Cycling’s Darkest Secrets Uncovered! | The GCN Show Ep. 290


– [Together] Welcome to the GCN Show. – Hello, and welcome to the GCN Show, brought to you by mates at Wiggle. – This week we’re absolutely
packed to the rafters, starting with cycling’s darkest secrets. (beeping) – I ended up just sort of taking
it at an aimed run-up and– – Okay.
(beeping) – Brace yourselves for that one. – Yeah, we’ve got news from Trek, news from Zwift, and– – I am at the start of RideLondon. We’re the team from World Bicycle Relief. We’re gonna ride 100 miles to raise money for Buffalo Bikes for
World Bicycle Relief. Wish us luck. – And I’m here in Flanders at the start of the Transcontinental Race. – Oh, and by the way,
you don’t have to worry about this being a particularly
scientific GCN show. I’m wearing science glasses, actually, ’cause I’ve been watching
too much Tour de France and my eyes have gone a little bit funny. Welcome back, you’re watching
the Global Cycling Network, with me, Simon Richardson.
(beeping) (energetic electronic music) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned that some cyclists
really are free-spirited. Nick Moezidis spotted this chap riding down the freeway in the Bay Area. Yeah, that really is a naked
dude riding down the freeway. – Yeah, I’ll tell you
what though, Tom Dumoulin nearly had to ride the penultimate stage of the Tour de France naked as well, because we also learned this week that even world champions
can forget their gym kit. The difference, actually,
between being world champion and one of us though, is that someone kindly made him some more and then hand-delivered
it to the start line. – Yeah, I think he’d be
thanking his lucky stars that fortunately his
kit sponsor, Exteondo, were located just 45 kilometers away. – It’s true, that, covering
his ass in more ways than one. And also, glad that
they work on a Saturday. – Yeah, true that. Now, we also learned, quite by accident, that Dan Lloyd has been
harboring a dark secret. – I once had to put a
squirrel out of its misery, because it had been slightly chopped up, but not quite killed after it’d run through my mate’s spinner G4 spoke wheel.
– Crikey. That’s not disturbing at all, is it? How did you do it? – I ended up just taking
it at an aimed run-up and– – Okay, right, moving on then. Right, we’ll need to leave it there. So I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve got that image in my head now. – I’ve had it in there for 25 years. (dramatic music) – Understandably perhaps, that has triggered an
avalanche of comments, much of which is frankly, quite alarming, so we’ve anonymized it
all, and you will see why. – Yeah, before we delve
into this murky underworld, we should probably address the
biggest elephant in the room, potentially cycling’s
darkest secret, doping. – Yeah, now do I think that doping is cycling’s darkest secret? Well, historically it’s been pro cycling’s biggest problem, hasn’t it? And you know what, I don’t
think it is any more. I appreciate that’s just my opinion, and many of you are gonna disagree. But I think the issue with
this debate, full stop, is that there isn’t actually any concrete evidence on either side, is there? I mean, people are still
failing dope tests, but a lot of people aren’t. But yet that won’t satisfy
the majority of people. – Yeah, well what about the other, slightly smaller elephant in the room? Is motor doping cycling’s darkest secret? Well, I think my opinion on this is no. And the reason for that is because I don’t believe it’s a problem, because if someone had developed a system that was an effective motor that could be concealed within a bike, why would you sell it to a very small market of just pro teams? You’d rather sell it to the mass market and make far more money.
– Yeah, it’s true. And before you say, “Well,
pro racing is big-budget,” if you put it in context, the
biggest pro team, Team Sky, their annual budget is a
little over 30 million quid. The annual global e-bike
industry is worth $6 billion. And so yeah, it does
kinda look like peanuts, when you put it in comparison, doesn’t it? – Yeah, if I developed a
really efficient hidden motor, then I know where I’d want to sell it. Fatso were kind of leading
the way with their system, and it’s very neat and can
be very well-concealed. But it’s still pretty obvious
when it’s fitted to a bike. And they’ve just secured an additional $8 million of funding
for that system as well. – Yeah, so they’re doing
all right, aren’t they? Now again, we understand that many of you are gonna disagree about this, but let’s at least wait
’til there’s hard evidence. The fact that UCI have got their, pretty effective, it seems,
X-ray unit that’s been going around the Tour de
France, pretty reassuring. And also not just looking
for skeletons in the closet. That whole thing about poor Toms Skujins at the Tour de France. No one raised the question
that it would be a really, really rubbish motor if it
managed to spin his back wheel, and then as soon as he drops
his bike on the tarmac, the bike stops instantly. – That’s ’cause he turned it off, as soon as it touched down.
– Oh, I see. ‘Cause I thought it was like
a 0.001 watt motor there. But anyway, there we go, so yeah. I don’t think we need to look
for skeletons in the closet. – That’s enough of pro racing secrets. Now on to the real hard stuff. – Cycling, generally.
– The seriously dark secrets. Which have all come, courtesy of you lot. – That’s right, okay, let’s go for it. Number one. “I go segment-bashing late
at night,” not a euphemism, “On downhill segments when it’s quieter.” That kind of sounds like a dark secret, given that you’re doing it at night. But actually, it also sounds
quite sensible, that one. Yeah, I don’t think you need
to be afraid of that one. – Yeah, as long as it’s not too dark. – Yeah, or too dangerous, full stop. I mean, downhill segments
do seem a bit crazy. Anyway, we’ve started with a gentle one. – Yeah, so number two. “I only pretend to like mountain biking “as much as road cycling “for the cute president
of my uni’s cycling club.” – Well yeah, you gotta pretend to like mountain biking for some
reason, haven’t you? Right then, number three,
“I refused to ditch “the boxer shorts under
my bib shorts for year, “but I denied it all the time.” – Oh god. – That one you might have been denying it, but we could all see. If you hide your boxer shorts
under your cycling shorts, there’s a pretty significant
chance of VPL, isn’t it? A visible panty line, so you know, yeah. Everyone was like, “Oh
really, no pants, yeah. “Yeah, no, no, yeah.” Anyway, moving on. – So number four, this is especially dark. “I once killed a bunny rabbit “because it ran in front
of my front wheel.” So the distinction, the key
thing here is the wording. Not, “I killed a bunny
rabbit with my front wheel “as it ran through my front wheel.” It’s, “I went and killed it.” It implies that he went
and killed it after. He tracked it down later
on, hunted it down. – That’s just, just because
a rabbit cut you up, that is no excuse to go and kill it. I’m not advocating that at all. Now number five, “I have a lockup “with my really special bike in. “My partner, now ex, never knew about it.” Well, there we go.
– Never knew about it. Once they found out about it, that was it. – Well, yeah.
– Now his ex. – I do believe I like the
idea of a secret vault where you can just keep
your very special bike away from prying eyes. Yeah, I’d love one of those. – Number six, “There’s
one time I once peed “in my cycling shorts in heavy rain.” – That’s disgusting. Although I’ve got a dark secret, probably. – What, have you done that? – No, but someone once peed
in their cycling shorts whilst racing in heavy
rain in front of me. And I could tell when the road spray went from water to urine. – Bit of a warmup though? – No, it was revolting, and
I shouted at him very loudly. No, you’re never gonna hide that. It’s pretty obvious when
you start weeing yourself when you’re riding in heavy rain. As someone who’s witnessed
it close at hand, yeah, that’s not a secret. – So the next one we’ve got here is, “Sometimes I only shave the
bottom part of my legs.” – What a weird universe cyclists live in, that the dark secret isn’t shaving legs, it’s just only shaving bits of your legs. – The visible part. – Yeah, I do that as well though, to be fair.
– I like that. Well, I’d like to think that
the person who’s written that wears three-quarter length bib shorts, and then just shaves the bit in between the socks and the three, like
the little section of calf. – Economical with razor blades. Right, number eight, “I triple
dipped my mate’s Vaseline “when they weren’t looking.” Now, assuming this is for
some kind of chamois cream, that is a bit gross, I’d
definitely keep that one a secret. – What if your mate had double dipped before you triple dipped as well? So joke’s on you.
– So he wipes it three times all over, yeah okay, fair enough. Be careful though, have
your own pot of Vaseline, for goodness sake. – Next one is, “I’m
using the GCN club socks “mostly for mountain biking.” – Oh my word.
– Get out. – I’m not sure what to think about that. No, fair enough, I see. They’re nice socks and
well, mountain biking, it’s all under the same
umbrella, isn’t it? I’m all for that.
– Did you write this next one? – Number 10, “I’m a
professional bike mechanic, “and I use WD40 to fix nearly everything.” What can I say to that? You shouldn’t be afraid of
that, that’s not a secret. That’s something to be
celebrated, isn’t it? Right, number 11. “I watch GCN and I don’t even cycle.” – That’s my favorite one, that’s great. – Yeah, gee, it’s fair
play, well done to you. Right, Oli, what about you, mate? Any dark secrets hiding in the closet? – Too many, I don’t want to lose my job. But I think, okay, something
I’m definitely guilty of is setting up a Strava segment on a particularly
well-known section of road, but just tactically altering either the start of the segment
or the end of the segment so that it’s in a point where people necessarily aren’t going
as hard, so I get the KOM. – Really, that’s funny. I can’t imagine where you
might’ve done that, Oli. Right, make sure you get involved in the comments section down below. If you’ve got a guilty
secret and you feel like you need to share, you
know where to put it, in the comments section. (triumphant trumpet music) (bouncing reverberation) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We’re gonna start, I think, for the first time ever
with news of running, because someone has just run the route of the Tour de France, and they deserve some
serious credit for that. – Yeah, run the Tour de France. So Peter Thompson has
averaged 30 miles a day. That’s more than a marathon,
every day for 68 days, to cover an astonishing 2082 miles, the length of this year’s tour. And he’s done it all
in a bid to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind. And raise money he did, over 20 grand. Fair play, what an effort. – Yeah, fantastic job, Peter. That’s a fistbump for you. Now we’ve got some news
from Zwift coming up, because they’ve just
given us a little heads up to say that there is a new course coming. This is a recreation of
the UCI World Championships course from Innsbruck, Austria, which is gonna be raced
in September this year. The good news is that we
don’t need to wait that long. In fact, we’ve only
gotta wait ’til Thursday, the second of August. – That’s right, the new
Innsbruck-Tirol course will focus on the short lap section of the World Champ’s
course, which is gonna be the finishing circuit of both
the men’s and women’s races. And the key feature of this
course is a 7.9-kilometer climb that averages 5.9%, making it
one of toughest World Champs finishing circuits we’ve
had in, well, ages really. But there’s also gonna be an area of the Innsbruck town area as
well, so it’ll be really nice. – Yeah, and then to give us a little bit more bang for our bucks,
Zwift have also added in a few extra kilometers of undulating road. It’ll basically make it even
better for normal cycling, as opposed to just selecting
the World Champion. And they’ve also thrown
in a few extra Tirol landmarks as well, you need
to keep your eyes peeled for. – Yeah, can’t wait to ride it. From virtual Austria to Wales now. Many of you will be
familiar with the iconic red Royal Mail postboxes
we have in the UK. Now, after the London 2012 games, the successful gold medalists were honored by having their local boxes painted gold. And there’s a campaign
currently happening in Cardiff, for Geraint Thomas’ local
postbox to be painted yellow. – [Simon] That’s such a
weird British thing isn’t it? – It’s a great color.
– Gives you a bit of an insight into the
British psyche there. Right, now a few weeks
back we told you about Alberto Contador’s frankly
eye-watering power data that he said was needed
to win the Tour de France. I think it was from just
prior to one of his victories, where he did seven point something watts per kilo for 20 minutes,
so utterly bonkers. Anyway, he might’ve retired last year, but it seems like he’s still
in really rather good shape. – Yeah, that’s right. So ahead of stage 17 of this year’s tour, which went up the Col de Portet, Bertie went for a cheeky little spin on his Trek Madone Disc. So aero bikes can climb, I guess, because he took the KOM on that climb. And then when the pro race
eventually went through it, only four pros on Strava
were able to better his time. – Yeah, not bad, Bertie. But not quite as good as Oli here, who still has the KOM for the entire Tour de France stage, which is– – I don’t like to brag. – [Simon] No, that’s
remarkable, mate, so well done. – [Oliver] Yeah, thanks. – Where did the segment start? – We don’t worry about it. We don’t have to delve into that. – [Simon] Fair enough. – Um. (upbeat electronic music) – I am here in London at the Folding Bike World Championships, with Brompton on them all, ready to race. And I thought this would
be a bit of a laugh, but it turns out it’s
actually quite serious. Unfortunately, I’m not very fit and I’m not very good
at unfolding my bike. But let’s see how it goes. (energetic rock music) Are you having a good time? – [Together] Yeah! – That’s what we like to hear. (triumphant music) Well, that was amazing. I am proud to say that I am the new Brompton Folding Bike
World Champion for GCN. Thank you to everyone at GCN who has supported me towards this goal. Peter, our new mechanic, who helped me get the Brompton ready. And to all of you guys
who trained with me, pushed me home from work,
encouraged me to come, really appreciate it, thank you. I am so proud. – Right, some news from here at GCN now. We’ve got a super cool new way for you to upload photos
and videos to share with us. So whether that’s for– – Hack or bodge. – Yeah, or a welcome to
the GCN show or whatever. – Yeah, that’s right. You’ve just got to hit on the link. That will also be in the description beneath every GCN video, in fact. And then it’s pretty straightforward. I managed it pretty easily, so
anyone can do it, therefore. And yeah, please do make the most of it, ’cause we always love hearing from you and seeing your photos
and watching your videos. – All of which leads us perfectly on to our exciting new feature. (upbeat electronic music) – It’s time now for our
brand new weekly inspiration, brought to you by our
mates over at Wiggle. You send in your best
inspirational photos of the week. We pick the winners. Wiggle then kindly hand over the prizes, 50, 75, and 100-pound vouchers
up for grabs each week. So you can then go and take more of your special photos
and have amazing rides. – Yeah, that top prize is the equivalent of 836 Danish kroner in
today’s exchange rate. Is that a good accent,
you like that, it’s good? – Yeah, I don’t know. Anyway, there you go,
836 kroner, brilliant. Thanks there, Oli, right. In third place, we have
this stunner of an image, taken by Bella Molloy.
(energetic drumroll) Now, looks a little bit wintry, perhaps. But no, this is Australia. Oli, tracked down the Eucumbene
Dam to New South Wales. Anyway, Bella says, “This
gem is a little-known “short local climb near Eucumbene Dam. “Always adventure with a
switchback through the forest.” – Yeah, this competition’s
about inspiration. And looking at that image, I’m
inspired, I want to go there. – Yeah.
– I want to go there. It looks awesome. – [Simon] It does, it
looks absolutely fantastic. There’s something really
tranquil, I always think, about riding through forests. I mean, admittedly, that’s Australia, where I’d be petrified
that death would lurk round every corner in the form of a spider or a snake or something, but still. – [Oliver] Crocodiles. That wood will be littered
with crocodiles, guaranteed. It’s Australia. – Yeah, anyway, so inspiring photo. And also, congratulations
for dancing with death on a daily basis there, riding Australia. Right then, what’s up second place, mate? – In second place, we have this image from Joe Meissner from Ontario. – [Simon] That’s cool there. – [Oliver] It’s just a
beautiful silhouetted image of him riding home with the sunset. And I really like it, ’cause
it sums up that thing for me where you’ve gone out on an epic ride and you’re on the home leg back home and you’re gonna go get your dinner and maybe have a few beers or something. – Yeah, I totally get that. But for me, it’s not about epic. It’s about a sneaky hour blast after work. That’s the cool thing, where you ride home and you’ve smashed yourself for an hour, and you get like, “Oh, that was great.” Anyway, congratulation there. 75-pound voucher for you, Joe. And the winner, Oli, this was
your pick, and I do agree. Who gets it? – Yeah, the winner is Abhange, or Stewart Reid, which is his real name, with this shot of his
bikepacking adventure in Norway. And I’ve not been bikepacking
yet, and I really want to. So this is really inspiring to me. But also, ’cause I’ve
not been to Norway before and I really, really want to go to Norway. And I love the rainbow he’s got there, and just the tranquility of the scene. It just looks like he’s alone
in the middle of nowhere and he’s got the world to himself, and I think it’s really, really cool. – Yeah, I agree there completely. So congratulations to you. That’s 100 pounds and
the first-ever winner of our GCN weekly inspiration
photo competition. So there you go, anyway
you know the score by now. Please keep those photos coming in. If nothing else, what an
amazing morning we’ve had, looking at inspirational
photos that you’ve all sent in. That’s brilliant, this job. I didn’t think it could get much better, Oli, but it definitely has. And as well as the hashtag
#gcninspiration on Instagram, remember, of course that you can send them in directly to us as well. The link to the uploader
is in the description. – Sticking with inspiration
for a minute though, Si, we wanted to tell you about a video that we’ve got coming out that we made with Continental Tires on
stage 10 of this year’s Tour. We think it’s a pretty awesome video. It’s out Sunday, so stay tuned for that. (inspirational music) – [Commentator] Gaviria, Groenewegen. It’s Dylan who does it,
Groenewegen takes it. – [Narrator] For a teenager
passionate about cycling, there can’t be any dream
greater than the Tour de France. Through Continental’s Les Cadets Juniors, the next generation of cycling talent get to live that dream
for one day, imagine that. (speaking foreign language) (upbeat electronic music) – Tech of the Week now,
and Trek have just released an all-new Emonda ALR for 2019. Now, the ALR referring to
aluminum as the material. So this is a new version of their lightweight Emonda platform. – The new Emonda ALR features
hydroformed aluminum tubes, direct-mount brakes on
the rim brake version, new paint jobs, women-specific versions, and it’s also impressively
light for an aluminum bike. – You can say that again. So for the disc brake
version, a frame in a size 56, unpainted, is 1132 grams,
which to put it in context, is lighter than the mid-range
Emonda SL carbon model. And bear in mind, the aluminum
is significantly cheaper. – Yeah, it potentially
offers really good value. But it looks absolutely mint. The welds are all hidden and
the tube shapes they’ve got out of the aluminum, it looks
almost like a carbon bike. – [Simon] Yeah, it does, doesn’t it? – [Oliver] It’s really impressive. – [Simon] Yeah, I’m a
big fan of metal bikes, and I’m a big fan of that one. – Now, something else we also love here at GCN is a custom-painted pro bike. And this week, Dutch
national road champion, Mathieu Van der Poel, posted this picture of his especially tasty-looking Canyon Aeroad Disc in national colors. Check this out. – [Simon] That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? – Yeah, I’m particularly a big fan of the way he’s got the Shimano wheels on there with the tan
side walls on as well. Looks proper smart. (upbeat electronic music) Racing news now. Firstly we’re gonna head over to Belgium for the start of the Transcontinental. – We’re here at the start of
the Transcontinental Race. And at 10 o’clock
tonight, these 240 riders will be starting off on their epic, and I don’t use that word lightly, 3800-kilometer ride, right across Europe. We’ve been talking to the riders and looking at their setups,
so make sure you stay tuned on the channel for those
videos, coming soon. And for now, best of luck to
all the riders on the TCR. – This week we have to
give a big shout out to Martin Toft Madsen for
his hour record attempt. Now, this guy works
full-time as an engineer, and crowdfunded his
attempt and trip to Mexico, where he tried to break the hour record at the Aguascalientes velodrome, which is known to be one of the fastest tracks out there, because its altitude. If you say it really quick,
that’s how you pronounce it. – No, and your Danish accent
has improved in this GCN show, but at the expense of your
Spanish accent, clearly. Anyway, to be fair, better than mine. Right, what little I know about Madsen can probably be summed up
with the word meticulous, particularly the way he’s
prepared for this event. Apparently his bike and his
equipment choices were tailored specifically to create the
fastest setup possible. – Yeah, all about the gains. And his bike of choice
was the very aero-looking Electron Pro from Argon 18. And we’re gonna go into
more detail about the bike and kit used by Madsen in the
GCN Tech Show on Thursday. – Yeah, ultimately he did
just miss out on the record. He said he held the record
pace for as long as he could, but just dropped it in the
last quarter of the hour. He still smashed the Danish record though, by 1.3 kilometers, but
was still 800 meters behind the world record. – Yeah, fair play, Martin. And fair play for being the
second-fastest man in history. – Yeah, that’s quite a
good title, isn’t it? Now, some sad news from
the women’s peloton, as Rochelle Gilmore, who’s the owner of the Wiggle High5 team,
announced that she would be disbanding the team at
the end of this season, after six really successful years. So that is a real shame, isn’t it? – Yeah, and while on the subject of shame, I think we have to have a look at the GCN Tour de France predictions. – Chris Froome.
(buzzer sounding) – Primoz Roglic.
(buzzer sounding) – Chris Froome.
(buzzer sounding) – Adam Yates.
(buzzer sounding) – Chris Froome.
(buzzer sounding) – Romain Bardet.
(buzzer sounding) – Chris Froome.
(buzzer sounding) – Vincenzo Nibali.
(buzzer sounding) – Geraint Thomas will win
this year’s Tour de France. (record scratching) (groaning) – So Emma nailed it, again. And she’s become World Champion again. She’s determined to raise the bar of GCN presenters, isn’t she? – Yeah.
– Yeah. – I think we should now leave racing news with the words from the newly-crowned Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas. – Thank you very much, and vive le Tour. (energetic electronic music) (upbeat electronic music) (hands drumming) – Hurry up, mate. – You done there, mate?
– Nope. – It’s now time for the GCN giveaway. And this week we’re
announcing three lucky winners of Fizik R1 Infinito Nets. And they are. – Stefan Halfmann from Germany. – Alex Collins from Great Britain. – Right, and Laura Young
from the United States. So congratulations to all of you three. Do let us know what colors you go for. I would go for the purple ones, actually. Weirdly, I know, but I
think they look so cool. – I think I really like the gray ones, ’cause they’re the ones
that Geraint Thomas has, and he’s really cool. – That’s true, actually, the
gray ones are pretty wicked. Right, now speaking of giveaways, or almost giving it
away, we’ve actually got a bit of a sale on in the GCN shop, of which I’ve got some of the
amazing goodies here for you. There’s up to 50% off in this summer sale. So we’ve got Camelbak bottle. This is like a mini-unboxing. – [Oliver] Nice, nice. – Can coolers, a bottle opener. – We robbed that from Eurobike. – That’s a good one,
well no, no we didn’t. No, that’s got GCN written all over it. T-shirt, I’m a big fan of that one. So yeah, anyway, make sure
you head over to the GCN shop, where there’s even bigger
bargains to be had than normal. (drill buzzing) It’s time now for hack
forward slash bodge. Come on, mate.
– That’s all right, mate. – Forward slash bodge. – Oh (bleep) I have to go again. I want one already.
(laughing) (beeping) – It’s time now for hack
forward slash bodge of the week. And we’re gonna start with
some Transcontinental hacks that Katherine spotted over
at the start line in Flanders. Starting with this frankly terrifying one, which is Roger Seaton, who is racing the entire Transcontinental on a Brompton, on a folding bike. Anyway, Katherine pointed
out that he stashed five tubes on the frame
and inside the frame, as well as a tire that’s
been strapped on as well. – Do you think he’s doing the
Transcontinental on a Brompton ’cause he’s planning on folding it up and getting on some public transport? Is that his secret plan? – That is one of
cycling’s darkest secrets. That’s harking back to the earliest days of the Tour de France, where we used to take public transport. – No one seems to have flagged this. – No, I can only assume that’s the reason, because the idea of riding
2000 miles on a Brompton is utterly, utterly terrifying. Or maybe they’re great
to ride for 2000 miles. I can’t imagine it being
particularly great. – But it is really cool, how he’s come up with all these little nooks and crannies to store inner tubes and bits
and pieces, all over his bike. I think that’s a hack for me. – [Simon] All right, fair enough. So the concept is a bodge,
but actually the execution is a hack, is that what you’re saying? – [Oliver] Yeah. – [Simon] All right, well
done, Rog, that’s a hack. What’s up next, mate? – We’ve got these custom-made carbon fiber lubricant
and toothbrush holder. And he’s also got these
carbon fiber bags as well. – [Simon] Yeah, the carbon bags look pretty cool, don’t they? With your aerodynamics mind, Oli, is that an aerodynamic setup? – [Oliver] Well, lightweight
as well, presumably. I mean, it looks pretty aero. – [Simon] All his equipment
must be quite narrow. That’s all I’m thinking. There’s not much room for stuffing. And as for the toothbrush
holder and the lube holder, I mean, fair enough, I can see why. A plastic bag would probably also keep your other equipment clean. But there we go, yeah, hack. – [Oliver] Yeah? – Anything that’s bodged
together out of carbon fiber automatically becomes a hack, doesn’t it? Is that like some kind of rule? – I mean, there’s a certain amount of effort that’s gone into that, that’s for sure.
– Yeah, there is. – [Oliver] Next we have nprice89, who’s said that he removed a
sticker and ruined the sticker. And then he’s used a
cable tie to add rigidity to the sticker as he’s put it back on. Now, for me this is a bit
of a bodge, and that’s, also I can tell it’s a Ride London sticker ’cause I have one of those as
well, this last weekend gone. But it gave me an idea, this one. So I’m saying this is a
bodge, but I was thinking, when a lot of times
you have to do an event and you have to stick
a sticker on your bike and they flap around and they’re annoying, but there’s nothing to stop you getting a piece of card
and putting it in between, sandwiching it in between the sticker, and then you’ve got a
harder, more rigid sticker. – [Simon] Number at the back. – [Oliver] Well, it’s given me an idea. – We talked about Emma raising
the bar of GCN presenting. Oli, you’ve just volunteered
your own hack in hack or bodge, which is–
– I’m gonna try it out. – Which is next-level,
so yeah, fair enough. In fact, that’s quite mean, because nprice89 has just been
consigned to the bodge bin and you’ve just trumped
his idea with a hack. But there we go, anyway, fair enough. This next one, I don’t even
know where to start with this. Parkysouthlondon, “I lost the peak “that went on my helmet the other day. “I’ve decided to replace
it by gluing another peak “from an old club cap onto it.” Oh my god. – Kill it with fire. – That is, oh, that’s terrifying. – [Oliver] That is. – [Simon] What was wrong with
the cap under the helmet? And if you get really hot, you can always just cut the top of the cap off. But it’s still on.
– What’s he glued it on with? – Well, quite a traumatic bodge for all of us to have witnessed. Anyway, do keep sending in your
hacks and bodges, of course, using #gcnhack on social media. But remember the uploader as well. Where’s the link, Oli? – It’s in the description. – There you go, we didn’t
even rehearse that either. (laughing) (upbeat electronic music) – It’s now time for this
week’s caption competition. And the winner of last week’s competition was Phil Paterson, who
gave us the caption, “Ever since he was a junior,
Romain wanted to GoPro.” That’s a good one, I like it. – Sorry, there’s a problem.
– What? – ‘Cause that’s not a GoPro, is it? That’s a phone, clearly. – [Oliver] Technically,
you’re nitpicking there. – You think he deserves a
GCN Camelbak water bottle for that?
– Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, it’s great. – Yeah, I’m only kidding with you, Phil. That was a great caption,
and probably gonna be better than my effort
for this week’s photo. Here’s we go, that’s Julien Vermote at the shrine at Lourdes. – You’ve been saying you
thought of a really good one. – Yeah, yeah, I have, yeah. “This year’s tour has been
going so badly, Father. “We’re gonna need some kind of miracle.” No, not even a little flicker? All right, fair enough, I’m gonna give up. You’ll go next week. If you want to get involved
in the caption competition, possibly win yourself a
GCN Camelbak water bottle, then stick your caption in the
comments section down below. And actually, you don’t need
the uploader for this one, which is where, Oli? – In the description below.
– In the description, yeah. That’s right. (upbeat electronic music) Before we get on to what is coming up on the channel this week, as normal, we will go through a few
of our favorite comments that you’ve been leaving
under last week’s videos, like this one from Dave Pratt under the most common cycling injuries. He said, “My most common
injury is a bruised ego.” Yeah, that is a tough one, isn’t it? Actually, we’ve all been there. And also a hard one to
recover from, fully, as well. So do be careful, Dave, with that one. Take your time. – Under the video, the 65-kilometer stage 17 preview that Chris Opie did, Michael McDermott commented,
“The GCN presenters “are becoming increasingly
sickeningly handsome. “I’m fed up with this.” – You and me both, Michael. Handsome and also talented,
which isn’t really in the spirit of GCN,
I think you’ll agree. So something probably needs
to be done about that. Right, next up under
who is Geraint Thomas, Liam Sangaku said, “He’s
had his spleen removed? “Marginal weight saving
gains to the max,” yeah. – [Oliver] Yeah, he had an
accident in Australia, didn’t he? – Yeah he did, back in 2005. I don’t know how much a spleen weighs, but yeah, every little helps, isn’t it? – Didn’t he fall on an uncut
Stereo tube or something? – Oh, crikey. – I think that’s what he did, anyway. – Sounds pretty nasty, that, doesn’t it? – Yeah, and then finally we have a comment from TQM in New Zealand, under the Mavic Neutral
Service video that you did, and it was a really good video. – [Simon] Oh thanks, mate. – That’s all right. Who writes, “Hey Si, if you
think that view was good, “you should ride with me one day. “I’m a UCI motorbike
connoisseur, commissaire,” and the bloody comment’s not on the thing. – In Oli’s defense, half
the word is missing. But yeah, that’s commissaire, I think. – Yeah, I think we need to make that smaller so I can read it. – Handsome but short-sighted. (beeping) – “I’m a UCI motorbike commissaire. “Of course, that means you’d
have to come to New Zealand, “but that’s not hardship, is it?” – Oh, good grief, mate. Right, anyway, yeah. Thank you, TQM, I would love
to take you up on your offer. Yeah, New Zealand, I’ve never been. Would love to go. Right then, what is coming
up on the channel this week? Well, given that we’ve had Tour de France overload for the past three weeks, poor Lloydie has worked 23 days straight with his fantastic, it’s gotta be said, highlights packages over on Facebook, which hopefully you’ve seen. If you haven’t, then
what’ve you been doing? Do make sure you check them
out, have a bit of a refresh. Lloydie is definitely, it’s gotta be said, the boss of those. Anyway, to get a break
from Tour de France, we’re gonna do Transcontinental
bikepacking this week. With that in mind, Wednesday
is how to bivy out, so how to camp out when
you’re on your bike, in tandem with the case
for daytime running lights, which should be a pretty interesting one. Emma’s doing some science. Then on Thursday we have got the ultimate Transcontinental bikes. Hopefully not too many of those hacks forward slash bodges
that we’ve already seen. Then Friday we’ve got Ask GCN Anything. – Saturday we’ve got a video
on cooking, bikepacking-style. – Yeah. – Then on Sunday we’ve got a
video on the Continental Tires, Les Cadets Juniors du Tour,
which is gonna be pretty cool. We showed that earlier. And then on Monday it’s
the GCN Racing News Show, and on Tuesday it’s GCN Show 291. – That’s right, almost as many GCN shows as Sylvain Chavanel has done
stages of the Tour de France. Almost, but it’s still gonna take us another year to catch up. Puts it into perspective, doesn’t it? Anyway, that is unfortunately it from the GCN Show for this week. Do make sure you give us a big thumbs up if you have enjoyed it. And if you want to
check out another video, that Mavic Neutral Service
one, if you’ve not seen it yet, it is definitely worth watching. Chris Froome gets a Mavic rear wheel. He does.