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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.

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Life in the Peloton, presented by Rapha Mitch Docker

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    • 4.9 • 227 Ratings

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 Tom Southam & Mitch Docker, feat. Phil Liggett and Matt Goss.

    Talking Luft! With Tom Southam & Mitch Docker, feat. Phil Liggett and Matt Goss.

     
    Rapha presents Talking Luft!
     
    Well, it’s the first episode of Talking Luft for the year, and I’ve got something a little bit different for you first up! We’ve kicked off with a recap of our live daily pods from last week’s TDU, as presented at the Rapha pop-up in the race village.
     
    At Tour Down Under, I presented a live daily wrap-up of all the race action, in The Race Communique with my friend and Sports Director Tom Southam. We also chatted with a few special guests, including the legend himself Phil Liggett and caught up with my old mate Matt Goss.
     
    I hope you have a few laughs and enjoy listening along to all the TDU action as much as I enjoyed recording these. And a heads up – don’t miss Phil’s phantom Paris-Roubaix call, where I make it to the finish in a three-up sprint against Luke Durbridge and Tom Boonen and get to live out my dream of winning the Hell of the North.
     
    I want to say a big thanks to all of you out there for getting back on board with Life in the Peloton and Talking Luft this year! It’s great to be back, and I can’t wait to bring all our ideas to life for all of you listening along out there in 2023. Thanks for all the feedback so far, and most importantly for wearing your LITP caps with lots of Luft!
     
    Cheers,
     
    Mitch
    Listen
    Listen & subscribe to this series of the Life in the Peloton website, at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Youtube or your favourite pod app. 
    Show Notes
    Listen to the Rat to Radelaide episode here.
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    This episode is brought to you by Rapha, makers of the world’s finest cycling clothing & accessories and the world's largest cycling club, RCC. Find out more about Rapha: their kit, their club, their events and awesome clubhouses at rapha.cc.
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    Listen on all good podcast apps, and now on Youtube.
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    Life in the Peloton’s 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.
    I grew up watching those highlights and the music became part of my childhood. When I set out to create Life in the Peloton I knew that theme song was what would set the scene and capture the essence of Life in the Peloton.
    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.
     

    • 1 hr 18 min
    The Rat to Radelaide

    The Rat to Radelaide

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!

    We are back for the first episode of 2023, and I’ve kicked off the new year in much the same way I finished 2022 – with a cross-border bike packing trip across Australia! This time, it’s The Rat to Radelaide.

    If you’re picking up on the vibe that I’m loving these trips, you would be right. My Road to the Worlds trip really ignited a passion for this style of riding, and I love taking you along for the journey to show you what it’s like out there, in the hope it will encourage you to explore some of the incredible places in your own backyard by bike.

    Inspired by my September trip, I set out to design the ultimate journey to fill the week-long gap between the Australian National Road Championships in Ballarat, and the Tour Down Under in Adelaide – and so the Rat to Radelaide was born - the journey across.

    The idea was to replicate the spirit of The Road to the Worlds, but this time, to share the experience, with all its inevitable highs and the lows, with a select group of riders. Putting together the perfect group was difficult – we didn’t necessarily need to know each other, but we’d need to be able to mesh quickly, and work well together over five long, hard days of up to nine hours in the saddle.

    While the group selection was hard, in the end, the dynamic between the six riders on the trip is what really made the journey what it was. I was joined by road cyclist Peta Mullens, gravel specialist Ella Bloor, bike packing enthusiast and current pro Lachlan Morton, Aussie cyclo-cross champion and road cyclist Tommy Chapman, and the renowned cycling journalist Rupert Guinness. It was the perfect group, with lots of bonding, no blow-ups, and the ideal blend of experience, humbleness, energy, and determination to make it across to Adelaide.

    We didn’t take the easiest or the most direct route, instead, it was selected to take us through the heart of Australia, to places that we’d never seen before and give us a taste of the real Aussie outback. I’ll admit my route selection was unpopular at times, and on some particularly long days, it would’ve been nice to cut a few corners or jump on the highway instead of the dirt. But all in all, the route was incredible, and seeing the outback of Australia and experiencing the harshness of it for what it is – the heat, the red dirt, the country bakeries, and classic outback pubs – was everything I had hoped for.

    I hope you enjoy following along on our journey across The Rat to Radelaide, and I hope it inspires you to get out there and explore for yourself. Remember, trips like these don’t need to be epic or punishing, they don’t even need to be all that long, but seeing the country by bike is an unforgettable experience that I highly recommend you try for yourself.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Talking Luft! with Luke Rowe

    Talking Luft! with Luke Rowe

    Rapha presents Talking Luft!
    Well it’s the last episode of Talking Luft for the year, and I’ve got veteran of the peloton and actually one of my first ever podcast guests from way back in 2016 back on the pod. I’m chatting with Welshman from Team Ineos, Luke Rowe.
    We sat down while he was in Australia for the Worlds, and got talking all the good stuff – kit, caps, mullets, the best of riders and teams, roommates on race, coffee stops, the good and bad of racing, plus a whole lot more.
    It was great to hear more about what makes Rowey tick. I hope you enjoy the chat.
    I want to say a big thanks to all of you out there for listening this year, for sending in your feedback, for getting involved with Life in the Peloton and most importantly for wearing your LITP caps with lots of Luft! It’s been fantastic to speak to so many diverse guests this year, to have a laugh and I hope you’ve enjoyed this season as much as I have recording it.
    Until next year, put your feet up and enjoy the off season like the pros
    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
    Listen to my original episode with Luke Rowe on Life in the Peloton back in 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
    Talking Luft, Official LITP & Paris Roubaix casquettes are back in stock. Shop now!
    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, 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
    Life in the Peloton’s 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.
    I grew up watching those highlights and the music became part of my childhood. When I set out to create Life in the Peloton I knew that theme song was what would set the scene and capture the essence of Life in the Peloton.
    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.
     

    • 35 min
    My Road to the Worlds - On-Road with Mitch Docker

    My Road to the Worlds - On-Road with Mitch Docker

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!
    Well, here we are, it’s the last pod of the year and I’ve got a bumper one for you! As you’ll know the UCI World Road Race Championships were held in Australia this year, and I made the 1,250km trip from my home in Lancefield, near Melbourne, to the race in Wollongong by bike, and I documented the trip for the pod. 
    I gave myself five days for the trip, which meant I was doing big days on the bike, but without any ridiculous pressure, and it turned out to be an amazing pilgrimage through my own backyard here in Australia.  
    Australia is a huge country that I’ve been away from for my whole career. I’d never ridden this route before, so I based my plans around staying and visiting some well-known pub stops and trying to catch up with other cyclists and friends, and anyone else I could find to have a cleansing ale and a chin wag with along the way. 
    Sure, the riding got hard at times, but it really was an incredible experience to meet so many people, soak up the culture, and discover communities in Australia that I’ve never had the chance to meet before. 
    I’ve got so many of these amazing characters on the pod, from keen cyclists to landlords wondering what the mad guy in pink lycra was doing in their pub! I spoke to locals who were bike racers, and to locals who had no idea what the Cycling World Championships were, let alone who Wout Van Aert was.
    Overall it was an amazing experience. I had a blast in Australia, and I learned a lot about local cycling cultures and everything else along the way. I loved the time on the bike, both alone and with the company I picked up on the route, and I hope that comes across in the pod. 
    I also hope that it can even inspire you guys to go and plan a trip yourselves. Remember, it doesn’t need to be epic or for the fastest known time, it can be whatever you want; just get out there and do your own fun trips; have fun on the bike, visit some pubs (of course), meet great people and get out and ride!
    I want to say a big thanks to everyone who met me out on the road, gave me a tow, a beer or stopped to chat. Thanks to Tim, Gene, Pykey, Neil, Tom, Jordan, Chris and Stu, Tas, Ryan, Avie, Matilda, Lila and Lou, Kelly, Tom, Hans & Malia, Ben, Jay & Randy, Greg, Jamie, Murray, Shane, Kev & Erin, Gavin, Sam & Talia, Dave, Dan, Chris, Kirk, Tom, Sinna, Frano & the whole Rapha Cycle Club peloton.
    This is the last Life in the Peloton episode for 2022, as we take a break for the cycling off season and get ready for another great podcast season next year.
    Stay tuned for our final Talking Luft of 2022 with Luke Rowe next week!
    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
    This episode is proudly sponsored by Restrap – Yorkshire based makers of top quality, handmade and sustainable bike packing accessories. Hear my setup on the pod.
    Use the discount code PELO10 or PELOTON10 for 10% off your next order.
    This episode is proudly sponsored by QUADLOCK. Their phone mount was crucial to keeping me on track and connected to you all on this trip. Check out their fantastic range of phone mounts for your bike or every kind of activity out there!
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    Check out photos from the trip below or head to the Life in the Peloton Instagram story highlights for more pictures and videos from the trip.









     
















     
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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
    Talking Luft and Official LITP casquettes are back in stock. Shop now!
    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, logo tees, sweaters and much more..
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Talking Luft! with Dylan Van Baarle

    Talking Luft! with Dylan Van Baarle

    You all know my love for Paris Roubaix, and in that sense I have some cycling royalty on the pod for you this week. Chatting with none other than the man who conquered this year's Hell of the North, Paris Roubaix winner, Dylan Van Baarle.
    I was keen to hear a bit about Dylan and what makes him tick on and off the bike so I sat down with him while he was in Australia for the UCI Road Worlds and got Talking Luft!
    Pro kit style, Oreo rice cakes, coffee shop stops, his favourite seat on the bus, the riders who inspire him, best & worst roommates, Netflix on race and a whole lot more!
    This was a bit of fun. Enjoy this listen and stay tuned next week for my final LITP episode of the season, On Road with me to the Worlds.
    Cheers,
    Mitch
    Listen
    Listen & subscribe to this series at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, Stitcher, Youtube, on the Life in the Peloton website, or your favourite pod app. 
    Show Notes
    . . .
    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
    Talking Luft and Official LITP casquettes are back in stock. Shop now!
    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, 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
    Life in the Peloton’s 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.
    I grew up watching those highlights and the music became part of my childhood. When I set out to create Life in the Peloton I knew that theme song was what would set the scene and capture the essence of Life in the Peloton.
    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. 

    • 21 min
    Lael Wilcox - The best of the best in Ultra Endurance Cycling

    Lael Wilcox - The best of the best in Ultra Endurance Cycling

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!
    Lael Wilcox is an American Ultra-distance cyclist and one of the absolute legends of the discipline. She is the record holder for some of the sport’s most famous races, such as the 2,475 mile Tour Divide and the 4,400 mile Trans Am Bike Race (If you don’t fancy the math – that’s roughly 4000km and 7000km!) - and that's against both men and women. 
    ...
    Ultra-distance racing is an intriguing and new side of cycling that I have only started to discover in the last couple of years. Lael was the perfect person to explain and dive into the interesting ins and outs of this kind of racing.
    Having originally taken up cycling to get to work, she found her way into long-distance riding by pure accident, and within a year was already competing in her first 400-mile (640km) event! Since taking on that first challenge in her native Alaska, Lael began travelling the world and competing in other Ultra events. In almost no time at all, she was breaking records.
    Lael explained perfectly how the sport works, and the key differences between the types of events, either supported or self-supported. 
    We had a great laugh at some of the stories from Lael’s many adventures and we went into the details of how she manages her equipment, her preparation, and even what she prefers to listen to on those long nights alone on the bike.
    I also wanted to know what makes Lael, and so many other women excel at Ultra-distance races. It was really interesting to hear her take on why women are so competitive and to hear her recount her excitement when she first started overtaking the men (passing them while they slept in hotels on the route, and then sleeping under a hedge for two hours to drop them all the next morning!)
    This chat also came at a great time for me, as I was in my final preparations for my own long-distance adventure riding 1,250km from my home in Lancefield, just outside of Melbourne, to the Road World Championships in Wollongong in five days. (Stay tuned for my On the Road to the Worlds episode in 2 weeks time). 
    For now though, sit back, relax and enjoy this one. Lael was a fantastic person to chat all things Ultra-distance and more and I really enjoyed recording this one.
    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 more of Lael’s adventures:
    Tour Divide – Rapha Gone Racing – https://www.rapha.cc/es/en/stories/lael-wilcox
    Arizona Trail 2022 – https://youtu.be/4HOk0MmgFwE
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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
    Talking Luft and Official LITP casquettes are back in stock. Shop now!
    Shop LITP casual Merch anytime online at our store. From casual caps to mugs, 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

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
227 Ratings

227 Ratings

Hudson Brother ,

I totally Enjoy this Pod

Mitch I appreciate all the people you bring to the pod. Your guest give us the people in the kit. I love bike racing and you help me enjoy it even more. I must say that I miss seeing you in the Peloton but you have a family and I know it is tough to be on the road for so much of the year. Anyway thank you for what you do and continuing to promote the sport. Great job Mitch.

timecrunches ,

It takes an Insider

What a joy to find this show. Plenty of bike pods out there, but having a former pro asking the right Q makes all the difference. Add Mitch’s upbeat curiosity & his great picks of folks to feature. Can’t wait to hear Esteban!

SquillyTheKid ,

Excellent content

Love this pod and the stories told on it

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