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Which Pro Cyclist Trains The Hardest? | GCN Show Ep. 366

– From Leuven, in Belgium. Welcome to the GCN show. – Hello and welcome to the GCN show. – Coming up this week, which pro-cyclist trains the hardest, and how does that compare
with other sports people? – Plus the results are in. You’ve decided on the
hottest kits for 2020, and we have a giveaway. Your chance to join us at a Gravel event in Morocco. (upbeat music) (bike tires whirring) (crowd cheering) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned which pro-cycling kits really are the hottest for 2020. You voted on the GCN app and pronounced that in first place in the Women’s World Tour was Canyon-SRAM. Second place Boels-Dolmans, and third Trek-Segafredoso. So disagree with me slightly
about Boels-Dolmans, but that’s fine I won’t
take it too personally. – And when we look at the men’s peloton, in first place it was EF. Second was NTT and then third was
newcomer Bahrain McLaren. – [Si] Yeah can’t argue with that. Now we also learned this week that despite recent news
stories to the contrary Chris Froome is still training and back at a team camp. Even though one of his
rides was with his boss, Dave Brailsford. – [Chris] Now generally
speaking, cyclists do do some pretty crazy training and this is definitely the
time of year to be doing it. – Well that’s right. World champion Annemiek Van Vleuten perhaps not wanting to be outdone by Tour de France winner
Egan Bernal’s Columbian epics recently, has also been
absolutely smashing it. The Mitchelton-Scott team training camp has basically looked
like a mini Grand Tour and perhaps the biggest
day of all, was day six. Where they did 235 kilometers with 4,500 meters of
ascent in eight hours. – Now whereas, Bernal didn’t clock up a single Stryver karriem
in his Colombian Epic, Annemiek Van Vleuten knocked
out a frankly astounding 47. – Yet not a bad day’s work and good for the morale
in January, I think. Now Van Vleuten interestingly is something of a statistical outlier
in the women’s peloton for now at least. ‘Cause a piece of research
caught our eye recently in the International Journal of Physiology and Sports Performance. – Oh big final that one, I’d say. – Well it’s quite relevant, isn’t it? Now the research was from
a trio of Dutch academics who looked a whole bunch of male and female professional cyclist and they found that the
workload between men and women was actually similar but when you look at it
in terms of per kilometer actually the workload for
women was much higher. – [Chris] So in other
words, they rode less but they rode harder. – Perhaps it’s just a reflection of the fact that the women’s race is still a little bit shorter than men’s but interesting to note never less, and even more interesting actually to see whether it pays off for Van Vleuten. because that does seem insanely difficult. – It does, doesn’t it? Bernard though is also
racking up the miles incredibly consistency. Over the last month his average
duration per week, 32 hours. A 1020 kilometers every week on average for the last four weeks. That’s something special, Si? – [Si] That is it, insane. But the good thing
about training now hard, Chris is that he will now be able to go to the Tour de France for a rest. – That’s a good point. – Now a lot of people who I thought would be monster mile munchers, have actually turned out
to be surprisingly modest. So Thomas De Gendt, Mr. Breakaway himself has actually only been
averaging only 600 K’s a week for the last month, and Adam Hansen, his
teammates, Mr.49 Grand Tours on the bounce or whatever it was. He apparently didn’t ride
his bike before Christmas. Preferring to cross-train instead and when I say cross-train
what I mean is hike across the Himalayas
carrying a 17 kilo backpack. – Well that would have been
pretty tough wouldn’t it? – Yeah. – Norwegian rider Vegard Laengen Stake of the UAE world tour
team is another rider who gets in some seriously
savage off-the-bike training regularly doing long-distance
cross-country skis of 30 to 50 kilometers to
supplement his vironic. – Wow, that’s a lot of
cross-country skiing. Should we see what happens when Dan Lloyd tries to cross-country ski. – Oh this will be good. (grunts) – I have come to Andermatt
in Switzerland to meet… No. Whoa. (grunts) – Well, about as good as
any cycling then, I guess. Now what about Egan Bernal’s teammates because NEOS are famous
from within the pro ranks for their super
high-volume training weeks, a week in which a steady six hours is considered a recovery right and no we’re not making that up. Apparently until very
recently at Grand Tours, they’d be doing five to
six hours on rest days just to keep the legs ticking over. – [Chris] Indeed a few
weeks ago we mentioned that on their December training
camp a few of the riders completed an entire lap in Mellorca. 310 kilometers in eight
hours and 40 minutes. Which is no mean feat whatsoever. – It’s not, but we should
say, shouldn’t we Chris? That it’s not all plain sailing. – No. – Even from within the sky Aeneas set up, because a lot of riders,
not a lot, a few riders have gone there and failed to thrive and perhaps the training
has been attributed to being a big part of that and even their biggest
engine Johnny Moscow and she had a pretty horrible
2019 of the most part and he put that down to over training when he was out pre-season. Funny enough in Colombia, tracks– – [Chris] Keeping up with Bernal (laughs) – Yeah Bernal started the
half wheel on him. (laughs) Well who knows. – It’s important to never
forget the gold rule, isn’t it? You improve when you rest and not when you train or
as I like to phrase it, “Rest is best”. – That’s right. Although, too much rest and not enough training, kind of also. – Hey, what about fresh form? – Well now there’s, now
there is a thing Chris. Right now at this point, we’ve probably got to
give a bit of a shout out to our new presenter Conor
Dunne because he famously and I think I could say that racked up a 14 hundred kilometer
week whilst bike packing in the French Alps with his
teammate Larry Warbasse. They racked up 26 thousand
meters of climbing over 42 hours that week. Not to mention the amount of times they were stood at the
roadside taking pictures ’cause they were pretty
prolific on Instagram. – How did their phone battery survive? – I dunno.
– Mine barely makes it through a day,
(Si laughs) and I’m plugged into a charger. Lastly one rider that we are in no rush to go for a bike ride
with is Richie Porte. Who last August clocked up and Everesting on the Col De La Madone. 270 kilometers in 14 hours and 20 minutes. Which sounds impressive on its own. – [Si] It does, yeah. – [Chris] And then you
factor in the 9,000 meters of climbing she had to achieve to do that is frankly bonkers. – [Si] It is, yeah. And to be fair to him that’s
probably the only reason why we wouldn’t be able to
go to training with him. Because otherwise, it’d be fine with me. – Of course.
– Absolutely. Now, fairly clear then
that professional cyclists are capable of doing
some inhumane bike rides, and some of them like Egan
Bernal do them on a daily basis. But what about other cycling disciplines, like cross-country mountain bike. Well, seems that it depends
on how much you like gym work. Certainly if you take Scott teammates’ world champion Nino Schurter and World Cup champion that Kate Courtney they in addition to all the
work they do on the bike, also do some savage gym workouts and happily for us, they post
videos of them to Instagram. Check this one out of Kate Courtney. Yeah basically Chris, my
mind is completely blown – [Chris] But watching
that don’t you feel like you want to have a little bit of a go? – [Si] Absolutely I would
love to give that a try. – Coming up on next week’s show. (Si laughs) Have you seen the video where Blake and Neil go and visit Nino Shurter and complete a day of training with him? – [Si] Yes, I have the GMVN
video, I did watch that, yeah. – [Chris] I think this
is where mountain biker’s really put road riders to shame. They couple those savage gym sessions, followed by hardcore
intervals out on the route or on the mountain bikes
as it was afterwards. – [Si] Yeah.
– [Chris] Yeah. – [Si] Yeah that is true
actually not many roadies could do that, could they? Although to be fair to them, both Nina Shurter and Kate Courtney have been completely shown
up by Danny MacAskill. In his latest video he manages to combine both the gym workout and cycling at the same time. – You know being one
of those time-crunched, time-effective, training books in London. – Yeah. (laughs) – Probably a little bit out of reach for most of us, that. Isn’t it?
– Yeah. – What about triathletes then Si? They ride bikes as well. – They do. – But they also do two other sports, and then you have to
factor in they practice getting dressed and undressed. I can’t think of a more
pressurized clothing situation. – No I can’t, it’s no wonder
they forget their socks from time to time. Either that or they just
run out of clean washing. Because most triathletes will do three training sessions per day. One for each of the discipline, that they have to do in triathlon, and actually I’ve heard that World Ironman Champion Jan Frodeno, actually does five sessions a day. – There’s no wonder he’s quick
at getting changed, is it? – Well it’s true that, yeah. – What about Kristian Blummerfelt then? Rumored to do 30 to 35 hours a week. Every week! – [Si] Yeah every single week. And also to put the whole
traffic thing into context, ex-pro cyclist turned
Ironman, Cameron Wurth, actually joins team INEOS
for that lap of Mallorca that we talked about earlier on. But when they got back to the hotel he put on his running shoes (laughs) and went out for a 10 kilometer jog. – Bet he swam to the start
of the run, ride as well. – I bet he did as well.
(Chris laughs) Just because you got to go swimming, and you got to go running every day. – Now how about marathon runners? They definitely train a little bit less. – They do, yeah. – Their average volume is
down to around 14 hours a week but like triathletes, they
are big fans of split days. Although again like
triathletes they do need to be a little bit more careful
about injury prevention than we do as bike riders, and apparently, as I’ve recently learnt, it’s actually quite hard
to go for an easy run. Unless you’re on roller skates perhaps. – Well yes yeah no coasting down hills. – No.
– Is there when running. So yeah, yeah that’s probably partly why you can’t rack up the hours isn’t it? – Yeah. – Now, the sports where its
participants train the hardest, this solely that I’ve ever
witnessed is rowing, okay. So I got to spend a day or half a day in fact with GB Rowing and not only was my mind blown but also I was faintly embarrassed to have once called myself
a full-time athlete. Because they absolutely put me to shame. So they have to be at GB
Rowing to HQ at 5 a.m. every morning, six days a week. They do time on the water first of all, then they have breakfast, then they do a monster gym session, then they have lunch and
then they’re back out on the water in the afternoon as well, and then sometimes just
to break things up, they go for an epic bike ride as well. – Wow.
– Six days a week. – That’s is going to
be pretty tiring that– – Oh my word! – You know what Si, I think
is actually fair to say that every athlete out there. Every athlete out there should I say, is going to push themselves to
the limit of what they can do and also what their sport can do. Some athletes will naturally soak up massive training volumes. I mean take the rowers,
they’re seven feet tall and they’re all built like
Greek gods or goddesses. – Yeah. – And some athletes like runners, they have to be a little bit more gentle and a little bit more careful in order to make sure they
don’t– or just break really. – Yeah, I guess so. Weird though isn’t it,
when a rower competes for like four minutes and yet they do a gazillion hours a week. Whereas a marathon
runner is doing two hours plus a little bit more. But yet they’re doing 14 hours a week, whereas I guess it makes sense for cyclists like Bernal to
be doing 30 hours a week. Because that’s sometimes what he has to do in order to win the Tour de France. But you’re right, I think probably people do, do whatever they can do, and being part of a
Tour de France Champion or World Champion, Van Vlueten’s
case, is that they’re able to just train that little bit harder. – Yeah. – You can’t really copy him can you? – You can’t, although it’s
always going to niggle away in the back of your
mind that such and such did more training than I did. – Yeah, it’s true that. Be very interested to know
what you all do actually. What is your biggest ride and also what is your biggest week? Have you ever racked up
pro-cyclistesque kilometers or are you a little bit more like me and err on the side of caution, you don’t want to over train? – Quality over quantity. – That’s right. – Eagle-eyed viewers amongst you out there will have noticed that
yesterday we launched a brand new channel “GCN Auf Deutsch” headed up by ex-pro cyclist
Bjorn Thurau and Mario Vogt. – Yeah, super excited about this one but we have to stay, don’t we Chris? We’re going to squash any rumors EM puts in the comment section,
underneath the teaser video, that actually he thought
the reason we launched it was so that Dan could go to Oktoberfest and put it on expenses, but no! That’s only partly true. Anyway here is a clip of that teaser bit. (upbeat music) (in foreign language) – (in foreign language)
YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, (in foreign language). (upbeat music) – All right, I’m here at
Newport Velodrome today because I’m going to do
some really important training sessions on the track. I’m a total noob at riding on the track. I’m not really done it
much, so it’s important that I learn these skills. I had a couple of sessions
booked in before Christmas but unfortunately I missed
them because I was ill. Which made me quite anxious. But I’m here today! So hopefully, I’m going
to learn a thing or two. (upbeat music) – This is the black
line, the pursuit line. It’s 250 meters long and professionals in the Olympics, they ride it with pinpoint accuracy. They make it look so easy
but it’s deceptively hard. Especially for a beginner, like myself but if you ride above it and you don’t ride it accurately then you don’t get that– Well you travel further but
you don’t get that distance. It doesn’t count. So you could end up feasibly
riding an extra two, three laps, in an hour record, if you don’t stick to the black line. So this is a skill but I need to master and I’m here to do some training sessions. Hopefully master it today. But I’m feeling all right. I mean the sessions Mac and
Neil are setting me in so fast, they’re going all right. I’ve done some tough ones last week or so. But I’m feeling positive
about it so going to crack on. (upbeat music) – Right it’s now time for GCN Inspiration, that part of the show where you send in your inspirational cycling photos. Either by the GCN app or the uploader or using the hashtag #gcninspiration, and we pick out the best three. Who each week will win, a prize. This week third place is GCN casquette. Second place it is the matching jersey, and then first place we’ve got not only a super cool GCN jersey but also the matching base there as well. How good is that? – Right, let’s get
straight into third place. In third place we have Adnan from Croatia, who after a hard day at work pushed themselves to go
for a ride, even though they were tired and it
was freezing cold outside. Totally worth it though as
look at this rewarding view. – [Si] That is seriously nice, isn’t it? – [Chris] It doesn’t look
freezing either, does it? You know, that looks like a
very nice winter cycling photo. – [Si] Also looks very dry. – [Chris] It does. – That makes me want to go ride my bike. Tick, GCN inspiration, done. Right, a GCN casquette
winging its way to you. In second place then, we’ve got this one sent in by– – Rogiecon. – [Si] Rogiecon, yeah. Thanks for help me out with that one. Anyway this was sent in from Ireland from Killarney, county Kerry. A beautiful winter’s
day, in the Black Valley. That does look beautiful. – [Chris] Yeah. – [Si] It also looks surprisingly
like it does in May there, when I rode the Ross like
seven times, whatever. That’s pretty much but
look like everyday too. – [Chris] I like Ireland,
amazing that’s beautiful. – [Si] I do too. Right that is that GCN
jersey coming your way. Right who’s the winner
then this week, Chris? – And the winner is Mac.ion, the scenery alone may calm
your elevated heart rate. This is part of a six K long uphill route in the Philippines. Look at that! – [Si] Wow that’s beautiful,
that is amazing, isn’t it? – [Chris] It is really,
I like to see the green and a bit of sunlight so high.
– [Si] Oh yeah. – [Chris] I don’t feel like
we get a lot at the moment. – [Si] No we don’t, that is inspirational. Right okay, there we go,
those are your three winners for this week. If you want to get involved for next week, as I said at the beginning, the GCN app is probably
your best place to do so. But of course the uploader as well or indeed the hashtag #gcninspiration. (trumpets playing) (spring boings) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – Cycling Shorts now, and we’re going to start
with some stats from the USA. According to MarketWatch,
the number of cyclists between the ages of 60 and
79 has recently quadrupled. [Si] Yeah, and that makes
them, that age range, the fastest growing cycling demographic. You got to say Chris, it’s
not a big surprise, I guess, because the health benefits of cycling and endurance sport generally are becoming increasingly well known plus for a lot of people of that age got a lot of time to train, to basically replicate Egan Bernal or Annemeik van Vlueten’s training. Brilliant!
– And plus more time to sit in a coffee shop afterwards. – Absolutely! Yeah. – Now there’s some more
statistics coming from the USA and that’s to do, well, it’s
nothing to with cycling. It’s from a much younger
demographic as well, it’s to do with driving side. – That’s right, or lack thereof. The Department of Transport
have recently published their annual figures and it shows that the amount
that people are driving per capita has actually plateaued, okay, and the number of commuting trips by car has also begun to fall. Now while this has
happened a couple of times in recent decades, it’s always been linked to poor economic
performance of the country. Whereas this time that’s not the case. It seems to be bucking the trend. – Spearheaded by the youth,
moving to urban areas and buying fewer cars. – That’s right, but you’ve
got to say haven’t you that the accident
figures for cyc in the US have taken a turn for the worst recently. But you got to hope, haven’t you that if this is representative of a wider trend of transport in the US, then maybe it could hint
that things are going to be getting better for cyclists
relatively quickly. – A bit like the $18 million of investment into cycle powers in Philadelphia. That’s the sort of news we
want to see more of, isn’t it? – That is true. Now
changing tack slightly, I saw this on Cycling Industry News, researchers from Monash
University of Melbourne, think that they may
have made a breakthrough in battery technology. – [Chris] Based around lithium sulfur, they potentially offer up to
five times the battery life of the current lithium-ion batteries, meaning eBikes could be
set for all day epics. – That’s right. Plus they should also
be cheaper to produce and most importantly of all, be greener and cleaner to produce as well. Less harmful to the environment. – Not linked to eBikes now, but perhaps equally as polarizing is the news that the Bjarne
is back in the WorldTour having become part owner of Team NTT. – That’s right, so Riis and
his company Virtu Pro Cycling have been running a very
successful women’s team for the last couple of years, but they failed to find
a major backer for 2020, and that coupled with the
fact that the Tour de France is starting in Riss’s home
country of Denmark next year meant that he has tried to find a way back into the men’s WorldTour. Although it is as yet unclear whether he will actually
be playing an active role in the day-to-day running of the team, you can’t help but wonder if NTT are going to be hoping that he
uses some of that magic stuff up his sleeves to try
and turn the team around after a couple of underperforming seasons. – That’s right. Really interesting now, isn’t it? – It is. – Now from NTT to one of the
world’s most successful teams Deceuninck-QuickStep, who have announced that they it will be pouring
their energy into becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral
professional cycling team. – [Chris] They calculated that
their annual carbon footprint is 1288 tons and to offset
it, it’s is going to take a variety of measures including supporting
certified climate projects. – Yeah, you got to say hugely commendable from Deceuninck-QuickStep. It kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Such a green pursuit cycling, but yet the pinnacle of
our sport could potentially be doing more, like Deceuninck, certainly by setting a good example. But to put it in context,
I had a look actually and Manchester United Football Club proudly announced last year that they had reduced their
carbon footprint by 2000 tons. So goodness knows what it still is, but I’d expect pretty high. – Well, it’s been estimated that one European Championship final from 110,000 fans created
35,000 tons of carbon. – Wow that’s a lot. – That’s insane. – Although, does also make
you think then, doesn’t it, about what 1 million cycling fans on our viewers are generating. Probably quite a lot. Anyway, let’s stick with freshman cycling just for a moment, you
remember that we announced very happily last week that Pauline Ferrand-Prévot
was back in the game, but unfortunately, no
sooner had we said that, but she was back in surgery
for a follow-up procedure to the one she had earlier last year. – [Chris] But before you say
it’s a case of the GCN curse, technically the operation was
before the show had gone out. – [Si] Yes. – [Chris] We also need
to wish Marianne Vos a huge get well soon, as she’s had surgery to correct an ongoing R3 problem. She’ll be out for around six weeks. – [Si] Yeah. Now if you follow your GCN on Instagram, you may well have come
across our hashtag #ride365, which has a very pleasing ring to it. I think you’ll agree. – It does a little bit, but what is it? Well we’re not actually going to be riding our bikes every single day of the year, but at least one presenter
will be riding their bikes on every single day this year, and the whole idea
behind it is to show you where we’re riding, what we’re up to, and to try and inspire
you to get on your bike at home as well. – Yeah. Do you know what, it seems to be working. I can’t speak for the rest of viewers, but certainly it’s inspiring loyalty. Who’s has been racking up
some serious kilometers since the new year, perhaps
spurred on by his adventure in December. Where we got say at this
point a huge thank you to all of you who sponsored him. It was actually a pretty
impressive effort on Dan’s part. I can say this because he’s not here, but for Dan to go from
zero K’s to 1500 in a month was pretty awesome. But not half as awesome
as the 28 thousand pounds that you lot raised for
World Bicycle Relief. So huge thank you for that! Amazing! – Yeah, massive effort all around, and before you say it we
do know that this year is indeed a leap year and there are 366 days
so we need your help to decide what we should do on that extra day. – Can it be something nice please? – Yeah that’d be good.
– Let us know in the comments. But yeah.
– You can get a spray tan. – Yeah I could, yeah. I mean I can probably
normally fit those in with my riding as well, but I just don’t tend to. – And if you do want to get involved the hashtag is for you too. So make sure you use that
and send it in to us. – That’s right, come and join us. Well, you can of course, come join us. Although the GCN event
in Mallorca was sold out, we have, the GCN festival
coming in the summer. But more than that we also now have the opportunity for you
to win in our latest giveaway courtesy of Gravel Epic. This is amazing Chris, right. So they’re promoting a
Gravel event in Morocco of all places, and they are offering up
very generously a GCN viewer, plus a friend to go on a
pretty much trip of a lifetime. So not only will you be able to ride the Gravel event itself, it doesn’t have to be
you plus a riding buddy, but it can be you and
a non-riding partner, because they’ve thrown in
all sorts of cool stuff like hot air balloon
rides, stuff like that. Plus hotels, amenity flights up to value of a thousand pounds. So pretty much from any
corner of the world. You’d think you can get
to Morocco for that. – That sounds absolutely dreamy. – Super cool, yeah, and of course GCN will be there as well getting to take part. We don’t know who yet because we haven’t actually
played Rock Paper Scissors. So we don’t know who’s going
to be the lucky presenter but I’m hoping it’s me. – It’s that time for
this week’s Hack/ Bodge, and first up we have Rob
who has an Orbea Diam which he’s adapted into a flat
barred road-bike commuter. – [Si] Oh nice! – [Chris] Including adapting
Shimano DR2 sprint shifters into climbing flat-bar shifters. Which is pretty clever. – [Si] How neat would that be? Those things are tiny, aren’t they? – [Chris] Yeah, I bet you
can’t even see them actually. Full mud guards on there as well. – [Si] That’s a fake daily bike? That’s a hack I think, Chris. Absolute hack, yeah very smart. Okay yeah, we’ve got
this from S Dossantos, he said he spotted this
at the local McDonald’s. Road handlebars, extended seat post, all you need is some
clip-less pedals on there. I’ve got to say it’s not often you see quite such an
aggressive looking kids bike. It’s quite a big saddle to
bar drop going on there. – [Chris] It is, and for that alone I
think it should be a hack. – [Si] Yeah, I’d also like
that skin wool tire at the back if they were matching that’d be one seriously cool looking bike. It’s also really hard to get
a kid’s bike in that size with road bars. – [Chris] True that. – [Si] So come on. That front brake, that
Chris, that is a bodge. – [Chris] Okay, a bodge,
I’ll leave it at that. Big Left next, who has been testing out some different saddles over recent years, ended up breaking his seat post clamp and is now using a stem to clamp his seat post into the frame, and I didn’t know this was possible Si. – [Si] No, I didn’t know either. I mean that is ingenious, you probably wouldn’t want to spend much time on there, but as you said it got him
out of a sticky situation mid Zwift workout. So, but once you see it
on there you kind of think wow there’s potentially a lot
of uses for a rear-facing stem aren’t there, like you know, could that be fashioned with
some kind of pannier rack or mud guard, or I don’t know. It can clamp something couldn’t it? – I feel like you’ve created
a genius invention there. I’m just worried about what you’re using to steer your bike with. (Si laughs) Otherwise it’s a hack. – Yeah good point. All right this one was sent
in by Christophe Konigs, today he says, I found
the ultimate mega bodge. Now we never had a mega bodge
on the show before Chris, so I’m pretty bloomin’
excited about this one. He said this was spotted in front of a store for building materials in Krefeld, Germany. (Chris laughs) And I tell you what, if we had a category for the mega bodge, this one probably would– – [Chris] That is a mega bodge – [Si] Be the picture on the
front of it, yeah I mean– – [Chris] It’s got suspension at the back. – Yeah.
– Raised suspension. – [Si] But worryingly, I mean this looks like it’s actually
a bicycle that gets ridden. I mean it doesn’t look like it’s broken and the owner isn’t next to it in a heap so presumably someone cycled to the shop and he’s going to cycle away from it. – [Chris] It’s not often
the thing scare me Si but that, I think that is right up there. – [Si] It’s the forks isn’t it? It’s the fact that the
forks seems to be made out of kind of inner tubes and– – [Chris] Yeah the clue was
in the opening phrase for me, mega bodge.
(spring boings) – [Si] A mega bodge. Our first ever GCN mega bodge. (trumpet fades) – Oh I like this one from Whiskey 18 67. The bottle holder.
– [Si] Oh yes. – [Chris] Using his
wife’s less elastic ties so as to hold his water bottles in. See how many drinks he’s
got with him as well? – [Si] He yeah, Whiskey
18 67 is a thirsty chap, probably because of all the whiskey. Four water bottles but that’s actually ingenious isn’t it? – [Chris] It is good, yeah. – [Si] ‘Cause sometimes water bottles do bounce out on stuff. – [Chris] Color coordinated as well. – [Si] Very nice, indeed.
– [Chris] Hack. – [Si] Yeah right, and we’re going to finish this one off, this was sent in by Sparky Spice she says one for Lloydy, I was having a bit of a clear out and made some bottle openers
out of brake caliper mounts and their bolts. How cool is that? – [Chris] Hack. – [Si] Homemade, I mean,
Lloydy doesn’t need a homemade bottle opener. When he’s desperate he just uses his teeth but still look at that. Fantastic! There we go. – [Chris] You can even use anodized bolts to make it look better. – [Si] Oh nice. Hey, Bowie have you seen
that how to open a beer with a mountain bike video
that GM did last year? – I have actually, it
was really good that. – Well let’s play a little clip as we leave hack or bodge for this week. But before you do, just to reminder obviously the GCN app where you can upload your hacks and bodges. Plus of course the uploader still and our hashtag #gcnhack. Anyway here’s how to open a
beer with a mountain bike. – What if your by the side of the trail, and don’t have anything? (breaks squeek) (cyclist cheers) (upbeat music) – It is time now for Caption Competitions, it’s that part of the show
where we give you a photo and you have to write
a very witty caption, stick it in the comment
section down below. The winner who we pick,
depending on how much it’s made us laugh, gets
a GCN elite water bottle. Who Chris is the winner of
the last week’s competition? – [Chris] Last week’s
winner is Paul O’Brien with “Hey Berty, don’t
look now, but I think “the guy beside me is a movie star.” Well, it made us laugh. – It’s not bad is it, I mean
probably a difficult photo, I guess, ’cause even Lloydy’s
last week was rubbish and normally they’re okay. But anyway there you go, Paul, you get a GCN elite
water bottle coming out. I’m going to have a crack this week, yep– – This week, it’s Fabio
Jakobsen, isn’t it? – [Si] Yes. – [Chris] Draconian training camp. – [Si] Are you ready for this? It’s going to be good. A shoe. (wind blows) – [Si] Get it? Achoo.
A shoe. – Oh Si. – Oh come on! – If you think you can do better than Si, drop it down in the comments below. – I think one or two viewers have just had a smirk at least at that. A shoe! A shoe! – I don’t know if it gets
better the more you do it, or not.
– Achoo! Come on! – I’ve got tissue actually. – Thanks. (upbeat music) – Before we get on to what is coming up on the channel this week let us go through some
of the amazing comments that you’ve been leaving
under last week’s videos. Starting with, we got
absolutely mega video where you got to hang
out with Elia Viviani. Which I’m very jealous of.
– Yep that was a good day. – I find out some of his
pro-training secrets. – Yeah, shall I read it out? – Go for it mate. – Christopher Dolan,
“Elia Viviani is low-key one of the coolest figures in cycling. A true renaissance man, who
exudes passion for every detail of the sport.” – He does, doesn’t he? That really came across in that video. He just seems to love riding his bike. – Yeah, and he’s a
genuine good guy as well. But the best comment I
thought underneath that video was from Evan Reeves, “I wish my girlfriend looked at me “the way Opie looks at Viviani.” (Si laughs) ♪ I don’t know what it means ♪ ♪ But there’s a smile upon your face ♪ ♪ And I see something
shimmering in your eyes ♪ – If you’d met him, you’d understand. – Yeah, it’s true that, even though there was a bit of crush
going on, wasn’t there? – Yeah, a little bit. – Yeah okay. Right, underneath the Nine Bikes That
Changed the World video a lot of debate under that one. One cyclist suggested
Graeme Obree’s Old Faithful, although because it got
banned almost immediately, I don’t feel like it changed
the world even though it’s an amazing bike.
– Yep. – But a lot of people, thinking that the Kestrel 4000 needs to be in there of which Tor and Donald Riga said so because they pointed out was the first carbon monocoque frame which is quite an important
one isn’t it, I think. – Yeah I think you’re right that’s quite a landmark thing.
– Maybe it’s the 10th bike. – We need to leave a
few for the next video. – That’s right, yeah. – Under the same video
Mark Goldie came up with “Still have one of the
original TCRs in my garage, “owned since new. “Should probably get it together and see how it rides these days.” – [Si] You should. You’re sitting on a
modernish classic there, and then lastly Nick W said this, “The Brompton folding bike has actually probably changed the shin
bones on more commuters than anything else.” It’s true actually. – [Chris] Good for bone density that. – [Si] Yeah, you keep banging
your shins on among trains, don’t you? I know what you mean. All right then, what is
coming up on GCN this week? – Coming up on the channel
this week on Wednesday, how to manipulate your nutrition for better training effects. On Thursday, weird but essential tips for globe-trotting cyclists. – And then on Friday, Jeremy Powers is going to be bringing some
gold from over in the US of A. On Saturday, we have got a
video that you shot with Man, on do cyclists need to go to the gym? Which is quite prescient
actually, isn’t it? Given we were just talking
about Nino Schurter– – Learned a few things out of this one. – Did you? Do you need to go to the gym? – I possibly. (laughs) – Do you really! Right okay, there you go,
you heard it here first. Ah right, and then on Sunday,
we teased you last week, but it really is time for
Bike Pack in Patagonia with Mark Beaumont and
James Lousie Williams. (dramatic music) (ferry engine roars) (ferry clanks) (cyclists chatting in background) – Well, I’ve touched down
in one of my favorite corners of the planet, in
case it kind of butts in here, we’ve got a sheep just off
camera over there. (laughs) So, properly come to the wilds. Hello. (laughs) But that is a volcano, that’s what were meant to be looking at, and a stunning lake in the background. This is the lake district of Patagonia. So right up in northern Patagonia. The plan is to ride from here
in Chile over into Argentina, explore some really
beautiful part of the world. I was here about ten years ago on a bike, and I’m so happy to be back but I brought a buddy with
me, I brought Hank Meister. Have you, have you packed light? You ready for this? – I’m ready, I think I’m ready, I’m just getting used to these bags. – Right, that is the end of the GCN show unfortunately, for this week. A couple of points to note
though, before we do go. Firstly, there’s some mega
deals going on on the GCN shop at the moment, end of season and all that. So if you head over to you will find them there of course, and also we mentioned it earlier,
the Global Bike Festival. Now registration isn’t open yet, but pre-registration is. Which means that not only
will you be the first to know when we drop information on it, you’ll also be eligible
for an early bird price. So that will be well worth doing. – And right now, if you
want to watch another video, why not click through
to the Elia Viviani one that I filmed. It’s a good one if you’ve
not seen it already. – It is indeed a good one. Please also give this
video a big thumbs up.

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