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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 67: 2013 in Review

Weeeee’re baaaack! We start the new year by wrapping up the old year. And Anna canNOT keep her years straight!

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Episode 64: Lance, Lance, Lance

Lucky Jeff- he comes back and gets to talk about all our favorite things: Lance and doping.

Ryder!

Horner!

  • Why Chris Horner can’t find a team [Velo News]

UCI!

  • UCI clearly got inspiration from Harry Potter or Monty Python when they came up with “Commission of Inquiry” [Cycling Weekly]
  • UCI decides smaller is better in its vision for the future [Inner Ring 1, 2] [road.cc]

Lance!

  • WADA says a ban reduction for Lance is unlikely [Cycling Weekly]
  • Interview with The Armstrong Lie director [Cycling News]
  • Trailer for The Armstrong Lie [Cycling News]
  • Anna gives her thoughts and reactions to Wheelmen

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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 50: High Octane and Slow Burn

We rants  A LOT about Wiggins/Sky/Froome, the cat bites me, we wonder what Classics would be like if they were directed by Michael Bay, and encourage you to join our fantasy leagues!

Fantasy cycling!!

  • Velogames: (league code: 29133250): Basic fantasy league- you pick your team and let it ride for the duration.
  • Road.cc (league code: 76730): A bit more intense, you can make a certain number of substitutes. Has free and pay options. You need a road.cc account to sign up for the league, but you don’t have to pay.

We mostly skip over talking about Amstel Gold and Fleche Wallonne to focus on Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Giro.

Liege-Bastogne-Liege!

Giro!

  • Giro Startlist [Cycling Fever]
  • Basso to lead Cannondale- srsly?? [VeloNation]
  • Wiggins can’t decide- will he or won’t he ride the Giro? Meanwhile Froome starts shopping for new teams (not really, but I sure hope he is) [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 14: We Get Punchy

This week, Jeff (@c_fiddy), the semi-regular co-host, joins the ‘cast again to talk about rumors, noisy Italian dinners, Astana hiring pushers for hills, and some racing. The longer you stay, the crazier we get!

Pelotonitis rumor mill!

  • Unrest in the Italian camp! We contemplate Italian bargaining tactics, give props to Pinotti for having grace in the face of rumors, and Jeff explains to Anna how the Olympics work.
  • Contador rumors! Leaving Saxo Bank? Starting a Spanish team? Going to Omega Pharma?? Who the eff knows.

Racing!

  • Giro d’Italia: winners and losers, Cav listens to the podcast and we plead with him to leave a comment, Anna hopes Cipo doesn’t listen because she’s not nice to him, old host Dan (@DanKalbacher) gets props for calling Guardini the next big thing, Stage 20 made Anna SO ANGRY but Jeff doesn’t understand, OF course we give De Gendt props (even though Anna was too angry to pay attention), and Anna cannot get over Vino’s lack of eyebrows (these things all relate to the Giro, I promise).
  • US Pro Championships: After we moan about the video coverage, we talk about how awesome Tim Duggan is.
[audio http://archive.org/download/PelotonitisPodcast/PelotonitisPodcast14.mp3]

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Episode 13: Let’s Act Like Adults

This week I am joined by cycling historian Andy Homan. He’s the author of Life in the Slipstream: The Legend of Bobby Walthour  and he’s a great addition to my podcasting partner list as he compare Phil Liggett to Ron Burgundy. There was precious little news this week, but there was amazing racing to make up for it!

News!

  • Cancellara is back! Gilbert is back! The women of cycling fandom rejoice.

Racing!

  • Giro d’Italia: The racing has been amazing!! Lots of nail biting finishes… We are not impressed with the attitudes and passive aggressive behavior of the Shlecks or Bruyneel; are the Schlecks actually just spoiled brats? Andy wonders how you can base a team on just one region of a country- so we compare Rhode Island to the Basque Country. We wonder if Hesjedal can keep the jersey until the end. And I predict impressively wrong…
  • Cipollini! Stop picking on Cav! I also think Cav is giving up the Green jersey for the Giro jersey and the Olympics.
  • Tour of California: Of course we’re impressed by Sagan, the climbing, the close racing. We wonder who would win in a Sagan/Cav match up; Andy compares Phil Liggett to Ron Burgundy; and we discuss the winners and losers of the race.
[audio http://archive.org/download/PelotonitisPodcast/PelotonitisPodcast13.mp3]

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