FRIENDS OF THE PODCAST 2016
The 2016 Friends of the Podcast subscription is £10 and you can sign up now. The first episode will be a behind the scenes look at Chris Froome’s lab tests.
Sign up to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2016 and you will be able to listen to 11 special episodes that Richard, Lionel and Daniel will record over the course of the season. Expect a mix of documentary-style shows, discussion, analysis and interviews about professional cycling.
Bonus | In conversation with Geraint Thomas
Get instant mobile access to our bonus episode with Geraint Thomas now. It was recorded at the end of the best season of his career. In December 2015 he sat down with Richard Moore at the Manchester Velodrome and, before an audience of 200, to discuss the 2015 season and his ambitions for the coming year.
Episode 1 | The Froome Tests
Chris Froome entered a laboratory in west London for physiological testing after winning his second Tour de France in August 2015. The results have been pored over since they were made public, and their significance debated – not least by The Cycling Podcast.
Episode 2 | The Rise and Demise of HTC-High Road, The Team of the Century
The Rise and Demise of HTC-High Road, The Team of the Century charts this multi-national squad’s explosive four years, through interviews with team owner, Bob Stapleton, former sports directors Brian Holm and Rolf Aldag, and the sprinter who gave them so many wins, Mark Cavendish.
Episode 3 | Flanders Fever
Our third episode of the 2016 Friends of the Podcast series focuses on Flanders, the area of Belgium that is home to so many races and has produced so many great champions.
Episode 4 | Young Americans
Hi, this is Ian Boswell,” said the voicemail at The Cycling Podcast Towers. “Just calling to see if you guys want to come down to Nice to see what we’re up to. We have a little group of Americans down here and we’d love to show you around.”
Episode 5 | An Evening with Ciro
The news broke like Neapolitan hearts at the harrowing notion of pineapples on pizzas: Ciro Scognamiglio was coming to London.
Episode 6 | Joe Dombrowski’s Giro Diary
Cannondale’s Joe Dombrowski recorded this audio diary for Friends of the Podcast throughout the Giro d’Italia. Go behind-the-scenes at the Giro, at the team meeting, inside the team hotel, and learn what it’s like to ride a grand tour.
Episode 7 | Operacion Puerto: The Day the Tour Almost Died
On the eve of the 2006 Tour de France, as the teams gathered in Strasbourg, the Operacion Puerto doping scandal exploded. In the first post-Lance Armstrong race the two favourites, Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, were sent home before a pedal was turned. The Tour was in chaos.
Episode 8 | Mont Ventoux: Heat, Wind & Fear
Mont Ventoux has inspired novelists, musicians and playwrights. It has prompted philosophers to ponder the meaning of life and it has tempted countless cyclists to test themselves against its steep slope. As the Tour de France returns to Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day this year, this episode looks at the mountain, its stories and its myths.
Episode 9 | El Pistolero: The Many Lives of Alberto Contador
In the ninth Friends Special of 2016, we look at Alberto Contador’s career: from his crash and near fatal aneurysm in 2004, to his first Tour de France win in 2007, his battle with teammate Lance Armstrong in the 2009 Tour, his positive test for clenbuterol in 2010, and his commitment to attacking, aggressive tactics – most recently at the 2016 Vuelta a España.
Episode 10 | 2020 Vision
What does the future of professional cycling look like? In this episode, we look at the state of men’s road racing as the UCI World Tour is set to balloon to 37 events for 2017 and the team owners continue to worry about the long-term security of their operations while ASO, the organisers of the Tour de France, extends its influence.
Episode 11 | Full Circle: The Bradley Wiggins Story
In this two-part episode, we look back at Bradley Wiggins’ career, from his early directionless days with French pro teams, his track success, his transformation into a Tour de France champion and the controversy that has marred what was billed as his farewell at the Ghent Six. We hear from some of the people closest to him throughout his career.
You can access them all for just £5. A 2015 subscription will cover all 11 of the 2015 episodes to listen to whenever you wish. You can view all the 2015 episodes here.
You can now sign up to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2017. The price of a subscription has been frozen at £10. There will be at least 11 episodes, released monthly throughout the year. A bonus episode, recorded before a live audience in Edinburgh, is available now. Sign up for a Friend of the Podcast 2017