Are Local Bike Shops Worth Fighting For? | The GCN Show Ep. 266


– From my morning
commute in Washington DC, welcome to the GCN show. – Welcome to the GCN show. – On the show this week, we’re discussing the future of the local bike shop. Are they worth fighting for? – We’re also going to let you
know how you can go faster with the use of lasers,
yes, you heard that right. We take a look at a
brand new Colnago, and we tell you all about the
new Peter Sagan Fondo. (exciting music) (cheering) This week in the world of cycling, you learned that we’ve got a new presenter. Welcome to GCN, Emma Pooley. – Yeah, such exciting
news, we’re absolutely thrilled that she’s
going to be joining us. Emma, she brings
something to the team that we’ve been lacking up
’til now, haven’t we? – Talent.
– Talent. – Yeah. – Yeah, after all, she’s
been a world champion. – [Si] Yeah, and she won Flèche Wallonne. – And she’s won the Grand Prix Pluriel. – Twice, and the Trofeo Alfredo Binda. – Twice.
– Yeah. – I think that’s enough
of all that, actually. – Yeah. – What you need to know is
that she was very, very good. – Hi, it’s Emma here, I’m
out in Spain with Matt this week with GCN, we’ve
been filming some interesting content on descending and climbing, and some stuff with Mitchelton-Scott Matt’s been teaching me
the ropes a bit at GCN, neither of us has fallen off all week, and we’ve both mostly been able
to clip in, which is great. But I’m really looking
forward to joining you guys at GCN HQ, and being on the show. – And she was on the Cervélo Test Team, which is getting at it, as well. Right, this week, we’ve
also learned that Elon Musk is not the only person trying
to get things into space, a gentleman from Minnesota
attempted it on a homemade rocket bike bike by jumping off a roof. – Yeah, he made a few adjustments
to his bike, including putting some skis on it, attaching
a motor bike exhaust pipe and using some homemade rocket fuel. Surprisingly, though, his attempt failed, and he just came crashing
down to the floor. – Yeah, that’s unfortunate, isn’t it? Now, we also learned last week that 56% of you, ready for this? Voted in favour of keeping podium girls. So, not what Dan and I think,
but, that’s totally cool, thank you very much for all
your opinions and your comments as well, we got some really
passionate and articulate responses, didn’t me, so.
– Yeah. – Yeah, on both sides of the debate. – The people have spoken, I think. Right, here in the UK, industry
magazine Bike Biz last week published an impassioned plea
from a local bike shop owner. It was basically a call
to arms to bring up the issues currently faced
by the bike industry, and in particular, local bike shops. The title of the article, you
will miss us when we’re gone. – Some independent retailers are, frankly, struggling to make ends
meet, many, in fact, have already gone out of business. – Yeah, it is a difficult
topic, for us, as well, in fact, because after
all, one of our partners, Canyon, are at the spearhead
of online cycle retail. In essence, it seems to
boil down to the pressures of online shopping, in which is firstly the price point, but
also the choice you get. – Yeah, on the flip side, though, with online shopping, the
argument goes that you don’t get to try before you buy, you
don’t get that face to face interaction to discuss
your purchase, and also you risk taking advantage
of local bike shop owners if and when you need their
assistance later down the line. – Yeah, so you then have
two questions, don’t you, the first of which is, do
you need local bike shops, and depending on your answer
to that one, you could then ask, should we be fighting for them? – Well I’ll tell you what, my heart says 100% yes, we should be fighting for them. Bike shops have played
incredibly important role in my cycling, and
therefore my life, in fact, because the two are inextricably linked. So from putting up with me
when I was a young kid like, just hanging around looking
at shiny bits of bike that I couldn’t afford, to then
giving me my first sponsorship. I thank you again, Jerry from Mud Dock, hopefully it’s paid off in the end. – I can imagine you were really annoying in the bike shop, looking at stuff. – I was very quiet,
just stood there like… – Yeah, to be fair, I was
exactly the same, and I’ve got a similar story in my late
friend John Marshman of Primera Sports, who also sponsored me when I was most in need of
it about the age of 18. It’s not, though, unfortunately, as simple as pure nostalgia. So we actually have spoken to a couple of local bike shop owners, and the first one, when prompted, said no,
you shouldn’t fight. His reason being that he,
for example, buys books through Amazon, he couldn’t
therefore ask his customers to have different buying
habits than he has, himself. – Well that’s fair
enough, I guess, isn’t it? Basic question though, if
we’re not actively fighting for local bike shops, what can
local bike shops do to survive? – Well it’s a difficult
question, but I wonder whether we should look
at books as an example. I mean there aren’t many
industries that have faced more pressures from online retailers
than bookshops, for example, but, those pressures have
spawned some innovation. For example, the local book spa. – The what, mate? – The book spa. – The book spa? – I know you know it, Si. Basically, there, you book
a consultation appointment with a literary expert
where you tell them your literary likes and dislikes,
and then at the end of that consultation
process, they recommend and then sells you a whole load of books. – Well that’s a cool idea, isn’t it? To be fair, the bike
industry is doing very many similar things, actually,
with regards to innovation. Another shop owner we
spoke to basically adopts the same principles, he
makes sure that he adds value to everything that he sells. So for example, if you go in
and buy a thousand pound bike, you also get a free bike
fit, and then they’ll also happily swap your stem out
if you need it as a result of your bike fit, and they’ll
also give you a free service, as well, after six weeks or so. So all in all, that adds
up to, I don’t know, couple of hundred quid, maybe? – Which seems reasonable, doesn’t it? Although he did then go on
to say that when the price of bikes goes a little bit higher
than that, those 200 pounds worth of extras might not be
enough to sway things in favour of your traditional,
high street bike shop. But then again, when things
got even more expensive, towards super bike prices,
things were going really well. – Yeah. – For a traditional bike shop. – So cheap bikes and super
bikes were doing really well for them for that reason, but
also because there’s an added service element at both
those price points. But the cycling enthusiast,
we’re slightly harder to cater for, it’s harder to add value. But in those cases, many
bike shops are looking at other areas of weakness for online, and then looking to exploit that. – Yeah, ’cause we do need bike shops. – We do.
– Don’t we? – Because as well as selling
us bikes and products, they also offer, or at least
can offer, extra services such as the aforementioned
bike fit, but also, more obviously, their workshops. – That’s right, so you could, conceivably, go and buy components
online, walk into your local bike shop, and then ask them, and pay for them, to fit and set them up. That seems like a solid transaction. Slightly controversial transaction,
in many cases, it seems, because whether or not bike
shop owners want to become, in effect, service centres,
is another matter entirely. But many are, and they look to
be doing all right out of it. – Yeah, like those bike
hubs, for example, which are doing really well and quite
fashionable at the moment. They have a nice coffee
machine where you can drink a nice coffee whilst hanging
around with your mates in somewhere that they’ve
allocated for you. All that time, whilst you’re
gossiping, they’ve got a workshop where they
can be fixing your bike. – Yeah, that’s pretty cool. The flip side to this,
the most depressing point, is again, if you go back
to that book analogy, is if there’s less business
going through bricks and mortar outlets, than that’s gonna
lead to closures, isn’t it? And in the cycling world, in this kind of transition period whilst
people are sort of fighting online, that leads to some really difficult times for business owners. And it’s, you know, we’ve
gotta say, it’s not just about business, isn’t it, for
many bike shop owners, it’s a vocation, not just business. – It is, and I can completely
sympathise, it could be quite devastating for a local cycling
community or an individual rider, but for cyclers in
general, maybe it’s not so bad. I mean, you can get a
really good bike now at a more affordable price than
you could 15 years ago, even if the top end bikes
are still going up in price. – True, the top of the market
is totally skewing things. But, quality components, I
think, are more affordable. I spent more on a 105
Rear Derailleur in 1994 than I did buying the same thing in 2016. – So happy about that, as well. – Well, yeah, I was, I
thought it was incredible. And if my nine year old
self had been able to save 20 quid, that
would have been a bonus. – Yeah, see? These new bike centres, though,
are just cool, aren’t they? – Yeah. – And there’s no reason that
they need to be any different to the bike shops that you
and I loved in our youth, in that they can still
foster young cycling talent, they’re still a place where
you can go and gossip and talk about cycling all day
long, they can also help to run local cycling events and
champion local cycling issues. So, well it’s not all
doom and gloom, is it? – No, and I saw this really cool story on Bicycle Retailer about
a couple in Missouri who are converting two
railway containers to start a new shop, a new bike shop on the Frisco high line trail,
and I think it’s great. They’re gonna do bike hire, they said, they’re also gonna do food and drink, and they’re also gonna
sell stuff, as well. – Yeah, there’s no doubt that
this is a difficult topic, as we mentioned at the top of the show, and I actually am a prime
example of some of the issues that bike shops are facing
at the moment, in that I, when I’m doing anything else
in terms of buying something at retail, I search for
the best deal possible, whether that is furniture,
or petrol prices, or consumer electronics or my hair products,
or whatever it might be. – Dan does love a bargain. – I do! I absolutely love it, it’s
almost like a hobby for me, to find things at the cheapest
price I possibly could, and if I wasn’t in such a
fortunate position, myself, within the cycling industry,
I dare say I would be exactly the same with bike product. But does that make me bad? – Well, we’ll leave it up to you. This week, vote, is Dan bad? – No! – No, seriously though, really
really interested to know what you think on this
particular subject, as well. I imagine there’s probably
a lot of people who work within the cycling industry
watching this, we could share your thoughts, as
well as the rest of us who are just cycling consumers, as well. So, vote up there, should
we fight for our local bike shops, or, should
our bike shops perhaps be fighting to keep us shopping there? It’s gonna be a difficult one. And to be honest with you,
I don’t know the answer. Don’t know what I think, either. I support my local high
street when it comes to buying food and so forth, but there’s
a reason for me to do so. Whereas I think I’d struggle going in and spending 100% more on
a replacement cassette, just to support my local bike shop. – I support the local pub, even though there’s some cheaper beers down the road. – I heard that guy just
bought a new Ferrari. (trumpet sounds) (boing) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Cycling shorts now,
and some good news for Peter Sagan fans in
California, ’cause he’s just announced two new Grand Fondo events. The first, we think is particularly cool, is a competitive gravel event in Truckee. – Wow, he’s kinda going back to his roots with that one, isn’t he? – Uh, he’s kind of from Slovakia. – No, he was a mountain biker, tree roots. Not to worry. His second event, meanwhile,
is on the third of November, the venue for that one
has yet to be announced, but that’ll be a road Grand Fondo. – Yeah, price, quite steep, $185, but I did like this, your
post-ride meal will be, and I quote, delectable and glorious. Yeah, and you get a free beer, too. Presumably, most people will be signing up to try and meet Pete Sagan,
three time world champ. – [Dan] Yeah, it could be
four time world champion by the second one in November,
couldn’t he, who knows? – Price will go up. – It is quite hilly, but he could do it. On the other hand, you could
choose to ride somewhere that is glorious, whilst
not paying to do it, at all. Apart from your food. This is Omar di Felice, and
he, for the second time, as we speak, is riding around Iceland. How good does that look? – [Si] Currently riding? You mean, in the winter? Must be constantly dark. – [Dan] Yeah, you’d have
thought so, wouldn’t you, although when the sun does
briefly come up each day, I think the images kind
of speak for themselves. – Well that’s a fair point, I guess. Maybe one for the bucket list, Dan. – Yeah, in the middle of
summer, maybe, when it’s slightly warmer and the
sun’s up most of the time. – Yeah. – Right, sticking with the
world of ultra endurance for just a few more
moments, we thought we would bring you up to speed, or
at least distance, on the latest attempt at the yearly
annual mileage record, and this time, from Steve Abraham. – Now, regular viewers
might remember that Abraham has tried and failed
at this record before, but things are going much
better this time around. His total with 24 days remaining is a staggering 72,282 miles. – It is, and what that
means, that he is currently on schedule to beat Tommy
Godwin’s original record, as it were, which was 75,065 miles. He’s also on schedule to
beat the current men’s record holder which is Kurt
Searvogel, he completed 76,076 miles in the year,
but, it doesn’t look like Amanda Coke, whose
quite ridiculous standard of 86,593 miles, is
currently under threat. – Anyway. Changing tack slightly, Dan,
what do you think of this? It’s a broom waggon! Yeah! Designers Florian Mack and
Sebastian Russ wants to reimagine the grim reaper of bike racing, so like the van that hangs around at the very back and sweeps up riders and bikes when they can’t get to the
finish line in the saddle. – [Dan] It does look nice, doesn’t it? – Very cool. – But the problem with that
is that if a broom waggon looks nice, people like me
would be even more enticed to get into it, and I
would have even spent more time in the broom waggon. – Well, I know, don’t worry, mate. Look again, ’cause I don’t
think there’s any windows on the rider bit, or doors, and
that’s gonna get pretty cold. – Not if you’re in Abu Dhabi
or Dubai or Tour de France. Jump straight in! – That’s right, yeah,
pull it out of world tour, But don’t pull out Tour of Flanders. – Right, how would you
like to go faster, Si, through the use of laser beams? – Oh yeah, sign me up.
Boom, boom, boom! – Well it sounds like it
could potentially work. This is from a study that
graced the page of the International Journal of Sports
Physiology and Performance. – Oh, that was a cracking
edition this month, wasn’t it? – It was, yeah, this one,
though, was all about low level laser therapy, which
is kind of an alternative medicine with dubious
effectiveness for pain relief for sufferers of arthritis,
for example, but it what found, is a potential improvement in time to exhaustion in cycling time trials. – Well there you go, a marginal gain, if ever there was one, expect to see a professional cycling
team using it very soon. – I’m gonna use it for the Bath Half. – We’ll keep tech of the
week brief this week, because if you want more info, then
you better head over to the tech channel and watch the
weekly show over there. But we can’t not tell you
about the new Colnago. The new, latest and greatest,
made in Italy C series bike. This one is the C 64 to coincide with the 64th anniversary of the company. – But don’t worry if you’re a Colnago fan, you haven’t missed out on C 61, 62, or 63. – No, you haven’t. Now, just like its
predecessor, this one is also slightly different from
a normal combine in that its made using lugged construction. So you get carbon tube
junctions, which are the lugs, and then you get carbon
tubes bonded into that. One of the advantages of
which is that if you have deep enough pockets, you
can get a fully custom one. – Hmm. There’s obviously something quite special about the C series Colnago, isn’t there? ‘Cause if look at team UAE Emirate, most of the riders there
opt for the C series over the more conventional arrow concept. It’s not super light,
they have shaved a few grammes off its predecessor,
but it still comes in at 900 grammes for the frame. – Yeah, it also has a
vibration dampening headset. Which I don’t think it
even needs, to be fair. Dan, when a bike looks that good, it doesn’t need a vibration
dampening headset, you get good vibrations, regardless. – Goodness. There’s been loads of top
level bike racing taking place over the last week,
but as ever, we have covered most of that on Monday’s
GCN racing news show. – Yeah, but we don’t wanna
talk about results now, though, we wanna talk about
just how good the first Columbian auto y paz race was last week. We hear a lot, don’t we,
about Columbian cycling culture, and the heritage,
and the landscapes, but actually, here in Europe, we rarely see for ourselves just how amazing it is. – Yeah, but this year, we did see it. – Yeah! – Because there was live coverage of the event, and it wasn’t geo restricted. And what was particularly interesting was to see the reaction, particularly of some of the European people that went over. So, Juan Manuel Gárate,
for example, who is the sports director at EF, Education First Drapac, presented by Cannondale? – Yep. – He said that every day felt like it was the queen stage of the Tour de France. – And he would know, he has won a queen stage at the Tour of France. – You’re right, he has. Iljo Keisse, meanwhile, said
he’d never witnessed such passionate cycling fans
on the side of the road, and then Johnathan Vaughters,
who is the manager of EF Education First Drapac,
presented by Cannondale said, where else would you find a sport that produces images as good as this? – Yeah, I think that’s probably a fair point, actually, JV. You know what, Columbia was
actually on my own personal bucket list of destinations
to go to, maybe we should just go to this race next
year, looks fantastic. – Yeah, I’d be up for that, definitely. – Yeah. Right, from the good to the bad. Now unfortunately, the
Indian Pacific Wheel Race, which last year it was
cancelled due to the death of one of its participants,
Mike Hall, has now actually been cancelled for this
years race, as well. – [Dan] Yeah, organisers
released an online statement which said that because the
inquest into Hall’s accident is still pending, and more
information on the outcomes of this process, which has
only come to light recently, that they were cancelling the 2018 event. – Doesn’t sound, does it, for them? – No. – Nevertheless, nearly 30
riders who were due to start in the Pacific Wheel Race
have said they’re gonna do so anyway, so riding the five
and a half thousand kilometres across Australia, solo,
unsupported, and with no links whatsoever to the organisers,
and they’re gonna do it in memory of Mike Hall, and they’re
starting on March the 17th at 6:22 am, which is the
precise date and time that Hall’s tracker stopped moving. – Wow, sombre thought there, isn’t it? – Isn’t it just. – Now, one of the riders,
actually, who will be on the start line is Joseph Kendrick. Not only will he be on the start line, but he’ll be on it on a fixed gear — – Oh.
– Bike. – That Joseph Kendrick that’s just ridden up Mount Teidi in Tenerife? – [Dan] That’s the one. – All 41 kilometres up
hill on said fixed gear? If only he’d known that the
riding down was much better. Just the short trip across
from Tenerife and Gran Canaria. (rock and roll music) – Well, you’ve got Lake
Tenerife in the background, wave to all the pro cyclists stuck on top of a volcano in their roadster ride! – Yeah, we joke, but it’s
kinda true, isn’t it? – Yeah. They have 41 kilometre long climbs, but you’d struggle of valley of tears on a fixed gear, I would’ve thought. – Yeah, you would do. All right, we’d like to
finish racing news this week with a short but quite
deserving tribute to a race organiser by the name of Mick Waite. Most of you out there will
have never heard of Mick, he is the organiser of a
race called the Perfs Pedal Road Race every February
in the south of England. Now he has done that job
since 1964, when he was just 17 years of age, and the
event, which took place the Sunday just gone,
was the 53rd edition. – That is quite the commitment
to cycling, isn’t it? – Yeah. – What an incredible
record, there, it’s not like you’re in event promotion
like that for the money, or the glory, it’s just
a love of the sport. So, we absolutely salute you, brilliant. And in fact, not just
you, but all the other amazing race organisers
and volunteers out there who help make this sport what it is. Hey, maybe people should get
involved in the comments. – Yeah. – Nominate a cycling
legend, a local legend. – Who volunteers for cycling
for bettering our sport. – Yeah, we’d love to read about them, and hey, maybe we’ll mention
them next week’s show. (drill buzzes) – It’s that time of the
show where we give you a load of hacks, forward-slash bodges. – Yeah. – This week we’re starting
off by this one that was sent to us by Pawel
Wisniewski on Facebook, not his bike, I hasten to
add, we can’t quite work out what’s going on here, he’s
obviously trying to get more aerodynamic, it’s
a very funky seat post, there, on the back as well. – [Si] Dan, I can’t
work out whether it’s a hack or a bodge, ’cause
I don’t know what it is. I mean, is that like an umbrella? Or is it… – [Dan] You’d imagine he, you
know, if he was trying to get more aero, he wouldn’t be
able to see where he’s going. – [Si] And also, you’d
imagine if you were trying to get more aero, you’d use like, road tyres, those look like mountain bike tyres. – [Dan] I bet there’s
something glaringly obvious that we don’t really know
about going on with this. – [Si] We’ll know about it very soon. – [Dan] And there’ll be a
stream and flood of comments below the video explaining
what that is all about. – All right, next up we’ve
got this one sent in by Gerome N. Marianne on
Facebook, he pointed out these tweets from Bobby
Cruz, look at this. So this is a mountain bike inner tube that is acting as a replacement STI lever hood. – It’s remarkably neat.
– Isn’t it? – [Dan] Now I can’t tell whether
it stops right, you know, whether it’s the entire
lever hood, or whether it’s just that couple of inches
there in the centre. Either way, you’ve done
a very neat job, there. – [Si] Yeah, that’d be
grippy, that, wouldn’t it? – Unbelievable. Sticking with the inner tube theme — – Sorry, is that a hack? – I reckon, oh, definitely
a hack there, yeah. – It’s a hack.
– It’s amazing. – Sticking with an inner tube theme, this is on Instagram from Red Walters, I forgot to buy new bar tape for my new bike build, so used an old inner tube. It’s actually quite nice,
and only lacks softness. Which is one of the key
ingredients to bar tape, otherwise you’d just
use bars, wouldn’t you? – [Si] That is a hack, but
doesn’t feel like it’s quite appropriate for your new bike
build, to bodge, even hack, an old inner tube on there as bar tape. So, it’s gotta be said,
you know, cool, but. – Well it gets the job done
until you can get to the local bike shop to buy some
new bar tape, isn’t it? – Well that’s a very,
very good point Dan, yeah, the amount of times I’m
(laughs) gone down to the local bike shop, can I have a
roll of bar tape, please? Anyway, there we go. Ah, right, this one
though, we asked for your inner tube hacks, and
this has been sent in by the tartan cyclist, who knew that you needed a steering wheel cover. You might do when you
see this, check it out! – [Dan] So that’s not an inner tube, that’s actually bar tape. – [Si] Oh is it? – [Dan] Yeah, so, I mean
I don’t know how many rolls of bar tape you
needed to use for an entire steering wheel, it looks
rather thick, doesn’t it? Whoever uses that must have big hands. – [Si] Might as well just use
an old inner tube (laughs). – It would help our
theme more wouldn’t it? – Yeah, we’ll talk about that. – Next up, we’ve got
this from Janssen Woo, my friend’s bike featured furniture. I mean that is an expensive mantelpiece. – [Si] I think that’s just a shelf, mate, and that’s a ridiculously expensive shelf, not the best use of a Trek
Emonda that I’ve ever seen, but still, you know,
commitment to cycling, I guess. – [Dan] Right, lastly this week — – Is that a bodge?
– Is this one… – [Si] Yeah, it was a bodge. – It’s hard to call that
expensive an item a bodge, really, isn’t it, but
yeah, I see what you mean. The last one this week
comes from Il Veincent, or Il Veincent, maybe, this is Italian? Some 3D printed bar end plugs. You always lose them, don’t
you, so I guess if you can make them yourself quite
cheaply, you might as well. – [Si] He’s got his name
in there, hasn’t he? – [Dan] Yeah. – [Si] And ASL, whatever that stands for. – Yeah.
– Hack, that’s a hack for me. – No I think, that kind of
ingenuity is to be applauded. If you’ve got access to a 3D
printer, crack on, I like it. – Right, continue, please, to send us in your hacks and bodges to the show, all you’ve got to do is
put them on social media, but make sure you use
the hashtag GCN hack. Caption competition time,
now, your chance to win a GCN camelback water bottle, of course. This is last week’s photo. – All right, the winner, the
best caption that we found among all the thousands of
comments about podium girls was this one from Matt Davies,
congratulations, you are getting a GCN camelback water
bottle because we loved, they may take our podium girls, but they will never take our freedom! – That was very, that did really
make us chuckle, didn’t it? – It did, yeah. – Well on to you, Matt, get
in touch with us via our Facebook message, and we will
get this straight out to you. This week’s photo is from Dubai,
and that is Marcel Kittel. We’re gonna both get you started this week, which is a first. – [Si] Yeah. – Right, you ready, Si? – Okay, mate. – This is his bike. – All right. (Dan sneezes) Bless you, Dan. Go on, mate, you take that.
(Dan laughs) We’ll give away another one, ’cause that was Oscar worthy. – Yeah, leave your captions
in the comment section down below, and we shall choose our
favourite this time next week. – I never knew you were
quite that good at acting. – Before we let you know
what’s coming up on GCN this coming week, we’ve
picked out a few of our favourite comments, all beneath, actually, our bucket list ride
video in Gran Canaria. I mean I was laughing
out loud that evening looking at the comments about you, Si. – We’ve got an extra 20 PSI in our tyres, and we’re just (pants)
rolling effortlessly. – [Dan] First up, form Joshua Watson, rolling effortlessly, Si says,
as he breathes very heavily. On a similar vein,
Ioan-Paul Pirau, rolling effortlessly, not very convincing, Si. Jacob Sargent, heavy breathing, we’re just rolling effortlessly. – [Si] Just the whole air quality is so dry, it’s fantastic! – And my favourite, at four
minutes and 31 seconds from Desi, how is Dan speaking very normally but Si is totally out
of breath when talking, is he completely out of shape, or what? – That’s a very good question,
Dan, that one, isn’t it? I still don’t know —
– I love that. – I still don’t know why. Anyway, you did not escape. – I’m a creature of habit,
I normally come here and I will get exactly the same breakfast. – [Si] What you gonna get, Dan? – Scrambled egg on toast. – Self-confessed creature
of habit, Dan, swerves scrambled egg on toast and
ends up with poached egg, bacon and avocado, it’s a very good point. And then a lot of people, actually, trying to help you out with your quick crossword. Cath R. points down five down, fun run, twelve down, stampede. Not quite sure why you
didn’t get those, mate. – Well it was early in the
morning, hence I didn’t know which terminal I was in, and
which terminal Jamie Oliver restaurant was in, and therefore
I couldn’t do the cryptic crossword as well.
– Yeah, yeah. – I should also point out, the
reason I love those comments so much is because
ironically, of all of us, Si’s the one who has least let himself go, he still goes out riding all the time. Right, on the channel this
week, coming up on Wednesday, we are going to let you know
how to overcome some of the worst cycling techniques
such as bobbing up and down or riding with your knees out,
so make sure you watch that if you or any of your mates
suffer from those techniques. And then on Thursday we’ve got
a special Q&A with none other than Esteban Chavez of Mitchelton-Scott. – Yeah, and then Sunday, I’m
really looking forward to this. So I’m heading out to Milan
with Emma this week to go and check out the Milano Politecnico’s
wind tunnel, and we’re gonna be testing some rather
exciting bits and bobs there, so make sure you check that one out. And then of course Monday
is the racing news show, Tuesday, it’s the GCN show. – I can tell you, that Emma’s
gonna be more aero than you. – We’re not testing
presenter aerodynamics, no. – No, there’s no point. – No. – Or strength. – I was not breathing
effortlessly (laughs). We’re nearing the end of
the show, and so that means it is time for extreme
corner, and this week, well, hold on to your seats,
this is an absolute belter, this is the winning run of
Tomas Slavik from the Red Bull urban downhill competition
in Valparaiso in Chile. (cheering) (rock and roll music) (crowd yells) – Whoa. – Those guys, they’ve
got, they have got to have a screw loose, I mean
when you just get things slightly wrong and your
handle bar hits one of the metal things on
the side, and you’re down. – Yeah, that is insane, isn’t it? Absolutely insane. – Me and I were saying,
though, we could probably do the first 200 metres without
problems, couldn’t we? – Yeah. – You know, that tarmac, there. – Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure, I can totally nail that tarmac. I reckon I could do a
skid at the end of it, as well, I’d be well extreme. – All right, well that is the
end of this week’s GCN show, if you’ve enjoyed it this week,
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