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VeloNews Podcast, ep. 225: UCI Esports worlds preview; Zwift vs. data manipulation
The first ever UCI Esports world championships on Zwift is just one week away, and on today's episode we take a deep dive into the race.
First up, Kristabel Doebel-Hickok of the Rally Cycling Team provides a helpful explainer on the basics of the race. Doebel Hickok is participating in the Esports world championship race, representing Team USA.
What's the race's format? What does the course look like? What are the importance of the power ups? Who are the favorites to win? Doebel-Hickok gives us a crash course in what to expect in the race.
Then, Dr. George Gilbert joins the show. Dr. Gilbert is the chairman of Zwift's Esports commission, and he helps write the rules of governance surrounding elite Zwift racing. Dr. Gilbert was involved in Zwift's recent sanctioning of two riders for data manipulation. He explains in basic terms why Zwift sanctioned the two riders, and discusses the importance of policing elite Esports racing for data manipulation.
This week's episode is sponsored by OurCrowd, the investing platform that gives investors early access to exciting pre-IPO companies. For more information go to www.ourcrowd.com/velonews.
PYSO, ep. 80: Fabian Cancellara on a champion's mentality and the work that goes into it
In this episode of Put Your Socks On, the legendary Fabian Cancellara weighs on on the socks.
"Socks — they need to be short," says the four-time world time trial champion. "Rapha always comes up and says the socks need to be high. No! That look is not stylish. That look it's just a no-go. So I want to have my socks short. And then it's stylish."
The two-time Olympic time trial champion also points out that high socks are now aero equipment. "They think socks can give an advantage of one to five watts," he says. "There is a lot of discussion, but you know what is good? I'm out of the game. I just don't want the tan lines for when I am at the beach."
Cancellara chats with Bobby Julich and Gus Morton about his long and storied career, which included three wins at both Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders.
The Swiss racer also holds the record for most days in the Tour de France yellow jersey — 29 — for a rider who never won the overall.
Cancellara wrapped up his career in high style right after the 2016 Olympic Games — "a better ending of a career was not possible" - but he says that his Flanders win in 2013 sticks out as a career highlight because of how hard he had to fight back after a challenging 2012. hard 2012.
"2006 to ’16, I had a lot of success, but also a lot of hard times," he says, from crashes to cheating allegations. "I mean, in three weeks I gained 10 kilos. Ten days after the Olympics, I went from hero to zero. I had to learn to grow a thick skin."
"To be in the spotlight, it's not easy. But if you want to win bike races, it's part of the game that when the spotlight comes you need to adapt to it and you need to be able to handle it," he says. "I worked with a life coach. I didn't only work on cycling skills, I worked on my own to have this responsibility in my daily life."
VeloNews Podcast, ep. 224: Why Zwift banned two pro riders; Magnus Sheffield interview
On this week's episode of The VeloNews Podcast, Ben Delaney explains the latest controversy involving elite Zwift racing. The virtual cycling platform recently sanctioned two different elite riders on grounds that the riders had allegedly tampered with their riding data.
The story, and the rebuttal from the riders, has left more than one cycling fan scratching his or her head in confusion. Delaney is here to take us inside this story and offer some explainers on how and why Zwift made this decision.
Then, Andrew Hood discusses the strange offseason that Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar is about to have. While most TDF champions party in the months following their victories, Pogačar has been grounded, due to COVID-19. Will this allow him to regroup and focus on 2021?
Finally, junior phenom Magnus Sheffield joins the podcast to discuss his recent record attempt at the 3,000-meter individual pursuit. Sheffield set a time that appears to be both a new U.S. and world record, and he discusses his motivation, training, and power numbers.
All that and more on this week's VeloNews Podcast.
PYSO, ep. 79: Skylar Schneider on pivoting from Boels-Dolmans to L39ION of Los Angeles
Skylar Schneider started riding bikes at age 4, and by age 18 she moved to Holland to race professionally. Now with three years at the powerhouse squad Boels-Dolmans under her belt, the American is returning to race domestically for 2021 with L39GION of Los Angeles, the expanding team run by Justin and Cory Williams.
On this episode of Put Your Socks On, Schneider talks about learning her way in Holland as a teenager with the help of other racers — she now has Dutch residency — and how the opportunity with L39GION of LA came about.
"I've admired what Justin and Cory are doing with Legion for a while," she said. "And this summer, Justin and I just got on the phone, and he had some good advice. At that time, Legion didn't really have a women's program. So he really liked the idea. And then we put together a budget. And from there, it moved pretty quickly. And I'm really excited about this opportunity to have a new adventure, but also come back to the U.S."
In addition to her own racing, Schneider said L39ION represents a broader opportunity in the sport for others.
"With 39ION, there was this new opportunity to do something really special within the sport. Their mission is to increase diversity and inclusivity. There's plenty of little girls that need a role model as well," she said. "Right now it's really small and just kind of starting, but I think it can grow into something really big. And that's ultimately why I was really excited to join."
At the junior world championships in 2016, Schneider took silver in the road race and fourth in the time trial. Looking ahead, a win at the world championships remains a goal.
VeloNews Podcast, ep. 223: [updated] Cycling's bizarre transfer market; Lauren Stephens interview
[This podcast was originally uploaded with last week's audio. We apologize for the confusion and have fixed the problem. - Ed.]
On this week's episode of The VeloNews Podcast, Fred and Andy discuss the bizarre 2020-2021 transfer season, which has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a typical year, most riders would have their contracts signed for the coming season well before November. That's not the case this year, due to the season's delay amid the virus. And, the ending of CCC Team plus the unknown future of NTT Pro Cycling has sent many riders scrambling for jobs in 2021. How is this impacting the rider market, and what changes will this have on the 2021 season? We discuss all angles of the transfer season.
Then, American rider Lauren Stephens of Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank joins the podcast to take us inside her topsy turvy 2020 season. Like all pro road racers, Lauren's season was derailed in March by COVID-19. Rather than wait things out, Lauren made a dramatic change in her racing focus, becoming the first ever woman to win the Zwift Tour de France. The change in focus had a dramatic impact on the rest of Lauren's season.
All that and more on this week's episode of The VeloNews Podcast!
The Truth About Frame Flex!
Factor Bikes' Graham Shrive has helped design some of the fastest bikes in the pro peloton. He joins VeloNews tech editor Dan Cavallari on this episode of the VeloNews Tech Podcast to reveal the truth about frame flex: Do you really need the stiffest frame? Can frame flex be a benefit for certain riders? How do engineers tailor a frame for stiffness?
Find out on this week's episode.