Author: Mitch Docker

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Simon Mottram – Creating an Icon: The Story of Rapha

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton Simon Mottram is one of the co-founders and Chief Executive of cycling brand, Rapha. Who, if you haven’t heard of them, are one of the foremost brands of cycling apparel in the industry. In 2004, Simon launched Rapha, focusing on sleek, paired-back cycling kit; filling a gap […]

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Talking Luft! With Tsgabu Grmay. S2. E10

This week I’m Talking Luft with Ethiopian, and legend of a guy, Tsgabu Grmay, who rides for Team BikeExchange. In case you missed it, I heard his story last week on The Cycling Podcast. He’s a super inspirational guy, and as you’ll hear, it’s hard not to love him. His positive attitude and fun loving personality is infectious and I […]

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Dr. Kevin Sprouse – Grand Tour Insights with a Team Doctor

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton The first grand tour of the season, the Giro d’Italia, is just around the corner so I wanted to speak to Dr Kevin Sprouse about his role as a team doctor at one of the great stage races. Kevin is my team doctor at the EF Education-Nippo team […]

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Talking Luft 2.0! with Luke Durbridge. S2.E6

He’s a man that needs little introduction over here at Life in the Peloton. My mate, and Aussie pro for Team BikeExchange, Luke ‘Durbo’ Durbridge. This week I’ve got a whole NEW series of Talking Luft questions and I thought Luke would be the perfect guy to try them out on. I can tell you […]

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Luke Durbridge -Talking Belgian Cobbled Classics 2021

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton We have the Belgian classics back in Spring time and, as usual, the racing has not disappointed! My race schedule has meant I’m not up there for the smaller races this year, but my good mate and fellow classics lover Luke Durbridge is up there giving it […]

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Tom Scully – On the road at the Opening Weekend in Belgium

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton The season is underway and it was time to hit the cobbles for the first time this year with Opening Weekend up in Belgium. That’s two races in one weekend; Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday. I was travelling from Girona to Belgium with […]

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Nate Wilson – Insights with a Team Trainer

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton The year has officially kicked off, having just finished our EF Education-Nippo start of season training camp. And while my mind was fully set on training and the year ahead, I thought it would be great to dive into some insights with one of our team Performance […]

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Talking Luft! with Jack Thompson. S2.E2

Now this is an on-the-bike ‘war story’ you don’t want to miss! I’m Talking Luft with Jack Thompson, an Australian Ultra Cyclist, who takes on the world’s most epic challenges on the bike. As usual, we talk caps, bikes, kits, training loops, cheat meals and of course coffee stops. Plus a hilarious and epic ‘war […]

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Dr. Kevin Sprouse – Insight from a Pro Cycling Team Doctor

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (listen below) As professional cyclists, our bodies are our job. There are many integral parts of a cycling team that work to help us arrive at races with our bodies in optimal shape. The Team Doctor is the one who oversees our overall wellbeing and performance on […]

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Official LITP Caps: They came, they went. They’ll be back.

Restock coming next month! The first batch of Life in the Peloton Casquettes have landed & we’re pretty stoked with how they’ve turned out! Plenty of LUFT. Popping in Life in the Peloton Pink and Blue. Handmade in Italy. The first release was limited & sold out in under 5 mins! The second release is […]

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Talking Luft with Alberto Bettiol. Ep 11.

Talking Luft is back after my first week back racing in Italy. It seemed only fitting to have my Italian teammate, and true Tuscan, Alberto Bettiol on the pod. If you haven’t checked out my On-road diary from that week over on The Cycling Podcast, you’ve gotta have a listen! I chat with almost everyone […]

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A return to racing + Strade Bianchi Mailbag, with Luke Durbridge

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (scroll down to listen) After months of lockdown and a suspended season of racing it’s finally time to get back out on the road again! 2020 season: Round 2. It’s a mixture of excitement and nervousness amongst the pros as we head into racing with a few […]

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Paul De Geyter – Behind the scenes with a Rider Agent

The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (Scroll to the down to listen) Ever wondered how pro cycling contracts are negotiated and signed? Or why riders of certain nationalities only go to certain teams? This week on The Cycling Podcast I chat with my old Rider Agent, Paul De Geyter, who was the first […]

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Talking Luft! with Jens Keukeleire. Ep 8.

It’s another episode of my mini series of laid-back chats, Talking Luft, with Jens Keukeleire. I find out how Jensie wears his casquette, and that he’d go a Pantani Bandana if he could. Plus his Belgian training routes, weird breakfasts and Quarantine revelations. If you haven’t already, head over to The Cycling Podcast to listen […]

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Talking Luft! with Matt (Whitey) White. Ep 6.

It’s episode 6 of my mini series, Talking Luft, where I chat with my guests about cycling style, culture, training and things outside of racing. Today, following on from my special Giro d’Italia episode over on The Cycling Podcast last week, I’m chatting with Matt White or Whitey – ex pro and current Sports Director […]

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Talking Luft! with Luke Durbridge. Ep 1

Welcome to a cheeky new series of Life in the Peloton, called Talking Luft. A bit of fun and a bit laidback, we’re talking style, we’re talking cycling culture, we’re talking the individual, and a bit of Life outside the Peloton, if you will. He was my first ever guest on the podcast and he’s […]

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La Vuelta Part 3 – Logan Owen – Freshman on Tour

Episode numero tres and the final instalment of my La Vuelta mini series with our grand tour freshman Logan Owen. It´s a nice feeling to be here at the 2nd rest day, I can tell you. Logan has had an especially tough week this week, with crashes and illness, but has pushed through and is […]

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Logan Owen – Freshman on Tour – La Vuelta Part 1

Episode numero uno of my 3 part Vuelta mini series with Logan Owen. Logan is an American in his 2nd year of racing professionally with my team, EF Education First, having made the jump across from cyclocross. As we discuss in this first of three episodes, his first year on the road was a lot […]

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Michael Freiberg – The Performance Mythbuster

He’s a track World Champ, Comm Games Champ, Aus Road Champ, and an inventor in between that all – Michael Freiberg has sure had a diverse career. What I’ve come to find getting to know Michael is that his way of thinking is not like most. He’s inquisitive and curious and not afraid of testing […]

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Coaching 101 with Ben Day and Luke Durbridge

This time I chat with Ben Day. Ben who was a professional cyclist himself, in the final years of his racing career he began to touch on the coaching side of things. Once he hung the bike up he went full time into training cyclists in a private capacity. And now in the last few […]

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Talking Cobbled Classics with Luke Durbridge

I sat down with Luke Durbridge to review the opening weekend of racing up in Belgium; talking who was flying and who wasn’t. We chat about this next phase leading into the spring cobbled classics and then answer some listener questions about racing and all things behind the scenes of our time up in Belgium. […]

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Daryl Impey – The Show Must Go On

It has been a cliche career of ups and downs for Daryl. From major crashes, to yellow jerseys, to false allegations, to stepping up from Domestique to leader. What we realised is that to be a professional of more than 10 years the journey is never going to be smooth sailing. That’s what makes a successful pro, someone who can fight back and become stronger. And this is the case with Daryl, where the lows are very low, he has been able to reach some amazing highs on the other side. Have a listen to his story.

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Lachlan Morton – A Refreshed view of life on two wheels

Lachlan Morton started out like every prodigy sporting star. Young, was a gun and never lacked motivation to say the least. He was following in his older also talented brother, Angus’s footsteps. But once Gus decided to call it quits with cycling Lachy was left to his own device. Make his own mistakes and ultimately finding out if he really did love the world of cycling. He stepped away from the top end to find his literal own road, which now has enabled him to return to the WorldTour racing, riding and living the life in the peloton his way.

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Lawson Craddock – My Tour De France

Lawson Craddock was preparing and hoping that first of all he would get selected for this years Tour De France, and then secondly if he did get selected that he would be fit enough to do his job in the team and then ultimately arrive to Paris. But that all changed after the stage 1 when he crashed and fractured the spine of his scapula. From then on the Tour was turned on it’s head for him as he literally battled through every kilometre of each stage right to the finish in Paris. I watched him battle through on TV and now it was great to hear from him about his 2018 Tour De France. 

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The Ever Important Soigneur – With John Murray

Moving away from the riders in the peloton for a minute and looking at some of the staff we work with as professional cyclist. One of the pinnacle members to any cycling team is the Soigneur. Who can also be described as the helper, or masseur, or driver, or physio, or just what ever gets thrown at them and needs to get done. They are the often the glue that fixes any problem that may arise, or the ear to listen to any problem. I thought it would be interesting to listen to team swanny Englishman John Murray, who is a 25 year veteran at the job, about his take on being a soigneur and to hear about the ins and outs that goes into babying a pro cyclist. 

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MY GIRO MY TEAM – EP#5 – TVA

My room mate, my team mate, my group etto companion. The Belgian Tom Van Asbroeck. Things are getting tired here as we get ready for the final day in Rome today. Tom is a great rider, very handy sprinter himself, but has shown here how versatile he can be as a lead out man as well. It’s great to hear his battle stories of this final week of this years Giro and to learn a little bit about his past. 

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MY GIRO MY TEAM – Episode#3 – Joe Dombrowski

Next up is Joe Dombrowski. A big character on our squad. A Baby Giro winner and now on his third Giro, so he know’s his way around the Italian roads. Joe quickly made his mark on the road cycling scene after switching form mountain biking and never looked back. He had a rough start to his professional career, but now tells us how he has clawed his way back on track.

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MY GIRO, MY TEAM – Ep #2 – HUGH CARTHY

We found a moment on the second rest day here at the Giro d’Italia to sit down and have a yarn with English climber and breakaway specialist Hugh Carthy. Hugh in his 4th year as a pro and is starting to find his feet at riding Grand Tours, especially here in his 2nd Giro. We chat about his day up front in a long breakaway and about is less traveled road across to the European professional cycling circuit. 

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My Giro, My Team – Ep#1 – Woodsy

I am on the road for the 1st Grand Tour of the year the Giro d’Italia, and in our team, EF Education First – Drapac Powered By Cannondale, we have a lot of different dynamics of charters. We will be spending a lot of time together out on the road as well as back in the hotels. Apart from talking about what is going on in the race I thought it would be a great chance to find out about everyone on my team in this Giro. 

First up is Mike Woods. A Canadian who came late into the cycling game after being forced via injury to hang the running shoes up as a worlds class middle distance runner. He has a fresh view on life in the peloton both in the way that he races and in his over mind set. There is a lot to talk to Woodsy about, and today we only just scratch the surface. We talk a little bit about his story and a little bit about the Giro. Enjoy.

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Kiel Reijnen – Fathers of the Peloton

12 months ago I became a Father. As did Kiel Reijnen 6 months earlier. And little did we know about being a father in general, let alone being a father while trying to race our bikes. After chatting to Kiel in the peloton I found out that I wasn’t alone with these feelings, and that we were among many others who were all in the same boat. It’s a juggle, but one that we enjoy immensely. It has brought fantastic prospective to the sport but also to our lives. This is something that Kiel and I chat about and relate to each others new challenges of being a Father of the Peloton. 

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Phil Liggett – The Voice Of Cycling

He almost doesn’t need a intro, Phil Liggett is the voice of cycling. When I hear his voice it just takes me back to when I first fell in love with the sport watching the 6.30pm SBS highlights of the Tour De France, the Jan Ullrich Lance Armstrong battles. It was a real pleasure to be able to sit down with Phil and talk to him about his time behind the mic commentating over 44 Tour De Frances.

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‘You Can Ask That’ with Kirk Docker, Featuring Michael Hepburn

Long time coming but the pod is back. And back to cycling basics it is. Why live in Europe? How does the team structure work? Can you eat whatever you want because you ride everyday? Plus coffee rides, style checks, luft, nature stops and doping. Just some of the topics we cover as my brother, Kirk, gets behind the mic, asking Michael Hepburn and myself all those simple but niggling questions any non-cyclist might wonder about life as a professional cyclist.

Kirk is a TV producer in Australia, who has produced shows like You Can’t Ask That and Demolition Man, and was previously also on screen on the show The Hungry Beast.

Michael Hepburn has been my team mate on Orica-Scott for the last 6 years, where it has been a pleasure to grow with him in the early part of his potentially long career. Both Heppy and I spend a lot of time together in both Girona, Andorra and racing on the road, so it was interesting to be able to answer a few questions from someone who is outside the cycling bubble. 

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