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CyclingTips is an Australian-based podcast that seeks to share the beauty of cycling and to inspire cyclists of all levels to become better and more knowledgeable riders.

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English


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Adam Hansen talks about racing a record 19 consecutive grand tours

8/21/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:40:09


From roadie to retired, part 1: Life after cycling with Phil Gaimon

8/17/2017
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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. As an athlete, their whole life revolves around the next training session, the next race, the next goal and the next season. Their lives are filled with travel and their social circles tend to consists of other cyclists with the same lifestyle. And so, being a professional cyclist is so much more than a job. For most, it’s an...

Duration: 00:26:27


The great eBike debate: Do pedal-assist mountain bikes belong on singletrack?

8/3/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:02:52


True Tales from the Grupetto

7/28/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:54:36


Superstition and rituals in the Tour de France

7/16/2017
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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,...

Duration: 00:55:19


Debutants in the Tour de France

7/10/2017
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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....

Duration: 00:47:31


Insider's Look at the 2017 Tour de France: What to Expect

7/1/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:49:34


Why Specialized decided to step away from gender-specific geometry

6/30/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:39:40


Does frame stiffness matter?

5/28/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:50:56


Going Mobile: What You Need to Know About Bike Shops on Wheels

5/22/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:12:23


Is your power meter as accurate as you think?

4/9/2017
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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.

Duration: 01:04:59


What happens when cyclists can’t ride their bikes?

3/28/2017
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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.

Duration: 01:02:36


Makeup, hair and style: Does the way you look on a bike matter?

3/3/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:39:14


What lurks beneath carbon fiber's mysterious surface?

2/19/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:57:25


Putting the 'World' in WorldTour: Understanding the global expansion of elite men's road cycling

2/13/2017
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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?

Duration: 00:49:46


Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb every weekend?

2/8/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:51:12


Genevieve Jeanson: Making Peace With the Past

1/29/2017
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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....

Duration: 00:54:22


What’s watts with drivetrain friction and chain lube

1/24/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:01:19


Changing Lives in the Off-Season with Team Novo Nordisk

1/15/2017
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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. CyclingTips’ Shane Stokes travelled to the Dominican Republic to document this, and also spoke to one of the riders about living with diabetes.

Duration: 01:08:37


What do Britney Spears and Marco Pantani Have in Common?

1/9/2017
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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.

Duration: 01:02:17

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