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Stories about British bike racing, teams and riders. Presented by Continental.

    Drops - Le Col Special | Marjolein Van't Geloof and Alice Towers

    Drops - Le Col Special | Marjolein Van't Geloof and Alice Towers

    Welcome to the first episode of series 3 of The British Continental podcast! The juggle of homeschooling and childcare over the last few weeks has delayed our return to podcasting here at British Conti HQ but we are back at last.
    In our first episode, we’re going to take you back in time a little to two interviews we recorded just before Christmas. A double bill, if you like, with Marjolein Van’t Geloof and Alice Towers who both ride for Bob Varney's newly titled Drops – Le Col supported by Tempur team.
     24-year-old Marjolein – also known as 'Mayo' or 'Marge' to her teammates - is a Dutch rider probably most at home in the crosswinds and cobbles of her native Netherlands and neighbouring Belgium. She tells us about her pathway into cycling, her family’s ice skating expertise, how she juggles her work as a physio with being a top-level cyclist, her time on the Lotto Soudal and Alé Cipollini teams and why she feels so at home at Drops.
     Alice, meanwhile, is a first-year senior rider, still only 18. She steps up from the Cero wheels – Cycle Division team but is already no stranger to UCI racing, having rubbed shoulders with some of the world's best riders last season at the La Périgord Ladies race when she was a stagiaire for the Spanish Eneicat -RBH Global team. She finished 32nd in that race. A very fine start to her UCI racing career. She tells us about her cycling career so far, her winter training in South Africa, and how her Dad snagged her the stagiaire contract using Google translate!

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    • 55 min
    Lewis Askey | My season | Part 1

    Lewis Askey | My season | Part 1

    Our latest episode is with former junior Paris-Roubaix winner Lewis Askey.

    In our opinion, Lewis is one of the brightest under-23 prospects around. Just 19 years old, and now into his second year at under-23 level, Lewis rides for the Continental-level Groupama-FDJ development team, along with new signing Joe Pidcock, younger brother of Tom. The team is only in its third year, but has already proven to be a centre of excellence for developing young riders, having been home to Lewis’ fellow Brit Jake Stewart before he stepped up to the WorldTour parent team this season. It’s a path we think Lewis has the potential to follow. 
    He first came to our attention back in 2018 when he won the junior Paris-Roubaix as a first-year junior. The following year, he consolidated his position as one of the most exciting junior talents in the cycling world taking victory in the Junior Tour of Wales, the UK’s most prestigious junior stage race. The race is so often a marker for future success, with recent winners including Ben Tulett, Tom Pidcock, Fred Wright, Eddie Dunbar, and Hugh Carthy, to name but a few.
    Last year, Lewis put together a really solid season, despite the interrupted race schedule, including an attacking display in Le Samyn early in the season, and 10th in the U23 Paris-Tours towards the end of the year. In between times, he rode two of the toughest U23 stage races around: the Baby Giro – where he put in a fine display of teamwork – and the Ronde de L’Isard. And yes, for those of you wondering where they are, we will finally be publishing Lewis’ diaries from that race soon!
    Talking of diaries, Lewis will be keeping a diary of sorts on the podcast this year. We’ll be checking in with him throughout the season to see how his year progresses. So this episode is the first of a number that will feature Lewis this year.
    This first catch-up with Lewis was recorded in the middle of February whilst he was on training camp with the team Italy. We take a look back at how things have gone for him over the last few months, his winter dabbling with cyclocross, what team camp has been like, his mad dash to get a Covid test before crossing the border, and look forward to his season goals.

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    • 35 min
    Mark Stewart | Locked down, dropped, and feeling better than ever

    Mark Stewart | Locked down, dropped, and feeling better than ever

    We’re really pleased to bring you what is perhaps the most fascinating podcast interview we’ve done so far. 
    It’s a conversation with 25-year-old Scottish cyclist Mark Stewart. Mark has ridden for the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team since 2019 and, until last year, had been a long-term member of Great Britain’s track squad.
    Over the years he has proven himself to be one of the finest endurance track cyclists around, winning national titles, World Cup golds, and a Commonwealth Games gold in the points race.
    After the track world championships in 2020, Mark flew out to New Zealand to visit his girlfriend, fellow track cyclist Emma Cumming. Just days later, the borders closed around him, effectively locking him. And then, just a week after that, British Cycling told him he was dropped from the track programme. That might seem like a pretty tough hand to be dealt in what was then an Olympic year. 

    As Mark explains though, he’s actually never been happier. He’s landed on his feet, being warmly welcomed into the cycling community in New Zealand, enjoying a new sense of freedom and raring to race his bike again. This newfound perspective has paid dividends for him on the track and road. Thanks to the generosity of the New Zealand cycling federation, he’s been allowed to ride the country’s national championships and he’s taken full advantage, winning the New Zealand omnium championships, finishing second in the road race championships behind George Bennett and then, just after we spoke, finishing second in the individual pursuit. 
    In the interview, Mark recounts his incredible year, from the shock of being dropped by GB to finding a new, happy balance in life. He explains why leaving the GB track programme has been a blessing in disguise, contrasts the approaches of the GB and New Zealand track programmes, tells us about the amazing community he’s found himself in and talks us through his incredible ride to finish second in the New Zealand road race championships.
    Mark was an eloquent, thoughtful and candid interviewee, so we really hope you enjoy this one as much as we did.
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    • 59 min
    Tom Gloag | Our man in Colombia

    Tom Gloag | Our man in Colombia

    We’re really pleased to bring you what we believe is another very special episode. It’s an in-depth interview with Trinity Racing’s Tom Gloag, a rider who we have rated for some time now as one of the best under-23 British riders yet to turn pro. 
    Readers of our website will already know that we’ve long-lauded Tom’s potential. As a junior, for example, he took a stage win and finished second overall at the Kingdom Junior Classic, was third overall at the Sint-Martinusprijs Kontich Juniors stage race, and also took wins in the Spanish junior one-day races Zumarraga and Torneo Euskal Herria. He then capped the year off with a stage win in the Junior Tour of Wales.

    Insiders at his club VC Londres – the club that has helped to produce talents including Ethan Hayter and Fred Wright – were also tipping him for a bright future. Our formal journal contributor George Jary, for example, told us that: “Tom is pure passion on a bike. A style reminiscent of Dan Martin, not scared to go long and a hunger to race. Never phased by setbacks Tom gets on with it and gets stuck in.” We duly included him on our list of first-year under-23s to watch. 
    Despite the hype, we weren’t expecting Tom to make the impact he last year. The transition to the espoirs ranks from junior level can be tough. And with few racing opportunities for Tom and his peers in 2020, our expectations for him were muted when he took to the start of the Baby Giro this year. Not least because he’d need to ride in the service of one of the pre-race favourites, and eventual winner, Tom Pidcock.
    Despite this, he finished 14th overall, including two top 10 finishes on the toughest two stages of the race. He then topped his season off by finishing 7th on Spain’s biggest amateur one day race, the Memorial Valenciaga.

    Since then, Tom has taken a rather different approach to his off-season training to most British riders, flying out to Colombia at the beginning of the year to train and race with the Chaves brothers, Bryan and his better known sibling Esteban. And it’s from his base in Tenjo, just north of Bogatá, that we caught up with him last month.
    In this interview, we ask Tom tell’s us about what it was like growing up racing alongside Ethan Hayter, Fred Wright and others, why he’s only taken bike racing seriously until relatively recently, his Junior Tour of Wales TT cock-up, his Baby Giro exploits, his Colombia expedition, cheese donuts, the Chaves brothers, Twister ice lollies and much more besides. We think it’s a great listen, so we hope you enjoy.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Joss Lowden | Woman of the hour

    Joss Lowden | Woman of the hour

    In this episode, we chat to Joss Lowden. Joss is a relatively recent convert to cycling. As she explains in this interview, she didn’t even really like cycling for quite some time, only getting into it after suffering a running injury. A cycling trip to Mallorca in 2016 made her rethink her dislike of the sport. And not long after she bought a TT bike on eBay and promptly broke the local TT course record just a couple of days later. 
    Since then, the now 33-year-old has spells with Aprire Bicycles-HSS Hire, Storey Racing, and Brother-Fusion before joining her current team, Drops-Le Col part way through 2019.  Despite her obvious talent, Joss has had a fair share of challenges since she started racing.  She essentially wrote off her 2018 season with a shoulder injury after a crash at the Tour de Yorkshire and then broke both her shoulder and elbow the following year at the Tour of California. On top of that, Joss’ team Drops lost a whole year of racing due to Covid.
    When she has had opportunities to race, however, Joss’ talent has been obvious. In the National Road Series in 2019, for example, she was second in the Klondike Grand Prix and finished 3rd in the Lincoln Grand Prix. She then went one better, winning the South Coast Classic in July. That year she was also 7th in the time trial and the national road championships, won the national 10-mile championship and then finished the season with a memorable bronze in the team time trial at the world
    Last year she finished 12th overall in the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana and won the national 25-mile championship. And this season has started well. She finished 11th at the Healthy Ageing Tour and then, just as I was writing this intro, she finished 5th at the hilly Brabantse Pijl race in Belgium.
    Joss also made waves back in February when she unofficially broke the women’s hour record, when she went 153m further than the official women's Hour Record held by Italian Vittoria Bussi.
    This interview was recorded in two parts, which we've stitched together in (hopefully) seamless fashion. In the first half, Joss recounts some of the key moments in her cycling journey so far, including her introduction to cycling, her injury challenges, her bronze medal at the world championships in Yorkshire and a disappointing 2020. In the second half, she discusses her plans and motivation for breaking the world hour record later this year.
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    • 50 min
    Lewis Askey | My Season | Part 2

    Lewis Askey | My Season | Part 2

    Today’s episode features our latest catch-up with young super-talent Lewis Askey, one of the ten male riders on our recently published list of under-23s to watch this season. 
    Just 19 years old, and now into his second year at under-23 level, Lewis rides for the Groupama-FDJ development team. 
    As regular listeners of this podcast will know, Lewis is keeping a diary of sorts on the podcast; we’re checking in with him throughout the season to see how his year progresses. 
    In our first catch-up with Lewis, recorded in the middle of February, he was on training camp in Italy. Now, a couple of months later, we caught up with Lewis as he was having a short break after a run of five tough one-day races that saw him make three appearances for the Groupama-FDJ WorldTour team. 
    Those five races were packed with incident too. Le Samyn was a lesson in how not to ride conservatively, he won the most aggressive rider award at the Grand Prix Jean-Pierre Monseré, he had a close-up view of the Jake Stewart-Nacer Bouhanni clash at the Grand Prix Cholet, he helped Arnaud Démare to the win at La Roue Tourangelle, and then had the disappointment of having to pull out of Scheldeprijs because of a positive Covid test within the team. 
     In the interview, we talk about all of these incidents and a whole lot more besides. We also debut our ‘Ask Askey’ feature, in which we put questions to him posed by our followers on social media, including knockouts such as, ‘when will Lewis be getting a new pair of shoes’ and ‘who is his favourite gymnast?’ 
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

DJHares ,

A great podcast on domestic cycling

Denny does a great job of keeping us updated on the latest riders. Fab podcast, highly recommended!

FootyFan84 ,

Fabulous stuff.

There are lots of cycling podcasts out there but very few relate to British domestic riding and racing so this is much needed (and excellent to boot!).

Ath3na07 ,

Like it!

Loved the long interview with Jake Scott. Its really nice to listen to some coverage of the domestic scene, subscribed and look forward to more episodes. Keep up the good work!

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