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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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    • 4.9 • 222 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 Mark O’Brien

    Talking Luft! with Mark O’Brien

    Rapha presents Talking Luft!

    I had Australian Mark O’Brien on the pod last week – ex-pro and now coach, giving all the insights on Strava and using it in training.

    As you would have heard he’s fantastic to chat to, so I thought it would be great to sit down with him to talk a bit of cycling lifestyle this week on Talking Luft.

    Over a cold Orval beer we chat all the good stuff – caps, beer, shaving your legs post career, wearing old pro kit vs. new wave kit, training loops around North Melbourne, beer v. wine, a war story of biting off more than you can chew in the Alps & much more. 

    This was a laugh, and I hope you enjoy the listen.

    Stay tuned next week as I take you on-race at the 4 day, Reef to Reef MTB stage race up in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.

    Until then.. 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 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.

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    Merch
    Talking Luft casquettes are back! Shop now.

    Get ready for next year’s cobbles with our Paris-Roubaix Cap. 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

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    • 30 min
    Strava: Tool or Toy? - George Bennett, Jay Vine & Mark O’brien

    Strava: Tool or Toy? - George Bennett, Jay Vine & Mark O’brien

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!


    Strava, the social networking app that tracks physical activity, has become a phenomenon in the cycling world, with ‘taking Segments‘ and ‘giving Kudos‘ becoming part of everyday cycling chat.

    Strava was something that I completely ignored as a professional. It didn’t exist when I was a young rider, and as I already uploaded my training for my coach and my team, and I raced people for a living, I just wasn’t interested in another way to be competitive or to measure my work. 

    This all changed when I retired, and I’ve found myself not only pretty active on Stravabut also really interested in how people use it. 

    For this episode, I thought I’d try to break right down what Strava is, how it works, how people use it and why. I wanted to understand it better and I also find out what the guys in the pro peloton currently think about it. 

    I started with my old mate Mark O’Brien who, post-career, has become a self-confessed ‘KOM hunter’ in Melbourne. Mark is also a coach and was great at breaking down the nuts and bolts of how it all works and why so many people enjoy using it. 

    I also spoke to two current professional cyclists, who I thought would have interesting point of views on Strava. 

    The first was Jay Vine. To me, Jay seems like a poster boy for the Strava generation. Even before he was a pro Jay had a reputation built on taking some pretty famous KOMs around Girona, and as he admits himself he has never known cycling without Strava being a part of it. Jay spoke about how he used Strava to help his career, how he now thinks about some of his famous KOMs and his current use of Strava in training.

    For a different take, I also spoke to George Bennett. George has been a pro for twelve years, and he really comes from the old school of bike racing. He also, like myself, always considered race results to be the ‘real’ measure of ability and not just a time on an online leaderboard. But even George, it turns out, is a fan of Strava. I picked his brains about what he likes about it and what benefits he sees from using it alongside his training and life as a pro. 

    I enjoy using Strava these days and I know a lot of cyclists of all abilities do too. I found it fascinating to open my eyes up a bit more about it, and I hope you guys all get something from it too!

    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 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
    The last of our T-shirt collab with Çois Cycling for the Tour de France are available online! Shop now exclusively at coiscycling.com

    Talking Luft casquettes: The first release of our new Talking Luft cap has now sold out. Stay tuned for the next drop this week.

    Get ready for next year’s cobbles with our Paris-Roubaix Cap. 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



     

     

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Talking Luft! with Lizzy Banks

    Talking Luft! with Lizzy Banks

    Rapha presents Talking Luft!

    Talking Luft is back for another week of cycling style, culture, rituals & bit of life off the bike.

    Following on from my Tour de France Femmes episode last week, I sat down with a teammate of theirs, British rider for EF Education Tibco SVB, Lizzy Banks.

    And this was one hilarious chat. As you’ll hear Lizzy was a laugh to chat to and had some fantastic stories to tell.

    We chat caps, bucket hats, aero hair styles, kit style, rice vs. pasta, race breakfasts, the best of curries, best & worst moments in a race, unplugging on the bike and, a first for the podcast – a war story that ends in victory!

    All that, plus a whole lot more.

    This was a great laugh and I hope you enjoy the listen.

    Stay tuned next week for my ‘Ultimate Strava’ episode as I unpack everything Strava with George Bennett, Mark O’Brien and Jay Vine.

    Cheers,

    Mitch

    Photo: Ashley & Jered Gruber

    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 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
    The last of our T-shirt collab with Çois Cycling for the Tour de France are available online! Shop now exclusively at coiscycling.com


    Talking Luft casquettes: The first release of our new Talking Luft cap has now sold out. Stay tuned for the next drop in the coming weeks.

    Loved the Roubaix stage at the tour? Get ready for next year’s cobbles with our Paris-Roubaix Cap. 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

     

     



     

     

    • 41 min
    Tour de France Femmes - Kathrin Hammes, Krista Doebel-Hickok & Letizia Borghesi

    Tour de France Femmes - Kathrin Hammes, Krista Doebel-Hickok & Letizia Borghesi

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!

    Photo: Twila Muzzi 

    It’s finally time for the women to take on the Tour de France. It’s a huge deal that the Tour is finally back on the calendar for the women, and as I wasn’t able to be on-race, I thought what better way to get the inside word than talking to some of the participants from this year’s edition.

    On the eve of the race, I was lucky enough to talk to three of the women competing for EF Education Tibco SBV, Kathrin Hammes from Germany, Krista Doebel-Hickok from the US, and the team’s Italian rider Letizia Borghesi.

    I think the growth of racing on the women’s side of the sport is fantastic. It’s no secret that women’s cycling is playing catch up with the men’s in terms of the budgets and races. I spoke to Kathrin, Krista and Letizia about how they look back at the pioneering women who came before them and also how it feels to now be in a position to be a part of the growth of women’s professional cycling.

    All three of them have interesting stories of how they came to the sport, and talking to them opened my eyes to the fact that until very recently female athletes didn’t really consider that there was a career to be made in cycling. I very much got the sense that passion is more than the profession and that is perhaps an interesting distinction that explains a few differences between the men’s and women’s pelotons.

    Of course, we also delved a little deeper into the nuts and bolts of the Tour de France Femmes itself and along with looking at the details of the course, we also spoke about what the team is hoping for from the eight days of racing across France.

    I found it a really insightful chat, and I wish all the women racing the best of luck for the Tour.

    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 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
    The last of our T-shirt collab with Çois Cycling for the Tour de France are available online! Shop now exclusively at coiscycling.com

    Talking Luft casquettes: The first release of our new Talking Luft cap has now sold out. Stay tuned for the next drop in the coming weeks.

    Loved the Roubaix stage at the tour? Get ready for next year’s cobbles with our Paris-Roubaix Cap. 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



     

     

    • 48 min
    Talking Luft! at the Tour de France

    Talking Luft! at the Tour de France

    Rapha presents Talking Luft!

    We had a special Tour de France episode last week, taking you backstage at the race, and this week we have a special Tour de France Talking Luft.

    While speaking to several pros about the race I snuck in some cheeky Talking Luft questions, which were a bit of a curveball for a few of them but great fun hearing their answers.

    This episode is packed full of riders at the race as I hear about cap style, favourite beverages, post race rituals, crosswinds v. mountains, race food, favourite riders, the best and worst parts of a race, how to wear kit, coffee, cheat meals & so much more.

    I chat to: Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo), Marco Haller (Bora Hansgrohe), Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar), Nick Schultz (Team Bike Exchange), Pierre Rolland , Adam Yates (Team Ineos), Taco Van der Hoorn (Intermarché-Wanty), Connor Swift (Arkéa-Samsic), Michael Mørkøv (QuickStep Alpha-Vinyl), Mike Woods(Israel Premier-Tech), Toms Skujinš (Trek Segafredo), George Bennett (UAE Team Emirates), Neilson Powless (EF Education First) & John Degenkolb(Team DSM).

    This was a good bit of fun to have with the riders and I hope you enjoy the listen.

    And enjoy the final week of the men’s Tour de France! I’ve got a great Tour de France Femmes episode coming up next week.

    Don’t forget to get your hands on one of our limited edition T-shirts in collaboration with Çois Cycling. Our Copenhagen to Paris: The Road Less Travelled T-shirt, the perfect momento of this year’s Tour. Shop exclusively at coiscycling.com.

    Until 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 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
    The last of our T-shirt collab with Çois Cycling for the Tour de France are still available! Shop now exclusively at coiscycling.com

    Talking Luft casquettes: The first release of our new Talking Luft cap has now sold out. Stay tuned for the next drop in the coming weeks.

    Loved the Roubaix stage at the tour? Get ready for next year’s cobbles with our Paris-Roubaix Cap. 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

     

     

     

     

    • 22 min
    Backstage at the Tour de France 2022 - Mitch Docker & the peloton

    Backstage at the Tour de France 2022 - Mitch Docker & the peloton

    Rapha presents Life in the Peloton!

    The Tour de France is a beast! A beautiful beast. It is the biggest annual sporting event in the world. Cycling fan or not, everyone knows about the Tour de France. 

    When I was a professional it was obviously a marked goal for all the guys in the peloton. An achievement to simply get to the start line.
    Although never having ridden the Tour myself, the last couple of years I have been able to to visit the race from the inside – as a journalist with media eyes on.

    Working with my old mates from The Cycling Podcast last year and over these first 7 days of the Tour de France 2022 I have been able to absorb the energy the Tour gives to everyone who is a part of it.
    I wanted to try to take you, as listeners, backstage. To speak to as many different people around the start and finish lines as I could. To try to paint the whole picture for you – that, even if you’ve never been on the sidelines, allows you to understand why so many people want to flock to witness this race pass by. 

    But most of all, I wanted take you inside the red tape, into the paddock with the buses, on course at the start/finish line, up close and personal to chat to riders and staff to hear what their experiences are from day to day travelling on tour.

    Join me as I make my way through the first week of the Tour de France 2022 – from the Grand Depart in Denmark, to the cobbles of Roubaix and then to the first mountain climbs of the race.

    It’s an episode jam-packed with guests and I hope you feel like you’re right there at Le Tour with me!

    Big thanks to all those who gave me their time and insight while on the busy race:

    Gregory Rast (DS Trek Segafredo), Simon Geschke (Cofidis), Mat Hayman (Team BikeExchange), Luke Durbridge (Team BikeExchange), Nick Schultz (Team BikeExchange), Neil Stephens (DS UAE Team Emirates), Matti Breschel (DS EF Education First), Simon Clarke (Israel Premier Tech), Zak Dempster (Israel Premier Tech), Michael Rasmussen (Retired Pro), Bradley Wiggins (Retired Pro), Raj (Mechanic EF Education First), Chris Hamilton (Team DSM), Brett Lancaster(DS Team Ineos), Dylan Van Baarle (Team Ineos), Owain Doull (EF Education First), Bernie Eisel (Ex Pro/Commentator/DS), Michael Woods (Israel Premier Tech), Ben O’Connor (Team AG2R Citroen), Carlos Verona (Team Movistar), JJ (Mechanic EF Education First), Tom Cools (Çois Cycling), Matt Stephens (Commentator), Luka Mezgec (Team BikeExchange), Mads Pedersen (Trek Segafredo), Richard Spink (Physio Team BikeExchange), Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) & the amazing fans that I met along the way!

    Stay tuned next week for an extra special Talking Luft, with the riders of the Tour de France.

    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 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
    Our Tshirt collab with Çois Cycling for the Tour de France is now live! Shop exclusively at coiscycling.com



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

    Loved the Roubaix stage at the tour? Get ready for next year’s cobbles with our Paris-Roubaix Cap. 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: @lifeinth

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

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!

Hudson Brother ,

Glad to have you back

Great show Mitch. Really enjoyed the conversation between you and Kevin. Looking forward to the next episode.

SquillyTheKid ,

Excellent content

Love this pod and the stories told on it

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