We are growing slightly weary of the Wiggo & Froomey Tour leadership spat & we welcome the return of the Cross Country MTB World Cup.
We sound a note of caution about writing off Sky’s attempts at the Classics & Gary demonstrates some motherly concern for Andy Schleck. Graham’s ranting ensures that the pod will never be sponsored by Giro, makers of the Air Attack helmet & finally, we discuss the controversy surrounding Nairo Quintana & the “came from nowhere” comments.
From Dan Martin’s win in Catalunya to Peter Sagan’s wheelie in Ghent-Wevelgem, it’s all here (well, bits of it, and not necessarily in the right order).
We also have our old pal Rowan Mackie of the Scottish Bike Show to tell us about the show’s exciting move to the shiny new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Enthusiasm levels are definitely rising in Sausage Roll Studios as Classics season starts in earnest. We discuss what was left of “Openings Weekend” after a Europe-wide snowfall put paid to Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, leaving us with Het Nieuwsblad alone. We look at the modern classic that is Strade Bianche and we look ahead to Paris-Nice & Tirreno-Adriatico.
Gary gives us the lowdown on the Track World Championships & we look at the new offroad kid on the block, Enduro.
In this episode of VCDL Extra, Graham chats to cyclocross photographer Balint Hamvas. He gives us his insight into the recently ended season and the World Championships in Louisville, as well as some background on his own work following the ‘cross circus.
There is some tech-talk about disk brakes & electronic shifting, some jingoistic reveling in the success of the British women and some discussion of the evergreen Sven Nys, still strong at 36!!
You can pre-order Balint’s 2012/2013 book at his website, Cyclephotos where you can also look at some of his terrific work.
Having almost forgotten we record a regular cycling podcast, we return unabashed with a show broadly devoid of any talk of pharmaceutical malfeasance. Things also get bumpy for the UCI as we examine the departure of Rocky Roads (who?) from the title sponsorship of the Mountain Bike World Cup, while Gary’s takes the absolute hump with Paul Kimmage. Somewhere in there we also manage to chat about – wait for it – yes, some actual bike racing! We kid you not…
We also discuss the untimely death of rising star Burry Stander in a training accident in his native South Africa.
We attempt (and clearly fail) to muster up some enthusiasm for the Tour down Under and have a cosy fireside chat as we bring you the latest installment of the VCDL Book Club.
In the purest example of self-generating content, we talk about what happened when we talked to someone! Not just any someone, however, only just flippin’ Graeme Obree, who we had the pleasure of interviewing during a Q & A session at Ronde in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago.
We made mention of the excellent Eddlestone via Shiplaw blog by Andy Shaw, who took some great pictures of Graeme on the night.
We discuss the strange “forgotten man” tag that surrounds Carlos Sastre, and come to the conclusion that it is neither accurate or deserved.
Finally, we chat through the recent Change Cycling Now conference and the resultant Charter of the Willing which they published. Is it the catalyst for change or the catalyst which will result in the true catalyst for change emerging?
We have an interview with Mike Jardine of Rare management, organisers of the Fort William World Cup. Mike is just back from China where he was helping out with the mountain biking test event in Guiyang. He gave us some great insight into what the organisers and the UCI are hoping to achieve by promoting a World Cup event in China in 2014.
Finally, we round up with news of an exciting new film which is in the pipeline about the world of pro cycling. Called The Domestique. Director director Marc Schoelermann has been recruited to take the helm of the project, building on his track record of making big-budget TV ads as well as the 2008 crime thriller, Pathology.
He’s no stranger to directing cycling action either as he was the man behind Skoda’s Tortour ad.
We also blow our own drum and bang our own trumpet about the Graeme Obree event take place shortly at Ronde, in Edinburgh, with Velo Club Don Logan asking the questions.
In this episode of VCDL Extra we bring you Part 2 of our interview with Brian Smith of Endura Racing, recently merged with Net App.
Brian tells us about his own career, from early days at ACBB in France, to his year supporting Andy Hampsten in the 1994 Giro. He also has some chilling stories about the culture of cycling in that era.