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Pro Cyclist Special With Adam Hansen | Ask GCN Anything About Cycling

Pro Cyclist Special With Adam Hansen | Ask GCN Anything About Cycling


– We have got a very special
edition of Ask GCN Anything this week because we are joined
by Mr. Grand Tours himself, Adam Hansen of Lotto-Soudal. Embarking on his 19th grand tour in a row and he has completed them
all, quite mind boggling. We’ll get straight into the questions that we’ve received from viewers. The first one from Neil Moss. I’m really interested in this one. “Have we reached peak bike, either point at which, new
tech materials and shapes really make no difference anymore or do you think that
more performance machines can be run out of the
UCI’s current rules?” – For sure. There’s so many bikes. Okay there are some bikes
that are really aerodynamic with integrated brakes, integrated cabling and that but there’s so
many bikes that aren’t. And the, if you look at the Specialized, I don’t even know what
the model is called, that has integrated brakes and cables. It’s still around the 7.8kg mark, so this can be improved quite a lot, if it wants to get down to the 6.8 kilo’s. In terms of aerodynamics, I think things can go a
long way in that sense. – Even within the UCI’s current rules? – Within … well, yeah. If you look at the most
aerodynamic bikes at the moment with integrated cabling and brakes. There well into the over
kilo of the UCI limit. The one’s that are on board
with the UCI’s limits, yeah there,
– Not so aero. – (laugh) Not open parachutes. – Okay, next up from patcrc99. “What percentage of times, more or less, “has the race gone the way the
management thought it would?” Race plan gone the way the
management thought it would? – Quite a lot. If there’s a percentage,
it would probably be, I hope they don’t read this,
but probably more than 50%, it goes the wrong way. Um, but that’s also like,
if you say your own team, they’ll put a team tactic
and what we should do. Okay, a lot of times it doesn’t
go wrong, but their thoughts of what the other team should
do okay, is more often. – Yeah. – Predictions over the outcome. – Yeah, because you can have
any plan, but you don’t know what the other teams are
going to do before the start. You can guess it. – This is what I always say the really interesting
thing about cycling is. It’s not basketball, football or soccer, whatever you want to call it. Where it’s one team versus the other team and you can sort of predict
what the other team does. You know, there’s 22 teams racing. They’ve all got different agendas and it can be someone’s birthday and they just want to have
a sprint finish for them and they got no chance. So it’s very hard to
predict every single team, so anything can happen and
it’s very unpredictable. – Okay, next up also on
Instagram from paddysniper. “A lot of experienced pros say
that with age comes some fear “on the bike which stops
them going for results. Has this ever affected you
going your two stage wins at the grand tours? – Good question. It’s actually crossed my mind a few times. I think when you’re young, you’re more, more wild to attack, to do it anytime. When you get a bit
older maybe, yeah maybe, maybe you settle down a little. It’s probably half true, I think, yeah. – Yeah, a personal question then. I’ve been out of the
peloton for a few years now. But it does seem on TV like,
everything’s even closer than it was six, seven years
ago, in terms of the fact that there’s so many lead out trains, so many very organised teams. – Yeah, well especially in today’s, yeah, I do believe that the
lows, the low riders. The top guys getting better,
but I think the big difference is the lower rider is getting much better. I think in today’s peloton,
everyone’s a bit even. That makes it a lot more difficult. But with regards to the
question, I think, yeah, the older you get, you’re
more, I don’t know, you’re more or too calculating, you know? – Yeah.
– Yeah, yeah. Over think too many things. Where young guys are just, they just go out and attack
whenever and sometimes it works. – Oh, to be young again.
– Oh yeah. – Right, next up. Ti Mur, “Mr. Hansen, very
polite, is not bound by heritage “or technical dogma, he uses
long cranks, narrow bars” and he always wondered what you thought about oval chainrings? – I love oval chainrings. I would love to be on them and
I probably shouldn’t say this but I’m not allowed to use them. I’ve made debates and I’ve
argued and I just can’t use them and I’ve even thought about, “Are they worth changing
teams to be able to use them?” I’d love to try them,
they make total sense. I’ve actually, sorry, I have
tried them for two weeks. Because what I wanted
to do is I wanted to try them before actually going
to the team and you know, putting my case up. I thought I’d try them, if I liked them, I’ll try my best to convince them. Because it would be worse thing
if you’d convince your team to use them and then you
use them for one week and you don’t like it and
didn’t want to go that way. But I really do like them. I do think they make sense
and I felt really good with them, but it’s not that easy. – Do you think that’s why
we don’t see more pros using them, it’s just a
sponsor thing with teams. – I think mostly it’s because of sponsors and also it goes back
to that heritage thing. Especially in cycling
people don’t like change. There’s a lot of guys
that don’t like change, but I’m open to try everything. And I would definitely
try it, which I did. I think they’re useful. – It’s interesting from
a public point of view because oval chainrings
effectively have won five out of the last six Tour de France, so they can’t be that bad. – No, they cannot be that bad. – Okay, next up, Blair Coull. This is interesting. He asks why shoes and apparently
he’s asked you this before. Is it a deep seated fetish
is what he wants to know, but he says your answer it
an interesting one to this. – Why shoes? Rotation mass in the most
important thing in weight. So if you want to look
at it like a racing car point of view. If you say, okay you want to make the car a better performer, it’s
not changing wheels. It goes back to the crank,
it goes back to the rods, it goes to the pistons of
the engine, the flywheel, the driveshaft and then it’s the wheels. In cycling we only focus on the wheels because you know, if
you have lighter wheels it feels so much better and
if you have lighter shoes, lighter pedals, lighter
cranks, lighter chains, this is far more important
than lighter rims. It’s actually a big
difference in saving power. So yeah, shoes is a big thing. – Yeah. Okay next up David Stickmann. “Is Australia’s Croc Trophy
one of the hardest races “because of the terrain and
environment over the nine days “or is it just the harsh accommodation,” or lack of overnight? “And do the Europeans who
race it go back and say WTF “with those conditions?” – Well back when I was doing
it, it was 14 days long. It was much longer, the
stage has been much longer. And it was Darwin to Cairns,
which is much harder. And it was a lot hot, a lot more hot. Yes there’s, you have to put
up your tent by yourself, you have to clean your bike by yourself and that’s very hard after, I think we even had
some 200 kilometre days on the mountain bike
which is extremely hard. I loved it, I thought it was wonderful. One year I went with three teammates from an Austrian team
and after the third day, they were really WTF and
they left their bikes there and they took the next media. Because the media had to send
the tapes on a forward drive to some remote airport to get it on TV. And they couldn’t take the bikes. I said look you can come, but we don’t have room for
your bikes and they’re like, “The bikes can stay, we
just want to go home.” They were meant to have a week holiday in Australia after that. They just went straight back to Austria. So it can be tough. – I probably should have
given a bit of background on the Crocodile Trophy but it’s yeah, stage raced on mountain
bikes, off road, of course, where you’re pretty self
sufficient, aren’t you? Did you win it before? Before you started your pro career? – Two times.
– Yeah, twice. Yeah, sorry, should have
researched that before hand, but I knew Adam was very
successful in that event. Next up, Chris Blockley
once again on the shoes. “How hard is it to pick the
shoes for each Grand Tour? “Do you just grab the
closest or newest set, or do you have them made
purposely before each tour?” – A bit of both. I always change the shoes. Different lay up on the
carbon, different light. Trying to get them
lighter, more comfortable. It’s really trial and error. I like to bring new shoes
to a new Grand Tour, but sometimes it is just the
pair that works, I just bring. – Okay, next up from Peter Dash. “Do you have any thoughts about trying “some one day classics” when the Grand Tour run comes to an end? I mean, I’ve done some
research here actually. Adam’s done 11 classics,
versus 25 Grand Tours. Are you, do you favour the
stage races a little bit? – Yeah, I do. Recently I haven’t done
many classics at all. The only classic I think I
haven’t done is Flanders. And I would like to
try it before I retire. But I’ve done Roubaix. Milan-SanRemo, heaps of times. You know, the thing is with
doing all the Grand Tours, there’s so many other
beautiful races you miss. You can’t do everything
and if I do all the races on my race programme this
year, I’ll have 101 race days. Which is more than 20%
over an average rider and to throw in all the one day classics, which are extremely hard
races, is just too much. I can’t be greedy. – Yeah, they take quite a lot of, It’s a one day classic but
they take a fair amount of preparation time and I’ve done it in recovery straight afterwards. – Just to down talk my
Grand Tours a little. Yeah, we have easy days in Grand Tours. – Yeah.
– Sprint days, bike by girls. You just soft pedal until
the last 40 kilometres, then you go full. One day race, it’s, yeah, it takes five days to recover.
– Stressful as well. Next up then. Your plans after cycling? I’m not sure when you’re
planning on retiring, but “what will you do with that extra time “that you have when you
don’t have three Grand Tours “a year to keep you occupied?” That was on Instagram from jtsub. – I’d like to leave my
after cycling a bit private. You’ll never see me ever again. – Oh really, oh no. – I’m going to disappear.
– Well at least we’ve got you here now then. Matthew Park asks, “How do
you treat your saddle sore “after each ride?” I understand you were
suffering a little bit from that at the Tour de France. “My recommendation is
taking time off the bike,” “you don’t have that luxury. “Do you just ignore the
pain or keep riding?” Have you got any tips? – Well, I did take, After every Grand Tour I
take seven days off the bike. So I did this also and
just tender loving care as much as you can. – Good answer. Two more questions, then
I think we’ll go with before we finish this
weeks, Ask GCN Anything. Matty_andersennn wants to
know, “Out of all of the “Grand Tour Stages you have raced, “which would you say was
the toughest of them all?” More research here on my part. I think Adam has completed
475 Grand Tour Stages, which is quite incredible, a
year and a third of his life, basically spent doing Grand Tour Stages. Not including all the rest
days and the preparation time before each one, but what
was the toughest one? Can you single one out? – I don’t remember what year,
I’m gonna guess 2013 or 2014, in the belt run on that Endura Stage. It was raining, I think
25 riders pulled out. – [Interviewer] Yeah, I
think it was 2013, yeah. – Yeah, is was freezing, it
was so bad, it was so bad. It was really like when
you’re shaking so much your handle bars are,
– Yeah. – Uh, that was the worst. That was, if there wasn’t a
car next to me to jump into, I think I would have stopped. – Yeah. – You had to get to the
finish to for your life. – Yeah, boy it must have
been bad if you were able to single out one from 475. Okay, let’s choose a last question. I am going to go with. “What’s your favourite memory
from all of those Grand Tours “that you’ve raced,” and I’m
going to put a caveat in here, that you can’t choose one of the two stage wins that you’ve had. – Favourite memory. Well, there’s a few. I think the most satisfying
thing is when we do a lead out with Andre and you just have
the whole team out in front. The whole, like every
guy does a perfect job and you just make it look so easy when it’s not and Andre finishes it off. That’s, we had quite a few in 2014-15 and this is probably the nicest feeling when you do your job, you do your job and you do it 100% and you swing off and see the next guy go. You see a train out in front and everything just goes in line and then you see Greg Henderson puts his hands up in the
air and when he does that you know that Andre has won. You know, and that’s
pretty nice and special. – You must have been
a part of the majority of Andre’s Grand Tour Stage
wins since you’ve been doing them all for the last few years. – Yeah, my whole career I’ve
been on the same team as Andre, since 2007. Yeah, I’ve done all the Grand Tours and I’ve been part of all his, – Yeah.
– Grand Tours. – Okay, I’m going to actually do another question from my own point of view. Will you watch a Grand Tour
when you’re not doing it? Because it’s been a few
years since you’ve seen, without being unkind, what’s
happening at the front, on a mountain stage of a Grand Tour. – I always get asked by my Mom, “Did you see the finish today?” I was like, “no I did not see the finish, “I was not part of the first group.” Will I, well, maybe in the background.
– Maybe, maybe. – Off what I’m doing. – Well I hope you don’t
disappear completely from this sport when you’re finished. It would be great to hear
you commendation on some of the Grand Tours when you
have retired from cycling. Thanks very much to Adam Hansen to, For joining us for this Ask GCN. We will bring things to a close now because I’m sure he’s
got better things to do then spend time with us with us at GCN. If you haven’t subscribed
to the network already, you can do so by clicking on the globe. A couple more videos related to Adam. Last year at tour, he
went through his suitcase, which is incredibly interesting, included a satellite
phone and a Rubik’s cube, amongst many other things. That is just down here. Actually I think in the same year as the toughest stage that you did, we followed you around
the Vuelta Espana I think for a rider’s diary. It’s lost in GCN’s archive, but you can find it right now
by clicking, just down there.

100 comments on “Pro Cyclist Special With Adam Hansen | Ask GCN Anything About Cycling

  1. Do riders who win the UCI World Championship ever compete in their home countries national championships or is there an unwritten rule that says they wont? #torqueback

  2. Best ask anything ever. Brilliant show, great rider to talk to. Surely Hansen shoes will be around after he finishes?

  3. Adam Hansen really impressed me with the fact that he's conscious about littering those gel packets even when racing. Imagine how much rubbish is let over with all those rides throwing rubbish everywhere.

  4. is there any aero benefit from upgrading low profile alloy rim to mid depth 35 mm profile alloy rim with aero spokes??

  5. Such a great interview! Love the respect GCN is shown by pros. Just goes to show how much impact this channel has on the sport. Keep it up!

  6. I can see Adam Hansen out there now making every reason why his sponsors should not watch this weeks' GCN show. If their is a modern day equivelant of buying all the newspapers at the paper shop, he will be doing it 🙂 Nice show BTW!

  7. Fantastic to hear Adam's views on bike related stuff – refreshing to get such thoughtful, considered & intelligent responses. Please could we have some more interviews like this with pros that have "been there, done that"!

  8. #TorqueBack Do you have any tips or tricks for people who absolutely cannot get out of bed and on the bike in the morning? I seem to only be able to ride in the morning when I'm jetlagged.

  9. #torqueback Hi GCN wanted to know if there is a way to calculate my optimal reach on a bike based on hight or somthing along these lines or is it purely based on personal feel and preference

  10. #torqueback lately has adam Hansen just been racing the grand tours to have fun or is he ever like a GC contender?

  11. My question is, where's lasty?! Not seen him present or be in a video now for ages. Bring the boy back for some more air time

  12. I could listen to Adam talk about racing all day. What a great ambassador for the most awesome and majestic of sports!

  13. This the best interview you've ever done. Nice to hear Mr. Hansen make comments about non-sponsor equipment – Specialized bikes & elliptical chainrings in addition to answering all of the other questions in-depth. I think he wants to disappear when he retires from cycling which will be a shame. However, he obviously has other plans.

  14. Top interview, and such a great bike rider. I hope he doesn't disappear after retirement, I think he'd be a great commentator

  15. #TorqueBack A rough estimate or a starting point for selecting saddle height is the heel method. How many pro cyclists have a saddle height that approximates the heel touching the pedal at its lowest point?? Maybe ask the peloton…..

  16. i didin't believe shoes were significant amount of rotating mass. so i made the calculations:
    good shoes weigh around 600 grams for the pair, and they are moving at roughly (80 RPM / 60 sec per min) * 2 * pi * cranklength (assume 0,175 m) a second, so the kinetic Energy of the two shoes moving in perfect circles is about 0.65 Joules. compare two wheels that weigh 2 kg with tyres, at 40 km/h, the outside of the tyre is moving at 40 km/h relative to the bike. since not all mass is concentrated on the outside of the rim and therefore not moving as fast, we'll approximate that to 36 km/h since it's easier to calculate. in that case the kinetic energy of the rotating wheels is 100 Joules. in summation, the kinetic energy of the rotating wheels is about 150 times more than heavy shoes. if i have made any errors feel free to correct them.

  17. What a great guy! I suspect he might be setting up a business to make lightweight shoes and oval chainrings when he "disappears"!

  18. Hi, 16 year old from Taiwan here . Why do you guys almost never use bike form a Taiwanese brand like Giant, Merida, KHS,AXMAN or Aster in your videos? #torqueback

  19. You guys should do some more kitchen videos…. and maybe do an "epic cycles" series where you go do some classics or ones like the Dwars Door Het Hageland. It was awesome to see Simon joining Mark Beaumont on an epic so it'd be cool to see the whole GCN crew (and special guests) doing some epic rides!

  20. Thanks Adam!! Always such a pleasant guy. Can't beat him for nice clear answers to questions either. Good luck in La Vuelta!

  21. #TorqueBack Hello GCN, This question might have been answered before, but has there been done any testing regarding the aerodynamic and weight dissadvantage in using the garmin edge 520 speedsensor? Am I better off by using the gps calculated speed? What wheel should it be mounted on to reduce the aerodynamic penalty the most? Looking forward for your reply:):)Simen oslo norway

  22. Why can't the TdF learn crowd control lessons from the Vuelta? The Vuelta seems to be using a Guardia Civil unit to push fans back when there are not barriers and in general seems to not have the same issues with fans getting to close. Couldn't the TdF try to use this method as well? #TorqueBack

  23. #torqueback I find cycling great for losing weight, in an old video you mention having espresso before riding to help lose weight, I hate coffee so is there an alternative? Sugar free Red Bull?

  24. Everytime our group stops for a coffee/cake my legs really struggle getting back into the ride when we get going again. Any tips to avoid this? Please don't say it's giving up the cake! #TorqueBack

  25. #TorqueBack What a fantastic episode of ask GCNything. Mr Hansen is a very humble and pleasant man. It was refreshing to hear his views on oval chainrings; which has got me thinking: I would love to hear what the pros would choose with regard to frames, group-sets, wheels etc IF they had a choice and were not tied by sponsorship deals. Perhaps such a video would be impossible because of the sponsorship issue, but well worth considering… #TorqueBack

  26. #TorqueBack I'm a 16 year old rider only cycling as a hobby and training but it's a dream of mine to become a professional cyclist. How do you recommend I go about it? Where do I start?

  27. I was wondering what do the Pro tour teams use on the team members to help with road rash after a crash to help them keep going? I am curious do to the fact I had a major crash today on a decent and need to get back on the bike.

  28. Hey guys, my wife's going to be taking me to Madrid for the finale as a 30th present, 1st time at a major race. Got any tips to make the most of the day? Blagging swag, photos autographs etc while not making a nuisance of myself? #torqueback 👍

  29. #torqueback Hi guys! I commute using an old road bike with a 23mm tyre, and i'm trying to fit in 28mm tyre. My bike has a tektro R530 brakes, How can I get more clearance to fit 28mm?

    My bike is a 2011 Polygon Helios 300

  30. Hellooooo!!! I'm 14 and I've been cycling for over a year now. I love it and I've just somehow convinced my parents to get me a Liv Envie Advanved 1! I live in a quiet town in North Wales, with lovely roads around but my parents hate me going riding alone! I'm only aloud on certain roads. I'm doing GCSE PE this year and my goal is to get fitter. How can I do this if I'm not aloud to go too far from home on my own. I've also got a turbo and frequently train along to you! Thanks!! #TorqueBack

  31. By far the best interview so far on GCN, Adam's so chilled out and honest. I'd love to see an askGCN with Taylor Phinney

  32. I'm very impressed with Adam, intelligent, well spoken, and very accomplished. I can understand why he can do 19 grand tours in a row. They are easy after that crazy Australian mountain bike race. He gets real food and a bed every day.

  33. #TorqueBack Smart trainer or power meter? I have an old cyclops Magneto turbo trainer that I have been using, but have been thinking of upgrading. Would I benefit more from the trainer or power meter, I can only afford one.

  34. #TorqueBack How many watts does a present day ride save on equipment compared to a rider on Armstrong time?

  35. Hi GCN, as a relative newbie to the sport of road cycling I am competing in my first sportive in a couple of weeks. Having burnt through my first set of tyres putting the hours in on my bike, can you suggest a good all round tyre that will do me well in the sportive but also on the potentially treacherous roads of the UK in my daily commute to work? #torquback

  36. I've got a new job within cycling commute range (hurrah!). Couple of questions: 1. Should I go for road cleats or would spd/touring cleats be a better option?
    2.Any tips for keeping the motivation to do a 16 mile each way trip when the mornings and evenings get dark, cold and wet? Thanks Simon

  37. #torqueback Why is it that mechanicals are so frequent in the pro peloton, save for crash induced? My rarely maintained steed hasn't let me down in years (touch wood)

  38. What do you think about all the black bar tape now? In the past the whole peloton used white, and only clean white tape. It was the "pro" look. And Lotto's current grey bartape? Looks like disgusting, dirty white tape to me. #torqueback

  39. What a class act Adam Hansen is. If he plans on disappearing after his career, can you please get more interview time before then. Chapeau Mr. Hansen… #torqueback

  40. hey GCN, i recently got back into cycling after 16 years I've been getting out on my bike twice only on the weekends due to a busy job and family commitments. So i try to train on an exercise bike at home I've also been trying you're suggestions to increase my core strength but i still find i struggle up long hills i run out of steam and find my myself riding at 11kmph (walking speed). what am i doing wrong. Thanks and I love this channel keep it coming. :-).. #TorqueBack

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