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  • In the August episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin we speak to Lizzie Deignan, the former world champion who rides for Trek-Segafredo and returned to racing with the rest of the women's peloton last month. 

    Deignan discusses the races to come, picking out La Course by Le Tour de France at the end of August as a highlight, and she talks about the world's best rider, Annemiek van Vleuten, who is unbeaten this season. "I'm not training to that level," says Deignan of Van Vleuten, "most of the male pros I know are not training to the same level. I'd probably be in a box, six feet under, if I tried to emulate her training." 

    Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore look ahead to the races to come, picking a race, a rider and a team to look out for. And we also hear from Bob Varney of Drops Cycling Team about their search for a new sponsor and the impact of winning the Virtual Tour de France. 

    The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport

    OUR SPONSORS

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. iwoca have been accredited by the British Business Bank to offer CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme) – the scheme is now open, so businesses can apply for a loan rather than just register interest. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/)

    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25

    This episode is sponsored by WHOOP (https://whoop.com) , a fitness wearable that provides personalised insights on how recovered you are and how much stress you put your body through during the day—so you can maximise your workouts and performance.

    Each day when you get up, WHOOP (https://whoop.com) gives you a recovery score based on your sleep, resting heart rate, and heart rate variability. This score let’s you know how to approach your day— whether you should push yourself or take the day off.

    WHOOP is offering 15% off with the code “CYCLE”. Go to WHOOP.com (http://whoop.com/) and enter “CYCLE” at the checkout to save 15%. Sleep better, recover faster, and train smarter. Optimise your performance with WHOOP today.

  • Racing is back and so it was time for Mitch Docker to get on the road for two Italian Classics – one old, one relatively new.

    This is Mitch's audio diary from the week he rejoined his EF Pro Cycling teammates and pinned on a number for the first time since the Aussie summer.

    We follow the team as they tackle the white roads of Strade Bianche and an edition of Milan-Sanremo like no other.

    Join Mitch as he takes a taxi to Barcelona airport with Lawson Craddock and Mike Woods for their flight to Italy and follow their journey like a fly on the wall.

    We go inside the team bus and the Tuscan villa that was their base for the first part of the week to hear how the peloton has adapted to racing again. And we find out what the new reality is like as the sport adapts to the coronavirus crisis.

    Along the way we meet his sports directors, mechanics, soigneurs, the team's bus driver and some riders from other teams to gain an insight into what it's like to be back in the peloton.

    Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton

    Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/)

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    Theme music
    The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.

    The music in this episode is by Amaraterra (https://www.facebook.com/Amaraterra/) , who also feature in The Cycling Podcast's Giro d'Italia coverage each year.

    This episode was produced by Will Jones.

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  • Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss a week packed with racing as the Classics riders tackled the first, and longest, Monument of the season while the stage racers continued their build-up to the Tour de France.

    In part one: We review Milan-Sanremo and Wout Van Aert's incredible Italian double. Last week he won Strade Bianche, this week the Jumbo-Visma man took La Classicissima, outsprinting defending champion Julian Alaphilippe, who had launched a searing attack on the Poggio.

    But what did we make of the new route, and will it be only temporary? It seemeed to shed most of the sprinters but set up the thrilling finale – will the organisers be tempted to mix up the course in future years as a result?

    In part two: We discuss the French stage races, particularly the Tour de l'Ain, which Daniel described as being like open mic night at the local pub turning into Live Aid. We witnessed a showdown betweeen Jumbo-Visma and Team Ineos. Does this hint at what we should expect when the Tour de France starts at the end of the month?

    We also hear from Team Ineos sports director Gabriel Rasch about how things are shaping up for the Tour.

    In part three: We turn our attention to the Tour of Poland, which started with a terrible crash in the finishing straight that caused serious injury to Dutch champion Fabio Jakobsen. Sprinting has always carried an element of danger and cannot be made entirely safe but what can be done to minimize the risks to riders?

    And what of Remco Evenepoel, the overall winner, who continued his 100 per cent record in stage races this year?

    The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport.

    My first Tour de France
    Our four-part series, My First Tour, is available for Friends of the Podcast. Sign up on our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) . In the series, Richard, Lionel, Daniel and François take turns to recall their first Tours – whether it be the first they saw on television or from the roadside, the first they covered or, in Lionel's case, the first they covered in a camper van.

    Also, with the peloton set to return to the Giant of Provence this week, we've made the 2016 Friends Special about Mont Ventoux – Heat, Wind and Fear – available for current Friends of the Podcast.

    OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE
    We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) .

    OUR SPONSORS

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. iwoca have been accredited by the British Business Bank to offer CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme) – the scheme is now open, so businesses can apply for a loan rather than just register interest. To find out more, go to https://www.iwoca.co.uk

    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25

    This episode is also supported by Beer52.com To get a case of eight craft beers delivered for just the price of postage (£5.95) go to https://www.beer52.com/cycle

  • We return to racing in the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin with reaction to and analysis of Strade Bianche, the first Women's World Tour race of the resumed season.

    We held back the July episode so Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore could discuss the race, which was won by the world champion Annemiek van Vleuten but was also notable for the performances of the other two riders on the podium, Mavi Garcia and Leah Thomas.

    We hear from Spanish journalist Yolanda Álvarez, who tells us about Garcia's late start in road racing and the giant strides she has taken. There's an interview with Thomas, whose gutsy ride owed something to the support of her team's new sponsor, Paule Ka. And Ellen van Dijk tells us about some of the COVID-19 protocols around the Spanish races that saw the women's peloton back in action in the week before Strade Bianche. 

    The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by iwoca (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/) and Science in Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) .

  • Temperatures soared in Tuscany on Saturday and the riders occasionally disappeared in clouds of pale dust as they crossed the dirt roads.

    Strade Bianche was a brutal return to the World Tour for the riders and in this episode we assess Wout Van Aert's victory. The Belgian made his breakthrough at the same race two years ago, finishing third behind Tiesj Benoot and Romain Bardet. He was third again last year but this time he made it onto the top step of the podium.

    We also hear from Van Aert about the long road back from his crash during the time trial in Pau at last year's Tour de France. Richard spoke to him in Gent in late February before the start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

    Who were the other hits at Strade Bianche and did the race tell us anything about what to expect now competition has resumed?

    We also wrap up Remco Evenepoel's win at the Vuelta a Burgos and look forward to what could be a very different edition of Milan-Sanremo with smaller teams, a different route and possibly very different weather to contend with.

    The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport.

    My first Tour de France
    Our four-part series, My First Tour, is available for Friends of the Podcast. Sign up on our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) . In the series, Richard, Lionel, Daniel and François take turns to recall their first Tours – whether it be the first they saw on television or from the roadside, the first they covered or, in Lionel's case, the first they covered in a camper van.

    Also, with the peloton set to return to the Giant of Provence this week, we've made the 2016 Friends Special about Mont Ventoux – Heat, Wind and Fear – available for current Friends of the Podcast.

    OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE
    We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) .

    OUR SPONSORS

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. iwoca have been accredited by the British Business Bank to offer CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme) – the scheme is now open, so businesses can apply for a loan rather than just register interest. To find out more, go to https://www.iwoca.co.uk

    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25

    This episode is also supported by WHOOP, the fitness wearable that helps you understand how much stress you're putting on your body and how well you recover so you can tweak your training to help avoid injury and maximise your improvements. WHOOP is offering 15% off with the code CYCLE at checkout. Go to whoop.com (https://www.whoop.com/) for details.

  • After a break of almost five months, racing is back.

    In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review the opening three days of the Vuelta a Burgos and look ahead to the first World Tour race following the resumption, Strade Bianche.

    Twenty-year-old Remco Evenepoel picked up where he left off in the spring. After winning both stages he rode before the season was interrupted (the Vuelta a San Juan and Volta ao Algarve), the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider won the first uphill finish in Burgos at Picón Blanco ahead of a string of top climbers.

    What should we make of Evenepoel's victory celebration – brushing the dust off his shoulders, seemingly suggesting it was an easy win?

    We hear from three riders about what it's like to be back in action after so long – Team CCC's Paddy Bevin and Attila Valter and Trek-Segafredo's Charlie Quarterman.

    Then we look ahead to Strade Bianche, where the dust from the white roads of Tuscany will fly on Saturday. Excitement is building for a race which started off in an autumn slot before becoming a spring classic and will this year be held in the height of the Italian summer.

    Mitch Docker of EF Pro Cycling, and host of Life in the Peloton, looks ahead to his first race since the spring and his debut at Strade Bianche.

    Our sponsors

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. iwoca have been accredited by the British Business Bank to offer CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme) – the scheme is now open, so businesses can apply for a loan rather than just register interest. To find out more, go to https://www.iwoca.co.uk

    Science in Sport's new Turbo+ range is the world’s first sports nutrition range designed to meet the demands of indoor training. Formulated with a cooling menthol blast and proven to enhance performance in heat by 5%, this new range (which includes a pre-session gel and an in-session powder) is designed to transform your indoor training.

    You can get 25% off all your Science in Sport products by using the code SISCP25 at the checkout: https://www.scienceinsport.com

    Science in Sport are also supporting and helping to distribute the Diversity in Cycling report, written by Andy Edwards and mentioned in this week's podcast. You can read the report: https://www.scienceinsport.com/media/pdfs/Diversity%20In%20Cycling.pdf or see the Diversity in Cycling website: http://www.diversityincycling.com/

    This episode is also supported by Laka – insurance designed specifically for cyclists. To find out more go to laka.co.uk (https://laka.co/gb/)

    New clothing

    The Cycling Podcast's new men's and women's cycling jerseys, designed and made by Katusha, are now in stock. Get yours through our shop: https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/shop/

    Friends of the Podcast

    Our mini-series for Friends of the Podcast, My First Tour de France, reached virtual Paris with Lionel reminiscing about the first Tour he covered in full in 2006 – in a camper van. Become a Friend of the Podcast: https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join

  • In this episode of Service Course Lizzy and Tom speak to an ethical hacker about the ransomware attack on Garmin, and ask what the repercussions are for those of us who use Garmin devices.

    They also consider the wider issues of data security in cycling and find out why Strava became a problem for Area 51 and GCHQ.

    Tom also finds out about a prototype wheel that cleans up air pollution as it spins. There's more too as Tom and Lizzy take a look at the various different systems that helmets use to protect you from head injuries, and catch up with Ian Boswell to find out how his recovery from a career ending concussion is going.

    Service Course is supported by Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com) .  If you would like to get 25% off all Science In Sport's range of energy bars, gels and drinks to help fuel your ride and aid your recovery use the code SISCP25.

  • Back in March, Mitch Docker was planning to travel to Tuscany to race on the white roads for the first time. But the coronavirus pandemic meant Strade Bianche was postponed and for the best part of five months the peloton has been in suspended animation – training, racing indoors and waiting for the resumption.

    This week, Mitch heads to Italy for his first race but before he travelled he got together with his good friend Luke Durbridge of Mitchelton-Scott to preview the race and answer listeners' questions.

    In this episode find out why Strade Bianche can suit both the Classics specialists and the climbers, why climbing on the white roads is similar to climbing on the cobbles, and get some insight into how Luke maintains his focus during time trials.

    Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton

    Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/)

    Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton)

    Or follow on social media:
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    Theme music
    The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.

  • Racing is about to re-start. The Vuelta a Burgos gets underway next Tuesday and the first major stage race on the calendar in more than four months features a high quality field, including Nairo Quintana, Remco Evenepoel, Richard Carapaz and the Yates brothers, Simon and Adam.

    Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore look ahead to Burgos and pick out one thing each that fascinates them about the resumption of racing.

    For Daniel, it's whether Quintana can maintain the form that he showed early in 2020, when he appeared re-born with his new team, Arkéa-Samsic. For Richard, it's the Ineos intrigue with Chris Froome and Egan Bernal potentially in the same Tour de France team. And for Lionel it's the fact that almost an entire season is crammed into a little more than three months – how will it all work and what patterns might emerge?

    The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport

    Our sponsors

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. iwoca have been accredited by the British Business Bank to offer CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans Scheme) – the scheme is now open, so businesses can apply for a loan rather than just register interest. To find out more, go to https://www.iwoca.co.uk

    Science in Sport's new Turbo+ range is the world’s first sports nutrition range designed to meet the demands of indoor training. Formulated with a cooling menthol blast and proven to enhance performance in heat by 5%, this new range (which includes a pre-session gel and an in-session powder) is designed to transform your indoor training.

    You can get 25% off all your Science in Sport products by using the code SISCP25 at the checkout: https://www.scienceinsport.com

    Science in Sport are also supporting and helping to distribute the Diversity in Cycling report, written by Andy Edwards and mentioned in this week's podcast. You can read the report: https://www.scienceinsport.com/media/pdfs/Diversity%20In%20Cycling.pdf or see the Diversity in Cycling website: http://www.diversityincycling.com/

    New clothing

    The Cycling Podcast's new men's and women's cycling jerseys, designed and made by Katusha, are now in stock. Get yours through our shop: https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/shop/

    Mugs and cappuccino sets

    Stacy Snyder has made a limited run of 'Friend of The Cycling Podcast' mugs and cappuccino sets in new colours and designs. These are available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/SnyderCeramics?section_id=29652589

    Friends of the Podcast

    Our mini-series for Friends of the Podcast, My First Tour de France, reached virtual Paris with Lionel reminiscing about the first Tour he covered in full in 2006 – in a camper van. Become a Friend of the Podcast: https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join

    Ride London

    Richard was due to do Ride London in aid of their charity of the year, Pancreatic Cancer UK, having lost his mum to pancreatic cancer in 2005. With the event cancelled, this charity has lost a major source of funding. An alternative event, MyRideLondon (https://myridelondon.co.uk), aims to get as many people as possible riding on the same weekend, 15 and 16 August, and raising money for a charity of their choice. Richard will be trying to ride 100 miles in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. To support him, and PCUK: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=RichardMoore1&pageUrl=2

  • Following confirmation that Chris Froome is to leave Team Ineos for Israel Start-Up Nation, we discuss the implications for the upcoming Tour de France.

    Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe speculate on who Team Ineos will select as the team looks for an eighth Tour de France title in nine years. Will Froome make the final eight or not?

    We also hear from Freddy Ovett, son of former Olympic champion middle-distance runner Steve, about his recent results on Zwift, including a stage win in the virtual Tour de France, we respond to a listener's letter about Greg LeMond's legacy and his reputation for innovation following our recent Friends of the Podcast episode about the 1990 Tour, and we briefly discuss the Everesting phenomenon.

    The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport.

    My first Tour de France
    In the third episode of a four-part series for Friends of the Podcast, Daniel Friebe looks back at the end of Miguel Indurain's reign in 1996 (the first Tour he watched on television) and the 2001 race, which was the first he covered as a journalist. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) .

    OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE
    We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) .

    OUR SPONSORS

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (http://iwoca.co.uk/)

    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25

    This episode is also supported by Beer52. To join the world's most popular craft beer club go to https://www.beer52.com/cycle. 

  • Everesting is a simple concept but a difficult challenge.

    To complete a successful Everesting challenge, a rider must climb and descend the same hill multiple times until they have reached the magic 8,848 metres of vertical gain – the equivalent height to Everest.

    Although Everesting may seem to be the antithesis of exploration on two wheels, during the coronavirus lockdown it has come into its own. Cyclists the world over have been prevented from travelling far and so the idea of hill reps has resonated with cyclists of all abilities.

    In this episode, we examine the phenomenon with two (recently deposed) record holders and the man who can lay a claim to turning a quirky idea into a mainstream one.

    After we'd recorded this episode and while preparing it for release, both the women's and men's records were broken by Emma Pooley and Alberto Contador. That the records rest with riders who between them have world and Olympic medals, Grand Tour titles and Classics wins to their name takes Everesting to the next level.

    But at its heart Everesting is an egalitarian concept. It's not really about the records-breaking. Anyone can have a go, even if it will mean many hours in the saddle for most riders. And (more or less) any hill will do.

    In this episode of Explore, we hear from Andy Van Bergen, the man who can stake a claim to creating the Everesting challenge which has captured the imagination over the past couple of months (although he's actually too modest to).

    We hear how the idea stems from the grandson of the legendary mountaineer George Mallory, who died while climbing Everest in 1924... and we hear from a Frenchman called François Siohan who completed the first known Everesting on two wheels in 1984.

    Plus Hannah Rhodes and Lachlan Morton talk about their own record-breaking rides, perhaps not realising their times would be broken quite so soon. Morton, of course, had to make two attempts in quick succession because the first did not meet Van Bergen and his Hells500 group's exacting criteria.

    Explore by The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport.

    LINKS
    To find out more about Everesting, the criteria and the hall of fame, go to everesting.cc (https://everesting.cc/) . You can also read the account of François Siohan's (https://everesting.cc/decade-earlier-update-first-known-everesting/?fbclid=IwAR3PTX1flJlGizz6zhYt8D8gplOc8YEkMrDmIsI1AG0uGuHX-VHphadxWoQ) 'first known' Everesting.

    OUR SPONSORS
    Iwoca offers fast and flexible finance for small businesses, such as Powerbikes, whose owner Richard features in this episode. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (https://www.iwoca.co.uk/)

    Science In Sport have energy bars, gels and drinks to fuel your ride and recovery, whether you're Everesting, crossing a continent or clocking up the virtual kilometres on the turbo. All listeners can get 25% off by using the discount code SISCIP25 scienceinsport.com (https://www.scienceinsport.com/)

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  • In this week’s episode of The Cycling Podcast we speak to Rod Ellingworth, the man in charge at WorldTour team Bahrain-McLaren, about the uncertainty of the last few months and the imminent resumption of racing.

    Ellingworth admits that the pay cuts imposed on his team have made his job difficult, but he also reveals that he spoke to Chris Froome, who is set to leave Team Ineos, about joining Bahrain-McLaren for 2021. In this episode we reveal that Froome has agreed to join Israel Start-Up Nation.

    Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore also discuss the first unofficial race in Belgium and the protocals put in place by cycling’s governing body, the UCI, to manage health and safety before major racing resumes at the end of the month.

    And we hear from Greg LeMond, the three-time Tour de France winner, in an excerpt from the latest Friends mini-series, ‘My first Tour de France’, looking back at the 1990 Tour.

    The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport

    This episode is sponsored by the Wattbike Atom
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    My first Tour de France
    In the second episode of a four-part series for friends of the podcast, Richard Moore remembers the first Tour he watched from the roadside, in 1990, in the company of Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe. We hear from the winner of the race-defining first stage, Frans Maassen, and three-time Tour winner Greg LeMond. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) .

    BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS
    Last month we were named as a finalist in the British Podcast Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This week we heard that our latest book The Grand Tour Diaries is a finalist in the cycling category at the British Sports Book Awards. The winners of both awards will be announced next month. Go to our online shop (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) to buy a copy of our book.

    OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE
    We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) .

    OUR SPONSORS

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (http://iwoca.co.uk/)

    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25

  • In this week's episode Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the strange case of Mitchelton-Scott and its on-off takeover, and we hear from the team's lead sports director, Matt White, about the challenges of planning for the season when it resumes later this month.

    There has  been a lot of speculation about Chris Froome, the four-time Tour de France winner, and his relationship with his team, Ineos, and last year's Tour winner, Egan Bernal. We speak to Bernal's coach, Xabier Artetxe, about how the young Colombian is preparing to defend his title.

    The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport.

    My first Tour de France
    In the first episode of a four-part series for friends of the podcast, François Thomazeau remembers the first Tour he watched, in 1967, and the first one he worked at, in 1986, in conversation with Richard, Lionel and Daniel. Both were dramatic Tours: 1967 for the tragic death of Tom Simpson on the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux, 1986 for the intra-team rivalry between Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) .

    BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS
    Last month we were named as a finalist in the British Podcast Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This week we heard that our latest book The Grand Tour Diaries is a finalist in the cycling category at the British Sports Book Awards. The winners of both awards will be announced next month. Go to our online shop (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) to buy a copy of our book.

    OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE
    We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) .

    OUR SPONSORS

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to iwoca.co.uk (http://iwoca.co.uk/)

    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at scienceinsport.com (http://scienceinsport.com/) with the code SISCP25

  • This week, Mitch Docker interviews his former manager, Paul De Geyter, to get the lowdown on the mechanics of rider contracts, who are the best and worst team managers to work with, and how the  coronavirus crisis might be affecting the transfer market.

    Now retired, De Geyter, who was also general manager at WorldTour team Lotto-Soudal, was one of the first rider managers, with the late Frank Vandenbroucke one of his early clients.

    De Geyter talks freely about how the UCI regulations affect the way agents and managers work and the process of agreeing deals for a wide range of riders, from domestiques to team leaders.

    This episode is sponsored by Babbel, the app that makes learning a foreign language fun. It is designed to quickly get you speaking your new language within weeks with daily 10 to 15 minute lessons. Lessons are lovingly created by over 100 language experts (real people!), and not by a translation machine. With Babbel you can choose from 14 different languages, including, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.

    Right now, Babbel is offering listeners to Life in the Peloton six months free with a purchase of a six month subscription. Go to https://begin.babbel.com/en_play/, and use the promo code CYCLE on your six month subscription.

    Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton

    Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/)

    Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton)

    Or follow on social media:
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    Theme music
    The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.

  • In the June episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin there are interviews with the world’s number one ranked rider and the fashion house that’s taken over one of the world's best teams.

    Lorena Wiebes is the world number one and she recently joined Team Sunweb – we speak to her and one of the team’s sports directors, Hans Timmermans. And we hear from Matthias Thoma, the owner of Paule Ka, the French fashion house that’s taken over the Bigla-Katusha team. 

    There are also interviews with Leah Dixon, the Tibco Silicon Valley Bank rider who won the first V-Women’s Tour, and with Hannah Rhodes-Patterson, who set a new Everesting record, and also Shanaze Reade, the now retired BMX and track rider, who talks about her battle with alcohol addiction and, as one of the few black riders to win at the highest level, shares her thoughts about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

    The Cycling Podcast Féminin is presented by Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore.

    The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by iwoca and Science in Sport

    For 25% off all your Science in Sport products to go www.scienceinsport.com and enter the code SISCP25.

  • Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe answer listeners questions as our press conference episode returns.

    Listeners have recorded their questions about all aspects of professional cycling and sent them in and now it's over to us to answer them.

    The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport.

    INTRODUCING RICHARD MOORE
    Continuing our series in which we interview each other about our routes in journalism, careers and The Cycling Podcast, it's time to meet Richard Moore, available imminently for Friends of the Podcast. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) .

    BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS
    Last month we were named as a finalist in the British Podcast Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This week we heard that our latest book The Grand Tour Diaries is a finalist in the cycling category at the British Sports Book Awards. The winners of both awards will be announced next month. Go to our online shop (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) to buy a copy of our book.

    OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE
    We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) .

    OUR SPONSORS

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk

    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25

    This episode is also sponsored by Babbel (https://uk.babbel.com/) . Learn the new language you've always wanted to with the app that's designed by experts to help you start speaking naturally and conversationally straight away. Go to babbel.co.uk (https://uk.babbel.com/) or download the App.

  • In this episode of Service Course Tom Whalley and Lizzy Banks delve into the world of bespoke bikes. We speak to Phil Taylor, one of the founders of the UK’s handmade bike festival, Bespoked, which had been due to take place in May. Phil tells us the story of how he set up Bespoked while holding down his other day job as a psychotherapist.

    We also speak with custom bike builders Liz Coleman and Duncan Crossley about the challenges of keeping building during the lockdown period.

    Finally we hear from Rick Bailey and Dan Smith of Cycles in Motion about the intricacies of selecting the right tubing for the right job and how to get the perfect custom fit.

    Graphene Nanodiamonds make an appearance in our news round-up and Adrian Nixon also updates us on the progress of the Space Elevator.

    Service Course is supported by Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com) .  If you would like to get 25% off all Science In Sport's range of energy bars, gels and drinks to help fuel your ride and aid your recovery use the code SISCP25.

    This episode is also supported by Gymshark, who have created a range of clothing for all sorts of workout and relaxation. To check out the range go to gymshark.com (https://www.gymshark.com/thecyclingpodcast)

    If you want to learn another language try the intuitive app Babbel to learn in a natural way with the help of real conversation as used by real people. Download the free Babbel app or go to babbel.co.uk (https://uk.babbel.com/)

    Music courtesy of epidemic sound (https://www.epidemicsound.com) . This episode was produced by Tom Whalley

  • To coincide with the general release of Cycling Podcast Productions' first film, And So We Rode, we are releasing the original audio diary by Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse which inspired it.

    In 2018, The Cycling Podcast asked Conor to keep a diary at the Tour of Britain, which he and Larry were due to ride for the Aqua Blue Sport team.

    But shortly before the race, the team folded. It didn't just announce it would be stopping at the end of the season, it ground to an immediate halt leaving the riders without any races to ride and a fight to salvage their careers.

    Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, Conor and Larry decided to do something that had long been in the back of their minds. They decided to go on a bikepacking adventure in the French and Italian Alps, setting off from their homes in Nice.

    We produced their audio diary for Friends of the Podcast and then began work on a film created using footage filmed on a Go Pro and their phones. Having been released initially for Friends of the Podcast to watch free, And So We Rode is now available to buy or rent for the first time on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/andsowerode/415893408) .

    In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined by the film's director Orla Chennaoui to discuss the week's cycling news and the making of the film before we pick up Conor and Larry's adventure as they are about to get on the road.

    RUNNING ORDER
    0:00 Introduction and a ramble through the news round-up

    26:30 The making of And So We Rode

    33:30 Conor Dunne and Larry Warbasse's audio diary from their No Go Tour bikepacking trip

    The Cycling Podcast is supported by iwoca and Science In Sport.

    PRESS CONFERENCE
    In the finest traditions of cycling press conferences, we're late getting started. We wanted to release Conor and Larry's audio diary this week to coincide with the release of the film so we have postponed our press conference to next week. This gives you more time to record your question as a voice memo and email it to contact@thecyclingpodcast.com

    INTRODUCING RICHARD MOORE
    Continuing our series in which we interview each other about our routes in journalism, careers and The Cycling Podcast, it's time to meet Richard Moore, available imminently for Friends of the Podcast. To sign up as a Friend of the Podcast go to our website (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/join) .

    BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS
    Last month we were named as a finalist in the British Podcast Awards for the fourth consecutive year. This week we heard that our latest book The Grand Tour Diaries is a finalist in the cycling category at the British Sports Book Awards. The winners of both awards will be announced next month. Go to our online shop (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) to buy a copy of our book.

    OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE
    We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) .

    LIFE IN THE PELOTON
    Mitch Docker has caught up with his teammate Jens Keukeleire to talk about being brought up in Flanders, his first win as a pro, coronavirus and also look ahead to the 'spring' Classics, which will be held in late summer and autumn this year. All this season's episodes of Mitch's excellent Life in the Peloton podcast are on our feed.

    OUR SPONSORS

    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk

    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25

    This week's episode is also sponsored by Laka, a community of cyclists all co-operating to provide the best value and fairest insurance for their bikes and equipment. If you'd like to find out more, go to laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/)

  • This week, Mitch Docker catches up with Flandrian Jens Keukeleire. The pair were teammates at Orica-GreenEdge for several years and have been reunited at EF Pro Cycling this season.

    Mitch takes Jens right back to the beginning, ten years ago, when he was a neo-pro with the Cofidis team.

    Within a month of joining the pro ranks, Keukeleire won his first big race, Le Samyn, with a spectacular sprint from deep. Mitch and Jens talk in depth about the finish to that race and you may like to watch highlights on YouTube (https://youtu.be/kFzbsDizurA) .

    Le Samyn has all the characteristics of a Flandrian Classic but it actually takes place in Wallonia, but Mitch and Jens talk about how riders brought up in the region absorb so much Flandrian local knowledge before they even turn pro.

    Conversation then turns to coronavirus before they look ahead to the 2020 spring Classic campaign, which will be held in the late summer and autumn, of course.

    Keep in touch with Life in the Peloton

    Keep up to date with everything that’s going on with Life in the Peloton at my website lifeinthepeloton.com (https://lifeinthepeloton.com/)

    Check out my range of Life in the Peloton merchandise on our Etsy store too, from beanies and caps to embroidered tees, logo tees and much more. Visit the Etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LifeinthePeloton)

    Or follow on social media:
    Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton (https://www.instagram.com/lifeinthepeloton/)
    Twitter: @lifeinthepelo (https://twitter.com/lifeinthepelo)

    Theme music
    The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.

  • Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe return for the first time since the conclusion of Our Giro.
    A couple of months ago we reviewed the Netflix documentary about the Movistar team, The Least Expected Day. Grab the popcorn because in this episode, we discuss the new ESPN 30 for 30 film directed by Marina Zenovich, Lance.
    Is this another step on the path to redemption for Lance Armstrong? Or is it an attempt by him to cast his doping in a more favourable light?
    Everyone is familiar with the story of Armstrong's doping and the seven Tour de France titles he was stripped of after his confession to Oprah. So is there anything new to learn from the film?
    We also speak to Zenovich herself about making the film and hear from Bob Hamman, owner of a company called SCA Promotions which played a key role in the rise and fall of Armstrong.
    PRESS CONFERENCE
    In the next couple of weeks we will do a press conference episode where we answer your questions. To ask us anything you like about Our Giro or professional cycling, record a voice memo on your phone and then send it to us by email to contact@thecyclingpodcast.com
    OUR NEW CLOTHING RANGE
    We have teamed up with Katusha to produce The Cycling Podcast Collection. The launch range is a cycling jersey and a t-shirt in both men's and women's cuts. To check out the range go to our website (https://shop.thecyclingpodcast.com/) .
    LIFE IN THE PELOTON
    The latest episode of Mitch Docker's series features his EF Education First sports director Tom Southam.
    WATCH OUR FIRST FILM
    Our first film, And So We Rode… is available for Friends of the Podcast to watch now. This is the story of Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne packing their bags and going on a bikepacking trip in the French and Italian Alps after their pro team Aqua Blue Sport folded mid-season. It costs £15 to sign up as a Friend of the Podcast and you will be able to watch the film as well as listen to all our special episodes. http://thecyclingpodcast.com/join
    OUR SPONSORS
    iwoca became The Cycling Podcast’s title sponsors in March 2020. Iwoca specialises in supporting small businesses and can lend between £1,000 and £250,000. Applications can take only a few minutes to complete and they promise a fast and fair decision. To find out more, go to http://iwoca.co.uk
    Science In Sport is The Cycling Podcast’s longest-standing supporter. It’s a relationship that stretches back to the 2016 Giro d’Italia. Listeners can get 25% off Science In Sport’s range of energy drinks, bars, gels and cakes at http://scienceinsport.com with the code SISCP25