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Tour Podcast Reviews

Back in 2015 this blog looked at the explosion of podcasts on offer, marvelling at the audio choice. Now those look like lean days, the medium has taken off and there’s more choice than ever. A few suggestions and feel free to share yours in the comments below…

The Cycling Podcast was the yellow jersey of podcasts the last time and it’s still in the lead of what is this blog’s subjective ranking. During the Tour has its stalwarts Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie, along with guest signing François Thomazeau who is worth his weight in gold for the local input and knowledge from covering the Tour many times. It’s an easy listen and well-produced, and for an essentially UK podcast reasonably international in outlook. Each evening they cover the day’s stage, perhaps with some interviews they’ve done and then chat about events in and around the race. Personally it’s best once the conversation flows among the presenters rather than hearing finish line interviews from riders as this is where the medium of a podcast can work best as a conversation can explore a topic in detail when the equivalent typed into text would mean for a long read, probably too heavy to digest and you can take a podcast with you. Recently they’ve got a lot of adverts, messages of thanks and cross-promotion such as excerpts from other podcasts. Taking Tuesday’s 45 minute episode as an example there was over six minutes of ads, thanks to sponsors, promotional mentions of their Kilometre Zero episodes and so on. Birnie explained the need for in a blog post, to have people on the ground for three grand tours means fuel, food, accommodation and more before they even take home some pay so you can’t begrudge it. However it’s not the presence of the ads that’s detrimental for me, it’s the way they segment the podcast as sometimes a subject can get interesting but it’s soon time to cut to a break. Unreservedly it’s better to have this than have nothing and at 45 minutes it’s long but still time to cover a lot.

CyclingTips have daily coverage with Caley Fretz and Rupert Guinness, a good combo thanks to Fretz’s bike tech background and Guinness’s long experience of covering pro cycling. Dave Everett also pops in, he’s often shooting videos but comes in for a chat. The Tour shows are good and cover lots of the day’s events as you’d expect. There’s a US and Australian slant as you might expect from the two hosts but it’s not overwhelming, they’ll talk about the big incidents rather than just the home ones. Unlike The Cycling Podcast there’s also a focus on bike tech so you might like to tune in if you want discussion of what’s new in the peloton and beyond.

Cyclingnews.com have a weekly podcast although it’s been more frequent during the Tour de France and they discuss current events, usually with cyclingnews editor Dan Benson and Pro Cycling editor Ed Pickering. It’s a good show with some original insights, for example the episode in June featured a conversation with André Greipel about his contract situation and it was refreshingly frank and awkward listening even. Pickering often has a thoughtful take on race tactics and wider issues in the sport.

The BBC does a daily show called BeSpoke from the Tour de France. Unsurprisingly it’s targeted at British audience although it’s very much focussed on the British riders and Team Sky. So you won’t tune in to get anecdotes about Lilian Calmejane or Domenico Pozzovivo but if you want coverage of Froome and Thomas and all the gossip about yeam leadership then it’s worth tuning in, be warned as there’s a share of “G” when they refer to Geraint Thomas. It’s lead by Tom Fordyce who ghost-wrote Geraint Thomas’s autobiography and they have a Welsh contributor whose name I didn’t catch to add to the Thomas content. Meanwhile long time cycling writer Jeremy Whittle and ex-pro Rob Hayles anchor it with their experience and knowledge.

New is the Stanley Street Social, an Australian podcast fronted by ex-BMC rider Campbell Flakemore and former Aussie U23 rider Alex Clements. It’s fresh and the experience of the two hosts helps, they’ve been contemporaries of many of the neo-pros in the peloton and Flakemore can recount his time at BMC. It’s got an obvious Australian slant but covers all the major pro races and is a quick and easy listen. There was a while when every winner “torched it” and every hard race was “filthy” but they’re more expressive now and it’s a tidy little round up of matters from a younger generation than the likes of Moore and Birnie.

It’s not in the Tour but a tip to Mitch Docker’s Life in the Peloton. It’s infrequent at best but features the EF-Drapac rider and often interviewing fellow pros and they open up to him more than a journalist with a microphone as well as Docker joining into give his approach to the subject.

People often ask for foreign language podcasts:

  • It’s only during the Tour but you can get a daily chat in French from Europe 1’s Le Club Tour with radio host Axel May and cycling pundit Patrick Chassé and it’s good quality, informed material, the only problem is that it’s for the next two weeks only and there’s nothing in France that covers pro cycling all year
  • Radio station RMC pump out hourly blocks of their Tour audio for podcasts so you can have more French and the radio aspect is interesting as is the post-stage analysis with Cyril Guimard, one of the most influential and successful director sportifs and still as sharp as ever at 71
  • There’s also daily Italian Tour coverage from Bonjour Bidone and also Facebook videos or their daily show on Radio Statale
  • In German from Radio Tour over at meinsportradio.de

Some selections and the reviews are suggestions rather than impositions. There are more, the other day Lance Armstrong’s The Move was kind enough to tip this blog during an episode and it’s certainly brought new followers and presumably new readers but I’ve yet to listen to the podcasts but just added it. Feel free to share any more recommendations below.

 

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  • Tom Hearts Tacos Thursday, 19 July 2018, 6:17 pm

    I listen to Cycling Podcast’s Tour show and The Velocast’s Tour Shows. Sometimes I listen to Lance’s show too, he’s certainly more than I can take on a regular basis. I tried to listen to Wiggins’ podcast, but turned it off after a couple of minutes.

    Does anyone know if Anthony Tan (“the Tan Man”) is on a Tour podcast? He was good for an occasional laugh on one podcast or other.

    • Banksy Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:24 pm

      He used to be on the SBS podcast but they seemed to have changed the roster completely and I have stopped listening to it. Shame because Tan always had an interesting, often hackneyed, view on things that he could back up with cogent argument, a thought provoking fella. Still writes a column for SBS.

  • Mattgc Thursday, 19 July 2018, 6:48 pm

    BBC4 have got one about feeding a pro team at the Giro, featuring FDJ. I haven’t listened to it yet but sounds interesting. It’s currently featured on the Bikeradar homepage

  • Jeff Lutz Thursday, 19 July 2018, 6:49 pm

    ITV still has it’s podcast going. It is UK centric (I live in the US), but I’ve been listening to this one for years. It was the first TdF podcast I found, before NBC Sports started streaming and I could watch the stages whenever I got the chance.

    • Ecky Thump Thursday, 19 July 2018, 6:57 pm

      +1 for the ITV podcast.
      I get it off Steephill TV, and I find it very enjoyable with a good rapport between all the presenters.
      I’m a big fan of their television coverage / team too, essentially the same people.

      • Divad Thursday, 19 July 2018, 11:15 pm

        I completely agree. Such a nice vibe between the presenters on ITV. Gary Imlach has to be one of the best sports presenters on TV – an eloquent, no frills kind of guy with a twinkle in his eye and a razor sharp wit. Havent actually heard the podcast though. Does it add much to the TV coverage?

        I do lament the UK-centric nature of most UK sports coverage (frankly, I don’t give a damn about where people come from, and that’s one thing I like about pro-cycling is that it doesn’t really matter), but it just goes to show how superb INRNG is. Always balanced, always fair, always utterly incisive without a hint of partisanship. Thanks INRNG!

        • Canocola Friday, 20 July 2018, 7:12 pm

          The podcast gives them a chance to discuss things in a bit more depth, cover more of the non-UK (and non-Sky) stories – albeit rarely in depth – and to broadcast more/longer interviews that didn’t fit in the TV package but that are interesting in their own right. I reckon it adds quite a bit to the TV coverage – you get a lot more Matt Rendell, and Imlach shows why he’s so good when he’s on the podcast as well.

          It’s also, as mentioned elsewhere, quite funny. I get the impression it started as a way to kill time before they could get away from the stage finish, and it still has that slightly anarchic, slightly amateur “recorded in a hotel corridor” feel to it. It’s also clear that the team enjoy working with each other.

    • RooBay Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:02 am

      +1 for ITV poddy. Boardman, Rendell, Bolting and sometimes David Millar. Probably the best of them all in the humour stakes.

      • BenW Friday, 20 July 2018, 1:30 pm

        Definitely the funniest, you’re right.

      • RQS Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:20 pm

        They lose all credibility for having Matt Smith that’s for sure.

        He spent good parts of Stage 11 saying the Julian Alaphilippe looks like ‘Begbe’ from Trainspotting. He warmed to this lamest of jokes so much that he kept on trying to get Phillipa Yorke to adopt this nickname too despite the fact there isn’t the slightest resemblance between the two.

        He spent the better part of his commentary time asking stupid questions like ‘when should you take off the stabilisers off your bike?’, ‘Has anyone ridden a BMX in the Tour?’ And ‘why does the small gear make you go faster at the back, but the big gear at the front makes you even faster?!’ Banal.

  • Cajoles Thursday, 19 July 2018, 6:53 pm

    Ha – big to have a mention from Lance and then brush it off by saying you’ve never listen – bosh.

  • Q Thursday, 19 July 2018, 7:02 pm

    I have listened to Lance’s podcast a few times. Compared to the others it feels heavy on the advertising, but I can’t tell if that’s reality or just perception. Lance can be interesting to listen to because he has a lot of insights, and it’s fun to hear people like George Hincapie as guests, but hearing him say “according to Wikipedia I’ve never even ridden the Tour” nearly every day has become quite tiresome.

    • KevinK Thursday, 19 July 2018, 8:57 pm

      +1 on everything you said. The Move is especially heavy on advertising, with a lot of it not always clearly separate from LA’s genuine opinions. I get the feeling that if a homeopath paid him to shill for overpriced pure water, we’d hear how it was an amazing recovery aid. However, they get in some nice discussions when Hincapie is on, and that tends to be worth the time.

      I’ll check out some of the other podcasts tomorrow. Thanks, Inring, for the recommendations.

      • bonzojess Thursday, 19 July 2018, 10:42 pm

        I thought we’d established that Hincapie was Inrng a few days ago. I suppose “I’ve never listened to it” could allow for “but I do appear regularly on it”? 😉

        • TheSquid Friday, 20 July 2018, 1:16 pm

          I believe Lance also stated on the podcast a couple of days ago that the Inring was the best cycling blog/website.

          • Mike A Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:24 pm

            The ads on The Move is definitely a lot heavier this year and lengthier too. Hincapie is the best thing on The Move IMHO. I was glad JP said he was there the rest of the Tour on the Stage 12 review!

    • Rutger Friday, 20 July 2018, 2:03 am

      I find advertising to be quite ok on The Move, especially in the earlier episodes it would only be the first 3 minutes and that was that. Otherwise I like his no-nonsense style and he does know what he is talking about. Also JB Hager is asking good questions for the “average” listener from time to time as well.

      • KevinK Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:17 pm

        I say this as a fairly regular listener of The Move, and one who enjoys it despite the excessive shilling for products (hey, did I tell you how great these rope hats are!?!), but Lance is frequently and surprisingly wrong about a variety of topics. His certainty that Toms Skujins had a motor in his bike the other day was embarrassing. As George Hincapie (and sometimes Jonathan Bruynell) are fond of pointing out, LA is frequently ill informed (not surprising, since he only recently started paying attention to pro cycling again), and often suffers from selective memory. It’s actually the give-and-take between Hincapie, JB, and LA (and other occasional guests) that makes the show, not his often shallow insights.

    • gm Friday, 20 July 2018, 3:15 am

      I have been listening to the cyclingpodcast and Lance’s themove each morning- think that overall advertising is similar, be it for tequilla/cold brew coffee or Rapha cycles.

      Love both, but as an amateur cyclist have probably found Lance’s more insightful especially around race tactics and being able to describe what the riders are going through, particularly with George Hincapie coming on board.
      CyclingPodcast is great for the pre and post-stage rider/team manger type interview snippets.

    • Sir Crankalot Friday, 20 July 2018, 6:31 am

      Also, I find Lance, at times, not up to date with all the going ons. His opinion on racing is great, but tech stuff around time cuts, UCI processes etc, he has a very layman approach. Specially, remember the Froome Sulbutamol case overview episode.
      Overall, ok for an occasional hear.

    • Dave Friday, 20 July 2018, 8:23 am

      I love the move. I find it irreverent and very funny. And knowledgeable. I find the cyclingtips one hit and miss although I did enjoy the extended TT tech one they did. I don’t like bespoke or the cycling podcast from what I have heard

  • Digahole Thursday, 19 July 2018, 7:13 pm

    The Aussie channel SBS also has a good one called the Cycling Central Podcast co-hosted by Dave McKenzie who won a Giro stage in 2000… this makes for some more natural and relaxed interviews as he’s straddles the “us and them” divide.

    What I’d really appreciate though is if someone could tip me to an English commentary radio stream so I can listen to the missable stages while out on the bike.

    • The Inner Ring Thursday, 19 July 2018, 8:24 pm

      I was going to cite them but it got a bit Aussie-centric already. Away from the Tour I miss the older version when it was recorded in Sydney but others may equally prefer the current version. I imagine it sets up the late night TV coverage well, some analysis people can get on their morning ride, way in to work etc.

      • Eddie Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:57 pm

        Me too, was great having the old guys back for a few podcasts before the tour started.

    • Pablo_W Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:11 am

      If you love the Zwift advertising listen to SBS Cycling Central – personally I can’t stand it. For mine it is too Aussie centric and have my fill of Matt Keanan during the race coverage. The Cycling Podcast is the Maillot Jaune with a 10 minute lead

  • Steve G Thursday, 19 July 2018, 7:14 pm

    I really like The Velocast. Just two knowledgeable guys talking about the day’s racing. Really quite funny at times, especially when they go off at a tangent. Appears weekly all year round but daily shows for the GTs. It’s a subscription podcast, but doesn’t cost much.

  • Cinjet Thursday, 19 July 2018, 7:22 pm

    Dutch speaking fans might enjoy “Live slow ride fast” with Laurens ten Dam and Stefan Bolt, and sometimes guests like Terpstra. I like it because it’s very casual and it covers a lot of things about pro life, both on an off. And LTD is just a really cool guy with so many stories to tell.

    • Andy Rafferty Thursday, 19 July 2018, 8:15 pm

      You could also try the De Rode Lantaarn from the Dutch site Het is Koers.

    • The Inner Ring Thursday, 19 July 2018, 8:25 pm

      I’ve seen this and it looks promising, Ten Dam is a nice guy and has lots of stories to tell and some original views.

  • Tom Thursday, 19 July 2018, 8:17 pm

    I like the Velocast’s Daily Podcast coverage. It’s a paid show, but the cost is reasonable and there are no commercials.

    • Al__S Thursday, 19 July 2018, 8:45 pm

      I’m a Velocast subscriber too, excellent coverage from a remote position (very much a pro version of “fans with mikes” format) but with the added Tour bonus of Ashley House’s short updates early each afternoon

    • Ben Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:28 pm

      I subscribe to Velocast and (especially during grand tours) they are my first download/listen. One reason for that is they are always first out of the gate. They record (no contributor 3rd party audio) and release. And that is their big strength. It’s succinct and smart. They focus on the tactics of the stage. There isn’t too much banter, but when they do its pretty funny. They talk about the drama of cycling (Sky) but always bring it back to the race and tactics. Well worth the subscription cost if you’re a die-hard fan.

    • Robmc Saturday, 21 July 2018, 8:15 am

      Another happy and satisfied velocast subscriber.

  • Vaclav Thursday, 19 July 2018, 8:27 pm

    Well, technically it’s not a podcast, but when Lance Armstrong gets a mention, why not Lloyd Flandis and his on-line YT “commentary”. So, when you wanna zero analysis, zero information (you’ve heard it thousand times anyway), tune in for him, David Zabriskie and The Wizard, all wrapped in Big-Lebowski-Rythm… https://floydsofleadville.com/tubecast-the-straight-dope/

  • Spencer Powlison Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:13 pm

    Hey guys, great site! Would love to hear your feedback on the VeloNews podcast. We aren’t doing daily TDF pods, but fairly frequent recordings. https://soundcloud.com/user-562497687

    • KevinK Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:46 pm

      I’ve been a fan for a while, and frequently download your podcasts to listen to while on long rides. I haven’t listened to the other podcasts Inring cited here, so I can’t give a comparison, but I enjoy your takes.

    • Peter Friday, 20 July 2018, 2:21 am

      How do we know this isn’t Fred Dreier for Spencer Powlison?

    • Graham S Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:31 am

      Enjoy the velonews podcast, good to hear some hot takes from outside the UK to get some balance.

      Plenty of grumbling here about advertising and I think you guys are the best at making it bearable and occasionally bordering on fun.

    • A Nigel Type Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:25 pm

      I read this wondering why VeloNews, Caley’s old stomping ground, didn’t get a mention. They’re a really enjoyable listen and the regularly shows cover a really broad mix of topics. But it’s not for the big-time Sky fans who won’t hear a bad thing being said about them.

    • TheSquid Friday, 20 July 2018, 1:24 pm

      I enjoy the VeloNews podcast. I was just thinking about why it wasn’t included and then noticed this post by Spencer.

    • Matthew Saturday, 21 July 2018, 11:22 pm

      Hi Spencer, I’ve been listening to the Velonews pod for ages here in the UK. Being honest I think it lost something when Caley ‘defected’ to cycling tips, in my opinion he’s a really good on what used to be termed ‘the radio’). The big positive with the Velonews output is the insight from Andrew Hood together with the range of views from you and Fred, its good to have input from people who have covered the race for years and people who have raced bikes, albeit not at tour level (Fred kicked my arse at La Ruta in 2008).
      The trouble is that the podcast market is flooded for the TdF and differentiation is tricky, what I thought worked really well for you guys was the strong, on the ground, classics focus that you did last year. There may be a similar niche to be explore for the Vuelta? Maybe get Trevor Connor and Hoody together for 3 weeks in Spain and see how grumpy Trevor can get?

  • 3rdMoment Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:31 pm

    Thanks Inrng! I also enjoy Mitch Docker’s podcast.

    My favorite bit was a great story from David Millar about the 1997 Route du Sud, a description that most of us who have suffered on fast group rides can appreciate. It’s at 16:00 here:
    https://lifeinthepeloton.com/2017/05/25/a-reflection-with-david-millar/

    • R Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:55 am

      +1 for Mitch docker’s ‘poddy’. A good insight into the peloton from current riders. Especially interesting to understand a bit more about the work of a classics rider or leadout man.

      • ocaz Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:18 am

        ‘YEAAAH RIGHT’

        It is a great listen and as he is close to a lot of his guests seems to get more out of them as they’re more relaxed.

  • Elle Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:34 pm

    The ITV podcast is great for a quick recap if you’ve missed all of the day’s TV coverage but doesnt aim to dig very deep. Bespoke is only really listenable if you know nothing’s big about cycling and only follow tdf for Sky. The Cycling Podcast is essential listening all year round, and its morning Km0 shows during the GTs add extra depth, a sort of aural counterpart to INRNG. And the only one to take women’s cycling seriously, or to include women’s voices on the men’s side.

    • Elle Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:35 pm

      Typing on my phone, which added that “big” when I wasn’t looking. “Knows nothing about” is what I meant.

    • Larry G Friday, 20 July 2018, 7:24 am

      +1 re cycling podcast comments

      • BenW Friday, 20 July 2018, 2:28 pm

        The Cycling Podcast for me is top dog, though the advertising grates a little bit. Mainly the ones for the razor subscription service, if I’m honest, they just jar a bit and disrupt the flow of the conversation as they awkwardly find a way to segue into a discussion about (face) razors. I can understand the need for the money, though.

        I think what grates most about the advertising is I listen to a few different podcasts in different genres (cycling, discussion, occasional football, interviews, science) and its the same old beer/razor/mattress/webhosting service offers on each of them, it feels inescapable and like I’m being based over the head a bit. CP at least keep it cycling-relevant with the offers for sports nutrition, though. I’ve made use of the discount a few times.

        Content-wise, there’s few to match. Experienced journalists definitely help, and I love the women’s voices and coverage of women’s cycling in particular.

        CyclingNews is a mixed bag. Seems to have been fairly Anti-Sky/Brailsford in the past and were definitely pre-occupied with Froome during the Giro, they spent more time talking about him than about Yates. Also, the long recordings from press conferences are useful for journlaistic transparency I suppose but beyond that, dull as ditchwater as it’s the usual robotic platitudes we’ve come to expect from many pros these days (“Taking each day as it comes”, “tomorrow is another day” etc etc); and I don’t feel the ananlysis adds anything that isn’t covered elsewhere.

        I’ve only just come accross the ITV one this year, which is a bit strange. Love a bit of Ned and Chris Boardman though, and Gary Imlach is probably my favourite sports broadcaster on TV. Dry as Britain has been for the past few weeks.

        I tried listening to Lance, but stopped when he started doing Sagan impersonations during the Classics. It all seemed a bit unnecessary as he hadn’t been doing silly accents before. Also, JB it’s all abit matey-matey in a bad way.

        The good kind of matey-matey comes from Mitch Docker. His podcasts are a revelation, as has been said by others he gains insights through close (or at least shared experience) relationships with the subjects.

        Beyond podcasts with a purely racing slant, I routinely listen to Rouleur.

        I also must give a big shoutout to Matt Barbet and his new venture Home Roads. Really refreshing interviews conducted while out on a ride with the subject on their “home roads”, it’s currently rather anglo-centric but I’m sure that will change. Recent interviewees include Phillipa York, Dame Sarah Storey, Alex Dowsett, David Millar, Nicolas Roche and Simon Mottram (he of Rapha).

        • noel Friday, 20 July 2018, 3:27 pm

          Rouleur’s is good altho I’m not as keen on the Stuart Clapp kit review segment that has taken up quite a chunk of them recently… thankfully they are generally the last bit so I just hit the stop button at that point.
          Otherwise you are spot-on BenW , it’s typically thoughtful good quality stuff, and generally not race specific, so doesn’t replicate what is put out by a lot of the others out there.

          • BenW Friday, 20 July 2018, 3:35 pm

            Yeah the sections with Stuart Clapp can be tiresome but at least they’re kind enough to cut him off mid-flow because they realise he’s going on a bit. One thing in his favour (though most won’t think so) is it’s kinda nice as an Essex native myself to hear a Russell Brand-esque esturary twang in published media, though.

  • tim Thursday, 19 July 2018, 9:54 pm

    ITV daily podcast is the greatest

  • Digahole Thursday, 19 July 2018, 10:15 pm

    Another one: Breakfast with Boz. Something a bit different to the rest. It’s also by LA’s Wedu Media and basically is a guy who camps out in the mountains near the stage, then comes down, has breakfast with Ian Boswell at Katusha and records it. Interesting insights into life in the peloton with plenty of friendly impersonations of Zakarin… “I feel good, I attack. I feel not good, get dropped. 50-50”

  • JaseCD Thursday, 19 July 2018, 10:34 pm

    The Cycling Podcast is also still top of the tree for me and whilst it is getting a bit promotion heavy you can’t begrudge the guys making some money out of what has become an increasingly big endeavour for them.

    The ITV podcast is still decent and Bespoke has become much better since they switched presenters – they also seem to have some kind of informal relationship with Team Sky based on their post Giro coverage and specials with Brailsford etc.

    The weakest one on this list for me is the Cyclingnews podcast which is often very dry and doesn’t seem to have the dynamic of some of the others.. Added to this the audio quality is often appalling – todays episode featured multiple interviews with riders, half of which you could barley understand. In an age where you can record decent audio into a phone with about £50 of basic equipment it seems like a strange oversight.

    Also a tangential mention for the Bike Show from Resonance FM – not to do with racing but a nice broader, considered look at many different aspects of cycling.

  • John I Thursday, 19 July 2018, 11:04 pm

    Cosmo Catalano, known for his fabulous “How The Race Was Won” recaps, also does a podcast – “The Recon Ride”. I always enjoy his analysis and mild-mannered snark: http://cyclocosm.com/2018/07/the-recon-ride-podcast-tour-de-france-2018/

    • noel Friday, 20 July 2018, 1:43 pm

      I love his HTRWW video’s and so had great hopes on the Recon Ride, but I found the podcasts to be a little dry and laboured by comparison. Which was a shame.

      I really like Mitch Docker’s though – they are a relaxed, insider’s view and have a nice unhurried feel to them.

  • RooBay Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:07 am

    Re The Move Lance Armstrong podcast: is it just me or is the old Armstrong swagger starting to come back (I say this as a bad thing). It seems to really show when he has old teammates on his show. Shudder.

    • Foley Friday, 20 July 2018, 2:30 am

      Lance is still a creep.

      • Anonymous Friday, 20 July 2018, 3:10 am

        He has very good lawyers, so I’m saying nothing.

    • B Silva Friday, 20 July 2018, 4:19 am

      I would agree that this year, Lance is looser and some of the old swagger coming back. To me, it’s entertaining. Cycling needs big personalities, imho. For similar reasons, I like Sagan more than, say, Froome.

      • Foley Friday, 20 July 2018, 7:30 am

        Not this again. I think you meant Lance is loser.

  • Steppings Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:11 am

    Only just got into The Cycling Podcast this year. I like the relaxed chat atmosphere as well as Lionel and Richard. Would be nice to listen to a few others, but I need to get some miles in myself as well as….etc. etc.

  • Donny Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:45 am

    Big fan of Life in the Peloton, there’s some real insights and interesting discussions. Adam (MacGyver) Hansen, A Reflection with David Millar, Gracie Elvin – Life as a Female Pro and Scott’s Gold Medal Story are some of the highlights.

    The Cycling Podcast is great for some coverage on Women’s Cycling as well. The interview with Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig in the recent KM0 – La Course was the best cycling interview I’ve ever listened to.

    Speed Metal Cycling can be a bit of fun too.

    • BenW Friday, 20 July 2018, 4:10 pm

      Yes! Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig was fantastic. So refreshing and really funny and emotional.

    • MRJ Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:03 pm

      Let’s not overlook their Friends’ Special interview with Jean Bobet, released about a month ago. I thought it was truly outstanding. It was like an audio version of one of Inrng’s fantastic overviews of some little-known bit of cycling history/lore. That interview alone justified the (nominal) annual cost of signing up as a Friend.

  • B Silva Friday, 20 July 2018, 4:16 am

    Lance’s podcast last year had very few commercials. Almost none. The number of listeners completely surprised him. This year he’s making a business of it and yes, there are a lot of commercials, more than I care for, but I completely enjoy his irreverent attitude and filter-free opinions. It’s very entertaining; this year maybe a little more towards the entertaining side and last year more towards the insider insightful side.

  • Ian Friday, 20 July 2018, 8:49 am

    ITV has been consistently hilarious for years. The way they fall apart by week 3 and have no idea what’s going on or where they are never gets old.

    I find CP a bit dry for a daily listen, but do like them across the year, particularly KM0.

    Cycling Tips has been a good entrant to the market in the last year. Dave Everett is always amusing, and they are very Europhile Americans. Neal Rogers has a great voice, but not featuring during Tdf.

  • josh owen morris Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:03 am

    Hi, the Welsh contributor to the BBC podcast is Gareth Rhys Owen.

    Diolch yn fawr

  • Mark Rushton Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:22 am

    there is The Cycling Podcast which is a UK based one in conjunction with Rouleur. Still UK centric but v.good journalism. We still hear the same soundbytes as everything comes from ASO. I enjoy the Armstrong one. Last night he had Bruyneel on the phone and Hinchapie in the studio. yes there are ads for products but the ads pay for the show. Armstrong has some strong opinions (Duh!) but Hinchapie balances it out well. GVA was mentioned the other night and he tweeted his thanks so the actual peloton is listening to this podcast and using some of the products advertised. Armstrong will mention a certain rider may have won certain stages but that’s his right. His talk on his Grand Bornand win in 2004 was described by himself as ‘a dick move’ so hindsight is there

  • osbk67 Friday, 20 July 2018, 10:40 am

    I haven’t regretted subscribing to Friends of the Cycling Podcast in recent years, a really interesting collection of stories and interviews at a pretty reasonable cost. Maybe I’m just starting to notice it more, but it does seem there’s been a steady increase in advertising within many of the established cycling podcasts lately. There’s certainly no such thing as a free lunch, and I remain surprised INRNG continues to deliver such fine, thoughtful content for nothing more than an occasional steer towards supporters’ clothing. On that subject, here’s a single vote at least for a INRNG jersey that’s predominantly bright red or orange rather than black.
    I’d happily subscribe to “Friends of INRNG” content, but that’s another story. On long rides when the mind can wander I’ve also occasionally wondered what the effect of a “pay to comment” policy might be…

  • Rich-t Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:58 am

    Still listen to TCP regularly enough, but not every episode like I did a couple of years ago. There was one that started last season called Hors Delai from Whit Yost and Joe Lindsey. That was excellent, but they’ve not put anything out since the worlds last season. Huge shame.

  • Jef Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:10 pm

    I miss the Hors Delai boys. Whit and Joe were great.

  • Ian Anderson Friday, 20 July 2018, 12:22 pm

    Ive been a Velocast subscriber for years and have consistently felt it offered great value for money with informed fan discussion and lively opinion

    ITV (Formerly The Real Peloton) has been great light entertainment with that on the spot feel long before the Cycling podcast came on the scene

    I have liked Lance as a guilty plessure since last year’s Stages (irreverent, knowledgeable and a hint of contrition possibly) but when he brought Johan Bruyneel on to the show yesterday I had to switch it off and am not sure I will be going back to it as… well it is best unsaid my opinion of JB

  • ocaz Friday, 20 July 2018, 1:21 pm

    The cycling podcast is fantastic. Think they take a great view on issues rather than jumping to conclusions and there is nice chemistry between them and guests. I have no issues with the adverts as you can see amount of work and effort that goes into each episode. I love the Kilometre 0 and specials they do too as really interesting.

    Apart from others mentioned, although not tour specific Home Roads by Matt Barbet has been an interesting listen where he rides along with people associated with cycling like Nic Roache, David Miller, Phillipa Yorke to name a few on the roads where they live. Nice concept and good interviews so far.

  • TheSquid Friday, 20 July 2018, 1:32 pm

    I don’t mind the Lance run podcast. Let’s remember that after all is said and done, Lance is the only real pro that is contributing to the podcast game. The other guys are all guys the wished they were pros. I also like the fact that Lance will dump on the riders, organizers and team bosses when need be. There is nothing worse than a jock sniffing commentator or podcast host won’t state the obvious when they are afraid of offending a pro.

    • KevinK Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:24 pm

      Yes, LA will dump on riders, organizers, and bosses, but often it seems like this is rehashing his old personal grudges. He doesn’t seem to have forgotten or forgiven anyone who called him out on what he was doing back in the day.

  • Dave Friday, 20 July 2018, 2:13 pm

    Velonews podcast – the only podcast out there with a sense of humor…

  • Pete Friday, 20 July 2018, 2:17 pm

    The Cycling Podcast, by a country mile.

    Their coverage of the Giro this year, and the colour and flavour it added to the TV coverage, was outstanding. I like the ITV podcast, but prefer to get a contrasting view/perspective to the commentary team I’ve often been listening to during the stage.

    Special mention too for their Kilometre Zero morning show – helps the pre-work morning routine on it’s way nicely.

    On the subject of the endorsements and advertising that pepper the show – just a necessary evil, I think. One SIS ad in particular always amuses me: “10% of sports nutrition products would get a professional rider banned…”

    As a rank amateur, I’ll give SIS a miss, then – the 10% sounds like the very stuff for me!

  • Bill Friday, 20 July 2018, 2:52 pm

    Say what you will about Lance and his legacy but The Move podcast is quite a good listen

    • Allan Almeida Friday, 20 July 2018, 3:11 pm

      I do think that, too. Lance is a controversial figure and a questionable rider, but as a podcast presenter, he does a good job.

  • Allan Almeida Friday, 20 July 2018, 3:10 pm

    To me, the best one is TheMove. I really try to like The Cycling Podcast, but I can’t. I like their job but the show is not for me.
    Another good one is the Velonews Podcast.

  • Tyler Janke Friday, 20 July 2018, 5:17 pm

    The Cycling Podcast is bar far the best one around. I tried the Bradley Wiggin’s show and it was painful to get through. My list: TCP, SBS, ITV, Cyclingtips, BeSpoke – the rest are touch and go.

    Suggestion: Between 2 Wheels Podcast is doing a (mostly) daily recap of the tour this year. The podcast shares the focus between World Tour and Northern California racing. No ads.

    Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/between-two-wheels-dda-racing/id1257473018
    Website: http://podcast.between2wheels.com/

  • James Friday, 20 July 2018, 9:33 pm

    No longer in existence but Velo Club Don Logan was brilliant and now sadly missed, if you haven’t listened before the old shows are still on itunes.

    • Ian Anderson Saturday, 21 July 2018, 1:34 am

      +1 although the only time I bumped into them in person I got them confused with the Velocast guys….. tumble weed 😱 they folded and stopped broadcasting soon after (coincidence.. I hope)

  • Paul Bigbee Saturday, 21 July 2018, 6:20 am

    Superb product aside, the TrainerRoad podcast (https://www.trainerroad.com/podcast) has and continues to be excellent with very little commentary about professional racing. Instead, it’s all about their personal experiences (which are often hilarious) and well, making us all faster.

  • Stu Saturday, 21 July 2018, 9:51 am

    +1 for Velocast, worry it for TWiCH and Ashley House’s input.
    Also +1 for Velonews, they are funny guys and the British accents crease me everytime, excellent piss-taking
    As for the others mentioned above, have heard the big one and will check out some of the smaller ones – thanks as always Inrng

  • Paddy Dunne Saturday, 21 July 2018, 10:00 am

    I hoover up as many of the Podcasts as possible. There is a couple of good Colombian ones Ciclismo Colombia think I found it on YouTube they do daily conversations during the season. Although I’m a subscriber to The Cycling Podcast it’s onecthatcribs me up the wrong way. Quite often Richard Moore shuts down contributors which I find annoying. I get the there are the Km Zeros and Friends Specials to flesh things out. I really like Caley Fretz and Rupe Guinness on the Cycling Tips Podcast. There reportage around The Alpe was more engaging than Lionel Birnié’s Km Zero contribution. what summed it up fir me was he was mid interview with a Dutch fan who was a bloody journalist basically doing the same thing. A right jour sans. The bbc one is to bbc for my liking to.

  • Albert Sunday, 22 July 2018, 7:29 am

    Velonews and the Move. Occasionally cycling podcast

  • Daniele Pedruzzi Sunday, 22 July 2018, 7:43 am

    Italian podacat Bonjour Bidon, you actually has mistyped with BidonE….
    By the way, they are great narrators of La Grand Boucle!
    It’s reallt worth to listen and follow!

  • B Silva Monday, 23 July 2018, 3:13 am

    It was very difficult to listen to the Velonews podcast after the Alpe d’Huez stage when one of their “experts” kept pronouncing d’Huez as “doo-ay”. It completely shot his credibility. And his producer should have kicked him in the shins and wrote him a note after he did it the first time; but instead he said it over and over.

  • Matt D Monday, 23 July 2018, 6:20 pm

    Not sure if these have been mentioned yet – I couldn’t see them… Bradley Wiggins Show by Eurosport https://audioboom.com/channels/4964200 or Home Roads by Rapha https://rss.acast.com/homeroads – both worth a listen

  • Wade Wallace Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 12:17 am

    Thanks for the mention INRNG!

    If we could ever get you on our podcast (with a disguised voice of course) it would certainly raise the bar.