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Presenter Ian Parkinson and executive editor Ian Cleverly chat to an array of special guests from road racing’s great champions to WorldTour royalty, industry figures, leading photographers and race organisers.

In between putting the cycling world to rights and thoughtful discussion of the sport’s talking points, there are competitions and chat about the best bits of the latest award-winning magazine.

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Presenter Ian Parkinson and executive editor Ian Cleverly chat to an array of special guests from road racing’s great champions to WorldTour royalty, industry figures, leading photographers and race organisers.

In between putting the cycling world to rights and thoughtful discussion of the sport’s talking points, there are competitions and chat about the best bits of the latest award-winning magazine.

    The Rouleur Longreads Podcast: The rise of gravel

    The Rouleur Longreads Podcast: The rise of gravel

    Looking for a more portable way to enjoy your favourite cycling magazine? You’re in luck, as this week sees the launch of the Rouleur Longreads Podcast: selected long form articles from the magazine, especially recorded for Rouleur. Don’t stop what you’re doing – do it while listening to the world’s best cycling writing.


    We begin with ‘The Rise of Gravel’ by Hugo Gladstone, from Rouleur 20.1. Read by George Oliver.


    Once the scourge of cyclists, today we glorify in gravel sectors. Strade Bianche, one of the most looked-forward-to races of the spring, owes its success in no small part to the penchant of audiences for the untarmaced white roads and clouds of dust kicked up in the riders’ wake, all framed by “the lyrical Tuscan landscape.”


    Perhaps it speaks to a certain yearning for authenticity, and back-to-basics bike riding that the Tour de France cannot cater to. It can’t be a coincidence that bike-packing’s popularity has risen at the same time. Whether or not the road scene’s dominance is actually under threat remains to be seen, but we’ve already seen a few roadies abandon the WorldTour for the off-road circuit.


    How we learned to take the rough with the smooth.


    For more of the world's finest cycling writing, subscribe to the magazine or purchase individual issues, head over to Rouleur.cc For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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    Rouleur Podcast February - Kenny Pryde on British Cycling

    Rouleur Podcast February - Kenny Pryde on British Cycling

    British Cycling has dominated the sport - especially on the track - for more than a decade - but at what cost? That’s the central question in a new book “The Medal Factory” by one of the country’s most experienced cycling journalists - Kenny Pryde. On this podcast, Kenny talks through the extraordinary transformation of British Cycling from its underfunded, amateur past to its world beating, gold medal and Grand Tour winning present. The success has come with controversy - the Jiffy bag, allegations of bullying and the complex relationship between the lottery-funded national national squads and the commercial Team Sky. And how much longer can this golden streak last?
    Plus, Rouleur’s Desire Editor Stuart Clapp goes starry-eyed over Colnago’s new gravel bike and explains why Adam Blythe has been helping him recover from pneumonia. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 26 min
    Rouleur Podcast January - Kittel retirement, Colombian revival and new columnist Orla Chennaoui

    Rouleur Podcast January - Kittel retirement, Colombian revival and new columnist Orla Chennaoui

    Rouleur editor Andy McGrath’s in-depth interview with Marcel Kittel is our lead feature for issue 20.1, out soon. One of the most prolific sprinters of his generation stepped away from the sport last year at the age of 31, to the surprise of many. Why?
    Author Matt Rendell is a renowned authority on South American cyclists and, in particular, the Colombians. His upcoming book Colombia Es Pasion! promises to be the definitive tome on the subject.
    Our new columnist Orla Chennaoui is a great signing for Rouleur. She tells Ian Parkinson what she’ll be covering in the coming year, and updates us on her superb Cycling’s #MeToo investigation from issue 19.6. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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    Rouleur Podcast January - Adam Blythe

    Rouleur Podcast January - Adam Blythe

    Adam Blythe rode for some of the biggest teams in racing over his ten-year professional career – Tinkoff, BMC, Orica-Greenedge and Lotto Soudal – but it was his year with British squad NFTO that proved most fruitful and fun, including his win at RideLondon in 2014.


    Adam joins our own Stuart Clapp and host Ian Parkinson on the sofa at the Rouleur Classic to talk through past, present and future, the troubled state of domestic UK racing, being a TV pundit, and racing with a hangover. His advice? Don’t do it, kids.


    Desire editor Stu, meanwhile, has been razzing around the Peckham BMX track on his Brompton, has a new bike to wax lyrical about (it’s a gravel bike, don’t @ him), and does an impression of Mark Cavendish that is actually better than Mark Cavendish. Hearing is believing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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    Rouleur Podcast December - Cecillie Uttrup Ludwig, Dave Rayner Fund and Ribble

    Rouleur Podcast December - Cecillie Uttrup Ludwig, Dave Rayner Fund and Ribble

    The always-ebullient Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig joins Ian Parkinson to explain how she went from stacking supermarket shelves to being a major talent in the Women’s World Tour. The Dave Rayner Foundation recently acquired charitable status, a big advantage for the fund that aids young riders racing abroad. Our Desire editor Stuart Clapp knows a fine looking bike when he sees one. Wandering the bling-filled aisles of the Rouleur Classic, his attention is drawn to a brand formerly known for being cheap and cheerful – Ribble. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 27 min
    Rouleur Podcast November - Lachlan Morton, Emily Chappell, Castelli

    Rouleur Podcast November - Lachlan Morton, Emily Chappell, Castelli

    We are going long distance for a change on the latest Rouleur podcast. Lachlan Morton of EF Education First joins us to explain his thinking behind tackling some unusual and challenging events this season, a million miles away from the standard pro road racers’ fare.
    From the GB Duro – Land’s End to John O’Groats mostly on bridleways and country lanes – which Morton won, through to the legendary Three Peaks cyclo-cross in Yorkshire, the Australian has been riding with a big grin on his face having previously considered packing in road racing for a career.
    We also speak to another lover of ultra-distance racing, Emily Chappell, former bicycle courier and women’s winner of the Transcontinental Race in 2016. Emily has an excellent new book out, Where There’s a Will, detailing her trials and tribulations on the road and in life, which we highly recommend.
    Also, Desire editor Stuart Clapp gets the backstory and hears about the latest tweaks to the famous Castelli Gabba, the poor weather jacket of choice for the pro peloton. Ian Parkinson even lets him finish his interview without fading out… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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