Rapha presents Talking Luft! G’day everyone, Talking Luft is back for 2022! But what is Talking Luft? Well, it’s really just a little extra chat I have with guests that I speak with on Life In the Peloton the previous week. A bit like the DVD Extras, it’s the break away series where I try […]
Photo: Theo Clarkes Rapha presents Life in the Peloton Well, here we are at the start of a New Year – and this is a big one. It’s the start of my life after professional road racing: it’s a new era for me, and of course for the pod! As you might also know by […]
G’day and Happy New Podcast Year! The podcast is back shortly for another jam packed season of Life in the Peloton and Talking Luft & we’re beyond excited to announce our title sponsors for 2022: In case you haven’t heard of Rapha, they’re creators of arguably the best cycling clothing and accessories out on the […]
It’s the final episode of Talking Luft for the year. And officially my final episode of Talking Luft as a professional cyclist. After so many of you asked how I wear my cycling cap, I thought I would get my good mate Luke Durbridge to flip the mic on me and ask all the usual […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton It’s the final episode of the year on The Cycling Podcast, and my final episode as a pro as I pack up life in Europe and head into my retirement from cycling. This final year of professional racing for me has been a transitional phase in many […]
Talking Luft is back for another week and this time I’ve got Bert De Backer behind the mic, or Backsie as I like to call him. Bert is a Belgian Pro and good mate of mine who I first raced with back in the days of Skil-Shimano, and who also retired this year, riding his […]
Paris Roubaix. My last professional race. It was a hell of a Sunday. The mud has washed off, but it’s a day that will go down in the history books. To celebrate my love for the race and the epic day that was, we decided it needed a cap of it’s own: The Paris Roubaix […]
Photo: Pipe Cano The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton Since announcing my retirement from Pro cycling earlier this year, I knew I would draw my 13 year career to a close at the end of the 2021 season. At that point I didn’t know what my last race might be. Then fate stepped […]
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Talking Luft is back for another week & I’m chatting with British pro Hannah Barnes, who rides for Canyon-SRAM. In true Talking Luft style we chat a bit of life outside of the peloton & the good things in life. As you can see, Hannah runs some sensational Luft in her cap so I was […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton I’m back this week with one of the most experienced riders in the Women’s Pro Peloton, British rider Hannah Barnes. After turning pro with United Healthcare in 2014, Hannah has ridden for Canyon-SRAM for the past six seasons and is set to move on to the new […]
We’re excited to announce The Road Worlds Collection: An exclusive Life in the Peloton collaboration with Belgian Cycling Brand Çois Cycling Legacy. Quintessentially Belgian, Çois was founded around a true love for the sport and named after the founder’s grandfather, François, who was Belgian National Champion three times and passed his passion for the sport to his children and grandchildren. […]
Niamh and Finn Fisher-Black are siblings from New Zealand, both currently racing in the World Tour. I had this brother-sister combo on the pod last week over at The Cycling Podcast chatting about making the jump across from NZ to Europe to live the pro life. Which, as I remembered, isn’t all that smooth sailing. […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton Life in the Peloton is back after a break during the Vuelta a España and for this episode I spoke to two young Kiwi champions who are going to have very big futures. If you don’t know the name Fisher-Black yet, I reckon you’re going to hear […]
Talking Luft is back for another week, this time I’m chatting to Japanese Pro Cyclist and teammate of mine at EF Education-Nippo Fumiyuki Beppu – or Fumy as he’s known. Fumy is in his 17th (!!) year as a professional, having ridden for 6 different Pro Teams, starting with the iconic Discovery Channel team back […]
Today I’m Talking Luft with Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, a South African Pro riding for Team SD Worx. I had Ashleigh on the podcast last week over at The Cycling Podcast chatting all things Olympics, her path to the World Tour and her Girona project – Rocacorba Cycling – named after her favourite climb, of which […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton Ashleigh Moolman Pasio is a South African pro riding for Team SD Works. She’s not only made her mark on the Women’s World Tour but is also a qualified chemical engineer, and since racing in Europe, has founded local Girona cycling destination Rocacorba Cycling with her husband […]
The limited release of the Life in the Peloton x Rapha collection is here. In case you missed the pre-order, the kit is now online and available to shop. The collection includes: Pro Team Short & Long Sleeve Jersey, Pro Team Knicks, Pro Team Socks & Musette Shop the full collection now, exclusively online at […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton 2115,2km, 7 days and the length of Sweden. Back in July I had the opportunity to head up to Sweden to ride an event that only comes around every four years: Sverigetempot – a self-supported, endurance road ride that covers the length of Sweden from top to […]
Life in the Peloton x Rapha kit collaboration goes live this Friday 6th August 2021 in a limited release drop. Get ready to shop, exclusively online at Rapha.
Following on from our episode last week at The Cycling Podcast, this week I’m Talking Luft with Danish pro cyclist and teammate at EF Education-Nippo, Magnus Cort Nielsen. In case you missed our chat last week, I heard the story of how Magnus made his way from an island off Denmark to make waves in […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton Life in the Peloton is back after it’s break during the Tour de France. I had a great time covering that final week on the ground with The Cycling Podcast. Be sure to head over and have a listen if you missed it. But we’re back to […]
A podcast about the podcast. ‘From the Top’ is a podcast series hosted by Wade Wallace at CyclingTips about ‘the entrepreneurial journeys of people within the cycling industry.’ Wade reached out after my retirement announcement and was interested to hear more about Life in the Peloton; how it first started, how it’s grown and where […]
This week I’m Talking Luft with Aussie Brett Lancaster, who was an ex-teammate of mine on Orica-Greenedge, and had a 15 year career as a pro cyclist. He’s now a Director Sportif at Team Ineos. He’s a good mate of mine, and you might remember hearing him on the podcast when I relived that epic […]
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 […]
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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Photo: Kristof Ramon The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton The pod is back on The Cycling Podcast after taking a break while the Giro d’Italia was on, which gave me a chance to sit down with someone I’ve wanted to get on the podcast for a long time. Tsgabu Grmay is an Ethiopian […]
He’s a crowd favourite and a good friend of mine, fellow Aussie and teammate Lachlan Morton. We had a lot of fun on our first episode of Talking Luft back in 2020, so I had to get him on for round two – Talking Luft 2.0 to be exact. In true TL 2.0 style, we […]
Ben Perry is a Canadian pro cyclist in his 5th year of racing World Tour, now with Astana Premier-Tech. He’s a funny guy and as I was riding along with him one day I realised he would be great to have on the pod – especially Talking Luft 2.0. And he didn’t disappoint. This was […]
In case you’ve not heard of him (which will have been hard), Tom Pidcock is a young Brit in his first year of racing in the World Tour, with Team Ineos Grenadiers. He’s in some major road form at the moment, taking his first WT victory last week at De Brabantse Pijl then second in […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton This week’s guest is a young guy who’s made a big splash in his first couple of months racing in the World Tour this year. I knew the name Tom Pidcock because he’s been racing cycle-cross on the coat tails of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout […]
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 […]
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 […]
Photo: Jojo Harper It’s a new week and I’ve got a new episode of Talking Luft, where I sit back and chat all things cycling lifestyle and get to know my guests off the bike. This week I’m chatting with my Danish EF Education-Nippo teammate Michael Valgren. He’s a super talent on the bike, having […]
Photo: Graham Watson The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton Robbie McEwen doesn’t do many podcasts, so I was really happy when he said yes to coming on Life in the Peloton. He’s a good friend of mine as well as an ex-teammate and fellow Aussie. He’s also someone I looked up to as […]
Tom Scully, or Scud as he’s known, is a Kiwi who’s been a teammate of mine on EF Education-Nippo for several years. I heard his story of turning pro last week on The Cycling Podcast and we chatted our love-hate relationship for the Belgian classics in an on-road diary to Opening Weekend in Belgium. We […]
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 […]
Nate Wilson is a Performance trainer on my team, EF Education Nippo, and I had him chatting training and all things performance over on The Cycling Podcast last week. Be sure to go check that out on their channel. Nate also raced back in the day so I was keen to get him Talking Luft. […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (listen below) A little something different this week as I sit down with Jack Thompson – aka Jack Ultra – an Australian cyclist who takes on some of the world’s most epic Ultra challenges on the bike. In 2017 he rode more than 50 000 kilometres (for […]
Welcome to the first Talking Luft for 2021! Talking Luft is the back with same format as last year; a short, laid back series of questions, the ‘DVD Extras’ of the pod if you will. Listen to in depth episodes with guests over on The Cycling Podcast. I’m excited to be back and I’ve got […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton The pod is back for 2021! And for my first episode of the new year I caught up with someone I’ve been wanting to get on the pod for a long time. It’s the German-Aussie Heinrich Haussler, or Heino as he’s known. He’s going into his 16th […]
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Well, it’s time to wrap up the season, both in cycling and Life In The Peloton. I’ve been asked a couple of times when someone might turn the microphone on me to tell my story. And when out adventuring with my good mate Svein Tuft, he asked if he could do me the honour. I […]
(Listen below) Talking L’Angliru and more.. A day after his victory on the Queen stage of La Vuelta a España, I sat down with the King of L’Angliru & my teammate on EF Pro Team, Hugh Carthy. I hear about that epic climb in his words and how the last 6km played out -what was […]
This week I’m Talking Luft with Brit Hugh Carthy. We’re a week in at the Vuelta and he’s riding like a demon, currently 4th on GC. We sat down on the first rest day to chat cap style, beverages, training loops and he tells a true peloton war story from that day of golf ball […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (listen below) Now live on The Cycling Podcast, this week I chat with a different kind of colleague in the peloton. While I was in Australia for the summer, I got a chance to sit down with Aussie UCI Commissaire Greg Griffiths – an umpire of the […]
This week on Talking Luft I’ve got Kiwi Mitchelton-Scott rider, Sam Bewley. Sam’s a good mate of mine from our Greenedge days and is great for a laugh. We had fun chatting LUFT, training sessions, favourite races and of course coffee and beer. Plus Sam tells a hilarious Grand tour story for my new question […]
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 […]
I had him on the pod last week, my Sports Director on EF Education First and ex-pro, who raced for 15 years in the No Helmet/LUFT era, Juanma Garate. This week we’re Talking Luft. It’s our laid back chat, talking caps, racing no helmets until the sprint and Juanma gives me some tips on cooking […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (Listen below) Juan Manuel Garate, or Juanma as everyone calls him, is from the Basque Country in Spain and is a Sports’ Directeur of mine on EF Education First. He was also pro back in the day, having won a stage of each of the Grand Tours, […]
Allan Davis, or Alby as he’s known, is an Australian sprinter who raced in the era of LUFT, riding for the most iconic teams of the time such as Mapei, ONCE-Eroski and Quickstep. And I’m officially jealous of his kit collection. I sat down with Alby, and we chat about cap style back in those […]
Photo: Simon Gill The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (listen below) Like everyone, I’ve been enjoying having the Tour de France back on TV every afternoon. There’s nothing like cracking a cold one and watching some epic bike racing for 21 days in a row. I’ve done my fair share of grand tours […]
Lachy Morton, you’re sure to have heard his name. He’s a teammate of mine on EF Education First and is the alternate racing king. I’ve had him on the podcast in the past, and I’ve finally got him back on talking some LUFT. We dive straight into cap style, which, of course, includes some gravel […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (listen below or on The Cycling Podcast channel) It’s been a long time coming and this week on the pod I’ve got the Big Boss, my boss, EF Pro Team Manager Jonathan Vaughters or JV as he’s known. Becoming a World Tour Team Manager was never in […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (Listen below) We’re back on the road and racing again for 2020. First up is Italy for Strade Bianchi and Milan-San Remo. And I decided to take you guys with me! This is the first episode I’ve done as an on-road audio diary and I really enjoyed […]
He’s a crowd favourite, and rightfully so. Mike Woods, or Woodsie, is a Canadian team mate of mine. He’s easy to chat to and always has a great story to tell. I’ve had him on the pod a couple of times before; post his epic La Vuelta stage win in 2018 and in the Giro […]
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 […]
I had him on The Cycling Podcast last week, my old rider agent, Paul De Geyter, talking all things contract negotiation and managing some of the rider greats. Be sure to head over and listen to that one! He’s a great personality and this week I’ve got him Talking Luft, in a fun 10 min […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton (Scroll to the down to listen) Cycling is a national sport in Belgium. It’s part of the culture, it’s in their blood. And as an Aussie I’ve always felt that Belgium is the heart of the cycling world. It’s the place that made me really fall in […]
Tom Southam. He’s a LUFT man. He has a custom made casquette that has 38% additional LUFT, which, okay, might be verging on too much. Nevertheless, he was the perfect guy to get Talking Luft with. In case you missed it, Tom is my Director Sportif on EF Education First and raced as a pro […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton Ever wondered.. What does a day in the life as a Directeur Sportif (DS) of a cycling team looks like? What is it really like in the team car during a race? And what’s it like transitioning from rider to Directeur? Well, this week on the pod […]
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 […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton It’s the month of May, and it’s hard not to think about being in Italy at this time of year, and especially at one of the hardest yet one of the best races on the calendar, the Giro d’Italia. Any pro you speak to will tell you […]
I had him over on The Cycling Podcast last week, talking his career ups and downs and some epic tales from some epic wins. Be sure not to miss that one! This week I’ve got Cam on for something a bit more laid back, Talking Luft. We talk style, his favourite training routes and sessions, […]
The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton He’s multiple time World Champion on the Track and has made his mark on the pro racing scene in his 12 years of also racing on the road. Cameron Meyer is a silent assassin in the Velodrome, a master tactician and someone I’ve always looked up to […]
I’ve delved into the depths of some pretty interesting topics like nutrition and motion analysis with Adam, and it’s certain he sure knows his stuff, so it was great to have more of a casual chat and hear about Adam himself both off and on the bike. How does he wear his cycling cap? What’s […]
He’s one of the most interesting guys in the peloton and it’s become something of a tradition to have him on the pod every year. It’s our 3rd episode together so this time I decided to ask Adam 3 simple questions: What’s something he’s currently excited about? What’s something he’s no longer doing? What’s a […]
It’s episode 3 of Talking Luft, my series of mini episodes where I find out more about my guests on my regular show, The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton. This was a fun chat with New Zealander Ella Harris, who I had on the pod last week talking Zwift academy and going pro. […]
While Zwift and indoor training are the buzzwords at the moment, I thought it was fitting to talk to a rider who knows Zwift a whole lot better than I do and had a really interesting way of becoming Pro. Ella Harris is a pro rider from New Zealand that came through the Zwift academy […]
It’s episode 2 of Talking Luft, my new series of short eps where I get to know a little more about my guests on the pod, talking cycling culture, style and the individual. This week I chat with my coach Kev Poulton and have a bit of fun hearing a coach’s perspective on motor pacing out […]
Kevin Poulton is a coach who’s trained many in the professional peloton, including the likes of Caleb Ewan, Marcel Kittel and who also coached Mathew Hayman to his famous win at Roubaix in 2016. If you aren’t familiar with the story, Mat spent 6 weeks solely on the home trainer with a broken bone in […]
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 […]
Photo credit: Kramon. The Cycling Podcast presents Life in the Peloton. Luke Durbridge is back on the pod for our yearly chat about our favourite time of the year, the brutally beautiful cobbled classics. You don’t have to ask either of us twice to sit down and chat about this period, but seeing as I’m […]
While I was back in Aus over the summer, I got to sit down with many familiar faces of the peloton, including those who spend more time behind the scenes of the bike race. This week you’ll hear my chat with a man whose voice will be familiar to many cycling fans throughout the world, […]
With the cycling world coming to Australia in January it meant I was able to catch up with a few mates in the peloton who were escaping European winter. One of those was the legend and all round great guy, Andre Greipel. He had mentioned to me a while ago that he was a listener […]
Welcome to the first episode of the 2020 season and our first episode in collaboration with The Cycling Podcast family. We’re happy to be on board with The Cycling Podcast to bring you the same great poddie, with a few tweaks to make it truly music to your ears. In this episode, I catch up […]
It´s our last episode of the season and I jump behind the mic with Nathan Haas, a fellow Aussie in the peloton who was there with me representing Aus at the Yorkshire worlds. I thought as we’re coming to the end of the racing season it would be great to look back at the epic […]
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 […]
So we have arrived at the 1st rest day, and it was very much needed for all. Our freshman was ready for a day off too. The 9 stages of racing for Logan proved to be a real grand tour beginning. Very fast, tough racing but also some major up and down moments within our […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 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 […]
Taylor has a very colourful career up until now. Born from sporting genes, both his parents being Olympic medalists, he was destined to be a sporting star. But sometimes we need a pause in life, time to reflect on where we are going, who we are, and then who we want to become. Most often […]
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. […]
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.
David Millar’s career spanned over 2 decades, where a lot happened in cycling. A lot changed. David was a big part of the changes, where firstly his career was turned upside down after admitting to using EPO, a banned performance enhancing drug, in 2004. Then after serving a 2 year ban from the sport he came back to racing but this time as a advocate anti-doping campaigner. Aside from his dark history in the sport, David has a fantastic insight to what life in the peloton used to be like and to what it is like today.
So this is the big one! I am speaking with 2016 Paris Roubaix winner Matt Hayman. I caught up with him 1 month after that momentous day, on training camp up in the high mountains in Andorra. A very un-roubaix environment but the memory was still very fresh and vibrant. I get quite excited this week as I hear the story the first time myself, so will have to excuse some of the colourful language. I hope you enjoy it, I certainly did!
Paris Roubaix is a cobbled stone classic one day race, it is one of the 5 memorials races in the year. It is a spectacle, it is a tough mans race. It is the best race of the year. It is my favourite race.
Matt Hayman has ridden Paris Roubaix 15 times in his career, he is a specialist to say the least. This is his favourite race too. 2016 Roubaix was a special day for Matt, I was able to get his thoughts the night before, the night before he knew what the 2016 addition was going to be.
While I was back on training camp in South Africa I had the chance to sit down with Alex Edmondson for a what I thought was going to be a chat about the training involved for the Teams Pursuit in the lead up to the Rio Olympics. What I got a was a lot more interesting. Alex’s is story is not the normal progression in which a cyclist tends to have. Although Alex is only 22, when he tells his story you would assume he is a seasoned professional.
You’ll have to excuse the volume in the episode, as its lower than I would have liked.
Fresh after the race, back in the hotel somewhere in the cold northern part of France in the proximity of Paris. I thought it would be great to capture the thoughts just after completing the Paris Nice Prologue, from my New Zealander team mate Sam Bewley. He explains just what a Prologue is, all the intricacies that go into them, how he goes about approaching one as a specialist and just what makes a good prologue to kick start your tour.