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How Did Peter Sagan Really Win The Worlds? | The GCN Show Ep. 246

How Did Peter Sagan Really Win The Worlds? | The GCN Show Ep. 246

=[Nic Barber] From the top of Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales
the view is pretty good. Apart from that guy
who’s messing up a bit. Welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show. – Coming up this week there was a re-Pete and some Blaak magic at the
world championships in Bergen. Plus, Dan, some breaking news. Recumbents can be cool. (needle scratching across vinyl record) – Don’t believe you. In racing news, there’s a new UCI prez, a very important new UCI rule, and we find out exactly how much faster Caleb Ewan’s sprinting position is. – Yep and a bumper
extreme corner this week. It’s a cyclocross fails and bails special. Here’s a sneak peek. (crowd laughing and lamenting) (dramatic music) – This week, in the world of cycling we learned that age is
no barrier to speed. Giuseppe Mariani set a
new world hour record, completing over 39 kilometres at
over 80 years of age. – Fair play Giuseppe. That is impressive. And, as you mentioned at
the beginning of the show, we also learned that
recumbents can be cool. – Nope, still don’t believe you. Gonna have to prove it. – All right, watch this. This is Kirt Voreis; mountain bike legend showing that his silky skills actually translate across. He’s well worth a follow on Instagram. – Yeah, I might follow. Does he do more than just recumbents? – Yeah he does actually, yeah. – Yeah, give him a follow. Also in the world of cycling this week we learned that Peter Sagan is the king of men’s professional cycling. On Sunday in Bergen he clinched his third consecutive world championship victory. Quite an unbelievable feat, and a unique feat in the sport of cycling. I don’t think there was a single person had a bad word to say about it. – There were a couple of people grumbling. Apparently he didn’t
do enough in the race. Other than win it of course. – These are presumably the same people that say that he does too much in the Spring Classics races. – Probably the very same ones in fact. The question that we
need to answer now, Dan, as always, how did he
actually manage to win? – Well, we don’t know do we? We didn’t see him. – No, and this could be quite an awkward, and potentially a short
part of the show, couldn’t it. – Well, hang on, maybe it’s
because we didn’t see him that he managed to win. – I like where this is going, Dan. – Yeah, because there’s a lot
more to winning a bike race than actually being seen. I mean, even if you look at the replays from the race on Sunday,
you’d be hard pushed to pick out Peter Sagan. It’s more like a game of Where’s Wally, or Pick Out Peter, maybe. There are no prizes though for showing that you are the strongest
in a bicycle race. The only prize is for
crossing the line first. – You say that, but there
are Wattage Bazookas up for grabs. – Yeah, I suppose there
are bronze medals as well. – Yeah, exactly, I do know what you mean. Tom Boonen puts it very
eloquently when he says that, “Dirty faces win races.” – I’ve not heard that.
That’s a good one. – It is good isn’t it? Still having said that,
waiting is a bit of a gamble. I mean, the race could quite easily have just disappeared down the road before Sagan had actually
done anything in the race. In fact, he actually said it wasn’t until one kilometre to go; one kilometre to go, that he actually thought
he was in with a shout of winning. – Well maybe that is a good point, Si. And the fact that he’s already had so much success in his career, maybe allowed him to be more relaxed, and take those big gambles. – I can see that, actually. I mean, winning three successive World Road Race Championships cements him as one of the
sport’s all-time greats. But had he not won it, it wouldn’t have dented his
reputation one bit, would it. Two-time world champ
still sounds pretty blooming good. – Yeah, I also wonder
whether the fact that he had quite a small team
at the world championships also plays into his hands. He’s got five teammates to help
him around on Sunday’s race whereas the big nations
like Italy and France and Belgium and Spain, etc., they’ve all got nine riders. So a lot of the pressure
falls on their shoulders. Not in control of the
race, but to make the race. – Yeah, that is true, although he did say in, again in the post-race interviews, as well as sterling work from his teammates, he had to thank a lot of friends in the peloton. So actually maybe being
liked by your peers is actually a key ingredient
to being successful. – Do you think that’s why
we weren’t more successful? You have to be liked. – I think that’s almost
definitely one of the reasons why we weren’t more successful. I do think, as well,
we’ve been skirting around perhaps the most important point. And that is that he’s just
a bloody good bike rider. Isn’t he? I mean, if you watch that last kilometre; the kilometre that you can
actually see Pete Sagan, it’s just a masterclass, isn’t it. In positioning, in timing,
not to mention the fact that he’s just incredibly
strong at the end. He’s just a legend. – Yeah, he’s a pretty good
all-around bike rider. He’s got everything going hasn’t he? Now I think we should end
this part with a stat. Something which, for me,
sums up Sagan as a whole. This comes in from Lucas Knoffler, and he has looked back
through Pete Sagan’s career, and said that 29% of his race days were done in a normal trade team jersey. That means that 71% of Peter
Sagan’s career race days have been either in the rainbow jersey as world champion, his
national championships jersey or in a jersey which says he’s
a leader of a classification. And that is mind boggling. – That is quite mind boggling, isn’t it. You’d have to have quite a lot of decimal places, wouldn’t you, to work out what percentage we’ve
spent not in our jerseys. – Well to be fair, before I turned pro I once turned up to race where I’d forgotten my jersey. So I had to use a different
jersey from somebody else. So that was one day. – Yeah, I did that, but with shorts. – Ugh.
– That was horrible. (racing bugle) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We’re starting Cycling Shorts this week with a couple of news snippets coming out of the Netherlands. And firstly the Veilig
Verkeer Nederland Foundation wants to ban… Wait for it.
…cross bars. Yeah, that’s right; top tubes. Now apparently we shouldn’t
have men’s and women’s bikes any more. We should have gender neutral
bikes without top tubes, because they are dangerous. Particularly for older riders, they say. – Maybe we should warn Matt about that. To be fair, when I was
14, I tried to clear a set of doubles, and in doing so I pulled both feet out of my toe clips and landed on the top tube. So I can tell you first hand they are very dangerous
and they hurt a lot. – Yeah, I’ll bet it did. – Back to the story though. Now it might sound
ridiculous to ban top tubes, but they do present some pretty good facts to back up their argument. It’s apparently, though, a Swedish study, and what it found was that there was a lesser chance of head injury when you collided or had a traffic accident when you didn’t have a top tube. Also, it gave you a better
and safer riding position. – I struggle to understand that. But this next one; if you have a child in a child seat on the back of the bike, then the bike is less stable when you’re getting on and off a cross-bar bike. – Yeah, I can see that one.
– Yeah, I can see that. Now don’t worry. We are not gonna be abandoning top tubes anytime soon for racing
and general riding, but it has to be said,
if the stats are there, and they are robust,
then it does make sense for city bikes, doesn’t it. Particularly public-hire
bikes which already kind of go down the, kind of, gender-neutral,
no-top-tubes kind of avenue. – Yeah, they do, don’t they. – Now, away from the Netherlands, and to more global news now. And the UCI have got a new president. Welcome David Lappartient. – Ah, come on, you said
it better in rehearsal. – Bienvenue, bienvenue, bienvenue, bienvenue David Lappartient. That’s right, the Frenchman
won in a landslide, in fact, from Brian
Cookson; 37 votes to eight. And he takes over the reins at UCI with immediate effect. – Yeah, that is a convincing
victory I think you might say. Before the election day
itself, though, the UCI implemented a new rule
to add to the very big book of rules at UCI already. This one, though, is about squad sizes. So in 2018 and beyond, the squad size at the Tour de France and
all the other grand tours will be a maximum of eight. And at all other UCI-sanctioned races, no more than seven riders
allowed on a single team. And I for one think that this
is going to be a good rule. – I think it’s gonna be
a great rule actually. The reason they gave was for safety. It’s to limit the size of the peloton. But I think it will make
racing more exciting. – Yeah. – I don’t think they went far enough. Six-man teams at the Tour de France. (knocks table) That’s what I think. Yeah, right, sticking with racing news. Couple of transfers for you. The Belgian champion, Jolien D’hoore, moves from Wiggle High5
over to Orica-Scott. Meanwhile Simon Gerrans
leaves Orica-Scott, and he goes to BMC. – Wow, he’s been there
from the start hasn’t he? – He has, yeah.
– 2012. Sticking with an Orica-Scott rider, let’s go back to what we talked about in the intro; Caleb Ewan. Do you want to know
exactly how much faster or more aero his sprinting position is? – Well, we need to ask Bert Blocken of the Eindhoven University. Huh, another Dutch story. – Yeah, the Dutch are strong at the moment. – Crikey, yeah, his
team used computational, fluid dynamics to
estimate that Caleb Ewan’s position is 24% more aerodynamic. Which means it’s 14% faster, so they say. – Another stat; it’s actually
64.58% more dangerous. – Good lord, that’s incredible. – I did make that up, but it’s gonna be up there with the full-Froomie for the most dangerous position on the bike in pro cycling, I think. – [Caleb Ewan] Try to touch your face. On the ground. – Also, don’t try Caleb
Ewan’s position at home. – No. – Like Si. I presume you didn’t use
the Caleb Ewan position, Si, en route to 23rd at the
Three Peak Cyclocross on Sunday. – I did briefly actually, I did the Ewan straight into the Superman
head first into a bog. – You came off, you did? – Well, I did send it over the bars. How about you? Did you use it at the Velo Birmingham? – No, I didn’t need to, because there was actually no sprinting involved in my ride. I did try and get aero at the
start to save some energy, but even that didn’t work,
because the last 10 miles I really needed some sugar. It’s quite a funny story
actually, from Velo Birmingham. And that was one of the entrants
called John Hoopingarner. Uh, he entered Velo
Birmingham, and later found out that it wasn’t Birmingham, Alabama, but Birmingham in the UK. – That’s quite a long way to pedal. – He decided, it looked
so cool; the event, that he did indeed book some flights, and booked some accommodation,
and come over to do it. He really enjoyed himself. – Fair play, John.
Nice work. – Tech of the Week time now. And some of you may
remember that some time ago we showed a video from Adam Debreczeni which showed off his
augmented reality maps. And it caused quite a
stir, not just in cycling, but in other parts and other sports. And such a stir, that he has now created a dedicated app to it called, Fitness AR. – Yep, you sync up your Strava account. You then choose an activity
that you want to view. And it creates a super
cool augmented reality map powered by Map Box. And then, you can also use your phone to record the augmented reality map to create a little video of it. It’s like the future, Dan. – Yeah, it is. Do you wanna know what else
could well be the future? – Yes, please. – Well, Team Aqua Blue
Sport who are the first ever Irish pro continental cycling team, and they’ve just come off the back of a very successful debut
grand tour at the Vuelta. But from next year
onwards, they in the team are going to be using the
brand-new 3t Strada aerobikes. – I did see that. And the big news from
that is that those bikes can’t be used with front derailleurs, meaning that the team are gonna have to ride one-by drivetrains. So it’s one chainring
up front the whole year. – Which, in turn, means that
they will be the first team since about 1986 to be having
the use of less than 12 gears. Albeit this time around with disc brakes. – Well, you say that Dan, but
if, for some bizarre reason, Aqua Blue happened also to be sponsored by Phil Wood Components, purveyors of some beautiful machined bike bits, then, actually, they might have 13 gears at their disposal, because
they were showing off a new prototype group set. So it uses a standard 11 to 40 11-speed Shimano cassette with a couple of other sprocketts bolted on the back. Up to a 50; 52 cassette. Then you have to add a little
bit onto your derailleur to allow it to move more;
to swing further out. Then you have to build a custom frame so it has 150mm spaced drop-outs. That’s like boost on mountain bikes. And then you have to use a
friction shifter to change gear. – Sounds mightily complicated. I also say that anything
that uses a friction shifter now is most definitely not a
step into the future, is it. – That’s probably true, yeah. – I will cut them some slack though. As you said, it was a prototype. Maybe things will change for
the actual production model. It does beg the question though; are the days of front mechs numbered? I mean the mountain bike
world; they’re already there. They barely use a front mech. The cyclocross world and the gravel world; they’re on their way, aren’t they. Are we, as roadies, next on the list? – Yes we are, Dan.
We are. I’m convinced. Let us know what you think then. Vote just up there. Yes; front derailleurs
are on borrowed time. We’re not gonna use them much more. No; you’re gonna keep
your front derailleur. – You’ve been very
controversial this week. – Am I?
– Yeah. – I don’t mean to be. I do like single
chainrings up front though. – I like front derailleurs. So much racing to get through from the World Championships in Bergen last week. Following on from Team Sunweb’s dominance of the TTT’s, it was
the Dutch who dominated the ITT’s or the Individual Time Trials. Starting off with the Women’s it was quite an emotional victory, wasn’t
it, for Annemiek van Vleuten just over 12 months on from her horrific crash at the Rio Olympics. She saw her mother after
the race, which was good. Jumped over the barriers
from the medal ceremony. Whilst in the Men’s race Tom Dumoulin was so dominant, he probably
could have stopped for a dump at the bottom
of the last climb, let alone a bike change, and still held on to take the victory. – Ah, that was quite a
thought Dan, thanks for that. We gotta give some
honourable shout-outs to a couple of amazing junior performances. Firstly Elena Pirrone
of Italy won both the Junior Women’s Time
Trial and the Road Race. Pretty awesome. And also Tom Pidcock of the UK added the Individual Time Trial title to his World Cyclocross title
from earlier in the year. And also his Paris-Roubaix win, as well; Junior Paris-Roubaix obviously. – Those two are going places in the sport. – Oh yeah, very fast probably as well. – Now, on to the road races. As I said in our top 10
riders to watch out for a few days previous to that, the Dutch were always going to be strong. Very strong. And it turned out that I was completely– – No wait, now, you can’t
claim that you were right, because you didn’t mention the winner. – Oh come on, I said that
they were going to be strong. And they were very strong indeed. – That doesn’t mean you got it right. I just means that– – Can I actually mention
who won the race now? – You can now if you like, yeah. – Chantal Blaak is the new
Women’s World Road Race Champion. The 27-year-old was part of
a very strong Dutch squad. She crashed, actually, earlier on. She had quite a hard chase
to get back to the peloton, but she had enough in her legs to attack with eight kilometres still remaining and hold on for the victory. Never to be seen again, basically. The silver medal went to
Australia’s Katrin Garfoot, whilst last year’s
winner, Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark, took the bronze
medal this time around. So a strong back-up performance from her. – So, the Dutch, as you can imagine, pretty much crushed the
medals table, didn’t they. Topping off with four
golds and two silvers. Which is mighty impressive. – Yeah, it is, isn’t it. Meanwhile the cyclocross
season continued apace over in the US of A last weekend. Second round of the UCI World Cup took place at Trek’s headquarters in Waterloo in Wisconsin. And handily for us, Sanne Cant proved that she once again can, and Tim
Merlier again took a pearlier. – Yay, you gotta love the cyclocross season, haven’t you, brilliant. Yes, Sanne Cant did
indeed take the victory. She attacked the lead group
midway through the race, and held on to win, in some very hot, very untypical
cyclocross conditions. – Didn’t seem to affect Mathieu van der Poel though did it? For the second consecutive weekend he basically looked to
be in a league of his own as he led the race from gun to tape. His arch-rival meanwhile Wout Van Aert, still somewhat off the pace at the moment. He can only finish seventh on the day. – Probably the heat. Hopefully for him it’s the heat. Now we also caught sight
of this quite amusing tweet from the coffee manufacturer
Segafredo the father of mountain biking, arguably, Gary Fisher was also at the race, but clearly he wanted
to fly under the radar, so he adopted this really
quite clever disguise. – Well he’s certainly laying low there isn’t he; Gary Fisher. He’ll never be recognised. Anyway, the Cyclocross World
Cup leads us nicely in; to this week’s Wattage Bazooka. (bazooka firing) – It was the Telenet-Fidea team who took this footage out on one of
their secret training sessions. I’ll bet this was a
Sven Nys special back in the day. Anyway, that rider on
the front is Dutchman Lars van der Haar, and that,
I think you would agree, is a well-deserved Wattage Bazooka. They’ll be some power going
through his legs there. – Yes there is, yeah, fair enough. Right, this week’s GCN
viewer Wattage Bazooka. It’s a very special one. It goes to this man, Brian Griffith. Oh yeah, the architect of
our own Wattage Bazooka sign, said that he finally felt
like he’d done something to deserve a Wattage Bazooka. And, oh my word Brian,
you definitely deserve it. 204 miles, 8,000 feet of
climbing in three states. That is an epic ride. And a well-deserved Wattage Bazooka. – Yeah, if you’d like to
get a Wattage Bazooka, just send us something to the GCN offices. In all seriousness, if
you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend just
use the #WATTAGEBAZOOKA as you see here on Twitter,
Instagram or Facebook. – He looks like such
a nice guy doesn’t he? – Hack, forward slash, Bodge of the week. Let’s get straight in there, Dan. This one from ARJEFFS. He’s found an absolute pearler. A classic aero rear wheel made
out of a real estate sign. Stylish, probably functional. And also a disc brake rotor cover fashioned from another disc brake rotor. Which is ingenious. – [Dan] What’s underneath the saddle? – [Simon] Or what’s wrapped
around the top tube; bizarre. – [Dan] Next up… is that
Hack or Bodge by the way. – [Simon] I think that’s a bodge isn’t it. – [Dan] Another bodge coming
up now from Elaine Burroughs. “Mechanical doping of your pub bike.” There’s a lot going on there. I think that’s some sort of chainsaw motor linked to the front wheel to propel that. But look at the shape, look at the frame. – [Simon] That is one terrifying,
terrifying bit of kit. Grade A bodge there. This one though from @DOUGIMUSPRIME. Firstly, hats off to your Instagram name. That’s genius. He’s managed to fashion a way of creating more chain slack to fix his chain, with what looks like an inhaler. – [Dan] Yeah.
– [Simon] That’s a hack. Look at that.
– [Dan] Good work. – [Simon] Genius; using what’s available to just to make life better. – [Dan] I love this one from TEAM COASTAL. “Saw this last week in Panama city. I guess money doesn’t
buy you common sense.” It looks like a bike
rack, which is probably a Seasucker, mounted
to the front of the car rather than the rear. Very interesting. – [Simon] Please let that
be like an optical illusion, and not someone actually strapping a bike to the front of their car. Anyway, maybe it’s a hack; maybe they know something we don’t, Dan. – [Dan] @BIKEENCHILADA,
uh, somebodies tried to increase the comfort of their saddle by the looks of things. That’s gonna make a lot of
noise though, initially, when there’s still air in those bubbles. – [Simon] Well you’d have to replace it when the noises stopped wouldn’t you. Every time you hit a bump (makes
noise of popping bubbles). – [Dan] Yeah, whenever that goes, time to replace the bubble wrap. – [Simon] Good use of gaffer tape there. Right, this one could well be the world’s most expensive toilet roll holder. Sent in by @INDIANA_SEAGULL. It looks like the end of a Cervelo that’s been, well, chopped in half to make into a toilet roll stand. Ingenious hack, but there is
one thing that pains me, Dan. The quick release is on the wrong side. – [Dan] Oh yeah. – [Simon] So that would’ve been a hack, but perhaps it’s a bodge. – [Dan] Somebody also
pointed out in the comments that the loo roll’s on
the wrong way around. I didn’t even see that. – [Simon] No, you can’t
even see that it’s dropout. I’ve heard that the
orientation of the toilet roll has been quoted as grounds
for divorce before. People have such strong arguments about which way around your bog roll hangs. – Leave your comments below as ever. – Yeah, if only we could have another vote. Which way around does
the toilet roll hang? Inwards or outwards. – I don’t even know
where to start with this. If you’d like to send
in more hacks or bodges for next week’s GCN show just use the #GCNHACK, and we’ll pick our favourites again next week. – Competitions now, but
before we get onto caption competitions, we’ve got
a winner for you that we’ve gotta announce:
Paul Stenson hasn’t just won himself a GCN water bottle, he’s won himself a
brand new Wattbike Atom. Yeah, from the unboxing
competition just the other week. Congratulations, Paul,
it’ll be on its way to you very soon. – That is a mega prize, isn’t it? – That is a mega prize! – Not to do down our CamelBak water bottle which you will receive
if you are the winner of the caption competition,
I will announce last week’s winner in just a few moments time. This though was the
picture that you were given the captions for and the winner this week, and this is another
pearler, it comes in from Earthstick who put caption competition “I’ve wanted to wear this
jersey since I was a kid.” – That is amazing! Genuinely,
that is absolutely amazing, laugh out loud worthy,
another pun isn’t it. – Write into us on Facebook
Earthstick and we will get the Camelbak water bottle to you ASAP. – Alright then, another Camelbak
bottle up for grabs now, it’s this week’s caption competition. This is your photo, Philippe Gilbert talking to Greg Van Avermaet. – Shall I get started then?
– Go on then. – Okay. No Greg, I just don’t
care about Paris Roubaix, I don’t wanna hear it anymore! Did you get that?
– No. – Leave your captions in the
comment section down below though and see if you can
do as well as Earthstick. Love that one! Before we tell you what is
coming up on the channel this week, a few choice
comments underneath what was on the channel last week. – Dave Warneke really made me chuckle when he pointed out that
Matt and I actually missed out a reason to get out of the
saddle in Wednesday’s video. And that was because when
it’s rained on your saddle when you’ve been having a coffee to basically keep your bum dry. It’s true, that. Very true.
– It is true. – Meanwhile, under Mark
Beaumont’s video with Si, Max White pointed out that at the time there were two dislikes
and he said presumably they were Mark’s legs, both of them. – Now this did spark
quite an amusing thread, given that inevitably
one or two more dislikes did pop up, Damien said “Man now it’s 6, how many legs does this guy have”. – Yeah, and following
immediately on from Damien we had ZeroSeriesMMX who
chimed in when it got up to seven dislikes, he said
presumably now it is legs, arms, lungs and head, maybe? – Yeah, you’re not wrong either. I should think they were all complaining, actually. Right then, Dan, what is on
the channel this week, mate? – Well I should tell you now,
on Wednesday we are going to show you how to wheelie a road bike. – It’s going to be wheelie good, that one. – From yours truly, it’s gonna be great. – Wheelie great!
– You are right there. – And on Thursday, excited about this one, it is our latest top ten
cycling impersonations. – [Narrator] He can win fair and square, but didn’t we all despair
when he held onto a team car, whilst the race was live on air? – [Shark] Ciao, ragazzi,
arrivederci, a dopo. – [Cyclist] (yelling)
Hey! What are you doing! – Friday, as ever, we
have ask GCN Anything. – Yeah, Saturdays pro-bike
is from Primoz Roglic, second in the recent
world time trial champs. Sunday we’ve got first look
at actually a gravel bike, this is from kind of a relaunched, refreshed Italian brand called Titici. (rock music) – And then Monday, we
are in the work shop. – Yeah
– It’s maintenance Monday. – And then on Tuesday– – From the beautiful
island of Trinidad and Tobago, welcome to the GCN show! – It’s almost the end of the show, but you know what that means? It is extreme corner, which
as we mentioned in the intro this week is a compilation of
cyclocross fails and bails. Take it away! (crowd cheering) – The line there, pretty
classic– (laughing) (up-beat music) – Come on Doug, dig in! (shouting) (heavy breathing) (bike crashing) – (beep) me! – Alright, before we finish
for good for this week’s GCN show, quick update on the GCN club. Firstly, and once again
thank you to everybody who has registered their interest already, and for the feedback
that you have given us. It really has blown us away
how many people have responded. We are behind the scenes working furiously to collate all the
feedback and to formulate the club to be the best it can be, or should we say people brighter than us are doing that exact thing, aren’t they.
– Yeah. – So we’re now looking to open registration officially in December. – Absolutely, we will
keep you posted obviously, between now and then
for any kind of updates, but yeah, there you go,
there’s your timeline. Right, all that needs to
be said now I guess is subscribe to GCN if you don’t already, to do so is free, just click on the globe. – Yeah, couple of videos
to watch now you’ve got to watch the one down here if you haven’t done so already, even though it’s from the dirty boys next door, GMBN. And it’s Martyn Ashton
conquering Whistler. – Absolutely, that will make
you want to ride your bike today that’s for sure. And then for something
a little bit more techy, perhaps, how about a
factory tour at DT Swiss. Interestingly enough, how are spokes made? You’ll find out just down there.

100 comments on “How Did Peter Sagan Really Win The Worlds? | The GCN Show Ep. 246

  1. We're going to launch the website and the GCN Club officially in December, just in time for Christmas. We'll be keeping you posted between now and then, of course.

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  2. I've been riding 1x on the road for ages. I don't miss the front mech, but to make it really good we need cassettes larger at both ends to tighten up the ratios. 16-46 or something along those lines.

  3. Re the one-by trend. It's still an 'orrible nasty contraption. I reckon hub or frame-gears (most likely hub) will improve to the point of greater lightness (rohloff 200g more than what I had before) due to their simple practicality. The rarified testosterone-driven sponsored world of racing has so dominated and distorted the field that the vast majority of cyclists actually think dérailleurs a fine idea as they clean off the muck, re-adjust, wait while the chain climbs over the cogs most 'orribly, untangle the mech from the spokes etc. In the daily world of cycling for practicality or pleasure – hubs are the rational choice – almost maintenance-free, instant and tidy. Had mine 7 years now and would never, ever go back to these ancient contraptions called dérailleurs. Unless, that is, a sudden rather late flood of testosterone to the brain drives-out reason. I know it's difficult being proper blokey when we are just another average sap, needin' to appear tough, show-off, be competitive but its a diversion from the realities. Grrr… (what was that?)

  4. I love the Sagan stats sum-up at 4:45, 71% of all his racedays in a leader or World Champ jersey. That's probably still not enough shut the yap on the average Sagan-hater. But it sure should, he's the best all-arounder we've seen in years.

  5. Caption Competition:
    Avermart: "What?!? They really let this guy win who climbed over the barriers and entered the race with just 1kilometer to go.

  6. greg: the ting go skraa pap pap pap pap ka. skidivodipyium and a pu pu poom drr poom. skyaa du du du du kun kun
    other guy : shut up already!

  7. Guys if you had to pick between a Garmin forerunner (mulitsport), a pwr meter, or a smart turbo trainer in the price bracket of under £500 which would you pick and why (triathlete)

  8. A few days ago I had exactly that idea "why not get a custom asymetrical frame, some extra sprokets and a friction shifter to make a 3×15 touring bike?"

    Too late.

  9. For the CX wipeouts part 2, it's a longer clip, but I hope it's entertaining.
    My helmet cam records me snickering at a rider that wipedout, and I got instant karma. And the cherry on the top was Bruce asking me if I got it on my GoPro… Obviously the number one concern when your buddy hits the turf! LOL!!

  10. For the CX wipeouts part 2, it's a longer clip, but I hope it's entertaining.
    My helmet cam records me snickering at a rider that wipedout, and I got instant karma. And the cherry on the top was Bruce asking me if I got it on my GoPro… Obviously the number one concern when your buddy hits the turf! LOL!!

  11. The car is on the front windscreen because in most Latin American cities, it would be stolen in no time at all if on the rear.

  12. How did Sagan win the Worlds? Simple answer is he is the best rider in the world as proven by three back to back wins. Sermon over.

  13. The car is too short at the back to mount the bicycle (Team Coastal)…. I assume. Still
    though, money doesn't buy you planning skills :')

  14. Hey guys! As always, a brilliant show! It's a dream come true to have a brief mention on the show as I am a huge fan even though a bit geographically challenged! Cheers!
    PS Thanks for pronouncing my surname correctly!

  15. Caption: 'Are you serious? Simon and the boys each have custom made Asso jerseys???' (Passionately stayed with disbelief and envy).

  16. Some interesting stats of Sagan: He did 632 racedays, won 101 (16%), top ten 352x (55.7%), 95965kms. 16611 points alltogether. So actually he is every second race-day in top 10. How many mountain-days he did where he is back? So he is almost every possible stage in top 10 fighting for victory. Whole year, every year. Just unbelievable.

  17. Are opus bikes any good? I visited a local shop with a opus vivace Di 2 and it was 4999 down from 10 000. Just wasn't sure because although everyone says brand doesn't matter its the parts I've just never heard of opus and when searched their stock bikes don't seem to go for that high. Just making sure I spent my money in the right place

  18. caption. NO i should of won worlds
    no GREGGGGGGGGGGG sagan should of won
    no me
    no sagan and i don't want to hear any more
    me me me me me
    ahhhhh shut up
    fine. sagan should of won

  19. That stat you come up with seems to be way off. By my calculations, it's about 11-12% of race days he has ridden in his jersey. Remember that he has only had one and a half season to accumulate these days, since the last time he rode in a trade jersey was in TdS 2011. And he had a points jersey in many of his race days before that since the start of his career in 2010.

  20. The crusty disc wheel, top-tube pad and brake disc guard shown at 17:09 are actually things often used in hardcourt bike polo. Wheel covers are there to block shots instead of letting the ball go right through and occasionally break spokes on the way. The purpose of a disc cover is quite obvious. Bodgy as can be, but nothing out of the ordinary if you know the drill. Also, Lightfoot is a related brand from down under.

  21. Exactly, he did shag-all and then mugged the pack at the end. Best of all time? Best at hanging off coat tails maybe

  22. Hey, if you guys have time, could you ask Tom about his opinions on the new content cop? He will know exactly what it is, and I feel that the greater community would benefit from this knowledge.

  23. Caption competition PG – " if you really were the King of Flanders you would be able to see this new super light-weight helmet'

  24. Check my #eroica I rode all the Eroica with a 60 years old bike. The front brake broke at the second descent, I rode 190 km with only the rear one. The saddle was falling down all time and I have to stop every 20 km to get it up again. I broke the rear derailleur, I adjust it with iron wire (see picture) and I rode 80 km on a fixed gear ( #gcnhack ). But I manage to finish it in 14 hours! #wattagebazooka #gcnepic #epic

  25. Sworks sea sucker on the front of the car would certainly make it easier whenever there was worries about height clearance issues 😂

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