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Episode 70 – Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink – Say No More!

28.07.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

tour-de-france-logo-font-1We’re well into the 3rd week of the Tour – what better time to bring you our preview of Week 3 and to tie up the standings on the second rest day, which was 3 days ago. Yup, business as usual for the VCDL Cycling Podcast.

 

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Episode 69 – Tour Preview (or TUE Preview)

03.07.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Up Yours, JV!
Zut alors! C’est Le Tour! In a break with tradition we bring you our Tour preview show – before the race has even started! Beer is drunk, nonsense is spouted, rash predictions are made. In short, pretty much the sort of merde you’d expect from us.

We also tackle yet another “gate”. This time it’s Millargate – was JV correct to leave St Dave out of his Tour squad?

Garmin’s loss is – of course – our gain, as David* has already entered our Velogames Tour de France mini-league with the petulantly-named Eat My Shorts Vaughters squad. If you haven’t already joined us, details on how to enter are here. Be quick as the deadline is 1200 CEST on Saturday 5 July.

Finally, being the switched-on media luvvies we are, BBC Radio 6 Music will be celebrating cycling over the weekend of the Grand Depart.  Excited?  Us?  Not ‘arf!

* Possibly not real David Millar

 

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Tour 101 – The VCDL/Velogames Tour de France Mini League

30.06.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

4834206-3x2-940x627Our Tour de France fantasy mini-league, powered by Velogames, is now open ! Head over to www.velogames.com, pick your squad and use league code 29152116 and join in.

There’s a copy of the lavish (and heavy!) Merckx 69, kindly donated by Bloomsbury Publishing, for the winning DS.

Entries close at 12:00 CEST on Saturday 5 July.  Look out for updates on our Facebook page as the peloton takes the long road from Leeds to Paris.

Bon Courage!

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Episode 68 – TUE, Brute?

25.06.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Or: Prednisolone Again (Naturally) "You wouldn't be kissing me if you'd seen what I just snotted up..."

Ahead of the Tour, what did we learn from the Dauphine & the Tour de Suisse?  What does the departure of Belkin as a sponsor tell us about the marketing benefits of sponsoring a cycling team?  What could the UCI (or SKY) have done better in their handling of TUE-gate?  Is Manon Carpenter the revalation of this year’s downhill scene?

These are just some of the questions that probably remain unanswered despite an hour or so of rambling on the matter. In other news, you’ll dig our corking new theme tune, “Bike Rider” by Glasgow-based sound system, Mungo’s Hi-Fi.  Check out the video and the full track…

HUGE thanks to listener Micah Van Dijk for putting us on the case and to the guys for giving us permission to use the choon.

 

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Episode 67 – Media Mountain Stage

19.06.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley launch their autumn book clubIt’s film and book night here at VCDL Towers as we review Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist and Steve Peat: Won’t Back Down.  We go old skool with a couple of good, old-fashioned, paper-based books, the first of which is Volume 4 of the consistently excellent Cycling Anthology and Etape, the latest offering from Richard Moore.

Oh, and you can find the Lost Rob Warner Story at Pinkbike.com :-)

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Episode 66 – Manager’s Special

11.06.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

We decide to add our voices to all the static surrounding the great Wiggins/Froome debate.  We look at what we learned from the last week of the Giro and as is now the norm, we preview the Dauphine after it has already started.

There is some talk of Shimano’s new Di2 version of it’s flagship off-road XTR groupset, the Scottish Commie Games team & the Tour Series and we finish off with a roundup of the latest rounds of XCO & DH World Cups from Albstadt & Fort Wiliam respectively.

Other random stuff catching our eye includes the rather fabulous Cannondale film in which Peter Sagan shows off his mtb skills.  Rad!!

 

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Book Review

Go Faster Stripes

30.05.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Gary has a shufty at Dr Hutch’s latest book

It just goes to show how wrong one’s prejudices can be. Michael Hutchinson will be familiar to thousands as Dr Hutch, Cycling Weekly’s resident satirist whose column nestles in the last few pages of ‘The Comic’. It also usually contains sub-features like ‘Great Acts of Cycling Stupidity’ and – possibly for that alone – I’ve tended to find it a little bit sneery, falling foul of that sort of ‘you’re not a proper cyclist unless…’ attitude that pervades the mag and  – frankly – gets my goat.

I’d been vaguely aware of Hutchinson’s prowess in the UK time trialling scene, although my afore-mentioned prejudices probably meant I didn’t realise just what that prowess was. Try more than 50 National titles. The boy’s good.

And that’s from where Faster starts. Hutchinson is by his own admission, bloody good at this. It’s not a boast, but just how it is. His physiology allows him to get a lot of oxygen into his blood and that blood efficiently out to where it’s needed – his muscles. Get over it.

Of course, a big motor and decent VO2 Max won’t make you a world-class athlete on its own. That’s where the crux of this book kicks in – “The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists”. Hutch’s quest, therefore, is to find some answers: why he’s fast, but also why others are faster than him and what can he do to catch them. Along the way he talks to named and un-named figured in the professional cycling world to unravel some of these facets. Team Sky nutritionist Nigel Mitchell sheds light on getting athletes to eat properly, Team GB endurance coach Paul Manning and others offer insights into performance analysis. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean it’s all marginal gains and anodyne PR stuff. Hutch himself is not shy of poking fun at the ridiculous, starting in the very first chapter on his very own oxygen tent.  You’ll meet ceramic bearings, aero helmets and eating disorders along the way…

Faster is an engaging read from the outset and throughout, a mix of science fact and dry humour.  Hutch’s own self-deprecating style (to think I once branded him pompous!) owes more to Tim Moore’s French Revolutions than – say -  the Chimp Paradox or The Obree Way.  It’s funny and often hilarious in bits and while not exactly a self-help manual, you’ll almost certainly start thinking about some aspects of your riding, training or nutrition in a different light.  I’m off to get some beetroot juice…

 

Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists is published by Bloomsbury Sport and available now. Thanks to Ellen Williams at Bloomsbury for our review copy.

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Episode 65 – Werewolves of London

28.05.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

 A Giro-centric episode looking at the first 2 weeks of the race and looking forward to a mental final week. We discuss the Stage 16 controversy and ask whether this was a race or a freak-show (or whether the riders are just jessies!)

Mountain bike action comes from Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic and there is more rambling nonsense in our (even more) unstructured segment of General Stuff Catching Our Eye In The Last Fortnight.

Finally, Graham explains why you actually do need another book about Lance Armstrong on your book shelf.  Really.

 

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Episode 64 – It Was Fine When It Left Here

14.05.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Given that the race has already started, it seems like a perfect time for our Giro d’Italia preview.  Rash predictions about riders and key stages abound, most of which are wrong before they even leave our gobs.  We also reflect on Ireland’s relationship with the race in its opening stages.

In this titanic episode (see what we did there?), there is some random waffle in our snappily-titled general-stuff-catching-our-eye-in-the-last-fortnight segment, and we look back on a highly successful Women’s Tour.

Oh, and a couple of other podcasts get a nod this episode. So here are the links to the Tao Geoghegan-Hart episode of the (Humans Invent) Cycling Podcast and the Michael Hutchinson interview on the Cycling Time Trial Podcast.  Both can also be found on iTunes. Enjoy!

 

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Velogames Fantasy Giro d’Italia

06.05.14 | Permalink | Comment? Posted by Gary

Giro-2013-trophy-P-Cor-VosOur Giro d’Italia fantasy mini-league, powered by the wonderful Velogames, is now open! Pop over to www.velogames.com, pick your squad and use league code 03104429 to join the mayhem.

We’ll chuck a copy of Herbie Sykes’ “Maglia Rosa” (2nd edition) to the winning Direttore Sportivo and may even have some other schwag to give away as the Giro wends its way from Belfast to Trieste.

Entries close at 18:30 CEST on Friday 9th May.

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