Podcasts

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 …

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 16: The grim realities of cycling product development

Most of us take for granted the shiny new bikes, components, and accessories that fill the floors and shelves of bike shops and countless pages of online catalogs. But how much thought have you given to what’s required to actually put them there? How does an idea become an actual finished product? For this week’s CyclingTips …

CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 15: On creaky press-fit bottom brackets and the promise of T47

Creak, creak, creak… Too many riders with press-fit bottom brackets are all too familiar with that irritating sound, emanating from down below and repeating itself at 90rpm every time you head out for a spin. While press-fit systems can (and often do) perform flawlessly, horror stories abound with tales of ruined frames, cups permanently secured …

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CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 14: Mike Creed’s journey from road pro to director to US Paralympic Cycling head coach

From 2002-2013 American Mike Creed was a professional road racer, on teams such as U.S. Postal Service, Discovery Channel, TIAA-CREF, Rock Racing, Team Type 1, and Optum. In his first year as a team director at SmartStop, a lesser-known U.S. Continental program, his riders went 1-2 at the 2014 U.S. national road championship. And in November 2015, …

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CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 13: On equal prize money

As of June 2016, men and women across all disciplines and categories now benefit from equal prize money at all UCI World Championship events. But that certainly isn’t the norm at most cycling events. Take the Giro Rosa, for example. The most prestigious (and only) Grand Tour on the women’s WorldTour calendar, the Giro Rosa …

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CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 12: The magic and mystery behind bicycle specs

Anyone shopping for a new bike has invariably spent hours poring over line items on a spec sheet — the pros and cons of an upgrade here, a downgrade there. But how exactly did those specs come to be, and who made those decisions? And most importantly, why? For this week’s CyclingTips podcast, U.S. technical …

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