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The Weirdest Rules Of The Tour de France | GCN Show Ep. 340

The Weirdest Rules Of The Tour de France | GCN Show Ep. 340


– Welcome to the GCN show,
brought to you by Wiggle. – This week we’ve got a jam packed show including weird and wonderful
rules of the Tour de France, weird and not wonderful
hotels of the Tour de France, and the finalist for our
Orbea Orca Aero giveaway. – Plus, the truth about what happened to that team INEOS bike
that broke in half. (action music) (whoosh) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned that Tour de France
riders have to be prepared for every eventuality,
including large umbrellas. This is Toni Gallopin having
his lack of preparation for this particular
scenario cruelly exposed. (engine roaring) – [Commentator] At least he
held it upright this time. – [Second Commentator] That’s incredible. The rider that was with
him, that was Matej Mohoric from Bahrain Merida. – We also learned this week, weirdly, that BMX has turned 50. Yes, last week marked the
50th anniversary of BMX, because the first ever
race reportedly took place on the 10th of July 1969 in
Palms Park, Santa Monica, Californ-I-A. – That’s a cracking bit
of trivia there, Ollie. Now loyal GCN fans will
no doubt still be waiting for all of that BMX content
here on the channel. For that we can only
apologize for the delay. – I do consider myself a loyal GCN fan, but I don’t understand what you mean. – Well, Dan actually promised
in the first-ever GCN show six and a half years ago, that we would make BMX videos. Have a look. – It’s a complicated
sport and it’s not just about the person that
crosses the line first. It’s the about the team behind them, innovations, training, technology and everything else that goes with it. And we’re not ignoring the rest of you. We’re also going to be
covering mountain biking, track racing and BMX and BMX (deep voice) and BMX. – I liked Dan that particular show. Never gets old. I could watch that every week. – We also learned this
week that Pete Sagan must get his cool, calm
demeanor from his mum, because this is his dad. In and among all the
feel-good clips like that and the awesome, exciting
racing and the cool new tech at the Tour de France, there’s often a story or two
that raises the eyebrows. (laughing) And for me this year, it was the images of the commissaires with a special contraption
that was checking the sock height of the riders. – [Presenter On Left]
Oh yes, that’s right. The referees from the International Governing
Body of Cycling, the UCI, were indeed out in force, making sure that the riders conformed to the strict regulations
governing sock height. And indeed, they were equipped with a Austin Montego windscreen
wiper-esque contraption with which to measure them. – Is this the weirdest
rule that the UCI has? We’re not so sure, but the UCI
does love dishing out fines and washing them down with
a hot cup of steaming rules. – Yeah, with the added
complexity that any fines are dished out in Swiss Francs, so no-one’s entirely sure how
much they’re going to pay. And that it because the UCI
is based in Switzerland. – Yeah, so they’re
always seemingly random, non-round numbers, because
once it’s converted into currencies people actually use, like pounds, dollars or euros, it’s, yeah, a weird number. But, let’s delve into the rules and see what else is weird. – Also, a quick apology to
everyone living Switzerland and who operates in Swiss Francs. – Including Emma Pooley. (laughing) – [Presenter On Left] Rule number 12.4.023 outlawing the theft of food
or drink or any other goods during a bicycle event. – Yes, according to the
rules, if you do that, you’ll get a 1,000 Swiss Franc fine. – How much is that worth? – Not a clue. But, it basically means that if you are going to steal
food, drink or goods, just make sure you do
it with a street value over a 1,000 Swiss Francs
and you’ll be all right. – Smart thinking, that. Also, in the same section, is a rule outlawing
carrying glass containers in a bike race. Now that’s 50 Swiss Francs, that one. – Yeah, now while carrying a glass bottle in the back of your jersey doesn’t sound like a very sensible practice, it’s quite interesting
that those rules exist. And they exist because they
hark back to the olden days of grand tours when such
practices were actually done. And like the cosmic microwave
background radiation in the universe, the rules remain. – Indeed they do,
basically, back when teams had a little bit less support, so there weren’t five members of staff for every single bike rider, races had to be a little
bit more self-sufficient. And so domestiques would
have to dive off their bikes into roadside shops and bars
to get extra sustenance. Which is, interestingly enough, actually a practice that our
own Daniel Lloyd continues to this very day. – He does. Now interestingly,
there is actually a film called “Stars and their Water Carriers” which documents the 1973 Giro d’Italia and in that documentary you can
see this practice happening. So if you haven’t seen
it, it’s worth a watch. And when they get the glass
bottles with their caps on, the riders actually
pop, well some of them, pop off the tops using
their headset, like that, which is pretty cool. – That is very cool.
– Not very safe. – No, well it’s outlawed isn’t it? And there’s a 50 Swiss Franc fine. – [Presenter On Right]
A lot of fines this year for having a wee on the
side of the road too. I mean, do that, and you get yourself a 200 Swiss Franc fine. I can’t think of any other sports where you get fined for taking a leak. – No, it just takes the piss, doesn’t it? Sorry, no, but it does actually. I can’t think of any other sports where you’re forced to wee
in public whilst taking part. I mean,
– No, well. – doesn’t happen often, does it? – But there is a way around it. What I’m reliably informed you have to do, is, well, make sure you stop when the whole peloton stops for a wee. And then you just do it en masse. There’s safety in numbers. – [Presenter On Left]
That’s right, very true. Right, now are you familiar with UCI regulation E0219:
Discipline and Procedures paragraph 249.4? – That’s one of my favorites. – I thought it was, yeah. Basically, you’re not allowed to get a push from a spectator. If you do, you can either get a warning or a 20 Swiss Franc fine. And this one, to my mind, Ollie, seems a little bit cruel. Because you don’t really
have much of an influence when you’re getting a push. And you’re certainly not
allowed to hit the spectator that’s giving you a push, because that rightly so, is also outlawed. So, it feels a bit like you’re stuck between a rock and hard place, doesn’t it? – You should get, you can have
an expensive summit finish, couldn’t you, if you’re getting
pushed by a bunch of dudes. – Yeah, that’s it. Imagine that, like 16 Euros
– Slaps. – every few meters, yeah. There you go. – D’you know what, this probably
won’t surprise many of you, but taking shortcuts isn’t allowed either. – [Presenter On Left] Ah
yes, an unintentional detour from the race route that ends
up constituting an advantage. – Do this in a time trial, and you’ll get a 20-second time penalty. Do it in a stage race, and you’ll get relegated to
last place for the stage. – Wha!
– But I like this rule, because it’s an example of how
the enforcement of the rules can be so inconsistent. Many of you will remember Lance Armstrong, famously cutting across a farmer’s field in the 2003 Tour de France, stage nine. And well. – I remember it well, Ollie, I remember the debate. And of all the rules that
Lance was breaking that day, and admittedly the commissaires
weren’t aware of all of them at the time, they decided not to
penalize him for that one. Because, actually, he cut the corner through this bumpy field, hopped very daintily over the ditch, but then rejoined his little group pretty much exactly where he’d left, albeit trying to take them out as he jumped back onto his bike. But, you know, we’ll just gloss over that little bit.
– Yeah, I think in that particular instance the
right call was made. But then on the other hand, you have a high-profile incident such as Richie Porte in
the 2015 Giro d’Italia. He suffered a puncture
and was given a wheel by Simon Clarke, who wasn’t on his team. Now according to the hot,
steaming cup of UCI rules, you’re not allowed to receive
assistance from another team. And, in doing so, Richie Porte was given a two-minute time penalty for the stage on top of the 47 seconds he’d already lost from having the puncture. And also, 200 Swiss Franc fine. – Ah, the 200 Swiss Franc fine. Yeah, I think in that case, the race jury did indeed get it wrong, ’cause it was actually a cracking example of great sportsmanship. The kind that should be
celebrated as opposed to penalizing it further than he’d already been already penalized by getting a puncture in the first place. But, as much as I think
they got it wrong that day, that’s an example of one of the reasons I think cycling’s actually so exciting, because it’s so dynamic, isn’t it? It’s not like we’re confined to a stadium where a rule is a rule, because the line is always
in exactly the same place. Cycling takes place in all conditions, in all places, and so commissaires do
the best job that they can with the resources
they’ve got, limited time, and so I just think it’s kind of cool, even though poor old Richie Porte ended up quitting the Giro that year
because his head fell off. ‘Cause he was three minutes out the back. – Yeah, I have to sort
of agree, to be honest. In the sense that the best
thing about sport for me is, well, unpredictability and then the drama that comes from that unpredictability and the fact that cycling, as you say, isn’t confined to a stadium. It creates more unpredictability
and uncertainty. Yeah, we love it for it. – I’m not sure whether Lance
would agree on the GCN show. So, we’ll have to argue
this after we stop filming. What I’d be really, really
interested to know, Ollie, is what rules people think
that actually we should have in the Tour de France – Yes.
– that we don’t already. I mean, maybe you want
to change the sock rule. That’s probably a good shout, or indeed maybe ban Aero
helmets for looking dorky. Or, I don’t know, whatever it is, let us know in the comments section. What would you actually like to ban? Or just fine arbitrary
amounts of Swiss Francs? – Legalize ninja stars. – That would be interesting. (electro beat) – It’s now time for
our weekly inspiration, where you submit
inspirational cycling photos for a chance to win 50, 75 or 100 pounds from our friends at Wiggle. Who have we got first, Si? – Right well, we’ve got first, but they’re actually third,
Ollie, if you see what I mean. Our podium will be in reverse order. This is Bicyklista, I don’t think that it’s his real name from Edelstal, Austria. Check that out. Lucky I could squeeze a short
ride on Sunday evening in to finish the full and long weekend. I love that, ’cause it’s a cool photo, but also because I totally get that whole making the most of it, evening
rides, out with a mate. Beautiful, I love it. And you’ve also got 50 quid, which, interestingly, is
61 pounds and 28 Swiss, sorry 61 Swiss Francs and 28 cents, hey? – [Ollie] I guess. – [Si] Swiss cents. – Yeah, you can see it’s
the end of the day as well, ’cause of the nice long shadows – Yeah, golden hour.
– as well. Nice. Next place, winning 75
pounds of Wiggle vouchers, is Joel, who is riding up Mont Ventoux. He did the Challenge Ventoux where you have to ascend
it three times in a day. Obviously, a touch undertaking. It’s a hard climb. And there he is.
– It’s not often we’ve got this sort of smiley
photos on GCN inspiration. – [Ollie] Well he did say
that was first ascent. – Yeah, but,
– He probably wasn’t smiling as much on the third.
– That’s nice. He’s just a guy looking
cool on his bike, smiling, having a nice day out. I think that’s great, fantastic.
– Yeah, and he’s perfectly composed, hey, you’ve got the tower in the background, see?
– Oh, I see, nice. Always thinking, Ollie. Right, the winner this week, worth a 100 pounds of Wiggle vouchers, or about 120 Swiss Francs, is Cameron out on his gravel bike in the Lake District of England. Here we go, that is a mega shot, isn’t it? – [Ollie] Yeah.
– [Si] I like that very much. – [Ollie] Well, I love the Lake District. As you know, I’m always
banging on about it. – [Si] You are talking
about it a lot, Ollie. – [Ollie] So yeah, I really like that. That’s a cracker looking
out towards Lake Keswick. Nice. – Yeah, a well-deserved win. If you want to take part in
GCN Inspiration next week, either upload your photo
to the GCN uploader, the link to which is in the
description beneath this video; or use the hashtag,
#GCNinspiration on Instagram and best of luck. We will choose our favorites next week. (trumpet music) (comic boom) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We shall begin Cycling Shorts this week with news that our very
own James Lowsley-Williams, AKA Hank, has hit the big time. Here he is appearing in the
Telegraph’s weekend supplement. – Oh yes, check it out. Here is Hank with a horse. Yeah, fine young filly
if ever you saw one. Now, permit me, if I may, to read a small extract. “Lowsley-Williams, not your
typical lord of the manor.” Yada, yada, yada. “He was ranked in the country’s “top 20 as a professional cyclist “before he retired last year. “Since then,” this is us, this is, “he has worked as a presenter
on cycling network, GCN, “where he takes on daredevil feats.” – Does he? – I dunno, you seen any of them? (rock music) – No. – No, anyway, there we go. Hank made the big time. That is a nice horse. I don’t really know anything about horses, but that one looks– – Looks like a good one, doesn’t it? – It does and he’s got a
lovely pair of boots as well, which I’ve never seen before, but he will undoubtedly
be forced to wear them into our HQ at some point soon. – Well, away from the world
of high society and glamor, back to the Tour de France, which isn’t as glamorous as you may think, especially, well, away from the racing. And we’ve been highly amused this week from social media posts
coming out from journalists staying in hotels who
are following the race. This post was from a
friend of the channel, Caley Fretz, from Cycling Tips, who’s staying with legendary
Aussie writer, Rupert Guinness. – [Si] Wow! Yeah, that hotel room doesn’t
leave much to the imagination. I mean, yes, probably a bit
too much Rupert Guinness for everyone’s taste. Though they did fare better than British journalist, Ed Pickering. This was his hotel room the very next day. – [Ollie] Why, who’s he sharing with? – [Si] Well, hopefully no-one, but I believe it was a twin room. Big case of right, just
close your eyes and your nose and probably your ears as well. – Carlton Kirby, Eurosport commentator, well he was all right though, ’cause he was in the best hotel. Literally the Best Hotel. – Wow. Why is it that hotels that
are called Best or Paradise so rarely are? But anyway, Ned Boulting,
another British commentator, he did actually fare slightly better. Although, as he himself pointed out, a lot of leopard print going
on in his suite, actually. Right there.
– Yeah. There’s even a picture of a leopard. I think that’d be, well,
Del Boy and Cassandra definitely go for that one, wouldn’t they? – [Si] Couple of people
got that joke, mate. – Mange tout, Simon. – That’s right.
– Mange tout. – But it’s not just the journalists that have to put up with tough conditions at the Tour de France. One of the things that
I actually like best, is that the riders don’t get to stay in five-start luxury as
well, which keeps it real. Look, here’s Geraint Thomas
getting a massage in a room so small that all of
the beds and furniture has hastily been piled
up into a corner there. And apparently that is (indiscernible) wrapped up in that duvet, just have a little nap
there in the corner. – Yeah, well, they’re not allowed luxury motor homes either. As you may recall, well in 2015, Richie Porte had a luxury motor home and the UCI made a rule
saying you can’t have it. So not only did he get his fine in 2,200 Francs in two minutes, he had his motor home taken away. – Yeah, I know. (indiscernible) got that now. Anyway, speaking of Sky, or Team INEOS as it now is, of course, a lot of chat about their crash/near miss on stage eight of the Tour de France, and specifically around
how Gianni Moscon’s bike got so much damage done to it. Now, initially, Ollie, my theory was that it had actually acted as Geraint Thomas’ personal crumple zone. Because you can see from this photo taken from Pimentanuno on Twitter, that Geraint’s about six feet up there and pretty much making a direct landing on Moscon’s rear triangle. – [Ollie] Yeah, however, Cosmo Catalano, from “How the Race was Won” fame, hit the nail on the head
when he linked up footage from the race commissaires car. Well, the race referee and it shows that, well, you can see the
bike in one piece on the ground as the commissaires car approaches; followed shortly after by, well, a loud crunching sound. – [Si] Yes, yes. So that does, I think, explain how the bike ended up getting so damaged. And it does make more sense
than the Geraint Thomas theory, because he’s looking
pretty lean at the moment. There’s no way his ass is big enough to do that kind of damage and I speak as someone who once wrote off an entire car with his ass. But it’s a story for another day. – Interesting, well, that’s quite intriguing, that. – Yeah. (electro beat) Now at the top of the show, we told you that we would
announce the finalists for our quite amazing Orbea
Orca Aero competition, where we asked you to design a paint job using their MyO facility on the website, where you can basically customize it to your heart’s content. We’ve whittled it down
to our favorite five, but now it’s up to you
to vote, just up there, which one you think should be the winner. WE’ll start, without further ado, with Fin’s “Tour de
France” inspired paint job. What do you think of that one, Ollie? – [Ollie] That’s really cool. – [Si] That is very nice. – [Ollie] And its gloss as well, I think, the white which is
important, keeps it clean. – [Si] Yeah. – [Ollie] And I like that he’s gone for the shallower wheels. – [Si] Really? Controversial there. Next up, we’ve got
Gabriel’s “Champion Orbea.” Matt gold. Yes! – [Ollie] That’s seriously
bling, that one, isn’t it? – [Si] That’s cracking, isn’t it? A great choice of components on there. I like the kind of like, the stealth black with gold. – [Ollie] Yeah, that’s a good one. Lander’s “Outside Is Calling”
is our next shortlist entry. – Ooh.
– Not really sure on the outside bit. – Well, green and blue.
– Isn’t it green, yeah? But, I really like those shades. I think that looks, they just work.
– That does yeah, it’s pretty cool. Silvano’s “Flumen”, which is
Latin for flow, apparently. He’s a Giro fan and a sprinter, so he tried to come up with a combo that would be like his
Ciclamino-inspired jersey. Maglia, Maglia Ciclamino. – Yeah.
– You know what I mean. – [Ollie] So yeah, pink
and sort of purple. But again, that works
as a color combination. I mean the white Orbea logo. Like it. – [Si] Stealthy, yeah, very nice. And then the last one, Hamish’s “Sunbeam.” I think that is cool, mate. – [Ollie] I prefer the gold one. – [Si] Do you? – I think I might go for a Sunbeam. But it’s not up to us. It’s not up to us. – Well, we’ll have to vote, mate. – Well, I know, but we
don’t get the custom vote. – No we don’t, it’s down to you. So there we go, there’s your top five. Just to recap, we’ve
got Hamish’s “Sunbeam”, we’ve got Silvano’s “Flumen”, we’ve got Lander’s “Outside is Calling”, we’ve got Gabriel’s “Champion Orbea” and then Fin’s “Tour de
France” inspired paint job. So there we go, your top five. Vote away and we’ll announce
the winner next week. (electronic beat) – Tech of the Week now. And we have news of a new smart light, which comes from a
company called The Beam, who got in touch, having
done two successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past. This is now their third
and it’s for a smart light called The Lucia. – That’s right, so
they’ve given us a sample, a prototype we can show you. As you see, it’s a rear light. It mounts to your saddle rails and then it can be clipped
or unclipped as necessary. They say that the light will be visible from up to a kilometer away and also from a 180 degrees as well, ’cause the lighting element
extends around the edges. – Yeah, well it looks like
it’d be nice on Aero as well, the way it tucks into the
back of the saddle rails. But it’s got five different
modes, apparently, is the plan. And also, it’s got a light sensor so that it can adjust the
brightness of the light, depending on the lighting
conditions that you’re riding in. And an accelerate sensor as well, which means that it can
effectively act as a brake light when you slow down, it can detect that. And also turn itself off
when you’re not moving. – [Si] That’s right, it
will last up to six hours on full beam and up to 20 hours
on the light detection mode, which is where it will flash if it senses that you’re riding in the dark. And then if it says
you’re riding in daylight, there will be no constant light, but it will still
operate as a brake light. And then it will charge
back up again in two hours, which seems pretty rapid to me. And it also weighs just 39 grams, which is not very much at all. And now, full retail price, The Beam is saying it’s
going to be 89 euros, but as is the way of Kickstarter, you can get in early
and get it for 35 euros. – Serious deal.
– Yeah, there we go, and they’ll be shipping in November 2019. So yeah, not long to wait. Link to the Kickstarter
campaign is in the description. (mechanical whizzing) – Time now for Hack/Bodge. First up, Nathan. – Oh yes.
– Showing the south side. – Wowzers! What is that bodge?, you
may be asking yourself. Well, Nathan said he
unfortunately broke his shifter. He needs to get his bike
back on the road fast before a spare arrived. So he zip-tied a mountain
bike shifter to his handlebars and used a mountain bike brake lever to replace his lever there. Which is a, that’s a fantastic bodge, isn’t it? He’s on the road, he can still ride. But it’s just awful at the same time. – [Ollie] The hoods don’t
look very comfortable. – [Si] No they don’t, do they?
But, yeah top bodging there, I think.
– Top bodging, yeah. (laughing) Next up we’ve got Craig
with his Specialized Chisel. What on earth’s he done here? – [Si] Well, Ollie, since you asked, he’s created a simple
clamp for his back wheel in his van there, made of leftover rubber
go-kart bumper mounts. Now, he says it grips the wheel perfectly. I’m not going to argue. My problem with this, mate, is that I don’t have leftover
rubber bumper go-kart mounts. So actually, I’d need
to make a special trip to go and buy those
with which to build it. So for a niche audience,
that is a great hack. But otherwise, it’s
probably just more trouble than it’s worth. – [Ollie] Yeah, you just, yeah. If you’re really out for trouble, just get something more suitable. – Yeah, still, I like it. I like the fact that
he’s kind of upcycling (speakers drowning each other out) – What are you saying then, hack? – I don’t know, mate. – It’s on you, this. – Hack. (whack) – Okay, done?
– Yeah, hack. Right, this one, this is ingenious. So David wrote off his beautiful
Litespeed bike in a crash, and has therefore relegated
it to his indoor trainer. He said he had a set of
mountain bike handlebars on, but he felt a little bit constrained. So he’s put drops on, but, in order to still use his
mountain bike shifters on there, he’s added them on this
weird extension out front. – [Ollie] Right, for an indoor
training setup, brilliant. – Yeah.
– Hack! (whack)
That’s really good. – Absolutely.
– And again, upcycling, all for that. – [Si] All for embracing your parts bin. – [Ollie] Yeah. – Sounds a bit more dodgy than I expected. But anyway, there we go. Right, next up, Henrik. Now this is good.
– Yeah. – Do you want to do the honors, Ollie? – Henrik’s in, in Denmark, and he’s come up
with a tubeless tire hack. Now, anyone that’s set up tires, and I’m including myself in this, it can be a bit messy at times. Not for Henrik though, check this out. He’s got a syringe with some
shrink wrap tape on there and a small straw. What’s the straw from? He’s recycled that from something. – [Si] He said it’s a
chain lube straw thing. He’s basically invented
the reverse injector. – [Ollie] Yeah, I think
that’s a brilliant hack from bits that he had lying around. – [Si] Sucking used
sealant out of your tire to make sure that it’s nice and dry for when you take it off. – [Ollie] And you can also use that to put sealant in as well. – [Si] An injector and a
de-injector at the same time. – That’s a hack.
– That is a great hack. – We’re doing well for hacks.
– We are indeed, yeah. Lastly, we’re going to finish
up with a chain keeper. Now, (clearing throat) we’ve not had one of these for a while, but Ollie’s just slipped it in at the end. And, we’ll I’ve got to say, Javier Delacruz, that’s actually not bad. I’ve often wondered
whether I could repurpose a through-axle as a chain keeper. And he said, there we go. – That’s thread tape there, which is again a common item found in the toolboxes of
many a plumber, I guess. But yeah, I’ve got thread tape and that is a good use for it. It’s the right sort of size. Again, that’s recycling something. – [Si] A homemade chain keeper for free. There we go, keeps that
out of the landfill. Good hack. (whack)
Right, if you want to get involved with Hack/Bodge next week, hopefully you know what to do by now. On Instagram or on Twitter
use the hashtag #GCNHack or, of course, our dedicated uploader. – Hot hacks this week. – Yeah, what a week. (electronic beat) It’s time now for Caption Competition. That part of the show where
you could win yourself a GCN camel bag water bottle! That’s right, all you got to do is caption a photo that
we’re going to give you, and we will pick out the best one and they will win a GCN water bottle. This was the photo from last week. – Yeah, which was of Hodeg and Jakobsen from Deceuninck Quick Step. – [Si] Pretty sure he’s
called Hodge, but nevermind. – [Ollie] Well… (laughing) – [Si] Honestly, he’s called Hodge. Someone didn’t believe
me down in the comments, but he is Hodge and Jakobsen. Anyway, teammates from
Deceuninck Quick Step. And the winning caption is
from duragamer132 who said, “A little bit of teamwork
never hurt anyone”. Nice, yes, I love it. I love it. – They’re sponsored by Lidl. – Oh, I see! Aah, brilliant!
(laughing) No, I think that’s great. Right, this is the photo for you all to get your teeth stuck into this week. So caption this one, put
it in the comments section, and you might win a GCN water bottle. We’ve come up with one
together, haven’t we mate? – [Ollie] Yeah. – [Si] So, Vincenzo, why
is that they call you the shark of Messina? (speaking with accent)
Because I’m so thin. – Nailed it, mate. – Get it? Yes. I can hear everyone LOL-ing. (whoosh) Okay, it’s Ask at GCN Training now. That part of the show where we answer one of your training questions. The person who sent it in, then gets a free three-month
subscription to Zwift, which is pretty awesome, isn’t it? So as well as getting the answer, you actually get a
kick-start in your training. Anyway, so this week’s question
comes in from Paul Matthews. He is 44 years old with
an FTP of 194 watts at 67 kilos. So you have some pretty
good numbers there. On an average ride of a 100 Ks, he said he goes between about
20 to 31 Ks an hour average. So again, good numbers there. But, he’d like to improve his FTP. SO we put that question to
one of the coaches at Zwift. They came back with a pretty
solid answer, I think. So firstly, we need to kind
of know a little bit more about how your week stacks
up in terms of cycling. So if you just doing
one 100 K ride a week, then you might find you’d be better off getting a bit more consistency. So maybe doing four shorter rides a week, and then the other thing
is variety as well. So if you’re just always
doing the same rides, then you won’t actually improve, you’ll always reach a plateau. So if you do some really hard rides, some easy rides, some short
rides, some long rides, then that’ll kind of give
your body the stimulus to really start improving. – Yeah, variety is key in any training. But, in terms of specifically
targeting your FTP, there are a couple of schools of thought on what you can do. And the first one is, well, working above
your FTP to drag it up. And the other one is
working below or just below your FTP to push it up. And both methods have their
merits and their place. So an example of working above it would be to do a session of say,
five by five minutes, where each one of those five
minutes is just above your FTP, and then you’d have about
two and a half minutes rest in between each one of those intervals. And the idea here is that
you’re accumulating lactate in those hard above-FTP efforts, and your body’s getting
used to flushing it and processing it so you can
work at that higher intensity. And then an example of a
session just below your FTP would be something like four
by 12 minutes just below it, and then sort of three
minutes rest in between. And that would be at your
kind of sweet spot intensity. But there are loads of
sessions built into Zwift that are free, of examples of this kind of workout that you can either do on Zwift or, well, you could take them
out in the real world having used them for inspiration. – You a pusher or a puller, Ollie? With your FTP. – I like to go above. – Yeah, you see, when I was racing, I spent a lot of time pushing it up. And then since I retired from racing, all I seem to do is try and pull it up. And I think actually, I
would’ve been better off mixing the two. But anyway, benefit of hindsight. Learn from our mistakes. Anyway, if you would like your
question answered next week, stick it in the comments section with the hashtag #askGCNtraining, and remember, if we pick it out, you get yourself a free
three-month subscription to Zwift. (electro beat) Okay, before we get onto what is coming up on the channel over the next seven days, a quick look back at some
of our favorite comments that you’ve been leaving under the previous seven days’ videos. And in actual fact, in one case, from a video from about five years ago. But anyway, we’ll get
onto that in just a sec. – Wowzers, right. First up, nick w commented
under last week’s GCN show, “The wife’s cutting comment of the week, “has one of those muppets
really got a PhD?” – This is brilliant. I wasn’t here last week, and I believe they’re
referring to you, Ollie. – They give them out to anyone these days. (laughing) – Yeah, anyway. There we go, great stuff. – Juan003 also commented
under last week’s show, and now bear in mind the
title of the show was, “Is the Tour de France
easier than we think?” Well, my first thought
when I read the title, “Well, Dan did it.” (laughing) – To be fair mate, that was
my first thought as well. Hopefully that was one
of the points in there. Right, now, hopefully by
now you are well aware of the GCN Racing Channel where we have a dedicated home
for our racing highlights. If you haven’t subscribed already, what are you waiting for? Anyway, on at the moment,
or last week obviously, was the Giro Rosa, currently it’s the Tour de France. Some great comments about that. Thomas Faba: “My daughter has been glued. “Women’s racing, bravo. “Keep it coming. “With love from the White
Mountains of New Hampshire.” And jiji Xx: “What with living in Japan, “and not owning a TV, “these updates are a real godsend.” Oh, but technically they’ve said dogsend. But I don’t quite understand that. Anyway, many thanks. – Yeah and Airbum 787 says, “You’re the first sexually
provocative bike tire changer “I’ve seen anywhere. “So make a redo video of this “just wearing your birthday suit.” Did you do that one? – Yes, so this is it. I don’t think I’ve ever had
such a weirdly complimentary and also slightly derogatory…
– For a five year-old video. So you go back and check
all the comments on your five year-old videos?
– Well, when they’re nice comments, yeah. I get a notification automatically. No, this just popped up. So there we go. No, we’re not going to
do any kind of naked bike maintenance videos, maybe because no-one
wants to see John Cannings in his birthday suit. But, I mean, frankly
no-one wants to see anyone in their birthday suit changing a tire. But anyway, there we go. Lastly, CF O’Sullivan,
under the Super Bike or Hyper Bike videos said, “It’s a bit amateur hour guys, “not to let the viewers know “what happened to Simon’s face.” “Now, instead of listening
to what he’s saying “or focusing on the
mind-altering Super Bike, “all I can think about is what
happened to Simon’s face?” So, I will fill you in. Basically, having spent
all morning learning how to jump with Blake Sampson
and getting away with it, I then went out on my
mountain bike in the evening, and fell off going uphill. And I fell of at naught miles an hour, and then unfortunately for me, the trail had a big drop on one side and I fell off it, basically, and then plummeted head-first down a bank and landed on my face. – Right, well coming up
on the channel this week, firstly on Wednesday, devious tricks of the
Tour de France riders. Thursday we have 10 pro
cyclist training secrets and on Friday is, well, dirty Fridays, which isn’t changing tires
in your birthday suit. It’s Jeremy Powers doing gravel
and cross-themed content. – That’s right. Saturday we have “What is Strava Summit?” So we got a close look
at what that involves. Then on Sunday, the next
frontier for the Tour de France. This is a gravel epic, right
up to the summit of an alp, which was particularly exciting. And then on Monday, of course, it’s the GCN Racing News show. Also, another quick shout
out to the GCN Racing Channel for all your Tour de France
highlights at the moment, plus we’ve got Tour de
France content on GCN and GCN Tech at the moment
as the race goes on. So it’s a busy month, there’s
a lot of cycling videos for you to watch. (rock music) Right, we’re getting
towards the end of the show, but we can’t leave you
without Extreme Corner. So, if you haven’t seen
“Can roadies get rad?” yet, here is your answer. (bike wheels spinning) – [Instructor] Wow. That was pretty,
– Did I do a jump? – that was a pretty good jump. You kind of nosed in a bit. It felt like you pressed it too much and you went (whoosh). – Well there’s your answer. No. – But I’ll tell you something that is rad. – What’s that? – Our new striped T-shirts. – Oh yeah!
– They’ve done that really well, – Nice segue!
– so we got some new designs in the GCN shop. So if you want to support
the channel, well, head over to the GCN shop, grab some of the new T-shirts. – I like this one, very much so.
– I like the red one. – Well that’s just as well, isn’t it? Right, if you haven’t seen
Super Bike or Hyper Bike yet, then we strongly recommend you do so. That’s checking out the
new Canyon Ultimate Evo, which is pretty awesome. You can get through to that video now, otherwise, give this
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100 comments on “The Weirdest Rules Of The Tour de France | GCN Show Ep. 340

  1. Make sure you vote for your favourite Orbea paint design & check out our GCN Racing channel: https://gcn.eu/GCNRACING

  2. honestly, I want to ban Doping, and those who dope will be penalised ALL their price money, their salery and be banned from participating in any pro cykling race or any race where money can be won.. – FOREVER !
    doping and winning price money is the same as economic fraud..
    on top of the fines, they should be put to jail in line of those who go to jail for fraud !

  3. Why are they policing that sock height anyway, the limit is far too high. Socks should be ankle length and white.

  4. @askGCNTraining I'm recovering from surgery, and didn't know how to adjust my FTP. It's been 6 weeks since last riding. My pre-surgery FTP was around 233. I dropped to 209 on my first ride as a way to restart my training, but should I go through another ramp test, or can I save the pain by adjusting it with a formula, or other suggested way. I am trying to finish up my 'L'Etape du Tour de France' sessions. The 209 FTP seems a little light. I'm 58, and in otherwise pretty good shape. I don't, obviously, want to over do it risking injury, but do want to get 'back in the saddle'. Thanks…

  5. Caption

    "Vincenzo, your helmet in Rudy good!"
    "Well G, i just had to Kask the opportunity to wear it in the tour"

  6. BMX racing world champs next week in Zolder ideal time to run a piece given how many young rides start their cycling/sports careers within BMX. Core bike skills start in BMX all youngsters should give it a go.

  7. start something new (no uci) with no rules and see what happens. Maybe it would change cycling forever

  8. Hi guys, I have a 4 week trip planned for Colorado in September but currently live nowhere near any mountains. I would like to train as effectively as possible – but live in a very hot environment, making all day rides unrealistic. To add to this, I'm quite far behind in training thanks to recent Carpal Tunnel surgery. How can I quickly and effectively improve my endurance for riding at altitude whilst at sea level? Cheers everyone, Jamie. #askgcntraining

  9. #Askgcntraining Hi GCN. Im 19 years old and have a race coming up in the end of August wich is 100 k with a lot of small climbs (<5 minuts) but mostly flat. I have just come home to Denmark after 2 weeks cycling in the Italian alps where i did moslty longer rides around 3-5 hours and not many intervals so my question is: How should I train the next month to keep the good shape i've gotten during the last weeks but still prepare for many short efforts in the race. Thank you for your help.

  10. #askgcntraining – best advice for recovery and retaining fitness with a broken collarbone?

    Friends, cycling nerds (<3) and rockstars of the GCN show. I broke my left collarbone in a cycling accident last weekend: Front wheel puncture coming out of a left turn had me wobbling and subsequently crashing shoulder first into the tarmac at around 40km/h :/ ouch. Getting better by the day though so staying positive here – but what would you say are your best tips for staying in shape while not overdoing anything? how fast can I go back to some intense workouts? other thoughts? did a couple of easy spins on the trainer already (#zwift), but only very short and low intensity. #askgcntraining

  11. Mavic sent out syringes like that with a bunch of their tubeless road wheels last year. I've been using one ever since. They work great. You can't remove sealant with Mavic syringes, but it's a lot cleaner to put it in.

  12. hmmm……must have been close. My bike submission was just about the exact same as the Tour de France submission. Didn't go gloss….bummer. PS: Please work on your American accents, they're terrible. We're not all from Texas.

  13. it's "Stars and Water Carriers" NOT "Stars and their water carriers" . C'mon, man… this film is a damn classic!

  14. Can we ban boys like they banned girls for over 150 years?!

    We need female cyclist representation. Kicked the only female presenter off the main channel?

    There are a plethora of female cyclist. We should have representation in the tour and on cycling networks

  15. When I saw these taillight, I immediately wanted to get some on kickstarter, then I saw I need a cc to back projects on that site, that's really just dumb af, so no lights for me…

  16. If Romain Bardet pronounced his name with a speech impediment, it’d sound like the luck he’s having this tour. “Whoa man, bad day”

  17. Si, re Porte/Clarke, the question to ask isn't whether it was a display of mateship for Clarke to give Porte the wheel, but rather what would Clarke have done if one of Porte's rivals had needed a wheel? Most rules have their root in either safety or fairness, including that one (and the sock length one!).

  18. You're not thinking big enough; you gotta ban the bikes, just, ban the bikes. Also gotta add a 20,000 swiss currency™ fine for bringing a bike. To a bike race.

  19. New rule from director of the tour de france and Uci, everybody pls use Cetone, thats not doping, thats not doping, thats not doping, nobody prove it, thats not doping, i saaaaid not dooooping.

  20. Actually install portable toilets along the route of Le Tour, have a rule that one can NOT bring their water bottle inside (there are cameras EVERYWHERE!), have a measuring sensor for the "liquid level" within the toilet, and for those that HAVE to stop, the rider with the largest bladder gets their time added BACK to their time at the end of their race for holding their piss in the longest before having to go! ===> OH, and a FF 23.50 fine for ANYONE hitting the toilet lid with MORE than 3 millimeters of urine. YES, there IS a sensor for that! An interesting twist to a "natural" occurrence!

  21. You can buy sealant kits that have a syringe injector. Would have figured you could used them or similar to remove excess liquid. Not much of a hack.

  22. 1 swiss frank = 0.91 euro…. so you´d have to steal over 910euros worth of food and drink? does not seem practical

  23. New rule: Failure of the stage winner to immediately remove his helmet and replace it with a baseball cap from his sponsor would be a 500 franc fine (in honor of NASCAR events).

  24. Rule variation for UCI: Drop the minimum bike weight. It's a rule that had merit when authored but grows increasingly removed from reality with every model year and is hurting the industry as bike fabricators the world over are obligated to comply with a race organization of whom only a small fraction of their customers will ever have applied to them.

  25. Years ago I met a guy called Berry Beams who was abscessed with developing headlights and tail lights. Every year he would show up at Interbike with what he thought would be the new development in bike lights that would make him famous and millions. Every year he would be disappointed to learn one of the major lighting companies already had his development under a paton and send him home disappointed. He in my mind is the original developer of the accelerator sensor to make your tail light a break light simply by slowing down. He showed me that in 1998.

  26. I remember being on the starting line of a USCF race in the 80s and hearing a voice say "You can't wear those socks". I turned and saw the race official referring to someone's black socks. Yep, there used to be a rule that socks had to be white.

  27. I would get rid of the rule where all riders in a "group" get given the same time. This is a legacy of a time when it was impractical to time each rider in a group using stopwatches. Nowadays it's easily done. No other racing sport does this. Then you would actually get racing right up to the line.

  28. Other nadar barriers with plates so no flags or banners !(Wout Van Aert). And more NADAR barriers on hill climbs.

  29. The GCN presenter team is properly strong and charismatic these days, and my favourite two are these guys. Can we have a Si and Olly suffering video please? An attempt on the 24-hour tandem record or something would be lovely.

  30. I have a video of the Cambridge to London TDF where some 50 of the peloton stopped right next to me for a wee

    Did not realise what was happening until I had captured most of it on my video

  31. I would give people rewards for good behavior that makes the race more exciting, like swapping a wheel.

  32. radios should be disallowed. the cyclists should be making decisions during the race, not some guy in the car with a calculator.

  33. Propose piss bottles in the pro peloton. 500 swiss francs if thrown away and they must not be made out og glass.

  34. 16 Euros for a push!! I would line up 100 people to give me a push up those Alps and happily pay couple of Euros. Has no rider ever done this??

  35. Actually, Lance claimed responsibility for the sock height rule. That's because compression socks, which are longer, give an advantage because of squeezing the leg has positive effect on blood flow.

  36. The chain keeper hack was great. Did anyone else notice the misspelled word "Lenght" on the thru-axle? What brand did that?

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