Category: Podcast

Fast Talk podcast, ep. 36: Inside the new science of climbing

The VeloNews Fast Talk podcast is your source for the best advice and most interesting insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Listen in as VeloNews managing editor Chris Case and columnist Trevor Connor discuss a range of topics, including training, physiology, technology, and more.

Is climbing as simple as power-to-weight ratios? Not so much. In the January/February issue of VeloNews magazine, we dug into the rarely explored science of climbing. This podcast goes behind the scenes of the making of that article, and the many fascinating discoveries that came out of it.

We turned ourselves into mad scientists and convinced WorldTour pro Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo) to time trial a few Boulder climbs with them in the quest for answers.

Chief among the questions was simply: Does climbing come down to power-to-weight or does your climbing technique make a difference? In other words, if two riders weigh the same and average the same wattage, will they have the same time up a climb regardless of how they ride? Answering that question led to several others, including how a rider’s “type” affects his or her climbing and what’s the difference between pros and amateurs.

We also discovered some surprising answers about how different riders climb, how cadence plays a role, and if those basic online calculators can really predict your time up a climb. We also collected novel on-the-road biomechanical data.

This special episode of Fast Talk takes a deeper dive into our in-house experiment, more so than any magazine article could. No, our experiment wasn’t worthy of publication in the journal Science, but we had a lot of fun, we discovered some things that we’re very excited about, and, most importantly, we hope to help all of you become better climbers.

Joining us for the podcast is Ryan Kohler of the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center, who helped with the experiments on the road.

Fast Talk is available on all your favorite podcast services, including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Soundcloud. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a moment to rate and comment on iTunes after listening. Also, check out the VeloNews Cycling Podcast, our weekly discussion of the sport’s hottest topics, trends, and controversies.

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VN podcast, ep. 66: CX Nats rundown; will Boels keep winning?

Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

With Katie Compton crushing her 14th title and Stephen Hyde battling Jeremy Powers for his second title, CX Nats was an instant classic. We look back on the key races, and what’s ahead for the best American cyclocross racers.

Also in this show, we discuss the 2018 Women’s WorldTour. Some key riders have moved to new teams, but will that stop Boels-Dolmans from winning nearly any race? The Dutch powerhouse team looks as good as ever.

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Interviews podcast: Holloway on World Cup win; Red Hook Crit

Welcome to the VeloNews Interviews podcast. This series features in-depth conversations with cycling’s most interesting people. From riders to directors to other influential people, this is your place to learn about the sport from the insiders.

Daniel Holloway burst onto the track World Cup this year winning an omnium event in Chile. First of all, he explains what the omnium event is all about. Then, we discuss his role on the new USA Cycling National Team and his diverse background as a pro cyclist. He’s done everything from European racing to Red Hook Crits.

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VN podcast, ep. 65: Can Porte win the Tour? CX Nats preview

Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

Expectations are high for Richie Porte to podium (or win!?) the Tour de France. The trouble is, his past performances have been patchy. We debate the Australian’s talents and weaknesses in the first half of this podcast. There are some reasons to be bullish and others to be skeptical of Porte’s potential.

Then, we look ahead to this weekend’s USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Reno! Will Katie Compton get lost in a casino and open the door for a rival to break her streak of 13 consecutive wins? Did Stephen Hyde race too much in the lead-up to championships? Plus, we debate the event’s move back to December after the Reno race.

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Fast Talk podcast, ep. 35: How to train in the cold

The VeloNews Fast Talk podcast is your source for the best advice and most interesting insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Listen in as VeloNews managing editor Chris Case and columnist Trevor Connor discuss a range of topics, including training, physiology, technology, and more.

Are you getting out to ride this winter? This podcast covers the physiological effects of training in the cold, from muscle damage to the increased caloric demands. We also discuss tips and tricks to set up your bike, stay warm, and even keep your bottles from freezing. And if it’s just too darn cold, we explain the best way to balance time indoors on the trainer with outdoor rides.

We speak with Dr. Stephen Cheung, Dr. Iñigo San Millan, Trek-Segafredo pro rider Kiel Reijnen, and former cyclocross champion Tim Johnson about the best ways to get fit this winter.

Fast Talk is available on all your favorite podcast services, including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Soundcloud. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a moment to rate and comment on iTunes after listening. Also, check out the VeloNews Cycling Podcast, our weekly discussion of the sport’s hottest topics, trends, and controversies.

References

Cheung, S. S. (2010). Advanced environmental exercise physiology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Oksa, J., Ducharme, M. B., & Rintamaki, H. (2002). Combined effect of repetitive work and cold on muscle function and fatigue. Journal of Applied Physiology (1985), 92(1), 354-361.

Rissanen, S., Oksa, J., Rintamaki, H., & Tokura, H. (1996). Effects of leg covering in humans on muscle activity and thermal responses in a cool environment. European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, 73(1-2), 163-168.

Scott, E. E., Hamilton, D. F., Wallace, R. J., Muir, A. Y., & Simpson, A. H. (2016). Increased risk of muscle tears below physiological temperature ranges. Bone Joint Research, 5(2), 61-65.

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VN podcast: Rally riders prep for 2018… no bikes needed

Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

Rally Cycling’s pro riders put their bikes away for this off-season team camp. Instead, they hiked, skied, played basketball, and bonded with teammates new and old. The team-building may prove to be an essential ingredient if they hope to succeed in 2018 because the team is moving up to the Pro Continental level of racing. This should mean harder races, more European racing, and higher expectations. Editor in chief Fred Dreier caught up with Rally staff and riders in Winter Park, Colorado to learn more about the American squad’s plans.

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The women’s team got in a cross-country ski session. Photo courtesy Rally Cycling.

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Fast Talk podcast, ep. 34: Become a climber (even if you live in a flat place)

The VeloNews Fast Talk podcast is your source for the best advice and most interesting insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Listen in as VeloNews managing editor Chris Case and columnist Trevor Connor discuss a range of topics, including training, physiology, technology, and more.

In this episode of Fast Talk, we tackle the always-popular topic of climbing. A listener in Iowa asked if he could become a better climber. Not only will we answer his question, we’ll describe ways in which anyone can improve their technique, efficiency, and power to refine their climbing.

Surprisingly, climbing isn’t as simple as dropping a few pounds or spending your days riding in the Rockies. We look at the question from a few angles: First, does dropping weight make you a better climber? The fact is, for the last few decades, winners of the Tour de France, who can climb with the best, aren’t the lightest athletes. Why this is has a lot to do with something called allometric scaling. Secondly, we’ll discuss whether you need to climb hills to be a climber. Is it really just a question of power-to-weight? Finally, we’ll take a closer look at the particulars of climbing, including the effects of grade, cadence, standing vs. staying seated, and the importance of core strength.

We’re joined by a collection of talented riders and coaches: Sepp Kuss, newly signed with the LottoNL-Jumbo WorldTour squad; Dr. Iñigo San Millan, director of the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center; as well as fantastic climbers Joe Dombrowski and Ned Overend.

Fast Talk is available on all your favorite podcast services, including iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Soundcloud. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider taking a moment to rate and comment on iTunes after listening. Also, check out the VeloNews Cycling Podcast, our weekly discussion of the sport’s hottest topics, trends, and controversies.

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VN podcast, ep. 63: What doctors are saying about Froome case

Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

Chris Froome’s Vuelta anti-doping test has thrown the 2018 cycling season into limbo. No one knows if he’ll be allowed to race the Giro d’Italia as planned. It also remains to be seen if he’ll have his 2017 Vuelta title stripped. We discuss.

Also, Chris Case summarizes a conversation he had with an asthma doctor that tested Chris Froome. How could the Tour champ have gone so far over the limit for Salubutamol? What’s the difference between exercise-induced asthma and regular asthma?

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Emergency VeloNews podcast: Froome fiasco!

Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

We break down the key storylines behind Chris Froome’s doping test from the Vuelta. He went over the limit for Salbutamol. Now, Froome and Sky have a chance to explain themselves, but a pall of doubt has been cast over his four Tour wins and that Vuelta victory. We speak with Andrew Hood who has insider knowledge from an anti-doping expert and a lawyer. This is cycling’s biggest story in years — stay tuned as new developments come to light.

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VN pod, ep. 62: Jeremy Whittle on how UCI catches cheaters

Welcome to the VeloNews cycling podcast, where we discuss the latest trends, news, and controversies in the world of cycling.

How will the UCI crack down on motor cheating? Why did it settle the case with Sagan over his Tour de France disqualification? Our special guest Jeremy Whittle just got back from an interview with new UCI president David Lappartient. He’ll help us understand a few of the hot-button issues facing cycling.

Plus, Whittle gives us an insider’s perspective on how the British cycling fans are reacting to UKAD’s inconclusive ending to the Wiggins/Sky “jiffy bag” investigation.

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