3 Scientific Breakthroughs To Revolutionise Cycling? | The GCN Show Ep. 279


– From a sunny Coniston,
welcome to the GCN show. – Welcome to the GCN show,
brought to you by Wiggle. – This week, we’re talking
three scientific breakthroughs that could revolutionize cycling. – Records have been falling
in the ultra endurance world, and Froome has been falling at the Giro. – Again. We’ve also got a new bike, and
a new bike bag to put it in, in Tech of the Week, and
all of our usuals, as well. (theme music) – This week, in the world of cycling, we learnt that beards
are no barrier to speed. Sean Conway, sporting some
truly enormous facial hair, has just broken the record
for riding across Europe. – I was feeling pretty
low after 1000 miles, but I managed to find a mascot, in the form of a bit of road kill. His name’s Pedro, he helped me get through the first 1000 miles, and I took him all the way
across to the edge of Europe. – More from Sean a little bit later on. – Yeah, we also learned this week that if your team wants
to charter a helicopter to help to evacuate from
summit finishes quicker, then that is all well and good, but you actually need to catch it. Or, perhaps, more to the point,
they need to wait for you. Chris Froome unfortunately
missed the sky copter, and that just added to his list, quite extensive list, of Italian woes. – Marginal gains gone wrong. He did fair slightly better
though than Igor Anton, who couldn’t find his team bus, at the end of the Mount Etna stage, and was rescued by Team AG2R. – Yeah, his team, Dimension
Data, do dispute this, but the team directeur sportif
at the Giro WhatsApp group begs to differ. Anyway, this week, we’re
not talking marginal gains, and we’re not talking
about GPS either, Igor. We’re actually talking about
scientific breakthroughs that could revolutionize our sport, because we have got three of them for you. – We have, first up, we got a message through
from the guys at Exert, we’ve mentioned them here
on the GCN show before, and you might remember, they have created some quite mindblowing training analysis software, which analyses all of your power data, and their founder, Armando,
was also back on GCN in 2014, because he developed the first ever automatic gears for bikes. – I wonder whether his
saddle’s still looking quite so sad, now, or
if it’s perked up a bit? Anyway, they say, that
they’ve managed to get Exert software to a place where it can now act as your virtual coach, and they’ve called it the
Exert Adaptive Planner. – Apparently, I’m afraid I’m
going to have to read this, because I couldn’t remember it all, the Adaptive Planner will
choose the ideal workout for the selected day, the tool uses sophisticated algrorithms to analyze a broad set
of an athlete’s data, including how much training
they’ve been doing, training load, how
tired or fresh they are, form, proximity to goal
day, training phase, and other points proprietary to Exert. – Yeah, and then the really
cool bit, to me at least anyway, is the fact that it can also
factor in any days’ training you might have missed, and
indeed plan around real life, because we appreciate that, even after the last couple
of weeks’ worth of GCN shows, some of you still have them. Lives, we mean.
– Not many. – No, exactly, and then, it can also plan the ultimate training
session for your physiology. – Wow, it does beg, though,
a quite fundamental question, that question being, is
coaching really all science? – Wow.
– I guess time will tell. – Yeah it will, that is a
pretty fundamental question. We should maybe come back to that one. Right, next up though, the UCI weight limit
for bikes, of 6.8 kilos, has been looking quite
antiquated for some time. But, recent advances in material science could make it completely
and utterly meaningless. Because, we’re not talking
about graphene here, oh no, that was so last year, we’re talking about maths. – Yes, a bike frame made
entirely out of maths. Well, maths, and a little bit of graphene. – Yeah, graphene. – Because basically, graphene
is used as an additive to other things, such as
carbon fiber or rubber, or, as we learnt last week, even concrete, although of limited used to
bike frames, I will admit. – Researchers at MIT have
successfully managed to turn two dimensional graphene into a 3D form, through a combination
of heat and pressure. And with that, they’ve
finally managed to realize some of the strength and weight properties that people have long been
predicting about graphene, but have never actually seen
in physical form before. But the really cool bit, is
when they actually analyzed the structures that the graphene had made, they saw that it wasn’t the material that gave these amazing properties, it was actually the geometry
of the structure itself, meaning that you could
kind of replicate it with any material. – Do you know what those
structures are called? – No.
– Gyroids. Which, supposedly, look
quite similar to Nerf balls. However, those Nerf-like structures, are also apparently incredibly
tricky to manufacture. – Yeah, well, their
research has said actually, nigh on impossible. I wonder why they don’t
just talk to Nerf about it. – Well yeah, they seem to
know what they’re doing. – They’ve got a lot of experience – They’ve been doing it for years. – Anyway, beside the
point, what we’ve got, is a material that is ten
times stronger than steel, at just 5% of the density,
and it’s almost within reach. – That’s a bit revolutionary. – Imagine what it would do to bikes. Would you go for a super light bike, or an indestructible bike? – Indestructible, I reckon. – I’d go for indestructible,
as well, yeah, I wouldn’t be that
fussed about super light. – Yeah, indestructible, definitely. – I can’t bend it back, the
pedal’s touching the floor. – [Off Camera Voice] Turn it
upside down, you’ll be alright. Anyway, finally, it’s batteries. Slightly controversial, perhaps, but whatever you think about batteries, you’d be hard pushed to
argue that they haven’t been revolutionizing bikes and cycling through their steady evolution
over the last few years. Smaller, lighter, and
more powerful batteries have seen a steady rise of
things such as better lights, batteries in electronic groupsets etc, power meters, and, yes, e-bikes. – Ooh, now though, with, wait for it Dan, graphene, things could be about
to be taken up a notch. – I thought it was last year. – Well, it was last year, and then Samsung came and found another use for it, or rather, their advanced
institute of materials, actually. Basically, they have
successfully synthesized graphene balls, which,
when added to batteries, boost the capacity by 45% and make them charge five times faster. – More powerful on board computers, longer lasting groupset batteries, more powerful, brighter
lights, onboard cameras. – Yeah, all, perhaps,
in their own small way, would gradually revolutionize cycling, as we’re already seeing,
but I think the big one, depending on your own personal view of it, is going to be e-bikes. I mean, would Mikel
Landa even have noticed that Dan was riding an e-bike– – Well, he didn’t appear
to, as he was dropping me– – That’s a good point, actually, maybe Mikel Landa
wouldn’t have dropped Dan, if, actually, who are we kidding, it might revolutionize cycling,
but it’s not that good. (dramatic music) – Chris almighty, that is not fair. Fair point, I guess. Anyway, we’d like to know
what you think, as ever. Do you think that science
could, eventually, revolutionize cycling? Let us know in the comments
section, down below. From my perspective, back
in the days when I was a full time professional
cyclist, I would have– – For such teams as– – I would have loved to
use the Exert software, I think I’ve mentioned it here
on the GCN show in the past, but, if I’d have known 100% for sure, that a training program
was going to get the best out of my own body, I’d have followed it, no questions asked, no
matter how hard it was. But you always question your own training program, don’t you? Well, at least, certainly I did. I always questioned
training programs that were written for me by other coaches. – Yeah, imagine an entire
Peloton of cyclists competing, all having been trained
by the same algorithm. That’s bonkers. – It could be quite boring, couldn’t it? Bunch sprints on every single– – No, the freaks of nature would still rise to the top, wouldn’t they? – Yeah.
– Yeah. You know, for my take, actually, I’m less enthusiastic about
the lighter bikes thing, because I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that lighter bikes aren’t
actually necessarily that much faster, up to a point, anyway. And they’re certainly, and
we know this for a fact, a lot more fun, you
only have to ride, like, a belting carbon frame next
to a belter of a steel frame, to know they both have their
advantages, plus points. – Yeah, the cool thing about cycling, from that point of
view, is that science is unlikely to revolutionize
it, for the reason being, that, well, you can have a steel bike, that’s very simple, and
it’s just as much fun, often, to ride, as a
tech-laden top of the range, cutting edge bike. – Yeah, that is true, actually, although one thing you definitely can say about these three things, is
that batteries have the power to revolutionize the world, and e-bikes are actually,
probably, a big part of that. – Batteries have the power, pun intended? – Yeah, clearly. Anyway, get involved in the
comments section, down below. What do you think, are these three things going to revolutionize cycling? – He didn’t intend that. – I did, I so did, mate, I did. (trumpet fanfare) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We’re going to start Cycling Shorts with some, presumably,
very crusty ones, actually, because Sean Conway has
just set a new world record for cycling across Europe. Just shy of 4000 miles,
or 6405 kilometers, in a time of 24 days, 18
hours, and 39 minutes. Bursting the previous
record by nine hours. That sounds like squeaky
bum time, doesn’t it? – It does, yeah, he spent
an average of 16 hours a day in the saddle, in that shammy, as well. A starting attempt out in Portugal, he then crossed Spain,
France, Switzerland, which must have been
pretty hilly, mustn’t it? Then went on to Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, and then
finished in Russia, in Ufa. – Yeah, you know what, actually, putting it in the context of a grand tour, which is won in 21 days, generally, if your winning margin was nine hours, people would probably be
questioning the validity of it, so maybe that is, actually,
just a healthy lead. – Probably just say he smashed the record. – He smashed the record, yeah. Anyway, Sean, despite
what we presume is his fairly deep state of fatigue, he has actually sent us a quick message, so thanks for that, Sean. – The first thousand miles
was really, really tough, I was massively under prepared, the winter snowy months
made it really difficult to do any proper outdoor training, and also, I got a puppy in December, so cycling training took a
back seat for puppy training. And the worst part is, my puppy
now still barks at bicycles. Which is, kind of, really annoying. The middle section of my
ride, up to 2000, 3000 miles, I started to find my groove, things were getting a bit
easier, I was finding food, a lot better, Germany,
France, Switzerland, really easy countries to cycle in. I then got into the Czech Republic, which was extremely, extremely hilly, I wasn’t quite prepared for the
hills of the Czech Republic. And then, over into Poland, where the roads gradually got worse, but I was still keeping just
ahead of the world record. It was only until I got to the Ukraine that I really started to up my mileage, trying to hit a few 200 mile days, and I manages to build up a lead, up to 3000 miles of 24 hours
ahead of the world record. So, I was rally happy with that. Unfortunately, Russia really
through everything at me, I had 15-25 mile an hour head winds, for the entire thousand
miles across Russia, and the roads were just
terrible for road cycling, no hard shoulders, big
trucks bombing past, having to jump off onto
the side of the road. So, things were really tough in Russia and I lost most of my lead
due to the head winds, so, from a 24 hour lead, I
eventually only landed up beating the record by just
under nine hours in the end. So, it was cutting it
fine, but thankfully, I built up those big
miles in the early days and was able to just tip ahead. I camped rough most of the way, I slept mainly in drain
pipes under the road, and in 25 days and 4000 miles, I only had five showers, so
my clothes were pretty stinky towards the end. But, I really needed to make
the most of my time on the road and trying to faff around
checking into hotels really would take a lot
of time out of my day that I couldn’t afford to lose. I just want to thank everyone at GCN for supporting me throughout the ride, I couldn’t have done it without you guys, and I hope to see you soon. And make sure you subscribe to GCN. See you later. – Thank you Sean. Right, sticking with the
ultra endurance world, for a few more moments, there is another record
that has been broken. This time, by Dean Stott. It is the record for riding
the length of the Americas. 14000 miles, in total,
he’s managed to take 17 days off the previous record, covering that distance
in a time of exactly 99 days and a half. – Now, he was with a
support crew, actually, Sean was self-supported, hence
why he was sleeping in pipes. Anyway, the interesting
thing about Dean’s attempt, is that he actually sped
up in the second half, because he received an invitation to the forthcoming royal wedding. – He did as well, did he? – Yeah, which takes place this week– takes place this weekend. Which I hadn’t realized, you
obviously knew all about. – I didn’t know until I
got the invite through. Anyway, I wonder if that kind of incentive might work for Chris
Froome at the Giro perhaps? Because, he needs to speed up doesn’t he, in the second half of that race. – He does, doesn’t he? That sounds like a crap idea, mate, – Yeah, it probably is. Actually, speaking of crap ideas, that led me nicely on to the next topic. Because Israel, you know,
land of Giro d’Italia starts, Eurovision wins, amongst other things. Well they have just opened
a new bicycle tunnel which is in a sewage pipe, kind of. – Yeah, that’s right, so, this
new bike path in Jerusalem, is indeed underground, in a tunnel that houses a giant sewage pipe. And it also has a single lane access road that was built to
maintain said sewage pipe, but has now been turned
into a two lane bike path. It forms part of the 42 kilometer long Jerusalem circular bike path, and it opened a couple of weeks back with, of all things, the
Grand Fondo New York event, which took place in Jerusalem. – Stinks, if you ask me. Moving on, to this, which caught my eye, from a few days ago, on Twitter. It was posted by Sven Thiele, although I don’t think he
was the original source. Regardless, it shows the
uptake of technology, modern technology, everything
from Android, to Facebook, to Spotify, to iTunes, etc, and how quickly they’ve been
adopted by the general public. You want to know what came out on top? – Graphene, 100%. – No, stop talking about Graphene. It was actually bikes. – Bikes, that makes more sense. – Bike sharing in China, to be specific. – Ah, well, to be fair, that
is actually a good thing. We kind of got an inkling
of that, didn’t we? The fact that there have been so many discarded public hire bikes in China, but you do have to say that, once they got over
those teething problems, actually getting more people
on bikes and out of cars, has got to be a good thing. Yeah, definitely, a few
problems to be ironed out, but once we get to that point, where more journeys are
being made on bikes, like he says, good thing. – Absolutely, right we’re
going to finish Cycling Shorts this week with a quick
update from Catherine, who, as you well know, is in
her final preparation phase for the Dirty Kanza epic gravel event that’s, well it’s less than
a month away, isn’t it? – That’s close.
– Crikey. Anyway, here is Catherine. – Just reporting in from
one of my training rides. I am up on top of the Mendips,
in Somerset, in the UK. Got about 70 miles on the menu today. Mostly off-road, some very light gravel, like the Strawberry Line, some a bit more like mountain biking. So, I’m quite glad I’ve got
some mega 2 inch tires on today, but I don’t think they’ll be
lasting on there for the Kanza. I’ve had some good training
rides in the last few weeks, some longer road miles as
well as some more off-road. And a couple of weeks to go now, so I’m just starting to
taper, which involves going down to about 100 mile, 100k rides. But yeah, feeling good, fingers crossed. – It’s time now for
GCN’s Wiggle Of Fortune. One lucky contestant will
have the opportunity to win four different Wiggle vouchers. The top prize being
£150 of Wiggle vouchers, bottom prize £25, not quite
the bottom prize, in fact, because there’s a top prize for me, which is a beer, which
you can see just here. I haven’t won it yet, but every week I hope a
contestant doesn’t win and I do. – Are you ready, this week’s contestant is Aaron Solomon, of the goold old U S of A. Nice, fingers crossed, Aaron. – In two, in one, and go. Where’s the beer? – It’s going fast this week, – It is, yeah, it’s sped up a lot. I can see prize four going round. – Oh, this doesn’t look
good for you, mate, this doesn’t look good for you. – No, it’s gone straight
past, lost interest already. Prize four, what’s he going to get? Prize three, it’s going
to be prize three, is it? – Ah, not quite on to
prize two, well done Aaron. Alright, we’ll be in touch
with your Wiggle voucher very soon indeed, let us
know what you spend it on. – Douchebag–
– Idiot. No, Douchebag, the company, Si. – Oh, sorry. – Have just released a brand new bike bag. Now they’re calling it the Savage. It’s a soft case, however,
inside you’re going to find it in a cage design, which
they’ve drawn inspiration, basically, from the roll cage that you find inside racing cars. What that means, is maximum protection for your pride and joy inside. – Yeah, apparently, most
mountain bikes and road bikes will fit in it, and there is an adaptor that will allow you to fit road bike handle bars safely inside. Now, one of the cool bits for me, is that it can actually be stored at just a third of it’s original size. Which is an important consideration, when you’re buying a bike bag. – Well, it is, because no
matter how much you ride bikes, let’s face it, the majority of the time you’re storing a bike
box about, aren’t you. – Yeah, indeed. – Now, any of you that
have watched the recent GCN Tech video with me in Abu Dhabi, where I follow the mechanics
around as they pack up, I’m sure that’s most of you, you will know that team
Sky use Douchebags, in fact they had loads of them over there. – Anyway, moving swiftly
on, this next bit of tech, you will probably know that I’ve got something of a soft spot for it. The 3T Strada, was a
pretty revolutionary bike, certainly in road bike terms. It is air optimized, fine, but it can only use 1x drive trains. Oh yeah, and it can only use disc brakes, meaning that it was actually as controversial as Lance Armstrong, and I’m actually not
exaggerating when I say that. – Yeah, so, fingers on the keyboard, get ready to start typing and
leaving your comments below. But, they’ve got a younger
brother, haven’t they? It’s called the 3T Strada Pro, which uses a slightly cheaper,
and heavier carbon lay up, 130 grams heavier, to be precise. But what it means is that they
can now sell a complete bike, for just under $5000. The Giro d’Italia is nearing
the halfway point now, and as things stand Michelton-Scott sit in quite a commanding position. Simon Yates has been rewarded for some incredibly consistent
riding and a stage win, with the leader’s jersey over all, whilst Esteban Chaves probably
couldn’t believe his luck, as he was allowed to slip
into a 28 man breakaway, which went up the road
on the stage to Etna. One stage a piece and the
one two in the over all GC. – Yeah, Chris Froome, meanwhile,
suffered another fall, this time on a climb, and then, he fell the next day, as well, except this time, just down
the over all classification. On the stage to Gran Sasso d’Italia, he conceded a minute to
stage winner Simon Yates, and with it, all hope of
winning the Giro d’Italia. – Yes.
– Yeah, I didn’t want to write him off completely,
but he doesn’t look like he’s going very fast. – No, I don’t think he’s
coming back from that. I’m sure that will be repeated if he does, many times for years to come. – Do you want to say
that you don’t think he’s going to make the podium,
just for the record? – I don’t think Chris Froome is going to– no, I’m not going to do that. I’m going to learn from your mistake, from 2014 wasn’t it? – It was, yeah. – Put it in now. – Vincenzo Nibali is not
going to make the podium. – Anyway, moving on to
the Four Days of Dunkirk, and the Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni took a much needed victory there on one of the sprint stages, because, once again, he’s landed
himself in some hot water. Apparently, according to L’Equipe, the French sports newspaper, he was involved in a violent altercation, after the Eschborn-Frankfurt
race recently, with his sports director, Roberto Damiani. – He is an angry man, isn’t he, Bouhanni? I can’t imagine there’s many teams that would put up with him any more, given that he doesn’t win many bike races, and he might beat you up. But anyway, good news
for the team, though, Cofidis, have said they’re
renewing their sponsorship right through to the end of 2022. Now, bearing in mind
that they actually joined the pro cycling sport in 1997, and have weathered some storms since then, that’s quite a partnership, isn’t it? – Yeah, that’s a long time, I’d just started driving in
97, even I was young back then. Sticking with the Four Days of
Dunkirk a little bit longer, it’s also great to see the return to winning form of Andre Greipel, after he broke his
collarbone at Milan-San Remo. And, in fact, he took his 150th
and 151st career victories. – Yeah, one of them,
was a solo one, as well. The Tour of California
also started on Sunday. Things to note, they have
a new Leader’s Jersey, courtesy of our mates at
Assos, it looks pretty cool. But, perhaps the big story,
before the race had started, was that they’ve decided to join the ranks of some of the other big races, and get rid of podium girls. – Or hostesses, as they called them. – Sorry, hostesses. – Didn’t go down too well
with everybody, did it? I mean, this was the reaction that Esteban Chaves gave down in Italy. We joke, of course,
but in all seriousness, there were major protests
and even placards spotted at the roadside by Sophie
Smith, the cycling journalist. – That’s not much of a
placard, now, is it really? – No, it’s a bit of pink
paper, with some Sharpie. – Yeah, I’m not sure
whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, that that’s, like, whether it was just his raw emotion that got him drawing on
a pink piece of paper, or whether it’s good
that no one’s actually gone to the lengths of
making something proper. – Who knows.
– Anyway, there we go. Certainly didn’t deter Fernando Gaviria, he took out stage one, despite having to use his
elbows a little bit, actually, to fend off a young rider from
the Azeon Hagens Berman team. Who seemed to want to muscle in his lead. – Yeah, I also noticed, actually, that the organizers of Tour of California, on their dossard, the race
numbers that the riders pin on, they’ve given a small space allocation to the riders to write
who they’re riding for. And this picture from Roger Hammond, sports director at Dimension Data, showed that Mark Cavendish
has decided to ride for the late Sharon Laws, which I thought was a classy gesture. – Yeah, it is cool. Right, now, some slightly bad news, but perhaps something you
might be able to help with. One of the leading women’s
teams, Hitec Products, are having to resort to crowdfunding to try and plug a
shortfall in their budget for the remainder of the season. They’ve been around for a long time, very successful team they are too, in fact they recently won
the Tour of Chongming Island, with Charlotte Becker,
but they are, as we say, resorting to crowdfunding. – Yeah, they’ve been riding well recently. Now, that shortfall in budget, is apparently down to the fact that one of the major sponsors has pulled out. Like you said, they’ve been
around for a long time, almost ten years, so it is
a worry for all of the staff and all of the riders. – Yeah, if you would like to help out, then we’ve got a link to
their crowdfunding page in the description beneath this video. – We are going to give a quick
plug to our own shop now, because we’ve got a big sale going on. Over at shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com
you will find, on sale, everything form
hoodies, to T-shirts, to jackets, to thermal cups– – Pizza cutters.
– Pizza cutters, loads and loads of different stuff, so make sure you go and check that out. – Yep, and also, bearing
in mind that this is the month of May, there is
quite a pink theme going on. Dan obviously manfully sporting our limited edition pink T-shirts,
but don’t forget as well, there’s a few other
bits and bobs on there, like our pink logos on
T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies as well, in white and black. Make sure you check it out. – Hack, forward slash,
bodge of the week now. Starting with this, from Graham Atkinson, which we don’t understand. – No, Graham has successfully
hacked, or bodged, we don’t know yet, a broken gear cable. So, he’s managed to secure the chain in his third easiest gear, excellent work, but the method of fixing,
we don’t know what it is. He said it’s an electrical
cable connector. Anyway, it looks good, Graham, to be fair, but, I don’t think it’s
as good as our hack, our roadside fix. – Yeah, we did do that roadside hack, many years ago, didn’t we? – Yeah, indeed, so, if you
want to know what that is, how to fix a broken rear derailleur cable, out on the road, or the
trail, check it out, because it is a good one,
and I’m sorry, Graham, but yours has not beaten it. – Well, we don’t know, because
we don’t understand it. – Euguene Lawrence, on Facebook,
has sent this picture in, which I initially thought was a bodged recumbent tandem, but then
Si pointed out to me that that’s, in fact, two bikes there. – Still bodged.
– Two bodges, instead of one. – Well, I mean, it’s a
proper recumbent, isn’t it? They’ve just made their own seats. – The seats actually don’t
look uncomfortable, do they? – I don’t know what a normal
recumbent seat looks like, if I’m perfectly honest, Dan. So, maybe that is a hack,
jury’s out on that one. It’s not on this, this is genius. Now, as you well know, I
absolutely love chain keepers, but this one– – Haven’t had one for a while, have we? – No, we haven’t, this actually looks like my kind of chain keeper,
he’s using a through axle, that’s a Mad Dog Eco, by the way, using a through axle with
a soft drinks bottle, just thrown casually over the top. That’s amazing, see, you
don’t need a chain keeper. – I’ve seen better, I must
admit, I’ve seen better. Moving on to this one, then. – You’ve not seen cheaper, Dan, and I know you love a bargain. – Yeah I do, there’s a sale on, actually, at shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com. – Funnily enough, there is. Anyway, that’s a hack, that one. – Eddie Brunner, over
on the Facebook page, wanted a bike rack for his super bike. I presume that’s motorbike
he’s talking about, rather than the Colnago,
could be either, couldn’t it? – That’s quite a nice Colnago. – So he grabbed his welder
and some scratch steel, and built one, boom, bike rack. – That is very cool, nice hack there. Imagine if the Colnago
matched his motorbike. – Yeah.
– Yeah, I mean, they’re both very nice colors, but, – Still a hack. – They’ve got to match, surely. – Still a hack, isn’t it? – Well yeah, they should. Right, now, this one, slightly peculiar. This was sent in by
ejwilliams7, over on Instagram. Which position is more aero? Well, clearly the top one, isn’t it? Whether it’s sustainable
or not, I don’t know, but also, if it was me,
I wouldn’t necessarily want my face there, when cycling. – Very good point, Si, not
really a hack or a bodge, I don’t know why we’ve got that in there, but just some new positions
to sit on your tandem. Probably a future GCN
video, at some point. Next up, we’ve got this
from Benny_And_Jets, how to avoid an £85 bill ticket,
but keep your bars clean. We’ve been trying to, oh
it says, “Oz,” that bell, we were trying to decipher
whether it was in Australia, where it’s law to have a bike bell, but I don’t think it is, I’m
sure you can let us know. – It is in this country,
but we don’t often get– – Oh, it’s law over here, is it? – I’m pretty sure it is,
well they’ve got be sold, bikes have got to be sold with a bell. We should probably do some
more research on this. – We’ve shown ourselves to be
clueless from start to finish. – And potentially law breakers,
in every country we go to, but anyway, stick your
bell between your legs. That’s the moral of that fairy tale. – I love this next one, moving swiftly on. From Unseriouscycling,
right, this is genius Si. So, his bar tape, or hers, has got mucky. – As it does. – So, instead of trying
to clean it, or, indeed, throw it away and get some new stuff, he’s just unwrapped it and
wrapped the opposite way round, thus leaving the majority
of it looking quite clean. – Genius.
– The dirty stuff, kind of wrapped underneath. It’s a bit like wearing your underpants for a second day inside out, isn’t it. – And then back to front, and then inside out and
back to front again. Four days from the same pair of pants. Yeah, I like that, very much. This one here, is sent in by Shotenzenjin, “Real Panniers,” yes, I like
that, I mean, I like the pun, don’t really see the point in having a pan strapped to your bike, but anyway. Do you think you could
actually transfer, like, lunch for twenty people in that thing? – Rice in front, big curry
in the back, happy days. Anyway.
– Yeah, I like that. – If you’d like to send us
in your hacks, or bodges, the hashtag is #GCNhack,
or as we’ve mentioned, you can send them in to a message, as a message to us on Facebook. – Right, it’s time now
for Caption Competition. You’re opportunity to get your hands on a GCN water bottle, for free. All you’ve got to do is caption
a photo that we give you. Funniest caption, each
week, is the winner. This is what you had last week, to get your teeth sunk
into, Dan, who’s the winner? – Nirmal N, caption, “Telepathic
thought, Israeli Good,” which we thought was brilliant, didn’t we? – We did, simple, but very, very good. Right, the photo that
you’ve got this week, you have to caption it, Dan? – Yeah, you ready?
– Get us started. – I’ve been thinking
long and hard about this. “Pink? Ewe.” That went better in rehearsals that, bet it was really funny, in rehearsals. – That is really funny. – Let me try it again, “Pink? Ewe.” There we go, leave your best captions in the comments section down below, and Nirmal, don’t forget to get in touch on Facebook, with your address, so we can get this out to you. – People might need to see
that written down, Dan, but it’s very funny. – Comment of the week time now, and we’re very tempted to
read out a whole host more confessions from last week’s show. We have got one to do a
bit later, but first up, underneath What Do
Riders Eat For Breakfast At The Giro D’Italia, Dom James put, which apparently is the
breakfast of champions, isn’t it? That’s what Simon Yates has every morning. – That’s right. – Er, Weetabix, every day. – Awesome. – I don’t know who was more excited, Simon Yates talking about his breakfast, or Emma’s response to
Simone Yates’ breakfast, both were quite enthusiastic. – She couldn’t believe anyone would have banana on top of an omelette, could she? – Two egg omelette, with mashed
banana, honey on top of it. – In the omelette? – On top of it. – On top of the omelette, you have banana? – Yeah, I only do sweet breakfasts. – Right, are you ready for the confession? It comes from Terence
McMahon, and we love this one. – That’s brilliant, I love it. – Yeah, really good. Okay, we’ve got loads more
content coming up for you over the next seven days,
starting on Wednesday, where Josh Ibbett, I think
he’s talking us through what you need to take bike packing, the list is pretty extensive, Thursday– – Well less extensive
than you might think, Dan. There’s not much to take. – Oh, is there not? – No, well you’re not allowed
to take much, basically. – I shall make sure I watch. There’s a cheeky little
bonus for you actually, on that day, because Emma
has been taking a tour of the Bora-Hansgrohe kitchen,
so two videos in one day– – That’s where the kitchen sink, that you’re not allowed to take
bike packing, has ended up. – Good joke, Si.
– Thanks mate. – On Thursday, Matt, actually,
is taking you through the best ever additions
of the Giro d’ITalia, and then on Friday, it’s another special on bike packing, get your questions Josh
Ibbet on bike packing, because he’s coming in to do
that in a couple of days time. – He is indeed, and also,
over on the tech channel, will be a bike packing special as well. With Josh, but more
tech focused questions. Right, Saturday, Emma’s commuter
training series continues, definitely, definitely worth catching up, if you’ve not seen that one
yet, and then, on Sunday, we’ve got a nutrition special from one of the leading
nutritionists out there, Asker Jeudenkrup, Emma has
been putting your questions– – Jeukendrup, isn’t it? – I don’t know, maybe he
can fill us in on Sunday. – He’ll let us know, I’m sure. Monday, back with the racing news show, Tuesday back in the set
here for the GCN show. A couple of reminders,
if you’re in Europe, you can check out Eurosport’s
app and find yours truly, and Si, and other, well,
more experts, alongside us, so make sure you join us on the app for daily coverage of the Giro d’Italia. Speaking of which, John Cannings is there for the second rest day,
so stay tuned to GCN tech, and possibly GCN as well, for more coverage of that race from him. – It’s busy at the moment, isn’t it, mate? – Really busy.
– Brilliant. We are getting towards the
end of the GCN show now, but before we leave, we still, of course, have time for Extreme Corner. This week, it’s Josh Lewis, from 50:01, I believe, Dan, this is called shredding. – Is it a raw edit? – It is a raw edit, that’s right. – Nice.
– Wow. – Yeah.
– That was impressive, that was fast riding. – That guy can ride, yeah. – He can. – Also, I, strangely,
find the sound of skids really compelling. – Well yeah, well the
can be quite frightening as you follow through, can’t they? Sound of skids, anyway. – Let’s move swiftly on, shall we? – We shall.
– That’s the end of the show. You’ve probably already left
us, actually, after that bit. – I’m sure they have a long time ago, when we made some other
poor jokes about ewes. Make sure you join us
again this time next week, when we’ll be back for the GCN show, keep it together, Si, I’m
trying to think of a video that we can throw to– – Morocco bike packing. – Ah, you’ve changed
it, let’s throw to two, for the first time in ages. Si went bike packing in Morocco, a video he’s incredibly proud about, keep’s banging on about
it, that’s down here. Down here, you can find out
what the rest of the pros at the Giro d’Italia
had for their breakfast. Oh and we’ve got a sale on in the shop. Click on the link.