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Episodes

Fast Talk, ep. 13: Picking a Power Meter  

There is no training tool more powerful than a power meter, when it's used properly. But which one you should buy? What part of your bike should it be on? Is a one-sided power meter good enough? Coach Trevor Connor and senior editor Caley Fretz are joined by our tech crew, Dan Cavallari and Kristen Legan, to answer these questions and many more. Plus, pro power insight from Cannondale-Drapac's master of the breakaway, Toms Skuijns.

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VN Podcast, Ep. 17: Omloop, Kuurne, a confluence of Lance, and a team kit without logos  

The classics are here! Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz and Spencer Powlison discuss Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (and Tom Boonen's chances there), then dive into a confluence of Lance Armstrong. Plus, a chat with the manager of a team without logos on its jersey. How do they make that work? Chris Johnson explains.

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VN Podcast, ep. 16: Lance, bad disc brake arguments, and Andrew Talansky 2.0  

Lance Armstrong is going to trial. What does that mean for cycling, and cycling's image? Hint: It probably isn't good. The pro rider's union, CPA, just sent a letter to the UCI detailing its continued opposition to disc brakes in the pro peloton. But do its arguments have any merit? Maybe not. Fred Dreier, Spencer Powlison, and Caley Fretz discuss discs, Armstrong, and three upcoming stage races where both classics contenders and GC men will strut their stuff. Then, Fretz talks about his recent feature on a mellower, faster Andrew Talansky.

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Fast Talk, ep. 12: Tactics matter. How do you use your strengths to win?  

This episode of Fast Talk is all about tactics. Let's say you're on an amateur team. A bunch of Cat. 3s with varying strengths and weaknesses. How do you use each rider effectively? How should a sprinter approach each race? Or a climber? Or a big domestique? Those are the questions we focus on. Coach Trevor Connor and Senior Editor Caley Fretz and joined by VN managing editor Chris Case, plus pro guests Ted King and Eric Young.

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VN Podcast, ep. 15: Punches and sandstorms of Dubai; recreational TUEs for T  

An eventful Dubai Tour saw Marcel Kittel punched in the face and the premier stage canceled due to vicious sandstorms. Reporter Caley Fretz brings his perspective from the ground and is joined by Fred Dreier and Spencer Powlison to discuss the cancellation, the riders union, and where to draw the extreme weather line. Then, a look into Dreier's feature story on recreational TUEs, which allow amateur riders to race on drugs that would never fly in the pro ranks.

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VN Podcast, ep. 14: Quintana's run at the double; new Dura-Ace; Huff on crit life  

Nairo Quintana's team say that riding, and trying to win, the Giro d'Italia will only make him stronger for the Tour de France. Do we believe them? Can the Colombian win both grand tours, or one, or neither? Editors Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz and Spencer Powlison discuss Nairo's chances. Plus, tech editor Dan Cavallari calls in from Calpe, Spain with news from Shimano's official press launch for new Dura-Ace Di2, and Fred sits down with Brad Huff to chat about being one of the last crit bros.

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Fast Talk, ep. 11: Busting the 'No Pain, No Gain' myth  

No pain, no gain, right? Well, not really. Today's episode is all about busting two commonly held and closely related training myths. First, should you always do precisely what's written on your training plan, even if your body is tired? And second, should your intervals always be ridden to failure, as hard as you can go? Coach Trevor Connor and VN senior editor Caley Fretz are joined by Brent Bookwalter, Lucas Euser, Inigo San Milan, Robert PIckels, and Grant Holicky to help you determine when you should and shouldn't push through bad legs, and when you should and shouldn't do intervals at full gas.

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Ep. 13: British Cycling in hot water again; Guy Andrews on Greg LeMond  

What does BMC's Jim Ochowicz know about football? Not too much, apparently. British Cycling is back in hot water following Nicole Cooke's scathing evidence provided to British Parliament, but how will it affect Dave Brailsford and Brian Cookson, who was once president of the British governing body? Plus, a look at this weekend's cyclocross world championships in Luxembourg and a chat with Guy Andrews about his new Greg LeMond book, Yellow Jersey Racer.

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VN Podcast, ep. 12: Land Down Under dispatch; cycling and the law  

Bike racing is back! And it's already scorching. Literally. Fred Dreier, Spencer Powlison, and Caley Fretz are joined by Andrew Hood from Adelaide, Australia to talk about heat-shortened season opener and TDU's decision to ditch podium girls. Then, Bike Law's Bob Mionske joins to discuss what you should do in the event of a bike/auto crash, and how bright lights and neon clothing can (or can't) help you in a court of law.

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Fast Talk, ep 10: Hit race weight the right way  

What is the healthy way to get to race weight? Coach Trevor Connor and senior editor Caley Fretz are joined by Dr. Philip Goglia, a nutritionist to the stars (and Phil Gaimon)to discuss safe and effective ways to drop weight, how to best fuel your training, and why paying close attention to your food matters. A brief disclaimer for today's episode: We can't fully agree with a fair amount of the science used to explain Dr. Goglia's advice. We think if we asked Dr Goglia, he'd agree that he was not trying to give hard science but being more metaphoric to make the advice digestible. The recommendations, though, are sound and helpful to cyclists.

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VN Podcast, ep. 11: Should you watch The Program? And what makes Megan Guarnier tick?  

The Program, that bio flick about Lance Armstrong, is a very, very, very, very bad movie. Fred Dreier, Spencer Powlison, and Caley Fretz delve into just how bad (very), and propose a few ways to fix it. Then, the three discuss Fretz's recent feature on Megan Guarnier, who was America's best bike racer in 2016. What makes her tick? Why did it take so long for her to reach the top? We answer these questions and more.

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VN Podcast, ep. 10: Jumping Wiggo, Vos is back, and the fit man's heart problem  

We're back! Fred Dreier, Caley Fretz, and Spencer Powlison cover the midwinter news: Bradley Wiggins's plans to ski jump on reality TV, Marianne Vos is Back with a capital B, the Tour of Qatar is gone, and the Paris-Nice route looks quite cold. Then, Dreier sits down with Lennard Zinn and Chris Case to talk about their new book, The Haywire Heart. The three discuss why even fit people need to pay attention to their ticker.

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Fast Talk, ep. 9: Three physiologists walk into a studio...  

Are top pro teams training differently from the rest of us? Can you replace lab testing with a power meter and field testing? What should you look for in a coach? Caley Fretz and Coach Trevor Connor are joined by Andy Pruitt, an internationally-known fit guru and sports physician, and Robert Pickels, a coach and researcher working at the leading edge of endurance training at the CU Center for Sports Medicine, for a wide-ranging discussion that answers these questions and much more.

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VN Podcast, ep. 9: The inaugural VeloNewsies and Simon Burney's deep cyclocross dive  

It's time to award the VeloNewsies! Fred, Spencer and Caley hand out the most moderately prestigious awards in cycling. Then, Fred and Spencer ring up European cyclocross expert Simon Burney to chat about the upcoming Kerstperiode, the 'cross holy week. Plus! The Tom Boonen song. Have you heard it?

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Fast Talk, ep. 8: How to stop your legs from fighting themselves  

Want some free watts? Your legs are fighting themselves, and we want them to stop. Episode 8 is all about neuromuscular training, decreasing what is called coactivation, which is when your muscles actually work against each other. Neuromuscular training that can provide big gains without any increase in fitness. Coach Trevor Connor and VeloNews senior editor Caley Fretz are joined by neuromuscular training expert Grant Holicky of Apex Coaching for insight into how this type of training works and how exactly to implement it in your own training.

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VN Podcast, ep. 8: Dombrowski's #UphillHour, Cannondale camp, and continental thrift  

Road trip! Caley Fretz is in Catalunya for Cannondale-Drapac's first team camp of the season, where he chats with Joe Dombrowski about a plan for attempt an uphill hour record and with Andrew Talansky about team camp vibes. Then, it's back to Boulder to rejoin Spencer Powlison and Fred Dreier for a look at Dreier's recent feature on the wild and crazy UCI continental circuits.

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VN Podcast, ep. 7: Honest Alex Howes on pro discs and more; a Chinese bike news roundup  

How do pros feel about disc brakes? How does it feel to be on the WorldTour's poorest, youngest team? Why did Liège-Bastogne-Liège cause a spiritual explosion? Cannondale-Drapac's Alex Howes joins VN Editors Fred Dreier, Spencer Powlison, and Caley Fretz to discuss many things, from disc brakes to the weak riders' union to Cannondale's high-five-free season. Then, News from the Far East! We discuss the power of Wanda, a new points-race style road race put on by Infront and Velon, and the potential collapse of the TJ Sport team.

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Fast Talk, ep. 7: Cold, bare legs make you dumb, not tough  

Why do you need to cover your legs when it's cold? It's not about comfort, it's about getting the most out of your training. Coach Trevor Connor and VN editor Caley Fretz dig into the physiology behind pedaling in cold weather and offer up a few tips and tricks for dressing properly. Internationally renowned trainer Andy Pruitt and former pro Ted King add their own insights on the subject.

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VN Podcast, ep. 6: Trimming teams and bootleg video  

Will smaller teams end Team Sky's Tour de France dominance? VeloNews editors Fred Dreier, Spencer Powlison and Caley Fretz are joined by VN European correspondent Andrew Hood to discuss the politics behind trimming team size and what the reduction will do to the tactics of pro bike racing. Plus! Ever wonder why it's often so difficult to watch bike racing online? We have the answer.

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Episode 5: Fireside chats with Peter Sagan and Mike Creed  

Why did Peter Sagan go to Bora? Would he be popular without the wins? VeloNews's Fred Dreier, Spencer Powlison, and Caley Fretz discuss an interview with the world champ. Plus, Mike Creed is in the building, talking about his new team and his uncremonious departure from the paralympic program.

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