VeloNews Podcasts

VeloNews Podcasts

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Bike racing at its finest. VeloNews podcasts utilize our network of reporters, commentators, and coaches to bring you inside pro cycling and improve your own riding and racing.

Episodes

VN Interviews: Nathan Haas  

Did you know Nathan Haas can sing? In the first episode of our new interview series, Caley Fretz sits down with Dimension Data's smiling Australian to talk about racing against Peter Sagan, Haas' imminent move to Katusha, and the almost-collapse of Cannondale-Drapac (Note: This episode was recorded right before the team was saved.) Plus, a look at Haas' charitable efforts with the Girona Gala, which raises money for Qhubeka, and his favorite circus acts.

VN Podcast, ep. 50: The Vuelta's angry Lou and Cannondale's savior  

Did Chris Froome let Alberto Contador win on the Angliru? Should Jonathan Vaughters become an assistant professor? These questions, and many more, possibly answered on this week's podcast. Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz and Spencer Powlison are joined by European correspondent Andrew Hood to discuss the Vuelta a Espana, Cannondale's new sponsor, and what cycling feat Froome should attempt next.

Fast Talk, ep. 27: Dealing with Contradictory Training Advice  

Who should you trust? How can you verify? There's a lot of training advice out there, often contradictory, so what's the best way for an athlete figure out what to do? Coach Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz are joined by pro cyclist Sepp Kuss and the founder of FasCat coaching, Frank Overton, to dig into the best methods for dealing with contradictory advice and ignoring bogus science.

VN Podcast, ep. 49: Talansky retires, Cannondale hopes, and the Vuelta rides on  

Who is "Superman" Lopez, and how did he get that great nickname? The young Colombian has won two stages of the Vuelta a Espana already and could take another before the week is out. Could he make it on to the podium? Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, Spencer Powlison and Andrew Hood have some hot takes on the final grand tour of the season and its feared stage to the top of the Angliru. Then, a chat with Toms Skuijns about the uncertainty that hovers over Cannondale-Drapac and discussion of Andrew Talansky's sudden surprise retirement.

VN podcast, ep. 48: What will happen to Cannondale-Drapac?  

Slipstream Sports and its Cannondale-Drapac team are in jeopardy. The team may not have enough sponsorship to carry on in 2018. We talk to team principal Jonathan Vaughters as well as riders Joe Dombrowski and Michael Woods about the situation. Plus, we lead off with a look at the Vuelta, which Chris Froome may or may not be ruining by riding so darn fast. Senior editor Andrew Hood checks in straight from Spain and has his own perspective on the Cannondale situation.

Fast Talk, ep. 26: Busting cramping's electrolyte myth  

For decades (almost a century, in fact), we've been told that cramping is caused by electrolyte imbalance or bad hydration. But new science suggests that this probably isn't why you cramp during exercise. So why do you cramp? It all comes down to something called altered neuromuscular control. And how do you stop it? Well, that's where things get even trickier. Listen in to find out.

VN Podcast, ep. 47: Nibali's Vuelta shark fin and the spicy transfer market  

Just half a week into the the Vuelta a Espana and already the GC battle is on. Chris Froome and Esteban Chavez fired warning shots on Monday, but Vincenzo Nibali was the one with his hands up — or, rather, a fin up — at the finish line. Fred Dreier and Caley Fretz are joined by Andrew Hood from Spain to chat about the first big mountain stage and what lies ahead. Then, takes galore on the hotter than usual transfer market. Your hosts question some of the moves riders and teams are making, and look into why so many swaps are taking place.

VN podcast, Haute Route Pyrenees special: How to do a seven-day sportive  

Are you considering riding a Haute Route event or another multi-day sportive? We talk to a veteran rider to learn some tips and tricks for training, packing, and more. The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to www.topicaledge.com/velonews for a free sample of a product that's clinically proven to reduce lactic acid. What's this special podcast mini-series all about? Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they'll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don't worry, as a wine importer, Matt's an expert on natural wines... Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine).

VN podcast: What it takes to be a mechanic at Haute Route  

On this episode we talk to Mavic mechanic Max Ruphy about what it takes to keep riders running at the Haute Route Pyrenees. How do bikes break? Is it harder than a pro race? Should you tip with beer? That last one is easy to answer... The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to www.topicaledge.com/velonews for a free sample of a product that's clinically proven to reduce lactic acid. What's this special podcast mini-series all about? Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they'll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don't worry, as a wine importer, Matt's an expert on natural wines... Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine).

VN podcast: Behind the scenes with Haute Route race director  

For Thursday's stage 5 time trial, we've got a special interview with the Haute Route race director. He explains how he balances famous cols with lesser-known mountains. Plus we ask him about the difficulties involved in wrangling 800 volunteers throughout the French mountains. What's this special podcast mini-series all about? Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they'll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don't worry, as a wine importer, Matt's an expert on natural wines... Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine). The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to www.topicaledge.com/velonews for a free sample of a product that's clinically proven to reduce lactic acid.

VN Podcast, Ep. 46: This year's best grand tour and the Colorado Classic  

What do Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Romain Bardet, Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru, Ilnur Zakarin, the Angliru, and the Yates brothers all have in common? They're all in the upcoming Vuelta a Espana. This year's Vuelta might just be the best grand tour of the year. It certainly has the most star-studded GC field. So in this episode, Fred Dreier and Caley Fretz call up VN European Correspondant and amateur bon vivant Andrew Hood to dive into the course, the favorites, and the storylines of the impending Vuelta. But first, let's not forget about Colorado's return to top-level pro racing. The innovative Colorado Classic took place last weekend, and the racing was aggressive and exciting. Is this format the future of bike racing? It might just be.

VN podcast, Haute Route Pyrenees special: Kick in the Aspin  

On stage 4 of the Haute Route Pyrenees, the guys tough it out on a rainy ride over Col d'Aspin. They talk about the crazy mountainous route on the first-ever Tour de France and Fernando Escartin's raid over the Peyresourde in the 1999 Tour. What's this special podcast mini-series all about? Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they'll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don't worry, as a wine importer, Matt's an expert on natural wines... Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine). The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to www.topicaledge.com/velonews for a free sample of a product that's clinically proven to reduce lactic acid.

VN podcast, Haute Route Pyrenees special: Tough Tourmalet  

On this episode of the Haute Route Pyrenees special podcast, we take on the Col du Tourmalet. This famous climb was the first high-mountain ascent included in the Tour, back in 1910. We talk about that, Eddy Merckx's unbelievable win to Mourenx in 1969, and more. What's this special podcast mini-series all about? Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they'll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don't worry, as a wine importer, Matt's an expert on natural wines... Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine). The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to www.topicaledge.com/velonews for a free sample of a product that's clinically proven to reduce lactic acid.

VN podcast, Haute Route Pyrenees special: Awesome Aubisque  

Welcome to our special podcast mini-series from the Haute Route Pyrenees. Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they'll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don't worry, as a wine importer, Matt's an expert on natural wines... Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine). The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to www.topicaledge.com/velonews for a free sample of a product that's clinically proven to reduce lactic acid. On day two, we ride the Marie-Blanque and the famous Aubisque. It wasn't quite as hard as yesterday, but it was a good one. Plus Matt explains what natural wine actually is, and Spencer tells the story of Miguel Indurain's downfall.

Fast Talk, ep. 25: A deep dive on tires and rolling resistance  

The difference between a fast tire and a slow tire can be ten or more watts. So how should you optimize your tire selection and tire pressure? The science behind fast tires has evolved rapidly in recent years, so Trevor Connor and Caley Fretz called in tech writer Kristen Legan to dig into the latest research.

VN pod, Haute Route Pyrenees special: Cows on cols  

Welcome to our special podcast mini-series from the Haute Route Pyrenees. Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they'll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don't worry, as a wine importer, Matt's an expert on natural wines... Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine). The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to www.topicaledge.com/velonews for a free sample of a product that's clinically proven to reduce lactic acid. On stage 1, the guys wrap up their time in the Basque Country and take on the unpronounceable Col du Burdincurucheta, Bagargui, and Soudet. They also talk about Tyler Hamilton's crazy ride over Bagargui in 2003 and devise their own awards ceremony for the Haute Route.

VN podcast, Haute Route Pyrenees special: Going Basque in Biarritz  

Welcome to our special podcast mini-series from the Haute Route Pyrenees. Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they'll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don't worry, as a wine importer, Matt's an expert on natural wines... Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine). The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to www.topicaledge.com/velonews for a free sample of a product that's clinically proven to reduce lactic acid. For our first episode, we're in Biarritz, France, which is part of the Basque Country, just up the road from San Sebastian. The guys check out the Pimento peppers of Espelette, drink a bit of wine from Côtes du Marmandaise, and ride the hilly countryside inland of the Atlantic coast.

VN Podcast, ep. 45: Utah recap and team transfers galore  

This year at Tour of Utah, the domestic teams were picking on the one WorldTour team at the race, BMC Racing. Should we fault BMC for coming up short? Rally also proves its mettle with big overall win by Rob Britton. Plus, we call our man on the ground in Europe, senior editor Andrew Hood to talk about all of the hottest transfers this season. Oss leaves BMC. Kristoff goes to UAE. But what about Mikel Landa and Tejay van Garderen? All that and more on this week's podcast.

VN podcast, ep. 44: Talking dirty with Ned Overend and Tim Johnson  

In the spirit of our recent "dirt" issue of VeloNews magazine, we've recorded two special interviews. First up, Spencer Powlison talks to mountain bike world champion and all-around legend Ned Overend. They discuss the state of mountain biking, old-school technology, how Ned stays fast into his 60s and more. Then, Chris Case and Kristen Legan talk to former cyclocross national champion Tim Johnson about his love of all things dirt. The world of participant-friendly cycling events seems to be centered on epic gravel routes. What's behind this trend? Will it last? We talk to Tim about this and much more.

Fast Talk, ep. 24: Surviving a long season like a pro  

Is it possible to stay fit and fast all year round? We talk to former pro and team director Mike Creed about the toll that cycling takes on a body. He also discusses the mentality required to endure bad days on a bike, which happen far more often than good days. Plus, we speak with Cannondale-Drapac pro Toms Skujins and Trek-Segafredo pro Kiel Reijnen about how they plan their seasons, schedule training and avoid the dreaded burn-out.

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