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Episode 95: 2014, The Season That Was

It’s that most bittersweet time of year when we reflect on the season that was. We talk about our favorite moments and our favorite riders. We were impressed with the Colombians and the youngsters the most! The future looks bright!

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Episode 83: The Giro ’14 Week 3 and Fro-Wig

It’s a short episode this week, as technical difficulties erased the 2nd half of the podcast ūüė¶ However, we still wrap up the Giro, Anna makes a compelling case for Wiggo playing 2nd fiddle and Jeff makes a BIG prediction for the 2014 Tour!

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Episode 82: The Crying Game

Jeff makes Anna cry when he tells her about Taylor Phinney’s crash at the US Pro Cycling Championship. Anna offers a #ProTip for watching priated feeds: download the AdBlocker Plus plugin for Mozilla or Chrome! It gets rid of pop ups and ads- it’s amazing. And we talk about our favorite stages of week two of the Giro and speculate on what might happen in the final week.

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Episode 81: Giro ’14, Week 1

We recap the first week of the Giro, talking about our impressions and predictions. Jeff also recaps the Tour of California, since Anna didn’t watch it at all. It turns out Jeff finds Greg Lemond too nice and Anna does some nice wordsmithing.

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Episode 80: Panda Poop!

The dreaded “d” word (doping!) makes a comeback. We tackle the subject and come to NO conclusions, plus talk about Fleche Wallonne and LBL. Anna wants to hate Lance but is secretly (or not so secretly anymore!) fascinated by him. And we finally solve the mystery of Dan Martin’s LBL crash: panda poop.

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Episode 68: Depression, Mesh, Wild Cards, and Racing

Doping? Forget it! When it comes to getting worked up, just ask Anna about the new Sky mesh skin suits. Jeff compares wild card selection to the Oscars. And it turns out Anna doesn’t care at all about wild card selection!

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Episode 53: A Giro for the Ages and Lance is Back!

We wrap up the Giro by talking about our picks for highs and lows of the race. We also speculate as to who has control of Lance Armstrong’s Twitter account, as he’s being too nice- Jeff is convinced it’s cheap labor from Asia now that he can’t afford PR staff.

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Episode 52: Weather, Sprints, and Climbs – Giro ’13

Jeff and Anna prove to be the best podcast hosts by not watching any of the stages this week! (not really, we watched most of them).

Basically we just talk about the Giro and it is awesome.

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Episode 51: The Giro has landed

As the first week of the Giro is done and dusted, we take a look all the happenings in this week’s episdoe!

Some GIRO! highlights:

  • Jeff details what it is about Cadel that bothers him, but we both agree if we had to choose between Cuddles and Wiggo, we’d chose Cuddles.
  • Jeff is convinced Wiggins has something up his sleeve. Anna is not.
  • We try not to get too excited by Cadel.
  • Gesink replaces Denis Mechov as the new Silent Assassin.
  • We want to talk to a fantasy cycling guru! We’re both amateurs at this, if you’re road.cc fantasy cycling wiz, let us know!

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Episode 26: The Optimists Club (now Lance Free!)

Marianne and I do our best Pollyanna attempt and try to look on the bright side of cycling. Also, we declare this a Lance-free episode! But we still can’t escape doping, as Tyler Hamilton’s new tell-all memoir comes out.

Before the show notes, here are all the articles I’ve collected on the Lance developments since our last recording:

  • Sheryl Crow questioned in the Lance investigation¬†article
  • Why are we, as humans, so opposed to performance enhancement? And where are the boundaries?¬†article
  • After Phil Liggett’s¬†apperance¬†defending Lance, Michael Ashenden writes him an open letter¬†article
  • Mike Anderson, Lance’s mechanic, talks about life with Lance and how he used his power and influence for evil¬†article
  • How Lance is able preserve his image¬†article
  • Changing their minds, yet again, UCI says it won’t be afraid to sanction Lance¬†article
  • USADA says it’s in possession of positive samples¬†article
  • What if Lance would’ve had to testify at Floyd’s trail?¬†article
  • For some, the lies overshadow the good¬†article

DOPING!

  • We discuss Hamilton’s tell all memoir and how it must feel for him (A Bonnie D. Ford¬†preview)
  • We talk about Jorg Jaksche (without butchering his name too badly!) and his reflection of his own experiences doping, and confessing to said doping (article)
  • We are concerned by Vaughters’¬†outing¬†of the doping done by some of his riders- do they know he did that? (based on his¬†Twitter feed, no, he did not mean to out them- he just got carried away)
  • Anna wonders if knowing someone doped, or is doping, changes how you feel about watching them race
  • As eternal optimists, we hate the idea of “once a doper, always a doper”

RACING!

  • Marianne says “I told you so,” as Andy says he won’t be back racing again (article)
  • Contador seems to be playing hardball, by refusing to race the UCI’s baby (the Tour of¬†Beijing) if he won’t earn points there (article)
  • Poor BMC- Cadel ends his season (article). But even though their “superstars” are no-hitters this season, many of the B team are doing really well!
  • Bradley didn’t enjoy the Tour- neither did we, but for different reasons (article). And Anna talks about how every forgets Nibali did the same thing Contador is doing (albeit with less success).

VUELTA!

  • We give mad props to Cam Meyer (who’s left to rest up for Worlds) and Thomas De Gendt for being breakaway superstars. We then discuss how the Vuelta is less breakaway friendly than the Tour.
  • We love Contador’s attitude about the Vuelta. We wonder how no one had to get off their bikes and walk up some of those gradients and why Rodriguez let Contador get away on stage 17. And other awesome Vuelta things.
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