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Show 31 - Nerves and Preparation

Raya and Stephen dive into show 31 with Raya on the brink - literally hours - of heading to the Ironman World Championships. Nerves and preparation - mental, physical, and emotional, are all discussed in detail. Seriously in places, and trivially in others. Of course. It's the Cyclist Pod. We can't take any serious topic and not turn it into playground banter. On top of that, the Velominati throws our two presenters into their toughest decision yet. Add to the mix a scenic turn in which...


Show 30 - Motivation and Murder

Raya and Stephen are proud to bring you show 30 of the Cyclist Pod - featuring Gordon Ramsay, talking to us from the London Triathlon. It's brilliant, funny, shocking, and a bit sweary. Come on, it's Gordon Ramsay, what did you expect? On top of that coup, we discuss motorvation. The biggest barrier to regular cycling? We think so. Tips, techniques and suggestions are thrown around the studio in the vague attempt to keep you cycling when you just. Can't. Be. Arsed. Aaaaand there's the...


Show 29 - Cycling for the Soul

Raya and Stephen dig deep for show 29 as they peer into the soul and chat about what cycling does to improve it. That's not to say the nuts and bolts of cycling aren't reduced to the ... nuts and bolts. We discuss the evil of punctures and how Raya blew out a weekend just to be good at changing tyres. No, genuinely. Geraint Thomas goes all triumphant with his 'Welsh homecoming'. and as ever, there’s a kitbag featuring a way commuters can double the value of their bikes, and a Velominati...


Show 28 - Extreme Cycling: Crap Weather

Raya and Stephen continue the theme of show 27 with their post-mortem of RideLondon: when weather makes riding, erm, 'challenging'. A brief chat, as ever, snowballs into something more ridiculous, profound, and hilarious as our hosts' attempts to disseminate wtf happened on that ridiculous storm-ravaged day in July. Suffice to say, if you've seen the pictures, you'll find out why Stephen went blind and Raya was wearing a bin bag. Genuinely. Plus - of course - the Velominati, where Rule#9...


Show 27 - Extreme Cycling: Warzones

Raya and Stephen take cycling podcasts to new heights (sideways ones) with a delve into the world of Extreme Cycling: That is, cycling where, how, and when people don't expect it. So in an exclusive interview, we return to Podcast Studios (alright, alright, Raya's London flat) where we catch up with war photojournalist Finbarr O'Reilly. Finbarr has been in the frontline of some of the world's most dangerous places, capturing the images that would provide the real shock and awe of world...


Show 26 - Nutrition

Raya and Stephen wipe away the steam droplets of Show 25 and return to much more serious cycling matters: food. Though 'serious' isn't something we do well, we give it a bash. Firstly, we dive into the subject of what keeps us going on long rides, so the pod goes all Masterchef as a range of cereal bars are placed in front of Raya and she has to - by palate alone - determine the contents. That's right - a vision and taste test on an audio format. Remember where you were when you heard this...


Show 25 - Sex Sex Sex

Raya and Stephen decide to take their off-air chat to on-air, and we ask the big one - the one that other podcasts aren't asking; sex. Are cyclists sexy? Those clothes? Those positions? The riding double entendres? And the strength and the stamina - is that helping? It's no holds barred stuff. Move the kids into the drawing room, thank you. On top (on top! Stop it) of that, there's the Velominati attacking sartoiral decisions, an update on the Geneva triathlon, some kitbag news, and all...


Show 24 - Pricicle Race

Raya and Stephen decamp for the first time from Podcast Towers (Stephen's house in Sussex) and head to Podcast Studios (Raya's house in London) for this first-ever city-based podcast. And like recently arrived Russian Oligarch, we whack out the cash as we peruse the bicycle exotica that is the world's most expensive bicycles. Are they the pinnacle of technology? Are they the bicycles from history that money can't buy (though it can?). Or are they normal bikes that someone has glued some...


Show 23 - TdF WTF

Raya and Stephen, aware that the cycling world is awash with the annual highlight that is the Tour de France, are doing the podcast NO OTHER CYCLING PODCAST DARE DO... we ask what the f*ck is the Tour de France, does anyone give a sh*t, how the hell is this fun, and how do you even enjoy watching it. Yeah, that's right, we go there. We saunter onto cycling's holiest ground and set up a chemical toilet on it. And to provide balance, insight, and a modicum of professionalism about...


Show 22 - Tri Something New

Raya and Stephen are back after a mini(mega!) break. In Pod 22, Stephen squashes his inner chauvinist by giving Raya the reins to the show. And today, Raya introduces a triathlon themed episode, discussing the route into the sport, who does it, why you should do it, what the appeal is to cyclists and frankly, why anyone should bother. Stephen remains sceptical. And in an in-depth Velominati, we discuss body temperatures, circulation, and why making cycling difficult for the sake of just...


Show 21 - Road Users from Hell

Raya and Stephen tie up a thousand loose ends in this turbo-powered discussion pod, where the main topic becomes who, from the perspective of cyclists, are the worst users of the roads today. Is it van drivers? Lorry drivers? Car drivers? Pedestrians? Other cyclists? You'll have to listen to find out. And this is all down to a You Drive Like a Dick that happend to both of the Pod's presenters. On top of that, we end up discussing the shortfalls of the wearables and cycling tech out there...


Show 20 - Geraint no Mountain High Enough

In Show 20, Raya and Stephen discuss the thing they spend most of their life doing; training. From making it fun to making it worthwhile, they do their best to make another 'useful' podcast without diverting into anecdotes, double entendres, and laughing fits. And in our biggest interview yet, we pin down the GC G-man: Geraint Thomas is (lightly) cross examined on everything from his Tour de France hopes to what he will do when he retires, arm wrestling professional rugby players, his...


Show 19 - The Build is Alive

Raya and Stephen are proud to present their first 'pocket-sized' episode; Show 19 of the Cyclist Pod. Our main subject is the Build - otherwise known as Stephen's Genesis Equilibrium. A set of highly skilled hands take his almost build project and guide it into a road ready mile muncher. It's like a new baby being born. On top of that, our hosts discuss cycling sunglasses (and the skill required to remove and replace them mid-ride), people who lost their job (and got taken to court!)...


Show 18 - The Track Day, aka My Kingdom for a 44cm Horse

Raya and Stephen are proud to present their biggest Podcast yet (save THIS for a super-long summer ride). It's Show 18 and it features the Cyclist Pod's first 'team day out' - at the Lee Valley Velo Park, courtesy of, having a track day where they got to try the latest greatest bicycles from the big manufacturers. And also the Pod features an in-depth interview with 3 of the key personnel, who explain the rationale behind these incredible days and how cycling...


Show 17 - Cycling Abroad

Raya and Stephen haven't forgotten you, promise! Show 17 launches with a parade of trumpets (sadly not audible on pod) heralding a return to form, and a journey to the great outdoors; as we discuss that most exciting and logistically arduous of missions: Cycling overseas. Sadly for Raya, this means a fairly hefty cross-examination as to what her drinking exploits were on Tri camp. It's worth listening to, unless you're Raya, in which case, you might want to skip this. On top of that we...


Show 16 - Cycling for Peanuts

Raya and Stephen return a little late with show 16; a pod full of regular features for our regular listeners (we love you!) and an introductory pod for those of you looking to get into cycling for just the measly sum of £500 (we will love you!). And even though pro cycling news tends to be something that happens to 'other podcasts', we look at the Tour de Yorkshire, from an angle nobody else did, for reasons that will soon become both apparent and highly facetious. Plus: Foot news. Don't...


Show 15 - Velo; is it Mail You're Looking For?

Raya and Stephen return a day after the bank holiday, with a special edition pod where the main topic is dictated to almost entirely by the listeners, as the Cyclist Pod addresses all their burning (and not so flammable) questions. And as well as demolishing 14 shows worth of unanswered and unopened mail and messages, our hosts also tackle the trivial subject of how the hell magazines take those standless photo of bicycles, and the less trivial subject of fear, and how it is the ultimate...


Show 14 - Running is Sh!t

Raya and Stephen lay their flag on the rocky outcrop on this, Show 14 of the Cyclist Pod. A plethora of subjects are discussed and dissected, including some good news about Ride London, some bad (perpetual) news about the job of booking a bicycle onto a long distance train. And Running. Which is, we're sorry to say, shit. Thankfully a balanced view is provided by runner and comedian Rob Deering who doesn't think it is. Despite admitting to nearly everything we said. The Cyclist Pod (c)...


Show 13 - How the MAMIL lost his humps

Raya and Stephen return to episode 13 of the Cyclist Pod podcast with an embarressment of riches in talking points. Topics include how/why to watch cycling on TV (neither Stephen nor Raya are convinced), a possible solution in the paucity of womens' prize money in modern sports, an unashamedly spiritual Velominati, and assorted news from the cycling and triathlon worlds, that we'll try to keep not too dark. Light and fluffy, light and fluffy. All this is wrapped up in a celebration of the...


Show 12 - How to be a Bicycle

After a short break, Raya and Stephen return to the Pod refreshed, recharged and ready to tackle the side of cycling the other podcasts (quite rightly) don't bother with. Today's big show features a unashamed bike crash of topics, with the discussion veering from Raya trash-talking maximum bike speed with a 5yr old, when a bicycle resembles a biplane, a community minded Triathlon project with *Brownlee brother access*, and how cycling can take 60 (SIXTY) years off your life. And the Bike...