How Much Of A Cyclist Are You? | GCN Show Ep. 353

How Much Of A Cyclist Are You? | GCN Show Ep. 353

– From the top of [Foreign
Language] in Taiwan, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN show. – Sorry we got to go again. Dan, you can’t get out of it mate. – I’m not wearing that pink–
– 100 people commented last week that
you need to be wearing that pink vest. (finger snaps) (he wolf whistles) This week, just how much
of a cyclist are you? Find out by answering
six simple questions. Plus cycling sub-two hour marathon. The secret to Egan
Bernal’s success, possibly. And all of your regular favorites too. – Yeah, but this week with added guns. You probably better cover now mate, – Yeah, I’m going to cover.
– ’cause otherwise no ones going to watch. (upbeat music) (crowd yelling) (logo whooshing) – This week in the world of cycling we learned that Bauke Mollema
has an adorable family. On Saturday became the
first Dutchman since Hennie Kuiper, in 1981,
to win Il Lombardia. And here are his kids watching him win. – [child] Come on! (woman cheering)
(woman applauding) Yeah! Look at him. Yay! – Ah, that cool isn’t it?
– Yes. – And his mom was there watching as well, one of the final corners. We also learnt this week
just how many kilometers a pro cyclist covers
in their racing career because as Lars Bak hung up his wheels, after 17-years-as a pro,
VeriFacts calculated that he has raced, so this
doesn’t include training, 220,000 kilometers, which is about five and half times around the world and climbed 850,000 meters! Which is like doing almost a
hundred Everestings, isn’t it? And you pointed out Si, it doesn’t even include his training. Imagine if he factored that in too. – Yeah. It is fair to say that
Lars is a serious cyclist. But, without wishing to say
too much away from the lad, he’s had a lot of time
on his hands as a pro. And also a lot of those kilometers were spent sheltering inside a peloton. So I think you’ll be unfair if Lars was like our benchmark for what is needed to
be a serious cyclist. So instead we’ve created
this handy questionnaire. – We have. Six pretty simple questions, a possible one point for
each of your answers. And you’ll be able to find
out where you are on the scale of being a serious cyclist
from the armchair fan, up to Lars Bak level. – That’s right, LBL. Are you ready? – Yes, I’m ready. (dramatic music) – Yes.
– Question number one. Do you watch GCN? – Yay, we’re all off the board. Excellent, no losers here. – Well, wouldn’t quite say that. Anyway, question number two. Do you ride a bike? – Yes! – No. – What?
– I’m already out. – No, come on.
– Well, I ride out on special occasions. – Yeah. What we call the sun
coming out here, in the UK. – That is a special occasion, my goodness. – Well it hasn’t happened for three weeks,
– No. – has it? Right anyway easy questions for most of us to get off the board but now
things are going to get a little bit tougher. Question number three. Is your bike worth more than your car? Or for the dentist’s out there, are your bikes worth more than your car? – Or cars, I would say. – Rightly, yeah. We joke. – This is the classic
question really, isn’t it? We’re not in a position really to answer it at the moment because we’re very privileged in that we get loaned some of the best bikes in the world to ride. – [Si] Yeah, and no one
does that with cars. – [Dan] No! We’ve never been loaned a car, have we? – [Si] No! Not a surprise
is there, really? – But anyway, think back. I remember purchasing a
Rally Reynolds 853 road bike, with a dura-ace groupset, and despite the fact that
I got it at trade price through Rally, it was still a lot more expensive than my car at the time. – Which was? – Well Si, it was a Vauxhall
Astra mark two hatchback. Five doors, a 1.3 diesel engine with a manual sunroof and a
five-speed manual gearbox. – That sounds delightful. – Yeah. – You’re not having the point there. – Why not? – Well ’cause you just spent twice as long discussing the detail of your Astra than you did your bike! – Yeah well I was proud of that Astra. – Yeah, well as you should. That last bike I bought
was a mountain bike. I got a great deal on it. Still worth more than my car. To this day. – And it’s not even the whole bike or the whole car necessarily, is it? I remember back in times of
having that rally road bike, that I would quite happily spend 40 maybe even 50 pounds on a really good single tire for it, but once when I had to replace the tires on the Astra, I was quoted £35 per wheel, which I thought was extortionate! – Yeah! – Even Astra-nomical. – See what he did there? Value though does skew slightly
when we’re talking about cycling, because
personally I’d rather spend £40 or £50 on something knowing is the best that money can buy, than spending £40 on a
crap tire for a crap car. – True. Rider super bike for less than
the cost of a mediocre car. – Exactly! – Moving on then. Question number four. Do you always work in kilometres even though everything is in
miles was where you live? – Well yeah! What’s not to love? You get to ride further, and ride faster. – Centuries are easy aren’t they? – Exactly. Plus as we all know, serious
cyclists work in kilometers because that’s what pros do. And all pro racers, of course! – Well, except maybe the
tours of California and Utah. They’re in miles. – Okay, special cases. Marginally confusing. Well perhaps not as confusing as if you went to write your evening local 16.1, Si. – Well that is true but then
the British time trial scene is confusing at best, to virtually everyone anyway, isn’t it? – My word. You’re in for quite a few comments I think under the show this week. – There’s some testing times coming up. – Oh my goodness. Okay let’s move on to
question number five, then. Have you ever booked a family holiday based purely
on the ideal cycling location? – Yes, although not recently, actually. So I want shaky ground, I think. So I don’t get a point. Maybe half. – You’re going to get a
half point, I think so. I don’t think I ever have done. Although Lorraine did
sometimes used to book holidays based on where
my race was finishing. Does that count? – I think that’s worse, mate. If it was so serious you
didn’t take holidays, you were just racing instead. – So that’s definitely a point then. – Absolutely, yeah. – Okay should we move on to question six which is of course the final one. – This is it, this is crunch time. – What’s that? – A water bottle. – Or is it? Because I think Lars Bak
would call that a “bidon.” In fact I think most serious cyclists would call that a bidon. – And every French person, because it is just, French. Do you seriously call that a bidon? – I do yeah. But only if it’s
cycling-related obviously, I don’t call my bottles
a Deauville, bidons. But that, I would. Right, that’s your final question. The scores are in. Si, what did you get? – Well obviously I failed at the last one, so four and a half I think. Which is slightly healthier
than it would have been, although my wife might take exception to that particularly statement. But I’ve never called that a bidon. So four and a half. – Well I came out at four, which means I’m a
reasonably serious cyclist who doesn’t ride his bike very much. – We need to tweak this questionnaire, clearly it’s useless.
– I was about to say, we might have to teak this questionnaire. As ever of course, we would love to hear what your scores are going to be on this questionnaire. Are you simply an armchair fan of cycling, or are you full Lars Bak level? – Say that but, we don’t
actually know whether Lars Bak gets six out of six. – Do I? – ’cause we don’t know
whether he watches GCN. He might have failed at the first hurdle. – He probably doesn’t, does he? – Well I mean, I don’t know,
he’s been on his bike a lot, so he might. – That’s the only reason obviously. Not enough time for GCN.
– Might have missed the last seven years. Right, we got to say as
well we got to get back to last week’s talking point about worst things to say to a cyclist. Some amazing comments left under the show. This was probably my
favorite from EVEDetria. “Worst thing said to me on a ride was: “You are stronger than you look.” “At first, you think yit’s a compliment, “and then it hits ya.” – Is it not a compliment? Somebody said that to me in the office when I put that pink undervest on. (quick riff) Next up, it’s time for your
weekly GCN inspiration, which is your chance to
win one of three prizes. Now this is the point
last week on the show, Si, where we announced the new GCN app that I’ve been working on, wasn’t it? – Well that’s right! And the take-up has
been absolutely amazing, so thank you to the
literally thousands of you that have downloaded the app and have been getting fully stuck-in. Please keep your comments
and feedback coming. We are listening, and
taking it all on-board. – We are. I uploaded a photo myself
actually, one that you took of me, riding rather fast on a Lauf Gravel Bike. – Yeah, I was quite pleased
with how fast I made you look. – Yeah, I think it was
by accident, wasn’t it? – It was.
– I wasn’t even going that fast, I think you just got
the camera stuff a bit. – Low light conditions, the
old iPhone was struggling. – I did notice there were a few comments from people that weren’t
very pleased about me using the old MongoDB. – I know! What’s with that? We love a bit of MongoDB. – I do yeah, firebase is
all right apparently though. But thankfully the service
architecture did stand up to the thousands of downloads that Si mentioned. Anyway you can of course
use the app to upload your hacks and bodges and
your inspirational photos, which is what we are
going to go through now. So first up, the prize is for third place. You will get a cap. – Yes! – For a second place,
you will get yourself a pair the latest GCN club socks, plus a three month free
subscription, and the first place, you’re going to get yourselves this week, this GCN fan kit. – Yes! I think it’s really
cool that we sell under vests as well as jerseys, ’cause a
pretty important bit of kit, under vests, aren’t they? – Right, in third place this week, Si, is. – We have got this one
sent in from Jez from (foreign langauge),
which is in North Wales. He said, “a hidden gem of a climb up to “(foreign language)”, he says, “I dare you to find a
better climb in Wales.” – [Dan] That does look
like quite the climb in that photo.
– It does look good, doesn’t it? Now I wonder where there’s a
little bit of lens tilt going on there, can we just try
and correct that slightly? There we go, yeah. – Not 35% after all, but well done to you, you’re getting a GCN cascade which you can wear peak up, or peak down. – You know he’s blatantly
going to send a message now, saying you guys total
muppets, it’s actually 45%. – Yes probably. – We’re sorry Jez. – Even if we were right,
he’ll probably still write in and say we’re complete muppets, so. In second place, it is
this photo from Kevin, over in Hogpen Gap in the USA. “I got out for an early
ride in the mountains, “so I could get home in
time for family commitments, “and I was rewarded with
this gorgeous sunrise.” – Wow! That does look amazing, doesn’t it? Isn’t that great? – Yeah. That’s absolutely brilliant. – There we go. – So you are getting yourself
three months subscription to the GSN club and the latest socks too. – I tell you what, a pair of fresh socks, riding up that hill,
watching the sun rise. – Nothing like a pair of fresh socks. – Or a nice sunrise. Or a sunset! This is the winner of
GCNspiration this week. Christopher sent this one
from near Mineola, Iowa in the USA. Weekly casual gravel ride
with friends or friend. But look at that! – [Dan] Wow. – [Si] That is a sunset
and a half, isn’t it? – [Dan] Yes that is a spectacular photo. You chose that one, the
winner this week, didn’t you? – I did indeed, I mean we, I
mean like we said earlier we haven’t we literally haven’t
seen the Sun for what, at least three or four weeks here because
that is just like paradise. – It was two sun photos
in second and first. If you would like to win next week’s, send us a sun photo please. You can do that, as I’ve said, on the app, or you can still use the uploader, a link to which is in
the description below. (bugle riff) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Cycling shorts now, and we’re
going to start with running! But then how can we not? After the epic marathon
exploits at the weekend. – Well exactly. Bridgid Kosgei broke the Women’s Marathon record, didn’t she? With a time of 2 hours,
14 minutes and 4 seconds, and then of course Eliud Kipchoge broke that amazing barrier of two hours, albeit in an exhibition event. But it did get us thinking, are there any equivalent milestones in cycling that are ripe for breaking now? – Wow! It’s a difficult comparison
to make, isn’t it? Because most cycling events
tend to be results-focused rather than about absolute time, but maybe sub 4 minutes in
the individual pursuit is. – That is starting to look possible. Certainly Ashton Lambie, the
current world record holder, is knocking on the door now, isn’t he? He set a time and altitude of
four minutes, five seconds, point two three. And certainly aero guru Dan Begum thinks it’s now possible. – Yeah we’d have to go
back that far actually before the four-minute
barrier looked pretty impossible for the Team Pursuit as well.
– That’s true. – So you kind of need to put
aero advancements down as the big reason why it’s improving, don’t you? Maybe it’s the extent where
60 kilometers in an hour is possible. – 60 kilometer hour record? Well that seems a bit further off. – Well five K’s an hour, you got to get. – Yeah but it’s exponential, isn’t it? The power you have to
produce to go faster, as you very well know. But yeah, that’d be quite
something wouldn’t it? A 60 kilometer hour record. What about 78 days to ride
around the entire globe though? I mean that was a pretty
superhuman effort as I say from old Mark Beaumont there. – [Si] Although was it so superhuman that actually no one had even considered it a possibility before? – [Dan] I don’t think
anyone is considering it a possibility now if I’m perfectly honest. – [Si] That one’s on the shelf. – Given his recent exploits too, of trying to tow a caravan, I wonder whether that holy
grail of 25 miles per hour with the caravan is the equivalent of the sub two hour marathon. – Well maybe that is
more accurate actually. A lot of people in the comments under that video offering assistance to Mark actually some advice on how he might be able to improve on version 3, but perhaps more people still saying that that was a stupidest thing ever and he should never do it again because it was so dangerous. – I’m not sure my old Vauxhall Astra would have got care about the 25
miles per hour, you know. Didn’t have that much
power, the 1.3 engine. Anyway we’re going to stick
with riders going a bit outside of their comfort zone, and say fair play to newly
crowned Road World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten, who hit the dirt just this weekend gone, she probably didn’t want
to confront you as to whether or not to wear white
shorts with her rainbow band. – Stage fright. – Yeah, she took to her discipline, where she’s not the world champion. Had to wear her trade team kit, and raced a super prestige in
(Foreign Language) on Sunday. – She did. How did she get on though, Dan? – Not all that well. – Aww.
– I have to say, but she did ride with a huge
smile on her face throughout until she got lapped and
withdrawn from the race, but after she was withdrawn,
she stayed by the cool side and cheered on the riders
that were still racing. – That is cool, isn’t it? – That is very cool for a World Champion. – Interesting to note though, that while Cyclocross racers can and do dominate on the road, it’s not a given, the
other way around is it? And so perhaps that’s why as
you found out the weekend, so many kids are racing Cyclocross. – Yes! – Because they know how to become a successful pro cyclist. – That’s right I took Jude to race at the Parentini Wessex
Cyclecross League in Droxford and there were loads of kids
racing the under tens and the under eights and the under 12’s and he absolutely loved it. – That’s cool. – It was great to see so many
kids enjoying their racing. – Is Droxford a real place? – I think so, might have got that wrong. Anyway moving quickly on,
actually as we drove back I suddenly said to Lorraine, “this is where I won the Wessex division that was by Ford Mist.” Seriously I thought I’d
never been there before but I did recognize it it was also
near the headquarters of the purse petal race. – Drop that one in there by four minutes. – Yeah solo, I was only 19. – No wonder Civellé team snapped you up – I was a bit like the Remco
Evenpool of the Wessex League. (Dan laughs) Anyway, shall we move on because today the Tour de France organiser ASO announced the route for the 2020 edition, although we’re filming this yesterday so it’s a little bit late to be included in the GCN show so we’re
going to sort of speculate as than what might be in it. – Well, we know already
actually that the grander part will be in Nice, and the
first couple of stages are pretty challenging,
particularly in the context of it being the opening
week so ASO definitely hoping for a little bit
of action early doors. – And what is coming after that? – Gravel? – Yeah, and there I reckon
at the end of the race, a team INEOS rider’ll win. – Yay! But is it going to be
another one, for Egan Bernal? – Well he could win pretty
much any Grand Tour, really these days couldn’t we? In fact we saw this link to an
article in the German Journal of Sports Medicine last
week which was posted to Twitter by a mate cycling science. – Yeah funny that his favorite
journal is the same as ours, but there we go anyway the
article was an analysis basically of what makes Colombian cyclists so good. The conclusion was that it was kind of a mix of environmental and
also genetic factors, but that even among his peers Bernal is something of an outlier. They tested his vo2 max and it came out as 88.8 milliliters per
kilogram per minute. – Which is more than
Chris Froome isn’t it? marginally 0.6 above at 88.2, which is what Chris Froome measured but something else to add to the team INEOS Top Trump set. – Well that’s it, we don’t
know what Garrett Thomas is but maybe that’s team leadership duties decided for the Tour de France now on the basis of that one. It’s got to be said that though that vo2 max is not an indicator of pure sine wave forms, isn’t it? – No! Mine’s quite low. – It’s quite a good indicator
of pure cycling force, but there have been a number
of examples of riders of ridiculously high vo2 maxes is but not that much in the way of
race results to speak of. Oskar Svendsen- – I think it’s the highest ever recorded. – 97.5, wow. And then Lance Armstrong 84. – Hmm. Although we’re not
sure if he’s been stripped of his vo2 max level as well
as the other titles, do we? – No, that’s right. Wilder have removed his
vo2 max details as well. Right now some actual good
news from across the pond now, and it turns out that the
great American Rail Trail is now 50% complete stretching from Washington State all the way through to Washington DC completely
separate from cars, over 3,700 miles and
featuring two corners. – Oh, talking in miles now are you, Si? – Yeah. – Unfortunately is not all good news, there’s a bit of bad to go with this. They’ve uncovered, there
are still 90 gaps in the cycle trails that are already out there. – Wow okay. – And they’ve also said it could take up to two decades
for it to be completed. – Two decades. I’ll be middle-aged by then. – I will be too. – Maybe we should do it in retirement. – Yeah? – Be quite a cool retirement
acceleration, wouldn’t it? – [Dan] Also last week we have been again attempting to break World Records and once again on a Penny Farthing. This time it was the
prestigious outdoor one-hour pace record which has stood for 133 years, making it one of the oldest
world records around. It was set back in 1886 by
W.A. Row, but last Friday, James Chris and Mark Beaumont
attempted to beat it, so I’m going to hand over to
them and also Neil Loughton to go through the results. – So you’ll recall W.A. Row
133 years ago, an American, set this record one-hour
outdoor around the track, 22 miles and 150 yards. The distance you achieved just now, 22 miles, 369 yards! You’ve done it by 219 yards! – Fantastic! – Thank-you, Neil. – That’s amazing, congratulations. – We needed your strong finish,
that was awesome! Good work. – Two of cycling’s absolute greats have been admitted to hospital recently, the first of them being Raymond Polidore, known as the eternal second,
their most recently actually as grandfather to Matthew Vanderpool has been admitted with heart problems. Initially we hear that his family were really concerned, but he is now feeling better, good enough in fact to watch the Italian one-day races
from his hospital bed. Very good, fingers across there. – And then today’s
record this, yesterday as you’re watching it, the Belgian newspaper Nieuwblad reported that Eddy Merckx, widely regarded as the
greatest cyclist of all time, had been admitted to hospital after suffering an accident whilst out cycling with his friends. Really serious head
injury and he’s been put into intensive care. – Right we here at GCM would
like to send our best wishes to both of them and wish
them a speedy recovery. (Drill) – It is now time for hack
forward slash bodge of the week. Don’t forget you can now
upload your hacks and bodges to the app as well as to the uploader. – Well a lot of them come
from there, haven’t they? – Yes they have, yes. But we’re going to
start with this one that came in from Stuart. Forgot cycling shoes, have
just donned the helmet for a quick ride, got about six miles in saddle came loose and fell off. Thinking “oh goodness,” remembered my good old rapper belt secured the saddle and rode back on the TT bars. – Well I mean it’s definitely a bodge but, you’ve got to say that’s a roadside hack. – It’s a bit like a rapper box with the iPad last week does it make it any better that it’s a rapper belt? – No. Right, next up we’ve got this one sent in by Noel now after last week’s bell hack we’ve had an avalanche of bells being hidden on bikes, haven’t
we? And this one is very neat so this is a modification to a canyon out front mount, he’s added a GoPro attachment and then bolted his bell on to that but what he hasn’t got into details, he’s how his smartphone is stuck so neatly to the top. How have you done that, Noel? – Slightly less of a reach-around versus last week’s bell hack. – Well possibly, yeah. Anyway that’s a hack as
far as I’m concerned. – [Si] This next one came in
from Drew who heard a ping in his front wheel and it
was of course a broken spoke. In order to fix it, he used a band-aid, a sticky plaster. Obviously there were no
unused dog poo to hand. – [Si] Can we stress
that he’s not fixed the wheel with an elastiplast, that’s just the rogue loose spoke. If that happens to you and you don’t have an elastoplast, you can of course just bend your spoke around another one. Yeah, neither are particularly safe. I’d rather go for a poo bag. – I’ve just remembered that
I’ve been riding around my five-year-old mountain bike hard seller broken spoke for
probably almost a year. – Really? – I’ve never fixed it. It’s quite true actually as well. Didn’t even have to use a sticky plaster. I did just do what you did and bent the spoke around another one – Mate that’s a disgrace. That’s an absolute disgrace. Right, Chris Flem sent this one in, he suggested that this is what
Mark Caravan, Mark Caravan? – That’s his new name! – Mark Caravan Beaumont should have done, – [Dan] And his wife, Caravanette. – [Si] That’s right! Now I think they’d struggle to get out to 25 miles an hour as well. But it does look mildly safer. Although got to say I think
for the record to stand, you’ve got to be able to sleep
in the caravan and I don’t think you could sleep lying down in that. – [Dan] No! No, not even on that top bit. Looks a little bit small, isn’t it? – [Si] It is yeah, maybe it’d
be good for a port-a-loo. – [Dan] We’re saying bodge
then because you can’t sleep in the caravan. – [Si] Well yeah what’s it for? – Otherwise it definitely
would have been a hack. Right next up we had
this one which was sent in by Peter Robert Murray. “I fit a 28 mil tire to
my Canyon air rode for “comfort and the tire rode
very close to the frames. “I made a small plate from aerospace-grade “aluminium or aluminum to remove anything “that sticks to the tire before it gets “dragged around the frame. “It stuck to the frame
of industrial velcro.” – [Si] Whoa, so it can be removed easily. – [Dan] But what did he stick
the velcro to the frame with? It wasn’t industrial glue was it? – [Si] Oh, to be fair though, I’ve got to say mate, I’d leave that on. That looks super cool! I even love the fact that he stuck a Canyon sticker on there. And he points out there, can I draw your attention to the paint chips on said whatever it’s called. What would you call that,
a tire scraper, I suppose? – [Dan] Dunno. – [Si] Anyway, therefore
it’s doing its job. – [Dan] You know how long
it takes for me to come up with a caption. It would take me a good
couple of hours to think of a name for that. – [Si] Yeah. Tire scraper. And it’s not very catchy, is it? Yeah. Maybe all you need is like
an as-saber type name and suddenly you’ve got
yourself a product there. Anyway, hack? – [Dan] We’ll have a think about it and get back to you for
the caption competition we have a name for that. Oh yeah I would say that as a hack. – Yeah there you go, well done. Right next up, I love this
one this was sent in by Sandrozanin now it’s a hack and I’m going to call it hack
straight off the bat. First of all, one of Sven Nys’s bikes, back in the day, basically
it’s got a one bike set up on a juray’s crank. Doesn’t look the nicest, does it? When you’ve got those
beautiful sculpted cranks, and a bog-standard chain
ring so he’s made his old chain ring into a Bosch guard and ground down all the
teeth, and does that not look super flippin’ cool, Dan? – [Dan] Yeah well I’m
going to actually agree with you there, Si. It
does look very cool indeed. – [Si] That’s amazing. – [Dan] Right, we shall
finish with this one that was sent to us on the
the app in fact from Ulfen. Took a smart Di2 carbon and he’s basically hacked his Di 2 here. – [Si] That’s an instant hack
as far as we’re concerned cause it involves electrics
and that’s another thing that we don’t understand. – [Dan] Yep, so I’ll
gloss over how he did it and just say that the result
was that he has now both a thumb button and a climber button on each side changing gears up on the right side and down on the left side which works great, he says. – [Si] Hacking Di2. I mean that is impressive isn’t it? – [Dan] It’s very much beyond us isn’t it? – [Si] Well exactly
yeah I mean, to be fair, I’m not really a satellite
shifter kind of dude, I just you know quite thankful that I’ve got all my brake levers. – [Dan] I just haven’t
had much time to get into that sort of thing, after working so much my firebase MongoDB and service. – Now I wonder whether the
next step actually for the app is remote shifting for Di2 but those are unconfirmed rumors. – [Dan] Right don’t forget
to keep sending us your hacks and bodges, as we’ve mentioned you can upload into the app or again use the uploader in the description below. [Funky Riff] – Caption competition now that part of the show where you get to win, ordinarily a GCM bottle
but for one week only… – Bidon. – For one week only it’s a GCN cap all you got to do is- – You can’t even put it on! – No I can’t, but anyway,
caption in the comment section down below there yeah and
this is last week’s photo to get your appetite. – This was Cyril Goatee in
the crow race, and our winner this week is Gordon Moat who put caption “Cyril Gautier a logging
a few kilometers.” – That’s good! I like that one. Wouldn’t have won if you said miles, but you said kilometers
so we’ll let you have it. All right, let us know your address by saying as a message over on Facebook Gordon and we’ll get
that cap sent off to you. – Maybe not this exact one. – No. This week’s photo though is of Lotto Soudal team manager Zhang Li Long at Il Lombardia on Saturday. We should start you off at least I will. “Wow this GCN app is really cool isn’t it? “Although that’s definitely
not super nice lordy “look at the valve
placement on that bike.” – It’s not bad. You know I like the the
contextualization with the app and clearly something that’s at the forefront of our minds at the moment but which it’s not that funny is it really? – Well I mean at school I often got a teacher remark saying, “could do better.” I’ll go with that for the caption too. – Right, well see if you can do better. I’m sure you can. Stick your caption in the
comment section down below. [Mechanical Whooshing] – This next part of the show is your opportunity to win a three months free subscription to Zwift. All you need to do to be in
with a shout of winning that is ask us a training or
coaching related question in the comment section
below but make sure you use the hashtag #AskGCNtraining. – That’s right. Now the question for this
week is another belter, Dan. Sent in by David Cumberledge, said he’s been riding really consistently for about three years now, he’s trying to improve his power and plans on riding through the winter but a lot of people talk about having an off-season break so putting the bike away for a little bit. Does he really need an off-season break or kind just keep on riding without any negative effects? – It’s very good question. It’s one of those it-depends
kind of answers, isn’t it? I mean if you look at
pro riders as an example, almost all of them will take
a break of some sort at the end of the season, although
it’s getting shorter each year, isn’t it? Sometime only two or three weeks
now whereas back in the day before our time even, some pro riders wouldn’t
even touch their bikes again until January the 1st. Now though like I said, there
are riders that only take a couple of weeks off before they resume. – That’s right, two things I guess. First and foremost. Pros are probably the
exception here aren’t they? I mean they spend so much
time riding their bikes, that they probably need a break firstly to actually recuperate from a tough season but then also to mentally kind of recalibrate you need a break from your job don’t forget. And also it’s probably nice
about a line in the sand between one season and another so
you can mentally refocus. – Exactly. So whether or not you need
to take a break from cycling and an off-season very much depends on how intense your cycling’s been really. I mean if you’re at Lars Bak level, probably wise to take
a couple of weeks off. If you’re at my level, there’s
probably no need really, is there? In fact for a purely
physical point of view, for most people there really isn’t need to take any time off the bike it’s just whether or not you need it mentally. – Yeah. I think that’s absolutely bob-on isn’t it? Interestingly, Dan or probably not, my best season came
after a four-week break whereas normally I just used to have two. – Oh. – Yeah, true story that. But what a lot of pros do
now as well as what I would encourage most people to do is actually spend a bit of time each year not thinking about training per se so throw your FTP out a window, maybe take some time off using a head unit. Stick strab in the bin for
a month or so, whatever it needs to be just go out ride your bike ride as far as fast as you want or as slowly and as short as you want maybe ride off road for a little bit, just mix it up, generally have a break – Spice things up to make sure you’re enjoying your cycling again. As ever before we let
know what’s coming up on GCN and over the next week we’re going to go through a few of our favorite covers. We’ve got a lot for you actually. – We have yeah. – Bumper week of brilliant comments but mainly ’cause of Mark Beaumont’s- – Yeah because we’ve got
a different presenter in, we’ve had some really good comments. Anyway, we are going to
start off with this comment that came in on the last
week’s show from Scartoons. As a triathlete I enjoy
watching the show if only to scoff at your
puny upper-body strength. Well with me, upper body and
strength doesn’t normally go in the same sentence. – No no it doesn’t,
we’ve all witnessed that. – Or body and strength – That’s right. – And then this one
under the Wilier. Wilier? – I say “Wilier.” – Wilier video, the
great video that John did at the weekend. Grandmaster Chang said, “The Far East?” – [John] Wilier’s frame are
all made in the far east. – [Si] “Did it also come on and a schooner “loaded with spices?” which made me chuckle. I’m not sure why John said that instead of Asia but there we go. – And then this the first of
382 positive comments from Mark Beaumont under his Caravan video, first one being Ryan Ashburner, “Two of the most hated
things on the road and you’ve “managed to combine them, I love it!” – Yes I did have a chuckle about that. Then a couple of aero
comments, Frankieeeeej said, “I think an aero tuck
and a skin suit would “have made the difference.” – [Dan] And then Eurobubble70 said, “The caravan needs to be
tested in the wind tunnel.” – Yeah well it’s funny
you say that actually, we did consult aerodynamics
guru Xavi Dizli who did some maths on the
back of a serviette for us, and he calculated that it
would take about 900 watts consistently to be able to actually move that Caravan at 25 miles an hour, and then he also said it was probably physically impossible to stop it again. So it’s just as well Mark did not have the requisite power for that. – Even with disc breaks? Even with disc breaks. Right, Avery Abbott put, “I’ve never pulled anything on my bike “except maybe a hamstring. “This makes me perfect for this challenge. “No limits, no fear. “I’d love the opportunity to flop “around for people’s amusement if GCN “would like to help set the stage.” – [Si] Well we’ve never
pulled anything on bikes, have we mate? – [Dan] No, or anywhere else. – [Si] No, that’s it good point. Right, finally under last
week’s GCN show bikeTRYBE said, “Wow GCN is really improving quickly. “It takes six years to
incorporate an actual “drum roll soundtrack into the production “so that they don’t have to pound their “fingers on the desk and then just five “minutes later they announced a GCN app.” So there we go yeah, I didn’t know that there was a drum roll. – No. – Isn’t that cool? – Amazing where we’ve come in six-and-a-half years, isn’t it? Right would you like to
know what’s coming up on the channel this week? – Yes please. – On Wednesday, we have some
Jedi tricks for getting your bike into your car, even
to a Vauxhall Astra or a Ford Focus Estate. – Oh yes. – On Thursday we’ve got five exercises for weak cyclists which I’m very much looking forward to watching. – I rock out a tank in
that one as well, Dan. – Yeah, yeah. I did see some people chucking in the offices they were editing earlier, Si. Friday is another site of course how-to video from Jeremy. – Yeah then on Saturday I’m really looking forward
to this, Chris went to visit Rota in Madrid to get the lowdown on their cue rings as well as check out their production facility,
and then on Sunday, we teased last week, didn’t we Dan? But it is coming; Why gravel bikes exist and yes it’s because
mountain bikes are boring. That’s, yeah. – On Monday over on GCN racing, we have the racing new
show where we will be discussing the female rider of 2019 and Tuesday of course we are back
in the set for the GCN show. It might not be us. (Guitar riff) – We are getting on for
the end of the GCN show, but as ever we will leave
you with extreme corner, and this week Mark Beaumont
returns to the scene of his near miss of the world Penny Farthing hour record last year at Herne Hill velodrome in London, to witness his mentor Neal Lawton, well,
I’ll leave him to explain. – Thanks guys, well we’ve
been back filming more antics on the amazing Penny Farthings at one of the oldest velodromes in the UK at Herne Hill and to show us how it’s really done, we’ve got
the grand master of Penny Farthing riding the founder of the penny farthing club, Mr. Neil Lot and he’s going to attempt to do
a flying lap no hands. (Rock Music) Here he comes. I’m nervous for him. Heroic stuff! How is that for bike handling? What’s our time? – [Old Man] 102.7. – 102.7 for a flying lap penny-farthing no hands at Herne Hill. Phenomenal! – Impressive stuff. – That is remarkably impressive isn’t it? It comes under the league of you know, I’m not sure why you do that
but still, that is impressive. – Well I heard about somebody
going for a record on Penny Farthing at altitude I thought, “Why are you going to do that?” You already kind of at
altitude when you get on one, aren’t you? All right that’s all for
this week’s GCN show. If you have enjoyed it
please do as a favor and click on the thumbs up icon which you will find below this video, and if you are yet to watch Mark Beaumont attempting to tow a caravan with his bike, you can
find that video here. – We suggest you check it out if you haven’t already it’s great. – Yeah and leave him a nice comment.

99 Comments on “How Much Of A Cyclist Are You? | GCN Show Ep. 353”

  1. The simple answer to the question is how do you spend your free time?

    Do you ride a bike? Check.
    Do you watch GCN? Check.
    Do you read books on cycling? Check.
    Are all or most of your friends related to cycling? Check.
    Do you log into Strava more than 7 times each day? Check.

    Do you get up earlier in the morning than you otherwise would for work to do any of the above? Check.

  2. Armstrong is a cheat who stole the glory, fame and rewards of an honest victory from his clean competitors. I wish that GCN would permanently end mentioning him in any way shape or form – he doesn't deserve the oxygen.

  3. That electronic shifting hack was pretty neat but did you notice the sneaky little bell strapped to the steerer? Hackception.

  4. Average car price in Australia is $27,000, which is well over what you'd be able to spend on a production superbike, so I guess we'll never be real cyclists – maybe Cadel Evans drove a dodgy Astra!!!

  5. The Q.4, 5 and 6? Duh! As you say… Er, you need to tweak that questionnaire! 😂 Add: Work on a bike? Commute on a bike? Time spent thinking about bikes vs sex? No. of friends who are cyclists? etc That’ll get you started

  6. #askgcntraining for my winter training am I better going with a good old fashioned base miles program or a polarized training program? What is the difference and benefits?

  7. It looks like he glued a phone case to a stiff platform and just takes the phone out of the vase when he is done riding

  8. I have to comment on you saying that many of Lars' 220k race kms were spent hiding in the bunch. Lars spent extraordinarily long time pulling the peloton 😉

  9. Caption: John was very excited to share the race results but no one was around, so his only choice was to tell a phone.

  10. Do remember that both running WRs were set using new shoe technology, very much in line with aerodynamic advancements in cycling.

  11. So you basically exclude everybody in the world (well, except for a few silly countries) from being a “serious cyclist” because they already use kilometers all the time?

  12. How do I train for a 11.1km climb, avg gradient of 8.6% and elevation gain of 960m?

    Outdoors, the nearest hill I have access to is just 1.8km long, avg gradient of 5% and elevation gain of 100m

    Indoors, should I add a riser block on the front wheel to make my bike match 8% gradient position for my indoor training ride?


  13. #askgcnanything I just bought a wahoo kickr core because I ride the ronde van vlaanderen every year and want to finish it without almost dying this year (normally only train in summer) I now I can train myself but how do I prepare for the immense effort cobbles require on zwift?

  14. Hello Guys, talking about offending cyclist, don’t call Alan or Giorgio a “bidone”. Pronounced “Bi-do-ne”, means in Italian a bin/rubbish bin! Keep up the good work!

  15. Do you ride a bike is a good start. Next should be: Do you smile when people notice your weirdly white hands and tanned arms?

  16. Q: Do you repeatedly drop the fact you used to ride for the Cervelo Test Team into nearly every conversation vaguely related to cycling and even some that have nothing at all to do with it?

  17. I got 5/6… I got a point for 2 because I have (had) toy cars, and lost a point for 5 because I am 13. `Yes, I really did look at it and call it a bidon.

  18. You guys make me laugh. Love the GCN show. My wife wonders what the unmanly giggles coming from the den are. Just me at the end of a stressful day, unwinding with the GCN show. Love it.

  19. Re: GCN inspiration

    Stwlan Dam is a fantastic climb – closed to motor vehicles and great tarmac. Definitely recommend . Pronunciation great as well actually!

  20. I still prefer miles over km because you've undoubtedly cheated yourself if you've only rode 60km vs 60mi.
    Also its much cooler to say you took a descent going 50mph vs 50kph. Let your metric mates work out the conversion and then raise an eyebrow and tip the hat!

  21. Guy with the TT hack/bodge when his saddle broke – can have his classic VW Corrado! Surprised you guys missed that.

  22. Sorry, great show, but have to rant here about one thing. I don't get why people use MongoDB for anything. NoSQL databases are intentionally centered around one of the worst practices in relational databases: serializing data that belongs in different tables linked by foreign keys and putting it in a single cell. This works well, until you need to sort or filter by something or make something unique within the serialized cell, at which point you need it indexed, which is the point of relational databases. Even if some NoSQL databases do have some work-around for this, that work-around is basically replicating the core functionality of relational databases, so why not do it properly in the first place and just use a relational database? And if you think to yourself that you will never need to reverse lookup purchasers given a product or houses given a square footage, think again. Circumstances will always dictate that you will have to accommodate for lookups that you did not anticipate at the beginning of the project. And relational databases do have a nice answer to inputting arbitrary key-value pairs of data, which is to have a column in Table A that references a row in Table B that contains a key in one column and a value in the other, like what WordPress does with its postmeta table.

  23. I know this is a primarily road oriented show, but I'm very curious about your cyclocross training tips. My long road rides are not helping me to improve with the short, punchy, high intensity efforts of CX races. Anything specific training wise you'd suggest? #askGCNtraining

  24. According to the last few shows the GCN-Application should be available in the AppStore. But I can’t download it. Can you help?

  25. Bidon ? Seriously ? You might as well add : 7) Do you own pink Rapha clothing 8) is your coffee stop longer than your ride ? PS I call them Gourdes when speaking to my French friends..

  26. So my wife totaled her 2010 Audi a 4 . She’s ok ! I told her we should get a used one instead of new because we could not afford a new one . We got a 2002 TT for six thousand , the insurance money from a4 . Weeks later i totaled my road bike . I’m okay . long story short all the money we saved on car i was able to get a new bianchi xr3 for the same price as car . I think i qualify !

  27. As a competition to a marathon, in Sweden, we have this huge event called "vätternrundan". 300 km and about 20 000 cyclists. So to compete usself to each other we often use the times from this event! You guys should visit it sometime!

  28. I'm the young Brian Deegan but a lot older of mtb. I'm the one that comes up next to ya & grab me some front brake lever. I have no more riding buds anymore.😀😭

  29. 1, yes, 2, yes, 3, don't own one 4, (pound, shilling and miles, 238 miles, 24k miles sounds better) 5, no holidays not enough time, just ridding my bike, 6 bottles

  30. Caption: Nah, that's not a downhill selfie, looks worse than I predicted, too, should have gone with the GCN app instead. Chariots of Fire is good, but why … ?

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