- Cycling podcast recommendations
“Bespoke Weekly is pretty good”
if you want wilful ignorance and doping denial hosted by Rob “there’s no performance benefit from salbutamol” Hayles and OJ “Trek Drops kit now made by Mulberry” Borg aimed at the post 2012 MAMIL crowd then yes, it ticks a load of boxes. My other half Munqe Chick likes it 😉
If you like CX then CXHairs got there way before Crosscast, obviously US-Centric but cover worldwide racing (look out for episodes labelled TDDTIE – They Don’t Do That In Europe). Part of the Wide Angle Podium network which have several good shows including bikeshopCX if you are total tech geek (covered SHIS, building your own tub wheels, 2hrs talking tyre development with a guy from Vittoria etc), and The Slow Ride is 3 old mates bantering about riding and racing and butchering foreign names but I find them really entertaining.
My current fave is Cyclingtips. Neal Rogers, Caley Fretz and James Huang have genuine chemistry (one thing you can credit Bespoke with), but also have a lot of knowledge and insight and aren’t afraid to go off the beaten track (nuanced discussion of the boycott of Giro/Bell due to being owned by company associated with firearms, did a long piece on the culture in Columbia etc). I also like Velonews which Fretz used to be part of, which again tries to balance analysis with humour.
All the US pods cover CX in the season, I’ve got the impression most of them race so have personal interest rather than covering it “just because”. As of last year CXHairs also becomes an MTB XC racing pod during the summer.
Agree Cyclingnews is bone dry and is pretty much just straight road race analysis. Rouleur is trying to lighten up and occasionally has good guests on but sits at the drier end of the scale.Posted 1 year ago
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