Rapha presents Talking Luft!
Talking Luft is back for another week of cycling culture chat. This week I’ve got none other than a legend of the sport, American ex-pro & super domestique, George Hincapie
I grew up watching George race – staying up late here in Australia to see the big hitters of Team US Postal light up the TV. George has always been a lover of the cobbled classics, and for this I was especially keen to get him on the podcast.
In this episode I asked George a few more than the usual Talking Luft questions – I couldn’t resist asking about his love for the classics & his 2001 classics season, which was arguably a breakthrough year for him, and I hear about his win at Gent-Wevelgem and a muddy Paris-Roubaix in which he finished 4th.
We then chat a bit of style on the bike and how he wears his casquette, racing with no helmet, his favourite training loop from his Girona days, a cautionary tale about waving when out of the saddle, his best and worst roommate on tour and a war story from a very cold Col du Galibier.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this chat, as you’ll hear he’s a great guy. I really hope you enjoy the listen.
Stay tuned next week for my first on-road diary of the season from ‘My Opening Weekend’ at the Otway Odyssey MTB & Gravel race.
For now, enjoy this episode with George.
0:00 to 1:30min – Snippet from last week’s Life in the Peloton episode with Cardiologist Dr. Andre La Gerche
1:40 to 3:45min – Episode Introduction
3:45 to 20:30min – George Hincapie Intro & Cobbled Classics chat
23:30 to 47:50 – Talking Luft with George Hincapie
47:50 to end – Outro & preview of next episode
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Watch the full Gent-Wevelgem 2001, where George takes the win:
Watch a muddy Paris-Roubaix 2001, where George takes 4th:
Watch George’s ‘Most Re-watchable Race’: a muddy Paris Roubaix 2021:
Highlights below, or watch the full race on GCN.
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