Can Tech Make Ollie Climb Faster? | GCN Tech Show Ep. 58

Can Tech Make Ollie Climb Faster? | GCN Tech Show Ep. 58


(dramatic beat) – Welcome to the GCN Tech Show. – This week we’ve got bling new shoes, recycled kit, and some band tech. – Plus, Ollie’s got a challenge
that he’s set himself, and he’s gonna tell you
and me all about it. (upbeat music) – Now, in my opinion
Ollie, nothing screams hot more than a pair of really
simplistic cycling shoes, especially if they’re in all-white. – Yeah, and Alejandro Valverde, the World Road Race Champion. He’s been wearing Fizik shoes
a couple of seasons now, and Fizik have actually
supplied him with a special pair to celebrate him being World Champion. And well they’re all white
but they have some special little details on them to signify his World Champion and they say – [John] El Bala? – [Ollie] El Bala, yeah. El Bala being Valverde’s nickname on the inside, which is really nice. – Yeah, I do like the finishing touch with the rainbow stripes,
but as far as we know, they’re actually not
gonna be made available for sale to the public,
so if you want some, well, you’re gonna have
to be World Champion. (dramatic beat) This week we are discussing how to choose the optimum equipment for your chosen discipline, event, race, or challenge. – Yeah, I’ve quite foolishly
set myself the lofty goal, well lofty for me at least, of
trying to ride up Sa Colobra, a climb in Mallorca, in under 30 minutes. Which equates to an average speed of, well, 19 to 20 kilometers per hour. Now this is something that
I’ve been trying to do for years and years and
years, and never succeeded. I’ve got close but I feel
it represents the limits of what I’m capable of physically, and that’s why I really
want to try and do it. – Yeah, and I guess most
people out there probably have a climb which they have
a certain affinity to and they want to do it
within a certain time limit. I mean I’ve probably got some. I’m not gonna tell you
though because I don’t want to stitch myself up like what you’ve done. But, I reckon everyone out there can probably relate to
what you’re trying to do. – Yeah, so Sa Calobra
really stands out for me. It’s a climb that I’ve been
riding up and down for years, but for those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s 9.4 kilometers long
with an average gradient of 7%, and it’s truly stunning. – Yeah, but Ollie, if
you’re gonna do this, you’re gonna have to look
at things in addition to the training you’ve been doing, because let’s face it, we
haven’t seen you for weeks now. You’ve been living like a monk. So we’re gonna need to
look and actually find out which equipment is gonna be theoretically best for you in this challenge. ‘Cause I want you to succeed my friend. – Thanks man. Well, we contacted Dr. Xavier Disley. – A fellow doctor. – Yeah, of AeroCoach. Now, AeroCoach are aerodynamic
experts and consultants who help cyclists improve their equipment and positions in the wind tunnel, but also on velodromes as well, and
they also do course modeling. – [John] Yeah and Xavier actually did some course modeling for you so, well, we can actually look at the stats to see what it’s gonna take for you
to get under half an hour. – Right, so first up weight, and well most importantly I guess, my weight. Now, post-GCN Christmas party, I weighed myself and I was
just over 73 kilograms. – To be fair Ollie, there
was a lot of mineral water and also there was plenty of chocolates in the office around that time. But, let’s take a look then at
the baseline so far shall we? Right, well in the moment you’re 73 kilos. – I am. – And, let’s say you have
nine and a half kilos extra, and you’ve got a bike, equipment,
and everything like that. Clothing, and whatnot. – Yeah, it’s all a pretty
standard sort of bike, yeah. – Yeah. Alright, okay, so Xavier has said, to do the Sa Colobra climb
in 30 minutes exactly in normal conditions
with, well, nice weather, because we wouldn’t want it
to be blowing a gale would we? You’d be looking at 352.8
watts average power. – Yes. – Yep, don’t panic. That’s with a standard tire
like a Continental GP4000 and butyl inner tubes assuming
a drag coefficient of 0.35. – Really? That sounds quite hard. – No, you’ll be alright. – 352 watts? – You have been training hard mate. The numbers are looking good. The numbers are looking good. – Right, well I know I can
be lighter than 73 kilograms. I know that I can be 69 kilograms and not lose any power
because I’ve been there. – Yep.
– So, what’s happens? – Right, well according
to Xav’s calculations, and I wanna make sure I
get this exactly right, because well, I don’t want
to give you dull information. From 73 to 69 kilograms will
save you 15.7 watts in total, so 3.9 watts for every kilogram lost, which gets the power
down then to 337.1 watts so there we are. You don’t have to pound quite as much. Just gotta, well, lay
off the mineral water and the chocolates. – Well, that’s easier said than
done, but I’ll try my best. So, body weight seems to
be the biggest difference, but what about what’s Xav saying about the bike and the kit? – Right, again I am gonna
have to refer to Xav, because, well as much I would like to really make this difficult for you, I well, I feel a little bit bad too. – What tech gains can I make? – Right, okay. Take a kilo off the bike and clothing, it drops down to 333.2 watts. Total weight now is down to 77.5 kilos. And, if you improve your tires by putting latex inner tubes in, you’d be another 3.2 watts better off, so now you’re down to 330 watts. – I love latex. – I bet you do. (error beep) – And also, and from
what I know about tires and rolling resistance
and things I’ve looked at in the past, if I swap, say
a sort of standard tire, like a GP 4000 out for a lighter, thinner, lower rolling resistance TT tire, I can expect to save sort of two, three watts there as well, so. – There we are. – That’s another bonus.
– Spending money, can get you faster after all. – It can, but something
I’m interested in, right, aero bike and deep section wheels. Are they beneficial on a climb like Sa Colobra at the
speed I want to do it? – All right, well okay,
referring back again to Dr. Xav. Dr. Xav has said, by
putting on deep sections at 200 grams heavier,
they’re gonna drop your drag coefficient by 0.01, but would be 0.1 watt faster too. If you went crazy deep section
though that were 0.018 faster but 300 grams heavier, that
would be 0.4 watts faster. – Yeah. – Probably not worth it. – It’s not really worth it,
especially when you factor in the acceleration you
need out of certain corners. – Yeah. – Or when you start, because
the other mass and inertia at that point is when
that starts to count so. – Yeah, it’s something people
often forget about, isn’t it? – Yeah, I think you’re
probably better off just with a lighter wheel in that case. But, it’s interesting to see that at this speed and weight and gradient, we’re right on the cusp
of, sort of, where aero is versus lightweight,
and which has the benefit. And yeah, it’s interesting
to see that the added weight of say an aero bike, here, in this system, is almost but not quite canceled out. – Yeah. – By the aero gain that you get back. – Yeah.
– But, yeah. However, I think it will be
easier to build a lighter bike from, like a lightweight
climbing bike model, so. – Yeah. Seems like it’s the way to go, for sure. – Yeah, because Xav did actually say that if the gradient was 5% or less, that it would have been
faster to use an aero bike, but of course the
average gradient is what? – Seven.
– Please remind me, 7%? – Yeah.
– Yeah. You’ve been studying this haven’t you? Like a mountaineer ready to go up Everest. Something else worth considering
here to Ollie is, well, are you a grinder or are you a sprinter when it comes to climbing? – I don’t think I’m either. I do like to climb out the saddle. – Right, okay. Well Dr. Xav, he’s got
the stats on this one, and I don’t think I’ve got particularly good news for you on this one. – Oh no.
– You’re gonna have to learn to climb slightly differently because according to Xav, if you did the whole
thing out of the saddle, it would actually increase
your drag coefficient to around 0.45. And well, that would equate
to a 8.7 watt penalty. – Oh no. – Yeah, time to get yourself some velcro on shorts, velcro on the saddle, because that’s where
you’re gonna have to sit. And more importantly too, according to the doc,
go onto the aero bars. So think back, I don’t know,
something like Yan Ulreckoner, mountain time trial, standard
road bike, well standard-ish. We’re gonna make it light, don’t worry. But also, put some aero bars on there too, because that, get this, is
gonna save you 8.6 watts. – If I’m in aero bars the whole way up? – Yep, yeah. – Oh, it’s gonna be difficult for me. I’ve always favored
riding out of the saddle, so I guess part of my training should be working on my seated power for this. – Right, with all that in mind Ollie, quick bit of calculations here. You’re gonna save yourself,
if you did all of those things to the letter, about 25.6 watts. – That’s nice. – Which is about one minute,
50 on that climb, so yeah. Just in this brief little chat here, we’ve nearly saved you two minutes. – Well, that is awesome,
but my current pb is 31:06, which I think is about the
same as Emma Pooley, so. – [John] Right. – I don’t know but I
don’t think she was trying when she went up, to be honest. She looked– – Yeah, I wouldn’t like to comment. – But, that gives me some optimism. I mean, I think, it would
be interesting to see if these things, when put into practice, do actually equate to that kind of saving. – Yeah. – But I do need to get training. – And lose some weight. – Yeah. – Four kilos. – Hunting for some biking kit. – We have to hide the biscuits from you on your desk, don’t we? (dramatic beat) – Time for more tech. Now, in the past, we’ve spoken about our favorite things
that the UCI has banned, including your rapid,
decapitating, Spinergy wheels. – Yeah, well, there’s a
new addition to the list, because Endura has reported
that their class-leading, aerodynamic skinsuit has
been added to that list. And, being banned. – Yeah, the suit features
Silicone Surface Topography, which is able to act as bluff bodies on the arms, reducing drag. – [John] Basically,
little silicon chevrons. Now, that’s being used to
success by the Movistar team as well as Alex Dowsett,
and also Victoria Bussey for our record, well,
success too, isn’t it? – Yeah, it has, but it’s
not all bad news John, even though though it’s been bad. Well, you can still buy it. – It doesn’t really matter to us, more towards if the UCI
banned it, to be fair. Now, quite some time ago, in fact, episode two of the GCN Tech Show, Simon and I, we spoke about the initiative that a company was making cycling kit out of recycled fishing
nets and plastic bottles. And well, a year later, and it’s practically used by pro cyclists. How cool is that? – Yeah, it is Presca Teamwear, is the company behind the recycled kit, and it’s actually gonna be worn by the Vita’s Pro Cycling Team, who are a pro continental team, this year, which is pretty awesome. And, Presca reckons that it
takes just seven plastic bottles to make a jersey, which
I think is awesome. – That’s not many, is it, at all? Especially if you look around home, any plastic bottles we do see, make more of these things out
of recycled materials, I say. Anyway, more tech next week. (electric drill whirring) (cash register ding) – It’s now time for Screw
Riding Upgrades, Buy Upgrades, where you submit before-and-after
pictures or videos or, I think we’ll allow drawings. – Yeah, I would like to
see a courtroom drawing in this segment that someone would submit. – But anyways, submit before-and-afters of your bikes or equipment to
show how you’ve upgraded it, for a chance to win the ultimate prize. Is it a cape? Is it an apron? Who knows? We don’t know, it’s the GCN capron. – And this is also the part of the show where you can listen
to Ollie do his accent, and I really like them actually. Yeah, big, big fan of them. And, of course, if you’ve
got anything to submit, use the uploader tool, down below. – Yeah. – And well, actually, we need to announce last week’s winner, don’t we? – Yeah, well I wasn’t here. – No, you weren’t. Anyway, the winner, it was
a closely fought out affair. 53% of the votes was
William and his Cannondale. Whoa, congratulations Willy,
and get in touch with us on Facebook to arrange delivery of the, is it an apron, is it
a capron, you decide, or whatever it was he just said. Anyway, let’s crack on with
the first submission this week. – What have we got? – It’s Dan from Columbus in Ohio, so how do we say Dan’s
name from Columbus in Ohio. – Dan. – Okay, there we are. Right anyway, not able
to justify the purchase of a new bike, Dan decided
to take on the project of restoring their first real bike. A fully rigid, steel, 1994 Mongoose Hilltopper mountain bike. It’s seen plenty of
abuse through the years, from crashes and neglect,
but the frame showed promise. After stripping all of
the original components, Dan soaked the frame in acid overnight to minimize the rust externally, and internally then powder-coated it. Dan converted a Shimano
Deal Triple Crankset into a one-by chainset,
eliminating the need for a front derailleur. – [Ollie] Trendy. – Fitted a new 11-34
tooth SunRace cassette to the rear wheel and a
microSHIFT rear derailleur. The originate stem is
fitted to the wonderful Nitto B136 Randonneur touring bars in 44 centimeter width
at the flared drops. – [Ollie] Functional. – With seven-speed
Shimano Sora STI levers. The bike fits and rides
like a dream come true. – I see it then. I see what he looks like. – It is now to date, the
most smiles per miles of any bike in Dan’s
stable, and he’s proud to have taken part in
such restoration project. – Let’s have a look then. – Right, we’ve gone from that, there it is going into the
acid bath, and there it is. – Ohio. – Ohio stand back too,
I like what you did. – [Ollie] Yeah. – [John] That’s a nice, that’s
a nice upgrade, isn’t it? – Yeah, it’s not gonna be plain
sailing for Dan from Ohio, because he’s up against
Sam, who’s in his basement. – So, that would be just
muffles wouldn’t it? Like, help, the door’s locked. – I’m in the basement. – Yeah Sam, we’re sending help, mate. – So Sam bought this Trek
CrossRip mountain bike in late 2016, and he loved
that it had disc brakes, and Sam wanted a drop bar cross bike that was like his CrossRip,
but the funds were lacking. – [John] Poor Sam. – So Sam slowly managed to save up enough to turn Jolteon into a drop bar hybrid using microSHIFT R9, two by nine shifters. He swapped the suspension
fork for a stiff alloy one, even painted it close to match. (John hisses) He added a set of spire
mechanical disc brakes, FSA Omega drops, RaceFace
stem, Michelin Protek tires, and botched the stock triple train set for a 42 28 to go with an 11 32 cassette. Are you ready for this? – That’s a big old–
– Look at that. That’s his mountain bike.
– Right, yeah. That’s the old CrossRip Hybrid. – [John and Ollie] Look at that! – There’s a lot of seat
posts there on that one, isn’t there, Sam, in your basement? – At a combatant compliance. – Yes yeah a little bit
of suspension there. I like the fork as well, add a little stiff alloy
front fork on there. – I just hope he manages to escape the basement and ride it outside. – Yeah, yeah. Can’t do much cross riding
or gravel riding down in that basement, can you? – No. – Who’s gonna be it though? Dan or Sam? – It’s a close one this week.
– Yeah. – Very close, both two
excellent submissions, thanks for that. – Yeah, I really like them. – Well, we don’t decide
anyways so it doesn’t matter. – Vote up there, top right-hand corner. Maybe, just maybe, (laptop loudly smacks shut) you could be wearing one of those. The capron. (dramatic beat) Bike of the week time and last
week let’s refresh you with who was going head to head. It was the Bianchi Ultra XR4 of Team Jumbo Visma up against the Argon 18 Gallium Pro of Team Astana. – [Ollie] Who’s the winner? – With 72% of the votes, and the winner, it was the Bianchi of Team Jumbo Visma. Congratulations, team Bianchi.
(audience applause) – Nice bike, what color was that? – It was the standard
color they’re doing, yeah. – It’s proper nice, aren’t it? – Yeah, right, anyway
Ollie moving on mate. Who have we got out this week? – This week we’ve got
a battle of the French. – Oh nice. – Yeah. And we’re gonna do the Lapierre Xelius of Groupama FDJ, the team bike. Full Dura Ace on it, pro finishing kit. – [John] Nice. – [Ollie] Versus the
Eddy Merckx of Team AG2R. – [John] La Mondiale. – Yeah. It’s got Campagnolo yellow
on it, and Vredestein tires. – Yeah, MAVIC wheels too, that’s gonna be a battle there isn’t it? Who’s it gonna be, vote up there. Next week we will reveal the results and we’ll have some more for
you to battle it out with. (dramatic beat) Right it’s now time for
the Bike Vault which we absolutely love because we
get literally thousands and thousands of submissions. And of course, we then
get to rate your bikes. Your pride and joy are
either nice or super nice. So if you’ve got a bike that you want to get submitted into the bike vault, use the uploader tool down
there in the description and include everything about the bike, you, where you’re from, all these things. But not too much, we don’t
wanna know all the gory details. But what happens then when
they get rated super nice? I ring the bell!
(cowbell clanging) Like that, right anyway let’s move on. Because the viewers,
they’ve been asking for me to do it again. And I’ve well,
(piercing ear ringing) I’ve just damaged him. Right, Ollie! – Yeah. – Alright, okay you are there still. Sorry mate. Who is first up this
week in the Bike Vault? – Alright first up we
got Ben from Suffolk. – No offense intended there, Ben. He does like to do his accents. – Ben has got his Quarq
cycle, Sram one by on there. – Woo!
– Vision kit. But you may be looking at
this bike and thinking, hang on a minute, that’s
an unusual shaped frame. – [John] Yeah, it’s a big bike. – [Ollie] But Ben from
Suffolk is six foot nine and– – [John] That’s 207 centimeters tall. – [Ollie] Quick maths. I don’t know if you’ve ever
been six foot nine, John. – No. – But I was once and it’s really hard to find a bike that fits when you’re six foot nine.
– No it’s actually yeah. – And he’s had this
custom made and fair play. – Yeah.
– ‘Cus that is, that is a good piece of work. – No six foot nine, Ollie. You’re what, six foot? – Six one. – Yeah you’ve just done that accent. Say sorry. – Sorry, – [John and Ollie] Ben. – From Suffolk. – Right I personally I think
because it’s not easy to get a bike is it, when you’re that tall? – [Ollie] No, no. – [John] It’s not in seriousness. I think it’s a great looking bike. I like the paint work as well. – [Ollie] Yeah. – [John] Yeah. – [Ollie] Super nice for that. – [John] Yeah, super nice. (cowbell ringing) Right okay next up is Lass
from Silkeborg in Denmark. – Silkeborg, Denmark. – They don’t talk like that there. Alright okay,
(Ollie laughs) it’s a Viner Mitus Disc Frameset. It’s got SRAM RED eTap
actually Groupset with some Prime Carbon wheels. Now– – [Ollie] Quarq power
meter on there as well. – [John] Yeah we’ve got it’s a, I think that’s a really nice looking bike. – [Ollie] He’s done well, he’s taken the saddle back
off, no bottles in there. It’s in the big small clean drive train. He’s got no spaces above
the stem, cranks in the right position. – [John] The logos of the wheels, like you know the colors of them. And also on the stem and the seat post, they all match really, really
well with that don’t they. – [Ollie] He’s got excellent,
excellent taste in bikes– – [John] He’s got a good eye for detail. – [Ollie] But, but, but. – Yeah. – We can’t let such a blatant
disregard for health and safety go unchecked in
– Awful, awful. – The Bike Vault. – Yeah being a fire warden myself, – Yes. – I’m totally on your
side with that, Ollie. – I’m a, – First aider? – One of the first aiders here
– Yep. – at GCN as well, so this health and safety’s very important to me. On those train tracks there,
I mean that’s just reckless. – Yeah. (smacking wrist) Slap on
the wrist for you, Lass. Nice bike though. – Yeah very nice bike. – Yeah, nice bike.
– Very nice bike. – Okay, right. Who do we have up next then, Ollie? – We’ve got Glenn from Bethel Road. I don’t know where that is. – Don’t know where Bethel Road is, could be anywhere. – I’m assuming it’s
America somewhere (laughs). – No idea. – Well he’s got his
Wilier Triestina Cofidis replica so right. That’s got an Aeffect crank
set on it, Campagnolo record. – [John] He’s gone into full character. (Ollie laughs) – [Ollie] Carbon derailleurs,
brake shift levers, Mavic SSC carbon, well– – [John] Well there just
haven’t been any breaks but they’re stunning. We don’t see those much. – [Ollie] A Ritchey C post on
there, look at that as well. – [John] Look at that, flight
saddle, those elite carbon tactical bottle packages.
– Do you know what that is a really, really cool bike. – [John] Yeah. – [Ollie] Nice piece of history there and also presented beautifully. Cranks in the right position, very clean. – Yeah. – No spaces above the
stem, ticking the boxes. – Yeah, I even love it. Normally I don’t like
colored side walls on tires but it goes well. – [Ollie] But it’s part of that bike. – [John] It’s part of the era. Right there’s one thing, and there’s one thing
only I can find with this. Alright it’s not the most exotic backdrop, but we will let that go, this occasion. It’s that brake lever on
the right-hand side, look. The quick release button
has been pressed on it, and it’s popped out slightly. – [Ollie] Yeah. – [John] But I think, I honestly think, that could be a slight
oversight this week. – [Ollie] Super nice for me. – Yeah, super nice for me too. (cowbell ringing) Bethel Road massive, super nice. – Yeah. – Right, next up is Joseph
from Avondale in Arizona. – Arizona. – There we are. It’s the Giordano Fixed Wheeled bike. – [Ollie] Right. – [John] Interesting looking bike, but, Ollie wants to interject.
– Hang on a minute, right, he’s photographed it
on the non-drive side. – [John] We’ve told you
time and time again. – [Ollie] It’s I mean,
it’s nice but the wheels. – [John] Quick release
on the front wheels on the wrong side. – [Ollie] It’s the wheels
aren’t matching which is, – [John] Yeah. – [Ollie] Is upsetting me. – [John] You’ve got water
bottles mounted on the rear when you could use a loosen me up
there with some water bottle bosses on the down tube available. – [Ollie] I mean it’s
a cool looking frame. – [John] It is. – [Ollie] It’s just… – [John] It just doesn’t do it. – [Ollie] It’s a nice– – [John] It’s a nice bike though. – It’s a nice bike.
– Nice one. Alright time for the final submission for this week’s Bike Vault. Who have we got? – We’ve got Robert who’s from
Hartsville, South Carolina. I actually went to camp in Carolina. – What, a summer camp? – Indeed. – Did you really? – Yeah. – Alright well we can probably
allow this accent then. – Camp. – There we go, right anyway. What’s Robert got in his stable? – He’s got a Cannondale SuperSix Evo. A beautiful bike, force 12 on it. And Roval wheels, CL 64’s. – [John] Yeah. – [Ollie] I had a bike just like that. – [John] Nice butterfly in the background isn’t it?
– Beautiful looking bike. Yeah, nice backdrop. – [John] Yeah. – [Ollie] To shoot your bike. I like that he just slammed stem there. – [John] Yeah. – No spaces above it.
– No. – [Ollie] I would’ve
removed the water bottle. Personally.
– Yeah I think I would’ve done too. Also the wheels, not really in line with
one another are they? Which is a big shame. – [Ollie] Yeah. – [John] ‘Cus it was ticking
all the boxes up until that. – [Ollie] Yeah. That is a nice bike though. I think, seems we gave
the oversight over the little shifter lever being out of the way. I think we’ve been,
– Yeah, I think Robert– – [Ollie] I think it’s only
fair that this is a super nice. – There’s something I love
about a climbing frame with deep wheels on it. – Robert, you are lucky, my friend. Because good news. (cowbell ringing) Super nice. So there we are, the close
out of yet another Bike Vault, for another week. – Tough times but,
– Yeah. – There’s always next week. – Yeah so keep uploading
pictures of your bikes. We love going through ’em don’t we? – Yeah we do. – And maybe that will get rung. (dramatic beat) So there are we at the
end of another Tech Show, almost because well,
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– That is the sound it makes. – Yeah? And also well, I think we should give
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trainer living like a monk for this challenge, you can
find him drinking coffee. – Yeah. – And being well, very excited. So yeah, there we are. Now if you want to
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of the greatest helmets and shoes from the tour down under. I love a pair of white shoes, Ollie. – Yeah, Valverde’s are cool, aren’t they? – Yeah, he wasn’t there. – See you, – [John and Ollie] Next week.