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The Cycling Podcast – daily insight and analysis of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Classics. Join journalists Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. The Cycling Podcast was founded in 2013 by Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie To support The Cycling Podcast, subscribe as a Friend of the Podcast and listen to more than 50 episodes. Subscribe at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/)

The Cycling Podcast – daily insight and analysis of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Classics. Join journalists Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. The Cycling Podcast was founded in 2013 by Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie To support The Cycling Podcast, subscribe as a Friend of the Podcast and listen to more than 50 episodes. Subscribe at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/)

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London, United Kingdom

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The Cycling Podcast – daily insight and analysis of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Classics. Join journalists Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling. Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling. The Cycling Podcast was founded in 2013 by Richard Moore, Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie To support The Cycling Podcast, subscribe as a Friend of the Podcast and listen to more than 50 episodes. Subscribe at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/)

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English


Episodes

S10 Ep160: Ride of 2022: Tobias Foss, Worlds TT

11/24/2022
The Cycling Podcast continues its review of the 2022 season by electing our “Ride of the Year” - and courting controversy with that selection. You can keep your Remcos at Liège, your Pogs at Strade Bianche, we say - the finest single exploit of the men’s cycling year was Tobias Foss’s giantkilling act in the World TT championship in Wollongong. In this episode, to help account for our choice, Foss himself gives us a forensic description of how he turned an annus mirabilis into an...

Duration:01:28:18

S10 Ep159: Service Course | The master of disruption

11/21/2022
In this episode of Service Course, Lizzy Banks talks to Henry Furniss, who describes his mission as 'enhancing adventure with disruptive techonology'. In 2019, he left WindyMilla, the company he co-founded, and the following year he hinted to Service Course what he planned to do next. Now he can put more flesh on the bones of his new project, which combines two of our favourite things – new materials and 3D printing. Lizzy met Henry on London's Brick Lane during the recent Rouleur...

Duration:00:58:15

S10 Ep158: Men in the Mirror

11/17/2022
How does a WorldTour professional evaluate his own performance? How does his team? What about his colleagues and training partners? In this week’s episode, regular guest Larry Warbasse of AG2R Citroën Team and his compatriot, Joe Dombrowski of Astana Qazaqstan, are invited to analyse and critique their respective 2022 seasons – and then to turn the spotlight on each other. Daniel Friebe conducts proceedings as we also discuss the week’s main headlines, including news on Mark Cavendish’s...

Duration:01:20:03

S10 Ep157: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stages 13-15: Montrose – Peterhead – Elgin – Birnie – Dingwall

11/17/2022
The final episode of the Tour d’Écosse series covers the last three stages of the ride to visit each of Scotland’s Football League grounds. Stage 13 of the trip takes Lionel and Simon from Montrose to Peterhead, via Aberdeen and a visit to Slains Castle, which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. At 128 kilometres it’s the longest stage of the entire tour too but, fortunately, it's somewhat tailwind-assisted. The following day, however, they battle a fierce headwind on the way to Elgin...

Duration:01:31:01

S10 Ep156: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 12: Dundee – Montrose

11/16/2022
The Angus stage of the Tour d’Écosse takes Lionel Birnie and Simon Gill from Dundee up to Forfar and Brechin before dropping down to the seaside in Arbroath and finally hugging the coastline to Montrose. There are a couple of culinary delights on the way, the Forfar Bridie for brunch and the Arbroath smokies for lunch before heading to watch the Red Lichties, Arbroath, take on East Fife at Gayfield Park, which is apparently the closest football ground in Europe to the sea. It’s a ride...

Duration:00:38:15

S10 Ep155: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 11: Freuchie – Dundee

11/15/2022
Join Lionel Birnie and Simon Gill in Freuchie as they recap the first stage of the Tour d’Écosse following their return to Scotland for their journey around the country visiting all the football grounds. First, though, an exploration of Freuchie’s cricketing exploits before they roll through the Lomond Hills to Perth, the home of St Johnstone, and then up to Dundee where the city’s two football clubs play in their own separate grounds that happen to be just across the street from each...

Duration:00:50:00

S10 Ep154: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 10: Bonnyrigg – Freuchie

11/14/2022
After just 165 rest days, the Tour d’Écosse resumed in Bonnyrigg in late September for the final stretch of the journey taking in the remaining Scottish Football League grounds. The route director had to re-draw the course over the summer because Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic became the newest members of the Scottish League after winning promotion at Cowdenbeath’s expense in May. And so, instead of picking up where they left off in Alloa in April, Lionel and Simon head to Bonnyrigg, which is...

Duration:00:55:29

S10 Ep153: Movers and shakers

11/13/2022
In the November episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin, Rose Manley, Orla Chennaoui and Lizzy Banks talk transfers. With a number of high profile riders swapping teams, The Cycling Podcast team discuss the mechanics behind the moves and how they might change the face of racing next year. Drawing particular attention is the official arrival of Zoe Backstedt on to the Women’s World Tour. The 18 year old is the first rider to ever hold four World Championship titles across four different...

Duration:01:22:41

S10 Ep152: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 9: Linlithgow – Alloa

11/11/2022
All roads lead to Alloa as the first stretch of Tour d'Écosse stages come to a conclusion with a trip to see the Wasps take on Clyde in the shadow of the beautiful Ochil Hills. The roll out is from the site of the West Lothian Cycle Circuit at Linlithgow. Lionel meets Matt Ball, one of the driving forces behind the creation of the circuit about how he hopes it will inspire generations of young cyclists and give riders of all abilities somewhere to meet, ride and race. Then it's a short...

Duration:00:50:13

S10 Ep150: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 8: Leith – Dunfermline

11/10/2022
After some initial confusion about which bridge would take them from Edinburgh across to Fife, Lionel and Simon’s Tour d’Écosse journey continues with stage eight. It’s a relatively short stage but there’s a deceptive amount of climbing on the course today and Simon is beginning to feel it. His efforts to slow Lionel down come to nothing. Tired legs does not explain the sinking feeling the pair get when they reach Cowdenbeath… Supersapiens Supersapiens is a continuous glucose...

Duration:00:40:21

S10 Ep149: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 7: Strathclyde Country Park – Leith

11/9/2022
Stage seven of the Tour d’Écosse is as close to the traditional transitional stage as it’s possible to get. The route avoids the Bathgate Alps and takes the low route from Glasgow to Edinburgh. In Lionel and Simon’s defence they have to go via Livingston Football Club’s Tony Macaroni Arena. It’s a beautiful, quiet ride offering time for reflection and reminiscence before they reach the outskirts of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Simon visits the Caledonian Brewery before they reach...

Duration:01:01:55

S10 Ep151: Wright said Fred

11/8/2022
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, one of the revelations of 2022, Fred Wright of Bahrain Victorious, meets Daniel Friebe to review his season and discuss his journey so far towards the upper echelons of the World Tour. Before that, Daniel is joined by Rob Hatch to review the week's main news stories. We get the latest on Nairo Quintana, Jay Vine and Mark Cavendish - and also hear from new BikeExchange-Jayco signing Alessandro De Marchi. The Cycling Podcast is supported by...

Duration:01:26:08

S10 Ep148: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 6: Glasgow – Strathclyde Country Park

11/8/2022
We’re still in Glasgow, and this is the big one, the Queen Stage of the Tour d’Écosse with seven current Scottish Football League grounds on the route, plus a couple of wild cards. Lionel and Simon drop in on Cathkin Park, the so-called ‘ghost ground’ and former home to the long defunct Third Lanark club. There are stops at Hampden Park, home of the Tartan Army, Parkhead – or Paradise to give it another name – Cumbernauld and Airdrie, the club with two second names Albion Rovers,...

Duration:00:54:19

S10 Ep147: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 5, part two: Dumbarton – Partick

11/7/2022
We rejoin the Tour d’Écosse story midway through stage five, just as Lionel and Simon are about to cross back over the River Clyde and head into Glasgow. Has Simon got any cash for the ferry crossing? Will the rain dampen their spirits before they reach Partick? And most importantly what's for dinner in Glasgow? There are three more football grounds to visit, at St Mirren, Rangers and Partick Thistle, plus a visit to the cricket ground that hosted the world’s first football...

Duration:01:12:21

S10 Ep146: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 5, part one: Port Glasgow – Dumbarton

11/4/2022
With the rain hammering on the windows of their Clydeside loft apartment, Lionel and Simon decide to sit tight round the large dining table drinking coffee and eating porridge until the weather improves. There's the Killie Pie taste test, talk of Simon's phobia of big spoons, and then discussion of his previous exploits on two wheels. Simon has ridden from Lands' End to John o' Groats, from Tring to Tromsø and tackled the Transatlantic Way in Ireland so he's much more experienced than...

Duration:00:51:19

S10 Ep145: Blooming Belgium

11/3/2022
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast we discuss the burning issues of the week and continue to revisit some of the main themes and topics of the 2022 season. Daniel Friebe is joined by Brian Nygaard and veteran Sporza reporter and commentator, Renaat Schotte. Renaat explains why 2022 was a vintage one for Belgian cycling - and also tries, for the second time in recent years, to open Daniel's eyes to allure of cyclocross. We also hear from UAE Team Emirates' latest and most improbable...

Duration:01:37:50

S10 Ep144: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 4: Ayr – Greenock

11/3/2022
The Tour d'Écosse picks up where it left off, in Ayr, or more to the point in a pub in Ayr where Lionel and Simon have just ordered a dessert pizza that would horrify Ciro Scognamiglio and, for that matter, all Italians. Then it's back on the road, past the golf courses that decorate the Ayrshire coast, on the roads that made the Girvan one of the toughest stage races in Britain, and via an extraordinary – if brief – Elvis impression by Simon. We also talk Graeme Obree with Edward...

Duration:01:01:56

S10 Ep143: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 3: Stranraer – Ayr

11/2/2022
This is the Robert Burns stage, as Lionel and Simon head from Stranraer to Ayr to the Scottish poet's home town. The town's football team, Ayr United, are nicknamed the Honest Men – a reference to a line in one of Burns's most famous poems, Tam o' Shanter. They're getting into their stride now, tackling the second of three consecutive stages of almost 100 kilometres. It's a day that focuses on the cycling, the glorious Scottish countryside, the nature of friendship, grief and cycling's...

Duration:00:52:10

S10 Ep142: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 2: Castle Douglas – Stranraer

11/1/2022
The clock is ticking today because Lionel and Simon want to make it to Stranraer's Stair Park ground in time for 3pm when the home side kick-off their match against visitors Forfar Athletic. There's almost 100 kilometres to ride through the Dumfries and Galloway countryside offering plenty of time to reflect on the journey ahead and the nature of back-to-back days of riding. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Supersapiens and Science in Sport. Supersapiens Supersapiens is a...

Duration:00:40:46

S10 Ep141: Explore | Tour d'Écosse stage 1: Gretna – Castle Douglas

10/31/2022
This is the Tour d'Écosse take two. Lionel Birnie and Simon Gill return to Gretna, the first town visitors to Scotland reach after crossing the border from north west England, to finally get their ride underway. Starting from Gretna's Raydale Park ground, it's a ride of just over 75 kilometres to Castle Douglas. They tick off the first two football grounds – Annan Athletic's Galabank and Palmerston Park, the home of Queen of the South. Lionel sets out alone because Simon has some...

Duration:00:51:52