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Cycling writer Spencer Martin breaks down the why and how of the professional cycling race. Subscribe to learn what happened, how it happened, and why it happened in an attempt to glean a deeper understanding of the sport.

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    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Cycling writer Spencer Martin breaks down the why and how of the professional cycling race. Subscribe to learn what happened, how it happened, and why it happened in an attempt to glean a deeper understanding of the sport.

    Wout van Aert‘s Potential Suspension, Padun to EF + PEZ Cycling‘s Richard Pestes

    Wout van Aert‘s Potential Suspension, Padun to EF + PEZ Cycling‘s Richard Pestes

    This week I break down the possibility of Wout van Aert being suspended by the UCI (02:27), the chaos at EF and their pursuit of Mark Padun (07:36), and then (18:11) PEZ Cycling's Richard Pestes interviews me for his site's new YouTube series.


    Post link: Would Mark Padun Be a Good Fit at Ineos?


    PEZ YouTube Interview


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    • 44 min
    In Conversation with Strava‘s Andrew Vontz on Bike Racing, His Career & the Evolution of Cycling in America

    In Conversation with Strava‘s Andrew Vontz on Bike Racing, His Career & the Evolution of Cycling in America

    This week I talk to Andrew Vontz, Vice President of communications and a member of the executive management team at Strava, who is also the creator/host of Choose the Hard Way, a podcast about peak performance and the obstacles people overcome to do great things. Andrew, beyond being a pro cycling superfan, spent the first decade of his career as a freelance journalist. Outside of cycling, he wrote features, interviews, and profiles about people, places, and things at the limits of human experience that regularly appeared in the country's top outlets. A cyclist himself, he has twice placed second at the 100-mile Unbound Gravel Half Pint race. 


    In this conversation, we discuss Andrew's career path from getting an MFA in creative writing at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) to being an executive at the most influential company for the fitness of recreational athletes, along with the evolution (or lack thereof) of cycling in the United States and where we see things heading in the future.


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    Andrew's Choose the Hard Way Podcast can be found at iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify & Google Play 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Weekly Transfer Breakdowns + Movistar‘s Controversial New Hires

    Weekly Transfer Breakdowns + Movistar‘s Controversial New Hires

    This week I break down the four most interesting teams so far in the transfer market (01:30) and then discuss Movistar's odd decision to bring in two extremely controversial former dopers to help manage the team going forward (34:01) and why this is likely a bad idea.


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    Post Links: Weekly Rider Transfer Analysis: Astana, UAE, DSM & Movistar


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    • 42 min
    Tour de France Route Takeaways, UCI Rider Points Rankings & Shakeup at Ineos

    Tour de France Route Takeaways, UCI Rider Points Rankings & Shakeup at Ineos

    This week I breakdown the 2022 Tour de France route (1:31), go through the end-of-season UCI rider and team point rankings (12:37), talk about what is going on with the management shakeup at Ineos (43:26), and then touch on why Remco Evenepoel is making a trip to Kansas for the Belgian Waffle Ride (50:43). 


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    Post Links: A Season in Review: Breaking Down the UCI Point Rankings


    Initial Impressions From the 2022 Tour de France Route Reveal


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    • 54 min
    Breaking Down Why Tadej Pogačar Wasn‘t Taken Seriously at Lombardia

    Breaking Down Why Tadej Pogačar Wasn‘t Taken Seriously at Lombardia

    This week I break down Pogačar's dominant win at Il Lombardia (01:20), how his long-range attack capitalized on a tactical shift in modern racing (24:30), why he isn't taken more seriously as a one-day contender by the media and other riders (29:20), and then measuring how Pogačar stacks up against the all-time great Eddy Merckx after three full professional seasons (43:07).


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    Post Link: Il Lombardia: Breaking Down a Scenic Coronation


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    • 51 min
    How Sonny Colbrelli Won Paris-Roubaix & Lombardia Preview

    How Sonny Colbrelli Won Paris-Roubaix & Lombardia Preview

    This week I break down Sonny Colbrelli's stunning Paris-Roubaix victory (01:28), unpack why riders with such little experience fared so well at the extremely difficult race (25:38), discuss how much equipment choices affected performances (26:28), and then preview the upcoming Il Lombardia one-day race (36:02).


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    Post Link: Paris-Roubaix: Breaking Down the Chaos on Cobbles


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Jo Jo Bean Curtis ,

Wealth of cycling knowledge

Detailed, insightful, and knowledgeable about not only racing and tactics but also the cycling industry behind the scenes. I listen to a lot of cycling podcasts and this is one of my favorites

Thurashe ,

Very intelligent commentary

I listen to a ton of podcasts and love the tour. This one is great, can’t believe he does it by himself.

Andrew Vontz ,

Must Listen for Pro Cycling Fans

Incisive, deep analysis of pro bike racing strategies, tactics and finances. A must listen for serious fans of the sport.

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