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 things out for himself. Whether that be theories on nutrition, training or even aerodynamics. We chat about his early days of mythbusting and some of his more quirky and hilarious theories and then those eventually led him to build the AIRhub and to win the 2019 Australian Road Race Championship.
Hiking up and talking in the high country in Andorra with the legend himself, Svein Tuft. I am always walking around and riding with Svein and listening to his stories of his journey so far, which you can call his life. He’s a Canadian that has had an extraordinary life, lots of adventuring, travelling and soul searching before he found his love for bikes. Which then led to his love for going fast on bikes, to then racing them. We touch on a small part of these stories that lead him over to Europe to race professionally, and then talk about the road ahead.
Sit back and enjoy this one, because I certainly did recording it.
With the Giro d’Italia upon us, I thought who better to talk to than the in-form Londoner, Tao Geoghegan Hart. Fresh from 2 stage wins last week at Tour of the Alps in Italy, he is arriving at the Giro for the second Grand Tour of his young career. It was fun discussing and dissecting this year’s furious Giro parcours, as he sets his goals around the race ahead. We also discuss becoming a Pro, growing up in East London. Not to forget the ever important topic of coffee on the race. Have a listen.
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 years Ben has crossed over and is working in the World Tour as a trainer. This is why I thought it would be interesting to talk to Ben when doing a podcast about coaching, as he has experienced it from all angles. And as suspected we find out there a lot more than crunching numbers to being a successful coach. Luke Durbridge joins us again to give a riders prospective on things as we try to break down the technical side of our training out on the road.
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.