CyclingTips Podcast

CyclingTips Podcast

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Podcasts from the editors of CyclingTips.com

Episodes

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. 

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.

 

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. 

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 Leuscher to see what's really inside. 

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?

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.

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.
As her 10-year ban from competition comes to an end, Jeanson talked to Ella Editor Anne-Marije Rook about making peace with past.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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?

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? 

Talking to pro riders and others, CyclingTips looks at the history of Girona, the many pluses of the city and also considers what the future has in store. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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