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The best cycling podcasts

Joseph Delves
1 Dec 2020

Stories from the saddle. We round up seven of the best cycling podcasts

Want the best cycling coverage in a format that you can absorb on the turbo, on the train or while sitting in the bath? There’s a ton of cycling podcasts covering everything from elite-level racing through to more diverse DIY cycling enterprises.

While some are great, others could perhaps use an edit. Luckily, we’ve rounded up seven of the most enjoyable so you can jump in with one of the best.

1. The Cyclist Magazine Podcast

Cyclist’s Joe Robinson and James Spender bring you a fortnightly dose of cycling culture from around the world, or under their duvets, depending on the current travel restrictions.

Episodes cover everything from poking around in Sir Bradley Wiggins's secret lock-up full of cycling memorabilia to catching up with up-and-coming racers like Australia's next Grand Tour hope, Jai Hindley.

Taking all the goodness of the world’s best cycling magazine and converting it into an easy to digest audio format, the boys invite those who race bikes, make bikes and love bikes to tell their stories. There’s also a bit of tech chat, news chat and the occasional anecdote regarding Masterchef's Greg Wallace.

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2. Cycling Podcast and Cycling Podcast Féminin

Co-hosted by Cyclist contributor Richard Moore, the longstanding Cycling Podcast provides knowledgeable debate and analysis on racing and wider cycling-themed topics. Slick and with less filler than most others, having chased after the peloton since 2013 their access is excellent, while the team’s presenting skills wouldn’t be out of place on Radio 4.

Taking the same in-depth approach to the women’s calendar, the Cycling Podcast Féminin is one of the few outlets covering the women’s racing scene with serious depth. Besides covering some of the biggest riders, both versions will appeal to those interested in backroom manoeuvring within the sport.

Topics range from expanding the women’s calendar to the finances of running a team, and other journalists, managers and officials often make for some of the most interesting guests. Despite this wealth of knowledge to call on, neither edition seems inclined to stretch its playing time beyond what the subject requires, making for a punchy listen.

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3. The Move with Lance Armstrong

Want my unsolicited opinion on Lance? Essentially, Lance is a man caught between a desire to be liked and an inability not to be a jerk. This means that although you probably shouldn’t open a restaurant with him, he’s still good company in short doses.

He also possesses an above-average working knowledge of the circus that is pro racing. During the racing season, his The Move podcast picks over each stage in fine detail. Plenty of Lance’s celebrity bros also pop by.

The Move also has a TED Talk-style sibling called The Forward, where Lance interviews celebrities, politicians and businesspeople. Both come under Lance’s mysteriously named WEDŪ media brand.

What’s WEDŪ? According to its website 'WEDŪ IS THE ANSWER TO A QUESTION. Who believes that the most meaningful revelations emerge at the far edge of your limits – that there are flashes of self-truth in moments of suffering? WEDŪ'.

We Do is also the anthem of the Stonecutters. Coincidence? It seems unlikely.

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4. Watts Occurring

Welsh lads and Team Ineos Grenadiers racers Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe have their own podcast. Getting you inside of cycling’s richest team, the podcast follows the boys and their exploits throughout the season. Unsurprisingly their teammates make regular appearances, including Ian Stannard, whose chat following the announcement of his forced retirement is worth a listen.

For a team caricatured as lacking personality, Watts Occurring’s presenters are always good company, meaning the podcast should have appeal beyond fans of the squad. Probably not the one for those looking for trash-talking or cutting journalism, it’s still as close as most of us will get to loitering in David Brailsford's team bus.

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5. Wheel Suckers Podcast

A sideways look at DIY cycling culture from Jenni Gwiazdowski of DIY bike workshop London Bike Kitchen and Alex Davis from bicycle cafe Look mum no hands! Covering all aspects of cycling, rather than just elite racing, topics have included an introduction to grass-roots women’s racing, coverage of the TransContinental adventure race, interviews with disability cycling advocates Wheels for Wellbeing, and mental health.

There are also several mini-episodes on simple bike maintenance topics. Seemingly on a hiatus, there are still tons of episodes in the archives for you to dig into.

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6. Velocast

Now over 10 years in the game, Velocast is one of only a few radio-quality podcasts. Providing comment and analysis its team produces a weekly edition, plus daily coverage of major races including the Giro, Tour, Vuelta, Tour de Suisse, Criterium du Dauphiné and Giro di Lombardia, plus some of the major Classics.

Presented by John Galloway and Scott O’Raw the two rely on pretty much the same sources as the rest of us for their raw material, i.e. a Eurosport subscription.

Despite the show being mostly just the pair chatting about cycling, their knowledge of racing, plus the slick production make it an insightful listen. A good addition to anyone wanting to add a bit of depth to their understanding of the calendar, it’s a quality product.

And how does it manage this feat? By the outrageous method of making you pay for it. Currently, you can subscribe now for £5.99 per month.

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7. The Bike Show

First a radio show on London’s Resonance FM, and later also a podcast, The Bike Show offers a wonderfully eclectic take on cycling in all its forms. Presented by author and broadcaster Jack Thurston, it’s been rolling since 2004. Since then guests have included figures as diverse as the godfather of cycling Eddy Merckx, artist Gavin Turk and BMX multiple-time world champion Shanaze Reade.

With a distinctly cultural bent, don’t expect coverage of who’s done well at E3 Harelbeke. Do expect interviews conducted while riding, historical and artistic diversions, plus quality yet left-field production and presentation.

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