When Cyclists Do Press Ups… | The GCN Show Ep. 318

When Cyclists Do Press Ups… | The GCN Show Ep. 318


– From the South African national champs, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show,
brought to you by Wiggle. – This week, pro cyclists do pushups and according to the experts, they’re not doing them properly. – Up, up, up, squeeze. – They’re not, but they
are doing them better than you did last week, Hank. Colnago celebrates Ernesto’s birthday with one of the most bling
bikes we have ever seen and science shows us how to
set the ultimate saddle height. (techno music) – This week in the world of cycling, we learnt that not all
cycling events are equal. Take the Rock Cobbler in
California for example and you’ll be faced with
a few extra obstacles. – And along with
negotiating some flat tires, you’ll also get to go through
the event promoter’s house and you get to finish at a brewery. Talk about an event that’s
ticking all the boxes. – We also, at last,
found out all the details about SRAM’s new RED eTap AXS groupset. Firstly, it builds on the established
wireless eTap technology. You can now connect it up to the new AXS smartphone
app via Bluetooth to customize the functionality. – And finally, this week,
we learnt the answer to the question that we posed
last week, are cyclists weak? – Ya mate, I think we
should take a look at this. – I think we should. At first, we’re going to
check in with Conor Dunne. – Here we are, 22nd Press-up Challenge. – [Cameraman] It’s going
in the airport, no worries. – Witness the fitness. – [Cameraman] Three, two, one, go. (electronic rock music) Hustle. – Fair play, he just
did that in an airport. Next up, Edward Theuns. (electronic rock music) – 23, but of all the ones we’ve seen, they were proper quality pushups from Theuns there, weren’t they? Next up, we have Tiffany Cromwell and her teammate, Lisa Klein. – [Camerawoman] One, go. (electronic music) Five, oh, six. – Tiffany and Lisa are
putting us to shame. – They did, indeed. Next up, the man I had
the highest hopes for in this competition, it’s Ryan Mullen. – 20 seconds. (electronic rock music) (Ryan breathes heavily) 22. – So, those are the current pro riders. We’ve seen a few ex-pros
attempt to do some pushups, but there’s one more. Phil Gaimon wasn’t best
pleased that we used him as the shining example of a
cyclist being weak last week and so, here he his
with his right to reply. – Three, two, one. (electronic rock music) That was like 20 and half. That was more than Nibali I think, right? I got him there. – Fair play, Phil. – Yeah and we had loads
of you getting in touch with all your videos on
the pushup challenge. Here’s one from Wyatt SEL on Instagram. Well, there’s her not trying
to let her dog put her off. – [Dan] And doing a good job too. They’re quality pushups right there. – Yeah, they are. And then, here’s Carl Patrick
Lowke, who was, quite frankly, a lot better equipped than
our cyclists at doing pushups. Look at the guns on him. – The overriding theme
though, when you looked through the comments section
underneath last week’s show was not just that we were
weak, but that none of us could really do a proper pushup. Amongst the comments
were from Art O’Connor, “Not a single push up
was done in this video.” And then, Eirik Nysted said, “Not a single push-up in sight.” And I have to say, Hank, people
were particularly critical of your pushups and so, what
I’ve done is enlisted the help of a proper strength trainer to show you how to do them properly. – Thanks mate, appreciate that. – So please welcome Menarco. He’s a certified strength
and conditioning coach and therefore, more
than qualified to teach, well, all of us, but mainly, Hank, how to do the proper pushup. So, get down on all fours, Hank. Where was he going wrong, Menarco? – So, the first thing as
Becks pointed out with you, the interaction with the hand
on floor is very important. So we saw, a lot of people
had the thumb come up. I actually mentioned this in one of my Instagram posts a while ago. So, Hank has his thumbs
down, fingers spread. He’s gonna think about
screwing the jars off of, the tops off of jars. We wanna make sure his head is back and looking forward slightly. He’s gonna keep his stomach
tight, squeeze his glutes and then he’s gonna use
his breath to match. Go ahead and let’s pop through. So we wanna keep full body
tension as you go through, squeeze the butt. Now what we don’t see is he already did about six off camera before we started. Match the breathing on the way up. (breathes out loudly) There you go. (breathes out loudly) Screw
the lids off, come on. It’s a lat, shoulder,
tricep, and chest exercise as well as midsection. Come on, brace, squeeze the butt. So by bracing and keeping the body in a full, straight position,
we can actually crush more pushups as he’s doing right now. Come on, up, up, up! Keep going, let’s go, let’s go! Come on, come on, up, up, up, squeeze. – Right, now we know
how to do one properly. I think we should shelve the
pushups for the time being ’cause they’re not particularly
cycling related, are they? Fun as it was. – No, that’s true. Right, onto you, Dan and let’s catch up with your weekly vlog
and your 10-week, zero to, well, close to hero. – What, I’m halfway through it now. – Yeah, you’re looking good actually, but very tired, very tired. Make sure you rest, mate. Recovery’s best, yeah, cheers. – Session one, week five. Five lots of four minute intervals. Session’s called A Dark Place and that’s exactly where I’m
at now that I’ve finished it. (techno music) So Neil, I’m not sure
if I like you anymore. Four and a half weeks in this thing, I was starting to hate you. I was just like, “What’s the
payoff between losing sleep “in order to get your sessions in “versus just saying I
haven’t got enough time, “I’m better of resting and
satting off that one session?” – Yeah, it’s a big picture,
a bit of a balancing act. So, getting up at 4:30
am for you, I assume, is kind of out of character and a little bit earlier than normal. – Yes. – In most cases, if that is something that you’re doing and you’re
able to maybe get a little bit of catch up sleep if you’re on a flight and you’re gonna be able
to for a couple hours, maybe it can be a counterbalance
then to that loss of sleep that getting up and doing
that would be in that benefit. – Going straight on the trainer after getting off the phone to Neil. I’m now 37 minutes through Thin Air, that’s the name of the session. The longest FTPs yet. Now we’re 20 minutes to go on it. It certainly feels that way. (techno music) I’ve said a lot of sessions are tough since I started this 10-week project. That one I found really tough, Thin Air. I was basically in a very dark place, which is exactly where I
was for yesterday’s session, called a very dark place. So much so that I had to
reduce the effort level down to 90% from 100 with
14 minutes still to go. And even then, I still
only just about finished it and I was really just
very challenged today, which is the first time that’s happened since I started this. I started wondering why on
Earth I’m doing this at all. The depressing thing about
being an ex-pro cyclist is that you just stuff so quickly. It must be the same for running too, but if you think about
sports like golf or snooker or football, if you stop
doing them for a few years, a top pro would still be
better with a golf club or a snooker or a football than somebody that’s been doing it
keenly for a few years within a day or two probably. It’s about the talent and the skill, as opposed to the fitness. Well, there’s still fitness
involved in most of those. Anyway, probably thinking
about things too much. But again, I’m looking forward
to tomorrow’s rest day. Chau for now. Last session of the week almost done, on Sunday instead of Saturday. Hell hath no fury. I think this is the longest one yet, an hour and four minutes. Basically, two lots of 20 minutes, mainly subthreshold, but
a little bit of both. And I’m definitely
sweating more like I was at the start of this five weeks. I’ll show you a bit of my last interval. Looks like one three-minute interval left to do over threshold. Next up, it’s our weekly GCN inspiration, which is your chance to win one of three Wiggle voucher amounts. 50 pounds for third, 75 pounds for second, and 100 pounds of vouchers
to spend on whatever you want if you get the big first prize. Before we get on to this
week’s three prize winners, we had a message from
GreylinCC or, at least, whoever runs their social media saying, “Finally back from summer holidays “and I used the voucher that I won “for some ceramic speed pulley wheels. “Just don’t tell the others
what we’ve spent the money on.” Sneaky, right there. Two ways to enter, I’ll
remind you of that now. There’s a link in the description
below to our uploader. You can use that method or you can use the hashtag #GCNINSPIRATION over on Instagram. In third place, James, today. – We have Windfield’s yields who says, “It’s always worth the early start.” And look at that. That looks incredible. – We’re suckers for a good sunlight shot. – Yeah, we are.
– Particularly in February in the UK. Well done to you, 50 pounds on its way. In second place this week
is Cristiane over in Brazil, enjoying an amazing 100K
ride with her boyfriend in a beautiful part of the country. And you’re not wrong
there, that is stunning. – [Hank] And that is
inspirational, look at that road. – Yeah, it’s a good job,
that’s the idea of the segment, to make you go out and
ride somewhere abroad. – And in first place, we have
a photo from from Erm Photos with this amazing image. Look at that. – [Dan] That does look cool, doesn’t it?
– Sun shining through the trees. – There’s a definite theme
going on again this week. Last week’s them was snow, we’re really over that now here in the UK. So this week’s theme is sunshine, which we’re hoping is around the corner. I’m over the winter now. Well done to all of you. Thanks to you all for entering. Let us know what you spend
those vouchers on as well. We are interested and don’t forget to keep entering your
photos over the uploader or over on Instagram. (trumpet playing) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We shall start Cycling Shorts with a huge Happy Birthday
to Ernesto Colnago. He celebrated his 87th in
style last week in London and was presented with
the most bling of bikes. Yup, that is a gold-plated Colnago. – Very bling and Enesto has
kept to its traditional ways and sticking to those clips and straps and not going into the
whole world of e-bike like you have done. – No, he’s not, although, to be fair, it probably would’ve cost twice as much to gold-plate an every-bike
with it’s bigger shoes. But nevertheless, I’ve been tempted and I’m less than half his age. Also last week, we were really
saddened to see the news that all of the bricks and
mortar bicycle Performance shops are going to be shutting up shop. This was after the original owners filed for bankruptcy in November. According to the new owners, they will be keeping
the online shop alive, but, nevertheless, uncertain
times and quite sad times for the industry as a whole. – Yes and we would love to
hear your opinion on this, so if you’ve got a favorite bike shop that deserves some love from us, then do let us know in the
comments section below. But, the big consideration
for bike shop owners is, should they be selling dope? Yes, that’s right. Floyd
Landis has opened a bike shop that sells hemp and bikes in
his hometown of Pennsylvania. – [Dan] He has indeed, although, technically, they’re not going to be selling dope because
weed is still illegal to sell weed over in Pennsylvania. So instead, they’re just going to be selling hemp products and e-bikes. – [Hank] Crikey, it’s a brave new world out there, isn’t it? – It is indeed, Hank, yes. – Can you imagine, actually, if Landis became a hemp
selling gazillionaire ? – Well I wouldn’t put that past him. (Floyd sighs) – Now, in what is becoming a
weekly helmet debate segment, research has just come out
showing the positive effects of wearing a helmet, which
contradicts last week. – It does indeed, yeah,
hold onto your hats here or, indeed, your helmets. This was research done at the University of New South Wales over in Australia. An article, which is published to the Journal of Epidemiology,
one of our favorites, Hank, that one, isn’t it? Basically, what it has calculated is that there has been a 49%
reduction in fatalities since they made helmet use
compulsory among cyclists. – Yeah, it’s a result you might expect from all your personal stories
that helmets do save lives. But rarely do we see a
statistic in black and white just like that. But the researchers are
refuting the argument that compulsory helmets
do reduce the number of cyclists out on the road. – They are indeed, interesting stuff. All right, you can let
go of your helmets now. That doesn’t sound too wrong. Because you don’t need them anymore because we’re going on to
news of the Tour de Zwift. Some incredible statistics
coming out of this after the nine stages were completed. So almost 25,000 riders
completed the entire nine stages. Putting your challenge of 10,000 calories in some perspective, between them, they burnt
close to 300 million calories over those nine stages, which is absolutely incredible, isn’t it? – Yeah, that makes ours look very small. – It does, yes. And I particularly like
this tweet from someone on the pro side of things that is currently doing some Zwifting. This is Thomas De Gendt. He posted this tweet and said,
“Step one, have good legs. “Step two, decide to
do a race on @GoZwift. “Step three, feel so good that you decide “to do two races in a row. “End race one. “Step four, regret that
you have a second race. “Step five, end the
second race with cramps “and step six, no more good legs.” – That sounds like a very
Thomas De Gendt thing to do. – It does, yeah, but at
least Zwift is slightly safer than racing out on the open road. Check out these pictures. – Yes, that was Rito Hollenstein who came very close to a
big disaster on stage three of the Vuelta a Valencia. – Yeah, scary stuff and a stark reminder of just how dangerous road racing can be. Sticking with racing for just a few more moments, you might
remember that last week, we were reported on Victor
Campenaerts training and racing over in Namibia. Well, he has said that
he might well be going for Bradley Wiggins’ Hour Record at some point this year as long as tests coming up go to plan. He will do so over in
Aguascalientes in Mexico. – Yeah, speaking to Het Lats News, he was saying that he’s
gonna try and do it at around April time,
but the final decision will be made this Friday. – Yeah, but I hope it all goes to plan. It’s nice to see so many riders trying to target the Hour Record again. That old thing’s been rather
rekindled of late, hasn’t it? We’ll move on to something
away from racing now and another study, which we
found really interesting. This was over on our favorite
Twitter feed, Cycling Science, and it’s a study, which
is entitled, a Comparison of two static saddle
height adjustment methods for riders of different morphology. – That sounds really interesting, Dan. – Yeah, no need to be sarcastic, Hank. Let me explain what this was all about ’cause it actually is quite interesting. As you will know, there
are various methods for calculating the optimal
saddle height based just on your inside leg
measurement and this looked to the two most common
ones and what it found was that, number one, the Hamely Method, well, that was better suited
for riders of a shorter stature and number two, the Gensley
Method was better suited to riders of a taller stature. – Yeah, neatly illustrating
that rather than both working in reality, well, neither do. – That’s exactly right. – And speaking of the
Cycling Science Twitter feed, we would like to give the
author a massive shoutout. Max Glaskin has just released
his new paperback book and we loved his tweet. – Yes we did because it ended with this, “Little did I know, when I
wrote this seven years ago, “that in that time, “the book would outlast
three bottom brackets.” Well, I dare say that if
he competed in cyclecross, that would have been close to seven. – (laughs) Yeah, true. – Now for all of the tech news that’s happened over the past seven days in the world of cycling, we are going to hand over to the tech set. – This week on the GCN Tech Show, we talk about 24-karat bikes, an electric bike stand,
a possible new helmet. – And we’re going to be
looking at custom-built bikes. Do we really need them? – I don’t know, I guess we’ll find out on Thursday, won’t we? – We will. – Join us then. (whirring) – It’s that time of the
week, it’s HACK/BODGE. – Yeah, first one comes in from Jeremy and he’s got this bike. Look at that, Dan, this is
the perfect bike for you. – [Dan] It is. – [Hank] It’s got a keg of
beer attached to your bicycle. – [Dan] It’s a HACK from
me, is it a HACK from you? – Yeah, it is a hack from me. – I’m glad you said that because I was gonna
make it a hack from you. I think Jeremy put it best, this caption, “Why ride to the pub, when
you can ride with the pub?” Spot on, I need to get my
hands on something like that, I must admit. Next up, we had this from Roman who’s repurposed a bike repair stand and made it into a Zwift stand. He says, “Despite the bodgy look, “it does the job quite well. “There’s enough place to
fit a laptop, a mouse, “a trap ball, even regulate height “to put air ventilator underneath.” Now, when I read that description, I was thinking sounds pretty high tech, but as you can see, the
air ventilator is basically a low rent fan without the
protective cage over the top. Nevertheless though, the bike
stand thing is a HACK from me. – And I like how he sold
it, so it’s a HACK from me. – Yeah, perfectly eye-level
height with the laptop there for if you’re Zwifting or Sufferfesting. – Yeah, exactly. Next one’s from Peter in Australia. Look at that for a contraption. He’s got solar panels
in a roof kind of shape on top of his bike. And, to be honest, I’m
glad you’re in Australia because I don’t think
you’ll be getting very far if you’re anywhere near
the northern hemisphere. – No, we haven’t had much
sun here recently, have we? There’s two things that
when you have got sun, you’ll be powered along quite nicely. And when the sun goes in
and it starts raining, you’re stopped, you’ll at
least have cover from the rain. Still, BODGE, as by the looks of things. It’s not particularly neat, is it? Next up, this from Marek
in Krakow in Poland. “When a bought a flat,
I didn’t have a place “to store my bike, but
now, I still have a place “to keep all the equipment,
spares, and tools.” And he’s wedged his bike
in his cupboard there. Well, that is a good use of space if you haven’t got very much, isn’t it? – [Hank] Yeah, that is quite incredible. I didn’t realize you could
get that much in one closet. – That’s a HACK from me.
– HACK from me too. And this one – This is your favorite.
– I really like. Yeah, this is from Travis and he’s basically used an old tire to create a rubber sole on
the back of his cycling shoe, so he’s not sliding around. Now, I think that’s actually genius. – [Dan] Yes because when
you lose that gripper on the heel of your bike
shoe, it is like being on ice skates on ice. – [Hank] Aw, it’s lethal. – [Dan] So yeah, any kind of replacement and he’s done a very neat
with that you have to say, so that’s a HACK definitely from me and I know it is from you – Yes, it is.
– because you were particularly excited when you saw that one earlier on today. Next up, from Harry, in
Guildford Town Centre, he spotted the cheapest handlebar
replacement of all time. As you can see, it’s a piece of wood, probably from a broom
handle or a rake handle. Not saying we really recommend,
that’s definitely a BODGE. – [Hank] No, not only
will you get splinters, but also it doesn’t look great, so yeah, BODGE from me.
– You wouldn’t wanna be riding it over every single culvert because that might well break. (Hank laughs) – And this one, well I’m sure you really– – [Dan] Yeah, as you were excited about your Bont shoe
heel rubber replacement, I was equally excited about
this homemade bike rack BODGE. Look at the state of that. – Look at that.
– This is from Paul Skannel over
on Twitter, he goes, “I love the rear seat
belts used for the straps.” Well that is genius, isn’t it? There’s a lot going on there. I have to say that it probably would scratch your bike up a good’n, but– – [Hank] Can we see this on
the back of your car, Dan? – [Dan] As far as this, I
couldn’t have done a job as good or as bad as the
one we see in that picture, whichever way you want to look at it. But nevertheless, I
don’t know where to start or to finish with that one. BODGE?
– BODGE. – Let’s finish that there for this week. Don’t forget to keeps sending
us your hacks and bodges in the usual manner, using the uploader, a link to which you can find
just down below this video. Or, indeed, using the hashtag #GCNHACK on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Caption competition time now. This is the photo that
we gave you last week from the Challenge Mallorca. This, of course, your chance to win a GCN Camelbak water bottle and we have a winner of said water bottle from last week and that winner is. – [Hank] Ben Becker with his caption, “This new Madison
technique is unbeatable”. – Yes, well done to you, Ben. Let us know your address on Facebook and we’ll get the Camelbak
water bottle sent out to you. – And this week, the picture is this, of Katusha’s Aplecin riders. What would you give that then, Dan? – I’ll go for the Hamely
saddle height adjustment method and you go for the Gensley one, all right? – (laughs) That’s a great one. – Yeah, it was a bit of a niche joke, but hopefully you watched the earlier part of the show and didn’t skip through it. If you didn’t, then you will
get that one, hopefully. Still doesn’t make it much funnier, but if you can do better yourselves, leave your captions in the
comments section just down below. – Now it’s time for
the comment of the week and I’ve chosen one from
the yoga mistakes video that you did, Dan. From Kaliburation, “Dan is
stiffer than a bottom bracket”. My bottom bracket. – That got 87 likes, seems like that comment went down
pretty well with most of you. There were quite a few comments, though, saying that I wasn’t that stiff. – Well, Fair play, Dan. – Sounded slightly
wrong there, but anyway, we can continue on to the
next favorite comment, which came underneath Mr.
Canning’s Ask the Pros about what their highest
ever speed on a bike wash. Functional Adventure wrote, “My bike has gone over 90 mile per hour, “it was on top of my car at the time.” That was a bit of a badum tish, but that one got 165 likes
underneath that particular video. Oh, I better read this one
out because it’s about you. Underneath last week’s show, Tayeb McCabe, “Of course Hank wan the push
competition, during his career, “he was always pushing
himself up off the floor. “Hank is the best.” Is that your mate? – No, but he is now. (laughs) – Thank you for all your comments. We, again, have enjoyed looking at them over the last seven days. In terms of what’s coming
up over the next seven, well on Wednesday, we
are going to show you how to ride in a pacer and
that’s a really important thing to get right because if you
get the technique right, all of a sudden, it becomes a lot easier and you go faster with less effort, so make sure you watch that one. Thursday we’ve got some more pro tips for riding your bike faster. You can never get enough of those tips, can you?
– Nope. – Because there’s always
a way to go faster and improve yourself. Friday, as ever, is Ask GCN Anything. – Yes and on Saturday, we’ve
got another Ask the Pros on who would you go for a
ride with, alive or dead? – You get to choose anybody. That’s Cannings down
on the Tour Down Under. – And on Sunday, it’s GCN V ENBN. – Yeah, this is a colab with ENBN, so on the GC channel, you can
watch me racing Steve Jones up the cod limit on and over on ENBM, you’ll be able to find me racing Niko Budwas down it.
– I’m looking forward to that. – I’m looking forward
to seeing that as well even though I know who won and who lost. Monday, as ever, it’s
the GCN Racing News Show where we’ll have pictures and news stories from the Tour of Columbia. The amount of people at
the teams presentation for that yesterday was incredible and I’m expecting huge crowds
during the race itself. And we’ll be back in
the set for the GCN Show this time next week. – This week on Extreme Corner, this can only be described
as Red Hook on steroids. Check this video out. (rock music) – (breathes out loudly)
That looks like great fun in the crowds, although I have to say, it’s more like the opposite of cycling and Red Hook on steroids ’cause
it’s miniaturized, isn’t it? It’s got smaller. – Yeah, that is truly nuts. – We’ll be packing your
bags and sending you off to race that soon, you
know that don’t you? – (laughs) Yeah. – And you’ll love it. I know you’d love it.
– Probably. (laughs) – Probably actually will happen. All right, that’s pretty much the end of this week’s GCN show. We’ll, as we said, be back at the same time next week, as always. Shortly, I’m going to be linking you to a video that Si did on mental health and how cycling affects it. Before I do that though,
firstly, I mentioned that over on
shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com, we have got a few more of those limited edition metallic T-shirts that we had on sale late last year, so you have to be quick if you want to go and look at them. Before I link to that video, I want to read out a couple of comments that I really enjoyed reading under Science with Si last week. This is from Brian
Messemer, “Science with Si. “Love that earnest and eager
student mindset Simon adopts “when reporting on topics along the lines “of how cycling impacts
our lives as a whole.” And this from DignifiedWaffle, “GCN is punching well above its weight “with these excellent videos.” Si really is doing a great job with GCN does Science these days. Proper science, as opposed to the stuff we did many years ago. So, if you haven’t already watched it, it is a big subject and Si tackles it really
well just down here. – Don’t forget to give
this video a big thumbs up if you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you next week.