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The Rouleur Podcast

News, issues and personalities from the world of pro cycling on Rouleur Conversations with presenter Ian Parkinson, and the very latest in technology and cycle science with Dan Cavallari on Rouleur Tech. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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The Rouleur Longreads Podcast: Watopian Ideals

With the world going into lockdown, indoor riding is, unsurprisingly, on the rise.Turbo trainers are selling out faster than toilet rolls and training app subscriber numbers have gone though the roof.We spend the day in a London studio with Mathieu van der Poel and the copious film crew to find out why Zwift is leading the way in the market.The Rouleur Longreads Podcast brings you selected long form articles from the magazine, especially recorded for Rouleur. Don’t stop what you’re doing – do it while listening to the world’s best cycling writing.The fourth in this series is ‘Watopian Ideals’ by Ian Cleverly, from Rouleur 20.2. Read by George Oliver. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


9 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Rouleur Podcast November - Greg and Kathy LeMond

“Jean de Gribaldy said no sex for two weeks before a one-day race, no sex four weeks before a big tour, so you never had sex! There was that fear that it would take energy away from the riders.” We were honoured and delighted to have Greg and Kathy LeMond as our special guests for the entirety of the Rouleur Classic. They were both on absolutely sparkling form throughout the three days of the show, and we are truly indebted. Hear from the LeMonds on coming to Europe as young Americans and shaking up the traditions of a staid sport, steeped in tradition and superstition. From eating pizza to playing golf to million-dollar contracts to what went on – or not – in the bedroom, Greg and Kathy questioned every silly rule in the book and won. Greg also tells us how he hid the severity of his near-death hunting accident in 1987 to protect his job and family – remarkably coming back to win two more Tours de France to add to his 1986 title. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


4 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Rouleur Podcast 63 - Boardman, Millar and Boulting.

A Tour de France special for Issue 63 and, appropriately, two of the guests have worn the Maillot Jaune. Chris Boardman, David Millar and Ned Boulting join presenter Ian Parkinson to talk about the art of TV commentary, the Giro and, of course, the Tour. David Millar explains how Peter Sagan "defies the laws of physics" on a bike, Chris Boardman talks about the "compassionate ruthlessness" at the heart of the Medal Factory, and Ned Boulting reminisces about the time he met Davros the Dalek. Plus the latest Rouleur Competition. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


12 Jun 2016

Rank #3

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Rouleur Podcast October - Pidcock, Peiper and Polartec Santini

Tom Pidcock launched his new team Trinity Racing before launching into a full season of racing in the mud and dirt of top level cyclo-cross on the Continent. The reigning under-23 ‘cross world champion had a decent road season too – first at Paris-Roubaix espoirs, stage and overall at Tour Alsace, and a terrific performance with the entire GB team at Tour de l’Avenir before a horror crash on a stage 6 descent knocked him out. But there was no way he was going to miss the opportunity of a medal on his home roads of Yorkshire in the World Championships.  “I love being around bike riders. That’s the amazing thing.” Allan Peiper, one of Australia’s pioneers in the pro peloton, is a hugely respected directeur sportif in the sport whose prostate cancer has returned this year. In an emotional interview with Rouleur editor Andy McGrath, Peiper tells us how the cycling family has closed around him and how riders – some well-known to him, some not so much – have been in touch to offer support.  Ian Parkinson visits Santini in Italy to get up to speed with their latest developments. Hairy vests, anyone? Think punk-era mohair jumpers, but for cycling. Stuart Clapp tells us what he’ll be up to at the upcoming Rouleur Classic, plus Kenny van Vlaminck, another special guest at the Classic, has some mixed news, mostly involving peas. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


24 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Rouleur Podcast Issue 47

Le Tour In Britain, Cycling On Film, Étape And Bernard Thompson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


13 Aug 2015

Rank #5

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Rouleur April Podcast - Paris-Roubaix, Boulting and Cancellara

Peter Sagan's brilliant victory in Paris Roubaix was overshadowed by the tragic death of Belgium's Michael Goolaerts. Ned Boulting joins presenter Ian Parkinson to discuss the race, the dangers of pro-cycling, the season so far and some of the challenges hanging over the Grand Tours: will the Giro really start in Israel, and if it does, will Chris Froome be riding? Three times Paris Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara joins us from Utah with his thoughts on Sagan and Dillier's race to the velodrome and we grab a podium interview with Britain's junior Paris Roubaix star Lewis Askey. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


9 Apr 2018

Rank #6

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Rouleur Podcast December - Cecillie Uttrup Ludwig, Dave Rayner Fund and Ribble

The always-ebullient Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig joins Ian Parkinson to explain how she went from stacking supermarket shelves to being a major talent in the Women’s World Tour, with podium finishes at Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Tour of Flanders and La Course. The young Dane moves to a French team next season, and promises to keep her attacking style. “That’s how I love racing, the harder the better.”  The Dave Rayner Foundation recently acquired charitable status, a big advantage for the fund that aids young riders racing abroad. Former friend and team-mate Tim Harris and his partner Joscelin Ryan tell us about Dave and where the money raised goes, with a long list of household names who have benefitted from Rayner support, and we are joined by two young Rayner-funded riders.  Our Desire editor Stuart Clapp knows a fine looking bike when he sees one. Wandering the bling-filled aisles of the Rouleur Classic, his attention is drawn to a brand formerly known for being cheap and cheerful – Ribble. They have upped their game considerably of late, with some smashing machines coming out of the north of England, but still excellent value. Stu gets the lowdown on the e-bike used by Sean Yates and a stunning 24 carat goldleaf build making its debut at the show.   Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


20 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Rouleur 62 Podcast - Stephen Roche

It's a Giro d'Italia special this month, as presenter Ian Parkinson meets cycling legend Stephen Roche - winner of the Giro, Tour De France and World Championships in one memorable year. He talks about the famous duel in the 1987 Giro with teammate Roberto Visentini, which led to the "tifosi" turning against him and him fearing for his life. He also talks about THAT Phil Liggett commentary from the 1987 Tour De France. Yes, it's Roche, it really is Stephen Roche. Plus, Rouleur Editor Ian Cleverly has the Rouleur competition and looks suitably horrified at the other Ian's awful Italian accent. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


21 Apr 2016

Rank #8

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Rouleur Podcast November: Vaughters, Lefevere and Denifl

Ian Parkinson is joined by Jonathan Vaughters, who shares the pain of keeping a top level pro team afloat; Patrick Lefevere, who explains why Quick Step are much more than a "classics" squad and Stefan Denifl, who relives last year's Vuelta stage win and contemplates life with only one chainring. Plus the Podcast Quiz. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


9 Nov 2017

Rank #9

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Rouleur Podcast: Concussion - Bookwalter, Brammeier and Skujins

Three pro riders with very different experiences of head injury discuss the tricky subject of concussion in the peloton. Sports like NFL and Rugby have clear procedures for dealing with athlete head injuries, but Brent Bookwalter, Matt Brammeier and Tom Skujins think cycling could do better, and their colleagues in the peloton need to be more aware. Rouleur's Desire Editor Stuart Clapp talks up Gore's new Shakedry jacket, and David Millar's long awaited film. Presenter: Ian Parkinson. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


1 May 2018

Rank #10

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Rouleur June Podcast: Phil White and Anna Dopico - the Cervélo Story

The Rouleur team are joined by Phil White, co-founder of Cervélo, and his wife Anna Dopico - who's written a book about the company's remarkable story. Phil and fellow engineering student Gerard Vroomen started Cervélo in a basement and it grew into one of the most respected brands in cycling. But the pressures of running a rapidly expanding business, financial crises and the - possibly unwise - decision to run their own pro team, led the founders to sell the company. Phil and Anna remember the highs and lows. Plus: which company is making its tyres out of dandelions - and why? And what happened when Stuart Clapp tried to put a cyclist on a thoroughbred racehorse. Spoiler - it didn't end well. WARNING: There's some strong language in this edition, mostly from the presenter, Ian Parkinson. But Stuart joins in as well. You can take the boy out of Essex.... Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


6 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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Rouleur Podcast May - Phil Burt and the framebuilders

Phil Burt spent twelve years as head physio at British Cycling, and five with Team Sky. He tells presenter Ian Parkinson how he's now planning to use that knowledge to help the rest of us. We look at the state of steel framebuilding with Saffron Frameworks' Matthew Sowter, Caren Hartley of Hartley Cycles and Andrew Denham of the Bicycle Academy. And Rouleur's Stuart Clapp has an unfortunate story involving a sex toy and a saddle sore. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


16 May 2018

Rank #12

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Rouleur Podcast July - Mapei and Vaughters

An honest and revealing interview with Jonathan Vaughters of EF Education First."I realised what my performance could be with EPO and I realised what it could be without it. Once you realise that, any time you're racing without it....you kind of give up."Jonathan Vaughters has always been one of the most outspoken voices in pro-cycling and, in his new book One Way Ticket, he talks frankly about doping - past and present, depression and the "five percent of joy" that keeps him in love with the sport. He stopped off on his way to Brussels to talk about the book and his career with Ian Parkinson.Meanwhile, Rouleur Editor Andy McGrath reflects on one of the sport's greatest ever teams - the multi-coloured classic champions of Mapei. How did an Italian bathroom grout manufacturer end up creating a team that's still remembered with affection by fans and riders nearly two decades after their last race? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


11 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Rouleur 17.3 Podcast

For the 100th Giro d'Italia, Ian Parkinson gets the views of pros and ex-pros on chasing the Maglia Rosa and dealing with the tifosi. David Millar "When you do the Giro it feels like you're part of a circus and you're one of the animals..." Jens Voigt "They cheer you if you're winning the stage, and if you're dead last they still shout at you, I love that..." Plus Alex Dowsett and Megan Guarnier. And a fascinating interview with the ultimate cycling maverick Graeme Obree - on training, doping, why team pursuit bikes should be shorter and his life philosophy "First priority, riding the bike. I avoid car ownership and I avoid expensive hobbies because that would mean further work, and that's time that could be riding a bike". All that, and the Rouleur competition. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


26 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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Rouleur Podcast - Red Hook and Hammer

What can pro cycling learn from the "new breed" of races like the Red Hook Crits and the Hammer Series? Quite a bit according to riders Alec Briggs and Sophie Edmondson, fresh from the London Red Hook, who explain the appeal of racing fixed-gear track bikes around a tight inner-city course. In the rain. Presenter Ian Parkinson is also joined by Rouleur Editor Ian Cleverly, who went to Holland to report on the Hammer Series. He doesn't understand how it works either, but thinks it's "A Good Thing". Plus favourite pictures from Rouleur 17.5 and the podcast competition. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


7 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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Rouleur Podcast March - Team KGF, Cervelo-Bigla, Matt Bottrill and Endura's new aero kit on trial.

We talk to Jacob Tipper and Ellie Green of Derby-based Team KGF, who've been taking on - and beating - some of the best track riders in the world. Presenters Ian Parkinson and Hannah Troop visit Derby velodrome to meet Cervelo-Bigla's Lotta Lepisto and Claire Rose, and hear why time-trial legend Matt Bottrill is making a racing comeback. Plus, Ian gets to try Endura's ultra-slippy new skinsuit on the boards, and Stuart Clapp is in Milton Keynes sniffing out gravel bikes and shiny shoes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


6 Mar 2018

Rank #16

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Rouleur Podcast October - Cavendish, Doull and Ewan; The London 6 Day

Mark Cavendish, Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull guide us through the upcoming Six Day London at the Lee Valley Velopark.How does Cav make sense of the Madison? Can Caleb find his track legs in his first ever Six? And can Owain and the vastly experienced Cavendish topple the talented Italian duo of Viviani and Consonni?Ian Parkinson visits Christian Dagnoni in Milan to marvel over his family’s stunning collection of pacing - or ‘stayer’ - motorbikes and Dernys, featured in issue 18.8. It’s an exhilarating discipline, with 78kph covered in one hour at the Vigorelli stadium back in the day…Plus, Stuart Clapp is back from the Worlds in Yorkshire with a dose of ‘Harrogate fever’ and is still marvelling over Annemiek van Vleuten’s stunning solo win. He has a survival guide for the upcoming Rouleur Classic and a fun anecdote featuring an autograph hunter. Wlll he get to the end? Probably not… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


10 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Rouleur Podcast September 2017 - Richie Porte and Michael Smiley

Richie Porte's hopes of Grand Tour victory this year were dashed by a disastrous fall at the TdF. He talks us through his view of that crash, his recovery and his return to racing. Plus the two Ians - Cleverly and Parkinson - are joined by a real comedian - Michael Smiley. Michael is also an acclaimed actor (Spaced, Luther, Jawbone), a former cycle courier and a cycling fanatic. They talk films, boxing, courier culture, commuting etiquette and , a bit, about bike racing. Plus the Rouleur Quiz. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


6 Sep 2017

Rank #18

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Rouleur Podcast September 2017: Cyclocross and Beards

The Rouleur Podcast celebrates the start of cyclocross season with Paul Maunder, author of the acclaimed “Rainbows In the Mud”, who also talks about his latest interview subject - young British multi-world champion Tom Pidcock. Also joining presenter Ian Parkinson is Rouleur’s Ian Cleverly, who talks racing in Canada and beards in the peloton with Sunweb’s Simon Geschke. And Giro organiser Mauro Vegni explains the thinking behind next year’s race starting in Israel. Plus a cyclocross-themed Rouleur competition. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


20 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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Rouleur Podcast October - Climbs, Cleaning and Saddles

It's October, when cyclists' thoughts - at least in the UK - turn to hillclimbs. And who better to talk hills than Simon Warren, author of 100 Greatest Climbs - our guest on this podcast. Along with Arabella Ashfield, "performance lifestyle advisor" for the new recruits to the BC Academy, and Guiseppe Bigolin, inventor of cycling's most famous saddles. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


5 Oct 2017

Rank #20