4 Of Cycling’s Most Enduring Myths – Exposed! | The GCN Show Ep. 303


– [Announcer] From the middle of Europe– – Welcome to the GCN Show! – Welcome to the GCN Show, brought to you by our friends at Wiggle. – This week it’s the international
jet set edition GCN Show. Emma has been racing in Taiwan, Jon’s been watching racing in (mumbles), and Ollie’s been watching
bikes at the Taipei show. (chopsticks clicking) – I’ve forgotten how to do it (laughs). – We also have news on next
year’s Tour De France route. Gloves that could save the world. But first, we bust four of
cycling most enduring myths. – Yeah, four less things
for you to worry about when cycling basically. Bonus. (upbeat music) (dramatic rumbling) – This week in the world of cycling we learned that next year’s
Tour De France route, is well, one for the climbers. With more classified mountains than in any other Tour
De France in history. And more on that in just a moment. – Yeah, we also learned this week why Dan has gone to Bologna for
all his holidays this year. Turns out the city has launched
a scheme called Bella Mossa which aims to incentivize
people to ride their bikes instead of traveling via their cars. And it’s done so by
offering beer as a reward, free beer. – Ride bikes and then
get rewarded with a beer. Sounds like Dan’s lost
20 years, doesn’t it? – (laughs) Yeah, doesn’t it. – I’ve had at least eight mineral waters. Mineral waters, mineral waters myself. I’m not sure what the
others have bene drinking. – Right now this week we are
talking cycling folklore. Here at GCN we do our utmost to share the most accurate
information and knowledge and insight available about our sport. – As well as telling people
about what we do, right? – Yeah, that’s a good point. But despite the best efforts, there are still some enduring
myths that refuse to go away. – Until now. Here are four things that you
no longer need to worry about. (smooth jazz music) How you pedal just doesn’t matter. – Yeah, now when GCN started, I’ll admit, we were as
guilty as the next person for advocating a perfect
pedaling technique, but as the years rolled
on, visibly in my case, more tech has become available. More studies have been carried out and now we know categorically that pedaling technique
just doesn’t really matter. – [James] And in fact,
if you take the fastest and most powerful cyclists, and use them as a benchmark, you’ll actually find that
they pedal less smoothly than, well, the rest of us. – That’s right. Now they don’t look like
they pedal less smoothly. And that’s probably why the myth endures. But when you actually look at really detailed power analysis for a pedal straight, you’ll see there’s a really
distinct power delivery phase and then not much else for the rest of it. – No, so that’s one less
thing to worry about. No scraping, no pulling up
and no pedaling in circles. (smooth jazz music) – This is one that we’ve been
thinking about for a while, and frankly, I’m gonna blame gravel bikes. – Oh, mate, don’t do that. Everyone blames gravel bikes for, well, absolutely everything. – That is true and it’s not fair. And in actual fact, in this case, it would be ironic as well
given that the gravel bike is the do-it-all bike. But for many people, it’s kind of like a symbol of
over specialization, isn’t it? Needing a specific niche bike
for a specific niche purpose. – Yeah, but the fact
is that while one bike is maybe better for a
task than another bike, the differences are well
often pretty subtle. – Yeah, you’re right. And it’s actually been really interesting reading some of the comments
underneath the gravel bike versus mountain bike tests
that we did over in Iceland. And people have pointed
out that perhaps I didn’t have low enough gears on the gravel bike, or that my tires were five
millimeters too narrow. And yeah, while those things
do bother me as well sometimes, they only bother me when I’m not riding. And that’s the thing, isn’t it? When you’re actually
out doing what the bike is supposed to do, doing what you love, it doesn’t matter one jock. Yeah, there are a couple points where I pedaled marginally
slower than was optimal and I might have been
fractionally less comfortable ’cause I had five psi extra in my tires. But I mean really doesn’t
affect how much fun you have. – No, but I think the real question and the thing that everyone wants to know is that are gravel bikes
better than mountain bikes? – They are mate, don’t worry, 100% better. Blew the mountain bike out of the water. – [James] Yes. – But jokes aside though, you can’t get around the fact
that there are some bikes that are faster for certain things, like an arrow bike is faster
than a lightweight bike for most things. Part from when steep climbs, where a lightweight bike is
faster than an arrow bike, and yeah, maybe on gravel, you might have a bit comfort and control on a gravel bike than a cross bike. But the fact is you
should never let your bike stop you from doing the kind
of riding that you wanna do. Do the riding anyway, just
maybe do it marginally slower and in the case of riding dirt, just put a bit of extra
pressure in your tires. (smooth jazz music) – There’s no such things as a
millimeter perfect bike fit. Now I know I’m really throwing the cat among the pigeons here, but bike fit. We’re not saying they’re
not worth it, they are. For some people they
transform a painful ride to well, a pain free ride. – Yeah, but is there such a
thing as a perfect bike fit? No, we don’t think so. – No. You can have a good position
and you can have a bad position but obsessing over the
millimeters is just wasted energy. – Yeah, the great Eddie Merckx, he used to obsess about his bike position and look where it got him (laughs). To the point of that
where he actually raced with an Allen key in his
back pocket apparently so he could adjust his
saddle height mid race. Now, fair enough. You’ll say he’s the greatest of all time and therefore obsessing
about it didn’t do any harm. But he’s also the case in point to show that actually there isn’t such a thing as millimeter satellite
’cause he changes all the time and he was still the greatest of all time. So there we go. – Yes, and our very own Dan Lloyd has never had a bike fit in his– – I’m not sure Lloyd is
a great example there. – Okay, right. (smooth jazz music) No, there is no shame
in wearing pro team kit when you’re not pro. – That’s right. Replicate kit isn’t
frowned on by other sports so why cycling? – Yes, some cyclist will disagree but showing allegiance to a
rider or a team is fine by us. – Yeah. Have a mind if something to say about that but in all seriousness, embrace it. In fact, why not go the whole
hog and do what this guy does. This is Lee Turner and apparently
he’s a master collection of over 170 pro team kits. And he rocks them with pride. – [James] Yes, check out his Instagram because well, you’ll absolutely love it. This is cool. – It is absolutely cool. And there we got then. That one and three other
myths that we think should be put to rest here and now. But let us know what you
think in the comment sections. While undoubtedly there are more, which other cycling myths
would you like to see busted? – Yes, let us know in
the comment section below because I reckon there’s
a full video about this. – (laughs) That’s right. She’s not gonna let you
wear that jersey, no. – No, don’t tell her. – Sorry, noggin. – As we mentioned at the top of the show, Emma has been in Taiwan
racing the KOM challenge to be precise and this is how she got on. – Here I am back for
the third year in a row at the Taiwan KOM and I’ll
be honest, I’m a bit nervous. Because it’s the first year
that I’m doing this race when I’m not a full time athlete. And it’s a little bit different when you don’t have quite
as much time to train. That said, I know it’s gonna be hard, I know it’s gonna be painful. It’s painful for everyone, whether you’re at the
front or at the back, and I suspect I’ll be rather
towards the back this year. But anyway, it’s a beautiful climb. It goes from the sea right up to three and a half
thousand meters basically. You go through tropical
rain forests, alpine meadows and it’s just stunning. I can’t wait and I’m
looking forward to it, even though it’s gonna be quite painful. (upbeat inspirational music) Well, I wasn’t wrong that
it was gonna hurt (laughs). I sort of forgotten how
painful the Taiwan KOM is but I was reminded today. However, it is absolutely beautiful. We were so lucky with the
weather and I really enjoyed it. I got beaten but by someone who was
unquestionably better than me. Lucy Kennedy, very much deserved to win. Well on her and I am
actually really pleased that I got the the finish (laughs). And I came second, which
is also, a quite shock. And I just really enjoyed
it, it was so beautiful. – It’s time now for weekly inspiration where you send in your amazing
inspirational cycling photos wherever they may be. We get the pleasure of
sorting through them and then pulling out our
three favorites each week. They’re eligible for 50,
75 and 100 pound vouchers courtesy of our friends over at Wiggle. James, who rounds out the
podium this week with third? – Well, in third place we
have Tom from Bealach Na Ba in the Scottish Highlands. And he brings in this fantastic photo. – [Host With Brown Hair] Wow. – I mean that looks phenomenal. He’s obviously taken it as a selfie. – [Simon] As one pro
selfie taken to another, recognize that classic shot. The over the shoulder,
look the other way number. – [James] That is a classic. But that truly does look amazing. He’s got the road there, he’s got the sun just
glistening over the clouds. – I think it’s one of the tallest, longest climbs in the
British Isles that one, from memory. But yeah, there we go
and no, I do like that. An inspirational selfie to boot as well. So there we go Tom, 50
pounds coming over to you. In second place, we’ve got
this one from Vincent Becque who is from Bex in Switzerland. He said switch back every
day and literally everyday ’cause it’s switch back
where DJ Fairweather won. Wicka wicka wick! – Whoo! – [Simon] It’s a cool Instagram name, is riding the rode that leads to my house. So there we go. – [James] Wow. – [Simon] And admit
tingly you are a lucky man that the road to your house
is as beautiful as that. But there’s something about, isn’t it? Familiar local roads
that you ride every day, they can give you great vibes, kind of, and you can capture the
perfect shots like that when the weather’s good. Yeah, I like it. There you go, inspirational
photo for me that one. – I have to say, I wish my home roads looked a little like that. But that is a great picture. – Hey true story about
near where he lives. I once had eyelid surgery
just down the road from Bex. – Ouch. – Yeah, true story. – More on that later I guess. – Yes, some other time, James. – (laughs) And in first place we have this from Piotr in Poland. – [Simon] Lucky (mumbles). – [James] I’m working on it. And he says this kind
of views make me want to get up early in the morning and well, if that makes me want to get up in the morning as well. – [Simon] That’s cool, isn’t it? – [James] That is a truly wicked view and captured perfectly with the sun just coming over the horizon and that mist just seeping on the water. – [Simon] Yeah, so you know what’s truly
inspirational about that, mate? Is that about now we’re
getting into winter here in the northern hemisphere. You don’t even have to get up that early to capture moments like that. That’s probably about
half past eight these days if you’re lucky. – (laughs) Yeah, that is true. I see it every morning though. – That is truly inspirational. Yeah, anyway, there we go,
there is your top three for this week. Hope you feel pretty inspired
off that, we certainly do. And if you want to take
part in this competition it’s super duper easy. All you gotta do is either
pop your photo on Instagram with a hashtag gcinspiration, or of course, utilize our uploader, the link to which is in the
description beneath this video. – Yeah, please do because
we absolutely love seeing all those pictures. (horn playing) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Well, let’s start off cycling shorts with the big news and that is that the new
2019 Tour De France route has just been released
just a couple of days ago. – That’s right. And as James mentioned
at the top of the show it is a record breaking route this year. More classified mountains than in any other previous Tour De France. Route with 30 on the book and a classified mountain
is all categories at HC cat one and cat two. So you would think one for the climbers, but perhaps it’s not
quite as simple as that. Because you have fewer all category climbs so the very biggest ones. Potentially then you can
argue that your organizers are trying to make for
some more attacking racing by having fewer massive
climbs that the sky train can dominate and more little launch pads? – Yeah, well you say that, Si, but it’s more complicated than that, because well, there has
been plenty of attacks. We’ve seen it. But the attacks just
haven’t really gone anywhere and I think that’s the issue. – Yeah, that is the big problem, isn’t it? Because it’s all very well
having places to attack. Your problem arises when
you’ve got a team behind that’s capable of setting
an infernal 400 board tempo all day, every day. However, if the planets align, you gotta think that
maybe this is tailor made for Romain Bardet and his
attack loving AG to our team. – Strong call. Well potentially but
certainly making it difficult for teams somewhere as the
TTT is well a lot shorter so AG two our could
potentially limit their losses. And the TTs are also short. So yeah, good for Bardet. Well, not so good for Tom Dumoulin. – No, that’s right. There are also notably
three summit finishes that are over 2,000 meters. So unusually for the Tour De France, altitude could potentially play a factor in deciding the overall victor. Highlight for me, James,
perhaps slightly randomly, is stage 15 which features a new climb up to the finish. Although what I’m particularly going to be paying attention to is actually where the route
goes on the rest of the stage. So it starts in Limoux, ends in Foix and it goes through what I think is some of the best road riding
terrain in the entire world. – Whoo, truly inspiration, Simon. – Thanks mate. – But anyways, on other news, tour director, Christian Prudhomme, has asserted his desire to wait for it, ban power meters. – [Simon] That’s right. Is that gonna gain traction, James? It’ll be interesting to see what it does. More and more people calling for it now. It does make you wonder, doesn’t it, whereas maybe now’s the time for the UCI to push back a little bit
more on some new tech. They’ve done it before, most notably with the
Lugano Charter in 1996 where they outlawed loads
of crazy time trail bikes that were sprouting up because of increased
knowledge of aerodynamics. And so maybe this is another one of those. I mean the Lugano
Charter’s had their critics over the years, but doesn’t’ mean it
wasn’t a possible influence on professional cycling as a whole. – La Course and the women’s
race was also announced at the same time as the men’s. And well, yes, it’s another one day race. Five laps over the men’s TT course in Po. And so all those big
hopes of a multi day race has well and truly been dashed away. – Yeah, I literally
don’t know what to say. But there we go. It is what it is for 2019
and we can hope for 2020. Now one last thing that I
noticed at the launch of the tour and La Course was Greg (mumbles), James, who I think he might be a
triathlete in his spare time. – What? – Yeah, take a look at this picture. He’s not wearing any socks. (gasping) Oh Greg. – [James] Oh, Greg. – Now not wanting to segue from one slightly shocking
piece of news to another one, but we can’t ignore this
peculiar news double header that cropped up this last week. Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong’s former
team director of course, has just had his 10 year ban increased to a lifetime ban for the call
for arbitration in sports. – Yes, and while in the meantime you saw to have reduced their ban of team doctor, Luis Garcia del Moral to just five years. – Yeah, apparently, del Moral
gave truthful testimony, I put quote marks there
for obvious reasons. And therefore, that meant
that he had his ban reduced. What I find slightly
strange about this situation is that there’s no mention
of him having his license to practice medicine revoked. You would’ve thought that doping athletes would kind of contravene
the Hippocratic oath but anyway, apparently not. – Yes, and on more news, Mark Cavendish and his right-hand man, Bernie Eisel have well, resigned to Dimension Data to yet another year following what hasn’t been the greatest year for them both. – No, it’s great news to see
them back next year, isn’t it? Bernie Eisel of course had
brain surgery this year following a particularly
nasty crash back in March. And Cavendish, it turns
out, has been battling with Epstein-barr for 16 months he thinks, so hopefully he’s finally
shaking that one off. And can go back to his former glory. – Last bit of recovery
news from the Pro Peloton and Max Walscheid has just
shaken off that horrific accident that happened three years ago by getting the metal
work taken out his leg. And he did so and he saved
half a kilo in weight. – [Simon] Wow. – [James] I know. – [Simon] That is a lot of metal work. – [James] That’s a positive. – Wishing you a very speedy recover, Max, in time for next season. Right, now change of subject, James. I have been delving into the
murky world of Kickstarter. – As you do. – As I do from time to time but this time, in all seriousness, I see something that I actually want. I think from the first time
ever it’s a pair of gloves, weirdly, designed by a brand called Loafy, with the intention of reducing
conflict and aggression on the roads. – Yeah, not convinced. So, how do they do this, Si? – Well, with this. I like it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m
not entirely convinced that it’s gonna do anything
to reduce conflicts and aggression on the open roads. But if nothing else, it
serves as a good reminder to me that sometimes I probably need to take a deep breath
when I’m out on my bike, as a lot of us probably do too. – Yes, and last week we
spoke about a young chap, called Charlie Condal, who’s from the UK and he’s attempting to be the youngest to cycle round the entire globe. But as he was doing it, he
did come into some problems. And he actually had his
bike stolen in Australia. – He did, poor chap. Now fortunately for him
as we said last week, seems like Sivelo stepped in
to find him a replacement. But we did show, didn’t we, that he probably better get a move on before he gets any older. But actually, it turns out
that it is serious for him ’cause when he gets his new bike, he actually has a race on his hands because Canadian rider, Byauling
Toni is just 17 years old and he’s already halfway around the world, somewhere in Mongolia as we present this. – Actually Si, from his Instagram post, he’s just celebrated his 18th birthday. – [Simon] All right, well
happy birthday to him. Do we know how he celebrated? – [James] Uh, riding towers. – Oh nice. Pretty lucky then the day before then. Anyways, ah, happy birthday
and certainly Byauling is raising money for a worthy cause, the Outdoors Schools Program in Canada. So what an adventure as a 17
slash 18 year old, amazing. – Yeah, I couldn’t do it. – Well, they’re old now. – True. – Just arrived in Terusala and I’ve never been here before actually, which is surprising. So I spent a number of years
living and racing in Belgium but I’ve always wanted to visit here for one particular reason. Because there is a cycling
museum and today is the day. I’m super excited. Never been here like I say, and upon arriving, I
was presented with this. Yeah, that’s right. That building there is
a museum just for it. There is going to be an
upcoming video on GCN all about it and hopefully
what’s inside of it. I don’t actually know what is in there ’cause I’ve never been. But check out this, just for a start, there is a bike route
around Rusala and yeah. That’s right, it’s got the
famous world championship colors. I’m mega excited. I’m gonna leave it now because
I’m chomping to get in there. I can see there’s someone looking and they’re waving me
to go in so back soon. (laid back electronic music) I was just told, oh we
got a small depo somewhere with a few bits of kit in lying around. This isn’t a few bits of kit. This is literally hundreds if not thousands cycling
jerseys, bib shorts, bikes. All sorts of things like that
just waiting to be arranged. An Eddie Murks football. An Eddie Murks football,
why haven’t I got one? (mumbles) bike from 2007. GCN Tech, this is gonna
be amazing, don’t miss it. – The results are in
from last week’s giveaway and we have three people who are going to be getting the Cateye sync
lights sent right to them. – That’s right. Those are sets of three remember, with the front light, the rear
light and the wearable light. All of which can be synced together, for loads of different reasons. Most notably but how do
you switch them all on and all of with just one button? Genius. Anyway the winners, should
we have a drum roll? (hands rolling) We got Steven Anderson from Canada. We’ve got Michael Canzano from America. And we’ve got Kee John from Singapore. So congratulations to the three of you. Your Cateye sync lights will
be on their way to you shortly. Tech of the week now, believe it or not actually,
those gloves from Kickstarter, they weren’t it. – Oh shame. – Ollie is out at the
Taipei Bike Show with more. – Cheers, guys. I’ve just arrived here in
Taiwan for the Taipei Bike Show. Today’s the demo day and
having just got here, I wanted to show you
something really exciting. Take a look of this. Hah, see what I did there? This is the Look 795 Blade RS and it Look’s latest arrow bike. It’s available in rim and disc break as you can see this one here. And I’m really excited
to tell you about this because I actually saw this being made in Look’s factory a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t tell you about it ’cause it was top secret. But now, it’s been revealed. There’s a load of really
cool features on this bike. So all the cheap shapes have been designed with CFD and wind tunnel development to make them as aerodynamic as possible. But Look has also focused heavily on making the bike
versatile and practical. So gone is the integrated seat post that you’ve seen traditionally
on Look Arrow Bikes. This slides up and down
per normal seat post, but to make it more versatile, the head is adjustable here so that you can adjust
your saddle position and get well a TT bike
style saddle position. So you’ve effectively got,
if you change the cockpit, a TT bike and a road bike in one, because this saddle can be adjusted to be a lot further forward
over the bottom bracket. Which is a really neat idea. There’s been a massive
trend in recent years to make arrow road bikes as
integrated as humanely possible. But this often comes with
a penalty with regards to practicality. And Look has sought to address this and thought about it a lot. So it’s got this integrated
proprietary cockpit here but with the way the space is designed and the way the cables are routed, it’s designed to be a
lot easier to work on. And also, that’s a similar sort of story with the seat post. It can be swapped as well. But I mean, fundamentally, this bike looks absolutely stunning. And it’s made from over
400 individual pieces. That’s something that I learned when I saw them making it in the factory. Which you can see a video
on coming up very soon, I think this weekend in fact on GCN. So stay tuned for that. And stay tuned for more exciting new tech from the Taipei Bike Show. Until then see you later. (machine drilling) – It’s now time for hack
forward slash bodge! (rumbling) – Good Lord, you’ve never
done that before, James. (laughing) Right, anyway, let us
get started with this one from Andrew who sent
this in from California. Now, James, I mean that is
obviously a bike stand bike rack. – [James] It looks slightly
like a step ladder as well. – [Simon] Mmm, yeah, and he’s
very well and coordinately painted the ladder and the bike, which actually looks quite cool. Well, I don’t know, I wonder whether that’s
just a red ladder, James? – [James] I abstain from
saying that’s a bodge because it’s an ingenious
use of a step ladder but it’s a bodge and a
bike stand, isn’t it? – But anyway, thanks Andrew. Let me see if you served your purpose. So right, hopefully we can get off to a better start now, James, after that. – Yeah, next one from Steve Burrows and he’s designed this
homemade bike packing bag to go under the front of your saddle. What do you make of that as your? – [Simon] Well, I mean– – [James] Everything professional. – [Simon] Indeed I am
but I personally worry about having things at that
particular point of your saddle, you don’t always put two
finer points in there, but you want to minimize
how much you’ve got between your legs, don’t you, when cycling to reduce chaffage. – [James] So what would you call that? – [Simon] Well, that’s just asking for trouble if you ask me. (laughing) But anyway, I mean you need
storage wherever you can find it and it does look neat. It’s done a good job of it. Rather you than me having
that down between your legs. Right, anyway, next up. James, you put this one in and I can’t quite understand it. So this is Hanna, sent
in from Rhode Island. I mean that looks like
a homemade arrow bike. – [James] I mean Halloween’s on its way, and you know, everyone’s
getting their costumes. But why not dress up your bikes? So Hannah’s come in
with this ingenious way of turning her average bicycle
into, well, the Tron bike. – [Simon] Wow! I didn’t expect that! – [James] I know. – [Simon] Well, fair play,
Hannah, there you go. – [James] I rate that. – [Simon] Yeah, no, I rate that. That’s a hack, that’s amazing. – [James] It looks just
like the swift bikes, don’t you know? When they’ve got like (mumbles) on it. – Yeah, I do. How if you fancy knock up a
couple of extra strong bikes, then James and I would
definitely like those for us. Grade A hack there. Right, lastly, what can you do with a five pound clothing rack? Check this out. It’s a– – [James] Is that a Panya rack? – [Simon] Yeah, it’s
basically an IKEA basket, which has been put on a
Payna welded together. And so it’s a IKEA basket
stuck to a Payna rack.. – [James] Wow, but it’s an ideal way of carrying your tennis balls. It fits like eight, more than that. – Why are you carrying tennis balls? It’s fairly illuminating comment, James. Of all the things you’re
gonna carry around, you’re gonna take your
tennis balls with you. (laughing) Well, there we go. You’ve got a load of tennis
balls to carry around. Why not stick a basket on your Panya rack? You’re gonna need to
explain yourself, James. – [James] No, no good red. – If you want to submit anything
to hack or bodge next week, remember of course you can do so using the hashtag GCNHack
on Twitter, on Instagram, and indeed send us it on
Facebook, or of course, if you haven’t got the message by now it’s the uploader as well. Link to which is in the
description beneath us. – Can’t wait to go through– – So seriously how many tennis
ball have you got, mate? – Haa, quite a few mate. Do you not play tennis? – It is caption competition now and this was the photo
that we gave you last week. We asked you to give
us an amusing caption. James, which one have you plucked as our lucky winner this week? – Well, the winner of this
lovely (mumbles) GCN water bottle is Thomas Davies for his caption, “Fans left confused following reports “of a GIANT Alpecin
rider spotted in 2018.” – Giant Alpecin. I’ve got it! Genius. (laughing) Absolutely genius ’cause
it’s Katusha Alpecin now but it looks enormous on that bike. Love it. Wear on, Thomas. – Yeah, I reckon. – Right. This week’s photo is this one taken at the Tour De France presentation. Can I have a get? – Yeah, yeah. Wait for it, guys, sorry. – This is Fruman Garrett Thomas and John Travolta in the back there. (laughing) Kind of fleek. I hate you too ah. See what I did there? Like a bit of, you know– – Yeah, Simon. – They tried to make
the route to suit AG2R but Fruman goin’ it like, ah ha. – Yeah, Simon. – I’ll just take that now. – We’ll leave that, we’ll leave that. – If your a guest stuck here and see whether you can match that, then just pop your caption in the comments section down below. – As I’m sure it’s not
gonna be that difficult. (driving electronic music) Now before we have a
look at what’s coming up on the channel, as ever, we are going to have a look at the comments that you’ve
left under the videos. – [Simon] That’s right. We’re gonna start with that gravel bike versus mountain bike video from Iceland. James, what have you
pulled out for us, mate? – Yeah, so now Edgardo
Reyes rests comes in with, “Don’t kid yourself, Si,
you’re riding a mountain bike.” – [Simon] Wow, yeah, controversial there, but fair point, it’s quite
rugged for a road bike, I’ll give you that. – [James] Next one, “Mountain bike better
for mountain biking.” And well, “Gravel bike
better for gravel, got it.” – Yeah, Jon Hollis, you
pretty much hit the nail on the head there. (laughing) Glad you didn’t point that
out before we went to Iceland and rode those amazing
bikes for 200 kilometers of the best riding I’ve ever done. But yeah, thank you very much. Right under the how to
keep warm in winter video, genuine great little
tip here from TheKieX, “If you need to take your gloves off “(ie for a puncture repair), “put them inside your
jersey so they’re still warm “when you put them back on afterwards.” In all my years of cycling, I’ve never thought of that (laughs). Which probably shows
that we don’t ever ride in proper winter here in the UK. But still, genius there. And lastly, Frazer Goodwin
underneath Emma’s video where she taught us all how to do a proper science experiment, he said, “Good job we
had Emma doing this one. “I’d imagine an entirely different set up “if Dan was given free reign
to experiment with bar angles.” Very very good point. In fact, if only we could go
live to Bologna right now. No, he’s not responding. James, he’s, I can’t
get him, can’t get him. – (laughs) Now coming up
on the channel this week, Wednesday, how to train on a feel. Thursday, 11 things you
didn’t know about Zwift. And Friday, ask GT anything. – That’s right. Then on Saturday, if FTP
is dead, what comes next? We have to do a particularly
brutal fitness test courtesy of the suffer fest, and then we get to
explore just that issue. Then on Sunday, Ollie explains
how carbon fiber bikes are made with an amazing
tour of the Look factory. Oh yes, looking forward to that one. And then of course Monday and Tuesday is the GCN racing new show and the GCN show, episode 304. – Wow. – I know. Right, we’re getting towards
the end of the show now, but it is still time for extreme corner. Now last weekend, it was
of course Red Bull rampage, as if you didn’t need reminding. Don’t know about you, James. I thought the new venue this
year was a little bit tamer than previous years. – Tamer? – Yeah, but we have got our hands on some mightily extreme footage courtesy of Brendon Fairclove. Check it out. – [Brendon] Coming dog. – [Man] Yeah! – [Brendon] Wow. (screaming) Wow, wow, wow (laughs). (rock and roll music) – Wow. – Wow. – That is quite a drop, isn’t it? – That is pretty incredible. Could you do that, Si? – No. And I’ll tell you what couldn’t do that, a gravel bike couldn’t do that. (laughing) That is, I mean unfortunately, Neal and I didn’t get
to do that in Iceland. But you know, obviously we wanted to. – Yeah, obviously. – Just felt like I needed wider tires and slightly different gearing. (laughing) And no massive saddlebag,
nor handlebar bag. Anyway, fair play Brendon. That’s some serious riding. – That is pretty incredible. – Right, now that brings us unfortunately to the end of the GCN show for this week. Do make sure you check
out the GCN shop of course for any GCN branded merchandise. And what else is on the channel? – Make sure you check
out the video that Si did over in Iceland where he
took on the mountain bike with that gravel bike. – That’s right. No massive drops though unfortunately. – No, but it is quite incredible view. Have to say. (dramatic rumbling)