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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 92: Farewell, Vuelta

As I was preparing for this week’s recording I realized I didn’t post last week’s episode! So, here you go: A Vuelta wrap up!

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Episode 88: The Tour is Dead, Long Live the Tour

We wrap up the last week of Tour and talk about the takaways! Included: Jeff is disappointed in Cancellara, Anna is impressed with Saxo, Jeff wonders if Tony Martin could be a GC threat someday, and Anna looks back at Nibali’s racing history. Also: Anna rubs it in that she was right about Wiggins moving to the track and Jeff rubs it in that he beat Anna in the fantasy league.

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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 76: OPQS Says “All Your Cobbles Belong to Me!”

Through impressive investigative journalism, Anna and Jeff reveal that the Inner Ring works for…. the NSA! That’s the only way to explain how awesome he is! And Anna reveals her not-so-secret crush on the Inner Ring. We also reveal how little we actual know about how cycling is set up right now by talking about the changes the UCI will be implementing to the teams and to the racing calendar.

Jeff loves Dwars Doors Vlaanderen, and we all love E3H and Gent Wevelgem.

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Episode 55: We Know Our Stuff

We recap the first two stages of the Tour, talk about fantasy cycling, and discuss who we think could win. OH, we also talk about Lance, but leave it to the end, so you can skip it if you want.

  • Top 10 Riders To Look Out For at the 2013 Tour de France [GCN video]
  • Tour de France 2013: Preview and Favorites [C-Cycling]
  • Tour de France 2013: Who Will Win? [Cycling Weekly]
  • Le Tour: Killers, Pretenders, and Dreamers [PezCycling News]

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Episode 46: Paris-Nice recap

We recap an exciting edition of Paris-Nice! Anna was excited to see one of her picks actually be at the top and Jeff does his best to drive away our Australian listeners. We also talk about the exciting racing of Tirrreno as well!

Paris-Nice!

  • VeloVoices always do great recaps.
  • Cosmo must have a lot of time on his hands lately, or he’s excited about the new season, because he has another How The Race Was Won for Paris-Nice.
  • Inner Ring’s analysis of the race and Talansky’s attacks.
  • Porte says he’s fine being a domestique [VeloNation]

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Episode 39: 2012 Cycling Moments

In this special (short) episode, we talk about some the 2012 cycling moments that helped make the season memorable for us!

In Anna’s (very) unscientific survey, there were a few moments that quite a few people mentioned.

  • Tom Boonen’s win at Paris-Roubaix

  • Ryder winning the Giro
  • The Olympics- Vos’ emotional win and Taylor’s oh-so-close 4th

Then there’s the race that got Anna’s vote: Milan-Sanremo. Watching Nibali, Cancellara and Gerrans duke it out until the end, and cross the line with the peloton snapping at their heels- amazing!

Other, smaller moments that got votes:

  • Iljo Kaisse and the Tour of Turkey- slipping his chain in the last 2km, yet still managing to hold off the peloton and take the stage (at 6:50)

  • Stage 17 of the Veulta (one of Anna’s favs), when Rodriguez finally cracked and Contador took an emotional win

  • Stage 8 of the Tour, when Madiot freaked out over Pinot’s win

  • Stage 15 of the Giro, when Rabottini refuses let Rodriguez take away his solo breakaway efforts

All of these moments helped make 2012 an awesome year for cycling. We can’t wait for the new season to start and make more moments!

[audio http://archive.org/download/PelotonitisPodcast/PelotonitisPodcast39.mp3]

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Episode 38: The Un-holiday Holiday Episode

We bring you a holiday episode that has no holiday cheer whatsoever in it.

  • We’ve now all officially won as many Tours as Lance [Cyclingnews]
  • The UCI finally reveals the last of the WorldTour license holders- with the proper amount of drama [VeloNation]
    • Katusha relegated out of the WorldTour, but doesn’t feel like actually explaining its reasoning [VeloNation]
    • Inner Ring lays out the tangled web that is Katusha [Inner Ring]
  • We’re not convinced by World Series Cycling [Cyclingnews]
  • Surprise, surprise. Brad is now interested in riding the Tour again next year [Cyclingnews]
[audio http://archive.org/download/PelotonitisPodcast/PelotonitisPodcast38.mp3]

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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.
[audio http://archive.org/download/PelotonitisPodcast/PelotonitisPodcast26.mp3]

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