CyclingTips Podcast: 2021 Tour de France predictions

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CyclingTips Podcast: 2021 Tour de France predictions

With the Tour de France grand départ mere days away, the CyclingTips podcast team runs through which stages are going to matter, who is going to factor in the general classification, and their personal picks for the race across France.

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From the Top: ‘Life in the Peloton’ with Mitch Docker

Normally the theme of this podcast is the entrepreneurial journeys of people in the cycling industry who have had their ups and downs and have come out the other side. 

When pro cyclist Mitch Docker announced his retirement I was in the middle of producing Christian Meier’s story, much of the background for which I got from Mitch’s podcast, Life in the Peloton. So it got me thinking about Life in the Peloton. Is it a business for Mitch? How did he start this? What makes him tick? Where might it go after he retires? Mitch is clearly a smart, talented and hard-working guy, so why not document his story at this point in his journey rather than 10 years from now? Well … we’ll probably do both.

Maybe I’m shoe-horning this into a theme where it doesn’t belong, but here’s my justification: Mitch Docker’s Life in the Peloton is arguably the best and most well-known cycling podcast out there of its kind. He’s flipped the traditional model of journalism on its head and has created something truly unique. How many other actively competing pro athletes do this kind of thing? Not only that – he’s stuck with it consistently for five years now and keeps making it better. 

For those not familiar, Life in the Peloton is Mitch’s way of telling the world quite simply what the life of a professional cyclist is like, translated in a way that everyone can understand. It’s not Mitch’s monologue and self-indulgent hour on air. Quite the opposite. In this day and age of social media where quick likes and shares serve as a self-promotional tool, Mitch has opted to tell other people’s stories with long-form audio, in a way that also acts like a mirror into his life.

He has a unique place in the sport to be able to do this, but also has the skillset as an interviewer and conversationalist, mastery of the podcast medium, and a relatable nature that documents the sport like we haven’t experienced before.


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Nerd Alert Podcast: Preventing mechanicals with pro wrench Brad Copeland

For this episode, tech editor Dave Rome rang up mechanic to the stars, Brad Copeland. As the personal mechanic for former cross country mountain bike world champion Kate Courtney, Brad is incredibly detailed in ensuring his riders are able to consistently get to the finish line. The lessons here are just as applicable to everyday road and gravel riders as they are to those racing mountain bike world cups. 

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Freewheeling Podcast: New to the WWT calendar in 2022…

With the release of the 2022 calendar Loren, Abby, and Amy chat about which races they are looking forward to.

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CyclingTips Podcast: Developing bike racers to be leaders with L39ion

This week on the CyclingTips podcast…

Dane breaks down the major talking points coming out of the Tour de Suisse.

Caley caught up with Justin Williams after L39ION of LA swept all the elite men’s and women’s races at Tulsa Tough over the weekend.

For Nerd Nugget, the saga of the Speedco handlebars continues, and Ronan actually agrees with the UCI?

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Freewheeling Podcast: The USA Olympic team has been announced

But before digging into that tin of worms, Amy, Loren, and Abby chat Giro Donne route reveal the Tour de Suisse Women’s race, and Annemiek van Vleuten’s decision to skip the Giro in favour of Olympic prep.

As a bonus, Ruth Winder makes a guest appearance to talk about what the Olympics mean to her. 

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Nerd Alert Podcast: Digging through the tech at Unbound Gravel

It seems everything cycling-related is fetching inordinate amounts of money on the used market these days, and so we figured it was a good time to trade in Caley and Zach for a special guest host: Dan Cavallari, former tech editor for Velonews and now freelancer extraordinaire.

Dan covered Unbound Gravel for CyclingTips this year, so it only seemed right for James and Dave to run through all the interesting gravel tech with him.

Wondering about tire inserts? Tire sizes and pressure? Handlebar setups? Gearing? We go through it all, and bookend it with the usual round-up of tech news and Ask a Mechanic questions. And don’t worry, Caley and Zach will be back next week — probably. Maybe.

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CyclingTips Podcast: Conclusions from the Critérium du Dauphiné

This week on the CyclingTips Podcast…

Dane breaks down the final takeaways from the Critérium du Dauphiné and what to expect from the Tour de Suisse. Plus, the women raced their first-ever Tour de Suisse Women.

Unbound Gravel delivered two impressive races from both the elite men and elite women.

For Nerd Nugget, a conversation about why the UCI can’t apply some of the rules more consistently

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Nerd Alert Podcast: Tubulars aren’t dead yet

We’ve chatted an awful lot lately about how tubeless and tube-type clinchers seem to be slowly replacing tubulars in pro road racing. Even though high-performance clinchers offer a big rolling efficiency advantage (as much as 12 W according to some figures), tubulars are still more popular for all the same reasons as usual: they’re lighter, they’re safer if you get a puncture, they handle impacts better, and they just have a distinctive feel that clinchers still can’t quite match.

What if you could have a tubular that offered all of that, and yet was also just as fast as top-end clinchers? What might the landscape look like then? That’s just what Challenge claims to have developed with its latest experimental tubulars, and James gets the scoop from the company’s technical director, Morgan Nicol.

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Freewheeling Podcast: Thüringen: A Classic specialists stage race

Abby, Loren, and Amy are back to discuss all the goings-on at the LOTTO Thüringen Ladies Tour last week, plus Lucinda Brand’s team announcement. As always, the Olympic selections are a hot topic. 

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CyclingTips Podcast: Final takeaways from the 2021 Giro d’Italia

This week on the CyclingTips podcast…

The Giro d’Italia is over and with the final two stages fresh in our minds we discuss the race, who disappointed, and who impressed. 

For Nerd Nugget, Ronan wrote a story about front hub “fairings” used at the Giro ITT that were banned by the UCI. 

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CyclingTips Podcast: The Giro GC battle is far from over

After an exciting stage 19 at the Giro d’Italia the CyclingTips podcast gets together to chat what happened on the day and what to expect in the final two stages. 

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Nerd Alert Podcast: Expensive vs. budget carbon wheels

In this week’s episode, The Nerds chat about some cool parts and accessories Dave saw at the recent Handmade Bicycle Show Australia, including some hyper-expensive wheels from Partington that are trying to go head-to-head with Lightweight. Carbon wheels have gotten incredibly good at the opposite end of the price spectrum, and we make the argument that, unless you’re dripping with cash, it’s awfully tough to justify the price premium.

Speaking of which, we also chat about Wahoo Fitness’s new Elemnt Bolt GPS cycling computer, which makes us wonder where the company might go from here. A new high-end model sort of makes sense, but a killer budget model even more so.

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CyclingTips Podcast: Can anyone at the Giro top Bernal?

This week on the CyclingTips podcast…

We discuss the second week at the Giro d’Italia, Bernal’s class, and if it was a mistake for Ineos Grenadiers to take him to the Giro instead of the Tour de France. 

For Nerd Nuggets, James brings up the mysterious wheels of Jumbo-Visma spotted in Italy.

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Freewheeling Podcast: Four fantastic days of racing at Vuelta a Burgos Feminas

Abby, Loren, and Amy wrap up the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas after watching the fourth and final stage on Sunday.

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Freewheeling Podcast: Who wouldn’t cry watching Vuelta a Burgos stage 3?

Abby, Loren, and Amy break down the Vuelta a Burgos stage 3 with audio diaries from Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx) and Heidi Franz (Rally Cycling) plus a surprise appearance from young French rider Évita Muzic (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope). 

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Nerd Alert Podcast: How much mountain bike is too much when it comes to gravel bike geometry?

In this week’s Nerd Alert episode, tech editor Dave Rome has a chat with Australian custom builder extraordinaire Mark Hester of Prova Cycles.

Hester was a very early adopter of MTB-style geometry on gravel bikes, incorporating things like long front centers and shorter stems when most other brands — especially mainstream labels — were still using dimensions mostly borrowed from road racing machines. Yet as with anything bike-related, if a little bit of something is good, lots more of it surely makes it even better, right? Hester has some interesting thoughts on the idea, and you won’t want to miss hearing where he thinks things are going from here.

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Freewheeling Podcast: The sprinters missed their chance, Vuelta a Burgos stage 2

Abby, Loren, and Amy are back to discuss the Vuelta a Burgos Feminas stage 2 as well as the cancellation of WWT Postnord Vargarda WestSweden races.

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Freewheeling Podcast: Grace Brown victorious at Vuelta a Burgos stage 1

Loren, Abby, and Amy break down the first stage of the Vuelta a Burgos and what they are looking forward to one stage 2. Hear the hot takes from inside the peloton through the eyes of Heidi Franz (Rally Cycling), Niamh Fisher-Black (SD Worx), and Brodie Chapman (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope). Plus, the UCI announced an increase in the Women’s WorldTour minimum salary, but how will that affect the gap between the WWT and the Continental women’s teams?

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From the Top: How The Service Course was built

If you follow professional cycling and are attracted to specialty coffee, beautiful custom bikes, and boutique travel, then you’ve surely come across Christian and Amber Meier’s businesses. The couple from Canada, of all places, embarked on a professional cycling career for Christian and settled in the once sleepy Catalan town of Girona. The two of them are the founders of La Fabrica, Espresso Mafia, and The Service Course which have now become Girona institutions that people actively seek out.

Now, The Service Course boasts four European locations and includes some of cycling’s biggest stars as both investors and employees. Michael Woods, Kasia Niewiadoma and Edvald Boasson Hagen are all investors, and Simon Gerrans is CEO. It’s a remarkable story that isn’t even close to being finished yet, so grab a coffee, strap in, and hear where Christian and Amber’s story started so you can follow where it’s going.

Check out the fantastic selection of kit, gear, and custom bikes The Service Course has to offer.

Thank you to Malcolm Bloedel for producing this episode and Ashley de Neef for composing the music.

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