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Bike racing at its finest. Velo podcasts utilize our network of reporters, commentators, and coaches to bring you inside pro cycling and improve your own riding and racing.

    Tour de France Rest Day 2 Recap

    Tour de France Rest Day 2 Recap

    We’ve reached another rest day of the Tour de France, which means it’s time to look back on all the excitement from the second week, and ahead to the third and final week, all on the Velo Podcast.
    Tadej Pogacar's dominance in the Pyrénées has been mind-blowing this past weekend as he took two mountain stages in a row. And the second week at the Tour has been fast and aggressive, with breakaways struggling to stay clear. UAE Team Emirates has shown impressive tactics and teamwork, while Visma-Lease a Bike has fought hard but struggled to match an untouchable Pogačar. 
    Host Hannah Knapp, Velo European Correspondent Andrew Hood, and former pro cyclist Bobby Julich take us through a full discussion of the latest from the Tour, including:

    Can Pogačar play defense now that he has a comfortable lead?

    Where Visma-Lease a Bike goes from here.

    Remco Evenepoel’s excellent showing so far.

    Can Primož Roglič ever win the Tour?

    What to expect from the sprint stage on Tuesday.

    A look ahead at the mountain stages.

    Covid in the 2024 Tour de France.

    A quick check in on the American riders, including Matteo Jorgenson.

    • 52 min
    Tour de France Rest Day 1 Catch Up

    Tour de France Rest Day 1 Catch Up

    Any pre-race fears of a boring Tour de France have been put to bed in the first week. We’ve reached the first rest day of the 2024 Tour, and it’s been non-stop excitement for nine stages.
    We discuss it all in this rest day episode of the Velo Podcast. Velo social media manager Hannah Knapp hosts the discussion with Velo European correspondent Andrew Hood, who’s following the race on the ground in France, and Velo contributor and former pro cyclist Bobby Julich, who raced the Tour nine times and once finished in third place. 
    We kick things off with a discussion of the much talked about gravel stage, stage 9. Does this parcours have a place in grand tour racing? Then we discuss the GC standings. Pogačar is in first, but doesn’t have the margin he would hope after a week of attacking. 
    Then we shift to Mark Cavendish’s record setting 35th stage win, and Biniam Girmay’s excellent Tour, with two stage wins and the green jersey. On the flip side, Jasper Philipsen is having a frustrating Tour with second places and a relegation. 
    The show also covers the incredible Tour that small teams and French teams and riders have been having, and then looks ahead to the second week of racing and what everyone is excited to watch. 

    • 46 min
    Velo Pod — Tour de France 2024 Preview

    Velo Pod — Tour de France 2024 Preview

    It’s once again the most important time of the year for road cycling. On Saturday, the 111th Tour de France rolls out from Florence, Italy, and it’s time to get ready for the racing.
    Velo Pod host Hannah Knapp is joined by former pro cyclist Bobby Julich and Velo European Correspondent Andrew Hood to discuss the upcoming 2024 Tour de France.
    The discussion begins with the GC contenders and the excitement surrounding Tadej Pogacar who is fresh off a commanding Giro d’Italia victory and looking to complete the elusive Giro-Tour double. For all the hype of the “Big Four” of Pogacar, Vingegaard, Evenepoel, and Roglič does anyone else besides Pogi stand a chance at the yellow jersey after injury riddles seasons? 
    The conversation then moves on to the must watch stages, with a focus on the grueling hilly opening stage that features seven consecutive climbs, and the challenging mountain stages and the final stage time trial in Nice. 
    When the race finally wraps up, will Mark Cavendish leave as the sole owner of the Tour de France stage win record? He needs one more to best Eddy Merckx, but any win in the Tour de France is a tall order, especially at Cavendish’s age. 
    We also discuss the absence of American rider Sepp Kuss, the loyal lieutenant to Vingegaard and the reigning Vuelta champion, and the impact it will have on the race. Things then move on to a discussion about other American riders to watch, including Matteo Jorgensen and Nielson Powless. And of course there’s Sean Quinn representing in his brand new national champion’s jersey.
    Finally, Hoody and Bobby fill us in on what has them excited for the 2024 Tour de France beyond the GC race, including top riders to watch.
    Listen in wherever you stream podcasts for the full discussion, and tune in to Velo for Tour coverage all race long. 

    • 44 min
    Unbound Gravel 2024

    Unbound Gravel 2024

    Unbound Gravel reaches new heights each year in terms of racing quality and excitement. 2024 was no exception as the elite women finally got the staggered start time they wanted, resulting in a thrilling nine-up sprint. Meanwhile, the People's Champ Lachlan Morton went for a memorable victory in a men's race marked by negative racing.
    Velo senior editor Betsy Welch was on the ground in Emporia, Kansas, along with social media manager Hannah Knapp. They're joined by Will Tracy for a discussion of the race, the drama, or lack thereof, the latest tech that leaked at the race, and our favorite story of the event, involving $198 beach cruisers.

    • 51 min
    Why Ineos Owns the Giro d'Italia, the emotional gravity of the Moriah Wilson tragedy

    Why Ineos Owns the Giro d'Italia, the emotional gravity of the Moriah Wilson tragedy

    This week's episode is sponsored by Whoop. This year, Whoop is providing rider data from the race, including heart rate data during the stages and sleep data after them. Hugh Carthy (EF Education-EastPost), for instance, only got 5.5 hours of sleep on the big transfer day from Hungary to Sicily, according to Whoop.
    The Giro d'Italia is reaching its mountainous conclusion, and team Ineos looks primed to win the Maglia Rosa with Richard Carapaz. A victory would bring Ineos its fourth Giro win in five years. Why does the team and its "Froome train" strategy still work in Italy, while it falters in France and Spain? On today's episode we dive into this big question, and explore what a top Giro finish would mean for the three men in the hunt for the final podium: Carapaz, Jai Hindley, and Mikel Landa.
    Then, the U.S. cycling scene is still reeling from the murder of gravel star Moriah Wilson. We discuss the gravity of this story, and why it now occupies its own tragic realm in the history of pro bike racing.

    • 41 min
    Ashton Lambie talks tech, racing, and training for gravel

    Ashton Lambie talks tech, racing, and training for gravel

    U.S. track cycling phenom Ashton Lambie has traded in the velodrome for dirt.
    Lambie, 31, is embarking on his first full campaign in gravel and mountain-bike racing in 2022, and he's racing the Life Time Grand Prix events and other off-road races. Lambie shares his opinions with Ben Delaney on what it's like to return to 100-mile gravel events after spending years spinning circles around a velodrome. How does the four-minute effort of the individual pursuit compare to a daylong race? What are the biggest tech differences between an aero bike and a gravel rig?
    Lambie takes us inside his experiences in this wide-ranging interview.
    This week's episode is sponsored by Whoop. This year, Whoop is providing rider data from the race, including heart rate data during the stages and sleep data after them. Hugh Carthy (EF Education-EastPost), for instance, only got 5.5 hours of sleep on the big transfer day from Hungary to Sicily, according to Whoop.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

jeffm@n ,

Fast Talk ep 79

I really enjoyed this episode and the discussion about the strategic use of energy during a bike race. Colby’s insight is always particularly compelling. One nice addition would be to have an experienced female racer on the show as well to offer thoughts on how these tactics may or may not be applicable in the women’s peloton where field size is typically smaller, races are shorter, and team representation is sometimes not quite as substantial.

giv'em ,

Bye

As the cycling podcast options grow PYSO ‘s glaring lack of preparation on both hosts part becomes more evident thus less engaging . The “Fred “ podcast could use a cohost to cut into his droning on and on . The straying away from racing related topics to ancillary popular topics to look on top of current affairs has lost me . Too many more engaging and focused cycling pods out there . Both feeds are no longer in my library .

DougRoss13 ,

Knowledgable but long winded

The podcast has knowledgable guests but the host's long winded questions to those guests has put me off.

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