men, including Peter Sagan, because the Cauberg is farther from the finish line. Does that make for better racing? Time for some debate.
Plus, Neal chats with the folks behind USA Crits, a series of the best criteriums in the US.
Paris-Roubaix did not disappoint. This year's edition was chaotic, beautiful, and terrifyingly difficult. As it always is. We break down Peter Sagan's win, the mistakes QuickStep made, and chat with Niki Terpstra and Taylor Phinney on the velodrome's infield.
This week's Nerd Alert focuses on Sagan's unique bike, his crazy mid-race stem adjustment, and the special models pros get to use.
On the eve of cycling's hardest one-day race, Caley Fretz and Neal Rogers discuss a muddy recon day, breaking QuickStep's dominance, Peter Sagan's chances, who might go home with the cobblestone trophy.
This week we're coming to you from the fields of Flanders, just hours after the Ronde. Caley Fretz and Dave Everett chat about the race, marvel at Belgian bike culture, lament bikes lost in canals, and dream of hearty stew.
Plus, Caley has a dispatch from his ride in one of EF's Tesla team cars during the race, Koen De Kort talks about recon rides, and — Nerd Alert — Trek-Segafredo's technical director Matt Shriver talks about bike setup for Flanders and Roubaix.
As tires get bigger and pressures decrease, is frame compliance really all that important anymore? Doesn't comfort just come from your tires? James Huang sets out to answer that question in this week's Nerd Alert.
But first, it's Flanders week. Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem are in the rearview mirror, and De Ronde looms. Who's looking good? Who isn't? Can anyone beat back the strongest QuickStep team we've seen in years?
It's not all cobbles, though. The Volta a Catalunya saw a battle of GC men, and Alejandro Valverde was the most impressive. That didn't sit well with everyone.
A driverless car hit and killed a woman walking her bike across a road in Tempe, Arizona last weekend. The incident is a reminder that autonomous vehicle technology is still in its development phase, and reopened questions as to whether such vehicles are truly ready for public roads. We chat with advocate and journalist Peter Flax about the coming wave of autonomous vehicles.
But first, Milan-San Remo! The first monument of the year was last Sunday, and Neal and Caley break down the finale and argue over how good the race actually is. Then they go on a massive tangent about covering the Tour de France and how the reporting game has changed.
Plus, Flax stays on the line to chat about his story on cyclingtips.com about the Crash Race, which is exactly as nuts as it sounds.