The Secret Of Staying Fast | The GCN Show Ep. 294

The Secret Of Staying Fast | The GCN Show Ep. 294


– I’m Mario Vegam and Matthew Zhedbar. We’re from Saint Elier
and you’re listening to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show, brought to you by our
mates over at Wiggle. – This week we’re asking, is your age actually a barrier
to cycling performance? There is bad news, but there’s also good. – In Cycling Shorts we’re questioning whether cycling shorts
are in fact the height of general fashion right now and following the death of
the legendary frame builder Dario Pegoretti, we celebrate
some of his greatest works. – We have had an unbelievable time here at the Vuelta a Espana
for Stage One and Two. We’ve had bus tours, talked to the pros, interviews, we’ve done the lot. We also got on President Access to the man of the moment, Pete Sagan, so I can’t wait for you
guys to see all that, so stay tuned on the GCN Channel. Back to you in the studio. (rock music) (electronic swoosh) – This week in the world of cycling, the cyclocross season is
just around the corner and what we learned is
that even if you are the best riders in the world,
you still need to practice. (drum beats)
(audience cheers) (crowd groans) – [Man] Oooh, back on, back on. – Yes that’s former World
Junior Cyclocross champion Jens Dekker, showing how it’s not done in Melbourne, Australia. – I’ve also learned
over the last seven days that a lot of you have
got quite severe symptoms when it comes to an
addiction towards cycling, although we also found out that it’s not necessarily a bad thing. As ZeroSeriesMMX
commenting and reminding us of the old adage, teach
your children to be addicted to cycling and they won’t
have any money left for drugs. – Ha, nice. And some of you actually didn’t know what you were addicted to. Nick w said he loves beer
and if he didn’t cycle he’d be significantly heavier, therefore is he addicted
to beer or biking? – I don’t have the answer to that one. It’s not the later. – No, fair enough. Now we also learned this
week that age is no barrier to cycling performance. Not if you’re Alejandro Valverde, at any rate, because on Sunday he became the second oldest rider to
win a stage of a Grand Tour at the Vuelta a Espana at 39 years of age. – Which reminded us of
this photo from Twitter a couple of years ago
posted by Urban Thought. – [Man Without Beard] Haha, that photo always makes me laugh. – It’s a good one. I think the reason it
makes us laugh constantly is because you could believe it happening. – You absolutely can. – He’s not the oldest winner
of a stage at the World’s, Valverde. That honor goes to Chris
Horner who won two stages at the age of 41 and with it, of course, the overall classification, but nevertheless, Valverde’s win on Sunday did get us thinking, is age a barrier to cycling performance? I mean we, clearly, are hoping
not at our age aren’t we? – Well hang on a minute, your age. – Our age, we’re very similar ages, Si. Anyway, we’re both hoping
it’s not a barrier to– – No you’re definitely hoping it’s not because if someone actually
goes out and steals that KLM you were talking
about in last week’s show, you’d have no chance of
getting it back, man. – Well I’d be full of motivation, so that’s what we wanted to find out. If you are full of motivation and you’re very dedicated
and you do the hard work, can you continue to improve with age or are there some physiological reasons why you’re inevitably
eventually going to slow down? – Well the bad news first. We consulted Professor Louis
Passfield, our good mate, and he said yes, age decline is clear and there is a lot of
research to back it up but he also said that actually
when that point happens is exceedingly variable and dependent on motivation. – Ohh, bit of a ray of hope. – A glimmer yeah, a glimmer. – Yeah, no but unfortunately Si, things become quite
clear again when you look at the example of professional
cyclist victories. So we have, or there was 410,000 results from 6,000 different
riders put into a graph and this is what it looks like. – [Si] Ouch. – [Man With Beard] What
can you take from that Si? – [Si] Well thanks Louis, for a start. Clearly, what’s that? 27 years old, you are almost
literally over the hill. – [Man With Beard] You are. – That is terrifying isn’t it? There is another glimmer of hope though. If you want to win a
Grand Tour, you’ve got another few years, so the
average age of a Giro winner from the last 10 years was just over 29. The average age of a Tour winner, almost bang on 30, and
the Vuelta was also 29, but if you remove that
Chris Horner outlier, things don’t look so good
because the average age there would be 17. – You joke, but yeah, point
not too far off the average age of that is it? Now more about you, Si. Your peak muscle mass is
apparently at just 24. – What, you’re serious? – Yeah to be fair, I
think I’ve got exactly the same amount of muscle
now that I had when I was 24, i.e., none. VO2 max goes down by 15% every decade, which is depressing again. I’ve got even worse news than that. You know that old theory
where you get a bit more efficient as a
cyclist as you get older? Our friend, perhaps ex-friend now, Professor Louis Passfield, I’m going off very quickly at the moment, says that that’s not true either. He says in contrast to previous studies which have shown that there
might have been an improvement in economy and efficiency with age, their research shows that
actually economy and efficiency goes down. (trombone plays) – Bugger. No, it’s not that bad. Firstly, all these studies
relates to your maximum exercise capacity, not
your current fitness level, so the fact is, unless you
are at your absolute peak physical performance ceiling,
you probably are able to make loads and loads of improvements. – I think I’m quite a
while away from my ceiling at the moment. – I think we all see that Dan. – Alright, well what was
quite illuminating though, in Passfield’s study on this part, was that the older, more
experienced trained cyclists showed a much lesser
reduction in their performance at both higher and lower intensities. In fact, specifically what he said was that versus untrained athletes, these more experienced
cyclists in the study were able somewhat
better to maintain things such as VO2 max, maximal
minute power output, and indeed, their efficiency. – Excellent news then, so effectively, the more you ride, the better you stay. – That’s it. – Okay and then there is one
last positive to this as well and that is factoring in that
your emotional intelligence. So basically, your own
ability to control emotions. A study published in Personality
and Individual Differences which is surely not a real journal, but apparently is, called
Emotional Intelligence Impacts on Half-Marathon Finish Times. – Hmm, and what they found,
the authors of this study, was that it had the
biggest impact of anything on the predictive performance
of half-marathon runners and so if you have this
emotional intelligence, you’re better able to control
your emotions, as I said, and what that means is
that fatigue has less of an impact on you,
therefore you can run harder for longer and so your
performance is better and that is over and above other factors, even such as the training you’ve done. – It’s remarkable, isn’t it? So, theoretically then, you’d think that instead of that
gradual, inevitable decline in physical performance, you
could potentially compensate for it by improvements in
emotional intelligence, which you’d hope would
continue to improve with age, you’d hope. – Yeah, another glimmer
of hope for us both there. – Absolutely, now a– – At our age. – Your age. At what point though, you
can’t compensate any more, I don’t know, but perhaps you
have some thoughts at home, so get involved in the
comments section down below. This could be an interesting one. – It could be, I’m gonna be interested to read the comments this
week, as every week of course. Also going onto a slightly
different subject on the research that Louis sent over to us. I did note that if you want
to be a real prolific winner you need to be born in January. As Si and I were born in
June and August respectively, which by coincidence
are kind of the months closest to being average. – Yeah, that makes
sense, doesn’t it really? Mr. And Mr. Average. Right, there is one last thing,
actually, that Louis said. Apparently age is no barrier
to talking about bikes, so that is without doubt. – Can we improve at that? There’s not doubt about that, is there? – Yeah. (laughs) – He didn’t really do
that part of the study. Some sad news from the
world of cycling now. As we mentioned in our
introduction, Daria Pegoretti, the legendary frame builder
has unfortunately passed away at the age of 62. He was a true master of his art form who both welded and painted his creations. – He learned his trade from Luigi Milani before going on to pioneer
the Tig welding process in bike frames, working
both steel and aluminium, knowledge that he actually
passed on through his teaching. The performance of his
frames was legendary as well. Such professionals as Pantani, Cipolini, Inderain and Steven
Rhode all rode his bikes. – But as well as the performance
side of his frame set, particularly in more recent times, he was as much known
for the quite elaborate and quite amazing artwork
that adorned his frame and forks. In fact, if you were
lucky enough to commission a Pegoretti frame, you
would be given the option of (speaking in foreign language) , which basically meant that
Dario had carte blanche to do absolutely whatever he
wanted with your frame set on that given day, so
you received a completely unique bike. – Yeah he said he was influenced by things that he’d seen, things
that he was listening to, music was a big part of his life, even his mood on a given day, so if he wasn’t having the best of days, you could get loads of blacks on your bike whereas if it was a great day, then there’d be loads
of whites and yellows. He said even the weather
could influence things. – Hmm, they’re wide and
varied, weren’t they. So let’s have a look at
some of his best works. (soft piano music) – From all of us here at GCN, we would of course like
to pass on our condolences to his family and friends. The legend that is Dario
Pegoretti will live on through his work. We’re gonna start Cycling
Shorts with a warning. If you think that one day you might end up winning the Tour de
France, you’d better have some fairly bland answers
ready for when journalists ask seemingly innocuous questions, otherwise you might end
up like Geraint Thomas. – Mmm, you see what he seems to have done is kind of accidentally called
for compulsory helmet use amongst all cyclists. This was one answer given
in an hour-long interview, which was picked up as the main headline by a whole host of outlets
and then subsequently he received quite a lot of angry responses from many cyclists, didn’t he? At which point he decided
to try and backpedal, even using the hashtag
on Twitter, calm down. – Mistake number two right there Geraint. You never tell someone to calm down, because it pretty much always
has the opposite response. In his defense, though, it’s easy to see why he gave the answer he did, isn’t it? Because to actually know
the counter arguments to compulsory helmet use,
you kind of have to know specific stats, don’t you, rather than just personal experience, of which he has plenty
because he falls off a lot. – Yeah, actually somebody
did say that on Twitter. I’d definitely wear a helmet all the time if I crashed as much as Geraint Thomas. But he has another excuse as well in that when we did the GCN show
on this very subject, he ws racing and winning
the Tour de France so he might have missed it. – [Si] I’m not sure
racing the Tour de France is an excuse for missing
the GCN Show, Dan. – [Dan] Well no not
necessarily, but you know what the hotel Wifi can be like sometimes, he probably couldn’t watch it. – That is a possible excuse if
he’d run out of data as well. Now thinking of the Tour de France, actually, you may remember Mark Cavendish who was eliminated after
a particularly brutal mountainous Stage 10 and
he’s actually only raced for one day since then and according to (speaking in foreign language) news, it’s because he’s got Epstein-Barr virus, which would make it the
second time in two years, wouldn’t it? So I hope he gets well soon. – Yeah fingers crossed. I’ll be interested to
see what he does in 2019, because his contract is coming to an end at the end of this year
with his current team, Dimension Data. Some people are even
speculating about retirement. – Oh don’t speculate about
retirement to Cavendish. That’s like telling him
to calm down, isn’t it? – Yes exactly, gonna be back
winning stage of the Tour this time next year,
you can be sure of that. – I hope so. – Talking of bad news regarding contracts, there was bad news for
an entire team on Monday. Aqua Blue Sport, they announced
on Monday to the public and apparently to their riders
and staff too via Twitter that they will be finishing
at the end of this year. – What? Ah, that’s a real shame isn’t it? Although I’m always slightly suspicious when a team launches saying
it’s gonna be self-funding. I’m not sure that’s ever worked
in the history of cycling, has it, but anyway, some
really talented riders out there now looking for contracts, including GCN’s unofficial
head of fashion, Adam Blythe. – Well I think he should dive
straight into something else, set up his own kit brand, which
he’d be good at designing, wouldn’t he, and go into some
fixed-gear racing on the road. – Yeah, he’s got the shoes for
it for starters, hasn’t he? – Well I think he’d be good at that. In all seriousness though,
a lot of riders and staff now without a job for
2019 as things stand here. We wish you all the
best of luck in finding, well your future careers. – Absolutely, right, well
some good news now, shall we? The boss of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, or a variation of that
name, went on record in an interview saying that
they would be expanding their businesses into
electric scooters and e-bikes, even, wait for it, if
it hurts their profits. – I’m not sure I believe that, but anyway this did come from an interview that was in the Financial
Times here in the U.K. He basically said that
individual motor transport are far better in inner city areas, saying it’s very inefficient
to use a big hulk of metal of one ton to
transport one person 10 blocks. – Yeah, they’re right,
and remember of course that they already have their Jump e-bikes in eight U.S. cities. Could they reverse the
fortunes of all the other public hire brands that seem to be mired in problems at the moment,
like in my hometown of Bristol where there’s yellow bikes. – [Dan] You’re pretty quite
happy that those yellow bikes are mired in problems aren’t you? – [Si] Well, I just wish
people wouldn’t leave them lying around. – Yeah, he’s been banging
on about it this morning. – Devalues the bicycle, Dan. – I’m quite thankful I don’t have to think about all those logistics
with the hire bikes and stuff. What I have been thinking
about over the last few days though and mulling over
is whether cycling shorts are going to go from high
fashion to high street fashion. – You read that Cosmopolitan
article as well. – I did yeah, the author of
the article, Lauren Adhav, who stresses the fact that
she is by no means a cyclist, of any way, shape or form,
experimented with wearing cycling shorts for a week
for a fashion perspective and the results were quite illuminating. – They were indeed, we
shall read some out. She says, “while initially I was doubtful “that I could pull off the
look, I mean how could my butt “possibly compare,” – To Kim Kardashian,
presumably, rather the less? – To Kim Kardashian, yep. “I was hesitant about wearing bike shorts “for one day let alone for a week. “They really did grow on me.” Which is a risk, I think, if
you wear your soppy shorts for a week nonstop. Anyway, she then goes on to say, “They weren’t too long, too
skimpy, they fit amazingly well “and they were super easy to dress up. “All you have to do is throw
on some wedges or heels “and you’re done!” – Well we could have told
you that ages ago, Lauren, couldn’t we? – All them could have
come, the wedges and heels? – Yeah, you’re rocking them. – Yeah, no, no. – No, me neither. You would imagine that you
would need cycling shorts without a chamois though
for comfort whilst walking around for a week, surely. – You would think so, but anyway, game on for me, I think Dan. – Okay, let’s finish Cycling Shorts with some other good news,
not sure if you saw this last week, Si, but the New
Zealand Minister for Women, Julie Anne Ginter, she had an appointment to get induced at the hospital and decided to ride there on her
e-bike where she gave birth to a very healthy baby boy. How incredible is that? – That is pretty incredible isn’t it? – Congratulations. – Yeah congratulations,
Julie, Anne, Julia Anne. Was it Julie Anne? Julie Anne, congratulations, sincerely. (upbeat music) – It’s time now for
our Weekly Inspiration, which is sponsored by our friends over at Wiggle. Your chance to win one
of three voucher amounts, 50 pounds for third, 75 pounds for second, and 100 pounds for first place. Incidentally, Bella’s written in. She was the winner of 50
pounds on the very first Weekly Inspiration segment. – I remember the photo well,
Dan, I remember it well. – Yeah, anyway, she got
some spare LOOK cleats and some spare tubes, bit
boring but necessary she says, a topic mini road pump
with gauge and a power bank to charge everything
because she’s going over to France from Australia to
do some touring and that. – Nice, five weeks bike packing. – For the more fashionable among us, too. – That’s right, me and
Adam Blythe, both of us. Right then, I wonder whether
he’s been bike packing. Not yet, not yet. Right okay, anyway. Weekly Inspiration, in third
place we have got this one from James sent in from the
top of Mount Washington. Look at that! So Mount Washington, for non-U.S. viewers, is probably one of the toughest
climbs in North America, isn’t it, and there’s an annual
hill-climb race to the top. He says that he completed it slowly, but he’s gonna go faster next year. That to my mind is pretty inspiring. – Yeah this is Mount
Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hill Climb, so he went slow
but faster than last year, which is all you can ask for, isn’t it? Onwards and upwards, quite literally. – Absolutely. – In second place and winning 75 pounds of Wiggle vouchers is Greg, proving that you don’t
even need to have a bike in the picture for it to want you to make, make you want to go out on your bike. – [Si] Controversial, but nevertheless, you agree with the photo. That is the Colle del Nivolet, we believe, in the Italian Alps and that has a– – [Dan] I’ve never ridden
that and that looks amazing. – Doesn’t it just look fantastic? 40 kilometers long,
apparently, according to Greg, but there we go. – Mm, right, it’s time– – Worthy second place. – Worthy second place, yeah,
so a worthy first place coming up for you now. Winner of 100 pounds of
Wiggle vouchers this week is. (drumroll pounds) – It’s Martin! – [Dan] Well done Martin. – With his Pinarillo F8 in shot and he’s in Queenstown or the Queenstown to Glenorchy and Paradise Road
to South Island, New Zealand. Look at that. He says, “It’s a stunning
winter’s day in Queenstown “and while my wife was
working and everyone else “was skiing up in the
mountains, I headed out “on the Glenorchy and Paradise Road.” This road is everything that
a bike magazine photo shoot is all about and nailed
it with the weather too. Fair play, that is quite
incredible, isn’t it? – The reflection is incredible isn’t it? I do like that photo, I must
admit, well done to you. – Very cool. – Yeah we’ll be in touch,
we’ll get those vouchers out to you, and if you’d
like to let us know what you spend them on,
please send us a message. – You know what, that photo
makes me slightly less scared of winter right now. – Yeah that’s very true. – I’m at that point where I’m really just a little bit like, ah. – Yeah because we’ve had a
decent summer haven’t we? It’s gonna come up very quickly though. – Probably had two days of
summer, would you believe? – If you would like to get
involved with a chance to win some vouchers next week,
the hashtag on Instagram is GCNINSPIRATION or you can
head over to our Uploader, which is in fact where
our winner came from today and there’s a link to that in
the description down below. (upbeat music) – We’ve got an amazing
giveaway for you this week. You might have been watching
out City Cycling series, which has been going out
every Saturday of late and if you have, you’ll
definitely have noticed the quite frankly
jaw-dropping bikes that we’ve been riding. They are made by Schindelhauer
and would you believe that they are giving one away, a Ludwig, along with a Brooks saddle,
which we’ll go on to in a few moments’ time. Actually go onto the
Schindelhauer for the first time sans helmet, without a helmet for our show a couple of weeks ago. I did look cool, didn’t I Si, on there? – [Si] On the bike, not because
you didn’t have a helmet on. – Ironically I was in
jeans going past people that were fashionably
wearing cycling shorts walking down the side of the road. And nevertheless, back
to this amazing giveaway. Tell us more about the
Schindelhauer bike, to start with. – Well, I’ll be glad to, Dan. Firstly, one of the
big things is it’s got, other than the fact it
looks amazingly cool, is it’s got a Gates Carbon belt drive, so there is no chain on this bike which means practically zero maintenance and you won’t get your trousers all oily, so no more tucking them into socks. – [Dan] Mm, sweet beans, shall I tell you about the Brooks B17 saddle? – Yeah go on mate. – It’s been around, Si, since the 1890’s and for over a century now, it has been their best-selling model. Isn’t it a thing of beauty? – [Si] It is a thing of beauty,
that’s a good bit of trivia there Dan. – It is indeed, and now
if you’d like be able to have a chance of winning this entire package, all you’ve got to do is click on the link which you will find in the
description below this video. You can enter there and entries will close on Monday the 3rd of September at 10 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time, which means that we can then announce the
winner on the GCN Show the following day which
is one week from now. – I don’t think GMT existed, what’s it? – It does. – Yeah they call it GMT. – Well there’s an alternative isn’t there other than not existing? Anyway, talking of giveaways, we’re not giving these away,
but they’re a bit of a steal at the moment over at
shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com aren’t they, because they are 30% off in this colorway for this,
the hoodie, for the T-shirt, which I’ve also actually got on underneath and also for the sweater. So if you’re interested
in those at 30% off, it’s a decent discount isn’t it? – It’s one of my favorite
ever colorways, that. – I like it still too, I’m not
sure why they’re selling it off cheap, anyway. (upbeat music) – Well this week on the GCN Tech Show, we’ve got ourselves a new gravel bike, we’ve got research into
titanium additive manufacturing. Mmm, find out what all that’s
about in the Tech Show. Not to mention we’ve got ourselves
a one buy time-trial bike Simon Richardson’s favorite of course, and also we spotted a new
12-speed electronic group set. Yes, that’s right, 12-speed electronic, so to get all the scope,
make sure you tune in this Thursday for the GCN Tech Show. (drill whirs) – It’s time now for
Hack/Bodge of the Week. I’m gonna start with something
that Katherine sent in. She was off on a ride with
people from her old school, which is kind of cool, the other day, and she spotted this,
which is the school mascot for the John O’Groats and
Land’s End ride, indeed, complete with 3D printed helmet that the design technology
department created. That’s pretty cool isn’t it? Geraint Thomas would be
chuffed a bit for that, safety first for the bear. – I’ve picked out one
for you, Si, actually. – Oh thanks mate. – On Twitter, @24STB has
used bottle cage holders for his wide, I was gonna
say wide array of WD-40 cans, but they all look quite
similar in all honestly. Also an old-school frame pump tape holder. You like that? – Oh yeah, I do. I mean, I’m with you. I’m not sure why you need
three identical cans. – Well if one dies.
– One giant one on your belt. – Then it’ll always be there. – You should be pulling score on it. – Well I mean, back up, back
up in case something needs a lot, good point, yeah
there’s always a need. Right, anyway, I’ve got one
for you as well mate, actually. – Thanks man. – Well it’s like a sharing
show this one, isn’t it? This one is from Eric Weiner. He has created, duh duh
duh, a chain keeper. – Wow, we haven’t had a
chain keeper for ages! – No, but you know what mate, this is one of the ones that I like because effectively, it
is showing just how simple a chain keeper is and there we go look, so he’s used his through
axle and what was that? – Yeah, and and empty– – An empty thread-lock spool. – Yeah, doesn’t come much
more simple than that, but to be honest, I think I’m
even gonna say bodge for that. Not much effort’s been
made to make sure the spool fits really neatly onto the through axle. – Yeah but that’s why it works, isn’t it? – Well yeah, I guess so. Frazer Goodwin, he’s found this rather interesting bike today. You’ll have to pronounce that for me, Si. Lubiyana. – Lubliyana? – Lubliyana. – It is interesting. – I’ve mangled the
pronunciation but the bike looks a bit mangled too, doesn’t it? – Well it’d be good for wheelies
you’d think, wouldn’t you? It’s effectively like a unicycle with a caster wheel at the front. – There’s bound to be some
sort of story about this and they’ll be a flood of comments saying, “Well I can’t believe you didn’t
know about this special–” – It’s like an icon of city cycling. Has it got a Brooks saddle on? – Looks like it, yeah might well be. – There we go, right then. Russ Allen sent in this
one from his travels in NC. It’s a frame covered in mirror squares and with disco balls for valve caps. He suggested is it one for John Travolta? Shall we ask John? – Go on then. (upbeat music) Yet another interesting response from old Travolta there. – Yeah I’d say that he was quite excited by that one, wouldn’t you? – Well we finish with a good story. You might remember that BusyKlista at, well he kind of hacked his
own new Whale Sky outfit by just putting a toy whale on the back of his old Sky jersey. – It was pretty good, I think we said it was a hack, didn’t we? – Yeah we did, well there’s
the proof in the pudding, the screenshot that he
put up on Instagram. – Oh yeah. – And then more recently on Instagram, he’s put up this Team Sky. They’ve actually sent him with
their own personalized note a T-shirt, Sky T-shirt. – That’s so cool! – Sky Ocean Rescue, that is cool isn’t it? – Oh, fantastic! – Don’t forget, hashtag is
GCNHACK if you would like to submit your hacks
and bodges for next week or once again, you can
upload it to the hack section of the Uploader. – I feel all warm and fuzzy,
Dan, I’m not gonna lie about that little gesture. That’s amazing. – Must have been chuffed a bit. – I’m chuffed. (upbeat music) – I’m sure you will all
remember last week’s Caption Competition photo. If you don’t, here it is. We do have a winner, somebody
that bettered my effort even I would say. – [Si] I’d say so. – Thomas Abbott wrote in with
“Team Sky finding yet another “marginal gain to make
their riders come first.” Well done to you Thomas, you will receive a GCN Camelbak water bottle
if you send your address as a message on Facebook. – Alright, okay cool
then, what about a photo for you to get your teeth into this week? This is our own James
interviewing Pete Sagan, or so he thought. What do you think Dan? You gonna get us started on this one? – Um…. I’m bored. (laughs) Sorry. – Uh, no to be fair,
sometimes the simple ones are pretty good. Anyway, if you think you
can better Dan’s effort, if you think you can win a
GCN Camelbak water bottle, then make sure you stick your caption in the comments section down below. It’s as simple as that. – Good luck. (upbeat music) Three of our favorite
comments from the last week coming up before we let
you know what’s coming up on the channel for the next seven days, starting with this underneath the video that you did Si, with Ed Pratt. That went down really well actually, lots of likes for that
and he’s just come back from cycling around the world on unicycle. – I think they were liking
my unicycling efforts, probably there. – Probably, I liked it. This video from Patrick Collins points out that that beer looked awfully watery. – Yes, so I offered, to put it in context, offered to buy Ed a beer to say well done for cycling around the world on a unicycle for 3 1/2 years and he actually elected to go for a latte and that
was my lemonade, so yeah. Both of us wussed out for the beer option, but it was hot and you know, anyway. Right, what about this one? Underneath the Top 11 riders
to watch at the Vuelta, Daniel Smith points out,
no Michael Kiwatowski then? Which does seem like an omission. – No we did leave him out
of the Top 11 didn’t we although one of us did predict, in fact we actually have an
update of our predictions from the previous show. – Yeah go on then. – So firstly, a couple of people predicted Vinceno Nibri, that was Katherine and– – John.
– John. – Yeah, he’s almost five minutes down, so he’s not going for the GC. – Rubbish. – Who did you go for
again, was it Richie Port? – Richie Port. – And who else went to Richie Port? – Ollie went for Richie Port. – Ollie and Richard, Ollie and you, sorry, went for Richie Port. – Let me see how he’s doing, Si. Just let me scroll down
here a little bit further. 167th currently going into Stage Four, 23 minutes and 17 seconds. I mean the good news is,
he’s still got nine riders behind him on GC, but
it’s not looking good. However, Emma predicted Michal
Kwiatkowski for the win. He’s in the leader’s jersey. I, before I knew who she
was going to predict, said that we might all quit
if she gets it right again. – It’s early days yet mate. – Not looking too good is it? – It’s early days, we’ll
be absolutely fine. But that Michal Kwiatkowski
could potentially, James, that she did say Michael Kwiatkowski but given his pronunciation, We might never have known. – George and Harts did alright, huh? – He is yeah. Right, and underneath Top 5
Basic Skills for Cyclists, Darren Horrocks said “How
many outtakes are there “of Dan getting thrown
completely clear over the bars before you got that smooth dismount? None, actually, completely honestly. – First time? – I did that first time and I
did again, exactly the same, and I asked Oscar and James if they wanted to have a go. They were pathetic. They got the back wheel about
three inches off the ground. Wusses, anyway, along with my dismount, we also learnt this week
how to dismount properly from a penny farthing, didn’t we? – Three, two, one, now. – Well it’s remarkably
impressive actually isn’t it? – Yeah it doesn’t look
too bad on video, does it, but I’d imagine if you were
on that penny farthing– – Have you been on a penny farthing? I can say that was remarkably high, but apparently though,
that is how they used to go down hills, because
when you sat on top of one, the handlebars effectively
act like a safety belt, but if you then go over the bars, your legs are stuck and so
you fall forward on your face, so that was what you used to do. You used to take the feet off the pedals and put them in the air like that so if they hit something,
they’d just fly clean over and they could start running. – Fascinating. (both laugh) Right, coming up on the channel this week. – Someone out there might have
enjoyed that little nugget there you never know. – Let us know if you enjoyed
that nugget in the comments. On Wednesday James is
going to let you know how to save the best energy
by hiding out on a ride. On Thursday, he’s back again actually because he’s done a
tour of the Team Astana, or Astana, if you want to
pronounce it like that. – No one knows how he’s
going to pronounce it. – No, yeah, probably
Borahandsgo or something. And then Friday we’ve
got Ask GCN Anything. – Yeah on Saturday we go back
to our City Cycling series. This one is how to try and stay safe. On Sunday we’ve got a retro versus modern. This one was super exciting to shoot. It’s one of the most iconic
looks in pro cycling. Then on Monday is, of
course, the Racing News Show and Tuesday it’s the GCN Show. Oh and as well, gotta stay
tuned for bonus content coming up from the Vuelta, both on GCN and also on the GCN Tech Channel, because John Cannings
was over there rummaging through team buses
left, right, and center. – And also on our Facebook
page, GCN Cycling, where we’ve got highlights and
analysis after every stage. – We do indeed. (upbeat music) – It’s almost the end of the show now but that means that you’ve
still got Extreme Corner to come right now in fact and this week we are handing over
some more amazing tricks from Viturio Brumotti. (rock music) – Oooh.
– Impressive skills there. – Because that’s got to seriously affect your bike handling when you’re what, a kilo lighter at the front end? – Well not to mention the
penalty for getting it wrong. – Oh yeah. – I don’t even know how you
bail out with that front wheel, let alone what happens
when your front forks strike tarmac or rock or– – Doesn’t bear thinking about does it? – Yeah, horrible.
– What the fork? – Sorry. – Yeah, let’s leave that last one out. – So that’s the way to
end the show, so frankly. – Yeah I think that’s probably
it, isn’t it for most people. – Quick reminder that
this colorway is on sale at 30% reduction over at
shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com. You can find a link to that
on the screen right now. – Yeah, please also make
sure you give this video a big thumbs up and if you
want to watch another video, why not check out that one
with Ed Pratt unicycling around the world and
actually me having a go at pretty much what Brumotti was doing, just without half a bike
waggling around in front of it. – A slightly different level. – Yeah, unicycling’s definitely harder. (electronic swoosh)