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Free Speed? Peak Up Vs Peak Down | The GCN Show Ep. 268

Free Speed? Peak Up Vs Peak Down | The GCN Show Ep. 268

– From the World Airline
Cycling Championship, and the British Airways Cycling Team, – [Cyclists] Welcome to the GCN Show! – Welcome to the GCN Show. – This week, we settle
cycling’s greatest debate, once and for all; peak up, or peak down? – It’s peak down! Down!
Down! Down! (echoes) – Yeah, we also have a new
way to measure your bum, for saddle fitting, a new Cannondale, and, among other things,
the defection of Tom Boonen, and a bike-packing race
across New Zealand, in cycling shorts. (upbeat music and cheering) (crowd roaring) This week in the world of cycling, we learned that the Giro
D’Italia champion, Tom Dumoulon, isn’t always Mr. Cool. Not when he has his second mechanical problem in two days, anyway. (groaning) Ooh, must be embarrassing, isn’t it? Anyway, don’t worry, Tom. (bleep) happens, mate. – Anyway, we also learned
of a new winter hack! – Yeah, or possibly bodge, actually. Pro races were contending
with such cold weather, at the weekend in Belgium, that some resort to putting
Vaseline on their faces, in order to keep warm. – That sounds a bit
disgusting, to be honest. But, more of that later. – Yeah, we’ll leave that for later. Ah, now, the other week,
Emma and I were in Milan, at the Politecnico Milano Wind Tunnel. You’ve seen the results already from one of our scientific experiments, just to keep you in the loop, actually, the scientific paper that we’ve written off the back of that is
currently being peer reviewed, as we speak. – I wouldn’t get your hopes up there, Si. But anyway, while we were there, we did have time to squeeze in
another very important test. To answer one of cycling’s
oldest questions. – Generally speaking, GCN presenters get on exceedingly well. But there is one issue, and
it centres around these. Caps. Roadie caps. Now, Matt feels that Roadie Caps should be worn with the peak down. I think that the cap should be
worn with the peak facing up. Now this comes down to a sartorial choice, one based on aesthetics. But one thing that really peeves Matt off, is me wearing an ergonomic
road helmet with my peak up. He feels that this is some
kind of universal wrong. So, we’re gonna put this one to the test. Politecnico Milano have kindly
loaned us their wind tunnel, so in between testing
for important things, like whether or not suspension bridges will blow over in hurricanes, they have given us the
time and the expertise to see once and for all
which is more aerodynamic, peak up, or peak down. Place your bets now. Outside, we have independent
adjudicator, Dr. Pooley, overseeing the test. She’s independent, because
she actually thinks Roadie Caps look stupid full stop, and therefore, she’s not going
to influence this result. (jazzy music) – So here we are, mid-test. Si has his peak down. This is his starting position,
you can see here, peak down. And over here, we can see
the drag force he’s exerting. It’s 32 at the moment, we’re
just going to get an average over two minutes for this position. (jazzy music) Now we have Si in position
two, the peak is now raised. This is, obviously,
Si’s preferred position. We have to trust him, that he’s keeping everything else about his position the same,
including his elbow width, his head height, all these
things make a big difference. (jazzy music) (percussive tapping) – Right, it’s results time. This is Stefano, he’s the Test Engineer here at the Wind Tunnel. Stefano, how are things looking,
peak up versus peak down? – Wow. Well, here we got our results. It seems that you should peak up your cap. – Really?
– Yeah. – There you go, it’s official.
– It seems faster. – It’s definitely faster? – Yeah, but do we really have to trust to these ten watts of difference? Well, I dunno. Maybe we
should check several times. If you are really really
faster with cap up or no. The big problem in this test, is that you are modifying a
small detail like the cap, but you should take care
to keep the same position of all the body, the way
of pedalling, and so on. We assume that this the cap
but maybe is something else, like your arm and so on. So we will go on with the post-process checking all the movie, and all the camera, to see
if this is really the cap or something else. – To check that you weren’t cheating. – Yes, well, fair enough. Now, yeah, so it could
be that subconsciously, having my peak up made me
feel faster and more racy, therefore I was actually
significantly faster. So I’m gonna basically take that as being a victory for peak up. We probably don’t need
to check anything else. So there you go, Matt, it’s
official. Peak up is faster. – It’s faster. – Yeah! – So in a nutshell, those
results are pretty inconclusive. – What? No they’re not.
Emma, why would you say that? Ten watts is ten watts! – No but seriously, this does
illustrate, quite neatly, the difficulties of wind tunnel testing. Because even quite major
changes in aerodynamics can be offset or distorted
by the addition of a rider, and let’s face it, a bike is
not much use without a rider. And although we did track
Si’s position quite carefully, it’s likely that some small
change in body position caused the difference in ten watts. – Alright, fair enough. And jokes aside, this doesn’t mean that aerodynamic optimization is a myth, because it’s not, it does
make a significant difference. But it does also neatly
illustrate the point that actually your body
position is much more important, and by some margin, as well. – Yup, and actually, I had
my suspicions even whilst we were testing in the wind tunnel, that this test might not be quite right, because I think it may have
been distorted by your huge grin when you had the peak up, and your frown when you had peak down. – [Si] You mean my big
mouth ruined things again? – No, you just couldn’t control
your happiness with peak up. That would actually be quite an interesting wind tunnel test. Is a smile faster than a frown? – Tell you what, imagine the results, they could literally
change the face of cycling. – Imagine those time triallers just grinning away as they pedal. – No, I can’t actually imagine
time triallers grinning if I’m completely honest, Emma, no. – No, but anyway, back
to the matter of hats. I have to confess that
until a couple of years ago, I would not wear a cycling cap, because I thought it looked ridiculous. – What? – I know, sorry, don’t judge
me on my earlier opinions. I think it’s because baseball caps, they’re just horrible, they
make me look so stupid. – Hang on a sec. Oh yeah, I see what you mean. – Yeah, exactly. (crash) Now that I’ve realised, though,
how useful a cycling cap is, I’m totally happy to wear them. They keep the rain out of
my eyes when it’s raining, keep the rain out of my spectacles so they don’t get all misted up, they’re fantastic. – Yeah. – So I don’t care how ridiculous I look. – But they don’t look
ridiculous, Emma, they look cool. Everyone knows that. – I’ll give it to you that some people can carry off a cycling cap very well. I look ridiculous, but I don’t care. And the only thing I have
to watch out for, though, is that my ponytail pushes
the cap further forward. So I can’t actually ride peak down, because it literally blocks my vision. Well there you go then, another reason why peak up is so great, it actually lets you
see where you’re going. – So we asked you, the
great GCN judge and jury what you thought, and the result? 68 percent for peak up. – Yes! Haha, excellent news. 68 percent of you got the right answer. So a lot of thoughtful comments, actually, underneath, as well,
many of you pointing out, quite rightly, you shouldn’t
actually be too fixed on your ideas here
because believe it or not, the cycling cap isn’t actually
just a fashion accessory, it also serves a purpose so
as Emma’s already mentioned, there are times when you will
need to run your peak down. But then, when you want to go faster, and you want to look cool,
you just put the peak up. – Yeah, nice to see that you’re
being impartial there, Si. – Always always. – But why don’t you let us know what you think in the comments? Peak up versus peak down, or indeed, fashion versus function? – Oof, that is a topic and a half. – Yeah, I might’ve opened a
bit of a can of worms there. – Oh yeah. (trumpet music) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Cycling shorts now, and
British newspaper The Sun printed a great story last
week, would you believe, about a woman called Sophie Parry, who suffered devastating breakup, subsequent burnout at work, and then decided to jack it all in, borrowed a bike from
her mum, flew to Canada, with an idea to cycle south and cover the length of the
United States of America. – It is an awesome story. – Yeah! – It took eight weeks to
cover the two thousand miles, camping at night, and
carrying all her gear, too. And apparently, she now
lives just down the road from GCN, as well. – There we go, then. Back
to the United States, for a moment, another
really cool story, actually, Free Bikes for Kids Madison,
based in Madison, Wisconsin, are poised to give away
1,000 bikes to people who wouldn’t normally have access to them. – That’s right. All the bikes
were donated in early January, then they were refurbished,
cleaned, safety checked, and they’re ready to
go on the 23 of March. The charity’s been running for ten years, it’s only their second year in Madison, and in total, they’ve
given away 32,000 bikes. – What an awesome charity. Right, some pro racing news, now. The legend that is Tom Boonen, as well as racing cars in his retirement, has also, apparently, taken up a role back with a pro cycling team. – Presumably with Patrick
Lefevere and Quickstep Floors? – Well, no, no he’s not, actually. He’s with Lotto Soudal, as
their technical advisor. – Wow, that’s like retiring
from Manchester United to go into coach at Manchester City. – Pretty much, yeah. And unsurprisingly, perhaps,
Boonen’s longtime boss, Patrick Lefevere, isn’t too happy. He was actually quoted as saying, “If you only ride your
bike three times in a year, “you can’t really give
much technical advice.” Presumably commenting, there, on Boonen’s lack of bike riding, but also, simultaneously bringing
into question his own role as the boss of Quickstep Floors. So a bit of an end goal
there, perhaps, for Patrick. – Yeah, things haven’t gone
so well for Lotto though, at the start of the season, in that they failed to
make the final split at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. – Yeah, we should probably
blame Tom Boonen for that. We also thought we would
draw your attention to an event that we just
heard about as well, called the Tour Aotearoa. It’s a 3,000 kilometre,
self-supported bike-packing trip that takes participants from the northernmost to the
southernmost tips of New Zealand. – [Emma] Wow, and first
across the line was actually someone that was local to GCN. He’s called Will Da Beast. – Really? That is a great name. – No, it would be an awesome name, but it’s just his Instagram name. – Ah. – Anyway, Will King– – Real name? ‘Cause
that’s quite cool as well. – Yep, that actually is his real name. – Oh, well done, Will.
– He finished in 13 days, which I think is pretty impressive, given that it’s 80 percent off-road. – Yeah, that is good going, actually. And the event looked absolutely fantastic. I’ve gotta stress,
actually, it’s not a race, it is just a ride, but Will Da Beast was the first person to do
it, so hats off to Will. – He is Da Beast. – [Si] Yeah, exactly. Right, this week sees the global premiers of a new cycling film out, called MAMIL, standing, of course, for
Middle-Aged Man In Lycra. – These guys take it deadly seriously, we’re coming here to try and get a result. – Bloody garmin’s flat. – Vern thinks he can do
anything and everything. – Here we go. – [Voiceover] In a way it’s sort of like, my form of worship. – Bikers up. – 60K, not bad for a bunch of old blokes. – [Voiceover] There’s
really no feeling like it. – It’s all about, you know, friends and family, and mates, having coffee on the weekends. Lookin’ after each other. – One, two, three. – [Cyclists] MAMIL! – [Announcer] They are the
Middle-Aged Men in Lycra, and they’re coming to a theatre near you. – And I actually went to see the UK one, last night, Emma, kind of for
research purposes, really. Just to, you know, help
ease that transition for when I reach Lloydy’s age, basically. – Yes, I mean it’s, uh, worth
looking out for, I suppose. Anyway, amongst the many benefits
to being an older cyclist, according to New Scientist, researched published by Chris Rissel at the University of Sydney, shows a significant
correlation between cycling and being sure on one’s feet, which helps reduce the
risk of debilitating falls. – That’s kind of cool, isn’t it? I do wonder, though, whether
it’s actually not cycling, that is the cause here,
it’s actually walking around in really slippery cycling shoes. – That’s a good point. – Yeah, ’cause that gives
you a lot of practise. – Yeah. – Oops, (laughing) fell off the step. That’s alright, do it again. (laughs) It’s quite high, it’s very, right. – Finally, then, back to the Vaseline. – Other petroleum jellies are available. – They are. Now with the recent cold snap
afflicting much of Europe, we thought this may well
be of interest to you. Could you actually stay
warmer when cycling, by rubbing Vaseline all over your face? – Now, it sounds unlikely,
not to mention disgusting, but emollients like
Vaseline, fat, lard, grease, have long been used by open-water swimmers to keep their bodies warm
while they’re in the water. – [Si] Lovely. – [Emma] And apparently,
it works by reducing trans-epidermal water loss. – Oh, nice. It’s like a
posh way of saying sweating? – Yeah, yeah.
– Presumably. Right. In an article, though, published in 2006 in Medscape– – Which is one of my favourite journals. – Yeah, I thought it might be, actually, entitled The Prevention of
Cold Injuries During Exercise, actually found that spreading
emollient on your body may not prevent frostbite,
and in some cases, may actually make the
risk of frostbite worse, because it gives you the perception that your skin is actually warmer. – So I guess, it helps you to feel warmer, it might help, even if
it’s only perception. But if there’s any risk
of frostbite, don’t do it. – No, ’cause then it would
just make you cold and greasy. – A bit like pizza in the morning. – Yeah, just covered in grit. – Mm. (electric drumbeat) – If you’re in the
market for a new saddle, and one of the questions
you might get asked is how wide your bum is. Which is probably not something that many of us know off
the top of our heads. And actually, most of us
are probably slightly afraid that the answer is bigger than we thought. – Yeah, I don’t want to know. – No, I don’t think I do, either. But now though, a new
method has been proposed of how we can actually
measure our sit bones, or external ischial tuberosity. – Nice, yeah that’s true,
a study published in the International Journal of
Industrial Ergonomics– – Ah, I love that one. – Yeah, I thought you might. – Yeah. – Has shown that instead
of getting cyclists to sit on a squishy pad,
there’s a striking correlation between hip width, and sit-bone width. Thus, avoiding that silly pad exercise. – Yeah, so there we go, one, perhaps, for saddle manufacturers
to take into account. And we’d all know, very
quickly, how wide our arses are. – Mm, if you want to know. – Yeah, exactly. Interestingly, though, I went to visit the brand
Fabric the other week, a video coming soon, and they said, actually, that
when you have a wider saddle, you obviously have greater contact area, which means improved pressure distribution and therefore more comfort, and they kinda pointed out that cyclists shouldn’t really shy
away from wide saddles, and actually having a
big bum doesn’t matter. – [Emma] Yeah, good point, I mean, yeah as long as it’s
not too wide, obviously. But you, and you wouldn’t want– – What, your bum? – No, or the saddle. Yes, um, anyway, you wouldn’t want to put a wide
saddle on this bike though, it’s a super-narrow aero
prototype Cannondale bike, as debuted by Team EF
Education First Drapac, and Lloydy got a sneaky preview
of it on the tech channel. – We asked you lot what
you thought about it, over on Instagram, and 84
percent of you, said hot. Which, I guess is a pretty
big thumbs-up for Cannondale. – Splendid. (percussive drumbeat) – For more details of this week’s racing, you can check out the race news show, but let’s just talk quickly about Omloop. It was a Danish double with a surprise win by Christina Sigaard, who
took out a reduced bunch for the biggest win of her career, and in the men’s race, Michael
Valgren soloed to victory after attacking an elite group with just two point five k to go. – Yeah, and it was a win
made all the more impressive, I think, by the fact
that his team, Astana, is apparently, currently
suffering financial woes, so the team principal,
Alexander Vinokourov, actually went on Kazakh radio to complain that they haven’t received the money from their government sponsors yet. So currently, the team is only operating on pre-existing funds, and actually, the riders haven’t been paid yet. – Whoops. – Yeah. So good job the
prize money’s gonna come in. – Mm. Anyway, let’s take
a moment to look ahead to the big monuments, and
some week-long stage races, and try and work out what we can predict for the favourites based
on their performance so far this season.
– Yeah. – I mean, G. Van A., he was
in the front group at Omloop, but he didn’t look as strong as last year. – No, he didn’t, did he? And actually, he, in
comparison to Sep Vanmarcke, he looked much, much worse. Vanmarcke, obviously, dropped Van Avermaet on the Muur van Geraardsbergen, in fact, Vanmarcke
dropped everyone, in fact, and was only thwarted
by the strong headwind on the run in to the finish. And nevertheless, he still
had enough in the tank to then attack the bunch, and
salvage third place as well. So surely, a monument is
not far away for that man. – Or, is G. Van A. fully
focused on Flanders and therefore playing a canny game? – Well yeah, a little bit,
like Peter Sagan actually, he is currently altitude training on a mountain somewhere in Spain. He hasn’t raced since the 21st of January, and I guess he’s looking to change up his pre-classics training,
because obviously last year, he didn’t, unfortunately, win a monument. And, so, I don’t blame him. It’s just a bit of a shame, because, well, I quite seeing Peter Sagan race. But, anyway, he’ll be back
in action this weekend at Strada Bianca. – And the Strada Bianca
also sees the start of the Women’s World Tour for the year. – Yeah. – Yep, and we’ve seen some good action from some of the leading
contenders over the last few weeks, although, some of the
biggest names in cycling, they will actually debut
their season there, so we don’t know what shape they’re in, such as Lizzie Deignan,
and Megan Guarnier. – Last year’s winner of
Strada Bianca, though, Elisa Longo Borghini, she was in action at
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, she finished 11th, which bodes well, and Canyon-SRAM rider Hannah Barnes, she has also had a very
strong start to this season, with two stages in the overall, at Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, so she, too, is looking very strong. But we’ve also gotta, actually, that all the races that have been so far are very different to Strada Bianca. So, actually, I don’t think we really know what is gonna happen, which makes it particularly interesting
season opener, I think. – Yeah, it’ll be great. Try and watch it. (whirring) – It’s time now for hack
forward slash bodge of the week. Emma, get us started. – So David Hogg has produced this rather slick looking upgrade to his
rusty old chain bike lock, by the looks of it. – [Si] Nice!
– [Emma] By covering it with a mountain bike inner-tube and some little black cable
ties to hold it on. Do you know what, I think
it looks quite neat. – That does. Actually,
I think that’s a hack! You know what, I didn’t think
you could upgrade a lock, but there you go, I think he’s hacked it. Nice work, David. Next one, this is cool. Rick Van Der Gate. Your five year old wants
to join you on Zwift, but her bike has 20-inch wheels. Block of wood on your trainer! – [Emma] I think that’s so sweet. – [Si] That is very cool, isn’t it? Yeah, I like that, that’s
definitely a hack, yeah. – [Emma] Definitely a hack. – [Si] Yep. – So here we’ve got Miguel
Angel Gervacio Luna– – Showoff. – (laughs) It’s the only
language, really, I can do, so I might as well speak– – Apart from, uh, German and also English. – But I speak English too fast for anyone to understand me, apparently. Anyway, he’s found what he
thinks looks like a comfy saddle, but, do you know what,
I think it just looks, it’s just a mess! – [Si] Yeah, it’s hard to see
exactly what’s going on there, but they’ve definitely got
the wide thing going on, which, as we’ve just talked about, is a particularly good way
of spreading the pressure. – [Emma] And it looks like
he’s got a camping mat held down by some brown sticky tape. – [Si] There are nicer
ways of doing it on there. Should we set it as a bodge? – [Emma] Yeah, that is definitely a bodge. – [Si] A definite bodge. Okay, Aaron Read. “I’m too
skint to buy a fancy satnav star “head unit, and I didn’t
think to print out a map. “So I wrote the directions on my leg.” Well, fair enough. I mean, you gotta hope
that it’s not too sunny, I mean I’m guessing that’s
somewhere in the UK, so no chance of that, but imagine
if you got your directions suntanned into your leg. You’ve gotta watch out for that, Aaron. – [Emma] Yeah, I think it’s
actually quite a good idea. I’ve done it with a bit of paper normally, or on my back of my hand. – Really? – Yeah, I have, yeah. Just written village names that I want to, this is before, you know, cycle computers with
navigation existed. Yeah. – Well, there we go. – It’s quite effective.
Although, if it were cold, he’d have to put a knee-warmer on and that would totally ruin it. – [Si] Yeah. Is that a hack there, Emma, is that what you’re saying? – [Emma] I think it’s
a very low-tech hack. – [Si] Low-tech hack.
Alright, fair enough. The worst kind of hack there is, but it’s enough of a hack to be a hack. – It’s clever. – This one, though,
this is a genuine hack. Now, I’ve never seen this one before. You have seen something like this before. Damien Dev sent it in. “Flat Di2, and stuck in the wrong gear? “No probs, steal a cable from your mate “to get in the right gear
for the 80k ride home, “basically jumpstarting your Di2.” That is cool. Look at that. – [Emma] Yeah, that is really clever. Yeah, so you get it in like
this, you can at least get home. – [Si] Nice work. – [Emma] It is a good way to never forget to recharge your gears again, because once you have to
pedal home in the wrong gear, you remember it. – Yeah, that’s a bodge. Anyway, please keep them coming in, we absolutely love going
through hacks and bodges. We’ve got the GCN hashtag, #GCNHACK, so send ’em in on social media. (percussive music) – Now to caption of the week,
where we give you a photo and you try and give us a funny caption. This is last week’s
photo, and the winner is? – Well, the winner, the winner of a GCN Camelback water bottle, and it gives me great pleasure, Emma, because last week we gave
an honourable mention to Michael McDermott, because his caption
was funny but too rude, this week it’s absolutely
brilliant, and we can read it out! So are we ready for this? “Ah, Jesus wept.” (rimshot) – [Emma] It’s actually Jesus. – [Si] Jesus wept. – It doesn’t sound–
– Yeah, alright, no, it, anyway! Michael, congratulations,
GCN Camelback waterbottle, get in touch and we
will send it out to you. – And for this week’s caption competition, check out this photo. – Whoah. – This is Tom Dumoulin
at the tour of Abu Dhabi, send us your ideas! – Alright, I’m gonna
get them started, Emma. – Alright. – Yeah, brace yourself. Tom, GCN didn’t test wheelie
bags, but I’m pretty sure they’re not aerodynamic, mate. – That is pretty good.
– Did you laugh? – I did, but–
– Little bit! – I do quite like aerodynamics, I’m not everyone’s a big fan, but. – Ah, damned with faint praise, there. “Yeah, I like aerodynamics,
but no one else does.” Anyway, there we go, a
good start if nothing else. You can all beat it, I’m sure. Get involved in the
comments section down below. I thought it was funny. – It is, it’s very funny.
Very funny, well done. – Seriously, thanks. I’ll take that. (percussive beat) Before we get on to what is coming up on the channel over the next week, we thought, as always, we’d
give little bit of a shout out to some of the amazing comments
that you’ve been leaving under last week’s videos. Emma, what have you found for us? – Well, under the most
influential cycling teams, I found this comment that I really like, which is from Andrés Omaña, which is, “Cervélo TestTeam must have
been included in this list.” Good point, well made. – There is a very good
reason why Cervélo TestTeam was not included in that list, Emma. It’s because we hear all
about it all the time. Yeah, I’m sorry about that. But, you know, those,
those stories are great. Anyway, under how to
rebuild your confidence, Buster Brown makes a very good point. “Is it safe to view this video? “I’ve not crashed in years.
Touch wood, or knock on wood, “to scare the GCN curse away, maybe?” Well, it’s true. We saw obviously, poor
Tom Dumoulin was cursed, after Lloydy looked at his bike, it then went wrong, the very next day. So, uh, so yeah, hopefully
you’ve all escaped and actually learned something
positive from that video, as opposed to ending up on the tarmac. Anyway, there we go.
Slight macabre thought. Let’s get onto what is coming
up on the channel this week! – Coming up this week,
on Wednesday, we’ve got how to find your cycling speciality. – Whoosh, that’s a good one. – Mhm, yep. And on Friday, it’s a POC factory tour with Si. – Yeah, I went over to
Stockholm, it was amazing. On Sunday, we’ve got that video, actually, that we talked about earlier about Fabric. So, uh, went to visit Fabric to find out how they design saddles. Particularly interesting, that one. Then on Monday, is of course
the GCN Racing News Show, and then on Tuesday, it is the GCN Show! – From the Abu Dhabi Tour, – [Children] Welcome to the GCN show! (rock music) – It’s nearly the end of the show, so it is time for extreme corner! – That’s right, this week we have footage from the Red Bull Farm Jam. A bunch of gnarly dudes on BMXs. (hokey banjo) Whoah, that is pretty nuts. They can really ride bikes, can’t they? – Yeah, I am scared just watching it. – (laughs) Yeah. Alright, unfortunately, that is actually the end of
the GCN Show for this week. Please don’t forget to
check out the GCN shop. We’ve got a load of really
cool clothes on there, and we talked earlier on about
the legendary cycling cap, we have, of course, GCN Fankit hats, and the GCN ASSOS hat, as well. So, go check those out. – Yep, and please feel free
to give the video a thumbs up, and you could check out our earlier video on the most influential
cycling teams down there. – Not including Cervélo TestTeam. – Which is sad, but feel free to leave your comments about that.

100 comments on “Free Speed? Peak Up Vs Peak Down | The GCN Show Ep. 268

  1. Caption: Tom Dumoulin rode away with a pair of Shimano S-Phyre cycling shoes after his 'carry-on-pumping' invention was deemed a winner, by the hack/bodge adjudicator, at the GCN roadshow, Abu Dhabi.

  2. Caption: I need this suitcase full of tools right next to me, so I'll be prepared for the next mechanical

  3. Caption: This case is light enough to ride with…… I'll use the extra room for a change of underwear in the next Giro

  4. Emma is improving episode by episode. As is her confidence and character expression. Lovely lassie. Nice choice with someone who can talk the talk as well as walk the walk (ok-ride the ride then). This lot should have a terrestrial TV slot now. Top Gear was tired and had to go. GCN are still fresh and needs to get out to the general public ASAP! Come on BBC! 🙂

  5. Si is a terrible cheat. he put out more watts, peak up, because he was obviously more warmed up. he should reverse the order of testing, peak up then peak down and test again…

  6. Si is a terrible cheat. he put out more watts, peak up, because he was obviously more warmed up. he should reverse the order of testing, peak up then peak down and test again…

  7. Hey guys check out the hilarious GCN impression on the latest GMBN show. you gotta laugh at yourself! fantastic. I love both shows btw

  8. Hi Simon, can I please get one of these caps that adds 10W of power, I sure could use it on some hill climbs 🙂

  9. Caption: please Tom, pay attention, this is a priceless one off special edition bike. Please look after it in today’s final stage.

  10. Hahahaha great team you two: good pairing and Emma fits right in with the banter! I love it! You was wobbling around a lot on the peak down and you was really stable during peak up clearly intentional experimenter biased there 🙂

  11. Caption: Tom, a suitcase full of money, and a text message on his phone that says "you break it, you buy it"

  12. It's obviously got to be peak down, that way it keeps spray, grit and sun out of your eyes. Peak up has no effect whatsoever!

  13. I live in New Zealand, I was doing a race and we saw those mtbers riding the length of nz coming in the opposite direction. Thought they looked like men (and women) on a mission.

  14. GCN Hack Of The Forever: Emma Pooley
    Job interview: Matt & Simon, sucking wind at the end of Taiwan KOM: "Hey, you're pretty fantastic! Want to totally reinvent online cycling content?" Emma, with impeccable calm and panache: "Whatevs"
    If Chuck Norris rode a bike, he'd be Emma Pooley
    Comcast & Murdoch in billion-dollar death match for control of Sky Broadcasting, so they can have a bike team in a vain attempt to impress Emma Pooley

  15. Caption:- Tom Dumoulin ready to wipe the peloton away after a sucessful test of the 'Dumoulin-porta-loo' attachment. He said after the test, "you never know when a 'Dumoulin moment' will come along. You have to be ready!"

  16. Caption: sorry sir, you're only allowed one item of carry-on luggage, and the bicycle just won't fit in the overhead locker

  17. Caption: Tom shows off his latest#GCNHack: Prototype multitool including various Allen keys, DI2 Charger and Porta-potty

  18. Does Matt Stephens do commentary for pro races? I was watching Strade Bianche 2018 and could of sworn I heard his voice and name.

  19. Caption: -Seriously Tom, I know you´re worried, but you don´t have to bring a whole suitcase of toilet paper with you.

  20. That bikepacking event in New Zealand does look amazing. And I can hear the instructions at the start now: "Okay bikepackers, this is a ride, not a race. And let me repeat, this is not a race. But just so you know, the first one to finish WINS."

  21. Caption competition – Don't let those guys at GCN get their hands on my kit they'll never pack it properly!

  22. I already love Pooley (as if I needed another reason), we completely agree. Roadie caps are stupid across the board.

  23. #TorqueBack 25s may be the new standard, but apparently 28s roll faster while 23s are more aero.
    Perhaps we should be putting 23s up front & 28s on the back!!
    Conti gp4000s 23, 25 & 28 are just begging to be raced against each other.

  24. Sorry to inject a somewhat serious response in all this love, but I thought peak up or down was dependent on the sun. Going faster if I cannot see from glare seems counter-indicated. That is the only reason I wear a cap.

  25. I have to have a cap under my helmet to stop bees that sting my head. I allergic to bees and it keeps sun of my soler panel [ live in malta} , keep up the great work

  26. Re peak up or down: On a descent on the Dragon Ride a few years ago (can’t remember which one but it’s a very steady, long and pretty straight downhill section on a main-ish road) I was free wheeling along behind another rider (at about 30mph) and gradually gaining on him. I was wearing a cycling cap, peak down, and on the drops. I’d been riding a few hours and peering out from under the peak was giving me a bit of neck/shoulder ache so I decided to flip the peak up. Over the next few seconds I realised that I had stopped closing on the cyclist in front and he was actually starting to move away from me (his position on the bike had not changed perceptibly). Intrigued, I flipped the peak back down again; sure enough I started gaining again. Repeating the exercise yielded the same result each time – peak down seemed to cause me to speed up very slightly, peak up slowed me down. I also tried moving more to the side so I was in cleaner air but this didn’t seem to effect things much (I just gained ground a bit more slowly, which you’d expect given the loss of the wind shielding effect). I reckon the difference was probably less than 1mph between the two peak positions, but this is obviously still contrary to the wind tunnel result in this video!

    Intuitively, I was also very surprised by the wind tunnel result – peak up must surely be more of an air brake than peak down?!

    Maybe the result varies depending on cap peak size, helmet type/airflow through the helmet vents, etc too? 10 Watts is pretty significant though!

  27. I'm with Emma on this one! I can never see forward with the peak down. Although I have no pony tail. Am I doing something wrong?

  28. Isn’t the main point of a cycling cap to keep the us out of your eyes? Doesn’t wearing it with the peak up negate that and basically make it pointless.

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