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Future Cycling Trends – What’s Next For Bikes & Riding? | The GCN Show Ep. 301

Future Cycling Trends – What’s Next For Bikes & Riding? | The GCN Show Ep. 301

– From Tre-vu-ra San-gu-da-doo,
welcome to the GCN Show! – [Videographer] Woo! – Hello and welcome to the GCN show, brought to you by our friends at Wiggle. – This week we’re staring
into our crystal ball and discussing future cycling trends. What will cycling be like in 2038? – I think my virtual legs are a bit fatter than my real ones. – We’ve also got some
eye-opening cycling stats from the US that published this week. We award a Wattage
Bazooka to a triathlete, and we’ve got more inspiration than you can shake a spoke at. (intense electronica music) (electronic screeching)
(heavy metal pounding) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned that cyclists are
still faster than triathletes. – Yeah. At cycling, not the other things. We also learned this
week that Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France trophy was
stolen from the UK Bike Show. – Fear not, though, ’cause
Lance Armstrong stepped in on Twitter with this tweet. G, bummer, dude. I got like seven of em
if you wanna borrow one. – It’s like Lance is in the room, amazing. Not entirely sure they’re his trophies to loan anymore, are they? But anyway, after the news last week that EF Education First-Drapac, powered by Canada are
now clothed with Rapha, will be forging their own path next year by racing non UCI-sanctioned,
non road races, like the Dirty Kanza gravel race, or the Red Hook Fixed Gear Crit, as well as the standard
World Tour program. – And after our annual
look into the crazy world of IRONMAN and triathlon
take which includes, but is not limited to, socks that extend up to the knee, but don’t go over your foot. – Yeah, we started to wonder
just what will cycling look like in five years time? – Then what will cycling
look like in 20 years time? (Simon imitates spooky music)
(whimsical electronic music) – We’ll hopefully we’ve given
the place a lick of paint and a bit of tidy up in 20 years, mate? We’re carryin’ like this, bringing stuff back from our trips, there wouldn’t be any room for presenters let alone anything else. We’re like hoarders, aren’t we? – It’s like Tracey Edmond’s
bedroom in here, it’s like– – A lot less action in here
than Tracey Edmond’s bedroom. – I think even more worryingly is the fact that the white Cervélo
TestTeam bib shorts will probably be even more thread
bare than they currently are. – I think we can console
ourselves the fact that there’s no way that Lloydee is going to be squeezing into
them in 20 years time. And more importantly, though, what is going on outside of
GCN HQ in 20 years timeline. – Well, I think the big question is with the rise of Zwift
and indoor training tech, will we even be cycling
outside in 20 years time? – Yeah.
– Yeah. – Yeah, we will.
– Yeah. I think as much as I
enjoy HIT out on Zwift, unless we end up living in some kind of nightmare matrix future world, I’ll still be wanting
to ride my bike outside. – Yeah, when the weather’s nice. – Yeah, when the weather’s nice. But with the rise of e-sports, it does pose an interesting question, will there be an e-world tour? – Well, yeah, I mean,
given what’s happening in the wider e-sports community, and when we say e-sports what
we mean is computer games, for any of you who like me
aren’t even in 2018 yet, let alone 2038, you’ve got to say, yeah, because it’s huge, isn’t it? – It is, but one of the
key things about cycling in real life that doesn’t
yet exist in Zwift is that there is crashing
and bike handling. An element of jeopardy. So, is there a way that we
can introduce that into Zwift? – Crashes on Zwift? It seems slightly ironic
having passed to add an element of risk into an incredibly
safe environment like riding on Zwift when I
think, optimistically perhaps, riding outside is gonna get safer. Okay, hear me out, but if
there’s gonna be any kind of seismic shift over the next 20 years, it seems like it’s gonna be in transport. The rise of electric self-driving cars, yes, they have their issues right now, big ones at that, but can
you imagine a world where that tech has been perfected. No more distracted drivers, every car drives predictably and well, and there’s no more exhaust fumes. – Yeah, I mean, well, that’s
the world I wanna ride in. – Yeah.
– Without a doubt. And I think for all the fa-raw in the media about the war on roads and the increased perception of danger, that is progress. More cities are investing
in cycling infrastructure and your roads are becoming safer. And the low progress feels
like it’s slow at the moment. I think when we look
back in 20 years time, it’s gonna be a remarkably
different landscape. – It will, I think. Question is though, mate, what bike are you gonna be riding through that landscape? – Oh, that’s easy. Well, I’m gonna be riding,
what is currently now, a modern aeroframe with
electronic DIT gears, because in the future that will be seen as a really cool retro bike. – That’s funny, because
I’m gonna be riding a retro gravel bike. – I see it.
(Simon laughing) – Yeah, I mean, I think there’s
probably three questions that you need to answer
before you can predict what bikes the future will be like. Firstly, this huge push at the moment for all road gravel bikes, is that gonna go anywhere? Will it take over the world? Secondly, will the UCI who govern what road racing bikes look like, which ultimately trickles down to what the rest of us ride, will they relax or change the rules so we can ride funky
looking triathlon bikes? And then, finally, will we actually all just have motors on our bikes? – Well, firstly, I think the effect of pro racing will diminish. Pro racing is already
having less of an impact on the bikes we actually ride, and maybe you can sort of compare it bit like a Formula One car
relative to a Toyota Prius. – I think I’d rather ride an F1 car than a Toyota Prius, if I might. So, I mean, admittedly I’ll be that guy that gets out of his
F1 car with the shocks, with a sore back and a sore bum, but still, you’d enjoy it more. You think?
– Yeah. But the guy in the Formula One
car shops, he’s a cool guy. – Yeah, I think he is a cool guy. – Yeah, he’s a cool dude. – No, but seriously though, I think all road as a trend
is probably gonna continue because for most people, there isn’t a competitive
element to where you ride, and so you would want a
bike that is versatile. But let that be said,
they still should be fast, because fast is also fun, and they might as well look like an F1 car because it’s your hobby. You’ve got to love it, haven’t you? When you open the garage door, ah! – I don’t think we’re gonna
see bikes turning to this sort of wacky triathlon designs
that we see, though, because I think ultimately, people still want a bike
that looks like a bike. And it’s nice to have the heritage of the double diamond frame shape. – That’s right. And spray it Celeste Green
like Jon Cannings would do and you still got yourself
a Bianchi, haven’t you? Derailleurs though, they’ll
be a think of the past, mate. – Do you reckon? – Yeah, when you think about it, if you compare bike to
another mode of transport, like a car, or a train, or a plane, the rate of wear on a bike
is astonishing, isn’t it? And so you’d think that if
it’s gonna be an improvement, it would be to longevity. So I don’t know what that is, whether it’s a belt drive, or a hub gear, or a Pinion gear box, you’d think in 20 years time there will be some kind of improvement there. – Yeah, but people were saying that about Rohloff hubs 20 years ago. – (chuckles) They were, yeah, they were. – And they haven’t really taken off. – Well, they haven’t changed
in 20 years, have they? – Yeah, but maybe it could happen because we are seeing an increased trend towards more integration and manufacturers increasingly making more
of their own components. So, for example, you
have Trek with Bontrager, Specialized with Roval, and Canyon with– – Canyon?
– Yeah, Canyon. – That’s a good point there. Who is gonna be the first manufacturer to make their own spoke drive train? – Good question, what about e-bikes? – Well, that’ll be everywhere, won’t they? And we’re all a distant harmony, except one or two people on Strava. – They ban tailwinds as well on Strava. – Hmm? What? – Well, this weekend,
I went for a bike ride and there was a massive
storm with a huge tailwind, so I just rode north with
the tailwind behind me and then got the train home, but managed to get a
little KOMs in the process. – Nice, flag that lazy omen, but still, nice one.
– I’m fine. It’s the only way I can get
KOMs these days. (chuckles) – Now one change in the
future I would like to see, but I don’t think is gonna happen, is actually an evolution to pro cycling. A little bit like the EF
Education First-Drapac powered by Canada, clothed in Rapha plan. We actually talked
about this a while back, not saying they stole our idea, but how good would it be to have an ultimate cycling champion? – Yeah, so master of all cycling events. So road, gravel, cross,
mountain bike, everything, pave–
– Fixed gears, Zwift! – It’s all thrown into,
well, to a certain extent, we already have it in the women’s Peleton. – A little bit, yeah. – Riders like Pauline
Ferrand-Prevot and Marianna Vos, you sort of win all the world titles across every discipline ever. – Yeah, I mean, how good would it be, like an invitational competition with a $10 million dollar cash prize. Who would be the winner that takes it all? I mean, on the men’s side, Sagan? Could he beat Matty Vanderpol? Nino Schurter, hasn’t got a chance. And on the women’s side, who would it be? Provot, or Vos, or van der Breggen, who can seemingly do anything
she wants at the moment? It’d be amazing! – It would be, but you don’t
need it because in the future, the Tour de France is gonna
contain all that anyway. It’s gonna have road, gravel, pave, and single track thrown in
for good measure, as well. – And–
– All to say he’s an ultimate rider. – It will be a men’s and
a women’s Tour de France. ‘Cause today I would have
got to at least 2018, let alone 2038. Right then, we are, as you can see, broadly optimistic about
the future of cycling. I think that’s legit. Now there’s a lot to look
forward to out there, even if perhaps the rest
of the political climate looks a little bit bleak at the moment. But make sure you get
involved and let us know in the comments section
what you are expecting from cycling’s future in 2038. And perhaps, more importantly, what are you hoping for out in the future? – One thing is for certain though, Si. – What’s that? – Well, in 2038, Fleche
Wallonne will be won by Alejandro Valverde. – Yeah.
(upbeat trumpet music) (bass drum vibrating) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – It’s time now for Cycling Shorts. And we’re gonna begin with some news which should fill us
with cautious optimism. The annual American National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration published a statistics this week, and it shows.
– What a good memory, by the way.
– Thanks. (electronic beep) And it shows an 8.1% drop
in cycling fatalities. – Absolutely something
that should be celebrated. The reason for cautious optimism, though, is that if you look at the
broader trend over five years, there is still, tragically, a 2% increase. And actually, it’s kind of not surprising when you look at research such as this one which was written about
by Carlton Reid in Forbes, and it showed that one in 13 drivers is distracted when they’re
overtaking a cyclist. – Yep, scary. And even more sort of alarming, when you hear that the
actual study was done by willing participants who knew that they had cameras in their cars and that they were being filmed. – Yeah, staggering, isn’t it really? I’ve got to say as well, actually, in my own personal experience, particularly my commute to and from work where traffic moves slowly, and so often on a bike, I’m
actually doing the overtaking. I reckon, I see way more
than one in 13 people in their cars on their mobile phones. And admittedly, that is
in slow-moving traffic, no excuse, but the stationary
bike in life, but still. It’s pretty scary, isn’t it? – Yeah, do you know what
the solution is though, safety for that? – What’s that? – Lights on your spokes. – (scoffs) What? – Yup, Cycling Science linked to a piece of research carried out
at Clemson University in the States says that the
conspicuity of a cyclist, that’s how easily they can
be seen, ‘kay, plain English, is greatest when there
is light on the spokes. Obviously this means that
you’re not gonna be able to see it when they’re approaching directly in front or from behind, but if you’re approaching from an angle, well, that’s food for thought, isn’t it? – Isn’t it? That’s the research
team, I think, isn’t it? That have been sort of really
pushing for moving lights. Lights on limbs, and then
now lights on spokes. Really interesting, isn’t it? Alright, total change of pace now, and we have another update
on the around the world record attempt from Scottish
rider, Jenny Graham. At the time of filming,
the 37-year-old Scottish ultra-endurance cyclist has
just passed through France, and is now on the home leg back to Berlin where she started 121 days ago. And it’s looking like she’s going to absolutely smash that record. – Yeah, the record there is currently set at 144 days by Italian
cyclist, Paola Gianotti. And let’s be clear about it, this is real, this is the self-supported record. So no external assistance. That’s 121 days camping in a hedge every night. – That’s impressive. – And then riding a bike. (chuckles) Now, seriously, that is a
bonkers achievement, fantastic. – Another record that’s gone is the fastest IRONMAN bike split. As we mentioned earlier
at the start of the show, former professional cyclist, Cameron Wurf, absolutely smashed the
IRONMAN World Championship bike split at Kona, recording
the fastest one ever. – Yeah, so his time was four hours, 9 minutes, and six seconds. Which means he did an average
speed of 108 kilometers, so 43.35 kilometers an hour. And that’s solo member, no drafting, so it’s up there with such performances as Ollie Duncan to
Scarborough, point to point, with the help of Storm Callum. (Ollie laughing) Which still, a little
bit quicker, wasn’t it? Even the gig. – [Ollie] Ah, Wurf,
phenomenal, phenomenal. – [Simon] Yeah, and he didn’t
have any socks on, poor lad. – Almost looks like a normal bike that he’s riding there too, doesn’t it? I really don’t believe that. Hey, those fancy pants triathlon bikes aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. – Or maybe he’s just got
a pair of legs on him. Whatever the reason,
we’re gonna dust off, ah, the old Wattage (Simon blowing on board)
(Simon knocking on board) Bazooka and award it to Cameron Wurf, now a triathlete, although,
he was a pro cyclist. I have a feeling we’ve
actually awarded him Wattage Bazooka for his
IRONMAN bike split before. Yeah, I think so, back in the day. Anyway, what is up, Cameron? (missile whistling) (bazooka exploding) Now, right now, back
to normal road racing, if we can call it that, on to some of my favorite
race of the year, I think, actually, those Italian one-day races that close out the European season. Thibaut Pinot took his first ever professional one-day road racing win, a bike taking Milano-Torino, and then, a couple of days later, he backed it up with his second ever one-day pro racing win and
his first ever Monuments. The last monument of the
season, Il Lombardia. – Yeah, a popular winner
and the first Frenchman to win the race, The Falling Leaves, since Leaurant Jalabert. – Good fight. (upbeat electronic music) – It’s now time to announce
the six lucky winners of our Continental
Urban GP Tires Giveaway, with black or limited edition
coffee-colored side walls. Who are they, Si? – Alright, ah, should we drum roll it? – Yup.
(hands banging) The winners are, Clare Herring, Nick Hall, Ross Edgecombe,
Mark Snackey, Adam Bullock, and Gareth Platts.
(cymbals crashing) Okay, congratulations to all six of you. Tell you what, mate, I would
so be going for coffee-colored tire walls for them, but–
– Yeah, totally neat part. – Proper cool. (upbeat electronic music) Are you ready for some inspiration? – Always. – It’s time, it’s time for you to submit your inspirational photos to us. We sift through ’em and then award the top three of the week. And the top three receive
some pretty epic prizes from our friends over at Wiggle. 50, 75 or 100 pounds in vouchers,
which is cool, isn’t it? Just sending in a mega photo. Anyway, who rounds out,
putting ’em in third, Ollie? – So third place this week we
have this photo from Stephen and it’s taken in Cebu in the Philippines. I hope I’ve pronounced that correctly. Which he says is 19 kilometer climb that he describes as
being absolutely brutal with maximum gradients of 20%. But, it looks worth it with these like that at the top. I can’t really go there and have a coffee. – Yeah, that’s pretty cool, isn’t it? Yeah, you know what I thought initially? I was like, aww, man, ice
coffee, that ruins it, but he actually says, doesn’t
he, that it’s an iced latte because it’s too hot to drink hot coffee. So forgiven, Stephen, for that. Anyway, 50 pounds vouchers. This one comes in at number two. This was sent in by Sami
Lampinen from Finland and it says, what a ride! The FK Gravel Fun Day, 110 kilometers of pure
pleasure in this weather. And that does looks
absolutely mega, doesn’t it? Nice autumnal shot there. – [Ollie] Yeah, I think we’re
gonna be, brace yourselves, I think there’s gonna
be more autumnal shots in the next few weeks, but I’m looking forward
to it because I love them. – Yeah, me too.
– The light and the leaves, and everything, the shades, it’s great. But up, in first place this week, winning 100 pounds,
(drum rolling) is this photo from Brad. He says that his road
bike is a Ridley Fenix, but you won’t see it in this photo. And there’s good reason for that. So he sent us this message that says, a year ago this month, I had surgery to remove my prostate after cancer was found, none of which was due to my
five years of bike riding. I have a family history
of prostate cancer. I wore my GCN cap right
up until they wheeled me into surgery as a reminder
that I’d be getting better soon and back on my bike. Five weeks after this photo was taken, I did a slow 20 mile ride
to the next town and back, and my lastest blood tests
show that I am cancer free. The best part of all,
thanks to early detection and excellent surgeon, all
my equipment still works. Don’t be afraid of the checkup, fellows. And yeah, I think that’s
absolutely fantastic. And great news. Really, really–
– Genuinely inspiring. – Got it, yeah, absolutely brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing that. – Absolutely, and yeah, 100 pounds, winging it’s way to you in the form of Wiggle voucher.
– Enjoy. – Yeah, if you wanna get sucked in and submit your inspirational
photos for next week, the link is down in the description and you can head over to GCN uploader, but, of course, you can also submit it on Instagram as well with
the hashtag #gcninspiration. (upbeat electronic music) – Coming up on this
week’s tech show we have exciting new kit that was revealed at the IRONMAN World
Championships in Kona. We also have the UCI-illegal
TT bike from Specialized, their new Shiv, and we will be discussing should the UCI rules be relaxed to allow for these more extreme
design in the Pro Peleton. All of that plus our usual features, so make sure you check it out on this week’s tech show on Thursday. (power drill whirring) – It’s Hack/Bodge of the Week now. You submit your photos of hacks or possibly forward slash bodges, and we decide which one it is. We’re gonna start with this one. Was sent in by David from
over in Brooklyn, NY. He said this is a fork-mount block, still working on a name. So, bodge number one there, Ollie. It’s designed to allow a bike to rock when used with his trainer
to save precious inches and isolate vibration
with a rubber bottom. Now I’m looking at this, Ollie, and I think, ah, that’s
nice craftsmanship, but what does that do that
a front wheel doesn’t? – [Ollie] Well, while I’m all for saving precious inches and rubber bottoms, I think wheels have a
rubber bottom anyway. – [Simon] They do, they’re very good insulators, aren’t they? – [Ollie] I think what we need here, I think we need to reserve judgment until we actually see a
video of this in action. ‘Cause I can’t, it’s
not immediately obvious to me what this is actually doing. – Okay, we’ll withhold judgment on David. Perhaps you can get a video of it. Maybe you can show how much is isolating your friends in your apartment
below from the noise. But anyway, yeah, work
on the craftsmanship, that’s a nice bit of MDF. – I think it would work.
– Yeah, could work. Isn’t that nice on MDF, mate? – No that’s–
– No, that’s ply. – That’s ply, yeah. – Oh, yeah, we know our wood.
– 12 middle ply, yeah. – 12, is it? You know, good luck. Alright then, next up is this. – Here we have Kevin Schnebly, who has this sort of
improvised bike rack system that he’s put into the back of his car. – [Simon] That’s cool. – [Ollie] I think that’s, I like the way that it
appears to sort of come out to take the bikes off as well,
it’ll sloss, like a drawer. Yes, yes, that’s very good. – [Simon] That is cool, yeah. – [Ollie] That’s lot of
work going in to that. – [Simon] Top marks, I think
that’s a hack, right, yeah? (fist punching)
– Hack, yeah, definite hack. – [Simon] No more scratching your bikes in the boot of your car. Where’d the wheels go, the front wheels? Is there, hang on there a minute. Kevin, is there a front wheel mount as part of your amazing contraption? – I’m sure he’s thought of it.
– Or have they gone rogue? Somewhere in the trunk. I think that’s American. Right, anyway, we said that’s a hack. Next up we got David G. This I like, mate. Fitted a worn chain ring
to make a chain guard. We spotted Sven Nys had
done something similar. It looked like he had a prototype
Shimano Dura chain guard, when it turned out all he’d done is get to it with an angle grinder. But that’s pretty cool there, isn’t it? – [Ollie] That is cool, I like that. I think that’s a hack. – Yeah, it’s a one buy hack.
(fist punching) Yeah, fair play, thank you
very much for that one. – [Ollie] Next up with
have Heinrich Stoebel who has attached a Garmin mount
to the back of his saddle. And the reason why he’s done this is because on a track bike, you can’t have your
computer on your handlebars, or on an out front mount. You’re allowed to stow
it undeneath the saddle, or stick it on your skinsuit
or jersey or whatever, but, hey, safely sort of secures it there. – [Simon] I mean, he’s gone
to great lengths there, hasn’t he, with cable ties. So, I mean, that really is
astonishing piece of handy work. So a niche problem well solved. Thanks for that Heinrich. – [Ollie] But in a sort of bodged way. – [Simon] But I think it’s fair to say that he’s took definitely a bodged way. (spring vibrating)
– Yeah, yeah. I mean, might as well just
use the electrical tape and sod the mount. Yeah, anyway, there we go. – Alright, that brings
us to a slightly sad, mildly depressing end to
Hack or Bodge for this week. Let’s see if we can
end on a high next week and keeps those hacks
and bodges coming in, either on Twitter or
Instagram with the hashtag (electric drill whirring)
#gcnhack or, of course, on our uploader, the link to which is in the description, but you already knew that. (upbeat electronic music) Before we get onto what is coming up on the channel over the next seven days, a little bit of time to reflect on some of the amazing comments
you have been leaving under the last seven days worth of videos. So, without further ado, there’s a great couple from
underneath Emma’s video about performance enhancing
supplements/food stuffs/nutrients. This one here from Bruno Zub. I was on my bike once when someone threw a bottle of Omega-3 pills at me. Luckily my injuries were
only super fish oil. (Simon and Ollie chuckling) – Got 71 likes, that one. – You’re surprised? People love a good pun. – Yeah, they do, including
David Harper who wrote, becoming a vegetarian is
huge, huge missed steak. – Missed steak? – Missed steak, yeah. – Like what you did there, David. Genius, right. And then, just to quickly
take ourselves away from the terrible world of puns, under Hank and yours, actually, fantastic Red Hook Crit video from Sunday. Helen Wilkie said, wow, that was pretty thrilling for a channel I recently discovered ’cause I wanted to learn
how to wrap bar tape. Top work, lads. Yeah, gotta cover all
bases, haven’t we really? How to wrap handle bars, bottom bracket standards demystified, James races Red Hook Crit and nearly dies, does really well. I mean, all bases are covered here. And alright, which is much
like the next seven days worth of videos here on the channel. – Yup, so coming up on Wednesday, we have seven sunglasses
that shaped Oakley. That’s one of yours, isn’t it? – That’s right, yeah. For any lovers of Oakley sunglasses, and there’s gazillions of us out there, then now make sure you
choose that one, pretty cool. – And on Thursday we have advanced cycler cross
skills for beginners. And on Friday, Ask GCN Anything. – Yep, then on Saturday, we’ve actually got a
secret new product release. We can’t tell you anything now, but make sure you factor
that one into your day. And then Sunday, we teased you about
this a couple weeks ago, it’s the world’s hardest cyclo-cross race, and Oscar and I, well, we had a good go at it a couple of weeks back. So you can see how we get on in this week. And then, of course, Monday and Tuesday is GCN Racing New Show, followed by the GCN Show, episode 302. – Closing in on 400. (Simon and Ollie chuckle) (upbeat rock music) – It is nearing the end of the show, but, of course, before we leave you, it’s time for Extreme Corner. And this might be familiar to many of you who’d watched Sunday’s
video from Red Hook Crit. But if not, brace yourself. (upbeat rock music) – Ah! (bike crashing) Ah! (bike crashing) – Aww.
(Ollie inhaling sharply) Crikey, and that is a real
life welp from James there, as he went plowing headlong
into a crash with no brakes. I think I probably did
quite a lot worse, actually, then a mild welp. – Ah! Yeah, right, let’s leave it there because that’s enough terrifying. If you want to, of course, see
the rest of James’ adventures then make sure you check
out that Red Hook video. In the meantime, make sure you also head over to the GCN shop. Winter is upon us, nearly,
despite the proliferation of amazing autumnal
photos in GCN Inspiration. But we’ve got a kit for everyone, GCN Fan Kit and GCN Pro Kit, to take you through those cold winter months. – Certainly came in handy the other day, when I rode to Scarborough. – Ha!
– Like to train ’em. – With a tailwind like that, mate, I’m surprised you’re
wearing shorts and a jersey. – (chuckles) It was cold on the train home and I wasn’t moving. – (chuckles) Right, anyway, make sure you give this video
a big thumbs up as well. (electronic screeching) (heavy metal pounding)

100 comments on “Future Cycling Trends – What’s Next For Bikes & Riding? | The GCN Show Ep. 301

  1. Hi Guys! About the weekly inspiration pictures, I think they should include someone biking or a bike on them. This is the Global Cycling Network ;)!

  2. Si gave us a glimpse into the future of gears a while ago.
    The video also gives us a glimpse of how Si's likely to change over time…not much by the look of it !!!

  3. If I look at the bike I bought 16 years ago, and compare it to the one I got this year – I predict that all the specialist tools you now have will be completely useless in 20 years time. And people will have stopped saying that they won't use disk brakes because they are too good at braking.

  4. It's 20 years from now and I'm in the nursing home and I'm not too happy about it. But they let me volunteer in their thrift store. And I complain when they make me wash the donated bikes out back. But I'll be out of here soon. I've stashed an old ten-speed behind the dumpster and it's a beauty, a little heavy but who cares. I'll be riding like the wind this Saturday night at midnight. And I'll be already gone when they check my laptop and realize I was watching GCN videos all day, like my favorite, Escapees from the Home.

  5. Pretty realistic prediction: aero frames with clearance up to 36mm, and we will probably be moving away from carbon fiber into graphene or another material which we havent heard of yet.

  6. Love the idea of a best all round cyclist. It could extend from the CX/six day season all the way to the world championships.

  7. And as far as predictions go, I believe that Peter Sagan will win his fifteenth world championship in the year 2038.

  8. there are more/ better programs for smart trainers than zwift guys , just saying.. and there's no way you'd enjoy driving an F1 car! Go try a Formula Ford or something

  9. I was taking driving lessons in the east end of London after work in winter, so it was always night time. I cycled to and from work most evenings, except for the days of my lessons where I'd get the tube home.

    One evening I was making the rounds with my instructor; we were turning right at a junction and as I pulled away my instructor slammed on the brakes. Just seconds away from us was a cyclist in the oncoming lane I hadn't seen. In my defence, it was 8PM in December and the guy had no lights on his bike or reflective clothing, however I still should have seen him and I have no idea how I didn't.

    I was so shaken after the incident I had to pull over for 5 minutes to recompose myself. The experience has made me a much more defensive driver and cyclist.

  10. Can you all do a look at various spoke lights so we know what to look for? Any way to stay safe out there is worth a video!

  11. I agree with everything you guys said about our cycling future. By 2038 I’m imagining cycling infrastructure being like Copenhagen everywhere. There are going to be so many positive changes.

  12. I reckon that with the impending doom of global warming, that these science papers tell us about, we will have so much more cyclists in about 10 years of time. The government, wanting to capitalise on this, will charge cyclists some form of road tax. However, with more cyclists humans will be come more healthy relieving the pressure on the NHS and generally have a happier mood because of all the endorphins. I’d like to be as positive as possible. 🙂
    Great Britain will be the leaders of the cycling world, followed closely by Belgium and France. I hope on one thing though, that some sort of reform can happen where cycling teams don’t just rely on sponsor money and therefore securing the teams future for much longer and giving some sort fo job security to everyone involved in the team.

  13. I think 1x is the future of cycling & many many more people will be riding bikes in 20yrs time b/c petrol prices will be through the roof!
    What was once widely viewed as something for kids & alcoholics will become an even more widely used form of transport.

  14. I can see a future where there are multi-bike quadrathlons (pent, hex, etc). One tier on the road, transitioning to a segment on gravel, one an XC MTB, one aero, one a CX course, a DH or even Fat section. All it takes is land/roads/trails, and people with bikes.

    Or I could see a stage race of sorts of 4-7 stages, with each discipline on a separate day.

    I can also see more wild XC, Gravel or CX events that are like Tough Mudder, or Rugged Maniac, with "obstacle" sections where fans can gather as you ride through a mix of fire, blow up pylons and pontoons, mud puddles wit hidden deep spots, etc.

    I don't however see the UCI doing this. Pro cycling is very slow to change.

  15. Hmmm, I'm sure it's mostly GCN continually pushing gravel or all road bikes, no one else seems that fussed. I dont see why even super bikes don't come with mudguard mounts, they're pretty discrete now and makes using one bike most of the year much more sensible

  16. Cam Wurf’s new pinarello bolide Tri+ is significantly different to the standard bolide TT bike. Geometry is not legal for uci races and it has a huge box that fills half of the frame above the bottom bracket. If you see it up close it is definitely not a road bike. You can check out more info about it at

  17. Ultimate cycling champion. With all of the presenters, from all of the channels (@GCN, @GMBN, @EMBN, @TCN) you could have the ultimate presenter challenge. Who would come out on top? It'd be a great video (series?) as I'm sure there is no competition between the channels…..

  18. 2038??? I'll still be riding my 1986 STEEL Benotto 850. Of course, I'll be 68 so I may be into some level of dementia. I may be riding sans shorts but not know it…#shrinkage

  19. Hey GCN Blokes.. Actually here in the USA…. a recent stat in the Wall St Journal indicates you're better off cycling in the swamps of Florida , albeit.. chased by Alligators, B52 Mosquitos, and Venomous snakes, rather than risk getting plowed over by an aggressive Floridian, who just hates to see us riding around enjoying ourselves.. Fact: the Stat shows a sharp increase in Cyclists getting killed in the so called " Sunshine State". I can testify first hand that cycling in Florida is very much like "Death Race 2000". If by chance you are so inclined to visit this Swamp.. I would highly recommend Life Insurance .. 1 million dollar policy should do it..

  20. After 8 weeks of sprint focused training, I finaly hit 1500+ watts a couple of days ago! (1549 W, 67 kilo, age 18 #WATTAGEBAZOOKA)

  21. Fair enough giving Cam Wurf the Wattage Bazooka, but what you may have missed was the fact that Female Winner – Daniella Ryf, was ONLY about 2 mins slower than Wurf on a 90min return stretch of the same course!

  22. Re: Rear facing Garmin mounted on track bike. You need to upgrade this to a hack, as the genius bit is that the next rider behind in the string can read the display and know how fast he is going. Once everyone is set up the same, then you're all good!

  23. 20 years fly by in the blink of an eye, and I'd like a bike with a powerful, lightweight motor that can either compliment my power or give me miles of motorcycle-like speed when I need or want it. And I'd be fine with having this be classified as a bicycle/motorcycle for legal/insurance reasons. And I'd still kick it old-school with a Sting-Ray or something from the days of my youth, something the retirement home allows me to ride during recess.

  24. David brooklins wheel stand is good for fact it takes up less space too,and stops you from putting stress on same part of wheel for prolonged periods of time

  25. What about mixing zwift with elements from Mario Kart, Road Rash and Rock'n'Roll Racer? You can't go wrong, I'd play it so much my FTP would double in a month.

  26. Nice to see you guys publicising the danger of prostate cancer. It runs in my family too.. My dad died in 2001 of it.. so get an annual PSA test if your over 50, it could save your life. Off to get my 2019 test tomorrow..

  27. Daniella Ryf also smashed the Kona cycling record (women's), had a faster bike leg than most men, and she actually went on to WIN the race (unlike Wurf), her 4th in a row, and the fastest Kona ever. How about a wattage bazooka for Ryf, and equal opportunity and whatnot. cheers!

  28. If crashes on Zwift are 2038 then I'm a bloody time traveller. Long story short, make sure your rear fork is securely attached to your indoor trainer before launching into a sprint on Zwift…

  29. I can't believe Lance Armstrong actually said that. Well, actually yes I can, but as an American I am embarrassed. That was extremely obnoxious. Hope Thomas is able to get his trophy back.

  30. Automated vehicles will never happen. Auto insurance company won’t allow it. If it is made that safe. Automobile accident will be eliminated. These multi billion dollar companies will be out of business

  31. #tourqueback I am 11, and sometime next year me and my family are going on a rail trail. I think it is about 80km long. Do you have any training tips on this, because I really want to beat my dad.

  32. sorry guys – but Daniela Ryf does deserve that Wattage Bazooka much more than Cam Wurf! Though his bike split was impressive, Danielas was even more impressive by far!!! Compare: Cam was 3'48" faster than the previous record, Daniela was more than 18' faster! And, as a woman, she was only about 17' min slower than Cam over those 180 km – that is next level!

  33. I wonder if we'll see some kind of CVT (continuously variable transmission) on future bikes like we see on today's cars. I can't imagine chains and gears are going to last another 20 years (or maybe they will?)

  34. I do think we will be riding trialthon like bikes because of the aerodynamics. They will however have internal gears like Rohlloff and have a bit more onboard storage for the stuff you need to take with you. And they will be electric, limited to 25 km/h in rural aereas and on location with a lot of traffic, and unlimited to 45 km/h anywhere else.
    All this together will make it easy to bike to any destination within a range of 50-100 km and forget about cars altogether. For longer distances you will be able to hop on a train.

  35. I see in the future…. Olly NEVER EVER attempting an American southern accent again! What? Besides that… tons more ebikes.

  36. The red hook crit vid was great, more similar please. Take a look a Juliet Elliott’s red hook upload. Her crash trumps James’ crash! , One tough cookie

  37. On my way home the other night, I met three bicyclists in the oncoming Lane. With the sun low behind them, they we're very difficult to see with the sun in my eyes. Although it was still light, some type of flashing lights would have been very beneficial. I just started riding a bicycle again this year and I always ride with a strobe out back to try to catch the attention of drivers especially around sunrise or sunset.

  38. The future of professional cycling would look quite interesting with coed teams. Half guys and half gals racing the same stages at the same races.

  39. That clip of the cyclist going to fast over there corner and flipped out the road.. it looks painful yet hilarious in a sad way

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