Service Course by The Cycling Podcast, with Tom Whalley and Keira McVitty, returns for its second episode with a focus on gravel riding and how this trend – in professional races as well as for amateurs on weekend rides – is affecting equipment choices.

Keira tries a new gravel bike as she and Tom tackle a local circuit with off-road sections, and we hear from mechanics at the Tour de France – from the Mitchelton-Scott, Sunweb, CCC and EF-Education First teams – about how the introduction of gravel roads at the Tour and other World Tour races is influencing equipment choices. These mechanics also tell us what they think about the 6.8kg weight limit on professional racing bikes.

Tom speaks to Sam Pickman of Allied Cycles, one of the newest and most admired makers of beautiful handmade bikes, and we hear about the equipment choices of Jonathan Rankin and Matthew Falconer for the Transcontinental Race, which both took part in over the past week.

Service Course by The Cycling Podcast is supported by Rapha and Science in Sport.

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