2016 The 2017 Friends of the Podcast subscription is £10 and you can sign up now. The first episode goes behind the scenes with Lotto-Soudal, the longest-serving professional cycling team, at their training camp in Majorca.

Sign up to become a Friend of the Podcast for 2017 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.

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Bonus | The Cycling Podcast at The Signet Library with Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie & François Thomazeau
In early December, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and French journalist François Thomazeau, who will be familiar to those who have listened to our Tour de France coverage, appeared before a sell-out audience at the prestigious Signet Library in Edinburgh.

Special No.1 | Behind the scenes with Lotto-Soudal
Find out more about the Belgian professional cycling team with the longest-running continuous sponsor, at their training camp in Majorca. We hear from the team’s management, riders and staff and learn about life with the squad that has been part of the peloton since 1985.
Part 1: Behind the scenes with Lotto-Soudal
Part 2: In conversation with Marc Sergeant

Special No.2 | The Lionel of Flanders
A five-part series taking listeners right to the heart of the action as the Classics season heads towards the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. Join Lionel Birnie as he criss-crosses the countryside following three races, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, GP E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem.
Part 1: Dwars Door Vlaanderen
Part 2: The road to Roubaix
Part 3: Grand Prix E3 Harelbeke
Part 4: Discovering Flanders
Part 5: Ghent-Wevelgem
The Lionel of Flanders In Full

Special No.3 | 15th time lucky
Australian Mat Hayman tells the story of how he won Paris-Roubaix at the 15th attempt and just six weeks after crashing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and breaking a bone in his arm. Hayman offers great insight into how he conquered the Hell of the North when all had seemed lost.

Bonus | Boonen’s Farewell
This bonus episode for Friends of the Podcast, marks Tom Boonen’s retirement after more than a decade at the top.

Bonus | The Hipster’s Classic
This bonus episode focuses on the Tro Bro Léon, a relatively little-known race in Brittany that has bags of character and quirks and all the ingredients to become a much-loved classic.

Special No.4 | Giro 100
To mark the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia, Richard, Lionel and Daniel discuss what makes the race so eagerly anticipated, from its mountains to its great rivalries.

Giro Extra

Giro Extra | Team Sky’s Giro Options
This bonus episode for Friends of the Podcast from the Giro d’Italia looks at Team Sky’s two leaders, Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa, and asks what their strategy will be as the race develops.

Special No. 5 | The 1987 Giro according to Stephen Roche
On the 30th anniversary of his controversial victory, our fifth Friends Special of 2017 is an interview with 1987 Giro d’Italia winner Stephen Roche.

Bonus | In conversation with Thomas De Gendt
Back in January we released our first Friends of the Podcast Special, recorded behind-the-scenes at the Lotto-Soudal training camp in Majorca. While there, Lionel Birnie sat down with Lotto-Soudal’s Thomas De Gendt.

Special No. 6 | Pancake Breakfasts and Pursuiter’s Cough: Alexis Ryan’s Californian Diary
Canyon-SRAM rider Alexis Ryan kept an audio diary for The Cycling Podcast at the women’s Tour of California.

Coming Soon

At least five more episodes will be released in 2017.