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5 Signs You’re Taking Cycling Too Seriously | GCN Show Ep. 348

– From the Gospel Pass, at Hay Bluff, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show,
brought to you by Wiggle. – This week we have six telltale signs that you’re taking cycling
that little bit too seriously. – We’re also going to let you know about an event we’re doing
at the World Championships with Zwift, which we would
love for you to attend, and we’ve also got Extreme Corner, featuring Si and J-Pow. (upbeat music and cheering) This week in the world of cycling, we learned that if
you’re growing marijuana on your rooftop, it’s probably best to hide it before a big
bike race comes to town. – That’s right, here is the footage of the Vuelta that led the Spanish police to moving on the mini-farm, although the suspects had already fled. We also learned this week that riders are now self-policing the whole riding on a bike path issue. – They are. Good job she had a helmet
on at that point, wasn’t it? That was Annemiek van
Vleuten taking a bead onto the noggin, at the Boels Ladies Tour, just last week. Finally this week, we
learned that some people take their cycling far too seriously. This morning, when we
came into the office, Oli admitted to us all that
in his ride this weekend, he got back to his
front door with 99 miles on his Wahoo ELEMNT. But rather than going in
through his front door, he decided to then do 1/2
a mile in one direction, turn round, do 1/2 a mile back, so that he had a round 100 on the clock. – Absolute madness. Now to many of you, this may
seem like a normal thing to do, but to me, it just sounds
like Oli’s taking cycling far too seriously. – It does, yes. And it got us thinking,
what are the telltale signs that you are taking your
cycling too seriously? And we think we’ve come up
with six good ones here. Going to start with my own example. Chris, I used to quite
regularly go out training, and ride with my brakes on downhills, and going into corners, in order to hit the required power numbers
for a certain interval. – [Chris] Completely
normal thing to do, Dan. Something that I used to,
and sometimes to this day, do still do myself. But seriously Dan, what is that all about? I mean, freewheeling back down the hill is the sweet reward for having climbed the thing in the first place. – [Dan] Well I know that now. – Here’s an example of mine. Many a time when I was a pro, I would go to go training, only to find that my head
unit battery was flat. – [Dan] Right, and I think I
can guess what’s coming next on this one.
– Yep, you probably can. I would charge it to a point that I knew it would see me
through the entire duration of the ride, and only then
would I head out on the bike. – Basically you were taking
cycling so seriously, you couldn’t envisage
going out for a bike ride without the ability to
record all of the data from that bike ride. – Just loved numbers. – Yeah, I’ve been there,
and I’ve done that as well. Have you done this though, Chris? At one point I was taking
my training so seriously, that if I was out with another rider, or group of riders, and
one of them had a puncture, or a mechanical problem, rather than stop with them
to help them repair it, I would continue riding
up and down the road, until they’d repaired it, so I didn’t have to stop my own training. – [Chris] Oh Dan. – [Dan] I know, it’s pretty sad isn’t it? In fact at one point,
I was out with a rider equally as sad and serious
about their cycling, and as we got to the end of our ride, rather than stop with me, he carried on through the
extra three kilometers that I had done whilst
he had his puncture, so that he’d done the same distance as me. – You guys sound like the
life and soul of the party. – Well, we probably weren’t at the time, although I am, as you know,
trying to make up for that now. – Yeah, I can confirm that is true. Right, next up then, how about sunbathing in your cycling kit to
get that immaculate, perfect, crisp tan line? I know you’re guilty of this, because you tweeted it the other day. – I am, indeed.
– And I’m going to admit now that I did it when I was younger as well. – [Dan] And today, for the thumbnail. – [Chris] Ah yes. – Firstly I can’t believe I
admitted to that publicly. Secondly, I have no idea
really what I was thinking. Well actually I do know what
I was thinking at the time. I wanted to look like the
pros from the Tour de France, at their pre-race medical check, where you’d see them
with their pearly white, unhealthily lean bodies, contrasting their incredibly brown arms. – I was shaking my head, but to be honest, when I was younger, I
thought that was cool too. – I know. Anyway, moving onto yet another example. You know you’re taking
your cycling too seriously when you get completely obsessed with one particular Strava segment. – [Chris] Yep. – [Dan] I’m sure this must
have happened to you as well. – [Chris] Definitely. – But I’m going to give
you my example of this, and again, thinking about
it, it’s just so sad, but about two years after I retired from professional cycling, we moved house, and near where I live now, there is a manmade seven
kilometer single track trail, predominately for use by
families, I will remark, but anyway, not long after I got there, and started riding round it, I decided to look at who were the fastest around those seven kilometers, and his name is Paul Hopkins, a guy I used to race with
when I was a mountain biker, and much younger than I am now. So I set about trying to
take this Strava segment, and I really took it quite seriously. And not only did I start training, probably four, maybe five hours per week, I bought a mountain bike. – [Chris] You bought a bike
to get a Strava segment. – I, yes, I bought a mountain bike for the specific purpose of going faster around this particular segment. And then when I was doing my attempts, I did quite a scientific
warmup at the start, and before the start I would
hide any excess baggage in the woods. So things like my rain
cape, spare inner tube, pump, multi-tool, bottle,
anything that I wouldn’t need for this 17 minute effort,
before I started it. – Wow. – How sad is that? – That’s, that’s an
extra level there, Dan. – But I did eventually get it. – Did you?
– Yeah, I took it off Paul. He then came down two days
later, and took it off me. I then took it off him,
he couldn’t beat it, and I basically retired from cycling for a second time and I
haven’t ridden very much since. – [Chris] So you still go the segment? – [Dan] No, no unfortunately not. Somebody did come along
last year and beat it, but the weather was much better for them, and they resurfaced it so it’s much faster than it was when I did it. – [Chris] Right, of course it was Dan. Right then. The next sign that you’re taking cycling a little bit too seriously, is when you buy a kitchen
stool, such as these, to give a sit on to do
the washing at the sink. – Ah right. I have done this as well, actually, but for ironing, believe it or not. But yeah, never stand when you can sit.
– How much ironing could you possibly have to do? – Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you can lie down. – No, I always take the lift
for exactly that reason. – Yeah. Well some classic examples there, but we’re going to run
through a few more now, because as Chris pointed out earlier, I did put this up on
Twitter the other day, and I got some absolutely
hilarious responses, and we’re going to read a
few of them out right now. We’ll start with this one
that came in from Tim Hahn. He said, “I bought my house
because of its proximity “to good roads and climbs for cycling. “My wife thinks it was
for the school district “and neighborhood, but it wasn’t.” – [Chris] Kind of sensible to me. Leeburgess next. If the weather is… If the weather’s pants, and
I’m doing a long Zwift ride, I get the wife to come to the garage, and pass me more nutrition and bidons in a musette like it’s in a feed zone. – Yes, brilliant.
– Wow. – There was a good reply to
that one as well, saying, do you get your wife to run next to you, so that you can actually take it from her like a proper musette in a race. Jeroen van den Boom, or Boom. I started a cycling sunglasses brand so I can make all my cycling
investments tax deductible. Oh, and I call it Tan Line Optics. – Wow. Alex Raha up next with, wearing Lycra undershorts
and a heart rate monitor underneath a two or three piece suit on days I know I’ll be using hire bikes to travel between meetings
in central London. That’s dedication.
– Wow, that’s going quite far, there, isn’t it.
– Quite impressed by that one. – Then we had this one. In fact, a few along these lines. Two of them were from
danisfurious and miss Sara D. Pointing at potholes
for people behind you, as you walk down the street. – [Chris] That’s just courteous. I like that. Miss Sara D, when you point out potholes when you’re driving, or
shout, “On your left.” – [Dan] Yes, that one
along the same lines, and then we had Trevor Hayter. When you race any other
cyclists on the road. Grannies on their basket bikes, children on balance bikes. Literally every other cyclist
is there to be beaten. And then we had this
from longtime GCN fan, Pietro Masdea, who says, “When
you get a cycling tattoo,” and he’s got a nice Campagnolo logo there. – [Chris] Nice. And over on Twitter again, Bob Tobin from
has been measuring his eight year old’s CdA. – Yeah, and firstly if you don’t know what CdA is, you’re probably not taking your cycling too seriously, but it’s basically your
coefficient of drag, or how aero you are. Jeff Werner wrote in, saying, “Planning vacations with your family “that are conveniently the same locations “at the same time as a big bike race,” and I have come across many a GCN fan at a bike race that has done exactly that. – I’ve heard about a few GCN
presenters doing that Dan. Nick put keeping all your gpx files from decades ago, just
in case someone creates a platform so you can get some KOMs. – He’s referring to me
then, guilty as charged. I basically uploaded all my files from many years ago, from
before Strava was invented, after it came along. And then finally, I had
a couple of responses from some current pros in the peleton. First of all, this one from Alex Dowsett, who said, “You know you’re
taking your cycling too seriously “when it becomes your job.” I guess we did have an excuse
at one point, didn’t we? And then finally, Ryan Mullen
of Trek Segafredo said, well he also admitted to going on a sunbed with his kit on, during his
days at IG Sigma Sports. Ah, so we’re not alone on that one Chris.
– No, mad. Anyway, we want to hear from you. Cycling is an easy
sport to become obsessed and addicted with. Let us know in the comments down below, signs that you yourself have started taking cycling too seriously. I’m quite looking forward to that, because we’re going to read
the best ones out next week. – Yeah, I’m really looking
forward to these comments. If my replies on Twitter
were anything to go by, they’re going to be brilliant. Right, we’re actually going
to hand over to Chris now, in a different location than the GCN set, as he gives us an update on his efforts to return the pro ranks using Zwift. – Well, some of it will be
in the set actually Dan. This week I’ve been
experimenting with a few things, trying to squeeze out a few extra watts, and I broke Zwift. I finally got a comment, uh oh, you’ve clearly missed
your calling as a pro, and it is the proudest
moment of my career I reckon. I’m not sure if I can include that. – I have also had that, but then I subsequently realized that I hadn’t changed the settings back from when my young son
Jude had been on it, so I was down at 20
kilograms and one meter 20. – Ah, see I was at my current weight, and I did 830 watts in my kitchen. Nothing else in my kitchen can produce that much power for a minute, yeah.
– For a minute. Yes, pretty impressive stuff.
– Yeah. – Ah, look at me. Anyway, over to Chris. – Right, so my second Zwift session. This is the Zwift Academy number two, and it’s race simulation. Starting off with a few
minutes at 205 watts. Just about make it out on
the screen in the set there. And, well, I’m only just getting going, so I got nothing to tell, really. I’ve had a couple of days off, because I haven’t been that
well, if I’m really honest, and I really want to
do a good job of this, so I decided it was best
to take a few days off, don’t ride the trainer, don’t do anything basically. I feel a lot better. Ready to get back to it, and have another little go. – Next up, it’s our weekly
GCN Inspiration segment. You know the drill, but this is where our mates over at Wiggle offer you the chance to win one of three Wiggle voucher amounts. If we choose you as the winner, you’re going to get yourself
100 pounds of vouchers to do whatever you want with over on their online shop, which I’m continuing to call it, despite being called
old for that last week. If we choose you for second place, you’ll get 75 pounds, and
the third place person will get themselves 50 pounds. – Right. First up this week is Ian
over in Japan, Saigawa, with an early morning ride over to the rice terraces in Toho. – Wow, it’s been quite a while since we’ve had a black and
white moody shot like that, but I particularly like that one. 50 pounds on its way to you Ian. Second place this week goes to Zack. Deer Island, overlooking
the Boston skyline. He said, “I’m a little upset, “because I left too late
for a recovery ride.” Probably taking your cycling
slightly too seriously there. But I turned a corner, and was rewarded with this amazing view of Boston. Not wrong there, is he? – [Chris] He’s not wrong. I don’t understand how that’s not the winning picture of the year. That’s absolutely beautiful. I love a sunrise, because
I like an early start. And finally, Fabrizio on the
Colle Del Nivolet in Italy. We do a big loop each
week, passing through, or via the Colle Del Nivolet. The tarmac road finishes
at the top of the climb, so they carry the bikes for
a further five kilometers, so they get onto the road the other side. In total, 195K, 2900 meters
climbing in eight hours. That’s a big ride, that. – [Dan] That is a big old ride, but look at the reward you
get once you get to the top. What a spectacular view, and look at that sinuous
road down at the bottom. That I think was the same climb that Hank, Oli, and Alan Marangoni used for their look into the
three different bike brands from Italy, wasn’t it.
– Yeah, it was cool. – That was snowy back then, looks fantastic there in the sunshine. Have to do that one day. As a reminder of how you enter and submit your photos to be in with a chance of winning each week, there’s a link in the description below to our uploader, and there
you will find a folder for GCN Inspiration. (horn) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – It’s time for Cycling Shorts now, and as you all may well be aware, it’s soon to be the World
Road Race Championships, up in Yorkshire, but, we
would like to let you know that we’re going to be there as well. – [Dan] We are. Well you’re not actually, are you? – No.
– But Si and I are going to be there. So, on Sunday the 22nd of
September in the evening, we are going to be at
the Zwift Draft House, where we’ll be recording our preview for the World Championships, which is basically all you need to know about the course, and indeed
the riders taking part, in front of a live audience, and so of course, we would love
for you to be there with us. – It’s going to be happening
at 44 Kings Road in Harrogate. Tickets are free, but they are limited. There’s a link down in
the description below, for you to register your interest. – Yes, and if you miss out
on that one, don’t fear, because the very following
evening, on the Monday night, I’m going to be hosting at the same venue, Lloydy’s Pub Quiz, which will
have some fantastic questions, but it will also be an opportunity for me to talk about my days
on the Cervelo Test Team, and the fact that once groveled
round the Tour de France. One not to be missed, I think, that. – Oh Dan, there’s a link for that one down in the description as well. Right, moving on, we’ve got news from DirectVelo, the website. According to the website, it appears that junior gear restrictions may be about to be lifted. If you’re not aware, junior
riders, all under 18s, have to have a restricted gearing, which is equivalent to
a 52-14 maximum gear, or 7.79 meters for one complete
revolution of the pedals. – It’s longtime been a ritual, hasn’t it, before the start
– Yeah. – of a junior race. I distinctly remember, actually, often having to hand my
bike over to the commissars. They would then basically
have two lines on a road. They’d put your bike
into it’s biggest gear, align the crank upwards or downwards, and then push the bike backwards, and make sure that within one
complete pedal revolution, it didn’t go too far. – Yeah. At the moment it’s unclear as to why the restrictions may be about to be lifted,
because the initial reason for them being there
was to protect the knees of young riders, some of
whom are still growing. – Well maybe it’s because some riders, just out of the junior ranks, are winning the biggest
bike races in the world. – That’s a very good point. Before you know it, you
could have some junior riders winning the world’s
biggest races at this rate. – Well, perhaps we might do. That would be frightening, wouldn’t it? – It would do, that. – Going to move onto something
that I missed, actually, in last week’s show, and
that is that Emma Pooley, former GCN presenter, but more importantly former badass pro, won the Further bikepacking event. She completed the 529 kilometers in a time of three days and seven hours, which is a full three hours ahead of second place
finisher Angus Young. – I’d normally be surprised, but Emma is absolutely
phenomenal, so I’m not. – It’s not a surprise at all, is it? – The event looked absolutely fantastic. They stray across the Spanish Pyrenees, the French Pyrenees, and
through Andorra as well, and it’s all organized
by friend of the channel, Camille McMillan. – [Dan] It was, and maybe
one for us to tackle. Well, no, maybe one for Hank to tackle next year.
– Yeah, he could Bear Grylls up at night time, couldn’t they? – Although he’d probably be a full day behind Emma if she competes again. Moving on, if you’ve been wondering what Tour de France winner
Egan Bernal has been doing since his fantastic win, the answer, at least at the moment, are some pretty blooming
hard training rides. This is one that he uploaded
to Strava last week. Check out these stats. 236 kilometers, 6 1/2 hours in the saddle, 230 watts average power, and 6,600 meters of elevation gain. – [Chris] I couldn’t help but notice he didn’t get any KOMs though. Not that impressive.
– Did he not? – No.
– Well maybe he’s riding round with his brakes on, so he
could hit his power numbers during his intervals. – Probably. Now, next up we have been, well it’s been brought to our attention, this initiative from
Skoda, the DSI Academy. Meg Dickerson, who works
here in our office, brought this to our attention, and she’s been riding with them this year. She started racing when she was 20, and has now progressed to
the point where she was 16th in the National Time
Trial Champs this year. – [Dan] Great result, that. The Academy is headed up by Sarah Storey, who is Britain’s most
successful ever Paralympian, and the idea behind it is basically to help these athletes
develop the skillsets, and the knowledge required, to help them up to the
professional level of the sport, which is brilliant, because there are
definitely fewer pathways for female cyclists to make
it onto the next level, than for male. – Yeah, it was meant to run
initially until October, but now it looks set to continue, and extend into next year
with a whole new influx of academy riders in 2020. So it’s good news all round. – Great stuff. Finally in Cycling
Shorts, you may remember that not so long ago, we did a giveaway, which was your opportunity
to win two tickets to the Whistler Gran
Fondo over in Vancouver. Si and Jeremy have been over there, so you can look forward to that video dropping very soon indeed, but here is Jeremy talking
to the two very lucky winners of those tickets. – So I’m here with Laura and Mary-Anne, the two winners of the package to come out to the Whistler Gran Fondo. So where are you guys from? – Dallas. – Dallas. – Dallas, they’re both from Dallas, Texas, and how was your experience? – It was incredible. A lot hillier than even
I expected it to be. I know you have the little
elevation map beforehand, but our part of Texas is pretty flat. – Yeah. – So, this was quite. – And, if you were doing
like a seesaw scale, what would you say like, okay it was really hard climbing, but the views were here, so does it even it out? – For the first, you know,
the last 10 Ks or so, you weren’t thinking
look at the views, no. But for the rest of it, yes. – Okay. And Mary-Anne? – I thought the whole ride
was just absolutely beautiful. That actually did keep my mind off of the work getting up everything, because the views were spectacular. So, and it’s a beauty. Seeing mountains with snow
on them as you’re riding up, is, is, very.
– Yeah, it was really pretty. All the lakes, with the islands. – Oh my gosh, it was. And then everybody, the volunteers were just amazing as well. – The cookie lady.
– Yeah. – Yeah, it was, and the bacon people, so. – That’s so great. I love that you guys won the trip. So if you’re watching, and
you get an opportunity, this is… – They’re real. – They’re real. – Definitely. – Thank you so much. – Thank you.
– All right. – Oh, they were lucky
indeed, weren’t they? That looks like a brilliant event. I’m a little bit jealous myself. (drill) – Slight interlude, as
I read out this comment underneath last week’s
show, from matyourin. I think saying forward
slash instead of slash makes you sound middle aged. It’s time now for hack
slash bodge of the week, and we’re going to start with this one that came in from Norm in
the mini Pyrenees in France, who discovered this bodge slash hack. And it’s basically a bike
with a shopping trolley at the front. Could be good if you’re taking
your cycling very seriously, and you don’t want to be on your feet going round the supermarket, couldn’t it? – [Chris] I think it’s awful, Dan. I’m sorry, that scares me. You know how unstable
shopping trolleys are. – [Dan] Yeah, some of
them just go sideways, don’t they?
– Yeah. – [Dan] Well that’s our
first bodge of the week then. – Next up then we have Anton, who is too cheap to buy a proper toolbox, so he’s had to organize his heap of tools, collected with foam
inserts made from flooring, and this is amazing. – [Dan] I love that. What a neat looking job that is. – [Chris] I bet it’s so much fun as well, like having a little Dremel tool to kind of cut all those little bits out. I would have enjoyed doing that. – [Dan] Could you come
and do that for me, Anton, because my tools do not look
anywhere neat as yours do. Brilliant stuff, that is
definitely a hack from me. – [Chris] Yeah, hack from me too. – Next up, Steve. His friend Jeff’s soul
detached from his cycling shoe. We held it securely to his foot with two Livestrong rubber bands. This improvised repair
got him the 30 miles back to our start. Well, I mean, it’s a bodge, but it kind of worked, didn’t it, so it’s also a roadside hack. I don’t know what I’m going to go with on that one.
– Yeah. And also those bands now, they’re 16 years old on their own. – [Dan] Yeah, surprised didn’t snap from being so old.
– Yeah. It’s definitely a bodge,
but it’s a good one. – [Dan] Okay, next up. – Then we have Ian. He’s over in New Zealand. His freehub died in the middle of a mountain bike adventure race. Tied the biggest gear to the spokes using the drawstring from
a backpack, as you do. Whipped off the derailleur,
and away we went. Fixed gear all the way home. Then did shorten the chain a little bit, to get a faster gear for on the road. – [Dan] Well it’s another definition of a roadside hack really, isn’t it?
– It is. – If it got him home when he
had that mechanical problem. Wonder if his mates rode up and down whilst he was doing it, so that it didn’t affect
their training rides. Anyway, that’s got to be
a hack I think, for me. Next up, this from Felix over in Turkey. To his E-brake, his friend
spotted a crack in his rim. He couldn’t find a
workshop to change the rim, so they went round and asked
if there was an epoxy glue. Managed to get some green resin. Put that in, and cut the screw bracket for reinforcement on the rim. The wheel held up all the way to Istanbul. Not bad for a heavily
loaded traveling bike. – That is insane. I can’t believe you
dared carry on with that. I’m hoping it’s on the
back, and not on the front. I always kind of prefer the idea of falling on my ass than on my face. – Do you?
– Yeah. – [Dan] Right. Well I think I’m going to
say hack for that as well, since it got him over to Istanbul.
– Really? – Well, I mean they’re all… I mean, I also don’t still remember what the definitions of
hacks and bodges are, but we call them roadside hacks, don’t we, if they get you home. – Yeah, that’s a good point. – And it got him to Istanbul.
– Good work. – Next up, this from Tim. A customer actually rode
this to our bike shop today. Great use of gaffer tape to keep the tire tread from rolling away. Made us smile, and thought
you might like it too. Ah, that’s from Tim in sunny Guernsey. – [Chris] I wonder how
their brakes worked. – Yeah, must have had
to use front brake only. My goodness. – That is incredible. That’s a bodge, sorry.
– That’s definitely a bodge, I would say, yes. Right, next up we got
this one from Ben Brooks, who’s a master art graduate
and track sprint cyclist. He was asked to make two trophies for a track cycling race, the Black Line Team Sprint Championships. The trophies are made from actual sections of Manchester Velodrome, which
has recently been resurfaced, and the centerpieces are
lased engraved acrylic, surrounded by gold bike chain. – [Chris] That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? – [Dan] What a cool trophy that is. – [Chris] Yeah. – I mean that is far better than the cheap ones you normally get, and that would have pride of place, plied of prace? Pride of place on my mantelpiece, if I was good enough to win any kind of sprint championships, which I’m not. Maybe you could. – Yeah, maybe I could. I’m not sure if it’s a hack, or it it’s just an absolute piece of art. – Yeah, well it’s definitely
a hack, I would say. Don’t forget to get involved,
ready for next week. If you spot any hacks or bodges, the usual method, go to the uploader. There’s a link to that
in the description below. – It’s time now to announce last week’s caption competition winner. GCN Camelback Eddy water bottle. Ed Diaz is this week’s winner with, Bahrain-Merida has announced that Nibali will be taking a break from riding to address his drinking problem. – Very good indeed Ed.
– Genius. – Get in contact on
Facebook with a message, and your address, and we’ll
get that sent straight to you. This week’s photo is this one
from the Vuelta de Espana. This is Geoffrey Bouchard of AG2R. I will get you started. This must be a hard water area. – [Chris] Oh Dan. – See what I did there? I mean, it looks solid, doesn’t it, the water coming out of his mouth. – It does. – Good that, isn’t it? Anyway, if you can do any better, please leave your captions in the comments section down below, and we’ll pick a winner as
ever, this time next week. (whooshing) Next up we’re going to answer one of your coaching related questions, left under the show last week. All you need to do to be in with a shout of winning three months
free subscription to Zwift is use the hashtag #ASKGCNTRAINING ahead of your training related question. Winner of those three
months on Zwift this week is Alexander Sharman,
who’s cycled quite a lot, and he’s able to sustain
just over 30 K’s an hour for up to three hours, but at quite a high average
heart rate of over 160. I’m 30 years old, sorry 33 years old, and wondering what would
be the best way to train to get my average heart rate down during my training sessions. Long and slow, high
intensity training intervals, what would be the best thing to focus on during the winter months,
so I can go longer and faster next year? – Well Alex, I think
first up it’s important to recognize that actually
having a high heart rate isn’t necessarily that bad. It’s quite a genetic thing, and it could just be that you naturally have a higher heart rate
than others around you. The only way to find your
true maximum heart rate, is to do a ramp test, but it’s again no indicator
of your actual performance. – [Dan] It’s not. I think my heart rate’s quite high, compared to most other peoples’. In fact I was often out on training rides or races looking over at
other peoples’ head units, and seeing that theirs was
like 10 or 20 beats below mine, which was always- – Probably because they
weren’t trying that hard, Dan. – Oh, thanks very much, Chris. Anyway, it is a very individual thing, as Chris has pointed out. But to your actual question, your heart rate will get lower for the same power
output, as you get fitter, and any decent training program is going to make you fitter on the bike. However, your heart rate
for a particular effort is going to stay roughly the same, because your heart rate
is a good indicator of the effort that you’re putting into it. So, as you get fitter, you
should still be training in the same heart rate zones. You’ll basically just
be going a lot faster, for any given heart rate. And it’s not, so, you know, there’s the old thing of 220
minus your age years ago, isn’t it, but it’s rubbish, because as Chris said,
it’s an individual thing. – Well I imagine yours has
gotten substantially lower, now that you’re a little bit older than you were when you were a junior. – Yeah, yeah, is this gang up on Dan day? – Well, you wrote it. – I did write it. Yeah, thanks for saying it. – But it does lead us nicely on actually to our favorite comments from the last seven days of videos, and we’re going to start with these ones from underneath last week’s show. Dashel said, “I went to
Lloydy’s Wikipedia page, “and it already says he’s middle aged. “I can’t even win a race
to get to Wikipedia first.” Now, in order to give
someone else some stick, I particularly like this one
as well from jrhist16 gmail. I can’t believe they
let Si do the whole show with that dirt smudge on his upper lip. – [Chris] I thought it kind of suited him, to be honest, Dan. – Yeah, he hadn’t shaved that morning, because he didn’t think
– No. – he was going to be
doing any filming, did he? And he regretted that afterwards, when he was looking
through all the comments. – Underneath the best aero
tech from Eurobike last week, we had the guy behind Jon at 8:51. Completely fell in love with Jon’s behind. – [Dan] He did. Yeah, James Clarke along similar lines. I want someone to look at me
the way this guy looks at Jon. – [Chris] And then finally, if anyone could look at me as the guy in the Satori booth looked at Jon’s bum, then I would be happy forever. – That was a very funny moment. Right then, let’s tell
you what’s coming up on GCN over the next seven days. On Wednesday, we’re going to give you the top 10 near misses from
the pro cycling season so far. And on Thursday, we’re going to look at top five boutique cycling brands. Friday, Jeremy is back to pass on more of his wealth of cyclocross knowledge, in another how-to video. – On Saturday, Si’s over
at the Sufferfest lab, for a video which I think is
going to be really interesting, the high performance lab
they have over there. – Yeah, it’d be great for any of you that want to take your
cycling too seriously, I reckon.
– Yeah. And then Sunday we’ve got gravel
versus retro mountain bike, with Jeremy and Si, which I think will be a
really interesting one. And then Monday, Racing News
show is over on GCN Racing. – It is indeed. We’re back in the set this time next week, for the GCN Show, but just as a reminder, also on GCN Racing we’ve got
daily highlights worldwide of the Vuelta Espana. We’ve also got daily highlights
to most of the world, for the Tour of Britain
each and every day. That finishes this coming Saturday, and then this coming Saturday and Sunday, two live races to certain territories. The Coppa Agostini and Coppa Bernocchi, which start the autumnal
one-day series of races down in Italy. Almost the end of the show now, but first we wanted to give a nod to our online store,, because we got another update through the popular fan
striped jersey collection. In fact, not just the jersey, but the undervest as well, which is now available in these colors. The green and black with the blue stripes. You’re a fan of this one. – [Chris] I quite like
the orange letters Dan. – [Dan] Yes, so if you
like the look of them, or indeed want to look at the rest of the fan kit collection, all you’ve got to do is head over to, and again there’s going
to be a link to that on your screen right now. (upbeat music) Right, we’ll finish as
ever with Extreme Corner, which this week features Jeremy and Si, over in Vancouver on their mountain bikes. (upbeat music and bikes banging) – Ooh, it’s a bit like
watching Bambi on Ice, that. – Wasn’t that extreme, was it? – No.
– I mean they made the terrain look quite extreme, with the way
– They did. – they were tackling
it, but I would imagine that if you send any of
the dirty mountain bikers over there, like Donny, or indeed Blake, they’d probably make
that look smooth as silk, wouldn’t they? – Yeah, like tarmac. – Right then, that does
bring us to the end of this week’s GCN Show. Don’t forget to get
involved in the comments with all the things you’ve done that have made you realize you’re taking your cycling too seriously, and if you haven’t yet
watched the Racing News show over on GCN Racing from this week, you can find that just down here.

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