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Cyclists Don’t Break Rules: People Do | GCN Show Ep. 349


– [Both] From the top of Mount Krumpit, This is “The GCN Show.” – Welcome to “The GCN Show,”
brought to you by Wiggle. – This week, we’re no longer cyclists. We’re people. Who sometimes ride bikes. All will be explained later. – We’ve also got dog
cross, dandelion tires, probably the best aero bod
you are ever going to see, and a really cool giveaway
from our mates over at Saris. (upbeat music)
(cheering) (wooshing) This week in the world of cycling, we learned that professional
cyclists can ride very fast. Especially with a tailwind. – Yeah, this is Phillipe Joubert winning, what is apparently the
fastest ever bike race, over 200 kilometers. Stage 17 at the Vuelta,
an average speed is quite astonishing at 50.6 kilometers
per hour, that’s like 31 and a half miles an hour.
– Absolutely incredible. And even more incredible
when you look at the stats that Sam Bennett posted to
Twitter, of some of his peak values in terms of speed. In that last part, with
the tailwind on flat roads, his peak 20 minutes was
65 and a half k’s an hour. – I don’t even know what to say to that, that is mind blowing, isn’t it? And no wonder actually, that
the riders, most of them anyway, had 55 tooth chain
rings fitted to their bikes, so they could actually keep
peddling at that speed. Although one rider
incidentally, in the Vuelta, opted for a ring with no teeth at all. Yeah, this is Jesus
Ezquerra, actually proposing to his girlfriend during
the final state of the race. – Aww! (beeping) – Is that a proposal?
– Looks like a proposal! It is!
– So it does! – [Commentator] I think that’s a proposal! (speaking foreign language) And she said yes, by the looks of it. – Aww, that’s cute. She said yes, I presume. – No.
– She said no? – No!
– What did she say then? – Si. – Oh.
– She’s Spanish, mate. – (laughs) I see what you did there, Si. Finally this week, we
learned that sometimes, the obvious still needs stating. – Yeah, in this case, the
obvious being that cyclists don’t break rules, people do. In fact, there’s so
such thing as a cyclist, there’s just people riding
bikes, and people walking, and people driving cars and
people on roller skates. – This, if you haven’t
already worked it out, is about to be a minature GCN rant. A rant about the term cyclist
being used to describe anybody that rides a bike. – Yeah, which to be fair, doesn’t
sound terribly misleading, in the first instance. – No, but it can have some
very negative consequences– – Yeah.
– Can’t it? Surveys have shown that
the public’s perception of cyclists, is that–
– People who ride bikes. – Sorry, yeah. Surveys have shown that
people who ride bikes, the perception of them
is that we break rules, is that we’re a danger
and a menace on the road, and that we’re antisocial,
and lots of other stuff too. – To be fair, that does
sound like cyclists actually, now you mention it.
– Well, I guess it does now. So I was right in the first instance. But also, here in the
U.K., statistics have shown that 80% of the adults that ride bikes, also own a driving license.
– Yeah, exactly. So here’s the thing. Do I behave differently when I’m cycling, to when I drive my car? Am I more law-abiding, or
am I exactly the same person with the same attitudes, the
same perception of rules, and the same behavior, whether
I’m cycling or driving? – Well answer me this, Si. When you’re driving in your
car, are you half wheeling other drivers and going in
search of amazing gravel trails? – No, no that is a fair
point, Dan, you’re in danger of undermining our central thesis, here. – Well, I’m very sorry about that. Now, if you do catch a
cyclist behaving badly and jumping a red light for example, that doesn’t necessarily mean
that when they’re driving, they’re going to do that
same thing, but that’s down to the fear of the
consequences of getting caught for that act, but that’s
not to say that they won’t break other rules of the road,
they’re pretty quite likely to speed, or look at
their phone, for example, whilst they’re driving. – Yeah, or watch an iPad,
Netflix, like this lady. – [Dan] Well, you know what it’s like Si, when you get addicted to
something like “Stranger Things.” – Yeah, that is a good point. Anyway, I think the fact
is, that people will break the same kind of rules,
won’t they, no matter what their mode of transport,
based on their perception of how serious that rule is,
and fear of consequences. So fundamentally, it’s kind
of irrelevant what mode of transport it is, we are
just talking about the same types of people, aren’t we? We’re going to categorize
them as to how much of an idiot they are instead. Take for example, right, this
headline that was on a BBC website the other day. It talks about cyclists
bringing traffic to a halt around Bristol Airport, my local, in a protest against
the airport expansion. – Whereas we think it should
be “People bring traffic “to a halt around Bristol
Airport, in a protest “against the airport expansion.” – Exactly. And this is a fairly painful
point, ’cause I got caught up in said protest, and I was
actually sat there thinking, “I wish they weren’t
riding bikes, ’cause I know “that this is not going to
be about protesters anymore, “it’s going to be about cyclists
holding up the traffic.” – More repercussions for us cyclists. – Exactly. – And there was also one
on the BBC last week, I’m not sure if you
saw it, and it was also on “The Guardian,” here in the U.K. The headline there, was
“Police search for cyclist “who headbutted pedestrian in London.” – Shouldn’t laugh, but that
does sound quite intriguing, and I probably would have clicked on it. – I did click on it!
– Yeah, did you? – Yeah.
– Was it terrifying? – It was someone on a bike
that had headbutted somebody. – Well there you go,
that’s the fact isn’t it, he wasn’t a cyclist, he
was unhinged, that bloke, and it should kind of be reported as such. – Yeah. And there was one even more
extreme than that actually, over in Australia on
news.com.au, where they reported on an extreme battle
between a car and a cyclist. – Car versus cyclist, doesn’t
even have a driver anymore, it’s just a poor
defenseless piece of metal that some cyclist attacked
whilst having a paddy. Even though actually,
the driver scored quite an impressive–
– Yes! – Right hook.
– Right hook! – [Si] Without even
getting out of his car. Terrifying. – Now, you might be asking
yourselves what we’re actually hoping to achieve with
this miniature rant, and we were asking
ourselves the same thing a few moments ago, but
basically, we think it’s good to recognize these
sorts of generalizations when we see them. Although unfortunately,
there’s probably not that many headline writers watching
this, that are actually going to be able to influence it. – No, true that. There’s also another point, isn’t it. Slightly contentious one,
so make sure you let us know what you think in the
comment section, but do we, when we’re riding, actually
have a collective responsibility for other people that ride bikes? Whether it’s right or it’s
wrong, if we do get lumped into the same bracket, does
our behavior on the road have consequences for other people? Basically, should we be going
round headbutting pedestrians? That’s what I want to know. – I think I might have come
up with a solution, right now. – What’s that? – What we could do, Si,
is behave really badly when we’re walking or driving. – That’s a really good point, that. Bloody walkers! Headbutting cyclists. – Right, well let us know in
the comments, your thoughts on this very subject. For now though, we are going
to hand over to something a bit more positive. This is Chris Opie with his latest update, as he tries to go pro again, on Zwift. – We hope it’s positive
mate, I haven’t seen it yet. Could have been doing all sorts. – Hey everyone, my Zwift
Academy update this week. And it’s been a really tough
week actually, this week, because work schedule, we
have a proper work schedule from nine ’til 5:30 every
day, and then the filming that we had to do there,
this week we did get to ride indoors on turby trainers,
but that’s three and a half hours sweating buckets. That coupled with quite a
stressful week in our personal lives at home, just family not
being well, things like that, have made it really hard
to fit in the sessions, and that’s something that I
perhaps hadn’t appreciated, and I was really fortunate
to have had a career as professional athlete,
a full time athlete, and it’s really easy to,
even when all those things are going on, to schedule your
training and fit it in around adversity like that. So really struggled with that, this week, which means I’ve only done
one work out actually, and that was on Sunday,
and I wanted to talk about the pressure that I’ve
started to put on myself for these efforts, last
Saturday and Sunday especially, I noticed it for the
first time, that actually, I’m taking this way too seriously. And it’s quite funny that
that sort of, that pressure to perform has come back, ’cause I thought that had disappeared, and I
quite enjoyed that actually, gives me a bit of a buzz. So yesterday, or on
Sunday rather, I did the, the chase the break away session, and as ever, every single
time I’ve gotten a little bit behind with these sessions,
I’ve said to myself “Alright, today we’ll do two sessions, “one in the morning, if
you feel good afterwards, “do another one,” or whatever. I’ve yet to do two sessions in two days. This week, I’m going to have
to do some of the group rides and some of the races, and
I’m quite looking forward to that, so I’ve started
to practice on Zwift, start to understand how it
works a little bit better, and I feel like I’m probably
ready to do one of the races, I feel quite fit. Even rode the track this week
for a little bit as well, so we’re getting there,
doing different things, and I’m looking forward to
it all coming to an end, ’cause it’s not long now,
it’s only another two weeks, and then the Zwift Academy
is over, and hopefully, I’ll have graduated and
make it into the final few, which I’m quite looking
forward to doing that as well. (beeping) – We’re in sunny Derby, and
we’ve just left the velodrome after what has been a pretty
ridiculous morning of racing. All three of us having a
crack at the inaugural indoor, well the, hour record on a
penny farthing, on a track. 42 degrees, I mean, ridiculous. So watch out, ’cause there’s
going to be some pretty amazing footage of just what that was like. The hurt locker, obviously. – [Cyclist] Yeah, it was a tough hour. Took about 60 minutes, for all
of us I think, similar times. It’s something that three days
ago, wouldn’t have believed was possible. – [Cyclist] Yeah, Guinness
World Record holder Chris, how cool is that?
– Yeah! – It’s pretty cool.
(laughing) – And we all stayed up. – We all left it out there,
we all completed an hour, which is the first mission,
and somebody had to walk away with the glory, but
that’s not it over yet, because we’re going to
build towards a team effort to crack the Victorian
record, set in 1891, so watch this space. – Yeah, more to come on
penny farthings, boys! (laughing) (upbeat music) – It is now time for your
weekly GCN inspiration, where we choose our favorite
three photos or videos that you’ve uploaded, using
the link to the uploader in the description below this video. If you get third, you
get 50 pounds of vouchers to spend at Wiggle,
second will get you 75, and the top prize is 100
pounds to do anything you want with, on their online shop.
– Nice! – Before we get on– – Yes, it’s an online shop, everyone. – That was confirmed in the comments! – Oh, was it? – It was, yes, I was right with that one. – Oh, right. – Anyway, before we get onto
the three winners this week, you’ve been inspirational yourself, Si. – Have I? – Yes, we had this comment
underneath the show last week, from Leon Welford, who said
“Could you give me a little “shout out next week?” I’m always a sucker for
those sorts of requests. But anyway, he is setting off
to do the North Coast 500, self supported at the age
of 15, 17 should I say, and he got the idea from your journey! – Ugh, I’m so jealous! The idea of riding the
North Coast 500, right now, would be amazing. You will have a fantastic time! If there’s one thing I’d
recommend, is make sure you get enough faff time, yep that’s
right, there’s some amazing cafes and pubs and everything
else, so make sure you faff a little bit, maybe another day to faff. – I’m also jealous, Si. That he’s 17! (laughing) As I’m approaching middle age. Right, without further ado,
we’ll get onto third place this week, it comes in from Aleric. – [Si] Good Lord! Dan, what is going on there? – Well, this is over in
France, in La Foret Des Lande, he was touring with his brother
to warm up for taking on the Velo De Cest road in
the morning, we came across this fallen tree with
the red leaf and thought we had to take some pictures. And that is how he ended up
riding his bike on the tree. (laughing)
Now, probably not the most inspirational photo, you don’t necessarily
think about that and think “I’m going to go out and
find a tree to ride on,” but I just, A for effort, really. – Yeah!
– It’s a nice looking photo. – Fair enough, yeah. There’s also a lot to be
said for tree bathing, Dan, as well, that’s a thing.
– Is it? – Yeah, yeah. So maybe we should all
stop mid-ride and do a bit of tree bathing. It looks perilous though
doesn’t it, I wouldn’t do that with road shoes, on – You wouldn’t do that
in your car, either. It’s different behavior. – Good point, very well, anyway, yes. 50 quid of Wiggle vouchers
winging their way to you. Right, next up, this is a more
conventional inspirational photo, this makes me want to
go out and ride my pushbike right now, this is sent in by Alan. This is from here in the
U.K., from Oxfordshire, he said “With my new job,
my bike commute went from “one and a half k to 25k
each way, and last Friday, “rewarded me with this view.” That is superb, isn’t it, I
hope that’s a morning shot as opposed to an evening shot,
’cause at this time of year, that would be quite a long
day at work wouldn’t it. – [Dan] That does look
stunning, doesn’t it. Love the windmill in there as well. – Fantastic, what a saddlebag.
– I know! – [Si] As well, that’s a giant isn’t it! – [Dan] He must have a lot of
work clothes to change into when you get there.
– Yeah! – Right, finally in first
place, getting 100 pounds of Wiggle vouchers this week,
is Brian from Snoqualmie Pass in Washington. – [Si] That sounds like
you almost pronounced that correctly, Dan.
– I just looked it up! Took my son, Duncan, on
his first real gravel ride of 10 miles, including going
for a two mile under a former rail road tunnel–
– Wow! – An abandon grade along a
reservoir in the mountains. I love that, I took my
son out on a new bike that he got very recently,
the other day too, and he’s absolutely loving it. And it’s great to see kids
enjoying riding their bikes. – It is, isn’t it? Also though, when your kid
falls off and there’s a massive hole in their knee–
– (laughs) Oh, yes! – Yeah. – Si rang me in tears about
the fact that his child was in tears because he had a
massive amount of road rash! – Yeah.
– Gravel rash. – I felt pretty bad. (laughing) Yeah, come mountain biking
before school, it’ll be fun! Ooh. – Yeah, I sent him a text back saying “Well, he’s got to learn.” (laughing) Just be brutal. Anyway, please get involved for next week with your inspirational
photos, using that link that’s in the description below. (fanfare blaring) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Cycling shorts now, I’m
not start with a shout out to pro cyclist, Willie
Smit, who managed to finish the Vuelta, his first ever grand tour, despite this horrific looking injury. – [Dan] Winced just looking
at that, it looks so painful, doesn’t it? Sent him a message on
Instagram actually, and he said that he had 10 stitches
underneath, and then six stitches put over the top, so that
he could continue the rest of the race without risk
of getting it infected. But also, so that the
remaining dirt could get out. – Oh mate, double decker stitches. (laughs)
That is bad, isn’t it? Anyway, yet another example
of a professional cyclist managing to finish a stage
race with brutal injuries, far more than just pain in the legs. – Although that was technically
still pain in the leg, still, wasn’t it? If you think about it, his knee. – Yeah, alright, it was. But it does make you wonder doesn’t it, what kind of work ethic or sense of duty, does a pro cyclist have that
makes them put themselves through that? I mean, I guess to a certain
extent, he’d still just have a sore knee if he was sat
on the sofa, not racing, but nevertheless, at which
Smit actually took to Twitter to give his own reasons,
which made for some pretty emotive reading, so if you’re
interested, make sure you give him a follow on Twitter,
Williesmurfy, I believe. – That’s right, yeah, he’s
also on YouTube as well. – Is he? – So if you like your
behind the scenes stuff, make sure you check him out. – There’s not knee footage
is there, on YouTube? – I didn’t want to look for it actually, I was bad enough looking at the photo. – Let us know in the comments! – He wasn’t the only rider
to manage to solider through to the finish with some
pretty gruesome injuries. This is a picture of James Knox
on the Deceuninck Quick Step bus, and this is Max Richeze. They’ve both been involved
in that crash on stage 19, and that’s them getting ready
to compete over 200 kilometers roughly, in the mountains,
the following day. – Oh, man! That does look brutal, but
fair play to them both, they made it through that mountain stage, and finished in Madrid,
despite Richaze there, looking like he had enough
pads on to actually fall off again, or play a game of ice hockey! – Yeah I was going to say,
he looks like he’d be in goal in an ice hockey match.
– Yeah, that’s it. Right, changing tack a little bit now. That’s a pun for you there
Dan, which you’ll find out. Our partners over at
Continental, legendary tire manufacturer, are debuting
a new rage of tires with a more eco-friendly type of rubber. It’s called Taraxa Gum,
it’s made out of dandelions! – Which is genius–
– Yeah! – When you think about it, isn’t it. Particularly for people here in the U.K. Anyone here will know, I
can’t comment on lawns abroad, but if you own a lawn here
in the U.K., dandelions are unstoppable!
– Yeah. – Pretty much. And in fact, I reckon I
could make at least two tires out the dandelions only on
my small patch of grass. – Yep, guaranteed harvest
every single year. Not to mention the fact
that it’d be really fun spreading the seeds
for the following year. You know, (blows). – He’s such a child.
– Well it’s true though, init. Anyway, it was the brain child
actually, of a PHD student called Carla Recker, and she
now works for Continental! Funny that.
– It is funny that, isn’t it. We’re going to change gear again
now, because Lachlan Morton of EF Education First, has
continued his alternative calender, which is basically
where he races off-road events as well as on-road events.
– Yeah. It’s basically a little bit
like Mathieu van der Poel and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot,
except there’s actually no pressure on him to win
stuff, which seems like a bonus. – It seems like a win-win situation– – It does, dunnit?
– Doesn’t it? Anyway, at the weekend, he did
the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross challenge, and he finished
a very creditable fourth, which is even better than our
own debutante from last year, Oscar Pujol, who got
eighth, and way better than Mr Si Richardson here,
who’s never done better than 40. – Yeah, but I’d long
since retired, hadn’t I. – Well, so you should have done. – Well yeah, okay. Anyway, if you’re wondering,
the winners this year, the women’s event was
won by Kerry MacPhee, that was her first outing
ever, so that’s pretty bloomin’ impressive, and then
the men’s race was won for the millionth time by
Rob Jebb, who basically, it’s like he was bred
specifically to win that event, isn’t he, champion fell runner,
and also top bike rider. – So are we going to describe
him as a runner or a person? – Good point, actually. Well there you go, a man
who defies categorization. – Yes. Also, another off-road event
taking place at the weekend, was the first round at
the Cyclo-Cross World Cup, over in Iowa in the U.S.A.,
already, midway though September.
– Well, yeah! – Jeremy was there to
capture all the action, some very exciting races. Maghalie Rochette took the women’s event, and it was Eli Iserbyt who took the men’s. Their first World Cup
actually, for both of them. – Yeah! – But Jeremy seemed to be
most excited about a slightly different event, involving dogs. – So every year, Jingle
Cross has a special event called the Dog Cross. This is an event that I
can really get behind. It’s a cyclo-cross track,
that you run with your dog, and I don’t know about
you, but if I was a dog, it seems like there would
be a pretty good treat at the end of this.
(laughs) (upbeat music) Say a couple of words with your hands about what’s happening here. – It’s been going on for
about three years or so now, and the object is to get
the dogs out of the house and get the pet parents
involved in the Doggy Cross, and essentially it’s three
laps, and there’s a couple obstacles that the dogs
and the pet parents have to do, and it’s all
about having fun guys, I mean that’s what the
whole day is all about. (shouting)
(bell ringing) – This is a serious race. They’re one lap in, but not
only do the dogs have to run the course, the owners actually
have to do the obstacles as well, so here, this woman
is coming up with her dog, and now she has to do a dog roll. She has to do the dog
roll, here she comes in, hang on, boom, dog roll. Boom, she’s coming in, dog roll. (laughing) Could you imagine what the
dog is thinking right now? – It was very fun! She was tryna run the first two races, so we had a blast, she was ready to go! – Arlo, how did you feel
about the race today? (laughing)
Did you feel good? – My word.
– That was good, wasn’t it? – It was, yeah! You know Jeremy might have
retired from bike racing, it’s a shame he wasn’t able
to take his dog, Moose, to that, ’cause I suspect
the pair of them would have stood quite a good chance at that. – Well I’m not sure, he was
out of breath at the start of that video, I think he’s let
himself go since he retired! (laughing)
– He hasn’t! Right, anyway, speaking of Jeremy. You’ll remember his video
recently, where he checked out the new Saris MP1 movement
platform, which has been getting rave reviews actually, and
it’s basically somewhere where you place your
indoor trainer on top of, and it gives just enough
movement to your bike, to basically simulate,
far more realistically, riding outdoors, so it
allows you to tip the bike from side to side, and also
move forward and backwards as you peddle.
– Looks cool, doesn’t it? – [Si] It does. – [Dan] Also mention though,
in that very same video, is the fact that all of
Saris’ products are now united under the same brand name.
– That’s right, yeah. Previously, you had the
Saris racks, for your cars, like the famous Bones rack. Also cycling infrastructure
stuff, whereas their really big trainer range, was under
the Cyclops brand name. – But not anymore.
– Not anymore. – Which basically means that Saris.com is your one stop shop. – That’s right, and to
celebrate this fact, they are very kindly giving
away Saris H3 Direct Drive Smart Trainers, plus mats,
to three lucky viewers! – They will be very lucky indeed. The H3 is their super
quiet indoor trainer, which can simulate gradients of up to 20%. It can take two thousand watts of power. – Wow! – Which is just about
enough for you and I, Si– – Together. – Yes, and also, it’s got
an in-built power meter that’s accurate to plus or minus 2%. – Yeah, so if you want
to enter this giveaway, then click on the link in the
description beneath this one. Do you reckon you could put a
tandem on an indoor trainer? – I still don’t think we’d
get over two thousand watts. – (laughs) Fair enough. (whirring) – It is time now for
hack/bodge of the week. – Sorry, where’s the forward gone? – Oh, we did away with forward
slash last week, because– – What, I’m away for
one week and you get rid of the forward? – Yeah, in the comment
section the previous week, somebody pointed out
that saying forward slash makes us sound old, Si. Because you don’t need that,
you just need to say schlash, can’t even say schlash. – What happened to back slashes? – I don’t know actually, are they a thing? – Well, they were.
– I don’t know. Anyway, shall we crack on–
– Yes. – Hack/bodge of the week.
– Alright. – First up this week, we had
this one sent in from Amanda in New Zealand learning
English, and found this funny saddle in winter time. – [Si] Don’t know about
funny, that looks cozy! – [Dan] My wife has owned
something very similar for over a decade, and I
threatened to throw it out the other day.
– For her saddle? – [Dan] Yes! Yeah, it’s on her sort of
hybrid bike that I got her from a long time ago.
– No way. – I threatened to throw
it out the other day and she said no, and I did it anyway. She doesn’t know that yet, I
hope she doesn’t watch this. – She does now!
– Oh, no. Don’t put that in, please. – Was it made out of an old guinea pig, or is that just the way it looks? – No, it was, didn’t involve any animals. – Oh okay, alright, fair enough. Right, and this one,
next up, this could be one of my favorite all
time hacks or bodges, although I think we already
know the answer to whether it is a hack or a bodge. This was sent in my Scott
Solis, from Moscow, Russia. He says “I saw this absolutely
fascinating aero device “at this weekend’s Gran Fondo, in Moscow.” So there we go, “This gentleman
has shown how a simple yoga mat can make a dramatic difference.” That is a dramatic difference! – [Dan] I like the way he’s
looking over at the camera like, “What are you looking at? “What, is there anything
strange about how I look?” Also, surely if he gets into an aero tuck, that thing’s in the air above him. – [Si] Yeah, that’s a good point. – [Dan] He’s got to be an un-aero position for that to be an aero aid. – [Si] Well maybe, it’s
actually just a rucksack filled with some really useful things. So, yeah.
– Might be a camel back. – Maybe it is a hack, mate.
– No, bodge. – [Si] Alright, bodge. – First one, we didn’t say hack
or bodge for the first one. Bodge for that as well.
– Bodge. – Alright, next up, Lynn from Canada. In an effort to get a
little green without buying another bike, I attached a carton– – You just bypassed where
she lives, just so you don’t have to pronounce another Canadian place. (laughing) – No, it’s alright,
Sherwood Park in Alberta. I can do that.
– Very good mate. – I attached a carton to
a rack with heavy zip ties and ran aluminum rails for stability. The rack has a quick release, which is the key to functionality. As an added bonus toward
the object of being green, I attached a nylon strap to
allow me to take the carton into the store with me,
and thus forego the need for use of a shopping plastic bag. – [Si] Love it! Lynn, that is great, not
least because of the infogram that you’ve made on our,
for us, on our behalf. – The composition of the
hack, slash, I wanted to say forward slash again then Si. The hack/bodge submission
is impeccable, well done. – But that’s a hack,
without a doubt, isn’t it, I love it, fantastic! Right, next up, we’ve got this from Dan, sent in from Skipton in the
U.K., said “Chain guard, “calf chain sit tattoo protector,
I’ve never seen anything like it, and would love your thoughts.” – [Dan] I’ve never seen
anything like that, either. – No, I haven’t.
– Myself. Why would you need that? – There’s a lot of zip ties, I’m not a fan of zip ties on bikes, Dan.
– No. And you’re not going to
get a fourth cat tatt, as you rightly pointed
out from that, are you? – [Si] No, also, look at
the staining on the guard, that’s a lot of oil on
that chain, I think. – Bodge.
– Absolute bodge. – [Dan] I don’t even know what it’s for. If you do, let us know
in the comments below. – Yeah, thanks for sending
that one in though. (laughing) – Moving on, we had this one
from Paul, who was looking online, at an online store, I expect, Si– – Alright! – For a holder to neatly
store CO2 cartridges and couldn’t find a suitable
one, so made this one from wood and hex nuts.
– Wow. I love what you’ve done there. Quick question, why have you
got so many CO2 canisters? Did you win a competition? Or do you get a lot of punctures? – [Dan] Let us know, Paul. – I think you might be time
for going tubeless, Paul. – Question needs answering. – Yeah, a CO2 canister should
last you most of the year, I think. (sneezes)
Excuse me. – Bless you mate, I’ll
carry on with the next bit– – Thanks. – Whilst you recover from that. This came in from Jack
over in Northamptonshire. Punctured in the woods and
the valve kept coming off when I tried to pump it, so
I knew the pump would have to stay connected to the valve
for the air to stay in. (laughing) So I managed to find an unused
poo bag, and tied the pump to the wheel, and I got
five miles to my mates house where I used a track pump. (laughing) I wonder if you went, I
mean I’m presuming you were searching for anything
to tie on, and just happened to stumble upon the unused poo bag. (laughing) – That is one of the best
things I’ve ever seen! But so dangerous! Basically, you trusted your
life with an unused poo bag! Oh my God. – Imagine giving the
explanation afterwards if you had crashed and
gone over the handlebars. “How did it happen?” “Well, I didn’t use the
unused poo bag well enough “to tie my pump between my
spokes, and it got caught “in the wheel.” – That’d be like a coroners
report, wouldn’t it? The poo bag wasn’t made
of sturdy enough material, unfortunately.
– Bodge, sorry. Almost said hack then, what am I thinking? – But thank you very much for
sending that one in as well, that’s really made my day quite frankly. Alright, Peter send this
one from Vis in Croatia. He said “I spotted an elderly
gentleman riding along “in Vis with a wooden top tube. “After a brief chat with
him, he explained the story. “20 years ago, when he was a
young lad, he added the wooden “top tube as a shelf to
help him transport bottles “of gas to an old lady on his street.” – [Dan] Brilliant, isn’t it? – [Si] That is absolutely fantastic! ‘Cause we’d probably just
dismiss that as an out and out bodge, but you’ve done
your research and actually, it turns out, the guys a
legend, and he’s made a shelf. Which is a hack. – [Dan] Another example
of a great submission with full details.
– Yeah! – [Dan] Yeah, that’s
brilliant, a hack for me too. – Also, Vis is a very nice
place, I recommend going there. – (laughing) Yes. Right, that’s all for this
weeks hacks/bodges of the week, don’t forget to get
involved next week by using the uploader, a link to which
is in the description below. (upbeat music) – It’s caption competition
now, that point in the show where you get a chance
to win a much coveted GCN camel back water bottle. All you got to do is caption a photo that we are about to give you. To give you an idea of what’s
needed, here is last weeks photo and we’re about
to announce the winner. – We are! This is Geoffrey Bouchard of AG2R, won the King Of The Mountains
in the end, at the Vuelta. – Did he? – With some water coming out of his mouth. Stefan Hofmeister is a
genius, his caption is, “Does this rider look familiar? “Yeah, I would say it’s a spitting image “of Geoffrey Bouchard!” (laughing) Very well deserved indeed. – That is very good, isn’t it?
– Yeah! – Stefan Hofmeister, yeah
here you go, decent camel back water bottle coming your way. – Yes, you just need to
write to us on Facebook with your address so we
can send it out to you. – Yes please. – This weeks photo comes in
from the tour of Britain, which concluded on Saturday. I am going to get you started.
– Go on then, mate. – [Dan] “Hello mate, the
bill’s come for your bike.” – [Si] Oh, that’s good! Might be some regional
dialect going on there. – For international viewers,
the bill is a slang name here in the U.K., for the police. In fact there was a long
running, I was going to say documentary then wasn’t
it, it wasn’t, it was a– – No.
– A series called The Bill. – It’s a T.V. program, Dan, yeah. (laughing) – It was all based on real life. – Anyway, you could probably
all do far better than that, so please, let us have your
captions in the comment section down below, and we’ll look
forward to choosing a winner next week, hopefully up
there with Stefan’s for sheer quality.
– Brilliant stuff. – Sheer genius. (wooshing) – We are shortly going
to be letting you know what’s coming up on
GCN over the next week, before that, we’re going
to go through a few of our favorite comments from the previous week. But right now, we’re going to answer one of your training related questions. This if course is your
opportunity each week, to win three months free
subscription to Zwift. All you’ve got to do
to be in with a chance, is leave your training related
question in the comment section below, making sure that you use the hashtag #askgcntraining. And the lucky winner this
week, is Bokaj Grummel. Apologies if I’ve really mangled that. The question is, “What’s
the best way to train “and stay fit during the winter months?” Really short question, and
potentially very long answer. – Yes. – And so we’ve decided to
stick to two key pieces of advice, the first of
which, is indoor training. – That’s right. So funnily enough, indoor
training is an incredibly potent way of training,
particularly through the winter. There is no time wasted, is there? – No.
– There’s no free wheeling, there’s no stopping at traffic lights. You can basically get a two
hour ride done in one hour. – [Dan] In fact, you could
probably get a meaningful training session done in
half, or even 20 minutes, I would say.
– I think you can, yeah. – In fact, I got pretty fit
in the space of ten weeks by doing less than four hours
a week on an indoor trainer, at the start of this year. – [Si] Yeah, you also got
pretty unfit from not doing very much since then! – [Dan] Well I have done
a really good job of that, actually.
– You have. Anyway, I suppose
historically, indoor training has always been really
good, but I’d have hesitated to recommend it because it
was kind of a bit boring, wasn’t it?
– So boring. I avoided it at all cost.
– I did as well. But now, actually, it’s got
to be said, things like Zwift, they make it actually like
it’s a thing all of it’s own. – Entertaining isn’t it, and addictive, I have to say as well.
– Exactly. – Not enough to keep me on the bike after that 10 weeks, but still. You might be questioning
though whether doing all this high intensity work over
the winter is going to lead to a premature peak and not
going so well in summer, but you needn’t worry, and
the examples in our next piece of advice, which is
to take up cyclo-cross. – To be fair, it did lead
to a premature peak for you, didn’t it?
(laughing) – It did, yeah.
– Yeah. But no, cyclo-cross is
absolutely brilliant, isn’t it. Super high intensity
45 minutes to an hour, a brilliant, brilliant way of
racing and getting out there in the winter months, and let’s face it, it hasn’t done Mathieu van
der Poel, Wout van Aert, or Marianne Vos any harm, has
it, with their summer form. – A winter full of intensity for them, and they’ve been absolutely
flying in the summer, in fact it seems to have
aided their form on the road– – That’s right.
– I have to say. Also, the other great
thing about cyclo-cross, is that it teaches you some
great bike handling skills, doesn’t it, and it’s
just generally good fun, really, that sport.
– It is indeed. Well yeah, teaches you
bike handling skills, and generally speaking,
touch wood, if you fall off when you cross-bike, it tends
not to hurt quite so much. Just make sure you fall on the grassy bits or the sandy bits. – Good luck anyway with
keeping fit this winter, Hopefully that advice helped you. – Yeah, don’t fall off at
all if you can help it. – Right, coming up, a few
of the comments actually that came underneath last weeks show, Si. This came in from a singer/songwriter. “I only drink out of water
bottles, even at home “at the dinner table.”
– Wow. – This is course is us
asking you how you know you’re taking your cycling too seriously. – Yes, okay, that’s pretty bad, that one. Next up, Mark McManus,”My
wife thinks I do, “but I don’t think I take
cycling too seriously. “I asked my kids, Eddy, Greg, and Fausto, “they totally agree with me.” (laughing) – That’s a very good one. Thorsten wrote in and said
“You know you’re taking “your cycling too seriously
when you shave your legs “for Zwift training.” – Well, you know, that kind
of motivation that you get from looking down at a pair
of freshly-shaved pins. I’ve not known that motivation
for quite some time now. – No, I haven’t either.
– No. – And finally, Andrew
Robinson wrote in with “I noticed myself naturally
moving into aero position “whilst pushing the trolley
around Ikea last weekend.” – To be fair though, you know
you’re not taking cycling seriously enough when your
weekend is spent at Ikea. (laughing) Come on, what are you doing,
you’re either on your bike, or your feet, you’re on the sofa– – You should be in the trolley. – Yeah exactly! Ask your partner to push you around. You get pushed around all
the time by your partner, don’t you mate? – Yeah, I’m always in the trolley. Also underneath the best
saves of the season with Opie, Hekope puts “Chris always turns
his head a bit to the left “just to show his jawline.” I see what you mean there,
I mean he has to look like John Travolta though, doesn’t he. (funky music) – Yeah he does.
– Deliberate move. – That’s it, yeah, if you’ve
got a jawline like that. Right then, lastly, underneath
the video that Hank presented on Saturday, where we
looked at adaptive cycling with the good people at Help For Heroes. Fletcher Chambers said “I love
that GCN is more than watts “and wind resistance, this
was really powerful piece “and wonderfully done.” So thank you very much, yeah,
much appreciated, actually. – Yeah, if you haven’t
already watched that video, make sure you do so, because
it is really a brilliant insight into those
amazingly heroic people. Right, let’s tell you what’s
coming up on the channel over the next seven days. Starting with Wednesday, where
we’re going to have a look at five boutique bike brands. Thursday, we’re going to show
you how to fuel on long rides, and on Friday, we are back with Jeremy, who’s going to be bringing
more of his expertise on the world of cyclo-cross and gravel. – That’s right. And on Saturday, in the lead
up to the World Championships, which is always a highlight of the year, and actually this time,
it’s on the U.K. shores in Yorkshire, none other than Yorkshire. So Ollie has done a handy
guide of things that Yorkshire cyclists know, and in
case you hadn’t realized, Ollie is a Yorkshire
cyclist so he does know. – Very proud of it.
– That’s right. And then on Sunday, it’s a
bit of a nail biter actually, can Jeremy and I qualify
for the World Gran Fondo Championships, can we put our money where our mouths are, basically. – Si won’t even tell me,
so that I have to watch the video.
– Yeah, it’s true. – On Monday, Si and I are going
to be in Yorkshire aren’t we– – Oh we are! – Doing a preview show this
Sunday night, actually, but on Monday that video will be released, looking at all the riders and the courses for the Yorkshire Worlds. And then on Tuesday,
we’re back in the set, well we’re not in the set actually are we, well we got “The GCN Show”
anyway, still to be confirmed. – No, it’s exciting. So Sunday night we’re presenting
the preview show live, aren’t we?
– Yeah. – From a brewery, with
Zwift, so goodness knows how that’s going to turn out. – That’s why I’m saying the
GCN show’s not confirmed, I’m not sure if I’m going to turn up yet. – Oh, I see what you mean. Yeah, and then on Monday,
we are filming at the SRAM pop-up store in Harrogate as
well, so loads of cool stuff going on–
– That also a brewery? – No it’s a coffee shop,
so it might be good just to sober you up. (soft rock music) We are getting towards, Dan,
the end of “The GCN Show” but don’t worry, we still
have time for Extreme Corner. And this week, it is seriously extreme. This is the Red Bull Hardline,
where the jumps, Dan, are so big, I’m told, the
mountain bikers have to put ankle supports on, so that
they can actually land them without rupturing their achilles tendons. That’s pretty extreme if
you ask me, here we go. – Let’s take a look. – Welcome to Red Bull Hardline,
we’re here with trials legend, Danny MacAskill, you
ready to check out the course? – Most definitely. Let’s do it.
– Look at that! Hot crumpets! (laughing) (bell ringing) – Oh, he’s always been–
– Look at that! (laughing) I love his movement on
a bike, he’s so sick. (shouting)
(cheering) You sure?
– Yeah, I think so. (laughing) – They make it looks so easy, eh? – Yeah, that was all
over the case as well. (soft rock music) (whistles) – I mean that is extreme. My fear with this is always
how extreme it’s going to get, because they continually
have to go bigger and further and higher and do more tricks
than the previous year. – Yeah.
– Mind boggles. – It does boggle a little bit, dunnit– – I think I sounded old, just then. – You did, yeah.
(laughing) Ankle supports, that
sounds like a good thing. – Yeah, yeah. They don’t do them big enough
for your ankles though, do they, if you ever do
choose to do jumps like that. (laughing) Anyway, shall we finish now? – I do extreme jumps Dan, you know I do. – Do you?
– Yep. There was a video about my extreme jumps. (laughing) They were really extreme. Anyway, right, thank you
very much for joining us here on “GCN Show” this week, if
you want to watch another cracking GCN video, I
say another cracking, hopefully this one’s been alright. – Yeah. – But anyway, Jeremy did
a genuinely cracking video from Sunday, where he went
to the birthplace of mountain biking to ride with some
of the godfathers of gravel riding, WTB, so make
sure you check it out, that’s very cool. – Yeah, if you want to see a good video, get to this one of Jeremy’s.
(laughing) (wooshing)

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