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Is This The Secret To Cycling Success? | GCN Show Ep. 336

Is This The Secret To Cycling Success? | GCN Show Ep. 336

– From the summit of Mont Ventoux, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show
brought to you by Wiggle. – Coming up this week, we think we have found the
secret to success in cycling, so you better be ready to get dirty. – We can also exclusively
reveal the next big name in the world of pro cycling. We’re going to take a quick
look at the Race Across America and the Tour Divide and the libraries in Denver that are now loaning
out bicycle repair kits. – Don’t read too much
into that one though. – Start as you mean to go on. (energetic music) (whooshing) This week in the world of cycling, we learned that if you
want to get a new wheel from the neutral service car, it’s pretty best not to throw
your old wheel at the car. (indistinct yelling) – What the fuck? Give me a wheel, man! Give me a wheel! (indistinct yelling) – That was Nathan Van Hooydonck
at the Tour of Belgium. And you know what, Dan? I just love that the
neutral service mechanic neither gave him a new
wheel, nor the old one back. – That was very funny indeed. To be fair, Van Hooydonck later took
to Twitter to apologize, saying that his frustrations were centered around how long it took the neutral service car to stop, but that there was no excuse for that. – True. We’ve also learned this week that riding round left-hand
corners for an hour doesn’t actually make you any better at negotiating left-hand corners. – [Man] Oh! Oh! (motorcycle engine revving) – [Dan] Ouch. That was world Hour record
holder Victor Campenaerts hitting the deck on a left-hand corner whist trying to keep up
with Remco Evenepoel. He did pick himself back
up and finish his day, went on win another one,
and finished second overall, so it wasn’t all bad. Finally this week, we learned that Alex Dowsett can correctly predict road
race winners through science. This is what he tweeted last Thursday. “Three up and coming starts in cycling “all have something in common? “Remco Evenpoel, Mattheiu van
der Poel, Wout van Aertopoel.” “They share the same names, “Wout, Poel or van. “So by default I see big
things on the horizon for Wout Poels,” who went on to win a
stage just two days later! – I thought it was pretty
funny actually, Dan, when I read that. But it made me think,
the next Eddy Merckx, surely is going to be called
something along the lines of Remco van der Poels. No? – Or Remco van der Poels Llyod if I christen my next kid that. – Having another child? – That’s a good point. No, I’m definitely not
having another child. – Anyway, it got me to thinking, the stage wins by van Aert
were simply phenomenal. Finishing second on stage three to Sam Bennett at the Dauphine, before then going on to win the time trial by more than half a minute, and then, turned the tables on Sam Bennett by winning the bunch sprint on stage five. Absolutely incredible. – [Dan] It really was a
remarkable string of results in the middle of the Dauphine
for the Belgian wasn’t it? And given how both he and van der Poel have been preforming
on the road this year, we think we figured out the
secret to success on the road. And you’ve probably guessed it. It’s cyclocross but more
specifically than that, it is winter intensity. – Now admittedly, that
is probably somewhat of an oversimplification of the situation, but I bet there are riders
and teams out there right now considering completely ripping up the winter training rule book. For example, the Dauphine
was Wout van Aert’s first stage race of the year. And he still had the endurance to continuing winning after five stages and then ride through the mountains to maintain the green points
jersey all the way to the end. – Unbelievable. Van der Poel, meanwhile,
well who could forget his ridiculous performance in the Amstel Gold Race back in April? I mean, he had done two small stage races before he got there, but the fact remains, he spent almost his entire
winter going full gas around a muddy field for an hour. – Now this sort of success is
certainly not unprecedented. Monsieur Paris-Roubaix,
Roger De Vlaeminck himself, was world and national cyclocross
champion in the same year that he went on to win
his third Paris-Roubaix, whilst Zdenek Stybar arguably has had some of his best road seasons after competing in at least
a little bit of cyclocross the winter before. – And then there’s me. I also spent one winter in the late 90s competing in cyclocross races and then the next year in the road season, I was still (bleep). – Okay, so it’s not a
completely proven theory but it certainly makes you wonder if it’s the final nail
in the coffin for LSD, the traditional–
– Hallucinogenic drugs? – No, Dan, long slow distance, the traditional winter ethos
of many old school pros. – Got ya. Well I think it might well
be because I’m not saying that this is the end of
long rides altogether, because have no doubt that
van Aert and van der Poel will do plenty of those even during that winter cyclocross season, but what I do think is
that this dispels the myth that doing intensity
over the winter months will lead to a premature
peak during the road season. – Yeah, I think you’re right. Certainly when you consider
that many top road sprinters have also over recent years started racing more on the track. Cavendish, Viviani, they have been known
to show up at six-days and then go on to have
some of their best results on the the road to win for
years after, aren’t they? And then you’ve got top GC riders that have trained really
intensely over the winter, come into their first
races early in the season in great form, and still
being at the top their game in the middle of summer. First time I noticed this
was back in 2009, Dan. – Contador? – Yes, he went won his
first race in February, never finished outside of the top four in his run-up to winning
his Tour de France in 2009. – Yeah and then Cadel Evans
was very similar story a couple years later in 2011, wasn’t he? That year, he started racing in March, he won Tirreno, he went
on to win Romandie, finished second overall
at Criterium du Dauphine, and then win the Tour de France. And the same too for
Wiggins the following year. He also won Paris-Nice in March, went on to win Romanie, win the Dauphine en route to his Tour de
France-Olympic double in the summer. – There are contradictions
to these riders though, aren’t there Dan? Nibali, for example,
who rarely wins anything in the run-up to his main target. And then for other reasons, Primoz Roglic, who won pretty much everything
in the run-up to the Giro before failing a little
bit in the second half. But we are going to stick to our guns. – What I think we should too on this, because to me, at least,
it makes complete sense, and to give you an example of this, if you go into race as
brutal as Paris-Nice slightly under-par, then you’re basically going
to get your head kicked in every single day. It’s then probably going
to take you about a week to fully recover from it, and you’re going to be
less fit at that point. Contrary to that, if you go into Paris-Nice
going really well, you’ll be able to absorb
each and every stage. It’ll only take a couple of days to recover at the end of it, at which point you’re
probably going to be fitter than when you went into it. – Yeah and on the back of that, I’ve heard that the training,
volume, and intensity of the top pros is now similar, or even harder, than the
average stage of a stage race, which means essentially that
the first half of this Giro, people were talking
about actually detraining throughout the event. – They were which was
crazy too, wasn’t it, given how those early stages were, even if they weren’t hilly. But Bauke Mollema did admit
that on one of the stages towards the end of that first week, he deliberately did a
high-intensity interval on his way back to the
bunch from a nature break, just so he had some intensity in his legs. – You wouldn’t have seen
that 15 years ago, would you? Anyway, one thing’s for sure. The success of van der Poel
and van Aert on the road will definitely increase
the participation of riders in cross.
– It will because all the kids surely are going to want to
do cross now, aren’t they? – Oh, I mean it makes me want to do it. – Yeah, me too almost. – Anyway, we want to know your thoughts. Whether you’re a racer or just someone that really wants to get
the best out of themselves, have you experimented with
volume versus intensity in your winter training and what were your results
then in the summer? Was your performance better? – Are you even considering
doing cyclocross to then get that
competitive edge this winter or do you simple feel
that Matthieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert are so talented that that is the very reason
for their success on the road? Let us know down below. We would love to hear your thoughts. (electronic music) It’s now time for your
weekly GCN Inspiration. You know the score on this one. If you win, you’ll get 100
pounds of Wiggle vouchers to spend on anything you want
over on their online shop. Second place will net you 75 pounds, and third place will get you 50. And in third place this week? – We have all the way from Bulgaria, Stanimir on his Canyon Endurance C7. Look at that Saturday group ride. – [Dan] Yeah and you liked
that one, didn’t you? And you know a little bit about that monument up there on the top. – Well, I watched a documentary
the other night about it as I was falling asleep so I didn’t really absorb the information but luckily the internet
exists and I found some. It’s the Memorial House of
the Bulgarian Communist Party, built in the 1970s. – And the interesting fact is? – The star on the building
weighs over two tons. – Wow. – And there’s one on
the other side as well. – That’s a humongous
building right there then if that small star on
the top weighs that much. Well done to you. In second place though
this week is Randy Starr who took this spectacular photo on the top of Independence
Pass over in Colorado. Now at the very beginning of this segment, I did say that it wasn’t necessary to have high mountains
to take your pictures but it does kind of help, doesn’t it? That is really unbelievable. – [Chris] Does help the
picture stand out, doesn’t it? – Right, drum roll for first. (tapping) – Finally, all the
way from Ljubljana in Slovenia, we have Damir on his Specialized Diverge after an early morning recovery ride. – [Dan] Proof that you don’t
need the high mountains, although there are some big
hills in the background there but that looks also stunning, doesn’t it? – [Chris] It looks idyllic, doesn’t it? Nice and quiet, no one around, and a gravel ride that I
would definitely like to do. – [Dan] Maybe you should
go to Slovenia one day. – Maybe we should. It looks good. – Well done to all of
you, including you Damir. A hundred pounds will be
winging its way to you shortly. A reminder of how you submit your photos each and every week. You are to use the hashtag
#gcninspiration over on Instagram or you do like Damir did
and use the uploader. There’s a link to that
in the description below. (bugle blowing) (boinging) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We’re going to start
Cycling Shorts this week with news from County Mayo in Ireland, where cyclists are going
to be given a free present as they celebrate Ireland’s
National Bicycle Week, which starts on Friday. – Sounds good, doesn’t it? Unfortunately it might
be an unwanted present because beneath the gift wrap apparently is going to be
a cyclist license plate completely with a cycling safety
slogan written underneath. – To be fair to the Council,
all they’re trying to do is get more people onto two wheels and help raise awareness of cyclists. But it’s just not quite the
right way to go about it. – No, I think I’d agree with you there. A slightly better initiative
came from the libraries over in Denver in Colorado. There are 26 of them and they are going to be
loaning out bicycle repair kits to any cyclist that need them, complete with step-by-step instructions for anyone that’s unsure
how to do their repair. – It gets better ’cause you
even use the bathroom afterwards to wash your hands, all in the name of getting
more people on bikes to help the city meet its
health, environmental, and mobility targets, brilliant. Anyway, in others news, Dan, what’d you get for
Father’s Day this weekend? – Oh, I got a 10 pound gift voucher for my local farm shop called Hockey’s. – Nice, I got some pants,
which I was much in need of. Anyway, Dan Whittington’s son
Jayce spent the entire day baking this stunning
GCN yellow jersey cake. – Oh wow, that looks brilliant. Fair play, Jayce. In fact, I think Jayce
should get a brand new bike as a result of his efforts. Moving on to a little
bit of racing news now and we’re going to start
with fact that John Degenkolb will apparently not be taking part in the Tour de France this
year from Trek-Segafredo. Apparently instead, they’re going to concentrate
all of their efforts on getting Richie Porte onto the podium at the end of the three weeks. Although John Degenkolb is rumored to be moving onto another team next year and I wonder if that’s got
something to do with it. – The major news in the world
of racing this week though is that Chris Froome is
out of the Tour de France, having sustained what is
one of the worst crashes that we’ve read about in recent years whilst warming up for
last week’s Dauphine TT. – Yeah, there is only really one word and that is, like you
said, horrific, isn’t it? When you list out the
injuries he sustained, the mind boggles. So he had a compound
fracture to his femur. He also fractured his pelvis, his elbow, his C7 vertebrae in his
neck, and his sternum, amongst other things. There are internal injuries too and he lost four pints of blood. So as Marty said on
yesterday’s racing new show, we at GCN would like to wish
him a full and speedy recovery. – We’d also like to wish a
get well soon to Phil Gaimon. Gaimon suffered a bad crash whilst racing in the points race at the Pennsylvania Valley
Preferred Cycle Center last week. He suffered a partially-collapsed lung, five broken ribs, a fractured
collarbone, and scapula. – [Dan] So nasty, it would
almost put you off riding a bike, isn’t it, those two crashes. Gaimon though is using his misfortune to try and raise awareness
and also some money for the No Kids Hungry charity. In fact, he’s hoping to raise $100,000. – We’ll drop a link in
the description below if you would like to donate. Moving on to the world
of ultra endurance now and the Race Across America has started, the 3,000 mile coast-to-coast event and also the MTB Tour Divide, a 2,745 mile self-supported
epic, mountainous epic at that. – They’re both brutal, aren’t they? You can follow both via live trackers, which we’ve just done in fact, so at the time of recording this, the leader in the Race Across
America is Christoph Strasser, a name you’ll know well if you follow the ultra endurance world. He’s currently on 2,248 miles, which means his average speed so far is 20.3 miles per hour. – [Chris] I struggle to
do that on a commute, Dan. – It’s ridiculous, isn’t it, and almost equally as ridiculous is the fact that the leader at the moment in the Tour Divide, Sofiane Sehili, has done 645, no 685 miles on the gears, which means that he’s averaged every day so far 230 miles off-road on some pretty brutal terrain. – Minds boggling stuff. Sticking with endurance now, and a group of female cyclists
called the Internationelles are going to be riding
the Tour de France route one day ahead of the main event to raise awareness for
gender equality in cycling. – [Dan] They are indeed and
this actually is an initiative that started back in 2015. Every year since, they’ve
had more riders participating and they’ve also got more
attention from the press. This year, the venture will
start two weeks on Friday. It’s 3,400 kilometers long,
as I’m sure you’ll know. I’m also sure that they’d
appreciate your support. – Meanwhile back in the
world of pro racing, Michał Kwiatkowski briefly forgot that just like in takeoff in an airplane, your phone should be neatly stowed and preferably in flight mode. Here is a picture of him
having just deposited his phone back at the team car at
last week’s Dauphine. He thought it quite funny so
he thought he’d include it. – It was a good picture there. Finally this week, also at
the Criterium du Dauphine, well you know when you
puncture on your bike and when you look at further inspection, you can’t find a reason
for the air leaking out because there’s no hole evident? – Yeah. – Well that definitely was
not the case for Dan Martin. Here’s a picture that he posted on Twitter of a screw that went not
only through his tire but through the entire
Campagnolo carbon rim too. – That wheel’s screwed, Dan. – You nailed that joke.
– Ey! (buzzing) It is time now for Hack-forward
slash-Bodge of the week and we’re going to start this one with friend of the channel, Luis Lemus, who sent this one in. Basically a homemade spit rotisserie, which you turn with
the use of an old crank and pedal spindle, which I’m sure works but you’d be there for quite a long time whilst the pig cooked, wouldn’t you? – You would be but I
think you could probably link it to your turbo trainer somehow and get a bit of session
in at the same time. Do it up a bit of an appetite. – Link that crank to another crank? Well it could be a hack but
currently it’s a bodge then. – Next up, Greg over on
Twitter, Greg Stevens. His son wanted to try Zwift but of course the bike
doesn’t fit on the turbo. With that said, he’s got a decent position sitting on the top tube so if you could replicate
that on a bike of his own that’s a bit smaller, I
think he’d be sorted there. Anything that gets kids into
cycling though in my book is a good thing, so that’s a hack for me. We do the same for my kid. – Right, this came in
from Coen also on Twitter. When your seatpost keeps slipping. Now it’s not his bike but I’m
going to deem that a hack, which you might be surprised at cause it looks like a monumental bodge but I have had a bike where
the seatpost kept on slipping, despite all of the carbon
gripper paste in the world. It was one of the most
frustrating experiences of my life ’cause it happened over the
period of a couple of weeks before I decided to just
give up with the bike. Quite frankly, if I’d have
been ingenious enough, I would’ve wedge a piece of wood underneath the saddle
to stop it happening, that’s how frustrating it was. – Was it an aero seatpost
by any chance, Dan? – It was, yeah. – Anyway, next up we have William, Lacona, Washington, here we go. Saw this cycling machine whilst spending some time
in Lacona, Washington. How many frames can you count? – [Dan] Three? The question’s always why
on these ones, isn’t it? Yeah, that’s some kind
of circus clown act. On similar lines actually, this one in from Ryan of Wallington. – [Chris] I’m calling that a bodge. – Yeah, well they’re both lumped
into together, aren’t they? At what point does something
bodge so impressively become a hack? Again, why? It might’ve been bodged quite impressively but why would you want to do that? Oh, there’s a lot of frames on that ones as well, aren’t there? – Can you imagine how
flexi that is to ride? Moving on, this one sent
in by Jack Peterson, following the Transatlantic Way, 2,500 thousand mile
self-supported bikepacking ride around the Irish Coast. – [Dan] Featuring a new bottle holder as crafted by rider Gary Curry. – [Chris] No, that’s a bodge. – [Dan] Really? – [Chris] Really, that’s horrific. – [Dan] Well one needs
mast grips, come on. Have a bit of sympathy. – [Chris] I don’t understand
why this had to go, why is one plastic
bottle inside of another? – [Dan] Well yeah, it’s
not the best I’ve ever seen when using plastics, is it? All right, I’ll say bodge as well. Next up, this one from Robert. If you need a tool, just make one. I did this when I needed a chainwhip and it’s even better
than the ones in store. I took an old chain and a piece of wood. – [Chris] Hack. [Dan] Yeah, I mean, I’ve
made my own chainwhip when I was about 15 years old because I couldn’t afford
to buy one from the shop but it did look slightly better than that ’cause I’d use a smaller
metal shaft on mine, rather than a big, chunky piece of wood. But if it works and
saves you a bit of money, it’s got to be a hack surely. – And the best thing is,
you can change the chain, so you can do eight,
nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen speed if you’ve got– – Genius, well done. Marco, Trek Marlin 5, Virginia, USA. Routine ride is half-paved
and half-rooty gravel trail. Hard to mountain bike. Was okay for the gravel half the ride but a little too upright
for the paved half so he replaced the
flatbars with some drops. – Wow, well he’s basically
invented a gravel bike a little bit after its time, isn’t? But this is what we’re always saying. Gravel bikes are in essence very similar to 90s hardtail bikes. Yeah, anyway if that
helps you on the flat, then that’s a hack from me as well. You know what, I always
prefer my mountain bike to have bar ends. I know they’re out of fashion– – Do you have riser
bars and bar ends, Dan? – No, definitely not. That is a real faux pas. Next up, we had this one
that came in from Elkan. This is in Gilford. Hate to waste perfectly good bar tape? Wrap it around your D-lock. Not only can it prevent
scratch on your paint, it also makes a great fashion statement when carrying the lock. He’s done a very neat job
of wrapping that bar tape around that lock, hasn’t he? – [Chris] I think that’s
a definite hack, Dan. – Is it? Right, well I will agree with you, Chris. A reminder of how you submit
your hacks and bodges. The hashtag is #gcnhack and
again, you can use the uploader, a link to which is in
the description below. (electronic music) – It’s now time for the
Caption Competition, where you can win a GCN
Camelbak Eddy bottle, which is spill-proof, isn’t it, Dan? – It is indeed. – That’s what it says on the lid. Anyway, last week’s
winner from this picture taken in the Dauphine just
before Chris Froome’s accident by Paul Frey, “let me adjust your arm “so you have enough Froome.” – [Dan] Well done. – [Chris] I like that one. – Yeah, I did like that one. There were another couple of
captions along similar lines but that was the one that I liked the most so well done to you, Paul. Get in touch on Facebook with your address and we’ll send that out to you ASAP. This week’s photo is
from the Tour of Belgium. This is Victor Campenaerts. For the first time in history
of the caption competition, I’ve got a few options
up my sleeves today. You ready? – [Chris] I’m ready. – [Dan] First up, oh come
on, give me both barrels. – [Chris] Okay, another one? – [Dan] Second one, I’ll show you I’m not over a barrel ’cause it’s on top of him. – [Chris] Genius. – [Dan] A beer for the Victor. And finally, when I said I wanted a Kask, this is not what I meant. – [Chris] Don’t they use Lazer helmets? – Any of those any good? No, I’m sure they’re not. Right, get involved in the
comments section down below of your best captions for your chance to win a
Camelbak bottle next week. (electronic music) We will shortly be letting you know what’s coming up on GCN
over the next seven days but as I’ve heard before, we do want to read out a
few of our favorite comments from the previous seven, starting with this one,
which Chris absolutely loves. It’s underneath How to
Increase Your Average Speed. It came in from Erik van Roode. “I do my favorite ride
backwards every morning, “aka ‘morning commute’.” – I’m still in awe of that. It’s well thought out. Next up, we have Tim Roden. “Average speed only counts
if you’re late for work.” Very true.
– Good point. Meanwhile, underneath the scenes, behind the scenes I should
say with Canyon-SRAM, Lyssword just put “Katherine
is a great presenter!” Fair point and a true point but have you ever had something
so simple said about you? – [Chris] I’ve had lots of
simple things said about me, Dan. – Nobody’s ever said Dan
is a great presenter. I know why. – Are you fishing a comment? – Well yeah, do you want
to fish one as well? – Uh, no. Underneath the Great American
Ride, we had Frixfit Videos. “Wouldn’t Oliver Bridgewood
have been better doing this? “You know because of
all the wooden bridges.” – Ba-boom! And finally underneath
last week’s GCN Show, “At 7:47 Si is running, swimming, “and not wearing any socks. “Has he been a secret
triathlete all this time? “Say it ain’t so.” Well I hadn’t thought about
this until this comment but he makes such a point of disliking triathletes
on the channel each week. Maybe he’s a close triathlete himself but he’s just trying to cover up the fact. – He tells us his twin brother competes in triathlon all the time. (laughing) – Right, coming up on the
channel this week then. On Wednesday, we are going to let you know how to look behind safely
when you’re cycling. Now to those of you who are
very experienced on the bike, this is going to sound very
novice indeed but I for one, I remember when I first
started riding a bike, I was really unsafe when I looked around because every time I did it, I’d veer about two meters
into the middle of the road and I found out when I looked back. So worth looking at if you’re
new to the sport of cycling. Speaking of which, on Thursday,
we’ve got four basic skills for those of you who
aren’t new to cycling. Friday, we’ve got a gravel
how-to video for you. – Then on Saturday, we
have the Bikestormz, which is an event down in London where young riders deposit
their knives and then– – Yeah, cool event that one. We’ve been promising
that for a little while but will hopefully come out on Saturday. – On Sunday, Ollie and Hank have gone off on a trip to Poland, where they’re going to
be doing an epic ride and that’s going to be truly
spectacular from what I’ve seen. – Yeah, should be, shouldn’t it? First epic ride in Poland. Monday, of course, is
the GCN Racing News Show and then Tuesday, we will
be back here in the set for GCN Show episode 337. (exhaling) This is normally the
time for Extreme Corner but unfortunately, I left
it a bit late this week and the ones that I saw that were extreme, I couldn’t get their
permission in time to use so there’s a gap in the show. Which reminds me to tell you, make sure you submit any extreme
videos using the uploader. Again, a link to that is in
the description down below. – I’m going to be in one soon, Dan. Steve Jones from EMBN. – Oh, wow, well we’ll use that one in the next couple of weeks then. What are you doing? – I’m going to be racing him. He’s going to be on his e-bike,
his electric mountain bike. – Hang on a minute,
I’ve already done that. I beat him. – Well, I’m hoping the same’ll happen. (laughing) – I’m sure you’ll smash him. I found it easy. – Good. (laughing) – Still we will use it on Extreme Corner. Right, well that marks the
end of this week’s show. If you’ve enjoyed it, please press on the thumbs
up icon just down below. And if you’d like some more content and missed yesterday’s GCN
Racing News Show with Marty, you can find that just down here. (whooshing)

100 comments on “Is This The Secret To Cycling Success? | GCN Show Ep. 336

  1. Have you ever used cyclocross or shorter intense efforts in your training instead of longer rides? How did you get on?

  2. Believe it's the talent of van der Poels and van Aert or start flogging round cold muddy fields in winter? No brainer!

  3. Why welding multiple frames together? Why, to get featured on the GCN Bodge segment of the Show of course!

  4. Accidently watched ep.289 instead. Forgot about squirrel-gate. "Living with it for 25 years…" How are you now Dan?

  5. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. #gozwift winter intensity racing is also an alternative to cross racing 👍

  6. Thank you GCN for picking my inspirational photo! Great show as always! I would like to sincerely apologize for any injuries or permanent emotional damage caused to the audience while looking at the saddle which seems not to be aligned. I can confirm saddle is fully aligned and n.b. inline with Velominati Rule #48 but due to use of panorama mode and camera lens being very close, it does indeed appear as misaligned on the photo 🙂

  7. Suprised you didn't even mention Vätternrundan in Motala, Sweden. Where almost 20,000 people rides around the lake Vättern. 297km long, and the fastest groups manage to ride it under 7h. Record stands at 6h 33min, an average speed of 47km/h. One of the world's biggest bike challenges.

  8. CCX is an amazing stimulus, but remember, blokes like MVDP, WVA, Ztybar and Boom are generational talents.

  9. Ha! Lloydy… “and the next year in the road season I was still sh*#!” My wife just grew concerned as I nearly spit out the mouthful of iced tea I had just taken in when Dan said that and then proceeded to cough and sputter instead as I was trying to breathe and drink at the same time! Note to self – no food or drink whilst watching the GCN Show!

  10. First of all, I love GCN, I love the content, I love the presenters, but I have one point of criticism: if you say something like: his average speed was 20 mph!, for those of us who don't live in the UK/US, we don't know how much this is. Could you tell us the kph too? Thank you

  11. Caption: Taking 223 laps on a velodrome in one hour hm? lets try 223 rounds at the cafe in one hour

  12. Caption: Like most things Victor did in his life, he yet again barrelled into another victory at the Tour of Belgium.

  13. Sorry, need to correct you on the RAAM. Christoph Strasser isn't averaging 20.3mph. The screen shot you show shows his speed at the time the tracker logged that location. His average speed as of the time I write this comment is 15.4mph. He will finish the race well under 9 days!
    Also, can we get a shout out for Abdullah Zeinab! A new record set for the Trans Am Bike Race! 16 days, 9 hours, 56 minutes. Unlike RAAM, TABR is unsupported and 1121 miles longer!

  14. I'm surprised that #GCN didn't have to make a public apology for Dan inflicting the #GCNCurse on @ChrisFroome in last weeks race news.

  15. Hey. I won the caption competition a couple of shows ago. How do I claim my prize? I've tried FB and FB messenger as well as comments on other vids.

  16. Please you open fracture and compound fracture. Although I’m sure you are repeating what was from press release!

  17. #GCN cross has to be a training benefit. It's similar to MTB is the fact that your heart rate and power constantly go up and down. Must have an effect in challenging your physiology with the change in training.

  18. you guys should have touched on the TransAm bike race which just was won and the record broken in the ultra endurance world.

  19. re: the tour divide, you have to see the rigs and ages of these legends

  20. By the way, in the sprint won by Van Aert, Bennett Nº 2.. who is 3rd? Yes Julian Alaphilippe!! And didn't he lead out Gilbert on an earlier stage? And didn't he win the mountain jersey. He is Nº1 in the world at the moment, we know that, yet look at where he is when he doesn't win something.

  21. I was beaming this to my Chromecast and thought that Youtube had over done over-exaggerated the contrast, then realised after adjusting my tv, that you guys are trying to get too fancy with your recording and making your presenters look like cartoon characters(too much contrast or turning up thr brightness) – PLEASE bring back real looking presenters. Loving your show still but ARRRRRGHHHH

  22. For extreme corner, you might feature that clip from Dan’s front wheel slipping out from underneath him on the wet and him just saving it. #gcnextremecorner #lloydy

  23. I follow the TrainerRoad plans during the winter months These are mainly based around high intensity intervals. Maximum gains when time is short in supply

  24. Caption: That feeling of happiness, when you wanna maintain your bike all bybyourself and finally got the barrel adjuster.

  25. To fix a sliding seatpost, cut a small rectangle out of a soda can and use it as a shim… Works on old school handlebars too #yourwelcome 😁

  26. it would be great if next episode includes some coverage of the Trans American Bike Race 2019 – won by Abdullah Zeinab with a whooping 600+ mile lead: he finished almost 3 days before his closest competitor. (!!!)

  27. I think the dominating cyclo-cross roadies is simply the result of a wider selection pool. M. van der Poel won UCI junior WC, junior european championship, junior Cyclo cross world cup, two seasons in a row. At that age he was simply the best junior dutch cycling had to offer, and exceptional at that. Its not that he is so good at road because he is so good at Cyclo-cross, he is just exceptional at cycling. As for slow winter miles, clearly these hybrid cyclists don't need it so why do the full out roadies?

  28. Hiya GCN, I love watching all of the shows from just outside BoA (round the corner from GCN HQ overlooking a section of NCN route 4). It is great to hear about racing exploits But I do enjoy occasionally hearing about Si's experiences commuting to work. How a bit more for the cycling masses – those who commute and don't wear lycra? Something that might whet your appetite – A report from the World Economic Forum covering the Bicycle Architecture Biennale. Check out the sections of the Limburg Cycle path that put cyclists 'eye to eye' with ducks and other wildfowl – cutting through the water and then through the treetops. Some great and exciting commutes emerging that might just challenge Bath to Bristol Cycle Path in terms of beauty!? Keep up the good work.

  29. Gents yet another great show, though it appears you were missing the update on the biggest self-supported race, the Trans American Bike Race … Did you not read that Abdullah Zeinab (AUS) smashed the previous record set last year by Peter Anderson (16d20h41m) by a whopping 10hrs 56mins, and completed the race in a phenomenal 16 Days 9 Hours 56 Mins with Second place coming in at 19d11h53m… you need to get onto this this story quick smart, as there were other ultracycling royalty in the race (Omar Di Felice, Matthijs Ligt (SCR), and Keith Morical) … check out the results on

  30. Oow. Competition of broken stuff. I had a crash 18 months ago were I went into the back of a stationary van. Broke both ends of my left collar bone, left coracoid, C7 vertebrae, 6 ribs and 5 Transverse Processes. Oh, and had a collapsed lung.
    Having said that, I wouldn't wish that on anyone, get well soon Chris!

  31. When I saw the kwiatkowski picture I was reminded of back in the day in a junior race me and my team were tasked with splitting the peloton in the wind. Problem was there was no wind. Our captain had for some reason brought his phone on the route and decided to call back to the team manager to let him know that it would be impossible because of the lack of wind and also that noone really seemed to want to go fast.

    Since radio communication wasn't allowed in the race some people got a bit upset but really it was just funny little thing that didn't matter and the commisaires did nothing about it.

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