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From the team behind Cyclist Magazine, this is a podcast for lovers of all things cycling, whether you’re a sucker for a sportive, a carbon fibre connoisseur or just Bernard Hinault’s biggest fan. Hosts Joe Robinson and James Spender bring you in-depth conversations from within the world of cycling by the people that know it best, with new episodes every other Thursday. Guests have included the likes of Greg LeMond, Sean Kelly, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and more. Make sure to subscribe wherever y ...
 
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This week Anthony and James talk to ex-national champ, ex-GCN presenter but still prolific broadcaster and all round top human, Matt Stephens, about, well... about everything. That's because one minute Matt will be hanging out with Bradley Wiggins, the next he'll be doing punditry at the Tour and then you'll suddenly find out he had a brush with NF…
 
After nearly a decade as professional, Peter Stetina swapped skinny tyres for wide rubber, grew a tash and threw himself headlong into the gravel scene. Today he races as a self-styled privateer, competing at the sharp end of a newly emerging sport. Here he tells us why he loves gravel so much, why the UCI will change things, and tries to explain t…
 
Imogen Cotter's 2022 season was looking rosy, the Irish road race champ had moved to Girona armed with a new pro contract and ready to take on the world, but in one fell swoop a horrendous road traffic accident nearly took it all away. Nearly. Because Imogen Cotter is a fighter, and here she shares her incredible journey from the back of an ambulan…
 
Cory Williams is the founder of US racing team LEGION, which as well as winning road and crit races all over the world, pushes for diversity in cycling with a roster of athletes from all walks of life. And Anthony Walsh is The Roadman Cyclist, and he joins James for the return of the Cyclist Magazine Podcast. We've missed you! Anthony and James spe…
 
Phil Cavell helped pioneer bike fit with the early Trek teams, runs CycleFit in London, writes books, walks dogs, rides bikes and pens a monthly column in Cyclist magazine about how to keep riding into old age. He is also author of The Midlife Cyclist (Bloomsbury). James and Joe speak to Phil about training, sleeping and how it is a young rider can…
 
Cam Wurf rides for WorldTour team Ineos Grenadiers but is also a triathlete hoping to win the Ironman World Championships. James and Joe speak to Cam about the balancing act of cycling and triathlons, his former life as a U23 rowing world champion, his stint on Wall Street and being the ultimate training partner if you plan to win a Grand Tour. Int…
 
Fred Wright came 7th at the Tour of Flanders. The Bahrain-Victorious rider found himself out front at the biggest race in Belgium and finished with his best career result so far. What's next? Joe and James talk to Fred about his Flanders breakthrough, his future expectations, Paris-Roubaix, living with Ethan Hayter and why he looks up to Heinrich H…
 
This week, James and Joe are joined by Tyler Hamilton. We all know who Tyler Hamilton is. It's been 10 years since Hamilton released his awarding winning book 'The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs'. It is one of the most candid accounts of cycling's dark past and lifts the lid o…
 
This week's episode is with journalist, author and one third of the Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore. From his first Tour de France covered as press in 2005 to his award-winning podcast, Moore talks to Joe and James about the changing shape of cycling journalism, which team members have the best gossip and today's golden generation. For more on the C…
 
The Roadman Cyclist Anthony Walsh is many things. A coach, racer, podcaster. Walsh believes he can use cycling as a tool for health happiness and longevity so Joe and James thought we'd ask him how. You can find out more about Roadman Cycling here. This episode is brought to you by GCN+, the home of live road cycling. UK Listeners to the podcast ca…
 
Dame Sarah Storey is as inspiring as an athlete can be. 17 Paralympic gold medals. 40 World titles. 77 world records including the para-cycling Hour Records. Manager and Captain of her own race team, Storey Racing. Leader of the Skoda DSI Cycling Academy. South Yorkshire Active Travel Commissioner. Hosts James Spender and Emma Cole certainly had lo…
 
Nathan Haas has retired as a professional cyclist to take up a new life as a....professional cyclist. Haas is the latest WorldTour rider to give up the hustle, bustle of the pro peloton for life on the open off-road, as he goes full-time gravel racer. James and Joe talk to the Australian about why gravel, why now, where he thinks the gravel scene i…
 
Ever since watching Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly dominate the pro peloton in the 1980s, comic David O'Doherty has been obsessed with cycling. Joe and James dial in to David's home to dive into his amazing bike collection, his love/hate relationship with pro cycling in the 1980s and his recent Channel 4 show 'Along for the Ride' where he takes the l…
 
Happy New Year! Welcome back to the Cyclist Magazine Podcast, haven't we got a treat for you. Starting the year as we mean to go on, we took one of the peloton's great animators, Romain Bardet, to the pub to talk about everything from the excitement of life beyond cycling, the pressure cooker of AG2R, his Tour de France dreams, new beginnings at Te…
 
What do pro cyclists do at Christmas? We rang Team BikeExchange joker Chris Juul-Jensen to find out. James and Joe chat to the man who's name literally means Christmas in Danish about whether you should train on Christmas day, staying ready to race in the off-season and enjoying duck and caramel potatoes. We also talk the pleasure of getting droppe…
 
Ultra-cyclist Fiona Kolbinger is a special bike rider. The 26-year-old became the first female winner of the Transcontinental Race in 2019 winning in a time of 10 days 2 hours and 48 minutes, 10 hours better than second place. All the while, she's also training to become an oncologist too. She's inspiring, honest and very funny. There are some top …
 
In 2019, Olympic gold medalist and two-time British National Champion Pete Kennaugh retired from the sport of cycling aged 29. Once tipped as the 'next big thing' in British cycling, Kennaugh found himself no longer driven to ride a bike and after years of inner conflict decided to close the pro racing chapter of his life. Three years on and Kennau…
 
A Cyclist Magazine Podcast first as we are joined by not only by a relation of Kula Shaker's Crispin Mills but also Jordan Stephens, one half of Rizzle Kicks. It's Ned Boulting! Joe and James talk to Ned about commentating in China, buying Marianne Vos a dartboard, three-week Grand Tours without mountains, the correct pronunciation of Tadej Pogacar…
 
The fall of the Berlin Wall, being part of the German army, being airlifted to hospital at the Tour de France, how cycling stopped him from being like a villain from Grand Theft Auto and how to form the perfect breakaway. Just some of the amazing topics we cover with the legendary Jens Voigt. Inspiring, insightful, hilarious, this is one not to mis…
 
Paris-Roubaix is back! After 900 days, the best race in the cycling calendar is back, get in! So to celebrate the Hell of the North's return and the inaugural women's Roubaix (what took them so long?), we decided to chat to bonafide legend of the race, winner from 2004, Magnus Backstedt. This is a man that lived, breathed and even ate the stones of…
 
Cherie Pridham made history in 2021 by becoming the first female sport director of a men's WorldTour team. Joe and James caught up with Cherie to discuss her first season with Israel Start-Up Nation, directing her first WorldTour victory, visiting Rwanda and more. We also talk about her record-long stint at British Conti level as team manager of Ra…
 
After two decades in the police as a firearms officer, Lee Stephenson suffered terrible mental health issues. In today's episode, he speaks to Joe and James on how cycling – and talking – helped to get his life back. For more on the issues discussed in today's episode, visit https://www.mind.org.uk/ Please remember to leave us a review, comment and…
 
'Bike riding is just bike riding and I couldn't always be there for my family when I need to be'. On this week's episode, James and Joe share a candid, honest conversation with Adam Blythe about why he retired from pro bike racing aged 30 for the sake of his family, the demise of Aqua Blue Sport, how racing 1x cost him race results, going for dinne…
 
Pearson Cycles is the oldest bike shop in the world having first opened its doors back in 1860. And after 161 years of trading, these past 18 months have been its toughest. James and Joe are joined by Pearson owner Will Pearson who talks about the big bike boom of the pandemic, why the industry is struggling to keep up with demand and why online re…
 
With the Tokyo Olympics finally here we thought it best to get an Olympic champion on the pod. Not just any Olympic champion either, we got double Olympic gold medalist Joanna Rowsell-Shand. Part of the all-conquering women's team pursuit team of London 2012 and Rio 2016, James and Joe chat to Jo about how the Olympics changed her life forever, bei…
 
Ride gravel? Ride mountain bikes? Well, you have Tom Ritchey to thank for that, kind of. He is, after all, the Godfather of Gravel. James and Joe joined Tom from his California home (virtually) to bathe in his many anecdotes about the early days of off-road riding around California with Jobst Brandt and pioneering the first off-road bikes. This is …
 
Ride gravel? Ride mountain bikes? Well, you have Tom Ritchey to thank for that, kind of. He is, after all, the Godfather of Gravel. James and Joe joined Tom from his California home (virtually) to bathe in his many anecdotes about the early days of off-road riding around California with Jobst Brandt and pioneering the first off-road bikes. This is …
 
With the Tour de France starting this weekend who better to sit down with than the voice of cycling himself, Phil Liggett. Liggett has offered a soundtrack to cycling for almost 50 years, describing the sport of cycling to millions around the world from the commentary booth. James and Joe chat to Phil about how he got into cycling commentary, his i…
 
Krishnan Guru-Murthy is best known for holding to account everyone from Hollywood A-listers to senior cabinet ministers during his day job as one of Channel 4's news presenters. However what you may not know is that Krishnan is also a road cyclist which gave us a great excuse to get him on the pod. James and Joe sat down with Krishnan to talk about…
 
On today's pod is legendary cycling photographer Graham Watson who joins Joe and James to regale us with some incredible stories from his 40 years in the professional peloton. From his Tour de France capturing the great Merckx to telling Greg LeMond he had won the 1989 Tour de France to witnessing Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck duel on the Tourm…
 
Joining James and Joe this week is Chris Boardman, Olympic champion, Tour de France yellow jersey wearer, Hour Record holder, Greater Manchester walking and cycling commissioner, Question Time guest and everything in between. Boardman talks us through how the pandemic changed cycling, what's stopping those at the top backing cycling and how embraci…
 
Joining James and Joe on the pod this week is 2016 Paris-Roubaix winner Mat Hayman. The Aussie talks about his switch from the peloton to the team car, the pressures Covid is putting on racing, his iconic Roubaix win five years ago, living in Belgium and one-hit wonder, Daryl Braithwaite. If you liked this episode, please remember to leave us a rev…
 
Johan Museeuw – the Lion of Flanders, one of the greatest Cobbled Classics riders of all-time and one of cycling's true hardmen. Now 55 years old, Museeuw chats to James and Joe on the latest Cyclist Magazine Podcast about how he is still stronger than some pros on the bike, how Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert need to deal with the pressures of b…
 
Yes, we know that the men's and inaugural women's Paris-Roubaix has been postponed until October but that doesn't mean we cannot do some reminiscing about the greatest race in the cycling calendar right now. After all, with the race not taking place on April 11th like scheduled, what else do you expect us to do to fill the void? We called upon frie…
 
Last month we gave you Greg LeMond. Today, the man who made his bikes, Mr Craig Calfee. The first bike builder to have a full carbon fibre bike raced at the Tour de France, Calfee has always been a man who is ahead of the curve. Listen as Joe and James delve into Calfee's intriguing life of building bikes, missing out on pro contracts, where the bi…
 
Paris-Roubaix winner from 2004 Magnus Backstedt and Trek-Segafredo women's rider Elynor Backstedt share the same dream: to become the first father and daughter duo to have both won the 'Hell of the North'. However, for 124 years it was just that, a dream. Because while the men have been able to race the Queen of the Classics since 1896, the women h…
 
Joining us this week is three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, the only man to have won the Tour after getting shot! **THIS IS PART 2. IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, PLEASE GO BACK AND LISTEN TO PART 1** James and Joe sat down with Greg to talk about almost everything, so much so we have split the two-hour conversation into two separate episodes.…
 
Joining us this week is three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, the only man to have won the Tour after getting shot! James and Joe sat down with Greg to talk about almost everything, so much so we have split the two-hour conversation into two separate episodes. In Part 1, we talk Greg's new bike brand, 'revolutionary carbon fibre', his pri…
 
Rob Hayles is a winner of three Olympic medals, two World titles and countless national titles on the track long before it was cool and a British National Champion on the road who then retired for a spot in the commentary booth at BBC Radio Five Live and Eurosport. He is also a man with magical hands who has long been involved in the mysterious wor…
 
Our guest on the show this week is the King, Sean Kelly. 159 career wins, nine Monuments, one Grand Tour, seven consecutive Paris-Nice, countless other big races, Kelly is one of the greatest road cyclists of all time. James and Joe talk to Sean about that immensely successful career and being ranked the second greatest cyclist ever behind Eddy Mer…
 
On the show this week is Mr Fausto Pinarello. From his humble beginnings as a frame painter to worldwide domination with the Ineos Grenadiers/Team Sky and all the times he almost bankrupting the company in between, Fausto has done it all. James and Joe chat with the man behind the most successful road bike of the last decade on how his father built…
 
Our guest this week is a bonafide legend of professional cycling, Brian Holm. Deceuninck-QuickStep DS, former brick layer-turned-pro rider, best man to Mark Cavendish, Copenhagen city councillor, best mates with Paul Smith and Paul Weller, Brian has lived a life. James and Joe talk to Brian about almost everything including rider safer and dealing …
 
This Christmas is going to be a bit weird with everything going on. With that in mind, Joe and James thought it would be nice to drop a little bonus episode for you to enjoy over the Festive season. In turns out that the burger-van owning Angelos Epithemiou of Shooting Stars fame fancies himself as the next Carlton Kirby/Ned Boulting. With that in …
 
When the challenges get a little crazy, Cyclist sends Marcus Leach. In the latest pod, James and Joe chat to Marcus on his recent scenic JOGLE adventure for Cyclist which saw him ride through some of the UK's most incredibly tough yet beautiful terrain all self-supported during a global pandemic. We also talk about being stalked by giant ants in a …
 
On the 12th December, Britain's Alex Dowsett was set to take to the Manchester Velodrome to regain the Hour Record from Belgian Victor Campenaerts... then he caught Covid. Joe and James caught up with Dowsett while he was in isolation to talk catching Covid and it forcing him to postpone his Hour attempt, why he was certain he could go better than …
 
Jai Hindley came within 20 minutes of winning the Giro d'Italia. Losing a Grand Tour on the final day is a bitter pill to swallow. Thankfully, the 24-year-old Australian Hindley has a steady head upon his shoulders. Because while it was Tao Geoghegan Hart who took home the Giro title, it was Team Sunweb's Hindley who came away with the realisation …
 
Ben Tulett may only be a teenager but he is undoubtedly the next big thing for British cycling. He is a two-time cyclocross Junior World Champion, a teammate of Mathieu van der Poel at Alpecin-Fenix and, aged 19, the youngest rider to finish Liege-Bastogne-Liege since 1909. Following in the footsteps of fellow young star Tom Pidcock, Tulett is show…
 
In association with Castelli. Ben Foster is an 8-time capped England goalkeeper who has played Premier League football for Manchester United, Birmingham City, West Brom and Watford, where he is still currently club captain. But it turns out he is also a cycling fanatic. That's right, he is one of us! A bonafide leg-shaving, Rapha-wearing, Specializ…
 
A few weeks ago, Specialized declared the aero bike dead. This week, Canyon revived the aero bike. The new Canyon Aeroad CFR is an out-and-out sprint machine which the German brand claims is its fastest ever road bike. Six years on from the first Aeroad, the German brand has made plenty of changes to this latest bike, not least saving 4.4 whole wat…
 
The 107th Tour de France has just finished and proved to be one of the most dramatic editions in modern history. 21-year-old Tadej Pogačar shocked the cycling world on the penultimate day's time trial on La Planche des Belle Filles by overturning a 57-second deficit to Slovenian compatriot Primož Roglič, eventually winning Le Tour by 59 seconds. It…
 
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