Australian broadcaster SBS covers most of cycling in Australia with the rights to the Tour de France and plenty more, including the Cycling Central website.
In recent months there’s been a regular podcast offering comment and analysis from their staff. And tagged on to this is a quick mention of a new French radio show, Radio Vélo.
The Cycling Central podcast features Anthony Tan, Al Hinds and Philip Gomes who all chip in to discuss the week’s events. There’s often a retrospective of a race but they are not reading the results, instead there’s analysis of tactics and other factors all in a relaxed tone. Other news items are discussed, for example this week’s edition features the sad tale of Japanese riders being pulled out from races in China and there’s also a look at the Paul Kimmage case and why it’s backfiring so much for the UCI.
As you might expect this is pitched for an Australian audience, for example discussion of the world championships featured a review of how the Aussies did and there is coverage of the local scene in the latter half… by which time you can tune out if this isn’t for you. But coverage of the Aussie riders in the main pro races isn’t just for locals, it gives insight into a big segment of the pro peloton, from Cadel Evans to Richie Porte to the Orica-Greenedge team.
Overall it’s enjoyable and if it’s too Aussie for some it’s still got something of interest each week. For now you can download it from Soundcloud, perhaps it would be more accessible for many if it was via iTunes?
It’s all at soundcloud.com/cycling-central
Despite being the home of the Tour de France, the French as well served for cycling coverage as you might think. Certainly there are some good local websites but it’s not proportionate to the volume of racing in the country. For example there’s only one podcast on French cycling: Radio Vélo.
This is actually a live radio show that is broadcast once a week and then the audio is made available to download soon after. Like the Cycling Central podcast this is local although even more so because it again features analysis from international races but quickly jumps into local races in France, in particular the amateur scene from south-western France. This localism won’t be for many… but it’s all there is in France. Nevertheless the sunny torrent de cailloux southern accents from Nicolas Le Cheviller and his colleagues are enough to keep your ears warm on the coldest day, especially since the conversation is enthusiastic. Most of the readers here come from English-speaking countries but on the chance you’ve been hunting for some French content here it is and it’s worth supporting their enthusiasm.
It’s hosted at radiovelo.fr