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The tech episode: Drivetrain futures and hate for new standards
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.
|Jun 20, 2018|
The myth of N+1 and our need for more bikes
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.
|Jun 12, 2018|
New bikes at the Dauphiné, Dirty Kanza controversy, and ebikes on singletrack
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.
|Jun 06, 2018|
Froome wins pink, Floyd defines "doing a Landis"
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.
|May 31, 2018|
Undroppable Yates, Bernal's Tour debut, and old bikes made new again
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.)
|May 23, 2018|
Tour of California, Ep. 8: Team doc duties, Tim Johnson analysis, and Lachlan Morton's introspection
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.
|May 19, 2018|
Tour of California, Ep. 7: The Queen stage
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.
|May 19, 2018|
Tour of California, Ep. 6: Tahoe the decider and Kendall Ryan's big stuffed bear
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.
|May 18, 2018|
TOC heats up and an aero lesson with a wind tunnel engineer
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.
|May 17, 2018|
Tour of California, Ep. 4: Do the Toms dance
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.
|May 16, 2018|
Tour of California, Ep. 3: Egan Bernal, you are a good road rider
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.
|May 15, 2018|
Tour of California, Ep. 2: The first sprint and 15 minutes with Egan Bernal
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.
|May 14, 2018|
Tour of California, Ep 1: Race preview, and do wide roads matter?
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.
|May 12, 2018|
Dispatch from Israel and pro racing with no front derailleur
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.
|May 09, 2018|
Your Giro d'Italia guide and a road tubeless rant
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?
|May 03, 2018|
The coolest things we saw at Sea Otter
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.
|Apr 25, 2018|
Roadside repairs and the secret to Amstel Gold
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.
|Apr 18, 2018|
We have Roubaix fever and there is no cure
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.
|Apr 10, 2018|
Who will win Paris-Roubaix?
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.
|Apr 07, 2018|
In a Tesla at the Tour of Flanders
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.
|Apr 03, 2018|
Flanders and frame compliance
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.
|Mar 28, 2018|
The driverless car question and the beauty of Milan-San Remo
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.
|Mar 21, 2018|
Cold weather clothing, SRAM's e-Eagle, and a racing roundup
Winter turns to spring, summer turns to fall, and cyclists the world over have to figure out how to dress for the transition. This week's Nerd Alert picks the best clothing for the often cold, variable weather of shoulder seasons.
Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico are now behind us, and Milano-Sanremo is just ahead. What can the first two major stage races of the year tell us about the coming classics season? There's a long list of injuries and illnesses that will affect the coming races.
Nino Schurter was spotted on a new electronic, wireless mountain bike group. Will the clutch on a mountain bike derailleur kill battery life? Schurter also pulled out of his pedal at the first World Cup of the season. Was it his fault?
|Mar 14, 2018|
The chasm between ethics and the law; Trek's Checkpoint fun-o-meter
A hallmark of the modern cycling scandal is its location, wedged somewhere in between the ethical line the sport has drawn for itself and the legal line drawn by the WADA code. This week's news surrounding Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins is no different. We dig into how those lines are drawn, and how they might be re-drawn.
Strade Bianche was, once again, an incredible day of racing. Some are calling for a sixth monument. Would this race qualify?
Nerd Alert returns (briefly) to the gun and boycott debate before focusing one something far more enjoyable: The new Trek Checkpoint is the latest in a string of bikes designed for fun on any surface.
|Mar 07, 2018|
The future of indoor training and a gun debate in cycling
The conversation and debate over gun control following the Parkland shooting in Florida has seeped into the cycling world, as some consumers have called for a boycott of bike brands owned by the massive firearms and ammunition company Vista Outdoor, which is a major benefactor of the National Rifle Association. But would such a boycott even be effective?
Plus, we run through the week in bike news, from Tom Dumoulin's terrible bike throw to Alexander Vinokourov's strange financial woes, and James Huang pulls out his crystal ball and looks into the future of indoor training, augmented reality, and games like Zwift.
|Feb 28, 2018|
NAHBS predicts the future of bikes, plus a look at concussion tests
In this week's episode: The first cobbled classics of the season, a test for concussions, how the North American Handmade Bicycle Show predicts the future, and a sit-down with world champion Chantal Blaak.
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is this weekend, and it will feature the final 60km of the old Tour of Flanders course. That means the Muur and the Bosberg are back in a finale, together at last.
A new blood test can detect proteins released when someone has a head injury. Right now, there's no sport-wide concussion protocol in place. Does such a blood test have a place in cycling?
Nerd Alert! James Huang just got back from NAHBS, a reliable predictor of the bikes we'll be riding (and yearning for) in a few year's time.
And finally, Anne-Marije Rook sits down with world champion Chantal Blaak for a wide-ranging interview.
|Feb 21, 2018|
The world's slowest wheel change and Sky's bond with the Olympics
As the winter Olympics kick off, Caley and Neal look into the link between the Games, world politics, and Team Sky's scandals. Turns out Sky and American democracy have quite a lot in common.
But first, a quick news roundup and a chat with Brandon McNulty, just 19 years old, who almost won a stage of the Dubai Tour in a solo breakaway.
This week's Nerd Alert dissects Elia Viviani's ridiculously long disc brake wheel change and Katie Compton's disc-sliced knee. Plus, should e-mountain bike racing be a thing?
|Feb 13, 2018|
A two-year bike review and distracted riding rants
This week's podcast sifts through the week in bicycle news — from a muddy cyclocross worlds to Adrien Costa's decision to step away from the sport — before taking a deep dive into two of James Huang's recent reviews.
The week in bicycles was full of racing news. Colombia Oro y Paz, a new stage race, set off on Monday, as did the Dubai Tour, the first opportunity for the world's top sprinters to go head-to-head. Cyclocross worlds wrapped up on Sunday with a somewhat surprising victory, and one of America's brightest young talents, Adrien Costa, has decided not to race for Hagens Berman Axeon in 2018.
The Angry Asian (our very own James Huang) isn't angry about people who ride with headphones, but he is a bit disappointed in them. James recently tested a solution: bone-conduction headphones. We find out whether they really work, and let James get a bit ranty while we're at it.
Finally, James recently finished up a two-year (yes, two years) test of Trek's aero Madone. What did he learn from living with the bike for that long? Has his view of aero bikes changed?
|Feb 07, 2018|
Amateur dopers and a Nerd Alert
Three American amateur racers were suspended for doping, or avoiding anti-doping tests, in the last week. What's going on?
Wout Van Aert is going to race Paris-Roubaix. Can the 'cross star compete?
We take issue with a tweet from Outside Magazine.
Nerd Alert! James Huang and Caley Fretz discuss James' recent trip to the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in this week's tech segment.
Plus, a look at the cyclocross world championships with Neal Rogers and Anne-Marije Rook and then a chat with mountain biker Kate Courtney.
|Jan 31, 2018|
"Why so serious?" asks Peter Sagan's tattoo
Peter Sagan has a tattoo of himself that asks the cycling world, "Why so serious?" Good question, Peter, good question. Caley Fretz and Australian Editor Matt De Neef are only semi-serious as they discuss Sagan's icon status and then wrap up the Tour Down Under. On the docket are the impressive ride of Sky's young Colombian Egan Bernal, a chat with George Bennett about a surgery for side cramps, and deciding once and for all whether time bonuses are good for bike racing.
|Jan 24, 2018|
In the mechanics' pits at the Tour Down Under
The Podcast is in Australia! Caley Fretz and CyclingTips founder Wade Wallace start off with a few Tour Down Under predictions (which will almost certainly be wrong) and then Dave Rome gives us a guided tour of the mechanic's pits at the year's first WorldTour Race. There are new powermeters, new sponsors, and lots of integration in the pro ranks this year.
The Women's Tour Down Under saw its most competitive edition ever and Simone Giuliani was there to report on the action.
James Huang is just back from the world's largest consumer electronics show, CES, and spent some time checking out vehicle technology that could save cyclist's lives.
Finally, Neal Rogers and Anne-Marije Rook dig into US Cyclocross Nationals, including chats with Katie Compton, Stephen Hyde, and Jeremy Powers.
|Jan 17, 2018|
Dispatches from Colombia and Australian Nationals
Now is the time to visit Colombia. After decades of violence, the cycling-mad nation is open and safe and utterly beautiful. Caley Fretz spoke with Colombian guide Francisco Lopez about the country's long overdue exhalation, and what it means for both locals and cycling tourists.
But first, Simone Giuliani and Matt de Neef report on last weekend's Australian Nationals. There were hat-tricks and surprises and excessive heat.
James Huang is en route to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and hints at his drone shopping plans.
Finally, Neal Rogers chats with the director of a new documentary on Eritrean Cycling called King of the Mountains and with an up-and-coming American talent Neilson Powless.
|Jan 09, 2018|
CT Tech Awards: Great gear and dubious marketing claims
This year saw dubious and outlandish marketing claims, brilliant bits of trickle-down engineering, and trends that will change the face of the bike industry forever. What was the best tech of 2017? What about the worst? Caley Fretz, James Huang, and Dave Rome hand out the first annual CyclingTips Tech Awards (working title — help us come up with a better one in the comments).
|Dec 31, 2017|
The best (and worst) racers and races of 2017
As the holidays swirl around us and the calendar ticks over, it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the first annual CyclingTips Podcast Awards.
Caley Fretz, Neal Rogers, Shane Stokes, and Anne-Marije Rook look back at a season that had a bit of everything — incredible victories, deplorable acts, above-average intrigue — and award the best and worst of the 2017 pro cycling season.
|Dec 25, 2017|
Everesting on Everest and exactly five minutes of Chris Froome
Everesting noun. An endurance test in which a cyclist rides up and down a climb until he or she reaches the elevation gain of Mount Everest.
What if someone Everested on Mount Everest? CyclingTips own Andy Van Bergen gave it a shot, and he's on the podcast to chat about preparation, altitude sickness, and the emotion that builds behind any massive endeavour.
Lance Armstrong has been invited to the Tour of Flanders. What does he get out of it? What does Flanders get? What do we get?
USA Cycling is borrowing from the British cycling model with its new National Team. Neal brings us a report on the changes.
There isn't much left to say about Chris Froome's salbutamol situation. We decided to give the topic five minutes. Neal starts a timer and Caley provides a brief update.
James loves a good e-bike, and he thinks the e-bike discussion is focused on the wrong bikes.
|Dec 19, 2017|
Chris Froome has tested positive. What does it mean?
Chris Froome has tested positive. A sample from the Vuelta a Espana was found to contain double the legal limit of the asthma drug Salbutamol. What does this mean for Froome? What exactly is Salbutamol? What does it do? Caley Fretz and Shane Stokes dig into the breaking news.
In this episode, your hosts chat with Peter Flax about his recent feature on American racing mainstay Bill Elliston, then call up Enve and Mavic to ask them about safety concerns with carbon clincher wheels. Finally, after eight positive tests at the Vuelta a Colombia, can we trust the best performances of Colombian cycling? Klaus Bellon, a writer born in Bogota and now living in the U.S., gives us a reason to believe.
|Dec 13, 2017|
The CyclingTips Podcast: What happens when pros don't like their bikes?
What happens when a pro doesn't like his or her bike? Well, sometimes they switch teams. For time trialists in particular, following the fastest equipment is a well-honed path to success. News Editor Shane Stokes caught up with Ryan Mullen to chat about the time he thinks he'll gain with a move to Trek-Segafredo, and Neal Rogers and James Huang dig into a rift between 'cross star Wout Van Aert and his team's bike sponsor.
Ever tried bunny hopping a patriarchy? Ellen Noble does it, pretty much every weekend. Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook brings us a story about empowerment through airtime.
And yes, we were wrong about Chris Froome going to the Giro. But now that we know he's going, what does it mean? Caley Fretz thinks he may not win any more Tours de France as a result.
|Dec 05, 2017|
CyclingTips Podcast: 2018 Giro under scrutiny with Froome, Israel headlines
The Giro d'Italia is going to Israel, and Chris Froome might be going to the Giro. Can we separate sport and politics in the most politically charged city on earth? Will Froome risk missing out on his fifth Tour de France and aim for the maglia rosa?
Caley Fretz, Neal Rogers, and James Huang open this week's episode with a look at the news and controversy swirling around the Giro d'Italia. Then, James goes public with his bold attempt to make a rim brake bike stop as well as a disc brake bike and Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook chats with America's first cannabis sponsored cyclist.
This episode of the CyclingTips Podcast is brought to you by Stages Cycling.
|Nov 28, 2017|
Is Wiggo exonerated? Not exactly.
The controversy dates back to 2011, when a mysterious medical package was flown from Manchester to the French Alps near the end of the Criterium du Dauphine. Last week, UK Anti-Doping dropped its investigation into Bradley Wiggins and the jiffy bag, and then Wiggins released a statement extolling his exoneration.
But is he, really? We chat with the reporter who broke key details of the Wiggins story, Matt Lawton, and then look into Wiggins' changing public statements on doping and dopers with CyclingTips News Editor Shane Stokes.
Then, a look at the health — or lack thereof — of elite athletes. A recent SHecret Pro column dug into the topic, and Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook went looking for answers. Are elite athletes actually healthy?
|Nov 20, 2017|
CyclingTips Podcast (2.0): Motors, MVDP, and 12-speed road shifting
Welcome to new CyclingTips Podcast, a revamped weekly show with hosts Caley Fretz, Neal Rogers, James Huang, and CyclingTips editors from around the globe. Every week, we'll bring you big, beautiful, emotional stories, insider tech knowledge and tips, unique interviews, and much more.
This week, Caley, Neal, and James dig into the spat between Phil Gaimon and Fabian Cancellara, which could be headed for a court room. We found a lawyer of our own to find out whether Gaimon is truly in hot water over a passage in his book that says Cancellara "probably did have a motor."
Then, we hear from Neal and Mathieu van der Poel. One of them is writing a big feature, the other is an unbelievable, once-in-a-generation talent.
Finally, James does the math on 1x drivetrains following the news that pro team Aqua Blue will ride without front derailleurs at the highest level of pro racing next year.
|Nov 15, 2017|
Doping for a documentary: An interview with Icarus director Bryan Fogel
For the documentary Icarus, lifelong cyclist Bryan Fogel set out to experience the effects of performance-enhancing drugs, and to see just how easy it might be to beat anti-doping tests. With the help of Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov, Fogel used EPO, testosterone, and Human Growth Hormone as he trained for the 2015 Haute Route. Along the way, however, he inadvertently became entrenched in Rodchenkov’s clandestine world of helping Russian athletes dope for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. For this podcast, Editor Neal Rogers spoke with Fogel about the original mission for the project, focusing on everything that ended up on the cutting-room floor after his documentary took an unexpected, and unimaginable, turn.
|Sep 08, 2017|
From roadie to retired, episode 2 with Will and Shoshauna Routely
In our "retirement" miniseries, we talked to several cyclists about their retirement, and what their lives are now. You’ll hear that while some have moved away from cycling and onto to non-cycling related jobs, others are finding retirement quite difficult.
In this episode, we talked to cycling couple Will and Shoshauna Routely. At the end of 2016, they both retired at the same time --albeit not entirely by choice -- and they've started a new business together. Away from the cycling industry, the Routely are now brewing Kambucha in Canada.
|Sep 05, 2017|
How bike shops can survive in an Amazon world
It has never been a more challenging time to run an independent brick-and-mortar bicycle shop, what with decreasing profit margins, a more knowledgeable and demanding clientele, and the impossible situation of trying to compete head-to-head with gargantuan online retailers who not only have everything in stock, but also sell it cheaper. The road ahead is undoubtedly rocky, but there is a path forward — which is a good thing, since every cyclist will need the help of a good bike shop sooner or later.
|Aug 25, 2017|
Adam Hansen talks about racing a record 19 consecutive grand tours
Adam Hansen is the Energizer of the pro cycling world. With more than 380 days of racing over the 19 past grand tours, he just can't seem to be stopped. CyclingTips roving report David Everette talks with Adam about his persistence and his remarkable energy and efficiency: in addition to being a pro cyclist, Adam makes time for software development, a cycling shoe company, and more.
|Aug 21, 2017|
From roadie to retired, part 1: Life after cycling with Phil Gaimon
The active career of a professional cyclist is a relatively short one. While there certainly are some exceptions, most pros retire in their early thirties.
|Aug 17, 2017|
The great eBike debate: Do pedal-assist mountain bikes belong on singletrack?
On the road, pedal-assist eBikes make a certain amount of sense for certain applications. But what about on singletrack, where skill level often develops in tandem with fitness — and where access is ongoing challenge for mountain bikers? For this podcast, editor Neal Rogers spoke with a wide variety of stakeholders, including eMTB manufacturers, mountain-bike racers, and representatives from the International Mountain Bike Association, who find themselves in the middle, torn between widening their base and disenfranchising those who have fought for trail access since the advent of the sport.
|Aug 03, 2017|
True Tales from the Grupetto
In this episode of the CyclingTips podcast, roving reporter David Everett asks the hard questions. Specifically, he asks pros what it's like to ride in the Tour de France grupetto. With stories from Andres Greipel, Sky DS Servais Knaven, Quick Step Floors DS Brian Holm and more, and finds out -- among other things -- that if you want to avoid losing a body part, you'd better do as the Bus Driver says.
|Jul 28, 2017|
Superstition and rituals in the Tour de France
The Tour de France is plenty difficult and dangerous even considering the things racers can control. Safer bikes and courses help with danger; better training and equipment helps with chances of success.
But that still leaves a lot of factors that are out of racers' control. How do riders in the Tour de France deal with those things? Sometimes with luck, ritual, and superstition.
In this episode of the CyclingTips Podcast, News Editor Shane Stokes talks with Cadel Evans, Greg Lemond, Taylor Phinney, Sean Kelly, and many more former and current racers about how they work to control the uncontrollable in the Tour de France.
|Jul 16, 2017|
Debutants in the Tour de France
25% of the racers in this year's Tour de France are racing it for the first time. For many of these racers, it's a dream come true...until suddenly it's not. For this episode of the podcast, the editors of CyclingTips caught up with several TdF debutants before the race to learn about their hopes and expectations, and then again during the race to find out what the reality is like. The results span from incredible—white and polka-dot jerseys—to heartbreaking: serious and painful accidents. This is a can't-miss episode of the CyclingTips podcast including pre- and during-race interviews with Taylor Phinney, Paddy Bevin, Stefan Kung, as well as pre-race interviews with Damien Howsen and Jay McCarthy.
|Jul 10, 2017|
Insider's Look at the 2017 Tour de France: What to Expect
CyclingTips' Matt de Neef and Shane Stokes are on the ground in Dusseldorf, Germany with an insider's look at what you can expect from this year's course, the favorites for all the important battles, and predictions for the critical first week stages. Featuring clips from Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans, Matt White, and Dan Martin, this is the deep-dive TdF pre-race episode you should not miss.
|Jul 01, 2017|
Why Specialized decided to step away from gender-specific geometry
For years Specialized has been beating the drum of women’s specific bikes, but when it comes to the 2018 line of bikes, Specialized is diverting from that approach. The 2018 Tarmacs and Diverges feature a unisex frame with gender-specific touch points. Ella Editor Anne-Marije Rook sat down with Specialized’s road product manager, Stephanie Kaplan, to talk about what led to Specialized’s 180-degree turn on gender-specific geometries.
|Jun 30, 2017|
Does frame stiffness matter?
Road bikes are often evaluated on a linear scale: if a light bike is good, a lighter one is better; likewise for aerodynamics, stiffness, and rolling resistance. But while the effects of weight, aerodynamic efficiency, and rolling resistance are easy to measure and simple to correlate to real-world riding, the influence of frame stiffness isn’t as clear. Is stiffer better? Maybe — but maybe not.
|May 28, 2017|
Going Mobile: What You Need to Know About Bike Shops on Wheels
Mobile bike repair vans are gaining a lot of traction among busy cyclists who don't want to load half a dozen bikes and cart them to the bike shop, wait two weeks, and then come back to pick them up. And companies like VeloFix and Beeline Bikes cater to cyclists who might feel intimidated by the traditional bike shop "insiders-only" vibe. But with this Amazon.com-ification of services, what happens to the culture of cycling, often centered around well-known, deeply-stocked stores like Vecchios and The Bicycle Trip? Editor-in-Chief Neal Rogers talks with all these people to see how mobile shops and brick-and-mortar shops compete...and how they can work together.
|May 22, 2017|
Is your power meter as accurate as you think?
The cycling world is full of marketing hyperbole, and when it comes to power meters, there's no more important claim than accuracy. Almost without fail, every power meter currently available supposedly produces data that is within +/-2% of the actual value. But is that actually the case? According to US technical editor James Huang and a three-person panel of experts who discuss the topic on this week's CyclingTips podcast, not everything may be what it seems.
|Apr 09, 2017|
What happens when cyclists can’t ride their bikes?
For most cyclists, riding their bike is more than a hobby. It’s a way of life. The bike can represent many things to many people — endorphins, fitness, identity, freedom, fresh air, therapy, a social network. What happens when, for one reason or another, this is removed from their lives, indefinitely? We spoke with three hardcore cyclists — Levi Leipheimer, Georgia Gould, and Kenny Jones — who are all currently adapting to life off the bike.
|Mar 28, 2017|
Makeup, hair and style: Does the way you look on a bike matter?
Following her mother’s motto of ‘be tough but still be a lady’, pro cyclist Breanne Nalder won’t leave the house until she’s properly put together, even if she’s going out for a training ride. So much so that she has permanent eyeliner tattoed on her. Her teammate Jen Luebcke meanwhile matches her earrings to her kit, Mandy Heintz likes to have her nails done for special races while Clare Rose goes au natural, letting her legs do all the talking. As a female pro athlete, does it matter what you look like?
Ella Editor Anne-Marije Rook talked to five riders from the Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling team about the importance and pressures of appearance in women’s cycling.
|Mar 03, 2017|
What lurks beneath carbon fiber's mysterious surface?
There are good reasons why carbon fiber has emerged as the king of structural material. It's supremely light, can be incredibly stiff and strong, and it can also be formed into wild shapes that simple aren't possible with metals. But it's also a multi-layered material, and only the outer surface is visible. What's underneath there? And should we care? US technical editor James Huang peels back the proverbial onion with HIA Velo senior composites engineer Chris Meertens and Australian carbon fiber repair and inspection guru Raoul Luescher to see what's really inside.
|Feb 19, 2017|
Putting the 'World' in WorldTour: Understanding the global expansion of elite men's road cycling
The highest-level of elite men's road cycling is called the WorldTour, and yet, until this year, just three of the series' 27 events were outside of Europe. In 2017 the sport's governing body has expanded the WorldTour by another 10 events. So what does that mean? And what impact does that have on races, teams and the sport?
|Feb 13, 2017|
Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb every weekend?
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. Whether you’re 18 or 81, hurtling your bicycle into tight spaces at high speeds brings with it a very real possibility of road rash, broken bones, or worse. And while younger riders are generally fearless, and may well be pursuing a career in the sport, for amateur snd Masters racers, the willingness to risk injury for their passion is based on intangibles.
In this episode, Elden Nelson and U.S. Editor Neal Rogers speak with Mike Allec about his close call, and how it's changed his outlook on competition, at least in the short term. In addition to sharing their own “worst race accident stories,” and why they continue to compete, they also speak with elite amateur racers Frank Cundiff, from Virginia, and Sarah Barber, from Idaho, who discuss the rewards they get from racing, and how they reconcile that with the very real risk of injury.
|Feb 08, 2017|
Genevieve Jeanson: Making Peace With the Past
In the early 2000s, Genevieve Jeanson was a rising star in women’s cycling. National titles, World Cup wins, and dominating victories at American classics – the young French Canadian was taking the American and international scene by storm. But her career came to an immediate stop in 2005, when she tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) and retired soon thereafter.
While history quickly wrote her off as a doper, over time we learned that there was a lot more going on than meets the eye. Jeanson revealed that her relationship with coach Andre Aubut was physically and emotionally abusive. EPO had been forced on her since she was just 16 years old, and for over a decade he control her whole life.
|Jan 29, 2017|
What’s watts with drivetrain friction and chain lube
Cycling is a game of inputs and outputs: how much power you’re able to produce in your legs vs. how much of that power is actually put to use in propelling you forward. Of the four main obstacles you have to overcome while riding — aerodynamic drag, gravity, rolling resistance, and mechanical friction — mechanical friction is the least significant, but it’s far from zero. US technical editor James Huang takes an in-depth at how much friction there is and what we can do about it, but also easy and inexpensive things to do at home to ensure we’re making the most of our efforts.
|Jan 24, 2017|
Changing Lives in the Off-Season with Team Novo Nordisk
The winter months often include bonding sessions for many pro squads, most famously the military-style camps used by Team CSC/Saxo Bank in the past. However the all-diabetic Team Novo Nordisk went an entirely different route altogether, combining group energy and altruism to help others while at the same time coming closer together.
|Jan 15, 2017|
What do Britney Spears and Marco Pantani Have in Common?
CyclingTips talks with music video directing legend Nigel Dick, who -- in addition to having directed more than 500 music videos (including by Oasis, Guns N' Roses, and many more), is a cyclist and cycling film director, capturing everything from the Tour de France to a day in the life of David Millar.
|Jan 09, 2017|
Surviving as an Independent Cycling Publisher in a Facebook World
CyclingTips Publisher Wade Wallace and Red Kite Prayer owner Patrick Bradytalk about the future of online cycling content and how it's being disrupted by megasites like Facebook and Google that take all the advertising dollars -- and how other sites who create great content can survive in this environment. Both RKP and CyclingTips have launched member supported models to help keep creating high quality content for their readers and we speak about the challenges they face, the way they're dealing with those challenges, and what's next.
|Dec 24, 2016|
Testing frames for safety and small builders - should they or shouldn’t they?
Mainstream bicycle companies subject their bikes to all sorts of objective testing, both for performance and safety purposes. Smaller custom builders, however, don’t usually hold themselves to those same standards — but should they?
|Dec 12, 2016|
How Girona Became a Pro Cycling Mecca
It started with former professional Johnny Weltz, continued with Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team and then blossomed into a location inhabited by well over 100 professional riders. The small Spanish city of Girona is one of the biggest hubs of professional cycling in the world, but why is this the case?
|Nov 28, 2016|
David Walsh on his pursuit of Lance Armstrong and his time with Team Sky
Irish sports journalist David Walsh is best known for his work in helping to expose Lance Armstrong as a doper. In this interview, Walsh caught up with CyclingTips to reflect on that period of his career and to give his perspective on Team Sky in light of the team’s recent TUE controversy.
|Nov 22, 2016|
A look behind the curtain at the grim realities of product development
We all take for granted the shiny, new bikes, components, and accessories that fill the floors and shelves of bike shops. But how many of you have given much thought to what’s required to actually put them there? How does an idea become an actual finished product? For this week’s CyclingTips podcast, US technical editor James Huang and host Elden "Fatty" Nelson chat with three industry insiders who let loose on the ugly truth of what it takes. In short: it’s way, way harder than you think.
|Nov 07, 2016|
Creaky Press-Fit Bottom Brackets and the Promise of T47
Press-fit bottom brackets have become the norm over the past decade as companies continue to try to make their bikes lighter and more feature-packed, but they're also more prone to annoying creaks, which oftentimes can't easily be fixed. What if there was a viable alternative? James Huang discusses the new T47 threaded format with the folks at Praxis Cycles, Chris King, and Enduro Bearings to see why T47 may work better, why there are so many politics around its adoption, and how we got here in the first place.
|Oct 21, 2016|
Mike Creed: From road pro to team director to US Paralympics 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, and Optum. In his first year as a team director at SmartStop, his riders went 1-2 at the 2014 U.S. national road championship. And in 2016, he turned down an offer to be a director with Cannondale-Drapac to be head coach of U.S. Paralympics Cycling. Find out why, and what memories he took away from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, in this podcast interview.
|Oct 10, 2016|
Equal Prizes for Women's Racing: Perspectives from a Promoter and a Racer
Should women have an expectation of winning as much as men for equivalent races? CyclingTips editor Anne-Marije Rook talks with Kris Auer — a race promoter with forward-looking principles — and Assos racer Juliet Elliott about the need for change in cycling, what some promoters are doing about it (and why), and what everyone needs to do in order to move toward equality in this sport.
|Oct 03, 2016|
How the Sausage Gets Made: Bike Product Management Tales from Dave Koesel
If you've ever wondered how your bike got spec'd -- how the parts that it comes with were chosen and what negotiations, politics (yes, politics), innovations went into its design and execution -- this episode is for you. Dave Koesel, currently General Manager of 3T America, was in charge of product management for many years at Felt, and brings a lot of experience and wisdom to this conversation with CyclingTips Technical Editor James Huang and co-host Elden Nelson.
|Sep 12, 2016|
Dave Zabriskie and Floyd Landis
This is the second of two conversations we had with Floyd. Part 1 was mostly conversation about where Floyd is and what he’s doing now. This time, we go more into the bike…and also, we brought Floyd’s friend, partner at Floyd’s of Leadville, and former teammate — Dave Zabriskie. You won’t want to miss this wide-ranging conversation with these two as CyclingTips US editor Neal Rogers talks about disc brakes, bickering in the pro peloton, parakeets, Dave and Floyd’s perspective on their racing days, and a lot more.
|Sep 01, 2016|
The Floyd Landis Interview, Part 1: Live from Floyd's of Leadville
US Editor Neal Rogers and Podcast Host Elden "Fatty" Nelson join Floyd Landis in Leadville, CO at Floyd's of Leadville HQ to talk about Floyd's new venture: what it is, why, and where it's going. We talk about apologies: both those given and received, and even talk a little bit about cycling...or more specifically, why Floyd doesn't ride anymore. This is a can't-miss conversation with a name every cyclist recognizes, but few cyclists know.
|Aug 24, 2016|
Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Rethinking Road Bike Tire Sizes and Pressures
For years, the common thinking when it came to road bike tires was that they needed to be narrow and pumped up to high pressures for the fastest roll. Some key studies are now disproving those long-held beliefs, though, with supporting data telling us that what we should actually riding are wider tires and lower pressures. CyclingTips US technical editor James Huang joins us for this week’s CyclingTips podcast, along with Silca company owner Josh Poertner (formerly the technical director for Zipp) and Jan Heine from Bicycle Quarterly and Compass Bicycles.
|Aug 18, 2016|
2016 Tour de France Finale
In this concluding podcast from the 2016 Tour de France, recorded the morning after Sunday’s final stage in Paris, our team on the ground in France — Matt de Neef, Shane Stokes and Dave Everett — discuss the standouts from the last block of racing.
These include the battle for yellow and the key moments where Chris Froome opened time on his rivals, as well as Peter Sagan’s dominant hunt for green and a question of who – if anyone – can beat him in future years. There’s also an analysis of Froome’s challengers, and how some rode above expectations while others underperformed; Adam Yates’ impressive victory in the best young rider classification and a teammate explaining what may be his most important attribute; Stephen Roche’s tip for future Tour success; Sean Kelly’s view of two of the top guns from this year’s race; personal highlights from the race and much more.
Along with the on-the-ground crew, CyclingTips Podcast Host Elden Nelsen and U.S Editor Neal Rogers provide additional insight, including Tour analysis and parallels with the Brady Bunch.
|Jul 28, 2016|
2016 Tour de France podcast: Cavendish, Sagan, Froome, Martin, Yates, Contador, and more
In this second podcast from the 2016 Tour de France, recorded on the race’s first rest day, our team on the ground in France — Matt de Neef, Shane Stokes and Dave Everett — discuss the many storylines to have developed over the first nine days of racing. Among them: Chris Froome’s incident with a spectator and audacious downhill attack; Alberto Contador’s unceremonious exit from the race; Dan Martin’s impressive riding; the return of Mark Cavendish; the phenom that is Peter Sagan; and the breakout ride from Adam Yates. And since they’re not at the race, Elden and U.S. Editor Neal Rogers must settle for the next-best thing — interrupting the recorded podcast from the boys in France to share their own opinions and get the last word on every topic.
|Jul 12, 2016|
2016 Tour de France podcast: Pre-race analysis, interviews with Sagan, Gerrans, Van Garderen, Porte, and Vaughters
In this first podcast from the 2016 Tour de France, Elden and U.S. Editor Neal Rogers discuss what it’s really like to cover the Tour de France as a journalist, while our team on the ground in France, Shane Stokes and Dave Everett, give context to pre-race interviews with Peter Sagan, Richie Porte, and Simon Gerrans. Also: Tejay van Garderen on sharing team leadership at BMC Racing, and Jonathan Vaughters on the recent Cannondale-Drapac partnership.
|Jul 02, 2016|
Extreme Racing with Jesse Carlsson, Andy Van Bergen, Alain Rumpf, Sarah Hammond, and Wade Wallace
Today we get into the heads of people who love extreme racing and riding. Wade Wallace, publisher of CyclingTips tallks with Jesse Carlsson, who has ridden the Tour Divide and WON the Trans America race last year. He talks with Sarah Hammond just HOURS after she completes the Trans Am race, and interviews Alain Rumpf — who used to work for the UCI, but has recently completed his first adventure race and now considers traditional racing boring. Finally, CyclingTips own Andy van Bergen talks about an extreme riding phenom you might have heard of and which he created: Everesting. What is it, why would you do it, and what’s the next thing he’s got up his sleeve.
It’s an episode for people who think the Tour de France is a cute little ride…right now on the CyclingTips podcast.
|Jun 29, 2016|
James Huang Talks Disc Brakes: Pros, Cons, Why's and When's
US Technical Editor James Huang talks disc brakes on road bikes, getting racer perspective from Cadel Evans and pro mechanic perspective from BMC’s Ian Sherburne. The pros, cons, whys and when’s of an important and controversial bike technology on this episode of the CyclingTips podcast.
|Jun 22, 2016|
Rebecca Rusch on Mount Kilimanjaro, Getting "Chicked," Mixed-Gender Racing, and the Dirty Kanza
Ella CyclingTips Editor Anne-Marije Rook talks with seven-time world champion Rebecca Rusch about fair play in mixed-gender racing starts, biking up and down Mount Kilimanjaro, and the problem with the term “getting checked.”
|Jun 16, 2016|
An Post Ras, Planet Krypton, and Racing Comebacks with Shane Stokes
Shane Stokes takes a look at the An Post Rás, the legendary Irish event which has been part of the early careers of many big name riders. Won by Stephen Roche and Tony Martin in the past and also featuring the likes of Mark Cavendish, John Degenkolb and Sam Bennett, the race is one for the hardmen. We also explore some other subjects, including the gruelling nature of the sport and how it can take a toll on those chasing excellence.
|Jun 07, 2016|
Neal Rogers Interviews Wiggins, Boonen, Talansky, Merckx, and More
Neal and Fatty talk about some very personal interviews Neal got while at the Amgen Tour of California. You won’t want to miss this first episode of the new CyclingTips podcast, including conversations with Bradley Wiggins, Tom Boonen, Andrew Talansky, Brent Bookwalter, and Axel Merckx…and the up-and-coming phenom: Nielson Powless.
|May 29, 2016|