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Stories about British bike racing, teams and riders. Presented by Continental.

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Jacob Scott | SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling

Jake Scott of SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling has gone from strength to strength this year, securing a win at the South Coast Classic and then posting second at the Ryedale GP. We were lucky enough to sit down with Jake after a training session 4 days out from the Tour of Britain. We discuss Jake’s approach to training, the rollercoaster of self-belief and motivation, as well as his unique approach to juggling a busy training schedule and working. It’s clear from Jake’s story that his job at the local bike shop is much more than just a job and one of the many factors of support that has helped Jake become the rider he is today.Jake also discusses his future goals, riding the Tour of Yorkshire, what it’s like to coach yourself as a rider on a UCI Continental team and many other topics.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

1hr 9mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Joe Evans | Saint Piran

In this episode, Greg Trowman interviews the Saint Piran rider Joe Evans. As readers of The British Continental website will know, Joe has been keeping a journal for us, documenting life both on and off the bike this season. Before moving to the elite-level Saint Piran team at the beginning of 2018, Joe spent three seasons riding for Madison Genesis. This year, Joe has combined racing with full-time study at the University of Sheffield. In the interview, we hear from Joe about how he balances training with studying full-time, why he thinks it’s important for a rider to have more than one string to his bow, and his unexpected love for racing the Tour Series.Please accept our apologies for the audio quality in the interview. Unfortunately, we had a few technical hiccups, which means there is more background noise than we’d have liked. But please do bear with it, it’s well worth it!Thank you to A-ten in Sheffield for letting us use their space to record this episode.Artwork photo: Ewan ThatcherRead moreRider journals: Joe Evans #4 - On the RoadRider journals: Joe Evans #3 - It's not all about the bikeRider journals: Joe Evans #2 - Why can't I concentrate?Rider journals: Joe Evans #1 - Staying true to who I am Rider journals: introducing Joe EvansFollow Joe on Twitter hereSupport the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

28mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Dave Coulson | Cycling Sheffield

In the third episode of our new podcast, Greg Trowman sits down with Dave Coulson, the manager of the elite-level team Cycling Sheffield. The team was established in 2014 as Envelopemaster – Giant. Set up as a development team, it aims to help riders develop and further their careers as athletes by providing a professional and nurturing team environment. The team has already had notable success: one of their graduates is Connor Swift no less.Uniquely, the concept of the team is about creating a geographic identity, similar to that of a football team. As such, he works with organisations throughout the city of Sheffield to create partnerships that benefit both the city and the team. In a wide-ranging, honest, and open interview, Greg and Dave talk about:- what motivates him to run an elite-level cycling team- creating a marketable team based on geographic identity- the team's approach to rider development- helping riders decide when to stop cycling, and- the team's 2020 squad and future plans.Follow Dave and the team on Twitter and Instagram Read more about Cycling Sheffield in our 2019 feature on the team here.  Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

1hr 7mins

25 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Charlie Quarterman | Trek-Segafredo | A neo-pro's journey to the World Tour

Charlie Quarterman went from struggling to find a team for the 2019 season to World Tour rider in 2020 thanks to in large part to a purple patch of form which culminated him winning the British U23 national time trial championships. In this episode, the 21-year-old takes us through his less-than-conventional journey to the World Tour.In the interview, he reveals he was one of the generation of British riders to get into cycling as a result of Bradley Wiggins' Tour and Olympic success in 2012. He talks about his junior years at Zappi Racing, the junior team set up by former Italian pro, Flavio Zappi. Stepping up to the U23 ranks, he spent a challenging, often isolated, two years at the UCI Continental Leopard Pro Cycling team. Results didn't come his way to the extent that teams had little to no interest in signing him for the 2019 season. With options limited, he was reunited with Flavio Zappi, joining his Italian-based development team Holdsworth-Zappi. The move presented him with leadership opportunities and he was quick to take advantage of them. His fourth place in the prologue at the Baby Giro in June began to turn heads. He followed that up with third on stage 7 of the race with a swashbuckling ride to bridge solo to the winning break. Then, just days later, he beat Ethan Hayter to take the British U23 time trialling crown. Interest from the World Tour quickly followed and not long after, he joined Trek-Segafredo as a stagiaire ahead of a permanent move this season.Charlie talks about his strong start to the 2020 season, how he's found adjusting to life at the World Tour level, and his hopes (and fears) ahead of his return to racing post-lockdown.This show is sponsored by Verge Sport, suppliers of quality custom cycle clothing.More on Charlie Quarterman on The British Continental:To the World Tour and beyond: Charlie Quarterman interviewInside the Baby Giro: Charlie Quarterman’s race diary:Race diary #11Race diary #10Race diary #9Race diary #8Race diary #7Race diary #6Race diary #5Race diary #4Race diary #3Race diary #2Race diary #1Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

1hr 6mins

10 Jul 2020

Rank #4

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April Tacey | Drops | Virtual Tour de France Bonus Episode

This bonus episode of the podcast is a snippet of our forthcoming in-depth interview with April Tacey. The 19-year-old Drops rider has become something of an e-racing sensation this summer. Over the last couple of weeks, she has beaten some of the world's best riders to win two stages of the Virtual Tour de France. Not only that but she's done this after coming back to racing from a fractured patella. It's a story we'll recount in detail in our full interview. For now, with Sunday's final stage of the Tour de France coming up (on the Zwift's virtual Champs-Élysées), we hear April's thoughts on the course and whether she thinks a third stage victory could be on the cards.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

3mins

18 Jul 2020

Rank #5

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Rory Townsend | Canyon dhb p/b Soreen | From nearly quitting to top domestic rider

An in-depth interview with Rory Townsend, arguably the best rider in the domestic peloton in 2019. The Irishman races for Tim Elverson’s Canyon dhb p/b Soreen team. In fact, he’s ridden under Tim since 2013. His feats last season included two UCI road race wins, a further four UCI road race podiums, three National Road Series race wins, winning the Tour of Britain sprints jersey, a Tour Series win, 4th in the Irish national road race and selection for the World Road Race Championships. Not bad considering he’d come close to quitting at the beginning of the year after a crash at the Challenge Mallorca.And yet, whilst many of his domestic peers earned contracts with World Tour and Pro Continental teams – including Matt Holmes, Jon Dibben, Gabz Cullaigh, Alex Richardson, Scott Thwaites, James Shaw, Mark Donovan, Ethan Hayter, Charlie Quarterman and Fred Wright – Rory narrowly, painfully, missed out. As he explains in the interview, he was very, very close to stepping up himself, only to be flicked because of his nationality.He’s 25 now, an age at which some riders might be having second thoughts about their future. But Rory says seems more determined and more self-confident than ever. In the interview, he recalls a number of setbacks which have posed existential threats to his racing career and explains how each time he has come back stronger than ever. It would be no surprise to us if we see him making a step in the next year or two.GlossaryClassic Loire Atlantique. An annual UCI 1.1 road race in the Loire Atlantique region of France. See the results from 2019 here.Damien Clayton. Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling coached by Rory. Damien went from being an architect to a UCI race winner in just three years. See our interview with him here. Grinta Coaching. The coaching company Rory coaches for, run by Simon Holt, DS at Canyon dhb p/b Soreen.Klondike Grand Prix. National Road Series race in East Cleveland, won by Rory last season, ahead of Connor Swift and Scott Thwaites.National B / 'Nat B'. A British Cycling road race classification. Read our race race classification explainer here.National Road Series. The premier road racing series in the UK for men and women. Read our explainer here.Pedal Heaven. A bike shop.Perfs Pedal. The traditional season-opening road race in the UK.Tim Elverson. Team manager at Canyon dhb p/b Soreen.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

1hr 5mins

21 Jul 2020

Rank #6

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Peter Kibble | Wales Racing Academy | The tough decision to retire, aged 22

At the age of 22, talented Welshman Peter Kibble took the tough decision to retire from racing in May this year. Deciding not to pursue your pro cycling dream must be a difficult moment for any talented young rider, so we were really grateful when Peter agreed to speak about his career and why he decided to hang up his metaphorical wheels.Peter showed promise as a cyclist from a young age. In his first year as a junior, he took an impressive 6th overall in the Junior Tour of Wales, a race regarded as Britain’s premier junior stage race. He followed that up with a stage win and 4thon GC in the same race.He started his under-23 career at the Zappi Racing Team, before moving to the Wales Racing Academy, where he stayed for the rest of his career. Despite injury troubles, Peter continued to show his promise. Last season he finished second in the early season Betty Pharoah road race to Connor Swift and came close to bagging top tens in National Road Series races. He also produced an aggressive ride at the notoriously tough Tour de Bretagne stage race, coming close to securing the polka dot jersey.We interviewed Peter for the website at the beginning of the year, ahead of his final year as an under-23. It’s a time in rider’s career when the pressure can mount, with riders often seeing as their last opportunity to snag a pro contract. Indeed, Peter described 2020 as a make or break season for him.He made the best possible start, taking two wins from two races – the Evesham Vale road race and the Betty Pharoah - before lockdown arrived. Then, at the end of May, Peter announced his decision to retire, declaring he no longer had the inner drive required to chase his dream of turning pro.It was a brave decision for a rider who had been showing such great form and so we were keen to find out more.Supporters' teesWe’ve teamed up with the clothing brand Band of Climbers to produce British Conti supporters t-shirts. Designed by our very own Greg Trowman, the t-shirts are made 100% ringspun organic cotton available in two colourways and in both men’s and women’s fits.Band of Climbers are kindly donating the profits from the sale of the t-shirts to us, so if you’re in the market for a new t-shirt and want to support what we do, please do check them out on the Band of Climbers website at: https://www.bandofclimbers.com/collections/collabsSupport the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

41mins

28 Jul 2020

Rank #7

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Matt Hallam | Crimson Performance | Managing a domestic race team in the time of COVID-19

In the latest episode, we move our focus away from riders and onto the delicate juggling act of domestic team management, as we interview Matt Hallam, rider-manager at Crimson Performance – Orientation Marketing. Matt’s story is fascinating and one we’ve featured in-depth on our website over the last couple of years. The short version is that in 2017, Matt set up a new business, Crimson Performance, “a platform for power-based testing, training and professional bike fitting”. And to help promote the new business, he decided to set up an elite-level cycling team at the same time. This was no straightforward task. For a start, he had no experience of running a bike team before. He was also doing this all by himself, alongside his day job of running his newly-established business. Oh, and he had just eight weeks to get things in place so that he could register a team for the 2018 season. Eight weeks. To find sponsors, to find a team of riders, to sort out paperwork, admin and lots more besides. Eight. Weeks.He accomplished this challenge with aplomb, gradually building up the team’s experience and sponsorship levels to the point that they started 2020 as arguably one of the strongest and best-supported elite level teams in the UK. It felt like the team could be on the verge of a breakthrough season.The most eye-catching changes for the team came in the form of some big new signings, including the capture of former Team Sky and Great Britain rider Joshua Edmondson was a real coup. But some of the other, less obvious, changes were just as noteworthy. Matt had brought in three new sponsors for the team, whilst also securing increased funding from existing sponsors. Impressive stuff at a time when sponsors seem to be leaving the support. In fact, the team had 45% more funding this season compared to last. This allowed him to have a bigger squad this year (14 men and 6 women), a more ambitious race programme (including races in Belgium and Spain) and better infrastructure to support the riders behind-the-scenes.Not a bad achievement for someone who essentially runs the team in his spare time.But then of course lockdown hit and the team’s challenges changed from trying to compete with the UK’s best on the roads to maintaining motivation, keeping sponsors on board and thinking about how to creatively market the team without any road racing happening. In this interview, we go back over the team’s history, how Matt has grown things from small beginnings, how the team has addressed the challenges that COVID-19 has thrown at them, what Matt thinks about the state of domestic road racing and the team’s plans for next season.Find out moreThe rough guide to starting a bike team: Matt Hallam interview, part 1The rough guide to starting a bike team: Matt Hallam interview, part 2The rough guide to starting a bike team: Matt Hallam interview, part 3The revolutions will not be televised: a sponsor’s viewCrimson tide: Matt Hallam interview and 2020 squad revealSupport the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

1hr 9mins

5 Aug 2020

Rank #8

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April Tacey | Drops | From fractured patella to eRacing sensation

In this latest episode, we interview April Tacey, one of the summer’s eRacing sensations. The 19-year-old Drops rider has made a name for herself this year after some sensational e-racing performances, most notably when she beat some of the world’s best riders to win two stages of the virtual Tour de France. What made her success particularly noteworthy was that it was achieved after coming back from serious injury this year. Media attention ensued, some of which implied that April had come from nowhere. But that’s far from being the case, as we discover in the interview. She was the first-ever women’s national junior road race series winner in the UK and then, in her first year as a senior last season, she was already making in a name for herself, including an aggressive ride in the national championships, where she eventually finished 21st,  and then second in the Curlew Cup, one of the premier women’s road racing events in the UK. In this interview, we discuss April’s journey into cycling, her time as a junior, her transition to senior-level racing, the knee injury which set her back for the first half of 2020, her e-racing success and where she hopes to take her career next. Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

39mins

12 Aug 2020

Rank #9

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Colin Clews | Creating a British monument

The 7th episode of the series features an in-depth interview with Colin Clews, someone who in our view should be regarded as a true legend of domestic road racing. Founder and director of CiCLE Classic promotions, a UCI race commissaire, an anti-doping control officer and a member of British Cycling’s road commission, he’s a man who lives and breathes cycling. And at 70 years old, his passion for the sport seems absolutely undiminished. He’s probably best known as the organiser of the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic, Britain's only UCI 1.2 race. Taking place on roads and farm tracks across the undulating landscape of Rutland and East Leicestershire, it is one of the most spectator-friendly races on the British calendar. It’s often compared to a Belgian classic and it’s easy to see why. Year-after-year, the race produces images of dust-covered pelotons, rowdy roadside BBQs and riders scrambling for spare wheels after untimely punctures. Colin seemed too modest to admit it in the interview, but after 15 editions, the race has become a true British monument. Through his CiCLE Classics promotions vehicle, Colin has now added a women’s edition as well as a junior men’s version of the race, and last year he also ran the inaugural Bourne CiCLE Classic. In this interview, Colin recalls the early beginnings of the race and how he’s transformed it into one of the most cherished races on British shores. He discusses the challenges of organising elite bike races in the UK, explores how we can improve the domestic scene and recounts some his favourite editions, including some incredible tales from the infamous rain-sodden 2012 race won by Alex Blain.Support the show (https://thebritishcontinental.shop)

1hr 6mins

19 Aug 2020

Rank #10