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 Fast Talk, ep. 85: How to trust the science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:45:28

Here on Fast Talk, we’ve been known to periodically quote a study or two. While in the past, athletes mostly figured out their training by trial and error or what felt right, nowadays, in this era of marginal gains, no coach or serious athlete can get away without some understanding of physiology. Winning at the highest level requires digging through the science to find those little nuggets that translate to real gains. The problem is, while many of us read the science, a lot of us don’t know how to interpret it, or when it’s good research that draws useful conclusions or bad research that will lead you astray. That’s made particularly complicated by the fact that there are many well-conducted studies that, because of the nature of their methods, outcome goals, or the size of their study group, may lead you to draw conclusions you shouldn’t. So today we're going to dive into the physiology research itself and give you some tips on how to both read and interpret the science. We’ll discuss:   • First, the basic structure of a research study. • Next, some basic concepts you need to understand in order to read research. • We’ll then dive deeper into the methods—the section people love to skip over—and why they are so important. • Next, we’ll talk about some preferences among researchers, such as their tendency to test in the lab and not on the road, and why they love VO2max tests, despite the fact that they don’t actually correlate well with performance. • We’ll discuss a study’s endpoints—what they are measuring and why that is so important. • Next, we’ll learn about the concept of the false null hypothesis and things that can influence it, such as study length and the number of participants. • Finally, we’ll talk about how the data revolution in cycling is allowing for some truly unique studies.   Our primary guests today are Dr. Jim Peterman, a professor of exercise physiology at Ball State University who got his Ph.D. while balancing a professional cycling career, and Nate Wilson, a former elite U23 racer and head coach at Catalyst Coaching.   Along with our primary guests, we talked with cyclocross legend and longtime coach Katie Compton, and also Dr. Ciaran O’Grady, a physiologist with Team Dimension Data. As high-level coaches, both need to keep up on the research. They each shared thoughts on what they look for to know they can trust a study.   Finally, we touched base with Grant Holicky, a top coach at Forever Endurance, and one of his athletes, Maxx Chance, who had a unique take on the research.   Now, are you ready to be blinded by science? Let's make you fast!

 VN Pod, ep. 160: Megan Jastrab on her worlds victory and Olympic dreams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:36

On this week's episode of The VeloNews Podcast we have a long interview with Megan Jastrab, the recently crowned world champion in the junior women's road race. Jastrab takes us inside her victorious ride in Yorkshire, and explains in great detail the strategy she used to win. Plus, Jastrab tells us some anecdotes from earlier in the race that contributed to her victory. Plus, Jastrab discusses her racing plans in 2020. She will turn 18 next year, which opens the door for Women's WorldTour events, as well as the Olympics in Tokyo. Jastrab is hoping to qualify for the Summer games for Team USA. Finally, Jastrab describes her upbringing in California, and how her parents helped her develop a love for riding and racing. This week's episode is sponsored by VeloSwap, the country's largest used bike expo and swap. VeloSwap is coming on on November 2 at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. Get your tickets here:

 PYSO Ep. 34 | Breaking down the Worlds Road Races plus special guest Nicola Cranmer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:08

Bobby & Gus break down the highs & lows of the World Championship road races in Yorkshire. They give their thoughts on the junior and U23 women's and men's races, and debate whether the U23 classification at Worlds should even exist for the men. Bobby offers up his take on the unusual disqualification of the U23 men's winner. Following that the boys detail the women's elite road race, including Chloe Dygert-Owen's effort to win two rainbow jerseys. And they bring in a guest, Nicola Cranmer of the TWENTY20 Pro Cycling Team to talk through Chloe's performance and her goals for Tokyo in 2020. The guys close out the show with insightful analysis of the elite men's road race and the surprising bonk of Mathieu Van der Poel, and the even more surprising victor of Mads Pederson of Denmark. This episode of PYSO is supported by Saris & Garmin: ---> Saris Bike Trainers at: ---> Garmin Edge Computers: Got questions for Bobby and Gus? Send them over to If they answer your question you'll get a pair of PYSO socks.

 VN Pod, ep. 159: Van der Poel bonks in Yorkshire, USA's success, and Quinn Simmons interview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:26

The UCI world road championships in Yorkshire wrapped up this weekend with thrilling victories in the men's and women's elite road races. On this week's episode of The VeloNews Podcast, Fred and Andy break down all of the action from the road races. First, the guys examine the men's elite road race, which saw Danish hardman Mads Pedersen take a thrilling win. Pre-race favorite Mathieu van der Poel was in contention to win, but then bonked with 13km to go. The guys examine the race, and try to understand what happened to van der Poel. Plus, what happened to Matteo Trentin, who was another favorite to win? Then, the guys discuss Annemiek van Vleuten's 104-kilometer breakaway to win the women's race, and the aggressive racing of American Chloé Dygert Owen. Fred and Andy debate the UCI's controversial decision to disqualify Nils Eekhoff, who initially won the Under-23 men's race only to be disqualified. Then, the guys talk about USA Cycling's success at this year's worlds. The Americans won seven medals, three of them gold, in the races. Finally, we hear from American Quinn Simmons, who won the junior men's road race. Simmons takes us inside of his winning ride, and discusses his decision to step into the WorldTour next year at age 19. This week's episode is brought to us by VeloSwap. Be sure to purchase your tickets for America's largest used bike expo and swap here:

 Fast Talk, ep. 84: Pro training tips with George Bennett | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:19

George Bennett of the Jumbo-Visma WorldTour team, who at one point was sitting fourth at this year’s Tour de France, has had a phenomenal season. In the course of our recent conversation with George about recovery and adaptation, we talked with the New Zealand-born rider about how he was managing his recovery from the Tour de France to get ready for the Vuelta a España. That lead to an entire conversation about how George trains, and his tips for hitting peak form. That's the basis for this episode. Today, we cover: - First, something that is fascinating but probably won’t help many of us: how to complete two consecutive grand tours. - Second, the training approach that George has found works for him. While many of his teammates need high intensity work, George does very little, and focuses primarily on long endurance rides. But he emphasizes that the method that works for you is highly individual. - We discuss if George’s approach is appropriate for amateur riders, or if we should focus more on intensity. Bennett points out that different work can lead to very different strengths and weaknesses. - Next, we have a long talk about the importance of eating enough and keeping your glycogen stocked up. - Finally, George offers a final word on having the confidence to rest, and to not take your training too seriously. Along with George, we hear from Grant Holicky, formerly of Apex Coaching when this interview was conducted, and now with Forever Endurance Coaching. Grant addresses how to time your season, particularly as an amateur rider. Let's make you fast!

 PYSO Ep. 33 | Yorkshire World Champs: Time Trial Recap + Road Race Preview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:43

Bobby & Gus recap the Time Trial events from Yorkshire Worlds and give their insight and predictions for the Road races. Episode Highlights * Chloe Dygert-Owen headlines great performances by Team USA * Rohan Dennis rides blacked out BMC during TT win. * Quinn Simmons takes rainbow stripes in Junior Road Race. * UCI announce E-sports Worlds in 2020 - officiated & hosted by ZWIFT. * Boels Dolmans Team losing both title sponsors at the end of 2019. * Riders association hit back at the UCI’s proposed Classics Series * UCI shorten under-23 men's road race at World Champs This episode of PYSO is supported by Saris & Garmin: ---> Saris Bike Trainers at: ---> Garmin Edge Computers: Got questions for Bobby and Gus? Send them over to If they answer your question you'll get a pair of PYSO socks.

 VN Pod, ep. 158: Chloe's win, Sagan vs. van der Poel, plus Marianne Vos interview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:36

Chloé Dygert Owen just smashed the women's world time trial championships to win her first elite world title on the road. On this week's episode of The VeloNews Podcast, Fred and Andy discuss the historical significance of Dygert Owen's win, and explain her backstory. The road course is similar to the stage used by the Tour de France in 2014. How do we see the race playing out on the hilly course? Will it be a breakaway or a sprint at the finish in Harrogate? Then, the worlds road race is shaping up to be a battle between Peter Sagan and Mathieu van der Poel. There's more riding on this race than just the world title. Is Sagan still pro cycling's biggest name, or has van der Poel stolen his thunder? Finally, we check in with Dutchwoman Marianne Vos, the most accomplished rider of her generation. Vos is the favorite to win the women's road race on Sunday, and we discuss Vos's amazing 2019 campaign and her quest to win a third elite road title. This week's episode is sponsored by VeloSwap, the world's largest used bike expo and swap. Its coming up on Sunday, November 2nd. Get your tickets here:

 PYSO ep.32 | Yorkshire World's TT Preview + Weekly Roundup | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:19

The 2019 UCI Road World Championships from Yorkshire, UK are here and the PYSO crew previews the Individual Time Trial events. Bobby & Gus talk about the course and offer up their favorites + long shot picks. And as always the guys get you caught up on the latest happenings from the world of pro cycling. This weeks episode of PYSO is supported by Saris & Garmin: ---> Saris bike trainers at: ---> Garmin bike computers: Got questions for Bobby and Gus? Send them over to If they answer your question you'll get a pair of PYSO socks.

 VN Pod, ep. 157: Vuelta's race or wait debate, plus Maghalie Rochette | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:32

The Vuelta a España came to a thrilling conclusion last week with a series of exciting stages across central Spain. On this week's episode of The VeloNews Show, Fred and Andy deliver their final thoughts on this Vuelta, and go inside the two stages that nearly upended the race. Stage 17 saw brutal crosswinds decimate the main field, as Deceuninck-Quick Step and Movistar looked to take control of the race. Andy takes us inside the chaotic crosswinds stage at the race, and explains why many riders said it was the hardest day of the Vuelta. Then, Movistar drew criticism after it pushed the pace following a nasty pileup on stage 19. The entire ordeal penned another chapter in cycling's 'wait or race' debate, which erupts every few years. Was Movistar right to keep racing after the crash, or did they push the competition beyond the line? The grand tour season may be over, but the cyclocross season is just getting started. And this week we hear from Maghalie Rochette, who just won the World Cup opener in Iowa City, Iowa. Maghalie is a longtime racer on the North American mountain bike and cyclocross circuit. Last year she left Team Clif Bar and struck out on her own, with her own self-made team. We talk with Maghalie about the lessons she learned as a privateer racer, and why her World Cup win was so special.

 PYSO | La Vuelta ep4 + Canadian World Tour races | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:48

Bobby and Gus weigh in on the final week of La Vuelta 2019, talk about the winners and losers from the Quebec & Montreal World Tour races. Got questions for Bobby and Gus? Send them over to If they answer your question on the Podcast you'll get hooked up with a sweet pair of PYSO socks. Episode Highlights * Mathieu van der Poel dominates at Tour of Britain * Michael Matthews & Greg Van Avermaet shine in Canada * Brailsford surgery * Froome wants to race in 2019 * Katusha & Israel Cycling Academy merger * Slovenia dominates La Vuelta with Primoz Roglic & Tadej Pogačar Roglic smiles in Madrid--> This weeks episode of PYSO is supported by Saris, makers of car racks, bike infrastructure and CycleOps bike trainers. Saris is committed to making their products in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Learn more at:

 Fast Talk podcast, ep. 83: Training the Gut with Asker Jeukendrup | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:28:07

Just ask any Tour rider who’s frequently burning 5000 calories or more per day about in-race nutrition and they’ll tell you that it’s both critical and tricky to get right. You can spend months getting your legs ready for your target event, you can be putting out the best numbers of your life, and that can all be wiped away by a poorly timed bonk or intestinal cramping. You have to consume enough carbohydrates to keep the legs ticking over when the race gets hard, but at the same time you need to make sure they are well tolerated and you’re able to absorb them. It’s a tricky balance and it’s highly individual. Simply buying the newest, coolest sports nutrition product isn’t going to get you there. You have to find what works for you. But just as importantly, you have to remember that in-race nutrition, just like almost all things, is trainable and while you’re out three doing your big weekend ride, or hard hill repeats, you need to dedicate some time to training the gut. So, today we'll dive into nutritional training and talk about: 1. Applying a scientific approach to figuring out your carbohydrate needs and whether you are a fat burner or a carbohydrate burner. 2. Second, G.I. distress. Some thoughts on what causes it and why intestinal permeability may be a factor 3. Next, we’ll discuss race nutrition and why changing up what you eat on race day may not be your best strategy. 4. Fourth, why most people can only absorb 60g of carbohydrates per hour but we’re still recommending trying to get 90g. That sounds like a lot, but it’s actually only about 360 calories which is still less than what you’re going to burn in an hour during a big race. 5. The best mix of carbohydrates to improve absorption 6. Why you need to dedicate time every week to training your gut – no different from the time and energy you invest in training your legs,. 7. Finally, we’ll talk about any potential health concerns with focused race nutrition and briefly touch both on the microbiome and l-glutamine   Our primary guest today is none other than Dr Asker Jeukendrup. Dr Juekendrup, is one of the most renowned sports nutrition researchers in the World. He was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Sport Science. He ran the Gatorade Sports Science Institute back when it was the center coaches and team managers were looking to for the leading hydration research. Dr Jeukendrup now has his own company, Mysportscience and works with Team Jumbo Visma.   Along with Dr Jeukendrup, we talked with Katie Compton, the winner of 15 consecutive national titles, and a four-time silver medalist at ‘cross worlds. She’s familiar with G.I. problems during races and shared with Chris some of her thoughts. Next, we checked in with Colby Pearce, at this point our unofficial third regular on Fast Talk. He had some warnings about getting too caught up in traditional sports nutrition products and emphasized the importance of also considering health.   Finally, we touched base with Ryan Kohler, the head coach at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center. Ryan frequently works with athletes on training their guts for their target events and shared some of his strategies.   Alright, pull out your Swedish fish.... throw them in the trash and get some real sports nutrition and let's make you fast!

 VN Pod, ep. 156: Kate Courtney! Plus, Sepp Kuss's Vuelta win and cycling's young guns | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:41

Kate Courtney just became the first American in 17 years to win the XC mountain bike World Cup. On this week's episode of The VeloNews Podcast, we catch up with Courtney to talk about her dream season. Before talking to Courtney, Fred Dreier and Andrew Hood team up to discuss the action at the Vuelta a España, including the thrilling stage victory by American Sepp Kuss, a regular on the pod. What were the tactical decision that led Kuss to win? What does his victory tell us about Jumbo-Visma's attitude toward its younger racers? Then, Andy discusses the generational shift currently happening in the UCI WorldTour, with young riders like Tadej Pogacar, Egan Bernal, and Remco Evenepoel all surging to the forefront of pro cycling. This dynamic bucks tradition in pro cycling, where young riders often needed to pay their dues before being given the opportunity to win. Finally, we hear from American Lawson Craddock, who has become one of the most aggressive riders in this year's Vuelta a España. Craddock has spent the entire race attacking into breakaways. This week's episode is sponsored by Whoop, the performance tool that is changing the way people track their fitness and optimize their training. Whoop tracks your heart rate and gives you a strain scores that lets you know how strenuous your training was on your body, with additional information around your sleep and recovery to tell you how well your body rebounds from training. Right now, listeners can get 15 percent off a Whoop device by going to and using the code 'velo' at checkout.

 PYSO | 2019 La Vuelta a Espana ep.3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:36

In this week's episode of Put Your Socks On, Bobby Julich and Gus Morton re-cap week two at La Vuelta 2019 and get you caught up on all things pro cycling. From Chris Froome's cooking accident to Kate Courtney's World Cup title the guys have you covered. Episode Highlights * Sepp Kuss and Primoz Roglic at La Vuelta * Chris Froome back at the doctor * Richard Carapaz has visa issues & a new team for 2020 * Rolf Aldag leaving Dimension Data * Kate Courtney and the Mountain Bike World Cup Finals * Boels Ladies Tour * Tour of Britain Sepp Kuss news--> This weeks episode of PYSO is supported by Saris, makers of car racks, bike infrastructure and CycleOps bike trainers. Saris is committed to making their products in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Learn more at: Got questions for Bobby and Gus? Send them over to If they answer your question on the Podcast you'll get hooked up with a sweet pair of PYSO socks.

 Bonus Podcast: Andrew Bernstein talks about surviving a hit-and-run | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:23

No sponsor. No intro music. For this bonus episode of The VeloNews Podcast, we talk to Andrew Benstein, who was the victim of a hit-and-run crash in July. Andrew is a longtime racer and a veteran of the U.S. cycling industry. On July 20 he was riding home from the velodrome in Boulder, Colorado when he was struck by a van and left for dead in a ditch. Andrew suffered multiple life-threatening injuries, and was saved by a good samaritan who saw him on the side of the road, and a team of doctors and trauma specialists at several Denver-area hospitals. Andrew takes us through his harrowing story, and shares his perspective on cycling, road safety, and his new outlook on life.

 VN Pod, ep. 155: Vuelta chaos and Roglic's chances, plus Kiel Reijnen and Ben King | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:38

The Vuelta a España has heated up in its second week, with a zany mountain stage in Andorra and a decisive individual time trial. On this week's episode of The VeloNews Podcast, Andy Hood and Fred Dreier analyze the action from the decisive stages, and look ahead at the storylines to follow through the race's second half. Can Primoz Roglic survive the brutal third week of the race? Will Nairo Quintana and Miguel Angel Lopez bombard Jumbo-Visma with searing attacks? What does Roglic's effort at the Giro d'Italia tell us about his strengths and his weaknesses? Plus, we hear from two Americans in the race: Kiel Reijnen and Ben King. Kiel takes us through the rain-soaked stage 9, and Ben replays his thrilling victories from the 2018 Vuelta. This week's episode is brought to you by MetPro, a concierge nutrition, fitness and lifestyle coaching company. Using Metabolic Profiling, MetPro’s team of experts analyze your metabolism and provides an individualized approach to obtaining your goals. Right now, listeners receive a complimentary Metabolic Profiling assessment and a 30-minute consultation with a MetPro expert by heading to


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