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Episode 55 – More Classic Classics Teams

Derek sits down with Jamie Blanchfield, head coach at Premier Endurance and Tim Jackson, long time friend of the show and industry veteran from the USA.

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Episode 54 – Pick your Classics Team

Derek, John and Scott sit down and try to pick their classics teams, there’s some shockers in there, and it looks like two out of the three forgot to read the rules.

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Episode 53 – The Decade a Look back at Contador, Cancellara, Boonen and Sagan

In looking back at the decade 2010-2020 We revive some old memories of Contador, Boonen Cancellara and that new Wunderkid Peter Sagan.

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Episode 29: Transfers, Aquablue Saga and La Vuelta

Episode 29: Transfers, Aquablue Saga and La Vuelta

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Yes, you are a cheat, even you Larry.

It’s not neccessarily your fault but still.

Post the U23 Worlds there seems to have been a huge amount of hand wringing and gnashing of teeth from Pros saying “Well everyone drafts the cars, so please let me massage my conscience for a minute to make it seem as if it’s okay”.  It really doesn’t matter if the nicest guy in the Peloton gets back on using a draft. It’s still against the rules.  So lets set the rules out fairly clearly, here they are from the UCI Website. (PDF Download Here)

UCI Regulations on Drafting

 

So lets get a couple of cards on the table, I’ve DS’d, I’ve rode races (the latter not in a while, kids eh?) I’ve been on both sides of doing this. I’ve been the one sheltering, I’ve been the one shouting at the driver to close up to the car in front so I can jump across, I’ve been the one shouting at the driver “Steady Trapper, for f**ks sake”.  I’ve also been that guy in the drivers seat, one eye glued to the rear view mirror, the other eye watching speedo, wing mirror and the road ahead, sweating bullets to make sure you don’t have a rider come in that back window. I remember on the first day of the Rás, the first rider to sit on my bumper was Russ Downing, as I was moving up to feed the riders, me absolutely bricking it to get up and get my job done, but also to give Russ a good chance to get back up through the cars.

Any good DS that doesn’t help his own team, or others out, in this scenario isn’t a good DS.

With all those cards laid out on the table, how do I still see this as cheating ? Simple the rules as defined above deem that it is. The UCI Regulations on everything are not designed to give anyone clarity but mainly to put a veil of decency over what happens and they like to seem in control.

In Nils’s case, it was such a prolonged time behind the car before he was even in the cavalcade that it really warranted detailed attention. The only thing mitigating in his favour was that in my own experience when you have the prescene of a Commisare on a motorbike, they will normally warn you when they feel you are breaching the tolerance for fairness.

Instead of wringing the hands, and oh sure look everyone does it, how *can we all be cheating*, Professional Cycling needs to put it’s own house in order. And sadly this is where it all falls apart, an invisible CPA, a UCI that doesn’t really care and riders divided, you can be sure nothing will change. We’ve been down this road before, actually we are always down this road, the usual sign posts occur, someone threatening to sue, the UCI hiding behind something and the rest of the world still turning. And nothing changes.

We’ve moved passed the era of Armstrong, Ullrich and the super charged doping, the UCI, the CPA, they have no super baddies to fight, but like any relationship, the hard work is the grind. Riders need to pull the finger out and put the CPA to the sword, or do the decent thing and join the Cyclist’s Alliance. No amount of David Millar throwing shapes is going to change anything. What’s needed is actual change.

Sadly in the case of Nils or Larry the problem is there is no Referee’s Whistle, there’s no pause in play, there’s no second chances.  Riders, and the CPA need to stop pissing about and actually start making meanful changes to the sport now, before it’s too late.

It’s TdF Time, Baby.

Slightly later than planned, it’s a Tour de France preview, recorded while Stage Two was ongoing. We sit down and talk about our options.

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Tour De France 2019 Preview

It’s time to dust off all your yellow kit and get ready for the best three weeks of the summer. Yes, it’s Tour De France time, ITV are in the final stages of defrosting Gary Imlach as we speak. John and Derek finally sat down after a long hiatus with some travelling in between keeping them apart.

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Episode 50 – In Conversation with Velokicks

In a final chat before the year end, Derek catches up with Velokicks founder Nick Squillari about his start in cycling, the Australian Cycling Scene and some interesting news for the 2020 Season.

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Episode 49 – 2019 Season Review – Part 2

Part 2 of the Flammecast/Velocast Mash up to complete the review of the 2019 Season. We look indepth at the Tdf, The Vuelta, Italian Holy Week, Lombardy, The Worlds. We also award our Rider, Ride, Race, GT and Team of the Year. You can guess John’s Answers to all of them already !

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Episode 48 – 2019 Season Review – Part 1

Finally it’s the Flammecast & Velocast Cross over you’ve had nightmares about. Derek is joined by both John & Scott and they take a rose tinted look back at the first half of the 2019 Season. They discuss the classics, the rise of Wout Van Aert, Mathieu Van der Poel and the transition in sprinting. They also look at Team Ineos, Bernal and all associated with that.

It’s funny after this Podcast was recorded two things happened. The first was that Fat Elvis sacked his Coach and secondly Brian Holm basically confirmed what we were discussing in the Podcast about Deceunick Quickstep. Required reading after this podcast are these three articles.

  1. Fat Elvis Sacks his coach https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/coach-patxi-vila-op-weg-naar-movistar/
  2. Brian Hold reckons DQS lack Leaders https://www.velonews.com/2019/11/news/we-need-new-leaders-says-deceuninck-director-as-gilbert-other-stars-depart_502814
  3. Where now to for The Empire Team http://flammecast.com/2019/10/22/empire-state-of-mind-where-to-now-for-team-ineos/

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Episode 47 – In Conversation with Daniel Friebe

After much ado, and multiple cancelled and missed calls, Daniel Friebe (Author, Reporter, Journalist, Tv Personality and Speed Golf Expert) and Derek finally catch up. They discuss Daniel’s time at Mapei, his route into Journalism and more.

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Episode 45 and 46 – Three Grand Tour Season Wrap Up Parts 1 and 2

Scott O’Raw and Derek sat down for a single episode to wrap up the three Grand Tours and well it turned into two episodes and a few bits that ended up on the cutting floor.

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Episode 44 – Being a Soigneur with Astrid van Uden

We talk to Astrid Van Uden, who’s been Soigneur for Team Smartstop, Team Bridgelane, USA Paracycling Team and had many other roles in between.

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