Podcasts

CyclingTips podcast, Episode 26: Understanding the global expansion of the UCI WorldTour

The WorldTour is the highest level of men’s road racing on the planet. It’s a collection of the world’s biggest races — the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders — and its raced by the biggest teams. And yet the WorldTour isn’t really a world tour at all. In 2016, 24 …

CyclingTips podcast, Episode 25: Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb?

The recent near-death experience of Masters racer Mike Allec highlighted the inherent dangers of bike racing — not just at the professional level, but across all categories. Unlike endurance sports such as running, swimming, and Nordic skiing, bike racing brings with it the possibility of a high-impact collision at all times. Whether you’re 18 or …

CyclingTips podcast, Episode 24: Genevieve Jeanson on making peace with a tainted past

In the early 2000s, Genevieve Jeanson was a rising star in women’s cycling. Already a two-time national and world champion as a junior –in the road race and time trial –the French Canadian was taking the American and international scene by storm. She won La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, a world cup race, and made her …

CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?

There are four main obstacles to forward motion when you ride a bike: aerodynamic drag, gravity, rolling resistance, and mechanical friction. Of those, mechanical friction — created by the chain, bottom bracket bearings, hub bearings, pedal bearings, and rear derailleur pulley bearings — is the smallest value by far, and certainly much less significant than …

CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?

There are four main obstacles to forward motion when you ride a bike: aerodynamic drag, gravity, rolling resistance, and mechanical friction. Of those, mechanical friction — created by the chain, bottom bracket bearings, hub bearings, pedal bearings, and rear derailleur pulley bearings — is the smallest value by far, and certainly much less significant than …

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 22: Changing lives in the off-season with Team Novo Nordisk

It’s often presumed that sport is all about tunnel vision: having a laser-like focus on winning, and filtering out everything that is not connected to that. Watch athletes in competition and the level of concentration can appear absolute. Ditto for preparation; in the training phase for events such as the Tour de France, months of …

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 21: A chat with filmmaker Nigel Dick

It was July 1998 — an unseasonably cold and wet day in New York City. British filmmaker Nigel Dick was in town to meet a 16-year-old singer from Louisiana who was to become the next big thing. He turned on the hotel TV and saw another cold and wet day, with cyclists suffering in extreme weather. It …

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 19: On safety testing and custom builders

Larger bicycle manufacturers subject their bikes to all sorts of objective laboratory testing, for a wide range of purposes. On the one hand, bench testing provides concrete evidence of a frameset’s performance characteristics, such as its stiffness and ride comfort. On the other hand, laboratory testing can also verify that a bike is safe to ride …

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 18: How Girona became a pro cycling Mecca

Professional cycling is a fully international sport with countless nationalities of riders members of the WorldTour and Pro Continental ranks. However clusters of riders are centred in various locations, including Monaco, Andorra, Lucca, and Colorado. One of the biggest hotbeds is in the small Spanish city of Girona, an hour northeast of Barcelona. Over 120 …

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 17: David Walsh on Armstrong, Sky, Froome and the Wiggins TUEs

David Walsh is the chief sports writer at the Sunday Times and a journalist best known in cycling circles as the man who helped expose Lance Armstrong. Having viewed Armstrong’s 1999 Tour de France return with great scepticism, Walsh spent many years trying to show that the Texan had doped his way to what would …

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