Cycling’s Greatest Achievements Ever | GCN Show Ep. 360

– From beautiful Lake Champlain, Vermont, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show. – This week, what is the
greatest achievement in cycling? We’re asking because
Dan rode 528 kilometers in a week. – [Dan] 580, I did in the end.
– [Si] Really? – So yes, we’re also going to
be looking at the best US states for cycling, carbon offsetting, and the latest with Ollie’s Hour of Power. – You know, if it really was
580, that’s pretty much it. There’s no argument now is it? It’s probably that. Greatest ever achievement. (upbeat music) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned that whilst most pros are now ramping things up for 2020, Tom Dumoulin, still on a beach. (relaxing music) – No, not like that, this! (exciting rock music) – Yes, after six months
away from competition with a quite severe knee injury, Tom Dumoulin is now back in action. At the weekend, he competed at the Scheveningen
Jeep mountain bike race, and finished at the very
credible sixth place in the 54 kilometer event.
– [Si] He did. I would love to do one
of those beach races. It’s on my list.
– [Dan] Well I’m sure you can. – Yeah, we also learned this week that the seventh of December
is world bike shop day in North America anyway, so if you have anything left
after a Black Friday month, and Cyber Monday, why not pop
into your local bike shop? – That’s always a good idea anyway. – Well yeah, jokes aside,
it’s less about products, and more about community,
they say, which is super cool. – Finally this week, I learned that riding in the rain is horrible. I know you covered it on last week’s show. – [Si] Yeah and we established
that riding in the rain is fine, just don’t do
it for a very long time. – [Dan] But I was out on it
for three consecutive days, and on the third one,
whilst I was quite tired and feeling very sorry for myself… (Si imitates violin sounds)
– I thought you might have brought a violin. It dawned on me that the
total number of kilometers I had done at the end of three days was roughly the
equivalent, 390 kilometers, of what Mark Beaumont
averaged every single day for 79 consecutive days when he set the around the world record, which is quite frankly frightening. And it did get me wondering, what are the greatest
achievements ever, in cycling? – Well, you’ve got to say Beaumont is got to up there.
– It has to be, yeah. – I was in a box after
joining him for just one day of that record, although admittedly, it was the very first day, so
I think he was really fresh, and I’ve heard he said
that that was actually the fastest, toughest day of the record. But anyway, I’m still
recovering quite frankly. Perhaps the record that I
find the most incomprehensible is the 24 hour record,
set by Christoph Strasser. It’s 950 kilometers, and what
makes it even more insane was that he did it in a
velodrome, so that’s 3,800 laps. – Wow, he also almost
completed Dan’s adventure in a single day, didn’t he?
– Yeah exactly. The other one, as well,
that just, I can’t compute, is the distance covered
in a year record which… – Yeah, I mean that is one
that’s stood the test of time for a long time.
– Yeah it did. – Tommy Godwin set it back in 1939 with the mind boggling
distance of 75,065 miles, which is just under 121,000 kilometers, so the equivalent of
330 kilometers everyday. – I just don’t even know
what to say to that. Perhaps the fact that it’s not surprising that it lasted so long, ’cause who else would have literally
nothing to do in a day other than riding their
bike, for an entire year? it’d be like being marooned
on a desert island. – That is very true,
but Kurt Searvogel did, because he was the person who
did break it back in 2015, adding on top 1,000 miles. – He did, but that record
did not last long, did it? ‘Cause incredibly, someone else did it. Amanda Coker beat it in 2017. – [Dan] Well she didn’t
just beat it, Si, did she? She absolutely smashed it.
– [Si] Yes. – [Dan] Amanda added
around about 10,000 miles into the top of Kurt’s world record for a total of 86,537
miles, which is on average 237 miles every single day. – But what’s even weirder,
Dan, is she didn’t stop there. She carried on going to
see how long it would take to do 100,000 miles, and
the answer was 423 days. But, the weirdest thing of all, is that actually when
you see a picture of her, she looks completely normal, and not even a little bit bonkers. – That is very true. Speaking of bonkers, here’s
somebody a little bit bonkers to take on the bicycle land speed record. That one was broken last
year by Denise Mueller, who set the quite incredible
speed of 184 miles per hour on the salt flats of Utah. – You know how I should
be even faster than that? By two miles an hour, on Taiwan’s bullet train,
’cause I googled it earlier on. 186 miles an hour, that one. And it did feel quite fast,
so hats off to Denise. What about something from pro racing now? How about winning seven Tour de France? – Consecutively?
– In a row. – That would be quite something
if anybody ever did that. – Wouldn’t it just?
– Maybe it’s one for Egan Bernal, he’s the most likely. – [Si] Well I say he’s the only person you could think of at
the minute doing that. – Sticking with the pro bike racing, the triple crown is a big one, isn’t it? Not as you might think, necessarily the Giro,
the Tour, and the Vuelta, but before it used to
be the Giro, the Tour, and the World Championships,
and in fact only two riders have ever achieved that feat. Stephen Roche, and then
before him, Eddy Merckx. He basically leads the way with all records in pro cycling. – He does, doesn’t he really? If you want the greatest
achievement of all time, just look at Eddy’s palmarès, including his incredible hour record. Speaking of which, it’s probably
time we took a quick break from cycling’s high achievers, and went over to see how
Ollie’s been getting on. – If you haven’t already found out, Ollie is attempting to break
Eddy Merckx’s hour record. Good luck. (retro music) – All right, my training is well underway. Don’t let the cafe stop deceive you. I’m training very hard, and all of my training at
the moment is on TT bike. I am living in an aerodynamic position, whether it’s on the
turbo or out in the road, like I am today. Now, riding in the aero position
on tri bars feels harder, but to find out how much harder it is, Neil and Mack have kindly asked me to do another fitness test. It’s called the sufferfest half monty, and it’s a ramp test to failure, followed by a 20 minutes
of threshold effort. Nice, and the catch is I have to perform this test
entirely on the tri bars, which means no standing, no sitting up. When I fail the tri bars, I failed, so… Let’s get to it.
(playful music) Well that was predictably
horrible, but really important. So my road bike threshold
was set to 288 watts, but using these results,
we can see my TT bike is more like 280 watts, so a bit less, which means that I can now set the correct training intensity for my TT bike workout. If you use tri bars, then I would suggest you do something similar, do a test so that you can work out
what your time trial FTP is, but then also your normal
road bike position FTP. And I’ve heard that
specialists like Rohan Dennis actually can have a higher
FTP in the time trial position than their road position
because they train it so much. Maybe this, let’s hope yes. Anyway, I’ll see you next week. – I mean if you’ve ever wanted proof of how much difference bike tech can make the speed you go on a bike, I think it would probably
be Oliver Bridgewood beating Eddy Mercx.
– [Si] It would, wouldn’t it? I really hope he does it, I
think he will as well actually. Hashtag aero is literally everything. Now back to greatest cycling achievements. You’ve got to give a big shout out I mean to Pauline Ferrand-Prévot who got the grand slam world
titles in road, cyclo-cross, and mountain biking, in the same year. – [Dan] That was amazing. – Amazing.
– I would say it’s unlikely to happen again, but I wouldn’t count out
Matthew van der Poel. – No, that’s a good point. Now someone less famous,
but what about the chap that cycled to the South Pole, on a fat bike.
– Daniel Burton? – That’s the one, in 2012, 780 miles, in 50 days. – [Dan] Completely unsupported, apart from his satellite
phone, apparently. – [Si] Well that is
technically not much support, isn’t it?
– [Dan] No, not really, but you can phone home. – [Si] Guys, can you
come pick me up please? Yeah Dan, we’ll be there in five days. Brilliant.
– Yeah. Right, a whole host of
amazing cycling feats. But the amazing part
about the sport of cycling is it offers the opportunity to anyone to complete something
that they didn’t think was actually possible. – It is true, isn’t it? And we have had a fantastic time this week responding and reading your
messages on social media when we put a shout out saying, what is your greatest
achievement in cycling? – We got so many back, didn’t we? A few of our favorite ones coming out, starting with this from steelo on Twitter. He lost four and a half stone, after which he also managed
to do a hundred mile ride, an average of 20 miles per hour. Check out his photos
from before and after. – [Si] Wow, that’s super cool isn’t it? – [Dan] It’s quite the transformation now. – Fantastic. We got this one as well,
from Helen Standen. She went from a cycling fan to full blown cyclist in two years. – Well done Helen. Mark Skinner managed to ride
6,000 kilometers in a year, post bone marrow transplant. – Wow, that’s impressive, isn’t it? This is Brynn here, who
is only 14 years old, but completed a 20K all terrain
challenge in his wheelchair. That’s incredible, isn’t it? – Yeah again, one of cycling’s great achievements, isn’t it, right there. Lucy Ritchie, rode the entire
uncut 29 Tour de France route, 2019 Tour de France route should I say, one day ahead of the
professional men’s peloton, with this bunch of legends,
so well done to all of you. – Yeah, absolutely. James Bland got his mom to ride a bike for the first time at the age of 46. That’s an achievement, isn’t it, learn to ride your first
bike at 46, brilliant. – Interestingly, not all of the feats, were in terms of
accomplishment on the bike. This one from Tom Edwards
came from making a bike. He tracked down all of the
parts from the correct era, to restore this Lotus bike. That looks nice, isn’t it? – [Si] That is seriously
cool, isn’t it, wow. Do you ride it though? That’s the question.
– [Dan] I would leave it. (multiple chattering) (Dan laughs) – Especially not in the rain. – No, don’t, please don’t
ride it in the rain, that would be a travesty. Right, we also had some
seriously funny ones as well. Actually a former teammate
of yours, João Correia, whose greatest achievement, he said, when riding for the Cervélo TestTeam, was that he crashed into
an ambulance, on a descent, that already happened
to have Laurens ten Dam lying in the back of it. The two became firm friends after that. – They did.
– João is now a rider agent and has been representing
ten Dam ever since. – He did. João actually cramped in both legs on the descent of a mountain
in the Tour de Swiss whilst trying to chase back on and lost control of his bike
and landed in the ambulance where Laurens ten Dam was being attended. Right, Mark Sinclair said
that his biggest achievement was failing to unclip
on his first group ride in front of 30 odd people. (Dan laughs) I mean that’s something that happens to all of us, Si, isn’t it? Failing to unclip, but
when you’re doing it in front of 30 people… – No I’m just laughing at
the cramping in both legs. (laughs) – It’s quite the story, we’ll get you João to
tell you at some point. I’ll actually carry on with this Si, whilst you gather yourself. Colin Sturgess, a former pro himself, and in fact a world
champion in the pursuits, rode the wrong way around the
Kuipke velodrome in Ghent, on a road bike. – That is quite funny as well actually. Right, Paul Morris, have beat… Sorry, I’m getting these
tears out of my eyes. Have beat Jason Kenny up Druids Hill. He said, “although Jason
didn’t realize we were racing “as I didn’t say anything, “and he was chatting to
someone else at the time, “but I was behind him at the bottom, “and in front of him at the top, “so it definitely counts as a win.” And yeah, I say fair play.
– A win is a win. – Yeah, totally. – The funniest one of all though, was this one from Neal Henderson, Si, who said that his greatest
achievement in cycling was coaching me, for 10 weeks,
at the start of the year. – He did manage to get you to improve quite a lot though, didn’t he? – Yeah.
– On four hours a week, your FTP was sky high by the end of that, wasn’t it?
– I think he might have been being sarcastic though, ’cause
he also coached Rohan Dennis to his second world time trial title. – Well also he’s now coaching
Ollie Bridgewood, isn’t he? And quite frankly, if he gets him to beat…
– Good luck Neil. (laughs) All right, we should head away from huge cycling achievements again now and back to me for Dan’s adventure to see how I got on in my first week. (Si imitates violin sounds) It is 2PM on Friday, which
means I’m on day five of Dan’s adventure. And I’m supposed to be at home. Lorraine gave me a list of
chores to do around the house, but we’ve come for instead, I’m fitting a sneaky extra 20
kilometers with my mate Jason, say hi Jason. – Hi. – So I’ve got 500 for the first five days, which I’m very, very pleased about. I had a couple of good
rides the last two days because that bright
yellow thing in the sky has turned up at last, so
it’s made a huge difference. (energetic music) It is now time for your
weekly GCN inspiration, which is your weekly chance
to win one of three prizes. All you need to do is upload your photos or videos using the
upload, a link to which is in the description below, or indeed by using the GCN app. Before we get on to the
prize winners this week, Si, we’ve got a quick piece of advice for you in regard to your photography. You have here two expert photographers. Make sure you take it in landscape mode, ’cause we get some
generally beautiful shots that look amazing on a phone in portrait, but if you’re watching our
video on a phone in landscape, it’s the sliver down the middle, not quite as impressive. – It’s true, you should
write that one down. A tip from the master there. Right, some prizes now. In third place, winning an insulated GCN bottle
there, which is very cool. (metal tapping noise) Made of some kind of metal.
– You put cold stuff in it. – Yeah, that’s right. What? – You said it’s very cool, it can be hot. Anyway, who won?
– Oh my god, who won? It was Perfect Day. There we go. You’re guaranteed to win over there with a username like that, anyway… – [Dan] Early spring ride.
– [Si] That is amazing. – [Dan] Now that is a
wall of snow, isn’t it? – [Si] Hold on a minute,
early spring ride? – [Dan] Yeah.
– [Si] Where in the world are you, Perfect Day, huh? – [Dan] Well to be fair, Si, we’ve never specified that it
needs to be a current photo. Could be one from the archives. – That’s true, well fair
enough, there you go. What a winner. – Right, on to second place. – Maybe that’s the antarctic actually. Maybe that’s, Perfect Day,
is actually that Daniel chap, he’s just taking a break from fat biking.
– He sent it over with his satellite phone. Winning a black Friday mug, Si, and a black Friday sweatshirt, Si, you’ll get a clean one, is this one from Miles, who sent his photo in
from Ashridge Common. As you can see, we’ve got a slightly winter cold theme going on here. – That must be from the UK, if
it’s called Ashridge Commons, I’m guessing.
– [Dan] Good guess, Si. – [Si] Thanks.
– Meanwhile in first place, should we have a drum roll? (tapping noise) – Now apparently we don’t
have to do that anymore. Apparently there’s a function that have got a sound effect, yeah. – Anyway, winning the black Friday long sleeve contrast jersey, and the black Friday socks is… Chris, in Yorkshire, God’s own country. – [Si] Wow, that is quite
some photo, isn’t it? Look at that. – [Dan] I really like that photo, although, I do wonder
whether he just took the bike off the top of his car and
took the inspirational photo and then drove home? No, I’m sure he was riding. – It’s one of those days, isn’t it? Is it safe to be on-road or off-road? Cause off-road, you know it’s going to be slippery.
– [Dan] Off road, definitely. – But then on-road, you think
it’s grippy, until it’s not, at which point it’s too
late and you’re down. – If off-road when it’s frosted is fast, and it’s grippy than the road, stick off-road all day I’d say, when it’s frosty.
– Well that’s it, yeah. – All right, before we
finish with this week’s inspirational segment of the show… – You’ve got another photo
tip for everyone, Dan. – No, I’ve got an update for you. – All right.
– There have been a few frustrated people out
there, but let me tell you that the app is now available
in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. So thanks to all of you in those countries for your patience. You can now download
it from your app store, and we’d love your feedback. (comical music) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Cycling shorts now, and we will start with news from the League
of American Bicyclists, who last week published
their annual report into cycling friendly US states, which is basically worked out through a combination of safety record, and then also how much the
state does to promote cycling, either through
infrastructure or education, or things like that. – All right, ready?
– Yup. – In at number five, and a home
of our very own Jeep house, is Massachusetts.
(suspenseful music) – Well I can personally vouch, Dan, that the bit of Massachusets that I saw was cycling friendly.
– Was it? – It was really very nice. In at number four, it’s California. – Number three is Minnesota. – Number two, Oregon. – And they bring number
two, but at number one, it’s Washington.
(triumphant music) Clearly, weather did not feature in the League of American
Bicyclists’ table there. As we saw last week, rain
is no barrier to cycling. – Nor did the grizzly bears or mountain lions in
that area of the world. – Indeed, at Washington, not Hampshire, where Dan is from. And that’s old Hampshire,
not New Hampshire. Anyway, linked in to getting
more people on bikes in the US, we saw this very interesting article linked from Cycling Science on Twitter. – So according to a report from
the Rails for Trails group, an increase shift towards
making short journeys via active transport, i.e. by bike, have earned an increased
investment in infrastructure. It could lead to a return of
138 billion dollars in the US. – Wow, and that is not
just an economic return, of course that’s health as
well, and environmental, which reminds me of British
prodigy Tom Pidcock, who is the elite national
cyclo-cross champ and world under 23
cyclo-cross champ as well. – How? – Well, Cycling Weekly posted an article where they basically
said, that like most pros, Pidcock sells a lot of his old team kit at the end of the year,
but unlike most pros, instead of pocketing the proceeds, he invested it into planting trees, 250 of them in fact, at
the Cyclopark in the UK. So very cool indeed. And that’s to basically offset some of the carbon emissions
that are associated with life as a pro bike rider. – Well we’re going to stick
with carbon now, Si, but bikes. There’s a lot of still to be announced bikes for teams roulette
going on at the moment, but a couple of pieces of the puzzle have recently fallen into place. We’re going to start with Astana, next year they’re going
to be using Wilier bikes instead of Argon 18.
– They are, and then Factor have announced that they’ll be supporting
Israel Cycling Academy, who you’ll remember, taken over the world tour license from Katusha. And then, last one, back to
another prestige Italian brand, De Rosa are going to be supporting Cofidis who are back in the world
tour after a bit of a hiatus. – So both De Rosa and Cofidis
back in the world tour. Away from the road, Pinarello
have shown the world their new bike, which is a track one. It’s called the, I don’t
know how you say it actually, M double A, T, MAAT. MAAT
– [Si] MAAT. – [Dan] It looks nice,
whatever it’s called. – [Si] It does, doesn’t it? I particularly like the
imaginary brake hoods there, how cool are they? – Very. It looks fast, doesn’t it?
– Yeah. – And almost undoubtedly
will be fast next year, being ridden by the likes Filippo Ganna, world pursuit record holder, and Elia Viviani, of course, who is the current Olympic
champion in the omnium. – Yeah and he will be riding
a De Rosa for Cofidis. How’s that for a tie in? You know I said that I think those imaginary brakes are really cool? For track novices, such as ourselves, I can actually, thinking about it again, imagine that it will
be utterly terrifying, the thought that there’s
something familiar that would slow you down,
but then when you actually go to squeeze the brakes,
you find you have none. – We don’t want imaginary brakes, do we? We want brakes.
– That’s it, yeah. So we probably won’t ride a
Pinarello MAAT anytime soon. – Well anywhere near as
fast as Ganna and Viviani. – No, true that. (machine whirring) – Next up, hack forward
slash bodge of the week. You can submit your photos for this one if you’re using the uploader, or again using the GCN app,
where you can also go and vote hack or bodge on what
other people have uploaded. So make sure you head over there. – That’s right, first
up we’ve got this one from Sandrochiavaro, “don’t
have a proper bike stand, “so I screwed this bike
mount onto a two by four stud “and attached it to our
front porch roof post.” How cool is that? – [Dan] That’s a hack, isn’t it? – [Si] Absolutely. – I’ve been cleaning my bike
last week on the floor, Si, and hurt my back, so I could
do with something similar, (Si imitates violin sounds)
so it’s a hack from us. – You had a tough week off
last week, didn’t you mate? Oh I have to ride my bike and clean it. – What a week off, next up,
this from Alan over in Dublin, “took a rubber band
from a rear light mount “and used it to attach my
saddle bag to my downtube “just above the BB, which leaves room “for a second water bottle,
an oversized saddle bag, “which is needed to cycle
the length of island “this coming summer.” Well it’s his preparation in advance before he starts, isn’t it?
– [Si] It is, yeah. While it’s neat, Dan, and yeah, it’s definitely
additional storage. – [Dan] A needs must, I guess. – [Si] I wouldn’t fancy
it there, if I’m honest. – No.
– It’s not a very… It just wouldn’t be very clean, would it? Even though it is probably aero. – You get a lot of mucks
there, especially an island, over the course of an adventure like that. – [Si] Are we saying bodge? – [Dan] I’m saying bodge.
– Yeah let’s say bodge. Sorry about that one. Right, next up we got
this one from JTTN02, that’s not a catchy username, is it? – [Dan] Not really. – [Si] You’d thought for an
early adopter on the app, that you’d have a pick of the bunch. – I got Dan Lloyd.
– Well there you go. – Didn’t have to put a one after it. Anyway, hey maybe this is where the missing light thing’s
gone, ’cause look, he said, “the mouth from
my rear light disappeared, “I didn’t have time to buy one, “so I had to take a paper
clip, bent it into an S-hook, “and have a rubber band on, “secured onto my seat perch.
– [Dan] Nice one. – But, the chap before, Dan, just said that he happened to find a spare rear light mount.
(Dan laughs) And he’s bodged his saddle bag on, so maybe you guys should
get together in the app. – Not only is the saddle
bag on the frame a bodge, he’s also a thief. – Absolutely.
– We found you out. All right, next up we have
this coming from Johnnyevs. “Having seen James’ sad
saddle bag position, “his recent 24 hour kit check,
can I suggest my solution?” – [Si] Not on the downtube. Oh no it’s all right, it’s
still under the saddle, that’s all right. – [Dan] You can suggest your solution, but it’s not one that I’d go with. I think I would rather have a sad looking saddle bag, personally.
– [Si] Than a carabiner? Yeah, metal on metal, rattly,
scratchy, no, no thank you. All right, Tjeerd, another slightly random
username, but there we go. “I have to admit, that I don’t
always have a proper bell “on my race bike, but I
definitely needed a loud one “when participating in an
endurance bike messenger race “around the Netherlands.” Wow. Anyways, he said from all the
bells he had laying around, he found this one that
fitted under his stem, and after a bit of clamp bending, he fixed it onto his computer mount. And it does look quite neat, doesn’t it? – How many bells have
you got lying around? – Dunno.
– It looks neat, yeah. I would say that’s hack. – Wow, it’s a bit jarring. I saw that carbon fiber
of his beautiful Canyon, and then he’s got…
– [Dan] Is it dodgy? – [Si] Well, I don’t know. – [Dan] You decide by
going over to the app and voting.
– Good point. – More on that in just a while. This one came in, finally, from Bernd over in Lübeck, in the North of Germany, “trying to do everything by bike, “my biggest problem for the week shopping “is to carry crates, don’t have the space “for a bigger transportation bar, “but I found a sweet solution, S-hooks. “I always keep them in my
pocket, ’cause you never know.” – You just bought a bigger
car, didn’t you mate? – Yes.
– But no, I like that. I think that’s very cool.
– Well I like it as well, but it’s… Beck’s. – Don’t meet your seal of approval? – [Dan] No, not really.
– [Si] There we go. Ending hack or bodge on a
slightly controversial tone, eh? – [Dan] I’ll say hack anyway,
but get some better beer. All right, before we finish
this part of the show, we’ve put all of the hacks
and bodges from today’s show into a special part of the GCN app, a link to which you’ll find
in the description below, so if you’d like to get
involved in the voting, in either agree or fully
disagree with myself and Si, head over there and have your say. – A whole lot of angry Beck’s
fans are going over there now to express their disapproval.
– Not Beck the artist, Beck’s the beer. – Caption competition now,
your chance to get your hands on a GCN elite water bottle. All you got to do is caption a photo that we’re about to give you. To let you know a flavor
of how things roll, here is the result of last week’s show, where we give you this
photo of Kenny De Ketele. – [Dan] Ketele. Kenny De Ketele.
– [Si] That’s the one, yup. – [Dan] Over at the Gent Six. The winner of the bottle
this week with this caption is Aaron David. He put, “please do not feed the cyclists.” It does look like a bit of
a zoo there, doesn’t it? – It does, doesn’t it? Yeah, very much like that. – Well done to you Aaron. Get in touch with us on Facebook with a message and your address, and we’ll get that sent out to you. Please specify the color. – Interesting though,
they didn’t really look very interested in Kenny
De Ketele, didn’t they? – No, not really. Pretty much, albeit as he race
his bike around the track. This week’s photo has been sent in from the photographer Peter Knight. It’s one from his archives. This is Billy Harding, back at the 2017 UCI Cyclo-Cross World
Championships in Luxembourg. I will get you started. Oh look, it’s Billy no bikes. – That’s great, isn’t it? – Well that’s reasonable. – It’s no wonder that Peter
took that out of his archives, ’cause that is an
absolute pearl, isn’t it? – [Dan] It looks like a
muddy velodrome, doesn’t it? – It does, doesn’t it? But I mean, although you didn’t really do that photo justice, you guys can absolutely go to town. That’s just made for a caption photo. So thank you Peter for
sending that one in, and yeah, get stuck in. – We’ve got some really cool videos coming up for you in
GCN over the next week, but before we tell you all about them, we’ve picked out a few
of our favorite comments from last week’s videos. – Cool videos, last week. – Yeah, did I say cool? – Well you said we’ve got
cool videos coming up. – Si’s nick name before
we started GCN was pigeon because of the amount of
times he would say “coo.” Anyway…
– Coo, coo, coo.
– The first few comments all were underneath
Ollie’s hour record video. Most of the comments on that video are very supportive of his effort to beat Eddy Merckx.
– People loved it. It was brilliant.
– But there’s also a few people that… Well I’ll let you decide
on what they said. First up is from 333wheeler. “Worst time of the year to do it. “All the crap cold weather,
et cetera, et cetera. “Hard to peak in February. “June to August would be
much, much more doable. – Yeah, so there you go, Ollie. You have like, no chance. Pedro Lopez though, said, “you
should have done this test “with the same bicycle and cycling gear “as the Eddy Merckx.” – [Dan] Like Boardman did?
– Yeah, which begs the question of how on earth Ollie is going to beat the
greatest cyclist of all time if he’s got nothing on his side? – Could Ollie beat Eddy Merckx on the same bike and the same kit? No, of course he can’t. It wouldn’t be much of
a cliffhanger, would it, for the remaining videos. And finally, this from Dayumhesgood. Damn, he’s good. I see what you did there. All right, finally. “He won’t do it. 290
watts in non aero position “for 20 minutes, to 310
for an hour on the track, “I don’t think so m eight.” Mate? – Well, I think he is going to do it mate. – Do you?
– Oh yeah, come on. – No, I agree with Dayumhesgood. – Do you?
– No, I don’t really. I think he might get close. – I think he’s going to do it.
– Well he gets the guy. All right.
– Yeah, anyway, there were other comments as well. Underneath the How to
Choose a Gravel Bike, Stable Geniuses said, “step one, “pick the bike that you can afford. “Step two, buy a bike. “Step three, ride it.” – [Dan] Which sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it actually really is that simple. – Well I mean, it could be that simple, but then you might not get the bike that actually, you could have
got, that would have been a much better fit.
– Well half the fun’s in choosing your bike can
release painstakingly. – Well exactly, yeah. – Proving the internet for what you want and gradually increasing the price of what you think you
can afford, isn’t it? – Building a spreadsheet. All about the geometry of it. – This came in from Mauricio Rosales. What video was this under, Si? Anyway, he said, “water? “I’m sorry if there is
water, it’s not winter.” Ah yes, this was the
advice on winter clothing, wasn’t it, Si?
– [Si] Yes, which always riles people
that have actually… – [Dan] Always controversial, yes. “I’ve never wished for an
English winter until now.” – Can I just say… You be careful what you wish for, ’cause damp cold is colder
than dry cold, cold. – First three days last week. (Si imitates violin sounds)
Awful, awful weather. – Then also Kieran Berney said, and this is a good one
mate, on the same video, “You actually only lose approximately 7% “of your body temperature
through your head, “and your head represents about
7% of your body’s surface. “The huge loss of temperature myth “was actually created in
the fifties and sixties “in American arctic warfare training, “where the head was the
only part of the anatomy “not covered with any clothing, “and not surprisingly that’s
where the heat loss was.” So there you go. That may or may not be accurate trivia, but I like it.
– Yeah, I like that as well. All right, coming up on
the channel this week starting on Wednesday, we
have got some essential winter riding tips, and
no it’s not in Canada where it’s a -182 and
full of snow everywhere, but hopefully you’ll find
something to take home, needless to say. On Thursday, we have…
– Like that, it’s just going to be a
really funny video, isn’t it? – And on Thursday, we got 11 more things that you’d wish you’d known about Zwift. And then on Friday… It’s dirty Friday again, isn’t it? – It is.
– We’ll continue with our cyclo-cross legend series. This time, it’s the legend
that is Bart Wellens. – That’s right. Saturday… This is a video I’ve been
wanting to make for ages. Soft shell versus hard shell jackets. What’s the difference? And then on Sunday, this is going to be good, Dan’s adventure. We’ve got an update, haven’t we? An actual video about Dan’s adventure. – It’s basically going to be
my favorite ride on local roads and slightly off-road, that
I grew up with training, and as such, and I might even include that road that I cried on.
(Si laughs) – Nice. Right, and then on Monday, not only is it the racing new show over on the racing
channel, but we’ve also got another indoor training session for you. A brand new one, 60 minutes this time. So yeah, it’s a big one. – Also, not to be missed on GCN Racing this coming weekend on Saturday, we have the next round
of the Ethias Cross, then on Sunday, it’s the next round of the Superprestige from the Zonhoven, which is an amazing course. That is live, worldwide, except the Belgium and the Netherlands. Okay, that is almost the end
for this week’s GCN show. Before we go though, a quick reminder that you’ve only got until
tomorrow, midnight GMT, Wednesday the fourth of December, if you’re watching this on another day, to take advantage of our special
pricing for Black Friday. We’ve got the sweatshirts,
we’ve got the hoodies, we’ve got a whole host of other
things over on the GCN shop. After that time, it will
be back to full price. – I hate to break it to the mate, but if they’re not watching
the day it comes out, then they’ve only got a
few hours on the Wednesday to order otherwise,
basically, I’m really sorry, but we’ll have to get
Dan’s violin out again, ’cause you’ve missed your boat. Anyway, the other thing, actually, I really wanted to mention, it’s obviously Christmas gift territory, if you are looking for something to give the cyclists in your life,
or indeed you want some hints on what other people could get you, GCN Club, remember, three, six, nine, and 12 months subscription available, where among other things,
you get a brand spanking new pair of socks delivered to your door every single month. – And made in Italy, no less. – Yeah, very cool indeed. – Right, thank you very
much for watching the show. If you’ve enjoyed it, please
give a thumbs up down below. And if you’re yet to
watch Ollie’s first video as he attempt to break Eddy
Merckx’s world hour record, we can thoroughly recommend it, and you can find it down here. – He’s going to do it, go Ollie!

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