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Ever wondered what life is like as a professional cyclist?

Australian ex-professional cyclist Mitch Docker takes you inside the world of Professional Cycling.
Bringing you the stories behind the individuals in the sport - from the pros in the peloton to staff behind the teams, to commentators & legends, plus training insights & debriefs on major races throughout the year. It’s all here!
Newly retired from the professional peloton, Mitch is exploring his new pelotons - all the pelotons that exist outside of the world tour - bringing you fresh new stories from within the cycling community.

His spin off series, Talking Luft - a bit like the DVD Extras - is where cycling style & culture takes centre stage. Talking cycling caps, bikes, kit, coffee stops, training loops and all the best things about riding a bike.

Listen to all episodes here weekly!
Find all our episodes, merch and more at lifeinthepeloton.com

Life in the Peloton, presented by Rapha Mitch Docker

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Ever wondered what life is like as a professional cyclist?

Australian ex-professional cyclist Mitch Docker takes you inside the world of Professional Cycling.
Bringing you the stories behind the individuals in the sport - from the pros in the peloton to staff behind the teams, to commentators & legends, plus training insights & debriefs on major races throughout the year. It’s all here!
Newly retired from the professional peloton, Mitch is exploring his new pelotons - all the pelotons that exist outside of the world tour - bringing you fresh new stories from within the cycling community.

His spin off series, Talking Luft - a bit like the DVD Extras - is where cycling style & culture takes centre stage. Talking cycling caps, bikes, kit, coffee stops, training loops and all the best things about riding a bike.

Listen to all episodes here weekly!
Find all our episodes, merch and more at lifeinthepeloton.com

    Talking Luft! with Steve Cummings S3.E13

    Talking Luft! with Steve Cummings S3.E13

    Rapha presents Talking Luft!

    I had the breakaway specialists on the podcast last week talking all the nitty gritty details about the theory of the breakaway. And this week I couldn't resist talking some luft with British former pro & breakaway master and current Sports Director for Team Ineos, Steve Cummings.

    In case you’re not familiar with Steve, he raced professional for 14 years, winning stages in the Tour de France & Vuelta a España among many others successes and made a name for himself for getting in and succeeding in breakaways.

    He’s a legend of a bloke as you’ll hear and we sit back and chat all the great Talking Luft topics.

    We chat cap style, racing with no helmets, 500 quid bike finds, favourite races & riders, training loops & rituals, his DJ name and an epic war story in true Stevo style from the Tour de France. That and a whole lot more.

    Enjoy this one guys!

    And stay tuned over the next couple of days for the release of our exciting Tour de France inspired T-shirt with Çois Cycling. We hope you love it as much as we do! They will be available exclusively at coiscycling.com.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

    Listen
    Listen & subscribe to this series on the Life in the Peloton website, at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Youtube or your favourite pod app.

    Show Notes
    Check out Steve’s two Tour de France breakaway stage wins, 2015 here and 2016 here.

    Check out Stevo’s most re-watchable race: Chris Froome taking the win at 2018 Giro d’Italia Stage 19

     

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    This episode is brought to you by Rapha, makers of the world’s finest cycling clothing & accessories and the worlds largest cycling club, RCC. Find out more about Rapha: their kit, their club, their events and awesome clubhouses at rapha.cc.

    . . .

    Merch
    We have an exciting new Tshirt collaboration with Çois Cycling coming up for the Tour de France. Stay tuned to our Instagram and website in the next days for the drop! You will be able to shop exclusively at coiscycling.com

    SOLD OUT! Our first release of our new Talking Luft cap has now sold out. Stay tuned for the next drop in the coming months.

    Paris-Roubaix Caps. Get your cap to wear at the Roubaix stage of the Tour de France now!  Jump over to our online shop to grab one.

    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, embroidered tees, logo tees, sweaters and much more..

    Keep in touch
    Find all our episodes, LITP news and merch on our website www.lifeinthepeloton.com

    Listen on all good podcast apps, and now on Youtube.

    Follow us on socials:

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    • 26 min
    The Breakaway Theory - Taco van der Hoorn, Steve Cummings, Tim Declercq & Ben Healy

    The Breakaway Theory - Taco van der Hoorn, Steve Cummings, Tim Declercq & Ben Healy

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!

    Have you ever wondered why riders attack off the front? Why do they form breakaways? Is it just for the TV cameras or is it actually a race-winning tactic?

    The Tour de France is upon us and you’re almost guaranteed to see a daily breakaway.

    It’s historically how a pro cycling race is run: the first 50km is riders attacking off the front – trying to form a breakaway, the breakaway goes, gets several minutes ahead, then the peloton chases them back for the final sprint. 

    But why go to all this effort? And is it really that straight forward? 

    Who controls how close the peloton gets? Is it the breakaway, or the peloton? Or even the team directors? And is it really that easy to just ride off the front of the peloton in the first place?

    There’s so much more to breakaways than meets the eye, and I was keen to dive into this essential part of racing with some of the true specialists in the peloton. 

    In this episode I speak to two masters of the breakaway: Dutchman Taco van der Hoorn (Team Intermarché Wanty Gobert) – the modern-day breakaway artist, and Steve Cummings (DS at Team Ineos Grenadiers) – the British breakaway Veteran, (who won two Tour de France stages from the break) to hear their perspective on the art of the breakaway. 

    I also chat to Neo-Pro Ben Healy (EF Education-EasyPost) for a newcomer’s perspective on pro peloton breakaways. 

    And finally, I couldn’t forget the other side of a breakaway – the chase. I speak to arguably the best controller of breakaways in this generation, Belgian Tim Declercq (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), or The Tractor, as he’s known.

    All these guys had a different take on the art of the breakaway, but one thing’s for sure – they are breakaway specialists. 

    I absolutely loved this chat & hope you gain as much insight as I did into what’s really happening in the minds of the riders racing full gas to get away from the peloton.

    I hope you also enjoy hearing from special guest, Sam Bewley who helps me introduce the episode.

    Stay tuned next week for Talking Luft with Steve Cummings and be sure to tune in to The Cycling Podcast next week as I cover the Tour de France with them daily.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

    Listen
    Listen & subscribe to this series on the Life in the Peloton website, at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Youtube or your favourite pod app.

    Show Notes
    Check out Taco’s win from the breakaway at Bink Bank Tour here and the Giro d’Italia here.

    Check out Steve’s two Tour de France breakaway stage wins, 2015 here and 2016 here.

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    This episode is brought to you by Rapha, makers of the world’s finest cycling clothing & accessories and the worlds largest cycling club, RCC. Find out more about Rapha: their kit, their club, their events and awesome clubhouses at rapha.cc.

    . . .

    Merch
    We have an exciting new Tshirt collaboration with Çois Cycling coming up for the Tour de France. Stay tuned to our socials for the drop next week!

    SOLD OUT! Our first release of our new Talking Luft cap has now sold out. Stay tuned for the next drop in the coming months.

    Paris-Roubaix Caps. Get your cap to wear at the Roubaix stage of the Tour de France now!  Jump over to our online shop to grab one.

    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, embroidered tees, logo tees, sweaters and much more..

    Keep in touch
    Find all our episodes, LITP news and merch on our website www.lifeinthepeloton.com

    Listen on all good podcast apps, and now on Youtube.

    Follow us on socials:

    Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton

    Twitter: @lifeinthepelo

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Talking Luft! with Simon Gerrans.S3.E12

    Talking Luft! with Simon Gerrans.S3.E12

    Rapha presents Talking Luft!

    This week I’ve got Aussie former professional cyclist, and commentator Simon Gerrans on Talking Luft – brother to Andy Gerrans, Pro team Osteopath, who I had on the podcast last week talking about life as a staff member on a World Tour team.

    For those not familiar with Simon, he had a hugely successful 14 year career – winning stages in all 3 Grand Tours as well as wearing the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France and taking out multiple one day classics such a Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Milan-San Remo.

    Simon’s no stranger to the podcast, I had him on for an in-depth chat about his career way back in 2017, when he was in his 13th year pro. Head back and listen to that to hear more about Simon.

    But for now, we’re Talking Luft.

    We chat caps & where Luft originated from. We get into the serious stuff like shaving legs post retirement, old team kit, Gravel bikes, the atmosphere at Amstel Gold Race, cyclocross racers, Fassa Bortolo kit, a Vuelta war story, the epic 2006 Tour de France and so much more!

    Gerro’s so easy to chat to, and always has a great story to tell. I hope you love the listen as much as I did.

    Stay tuned next week for an episode dedicated to the art of breakaway – the Breakaway Theory with Taco Van der Hoorn, Steve Cummings, Ben Healy and Tim DeClercq.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

     

    Listen
    Listen & subscribe to this series on the Life in the Peloton website, at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Youtube or your favourite pod app.

    Show Notes
    In case you missed my previous episode with Simon Gerrans – Making of a Champion, back in 2017 you can listen here:

    https://lifeinthepeloton.com/2017/01/31/simon-gerrans-making-of-a-champion/

    Or search on your favourite podcast app.



    Check out Simon’s most re-watchable race:

    Stage 11 – 2006 Tour de France:

    https://youtu.be/7thnSqvd9CY

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    Episode breakdown:

    0:00min to 1:25mins – Snippet from last week’s episode with Andy Gerrans – Behind the scenes: Working in a Pro Cycling Team

    1:25 to 3:15min – Intro

    3:15min to end – Talking Luft with Simon Gerrans

    . . .

    This episode is brought to you by Rapha, makers of the world’s finest cycling clothing & accessories and the worlds largest cycling club, RCC. Find out more about Rapha: their kit, their club, their events and awesome clubhouses at rapha.cc.

    . . .

    Merch
    NEW! Get your hands on our fresh new Talking Luft cap. The last of our first release are still available in our shop.



    Paris-Roubaix Caps are back in stock. Get your cap collection growing – jump over to our online shop to grab one now.

    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, embroidered tees, logo tees, sweaters and much more..

    Keep in touch
    Find all our episodes, LITP news and merch on our website www.lifeinthepeloton.com

    Listen on all good podcast apps, and now on Youtube.

    Follow us on socials:

    Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton

    Twitter: @lifeinthepelo

    Theme Music
    The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.

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    • 35 min
    Andrew Gerrans - Behind the Scenes: Working in a Pro Cycling Team

    Andrew Gerrans - Behind the Scenes: Working in a Pro Cycling Team

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!

    Have you ever wondered how you get a job on a Pro Cycling Team as a staff member? Or who the people are who work behind the scenes? What qualifications do they have? What is a Soigneur compared to a Physiotherapist or to an Osteopath? 

    Well I sat down with Andrew Gerrans, or Andy as I know him, the brother to well-known retired pro cyclist Simon Gerrans. 

    Andy is a veteran in the cycling world, not as a cyclist, but as an Osteopath. 

    He’s worked in pro teams for more than 10 years, and like all the other staff, can be a jack of all trades at times, moulding into the routine and getting the job done, often outside of his trained skill set, on the rigorous day to day grind of World Tour racing. 

    But his path into the World Tour wasn’t as straight forward as you might think and I was keen to hear how he eventually came to work in cycling & ask him about keeping a job in the sport and the day to day life of a pro team staff member.

    After a few brief periods trying a job in cycling while studying Osteo in 2005, Andy decided to take the more ‘traditional pathway’ for a university graduate and set up his own practice in his hometown of Mansfield in country Victoria, Australia.

    In 2013, realising he was looking for more, he sold his practice and took off on a soul-searching backpacking trip around the world. While visiting his brother, Simon, in Europe in June, he was asked to put his Osteo skills to good use and help him prepare for the upcoming Tour de France. It turned out GreenEdge was also looking for a therapist to join them for the month of July. And then in August… And September. And soon Andy’s solo trip was cut short. 

    Andy is now working with Israel Premier Tech after a long stint at GreenEdge and has not only made a life for himself as a World Tour Osteopath living in Europe but, very much like his older brother, an impressive reputation within the world we call top level cycling.

    I knew it would be great to have Andy on the podcast to give some perspective into what it’s like working for a World Tour team, & hear the ins and outs of finding (& keeping) a job in the sport. It was great hearing his insight into just how differing and dynamic the staff roles are.

    I hope you enjoy the chat.

    Stay tuned next week for Talking Luft with Simon Gerrans!

    Cheers,

    Mitch

     

    Listen
    Listen & subscribe to this series on the Life in the Peloton website, at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Youtube or your favourite pod app.

    Show Notes
    Episode breakdown:

    0:00min to 3:48mins – Intro

    3:48 to 27:25min – Andy’s path into working in the World Tour

    27:25 to 49:45min – Finding a job on a cycling team, the day to day & working with pro athletes

    49:45min to end – Outro

    . . .

    This episode is brought to you by Rapha, makers of the world’s finest cycling clothing & accessories and the worlds largest cycling club, RCC. Find out more about Rapha: their kit, their club, their events and awesome clubhouses at rapha.cc.

    . . .

    Merch
    NEW! Our fresh new Talking Luft caps will be going live on our shop tomorrow, Thursday 16th June. 

    12:00 pm CEST Madrid, ES

    11:00 am BST London, UK

    20:00 pm AEST Melbourne, AUS

    6:00 am EDT New York, USA

    Paris-Roubaix Caps are back in stock. Get your cap collection growing – jump over to our online shop to grab one now.

    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, embroidered tees, logo tees, sweaters and much more..

    Keep in touch
    Find all our episodes, LITP news and merch on our website www.lifeinthepeloton.com

    Listen on all good podcast apps, and now on Youtube.

    Follow us on socials:

    Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton

    Twitter: @lifeinthepelo

    Theme Music
    The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de Fra

    • 51 min
    Talking Luft! with Cory Williams. S3.E11

    Talking Luft! with Cory Williams. S3.E11

    Rapha presents Talking Luft!

    I've got US crit racer & co-founder of L39ion of LA, Cory Williams, back on the pod for the good stuff - talking style, talking culture, talking all the best bits about riding & racing.

    Casquette or no casquette? How does he wear his kit? Arm warmers & leg warmers? Gloves or no gloves? Speedsuit or jersey?

    We chat all-day pre-race breakfasts, coffee orders, cheat meals, his favourite rider of all time & he throws his worst roommate under the bus.

    Plus we reminisce on some iconic kits from the Cipollini days, iPod Shuffles, hanging out on race & so much more!

    This was a fun chat, and I loved hearing more about Cory.

    I hope you guys enjoy the listen!

    And the news is out.. our fresh new Talking Luft caps will be going live next week. Subscribe to our mailing list to be the first in the know. And jump across to our Instagram for a sneak peek.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

     

    Listen
    Listen & subscribe to this series on the Life in the Peloton website, at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Youtube or your favourite pod app.

    Show Notes
    Episode breakdown:

    0:00 to 3:00min - Intro 

    3:00 to 23:40min - Talking Luft with Cory Williams

    23:40 to end - Outro

    . . .

    Keep up with Cory on Instagram @nationsnumber1beast

    Find out more about L39ION of LA at l39ionla.com or on Instagram @l39ion.la

    . . .

    This episode is brought to you by Rapha, makers of the world’s finest cycling clothing & accessories and the worlds largest cycling club, RCC. Find out more about Rapha: their kit, their club, their events and awesome clubhouses at rapha.cc.

    . . .

    Keep in touch
    Find all our episodes, LITP news and merch on our website www.lifeinthepeloton.com

    Listen on all good podcast apps, and now on Youtube.

    Follow us on socials:

    Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton

    Twitter: @lifeinthepelo

    Merch
    NEW! Our fresh new Talking Luft caps will be going live next week. Subscribe to our mailing list to be the first in the know. And jump across to our Instagram for a sneak peek.

    Paris-Roubaix Caps are back & available to shop. Get your cap collection growing – jump over to our online shop to grab one now.

    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, embroidered tees, logo tees, sweaters and much more..

    Theme Music
    The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the Andre Greipel episode of Life in the Peloton.

    Subscribe 
    Sign up to Life in the Peloton email updates to get the latest episodes and merch news straight to your inbox.

     

     

     

     

    • 24 min
    Cory Williams - L39ION of LA & changing the US cycling scene

    Cory Williams - L39ION of LA & changing the US cycling scene

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!

    This week I’ve got a really cool guest for you on the pod, American Cory Williams. Hailing from South Central L.A. (and weighing in at 65 kilos…). Cory is a hugely successful racer and regular winner on the U.S. criterium scene, as well as a founder of the L39ION of Los Angeles racing team. 

    Growing up in a cycling-mad family (their father, Calman, competed internationally for Belize) Cory and his two brothers, Justin and CJ, spent their youth racing up to four criteriums a week in California.  

    The brothers soon recognised that traditional cycling races and media weren’t hitting the mark with an audience who were used to following faster-paced US sports like NFL & NBA. So, instead of just trying to follow the traditional pathways of cycling over in Europe, they set about trying to make the changes they wanted to see in their home country. 

    Starting off by strapping a Go-Pro to Cory’s helmet, and filming from inside action-packed criterium races, the brothers soon built a huge following online while also winning big on the road.

    Since then, things have taken off, the brothers have been dominating the US crit scene, and L39ION of LA has grown to be one of the most popular teams on the planet. The team has one of the coolest kits and most unique vibes out there, and in 2021 through the ‘Into the Lion’s Den’ crit in Sacramento – started to get involved in organising events. 

    If you haven’t seen Cory’s videos, they are well worth checking out at nationsnumber1beast on YouTube – they are fun to watch, have some great insight and of course, they are filled with characters you’ll love to follow. 

    I had a great chat with Cory about his journey, from the early days of being an outsider – putting his lycra shorts on to go training after school in South Central LA, through his love of film and racing, to breaking down how his team dominate in the races they ride. We also spoke about his current plans to try to create a new race series in the US, as well as his famed love for Zwift. 

    I hope you enjoy the insight!

    Cheers,

    Mitch

     

    Listen
    Listen & subscribe to this series on the Life in the Peloton website, at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Youtube or your favourite pod app.

    Show Notes
    Episode breakdown:

    0:00min to 2:45 – Intro to episode

    2:45min to 5:53 – Cory’s path into cycling

    5:53min to 29:43 – L39ION of LA & the US racing scene

    29:43 to 31:55 – Talking Zwift, training in LA & the ethos of the team

    31:55 to end – Outro

    . . .

    Keep up with Cory on Instagram @nationsnumber1beast

    Find out more about L39ION of LA at l39ionla.com or on Instagram @l39ion.la

    . . .

    This episode is brought to you by Rapha, makers of the world’s finest cycling clothing & accessories and the worlds largest cycling club, RCC. Find out more about Rapha: their kit, their club, their events and awesome clubhouses at rapha.cc.

    . . .

    Keep in touch
    Find all our episodes, LITP news and merch on our website www.lifeinthepeloton.com

    Listen on all good podcast apps, and now on Youtube.

    Follow us on socials:

    Instagram: @lifeinthepeloton

    Twitter: @lifeinthepelo

    Merch
    Paris-Roubaix Caps are back & available to shop. Get your cap collection growing – jump over to our online shop to grab one now.


    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, embroidered tees, logo tees, sweaters and much more..

    Theme Music
    The theme music for Life in the Peloton was composed by Pete Shelley, who was lead singer of the punk band Buzzcocks. It was commissioned by the production company behind Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour de France in the 1980s and was used as the theme music for the nightly highlights show. Pete died in December 2018. We were given permission by Pete’s widow and his manager to continue using the music for the theme tune to Life in the Peloton. To hear more about the music, listen to the

    • 36 min

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