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Is This Really Why You Ride Your Bike? | The GCN Show Ep. 241

Is This Really Why You Ride Your Bike? | The GCN Show Ep. 241

– [Crowd] Welcome to the GCN Show! – Welcome to the GCN Show. This week we are giving
you science’s answer as to why you ride. – But we need you to
tell us if it’s right. – We’ve also got a fantastic
looking budget power meter, news from the Vuelta, the
latest from Mark Beaumont – [Simon] And chocolate voice; our man, Johnny Beavan, has
finally started the Haute route. (electronic music) – This week, in the world of cycling, we learn that the ongoing
inequality between men’s and women’s racing also extends to fish. – It does. In last week’s Tour of Norway,
Bernie Eisel won half a tonne of salmon, and in this
week’s ladies Tour of Norway, there was, by our reckoning,
30kg up for grabs. You’ll have to stay tuna’d for more. – Oh my goodness. Not again, please, Si. In all fairness, I’m not too sure that those
winners would have been too worried about having
about 470kg less salmon to be lumbered with. – True, fair point mate. – We also learned that
you have a 60/40% split when it comes to sock height, so 60% of you went for high socks, ie. the Blythe formula, whilst 40% went for low. – [Simon] That’s right, and
you may well be wondering how a four-way vote, cause
there was, of course, also a compression sock
and a no sock option, can end up as just a 60/40 split, but therein lies your answer. – But to be fair I think your hairy ankles probably put everyone
off the no sock option for starters. – [Simon] Ah, yeah, maybe. – And again, we’ve learnt
something else this week, and that is the answer to one of cycling’s enduring questions: Why? – Why do we ride? I think the reason it’s
an enduring question is probably cause it’s really
quite difficult to answer. – Well I can think of loads of reasons why we like to ride our bikes, but to be fair, I can also think of quite
a few compelling reasons why we don’t like to ride. (heavy breathing) – Speak for yourself, Dan,
but there’s the opportunity to socialise, the opportunity
to get your hands dirty, to get your hands on new tech, to smash yourself. Come on you (bleep), turn
those (bleep) pedals! – These might be the
reasons why you ride, Si, but it seems that once again,
science has the real answer to our question. – Oh yeah? – I say that because at the weekend, I was perusing one of my
favourite online publications. – Qualitative Research Into Sport Exercise And Health Journal? – Oh, you’re a reader too? – I subscribe, yeah. – That is the one. Anyway, I stumbled across
a very interesting article, with the catchy title: “The
psychological wellbeing effects of cycling in the countryside and interpretive
phenomenological analysis”. – Yes, yeah. – This basically tries to
decipher exactly why we’re seeing so many more MAMILs on the
road, ie. middle aged men in lycra. – [Simon] Yeah. I, too, read that one, and actually, results really surprised me; they may well surprise you too. So the researchers interviewed
11 middle-aged men, all of whom have been cycling
for at least two years, and cycling in the outdoors, so that’s important, what they term, “green cycling”, and they found three distinct reasons why. – Yeah, number one, cycling offers challenges, ie. long climbs, hard climbs,
and long distances etc, and completing one of
these challenges gives you a big sense of achievement. And they’ve got a name for
this, Si, haven’t they? – [Simon] They do. Mastery and uncomplicated joys. – Number two, they say, is the
opportunity to feel pleasure. Maybe something you get less
of when you are middle aged, ie. storming down country
lanes or negotiating tricky or dangerous descents. – [Simon] Yeah, and this, too, has a name. – It does, “my place to
escape or rejuvenate”. – Oh yeah, and then finally, number three is the opportunity to leave your troubles behind you, so kind of the therapeutic benefits of riding in the countryside – Name? – Alone, but connected. – Haha! – You’re riding a bike! I’m riding a bike! – You’re a rider, I can’t believe it! – We are taking the mick
slightly, of course. – Little bit. – To be fair, I haven’t
really thought too much about this subject before; probably, though, because like you Si, I’m not yet old enough to really
be deemed middle aged, no. In all seriousness though, I can relate to that
last point in particular, because a scenic solo ride, even if it’s only for an hour or so, can really help you to clear your head. – [Simon] Yeah, that is true actually, you can think as much or as
little as you want when cycling, I do like that. Right, we do wanna know what you all think about this as well, so we’re gonna ask you. This is not confined to middle-aged men, so you can be any age, any
gender, whether you wear– – We can take part. – Yeah. Whether you wear lycra or not. What is the reason that
you ride your bike for? Now, we’re gonna give you three options, and you can vote just up there. So is it the challenge, is it the escape, or is it the whole alone but connected? So comfortable socialising? Let us know. – Yeah, and if you’d like
to expand on your reasoning, you can leave those comments
just below this video, or even give a completely
different reason altogether; we’d love to hear from you. – We would. Now, one person I’m gonna
be interested to know, what he says today, and what
he says in a week’s time, is John Beavan. Chocolate voice himself, he’s been training literally
for months for this, for the Haute Route challenge; it’s an epic. Shall we see how he’s getting on? – Yeah, over to you, Matt and John. – Thanks very much guys, I’m here on the start line; we’ve got approximately five
minutes to go before stage one of the Haute Route Alps; we’re here on the Promenade
des Anglais in Nice, and John, I must admit, you are looking lean and primed, but just a gentle reminder, okay, starts in Nice, finishes in Geneva; 896 kilometres in length, total elevation gain, 22,200 metres, how are you feeling? – Erm, is there a toilet round here, Matt? – There is, a portaloo
just over there, mate. (bleep) – Flippin’ heck; in all seriousness, this
is a big undertaking. I mean, we told you back
at Christmas, essentially, you were doing this; have you managed to get enough prep, have you done enough miles? – Well, I can only hope so Matt. I’ve done all the training miles, long and hard sessions
on the turbo trainer, threshold efforts to try and get me ready for the Alpine Cols, so now is the time to
put my legs to the test. – So you’re fit, you’re looking lean, but, more importantly,
you’ve got a shiny new steed, is it, you’ve got a brand
new Canyon Ultimate CF SLX in GCN colours? – [John] That’s right, in a
nice black and red livery; we’ve got a Power2Max powermeter on there to read all my data. Everybody says it’s seven days long, 896 kilometres, so I think the strategy is going to be slow and steady, ride within myself, and then just see what
I’ve got left really. – And we’re gonna be
seeing how you’re doing, you’re gonna be capturing
pretty much everything; the highs, and the lows
for us along the way. – [John] Exactly, so yeah, follow my journey, and
there’ll be plenty of stuff on Facebook and YouTube as well, so stay tuned. (trumpet fanfare) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – We’ll start cycling shorts
this week with some bad news. That is, on the eve of
the Vuelta A España, the UCI announced that Sammy Sanchez of Team BMC had failed a dope test, or more specifically, had returned an adverse
analytical finding, so there is a B sample still to be tested. It was for a growth
hormone-releasing peptide called GHRP-2. I’d imagine that is probably the last that we will see of Sammy Sanchez; he’s been suspended by the team, and I think that’s probably career over. – [Simon] He said he was
totally shocked and surprised, and to be honest with you mate, I just didn’t know what to think. The thing that surprised
me most, it has to be said, was that he actually finished
second in the Tour de France. I’d completely lost track of how many people had been disqualified, and he got promoted
from fourth, apparently. – Well I know that was 2010
wasn’t it, the year I did it, so initially I finished 164th, but I’ve been promoted to 162nd. – Nice work, mate. – Maybe even 161st now! – Ooh, well, keep your fingers crossed! – Anyway, let’s move on, and Canyon are now shipping
to the good old US of A, which is fantastic news for those people over the pond there. We’ve had loads of comments
over the last few years, but the wait is now over. Great news in particular for ThaCrackFox, who commented under the
“boost your power” video, about Si’s Canyon Aeroad, he said “Forget 50 shades of grey, 50 shades of black. Riding a bike that sexual
must make the suffering a bit less suffery” – Yeah. Yeah, pretty much does, I reckon. More industry news now, and Temple Cycles, who
are a UK based bike brand are reportedly becoming
the first bike manufacturer to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment, so it’s a seemingly
particularly futuristic way of buying a very classic looking bike. – It is, but because
I’m not yet middle-aged, I know all about Bitcoins, Si. – You do, and you told me
who Honey G was as well. – Yep. Right, onto transfer news now; there’s some more big
names being announced, Katusha, in fact, seems to
be one of the bigger movers and shakers in the
transfer market this year, Their latest announcement
is a two-year deal with none other than
sprint ace, Marcel Kittel, from Quickstep. A huge move for that team, and also it has to be said, for their co-sponsor, Alpecin Shampoo, they must be absolutely
over the moon about– – [Simon] Probably the best
signing they could make; funnily enough, I don’t
think they’d have ever signed me down, even if I was half decent. – No, probably not. They’ve also managed to
lure Alex Dowsett away from Movistar. – Yeah, that’s right. It’s funny, actually,
Katusha have come a long way, haven’t they, since their early years, of like a Russian-dominated lineup. UAE have signed a big one; Dan Martin is there, off from Quickstep. So Rory Sutherland goes there as well, leaving Movistar. And then, a little interesting
bit of swapsies going on between Team Sky and Quickstep, so Elia Viviani leaves
Sky to go to Quickstep; David de la Cruz leaves
Quickstep to go to Sky, but the interesting bit,
is that the journalist, Daniel Friebe reckons that
they both had a year left to run on their contract,
and the teams just agreed to let the transfer happen. – I guess it makes sense if
it works for both parties. What I thought was the
strangest transfer of the week, though, was that of
Australian track sprinter, Shane Perkins. From this point onwards, he
will be representing Russia, and he’s hoping to wear the new colours at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. – That is a bit weird, isn’t it? Now, on social media this week, did you see that Tom Dumoulin shared his indoor training pain cave with the Global Triathlon Network? They are looking for your pain caves. He forgot the hashtag,
which is #GTNPAINCAVE, but nevertheless, here is a picture of it. I don’t know what to say to that. – No… – Obviously, you know,
great that he won the Giro, pink bike, mega. Pink Elite Drivo turbo trainer. – Yeah, it looks more like
50 shades of pink though, doesn’t it, if you take a closer look. But he does say he’s
looking forward to winter, doesn’t he, and getting
on the indoor trainer, and one person who has just
finished riding through winter and has now landed back in Summer, is round the world cyclist, Mark Beaumont. Coming up is his latest instalment. He’s just landed in Anchorage, in Alaska, having had a pretty tough
week in New Zealand. – [Simon] Yeah. – Hello GCN, quick
catch-up from New Zealand. So, it’s day 45 on my attempt
to get round the planet in 80 days by bicycle. I’m still bang on schedule, had a massive boost for the last three or four days in Australia; final day was a 280 miler, and
that was on the back of two 250 milers, so flew to NZ, which
puts me half a day ahead of my 80 day schedule. Break all down here; first four hours and the
last four hours of the day is night riding. Was riding along with ice
on my jacket this morning; about to ride into the night again, it’s gonna be dark. It’s absolutely beautiful. Come through Queenstown
and near Wanaka today, and yeah, one of the most
beautiful days riding on the whole trip so far, but it’s winter down here, it’s cold, so 16 hours in this is tough going. Hopefully get up New
Zealand in about five days, and then fly back to
the northern hemisphere, where it’s summer. Keep following, let’s see how it goes. (electronic beat) – For tech of the week this week, we’re going to hand
over to Mr Jon Cannings. – Thanks guys, okay,
some big news this week: The already very popular
market of power metres has just been landed a new model. This, from Power2Max, is the NG Eco; this is a sub €500
power meter; incredible. It measures total power,
not just single sided, and is accurate to within 2%. It’s always been the idea
of the founders of Power2Max to launch a sub €500 power meter; it comes complete with cranks
and chainrings for that €490. Now that is very cool. Now, have they cut any
corners to get below €500? Well it doesn’t look like it. The big brother, the NG,
is accurate to within 1%, and measures left, right,
as well as pedal smoothness, and torque, for instance. You, though, can for a small
cost, upgrade the firmware, and you can get those metrics too, if you really desire them. The battery on this is user replaceable, and lasts for about 400 hours of riding. Importantly, the cadence is measured by an internal gyroscope, so there’s no need for magnets
or sensors on the frame, for example. Power, itself, is transmitted
via ANT+ or Bluetooth to your head unit. As some of you may have noticed the little GCN logo on there, that’s because Simon
actually built this himself. Coming up soon, there’s
gonna be a video on how to, or how not to build your own power metre. That’s well worth a watch. – [Simon] Think I might have
just put the biggest bit of solder ever on a strain gauge. No? One? Nought? – Zero. – Zero. – Did you find that one difficult, Si? – Apparently, it was a
right-handed soldering iron. I’m left handed, never had a chance. – Yeah, excuses, excuses. Before we leave tech of the
week for this week’s GCN show, take a look at this; this is the latest marginal
gain from Team Sky, and it is called the race hub. – [Simon] You know what, a lot of people out there are worried about the disparity in team
budgets at world tour level, but having just seen this, I don’t think there are
any need to worry anymore, because Sky’s just blown half of theirs. – If you’d like to see more
details on the race hub, we’ve got a full video up on
the channel for you right now. (electronic beat) The Vuelta A España
kicked off on Saturday, with a team time trial
around Nimes in France, or “Nim”, as I’ve been
told it’s pronounced in the comments section. Almost predictably, it
was won by Team BMC, with Rohan Dennis crossing the line first, and that means he keeps his 100% record for the year so far. He has started six time trials, and won them all; they being three individual
and three team time trials. – An enviable record there. It’s common sense, Dan, I
did enjoy your stage preview of the team time trial course, apart from two things: firstly your woeful
pronunciation of Nimes. – This year, the Vuelta will
be starting outside of Spain, in the historical city of Neem. – Pfft, everyone knows that. But then also your, well
frankly woeful maths. A few people in the comments
section picked up on that. – And it was completed in the year 2 AD, which makes this… Very old. – Failed to do 2017 – 2,
as Rikkiola pointed out. 2017 – 2, this is
backfiring on me, isn’t it? Equals very old. – My presenting of it was very clear. – It was, yeah. Jlowhighlow, Dan couldn’t
do 2017 subtract 2? Yeah, what is that? – I don’t know why he
didn’t think I could do it, I mean I said it was very old, and that’s true. – Well, fair enough. – 2015, 2015 years old. – Good blag there. Okay, stage two was run
off in very nervous, very windy conditions; we actually saw some little time gaps amongst the GC riders. Vincenzo Nibali was the big winner; he took between five and eight seconds, so not a massive winner there, but he did finish on the same
time as the stage winner, Yves Lampaert, of Quickstep, who also took the leaders jersey from the shoulders of Rohan Dennis. Now, the big question for Dennis, then, was whether or not he could
actually salvage his reputation, with a 10 second bike sketch. – Let’s have a look shall we? Three, two, one, go. Five seconds left. Two, one, stop. Right, well we’ve got– (laughs) Are you happy with that, firstly? – That’s pretty (bleep)
good, to be honest. – That wasn’t a bad effort; not sure he quite redeemed
himself from going out with the red jersey, but still. Stage three, Nibali carried
on his good run of form; he won that stage, but with
Chris Froome taking third, and four seconds bonuses there, he actually moved himself,
already into the leader’s jersey at the Vuelta. Unfortunately, though, Alberto
Contador and his last race as a professional rider has
already lost a significant chunk of time on the first mountain stage; however, he does have an
opportunity to redeem himself, with a 10 second bike sketch. We’ve got one in the bank,
so stay tuned for that. I tell you though, who I would like to see doing
a 10 second bike sketch; – Yeah? – [Dan] Marianne Vos. She can turn her hand to
everything, can’t she? – [Simon] She can. – [Dan] Road, track,
cyclocross, mountain biking, probably art as well, you’d have thought. – Yeah, and winning the ladies Tour of Norway, which she did. She didn’t win a stage, meanwhile, but her frankly aggressive
style of racing meant that she didn’t finish outside
of the top five on a stage, and she mopped up a whole
load of time bonuses from intermediate sprints. She clenched the overall by 13
seconds from Megan Guarnier, who actually herself
took a rare sprint win on the final stage, and then in stages one and
two, won by Jolien D’Hoore, and Chloe Hosking. – Yeah, now, as we said earlier, the winner of the most aggressive
rider award on each day received 10kg of salmon, so I think, Si, this is the perfect time
for some more fish puns. – Yay! – Cause I know that you love them. Loads of comments
underneath last week’s show; MegaGarryM put: “Enough fish puns Si. You’re giving me a haddock!” – Yay! – See what you did there. – Si also got involved himself. He put “Yes! So glad
someone else is into it.” – Salmon else is into it. – Yeah. Craig Orrell, “It’s all
getting too much in Tench, but I’ll always tuna in for more GCN. I’m surprised Bernie Eisel
wasn’t cycling for Lamprey”. And finally, Tom Lawton:
“After taking the time to mullet over, I thought
I’d give it a fry”. – You know the best thing
about commenting on that thread was it meant that every time
someone else commented with a fish pun, I got an email. It was like a Brucie bonus email. – So that’s a good thing? – Yeah, so like two fish
puns a day, basically, it was averaging out as, so let’s keep the puns going
down in the comments section, shall we? Right, back to the racing, arguably more important I suppose. In what was the Cyclassics Hamburg, is now the something eyes race in Hamburg? – I thought it was still
the Cyclassics Hamburg, no? – No, it’s got a new sponsor. Anyway, Elia Viviani of Sky took the win. – Yeah, and he was elated, wasn’t he, as he crossed the line, and I do wonder whether Team
Sky are going to miss him when he’s gone to Quickstep; they won’t have a top level sprinter within their ranks anymore, and he does pick up very
regularly very big wins throughout the season, doesn’t he? – He does. Leaving racing news now,
but segwaying seemlessly into wattage bazooka! Yeah! We don’t miss Matt too much, do we? Right, the pro wattage bazooka this week goes to an Astana rider, but probably not the
ones you’re thinking of; it’s Vittorio Brumotti. He’s been at it again on
the slick rock of America; this time, well have a look, he’s riding up a 65% gradient. – [Dan] Whaaat? – [Simon] Yep, whaaat? You are down with the kids, aren’t you? That’s impressive, isn’t it? – [Dan] It is; look, terrifying going
both up and down to me. – [Simon] I think he did
cheat slightly by paperboying. – Yeah, yeah. I wouldn’t have done that. – No. – I wouldn’t even try to do it at all. Right, this week’s viewer wattage bazooka was nominated by Andy Woodruff, it goes to Joe Lawhorn; now, he apparently cycled for
24 hours on a single speed, but still managed to cover 404 miles. – [Simon] What? How many? – [Dan] 404 miles. – 404 miles? – On a single speed. That qualified him for
the Race Across America, and also set a new world record! – Fair play! – You’ve now got one
of these to go with it. If you’d like to nominate
a friend or yourself for next week’s wattage
bazooka, simply use the hashtag, which you see written down here. – With the power of maths, we could have worked
out his average speed. Never mind. – 18.8. (buzzer) (electric tool) It’s the moment you’ve
all been waiting for, it’s hack, forward
slash bodge of the week. – That’s right; first up we’ve got this,
from Elias H Frank. When you’re travelling with a bike, and you need to carry
a bike box way too far. I like that, Dan, that is a hack. – [Dan] I bet that does make life easier. Reminds me, actually, of a
guy we both used to race with, David Clark. He actually managed to put
a skateboard on the bottom of his bike bag, before there were even wheels on bike bags, I think. – Now that’s a bodge; this is a hack. – Much jealousy as he went
through the airport with ease. – I think he needs to double
up his coasters there, by the way; he needs
some for the back too. – Yeah, true. This one was spotted in
Whistler by David Gluzman. Look at that for a bike rack. As you pointed out to me, Si, that’s quite an
expensive bike, isn’t it? – [Simon] Yeah, I
wouldn’t bodge a roof rack for an expensive bike. – [Dan] He’s done a neat job, though. I mean look, it perfectly covers the roof and shapes around it. – [Simon] Hmm… Right, yeah I was about to say
hack, but no, it’s a bodge. This one, meanwhile, oh my word. So this was sent in by Tom Collier; he says “A death defying front end and customization weld
spotted in Adelaide airport”. That is incredible. Look at the suspension forks they’ve still got on there though. – [Dan] Well you wouldn’t
catch me riding that. – [Simon] No, that just
looks like an endo machine, doesn’t it? That looks like a recipe
for disaster anywhere you see a pothole; but still, fair enough,
thanks for sending that in. – Presumably needed a pannier
rack at the front, did he? – Yeah. – Look at this one coming
in from Al Macmichael; dog on a bike, coolest dog ever, that was sent in on Instagram. – [Simon] Which do you think the hack is, do you think it’s the sunglasses, or the seat? – [Dan] Oh the seat, look, it swing– Oh, no, it doesn’t swing round. It’s bolted on; how on earth do you ride
with that in front of you? I thought it swang around, I thought it was like a
moveable dog seat on a bike, but well, I guess if you
can still see past your dog, and handle your bike properly, hack. – [Simon] You’d get a
lot of face licks though, wouldn’t you? Right then, we’re gonna
finish off hack or bodge with this one; it’s a local one, actually, just down the road from our offices, sent in by Sharpyt; spotted on the streets of Bristol, where do we even begin? Carbon repair on the top tube, which appears to be taped up, homemade backwards stem
with cork headset cap, homemade rack, or the world’s
most ludicrous cut down bars. – [Dan] That’s the way
you guys roll in Bristol, isn’t it? – [Simon] Well not all of us, mate. – [Dan] Yeah, I can see you riding that. – [Simon] But there are a few people. Do you ever get that feeling where you see someone ride past, and you think to yourself, I should probably say something to either potentially save their life, or you know, save them from embarrassment, or you know, just tell them to
put their saddle up or down. Do you ever do it? – I– No, cause I think sometimes
you might get offended. (laughs) Right, if you would like to
send in any of your hacks or bodges, all you’ve got to
use is the hashtag, #GCNHACK on Twitter or Instagram. (electronic beat) – Competition time! This week, thanks to our friends at KASK, you have the opportunity to
win a KASK Protone helmet, as used by the all conquering Team Sky. All you need to do is click on the link in the description below to go through and enter the competition. Good luck! (electronic beat) – Caption competition time, now. Your chance to win a GCN
Camelbak water bottle. Here is last week’s photo; Si, give us the winner. – [Simon] The winner is Lee Harrold, whose caption was, “You can’t accuse the
UCI of being imbalanced” – See what you did there! – Love that, very nice. – Get in contact with us
on Facebook via a message with your address, and we’ll get that out to
you as soon as possible. This week’s photo, it’s from the Vuelta, it is Alberto Contador on
the team presentation stage. Si is gonna get us started. – [Simon] You ready? El Pistolero admiring his guns. – How good is that? – Thanks mate. – Great effort Si. Well, you won’t be able
to compete with that, but you can leave your best
captions in the comments section just down below, and we shall choose a winner this time next week. – I’m chuffed with that. – Yeah, I’m not surprised. – Puns and a great caption; I’m on fire this week. (electronic beat) – Coming up on the channel this week; on Wednesday, we will show you
how to fuel for stage races, and then on Thursday, we got
our top 10 cycling rivalries, but another video, which
I’m very excited about, our first ever collaboration with GTN. They are going to attempt
to show us how to dive, although to be fair, I probably
don’t need too much help. – No, Matt does. (electronic music) (record scratch) (elevator music) – Friday, as ever, is ask GC Anything; might have a special
guest, actually this week, and so stay tuned for that. Then on Saturday, the pro bike is the
brand new Look 785 Huez, as used by the Fortuneo Oscaro team, which will be home next
year to Warren Barguil. – Oh, nice! Right then, Sunday we’ve
actually got a double header; we’ve got a simple guide to Zwift, very useful at this time
of year, particularly, and then, I’m also quite jealous cause Dan’s doing some unboxing this week, and it’s quite a big one, isn’t it? – Yeah, it’s amazing. – Yeah, okay. And then Monday, actually,
after you’ve got your hands on the product in the unboxing, you’ll see him getting them
dirty in the maintenance set, aren’t you? – Yeah, I am. Oh, and also, I’m doing
another collaboration with GTN, which I haven’t told you about yet. – Crikey, ooh. – Mark Threlfall attempted to show me how to run faster in a 5K. – [Simon] Ah yeah, I actually heard that you were doing this; Mark told me. He says you run like you’re sitting down. – [Dan] Did he? – [Simon] Yeah he does. (laughs) – And then on Tuesday,
we’re back in the set for the GCN Show. – That’s right. Ah, before we go though, we’ve got another seriously
special thing coming up as well. Have a sneak. Well we have got a very, very
special unboxing coming up on GCN, and also GMBN, actually, because Fizik are launching
their 2018 range right here. That’s right. We’re unboxing it; all of it, and in these boxes are the new products; top secret for now, but it all
will be revealed next week. (heavy rock music) Right, it’s time now for extreme corner; this week it is, oh yeah, it’s extreme, it’s the Crankworx Joyride Slopestyle. – Here we go then, off the start ramp, into the first jump, backflip, multiple tailwhips,
into the second one, landed that too, Si. – Woah, railed a berm there, Dan, that’s what banked corners are
called in this kinda world, and some of these jumps, it almost looks like he’s
losing control of his bike in mid air, and then just
managing to get it back in time for landing. – But he’s not, those are humongous jumps, and he is landing just where
he needs to every single time. What’s he gonna do now, onto the wood, backflip, off the wood, tailwhip turning. – Woah, he nearly cased
that jump, Dan, I believe, which is where you nearly
hit your back wheel. Oh my word, and he did
a skid there as well, round another berm, banked
corner if you remember. – Yeah he must be almost
at the finish now, what’s he gonna do,
it’s this big crescendo, another backflip, another tailwhip, here we go. – Goodness me! – Backflip, drop into finish. – With a little skid. Stylish, Brandon Semenuk,
deserving winner there, of the Slopestyle in Whistler. Let’s not hear from him. My word, talented lad, isn’t he, Brandon? – Well, the commentators too, I thought, extreme commentary, right there. Well that’s almost the end
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100 comments on “Is This Really Why You Ride Your Bike? | The GCN Show Ep. 241

  1. #askgcnything I have just got back on the bike after four weeks holiday and feel that I have lost a bit of my mojo. When will it come back???

  2. I love the huge tractor chain wrapped around the Felt in Hacks and Bodges 22:11. Who the freak is going to steal that bike?? LOL!

  3. I love to ride for all of those reasons but nothing beats breaking new ground (for yourself) out in the countryside and checking out places you have yet to ride, what compels me the most is whats around the next corner or off some side trail through the woods. I find i always go much farther and stay out longer when I go out exploring new places and always feel great on returning home with a handful of places to take friends and family on future rides. Love the videos guys keep up the great work! -RidinRightReckless Otaawa, Canada.

  4. Just started riding road bikes a few months ago. I come from riding sport bikes with a big passion for Moto GP. I saw a lot of my favorite riders were riding road bikes as a way to train and stay fit in the off season, which led me to give it a shot. Now I'm cycling almost daily, smashing through Strava segments and spending my recovery time glued to GCN! It seems I've found myself with a real love and passion for all thing on two wheels. Dont tell my biker friends, but I think I like cycling better! It's helped me get into shape and it's a great way to unwind after work and pedal the stress away.

  5. I'm curious what happened to the "global" part of GCN? There is a whole lot of stuff to be covered in the rest of the world outside the UK and Western Europe. I'd be interested to see more content from the Americas and Australia; maybe even Asia at some point.

  6. Caption: What did I do when Faustino forgot to double wrap my bar tape?? Win the stage no hands, for sure. #gcncaption

  7. I do like the MAMIL acronym, but when I introduced it to my wife, she replied, "You're not middle aged … you're old".

    We're no longer together, but I'm still riding.

  8. Reasons for cycling is it's my commute to work. If I had to chose one of those 3 reasons however, it would definitely be number 3. After a hard day at work, I smash myself on a hard climb but then take in the scenery on the way down. That way I come home refreshed and ready to face the wife and kids.

  9. Cycling is work that rewards you, that little serotonin rush after crucifying your legs on a strava segment and seeing that green PB or KOM on the screen is glorious. And a bad day is training for you at your worst, you're just upping your lower performance threshold.

  10. I am an Mamil, and proud of it! I am biking because i have smashed my knees in football and can no longer play it, and cycling is a great way to get high pulse and work out in the amassing nature, I love it 🚴😀👍

  11. Why? I am currently asking myself that very question after moving to San Francisco from the East coast of the US, and dealing with the hills…Honestly though, it's the best exercise I can do that provides an added bonus of some great scenery.

  12. I started riding my bike when I was about 6 and just kept riding… now I'm 50 and still riding for the same reason – it's fun!

  13. Biophilia and the push. I only recently started riding a bike (3 years) and recall how far I've come. So, personal challenges and the occasional wildlife sightings keep me riding!

  14. I am 53 years old. I have used a bicycle for commuting to work for most of my life. When I lived in a city it was the fastest way to get around. That isn't an issue anymore, but if I stopped riding bikes (II have three, a Trek Domane, a Norco cyclocross bike, and a 60's vintage Raleigh three speed) I would turn into a fat tub o' lard.

  15. I ride for several reasons. Number one is for my health. Number two is to meet like minded people and share experiences, bike knowledge and comradery. It's not just getting from A to B, it's the people, places, and things that keep me pushing the miles.

  16. ive rode for the love since i could walk i was on a bike at 2 years old im 26 now so 24 years on pedals

  17. Were you supposed to upload a beginners guide to Zwift video or something or did I misunderstand something?

  18. I did not start riding my bicycle until 2015 when I got myself a Diamondback Insight 2 Hybrid bicycle for 549.99USD. I previously bought some cheap bike like NEXT at Walmart for 40USD and got a free Huffy mountain
    bikes, but they did not last very long.
    I finally braved the roads of riding and I will tell you the biggest reason why I ride my bicycle.
    I am fortune to live in Southern California. We have the nice weather and well maintained roads. But you will barely see anyone riding a bicycle because most people use cars here. (I also have a sports car). Our public transportation is very bad especially if you live in the suburbs. You will also see more motorcycles than bicycles on the road. So when I bought my hybrid bicycle, I decided to brave the streets and use the bicycle lane. I had so much fun on my bicycle that I started to use it for errands like grocery shopping and paying bills, going to work, and exercising. I work and do everything within 5 mile (8km) radius. Although I can run 5 miles (8km) in about 42 minutes, I have more fun with a bicycle knowing I can travel farther and faster than my run. I only use my car for emergencies, night, and long distance driving now.
    Other reasons include benefits of exercising, relieve stress, sightseeing, Pokemon games where you use a bicycle to get from one town to another, money savings (being frugal is important in this day and age), and less impact on the atmosphere. My biggest reason of them all is to not lead an average life and there is not very many people that I know that uses their bicycle like I do on a daily basis. My bicycle is now my best friend.
    I owe you guys (GCN) a big thank you for all the great videos and tips because I have no friends that are interested in bicycling. You guys are also my biggest reason why I ride and I got to learn great things. Your videos motivate me to bicycle better.

  19. I ride so when i steal your bike, you wont catch me before i part it out and sell it online. I also lift weights so if you do catch me i will crush you.
    So you pencil necks need to keep buying 10,000 bikes so i dont have to get a job. Life has never been better.

  20. Canyon in the United States is not really worth it, it is about $500 cheaper but you need to pay the shipping and they don't fit everyone.😥😥😥😥

  21. I love the acronym MAMIL and will use that from now on. As far as to why I ride…I enjoy the ability to clear my head and see the world a little slower than whilst driving

  22. Well done scientists for telling us what we already know. What really needs to be done is to pass this information on to people who are missing out on this amazing therapy.

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