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Why Cyclists Have The Highest Pain Threshold | The GCN Show Ep. 320

Why Cyclists Have The Highest Pain Threshold | The GCN Show Ep. 320

– From the center of historic
Exeter, New Hampshire, welcome to the GCN show. – Welcome to the GCN Show,
brought to you by Wiggle. Coming up this week, why cyclists
are the toughest athletes even though we might not appear to be and conversely, why Parrier Bay is not as tough as we might have though. Plus this week is a
very international show. John Cunnings is over at the UAE tour. – And I’m here in the
United Arab Emirates, and specifically right now in Abu Dhabi, at the Yas Marina Circuit. – Whilst near by in Oman, Si and Ollie are working their socks off. – You hear the fastest shark in the world can swim at 68 kilometers per hour? – I did not know that,
where’s he off swimming? – The Mako shark. – The Mako. Did you know that the most
dangerous sharks statistically is the Bull Shark? – Is it?
– Swims up the fresh water rivers and eats caiman. (intense music) This week in the world of cycling, we learn that some of the
bodges that you sent us over, are in fact genuinely rideable. This, a video taken by the Motor Star team at the recent tour Columbia. What I want to know though, is how on earth he dismounts
when he’s finished riding. We also learned this week
that Fernando Gaviria could momentarily lay claim to being the fastest man on two wheels. Here he is winning stage
two of the UAE tour. Ahead of the likes of Viviani, UN Canvdish, Kittle and Bennett. And finally this week we learned that Si and Ollie are very
good at talking about suffering when they sat in 28 degree
heat, with amazing views nearby. Over to you guys. – Well thanks Dan. It does seem slightly ironic
that we’re talking about why cyclists are so good at suffering whist sat on a pristine white sandy beach, lapped by turquoises waters and bathed in the winter
warmth of the Oman sunshine but nevertheless, inspiration
can strike anywhere and this week, we’ve been
inspired by a great article on the BBC website that
explores a link between cycling and suffering. – Yeah you don’t have to go and
suffer when you ride a bike, but many of us actively seek it out and that’s got us thinking that perhaps cyclists are the best at
suffering of all athletes. We endure the most and perhaps that means we have the highest pain thresholds. Although, admittedly
we may be a bit based. (grunts softly) – I thought it was the top. – Yeah we might just be
trying to reassert ourselves after a few humiliating
weeks trying to do push ups. (grunts loudly)
– Ten upsides. And there’s some sports as well that you can’t even push harder can you? Like golf. Try harder at golf and you tend to get significantly worse, I find. Whereas in cycling, that reward can be
instantaneous, can’t it? That thrill of the speed
or indeed slightly delayed where you get a thrilling
decent after a brutal climb. To the extent I think that actually suffering is a path to
enjoyment, is hardwired into us, right from the moment
we start riding bikes. – Yeah, it can spiral
out of control though. Cause I mean most sort of teams sports like football or rugby, they don’t last beyond two hours, well there’s no extreme
example of football, that’s like a nine hour game is there? And although cricket can last
five days in a test match, it’s not exactly as
grueling as a stage race. – In cycling however, the only limit is the one that you put on yourself. Extreme example being your Everest thing. I mean it wasn’t even a nice right was it? Maybe one time up that
climb would have been nice, but not riding the same climb 12 times over the course of 15 hours. Why did you even do it? – Well it was a really beautiful climb but that wasn’t the main reason, it was because I wanted to find my absolutely physical limit, what I was capable of and I feel I succeeded,
I feel like I did do that and there was something
because satisfying about that. – Yeah there is actually a point here that in cycling you can
find your physical limit because you just keep rolling
along, going slightly slower, but still inflicting pain
on yourself whereas running, you’d probably still be
injured several months on, and swimming you just have sunk. – Well you’d drown wouldn’t ya? – Well that’s right, yeah. – Big one for me, aerodynamics. – You mean like suffering
through conversations about aerodynamics? – Although my aerodynamic chat might be insufferable at times, bear with me, okay. So as cyclists we suffer
more because we know that its gonna be harder
if you get dropped and you have to ride on your own, rather than getting the
slipstreaming benefit of the pack, and I am talking from experience
of getting dropped a lot. So yeah, I mean, we’re
willing to push ourselves to the absolute limit in
order to hold the wheel so that well, it will make it easier than having to ride on our own. You know if you push yourself
over that one little climb, it’s gonna get easier or if you hold on in
the crosswind section, it’ll be better in the long run. – That is very true, actually, and even though I’m all
too familiar with that, I’m still shocked the day I got suspended in Mavic Neutral Service
car at the Tour De France. Seeing the world’s best bike riders suffering so badly on the
very first climb of the day because if they got dropped,
their race would be over. You know, in that case, it was that livelihood
they were fighting for but that kind of attitude, I
think it infects all of us, doesn’t it? It always feels like it’s
important to hold the wheel. – Definitely but I think lastly the big point we need to talk about regarding suffering is crashing. – Yeah. – Okay, I mean, crashing in cycling, road rash is pretty unique to cycling but there are many other horrific injuries that you can get in other sports and cycling certainly don’t
have a monopoly on danger but perhaps cycling celebrates
suffering through injuries more than other sports. – Lawson Craddock last
year’s Tour De France, spent the whole race riding
with a fractured collarbone, dead last, I mean he did raise
a ton of money for charity, but even so it was like the Tour De France wasn’t hard enough, he had to do it with a broken bone. – Yeah, bonkers. But also Garin Thomas before
that in the Tour De France, finishing the tour with a broken pelvis. – Yeah. – And then before that was
Tyler Hamilton as well. – Finished fourth with
a broken collarbone. – Yeah, and well there’s
countless others, I guess as well. – There are indeed. Now I think personally, there’s
probably a question mark over whether or not we
should be celebrating people riding though horrific
injuries where there’s no good, perhaps they should
probably have just gone home and had a nice holiday but even so I think it shows, doesn’t it, that suffering is so hardwired unto us that actually we do it even
when there is zero point and we celebrate other people doing it even when there’s nothing
to be gained from it. – Yeah, bonkers. I tell you what, let us
know in the comment section down below if you can think of a sport where there is more suffering than cycling and let us know if you
like to suffer on the bike and if you think there’s a
sport where there’s suffering but it’s also still enjoyable. – No I think we’ve got
the monopoly on that one. Speaking of suffering though, Lloydy has been doing a fair
bit of it himself of late. – Yeah he has. Hey, do you want a date? – I thought you’d never ask Ollie. (laughs softly)
– Thanks mate. You’re not wrong there guys. In fact I started last week
by failing to finish a session because I was suffering so much. Week six, today’s session,
second of the week, is called Nine Hammers. I’ve been reading up on this
from people that have done it and it sounds horrific. So safe to say I’m a little bit nervous and a little bit apprehensive. Cause it sounds hard just
to get through to the end so I’ll give it my all
and hope for the best. (bike whirs) (intense music) (beeps loudly) (breathes heavily) I’ve put it down to the
90 percent intensity, which effectively brings
my FTP back down to 248 from the 275 I put it up to. See if I can finish the session like this. I knew before that last one
that I was ready to fail, I don’t know if it was
a mental thing but… (bike whirs) That’s it, I’m calling it a day. (breathes heavily) I’ve done seven of the nine, four and half of them at 100 percent, two and a half at 90 percent intensity. And I just know I’m not gonna get through
the last two hammers I ended up being a nail, I need a second session now that I’ve failed to complete properly but never feels good, never feels good. Especially after a test I was
very pleased with last week. So fresh day tomorrow then onwards. (bike whirs) (beeps loudly) I’m outside. It’s 15 degrees and
sunny here in New Forest so I thought I could not sit
inside in my dingy garage and do the session there when I can take advantage of this. Two thirds of the way through the chores. That session was just plain grim. Now my personal
relationship with suffering is something I’ve been
contemplating quite a lot over the last few weeks. The main question always being, could I have pushed myself harder, if I was mentally stronger? Now when I was racing full time, I’ve found suffering, not easy, but doable because I was willing to suffer in race and therefore willing
to suffer in training to prepare for those races but now, apart from my own personal goal of reaching 300 watts at
the end of this ten weeks, I haven’t got an awful lot to suffer for. And when you haven’t
got a lot to suffer for, it’s quite hard to dig
deep when you’re training. Now one thing that has
been keeping me going is the fact that if I don’t do this, you’re all going to know about it. So from that point of view, I was very relived that the last two sessions
of the week went well. If you’ve got any questions that you’d like to ask me
really for next week’s vlog, then please leave them
in the comment section just down below. Now answering the subject of riding outside in beautiful weather, I can now officially announce
that our first GCN event in Mallorca in March is sold out. We’ve got people there from
as far afield as Canada and China and they’ll be getting
expert advise from people like nutritionist Nigel Mitchell
and Coach Niel Henderson, who’s my personal coach at the moment. I’ll be having words with him
about how much I’m suffering. Don’t worry if you’ve missed
out this time around though because we’ll be shortly
announcing details of the forthcoming GCN event and if you’d like to make sure
you get though details first, head over to GCN events dot co and sign up for the newsletter. (dramatic music) next up is GCN’s weekly inspiration which as you all know is your chance to win one of three voucher
amounts from Wiggle. If you win, you’ll get
100 pounds of vouchers to spend on their online shop. Second place, nets 75 pounds and third will get 50. Two ways to enter, the hashtag GCN inspiration
over on Instagram, or there’s a link below to our uploader and you can use that too. Without further ado, I’m gonna announce the third place winner and it is Vegan Dave over
in Clovis, California. He says “Finally a break from the rain.” Glad to see from the state of that bike that it looks no drier over in California than it currently down here in the UK but loving the look of those hills there in the background too. Must have some very
good riding over there. Second place today goes to Lee, whose been over in the
mountains of Tenerife with a bunch of cycling mates. Lee took this picture whilst riding out to little village of Masca
in those volcanic mountains, taking a break to enjoy
moments with friends and that, well, that’s the
shot that makes me really look forward even more to our
first event over in Mallorca. I’m looking forward to riding some hills with my new found fitness. But the winner this week and the winner of 100
pounds of Wiggle vouchers is Tony Silver, who posted
this up to Instagram. Now there’s not much description in fact there’s no description to this photo but I loved it. I’m a sucker for a tree lined road, whether it’s gravel or not, and that’s shot makes me
want to get out and ride, which is the whole point of
this segment in the show. And don’t forget to keep
submitting your photo. There’ll be three more
winners this time next week. (trumpet plays) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Hey Si, don’t you think it’s kinda weird that this tides coming in but
the bikes are also coming in? – Good observation Ollie. We will start cycling shorts with some frankly shocking news. Parrier Bay is not as
hard as everyone thought. It turns out the infamous
Forest of Arenberg is not actually 2400
meters long after all. – Yeah the organizers, ASO, had never actually measured it before and upon doing so, found that
it’s only 2300 meters long. – Yeah next thing they’re
gonna be telling us that Aldoez is actually only
13 kilometers at the long as opposed to 13 point two. – You know, I’d rather not know. – Yeah me too. – I mean, perhaps that’s why
Vuelta winner, Simon Yates, has declared that he’s
not interested in riding the Tour De France, he must already know. – That’s it, good point. Hey, some more bad news. As you know, this time in
the on going Geriant Thomas participation in the Giro d’Italia saga, bad news in the sense that the saga might now actually be over because he reiterated to
cycling new that the Giro is definitely not on his
race program for this year and he is defending his
Tour de France title. So maybe I’ll have to admit that perhaps he’s not going to be there. – Yeah some more serious news coming out of team Sky this week, bad news, in fact, because Bed Swift suffered a
serious crash out training. Even ruptured his spleen
and has spent some time in intensive care. He’s out now but I think we
all wish Ben a swift recovery. (drum beats) – Nicely done Ollie. Right now we mentioned a few weeks back that the inaugural Zwift
Super League professional race had taken place and it was
the women’s Peleton turn last week with the Danish
national Zwift champion, Louise Houback, taking a sprint victory from a reduced bunch actually, she dispatched the might
of the Canyon-SRAM team with a lot of help in fact
from her Zwift all stars team. You wouldn’t bet against
a team that calls itself the all stars, would you? – What about the GCN all stars? – I’d bet against us,
yeah, in that instance. (laughs softly) – Right, any budding racer, whether that’s in esports
or the real world, should pay attention to
this piece of research from Canberra University, published in Frontiers
in Physiology no less, – Oh yeah, sounds like
something right up our street. – I’ve got a couple
copies of it on the boat for the trip back. – I bet you have. Anyway, the research showed that what you do in the minutes proceeding your finish line sprint has a significant effect on
your ultimate power output. A six percent reduction, in fact, they measured in people
that had had a viable effort so one included some
real hard effort already to those that had done
a steady state effort. Six percent, worth
bearing in mind I think, isn’t it for any budding racer? – What’s six percent of nothing though? Back to Lloydy in the studio. – Yes back to me, still about
ebikes and mature riders, quickly becoming two of
my specialist subjects. This is a study that
was recently published by the guys and girls over at Cycle Boom which found that the
participants of the study all aged between 50 and 83, had a greater improvement
in brain function and mental well-being
if they used an ebike over a conventional pedal powered bike. What this appears to come down to was the increasing confidence
that having an ebike gave them in terms of the fact that they
get out and about on a bike without putting in too
much physical effort because it appears also that the prospect of a great amount of physical effort was putting them off going out on the bike in the first place. Thanks to Tim Mayo for
the heads up on that one. I’m going to finish cycling Shorts though with another one of my specialist subjects which is beer. This is a nice cooler I was
steered towards by Tall Paul over on Runners World. So New Balance have just opened a pub called the Runaway and they’ve
all teamed up with Strava to create four challenges and if an athlete joins
one of those challenges, the miles they log whilst out running can be redeemed at the pub to get pints. How cool is that? When is somebody going to do
the cycling version of that? Is my question. Before I finish though,
don’t ever drink and ride. Which also actually reminds me that I caused quite a stir last week when I said that you
couldn’t smoke cannabis and then go out riding. – Can you ride bikes and smoke dope? Probably not, I would imagine. – No. Loads of comments includes some requests for GCN does science but also this one which
came in from James Dion who claims that even Everested
after smoking cannabis saying it helps people
with replacement body parts such as hips or pelvis. Another example then of how little I know. – Aw mate, this is going to be amazing. Best Instagram post ever. Gram gold, definitely
going to get a sublime. – We seem to have left Ollie. – Hey guys, wait. – Oh well. – Wait guys. (beeps loudly) (water splashes) Wait. (upbeat music) – It’s been quite a while
since we’ve had a giveaway here on the GCN show but we’ve
got one from you this week courtesy of the people over at Trek. Four lucky winners will get
their hands of one of their safety packages within which you will find either a men’s or women’s Trek Segafredo high vis training jersey and one of their daytime light sets so that being the Iron 200 RT front light along with the Flare RT rear light. All the details on how you enter as ever in the link in the description
just below this video and I wish you all the best of luck. (drill whirs) – We’re back on dry land now.
– Oh yeah. – For hack forward slash bodge. – Yeah, before we get going we should probably
explain what we’re doing in Oman, shouldn’t we? Ollie is tacking the Hope
Route three day event at the end of this week. And between now and then, we’re
basically doing some riding aren’t we, up in the mountains. – Yeah can’t wait. – Should be some cracking
videos coming up. Right, without further ado, last week Dan and I were lamenting a lack of people cleaning their bikes in their showers pictures
on their hack or bodge, anyway Peter Wire has
kindly submitted one. So there is a classic example, a classic bodge Peter, if we’re honest. In emergency situations
it’s a hack but I’m saying. – Bodge out for Ollie. – Yeah, it’s a bodge. Next we have Steve Thomas who said that he accidentally took the
wrong inner tube on ride and so he quickly decided to label up all his existing inner tubes and library them into
their sizes and valvelents and everything and look
at that for organization. – [Dan] Fantastic. Nothing leaves you
feeling more like an idiot than riding deep section wheels and not having a long
enough valve on them. No one’s gonna help you
at the side of the road. – [Ollie] It’s a hack and I’d say that. – [Dan] Yeah, fair play
Steve, good work that. Jason, this is a clear hack, I’m gonna state it right from the off, this is a travel hack. So some bike backs leave
your handlebars a little bit susceptible to getting squished, particularity your leavers so there, there is a piece of plywood exactly the right size and shape that he looses zip tied
onto his handlebars to take the brunt of any impacts and leaving his shifters
completely unaffected. – [Ollie] Very simple, brilliant idea. – [Dan] I know, fantastic.
– [Ollie] It’s good, that. Next we have Steve from Kent. Now Steve has got a ass
saver a-fixed to his bike to help protect his
posterior from road spray but he’s also a-fixed a second one to protect his rear light. Check that out, what do you think of that? – [Dan] A mini light ass saver, no I think that’s pretty
good point really. I mean your light does get
covered in crap in the winter – [Ollie] They do, yeah. – [Dan] Diminishing its
lighting ability but… – [Ollie] Cummings would say just use a full length mud guard. – [Dan] I’d say just reach
behind and clean your light but you know. – [Ollie] Still I think it’s a hack. I’m going hack on that one. – [Dan] I’ll go hack too. I think that’s ingenious. Right, lastly, we’ve got
this one from Luca Mazzola. Pointing out that our own Lloydy might have been guilty of a
bodge in last week’s GCN show. Look at that lap top stand Dan. Hack or bodge? Well I just wonder whether
leaving your laptop on your wife’s bike whilst you’re trying to do a suffer session – [Ollie] We know where this is going. – [Dan] is probably a bodge isn’t it? Yeah, cause his TV broke so
that’s definitely a bodge. – There we go, sorry Lloydy. If you want to submit
anything to GCN hack or bodge, then use the hashtag GCN
hack on twitter or Instagram or of course, upload it. The link to which is in the
description beneath this video. (police siren wails) – So big announcement. We’ve got 15 percent off all
the crew jumpers and hoodies over at the shop dot global
cycling network dot com. So head over there and get
your hands on them, yes. (upbeat music) – We’ve got a bit of a tech
take over for you this week. In the absence of John and
Ollie who are both abroad, it’s going to be Chris and James presenting the tech show this week. So I hand over to them in the tech set, to let you know what’s coming up. – Coming up on this week’s tech show. – We have a 13 speed
group set, cargo bikes and the bike vault. – So stay tuned this Thursday because well it’s gonna be a good one isn’t it? – It’s gonna be amazing. – Yes it is. – It’s the part of the show where we have our caption competition which is your weekly chance to win a GCN Camelbak water bottle. You remember that last
week’s photo was this one of Chris Froome with a police
officer over the Tour Columbia and our winner is, firm favorite in the comment section, Mr. Michael McDermott with this, caption “If your name’s not
Dan, you’re not coming in.” Well done to Michael
get in touch on Facebook with your address and we’ll
get this bottle out to you as soon as possible. This week’s photo is this one
of the Gazprom RusVelo riders riding, warming up should
I say, for a time trail. I will get you started, Does anyone know why we’ve
got these things up our nose? I ear our coach nose. I know that that is my worst effort by far but I’ve literally been
sat here for almost an hour trying to think of a caption and that literally is the best I could do so yeah, you can feel sorry for me. I know you can do better this week. Leave your captions in the
comment section down below and put me to shame. (beeps loudly) – Lasty. Lasty are you here? Lasty. (upbeat music) Comment of the week followed by what’s coming up on the channel now. Before I get on to three of
my favorites from last week thank you to all of you
who left your suggestions for your favorite bike shop underneath last week’s GCN show. We literally had almost
a 1000 perhaps even more. There was also one suggestion
that we should make a database of the best bikes shops around the world so that you could look at it and if you’re in the vicinity, go and visit them and that’s something that
we’re definitely hoping to do if we find the time in the
not too distant future. Right, underneath the video
which we put out last week under sneaky ways to beat your mates. We got two very good comments. Firstly, from Sasha Tromsa, “I predict this video will become the number one source for
GCN bloopers in the future.” Here’s one for you. – So one good way of doing this, is asking your friend
an interesting question. Watch this. So Si,
– Yeah mate? – what’s your favorite geometry frame? – That’s exactly the same thing. – I’m saying chain. – James day. – And underneath that same video, Z browning put “Hank is
looking positively swole next to Si. Absolutely hench.” I don’t actually know what that means. I think its time for me to head over to urban dictionary dot com. Also underneath ten things
to keep in your saddlebag with Hank this from Mark Rebuck, a suggestion basically, a “Presta to Schrader adapter. They cost and weigh almost nothing but allow you to pump up your
tires at any gas station. I also carry a mini-pump instead of CO2 because the pump will never fail.” Very good suggestions indeed
so thank you for that Mark. Coming up on the channel this week, on Wednesday is how to
train less and go faster which is one I’m definitely
going to be watching. On Thursday, we’ve got our
top five cycling trendsetters. Friday, Chris and James will
be back with ask GCN anything. Then on Saturday, we’ll have
John Cunnings reporting in from the UAE tour where
he’s been posing questions to some of the biggest
named cyclists in the world. Then on Sunday, Ollie’s taking
a look at the Look factory and how they go about making their pedals. Then on Monday, as ever, it
will be the GCN racing news show with yours truly and Tuesday
we’ll be back in the set for the GCN show, episode 321. (upbeat guitar music) Almost the end of the show now but as ever we’ll finish
with extreme corner. This week, it’s Alex Volecoff and friends exploring the Far Well Canyon
over in British Columbia. (upbeat rock music) Epic stuff. We got a lot comments actually from you asking why its always mountain
bikers on extreme corner and its mainly down to the
fact that mountain bikers do extreme far better than roadies. Right, that really is pretty much it for this week’s GCN show. But you have to watch this next video, if you haven’t done so already. There’s a team in the track
world called HUUB Wattbike who are really quite upsetting
the apple cart at the moment. Ollie ends up in visit them in Derbados and you can find their full story which is really
interesting just down here. (intense music)

100 comments on “Why Cyclists Have The Highest Pain Threshold | The GCN Show Ep. 320

  1. Can you think of a harder sport than cycling? Or is there one where the athletes suffer as much? Let us know in the comments below 👇

  2. #AskGCN a disturbing vlog exists on YouTube of Ollie in Calpe where he literally drowns a chain in oil. Can you please give him some lessons on how to lube a chain

  3. What is the benchmark for suffering in cycling? Hoogerland 2011 TDF? Outrageous courage and fight. What a way to honour the polka dots. Respect!

  4. I have a replacement hip and I can't think why you would want or need to smoke dope while riding a bike. My new hip has been a new lease of life and is totally pain free, so good in fact I forget I have one.

  5. Ooooh! GCN finally a nice bit of lighting on todays show – ruined however by the cut away to the GCN tech show where the usual nuclear blast lighting effect was again in use.

  6. It’s a passing contest to try to say one sport is tougher than another. Cycling encompasses many different types of riding even when restricted to only a road bike. If you ride ax your max effort and push your body to its limits cycling is incredibly difficult, same as any sport. The one ease cycling has over running, for example, is that if you stop pedaling, you keep moving forward, unless you are on a steep climb. Whereas with running if you take a break you are not running anymore. Many sports are more difficult and require more toughness than cycling. Regardless, whether cycling or any other sport, to be at the top of your game requires you to have peak mental toughness.

  7. Lots of comments going Ultra-X is harder than non-ultra cycling. Well, duh. I`ve done 24hr cycling, running, rowing and skiing and once you go ultra it`s all pretty much the same.

  8. Many sports are very tough and I really appreciate all disicplines of cycling. But I think skateboarders are the toughest:

  9. You guys are so full of shit! I think you'll do anything to defend the Vogue model meets labor camp survivor world of pro cycling but come on…toughest! I ride a Ridley by the way… NFL players play once a week why? Because that's all the human body can handle.!! NFL players literally can't move the day after a game and it's all about pain management. Also the injury rate is 100% in the NFL and the average career is less than 4 years. Let's move on to the NHL, players routinely will get 20, 30, 40, stitches in the dressing room and return to the ice during a match. And if you want violent crashes nothing tops the bull riders in the PBR. Those guys are literally risking their lives and don't get paid unless they win. Lastly I know this isn't a sport but as a former Marine, any service man running combat ops in Afghanistan is so much tougher than any cyclist, I'd be embarrassed to say " I know what suffering is. " Now, go shave your legs and think you're a real man.

  10. boxing is a pretty tough sport not sure if it is as tough as cycling but as your hitting your fatigue limit someone is punching you

  11. Can we get away from using the term ‘suffering’ to describe our cycling efforts? We choose this activity freely, and can stop at any time. Being able to cycle hard and prolonged is a joy, not a hardship that is dealt to us.

  12. In my opinion mountainnering is tougher. Sure grand tour riders are suffering a ton, but they sleep in a comfortable bed every night and at any time during a stage they can just ask for some refreshments or just get in the club car and go home. Whereas in the mountains you are suffering 24/7, you are in sometimes extremely dangerous places, so you have to stay focused, most of the time you are cold and there is no easy way to just give up. You have to get yourself off the mountain by your own power, else you are gonna die there… .

  13. I also run and even though bike races hurt more I would say I "suffer" more when running, probably because it is no fun.

  14. I bring this up a lot at work. I can't think of any other sport where the athlete gets up from a brutal injury and keeps going.

  15. Not trying to say who suffers more… but you should check out the Barkley Marathons or Big's Backyard Ultra. The guys and gals that attempt those races know how to suffer!

  16. I think this Italian town, Bologna, had the beer/reward idea first, and for cyclists…

  17. Mikkeller (brewery) seem to be working on a cycling club in Copenhagen. Really hope they'll do miles for pints too!

  18. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a lot of suffering, the other guys are trying to choke you or break some of your bones trust me you suffer a lot

  19. Suffering… how about boxing or other Martial arts like MMA? Some distance runners like marathoners or cross country have to suffer through quite a bit and steeple-chasers can even have a crash equivalent to often finish bloodied and bruised. It’s a short event (8 seconds) but I know that bull-riding is a meat-grinder. Not to take it away from cyclists, but I gotta tip my hat to some of those others. They hold their own with cyclists. On the other end… when we start talking about whiners and spoilt babies that exaggerate their suffering to aggrandize… how about football players? Who else would you add to the spoilt-baby group?

  20. Caption: These deodorant tampons just don’t cut it… DUDE, I can still smell your unwashed chamois! Oh Gawd, MY EYES ARE BURNING!!!!

  21. "From the centre of historic Exeter, New Hampshire"… I've never heard of such a place. It's not even known, how can it be historic?

  22. You could also make a video of how to find a road bike for rent. I travel a bit and I can't manage to find rentals that arent city bikes.

  23. Sorry, I would have to say Ice Hockey players suffer more pain. There are countless stories of players who play a season – 80 games plus playoffs – with injuries. Skating on broken ankles, damaged knees, hip injuries, etc. A big difference is a bike rider has some control over the pain; a hockey player has other players knocking them about. I have time to write this because I broke my collar bone from a bicycle crash. Total respect to pro bike riders – what they do is super human. Big fan of GCN – I will be using the training videos to keep me motivated on the stationary bike. Cheers

  24. Sadly have you realized how many people have left your shop guys! You sound like a bloody advertising Channel now! 90% of your VDOs are either marketing BS or past posts….

  25. I'm an avid cyclist and always have been, but let me tell you something, far and away the hardest sport i have ever done is being a sidecarmotocross passenger, it's something literally no one will ever understand until they do it. I simply cannot explain to you just how hard that sport is. And the passengers at the top level of the sport are the most fierce & mentally & physically tough people you will ever come across. Far & away the most underestimated sport in the world.

  26. Can't imagine the 28 couch potatoes that disliked this video. 260 pound fatties criticizing everything. Wonder, have you ever ride a bike guys???
    In the meanwhile, THANKS GCN for the trainings, the tips, the motivation, the channel!!!!

  27. I believe Motogp Riders have the toughest Threshold in any sport. Crashing at 150km+ per hour during qualifying or race and sometimes able to ride with the injuries that they sustained. The amount of speed and G-force around the track is brutal on their body but also their recovery is quicker!! I fell on my buke at 5km and damm i thought that hurt haha

  28. Although it doesn't last as long I'd have to say speedskating comes close to cycling in terms of suffering. Especially the 1500m is excruciating you always end up with a lot of lactate in your legs and a very nasty cough. Quite possibly coughing up some blood as well. Though I do not have any experience actually racing bikes, I can imagine the suffering quite well.

  29. Well, I would like to see Simon and Dan do the Fred Whitton, Ollie has already done it, so he can watch them hurt or GCN England vs GCN Spain on the Fred Whitton

  30. No they dont.
    Compared to footballers, every one, even my 80 year old mother have a higher threshold for pain.
    I've known cyclists all my 56 year old life. I left the sport as 20 year old, because they tended to be acting like hysterical selfish girls.
    Yes they can take a lot more physical beating and pain than most and work at a higher fatique level.
    From my age 25 to 47 I was part of a SF unit.
    I was definetly not the toughest one by far. Some of my fellow mates could take pain in a manner beyond belief !

  31. I think the meme where a football palyer gets "knocked" down pretends to be injured, but when a cyclist goes down pretends to be fine sums it up pretty well 😀

  32. Cyclists are all pussys!!!!! What's next are you going to say Chess players are tough??????????????????? Get out of the road you pussys!!!!

  33. Bull shit!!!!!! Cyclists do not have the highest pain threshold that is unless you are talking about their ability to take a penis in the but.

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