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Author: Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe, Richard Moore

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The Cycling Podcast
Join journalists Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – and a few special guests along the way – as they podcast about the latest cycling news and the world of professional cycling.
Expect a mix of insight and analysis as our three experienced journalists cover not just the big talking points but take you behind the scenes of professional cycling.
Richard Moore is the author of Slaying the Badger and Sky’s the Limit, Daniel Friebe writes for Procycling and is author of The Cannibal, a biography of five-time Tour winner Eddy Merckx, and Lionel Birnie is co-editor of The Cycling Anthology, a collection of essays about the Tour de France.
The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://rapha.cc) and Science in Sport (http://scienceinsport.com/).
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181: The Americans in Nice

181: The Americans in Nice

2019-12-1001:06:173

In a follow up to a Friends Special from 2016, Richard Moore travels to Nice to meet up with American professionals Ian Boswell, Joe Dombrowski and Larry Warbasse, and also a couple of younger riders, Will Barta and Matteo Jorgenson.Boswell, Dombrowski and Warbasse are all at different points in their careers. After a serious crash in March, Boswell didn't race again in 2019 and is starting to look beyond cycling. Dombrowski is about to change teams, from EF-Education First to UAE-Team Emirates. Warbasse can reflect on his first year in a French team, Ag2r. They talk commitment and balance, the folly of youth and the benefit of experience, unfulfilled ambitions and strange dreams. We also meet Barta, who has just finished his first season with CCC, and Jorgenson, who will ride for Movistar in 2020. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.EPISODE SPONSORThis episode is supported by Laka, the community of cyclists co-operating to insure their bikes and equipment and keeping premiums down. To check out Laka go to their website at laka.co.uk (https://www.laka.co.uk/)FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST 2020We've improved our Friends of the Podcast system so it is now much easier to sign up and access the special episodes using your favourite podcasts app. We've frozen the subscription fee too – it's still £15 for the year – and we'll be releasing 15 episodes over the course of 2020. Episode one is already online, it looks at the dramatically truncated 19th stage of the Tour de France and features Egan Bernal and the voice of Radio Tour, Seb Piquet. Sign up now at thecyclingpodcast.com/subscribe (https://thecyclingpodcast.supportingcast.fm/)THE GRAND TOUR DIARIESOur new book, The Grand Tour Diaries, which covers the 2018 and 2019 seasons is available now at our website, thecyclingpodcast.com (https://shop.visionsp.co.uk/other/TheGrandTourDiaries)
In the final Cycling Podcast Féminin of the year the team look back on their standout moments of 2019 with Kasia Niewiadoma, Lizzy Banks, Maria Martins and Bob Varney.It’s been a difficult few weeks for one of the teams of the year, Parkhotel Valkenburg. Their world number one, Lorena Wiebes, is the subject of offers from bigger teams and another rider, Sofie De Vuyst, announced that she has tested positive for a steroid. We speak to the team’s general manager, Esra Tromp, about a successful season followed by a turbulent few weeks.Finally, Orla Chennaoui speaks to Kelsey Erickson about her work leading SafeSport at USA Cycling and Rose Manley talks to Christine Majerus about her cyclocross campaign.The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport.EPISODE SPONSORThis episode is supported by Stitch Fix (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/) , the online personal styling service that takes the strain out of clothes shopping. A great wardrobe starts with your perfect fit. Stitch Fix's stylists discover clothing for you, hand-selected for your size and style.
The Cycling Podcast's 11-date Grand Tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland has reached its conclusion and Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are back with an episode recapping the cycling news.Former British national champion Adam Blythe joined us for two of our live shows – at London's Arts Theatre and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester – and in this episode he speaks about the decision to retire from professional racing at the age of just 30.Blythe talks about the moment he made the decision to retire and, having hosted a series of interviews for The Cycling Podcast in the spring, now sees opportunities in the media having also appeared on Eurosport's grand tour coverage.We also have an extract from our first Friends of the Podcast special episode of 2020 – which tells the story of stage 19 of the Tour de France, when a hailstorm and landslide halted the race. We hear from Egan Bernal, who took the yellow jersey that day.There's also a clip from our live show featuring Richard reading an entry from our new book The Grand Tour Diaries, also telling the story of the Tour's dramatic 19th stage.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.SPONSORSThis episode is also sponsored by Cyclist magazine. Give the gift of Cyclist Magazine – the stress-free present that lasts all year. Save up to £11.89 on an annual gift subscription to our favourite monthly read with free postage thrown in. Simple. Easy. Perfect. Go to https://cyclistmag.co.uk/podcast to subscribe for a year.THE GRAND TOUR DIARIESOur new book The Grand Tour Diaries is available now for £15. Richard, Lionel, Daniel, François and Orla document the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España plus the Women's Tour. Order from thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/) and get the book delivered to your door. The book is currently only available from our publishers, not from Amazon.2020 FRIENDS OF THE PODCASTWe're almost ready to launch our 2020 Friends of the Podcast programme. We've frozen the price and improved the delivery system. Stand by for details of our new faff-free system in next week's episode.MUSICWe are often asked about the music in our shows. The title music in our regular episodes is called This Is The Last Day Of Your Life by Glass Pear. There's a Spotify playlist featuring some of the music heard in The Cycling Podcast here (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0lJbxlr1DkkIH3Vt2tayG8?si=cPe9urthTUGe-CHcuye8tg) .
This week's episode finds Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in the green room backstage at the Y Theatre, Leicester, before the ninth stage of their Grand Tour.We recap the theatre tour so far and answer some of the questions posed by the audience that we didn't have time to get to on stage.We also meet Stacy Snyder, the ceramist who has been making the beautiful cups for The Cycling Podcast during the grand tours. Stacy travelled over from Virginia to see the live event in London's Leicester Square and to meet the podcast team.There's an appearance by Giro stage winner and co-host of our Service Course show Lizzy Banks and finally, we catch up with Colin Sturgess, former world professional pursuit champion, who joined us on stage at the Y Theatre in his home city, Leicester.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.This week's episode is supported by Beer52. To order a case of eight beers plus two free beers (making ten!) for just the price of delivery, and to join the monthly beer club, go to https://www.beer52.com/cycle
This month Lizzy Banks takes Service Course back to the place where it all began for her, Hill Climbs.It was the Sheffield University Hill Climb at Curbar Edge in Derbyshire where Lizzy first started to believe that she may have a serious future in the sport and so for this episode she goes back to her roots to look at hill climbing bikes in all their glorious eccentricities.The show features Lizzy’s season closing event, the Mam Nick Hill Climb, as well as an interview with a man who seems to spend all his time riding uphill, Phil Gaimon. We also visit Zed Wheels to find out about super lightweight wheels built with string, and Rebecca Richardson talks about hacking (sometimes literally) weight off your bike on a budget.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.SPONSORSScience In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at Science in Sport Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out.
The November episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin includes a feature on arguably the greatest team in the history of women's racing, Boels-Dolmans.With both sponsors giving notice of their intention to quit, the Dutch squad faces an uncertain future. We speak to the team director, Danny Stam, its longest-serving rider, Christine Majerus, and former riders Lucy Martin and Nikki Brammeier.Orla Chennaoui, Rose Manley and Richard Moore also discuss the news concerning rider quotas for next year's Olympic Games road races, with the men once more far outnumbering the women.And there's an interview with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig about her switch of teams, from Bigla to FDJ, and how she intends to find the improvements necessary to land a big win.The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport
After travelling from Bristol to Belfast and reaching London on Monday night, The Cycling Podcast's Grand Tour has reached its halfway point.Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss the week's news – double Tour de France stage winner Steve Cummings' retirement, the latest from Dr Richard Freeman's General Medical Council hearing and we hear from Matt White about how he sits down to plan the race programme for Mitchelton-Scott's riders.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.This episode is also sponsored by Harry's razors. If you'd like to get the Harry's trial set for £3.95 go to harrys.com/cycling (https://www.harrys.com/go/gb-podcast-article-vs-brochure-oct19?dc=&utm_medium=sponsorship-podcast&utm_source=Cycling+Podcast&utm_campaign=audioBoom&utm_content=Sep19FoundedTP--395_trial&crid=Sep19FoundedTP--395_trial&hid=&name=Cycling+Podcast+listeners)THE GRAND TOURTickets are still available for the final week of our Grand Tour from thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/)On Monday, November 25 we'll be back in London with special guests Rod Ellingworth – the new boss of Bahrain-Merida – and former British champion Adam Blythe. Tickets are selling fast for this show.We then go to Cambridge (Nov 26), Edinburgh (Nov 27), Leicester (Nov 28) and Manchester (Nov 30).
174: Remembering Poulidor

174: Remembering Poulidor

2019-11-1400:51:36

The Cycling Podcast is currently on a theatre tour but Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, François Thomazeau and Orla Chennaoui recorded this week's episode a few hours before taking to the stage at Worcester's Huntingdon Hall.They discuss the latest developments in the General Medical Council's hearing into former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman, and Shane Sutton's extraordinary appearance before he stormed out. We also hear from The Telegraph's Tom Cary, who has been at the hearing.François reflects on the death of Raymond Poulidor, who finished on the podium at the Tour de France eight times without ever winning the race or even pulling on the yellow jersey. Poulidor's grandson is Mathieu van der Poel and so his legacy lives on in the peloton but how will France remember the man they nicknamed the Eternal Second?The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe review some of the biggest stories from the past week in professional cycling.After 14 years, the Tour of California – the biggest stage race in the USA – is taking a hiatus. What does this mean for racing in America – and does Peter Stetina's decision to quit the World Tour in favour of gravel events such as Dirty Kanza suggest the sport is heading in a different direction?Richard reports back on his trip to McLaren HQ in Woking, where he met Bahrain-Merida's new boss Rod Ellingworth and asks him about signing Mark Cavendish and reluctantly seeing world time trial champion Rohan Dennis leave.We also discuss Filippo Ganna's world record-breaking four-kilometre individual pursuit ride in Minsk.And as the medical hearing into the conduct of Dr Richard Freeman – former doctor for both Team Sky and British Cycling resumes – we discuss the implications of Dr Freeman's admission that he'd lied about the delivery of testosterone to British Cycling HQ.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout.Episode sponsor – Stitch FixIf you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling)The Cycling Podcast's Grand TourThere's still time to get tickets for our Grand Tour – and get 20% off our new book, The Grand Tour Diaries at thecyclingpodcast.com (https://thecyclingpodcast.com/)Nov 11 - BristolNov 12 - CardiffNov 13 - WorcesterNov 14 - DublinNov 15 - BelfastNov 18 - LondonNov 25 - LondonNov 26 - CambridgeNov 27 - EdinburghNov 28 - LeicesterNov 30 - Manchester
In the latest episode of The Cycling Podcast we hear from Tom Pidcock, the versatile young rider who explains his decision not to step up to a World Tour team in 2020.Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and Richard Moore also discuss Mark Cavendish’s move to Bahrain-Merida. Can he and Rod Ellingworth roll back the years and have the kind of success they enjoyed together at British Cycling and Team Sky?We also discuss the politics of the UCI’s conflicts with the teams and even with the anti-doping body that they established.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en) and Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) .Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/)  products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout.Episode sponsor – Stitch FixIf you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling)
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe give their first reaction to the 2020 Giro d'Italia route as it is unveiled in Milan.The Grande Partenza in Budapest, Hungary, will be followed by a transfer to Sicily – without a rest day – and a journey that hugs the southern and Adriatic coastlines before a very difficult final week in the Alps.We weigh up the time trials, a stage in Marco Pantani's home town Cesenatico, and ask whether the route is tempted fate with the weather.Before that, we discuss the retirement of Taylor Phinney, a rider who looked to be a once-in-a-generation talent when he first turned professional but whose career was compromised by a horrendous crash at the US Championships in 2014.We also hear from British riders James Knox and Tao Geoghegan Hart as their seasons wind up at Il Lombardia.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha (https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en) and Science In Sport (https://www.scienceinsport.com/) .Listeners can get 25% off all Science In Sport products with the code SISCP25 at the checkout.Episode sponsor – Stitch FixIf you'd like to take the strain out of clothes shopping, why not let Stitch Fix's give you a personal stylist without you having to leave home. Fill in a questionnaire and let Stitch Fix do the rest. Stitchfix.co.uk/cycling (https://www.stitchfix.co.uk/cycling)
Inspired by Caroline Criado Perez’s book Invisible Women (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CQ2NZG6/) , Tom Whalley and new co-host Lizzy Banks (Bigla Pro Cycling) ask how data bias is present in cycling.They hear from Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio about a fundamental UCI rule that she believes is based on data solely from male riders, and Liz Colebrook, one of the few female frame builders in the UK, who says that cycling design not only ignores women but other “outliers” too.Also on the show is Ben Watson, a para-cyclist with Team GB, who won gold at his race at the World Championships in Harrogate. He tells us about the adaptations that help him get the best out of his performance and the other innovative ways that equipment is modified by para-athletes.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.SPONSORSScience In Sport are offering all listeners 25 per cent off their range of energy bars, drinks and gels at Science in Sport Use the code SISCP25 when you reach the check-out.Laka sponsors this episode of Service Course. Laka is a smarter way of insuring your bikes and gear. It’s a community of cyclists joining together to play fair and take good care to save each other money. Go to https://laka.co.uk to find out more.FRIENDS OF THE PODCASTWe’d like to thank everyone who has signed up as a Friend of the Podcast for 2019. Your support keeps these episodes free for all to enjoy. The penultimate episode of this season is now live. The Road Trip takes you behind the scenes with Richard, Lionel and François at the Tour de France. Become a Friend of the Podcast https://thecyclingpodcast.com/friends
In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe react to the route of the 2020 Tour de France, which was unveiled in Paris earlier in the day.There are new start and finish towns, new summit finishes and only one time trial – on the climb of La Planche des Belles Filles on the penultimate day – but what else is in store and who does it suit? This inevitably leads to a speculation-heavy conversation about a race that is still more than eight months away.Daniel describes the route as being more Biggie Smalls than Tupac, or is it more Tupac than Biggie? Lionel calls it the Tour de Tension, with something to challenge and unsettle more or less every day. Or is this a case of the Vueltafication of the Tour?We also discuss the weekend's two big races – il Lombardia, the final Monument of the season, and Paris-Tours, which has shed its reputation as a slightly dull, formulaic race for the sprinters with the controversial inclusion of the off-road tracks through the vineyards.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
168: An autumnal ramble

168: An autumnal ramble

2019-10-0901:05:171

The World Tour season is beginning to wind down with the race of the falling leaves – il Lombardia – at the weekend but in this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe reflect on three big stories from the world of cycling.In part one, Daniel remembers Giorgio Squinzi, the boss of the Mapei company who elevated the brand from the humble world of industrial grouts and adhesives to the position as one of the greatest cycling teams of all time. Dr Squinzi passed away last week aged 76 and Daniel reflects on his legacy.In part two, we have an exclusive interview with Graham Bartlett, the CEO of Velon, which is owned by 11 of the World Tour teams. Velon also operates the Hammer Series and it has just filed a complaint against the UCI with the European Commission. Is this the latest development in the same, decades-long dispute between the teams, the governing body and other race organisers?In part three, we discuss e-racing after the winner of the inaugural British eracing championships was stripped of his title for cheating the system to unlock a faster virtual bike. What does this mean for esports and cycling and are we dealing with athletic endeavour or computer gaming here?Finally, we look ahead to il Lombardia and speculate on who will come out on top in the final one-day World Tour race of 2019.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.This episode is sponsored by Stitchfix. Stitch Fix is the personal style service for men and women that evolves with your tastes, needs and lifestyle. Go to stitchfix.co.uk/cycling to find out more.
The latest episode of The Cycling Podcast Féminin comes from Harrogate, where Saturday's women's road race was won with an astonishing performance by Annemiek van Vleuten.Richard Moore and Rose Manley report from Yorkshire and assess Van Vleuten's victory and the manner in which it was achieved, while Orla Chennaoui files a 'dispatch from the desert,' since she is covering the world athletics championships in Doha. There are interviews with Lizzy Banks, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Alice Barnes, Leah Thomas, Chloe Dygert Owen and defending champion and silver medalist this time Anna van der Breggen. The Cycling Podcast Féminin is supported by Rapha, Skoda and Science in Sport.
The UCI road world championships concluded in Harrogate on Sunday with the men’s elite road race. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss a race run off in terrible weather and with a surprising winner in Denmark’s Mads Pedersen. There are interviews with Pedersen’s good friend and fellow Dane Michael Valgren, who was 6th, and with Mathieu van der Poel, Philippe Gilbert and French coach Thomas Voeckler. The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport
165: Saturday in Harrogate

165: Saturday in Harrogate

2019-09-2800:51:04

The Cycling Podcast returns to Bettys to discuss the penultimate day of the World Championships in Harrogate.Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and François Thomazeau discuss the women’s road race, won with an astonishing 104-kilometre solo break by Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten, before recapping the controversial disqualification of another Dutch rider, Nils Eekhoff, for drafting a team car after a crash.There’s also a look ahead to the next time the World Championships are to be held on British soil, in Scotland in 2023. Finally there’s another despatch from Irish rider Conor Dunne.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
164: Friday in Harrogate

164: Friday in Harrogate

2019-09-2700:26:591

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast from Harrogate, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and François Thomazeau are joined by Mitchelton-Scott sports director Matt White.They talk about Sunday's men’s road race, and also the importance of the junior and under-23 races in the development of the stars of tomorrow.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
Join Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie, Daniel Friebe and François Thomazeau and an audience at the Wold Top Brewery for a live version of the World Championship podcasts. They discuss the prospects for the road races at the weekend.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.
162: Wednesday in Harrogate

162: Wednesday in Harrogate

2019-09-2500:56:04

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie are joined in Betty's tearooms by François Thomazeau to discuss the men’s elite time trial.The gold medal and rainbow jersey was won for the second year in a row by Australia’s Rohan Dennis, who pulled out of the Tour de France midway through, reportedly because he was dissatisfied with his team’s equipment and kit. We discuss what this means for Dennis and also weigh up the significance of Remco Evenepoel’s silver medal. A year ago he was a junior world champion, now he’s a runner-up at elite level.Plus, hear from Great Britain’s Alex Dowsett and learn about the UCI’s junior conference, where the stars of tomorrow learn about the future career that awaits them.The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science In Sport.The Cycling Podcast is also supported by Wattbike. To help you get prepped for your Autumn and Winter training, Wattbike is offering a free Essentials Pack (containing a Wattbike HR strap, Wattbike Floor Mat, a Muc-Off care pack and Wattbike Water Bottle) worth £125 when you buy a Wattbike Atom in September. Just visit http://www.wattbike.com/TCP19 and use code TCP19 at checkout.
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Kenny Milne

in my opinion this is by far the best cycling podcast , I enjoy these throughout the whole season

Jul 27th
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Kenny Milne

in my opinion this is definitely the best of the different TDF podcasts , and cycling podcasts in general

Jul 23rd
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Hassif

For some reason I can no longer replay episodes I have already listened to. Is anyone experiencing the same thing?

Jun 28th
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Cameron Anderson

Obvious that he hasn’t managed the microphone setup before.

May 17th
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James Warrener

rip Paul Sherwen

Dec 7th
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Inver Darroch

I listened to Sherwen and Liggett because my Dad did when he watched the TdF. My Dad had a Flying Scot bike and I inherited my love of TdF because of him and P&P’s commentary. I honour my Dad’s memory by watching the TdF and it will never be the same without the two Ps’ travelogue.

Dec 6th
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Ben Nicholas

what is the music you play during the ft advert?

Sep 27th
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Matthew Gotham

Guys, I'm really not interested in what you had for dinner every day.

Jul 27th
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Jeremy Brown

why can't I listen to it on my podcast

May 25th
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Tristan Peck

Probably the best sports podcast I listen too and cycling isn't my number one sport. Richard, Daniel and Lionel are a great combination with news, features and humour in the right measure. Full daily episodes of all grand tours too. Excellent podcast.

Jan 29th
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Glen Gorham

great episode, more!

Nov 7th
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