Join us after each stage of the 2019 Tour de France to make sense of what just happened, reactions from the riders and personalities of the race, and shenanigans over a glass of rosé with Caley Fretz and Rupert Guinness who have covered 40 Tours de Frances between them.
We’ll also be covering the Giro Rosa with rider diaries from inside the race which will make you feel like you’re there.
Join hundreds of thousands of others who tune in daily to take part in the conversation. Feel free to leave a comments below, or say hello to us on the roadside if you’re lucky enough to be here in France!
Welcome to the first Tour Daily episode of the CyclingTips Podcast. These daily episodes will run in the hours after each stage from today until the end of the 2019 Tour de France.
In this episode, Caley Fretz is joined by Rupert Guinness at the grand depart in Brussels, Belgium. Guinness, a veteran of 31 Tours, tells stories of pre-Tour prep gone wrong, from Stephen Roche’s ill-timed bathroom break to Pedro Delgado’s missed prologue, and the effect that had on one of the greatest Tours ever.
Next, Abby Mickey calls in for a wrapup of the first stage of the Giro Rosa, and a look ahead at the stages to come. We also hear from newly-crowned US champion Ruth Winder, who is sending in diaries throughout the week from the Giro.
The Tour de France is here. Neal, Caley, and James preview a difficult, climb-filled route, discuss the favorites for each jersey (except polka dots, which are definitely going to Julian Alaphilippe), and then dive into a hypothetical: What happens to Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas if Egan Bernal, just 22 years old, wins this Tour de France?
Keep an eye out for our Giro Rosa preview later in the week.
This week’s episode is something of a departure from our usual programming, with an audio version of our recent feature, ‘What happened to SpeedX?‘ .
It takes you on a fascinating journey from the meteoric rise to the catastrophic fall of a bike company called SpeedX – a crowdfunding sensation that made global headlines in 2017 with their ‘smart’ road bike, diversified into one of the biggest bikeshare schemes in China, and soon after, collapsed dramatically.
This is a far wilder story than a simple business collapse, though. The mindboggling trail of SpeedX’s downfall led CyclingTips journalist Iain Treloar all the way to the Tiananmen Square massacre, via the Chinese secret police and enormous graveyards of millions of bikes.
If you’re yet to read the written feature, or would like to revisit it, have a listen – the production from Phil Golston gives the piece another dimension. And if you’d like more on this story, check out our behind-the-scenes of this five month investigation here.
The theme of today’s episode: Conspiracies. Pro cyclist Abby Mickey joins Caley and Neal in the basement to discuss the latest racing news, plus the latest maneuverings of the Illuminati.
There is a surprisingly large contingent of people who believe that Chris Froome’s crash last week was faked.
Yep, you read that correctly. For some insight into this interesting turn of events, we speak with a social psychologist about what makes humans so susceptible to conspiracies.
Later in the show, an alleged conspiracy of a different sort: The manager of a women’s cycling team is claiming that accusations of sexual and psychological abuse from at least nine riders are all part of an orchestrated conspiratorial campaign against him.
This week’s episode is a bit salty. Or sweaty, to be more precise. Paying attention to sweat can help you be a better cyclist. This week we’re joined in the basement by special guest Dr. Allen Lim, who explains how to hydrate for your own sweat profile. It’s all a bit more complicated, and yet also more simple, that it first appears.
But first, Caley, Neal and Allen talk through the first few stages of the Dauphine, and Allen provides some insight into how pros time their form ahead of the Tour de France.
It’s raining in Bergamo, host city for the Giro d’Italia’s second rest day. Dave and Caley do a small hotel tour and run into none other than Lotto-Soudal’s Adam Hansen, who has a high-tech new way of monitoring his pedal stroke. Then it’s time to reminisce about Giro stages past, and get excited about what’s coming up in the race’s last week.
Giro diaries: When Sharks attack and ski jumpers fall
Caley and Dave start their day on a roundabout island, surrounded by the peloton of the Giro d’Italia, and end it sitting on a set of steps that lead down to Lake Como. In between was one of the most exciting Giro stages we’ve seen in years.
Needless to say, it was a good day. Listen in for details of Primoz Roglic’s bike swap, plus the daring ethos of Hugh Carthy.
Giro diaires: Pink for Carapaz and a bowl of rocks
Richard Carapaz struck out alone and won big — he took the stage and the pink jersey. Caley and Dave discuss Movistar’s two-pronged tactics, why these sort of maneuvers work in the Giro but not the Tour, and, as a result, why the Giro is better than the Tour.
Giro diaries: The first big mountain stage
The Giro d’Italia has officially entered the high mountains, and stage 13 did not disappoint. Caley and Shoddy Dave dropped into the race on its lucky 13th day and bring you this episode from atop the final climb, the first uphill finish of this Giro.
The Giro d’Italia saw losses for Tom Dumoulin and a win for Primoz Roglic, the Tour of California may finally be won by its home team, and a couple of old sprinters are back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This week’s episode opens with a discussion of the latest racing news — all these things, and more — and then turns to the decidedly nerdy.
Get out a pen and paper, because it’s time to go to class. Caley and James discuss tire sizes for gravel riding and racing, and note the somewhat linear relationship between the amount of dirt and gravel in an event, and the size of the tire best suited to that event. Except, as always, for the pile of caveats.
This week’s episode opens with racing news from Yorkshire and Romandie, then Neal, Caley, and Dane look ahead to the Giro d’Italia and Tour of California, both of which kick off this weekend.
In this week’s Nerd Alert, James explains why Trek’s rumored move to threaded T-47 bottom brackets is big news for the bike industry, and the crew discusses Giant’s new no-questions-asked carbon frame replacement program.
Neal, James and Caley are back in the basement for the first time in nearly a month and open this week’s episode with a pressing question: Is Liege-Bastogne-Liege finally exciting? And, follow up, why can’t ASO give us live coverage of the women’s race?
That discussion ties into the second part of the show, which digs into the Rapha Roadmap for the future of road cycling. This massive document lays out problems with pro cycling, and proposes solutions. But would those solutions work? And who would implement them?
In this week’s Nerd Alert, James poses a reader question: Does a product’s place or origin matter?
Plus, Australia-shaped Shapes, Caley’s mission to make wearing pro team kit cool, and lots more.