It’s been a long time in planning and we’re proud to announce that CyclingTips has finally got a podcast! And we’re not just doing this to be one of the crowd. We believe this will be the most unique cycling podcast in existence and will often be so interesting that it will transcend cycling. There’s a goldmine of topics to explore and this format allows us to be able to dive into the nuances that sometimes doesn’t translate well into the written word. If we had to summarize, we’ll be aiming to bring you the “stories behind the stories.”
Hosting the weekly CyclingTips Podcast will be Elden Nelson, a.k.a ‘Fatty’. You may know Elden from www.fatcyclist.com which was one of cycling’s original blogs back in the day. He also created the popular ‘FattyCast’ which is hosted on fatcyclist.com and will be transitioning his efforts to this project. I encourage you to listen to past episodes if you have the time.
Back when CyclingTips started, and there was no such thing as social media to share content, Elden was one of the few who were kind enough to put CT on his “blogroll,” where it still exists. I have a lot to thank him for, and it’s an honour to be working with him. (Full disclosure: Fatty isn’t all that fat; he’s ridden an 8:12 at the Leadville 100 MTB race. If you’re not familiar, that’s very fast.)
Each podcast will feature a rotating cast of CyclingTips editors, covering topics such as pro racing, technology, adventure, women’s-specific themes, and everything that encompasses the sport and lifestyle of cycling.
Have a listen to our first episode, hosted by U.S. editor Neal Rogers. As always, we welcome feedback on how to improve, and topics you’d like to hear about.
This week, we talk with Bradley Wiggins on his views on fame, his role within cycling, and being a father who pumps his children’s tyres at their kid races. It’s an excerpt from an interview conducted prior to the Amgen Tour of California, which was published here.
We also spoke with Cannondale’s Andrew Talansky, who was coming off a rough spring campaign, and looked forward to turning the corner in California. He did, finishing second in the Stage 6 time trial, but that’s not what the conversation was about. Rather, it was about the expectations put on athletes to perform consistently, in the face of the same personal challenges everyone faces, and where the line is drawn between being a public figure, as an athlete, and being allowed room to have a personal life. The full interview can be found here.
Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) shares what it’s like to have grown up in the spotlight; Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) talks about the dynamic of sharing team leadership with Rohan Dennis; and we shed some light on 19-year-old Nielson Powless, the revelation of the Amgen Tour, speaking with the (young) man himself, as well as his Axeon Hagens Berman team manager, Axel Merckx.