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The Spokesmen Podcast is a roundtable discussion of all of the issues and events surrounding the world of cycling. It features cycling insiders including those from the media, marketing, manufacturing, racing, and advocacy. The show has been produced since 2006 by David Bernstein and Carlton Reid.
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EPISODE 354: Enjoy Waltham Forest Turns 10 — Panel at Landor Links’ birthday bash

19th May 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 354: Enjoy Waltham Forest Turns 10 — Panel at Landor Links' birthday bash SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Vala Valavan, former Director of Highways at Waltham Forest Council; Chris Proctor, Enjoy Waltham Forest programme lead; David Rowe, Interim Director of Investment Delivery Planning, Transport for London (TfL); Simon Munk, Lead Technical Consultant, London Cycling Campaign; Paul Gasson, Council Liaison Officer of Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign, rider for Zedify. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid
5/19/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 35 seconds
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EPISODE 353: Bike Town is 10 — Inspiring Speeches From 10 Years of Enjoy Waltham Forest Reception

16th May 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 353: Bike Town is 10 — Inspiring Speeches From 10 Years of Enjoy Waltham Forest Reception SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Cllr Grace Williams, Leader of Waltham Forest Council and Labour Councillor for William Morris; Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of the Council; Will Norman, London's cycling and walking commissioner. Speeches recorded at the evening reception for Celebrating 10 Years of Enjoy Waltham Forest event, William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, 14th May 2024. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid TRANSCRIPT Carlton Reid 0:12 Welcome to Episode 353 of the spokesmen podcast. This show was engineered on Thursday 16th of May 2024. David Bernstein 0:28 The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 1:03 There are now more people walking and cycling in Waltham Forest, and earlier this week I visited this now most vibrant of London boroughs to join events celebratating 10 years since the start of the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme. I'm Carlton Reid and I was in Walthamstow in 2015 a year after the first fruits of the so-called Mini Holland programme were beginning to ripen and yet where 100 or so protestors gathered to shout at the Labour councillor leading the borough's transformation. They carried a coffin — in safety, beause of no cars — along Orford Road and warned that Clyde Loakes and his fellow Labour councillors were being held responsoible for the predicted death of Walthamstow. Free access for cars, they said, was necessary for economic vitality and they didn't want what teir posters called a Berlin Wall. Orford road is now a poster child for how to effect change for the better. It's buzzing with business, with peaople ambling around and enjoying the pavement cafes. This previously traffic-clogged street is a honeypot destnation for VIPs and traffic planners from around the UK and the world, visiting to see how it is possible to make neighborhoods less car dependent and more people friendly. On today's show I've got three inspiring speeches delivered at an evening reception held in Walthamstow's William Morris Gallery on Tuesday 14th May 2024. The speeches are from Cllr Grace Williams, Leader of Waltham Forest Council , Deputy Leader Cllr Clyde Loakes and Will Norman, London's cycling and walking commissioner. On the next two episodes, I'll share audio recorded at the Landor Links event staged after the evening reception, an event for town planners and other professionals seeking guidance on best practice for cycling and walking schemes. But first, here's Grace Williams at the evening reception, Grace Williams 3:37 I think sounds in his night. It is a kind of reunion because we have the whole team. And we of course are climbing. We've got Martin, who's hiding on a balcony. We've got Lindsey, we've got untold officers who worked on this scheme and given hours of their life. And I know it's not because community groups here we've got plenty out to them. We've got families and everyone I know in this room has been putting the effort into what Min-Holland has been over the last 10 years. A massive amounts that we have all learned together actually scanning as it is required to scale which require that's political wiil. And that sense of keeping on going and doing the right thing, I think is really important. And I should really add that, on top of that because we have built relationships regionally, nationally, internationally and it's brilliant to have Will Norman here. And it's really also a testament to the work that's been done to involve other in Waltham Forest which I am sure Clyde will be talking about, I have been a councillor for ten years so Mini-Holland has been my reality as a councillor, and one of my earliest memories of being councillor was Clyde spoke to me and say, Yeah, the thing he wants you to talk about MiniHolland tonight. I remember that it was a protest outside that's become an occupational hazard now, but it was quite nerve wracking as a new councillor going in and doing first big speech on mini-Holland. I do remember saying something along the line of so cyclists and motorist should just go to the pub sit down and have a nice chat about. No, I did seize up. So now we'll be thinking about, you know, the culture wars that we had. You know, the fact that we have several elections since then, it really really is a different climate when it comes to talk to you about what actually travelling can do and what Mini-Holland means. I know that Clyde will tell you a bit more about his reflections on that journey. So I do want to thank the whole team. But before I end, I want to pay tribute fine, because we just would not all be standing here celebrating 10 years of mini Holland as if it wasn't view everyone in this room, probably you know quite a lot from you about how you stuck with the product. And when you go in decide, I know it was a very personal effect it has cost you and the impact on your on your life has basically become doing Mini-Holland, I don't know if it's somewhere. But it has the effort who said the political will stand up. And that sheer bloody mindedness. More in the sense of knowing that has to do the right thing. He didn't have to keep moving forward. Because if you're not moving forward on this agenda, you're moving backwards. And we have seen others move backwards in fence. So I really want to from bottom of my heart thank you Clyde for doing this. You've transformed all of our lives, you've made children's lives better. You've made our borough what it is today and I want to say a personal thank you to what you taught me.y I hand over to Clyde. Clyde Loakes 7:25 Today evening, what an honour it is to be in a room of champions, pioneers. congratulate yourselves, everyone. You're all amazing language people. And we wouldn't normally be in this evening. If it wasn't for all of you here this evening. You are the stars. were woken up not just in the forest, but across London over the past 10 years. So I'm so so grateful. Whether you are officers, you know, I will single out a couple of people, you know, Vala, Keith, over, we're going to need to do that presentation. Wow. Who knew where we were be 10 years on the answers coming back with a 30 odd million quid. Thank you so much. All the officers who then assembled Chris Proctor, Chris Harrison, Jon little, you know, all that cast, and then in a wonderful job. Wow. Wow. And it started off just as a highway project, a cycling project. And yet, we've looked at the difference we've made now, you public health terms, and offensive terms and congestion terms. We look at the difference we're making to the clients. You know, we knew 10 years ago, that this would be one of the fundamental projects in a local authority that was acting on the climate emergency, look at how building rain gardens and total resilience into those. All coming from this nugget of an idea the idea that we could make it is that we could actually help support people to walk and cycle more often have a tremendous achievement, and she would take it upon us. And everywhere I go and I speak about all we've done I always say, you know, it was that politicians, Chris Robbins that stood by me through some pretty challenging times. He was no keen cyclist Like he knew this was the right thing to do for the right reasons. Those officers with this technical skill who was so so bored with just painting double yellow lines that we are aligned and responding to the lowest common denominator consultation return that says, We don't want any change. You know, we unleash their talents now ideas so that we can deliver something so dramatically different things that they went to college and learn their skills that they wanted to do. We were able to do that here. The community activists just talking to Paul we're just now living that way now. Right. You know, Susan, you know, never gave up on your time. You never know Lee when he sat down assignment. Look for when you're worthy now you are shaping and influencing London and more because of what you did here and never gave up. And you've made it. Look at the behaviour change it received Jane, Emma. Look at what we're seeing, Joy Riders, Cycle sisters, breaking down boundaries. All the cargo bikes! you seen that on most schools, you know school districts, normal families going to school. That's why sharing some way because we've created the infrastructure, we created the environment and feel comfortable and safe, transport and cherish them loved ones to school and back again. By bike, by cargo bike.Thank you for that you didn't absolutely amazing. But it wasn't always easy. It was It wasn't the coffin. We mentioned Dutch ambassador on the second day. He literally chased out. We mentioned those things we come along mentioned the judicial review, Vala you remember the emails every day. We're gonna miss out on some Yeah, nailbiting stuff because he told us of why we wouldn't not be here today. What else? Hey, man. Yeah, the protests. Yeah. And, you know, some pretty hairy, you know, interviews with the police and my answers and stuff that was coming my way. But times, but I've always said I was doing the right things for the workplaces always knew, I have that physical support, either community support around the doubles. And that's what made me continue to do the things that we wanted to do. And that's why it's interesting members in many organisations that we just had, I counted six of the candidates have openly declared that they were against low traffic neighbourhoods, in their little pieces in that one photo that we will look at. Where are they now? Where are they now? They are nowhere. And you know, once I have the microphone, and you know, Will's in the room, newly appointed, fortunately, cycling commissioner, and again well done Will, you know, please take it back to to your boss, Sadiq Khan's leadership on him less, you know, what to think is some this someone's readership on those louder voices that said it was wrong, and you wouldn't lose. But actually, vast majority people don't clean vocalise their views on these things. But they like it. Or even nobody makes sense. And they know, politicians are doing these things for the voice reasons, not just for the hearing now, not just for the election, and the next ballot box opportunity, but for the future and future generations that please talk back out thanks to Steve for his leadership that he's provided us. And we will continue to stand here and will advise supporting those quick, safe transport policies that had brought us all together this evening to sell by 10 years on, we will continue to do all of that will be carrying out those kind of policies that really really do make a difference. So please put your hands together, and celebrate you're all amazing. Thank you I Carlton Reid 15:02 We will leave Clyde Loakes in Walthamstow there and head across to the States to get our ad break from David. David Bernstein 15:09 This podcast is brought to you by Tern Bicycles. Like you, the folks at Tern are always up for a good outdoor adventure by bike—whether that’s fishing, camping, or taking a quick detour to hit the trails before picking up the kids from school. And if you’re looking to explore new ground by taking your adventures further into the wild, they’ve got you covered. The brand new Orox by Tern is an all-season, all-terrain adventure cargo bike that’s built around the Bosch Smart System to help you cross even the most ambitious itinerary off your bucket list. It combines the fun of off-road riding in any season with some serious cargo capacity, so you can bring everything you need—wherever you go, whenever you go. Plus, it’s certified tough and tested for safety so your adventures are worry-free. With two frame sizes to choose from and a cockpit that’s tested to support riders of different sizes, finding an adventure bike that fits you and your everyday needs has never been easier with the Orox. Visit www.ternbicycles.com/orox (that’s O-R-O-X) to learn more. Carlton Reid 16:27 Thanks, David. And we are back in Walthamstow at the evening reception celebrating 10 years of enjoying Waltham Forest. Here's the final speech of the night from London cycling and walking Commissioner Will Norman Will Norman 16:41 Absolutely phenomenal to be here today. I cycled through the borough on the way and it is it's a groundbreaking transformation. I knew this but this morning I was sitting around the breakfast table at home and I thought normal domestic things should work well you can relate to the background this or where you go and move the ball forward. And my daughter who's 13 Who is normally monosyllabic takes no interest in my work whatsoever, eating a bowl of cereal, then looks up, Waltham Forest? Good bike lanes Under your leadership for the change that needs to happen in cities around the world, the scariest thing that happened to me in the last two weeks was around the time of the election when text messages that are coming in from around the world to you felt really busy. And they were coming in from Australia from USA from India, from somebody someone in Egypt. If he loses, then I'm gonna zero commitments, that the stuff that we're doing our cities, the tours that we had an open for the changes that we're doing fall under threat. It goes back to the point that changes have happened in this borough are being felt integrated internationally and it's been ascend the leadership that need is required to tackle the climate crisis to tackle what is tmos existential threat. So the human species, everybody has a role to play in that. And if you see the kid cycling through the filters at the moment playing football against the bridge,, they're on their way to school, that is the change that needs to happen in every city and every community in every town in every country around the world. And you guys have been the focal point of that. It's amazing. I haven't said anything it was actually my speech. Last Sunday man this thing you guys be the changes that have happened that obvious you actually listed this is I'm standing in a way when the most important things here just have a look of everything that's happened in this borough over the last 10 years game changing transformation. This resulted in more cycling it's resulted in more walking through resulted in fewer collisions saving lives, is resulting in greater footfall in the shops, were to spend in the shop greater economic regeneration, clean air, closer communities, tackling social social isolation, you name it, it is it is changing. And as I said it's synonymous for how cities are going to get up it should be and how they're changing. And I use those two there's there's a before and after photo offer great band summed up the change that basically the strategic change that's happening in London, the strategic change that's happening in Paris, it is blasting around the world as this is the change that needs to happen. We no longer need to design our cities for cars. We need to design them for people a new modes of encapsulated that you digitalize you show what's possible. And inspiration goes way beyond lessness. The impact you've had on neighbouring powers is astonishing by working with teams across borders and raising the bar. As I said, it's bringing this change lives in the country. It raised the bar has raised the bar of ambition around the country. You got Mini-Holland's written into national policy. Now we can argue where that national policy is just fine for motorists. Yeah, I'm not so sure that's going to last but it's absolutely amazing and you get We have to follow Clyde on social media to see this endless procession of dignitaries, officers, MPs and councillors who come around in his characteristic shirts with all his energy and passion showing every filter every story about the coffin and the Dutch ambassador. But it works. And every time people go away inspired, and every one of those inspiration just changing something in a city retirement city around around the world. It's not easy, it's quite said creating meaningful change. Yeah, the amount of abuse the amount of hate the amount of protests that are weird conspiracy theories. And what I experienced over the last seven years is similar to Clyde. I think there were four ingredients which drive change with any within any city. And Waltham Forest has those in spades. The first is has been mentioned is political leadership, that political leadership coming from Grace, but I'm also Clyde again, I want to play particularly for credit, give particular credit to Clyde and just be cheering and he has led the way. It has been a hard journey you you've taken the strength you have stood strong, you've showed leaders including myself around the city around the world book resilience means more than doing the right thing. It's the right thing to do and the impact that it has and how that plays into election. election victories in the most people bump this, the enthusiasm, the pride you have is absolutely infectious. And I don't think that in other changes in this bar wouldn't have happened to quite the same scale, but certainly not the way that it's spread around the world. The second ingredients, which have been what we've heard has been really good at is collecting data and telling us stories of success. Without that data, you can't push back the ages, you can't push back without it, you can't celebrate the changes that are happening. I think that's been really inspiring. The third ingredient is that technical expertise, the brilliant officers that have worked on this across the board over the years, successive generations. Again, I want to give tribute to Bala we were talking about the first time we met in the basement of the House of Commons or something seven years ago, and the changes have happened since then. But again, those opposite has happened just the impact is obviously haven't just stopped at the border to this borough. It is again flowed into cities, other boroughs, other cities and around the world. But finally, and I think living is often overlooked in terms of those magic ingredients that drive change are campaigning communities, the role of community members play, it actually broken this providing all of us who need the backbone of the local information, the reassurance, every consultation that you fill in every petition that you sign, every event you go to with a positive piece, every suggestion you make a change in an improvement in that it matters. It is such a vital ingredient. And the change is often overlooked. You need the political leadership, you need the data, you need the technical expertise and you need the strong communities. Waltham Forest has all of those and showed the world how to do it. So I think everybody should be massively grateful that everyone would welcome everyone in this room on behalf of Sadiq who I think is seeing the Pope that this I'm not saying I'm not going into what's a better event, it's a bit of a mystery. He knows what a difference you guys made. He knows how hard it's been. He's massively grateful you kind of pioneering delivering his transport strategy. Thank you. There is an awful lot more to do. So let's keep going. Carlton Reid 23:34 Thanks for listening to episode 353 of the Spokesmen podcast, brought to you in association with Tern Bicycles. Show notes and more can be found at the-spokesmen.com. The next episode — featuring speakers at Landor Links' Celebrating 10 Years of Enjoy Waltham Forest two-day conference — will be out soon with another hot on its heels but meanwhile get out there and ride ...
5/16/202424 minutes, 45 seconds
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EPISODE 352: Laura Laker

21st April 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 352: Laura Laker SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Laura Laker LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/laura_laker https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/potholes-and-pavements-9781399406468/ Carlton Reid 0:11 Welcome to Episode 352 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Sunday, April 21 2024. David Bernstein 0:28 The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 1:04 I'm Carlton Reid and today's show is a chat with like journalist Laura Laker, author of an excellent new book, Potholes and Pavements. This is a travelogue featuring Laura's travels around the UK, writing on some of the best and worst bits of Britain's National Cycle network. From jaw droppingly gorgeous looking ancient military roads in the Highlands of Scotland to dark and dingy urban back streets blocked with barriers. As the books subhead warns, it's a bumpy ride. Um, so you've written a book. Is this your first? Laura Laker 1:46 Yeah, my first my first book, believe it or not, Carlton Reid 1:49 well done. Congratulations. It's a brilliant first book. One of many. I'm sure it'll be one of many. I noticed you've got a an agent. Yeah, you say in the back and thank him. So I'm guessing you're going to be doing more books? Laura Laker 2:00 Yeah, I guess so. I'm not trying to think about it too much. This one was very long in the gestation. I had an idea back in 2017 to do a basically ring around talking to people. I'd listened to the audiobook of John Steinbeck's Travels with Charlie, in which he travels across the US with his big poodle, and talking to people and he says he's most wonderful conversations, which were later question for their veracity, but it's just, it's just a wonderful format. And I love I'd kind of in that trip to America, I rediscovered my love of talking to strangers, which I had as a kid, and I'm kind of lost over the years, I guess, being British, but spending time in the US where everyone is just willing to talk to you and tell you their life story. I rediscovered this just love of cycling, is brilliant for that, you know, just talking to people you're travelling around, you might stop at some lights, or you might pass someone on a path and just get chatting to them. And it's wonderful people have the most amazing stories, I think Carlton Reid 2:59 Well, there's two teachers that you met, hopefully they will read the book. You weren't avoiding them. Laura Laker 3:07 I know Greg and Norton, they were so brilliant. And the most unexpected encounters and I was up in the Cairngorms and travelling alone and feeling a bit like oh, you know, such a beautiful, it's ridiculously beautiful up there. I'm always just astounded by Scotland, and how how it's possible for somewhere to be so beautiful. And the NCN [National Cycle Network] across the Cairngorms is something else, it's really quite remarkable. A lot of its off road, it's this dedicated path. It was an old military road. And the rest is on fairly quiet country roads. And I was pootling along on my big pink ebike, which I did some of my adventures on and I saw these roadies coming up behind me and I thought well that they're going to overtake me in a bit. And sure enough, they did. We said hello. And then I saw them stopped at this bridge and they were looking over and they just had this wonderful kind of whimsy about them this they weren't they were going a long way actually they're going from kind of Aviemore back to Preston where they were at least one of them lived and doing it over a couple of days in sort of training one of them's an Ironman enthusiastic participants, but on the way they were stopping looking over bridges, that sort of waterfalls over rocks and like looking across the landscape and just enjoying the scenery. And that for me is what cycling is about. It's about appreciating the world around us and the people around us and so they said we'll ride with us for a while and as you know ebike your Aberdeen bought a bike mine included, maxes out at 15 and a half miles an hour which these guys were obviously capable of exceeding quite easily. So but they they rode with me for quite some time and we chatted and they were just fantastic. And then yeah, they they stopped for a week and I had to run inside for a week. And then I came out and they'd gone Carlton Reid 4:51 but it's quite a nice way to say goodbye. Are you are you are you taking notes as you're going along? So you wrote their names and what they did. And or you coding stuff. How are you physically? Laura Laker 5:02 Yeah, so I get back at the end of a ride and write stuff down. And I do think it's best that way, especially with travel writing, because you forget so much so quickly. And the big three Cornwall, I think is, you know, in the early parts of the book, when I first started the exploration, further afield, you know, writing stuff down as you experience it, or very soon after is really important because you lose a lot of the detail and the texture of what you're experiencing. And I think it just makes for much richer story that way, but also difficult to do because you're having to memorise and maybe that's why Steinbeck was getting criticised because he wasn't writing No, no. As he was going along, he's remembering it. Well, memories can do. Memory is really interesting, actually. Because we we probably most of us think that our memories are fairly good, or the way that remember things is correct. But actually, it's very, very subjective. And the longer time goes on, the more we forget, or the memory gets warped, or things get introduced that didn't exist, maybe and it's really very, very subjective. I've got I don't know for some things, I've got quite a good short term memory so I can remember to a certain extent, but obviously, as Homer Simpson once said, you know, one thing comes into your brain another thing has to leave it so. Carlton Reid 6:23 That's 100% me though. So this book Potholes and Pavements, a bumpy ride on Britain's National Cycle network, it comes out May the ninth published by Bloomsbur. £16.99. Excellent, excellent book. I read it yesterday and got up early this morning to make sure I finished it before I spoke with you. Now normally when when I talk to people for this podcast, I always get them to send me a photograph so I can do the you know, the socials and the thing that goes on the show notes. What have you with you, oh, an hour and a half to do that. Because I have ridden with you ridden with you on bits of the ride that you are right that you mentioned in your book. So when you mentioned that, you know the cycle superhighway. You make an item was like, I've got that photograph because I was holding my camera photographing you behind me? Laura Laker 7:20 Yeah, with Brian Deegan. Carlton Reid 7:21 There's knowing smiles when I'm reading your books like I was on that ride. Like I know, Laura. Oh, my word. It's also like me on that ride. And when you describe windmills, yes. But the windmills and it's a cute book for me. Also cute because I know lots of these people who you're describing. And I know in the book, it says he didn't want to be described as a hero. But he is a hero. And because it's about the National Cycle network, then clearly that's got to be the guy who not single handedly founded it, but certainly pushed it through with those with those early innovators. So that's John Grimshaw. So he comes in, he's, he's in at least three or four parts of the book, you've clearly gone to speak to him a number of times wonderful. And it's fantastic that he's in there, because he really doesn't get the recognition he deserves. Laura Laker 8:16 Yeah, it's interesting. I mean, he I obviously have to speak to John Grimshaw. Because a lot of people as he points out, and as I tried to convey in the book, a lot of people and probably, you know, uncountable numbers of people were involved in the foundation of and development of the National Cycle network. And then it's maintenance ever since many of whom are working for very little, in fact, nothing, because they loved it. But John really seemed like, talking to people and talking to him, was the driving this real driving force behind it and his kind of self belief and single minded determination, I think was a major driver and he is such a character. I mean, a bit of a Marmite character, I think, but, you know, it seems like you need people to kind of drive things forward. Carlton Reid 9:05 Cos you need somebody like that. He's a visionary. Yeah, you know. I love Malcolm Shepherd. I love Zavier Brice, the people who are in charge now and Malcolm was the guy who came in after after John. But Malcolm wasn't a visionary. Malcolm was an accountant. And when when the organisation any organisation any business gets big, then you very often need somebody else to take over. And there's lots of faction there at the time. You don't go into it in a great detail. That was enormous friction there and there's still enormous amount of bad blood between people. Laura Laker 9:46 Yeah, and it's interesting because Caroline Lovatt. Here's another key figure from fairly early on and still works with John today. On there, they're still building cycle routes under a different organisation, cycle routes and greenways and Um, she says that, you know, for for years, according to her, John kept disappearing from the kind of record of that of the history of the NCN on Wikipedia, she kept putting him back in. And um, yeah, I mean, the story was, and that was a difficult part of it to tell. But it was one that had to be mentioned, I didn't want to go too into it. But obviously, you know, John, leaving Sustrans under fairly strange circumstances, and really against his will, was was part of the story that needed to be told. And it was a different and I spoke to a number of people and nobody really, I think, you know, there were potentially nondisclosure agreements. And so nobody really talks about what exactly happened, which is why I call I mentioned the omerta. Because it really seems like everyone has a slightly different story, or, and I and again, I, you know, it's memory and it was a painful time. And it was a long time ago. And it's quite common, as you say, with new organisations, you've got this big driving force, but then sometimes they're not the person to carry on leading an organisation once the first major thing is done, and, you know, they might not be great with people is, you know, having a skill to start and drive something is not the same as being a sort of manager of people and diplomats. And it's, yeah, it's quite often it's a painful process, certainly not unique, I think. Carlton Reid 11:16 No, it's very common for that kind of thing to happen. However, saying that it's very important to recognise who was that visionary? And I think he lost an awful lot of that. So, so wonderful to see John. central to that. So that's really nice part of the book because I, you know, John, John is a wonderful, wonderful guy, and absolutely, this would not have happened without him. I know, there's lots of other people you know, David Sproxton, all these kind of people were there at the same time, George Ferguson. So So Sproxton was Aardman Animation. So people who know admire animation, George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, at one point, all these individuals were there at the time, but it needed that guiding force that needed that. Just somebody who woulda just said no, and just went ahead and did it. That was that was the ethos of Sustrans in the early days. So that Laura Laker 12:12 Yeah, yeah, because the status quo then as it is, today, is very much stacked against cycling routes happening. And so you kind of need a rebel who's not willing, who's you know, not willing to take no for an answer? Who's going to be able to make things happen? And I think in a way that kind of, I guess, you know, being from a fairly well off upper middle class background, you have the confidence really the education that kind of gives you that confidence and and then the character and self belief to just to drive that forward. Carlton Reid 12:47 Mmm. That you didn't mention not even once Cycling, Touring Club CTC cycling UK. Because the book isn't in all cycling, you are you are laser focused on the National Cycle network. But there was also friction between those two organisations, you know, stranden effect was an upstart organisation, then it got for £42.5 million with Meatloaf handing that over on TV or that kind of stuff. And there was there was an awful lot of friction between still is between strands and and what is today cycling UK. So you haven't got into that at all. What Why didn't you go into that? Is that just because you wanted to just stay laser focused on the cycle network? Laura Laker 13:36 I mean, I mentioned that not everyone felt that Sustrans was being helpful because they felt that cycle route should be delivered by government and charities stepping in. And taking that role almost allows the government to say, well, you know, someone's doing it. Now. We don't need to get involved. But I mentioned the kind of tension between certain types of cyclists. I think I might quote to you, I think I've got you in the references on that. But I mean, I don't know if I just don't know how. I don't know. It's yeah, it's a tricky one. It's how much to include, and you always have to make these decisions, what to include and what not to include, and I guess I just didn't feel like that was a key part of the story at all. There was some thinking at the time around that but and I'm aware that there was tension and I know that Mark Strong for one who gets quite a mention in the book, talked about Sustrans being too successful and not successful enough in that, you know, they were doing this job notionally? No, they were doing a great job for with what they had and who they were and ie not the government and with not very much money but they were doing enough just to allow the government to just say, You know what, well Sustrans is delivering the National Cycle network, tick, job done. Let's get back to the serious business of roads. Carlton Reid 15:01 because there is there is you meant we will get on to the very positive points, you've got like a bunch of what what do you call it in the book where you've got a whole bunch of asks basically? Oh, yeah, the manifesto, the manifesto. There you go. Number one, we'll go through these points. 10 point manifesto. So there's some positive stuff to talk about that. But you don't really mention that there's this that, you know, you're talking about, you know, this should be funded nationally, and there is that struggle, bear with you know, this is a charity, etc, etc. But then you've also got the weakness of you have actually got to at least have British Cycling as well, three competing organisations, going to government and asking for money for various things. And wouldn't it be nicer and more practical and may even get more stuff? If there's only one organisation so there is that there is the absolute fault line running through cycling? That is one of the reasons why it's very easy for the government to not do stuff because they're getting told different things by different organisations and one organisation saying don't back them back us. So there's that kind of friction there. Laura Laker 16:22 I don't know if that's if I see it that way. I mean, Sustrans cycling UK, and British Cycling, and things like livable streets are all part of the walking and cycling Alliance. And I think what that what that's trying to do is to unify the voice, because ultimately they want the same thing. I mean, British cycling's coming at it from a sports point of view. But recognising that its members also need safe roads to cycle on. And that means a whole host of other things, safe protected routes in cities. And that's popular with members. And then cycling UK, originally a touring group, now a charity that lobbies for Safe Routes, safe conditions, and also delivers stuff for government, such as what to fix your ride, and a bunch of other things. And then Sustrans is a National Cycle network and behaviour change programmes. So there are overlaps, but I do think they are distinct. And I don't see I don't see it as I mean, they probably have internal, you know, perspectives on things and perhaps don't always agree with what the other one was doing. But I think I think they tend to present a fairly unified front these days. Carlton Reid 17:30 They're not as bad nowadays. I mean, it's when you get rid of it certainly did not get rid. That's the That's the wrong phrase. When individuals leave organisations, it can change because a new people come in, and you know, those alliances are, that's what you're just used to. But you know, before that alliance was put in place, they were cats and dogs, they were really hating on each other and slagging each other off to government as well. So that's why government was able to go up. This cycling is just mad look, these these, you know, what they, these three cats in a sack just fighting each other. Laura Laker 18:03 And then you saw, I mean, I think I talked about, you know, Malcolm Shepherd, who was the CEO after John Grimshaw. He went to ministers, and he was saying, why aren't we getting the funding we asked for? Or why are we getting taken seriously, I think was the question. And he was told, Well, you don't ask for enough money, basically. So they were thinking and perhaps this kind of historic infighting is also a function of the fact that these were kind of fledgling organisations to an extent for some time, not very much funding. They were run by enthusiasts probably, who all had their own ideas. And of course, let's not forget that there were also the vehicular ISTS who didn't even believe that we needed cycling's of which I think cycling UK early on was one and that might explain why they disagree with Sustrans who were trying to yes, no, there was a whole cohort who stands for that reason, absolutely. 100%. So maybe that, you know, it perhaps is a function of just the whole movement being in its infancy. I mean, it's been going for a good 40 or so years, but I don't know, maybe it was maybe it was just run by enthusiasts for a very long time. And that's why it's taken a while to kind of mature but also I think it was going I mean, our cycling lobby, organisations were kind of leading the way for much longer than a lot of European countries in a nice talk about this in the book in countries like France and in the Netherlands and in Denmark, they all started their calls for National Cycle networks or at least safe routes, thanks to charities and voluntary organisations. And then fairly quickly, were all taken on by the government who saw this as a piece of infrastructure firstly, quite often for leisure, but then they realised people were using these routes for commuting trips, and it was it needed to be part of the infrastructure and was taken up with great enthusiasm and in Sweden as well. By the various local departments and regional governments and delivered quite quickly and at quite a kind of scale. And that hasn't really happened here. And so perhaps those kinds of just the longevity of those cycling groups being so crucial to anything that happens for cycling, has kind of made this whole, I don't know, split more important than it would have otherwise been. Carlton Reid 20:24 Yeah. And like in the Netherlands, the the organization's tried to fight against this, but the government tax cyclists, and cyclists actually paid for the roads. Laura Laker 20:34 They did, that's right. Carlton Reid 20:37 But it's the very fact and this was a cyclist at the time were fighting against, they didn't want to be taxed. In the UK, and the Netherlands, they were taxed. And then cyclists became national infrastructure. And that became critical, as you say, and the fact that you know, there wasn't, there was some national infrastructure, obviously, I've done this the 1930 cycleways project. But the CTC is the British Cycling as of the time fought against all of this, they fought against taxation, they fought against cycle routes. And so there is there is some argument to be made that cyclists have been their own worst enemy. So I know in the book, you're saying, you know, it's just such a no brainer. And it is to back, you know, for want of a better word or phrase active travel. Now, in the book, you've got various people are saying we should call it something different. Laura Laker 21:27 Yeah, Lee Craigie. Carlton Reid 21:27 yeah. Yeah. But, you know, cycling has been difficult, at the same time. And it's like, what's happening in Wales, and in Scotland, is inspiring, possibly, because it's actually coming from above. A lot of it, you know, there's obviously enthusiastic people working on the ground, etc. But a lot of this is coming from government ministers. So that helps. Yeah. And, Laura Laker 21:54 I mean, we have this idea, and I'm sure we're not alone. And this point you just made and the example of the taxing of the cyclists in the Netherlands, which is something I learned during doing the research for the book, I didn't actually know about this, but I, you know, the reason we lost the railways that then became a lot of these greenways was because, you know, we see transport as needing to wash its own face needing to fund itself. And the railways at the time, were losing money for most of the routes. And so that was the reasoning. And, you know, with roads, obviously, drivers are taxed it's not sort of ring fence funding. It's not a road tax, it's, but you know, it is making the Treasury money and cycling has never really done that. And I, I think fundamentally, the way that way of thinking about transport is wrong, because of the benefits, the much wider benefits that transport gives us in terms of, you know, being able to access education and health and social opportunities and for our physical and mental health. And it's, its benefits span far beyond its own kind of silo. But we don't really see it that way. And I'm not really sure actually, if anywhere managers to think of it this way, but I think post pandemic, things like free bus services and in different countries has maybe illustrated that people are starting to think about it differently. But ultimately, I think it's it's a very tricky one. Because like you say, we in a way we weren't, we were own worst enemy in terms of our predecessors in the cycling world. But we were working within philosophy that's that dictated that actually, if you're going to build something, you know, who's making money from it, or, you know, how is the Treasury getting that investment back and not really seeing it as this makes people healthier? Or this gives them opportunities or promotes businesses, local tourism? And all of this? So yeah, I mean, if we'd done it differently, who who knows of cyclists in the UK? So fine, we'll pay a tax. Who knows? We might have an NCN now, but, and even today, it's a little bit of an uncomfortable conversation, isn't it? Because, you know, nobody wants to be taxed. Carlton Reid 24:02 So the book is, it's a polemic in many ways, not not all the way through. But there are definitely bits in there that are strident. And I cannot argue with at all I'm reading it nodding along. And certainly the bits about like the national infrastructure, right, and it's all being spent on roads. And it's it's the so many reasons why that is crazy. Yeah, and why spending even just a fraction of the roads budget on on a national cycle network, you know, genuinely joined up one high quality would bring many more, many more benefits. And then you've got and the irony is, and I did a new story on this is, you have a government minister, who has written the foreword to your book, and he said This is not government minister, a former government minister, a former Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, and then it's like, why don't you do this when you're in power? It's great. You've said it. It's wonderful that you're saying all these things. But you could have done this, you could have pushed for this. And he was also the Financial Secretary of the Treasury. Yeah, he could have released money. Yeah, let me see what he says. But Laura Laker 25:26 it's so difficult, isn't it? And it's, again, it's kind of facing it's the status quo. I mean, it's, I think, maybe important to remember, and I'm not making excuses for anyone. But, you know, he was a junior minister, certainly in his first round is cycling minister. And so he would have had to tow the party line. So I don't know how easy it is for. I mean, he's a very intelligent guy. He cares about cycling. But then he's part of a system, which ultimately, I guess, maintains the status quo doesn't want to upset the applecart. And that's why, in the manifesto, I, you know, I think it's so important that people speak up for these things, because I think until there's an outcry for it, it's very difficult for any one minister, unless we have a cycling Prime Minister, to change all of this. There's a lot of vested interests in maintaining, you know, roads for cars, keeping car manufacturing, going and, you know, taxation on cars is going to be very problematic, because obviously EVs electric vehicles don't pay, you know, drivers with EVs don't pay cortex. So what's gonna happen there? But yeah, I mean, it's difficult, but I think people need to speak up for this kind of thing. We get a lot of kickback pushback from people when there's cycle routes coming. But those are the minority. And one thing I tried to highlight in the book is that most people want this once cycling routes, they they want other options and to drive. And, you know, between two thirds and four fifths of people in representative polls say that they'd support this and many of them, even if it meant taking road space away from motor vehicles. But that's not what politicians listen to. And I think increasingly, politicians are listening to angry people on Twitter. And you know, if Mark Harper's comments about LTNs and 15 minute neighbourhoods is anything to go by, which was straight out of the kind of conspiracy theorists, Twitter playbook, you know, they're listening to the loudest voices. And I think until people say, you know, we actually want choice. We don't want to have to breathe polluted air, we don't want to have our neighbourhoods dominated by motor vehicles. We want our kids to be able to go to school safely. I think it's gonna be difficult for things to change. Carlton Reid 27:45 Hmm. So you have mentioned a variety of routes that are actually pretty good. So yeah, Keswick one is one of them. Laura Laker 27:55 Threlkeld, yes. Carlton Reid 27:58 And that's why I know, I know the route well, as good as now, you know, a cycleway there because that was that was long in gestation. But basically, it's it's it's, it's popular. You know, people say, oh, like, but that's a popular route now, isn't it? Laura Laker 28:15 Yeah, yeah, people drive there. And I mean, that was that was interesting for a number of reasons. I mean, incredibly beautiful. It sort of weaves through Greta gorge, which is just this kind of just this amazing landscape, this sort of rocky river which meanders through this very deep wooded valley. And it's on a former rail line. And it was, which storm was it was it 2015, there was a big storm, which basically crumbled a couple of the bridges with the sheer volume of water that ended up going through this narrow gorge. And then it was out of action for a couple of years. And that was an important, crucial route and a tourist attraction for local businesses. One pub owner apparently offered the local council, I think it was the national parks something like 30 grand out of his own pocket, reopened the route, but it was actually a sort of 2 million pound job. So that wasn't going to go all the way. But you know, this was a really important tourist attraction for people and people drive there because there aren't safe routes to get to and from the ends, so people drive and park and then cycle along it and cycle back. But yeah, it's popular, it's really popular. And they when they put the bridges, the new bridges in Sustrans with various parts of funding, they resurfaced it and there was a big hoo ha about putting tarmac on instead of the gravel that had been there before. But that actually opened up it up to far more people, including people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters, because any sort of rough surface or uneven ground can tip someone in a wheelchair and it effectively makes these routes unusable. And this is something that I really learned in the book and feel very strongly about now. And there was a big outcry nationally about tarmacking this path because it's in the Lake District and everyone's He has an opinion about the Lake District even if they've just been there once and we all feel like we own it because it's such a beautiful place and I guess rightly so. We all care about it. Carlton Reid 30:07 The Lakers. Laura Laker 30:09 Lakers, my people. Yeah. The people who holidayed in the lakes were known as the Lakers. Yeah, which is brilliant. So yeah, they, you know, they held their ground and they tarmac it and you know, the numbers increased drastically. And this story plays out all over the country, wherever there's a improve surface on a path. Suddenly, it's open to everyone. And this is what this is what cycle rich should be in, in my opinion, it should be open to everyone. Carlton Reid 30:37 Yeah, it's like the cinder path. That's the Sustrans route national cycling group from from Whitby to Scarborough. That was the one that had a load of of people complaining because Cinder path you know, they were going to be tarmacking just parts of it. And lots of people are saying you know but this this this will you know, destroy it or whenever lots of yobs in and it just never got done. And then it's it's impossible for a lot of the year because it's just it gets just too rutted into mud into too horrible. And this is, you know, we discard it would just be so easy. You know, between these two conurbations and small conurbations, if you could ride there on an all year round an all weather path? Laura Laker 31:21 So yeah, I do. I do worry about this, because it's, you know, they say it's an effect gentrification. And you're you're bringing, you know, urban into the countryside yet. There's roads everywhere, and they got tarmac on, and nobody seems to be kicking up a fuss there. What's What's your problem? Yeah, I know. And I think it's just we have this idea about what the cycle routes should be or could be, and we see them as leisure routes quite a lot of the time, we have this kind of set idea about cycling, that it's not, you know, it's not a commuter option, or, but you know, it is, but it goes beyond that. And it is about who can access these parts. And quite often, having an uneven surface will lock a lot of people out. And you know, we're an ageing population in this country. And as we get older, we will all have disabilities, and mobility issues. And it shouldn't be that you know, these paths are any open to a few people. But yeah, it's a difficult one. And we would like to say we've never think twice about it for roads, we've never think about having a road as a dirt path. And I can you know, visually tarmac is not a beautiful thing, but I think if people understood that actually, it's it's not just about the visuals. This is about people and this is what these parts are for they're for people. Carlton Reid 32:34 Well you can make if you want it to be just that colour, you can make the the asphalt you can you can you can dye the asphalt. So it's it's more expensive. But you can you can do all sorts of treatments you can do to make it all weather doesn't have to look, you know, black. Yeah. So anyway, so let's go to another assessment. That's some negative ones. Where they tried to be certain, but then you point out the Polgate one, between Polgate and Glynde, which is almost happened to you by by mistake. Not mistake, but it's certainly a by accident. Yeah. And you're talking about it being just brilliant. So describe that one. Laura Laker 33:11 That's amazing. Yeah. So I was told about this. And then I know someone who lives in Lewis, which is at one end of it. And so we we we met at the station and cycled along this path. And so it's beside the A27, which is a national highways road. And it's right by the sales downs, which is hugely popular with cyclists. And basically, there were so many people cycling on this incredibly terrifying road. It's one of those narrow and winding A roads with huge volumes of traffic. I mean, I went on a walking trip near Louis the other day, and I had to cross it with no crossing and it was it was genuinely terrifying. I can't imagine people cycling on it, because it's, you know, six months. So yeah, anyway, people were being held up in their cars because of people cycling. And so national highways decided it was going to build a path alongside and it's this this was a real eye opener for me because they had done what needs to happen around the country. They had built a path behind the hedge row, which is wide and tarmac and smooze with lots of planting and culverts and bridges over rivers and and they just laid it you know, very little problem. I don't know if they owned the land or perhaps compulsory purchase probably a mixture of I think it was a mixture of both. And so they built this amazing kind of 10 kilometre joyful route, which is just you know, it's just like a road. It's like no stress. You just carry on. There was someone on the mobility scooter the day I was there, a couple of people on bikes, but it was basically hadn't opened yet. And yeah, it was just there. But it's quite funny because at either end, it just stopped because then that's the local councils job to kind of deliver it beyond. But you know, it shows what's possible if you have a national body with the power and the funding, and they have, you know, multi year funding pots which helps plan and deliver this stuff and they just did it, they just sort of swept aside all of the normal problems that I talked about in the book that usually dog these cycle routes. And yeah, it's quite, it was quite marvellous, quite Carlton Reid 35:11 I found it fascinating because one of the things you say is, as we just mentioned there, it, it was an effective bill to get the cyclists off the road. We made enough nuisance of ourselves, that is 1930s to a tee, you know, the transport, you know, built those 500 miles of cycle tracks in the 1930s to Dutch standards laced around the country. Some of them weren't brilliant, but some of them were amazing, you know, 12 foot wide Dutch Dutch level, concrete curbs, you know, perfectly brilliant bits of cycling infrastructure that are now just some of them are white elephants, because they didn't link up to anywhere. But, you know, the government at the time said, Oh, we're doing this for the safety. No, they weren't they were doing it to you know, get cyclists on the road because we're slowing down motorists, but you kind of almost don't care if if if you get a really superlative route behind the hedgerows. Yeah. Okay. It's such a difference. Yeah. That's the difference. It's got to be good. You can't just fob you off with shared route pavement, which is what yeah, the criticism of Sustrans has been is like there's so many shared route pavement. And that's why Sustrans got a bad rap, even though it wasn't their fault. And they were just trying to fill in the gaps. Laura Laker 36:28 That yeah, yeah. And yeah, they just have to use whatever was there, which was quite often a pavement along what would have been a not too busy road in the 70s or 80s. But it's now a sort of thundering highway and being on a pavement with no barrier between you and or no, no sort of space between you and the 60 mile an hour traffic is far from pleasant, and no, no, no parent is going to choose to cycle on that. If they have any other choice, you know, they're going to avoid that like the plague because you know, one little wobble or mistake and then you know, it's horrific there, you know, possible outcomes. But yeah, it's you know, it's, it's fantastic. Because you don't even barely know the roads there. It's just cool. It's just gorgeous. I'd like to go back actually, because it's been a good year, I think since I saw it. At least actually. Maybe Yeah, I think it's at least a year and yeah, let's see how the trees are bedding in and because it was brand new at the time it just been done. But yeah, it is. Ultimately it is possible. And regardless of the motivations it just goes to show what's possible. I liked recently because Andy Streets and his Walking and Cycling Commissioner Adam Tranter he's on my podcast. They announced they're going to deliver the HS2 cycleway alongside in and around HS2 between Coventry and Birmingham. And when they get to Kenilworth, they're basically connecting up to one of their 1930 cycleways into Coventry. So I quite like that, you know, it's sort of linking something that's already there. And Carlton Reid 38:01 yeah, and that's also a John Grimshaw project, wasn't it? That was that was a John Grimshaw. Laura Laker 38:05 Yeah. He cycled the whole thing. Yes. Yes, he's been he's been trying to get that one, you know, for a lot for a long time. And yeah, it does stand alone. No, you need really, you need the HS2, of course, just stand alone without it. Carlton Reid 38:21 It does. Yeah, saying that, it would have absolutely been put in at the same time, that would not have been the difference. So that is point three. So in your 10 Point manifesto, that's basically work together a behind the hedgeroq Act, compulsory purchase orders, all these kinds of things that only government can do. Yeah. needs to be brought in into play. Yeah. And then you you've said and it's very ambitious. But when you think about it's like, yeah, you could do this easily. And that is you know, if if this was done and if money was provided, and compulsory purchase orders were put in like you would do for roads, you can have an unbelievably fantastic truly superlative national cycling in four years. Laura Laker 39:02 Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, Brian Deegan active travel England reckoned reckoned on this, because, you know, they have such a huge amount of power and to take go to build a cycle, which basically takes three years generally you do you have a year to kind of plan it a year to consult and tweak and then a year to build it. And for that you need multi year funding, because without that, you can't plan anything, basically. And that's why we've ended up bits and bobs of improvements, because it's like, you get the money, you have to spend it pretty much immediately. But yeah, I mean, the amount of funding a body like national highways has would be enough to you know, link these existing routes. Sometimes there are quiet roads, you know, I guess, in the Netherlands, you have through roads and access roads, things like low traffic neighbourhoods, in the countryside. That is a that is a kind of measure that you can do. And some of it it doesn't all have to be Are these sort of high quality pieces of massive engineering cycle routes, either behind the hedge row or on main roads? Some of it can just be tweaking kind of existing infrastructure so that it's not not every road as a through road. But yes, it's some it's amazing. And I kind of did a double take when I heard this. But when we put our mind to something, it's amazing what's possible. Carlton Reid 40:24 And potentially, we will see the fruits of this in Scotland, and Wales, Scotland, Wales are putting in some really ambitious stuff. And Mark Drakeford going, you know, will they backtrack on the 20 mile limit? And will they, you know, reverse a lot of stuff that Lee Waters that all this kind of stuff is potentially up in the air? We don't know yet. Yeah. But Scotland does seem to be, you know, putting their money where their mouth is, you know, that the amount of money that's going in there, per head, dwarfs what we see here in England. So the potentially you've got, you've got like, in five years, you could have something incredible. In Scottish cities in Glasgow. Yeah. You're talking about Glasgow? Laura Laker 41:09 Yeah. And yeah, Glasgow was amazing. I mean, that was the first time I'd been to Glasgow, on that trip. And I was blown away, actually. So they're developing a city wide network of routes, they're lowering in bridges across, they've got this very kind of, I guess, I guess they had this, at the time, they were building roads, they had a very ambitious programme of building like highways. And maybe that's about the culture of the city that when something comes along, when an idea comes along, they kind of embrace it. Whereas Edinburgh has historically been much more conservative. And so when, when highways when sort of urban highways came along the bond level load of those, and now cycling is seen as this big sort of saviour of health and climates and all of these important things, they're going all out on cycle routes, which is fantastic. And yeah, I was really blown away by what they're doing really high quality protected routes with planting alongside, you know, for extreme weather, it's really important to have permeable and green planting on tarmac. And, yeah, and these beautiful bridges and this massive bridge that I saw, and you know, they're really, really ambitious, I think, I've got a piece coming out about Edinburgh in the next week or so. And it talks about the difficulties that Edinburgh has faced very, very different than the city very conservative. But similarly, it's had a huge amount of funding. And I think they're finally getting to the tipping point there where they're starting to deliver real change, you know, hopefully. But yeah, it's, you know, the money's there, I think there's still difficulties with politics. So they've got these active freeways, which would be a kind of National Cycle network for Scotland, these rural routes, you know, the plan is there, or at least the idea is there, but it's not being rolled out yet. So who knows what's going to happen with that, but definitely, the funding and having that long term funding does make it much easier. I'd really love to see Scotland, you know, doing big things. And I think Scotland and Wales have been very, very forward thinking and a lot of things got maybe Scotland particularly, and more consistently than Wales, because as you say, there's a bit of a question mark. Now over Wales, they've, you know, they had the active travel act, they arguably took term coined the phrase active travel with the active travel act about a decade ago. And yeah, but stuff, you know, they have the policy, they had the money, but again, it's very, very slow to change. And I don't know, maybe they maybe if Westminster were a bit more proactive and supportive, it will be easier, who knows, but you're always going to come up against these kinds of difficulties, local politics and stuff, but I think money talks, you know, the money's there for it local investment, which Council isn't going to want public realm improvements, and you know, health. Carlton Reid 43:49 Money is number one, in your manifesto, so it's funded, and okay, we get the money from it. Here's what you say, stop expanding road capacity, and we have delivered a comprehensive network of cycling and walking routes. Hallelujah. Yeah, exactly. It's just like, you know, we've got so many roads, why can't we have more and more and more and more, as we know, it just fills up with traffic if we're gonna have build it and they will come Okay, let's do it for bikes. Now. You know, roads have had eighty years of this, let's have 10 years for for bikes, but walking and . It's just, it's a no brainer. And the LTNs thing kind of like it's so frustrating. Because we're only talking like a few streets. We're not we're not talking. That's when you hear you know, the the shock jocks you'd think is every single road in the country is going to be catered and you're going to hand it to cyclists. That's, that's how it's portrayed. And we're actually you know, maybe maybe a fraction of 1% of roads. really, genuinely is all too Talking about is currently got anyway. Yeah, having safe cycle routes, you know, don't get it get blown up by us people like us journalists, Laura, we're to blame for misrepresenting this. That's that's, that doesn't say good things about our profession, does it? Laura Laker 45:22 No. And I think I think I mean, it speaks to the kind of economics of journalism that, you know, people want eyeballs on stories nowadays because it's that's what makes advertising revenue funding for journalism is fallen off a cliff. And I think this is sort of desperation about the industry at the moment. But, you know, I think it's important to remember that the people shouting against this stuff are a minority, and most people want this stuff or are willing to try it and see, and most of us want quiet, safe streets, we want our kids to be able to play out in safety, we want clean air, we want, you know, peace and quiet. And I think because we haven't seen it, a lot of cases, it's difficult to imagine. But you know, ultimately, these things happen. There's, there's a pushback from a handful of people who are noisy, but I think if we have conversations about, you know, what we could, what we could get from these improvements from these schemes, then it's much positive way of talking about it. Of course, that's not how news works. And I think that's why we need leaders who are willing to sort of look beyond that short period in which a lot of journalists are shouting, and a few people, some of whom have genuine concerns and need to be listened to a shouting and listen to them. But you know, this is something that people want actually, and, you know, the benefits so enormous. Once it's happened, I don't think people would want to go back. Carlton Reid 46:46 Yeah, this is the thing. It's like, a good example is Northumberland Street and Newcastle, which is a pedestrianised street used to be the A1, you know, really the central state through the centre of Newcastle. It's I think, outside of central London, Mayfair on Oxford Street. It's the highest grossing per square foot retail zone in the country, because it was pedestrianised. And it just made it easier. And nobody in their right mind would say, we need to make that the a one again, guys, you know, let's get the cars and buses soaring and you just wouldn't do it. But Newcastle spent the best part of 20 years doing this, it wasn't an overnight thing. We had to spend a long time, a lot of angst getting it done, but nobody would wish it away now. And that's what when we're not getting with all these LTNs and all these cycles, if only if we put them in, nobody would complain about them. Not really not once they see it, it's just if people don't like change. Laura Laker 47:47 yeah, none of us like change just a thing. And it's hard to picture. And I think it's easy to dismiss people's concerns. Because you know, it's normal for us not to want change, it's normal to be concerned about something if you can't picture it. And you're, you know, many of these are genuine worries about businesses, and how will I get from A to B and, and all of this, but yeah, I think what's been lacking in this conversation is just some sort of grown up honesty about, you know, this is going to be a change. But ultimately, it's going to be one that's positive for these reasons. We, you know, we are going to listen, but ultimately, this is a an agenda that most of us support. And we know it's beneficial for these reasons. And I think we've I don't know, I think there's too much government in this country, and in many English speaking countries, kind of almost government by fear of what the Daily Mail might say, in response to this policy. And even the the recent announcement by governments about you know, stopping anti motorist measures was all caps. You know, it was like almost a Daily Mail headline. Carlton Reid 48:52 Yeah, it's quite scary and sad. Yeah. But then, you know, like you say, if you know, for the ones that hold their ground, you know, stuff dies down, people say actually, that actually is much better. So you know, where I'm coming from, I know where you're coming from. And you're saying people want this, but I'm gonna play devil's advocate here and say, Well, no, they don't people want to drive around. And if you're a woman at night, and you describe a lot of the routes, the Sustrans routes, the Nationals, you wouldn't want to go there at night, and probably no matter how much lighting security whatever you put in, you probably would still feel that way. In. Yeah, yeah. On a bicycle, you're not protected. Whereas a car, a woman, a single woman can get into a car can lock the door, can maybe have, you know, dark windscreen even so nobody knows who's in there. You then become this powerful individual who can get around in safety at the end of the day. But bicycles aren't like that, Laura. So you're you're basically making it more insecure for women to go about as independent beings. Laura Laker 50:11 Well, so as a as a woman who cycles on her own at nights that that route from Arnhem to Nijmergen in the in the Netherlands, so I ended up leaving that event and it was dark and cycling home on my own however far it was, it's a good hours ride along these routes, but because you don't have to stop, you actually feel safe. It's only when you have to stop that you start to feel unsafe in my experience. I mean, there's certain routes like along the canal, I live in East London, along the Li River that I have cycled at night, but wouldn't do now. Because you know, that is very isolated. And people have been known to jump out with bushes. But I think for the large part, if they're well designed, and other people are using them, then cycling at night for me isn't a problem. You know, you're moving you're Yeah, I don't Yeah, I very rarely felt in danger of cycling through London at night, for example. I mean, it's been the odd park where I felt a bit sketchy, but I think if you design them, well, not every path is going to feel that way safe at night. But I think in urban places where a lot of people will be cycling to and from at night, it will probably be fine. I mean, you probably feel quite safe. It's about kind of eyes on the streets in a way having people they're with you. Yeah, and I think if a route were well used enough, and don't forget, you know, if you're, if you're, you know, you're not going to necessarily, you're not going to drive home after a night out if you've had a drink. And so you will have to sort of walk a section of your journey. Most likely, if you're in a place like London, you hate taking public transport, maybe you take a taxi, but I feel I don't feel like if I'm on a busy road, walking alone at night that I am safe with those other people around me because I don't feel like people who are driving through again to necessarily stop and help me if something did happen. So I think kind of busy streets can feel unsafe, even though they're very highly populated. And, you know, theoretically, and this kind of, there's been research on this, you know, people who live on quiet streets, no more of their neighbours, this sort of social safety element, and people start looking out for each other. Whereas if you have a traffic dominated environment, it's people tend to turn away from the street. Carlton Reid 52:28 Yeah, I don't disagree. But if it is looking at the motivation of many, many people, I mean, humans are generally lazy. Yeah. They generally want comfort. They want their own things, and they want security, all of those things you have in spades in cars. The downside is, because everybody wants that. And everybody's in a car, it means you don't get anywhere. Unknown Speaker 52:57 Yeah, I don't think that's a whole story. I mean, I think a lot of the time people drive because the alternative is either aren't there don't feel possible, or they don't feel safe. So cycling on the road wouldn't feel safe, you wouldn't even most people wouldn't even consider it. But we've seen I grew up in rural West Somerset, and you had to learn to drive as soon as you turn 17, you would take your test, you buy a car, and you drive everywhere, because the buses mean the buses are even worse. Now. They were okay at the time, but not great. But they just took longer, and you couldn't get everywhere you needed to go my friends as a teenager lived in variable kind of communities. And so you had to drive there was just no other option I would have loved to cycle. And you've seen in London, where we've got a growing network of roots, suddenly, all these people from all walks of life, all kinds of demographics. Laura Laker 53:48 genders, you see a much better one gender split, but also all types of people cycling. And that kind of speaks to the fact that actually, people do want to do this and they may want to convenience but they also want to enjoy their journey. They also want to save money. Cycling can be incredibly convenient, no parking worries, it's so much cheaper you know you don't have to stress of finding a parking space or you know, paying vast amounts of money. I think something like I forget the number who in transport poverty in this country because of cars basically. They spend something like 19% of their income on their car with finance lorry, using facts to convince me that's Carlton Reid 54:36 Anybody can convince with facts, come on. At that juncture, I'd like to go across to my colleague David in America. Take it away, David. David Bernstein 54:45 This podcast is brought to you by Tern Bicycles. Like you, the folks at Tern are always up for a good outdoor adventure by bike—whether that’s fishing, camping, or taking a quick detour to hit the trails before picking Unknown Speaker 55:00 up the kids from school. And if you’re looking to explore new ground by taking your adventures further into the wild, they’ve got you covered. The brand new Orox by Tern is an all-season, all-terrain adventure cargo bike that’s built around the Bosch Smart System to help you cross even the most ambitious itinerary off your bucket list. It combines the fun of off-road riding in any season with some serious cargo capacity, so you can bring everything you need—wherever you go, whenever you go. Plus, it’s certified tough and tested for safety so your adventures are worry-free. 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And I have got an event at Stanfords in Bristol with Xavier Bryce, we're going to discuss the future of the NCN. I've got one I'm speaking in Oxford, at a bookshop. I'm going to be interviewed by Emily Kerr, who's a green Councillor there. I have got a there's a literary festival in Wantage in November. And we're looking at other events as we speak. Carlton Reid 57:16 Excellent. And this is two hundred and .... All right, I'm going to deliver the end of the book. We're talking 264 pages, and then you've got references back. I mean, one of them. Thank you very much. Laura Laker 57:32 Yeah. Carlton Reid 57:34 Thanks. as well. Yes, at the back there, but there's, there's lots in this. So who's gonna be? Who's your audience? Who's gonna be reading this? Who do you think will be reading this? And what might actually could it start something big with with in politics? Can we could we get this like your manifesto? Can it get out there? What do you hope to happen with your book? Laura Laker 58:00 Yeah, well, obviously, I want everyone to read it. I mean, my editor at Bloomsbury was saying, you know, it's probably going to be cycling enthusiasts, people who I guess already, maybe listen to your podcast, my podcast, read our articles about cycling. But I would like to think that you know, these people, these two thirds to four fifths of people who want more cycling people who think, you know, why do I have to drive everywhere? Why aren't there safe cycle routes? Why can't my kids cycle to school, and see that might see this book and think, Oh, this is going to tell that story, this is going to explain it to me. And so I hope that it's going to give people a sense of kind of why we are where we're at, with the history of the NCN and the stories, but also, you know, how wonderful it could be if we had this thing, this network of connected routes, if it were possible for all of these people who say they want to cycle and more who maybe don't even know they want to cycle could do so. And I hope that, you know, my perhaps naive hope is that people will read it and think, you know, this could be such a wonderful thing, why aren't we doing it? And how can we get it to happen and I hope policymakers you know, we've got an election coming up I think this speaks to you know, forget the culture wars. I think this speaks to all sides, you know, of politics, I think, you know, individual freedom and choice is a conservative value, right? Cycling, cycling delivers on that. Carlton Reid 59:26 Cycling is so libertarian is a form of transport I've had many conversations This is freedom. Why is this left wing? Why do people always assume it's just this thing? Laura Laker 59:42 Yeah, it's become a cultural thing. And it's only for I think, you know, certain factions of the right perhaps see this as a wedge issue. And a way of you know, rallying people around them on based on kind of outrage like false outrage really, untruthes. and you You know, in terms of the left, this is, you know, great value for money, the Labour Party is very, very keen on showing they're working and proving to people that they can be trusted with the economy. It delivers on the green agenda, it's so beneficial in terms of cutting carbon emissions, it delivers on health, pretty much every department that we can think of this offers people access to work, you know, so many people who are out of work, especially in rural communities can't even afford to go and find work or stay in a job because the transport is too expensive, or it's too patchy doesn't go in and they needed to go. So there's like barely a thing that this doesn't touch. And I really hope that you know, along with kind of griping, which is, I hope not too much of the book, and the polemic side that this shows actually, you know, this is great for tourism, this is great for our mental health. This can bring us together, you know, it's about in Scotland, I saw that a cycle route can be a linear park, it can be about artwork and community. It can bring people together from different walks of life around a space. And, you know, cycling delivers on these things. And, you know, if we kind of dropped the culture was narrative, which is nonsense. You know, we could see all of these benefits fairly quickly and for very little money, and have a far better country for it. Carlton Reid 1:01:18 Many people would baulk at having Boris Johnson back. And you do mention this in the book of what he and Andrew Gilligan were able to do. Hopefully, it doesn't seem like I want him back. But will it that that is what you need. I mean, you do talk about having a cycling Prime Minister, we had a cycling Prime Minister, we had a Prime Minister who said it was me a golden age for cycling. So we need we need him back. Laura, that we just we need we need Boris back. No, we don't like that back there. Are there other other politicians are available? We just need people to believe in it. And you know, I hope that people read the book and think, actually, this is something we can believe in, but don't need one of the good things about Boris Johnson. Not only did he you know, talk, the talk, walk the talk, all that kind of stuff. But he was right wing. So he could he just instantly takes away that that part of this oversight is a left wing things like well, here's this right wing politician who's pushing for this Andrew Gilligan, Telegraph writer. These are not left wing people in any way, shape, or form. So is that what we need we actually need and then we'd like all politicians to do this, but by the same thing, you need somebody almost on the opposite side to be doing this, they've got more chance of pushing this through. So that's why Boris Johnson did so well, because he was right wing and the Mail isn't gonna, you know, rail against what Boris Johnson was doing. They never did. Laura Laker 1:02:46 They did though. They did. They totally did. I don't think they discriminated against him because he was towards their political leanings. I mean, it's unlikely we're going to have another conservative government, right, when we've got the election coming up, it's going to be Labour by all likelihood. And so they're going to be the ones in power delivering. So I don't know, Carlton Reid 1:03:09 But they backtracked over their green policies. I mean, what hope do we have? Laura Laker 1:03:12 I know I know. I know it's incredibly disappointing. And the thing is this this stuff like the green agenda, more broadly investment in insulating homes, for example, is such great return on investment and if they're thinking about finances and showing they're working insulating homes is just a total no brainer. You know, we all pay far too much for our energy bills. We live in draughty leaky homes. So many houses are mouldy because of the cold walls are damp Yeah, I just think you know, and green technology, huge growth industry. Solar and wind where you know, we're windy little island, but a lot of coastline. Offshore wind is fantastic. Carlton Reid 1:03:55 But in your in the book, you show how national highways basically is an organisation set up to build roads. And once you've done something like that, and that's their raison d'etre. Guess what they're going to build roads. Yeah. So yeah, it's that oil tanker you know having to put the brakes on and change a whole culture so we're not talking about you know, Cuz your manifesto is saying you know, stop funding this and yeah. Laura Laker 1:04:28 Wales did this basically with their no more roads or no more roads and less they increased active travel and public transport policy. They basically have kind of repurpose their national highways body around this agenda, you know, fill in the potholes. We've got a road in a dreadful state and, you know, develop use all their skills and power and funding for active travel. You know, public transport in this country is drastically underfunded. Buses are so important, especially in rural areas, especially people on low incomes, especially for women and Do you know buses are so important? We're really, really not kind of reaping the power the massive power of the bus.? Carlton Reid 1:05:08 Yeah, that's in your book as well, because you're talking about how buses, you know, need to be able to carry bikes. Yeah. And that's, you know, that's a small part of what they could do but the broader transport perspective that's that's so important right Laura? Well, we could we could obviously go on and talk for many hours and we have done in the past because we've we've we've done podcasts. Now, when I ask people to mention where they can get hold of them, I'd like you to do that and feel free to mention Streets Ahead. You have sort of done anyway. But tell people where where they can hear more from you where they can read your stuff. Give it give us the whole I am about Laura Laker. Laura Laker 1:05:57 So yeah, so my book will be available from the ninth of May in all good bookstores. I've also narrated the audio book, so if you like sound, my voice, even if you don't, I'm on the audio book, which I believe will be out at the same time as the regular reading book. And then I am freelance. I've got a column in Cycling Plus magazine. I write for various outlets. I've been doing some stuff for City Lab. I've got a piece coming out with them soon. Do bits and bobs for The Guardian. Gosh, there's so many places I kind of forget. But yeah, and then I've got a podcast Streets ahead with Adam Tranter and Ned Boulting. Carlton Reid 1:06:35 Never heard of them. Laura Laker 1:06:40 I know, I'm like the least the least famous trio. But they're great. It's great. Yeah, I think that's it. I think that's me Carlton Reid 1:06:49 That's it for today's show, thanks to Laura Laker for that bumpy ride along the best and worst bits of Britain's National Cycle network. And thanks to you for listening to Episode 352 of the spokesmen podcast brought to you in association with Tern bicycles. Shownotes and more can be found at the-spokesmen.com Listen out for episode 353 next month, when I may reveal details of a certain bikepacking project I've got cooking ... meanwhile, get out there and ride ... Transcribed by https://otter.ai
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EPISODE 351: Andy McGrath — God is Dead

15th April 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 351: Andy McGrath — God is Dead SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Andy McGrath LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/Andymcgra https://andydoesart.substack.com https://www.amazon.co.uk/God-Dead-Vandenbroucke-Cyclings-Wasted/dp/0552176044/ TRANSCRIPT Carlton Reid 0:12 Welcome to Episode 351 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Monday, April 15 2024. David Bernstein 0:28 The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 1:04 I'm Carlton Reid. And today's show is the first of two episodes with bike book authors. Later this week, I'll share the chat I had with potholes and pavement author Laura Laker a book so fresh, it's not even out yet. But today, I talk with William Hill award winning author Andy McGrath about his 2022 book, God is dead biography of Frank Vandenbrouke the wunderkind who died a mysterious death in a grungy African hotel room. Liège–Bastogne–Liège has been staged since 1892, the oldest of cycling's five monument races, and this year's race will be staged at the end of the month, Sunday the 21st to be exact. Now, Andy, it's 25 years since a certain famous victory of that particular race. So tell us about that. Andy McGrath 2:10 This was the edition of Liège–Bastogne–Liège where the great Belgian cycling hope Frank Vandenbrouke seemed to be fulfilling his immense potential. And he did it in his own unique way. He told anyone that would listen in the days for the race, you know, teammates, DS's, rivals and other races and media, where he was going to attack to win the race to make it stick, a bit like Muhammad Ali used to do before his heavyweight fight. And he'd went out for a 20 minute puto, a few days before the age best on the age. And it's covered his teammate saw him come back to the hotel, you know, barely a blink of an eye later. And he told him, that's all all I need, I feel good. I'm going to win lift some of the age. And he was in a state of grace that day, he attacked on by ODU, which sounds different course back then. It finished in an industrial suburb over the age. And the Cordilla. Redo was about oh, at 90k from the finish. And he, he he wrote up in the big room, he tacked up in the big green, which is I could barely walk up it when I was researching the book, which is a astonishing and slightly sinister thing when you really get into that era of cycling. And he was already clearly the best, you know, he he accelerated pass the defending champion makayley Bartley like it was nothing and then he just let the rest catch him up, basically. And he did attack, you know, if we're going to split hairs slightly later than he said he would you know, or maybe earlier actually, I think it was early. And he said he would you know, a few 100 metres earlier. Because Carlton Reid 3:55 Because that's in your book, isn't it? Yeah. It's a very detailed book and you you're knocking on doors, and you give the exact door that he actually did attack on and not the one that you said he's going to attack on? Andy McGrath 4:06 Yeah, the thing is, I actually knocked on the door of the house number he said he would attack which was 256. You know, hoping for some kind of journalistic intrigue and it was a little bit disappointing that I think people that answered the door were very nice, but it was someone looking after their elderly parent and they said they didn't like cycling, they didn't know about it. So so so I was like yeah, that's there's that avenue gone in the book. But no abandoned Brook road away from the last remaining rival Michael Burgard on the court to send Nicola outside the edge and road to victory just like he said he would and you know, a country that was already in thrall to him was an even more rapturous, you know, Eddie Merckx was extremely impressed. You know, the Eddie marks the greatest and that was really, I think it was 24 Back then van of work, and it wasn't so normal for providers to break through in their early 20s, which is what he had done. He was the exception. And it seemed like that, you know, the cycling world was gonna fall to him. You know. During the book research, I kind of ascertained that he could probably have won almost anything apart from a grantor, you know, he was a strong climber, but didn't have the consistency or the or the mentality to do it over three weeks, but everything else was, was fair game. But that was a very brief high point, you know, that was that was paradise. And he was soon into purgatory. And then how, you know, within a year, which kind of summed up his his life and his career trajectory. Carlton Reid 5:41 And, and spoiler alert, the kind of the title of your book tells us that Frank is no longer with us. But you did refer a few moments ago, almost to the fact that this is an EPO era. So he's going up in the big ring, that's kind of Superman stuff that, you know, Nietzsche, God is dead stuff. So clearly he was he was deeping, he kind of admitted he was doping. This is the EPO era. But then what everybody was saying at that time was, well, everybody was doping. So we're all equal. Do you buy into that? Are you if everybody's taken EPO at the time, and he's such a wonderful rider? Let's give him those victories, because everybody was on this stuff. person. Andy McGrath 6:27 I mean, they're all saying at the time, and I was partly what bothered him, you know, 5, 10 years later that he felt that he was being scapegoated. What we know now, is that essentially, you know, let's be the what's the word diplomatic here? Legally, most of the bunch, we're, we're doing it, there's been lots of admissions. Do I think that makes it okay, in a level playing field? No, no, I don't think so. That's too simplistic, you know, that comes down to you know, things like science and natural amount of creates and how much room you have to dope, you know, or to get up to the rudimentary UCI testing limit of 50, which it was back then, you know, which was, like a broken speed Camry on a motorway. It barely stopped cheating. If you are caught over the 50, like, image credit limit you are. I think you were given a small fine, and you couldn't race for two weeks? What kind of, you know, what kind of punishment? Is that really what kind of thing to stop? Anyone from having huge gains, really, that can change, change everything? So no, no, it wasn't fair. Like it's not fair. And there are a fair few riders who were probably in, in the minority who chose to be clean, you know, to ride on bread and water, as they say, who didn't make it who had to take other jobs who. And that was the kind of that's always a sad thing about doping in a way, you know, that. I don't think anyone who's has a positive for doping, who's cheated. When they get into cycling, they don't want to put a needle in their arm or have their blood transfused or whatever kind of ghoulish thing hopefully went on, doesn't go on now. But along the line they get, they get sucked into certain culture and you know, you invest so much time and energy and sacrifice into something you love, and you have to love it. That you realise, well, this is the kind of Faustian deal that many of them thought I had to make that they thought that they didn't do this, they would finish in the last group or second class group and they wouldn't, they wouldn't get the contract renewed. They wouldn't even be close to winning, you know, to fulfilling their childhood dreams. And you have an abrupt turn turn pro in 1994, which was really probably the worst the worst possible year to turn pro maybe in cycling, because EPO was, that was the year that it was about to get ramped, and if it wasn't already ramping. Carlton Reid 9:00 And then Cofidis wasn't exactly the cleanest of teams. Andy McGrath 9:04 No. I mean, this is Vandenbrouke. He was on Mapei who were the Italian super team. You may see their products in your local homeware stores you know, they still make I think it's grouting Yeah, ground tiles, tile, yes. tiles. things are still popular. I still smile when I see them and and b&q and all other good stores, but they were the best number one, and they really complimented in hindsight, complimented Vandenbrouke perfectly because often, you know, in in the classics of old classics, he won and he won a fair few, you know, scale the price hit Volk, obviously Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He could be the attacking foil or tactically to say Tom Steels, a sprinter or Johan Museuw, who was a permanent cobbles rider. But anyway, after three, four years, which were the most stable, far and away the most stable years, results wise and maybe mentality wise over his whole career. He has acted in he he wanted to be a contract. He wasn't ever patient with very much ever. And he he chose good to French Team Cofidis for double the money basically. And they gave him he could pick, you know, his friends, his his teammates, so, pick several of those. And it started off well, but yeah, it transpired that they had they had a kind of sleeping pill and drinking culture. And that's not a good combination. You know, even one thing. One of those dumb two accesses is bad, but they'd be on training camps, you know, in winter, this is how Vandenberg got hooked in the winter of 98. You know, they'd be it'd be bored you know, you do your training in the sun somewhere in Spain and then a radical Philip go mom, who I think one gateway will give himself. This strong, strapping Frenchman, you know, said why don't you take this and we'll have some drinks and what happens is you kind of you have a euphoric high. That's beyond you know, extreme drunkenness. You know, often you don't remember what you do when you're on under the influence of still not an alcohol, you know? And they go out partying or they're still the team campervan. And it's kind of thing you wouldn't believe it happened then, let alone now. Carlton Reid 11:28 So what is Stilnoct? It's in your book loads. So just tell us what Stilnoct is. Andy McGrath 11:34 It's a sleeping pill with various different brand names. I actually think Anglophone listeners might know it better as Ambien. I think that's alright. Okay. Yes. Australian kind of version of it. Yes, it's a sleeping pill. And you know, normally, I think it's used for insomniacs. And if you, you take one you wait 20 minutes, and it should pretty much knock you out. But they will take festivals, you know, handfuls at the very least. And if you resist if you fight the urge to sleep with alcohol, then you you push through to this strange blankness and euphoric high. And David Miller also has some stories, I think in his, his autobiography of strange things, and I'm the influence, you know. And, you know, it's kind of a reminder also, that professional cyclists, young freshmen, cyclists are very suggestible. They're, maybe not quite all of them fully formed as adults, you know, when they turn someone like Vandenbroucke turn pro, at 19. He was more brought up in the sporting culture than really, as a human being, as an app was an adult human being it and kind of influenced by that. So they're very fragile. And that's the other thing, you know, we've covered it. So there was a lacking duty of care, you know, in terms of the management and, you know, they seem to know what was going on, but they didn't do much about it really like they, they hired a psychologist to do a to have a talk with with the riders who basically laughed him out of the room. So you know, hindsight is 2020, but it was not a good team for Benbrook to band with a good culture. Carlton Reid 13:21 Andy, let's let's dig into you, because you've written this book. And we will we'll we'll talk about it, tonnes coming up. But this is before your time in effect, certainly before your time as a journalist you've started working from what I can see from your LinkedIn profile. You started working for Cycling Weekly. And then you became the head of Rouleur, which many people wouldn't want men will know both both titles of course. But this is in effect before your time. Was this before your were You were you like a big cycling fan? From a you know, a youth? Andy McGrath 14:00 Yeah, I mean, whenever its heyday was before my time in terms of cycling fandom, I really got into it, you know, the Lance Armstrong years 2002 was the year that I you know, discovered this fantastic and strange and exotic sport. And I you know, I did come across Vanderbrouke but by then he was really really on the down slide you know the downfall. I do remember his 2003 Tour of Flanders at the time you know, I remember it. It being this remarkable comeback story where you know this guy who was ranked outside the top 500 in in the UCI standings came second in the tour Flanders out of nowhere. But you know, he was kind of the figure of fun the kind of the fallen hero then. But yeah, he was kind of trying to see I didn't think much about him when I was at cycling weekly as a staff writer and then you know, joining ruler like, later on I to my first book was about Tom Simpson. I I published back in 2017 lovely kind of mix of contemporary photographs and stories from those who know Thompson best with Rapha, you know, one of their first books. And I was very fortunate that won the sports book of the year prize that year, which was a huge boon. Yes. Carlton Reid 15:22 What did you do with 30 grand Andy? Andy McGrath 15:25 I bought a Colnago Carlton, which possibly wasn't seeing us, I don't like to ride it in, you know, winter, or spring, sometimes autumn. So, you know, in the UK, I don't ride a bike to get too messy. And then that really leaves you two or three good months of cycling. So that was, that was my dream bike, you know, when I was a teenager that that was a bike. But funnily enough, that was a brand that I saw in all the cycling magazines, and I obviously, cycling journalists are not the best paid people in the world, sorry to disappoint their any young listeners. But that was, I mean, that was a life changing amount of money for me. So I did go ahead and bought a Kona Argo. You know, that was the that was the main thing and the rest went boringly in the savings. Carlton Reid 16:11 Now, I kind of threw that in there a to be rude, and see what you say. And so you know, is it wind, wind? And so on? No, it's a bike. Okay, great. But also, that was a big deal to win that, that, yeah, that's a big cash amount. And that's a big deal to win the William Hill sports book of the year well done on on that. You're basically your your, your, your, you've been writing about people who were from a different era, in effect. So these these are these are almost not united to me, Tom Simpson is isn't a contemporary, obviously. But Frank Vandenbroucke is certainly somebody I would be very, very well well aware of when I was, you know, in into, in writing about cycle sport I was, he was around at that point. So you're writing about people in effect from from from history. So you're almost a historian, not just, you know, not just a biographer, you're digging into past history, Andy McGrath 17:13 I never really thought about it like that, that's an interesting way of putting it maybe I should put historian on my LinkedIn profile. It feels like quite recent history, though. Carlton Reid 17:22 It really isn't, you know, when you look at this, this is 25 years, that's a good time away, you know, for for somebody to still be talked about, and for books to be written, etc. That's, that's, that's a federal what it is history. Andy McGrath 17:36 That's also what I like, because, you know, in a way, you know, Vandenbrouke, and Simpson both have, have had books written about them already. But I had the kind of maybe the naive hunch, which I would have told my publishers that I can get new stories, you know, there's more things to be said, by different people, which I which, which I believed in, you know, turned out to be true. You know, there's, there's deeper perspective says revisionism to be done, there's new things to be discovered. And, to be honest, I think I've found with, with slightly older people, you know, when you're talking about the people around Simpson and Vandenberg, and in general, and in cycling there, they've lived long lives, you know, so they have more more stories, more life, experience, more more regrets, you know, more successes. But they also, yeah, that somehow they're just that appeals to me, you know, they, they're certainly more open, generally speaking. You know, compared to, for example, let's say, if I was trying to write the, the biography of Matthew Vanderpool who, who won the Tour, Flanders, you know, very recently, there will be a whole circle of people around him that comparatively, it will be very close, very hard to get close to him. And very hard to get intriguing things now, you know, in 10 years time, maybe it'd be a different story. So I think that plays as a kind of advantage in a way to be going back rather than rather than always working with, you know, present champions, Carlton Reid 19:14 the people you've written about in their books are clearly flawed heroes. So both both legendary, both died, that that kind of helps if you're going to be a biographer, when somebody is no longer here in many respects, but they're both flawed. So So is that something that naturally attracts a biographer because if you if you're floored by de facto you're kind of more interesting. You know, you're you're you're there's there's chinks in that armour. There's the stuff that a journalist stroke historian can get their teeth into. And most sports people tend to be kind of flawed anyway, you know, there's many psychological studies which show that you know that the absolute top achievers have had some sort of formative bad experience in in their earlier life, which is then forced them to become these, these super men in terms of you know, male sport. So is that something that attracts you the fact that these are flawed heroes you can you can really talk about a flawed here and more than somebody who's squeaky clean. Andy McGrath 20:34 Well, firstly, I think we're all flawed. You're no one's perfect. But the Yes, I completely see what you're saying that these these are top athletes are people who push things to the extremes who, you know, can be quite flawed or extremely flawed, you know. And that's more the thing, but it, there was no middle for Vandenbroucke things were either going fantastic or his confidence was 100%. Or it was the opposite, you know, there seem to be, you know, they will see a sixth gear or a neutral with him. And I think we're all drawn to, to people who push limits that regular human beings wouldn't normally you know, push. Who wouldn't, you know, we we wouldn't want to take you know, 10 sleeping pills, and then down some glasses of wine on a night out, but so there's a kind of, I think there's a slightly vicarious fascination sometimes. But Vanderburgh was also I wouldn't say he was escaping from something, you know, a kind of traumatic incident in his childhood, but it's definitely worth noting that his father was his uncle. He was part of a second dynasty. So his uncle was dubbed the John Louis mercs as Frank would be. Sean Luke, that's right. Race for Persia had some great results. Never quite lived up to that moniker, who Ken and his father who was older than John Luke. So John's brother, John Jack. He was on the cusp of being a pro site because he just signed his his contract. When hit, their father died and he became guardian to John Luke, and John Paul. His brothers, his younger brothers, so his history was snatched away from him before he could do anything about it, and he had to he had to sell off his his father's Frank's grandfather's his basins and toilets and sinks because he was a kind of plumber handyman to shut down the business. So there was a kind of element of his Frank's Father John Jack being being a real driving force for positive and for negative through his formative years, you know, he pushed him so hard, you know, he would, he would follow training with a stopwatch praise was kind of few and far between shows of shows of kind of love work, not not regular at all. And, you know, Frank felt that sometimes you've treated too much as a cyclist and not enough as a son you know, as a as a person. And they had, you know, they had fallings out throughout Frank's life. And, you know, there was also a depression that John Jack had. Or John Paul, maybe it was actually his younger brother. And Frank had that too. So there's a kind of there's a, there's a kind of site genetic, I think, vulnerability to two of, you know, mental health problems that was on show here. So there's that extreme too. And this is what I kind of also find fascinating about not just pro cyclists, but people in general, athletes in general, that when we see them, just seeing when we see them in the Tour de France or tour Flanders, whatever, we're seeing 1% of their life, you know. And for Frank, you know, when he was on the bike, that was a kind of safe place, really, when things are going well. That was his refuge. And it was really like when he wasn't on the bike when he was by himself. And you know, he couldn't be by himself, really, he loved being around people need to be around people to be supervised sometimes. But when he was alone, that was when the problem started, when he had time to think or to do certain misdemeanours or wrong things. That was a problem. And people don't think about that, you know that. Everything really needs to be going well, and in the 99% of your life outside of the bike pace for the bike race to go well. Carlton Reid 24:46 So you mentioned father, son relationship stuff there, which can reminded me that when I was looking at the emails of when we've interacted before, and when you were editor of Rouleur, you actually published I'm getting more into you about, you actually published a ride of my son of coming back from China, in Rouleur, and this is now four or five years back when he did that ride and you, you, you published an account of that ride. But you were with Rouleur for about five years, four years editor? Andy McGrath 25:23 yeah, yeah, every year for nine years and I was here to for five years, you know, which was that was a dream. That was a dream, you know, I was in my mid 20s When I became editor, and I just loved hearing their stories where I'd actually been at cycle sport, which is part of cycling weekly part a part of that IPC Media Group, you know, 15 years ago, that was where I was kind of under under the wing of Ed Pickering, who, who's now the Rouleur editor, you know, I was around all these great writers like Lionel Birnie, and, you know, just learning from them, you know, either by by osmosis or by asking stupid questions, which is a kind of great way to learn. But I've really found I was drawn to longer form storytelling, you know, articles, over 2000 words, long interviews, you know, two, three hours sometimes or, you know, spending a whole day or, or, you know, to with a pro cyclist to really, truly get under their skin, you know, because that's also the media landscape in increasingly at the moment, sometimes, you're given 20 minutes, 25 minutes in a hotel lobby, to write a long feature that's supposed to you know, be chapter and verse about the cyclist. And that's not you know, that's not sufficient. I really was kinda like an entry kind of opened the doors you know, ruler when you said you with ruler that kind of had a special effect, they knew you were gonna do a very thorough, well researched, well written job, which I think really helped. And this is also the last landscape we're in that was, you know, I joined over 10 years ago, and slightly magazines, were more plentiful, were more more profitable. And I still read paper, by the way, I'd never read a Kindle course. And I'm, I'm kind of 35 going on 65 I just like, you know, I'm looking at a bookcase with about 200 books right now. And the same goes for magazines, I just, I'm a magazine guy. And I don't see that changing. And I'm kind of proud of that, because I'm slightly scared that in even in 10 years, Time Magazine might go the way of a vine on and be a collector's item when it really shouldn't be Carlton Reid 27:42 well, Cycling Weekly is older than Liège–Bastogne–Liège. So that was that was 1891. So that presumably, has has a place in the market, almost guaranteed a lot of the other magazines, maybe not so much, and ruler has a place in that is long form. It is something that, you know, the pro riders as well as cycle sport fans will love and look up to because it does go into immense detail and great care, and the quality of the paper, all that kind of stuff. So it's I guess, it's the magazines, in the middle, that that fall between those two kind of different models that are going to suffer. Andy McGrath 28:28 Perhaps, you know, the Rouleur owner told me a few years ago that there was there was going to be survival of the fittest and you know, he's turned out to be right. I think it's also the care you know, the photography and in rural areas, you know, top top notch I think people like that baby surprise, you know, sometimes have little feedback I got as editor, you know, that I could just see the, you know, often the subscription numbers rising and you see the sales figures and I like to think there's a very happy silent majority. And maybe the numbers pull that out that, you know, some people on social media will either go on there to say how fantastic something is, or how appalling it is or that their magazine never arrived, you know, and that's fine, you know, but that's, that's the world we live in. But I'm not even sure about cycling weekly, I've got a huge attachment to that magazine sentimentally. But it could be that that ends up being being an online only presence in 10 years time or you know five years time and I really hope that isn't the case. But that more and more people are reading things on their phones or their tablets. So you know, papers printed so as a find its its place you know, but realised yet definitely one for the connoisseur. Um, and we do crazy thing crazy fun things. You know, I remember taking a crew of photographers and writers to Paris-Roubaix, which is my favourite race. Because Because I said next year we're going to do a whole edition of Rouleur just around Paris-Roubaix. And we designed it with a kind of cobblestone font. And we kind of you know, each story was a sector basically and we did it you know, we were there for a week. We worked bloomin hard. And I think we saw six sectors on the day, which for goes from south to north, took some driving that pushed the limits of the highway code. But it was you know, we, we just had carte blanche to do pretty wild things like you know, we had a Gonzo writer called Mort not bow, who was Danish, who, who who divided opinion, you know, but I've never seen anyone write like that in cycling media, let alone sports media like and he always got the interview, he always ingratiated himself with the biggest names in cycling, you know, and that's what I loved was like different styles make make a magazine, for example, you know, Morton was meant to Morton and Jakob, who we call the crazy Danes is right of geography in a combo for several years, so we're meant to spend two hours with Lance Armstrong in the height of his, you know, scandalous air, I think was 2013 2014. And they ended up spending two or three days I played golf with him, you know, and it was just, yeah, like, the one thing about Rouleur that we wanted to change was that to make it not seem so stuffy or serious, because because we were having a lot of fun making it and we all love cycling, and there's a lot of, you know, humour to be had with it. You know, you might look at the black and white photographs. And you know, think it's been ernest but you know, we tried to change that every now and then. It's Carlton Reid 32:01 clearly it was it was founded in a party in a Guy Andrews but partly with Simon Mottram of a Rapha, so it's like, A, in some ways, like a Rapha, journal it had that certain had that, you know, in the early days, certainly had that Rapha you know, aesthetic. And, and power to its elbow for having that aesthetic, because Simon, you know, absolutely went in it, I can say this into the veins of cycling at that time with with with, you know, a very beautiful magazine. Andy McGrath 32:40 Yeah, he was, you know, he was pivotal to its founding like, along with Guy who, who was the founder, you know, they they saw they saw something different. And they, you know, they put in the money in the effort fearing that no one would buy that first issue which now goes for hundreds on eBay. And, you know, in many ways, it was similar to I think Jacque Waterlase courir magazine in the 50s and 60s, you know, that style and that aesthetic and you know, Guy didn't want any reviews. He wanted to show the cycling that you know, that he loved that also a child with the Rapha aesthetic and their values. And basically, the Rouleur blueprint that he laid out in those first issues is still what Rouleur is, you know, it's you know, in depth interviews, it's photography with a difference. And you ever heard is actually coming up for nearly 20 years. I think it'll be in a couple of years time. And Carlton Reid 33:42 Rapha is 20 years old this year. So that makes me feel old. Because now, I was the first person to report on Rapha's founding on in would have been, it would have been online, I would I probably did a story on bikebiz.com on this, you know, strange aesthetics based, cycled clothing manufacturer, you know, coming in from the advertising world. So I broke the story of Rapha coming in into cycling, and then now it's that 20 years or so their current PR you know, emails me and says, Oh, would you like to do a story on on Rapha being 20 It's like, oh my god, they're 20 and I did a story on them, you know, and it doesn't feel 20 years away. So it's history, as well. So we're kind of coming full circle on on history there. Now on on LinkedIn, you actually say you're one of your career highlights is actually writing for Bicycling. So what why was that a career highlight highlight? Andy McGrath 34:50 Did I say that? Oh, that's good. I just I just wanted to write for you know, one of the tops like a magazine. I've been seeing it all my life. You know, when I went freelance two years ago, that was basically my chance to write for whoever I wanted. And yeah, I'm a fellow fellow news. Now fellow went online. So I just saw this kind of this prestige of writing for for an American publication who, who I always thought, you know, did some really good journalism. And they do. I mean, it's most rigorous fact checking process I've ever had, and they did some beautiful photography, it was a long profile of Peter Sagan in his retirement. Yeah, and I went to Slovakia to see, you know, his family with old friends. And I went to Spain to interview him. And it kind of felt like old school journalism, you know, also that they back you to do that, you know, both in terms of time, word count, and paying expenses. Carlton Reid 35:56 And paying, because that's why I like writing for American magazines is they pay five times more than any British magazine. Andy McGrath 36:06 Yeah, I'm not sure if we should be advertising that this is true. Yeah, saying the Americans taking out lucrative stores. But no, absolutely. Like, that's the thing that I'm not sure why it's five times more. So I understand, you know, the, the kind of living costs, generally speaking, in the US in cycling friendly pockets is probably higher. So, so they were charging more, but five times more. You know, word rates for journalists, and in cycling identity have changed for 20 years, you know, since Rapha's inception, which is kind of sad. It's more of a labour of love than it ever was, and it was still a labour of love 20 years ago. But yeah, like the bicycling and you know, writing for cycling class I've written for basically every Anglophone cycling title in my not so young career now I'm 35. And it's just a pleasure, you know, that something that you know, the teenage me will be super proud of, and you know, that, don't me, it's, it's still proud of, you know, it's something really nice to go in my bookshelf. And it's always new stories and new angles, and well, not new sci fi magazines, really. But I kind of live in hope that I can keep doing that mainly around cycling, but I am you know, one slightly sad thing is that I'm trying to diversify slightly and you know, write about different sports, as well as cycling. Carlton Reid 37:39 I see you on art substack. So that's really diversifying. Andy McGrath 37:45 That's not That's not for profit. That's just for me. I just wanted to ride this is, this is something that I started this year, just going to local galleries and doing short, short reviews, you know, with just to learn about art, and to see what I like what I don't like, you know, I always, you know, I've kind of thought that modern art is a bit pretentious, but I've never really been to see that much. So I thought it could be fun. And it's proven to be fun. But the irony is that my my work deadlines are kind of impinging on my art reviews to the point that I haven't posted anything in about two months, but I will soon for my 20 substack followers. No, it's just fine. You know, you can live in deadlines. And with a bit of stress for so long that it's a nice kind of thing to try to do to, you know, flex some different writing muscles, but also learn about something totally away from sport, which is really the thing that I love. Carlton Reid 38:49 So I want to dig further into that level of cycling and into God is dead, your book. But right now I'd like to go across to my colleague David, who will give us a short ad break. David Bernstein 39:06 This podcast is brought to you by Tern Bicycles. Like you, the folks at Tern are always up for a good outdoor adventure by bike— whether that’s fishing, camping, or taking a quick detour to hit the trails before picking up the kids from school. 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Carlton Reid 40:24 So we are back with Andy McGrath and Andy is the well as he's been telling us in the the before the ad break that he's been telling us about his career trajectory through cycling into into now doing an art substack even for the for the fun of it and the hell of it and the learning of it. Which Which sounds fantastic, because I should do that too. I should learn new stuff. But the thing we started this podcast with was with the the anniversary coming up to 25 years since since Frank Vandenbroucke and we can we call him VDB Do you think we can we can really Yeah. Yeah. Or should we say Frank goes to Frank because really it is it's like it's a it is actually an unknown nickname for other people in Belgium isn't is not not just something that's pertinent to him. Andy McGrath 41:23 That's right. There's lots of bands you know something? Yeah, Vanda Carlton Reid 41:27 something. Okay. So VDB we can we can go with that, as we kind of use a shorthand gumming up. So your book 2002. This came out, and he and it's the rise and fall of Frank Vandenbroucke cycling's great wasted talent is the subhead to God is dead. Now God is dead is clearly a Nietzsche reference. Also a reference to when he was coming up when when Frank was coming up through the sport, lots of people treated him as a god. And then in his autobiography, he talks about not being a god, but the very fact that he's saying he's not a God means kind of other people were saying he was a god. So that's, that's a hell of a provocative title for a book. Andy Yeah, absolutely. Andy McGrath 42:25 I just correct you there. It came out in 2022. If it came out in 2002, I would have been 14 and Carlton Reid 42:33 I'm sorry, sorry. 20222. Sorry. Yeah. No, that would have been deep military. Yes. Yes. Yes. Sorry, kind of literal, you Andy McGrath 42:39 know, the spoiler alert as you pointed out earlier as sports which makes it a kind of backwards who done it or you know, what happened to his life when you know, beside nd and also, you know, his friend contemporary or when I went on to wrote a song called Cody is dead. So I just thought it was too there are too many, you know, perfect similarities to not have that title. It does, I suppose it you know, catches the eye, as well, as you know, telling you what happened. And it intrigues and it should stop people in their tracks, you know, make them think, you know, who was this? Cyclists because most people most passing people in bookshops, for example, wouldn't have heard of Frank Vandenbrouke, some people at the time, you know, very briefly, he he was on the cover of pro cycling in the UK, for example, he was in the top three of the world rankings, he was going to be the biggest things since sliced bread on 11 speed. And then and this is the thing that half the book is really the rise of a sporting talent, exceptional sporting promise, despite all his problems, you know, that he had the human for example, he was involved in a in a crash with a rally car when he was four years old. Of all things, you know, in the country lanes where he grew up, and that meant that after a long, long recovery, his left leg was always two centimetres shorter and thinner, and the right leg which you would think will be problematic for for a pro cyclist and it proved to be problematic. You know, often during his career, he was always fighting these knee injuries. But anyway, he he rose up at a time when the stars were older, you know, they were 30 Plus, and they were quite bland in comparison to him. You know, we had Indurain, Rominger, Museuw, and Frank Vandenbrouke was this 20 year old counterpoint who said good things to all the Belgian media and was handsome, you know, he was good looking kid. But he raised with such panache. And he won unusually early unusually often. And for someone that yeah, when he was a junior, he won half his races which is ridiculous for someone who who wasn't a great sprinter either, you know, he he had to attack really to win most of the time. Carlton Reid 45:14 So it's an awful lot of is not just legacy but at the time was he just looked so beautiful on a bike I mean there's there's a little bit of you know, homo-eroticism going on there but he's just he just looked wonderful with you know those those as you're saying those those the legs being shorter and thinner. I hadn't actually noticed that but it just it looks so beautiful on a bicycle. He's just like the dream rider. Andy McGrath 45:42 Yeah, and that's the way that we the most of us wish we could you know, pedal that's like pedalling and in a dream. It's that the French word souplesse. It kind of describes the way that he pedalled you know, with, with no, either body barely moved, didn't move when the back was still when he kind of cycled it was like ballerina esque if that is the right word for a male ballerina probably is. And it was so incongreous, too, because his legs was so thin. You know, they were like pipe cleaners. Really. They weren't particularly muscular. But they were tanned and yeah, like it. It is funny about cycling isn't all Pro Cycling that sometimes it we don't just admire the best riders. With my style, we My grace. For example, I still remember this Russian writer called Mikhail Ignatieff who won a few Olympic goals on the track. And he didn't win any anything of any note, you know, in Tour de France, all the all the big leagues of road racing, but his pedal stroke was just gorgeous, just like you know. I imagine there was no human around years of you know, Russian training in the Velodrome but Carlton Reid 46:55 so that you're definitely getting back to that kind of Rapha aesthetic which, which Simon Mottram tapped into, you know that it's not about always winning. It's sometimes about just looking good and being stylish and having panache. You know, that Tom Simpson also taps into that with his suits and his writing style. Andy McGrath 47:17 Yeah, absolutely. Like, it's not about winning always. It's about how you make people feel. It's about how you bring the fans along with you all, all the media. And there's some riders in their 30s. Now, their favourite cyclists was Frank Vandenbrouke. That 999 the age pastorally. Age is the race of their dreams. I think I'll have an arson who's a former Belgian champion, said he watched it 200 times on replay I feel it was your bet. The great Belgian bike racer, idolise Vandenbrouke, that and there's something it wasn't just results like we can all have, well, not all of us, pro cyclists can have a page on Pro Cycling stats or whatever results. Software, you use that, that shows you what you've won, but it doesn't say anything for how you want it, you know, like with, with daring, long range attacks, like Vandenberg sometimes did, or what you said to the media afterwards, you know, giving them great quotes. And that's part of his charm. And you know, why people wrote books about him in Belgium, although that said, you know, if, if he hadn't been a kind of fatal hero, if he hadn't died so young, it would, it would be a happy a different story. Because Carlton Reid 48:37 there is that Amy Winehouse, you kind of mentioned that, you know, that Marilyn Monroe that kind of that here, who's a die young they stay heroes. So there's there's that element of and Africa somewhere else in your book where you talk about how people couldn't have imagined him getting older anyway. You know, there was that that there was almost a fatalism there. That this is somebody who is, you know, the Icarus figure, you know, burning bright climbing high, that will probably come a cropper like almost wasn't a surprise to many people, the way his his life ended. Unknown Speaker 49:15 Absolutely. I think sometimes that's it's not easy to say that, you know, 10 years after he's died when, you know, after the fact. And the problem was that he had all these issues, he had depression briefly and he became addicted to, you know, cocaine and amphetamines. But he will always find a way out of it that I think a lot of people thought that he would eventually find a way out of his problems, you know, the 10 years from the age when the end of his life in 2009 We were just roller coaster teaser kind of cliche like, but he would always drag himself out. So that's the sadness and and they were under a lot of pain. April, he said to me, there was some regret, you know, in the quotes that his agent pulled the gator that said, when it came to his drug addiction that they were, he compared it to a kind of sinking ship and said that, you know, when they were bailing the water out, they should really be plugged in trying to plug the hole which was quite a kind of poignant quote like I thought so and so one more thing, too We, of course it gets into sad tragic territory, but you know, it's not the kind of misery misery fest biography No, and I found them bro was loved by so many people and charmed and joked around with so many people like, he was a great impressionist, he, he was like a bouncy teenager, really, at the age of 35, still, you know, like, messing around with his roommate, and putting toothpaste on the bathroom mirror. And he had this kind of universal boyishness that people found it very hard to be mad at him, even when he did, you know, quite bad things or selfish things or acted vainly, which he could do. So there's, you know, at the core of it, it goes much beyond the cyclists into this human being who could be lovable, but can also be very frustrating and, you know, do some bad things. Carlton Reid 51:26 So the book is, yes, it's not, you're right. It's not all doom and gloom. But there's an awful lot in there. You can't get away from this about addiction, doping clearly. And then mental health care or lack thereof, in in, in not just in cycling, but in probably in society as a whole. Yeah, like, I Unknown Speaker 51:46 kind of think that. If we look back, even 10 years alone, 20 years, the duty of, of care for professional athletes was really lacking. You know, I think it's really sad that there were top level riders not just Vandenberg, who were going to psychologist or psychiatrist, but we're keeping it strong, you know, because it was seen as so shameful, you know. And to me that shy, that taps into the old school soccer mentality of, you know, the way they used to be the way they used to train, you know, do 300k Drink very little, eat very little. Ride harder, don't complain. And that could work for some people. But that is not a caring way to look up to most people. You know, that's, and that can come back to by many athletes, you know, and I think that's what happened. Vandenbrouke's psychologist probably helped to help him to live longer. You know, that's what he said in his his autobiography. Actually, Vandenbrouke Carlton Reid 52:52 That's Jeff Browers? Unknown Speaker 52:54 Yeah, exactly. And, in fact, he was probably an early kind of adopter of this help that he needed, you know, not just for, you know, the cycling was one thing, but they were trying to cure his kind of addiction problems and is show him that he he was loved, you know, even though he felt abandoned often. And that's the crux of it, that, you know, this need to be loved that I kind of thing most of, well, pretty much all all of us have, whether it's conscious or subconscious. And he always felt unloved or abandoned, despite, you know, the obvious legion of fans that he had and everything else. And that was a tragedy, there are human tragedy. Carlton Reid 53:37 So in your in your book, there's a kind of murder mystery, and to the book, murder, mystery, suicide, whatever. So Jeff, Browers was the psychologist about it, he basically told you that he thinks it was it was it was suicide, because he was, as you've just said that he needs people around and he was quite alone in that grubby hotel room in Senegal. But then other people, family obviously blame the people he was with and don't want to have that association. With with suicide, you don't really come you don't come to a conclusion because you can't really come to a conclusion, especially as it happened in Senegal, where it's kind of difficult to come to any conclusion anyway. But there's, there's various people give their their opinions weighing all that up. What's your opinion? Unknown Speaker 54:40 I don't have to give one you know, like, if it isn't clear, factually, and I can't be certain, but I've laid out you know, that's the job of the biography is to talk to everyone that was close to Vandenbrouke around him at the time. He was actually you know, basically there and include what they said Um, but no. I think that there could be something very well and what you have for hours says, you know, the psychologists who, you know, he was a man who spent hours with him and in that in that room I can see why he would say that. But one of the great, one of the great, strange things about this is, is that mystery like that, you know, Vandenbrouke had never even been to Africa, and he decided to go to Senegal, ye. And this filmic ending, you know, where, whereas you say, a prostitute was the last person to see him alive. So maybe he wanted it to be, you know, clouded in some kind of doubt that it could never be be definitive. But either way, you know what, like, whichever way that he died, it was pretty tragic that that he died, you know, and he's not the only one from that era, either. He had Pantani, you had Jose Maria Jimenez, you know, and I think it's, it's partly a kind of symptom of the doping culture that what they were taking to perform in bike races made it much easier to get into recreational drugs. And both of those things, mess with your mind and your body. And probably your, your, your soul, you know, the core of who you really feel you are and what you're doing, you know, whether you think it's cheating or not that moral maze, it, it can't be easy. I'm there must have been a hot a horrible time to be a pro cyclist. Carlton Reid 56:41 People think of these things doping is a black and white issue. Yet, there's a spectrum here, you know, is I mean, the UCI classifies too many coffees, too many espressos as doping. But, you know, four or five, okay. You know, marginal gains, you know, all these things, which which you can legally do, and yet you somehow trip over a line, if you take this other thing. And the other thing is, is meant to be this evil thing. And that's clearly you know, the wrong thing to do. But vitamin supplements and you know, creatine, all of these things are performance enhancing, why did they not get the stigma that EPO get? So it's a spectrum and addicted, it's very difficult to say this as a black and white thing, when there are many things that can make you better on a bike, including EPO, but then you know, just your energy gel makes you better on a bike, should we be adding energy gels, it's there's very little nuance gets into it talking about doping, it's just black and it's white. Yeah, Unknown Speaker 57:57 when really if you're saying is that it's basically shades shades of grey, you know that the modern game does you're in the peloton is ketones, which are not banned, but they seem to be ethically questionable. And my rudimentary understanding of the science around it is also that no one knows how, how it can affect the career in a few years time or five years time that we might be seeing some writers already suffering from not using them in the right way or overusing them. Well, Carlton Reid 58:35 my wife is a is a diabetes doctor. So she knows about ketones, and she knows about insulin, as well. And insulin was, was clearly one of the things that Frank used to basically say he was going to kill himself and he's going to use insulin to do so. So potentially that was, it's very hard to trace insulin as if you're going to kill yourself with insulin. So potentially, that's, that's, yeah, you're gonna kill yourself insulin is a pretty good way of doing it. Andy McGrath 59:11 Yeah. And you know, why would you why would you take that to Senegal? Or how would you source it? You know, what? He wasn't a diabetic, you know, so. Yeah, I won't give away you know, the ending or, you know, what everyone said about the ending, but, you know, several people were pointing towards suicide, certainly in the book, but yeah, like, I just going back to the grey area of crime doping. I just hope it's a bit more nuanced. Now. The way that people regard dope is like I even think that you know, 10 years ago. It it's really hard. It's very hard, isn't it? Because they have cheated. They have done something wrong, and they've done it knowingly, you know, in probably 99% of cases. Despite the numerous They can excuse. Carlton Reid 1:00:02 Yes, there have been quite a few good ones. False twin Unknown Speaker 1:00:10 Yeah, false twin, pigeon pie, weeks from a Colombian grandmother. It's got Carlton Reid 1:00:17 I bought it for my dog. Okay. Unknown Speaker 1:00:20 Yeah, well, that was bingo. So on the one hand, they are not above appropriate, you know, the rider. They are number one, you know, anything that turns up in their body knowingly or unknowingly, if they're positive, that's that's on them, you know, that's how it is. And I totally get that. But on the other hand, it still seems to me that the culture around doping IE, you know, the people that help them or, or facilitate, you know, people like team doctors, team managers, people in the know, people who are still in the sport, you know, nowadays seem to get away with it, pretty much, often quite, quite scot free. And that's not okay. And I've had, you know, cyclists who were pros in the 80s through to, you know, the last decade, you know, saying a similar thing, but that's a thing that needs to be changed that needs to be snuffed out like the right is kind of like the symptom of a wider problem. And of course, if we knew the answer if the UCI or Wilder knew the answer, you know, anti doping foundations famously have much smaller smaller budgets and maybe even the biggest cycling team in the world they're always fighting kind of a chasing battle they're always you know, one step behind maybe against the latest wonder drug or the kind of latest cheats but I think I can save some some confidence Pro Cycling is is cleaner now than it was in Vandenbrouke's heyday. But I also fear that it'll never be totally clean partly because of human nature partly because of the money was going up and up and partly because of this bizarre kind of will to win this drive is addiction Carlton Reid 1:02:13 Yeah, can even amateur races you know, people have been caught doping that will to win Andy McGrath 1:02:22 Yeah, I mean, that's that's sad in my opinion, you know, if you're, if you're doping to win a category three cap for race. What's the point? You know, Carlton Reid 1:02:32 do you race have you written Have you raced Unknown Speaker 1:02:38 I did a few time trials when I was up at university in York. Beautiful place to ride around there Oh, and I did someone's teenager with the Addiscombe in Croydon that's where I'm from. no great shakes, Carlton. I've never meant to be the next Frank Vandenbroucke much better at writing than riding my bike has put it that way. But Carlton Reid 1:03:08 yeah, you're a rider. Not a racer. So that that that that Colnago that you bought is something that you would ride on a nice day with no mud around so what you're writing normally what's what's if you're not running the Colnago what you're writing Andy McGrath 1:03:33 it's a time XRS I'll steel a nice bike from now not a pub bike. Unknown Speaker 1:03:38 It's a decent bike it was just it just keeps going and it gets me around town if I want to ride in the autumn or winter on the road so I'll use Quickstep used to ride it back in the day me 20 years ago you know Palpatine and all that Carlton Reid 1:03:57 which did you pick that up in your in your magazine days then is that was you kind of like you somehow acquired it back then. Andy McGrath 1:04:07 Well, the thing about me is I'm I'm not I'm no techie I'm really good people that would have seen me trying to fix a puncture back in the cycling weekly office 15 years ago would have realised that immediately now I'm there because I like riding my bike. I just to be completely honest, like I don't know much about bike tech and isn't the most interesting thing about cycling for me, you know, I'm the people that ride the bikes, you know, the pros and all their you know, differences and their opinions and personalities. That's much more interesting to me than say this bike weighs eight kilos or this carbon one weigh 7.5 But that's that's just me, you know, each have their own. Yeah, I'd much rather you know ride a bike then. do the legwork for it, you know, which is but actually need to get better at you know mechanics and changing chains and that kind of thing and maybe on a warm summer's day, I'll just practice doing Carlton Reid 1:05:13 that. That's what bike shops are for. That's my opinion. Now I'm with you. I'm with you on the I'm not fussed about technical stuff I've never really been happy writing about the technical stuff doesn't excite me writing about technical stuff or weighing things and yeah, it's the people that is all the stories that are around it that that are from me, personally. A more interesting. Andy McGrath 1:05:40 Yeah, absolutely. Like, I find it hard to rhapsodise about tech, you know, whereas I can. Yeah, like I kind of wish I was more intrigued by it, but I'm just not, that's just my personality. And the funny thing is, as a former tech magazine, Ed editor, you really you do have to slightly balance the editorial side with not keeping advertisers happy, but keeping them onside. And there was a slight tech element with Rila. But we we did it in our own way with basically treating the bike or the other kit, like a like a model, you know, hanging on trees or oversea wall, or all kinds of crazy sheets. Carlton Reid 1:06:29 So if people want to and we're now wrapping up here, Andy, if people want to get your book and be maybe getting in touch with you or find out what you're doing, where do they find you on websites on on social media? Unknown Speaker 1:06:44 They can find me on X formerly known as Twitter before Elon Musk made it even worse. Yeah, at Andy McGrath, that's a n d, why. MC Gra? So, take off the th basically for my surname. Yeah, they want to buy the book, just any online bookseller, really from from Amazon to Waterstones to Blackwell's to whoever, whoever you like, it's on there. And I'll put Carlton Reid 1:07:19 your art stack substack link in in the show notes. So people can also you know, if they're not interested in cycling, they could they could follow you for your, you know, your your opinions on Anthony Conway says Andy McGrath 1:07:31 the next step comes from me being an expert, what's your, what do you think? Carlton Reid 1:07:39 Well, I guess if you're not into the techie side, you know, and you're just looking at maybe just the people behind these things, rather than the art itself? I don't know. Is that do they? Are you looking at the art itself? What's going to interest you? Andy McGrath 1:07:51 I am mainly looking at the art itself being and that ties into their lives and the era they were in. It's a bit of everything really, you know, if it's modern art that I'm likely to question, you know, how did this make me feel? You know, what do I feel? What does this elicit in me kind of understand how much work is took or, you know, the literal art artistry behind it? That's one element. But, you know, I just went to see Frank Howell back. He's at the Courtauld in London. He's basically the last surviving artist from that Lucien Freud. Francis Bacon set in the 1950s. And I thought it was fantastic and but it's only black and white because he didn't have the money for pain in 1950s, which I've become a pain which is also an insight into a different world, you know, that I'm very fortunate to not be in you know, post World War reconstruction. But anyway, we we digress. Any followers are welcome. Carlton Reid 1:09:02 Yes, no, I'll put that link in. For sure. And to your other things. So Andy, thank you so much for for talking to us on me, us. Andy McGrath 1:09:11 Thank you. Absolute pleasure. Carlton Reid 1:09:15 And that's it for today's show. Thanks for listening to Episode 351 of the spokesmen podcast brought to you in association with Tern bicycles, show notes and more can be found at the-spokesmen.com As I mentioned earlier, the next episode, dropping real soon, will be a chat with cycling writer, Laura Laker. But meanwhile, get out there and ride ...
4/15/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 1 second
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EPISODE 350: AA’s Think Bike Redux

8th April 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 350: AA's Think Bike Redux SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Chris Boardman, Jeremy Vine, Edmund King LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid TRANSCRIPT Carlton Reid 0:12 Welcome to Episode 350 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Monday 8th April 2024. David Bernstein 0:28 The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 1:04 I'm Carlton Reid and on today's super short show we hear from Chris Boardman and Jeremy Vine, plugging that from today, the AA is relaunching its 10 year old 'Think Bike' campaign. This nudge-like promo encourages drivers to fit small Think Bike wing-mirror stickers to remind them to look out for those on two wheels. Back in 2014 the AA printed a million of these stickers and distributed them to members promoting the giveaway with a YouTube video featuring a good-looking naked cyclist appearing in wing mirrors demonstrating that if people chose to truly look before manoeuvring, there'll be fewer casualties out there. Did the campaign save any lives? Impossible to prove either way, of course. And some might argue that 10 years down the road the feral attitude towards cyclists in particular from some motorists is worse than ever. But that a motoring organisation is still going out of its way to promote a critical road safety message is something that's to be applauded. The concept for a wing-mirror sticker came from AA patrolman Tony Rich after his friend was killed in a motorcycle crash. The idea was then championed by AA president who's not only an arch motorist but also travels around London on a folding bike. Edmund cycles recreationally, too ... I know that because he often sends me photos of him riding his mountain bike wearing the ipayroadtax Lycra jersey that I sent him ages ago ... So before the sound bites from Chris Boardman and Jeremy Vine here's Edmund King ... Edmund King 3:01 It is now 10 years since we launched our Think Bike sticker campaign. But unfortunately, the message is still as relevant today as it was a decade ago; far too many people are being killed and seriously injured on two wheels, whether cyclists or motorcyclists. So we will be spreading the message again, to all drivers to think bikes. Chris Boardman 3:26 It's hard to believe the Think Bike sticker campaign launched 10 years ago, and I was there when that happened, the idea to make drivers just a little bit more aware of the vulnerable road users around them. Really glad to see that the AA is reinvigorating the campaign. And I'll be glad to join in and help. Jeremy Vine 3:43 And I'm so pleased to see that the AA is doing this because if you're on two wheels, you do feel quite vulnerable. And I always think when you're in a car, and I drive too, you don't always see that that person on the bicycle is a mum, a sister, somebody's son, someone's grandfather, maybe even their great grandfather. So thank you AA for thinking bike. David Bernstein 4:07 This podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you’re commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That’s t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. This podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern understand that while a large cargo bike can carry oodles of stuff, many of us prefer something a little more manageable. That’s why they’ve come up with the HSD e-cargobike for folks with big aspirations to go car free, delivered in a compact size, with its rear shock, 280 kilos, and a combined hauling capacity of 180 kilos. The robust new HSD is stable and easy to manoeuvre, even when under load. And with its Bosch eBIKE SYSTEM tested and certified to meet the highest UL standards for electric and fire safety you’ll be able to share many worryfree adventures with a loved one whether it’s your kiddo or Nan. Visit www.ternbicycles. That’s t e r n ternbicycles.com to learn more Visit www.ternbicycles. That’s t e r n ternbicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 5:06 And that's it for today's show. Thanks for listening to episode 350 of the Spokesmen podcast, brought to you in association with Tern Bicycles. Show notes and more can be found at the-spokesmen.com. The next episode, a rather longer one, will be a chat with cycling writer Andy McGrath, author of God is Dead and other cycling books .... meanwhile get out there and ride ...
4/7/20246 minutes, 1 second
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EPISODE 349: Turn on Strava for everyday journeys, it could reshape streets for the better

17th March 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 349: Turn on Strava for everyday journeys, it could reshape streets for the better SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Tom Knights, Strava Metro LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://press.strava.com/articles/stravas-metro-reaches-significant-milestone-of-10-year-anniversary https://metro.strava.com Carlton Reid 0:13 Welcome to Episode 349 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Sunday 17th of March 2024. David Bernstein 0:28 The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 1:03 I'm Carlton Reid. On today's show, I'm talking with Tom Knights. He's the senior manager of partnerships and marketing for Strava Metro. This is a super-useful active travel city-making dataset-service from the athlete tracking app. And if you bristled at the word athlete, because you think there's no sport in transport, listen on ... Strava metro was very, very insistent in 2020. About how successful cycling and and walking in all active mode because of the pandemic and the blog posting was, you know, we're very pained to say this. However, you know, it's really, really, we're going crackers with the amount of cycling as you know, the bike boom, yeah, what did go amazing. Now, the bike industry right now is famously and woefully massively down in the dumps. So what have you seen with usage? So what has happened since 2022? actual usage of bicycles not just, you know, we know the sales are bad. Is the usage bad also? Tom Knights 2:21 Yeah, that's a really good question. And actually like to say the kind of the free, the free, free call to Strava Metro kind of suddenly going free was actually very well timed, unfortunately, under very difficult circumstances globally. One of the reasons like I say, we kind of made Strava Metro free wasn't actually because of the pandemic and the looming kind of crisis. And obviously, this switch to human powered transportation. It was like, almost like an unfortunate timing, but but obviously beneficial for cities and all the planners that start to use this data. So yes, we definitely saw this huge boom during the kind of 2020 21 era. And thankfully, because a lot of cities and a lot of regions and governments had the foresight to start investing in protecting cycle lanes in safe routes, which we know is one of the biggest barriers to people actually kind of picking up a bicycle. Lot of those initiatives have stayed, and we hope that they've stayed because actually, they've been able to see some of the Strava activity straight through Strava Metro, and then use that against other data sources to start to understand actually, is this being used in terms of trends, and overall, we've definitely seen more of a normalisation but again, what we are seeing is obviously, people looking for alternatives to either commute, and then well, kind of 2024 the word commute looks a bit different than maybe it did in 2019. But anything that's a utility trip, and essentially through safe and accessible infrastructure. That's what we know. And I'm sure you know, from all the kind of conversations you've had over the years, that's the biggest driver to people, making it feel safe. So, long story short, yes, we've definitely seen a normalisation now, in terms of growth Carlton Reid 4:06 Normalisation, that sounds like quite a bit of a euphemism for, for what? Tom Knights 4:12 So I guess the new the new normal as it were, so we've definitely seen that growth. And then now what we've seen, like I say, as people who are consistently cycling now, and then obviously, we hope that through infrastructure improvements into society into communities, that will then also encourage even more folks to pick up a bicycle on that front. Carlton Reid 4:33 I'm gonna carry on digging here, because I think it's quite important. So that graph that was on the Strava Metro, I remember it well, the human powered transportation one Yep. Yeah. So I mean, that was that was great. But, you know, so when you've been normalisation, is that graph, it went up like crazy. And do you mean by normalisation that it went down so well usage is down or has plateaued, Tom Knights 5:00 so not I mean, it's difficult to say but I wouldn't say plateau because we're always seeing kind of growth. And that's what's so exciting a and I can't necessarily kind of say a lot more about the Strava core Strava world because of course, that's a different kind of department as it were. But in terms of the Metro world, and what we're seeing in terms of cycling, in general, we've just seen that spike from 2019 to 2020, that continued growth into 2021. And now what is is probably more of that kind of continuous steady growth. As opposed to that, we I wouldn't say we've definitely seen any kind of drop off as it were on that front. Carlton Reid 5:34 So it's interesting, because we now have metrics that we just didn't have, you know, 10, 15 20 years ago, from an industry perspective, used to be able to track sales of number of bikes, and but you never knew whether, actually people even though a few bikes sold, actually, people might actually be riding more, potentially. So now we have metrics from from people like you, where you can not only track the number of bikes sold, but you can also track roughly whether people are using those bikes. So that's fascinating information from a market point of view. And the way I'm going from on that is you've got some high end holiday companies, you know, Glorious Gravel going to Sri Lanka, Namibia, all these amazing places with people who got clearly a lot of money and a fair bit of time. Yeah, still getting out there cycling. So when we haven't seen that end shift at all. But no, that's the rarefied end, isn't it? That's like, Yeah, from from a metro point of view. Tom Knights 6:42 Yeah, definitely. I mean, I in terms of, you know, think travel and tourism, that is obviously a kind of luxury. And, you know, for kind of people a having the kind of means to kind of jump on a plane or to kind of visit and take the time off. And that's great, though, for kind of seeing that, that boom, because we want people to kind of get an introduction to cycling in general. And if that means discovering it on a holiday tour, fantastic. Hopefully, that then translates into cycling into work maybe two or three days a week, or suddenly dropping a car trip once a week, because they've discovered the joy of cycling. But I think January what we're hoping, though, is we see this bike boom, fueled by better and safer streets. That's, that's our kind of main concern is that, if you build it, I know, you've heard this phrase a lot before, you know, if you build it, people will come. And we know that from Strava Metro data, when you look at the kind of streets where there's been investment, the Before and After Effects is amazing. See this kind of increase in trips. Now, of course, you might say, Well hold on Strava growth. But actually, what we're seeing is that Strava Metro data alongside Eco-counter or Telraam data, you can start to kind of normalise and build a model. And I think that's what we're we're hoping that people can start to, as you mentioned, all these amazing datasets start to pull these together, and then really build this picture to kind of tell a different story than perhaps maybe the negative stories are saying in terms of, you know, cycling booms over or no one's using this bike lane, etc. Carlton Reid 8:10 And this is an obvious question, okay. And this is a question that I'm sure you are incredibly well used to batting away, and you know, you're gonna get it. And you, you could almost do it yourself. So that is in your documentation. It's all about athletes. Of course, when you put that into Strava Metro, you're talking about non lycra. I know you discuss this on your blogs, but just just tell me now, why I would be wrong to suggest that Mamils, women on bikes and lycra why the data is robust, even though you talk about athletes? Tom Knights 8:53 Yeah, no, you're quite right. And it's a, it's a really good point. And I suppose, from the data point of view, we're not looking at, we look at those as activities and people and trips so that the athletes is more of a kind of Strava kind of communications in a playful way to call our community athletes, and you've probably seen various different messages over the years about, you know, if you're an athlete, you're on Strava. And, and essentially, there is a lot of truth in that, you know, we want anyone who moves through human powered transportation, or through moves and find their joy in discovering movement ways we would define as an athlete, you know, anyone who is doing that, now appreciating the world of transportation planning and bike lanes and commuting, you might not think, you know, cycling across the Waterloo Bridge in the morning at 830. You're an athlete, but essentially, from a metro point of view, what we're looking to do is see these community based trips as data points, like say that can be used for improving infrastructure on that front. And I think the way that actually I would position it personally is often thinking, well, everyone who uploads a ride on to Strava is a human powered counter, because through through Metro That's going towards some kind of better cause in terms of funding and reviewing active travel investment. But I do understand your point about you know, Mamil. And you know, a lot of drivers growth in the early days was fueled by that amazing core set of athletes. And you know, I grew up in this town called Dorking, which you're probably familiar with, from the classic ride, sorry, and I'm very familiar, you know, the weekends kind of seeing, you know, the the kind of, I say the kind of more sportive rides coming through the town. But actually, what that served is actually an inspiration for more people's go. Actually, that was quite fun. I should try that. And I think the data we're seeing through Year in Sport that we've done anecdotally, through Metro data, that actually we've got a lot more 18 to 34 year olds, who are now also discovering the joy of active transportation. And again, Metro data is telling us that it's not just, you know, the weekend, you know, the Saturday morning at 10am, in the Surrey Hills or on the the kind of Yorkshire Dales it's actually taking place on the streets of Manchester, or the streets of London, etc. And I think that's what we're hoping is that story through community or athletes, as you know, we're calling it that that helps planners to see that trend is is not just, you know, the kind of Lycra brigade Who are you know, cycling and I would all use what the same people that are cycling at the weekends, you know, on the kind of right sorry, classics or up in the Yorkshire Dales are also the same people that are using bike lanes. And equally as important when we're thinking about counting. Carlton Reid 11:30 Of course, you're not getting the invisible in American terms, it's called the invisible cyclists. So these are often Latino. Basically poor people on bikes, who are definitely not going to be using Strava. But going to using bikes, and then they call them invisible cyclists, because they're not on bicycles that perhaps an enthusiast would ride, but they are using bicycles and all power to their elbow, but power to their knees. Now, you're not capturing them. So if you're not capturing a significant number of people who are using the roads, does that not suggest that you're missing an important chunk of people who are not using? You just can't capture everybody? And how important is that? Tom Knights 12:27 Yeah, really, really good point. And I guess a couple of bits on that is that essentially no data set, you know, the world is accurate, you think about a, you know, a bicycle counsellor on the embankment or, you know, in the middle of Manchester, or even in the rural area, you know, if someone doesn't go through that specific kind of counting station, as it were, you're not being picked up in the count. And I think that's what Strava Metro is really kind of aiming to do is essentially colouring the map with all the blank spots that aren't being picked up. And being free, which is, again, one of these kind of opportunities to kind of get this data into the masses, allows transportation planners allows Safe Streets advocates, anyone who's focused on transportation equity and environmental racism to dive into that data and go, Okay, looks like actually, there's people going through this counting station here. But actually, Strava Metro is also showing us that people are going down this route. So what's interesting what's going on there. And again, you're quite right to call out that the heat map, for example, in, you know, maybe underrepresented areas, or places that don't necessarily have the same political will have, you know, more affluent areas who have perhaps built cycle lanes or made their streets more attractive from things like heat islands, you think about kind of cities outside of the UK that suffer a lot from high temperatures, you know, the streets are not necessarily designed for being walkable and bikable. That's what we're really hoping we can also use the Strava data to show what's not happening, as well as what's happening. And again, a lot of the work that Metro is involved in is ties back into this kind of social impact piece. It's not just, you know, we obviously want this data to be used by, you know, transportation planners, but we're also hoping we can start to, you know, work a lot more with, you know, say advocacy groups, anyone likes easy, bold environmental racism and transportation equity, to really kind of look at that data, and metrics looks, it's been designed that anyone including myself, I'm not a geospatial professional, but I can see, you know, through a map and looking at certain areas where people are cycling and when they're not cycling, but also we want to build a product and I can't really, you know, say I'm not necessarily holding the Strava product side, but we want to build an experience, which is all encompassing for everyone on there, but I definitely understand your point about the barriers to entry, you know, just in general, you cycling you need to have a bike to join Strava you need a mobile phone that supports you know, obviously your Strava although we do have connections with lots of fitness devices, but again, that comes at a cost, but hopefully, the more people that learn about Metro and the authenticity and the kind of the fact that it's free. The fact that Strava is free to join, it gives people a sense of empowerment that actually, I can change something that's happening on my street. And that's a big part of the messaging that, you know, I'm working on, and certainly have been working on for the last five years, because as you say, maybe the association with Strava is it's just for athletes, or people who are doing k runs, and Q RMS, etc. But actually, what we're seeing is that more and more people are turning to Strava, to kind of log their activities, and hopefully through when they learn about Metro, they'll realise that they're actually changing their communities, because that data is really kind of playing a part in helping to shape your better infrastructure or, essentially, build a political case for more investment. Carlton Reid 15:45 Good point. So somebody like me, who's been a Strava member since 2013 I discovered by looking into my profile this morning, Tom Knights 15:53 and then thank you for your long term membership. Carlton Reid 15:57 I would say, I'm not a frequent updater. But I should be, shouldn't I? So what you're saying is people like me who have it on our phones, don't use it, you know, because I don't consider myself an athlete. Yeah, that should be turning on, for even everyday journeys, because it helps. Tom Knights 16:18 So I've been, you know, I'd have that in writing. And, as it quite, you know, when we kind of go out to advocacy kind of events and talk to kind of people because I think, as you've just said, you know, the more people that discover about this, you know, cycle of like Strava, being free and then wanting to make streets better. And then Metro, obviously, enabling that, we think there's a really compelling story. And I genuinely there's, this is such a passionate thing to kind of work on. And I think we're very lucky, you know, part of the metro team to be able to have these conversations with partners all over the world. And I think we are we've met at Velo-city a couple of times before. And the one thing that comes up all the time at these conferences is, you know, how are we measuring it? Or how do we win the case for safer streets? And, you know, this is our answer to that and to say, well, let's come together and bring all these amazing datasets that are available out there. You know, let's build a case and get people to see that this is available. Carlton Reid 17:12 And those datasets, the expectation is, from your point of view, that a transportation planning department will be using multiple sources, they won't be just using Metro. They'll be using their own counting devices, hopefully, if they've got them. And they'll be plotting everything. And they'll have some sort of, will they have a desktop with everything on? Or have they got like a look at lots of different screens? Tom Knights 17:40 Yeah, so what we hear from from foreigners, they use a lot of geospatial kind of software, you know, there's obviously various different enterprise kind of grade level software and data analytics tools where you can always ingest multiple sorts of data. So we make extracting the data from from Metro, which is, I'm sure, hopefully, everyone realises completely anonymized, obviously, and then also aggregated, we make that very easy for partners to essentially download, and then upload back into, like, say, all of this data planning tools. And obviously, you know, there's multiple data sets out there. And largely, like I say, we use the same mapping tools as well. So OpenStreetMap is really important, you know, in terms of, actually, how do you paint a picture of your infrastructure in your area. And like, say, planners will then use that to build reports to kind of maybe produce research, and then essentially come up with this kind of our number, which says, you know, for every X number of trips on Strava, you can say that there's 100 trips of normal, non non Strava usage, for example, send your Strava. But, and we've seen a couple of examples that, you know, the Office of National Statistics have done that, in rural remote areas, Transport for London, have been using it to kind of model traffic lights through London and the timing that you get on green times, you know, and it's not just Strava D. So you don't want to build cities just around one particular user. But that's why being like I say, a free tool to do that allows us to kind of plug into all these other datasets. Unknown Speaker 19:12 Let's let's go backwards a little bit into Carlton Reid 19:16 that, that I'll use your term, the athlete, so you basically got a rider? Yeah, going along. I'll use like, even though I'm like to 50 miles away. I'll use London as an example. So going along the Embankment. Yeah, yeah, yes, you've anonymized all the data. So this is not you know, you know, you don't know this particular person on a bike at all. You can't track anything. But you can see at a granular level, whether they are on the road or whether they are on the Embankment cycleway, and you can see where they make that you know, sudden turn like there's a there's a few turns on the embankment where you've got to make quite a shift to get on to the cycleway. So you in Strava Metro, you can see that too. happening? Tom Knights 20:01 Exactly that so we can see, like I say the, I think there's something like 420 million edges in the whole world. So edge is referred to as streets on OpenStreetMap. And if you've got some enthusiastic mapping listeners on this podcast, hopefully they might be able to write in and correct me in some tell me how many exactly edges there are. But if you think about the world as all of these kind of different edges and routes that are built up, where there's been a Strava activity gone over the top of that, and, of course, where there's been a minimum of free, which allows us to kind of aggregate those activities, we can exactly that show you where people have turned left, how many trips went off, on a certain direction? Was this route busier because of a road closure one week? Or was this route more improved year on year because of a safer kind of passageway? You know, I appreciate we're talkinh about cycling here. But if you think about running and walking, you know, was this improved? Because there was better lighting? Or were more people using this pathway, because, you know, there was a kind of nice new path put down. So I think this is like it's this kind of colouring in the map with all the other kind of datasets that are available. And then Strava can kind of tell you that picture of where, you know, there has been activity. Carlton Reid 21:12 So when Nick Ferrari goes on the radio and says, I got stuck behind a cyclist on the Embankment, they should be on the cycleway. You could or anybody could go to Strava Metro, and say, well, actually, that must have been just a completely unusual person. Because look, 99.9% of of cyclists are going on to the cycleway. And here look, we can show you the heat map where that is happening. That's what you can do? Tom Knights 21:42 Exactly that. And like I say you want one colour, I would say is it's not anyone. So that was one of the caveats to the authenticity of the kind of Metro project. And I know that word authenticity thrown a lot you know about but that the only reason Metro works is because the Strava community buy into this idea that the data has been used for something good, not for commercial purposes. So not anyone can access Metro, but TfL can access it, for example, in your example of the bike lanes in London, London cycling campaign could access this because of course, you know, they're involved in advocacy work. Unfortunately, LBC wouldn't be able to access this, because obviously they're using it for other purposes. But actually anyone involved in safe infrastructure, and we hope that this is it, you know, when the the transportation teams, all these different medical authorities or local authorities can actually go, actually what we have seen on the street is that X percentage of people are using this bike lane on there. And that's, that's what I think it's going to take to kind of not win the argument, but really convinced people that bike lanes are being used, and they're a good investment. They're just incredibly efficient, because you never see anyone in traffic. And then yes, people are constantly moving. Carlton Reid 22:53 Yes. Now, I know you're not on this side of it. So it's a slightly unfair question to ask, but I'd like one I'd like you to tell me about anyway. So at the end, not not now. But at the end, I'd like you to go through and just tell people how much it costs to, you know, go the full fat version of Strava. But before you do that, and that's going to be the end anyway, just let's just, you know, just confirm this right now, you do not need to use Strava Metro for is free for transportation planners, anybody else. But you don't need any, you're not going to get hassled to become a pro member. To be one of these people like me who just want to do good for the community by turning metro or Strava on for our normal daily rides, you won't be charged for that you can get a free membership that will do everything apart from all the pro level stuff that you don't need anyway, if you're just one of these lapsed people? Tom Knights 23:56 Yeah, it's possible. And so, you know, Strava is like has always operated on that kind of freemium model, as it were, that you know, at its simplest, you can download the app, join the community upload rise. And then if you've made that road public, so I should have added that caveat as well, that will contribute to metric because of course, you know, people might want to hide the start or the end of their journeys, they won't count. Some people might want to also hide a certain route. But hopefully, like say when they hear about the project and go actually, this is a pretty good idea, I should start uploading my routes and maybe, you know, further down the line as they kind of start to explore Strava they want to kind of look at a route or they want to kind of go oh, that could be quite a good tool to have because I've got more into my cycling journey, then yes, of course. Strava is open for them. But at its source and Metro, they are both free. Carlton Reid 24:46 Mm hmm. Okay. 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So I kind of found found myself essentially looking at degree subjects where, you know, I was interested in more the kind of anthropological aspects of history and actually Classical Studies, and I'm always very much told by classic students that classics versus Classical Studies is a very different subjects. Obviously, one focuses heavily on Latin language in Greek texts, whereas Classical Studies is more about, you know, the discovery of what was going on during the Roman Empire in the Greek Empire period. So that was always a passion of mine about kind of understanding society, and maybe what was the kind of political kind of themes at the time and, you know, fascinated about some communities on there. And, of course, the story for the dad joke, but like, most people, when you study history, there's no future in it. I'll use that. Tom Knights 27:24 But yeah, obviously, you know, that allowed me, you know, I suppose to back in the kind of early 2000s, when I was at university, you know, it was a very privileged time, when they weren't necessarily crippling university fees and structure. So it allowed me to kind of study a subject, which was more of a passion project. But of course, you know, didn't necessarily elude me into kind of a specific career working in British museum or on an archaeological site in antiquity. And actually, in hindsight, I think geography would have been more of my passion, because that's ultimately what's kind of landed me in this area of transportation and maps and bicycles. Geography was always my kind of first passion. Carlton Reid 28:04 But you're a man after my own heart, because I did a degree, that was nothing connected to what I eventually did. And that was religious studies and comparative religion. And I did Hebrew, as well. So I did do a not a classic language, but I did a language that was known to antiquity. I'd say, yeah, we've come similar backgrounds. But then you've if you look at your career progression, it went very quickly from something that's completely useless to and affect your career. If I look at your career arc has been certainly tech. So from the very first it was you went from classics, blummin' heck,, to tech, that's that's a leap. And then you've carried on that, that that trajectory. Tom Knights 28:45 Yeah, definitely, I think that kind of, you know, almost juxtaposes the kind of interest in history, but I think a lot of my friends maybe went into, you know, in the early 2000s, like most people kind of found their way going into financial services, I'd always kind of been more interested in the world of tech and technology. And then working my way up through various kind of research firms and kind of people teams in that world of headhunting and kind of early days of, of search, when it comes to kind of jobs and careers. Allow me I suppose just to suppose learn a lot more about the world of tech, and then actually through interviewing people and and candidates and helping people on their search journey. That then opened my eyes into this whole world of kind of software, which again, early 2000s was really interesting, and then tied into that passion for sports and maps and mapping, landed, actually initially at a company when I lived in Hong Kong for five or six years, which was doing event registration for marathons and five K's and stuff like that, which is obviously very relevant to the Strava world nowadays. But it was when Strava Metro came along and said that they were looking for someone to essentially grow the community on Strava Metro in Europe. It was too good an opportunity not to kind of put my CV forward so You know, tied into all my passions around mapping and transportation. Carlton Reid 30:04 And, and getting out there and doing stuff. As in Yes. Being an athlete if you want to use that term. Tom Knights 30:11 Exactly. And you know, that's a it's an interesting point to kind of call up. But essentially the the advice, actually the CEO at the time, who was a gentleman called James, and actually Michael Hogarth, the founder of Strava, they said, The most important thing you can do in this role at Strava Metro is get out there and see bike lanes and infrastructure, or really understand what the kind of partners are doing. So over the last five years, that's kind of allowed me to get involved and actually see some of these projects. And you know, one of the best moments of the year or certainly at conferences, or events we go to whenever there's a bike parade, and I've never had a bike tour or a technical tour around the cities that you can visit, and you can really start to see the, you know, how those numbers come to life, actually, in the physical world, because, again, we've focused a lot on on this talk, we talked a lot about the Embankment. But actually, there's a whole multitude of examples around the European continent, and also across the world of bike lanes, which we visited and gone. Gosh, that's really interesting, what innovative design and oh, look at how that impacted this number of people. Carlton Reid 31:13 Tell me about your day them. So you've got somebody flagged out that yes, sometimes travelling around a bit. So what what do you do, Tom, scribe, what you actually do to people who don't know what you might be doing day to day? Tom Knights 31:28 I love it. So my biggest kind of responsibility is to grow the awareness of Strava Metro. And obviously, the more people that hear about Metro, hopefully, from listening to this, the more people might go, okay, that's really interesting. I didn't know that. So essentially, that's our, our main focus is to speak to the folks that active travel England through to the city of Paris, and obviously, the, the onset of zoom and online meetings has made that a lot more accessible now, which is great. So as much as I'd love to go visit all these places, a lot of them are done by kind of video conferencing, which is allowed us to scale and obviously tell the story in a kind of much more scalable way. But where possible, I'll always try and visit partners and learn about what they're doing on the ground. And then actually, one of the biggest kind of tasks this time around is to then how do we communicate these back to the Strava community, and then get all these 120 million athletes who are on Strava, to actually learn about these projects that their movement has contributed to, because that's going to be the power of when they understand that your cycles work, even though it's providing you with your exercise or your means of transportation. It's also having a big impact on how, for example, you transport Greater Manchester or Transport for London to building your roads and your cycling. So if it helps with that extra bit of motivation, to get out of bed on a kind of cold January morning to kind of, you know, get cycling or walking to work, then, you know, we've done our job. Carlton Reid 32:57 Isn't there an argument and I am playing devil's advocate here a little bit, council employee, a transportation but oh, maybe a councillor could actually use your data, which shows us lots and lots of people using a certain road? At a certain time? Yeah. And you would say, to a council? Officer? Well, look, we need to improve this route. Because look, how many cyclists are using it, we need to improve that. So it's more comfortable besides blah, blah, blah. But, you know, a councillor could use that exact same argument and say, Well, why do we need to improve anything? You're just telling me there's loads of cyclists using this road? Great, job done? Tom Knights 33:44 Well, I think the answer that is the kind of the theory that maybe, you know, a lot of highways and motorways around the world have used, which is what more lanes will fix it. And what did what happens when you get one more loan, we'll fix it, you get more cars driving? Well, I think the principle for that applies in terms of, if you keep fixing and increasing the number of cycle paths and bike lanes, then you'll see an increase in even more cyclists on there. So that would be my kind of caveat to say is, you know, the same way that we saw, you know, mass growth of roads and kind of infrastructure around the country, the same way that you could, if you keep investing, you'll, you'll see those increases come even more, as well. So it's just the start. I think this is the kind of the key point. And, you know, this has only really been what I've been in the industry for what five or six years intended, specifically around the world of transportation planning. And I've, I've read your in as another student of history, read your history of bike lanes, and what we're seeing is nothing new. You know, this obviously happened in the 1920s, as you've written about, it's happened, you know, the early 1950s. And we hope that obviously, this bike boom is going to continue, but we know that the secret to that is obviously infrastructure, but the extra secret sauce and I'm gonna say this with my Strava hat on so apologies is that you know, other people keep other people motivated. And that's where Strava comes into it as a motivation machine. Carlton Reid 35:06 So that game, gamification of it almost. Exactly, which is a good segue, thank you very much into my next question, which will be at the White House. So that's a that's a gamification, so, so just tell me exactly I know it's not UK, but this is a, this is a podcast that goes ... it's very popular in America. So Strava, not Strava Metro, but Strava is working with the White House on something. So just tell us what what you're doing. And then the gameifacation angle of that? Tom Knights 35:34 Yeah. So from obviously, my understanding internally of the team that's been working on that is very similar to other kind of projects or campaigns, or let's say gamification, or challenges that we would work on this time, though, there's obviously a social impact cause attached to it, I think what's happened and from what I understand is that the White House, obviously have a campaign or a kind of cause that they're looking to mobilise the community on, they had a commercial partner in work, which is, you know, obviously, kind of, I suppose, helping to kind of measure that through the through the wearable side. But the White House is partnering with Strava, to support physical activity, as part of its challenges to end hunger and build healthier communities. Now, as part of the social impact strategy, let's say the call to action is to raise awareness of that campaign through movement. And obviously, that movement there is on Strava. And it's very similar to lots of other campaigns that we might work with, from brands, but also also other charities, you know, that might want to also mobilise their community on Strava, through that kind of challenge format. Carlton Reid 36:38 So that's a US initiative. Obviously, it's the White House as in the White House. What other stuff might you be doing UK or maybe even worldwide, similar to that? Tom Knights 36:50 Well, I think ultimately, it's if if we've done our job, right, and you know, the more people that learn about these challenges for good for social impact, we hope that people will start to see Strava as a platform, where they can actually start to tell their message to what's a very engaged community. You know, like I say, not every cyclist is on Strava. But we do have, you know, in the UK, again, I'm going to correct myself on every one in seven adults has joined Strava, or something around 15% of the population. So that's not everyone, but it is a very engaged audience. It's bonkers, actually. So how many What's that in millions? Is that like 10 million downloads or something, I will come back with some specific figures. And James can help with that. On on, on our team, but Yeah, certainly, we obviously are in the millions of users in the UK. And of course, that's a really engaged community who are using Strava a for their movement, but also then can attach that through a challenge for a social impact campaign, or brand campaign. And again, these challenges are completely optional for people to dive into should they wish to. And I think that's one of the kind of key things to get at the Strava community, you know, having that say and what they do, and that's what's probably kept people coming back stronger over time, is that they get they have a choice in what they can join. And the challenges that the the team in Bristol, who in the UK run those operations for similar to the White House challenge, they do a fantastic job of making sure that there's some really exciting challenges to come onto the platform and keep people motivated. Carlton Reid 38:26 So can you now tell me the different pricing options, so people are like, they've got the free version? They maybe like me that don't. They will now start using the free version a bit more for the reasons we've discussed before. But if you wanted to up the game, what would you be paying? And what would you be getting? Tom Knights 38:46 So for UK based users, obviously Strava premium is an option and that it costs £8.99 per month, or £54.99 per year. Obviously, there's a freemium model, in terms of the kind of ability to join Strava and not have to, like, say, necessarily choose to subscribe. But again, the compelling products, and the opportunity that the product team in the US and all the amazing kind of engineers that work on Strava have built an experience that should you wish to subscribe. There's a really compelling reason to mostly through our amazing routing, mapping discovery tools, looking at new routes to explore. Obviously, like saying you've got access to technical data, should you wish to kind of see things like your heart rate and health and kind of segments and leaderboards, etc. So there's something on Strava for a lot of folks, and of course, you know, that community element and clubs and groups is really exciting. And another way for local authorities and governments to really drive engagement back to Metro, for example. Carlton Reid 39:54 And then you got things like integration with fat map so you can like do all sorts of stuff with that as well because it's Strava. Did you buy fat map? Is that was that? Tom Knights 40:02 Yeah, so there was a strategic acquisition of fat map and you know, the the, that's the exact date has been going on for the last year. So again, all these amazing tools and some mapping tools are such a good driver for people to discover the world around them. And I think that's what's really exciting is that, you know, yes, you might go on a bike ride and you know, kind of cycle from A to B on one of the cycle highways. But at the weekend, that same bike hopefully, is being used to then go, that that route is quite interesting, or I saw my friend do that route. You know, the other day that looks like I could probably do that I've got a spare couple of hours. And it's basically just keeping people active. Again, you've probably heard this one for every minute spent on Strava, you can attribute 30 minutes of activity back to your kind of daily life. So rather than that, and that's because you could you look at heat map, you see, you're in an unusual destination, you don't you're you're at your bike, and you fire up the heat map. It's like, everybody's gone that way. That way, then is that what you mean? Yeah, essentially, you know, like I say, you might, or it might just be on your activity feed that, you know, kind of been suggested a route or suggested a, an area to kind of move through. And I think that's what's really exciting is when you get somewhere new, you know that there's a community, because obviously, we're a global community that has cycled there before. And I say you can either look at the heat map, or you might be able to see someone's route. And they've recommended it as a kind of place to ride. That inspiration you get from not just like, say, scrolling through maybe another social network or Doom scrolling, should I say, hopefully, that movement and inspiration of people being active for something that's going to be a positive driver for people being, you know, engaged on Strava. Carlton Reid 41:44 There is another active travel analogy, which sometimes gets wheeled out. And that is, you can't tell why you need a bridge from the number of people swimming across the river. Because they aren't going to swim across the river with a bike, they probably aren't going to swim across the river full stop. But when you put a bridge in it suddenly get, you know, the heat map would go crazy. But once you put the bridge in, so is any of your cleverness your your text, can any of it can I spot? Well, if you only had something here, it would open up, you know, is this something that you can pinpoint that you can say that a bridge analogy can be used? Tom Knights 42:25 Absolutely. And thank you so much for asking that, because that's something we just updated last year in our metro product that obviously the planners and the transportation teams can see. And a lot of it ties back into some of the the kind of accessibility transportation equity, environmental racism that we talked about. What we've shown is that, when you put a pin on the map, we've also been able to kind of draw almost like a kind of circle around what's accessible within say, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, etc. And people can see data within that kind of circle, which, again, will show you that where there's a massive motorway with no bridge crossing, that's that part of the community can't access the park on the other side of it, or where there's, for example, a big brownfield site where there's been industrial use, it's not safe to cycle through. So people have kind of diverted around it, we had a really good example, actually, recently in Germany, where, you know, there was a curb on the side of a bike lane. And you could see very clearly actually three desire lines on the on the actual grass and the verge that people were kind of going off this curb through the woods to kind of cut out maybe a mile. And again, using Strava, Metro, this German transportation team who are based in Frankfurt, actually, I'll share the example with you because it's fascinating see how even at a really small local level, these little changes can make a massive difference. And they're not expensive to do, I think it only cost them something a couple of 1000 euros to drop the curb, because they then saw that that was having an impact on where people were then cycling. So you know, the famous analogy of when it snows, you can really see the designs of cars. Actually, when you look at the design on the heat map, and then in turn, look at that on Strava, you can start to see Oh, that's interesting. And again, another great example that was Hartfordshire county council had a bicycle counsellor in one location. And they realised that the Strava count was actually higher than the bicycle counter. And they thought well hold on what's happening there. And actually, there was a kind of dangerous crossing just slightly further up from this bicycle counter. And they were able to then use the Strava data to kind of, I suppose understand that actually, people were going this way because it was a safer journey. And that's the these are the kind of insights that yes, we want to do the big high level projects and you know, make sure that we get new infrastructure and cycleways across major cities. But actually the really exciting ones when local advocacy groups or local councils who don't necessarily have big budgets for you to accessing data can make these small changes and really improve these kind of everyday life for their community. Carlton Reid 44:56 Can the Netherlands which obviously every week, look Up to is like, the absolute nirvana of cycling. Do you like do you have like, Dutch people go, Oh, we could use this. It's like, Jesus, they even removing even more, you haven't done so. So basically, can you improve the Dutch cycle network? Tom Knights 45:15 Yeah, definitely. And actually, we've had some interesting conversations with the folks over in Copenhagen, and obviously, in Amsterdam, and across the Netherlands as well. So not just Denmark and Holland. But, of course, the Netherlands is such a stays a bellwether of the cycling industry, but they're always looking at new ways to improve, you know, the technology that they're using and counting data. We are in Leuven, just at the end of November for the policy network events. And again, we are understanding that the kind of technical university they are leaving, we've been using metro to kind of understand, you know, and this is a really forward thinking Belgium city, which has got great cycle access, but they still need data to understand and counter. So rather than, you know, developing another app to count people, and getting the community to download it, they've seen that correlation between actually Strava and Strava, Metro. So again, they don't need to necessarily go and kind of reinvent the wheel, so to speak with, you know, building another kind of engagement tool with local community to get them to join, because Metro is hopefully fulfilling that service. Carlton Reid 46:20 Brilliant, Tom that's been absolutely fascinating. And we could go on for a good amount of time, probably on Classics literature, even while we discussed, what's your Roman Empire? Yes, exactly. But we can't, because we people just won't listen to 10 hours of us chatting away. Tom Knights 46:42 I'm sure they will. Carlton Reid 46:43 Now, could you tell us where people can find out? I'm sure people know where you can get onto Strava. But how they find out about Strava Metro, and and maybe how they can contact you? Tom Knights 46:56 Yeah, definitely. So the best way to get in touch with myself and travel metric is on metro.strava.com. And then on that website, you'll be able to learn more about case studies about how cities how researchers, communities have used the actual kind of practical steps of the data. There's also some frequently asked questions on there about you know, privacy and how the data is used, etc. And then most importantly, there's an apply button. So you can click apply for access. And then what we ask is that a you're a organisation that is involved in working to improve active transportation. If you're a consultancy, or an engineering firm, we also accept those applications as well. As long as you're under contract with say, for example, the local government or the city authority, we know that Metro kind of appearing as a line item as it were. And then, again, like saying, at its source, transportation planners around the world can can access, we ask that you use a work email, not a Gmail email. So normally an org or dot.gov, etc. And then just a short abstract, essentially, of how you're going to use the data. And so then we know that it's being used for a positive kind of cause, and then you will give you access to the area of interest that you've selected. Be it London, Birmingham, Somerset, wherever it is, as long as there's been Strava activity, you can start to really start to see trends and patterns, then hopefully feed that into other datasets to build the infrastructure. Carlton Reid 48:20 And [email protected] or whatever his email address will just be rejected out of hand, that's nefarious use? Tom Knights 48:28 Yeah, I reserve the right not to comment on on LBC and Nick. Carlton Reid 48:34 Thanks for listening to Episode 349 of the Spokesen podcast brought to you in association with Tern bicycles. Show notes and more can be found at the-spokesmen.com The next episode – 350 – will be out next month. Meanwhile, get out there and ride ...
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EPISODE 348: Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett of Komoot

10th March 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 348: Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett of Komoot SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett LINKS:  https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.komoot.com/user/655260825794 https://jkbsbikeride.com TRANSCRIPT Carlton Reid  0:13   Welcome to Episode 348 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Sunday 10th of MARCH 2024. David Bernstein  0:28   The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid  1:03   I'm Carlton Reid. And this is the fourth in a five part series digging into bike navigation apps. There have been shows with folks from Ride With GPS, Bikemap, Cycle.travel, and today it's the turn of Komoot. although as you'll soon hear, in this nearly 90 minute chat with Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett, we also talk a great deal about travelling the world by bike. And that's before, of course, there were smartphone apps to guide you. Jonathan, welcome to the show. And presumably you're you're in London, Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:51   thank you very much for having me. It's a real pleasure. And yeah, I'm in London, South London to be precise on a very beautiful sunny February morning.  Carlton Reid  2:01   It's kind of nice in Newcastle as well. So we're blessed. Now the reason I said that was because a your name. So we can get looking we can discuss that in a second and you can show me how you're you can tell me how to pronounce your, the Danish part of your name correctly. But also because cuz because we're talking here about Komoot and Komoot is a German company. But first of all, how do i pronounce your name correctly?  Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  2:29   My name is pronounced Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett. And it's actually not a Danish surname. It's a Faroese surname from the Faroe Islands. So I am I a half British, my father's English my mother is Danish, but my mother is half Faroese, her grandma, my grandmother's from the Faroe Islands, and the Faroe Islands for anyone listening who isn't sure exactly where they are, is a bunch of islands about halfway between Scotland and Iceland. And on the southern most of those islands, called Suðuroyu. There's a kind of like a mountain ridge, behind the village where like my gran and her family are from called CamScanner. And that's where that name is from. So yeah, it's it's ferries surname via Denmark. Wow. Okay, good explanation. Carlton Reid  3:26   And because I didn't know any of that, I then didn't go back and check on your, your global world. Crossing cyclist. So I noticed that you went from Iceland? Did you go via the Faroe Islands at all? Yeah. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  3:45   So many, many years ago. Now, I spent three years cycling around the world, which was a whole kind of story in episode in itself. And at the very end of that, I wanted to go and seek because my great grandmother was still alive at the time, and she was alive and kicking the pharaohs. So towards the end of this, this, this free journey, I really wanted to go to Iceland cycle there wasn't particularly advisable in the depths of winter, but had a wonderful time nonetheless. And from there, you can take a ferry to the pharaohs. So I did go. I did after sort of not really seeing any family for about three years. I did go and see my great grandmother, which was amazing. It's an incredibly beautiful place. By that point, I had seen an awful lot of devote the world and the pharaohs. You know, just like truly spectacular. And it was really wonderful that I got to go and see my great grandma because she passed away a few months later. So it was all kind of perfect. A really nice kind of like final stop before I returned to the UK. So Carlton Reid  4:52   I will admit I haven't read every single one of your blog posts from back then but I'll go backwards and I'll go back and read that one because I'm sure that Under brilliant because I hadn't spotted the Faroese part. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  5:04   Yeah, it was a really lovely thing that I got to and then at the very beginning of my, the very beginning of this huge cycle, I left home said goodbye to my dad, my mum lives in Copenhagen. So I started that cycle around the world. I mean, at the time I had, I had no idea. It would be that big a cycle. I was just trying to see how far east I could get. But I wanted to go and visit my mum in Copenhagen. So that was kind of the beginning of the journey. So it was quite nice that I had like pitstop early on, you know, visiting family and it was quite nice that again, towards the very end, I also had a pit stop visiting fan for going home. Carlton Reid  5:42   That's your mum also came out and visited you like you as your beach bumming whether that was in somewhere in Indonesia or was in Thailand. Yeah, that's Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  5:50   right. She came and visited me in. I guess I was in in Thailand, often having seen her for probably a year and a half at that point. So we had a little, very nice, relaxing beach holiday, catching up, and most importantly, not doing any cycling at the time. Carlton Reid  6:07   And I'm sure she's treating you as well. It was, yeah, yeah. Know that for a fact, because we treated our son when he was doing stuff like that. Right. So let's get back to what we're meant to be talking about here, Jonathan, that is Komoot. So before we do that, I mean, give us the history of Komoot, because, you know, would you have used it on your? So yeah, this is 2015 to 2017. Yeah, yep. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  6:37   So I think I was unfortunately, I was a little bit too early. Cuz it's been around the apps been around for about a decade now. Set up by six, six friends from Germany and Austria. They have, I guess they will kind of united by a love of both tech. And also nature, they will come from the fringes of like, beautiful parts of Europe. But a very clever bunch. Yeah, excited about like the future of tech and where it intersects with, like, you know, all aspects of reality in our day to day lives. So Komoot is a German company. But going back to your your opening comment is a German company, but we consider ourselves very much a global or at least a European company, people, the people who work for Komoot are spread out across all of Europe. So we have quite an international outlook on the world, I would say. Carlton Reid  7:39   Was that right from beginning? Or was it very localised to begin with, and then only gradually did become international? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  7:45   Definitely, it was a gradual thing. I think Komoot I can't quite was before my time, the point because Komoot's fully remote. So one point switched and thought, Well, why not sort of recruit from across the entire continent instead of one country. And for a good number of years Komoot has been conscience consciously, international. So like had the app, the product translated to English a long time ago, we now have it available in half a dozen languages. So like, that obviously takes time and resources, but it's quite important for us to allow as many people as possible around the world to like, understand and interact with and interact with the app. So in terms of my own journey in cycling, I was kind of a bit too early on in the process is quite, it's quite funny actually, when I, when I first left, I really was not a cyclist. In 2015, when I left home, it all came together very quickly. And this was sort of the blogging, end of those blogging, glory years, I think around 2010 to the mid teens. So anyway, I found some resources online, and people were saying, Oh, you can buy a cycling computer and use that. I didn't really have much cash at the time. So I picked the cheapest cycling computer that looked like it might do the job. And it was this. This Garmin device, I can't quite recall what it was called. But you couldn't load base maps onto it, you could create a route somewhere and export a GPX file and then you could have this line to follow it. And I I was just following the North Sea coast coastline, on the way up to Scandinavia. And I spent a lot of time getting very lost. And after about three weeks on the road, I met someone who was was like, you know, you can just use your phone for this. And I didn't have mobile data across Europe. It was like before, it was quite so easy to connect to everywhere. But it hadn't even occurred to me that I could use my phone as a GPS device that it had this functionality, which feels a bit silly in hindsight, but why would I have I lived a sort of normal city life where I was always online at the time. And I hadn't realised that I could download load these map files from Open Street Map. And so I could kind of work out where I was at all times. So when I had that revelation, it was kind of blew my mind and things became a lot easier. And as we might discuss later, fast forward almost 10 years, it's now even easier than ever to have this these good quality maps offline and also to sync them with devices. But it's funny to look at where computers now, compared to my very rudimentary experiences, yeah, almost a decade ago. Carlton Reid  10:30   So the first time I came across, Komoot in certainly, you know, seared into my consciousness when my son was cycling back from China. Yeah. And I had all sorts of other ways of doing routes. But he was insistent that he was using Komoot. So all the way back from from China in some pretty hairy paid places, but parts of the world some of which I can see that you've cycled through as well. He was using Komoot and I need to ask him why he was he was using it but he did found it find it very valuable and certainly very valuable in those hairy parts of the world because it was drawing down some pretty ok maps. And it was giving him obviously really good information. So here's the pitch. Jonathan, why why use komoot? Why Why would world tourists use Komoot and why would that non well tourists want to use Komoot just you know, bumbling around the the Yorkshire lanes or the Norfolk coast towards why those two users might might wait. They want to use Komoot. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  11:41   It's really that's really cool to hear that just used Komoot for that. I've watched his like video of that long journey. It's so amazing. And they're very nice to Komoot was able to help that little bit. And I know that you've travelled a lot by bike as well, I think is funny. You know, especially with bikes, and especially with bike touring, it's been around, you know, it's been a thing for a very long time. It wasn't really that long ago that people were relying on paper maps. But that's in the same way that people used to, you know, drive around with British people with A to Z you know, in the car. And that already feels like such a such an outdated thing. I think a lot of very young people will this is probably a fact that a lot of young people don't know how to read maps in the same way that older generations do. So I would say for bike touring, it's, it's kind of like I sometimes why would you not embrace the technology that we have now, when I was cycling around the world, I did not really do any complex route planning on my phone. But now, we have commute and some similar apps and products. It's incredibly easy. The commute app is really intuitive, the algorithms are very sophisticated, it's very easy to find multiple options, but to find very suitable options, from A to B, even in parts of the world, where some of the map data is, is less comprehensive. And you can do all of this from your phone really easily. You don't have to drag paper maps around, you can very easily forecast how long it will take to get from A to B, you can very easily find out where might be a nice detour to take. There's just a lot less guesswork involved. So for the bike tour, it's a really powerful tool. But I would also say for the recreational user popping around the local lanes in the British countryside, for example, or a beginner, we have, we have a lot of tools that make it really easy to find a suitable route based on your ability. So while we have the route planner, which is great for finding ATV rides, whether that's like 100 miles, or whether that's 2000 miles across a continent, for the casual users who are doing like, you know, regular recreational loops. On our discover interface, we have, within just a few clicks, you can find routes that are based on your preferred sport type, whether you're gravel riding or road cycling, if you like hilly, hilly routes or flatter routes, or whether you're a hiker as well, because we accommodate for, you know, hiking as well. So you have these options that are tailor made for your needs within just a couple of clicks. And you can go and someone who's cycling across a continent probably understands how maps work probably enjoys looking at them, probably enjoys the process of, of stitching a route together. But for a lot of other users. That's not a priority for them. They just want to spend the time outside, having a good time without anything to worry about. Carlton Reid  14:55   There are a number of navigation apps some some of which seem to you know, be very popular in North America. Akka and some that are more popular in, in Europe. So that ecosystem seems to be very, very healthy. There are a number of apps going for the same kind of thing you know, from, you know, including one man bands like Cycle.travel. So, all of these different apps that are out there, how are people choosing? Do you think people are going through a list? And they're gonna go, Oh, I've tried that one, try that we're all like this one? Or do you think they just find one? And then they just keep on using that one come? What may? How do you think this ecosystem works? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  15:39   Gosh, that's a very good question. And a very big question. I think for a lot of people, it's probably a question of what they used first. And that's, that goes beyond just these, like app based kind of routing platforms, if someone is very used to using was successful, use paper maps for decades, or if someone in the UK is, you know, swears by Ordnance Survey. And they've always had, you know, good experience doing that, there'll be unlikely to change unless you give them a very compelling argument or a good example. So I think a lot of people, what they first start using, becomes the thing that they become familiar, familiarity is so important, same of a lot of like tech or products that we use day to day, we're quite hesitant to change our routines. I also think within that ecosystem, people's preferences probably change quite a lot based on if they have a bad experience as well. Same with all types of different, you know, products that we consume, you know, there's probably many things that you've used day to day for years, and suddenly when it breaks or something goes wrong, you decide I want to try something different. And then I would also say the local element probably plays a significant part in it. You mentioned in like other regions, or for example, North America, the market is in a different, like perhaps different status for us or you know, different other products that are available for people, I think a lot of it depends on the local side of it has to do with your peers. So like who you explore with you trusting your your recommendation of those you go out with, or the people who give you a great experience outdoors. But also whether or not the product is is localised and translated into your language that also makes a big difference people find rightly so it's reassuring when the product is as easy to understand gives a different level of trust. So I think those are a few of the factors, that that kind of changed the state of play. But overall, I would say that it's really, it's a good thing. There are a lot of incredible, incredibly bright minds and have great innovative companies in a kind of overlapping space, often with a slightly different objective. And, you know, that's, that's just great for the consumer, because it means that we're all kept on our toes, constantly looking for ways to improve those Carlton Reid  18:08   variety of companies out there, some are chosen by for instance, you know, cycle travel companies. So when you go on a on a cycle holiday, they will, they will choose to partner with a navigation app company, and then they will send you all the routes on that. So you're basically you're almost tied in on that particular holiday to that particular navigation app. Good thing, bad thing. So is that something that it's incredibly important to discover who are actually giving these links out and and calm them? Because you know, you go on a North American owned psychology company in say, Italy. And even though you're in Europe, you're using in effect and American app, because it's an American company that's leading those tours. So is that something that you are you as in Komoot? Or your your, your your colleagues and commute are actively trying to partner with these key companies? Yeah, Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  19:15   there are. I mean, there are a lot of ways that we might sort of acquire new users. And by that, I mean, like reaching people and giving them their first experience on commute, those kinds of partnerships. I guess they probably represent like a smaller percentage of the ways to reach people. But that doesn't mean that they're not important. Particularly because if that partner whether it's a tour operator, or you know, a hotel or someone who's running a hotel, or even an event organiser, if they trust in Khumbu, and you know, I would say in Europe is you're far more likely to find that stuff that information presented to you via commitment than anyone else. That's great. because it's just reassures the, you know, the user that people look for that kind of reassurance from those those kind of places of authority. So those partnerships are really important to us. And we do work with a lot of tourism organisations, maybe even like hotels, tour operators, we do have quite a lot of active partnerships. And it's great for us because we reach that audience. But it's really good for us, we put a lot of effort into the people that do choose to work with us on educational tools, so that they understand it coming inside out, and can then give their users good experience. And that remains like super important for any of those types of partnerships Carlton Reid  20:39   can notice. If you get a bradt guidebook, a cycling guidebook, and it's you know, to the lanes of East Anglia, or whatever have you Yeah. Well, you're flicking through this, this book. And there's a little QR code. You open that up, I know, there's your route in Komoot via the Bradt guidebook. So what else have you got? Who else are you apart from Bradt, what else you out there in like a published terms? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  21:10   Well, it's just a good question off the top of my head. And when I struggle to think of them, but quite a lot of I mean, of course, is difficult because we are so you know, across the whole of the continent. There are some amazing publications and magazines that we've partnered with across Germany, France, Italy, Spain. And I think one thing that's really nice at the stage that commutes that is, particularly within certain segments, in Europe, we are, it would almost be strange for the user to have the route presented to them in a different way. Because they're so familiar with commute. That's what they use for their group rides. That's what they use for the events they sign up to. That's what they do for their day to day riding. And so a lot of those partners like they will present stuff on Komoot, regardless, like we'd always like to help them present the stuff in the best kind of best way possible. But they're still going to be reaching out and using Komoot, simply because it's a really nice, easy way to share and present routes with your kind of users or participants. Carlton Reid  22:16   And what do you do for Komoot? So what is the community part of your job title? What is what is? What does that involve? Yes, so Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  22:25   I'm the global community manager komoot. The global part is, well, global, but it's in particular, it's about the gaps between. So we have a team of community managers spread out. In some of the markets where we have more kind of community oriented stuff going on, we have more people. So there's, there's a couple of two or three people in Germany, we have a couple of community managers in the UK, I'm kind of filling in the gaps between a lot of the markets that are growing for us, but aren't quite at the same same kind of stage just yet. And then the community, part of it is kind of two things. One thing is our external partnerships. So that could be with events and event organisers that could be with the kind of inspiring individuals that we work with, because they have, you know, a great platform, or they have a very inspiring story to tell, or they're great at motivating people that that follow them. And then on the other side of that, I have a lot of focus, particularly these days on our core community. So Komoot is, while we're really lucky that we have such a huge audience, audience, we've got about 37 million users. So there's a lot of people. And not all of those people are, you know, active every day or using commute to connect with other people and share their stories within the community. But we have millions of people who are and I spend a lot of time, as do my colleagues on how do we give these people? Like how do we reward them for their contributions? How do we motivate them to share more? How do we make sure that people are getting fed the right inspirational content based on their preferences? So elevating our kind of, and looking after our core community is also a significant part of my role. Carlton Reid  24:22   So can you is it gonna kind of go slightly backwards into your background as well, if you if you are going to set out on a kind of track that you started in 2015? Are you going to do that now? For instance, could you open up Komoot and say, you know, do me a route from London all around the world back again? Or do you have to do it in stages? How would you use if you're going to be doing it again? How would you use commute? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  24:55   I think I think doing a route around the world probably possible but That's an awful lot of information for for one file. So I will probably break it down into smaller segments, which is to be fair, exactly what I did when I cycled around the world, and what most people probably would. And so when I when I left home, and sometimes thinking about cycling around the world is quite kind of overwhelmingly big kind of concept to navigate. But I would break it down into really small parts. So I knew that I wanted to cycle from London to Copenhagen. I knew that I wanted to visit a friend in Amsterdam, for example. So to begin with, I would focus on how do I get from London to Amsterdam, that's a kind of more sensible, you know, if you break it down to blocks, the whole thing becomes a lot more manageable, both in terms of logistics, but also mentally. So I will do the same on Komoot. One thing that sets you apart from some similar, some similar platforms is that we have a variety of different sport types you can choose from. So if you go on the route planner, you'll see that even for cycling, there's a few variations. There's like road cycling, gravel riding, bike touring, mountain biking. And that's really important because well, even even within bike tours, people have different preferences. If someone wants to get to Amsterdam, in you know, two or three days, on a road bike, credit card, touring, staying in hotels, they might want to be thinking, you know, they want to have the mindset of a road cyclists, they want to choose quick, efficient routes, they're on 25 mil tires, they don't really want to be going down toe puffs, no matter how they're graded. So these different algorithms think slightly differently, which I think is is really important. I would personally I would, for the way I was touring leisurely, I would be on the bike touring mode. But no, that's it's just important to point out there's different types based on your kind of bike and you're writing preferences. We have a tool called the multi day tour planner, so I could pick from London to Amsterdam. And then I could divide it up into let's say, I want to do it in four days, or I know that I want to do about six hours of cycling a day, I can divide it up and it takes into account the elevation on the way. So it has like a kind of consistent breakdown, which is really helpful when you're trying to forecast when you might get to a certain location. The other tool that I would definitely would be using on the route planner. One of our features is the sport specific overlays. And then you can overlay the long distance or National Cycle routes, which is super helpful. I do this and I'm always toggling between these wherever I'm out hiking or cycling, it just means at a cursory glance, I can see the long distance routes. So for example, I was at the time following loosely one of the EuroVelo. The common which number is the one that goes up along that coast. Well, I can see that overlaid on the map. And so I can compare that against the route that I'm plotting, I can make sure that I'm like loosely following it that that makes a real big difference. Both when I'm long distance touring, or if I'm even just kind of out exploring in the south of England. So those are a few of the main tools that I would use. The final thing I would add, I wouldn't have such a rudimentary cycling computer, I would still have, I'd still have one. The Garmin that I have now is far more modern and has base maps. And we actually have an app designed for Garmin specifically. And with that, I can create the date the routes on my phone. And I can just press one button send to device and I can load up the IQ app on my Garmin device. And the route will just go bing. And here it is. And if I want to change my route, halfway through the day, I can now just update it on commute on the app on my phone and press updates. And I'll get a little notification and my route will be updated. So if I wanted to cut my day short, we'll go to a different hotel or campsite an evening. And that feature is so cool. And I think if I'd had that all those years ago, there would have been a lot less faffing involved, which would have been wonderful. Carlton Reid  29:14   Yeah, I use that the other day, in fact. So I had a Garmin unit and I had I was navigating with Komoot hadn't actually changed the route because I just got on my bike after 70 miles because the wind was about 50 miles an hour ahead of me. But still, I was using it and it was neat that so I agree. So the map, I've got the app open here now and in other apps, you have a choice of quite a few maps. But here I don't I see the the Komoot map. I see a satellite map but then there's no like Ordnance Survey for the UK. So because your is that because you were an international brand and that's just what on market, yeah, there's no point just offering an OS just for one market. I mean, Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  30:03   you could obviously you could argue for it. And in the UK, a lot of people aren't really familiar with and put a lot of trust into Ordnance Survey, commutes sort of core foundation revolves around OpenStreetMap, we are such committed believers of the Open Street Map Project. And it's really at the core of everything we do. And we are constantly looking for ways that, you know, we can help to enrich the data that's there or help to facilitate improvements to it. And you're right, I think, because we are active in so many different countries, we could protect, we could try and add all of these different national maps. But the the user experience would become quite convoluted. You know, if I travel a lot using commute, I quite like knowing that I can get my head around the commute render of OpenStreetMap, which is our like, primary map, and then we have satellite map. I like being familiar with it, I like knowing that the sort of routing algorithms will give me consistent results in different places. And that's quite important to ask that we still give people like a quite a not simple, but like, you know, familiar user experience that doesn't become overwhelming or confusing for them. But we really, we really, I should stress that we like, especially in the markets where we are most active in the quality of the OpenStreetMap data is is really amazing. And it's always improving. And it always is, yeah, enough for us to give people a really good experience. Carlton Reid  31:40   Maybe it's it's an age thing then because I mean, I grew up with OS maps, maybe people who are younger than me and not so hide bound, you know, as you could you have seen before, you know, people are no longer using paper maps, if I've grown up as a user of paper maps, and I no longer use paper maps, but I use the Ordnance Survey maps on my, my phone, it generally tends to be if I'm like trying to visualise an area, then me will as somebody who has grown up with that kind of Ordnance Survey mind map, I would I would default to Ordnance Survey as that's how I explain, you know, my, my where I am. So to me that's like, wow, I need I need, you know, I need iOS to know exactly where I am. It's great to have the Open Street Map. It's lovely. And the commute version of it. But still like, Yeah, but where am I? And I need that something's very familiar. But that might just be you know, people have an older generation. And that that is obvious to my son to Josh, that had zero relevance. And he probably wouldn't know his way around and OS map, but you don't know his way around, you know, the Komoot map really well. So do you think that's just telling me Jonathan, is this just me? Is it just me because I'm very, very old? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  33:00   If I frame my answer, as well, to be careful, I think your Ordnance Survey specifically as a very particular place in the British sort of, well, the psyche of how we spend how we map the country, is equivalent in other countries. I'll give you an example because I sometimes almost feel like as a outdoorsy person who likes Grim Adventures and is British and spends a lot of time exploring the British outside. I, you know, I should be more familiar with Ordnance Survey I confess, I have grown up in London. I didn't kind of do much outdoorsy stuff at school. Honestly, I've never really used Ordnance Survey I am, when when I started to explore, there was sort of these phone based solutions available for me right away sort of 10 years ago, revolving around OpenStreetMap. I do spend a lot of time hiking and walking for leisure. And I've just never found that I that I needed it. I'm super familiar with OpenStreetMap. I'm now an expert in how Komoot works. And so it's just funny, I think it's like different types of people, for sure, especially in the UK, but I would say also globally, is just very different, like different generations who have grown up, especially have the sort of, you know, even for example of Google Maps is sort of omnipresent in our exploring of the world and navigating I'm talking about everything now from public transport to driving. And even like the sort of sat nav, the satnavifacation, I'm sure that's not a word, but how we drive a car around the world has now had a massive influence on on people hiking and cycling. A lot of people would prefer to hike with turn by turn instructions on their phone and find that far more easy to get their head around than navigating from a paper map and pen The people could argue that that's, that's not as good. But I think if you embrace, you know, the quality of the map data and you embrace it, this actually helps a lot more people explore because there are less boundaries or sorry, less. Yeah, sort of less friction points. So less obstacles for them to to get over to outside. I'm not sure that's necessarily such a bad thing. Carlton Reid  35:23   And let's go slightly backwards in that. The name Komoot is a pun on commute. So when it was originally developed, was it as an internal city thing? Or was it always, you know, this is meant to explore the world with or was that explore the world with just something that came afterwards and is the name a bit of a misnomer, Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  35:56   is actually a bit of a misnomer, partly because it's actually like a Komoot is derived from, I think it's called the Valsa dialect, which is the region that the founders are from and it's just like as far as I understand it, a casual greeting means something like simple and practical. And so it's a it's actually slightly misleading, because that's the origin of Komoot, obviously, was Carlton Reid  36:22   Nothing at all to do with commute. Well, Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  36:25   I don't, I mean, it's not sure if it's a good or a bad thing that they're so similar, but that's the origin of the name Komoot. It doesn't, and the sort of the product and the philosophy doesn't come from commuting at all, it's about spending time outside. Of course, you could probably interpret that in many ways. Perhaps this is an alternative way of you know, commuting in nature. As it happens, many people use commute as part of their commute within town because they want to find a more scenic way of getting from A to B. But that's not the that was never the objective of the company and and still that isn't the case. Carlton Reid  37:05   Right? Interesting. So I got that wrong that Well, Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  37:10   I also had one for a very long day if that makes you feel better. Carlton Reid  37:15   It does Thank you very much. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  37:17   I'm afraid now that you'll really struggle to pronounce Komoot without saying Komoot because it's only a matter of time before for that becomes a riddle itself. Carlton Reid  37:26   Well, of course Google isn't I think it's a mathematical term isn't it? So would have been familiar to some people but most people it's not it's not familiar terms. It's just these unusual term. So anything that's slightly unusual is better for a website you know name so the fact that you kind of spelling this and you people think it means there's but doesn't but they remember anyway so that's that's the trick just remembering it. So if it's if it helps some people doing all that must be Komoot Oh, yes, he spelt with a K. And other people's know it as a, you know, a greeting in a certain language. That's also okay. So it's however you get your name remembered? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  38:03   Yeah, very much so. Carlton Reid  38:06   So at this point, I'd like to actually cut away and let my colleague take over and we'll be back in a few minutes. So take it away, David. David Bernstein  38:16   This podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern understand that while a large cargo bike can carry oodles of stuff, many of us prefer something a little more manageable. 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But Jonathan is he's the community Global Community Manager for Komoot and he's if anybody's going around the world on their bicycle or wandering around the world on the bicycle and they wanted to use commute then then clearly Jonathan would be a good guy to to learn from Andy certainly in a pretty good job for for the kind of company commute is because Jonathan, you went round the world well, we have touched on this but now let's let's explore this in in greater detail. So we've got the Komoot out of the way. Let's let's, let's talk about what where you've come from and why are you working for for Komoot? So we laughed before. Could you mention the fact that when you started, you were much of a cyclist? And I was kind of thinking, Yeah, that's right, because of what the amount of kit you took to begin with is the kind of the classic. And I made this exact same mistake when I started my cycle touring adventures many, many, many years ago, you take too much kit. So you had an enormous amount of kit. And you had a kind of an old school bike, you were you on steel, you're on a bicycle that I would have been familiar with in the 1980s, you know, a Dawes Super Galaxy,  classic touring bike of a while ago. And then you you you've, you've clearly learned a lot. In that time that you're away, but you started reading your blog, you basically picked this bike, you didn't seem to know much about cycling, and then like, a week later, you're, you're off touring the world. So describe it. Have I got that? completely correct, you were pretty much a novice, and then you went cycled around the world. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  41:18   That is, that is pretty much it. It's almost embarrassing to admit how little preparation or knowledge I had prior to leaving, but I think I was just blessed with youthful naivety time, and I didn't have high expectations at all, I just wanted an adventure. And there are very few simpler ways of finding one than grabbing a bike and kind of just heading off without a plan. Carlton Reid  41:44   Or when it's classic, absolutely classic, the way the way that kind of developed. But let's let's find out what were you doing at the time? How long were you expecting to do? You didn't have any plans at all. We literally tried to go around the world, we didn't know how long was going to take? Or were you just going to cycle and see where you got to and then just what you might give up at some point. What What were you doing? How old were you and what were you doing at the time. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  42:08   So if I rewind a little bit further, we touched upon it at the beginning of the call. I grew up I grew up in London, but my my Yeah, my father's British, my mother's Danish. We never cycled or I never cycled for fitness. I never cycled for leisure or for exploring. However, I did grow up riding bikes, it was just very much like a functional tool to get around. London is not bike friendly city. But it's a very practical city to get around and manoeuvre by bicycle. So I grew up cycling. I studied music at university. And when I returned to London, I wasn't entirely sure what to do next, like I'm sure plenty of young people. Now, early 20s have the same sort of existential crisis. I was quite fortunate that I'd been working the whole time I was studying and, and while I had an awful lot of debt, I had somehow ended up with, you know, a few grand in the bank accounts saved up so I kind of had this incredible, I was in this incredibly privileged position where I could kind of yeah, go and explore a little bit without having to take the next the next most serious steps in life. I had always travelled a lot that had been a high priority for me, I had done a bit of long distance walking, I was kind of prepared for another long hike. And then kind of had this this moment, this epiphany I suppose, where I thought well, what about cycling that could be I was really interested in human power, not human powered, rather, I was interested in overland travel. So I became kind of fixated by this idea of, of cycling and then bike touring. And, and these were, I think, a wonderful period on internet where you could find all these incredible blogs that were so relatable and so inspiring and so informative as well. And so the sort of recommendations I found online, people said, those galaxies a good bike, found one on on eBay bought it was a good pannier to take Balsam or leave panniers from Argos and got all of this around Christmas. And I left two weeks later and the plan at the time, I'd been sort of telling my peers and family I was gonna cycle to Australia, but it was it was a it was a pipe dream. But it was kind of a joke as well. It was a good way of like picking something so outlandish that people wouldn't take it seriously at all, which was fair enough given that I had never cycled further than about 10 miles. And so I I set off as I said to go and visit my mother, and I said if if this goes well, I will continue heading east and I had a fantastic first month and I continued writing to Turkey. I became very good at living, I would say extremely cheap on the road. I realised that I could probably get quite a long way. And, and yeah, I ended up going all the way to Australia, by which point I was completely broke. But I got a job and worked for a few months there. And then at that point, I, it became very clear to me that I wanted to continue and make it around the world cycle. And so I did that. And Nick got home, just under three years after having left probably having clocked around 50,000 kilometres, which is kind of a mind boggling number when I say out loud, Carlton Reid  45:32   huh? There's some people kind of do that in three weeks. I'm exaggerating a little bit, but they do it fast. And, you know, some Komoot users, Markus Stitz, for instance, did on a single speed, etc, etc. But you took three years. Now, it's not that you weren't doing some big mileages, you know, there was there was, you know, I read on your blog, you know, some days you're doing 145 kilometres. And then other days, clearly, you're, you're just doing nothing, because you're just enjoying the location. So you never had any plan to do it in a certain amount of time, you would just basically ebb and flow. It was just whatever the live through it you you kind of did that. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  46:17   Yep. And thank goodness, I personally like that. Because otherwise, I think it would be overwhelming to think about and those people who cycle around the world planning on it or trying to break records, I think it must just require so much. That's no fault and pressure, I really was just kind of going for a ride, there was never any pressure, no expectation. If I went home, whenever I was bored, that would have been fine. No one would have judged me. So I was really making up as I went along. And when I left, I had absolutely no plan to spend anywhere near that long on the road knows that I have any plans to cycle all the way around the world. I am a Tura. At heart cycling at that pace is and I've done a lot of more, sort of a dyno extreme bikepacking. I've done a lot of ultralight cycling, I've even tried a few ultra endurance races. But touring at that kind of pace, for me is just the most kind of beautiful ratio in life. Hmm. Carlton Reid  47:20   So notice, you've done the Transcontinental. So you have done these, these, these races, but your forte is basically just pootling along. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  47:30   Definitely. And if I if I continued to my cycling trajectory in between cycling around the world, and ending up doing what I'm doing currently at Komoot, when I returned home, having spent all of this time on the road, I actually worked as a bicycle courier in London for a short period, which was there's no better way to re calibrate and reintegrate into city living having spent so much time on the road and to get paid to cycle around delivering stuff and exploring, you know, a city even if it's your home city by bike. And I then started working at a company called Apidura. And I know that you're familiar of a producer, because I believe you interviewed the founder of Apidura in this past few years. And I was there for a few years. And that was really, I mean, obviously made sense. I had a lot of touring experience. But that was in 2018, which was really when this hugely significant kind of shift in interest from bike touring to bikepacking. Which you can interpret in many ways. But, but this this shift was really kind of about to explode, and then get even more exaggerated through the pandemic. So I, I had learned so much about travelling by bike and then I learned so much about the benefit of ultralight cycling and these new packing systems that were so different to taking for panniers on a loaded bike. And so I spent four years at the Jura did the roller coaster that was COVID 19. And and that was sort of the segue that led me to Komoot because Komoothas been so involved with bike packing bikepacking as an established but also an emerging sport in the last few years. Because Carlton Reid  49:19   you looking at your your bike setup. Back then with the with the Dawes Galaxy, and the bags you had on that was very much old school. And then I can completely identify with that because I'm clearly old school. And that's where I started. So you know, for panniers at least loads of stuff and caring too much, etc, etc. And you look at that now and you think no, you would have the upward Eurostyle you know you'd have the bike packing bags, you probably wouldn't be carrying quite as much Kip, although some of the place you went to. You know I'm thinking of you like your Australia video. and stuff where you're obviously having to pack. I mean, when you go across the desert, you having to pack you know, an enormous amount of water, you've got to have all of the bug kit, you know, you've got to have all of the stuff that's protecting you from the nasties. So you had some times you have gotten better how many it's not an old school versus new school thing. It's just you have to have a lot of kit in some places and and there's no two ways about that. You know? Even if you're doing a transcontinental style, you know, fast route across somewhere, you would still need a fair bit of of kit. But when you were when you started out, okay, actually good point. Did you finish on the same bike? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  50:43   I did, I finished on the same bike and I still ride that same Dawes Galaxy as my day to day pub, one around bike. Carlton Reid  50:51   Excellent. So it's but it's like Trigger's Broom, you've got you know, you've replaced tonnes of things, or it's still largely the same bike Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  50:58   is the same frame, the same fork. And that is nice. All That Remains of the original bike. Carlton Reid  51:05   So that's pretty good going well done Dawes Super Galaxy.  Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  51:09   Yeah, there's a lot to be said. Having modern bike so us so reliable in general. But yeah, I'm very much of the steel fan club. That bike has a lot of battle scars, from various sort of unfortunate collisions with other vehicles or just the road or ice. But it's still yet it's still going strong. And, and you're right, I've had the been very lucky to experience travelling by bike in very different forms from the kind of old school bike touring sense where you carry basically your entire house, to super ultra light, you know, bike travel, where you just have a bivy bag, and you sacrifice all levels of comfort. I've also done a lot of off road sort of mountain bike touring, I think the thing that I find so wonderful about bicycle travel in general, is that there's always a new way to do it. And there's absolutely no right or wrong way of doing it, I think it's very easy to get caught up in the the idea of I must be a lightweight bike packer, or I must do it in this particular way. But really, there's no right or wrong way of doing it. We're all very different, we all travel for very different reasons. And there's different ways of, of packing for it. And, and even if I refer back to commute and the way that we're set up, we give people the tools to, to pick, you know, they can pick the fast road route, if they want, or they can pick the meandering route, they can pick the most direct one, or they can pick the most leisurely one up over the mountains. I think this whole kind of space is really set up for the user to be able to customise you know, what they're doing, and how they're carrying it based on what their objectives is. And I think that's what's really kind of charming about the whole two wheeled travel thing. Carlton Reid  53:02   See, I'm a historian of many things, but including cycling, and Thomas Stevens, if you hadn't if you've come across that name in in the past, but he was basically a big wheel rider. So what would people would call Penny farthings. And this is 1880s. And the kit he had, the amount of kit he had and how it was packed is very much like bikepacking You know, it's the big pannier bags, that's pretty much the 70s and 80s thing, you know, really, really old and I was calling that old school, but genuinely old school. So 1880 stuff is you know, Apidura-style, incredibly lightweight, hard to carrying anything at all kind of touring. So that's that's kind of where cycle touring started. And we've kind of come full circle in many ways. And so people are going out there with incredibly minimal bits of of kit and somehow surviving. So when you did your your your your cirumnavigation, and you had all this enormous kit, where you jettison bits as you're going along. And just in case you didn't you don't really need this you pick it up basically you became an expert. Just cook you're having to carry this stuff. And because you haven't to carry it, you quickly learn I don't need that Chuck it Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  54:30   Yeah, and I did get rid of an awful lot of stuff. I had some some very questionable belongings with me. Like I had my my, I mean, I was on quite a budget when I left and and while I was going so it's sort of just what am I sacrificing a bit of weight for a cheaper option, but I had like my, my mother's old coat which was this like not anything resembling a down jacket, this monstrous thing that took up half a pannier. I had a pair of jeans with me to wear like when I was off the bike. So much unpractical. kind of clothing thing, I even had like a sort of smart casual shirt, I thought I would like to dress up like a non bike person when I was in town for a weekend, or things that I would never do now. And I did get rid of a lot of this stuff slowly. And as time went on out kind of improved things a bit as they broke. But then there was a lot of things that I wouldn't change, like I travelled with, I mean, I had like a cutting board with me so that I could chop vegetables up when I was camping, and had little film canisters, filmed of spices and a proper source bird. And so I could like, eat well, and, and I wouldn't, again, a lot of bikepackers could turn a nose up at that and think God's this person's just sort of like a moving kitchen. But I you know, for such a long period of the bike, I wouldn't, I wouldn't change that at all. And on and I know that the sort of, especially at the moment with the sort of influences bikepacking has had on on taking existing cyclists and making them realise what they can achieve on the bike. I still am a big believer in taking a bit more stuff if your legs can handle it. And if you're not in a hurry, you know, riding up a mountain with the extra weight on your bag, it's not going to do your fitness any any disservice. If you can get up it. I think a bit of both comfort is quite okay. And while in general, I'm a minimalist these days, I think there's plenty of space for carrying a few extra luxury items whenever you're travelling. Carlton Reid  56:30   But did you come back? Not you but did the bike and the kit come back a lot lighter. So by the time you'd finish, because I know you you'd have to badmouth the bags that you had. But you certainly changed your your your bags halfway around because of various reasons. And other notes on your blog, you do kind of, say a few choice words about the brand you had. But did you come back with? Did you come out with a lot more lightweight than you went? On much more lightweight? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  57:00   I would say I might have shaved off like a kilo. Like in general, I pretty much had the same amount of stuff with me. And yeah, it couldn't have bothered me that much. Because otherwise I would have gotten rid of an awful lot of stuff. So no, I actually, I actually think I returned with a fairly similar amount of weight on my bike. That's Carlton Reid  57:22   interesting, because that's totally opposite to the way I did it. So when I started out, I had so much kit, I had like a wooden hammer for hammering in the tent pegs I had, like, we just get a rock, you know, I had so many things that I just I was chucking stuff you know, from the very, very start and you've kind of quickly got used to you know, what was necessary and what wasn't. And you don't know that until you're actually on the road. So I was ended up with with a lot less kit. So I taught myself minimalism, just because, cuz, whereas you're saying you don't, it doesn't matter, you can just pedal up a hill, I was the opposite as like, No, I'm not the crane brothers. Famously, when they went up Kilimanjaro and their stuff, they they would, you know, drill holes in toothbrushes, I was never that extreme. But I would definitely want to be lightweight, as much as possible. And so I am kind of interested in taking a chopping board. So I wouldn't have done that. This is interesting about how different people approach these things. And like, I have come down to the minimalist and caring such a little like I wouldn't, personally I wouldn't, not even going on like a camping trip. Now. I won't take cooking equipment, for instance, I will generally buy what I need, and eat that and then have to then scrambled to get, you know, fresh supplies. And I know it's much more efficient to take rice and what have you and then be able to boil this up. But to me just carrying any amount of cooking equipment to me in my head, just that's too much weight, I can do this much lighter. And clearly you're you're not you're a different each to their own, isn't it? It's just different people want to do different things. And that's fine. Definitely. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  59:22   And we need to make sure that we always sort of accommodate that. Because people are so different. And and I think it's difficult, you know, in life, for example, in the cycling industry, it's a consumer driven industry, we need to convince people we brands need to convince people that they need to do things in a different way or a better way or an improved way. But really all of it comes down to like giving people options so they can do things in the way that they want to do it. And you know, there is absolutely no reason why one type of bike travelling is superior than another. They are yeah complete The different ways of doing things for different people. So ever people navigate in one particular way, if they choose one kind of route, it's not about that it's about giving people the options. And the same, like if someone wants to go on a road bike really fast with nothing on their bike, that's totally fine. And if someone wants to chuck for massive panniers on their bike, they'll probably be a bit slower. But that's, but that's totally okay. Carlton Reid  1:00:26   And so what are you doing now? During what what? How would you describe your riding, and your adventuring now, Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:00:33   my, I still try. And when I travel, I always want to be on a bike. If I'm not on a bike, I've fully compromised a little bit. But I also like spending time walking around being a normal person, especially if I'm on holiday with my with my girlfriend. But I do try and have one or two bike trips, big bike trips a year. Over the last few years, I've developed a sort of real love for exploring, I guess, capturing the essence of a big adventure closer to home. But in general, I'm sort of a casual cyclist I like to get out for provides every once a week if I can. I think working at QMU is quite is wonderful, but a bit dangerous for someone like me who enjoys spending time looking at maps, because the list of places to visit is evergrowing. But commute has this amazing interface. We have this route planner, which is wonderful gives people all these advanced tools to make informed decisions about where they're going and how they get there. But we also have this discovery interface where you can have these these created routes for you based on your sort of parameters, the smart, this kind of smart solutions, and does have a really big impact on me, since we launched it last year, I'm much more inclined to take a train out from London to a random station and say, load it up on commute and say, Hey, I'm in a new area. I've got three hours, give me something. So while I'm going on less epic adventures, and finding new kind of creative ways of exploring familiar places. I'm doing that a lot at the moment. And I'm extremely excited about doing more of that as the weather improves. Carlton Reid  1:02:19   And is that a curated thing? Or is that an algorithm thing. So Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:02:24   it's a kind of a combination of stuff. commute, we have so much user data, because we have millions and billions and billions of of users, the number of recorded tours is kind of such a big number. It's it's kind of hard to get your head around. So we're able to give people these. These like personalised suggestions so I can take the train out if I'm with a no fun with friends go out for a walk at the weekend, I can look at which train line takes me to a village that looks somewhere Scenic. I don't own a car. So I can just say I'm at this station, it will see where the people who use Komoot are heading when they record their tours. So it's very easy to get a feel for where people actually walk. Where do people go for their recreational weekend straws. And it will give me a clever or suitable solution to get kind of onto that, navigate the route and then return to the train station. And it's incredibly clever how it works. If I go on where I live now and say I want to go for a four hour cycle, starting for I live. I've lived in London for a long time and I've cycled in London for a long time. I know what all of the common roadie routes are that people take wherever they're going off to Windsor or Kent or sorry, Essex and, and if I let Komoot do this for me automatically. It's kind of amazing how it basically gives me the routes that people most commonly do. But it won't just give me three or four options, it will give me hundreds of options, which means I can go out for a new ride. And I can always find something that's slightly different to what I've done in the past. And I find that really inspiring for my, like motivation to explore. Carlton Reid  1:04:12   And then if you were in Iran, would it do the same? Or was it does it need that you know, lots and lots of people have done this before or kind of just glower three people who've done this, okay, that'll be the route we curate for this. This person has just ended up in Iran, for instance, such as yourself a few years ago. Yeah, you Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:04:28   need to have the use of data because it's based on what people actually do. So if we didn't have that it wouldn't we only want to do it when we're confident we give people a good experience. Otherwise, no one benefits from it. You can obviously still use the route panoramic, your own tool in Iran. The what I would say in certain regions where there is less user data, we have an editorial team that make it they're the the we create the content so we'll find what are the classic like walking routes based on like variety of sources, we have an extensive editorial team that will add this content. And they will add suitable highlights, which is what we call the contributions that the community creates to add on to the map. So that this is an amazing viewpoint, this is a great cafe to stop out if you're a cyclist, this is a really beautiful, rich line stroll. So we will help to populate the map so that the people who are used to kind of a circular thing, the better the map data is, the better that the attributions are on commute, the more local people will find, have a good user experience. And then the more they use it, the more they'll contributes. And that's how we kind of launch in in new places where there's less of an active community, if that makes sense. Carlton Reid  1:05:48   Yes, your heat mapping then, in effect, so you're you're working out where people are going, and you see you perhaps, you know, and your your fellow app. This this ecosystem we talked about before, you know, where people are cycling, you know, like the Strava, type heatmap. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:06:06   Exactly. So we can I mean, it's all obviously, like, it's only when people choose to share stuff publicly. It's all like completely anonymized. But you know, we have so much data, we're just trying to harness it. And yes, we do know where people cycle we have that information that's great is quite hard to sort of digest. But if you can take that and turn it into something actionable, the end result for the user is that they can say, I'm a beginner, I've got two hours, I've got a new phone mount to go on my handlebars, I can select this tool, I can just press go. And I can head off and have an amazing bike ride for two hours. And we can be really confident that it's going to be suitable because that's what other people are doing when they, for example, select bike touring as a sport type. And the same for hiking, we won't have people won't be walking down the road, because we'll only be looking at data that's come from hikers. It's a very Yeah, it's an incredible solution is very clever. And I think it's just a great way of mobilising people, whether they're like really experienced cyclists who are just looking for something new and and bored of doing the same kind of loop over and over again, or newbies who need their handheld a little bit. And once I have a solution that they can just go off and do with five minutes of planning instead of an hour of planning for a two hour excursion. Carlton Reid  1:07:33   Now right now the bike and I don't know how much you know, this, but the bike industry, certainly in the UK, and in many other places in the world is is suffering just incredibly bad. It's just it is it is dire out there at retail. It's dire out there for suppliers, you know, post COVID, we basically just got a huge, huge, low a complete slump. You know, I did a story on Forbes of the day talking about how to 40 year low in the UK. You know, the last time we were as low as this in bike sales was in 1985. So 39 years. And that's that's that's pretty poor. Do. Do you recognise that? Is that something you can look at and say, oh, people aren't writing as much? Or is that just purely at retail and people still riding that is not buying? Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:08:24   Is a good? It's a good question. I actually saw that Forbes article and is it's definitely bleak reading. But I've worked in the bike industry for a number of years. It's like, I know many people who share the same kind of anecdotal experiences that things are changing. It is a problem with retail and definitely like have these hangover kind of effects from the pandemic that still making it really hard for people to forecast well. And, and it's just been so unpredictable for a few years now. Komoot is lucky because we don't deal with a physical product. But we are subject to the same the same kind of you know, these kind of cultural shifts, whether people are collectively interested in exploring or cycling, we're not immune to that we might not have the same issues that a bike manufacturer has, but we still get impacted by the same changes. And it's hard for us to predict these major shifts in usage in the same way that it's hard for anyone in the cycling industry. One thing that I think is is great for Komoot. Well, I think partly compared to a lot of physical stuff in the cycling space. It's quite an affordable price point and you can do an awful lot for free. So that's less of a barrier when people have less disposable income. We are international so if one you know we have we're active in plenty of markets, but we are, I guess subject to like, international shifts in usage. rather than, you know, locked in and reliant on one particular place, and also, we have a product that is set up for different sport types. So we can, you know, we can we're not sort of reliant on we're not just a road cycling company. So if people overnight decided not interested in road cycling, that would be very unfortunate, it would be a very sad thing. But we have plenty of other you know, markets and user types. And even within road cycling, for example, there's people who've been, you know, the people who've been road cycling for many years in Italy decide to stop Well, there's an entire, you know, there's there's millions of people who are maybe new to the sport, or could become interested in the sport, if you approach them in the right way. So yeah, it's particularly in the UK is quite a bleak landscape at the moment, but I think it's quite lucky in in where we are positioned, we're not completely Yeah, stuck in the middle of that. Carlton Reid  1:11:03   So tell us how much it costs to go for the pro version. And what you get with the pro version, better than just going for the free version. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:11:16   So I will try and do a concise summary of our pricing, you can do an awful lot on commute for free, you can find these routes that I referred to in our discover section, you can build our own routes, a lot of the functionality is there for free users. And when you sign up, you get free region bundle, so that you can explore a particular region and these region bundles, you can either purchase like an individual region, so like London, perhaps would be one that's gonna be like a one those all like one time purchases. So you can buy region for £3.99 and region bundle a collection of them for 8.99. Or you can get the whole world pack for 29.99. Same whether it's pound sterling, euros or or USD. And when you have a region unlocked you, you can then use offline maps. So you can take the download the map, or you can follow the tour without needing internet, you also get voice navigation. And you also get turn by turn navigation, whether you're doing on your phone or more on your cycling computer or smartwatch. So those are all one time purchases. And then we also have a premium, like pricing tier, which is 4.99 a month 59.99 for the year. And then we premium, you get a whole host of extra features and functionality, you get the whole world available offline. So those features I mentioned earlier, you get all of that included, you also are able to make collections, which means you can group together, either your planned tours. By that I mean that your plan routes, so you want to do hiking or cycling, or once you've completed so like if I cycled around the world, I could add all of the daily bits into one nice collection to show that my car five, I've cycled while I was away. You also get sports specific overlays, which I referred to earlier. So you can overlay the light, long distance hiking or cycling routes, you get on tour weather, which is really cool, you can see where you're estimated to be when the sunsets or when the rain arrives, or the winds looking like you get live tracking, you get the multi day planner, which I also refer to earlier. If you have a really long route, you can divide it into like segments. And as accommodation stops for each, you know, each daily part. And finally, you get 3D maps. So they're all a bunch of features that are really amazing, really cool. I guess we pitch it as for people who wants to go further, so people who who require a little bit of extra extra features, and we're constantly trying to add new features to enrich that. Carlton Reid  1:14:07   Great. So to wrap up, give us a URL. I mean, it's reasonably obvious. I agree. I'll even spelled out during that during the recording now, however, give us the URL, and then the URL for for where people can have now obviously put in the show notes. But where people can can follow your your adventures in 2015 through 2017. And then you've done subsequent rides and you're updating your blog for a while so so to basically give us your URL for the blog and for Komoot. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:14:39   We can spell out one more time for luck. It's just Komoot.com. On the web browser. You can also find the app on both iOS and Android. If you want to give it a go and get started myself You can find me on LinkedIn. If you can manage to spell my surname, you can add it into the podcast notes. I have a link there to my Komoot profile, should you be interested in following my adventures there? My blog is called JKB's bike ride, which is Jk B. S, my initials. If you want to read some of my, my rambling thoughts from a long time ago, all my photography from the many bike trips I've been on. And if you find me there, you can, you can find me on other social media platforms. And I would just say if you have any, if anyone listening has any questions about the things that we've discussed today, or any questions about commute, or bike touring travel in general, you're very welcome to send me an email at [email protected] Always happy to hear from people and talk about adventures Carlton Reid  1:15:55   during this time. Excellent. Thank you very much. Now, as expected, this was meant to be about Komoot. It was it was Komoot. And Jonathan it was like this afternoon to measure exactly how much is is how much was Komoot and how much was Jonathan. But I kind of expected that as soon as you know that. I want to interview you then it's like, Okay, we're gonna be talking about bike touring. And we're bringing Komoot here and there. So that hopefully I mean, you are very clever, you are dragging commute back in as much as possible, which is absolutely fine. And good, because that's what ostensibly what we're meant to be talking about. Anyway, that's been fascinating. And thank you ever so much for for well, we recorded this and it was an hour and 16 minutes, and it flew by. So Jonathan, thank you ever so much. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:16:41   That was a real pleasure. I really enjoyed. Yeah, I really enjoyed going through whole range of subjects with you. Carlton Reid  1:16:48   And we could have I mean, I could have gone blog by blog posts and blog posting and tell me about the flies here in Australia and stuff. But we didn't but I do recommend people go read your blog, look at your videos, and work out whether Do you really want to cycle around the world. Or maybe Jonathan's bug experiences and farting monks and stuff will will actually inspire you to go and do your own stuff. So anyway, thank you very much. Jonathan Kambskarð-Bennett  1:17:10   It was a good teaser. Yeah, thank you very much for your time. Carlton Reid  1:17:13   Thanks for listening to Episode 348 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast brought to you in association with Tern Bicycles. Show notes and more can be found at the-spokesmen.com. The next episode will be a chat with Tom Knights of Strava Metro. That show will be out next weekend. But meanwhile, get out there and ride.
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EPISODE 347: Richard Fletcher, Mr Cycling on the Isle of Man

24th February 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 347: Richard Fletcher SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Richard Fletcher, Isle of Man TOPICS: LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.cycling.im https://www.bikestyle.im https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru1PYzU1k_w https://www.visitisleofman.com Carlton Reid 0:13 Welcome to Episode 347 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Saturday 24th of February 2020. For David Bernstein 0:29 The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 1:04 The plan was to record this interview while riding to Laxey on the Isle of Man with cycle guide and event organiser Richard Fletcher, pointing out the roads long used by fellow Manxman Mark Cavendish, but then weather! I'm Carlton Reid, and I was on the Isle of Man for the AGM of the British guild of travel writers. members could choose a one day fam trip activity. And while others chose spa and yoga retreats or cookery sessions, all indoors, I had asked to go cycling. I brought my road bike on the Steam Packet ferry from Heysham and was eager to hook up Richard with a radio mic and then chat, as we pootled along. The driving rain put paid to that idea. And after a bitterly cold two hour ride, we drip-dripped into a Douglas bike shop. Right. And I've just seen a photograph of you there that I took on the road, and you're smiling. But there's sleet. There's rain, there's basically we're riding through it almost a river coming up through to Douglas. So that was pretty grim out there. Richard Fletcher 2:23 Yes, as bad as it gets over here. But yeah, you're out on your bike. And there's the worst places to be. So as long as you don't do more than an hour and a half in that sort of that sort of weather, then it's fine. Right? Carlton Reid 2:35 So warmed up, we had a cup of coffee, and a bit of cake in Noa's bakery, and that's Noa. And next door to that is Bike Style. The bike shops who are now sitting on very nice sofas here, in in a nice bike shop. I'd like to say overlooking, you know, the scenic wonders of Douglas, but we can't actually see a great deal. And when we were out riding this morning, you you basically you took me out to some scenic places, but we didn't actually see anything. So just describe the ride that we did this morning. What would we have seen if it would be a beautiful day? Because we're kind of going towards Snaefell, weren't we? Richard Fletcher 3:12 Yeah, well, the hills, the route, we went on the hills all around it, basically. So and yeah, on a clear day, that's what you see. You can you can see the island from sort of side to side and top to bottom only when you're out it's particularly if you get some height. But today, because it's hilly, you get white-out effectively. So yeah, there's quite low cloud and you don't see a lot. But yeah, it would have been a nice ride if our view wise if it had been clear. Carlton Reid 3:42 Because we did get pretty damn cold out there today. So the route you were originally planning to take me on would have been towards Laxey Richard Fletcher 3:52 We'd have gone north of the east coast of the island. And you get some stunning views on the East coast. Well on all the coastal routes on the island, and the island basically has villages and towns dotted around the coastline. So as soon as you come in from the towns, you start climbing, and you go either over a hill into a valley and over another hill and back to the coast. The island is only 12 miles wide and it's been its widest point, and 36 miles long. So you can cross from coast to coast or top to bottom in a day. But there's lots of minor roads. I think some of the roads we went on. They were most of them were single carriageway roads to the benefit that is the nicer island because they're quiet, very little traffic. But yeah, it's just today was a rough day for it. Carlton Reid 4:42 So if we had done that ride, which we're planning to do towards Laxey would have basically written past Cav's house, yeah? Richard Fletcher 4:51 Well, he's born and brought up in Douglas and Laxey still has a house in Laxey. And Laxey's got a lot of history from it was an old mining village years ago not a big population there. It's people have a possibly have an impression of Cav that because he's a sprinter the same of the Tour de France with a sprint train that he's a rider for the flatlands but the he was born and brought up over here where you there are hills everywhere you go. And in his amateur racing, I think you see that that he's used to coping with that type of terrain. Carlton Reid 5:29 And tell me about Dot Tilbury because Dot Tilbury you're talking about basically before when we're in the coffee shop about a big funnel of riders. Then at the bottom, you would spit out these well known riders that we've all heard of. Richard Fletcher 5:42 Yeah, I mean, I've been cycling for 40. More well, more than 40 years and until Dot came around, and the cycling tended to be quite insular. And people would get into cycling because their parents had all their brothers or sisters. Dot started a children's league on a Tuesday night, more than 20 years ago now. And it started attracting more and more children into it, who weren't anything to do with the normal cycling scene. And within a relatively short space of time, it got to the stage where she was getting 200, then 250. And now 300 kids would turn up on a Tuesday night and be introduced to cycling as an activity. And that's been going on now say for over 20 years. And I'd say for a small population out the Isle of Man 86,000 people, that's the most directly cause of of the high standard of cycling because you use the word then there is a sort of wide funnel of kids becoming involved in cycling. And yes, there's when they get to 14, 15, 16. And all the distractions come around or other activities come around, particularly in this day and age where there's so many alternatives to to spend your time still a larger number drop out at the bottom of the funnel than would have if she didn't run that league. And I think she's the most direct link to the success of of elite cycling over here. I remember when did that exactly set that up? I don't exactly 20, 20 something years ago be more than 20 years Carlton Reid 7:20 Where Where does she where's that is it's just like an off road circuit? Richard Fletcher 7:24 It's on a perimeter road around the National Sports Centre. So it's about half a mile round pan flat. And it's like an oval, like a 600 metre version of an athletic track effectively, but it's tarmac. And they race round there on a Tuesday night, they start when they're almost just off balance bikes then through to when they're 16. And they that's where they get into cycling, and then as they get to the older age groups, and they then move into the more sort of traditional cycling. Dot also takes them away on trips. So they go to places like a day on the Manchester Velodrome they take part in the youth series that British Cycling runs. And we run around with that over here. So they get to perform on home soil as well. In fact that is coming up in April, this year, there'll be over 200 kids come from the UK, the best 200 Kids in the UK will come over to ride in the Isle of Man. And about 50 of Dot's kids will be in those races as well. Carlton Reid 8:32 Because you're one of the organisers of yeah, they used to it Richard Fletcher 8:36 I recently do, the youth has been running for 14 or 15 years now. And last couple of years, the organisers sort of change over time, became involved and become involved. So Emma Dyer who has been involved for many years and organising it Rob Holden, ex professional cyclist and myself are the three main organisers but it's a big team of people that put it together and it's closed roads Yeah, we get Road Club full road closure which is one of the USPS if you like of them coming to the Isle of Man that the kids aren't used to riding on closed roads they used to running on closed circuits around parks and things like that. And we get the national escort group guys come over so it's quite a an atmosphere for the kids the it's not to to France but it's sort of to ride on closed roads with national escort and we bring Tony Barry's neutral service cars over as well so they've they've actually got a almost like professional experience that they get and I think that's why I like coming over for it. Carlton Reid 9:39 And one of the ways you're able to close the roads is the Isle of Man government is pretty well used to closing roads for the TT so is that part of it? You can you they are used to closing roads? Richard Fletcher 9:53 Yeah, they are and there's an acceptance by the public there's always some resistance to close. as roads, whatever it's for, and we try and minimise that. But yeah, the sort of structures and the policies and laws are in place to help you do that. The TT happens has happened for 100 years. 1907. Yeah. That that's an established thing over here. What people probably don't know as much about is that at this, the bicycle TT started in the 30s. And it was, again, it was because they couldn't do it. on the Isle of Man; in the UK rather. So you had the I don't know, whatever the governing body of cycling was then. And you had a breakaway group called British League of racing cyclists. And they, they got together with the Isle of Man. And we ran one of the first big mass start races over here in the 1930s last century. And that for a time that became the biggest race in Britain for cycling, so you had top names like Tom Simpson, and all the big riders at the time came over and race the Isle of Man, the International, before in this sort of following the Second World War, Carlton Reid 11:12 when there was no nothing like that everybody was time trialling, yeah, famously and alpaca Yeah, you know, black alpaca going out in secret in the morning Richard Fletcher 11:20 Yeah, so the road racing scene was established, cycling was established then right, and then became Manx International Cycling Week, which ran through till 2003, which was a week long festival where we close roads for two the whole week for cycling. That went into decline mainly because people's habits changed. And they didn't want to take a week off from their work holidays to come to Isle of Man for cycling when Majorca and other places were, were beckoning. So now we tend to have smaller scale races, we had the we've had rounds of the British National series for seniors. So the premier calendar, we've hosted the national championships. And consistently we've run the National Youth and junior two sets around the British youth series and around the British Junior series, the Peter Buckley series, which it's still I still call it that. Peter Buckley was actually from the Isle of Man. And when the Commonwealth Games gold medal, and you're from the Isle of Man too, so you're a born and bred Manxman Yeah, I spent a little bit time off the island but mainly on the island. Yeah. My wife's from the UK. And my dad was from the UK. So it's, but yeah, it's been my home is here. Carlton Reid 12:40 And tell me a little bit about how you sort of semi funded Cav's early career with some cash, but indirectly. Richard Fletcher 12:51 Yes, that's my claim. And I don't think Mark would want to know about it or agree with it. But Mark's mother. For many years, Adele ran a dance workshop, not far from this shop, actually. And both my daughters did ballet. So I spent quite a lot of money on pointe shoes over the years with with Adele. And so I say that and that was about the time Mark was getting into cycling. So yeah, I must have contributed in a small way to Yes, Carlton Reid 13:16 yes. And he of course had a dance background at first. Richard Fletcher 13:19 I believe so. I think I think a lot more is made of it than that. But yeah, when I think he was nine or 10 or 11, I think he did some ballroom dancing. So I wouldn't be surprised if in the next three or four years, he appears on Strictly or something like that. Be a good candidate. Carlton Reid 13:37 And he's got a house, you said at Laxey. He's got houses dotted around, but one of them. One of them is certainly here. So he would be a known figure here. And I'm here, obviously for the the AGM of the Travel Writers Guild, and even you know, the top big wigs. And when we had our gala dinner, they mentioned Mark Cavendish. Yeah, you know, so he he's a known figure, quite apart from in the cycling scene, but he will appear and he will do local, local, right. He Richard Fletcher 14:10 He comes up frequently to see his Mum and Dad, who both live on the island. And yeah, when you see, he goes out with the local lads on both training rides, and you'll he'll, he'll pop up and do events as well. I run a sportif each year, and I haven't had any contact with him. But the British Cycling entry system that was used, the entries pop up in your email inbox and there's one M Cavendish OBE, who just paid his entry fee and rocked up like any other rider to it to just make a big thing about you made the day because he's turned up and he was late getting to the start and we sportifs quite relaxed. But when he got to start on when went round with the lads who were strong enough to ride with him, and he because he was They started you went past everybody in the event and it made the event all you could hear in the sort of coffee shop afterwards was because Cav passed me on this hill or Cav passed me here. So it's great, but he does. He just slots in. And I think I think I don't know, you have to speak to him. But I think he enjoys the fact you can just behave normally over here and go about his business without getting accosted for this, that and the other. So, Carlton Reid 15:23 So we're about on the roads before most of the people were getting with this wide berth. But we had a couple, and it was such atrocious weather. And they were coming past at speed. Yeah. And that wasn't that wasn't very nice. And you might have told one of the drivers they shouldn't have been doing. And that was it was a horrible close pass. So how much respect do you generally get? And could it be some of it down to you've got that funnel of riders, and you've certainly got somebody as famous as Mark Cavendish, that, you know, the big wigs talk about him? So might there be some, even if it's just a small bit of people's brains? Like why can't you know, close past those cyclists; one of them might be Cav and then I'm in the national news? Richard Fletcher 16:10 It's a bit subjective, my gut feel, because I do do quite a lot of riding off the island is my gut feeling. I think the drivers over here are a little bit more considerate than elsewhere in the in the in the British Isles is a bit subjective. But generally speaking, I think the overall rise in popularity of cycling, whether it's here or in the UK, has also contributed to maybe people being a bit more aware. I don't I don't think it's it's not malice of people in cars. I think it's it's ignorance of, of the fact they're inside us. steel box, and you're not. So it's not something that would ever I mean, I've been cyclists for many years, it's not going to put me off cycling anyway. But I think it is the it's still the main barrier to people taking up cycling who aren't experienced cyclists. So it's a bit of culture change people's personalities change when they get in the car. And then that's, I see to unbonded really, but no, it's not too bad over here. And the roads themselves because they're not big roads, people have to drive with a bit of care and attention most people to give you plenty of room. Carlton Reid 17:23 So, okay, well, a few seconds ago you said British Isles rather than the UK. So Isle of Man isn't in the UK isn't in the EU, ever. It's but it's part of the British Isles, and it's a crown dependency. There are different rules here. Because if you've got your own government and one of those rules, or lack of rules, is you can go as fast as you want in a car on certain roads. And that's partly maybe a legacy of the, the TT that's been going on. So if you've got this TT circuit, and even on Ordnance Survey maps, it says, you know, this is the TT course. But these are public roads. These are these are not not closed circuit at all apart from when it's running in June, and the roads are closed. So at those roads being no speed limits, means some drivers, not all of them for some drivers are going to be going crackers on those roads, because then you can overtake a policeman, police car 200mph nand they can't do anything about it. So does that mean cyclists avoid that, that course, that road? Richard Fletcher 18:31 There's only one section that most cyclists avoid. That's the what's called the mountain road. It runs through Ramsey over alongside Snaefell the only mountain on the island and drops down into Douglas. So whereas 20, 30 years ago I used to commute over that road. Most people would avoid it now and I would avoid now is because and there's a number of reasons for that. One is that yes. A lot of drivers do put the foot down when they get on a mountain road. There are safe passing places on the mountain road. If you were doing excessive speed and you took a police car, they would still pull you in because it's below there's no speed limit. It's allowing us to do art drive. Um, I'm not sure the legal definition but in a safe manner effectively. So it's not unlimited speed, it's driving to the road conditions and if you overtook them at 70 and it was misty, they put you in so it's them. There's there is some control over it. But particularly motorbikes because of the history. They like to really push it over the mountain. And it's so I wouldn't go up there on a bike now for two reasons. One, you can although we've got terrible weather today, and even in on a summer's day, the mountain in patches can be misty. So you could set off from Douglas or Ramsey in bright sunshine. And once you get above 1000 feet or whatever in the mist, and the speed differential between a car even not absolutely ragging over the mountain, and the bicycle going uphill is such that you be at risk of being hit from behind. Because the driver just wouldn't see you in time, Carlton Reid 20:17 Do motorists avoid it, do they also seem motorists to go I'm not gonna get that because Richard Fletcher 20:22 I mean, I say I lived in Ramsey and commuted to work in Douglas, for 20 years. And I could, I could probably drive the mountain road blindfold. But I do know some drivers and even taxi drivers who don't like riding, because the because it's the TT course there are no cat's eyes in the middle of the road. So it's actually quite a difficult road to drive in the mist. You need to know where the roads going up ahead. So yeah, there are some motorists avoid, as well. Carlton Reid 20:54 So that's a 37 mile stretch of, in effect, a triangle of roads that are marked on the OS map as the as the TT course. But the island has something like 688 miles, all other roads. So we're talking, you know, 640 Odd miles of other roads. Yeah. So that's something that right, avoid them. You don't have to sometimes use that road to link up with other things, you can always avoid it. Richard Fletcher 21:23 And the funny part is that the when we have bike races or their motorcycle races, there mountain road, because it's very, there are maybe three businesses on the mountain, or I think you went to one victory cafe, that they were allowed actually to close the mountain road with very little resistance, because they're alternative routes around the island for motorists. And there's not many people live in the mountain road. So it's it's actually a lot, it's a road you wouldn't use when the roads are open, it's for an event, you can often get a road closure on the mountain road quite quite easily because of that. But now the other road, most of the active cyclists, they wouldn't use a TT course because they are effectively the island's equivalent of sort of arterial roads. Most of the traffic is on those roads. But it means the roads the side I mean, we went on some of them today can't learn without being able to see where we were. But they're the roads that run alongside or crisscross those roads. And the traffic is fairly light. Still, we didn't have a chance to go up to the north of the island where it's the northern plane is flat. But that's where virtually all the local racing takes place. Now because there's very little traffic it's mainly just farmland, but farms and fields. Carlton Reid 22:48 At this point we'll cut to a break. Take it away, David, David Bernstein 22:52 This podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern understand that while a large cargo bike can carry oodles of stuff, many of us prefer something a little more manageable. That's why they've come up with the HSD e-cargobike for folks with big aspirations to go car free, delivered in a compact size, with its rear shock, 280 kilos, and a combined hauling capacity of 180 kilos. The robust new HSD is stable and easy to manoeuvre, even when under load. And with its Bosch eBIKE SYSTEM tested and certified to meet the highest UL standards for electric and fire safety you'll be able to share many worryfree adventures with a loved one whether it's your kiddo or Nan. Visit www.ternbicycles. That's te r n turn bicycles.com to learn more Carlton Reid 23:52 Thanks, David. And we are back with Isle of Man Mr. Cycling, Richard Fletcher. So describe where maybe Kev or Pete Kennaugh where they would have ridden where would they go? Do you think would they have a standard training ride? Or would they mix it up? Richard Fletcher 24:09 No, they mix it up and I know Cav's thing that he doesn't like to repeat the same road on any training ride. I think he covered that when he did a piece over here with Matt Stevens. But they ride the ride all over basically. And you can it's for small island, there are a lot of roads, you can you can mix it up. And you tend to look at the weather and see which way the winds blowing and decide a new route then rather than have a planned route, but they will know both those two and any boys have been involved in cycling over here you get to know every road on the island basically. So Carlton Reid 24:51 you would link it up in your head and then just kind Richard Fletcher 24:54 of criss cross and go where the coffee is really Carlton Reid 24:59 and then Then on this trip, maybe they're just pulling our leg I don't know. But the bus driver everybody who's been talking to us on this trip has been stressing the folklore element of the Isle of Man, which I wasn't really terribly familiar with at all. So everybody is stressing, you know, you've got to when you go across the Fairy Bridge, you've got to say hello to the fairies. How much of this is would you tell that to the tourists? And how much of that is no people on the island genuinely, you know, believe in this stuff. Richard Fletcher 25:36 I don't know if I believe in it. A lot of a lot of the people buy into it. Carlton Reid 25:42 And why? Richard Fletcher 25:44 Because I'm I'm not one of those I'm not a superstitious person. But there is. I mean, there is a big Celtic background the history of the Isle of Man is interesting. So don't buy into all the folklore stuff. The background history of the island where the Vikings were heavily involved in the Isle of Man if you look at it geographic on a map, you can see that if you're military strategist, where would you base yourself if you want to rape and pillage all over the British Isles, you got the Isle of Man because you can bet your base here and strike out and hit violent Wales England or Scotland from it. So the Vikings were have a big influence on the islands. Longer history. And then because of that, the Scottish Lords got rid of the Vikings and then the Lords of Darby took over from the Scots. So there's a lot of not folklore that but there's a lot of good, meaty history about the island. The the other stuff? I don't know, I think it's it's the stuff about mythical creatures and fairies is, is probably because you then you've got a small island race basically. So you get myths and things from a an environment like that. But yeah, it's uh, it's, it sells a lot of gin. Yes. Carlton Reid 27:17 Definitely good stories. Yeah. And we've been given, you know, books of folklore. And so you've got to say, hello to the fairies Richard Fletcher 27:25 doesn't mean the other Celtic nations have similar things. So Irish, Irish methylene and Welsh and Scottish as well. That so there is quite a strong Celtic presence here. And there are quite, there's quite a lot of exchanges between, particularly in the arts around the Celtic side, so you've got them Normandy, Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and they do get together, particularly in the art side and, and share the same sort of music and poetry and everything else. It doesn't overlap as much in into sport. Although we've got a really interesting event coming over here in July this year, called Pan-Celtic, which is like an ultra endurance event. And I was amazing guy, I didn't know anything about the event until earlier this year. And the guy who organised a guy called Matt Ryan, who lives in north Wales, the opening entries for it and had to close them within 48 hours later because he'd filled the field and it's people from all over the world coming. We completely coincidentally bumped into a German couple on a cycling holiday and they said Are you from Alabama? We're coming for the pan Celtic this year. And so they're flying in, mins booked to Gatwick and Gatwick to here to do this event that starts does 100 mile loop around the Isle of Man and they're getting on the ferry and they go off to Scotland right around there. Carlton Reid 28:59 You know the route and what they what are they doing loose route Richard Fletcher 29:03 it's about like it's about 1500 miles in total. It's one of these ultra distance the other man is strange and it's been set as the because we got very right it's been set as the first stage they've been classed as a time trial. It's not it is a race and it isn't a race it's a it's a race where nobody wins anything is the way that if the organisers describes it, but it's a personal challenge thing so when the clock starts normally on the pan Celtic it doesn't stop until you get to the very end whereas for this year because the argument is being used the first stage they don't do a ride through the night here and then get their morning ferry over to patient and then ride I think they go north then and ride around Scotland for the rest of it. But I'm seeing the rest of the room Carlton Reid 29:48 because normally on the pan Celtic it's if you get to the ferry port late well you're gonna get the ferry the next day and that's that's added to your time. Yeah, where is this one? And usually they're gonna stop the times there is like a time drive. Richard Fletcher 30:04 Yeah, because it's a three to four hour journey over I think so yeah, they're they've got they've got a big enough window the starting at seven o'clock on Saturday evening and they've got to do better thing is boundary and five miles. So the very least 8.45 next day so I can't see anybody missing that that they should have a little bit sleep actually Carlton Reid 30:27 do what route they're doing actually on yeah went Richard Fletcher 30:30 through the route with the organiser because he we've actually got another big cycling event the next day. So we needed to avoid clashing with that. And it basically does a big loop of the island round round the perimeter mainly but they cut into they've got the participants left some interesting clients did it as well they go burn the client pool faulty will, which is effectively going up the mountain it's not the mountain road TT causeway but it's the it's a, it's a nicer if you can have a nice climb, it's a nicer climb than the TT course one Carlton Reid 31:07 and they are avoiding the TT course completely. There's not not not hitting it at all Richard Fletcher 31:11 on it for about a mile. And that's it because when you get to the top of that climb, you actually go backwards along with TT good for you then go back into the interior. But that's that's fine. It's then it's the middle of summer it'll be the middle of the night when they get there as well. So there won't be a lot of traffic on that road. Carlton Reid 31:31 So that's it as you're saying before there's there's there's no cat size on that road. So that's a road that maybe people avoided that night anyway. Richard Fletcher 31:37 Um, yeah, this well. There are alternative routes. So yes, you will, they will fit in on if there's not misty then you would go that way. Because the quickest way from north to say, most direct way. But generally speaking in nighttime, it's quiet anyway. Carlton Reid 31:55 So last night, we had a talk from Milky Quayle. Who's one of these guys who who averages 186 miles an hour on his motorbike as he's going around the corner, sometimes hitting 200 miles an hour. And he was one of the questions I asked him was, you would die if you hit a pothole at 30 miles an hour, nevermind 200 miles an hour. So the local authority, the government must be pumping a huge amount of money into keeping that road. absolutely pristine. And there's never going to be a pothole on that road. However, does that mean that other roads, the roads, maybe the cyclists are on? Does that mean they're getting short shrift there because they're getting roads where there's gonna be potholes, and then all the money has been pumped into that mountain road? Richard Fletcher 32:46 The don't know the answers are so the there's a perception certainly that the TT course will not upset from the TT course it has a priority. And it is always, as you say, perfectly maintained. And it has to be actually sculptured sometimes to accommodate the motorcycling. So the the course has probably got faster over the years, because it's been improved. There's a on the mountain road section, there's a couple of places where the road is actually been that not banked. But is lends itself to is certainly not off camber for it that way. So that there is a lot of money spent on the TT course. But that's justified by the fact that the TT races are revenue generating. So whether the, whether that means it whether that's to the detriment of other roads is a moot point. Some people locally would say, definitely, whether it's financial or just resource wise, in terms of the time spent. And generally speaking, I think our roads are fairly good. I tend to ride a gravel bike now anyway, so on You seek out rough road sometimes. So it's not as I don't think we certainly don't think we're the roads elsewhere. The roads outside of TT girls over here are certainly not any worse than UK roads now. And I'd say overall, slightly better than a lot of areas of the UK. So be it as much the time I think is nCn calm the isn't more than the money you've got limited resources to do road maintenance. So if you're spending quite a lot of that time on a TT course you've you've a limited timeframe. Carlton Reid 34:40 By the same token, you probably got some pretty good experts who are probably using some pretty good scientific equipment to spot potholes forming and that might benefit. Richard Fletcher 34:52 Maybe not seeing that but we've got the we've got reporting so you can report potholes and they do that for very quickly to them when you report them. When it's inevitable, you'll get where and turn around. Look at the weather today. It's there'll be, I'm sure when this week is out, there'll be a lot more potholes than they were last week. Carlton Reid 35:15 So, so far, we've talked about road cycling, and you've talked a little bit about gravel cycling there. What about mountain biking? Richard Fletcher 35:22 Mountain biking is is a growing thing. It's been under exploited. I think Carlton Reid 35:26 in that get in the bank shop here. I'm just turning my head. It some of this road bikes over there. But there's a tonne of mountain bikes. Yeah. Richard Fletcher 35:33 I mean, the there are 26 plantations over here Carlton Reid 35:37 are found they are what we would call Forestry Commission. Yeah, yeah, Department Richard Fletcher 35:41 of the Department of Government that looks after them and uses them for growing trees, basically, and harvesting those trees. But within those plantations, a lot of them have had over the years. sanctioned and unsanctioned trails built, they tended to be built, historically, they've tended to be built. And then forgiveness, asked afterwards, rather than permission to go and build the trails. And the government, the barn has been quite friendly in that respect, in that they generally want to encourage access to those plantations. The we tried to formalise that in the last couple of years and recognise that we've probably got as many trails and the quality of those trails and the accessibility Australia is just as good as some of the sort of identified cycling parks in particularly in Wales, Scotland and Ireland more recently, but we've never really produced a a tourism product that, and we've never really joined them all up. So there's been quite a big effort in the last two years to do that. And there's a there's a scheme, just kicking off at the moment government agreed funding in October last year, to produce effectively a, an Isle of Man trail Park. And that's taking a cluster of seven plantations that are quite close to Douglas, and joining them together, they're about they're only about four road crossings to join them together, because they either abort each other or they're, there's a road crossing to get into the next one. So that's a project that's, that's starting now. To join those up. And then I think it will be used as a as a tourism product, but also be of great benefit to local population. And then you're involved in that. Yeah, the I'm involved in advising the government on it. The the rise of gravel cycling as well, because a lot of it. Within those plantations, you have forestry, roads, fire fire roads. And so we're going out from this bike shop actually, on Saturday and on a gravel ride, and we'll take in at least two of the plantations during that if the weather improves. Carlton Reid 38:03 So the government is pumping money into into these plantation rides. It recognises all the big wigs recognise Mark Cavendish, or they use Mark Cavendish as something to talk to a general audience and there's not wasn't a noise of scientists at all. It's an audience of, of just general travel writers who they were talking to. So is their awareness that cycling is important to the economy and potentially could become even more important in future. Yeah, Richard Fletcher 38:35 it's growing thing that the Isle of Man's tourism product has changed over the years. If you go back to my childhood, it was a bucket and spade tourism, where the the mill towns of the Northwest would shut down for a week and the there was Scottish week, there was Irish week. And it was that type of holiday that fell away when the trips to Spain and things like that came about. So that was one section. Then it it moved on to basically in more niche tourism, such as around the heritage railways and things like that. And that became very popular. More recently, so last three, four years. All the studies and reports that have been done around the future tourism on the island says actually that generation is these strong say flatlining because that flood that is declining. The new demographic, a tourism want the outdoors and that's what the Ironman has got in spades. So, the activities such as I think the government does now realise that activities particularly such as walking, cycling, golf as well, there are numerous golf courses over here. And then anything, the more sort of general, outdoor and active type of activities are they will be the future tourism on the island. So cycling and walking in particular are being focused on we've got some I'm not a hill Walker at all. But the the that is as an asset over here this does access all around us there's an 82 mile coastal path, go the route route fall on them that is under use is it's not known about really, but it's there. And it doesn't need a lot of work to make it a top rate tourism product, like some of the the Pennine routes that you have in the UK. And cycling wise. Yes, the there's mountain biking has been absolutely recognised and the see the money has been allocated to do that. And I think that will become a product and I think gravel and sort of lead you into road as well. So I mean, the challenge that mean chance, I think is is for cycling is getting a bike go via Carlton Reid 41:02 the ferry. I mean, some people might fly but the ferry it's a brand new ship. Yeah, Richard Fletcher 41:07 they use those pretty friendly with the bikes. I mean that there's room yeah, there's actual Carlton Reid 41:12 room where you put your bike? Yes, and you hang them up. And it's like what most varies, even in fact, I don't know any ferries where there's a room where you put your bike? Well, that's come about Richard Fletcher 41:20 because I say about three or four years ago, there was a recognition that the future lay in those niche, outdoor active elements, the various brand new so we did a gap analysis effectively. And what's the difference between the Isle of Man and an established cycling destination to take the weather out of it because if you comparing, say Croatia to the Isle of Man or basically to the weather booked the other things, the more the more basic things are the same. It's they're having cycling friendly accommodation, which can be the most basic thing where you don't get looked at as if you're from a different planet when you turn up in lycra with a bike through to the proper cycling friendly hotels, which would have secure bike storage, maybe a little workshop, side tap to clean your bike, that type of thing. So looking at the combination in the Government Department concerned has now a registered recycling friendly hotels and gives them advice as to what they need to do. In terms of that. The very youth was another one where back in my day, the crew were really friendly, but you'd roll up down the ramp and it says sticky bike over there mate. And it'd be just put against the side of the deck where all the cars work. Now as you see the new ferry the Manxman has got a dedicated cycle storage park so it's that type of messaging if you like people coming over that actually cycling is welcome here the big ticket items are things like putting together a proper trail Park product the route became in on blinded by rain in the last couple of miles went past what's called a nunnery estate which is an older stately home and been in talks with the owners of that put a close road title circuit in it. And they're quite keen on that funding won't be an issue. But but that so there is recognition particularly around so I think that it's it's a it can become an an important tourism product. Carlton Reid 43:31 And when people are laughing they because maybe not in February Richard Fletcher 43:36 no I don't think and there's a big push to try and encourage visitors to the island in what they call the shoulder periods. But no if I was I'm blunt about these things when people ask about the Ironman and cycling cyclists more enjoyable in good weather. It's as simple as that. So yeah, you would come in the not this year the high season but he come between April May June July August September. I wouldn't I personally wouldn't do a trip outside those months I'd be them a lot of people would say well there's no such thing as bad weather just blanket but Carlton Reid 44:14 we had some good kit on today and we still got cold I Richard Fletcher 44:18 know yeah the the sort of you were you can tweak the sides a bit on now are around mountain biking because you what we tend to do with the locals anyway. On a day like this, if you were going to go out you go on a mountain bike in the plantations and you don't hear the wind and basically So building that mountain bike trail Park product could actually extend the season because yes, you still gonna get money, but you don't get score and worse because you there's just no wind in plantations. That's where I would probably do my gravel riding or mountain biking Not quite not quite as bad as this but you can extend it a little bit in that respect I think Carlton Reid 45:05 so people listening to this they thought right definitely not in February but in the months that you've just recommended summer basically they want to come across they want to see this this fantastic very with its dedicated bike room they want to do the same roads that cab has done and other top local riders they want to do the plantations maybe on a mountain bike How did they find out about this and how do they find out about you? So what social media and what websites can they go look at will the Richard Fletcher 45:41 there is a cycling website we're trying to build up quite a lot now called https://www.cycling.im and that will become hopefully one of the main portals to visit Isle of Man website as well has quite a lot of information. But nowadays a loop it's not totally reliable you can easily find on Strava or rider GPS routes on the island that aren't somebody's commuter route, but they are actually a decent ride. So it's quite so much easier nowadays I think to find you yourself new routes or or you can you can hire a guide but it's small enough Island to find your way around. What where it's more difficult I think and that's why we're putting the work into is on the mountain bike side. I go out with mountain bike I'm because I'm mainly road cyclists. I'll go to mountain bikers and I'll go trails I never would have found if I hadn't gone out with the group that did the old time. So the idea with trail Park is that it will just be on trail forks are one of the products like that it will actually be very well signposted. So that you can the the network we've designed is it's about 64 kilometres of trails. And we agree right start the project actually although it might seem cosmetic, the most important thing is the signage. So people can without a guide or or necessarily GPS files that they can find their way around and find the know where the coffee shop or the toilet block or whatever on their ride. So that's it's probably going to take 18 months to complete it but the aim is we'll have that a credible product for people wanting to do that for the start of the 25 season. Carlton Reid 47:38 So famously Majorcar is a destination without cycling product and clearly part of the attraction of of New Yorker is nice weather yeah early season well yes or late season one and but also beautiful road but the certainly the nice weather is a is a is a pool, but here could become a cycling paradise could become either a cycling paradise in many ways already, but could become even bigger in the future, especially with like short haul stuff you having to be necessarily, you know, in the future, we're gonna have to start basically holiday much closer to home. Yeah, I don't like climate change and not flying everywhere. And taking a ferry is much more ego than flying to Majorca. So cyclists could come to the Isle of Man and not go to Majorca Richard Fletcher 48:33 and I think to say the weather is important factor. But yeah, it is more the hassle of I mean, I've done it all my life cycles since I was 15. Taking your bike on a plane is a faff, it's now because I'm old and grumpy when I go I do still do a lot of cycling outside of the UK. But it was hired by want to do that. Now if I go to France of France, alright, well, France is different. Unfortunately I've got a friend lives in France with a house and I leave a bike there. But I'm gonna go anywhere else Spain or Italy or further afield I was hired by because I don't like the faff of going through airports and boxing it up and unboxing it and wondering whether we'll get there. The ferry is a lovely way to do that you can just literally ride on the boat. So yeah, that that is the best way for cyclists to get the Isle of Man is to bring it to bring their bike on the ferry. That and yeah, I think it is a viable alternative is going it's going overseas without going too far. Carlton Reid 49:38 You're going out of the UK, Richard Fletcher 49:41 You are going out of the UK and the rod. There are a variety of road to get here is quite fun. That to me. The sweet spot for a visitor is about a three or four day trip. And then you can ride different roads every day and enjoy them in that way. Say they it's been record week, we spoke to a few of the tour on cycling tour operators because one of the other things in sort of gap analysis that was done is it the Arman is not on in the portfolio of a lot of tour operators. Some like there's a company that I've done some work with bikeadventures.co.uk, they, they've got the Isle of Man because I did a trip for them, basically, and, but a lot of the larger ones don't have the Ironman as a destination. So we need to convince them that the Ironman should be a destination on their portfolio, and then put together the trips for them to do. So that's another sort of initiative that needs to Carlton Reid 50:42 get across here before those companies put it on and they become saturated. And it's another Majorca. Yeah, Richard Fletcher 50:48 it's we've got we've got lots of space that we could handle. Carlton Reid 50:53 Thanks to Richard Fletcher there and thanks to you for listening to Episode 347 of the spokesmen podcast brought to you in association with Tern bicycles. Show notes and more can be found at the-spokesmen.com. The next episode will be about the bike navigation app Komoot, but it soon veers off to a discussion of a round the world cycle trip. That show will be out at the beginning of March. Meanwhile, get out there and ride ...
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EPISODE 346: Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike

20th February 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 346: Monica Garrison SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike TOPICS: LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.blackgirlsdobike.org https://twitter.com/CarltonReid TRANSCRIPT Carlton Reid 0:13 Welcome to Episode 346 of the spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Tuesday 20th of February 2024. David Bernstein 0:29 The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 1:03 I'm Carlton Reid and today's episode is a half hour chat with Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike a Pennsylvania nonprofit now in its 11th year of group rides and more for black women and girls. And yeah, I should have checked out the weather map before I asked the first stupid question. Have you been riding today? Monica Garrison 1:28 Oh, no! There's snow everywhere. We had a big storm yesterday. Yeah, yesterday. Carlton Reid 1:35 I should have checked your weather. Okay. So how much of the year can you not cycle in Pittsburgh? Monica Garrison 1:43 Pretty much November to March is pretty snowy and rainy, and cold. So we have a nice big offseason here, though some folks ride through the winter. I'm not one of those people. Carlton Reid 1:57 So you kind of come say March, April, you're kind of really desperate to get out on your bike, that kind of thing. Monica Garrison 2:05 Oh, yeah, the mid March The weather seems to shift and and cyclists return full force and and then we're good. I mean, we get pretty hot in August and July, you know, it's a bit unbearable and humid. So there's some time there where it's not so pleasant to be out on the bike, but pretty much yeah, the rest of the year we're riding. Carlton Reid 2:27 So I really should have checked the weather. Because that was such a stupid question, wasn't it if you're deep in snow, and of course. That's okay. So the rest of the year. tell me about the rest of the year in Pittsburgh. What's it like riding in Pittsburgh? Monica Garrison 2:43 So Pittsburgh is notorious for its hills. It's a very hilly city. So it's not for the faint of heart. Literally. I think over the last 10 years, we've had a really good programme, Bike Pittsburgh is our local Bike Ped organisation. And they've done a really good job of creating infrastructure that connects. So there are large parts of the city that are interconnected for commuters and everyone else on bikes. So that's nice. We have what we call the gap trail here, which is a Great Allegheny Passage. And it starts here in Pittsburgh, and you can ride it all the way to Washington, DC. So a lot of local cyclists put that on their list of things to do in the spring and summer, before it gets too hot. And our we have Port Authority, which is our local bus transportation here. And they made an effort a few years ago to outfit all of the buses with bike racks on the front. So no matter where you're headed, you can take your bike with you Carlton Reid 3:52 Now, we're very jealous. When when we see Americans with, with buses with that on the front, we get very jealous, we've got very few services that will will do that. So I've seen photographs on your, on your website, where it's like the media images where you can get these the photographs you're allowed to use. And there's you and your kids, and there's a bike lane in Pittsburgh. So I can visualise extremely well, the bike lane that you were talking about there, but your kids. So not only are you getting women of colour, and you're getting people just generally onto bikes. You're we'll talk about your chapters in a minute, but you're getting your kids onto bikes. That's something that you wanted to do. That's something that just happened what so how have you managed to get your kids on bikes? Monica Garrison 4:46 I mean, when I was a kid, I loved riding my bike, so I just assumed that they would too. And I you know happened to me correct. But what I did was honestly I started them riding really early like my son and daughter for probably pedaling bikes at the age of four. And so the earlier you get them in, The more consistent you are with them wearing helmets, then it just becomes a part of their life. And so you know, when, when Black Girls Do Bike started, it was a time where I was riding my bike a lot more than I had in the past. And so I just invited them to come along, and they they kind of got bitten by the bug. I will say my, my daughter, my son is probably the one who goes with me the most these days, we'll load up the bikes and drive to like our downtown area and spend a couple hours riding around when the weather's nice. And that's really fun to do. So yeah, it's just a no, no, it's, it's a fun thing to do as a family. Cycling is great for me as a solo sport. But I also like bringing folks along and you know, showing them how fun it can be. Carlton Reid 5:55 So you have all these chapters across I mean, this one is the one that's in London, is that still going? Monica Garrison 6:01 it's still going but we have, we have a leadership vacuum, there we are our leaders who started the group stepped down to do another project. So we're actually looking for someone to kind of step in and, you know, rejuvenate the chapter. Carlton Reid 6:17 Tell me about the chapters in in the US than them and how big did they get? Which are the biggest ones? What's the chapter story? Monica Garrison 6:25 Sure, we have 103 chapters here in the US. So as you can imagine, pretty much every major city here has a chapter every almost every state has has at least one chapter. The smallest chapters are, you know, a few 100 ladies and our largest chapters have anywhere from 1500 to 2000 members. I will honestly say that I we've never gotten 2000 out on a bike at once. But generally our rides are, you know, anywhere from five ladies to maybe 40 to 50 ladies. Carlton Reid 7:04 Is it a kind of Facebook private group organised is that? Is that how you get in touch with everybody? Monica Garrison 7:10 Yeah, I think Facebook's been the easiest way. I mean, we're 10 years into this journey. So Facebook was a lot more robust 10 years ago, but it's still the best way to kind of organise people. And yeah, so each each chapter has its own Facebook, private Facebook group. And then so folks who are interested can go to BlackGirlsDoBike.org and then they can click on chapters, and then they can find the nearest chapter for them. Carlton Reid 7:36 You've got very, very strong, bold graphics. Is that something that was there from the get go? Or is that something that evolved? Did you have members who are graphic artists? How have you managed to be really bold and distinctive? Monica Garrison 7:53 That's a good question. So it was always the intention from the beginning. Or I should say soon after, there'll be an increase. So the plan really wasn't to have chapters and have t shirts and jerseys and all this, these things all came organically as people began to ask for them. But, but once we started to design gear, I yeah, I think, you know, I was a business major. So I have a little bit of insight into, you know, what makes for good advertising. I'm also a photographer, so I'm visually built to, you know, built to appreciate things and design. I do most of the design myself, I usually just have an idea, and then I'll collaborate with artists who can bring it to life. And I just, I There are a couple of reasons, I think, because as a Black woman, I know that, you know, our skin tone, generally looks really nice with bright colours, it's kind of they complement each other. So I never shied away from bright colours and in, you know, variety in that respect, but also in terms of getting the message out, I think, you know, if someone's wearing a shirt, and it's visually appealing, and it catches the attention, then you're more likely to spread your message and have people ask, what's this about? You know, I've never seen this before. So I do think the the visual part of it is a huge part of our success. Carlton Reid 9:20 And I kind of guessed why I kind of surmise that you're a photographer because you've got your credit on some of the photographs. And there's obviously a studio lights going on there. There's some serious photography going on behind the scenes there. That's like some pretty impressive stuff. Monica Garrison 9:36 Thank you. Yeah, I think that's been one of my favourite parts of this process is I've been able to flex my photography and video videography muscles a little bit. And, you know, in terms of like posting on our social media, that's that's it's a nice way for me to be creative and not get too caught up in the day to day things. Carlton Reid 10:01 So before that 2013 You've been going now this is your 11th 11th. Yeah, yeah. So So back, it was 2016 There was an article in bicycling it was by Elly Blue. Elly was the person who had the idea for bikenomics. So that's me and Elly have spoken a lot over the years. So I know who Elly is. But there's, there's a quote in there, which I'd like to quote back to you. I mean, it is 2016. I'm not expecting you to remember this. But I just want you to riff on this really. And that is, so this is a quote and this is from you "know that my journey to riding may be completely different than yours. Know that my experience while riding, and even how I am perceived, while riding will be different to yours." So Monica, clearly I cannot even start to imagine what it must be like for you as a Black woman on a bicycle because it bicyclists famously kind of like we're out there sometimes when we're not the most favourite people have lots and lots of what can I outcasts in many respects, even now. So you kind of take that, and then you take the fact that you're a woman. And then you add on you're Black. So you're, you're really stacking it against yourself here. So so kind of riff on what you said there about how the perception, your perception of you when you're riding is going to be so so? Monica Garrison 11:44 Yeah. Yeah, thanks for kind of breaking that down. It's, so I do remember the quote, now that you read it, it's, it comes back to me, I still believe it to be true. So you have a couple of things. So most women who are women of colour even plus size women, which is a category I fit into, we're not expected to be cyclist, right. No one expects us to pull up on a bike. So you the first thing you overcome is the expectation of from the outside world, like, where did you come from? And what are you doing on the bicycle? And we could also have those internalised things just from our community. When folks say, Well, you know, why, why do you own a bike? Or how'd you get how'd you get into that? So there's expectation. And you mentioned drivers on the road. That's a big thing. For me, I prefer not to ride on the road, I try to ride on the trails as much as possible. But that's just it's a comfort level thing. And I think it varies from city to city and because all cities aren't the same, but you know, as a woman cyclist you have, you might have men catcalling you, drawing attention to you physically when you're on the bike from from a car, as a cyclist of colour. I know some cyclist, I can't speak for all but some cyclists of colour feel less safe on their bikes. Because you know, the person behind the will, could have ill intentions for you. And, you know, an automobile always wins that contest, right? So if someone does want to do your do you harm or at least intimidate you, you know, you could be in a vulnerable, a more vulnerable position if someone doesn't appreciate you being on the road as a cyclist, but then also has a problem with the colour of your skin. So I feel like I feel like most cyclists of colour feel that pressure as well. Carlton Reid 13:46 Sorry, sorry. If you're in a car and you experience racism, you're in a car, you've got locked windows, you can you can kind of hide. But if you're on a bicycle, you can't hide, your skin is out there, you're really like making sure that people know you're there and that must be very vulnerable. Monica Garrison 14:06 It does feel very vulnerable. It's almost like you feel like a sitting duck, right? So if you put yourself in that position, I imagine you want to feel like you are equipped maybe to escape right? So physically, you may want to make sure that you have the strength, the stamina to get out of a tough situation. But yeah, when it comes down to it, as I said, the automobile is always going to win. So if someone does want to do you harm, not a whole lot you can do and that's the scary part, as a cyclist and a cyclist of colour. Carlton Reid 14:46 And then nothing all that I'm going to assume here that that's one of the reasons why you would want to ride in a bunch of women, Black women together because you are not going to you want to get like there's a group of you? You're no longer alone? Monica Garrison 15:03 Yeah, sure, safety in numbers. If you're on the road, and they're, you know, 10, 15 of you, then you're drawing attention in the way of all the cars are going to see me. Right. So safety, but also there's strength in numbers. So if something does happen, then you have folks there who are witnesses to report it. Hopefully, the the fact that there are multiple women, or people will deter someone from doing something, you know, negative. But yeah, certainly that I mean, there are many reasons why riding together is great and there are positives, but I think that's definitely one of them. Carlton Reid 15:40 At this point, we'll cut from Monica to a short ad break. Take it away, David. David Bernstein 15:46 This podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern understand that while a large cargo bike can carry oodles of stuff, many of us prefer something a little more manageable. That's why they've come up with the HSD e-cargobike for folks with big aspirations to go car free, delivered in a compact size, with its rear shock, 280 kilos, and a combined hauling capacity of 180 kilos. The robust new HSD is stable and easy to manoeuvre, even when under load. And with its Bosch eBIKE SYSTEM tested and certified to meet the highest UL standards for electric and fire safety you'll be able to share many worryfree adventures with a loved one whether it's your kiddo or Nan. Visit www.ternbicycles. That's te r n turn bicycles.com to learn more Carlton Reid 16:46 Thanks, David. And we are back with Monica Garrison of Black Girls Do Bike. So tell me about your Sheroes. Who are they? Monica Garrison 16:56 Yes, Sheroes are women across the country who have volunteered their time to organise at least one monthly ride. They moderate the Facebook pages that we talked about earlier. And they keep you know, they keep it exciting. They also are plugged in, I'm plugged into the sheroes. So they let me know what folks are asking for or what things we need as an organisation or even get their opinions on, you know, designs, for instance, for cycling gear. But they're just really enthusiastic women who who our boots on the ground, they're doing the work that keeps the organisation moving forward. And they are really amazing. They're like super fans of Black Girls Do Bike for the most part. And I'm very grateful to have them working on our side. Carlton Reid 17:48 Now, how's the industry been with you? Because famously, the industry is pretty white, is generally male. It's kind of tech bro, but for bikes. So how has the industry? How does the industry perceive you? How is the industry maybe funded? You supported you? How have you done with the industry? Monica Garrison 18:13 Sure. The I think in general, the statement would be that the industry has been very supportive. I was my first like introduction to the cycling community was the National Bike Conference in Washington DC many years ago. And I was really well received there. And then over the years, we've managed to have partnerships with probably Trek Bike was our first like manufacturer that would that partner with us for a couple of years. And they you know, they help support our national meet up one year and we all went to trek headquarters and participate in the Trek 100 we've been partners with REI, who's a big outdoor supplier store here in the US. I don't know if they're overseas, but they've been a really nice strategic partner, not in terms of monetary support, absolutely. But also, you know, behind the scenes, finding out where our pain points are as an organisation and also connecting us with other orgs who are operating in the outdoors for minority groups. And, you know, for other activities like hiking and running and things like that. And then just along the way we we've had a number of other just companies who have stepped up from year to year to support us in different ways. But so yeah, overall, I think it's been amazing. I've been in rooms that I never imagined I would be, you know, answering questions and helping with things like plus sizing for women in merchandise. You know, even even with designing bikes, I've given input with that. Notoriously women have Black women have issues getting cycling helmets that fit over their natural hairstyles. And I've been involved in, you know, some folks who want to change that. So I think overall, it's been great. I've done lots of interviews through the years. And I think our message has, at least within the cycling community, I think our message has gotten out there. I think a lot of people are aware that we exist and know that we need support. Carlton Reid 20:28 So imagine, you know, go back to 2013, when when this first kicked off, and now, have you seen any systemic changes? So you see, have you seen anything like, oh, wow, that's so different to 10 years ago? Or is it this is going to be an uphill struggle? How do you how do you think it's gone up? There's 10 years? And how much of a difference maybe have you made? Monica Garrison 20:52 Yeah, I think we've made really good strides. I think, when you when you show up to a bike event, now versus 10 years ago, there are a lot more women and people of colour at those events. I think I think obviously, we have a long way to go. But I definitely want to acknowledge the progress that we've made. And I hope that Black Girls Do Bike has been central and you know, letting people know of the concerns and issues that face our community, uniquely. But beyond that, I think, the most important thing, if you know, if we're here, 10 years from now, still doing this work, is kind of the pain point has always been having people of colour in the decision decision making chairs, right, working at companies working in the industry, whether it be racing, whether it be you know, even other types of cycling, BMX, all of all the genres of cycling, I think we don't have enough people of colour, who are working in those jobs, who can affect change from the inside. And as always, we'd love to see more bike shops that are owned by people of colour, which is a rare thing here in the US. Carlton Reid 22:09 Monica, it's gonna be a tough one to answer but but why is that? What Why? Why do you have to do what you do? Why Why isn't it just normal for a black person to get out of bicycle? What's what's, what stopped black people from doing this? Monica Garrison 22:27 That's a good one, I think, well, I'll speak for myself, but then I'll go a little bit more broadly into it. So when I was a young person, I didn't, there were no women in my family who rode bikes, I've never seen other than in my adult life, as a young person never saw my mom, you know, just casually get on a bike and ride it. So there's that there is just not a norm in our community. Beyond that, I think you won't really ride regularly, unless you have a bike that you enjoy riding that's comfortable. And to get to that point, you have to spend some money, right to get a bicycle that is, you know, essentially fit to your body and, and is comfortable to ride. And so it could be just a matter of making the investment, there are a lot of sports that black people aren't in because the barrier to entry be economic. And so here in the US, that's, you know, the, there are a lot of black people below the poverty poverty line, who will never be able to enter some of these sports. And, and I think some people are just intimidated to walk into a room where they're the only person that looks like them. Not everyone but but I think that is that can be a characteristic of people of colour, Black people. So you know, if you you may not want to show up to a ride, when you aren't going to know anybody you anticipate it's going to be all white guys who you may or may not have anything in common with, you don't know how competitive the rides gonna be. So there are a lot of unknowns. And I think that alone is enough to keep you from trying something new. So that's kind of where we come in, right? We we are pushing cycling as an activity that everyone can enjoy. But we're also giving you a safe space, for lack of a better word, to to enter into it and to try it and see if you like it. You may try it and not like it never come back. But for some people, they show up they ride and they find that it's you know, enjoyable and they and they continue to come and they discover something new. So we try to get that image intimidation factor out of the equation. Carlton Reid 24:47 trying I'm trying to think if I have know the answer here, but in the Netherlands, where it's a societal norm to ride a bike, Black people ride bikes. Asian people ride bikes, you know, Muslim women in their hijab ride bikes. It's because it's a cultural norm to ride a bike, because you were saying there before about, you know, you didn't see your mom ride a bike. Well, in the Netherlands, all people will see their mom, their Auntie's, their grandmother, the bank managers, everyone on bicycles. So there's no real huge split in, in like a colour thing at all. It's just it's a cultural thing. And so, on the one hand, I'm asking you a question about being Black on a bicycle. But that question could be just as easily have asked of white people, generally, white people generally in the cultures, you know, in Britain, and in America and not in the Netherlands, but where we were out, it's not a cultural norm to be on a bicycle. So that's why people are on bicycles. And there is the colour aspect to it, of course, but it's just generally, people aren't on bikes. At the end of the day, and we are Monica, we are kind of weird. Monica Garrison 26:03 No, you're right, you're right. It's, it's not a cultural norm to ride a bicycle in the United States, maybe with the exception of a few cities. I think, and I've heard this argument made, and I, for now, I agree with it until I hear a better one, which is, and I don't know if this is true in the UK, as well. But here the infrastructure here is built around cars, right? So it's car centric. So there is really a safety concern with being on a bicycle and on a lot of major roads in the US. And secondly, we value as a culture, individualism and we lead tie status to our car. So it's the bicycle is secondary. The funny part is there was a time when bicycles were the main form of transportation here, right, and, and roadways were actually built a many of our fundamental roadways were built so that cyclists could get around and then at some point that that shifted, but I honestly don't think we'll ever move away from that maybe in 100 years, when, you know, cars are self driving, and it's a lot more safe. And, you know, folks, their, their definition of success has changed. But for now, with a car centric society, I think cycling will always be a second class citizen, Carlton Reid 27:29 just to end really, and that there's a quote, another quote, I'm going to pick up from the Elly Blue article again, this is this is Monica by you. And I'd like you to riff on this a bit if you if you can. So, you said the cycling spectrum is a beautiful one. So what do you mean by the cycling spectrum? Monica Garrison 27:46 I mean, the spectrum of personalities, and literally the types of people who ride bikes, I find as a as a general bunch, cyclists are extremely kind, gentle people. And, you know, anyone who appreciates the, you know, the value of getting on a bike and in finding that relaxing, I'm willing to be a friend to that person. But yeah, and even just a cycling in general, there are many types of cycling. So you can kind of there's a phrase here you get in where you fit in. So once you decide that you like riding a bike, there's so many things open to you in terms of the kind of cycling that you do, whether it's long distance like cross country rides or cyclocross, gravel, BMX. You know, there's so many things that you can get into. Carlton Reid 28:40 Monica, it's been an absolute pleasure to talk to you. Can you please tell people where they can? I'm definitely going to plug the fact that you're looking for London people, but just where can people get more information? About Black Girls Do Bike, I'm kind of giving it away back is going to be a bit anyway, just give us the URL? Monica Garrison 29:02 Sure. Blackgirlsdobike.org is the best way to find us. And from there you can link to as it's pretty easy to navigate so you can link to our shops, check out our gear, you can link to our chapter page and see all the cities that we're in. Carlton Reid 29:18 Thanks for listening to Episode 346 of the spokesmen podcast brought to you in association with Tern Bicycles. Shownotes and more can be found at the-spokesmen.com The next episode will be a fireside chat on the Isle of Man with Richard Fletcher. That's out at the weekend. But meanwhile, get out there and ride ...
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EPISODE 345: 24 hour racing with Josh Reid on Scotland's Strathpuffer

26th January 2024 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 345: 24 hour racing with Josh Reid on Scotland's Strathpuffer SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Josh Reid, Alfie Marsh TOPICS: LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://strathpuffer.co.uk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS-SjvNeRcU&t=175s TRANSCRIPT: Carlton Reid 0:13 Welcome to Episode 345 of the Spokesmen cycling podcast. This show was engineered on Saturday 27th of January 2024. David Bernstein 0:29 The Spokesmen cycling roundtable podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern are committed to building bikes that are useful enough to ride every day and dependable enough to carry the people you love. In other words, they make the kind of bikes that they want to ride. Tern has e-bikes for every type of rider. Whether you're commuting, taking your kids to school or even carrying another adult, visit www.ternbicycles.com. That's t e r n bicycles.com to learn more. Carlton Reid 1:04 I'm Carlton Reid. And on today's episode we follow my son Josh with 24 hours 24 hours of mountain bike racing on the hills above Strathpeffer in the freezing Scottish Highlands, I was support crew handing Josh his food, water and bubble-free Red Bulls from a rental Range Rover at the side of a fire road climb right on the Strathpuffer course. You'll hear audio recorded during the day when Josh was chipper, and then through the 17 hours of darkness when he was well — spoiler alert — suffering. He managed 20 laps of what's affectionately known as the Puffer. And that's quite some achievement for him because ... Josh Reid 1:57 it's very technical. ... Carlton Reid 1:59 ... because he's more of a roadie/gravel rider. And that snippet of information yelled at me as Josh came past on his first lap told me he'd likely lose a bunch of time on the technical descents. Let's get rolling, beginning with some audio of me clipped from a video recorded on the long drive up to Scotland. We stopped in Glasgow to pick up filmmaker Alfie Marsh who helped Josh produce a stunning film of the event, the YouTube link for which is on the show notes at the hyphen spokesmen.com. I'm not gonna look at you, by the way, I'm going to be keeping my eyes completely focused on the road. So I do not normally drive an internal combustion engine car and certainly not one as mental as this Range Rover that I've got. But Josh needs to go to this event, we're driving on the A9 up towards Inverness, and we're gonna go to Strathpeffer — Josh can tell you exactly what the event we're doing, but clue's in the name, I guess. But to get out there to get all the kit, and to make sure we're kind of comfortable. So we have hired this car. And it's from a company called Turo. So I last time I hired a Turo in America in 2015 when I actually got a Tesla. But here, they've been in the last couple of years. It's basically Airbnb of car hire. So basically rented it off somebody into his personal so it's Gurinder's personal Range Rover. And obviously looking after it's not, you know, it's a rental so don't be gentle, no that you can look after the car. And we're going to be stopping shortly. For coffee breaks, beautiful day here in the Scottish Highlands. And Josh exactly what are we going to so Strathpeffer, what's the event that we're actually physically going to be doing? You're gonna be doing not me. So we're So we're going to Strathpeffer, but the event is Strathpuffer, or people call it the Puffer. And it's a 24 hour mountain bike event going round a 12 kilometre circuit. And as you can see, I've got laden with bikes in the back here. So I've got my gravel bike and full-suss mountain bike. And basically the aim is to just ride around a circuit for 24 hours and not to stop at all and see if I can get on the podium. We're in just outside of Contin. Lots of big setups here. We're in a small, relatively small setup, just the three of us. And we're gonna be riding for 24 hours. And how are you feeling? Yeah, all right. Ready to get going? It was a Le Mans start so all the riderss had to run to get to there Josh Reid 5:16 just in the two hours in on the third lap, and just keep on pushing. Make use of the up hill was very slow on the downhills. I've lost track of the number of laps I've done. I think I'm on lap five just under four hours completed. That means there's 20 to go Yeah, it's starting to feel like a grind going up this hill. Carlton Reid 5:55 Coming back fast. Alfie Marsh 5:56 I can see on the tracker. Josh is literally is just around the corner. There he is. Yes. Josh Reid 6:08 Yes, my four and a half hours in probably about 20 to go. Alfie Marsh 6:16 What's been going on with you so far? Josh Reid 6:18 I feel a bit sick right now. I was like stuffing a wrap with peanut butter and jam in. And then like all the way up to last climb. Got it down on me. But like, coming down I was just like Alfie Marsh How's the riding? good. Josh Reid Oh, it's just really good. Yeah, so much fun like the top it's really tacky, which is quite difficult, considering I'm a roadie. And then the bottom is really like flowy it's very nice. I guess I'm just Yeah, keep keep on plugging away. Yeah, I think last lap I was fifth place. Yeah, last I think I might have missed out a few places. I think last time I looked through a seven Okay, which is about half an hour ago. Alfie Marsh Yeah that's pretty damn good though. Yeah, you're happy with that? Josh Reid Yeah, just keep on going. Yeah, you never know when anyone else is gonna stop please raise your own race. You're gonna pass people you don't know where they are. You have a clue where Carlton Reid 7:13 the music is by Sonder, they're next to us, and will they play music all night long? dDon't suppose so — their batteries will run out. Sonder fella we can always make you on Thank you. Yeah, just coffee or tea or because that'd be nice yeah, yeah. Carlton Reid Thank you. Yeah, I just want to transfer any food you want to wrap? No, Josh Reid 7:57 can't eat it You're good. You're good Carlton Reid 8:05 to what you want and then next lap right you're still back there Josh Reid thank you Carlton Reid you need more food and there's just more and Josh Reid 8:27 more and you just stopped doing my pocket here? I don't hear this okay. Thank you very much. Carlton Reid 8:39 Next lap wrap Josh Reid 8:50 my head was going coming down this last year but see it's nice to see familiar tactics for the next stage. They will more often then take our sunglasses off as it's getting darker ready. Ready for 17 hours of darkness oh good and bad camera wrap. Carlton Reid Wrap is here. Josh Reid I just need some water. Did you find the tablets? Carlton Reid No, I haven't Carlton Reid 9:28 what do they look like? Josh Reid Make it okay. All right. Cool. Thank you guys so much. Pasta. Josh Reid 9:48 Pasta and yoghurt. Carlton Reid 9:51 Okay. Josh Reid 9:55 For more much more apricot? Carlton Reid 9:57 Yeah. Alfie Marsh 9:59 How's it feeling in the Josh Reid It was amazing to start with my first taste it was really good to start with just like fresh air it felt like a new ride. But I started to drag on now keep on plugging away I think I've stopped for about 10 minutes so far. We're about 10 hours two more to halfway to Carlton Reid 10:30 our next one I'm doing now how's it doing? Nothing we're doing okay now that we're found Josh's salts and he's had a look at that. So that is beautiful as pasta that we cooked yesterday or today. When did we cook that pasta last night and it's now got lovely, lovely Strathpeffer mud on it. And he's ingesting that. She's getting extra proteins no doubt from that nice mud. Right so that's his next one that's got salt in and I may as well do his next one as well. After that. I don't he might want to Red Bull while after that lightly. We're going to leave Josh in the mud for a moment and cut to an ad break with my colleague David in the US. Josh Reid 11:23 This podcast is brought to you by Tern bicycles. The good people at Tern understand that while a large cargo bike can carry oodles of stuff, many of us prefer something a little more manageable. That's why they've come up with the HSD e-cargobike for folks with big aspirations to go car free, delivered in a compact size, with its rear shock, 280 kilos, and a combined hauling capacity of 180 kilos. The robust new HSD is stable and easy to manoeuvre, even when under load. And with its Bosch eBIKE SYSTEM tested and certified to meet the highest UL standards for electric and fire safety you'll be able to share many worryfree adventures with a loved one whether it's your kiddo or Nan. Visit www.ternbicycles. That's te r n turn bicycles.com to learn more Carlton Reid 12:24 Thanks, David. And were back in the dark supporting Giant Bicycles ambassador Josh Reid on his first stab at the Strathpuffer 24 hour mountain bike race in Strathpeffer in the Highlands of Scotland. Right here. Josh Reid 12:41 What I've learned I've got just chop that up. Yeah, no, he's got that one. Yep. Thank you. Carlton Reid 12:51 So you're sick. And you're not far away from the the four and five and six, you're all close together rallied about like 30 minutes. At the moment. Top Five is a possibility. Josh Reid 13:09 Can you get my Camelbak ready for the next lap? Yeah, Carlton Reid 13:12 it's there with the batteries the battery thing and what battery Josh Reid 13:17 does an Exposure battery thing in the yellow bag? But no worries are not okay. Okay, I Carlton Reid 13:22 got it the ... okay Carlton Reid 13:26 what do you want? Okay. Josh Reid 13:30 It's getting harder and harder to get do the techie section. Just like tiredness yes of course change and much with the place to get where bits are. I'll finish that Red Bull next lap somewhere. Yeah, for sure. For sure. Appreciate it. Alfie Marsh You got this you got this. Josh Reid Want to sub in for me? Alfie Marsh I'd love to I'd love to have a good one, man. Carlton Reid 13:56 Up you know for a while. Alfie Marsh 13:58 What are time are we on now, Josh? Josh Reid that past 11 o'clock. 11.30 maybe? Alfie Marsh Do you know what lap you're on? Josh Reid lost count on ap four Alfie Marsh Do you know what place you are? Josh Reid No. Do you know? Alfie Marsh I actually don't right now. How are you feeling now? Josh Reid Good. It's good to be past halfway not hopefully I'll get easier and easier. This is gonna be the hardest bit I think. next little bit Carlton Reid 14:32 to three o'clock. Tough one. Josh Reid 14:36 The laps are taking me like an hour and a half now. Yeah. Whereas it would take me under an hour before. Alfie Marsh Yeah. You guys Yeah. Carlton Reid 14:48 Right, do you want some pasta? Josh Reid Can do. Carlton Reid There's some sandwiches We're getting Josh Reid 15:03 it's almost 6am Probably another two hours before light. pretty cooked, just started to snow How are you want to stop this keep on plugging away this take it easy and just keep those legs spinning two more hours and then I can stop Josh Reid 15:39 I've want some of this return yet I Carlton Reid 15:45 can't toast it for you...top 10 Josh keep it up how you doing the lights? I'm Josh Reid 16:03 fine six Carlton Reid 16:04 I mean six hours Josh Reid 16:06 yeah but I don't I only use it on low for what about yeah I lost about one on profit Carlton Reid 16:13 I haven't really helmet like Josh Reid It's OK I'm going slow. Carlton Reid How about one of you? Josh Reid 16:24 I can't get it on. Can you get it on? I'm just gonna go Carlton Reid 16:34 That flapjack was really nice. So just chomp on that it's really soft Josh Reid 16:41 Should be light by the next time I come around ish. What? Six there'll be eight o'clock ish yeah all right Carlton Reid 16:58 there's one more can of Red Bull Yep, Josh Reid 17:02 I'm gonna have I drank three so far Carlton Reid 17:28 do want to establish take around with you Josh. What about more flapjack? That's quite nice. It's nice flapjack. Josh Reid 17:39 Okay Carlton Reid 17:43 Babybel here next time. Next time what else next time. You haven't had an apple? Josh Reid 17:59 I know one apple a horrible hurry. Okay. Carlton Reid 18:03 Any pasta right she got some more sandwiches? Yeah, yeah. To eat more apricot. Well, pasta I mean you first sandwiches How are you doing your water? Full full. Full. Okay. That's cool. You don't drink much water okay. Daily, they say. Josh Reid 18:42 Now in the second half of the last lap 10 minutes to 10 which would be 24 hours. We have till 11 To finish the loop. So really excited to be done. Carlton Reid 18:57 Been a long night. It was a long 24 hours never mine a long night, Josh. And he came in at just before 10 o'clock. And he was 10th, well done Josh. Josh Reid 19:30 What's going on? That was so much fun. The smell of it. Yeah. Just like knowing now it's done. Well, like I was in pain on my last lap. My hands I couldn't like because all the bumps just came to me properly. I've been awake for 25 hours. Carlton Reid 19:53 When Josh was little when he's about 5, 6, 7 I used to do 24-hour mountain bike events. So really pleased to see Josh is carrying on the family tradition — there has been quite a big gap since the time I was riding 24 hour solos, but they are good events to do. I've never done the Strathpeffer. That was actually after my time when I was riding, but maybeI'll do it next. Yeah, maybe, maybe. It was certainly fun to be there supporting Josh. So well done to him for the 10th place. So many thanks to Alfie Marsh who was doing some of the recording there. And of course, all of the filming, which I grabbed some of the audio from from his footage. And thanks also to Turo for helping out with the the rental Range Rover and of course, to the sponsor of this podcast every single show which is Tern Bicycles. The next show will be out next month, but meanwhile, get out there and ride ...
1/27/202421 minutes, 30 seconds
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EPISODE 344: Computer Modelling of How Cyclists (And Motorists) Hit Potholes

28th December 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 344: Computer Modelling of How Cyclists (And Motorists) Hit Potholes  SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Kara Laing TOPICS: Automotive engineering analyst Kara Laing, an everyday cyclist, explains her new work on the modelling of hitting potholes LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/1pluseipi/status/1737776983457554814 https://www.linkedin.com/in/kara-laing-997b733/ https://www.cyclinguk.org/site-search?search_api_fulltext=pothole https://seesense.cc
12/28/202334 minutes
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EPISODE 343: Mr & Mrs McAleese moving to Oz

21st November 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 343: Mr & Mrs McAleese moving to Oz  SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Mr & Mrs Data-Daata — Philip and Irene McAleese of See-sense TOPICS: Philip and Irene McAleese of See-sense, the Northern Irish bike lights and data company, are upping sticks and moving down under. We also talk V2X beacons, Cycling Industries Europe, Kevin Mayne, Jon Parkin, Velo-city and Geordie accents. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://seesense.cc https://twitter.com/_IreneMc https://twitter.com/_PhilipM https://twitter.com/JohnParkin28 https://twitter.com/seesense_cc https://twitter.com/maynekevin?lang=en https://cyclingindustries.com
11/21/202354 minutes, 31 seconds
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EPISODE 342: Yorkshire Coast Gravel With Markus Stitz

3rd November 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 342: Yorkshire Coast Gravel With Markus Stitz SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Markus Stitz TOPICS: Two epic wet days riding in Yorkshire with gravel guru Markus Stitz LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.routeyc.co.uk https://www.bikeandboot.com https://www.lner.co.uk https://www.youtube.com/@Josh-Reid
11/3/202328 minutes, 1 second
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EPISODE 341: In conversation with Carla Francome

25th October 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 341: In conversation with Carla Francome SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Carla Francome TOPICS: The joy of cycling with commuter-to-club-cyclist Carla Francome LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/carlafrancome
10/25/202348 minutes, 11 seconds
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EPISODE 340: In conversation with Zack Hamm of Ride with GPS

20th October 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 340: In conversation with Zack Hamm of Ride with GPS SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Zack Ham TOPICS: I've featured folks from Bike Map and Cycle.Travel and now in this third episode about cycle navigation apps I talk with Zak Hamm, co-founder of Ride with GPS LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://ridewithgps.com
10/20/202351 minutes, 50 seconds
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EPISODE 337: Cycle.Travel: In Conversation with Richard Fairhurst

5th September 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 337: Cycle.Travel: In Conversation with Richard Fairhurst SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Richard Fairhurst TOPICS: Interview with Cycle.travel routing website founder Richard Fairhurst. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://cycle.travel https://twitter.com/richardf
9/5/202358 minutes, 42 seconds
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EPISODE 338: Bikemap: In conversation with Bruna de Guimaraes

5th September 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 338: Bikemap: In conversation with Bruna de Guimaraes SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Bruna de Guimaraes TOPICS: Interview with Bikemap's Chief Operations Officer Bruna de Guimaraes LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/bikemap https://www.bikemap.net
9/5/202339 minutes, 30 seconds
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EPISODE 338: Bikemap: In conversation with Bruna de Guimaraes

5th September 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 338: Bikemap: In conversation with Bruna de Guimaraes SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Bruna de Guimaraes TOPICS: Interview with Bikemap's Chief Operations Officer Bruna de Guimaraes LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/bikemap https://www.bikemap.net
9/5/202339 minutes, 30 seconds
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EPISODE 336: 'we're crazy about human bikes': Mike Sinyard on e-bikes, the new Tarmac SL8 and more

10th August 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 336: 'we're crazy about human bikes': Mike Sinyard on e-bikes, the new Tarmac SL8 and more SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Mike Sinyard and Ben Edwards TOPICS: Interview with Specialized founder and chairman Mike Sinyard at the UCI World Cycling Championships, Glasgow LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hizkOEe9vOw https://www.specialized.com/gb/en/tarmac
8/10/202328 minutes, 56 seconds
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EPISODE 335: The Potential for Cargo Bikes

17th July 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 335: The Potential for Cargo Bikes SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Patrick Rérat and Virginie Lurkin, HEC Lausanne, at the University of Lausanne TOPICS: The Potential for Cargo Bikes report LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://e4s.center/resources/reports/the-potential-of-cargo-bikes-diffusion-uses-effects-and-willingness-for-delivery/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/virginie-lurkin-71072767/ https://twitter.com/PatrickRerat
7/17/202338 minutes, 14 seconds
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EPISODE 334: From Bam-bu to Dott via Sustrans, Fettle, Flitbike and the Diagram Club

12th July 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 334: From Bam-bu to Dott via Sustrans, Fettle, Flitbike and the Diagram Club SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Dave Walker, Joana Saavedra, Ilma Barbaroviciute, Andy Lu, Alex Murray, Xavier Brice, Henri Moissinac TOPICS: LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://movemnt.net https://www.linkedin.com/in/moissinac https://bambu-bicycles.com/about/ www.flit.bike www.fettle.cc https://www.sustrans.org.uk https://ridedott.com
7/12/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 14 seconds
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EPISODE 333: Playing God: Bike Infrastructure Folks at Move Conference

10th July 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 333: Playing God: Bike Infrastructure Folks at Move Conference SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Philip McAleese, Jon Little, Kris Vanherle, José Manuel Gutiérrez TOPICS: Bike infrastructure folks recorded at the Move mobility conference in London in June. * Philip McAleese of Northern Ireland, cofounder of SeeSense the bike lights and data company. * Jon Little, cofounder of drag-and-drop cityscape imaginator Betastreets. * Kris Vanherle of citizen traffic counting system Telraam. * José Gutiérrez of Lane Control of Barcelona, a tool that assesses the safety and attractiveness of cycling infrastructure. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://movemnt.net https://twitter.com/ChepeGtez https://twitter.com/seesense_cc https://twitter.com/_PhilipM https://twitter.com/bespokejon https://twitter.com/TelraamTelraam
7/10/202336 minutes, 11 seconds
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EPISODE 332: Emily Kerr

27th June 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 332: Emily Kerr SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Cllr Emily Kerr TOPICS: Oxford Green councillor Emily Kerr talks about 15-minute city conspiracy theories, LTNs and cycling to your wedding at the Move mobility conference at ExCel, London. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/EmilyKerr36 https://movemnt.net
6/27/202325 minutes
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EPISODE 331: Carmageddon — LTNs, Tokyo and the libertarian case against cars

19th June 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 331: Carmageddon — LTNs, Tokyo and the libertarian case against cars SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Daniel Knowles TOPICS: A 1 hour 10 minute chat with Daniel Knowles, mid-west correspondent for The Economist, and author of “Carmageddon,” a new book about reducing car use. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/dlknowles https://www.amazon.com/Carmageddon-Cars-Make-Worse-About/dp/1419758802
6/19/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 15 seconds
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EPISODE 330: Andy Boenau — White Collar Epidemic

13th June 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 330: Andy Boenau SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Andy Boenau — White Collar Epidemic TOPICS: Andy discusses his urban planning background and his proposed new documentary, White Collar Epidemic. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://seedandspark.com/fund/white-collar-epidemic#story https://twitter.com/Boenau
6/13/202353 minutes, 19 seconds
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EPISODE 329: Hilltrek's revival of a 1950s cycling jacket: the Greenspot

5th June 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 329: Hilltrek's revival of a 1950s cycling jacket: the Greenspot SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Dave Shand and Daniel Odermatt TOPICS: Hilltrek's revival of a 1950s cycling jacket: the Greenspot LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://hilltrek.co.uk/clothing/jackets/greenspot-dv-jacket/ https://ventile.co.uk
6/5/202331 minutes, 54 seconds
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EPISODE 328: BBC Bike Bureau with Anna Holligan and Kate Vandy (and Jack)

26th May 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 328: BBC Bike Bureau with Anna Holligan and Kate Vandy (and Jack) SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Anna Holligan and Kate Vandy TOPICS: "Just two journalists building a mobile studio on two wheels" LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/bikebureau https://twitter.com/annaholligan https://twitter.com/kate_vandy https://www.linkedin.com/in/annaholligan/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/katevandy/?originalSubdomain=be
5/26/202338 minutes, 7 seconds
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EPISODE 327: LTN Bollards Have Not Created Jesmond Ghetto: In Conversation With Dr. Tony Waterston

11th May 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 327: LTN Bollards Have Not Created Jesmond Ghetto: In Conversation With Dr. Tony Waterston SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Dr. Tony Waterston TOPICS: Jesmond's LTNs discussed on the Tour de Jesmond family-friendly bike ride LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://northeastbylines.co.uk/the-benefits-of-low-traffic-neighbourhoods/ https://youtu.be/Wxq3vb0C-lk
5/11/202334 minutes, 12 seconds
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EPISODE 326: I Cycle Therefore I Am — Book Chat With Authors James Hibbard and Max Leonard

10th April 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 321: I Cycle Therefore I Am — Book Chat With Authors James Hibbard and Max Leonard SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: James Hibbard and Max Leonard TOPICS: From highbrow psychedelia to being defined as a cyclist — discussing "The Art of Cycling: Philosophy, Meaning and a Life on Two Wheels" with author James Hibbard and blurb supplier Max Leonard LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/m_xl https://twitter.com/jameshhibbard http://pegasusbooks.com/authors/james-hibbard https://www.isolapress.com
4/10/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 47 seconds
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EPISODE 325: Benchmarking Bicycling: How Good Is Your City For Cycling?

6th April 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 325: Benchmarking Bicycling: How Good Is Your City For Cycling? SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Rebecca Davies, Malcom Davies (not related) TOPICS: Drilling down into the cycling ranking system City Ratings from People for Bikes LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://cityratings.peopleforbikes.org
4/6/202355 minutes, 22 seconds
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EPISODE 324: Bike lanes are empty? Prove gibe wrong with this €199 window-mounted traffic counting camera

31st March 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 324: Bike lanes are empty? Prove gibe wrong with this €199 window-mounted traffic counting camera SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Kris Vanherle TOPICS: The Telraam traffic counting system uses a camera and AI to work out exactly what's going by on the road. And it's not just for professionals, you can buy one for your window and start measuring traffic 24/7, perhaps to prove that your road suffers from excessive speeding. Telraam's developer Kris Vanherle of Belgium here describes his neat new system and whether it could be used to counter those tabloid newspaper columnists and others who claim that bike lanes are empty. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.telraam.net
3/31/202352 minutes, 48 seconds
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EPISODE 323: Bike Advocacy Woes In Motor-mad Malta

24th March 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 323: Bike Advocacy Woes In Motor-mad Malta SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: James Craig Wightman TOPICS: Flush with EU cash Malta is deepening its car dependency by building wider roads, dystopian flyovers and paying just lip service to sustainable modes of transport. Urbanist bike commuter James Craig Wightman shows Carlton Reid what it's like to live on a tiny island that's being eaten alive by car use. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/its_life_jim
3/24/202347 minutes, 40 seconds
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EPISODE 322: Seeing Sensors With Philip and Irene McAleese

21st February 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 322: Seeing Sensors With Philip and Irene McAleese SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Philip and Irene McAleese TOPICS: Talking smart cities, road surface data and more with the cofounders of See Sense. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/_IreneMc https://twitter.com/_PhilipM https://seesense.cc https://youtu.be/i09-J99Hzi4
2/21/202357 minutes
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EPISODE 321: Sustainability in action: Vaude CEO Antje von Dewitz

5th February 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 321: Sustainability in action: Vaude CEO Antje von Dewitz SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Antje von Dewitz, Managing Director, Vaude, Germany TOPICS: Vaude was on the road to being green long before Antje von Dewitz took over the running of the company but she significantly ramped up its corporate sustainability. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.vaude.com
2/5/202342 minutes, 42 seconds
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EPISODE 320: Get SUVs Off Our Streets: In Conversation with Critical Mass musician Dan Abrahams

25th January 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 320: Get SUVs Off Our Streets: In Conversation with Critical Mass musician Dan Abrahams SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Dan Abrahams TOPICS: Musician Dan Abrahams has written a couple of jaunty protest songs, one about oversized cars and another about getting around safely by bike. Both are accompanied by great videos, one of which stars a young girl riding her bike, alone, in Edinburgh before being joined by Critical Mass riders. LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.ternbicycles.com https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/abrahams_music/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVDMzlKUrJs https://www.bikesforrefugees.scot https://twitter.com/Bikes4Refugees https://www.the-spokesmen.com/brussels/
1/25/202328 minutes, 10 seconds
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EPISODE 319: German word for beer diluted with lemonade is "cyclist" — oh, and Jim was probed by robots

8th January 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 319: German word for beer diluted with lemonade is "cyclist" — oh, and Jim was probed by robots SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Jim Moss and Donna Tocci TOPICS: Kidneys and beer. For an hour. Really. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com Does cycling have a drinking problem? https://www.bicycling.com/health-nutrition/a42259477/cycling-drinking-alcohol-effects/ SHOWNOTES: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/DonnaTocci https://twitter.com/RecreationLaw
1/8/20231 hour, 54 seconds
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EPISODE 318: Chris Boardman explains Active Travel England's Capability Fund

2nd January 2023 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 318: Chris Boardman explains Active Travel England's Capability Fund SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Chris Boardman TOPICS: Active Travel England's new £32.9m Capability Fund LINKS:  https://www.ternbicycles.com SHOWNOTES: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ HOST: https://twitter.com/CarltonReid GUEST: https://twitter.com/Chris_Boardman ACTIVE TRAVEL ENGLAND: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/active-travel-england CAPABILITY FUND: https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2023/01/01/active-travel-englands-new-47m-capability-fund-will-create-transformational-knowledge-machine-says-chris-boardman/?sh=52e2e6aa4168
1/2/202342 minutes, 23 seconds
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EPISODE 317: Masterplanning Milan: Real Estate Developer Reshaping the City With Active Travel

22nd December 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 317: Masterplanning Milan: Real Estate Developer Reshaping the City With Active Travel SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Stefano Corbella, Sustainability Officer, COIMA, Milan TOPICS: Parking Minimums, Forests In the Sky and Dutch-style cyclist roundabouts in Milan LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com SHOWNOTES: https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ HOST: https://twitter.com/CarltonReid COIMA REAL ESTATE, MILAN: https://www.coima.com/en/homepage BOSCO VERTICALE: https://www.coima.com/en/media/press-releases/bosco-verticale-named-one-of-the-worlds-50-most-iconic-skyscrapers-of-the DUTCH-STYLE ROUNDABOUT: https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/a-modern-amsterdam-roundabout/ CYCLOPS JUNCTION: https://cities-today.com/uks-first-cyclops-junction-opens-in-manchester-to-boost-bike-safety/
12/22/202232 minutes, 48 seconds
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EPISODE 316: Milan to banish cars, Mayor promises manager of Eroica Caffe

13th December 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 316: Milan to banish cars, Mayor promises manager of Eroica Caffe SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Andrea Benesso TOPICS: Eroica cycling cafe in Milan. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://eroica.cc/en
12/13/202230 minutes
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EPISODE 315: World Champion Transportation Cyclist Beryl Burton — Book Chat With Author Jeremy Wilson

8th December 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 315: World Champion Transportation Cyclist Beryl Burton — Book Chat With Author Jeremy Wilson SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Jeremy Wilson TOPICS: The amazing LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://twitter.com/JWTelegraph https://profilebooks.com/work/beryl-winner-of-the-william-hill-sports-book-of-the-year-award-2022/
12/8/20221 hour, 42 minutes, 24 seconds
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EPISODE 314: Book Talk With Hannah Reynolds and Ned Boulting

26th November 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 314: Book Talk With Hannah Reynolds and Ned Boulting SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Hannah Reynolds and Ned Boulting TOPICS: Hannah Reynolds talks about her LEJOG book and Ned Boulting discusses the fifth year of The Road Book LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.theroadbook.co.uk https://www.lejog1000.cc
11/26/202245 minutes
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EPISODE 313: Tour de Luxe — riding with legends on Ibiza with upscale Leblanq

17th November 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 313: Tour de Luxe — riding with legends on Ibiza with upscale Leblanq SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: TOPICS: Balcony views, posh food, drafting behind legends — listen up for what guests think of their luxury bike break with LeBlanq in Ibiza. Carlton Reid also interviews Mark Cavendish and Johaan Museeuw while riding with them on the party island, and Leblanq cofounder Justin Clarke reveals why c-suite execs love rolling with world champions. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.leblanq.com
11/17/202258 minutes, 20 seconds
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EPISODE 312: Good Move: How Bicycles Could End the Occupation of Cars in the EU capital of Brussels

4th November 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 312: Good Move: How Bicycles Could End the Occupation of Cars in the EU capital of Brussels SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Elke Van den Brandt, mobility minister for Brussels; Luxembourg councillor and EU Committee of the Regions rapporteur for mobility Linda Gaasch; Alison Abrahams from the Casual Cycling Club; Philip Amaral, policy directer of the European Cyclists’ Federation; Kim Smelter of the European Network Against Racism; and Philipp Cerny, author of the European Mobility Atlas. TOPICS: The burgeoning of bicycling in Brussels LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://twitter.com/CarltonReid
10/30/202252 minutes, 54 seconds
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EPISODE 311: You don't have to be horrible to win

30th October 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 311: You don't have to be horrible to win SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Donna Tocci, Jim Moss TOPICS: Roundtable discussion on Cav's chances of winning a stage of the 2023 Tour de France, Musk's takeover of Twitter, Mario Cipollini's three year prison sentence for domestic abuse, and will Denver's super popular e-bike rebate program reduce car trips? LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://twitter.com/recreationlaw https://twitter.com/DonnaTocci https://twitter.com/CarltonReid https://www.leblanq.com https://www.bicycling.com/racing/a41806102/mark-cavendish-new-team-has-already-won/ https://www.denverpost.com/2022/09/07/e-bikes-denver-rebate-program-data-replacing-car-trips/ https://www.bicycling.com/racing/a41690004/mario-cipollini-sentenced-to-three-years-in-prison/ https://www.bicycleretailer.com/opinion-analysis/2022/10/25/how-can-state-farm-sue-bicycle-manufacture-e-bike-fire#.Y165rC-l1qs
10/30/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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EPISODE 310: Cycling legends roundtable with Mark Cavendish, Oscar Freire, Adam Blythe, Johan Museeuw & Matt Stephens

27th October 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 310: Cycling legends roundtable with Mark Cavendish, Oscar Freire, Adam Blythe, Johan Museeuw & Matt Stephens SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Mark Cavendish, Oscar Freire, Adam Blythe, Johan Museeuw & Matt Stephens TOPIC: This roundtable discussion was recorded at LeBlanq's Joyride in Ibiza LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.leblanq.com
10/27/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 48 seconds
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EPISODE 309: Old crew is back

10th October 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 309: Old crew is back SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: David Bernstein GUESTS: Tim Jackson, Donna Tocci, Jim Moss, Carlton Reid TOPICS: What is everyone up to these days? The Hour Record UCI Gravel Worlds Cycling Tips Reporter Disallowed From Worlds in Australia UCI Changes Rule to Combat Aero Advantages in Time Trials Official at Finishing Line Gets Handsy with Lorena Wiebes National Cycling League Electric Bikes David says: Filippo Ganna’s Hour Record Excellent WSJ Article “How Far Can You Ride a Bike in an Hour? Start With An Aerodynamicist” The Armstrong $30,000 ride? I don’t know if I want to touch this one. Up to you all. (How about LA allegedly getting “weird” with women/ woman at a wedding he supposedly crashed? Central Park Activist Tim says: UCI Gravel Worlds UCI is “sport washing” some bad actors, still/ again/ as always … (link?)Can’t I just rail, as always? (TIM- part of a Twitter dialog, with Joe Lindsey, I’ll try to find. Lapartient gave a tepid response to reporter’s question about risk of sportwashing- basically, “we need the money.”) Bike market is auguring like a lawn dart. (???) e-Bikes are here to stay, even as Rad Power Bikes is getting sued into extinction, battery fires are making the news, Florida hurricane Ian e-bikes represent a huge fire risk through the damage/ flood zones … (David loves his eMTB) ? Jim Says: Video of Lorena Wiebes Riding Away from Handsy Official Goes Viral Professional cycling coming back to Colorado with $1 million on the line UCI changes rule to combat aero trickery of TT support cars
10/10/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 5 seconds
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EPISODE 308: In conversation with Legion’s Justin Williams

6th October 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 308: In conversation with Legion’s Justin Williams SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Justin Williams TOPIC: On today’s show, six days into Black History Month, Carlton talks about the inspirational 19th century black American professional cycle racer Major Taylor with his modern equivalent, Justin Williams. Like Major Taylor, Justin raced in Europe but unlike Major Taylor he’s entreuprenial, using his Los-Angeles-based Legion racing team, which he founded with his equally fast brother Cory, to increase the diversity of cycling. In this 45-minute chat they talk about Justin’s cycling mad dad and the crazy popular cycling scene of Belize. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.instagram.com/juswilliamz/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/l39ion.la/ https://www.l39ionla.com https://markbeaumontonline.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Taylor http://majortaylorassociation.org https://www.cyclekids.org https://www.instagram.com/nationsnumber1beast/ https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/stories/legion-of-los-angeles https://www.instagram.com/ayesuppose/?hl=en https://www.the-spokesmen.com/the-spokesmen-137-your-dreams-are-valid/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Hook_Crit https://www.therabody.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK7WkUfrr28 #BlackHistoryMonth
10/6/202251 minutes
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EPISODE 307: Kidical Mass: How, Why, Where, When

24th September 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 307: Kidical Mass: How, Why, Where, When SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Kat Heath TOPIC: Hundreds of "Kidical Mass" rides are taking place across the UK and Europe this weekend. A more family-friendly version of Critical Mass, these rolling demos show decision makers – with an abundance of cuteness — that children need safe space to cycle and that roads are theirs too. Kat Heath of Reading's ride explains more. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://kidsonbike.org/ https://twitter.com/KidicalMassRead #KidicalMass
9/24/202229 minutes
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EPISODE 306: Eco Adventure on Proposed Sail-powered Bike and Foot Ferry From Dover to Boulogne

22nd September 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 306: Eco Adventure on Proposed Sail-powered Bike and Foot Ferry From Dover to Boulogne SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Andrew Simons, Brandt Williamson, Robert Tickner, Tom Treasure, Caroline Tyndall, Wayne Godfrey TOPIC: A pioneering wind-powered cross-channel ferry for cyclists and pedestrians from Dover to Boulogne operated by startup SailLink had a series of test runs earlier in September, and Carlton Reid was on the first crossing to northern France. SailLink plans to commission a bespoke craft for its 12-passenger service, but the demonstration crossings used a smaller vessel, the Mago Merlino, a 12-metre catamaran certified to carry six paying passengers and two bicycles. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://saillink.co.uk https://fairtransport.eu/tres-hombres/
9/22/202250 minutes
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EPISODE 305: Sexy Urban Bike: In Conversation with Knog CEO Hugo Davidson

29th August 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 305: Sexy Urban Bike: In Conversation with Knog CEO Hugo Davidson SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Hugo Davidson, CEO, Knog TOPICS: Knog, 20 years young this year, started with a scattergun portfolio of bike products, a messy mix of messenger bags, shoes and cycling gloves, tapping into the zeitgeisty fixie-cum-singlespeed scene of the early to mid 2000s. But there was also the Tadpole, a LED handlebar light with front and rear facing LEDs. This turned out to be the Australian design company's breakthrough product, far more in demand from a global audience than the eye-of-the-beholder soft goods. But it was the next LED offering which made the company's fortune. Shaking up the technical but staid lighting market, Knog's halo product was the Frog, a silicone-covered LED that, with its much copied stretchy tail, could be easily, quickly and securely strapped and unstrapped from seat posts and handlebars. More than 10 million of these iconic bike lights been sold since 2006. In this half-hour episode you'll hear how Hugo invested to protect the company's IP and how the edgy marketing of its early days — a punk messenger aesthetic — morphed as Knog matured. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com/ https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.knog.com
8/29/202234 minutes
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EPISODE 304: In conversation with e-bike guru Ed Benjamin

10th August 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 304: In conversation with e-bike guru Ed Benjamin SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Ed Benjamin TOPICS: The growth of electric bikes since the 1990s and their future, with e-bike guru Ed Benjamin. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com/ https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ http://www.ecycleelectric.com/
8/10/20221 hour, 1 second
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EPISODE 303: How five US cities built 335 miles of separated cycleway networks in two years

20th July 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 303: How five US cities built 335 miles of separated cycleway networks in two years SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Sara Studdard and Zoe Kircos TOPICS: Urbanists Sara Studdard and Zoe Kircos of Denver-based nonprofit City Thread discuss how the Final Mile project and People for Bikes enabled five US cities to build 335 miles of separated and often protected cycleway networks in only 24 months, several years ahead of schedule. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com/ https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.citythread.org/team/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSeKNYNb_Qc&t=315s&ab_channel=PeopleForBikes
7/20/202244 minutes
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Episode #302 – Three ultracyclists explain how and why

18th July 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 302: Three ultracyclists explain how and why SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Kabir Rachure, Josh Reid, Ruth Sutherland TOPICS: Kabir Rachure was the first Asian to podium at the Race Across America, or RAAM, which finished a couple of weeks back. Ruth Sutherland was a rookie rider at this year's 620 mile All Points North race in northern England. Josh Reid also rode All Points North but in preparation for the Transcontinental, a 2500 mile unsupported race across Europe from the cobbles of Flanders to the shores of the Black Sea. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com/ https://www.the-spokesmen.com/ https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/raamx/rcrank.php?s_N_Year_ID=47 https://www.ultrahuman.com/m1/?currency=usd&utm_source=main-web https://bikepacking.com/event/all-points-north-2022/ https://www.transcontinental.cc/
7/18/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode #301 – Milan-shaped Conversation with Janette Sadik-Khan

EPISODE 301: A Milan-shaped Conversation with Janette Sadik-Khan SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Janette Sadik-Khan TOPICS: The miracle of Milan, with Janette Sadik-Khan. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com/ http://www.jsadikkhan.com
6/25/202228 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode #300 – Chef's Bike Tour of Sardinia

18th June 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 300: Chef's Bike Tour of Sardinia SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Tourissimo guides, guests and US chef Mary Sue Milliken TOPICS: 38-minute travelogue of the Chef's Bike Tour of Sardinia by Tourissimo. Sardinia’s so-called Blue Zone has many locals living robustly into their nineties and beyond, with a much higher than normal concentration of centenarians including Uncle Julio who was still cycling at 104. Show — topped and tailed with Cantu a tenore folk singing — also includes some chomping of Sardinia's banned-in-the-EU mountain cheese riddled with live maggots. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com/ https://www.tourissimo.travel/chef-tours/sardinia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantu_a_tenore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_martzu
6/18/202239 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode #299 – In conversation with Marco te Brömmelstroet

1st June 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 299: In conversation with Marco te Brömmelstroet SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Fietsprofessor Marco te Brömmelstroet of University of Amsterdam’s Urban Cycling Institute TOPICS: This show is a conversation with Fietsprofessor Marco te Brömmelstroet of University of Amsterdam’s Urban Cycling Institute LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://twitter.com/fietsprofessor https://www.waterstones.com/book/movement/thalia-verkade/marco-te-broemmelstroet/9781911344971
6/1/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode #298 – Bicycle Mayors Program Founded To Counter Reducing Numbers of Dutch Cyclists

28th May 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 298: Bicycle Mayors Program Founded To Counter Reducing Numbers of Dutch Cyclists SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Aya Achaboun, Simón Alvarez Belon, Lucas Boer and Maud de Vries TOPICS: BYCS, bicycle mayors and the shocking fact that a Dutch NGO felt the need to create a program to stop the drop in cyclist numbers in ... the Netherlands. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://twitter.com/bicyclefuturist https://bycs.org https://www.dfds.com/ https://www.eyefilm.nl/en
5/28/202244 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode #297 – Stop motorways, remove parking, boost bicycling, says Sweden's Climate Law Inquiry

23rd May 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 297: Stop motorways, remove parking, boost bicycling, says Sweden's Climate Law Inquiry SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Anders Roth TOPICS: This show is a 37 minute conversation with the secretary of Sweden's Climate Law Inquiry LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid 44 page English-language summary starts on p. 41 — https://www.regeringen.se/49a90f/contentassets/85bdcec13afb4c22af18a0058ab7b61a/ratt-for-klimatet-sou-202221
5/23/202236 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode #296 – Explore Your Boundaries

8th May 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 296: Explore Your Boundaries SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Marcus Stitz and Mark Beaumont TOPICS: This show is 45 minutes with round the world cyclists Marcus Stitz and Mark Beaumont discussing their "explore your boundaries" bike-boat-ferry tour of Argyll, Scotland. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://twitter.com/mrmarkbeaumont https://twitter.com/reizkultur
5/8/202244 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode #295 – The best electric car is a bicycle — in conversation with sustainability scientist Kim Nicholas

21st April 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 295: The best electric car is a bicycle — in conversation with sustainability scientist Kim Nicholas SPONSOR: Tern Bicycles HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Professor Kim Nicholas TOPICS: This show is a little under an hour with Professor Kim Nicholas, an American sustainability scientist based in Lund, Sweden. She's co-author of a new study which ranks the 12 best ways to reduce car dependence in cities. LINKS: https://www.ternbicycles.com/uk https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://twitter.com/KA_Nicholas https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213624X22000281 https://wecanfixit.substack.com https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/16/12-most-effective-ways-cars-cities-europe https://theconversation.com/12-best-ways-to-get-cars-out-of-cities-ranked-by-new-research-180642
4/21/202255 minutes
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Episode #294 – Building a Better World — an Activist Planner’s Network Analysis of Bike Lanes in Paris

27th March 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 294: Building a Better World — an Activist Planner's Network Analysis of Bike Lanes in Paris SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Marcel Moran TOPICS: This is a show about network analysis, specifically of the coranapistes of Paris but also how the University of Californina Berkeley has a strong history of what's known as "activist planning" where there is an acknowledgement that scholars will want to build a better world. With Marcel Moran, a PhD Candidate at the Department of City & Regional Planning University of California, Berkeley LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://twitter.com/marcelemoran https://sites.google.com/berkeley.edu/marcelmoran/home https://findingspress.org/article/33765-treating-covid-with-bike-lanes-design-spatial-and-network-analysis-of-pop-up-bike-lanes-in-paris https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GvdJ5eEAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
3/27/202258 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode #293 – Beacons with Kevin Mayne

28th February 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 293: Beacons with Kevin Mayne SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Kevin Mayne, Chief Executive, Cycling Industries Europe TOPICS: 40 minutes or so with Brussels-based Kevin Mayne the Chief Executive of Cycling Industries Europe, the bike industry advocacy group. We talked beacons. You know, the detection or connection tech I've been banging on about since 2018, and which potentially has ethical and safety ramifications for all forms of cycling, and just getting about as a pedestrian for that matter. Kevin puts my mind at rest, at least from an advisory groups point of view. I'm still not too sure the bike industry is fully cognisant of the concerns myself and others have got but hopefully the industry's enthusiasm for the latest tech will be the tempered by those who have the interests of ALL cyclists at heart, not just those who can afford to sport detection tech. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://twitter.com/MayneKevin Previous episodes on beacons: 2018: Historian Peter Norton – author of “Fighting Traffic” – discusses the historical, ethical and mobility-centre issues that such a call raises. https://www.the-spokesmen.com/episode-184-will-beaconising-the-world-further-promote-driving-and-kill-off-cycling/ 2018: Roger Geffen of Cycling UK Chris Star of Australia’s 3CR community radio station Technology writer Max Glaskin Lloyd Alter of Treehugger.com Caspar Hughes of Stop Killing Cyclists. https://www.the-spokesmen.com/episode-185-part-2-will-beaconising-the-world-further-promote-driving-and-kill-off-cycling/ 2020: Cyclist Detection Tech With Tome Software CEO Jake Sigal And History of Road Equity With Historian Peter Norton https://www.the-spokesmen.com/detectionnotconnection/
2/28/202242 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode #292 – What Would Jesus Ride? An Audience with the Pedaling Pastor

5th February 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 292: What Would Jesus Ride? An Audience with the Pedaling Pastor SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: G. Travis Norvell TOPICS: Travis Norvell is the pastor of Judson Memorial Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. On twitter he's the @pedalingpastor. We talk about cars, parking lots, what Jesus would ride and Church on the Move, Travis' new book LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://twitter.com/pedalingpastor Print book: https://www.judsonpress.com/Products/J300/church-on-the-move.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2OahFHRz-RuJHy-h4ukgfBgTeCB0nbSEY_LkLVUG7c0bq4dlrSV4gGePA Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Church-Move-Practical-Ministry-Community/dp/0817018328/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3KXLROFRMLWE5&keywords=travis+norvell&qid=1643816289&sprefix=travis+norvell%2Caps%2C73&sr=8-1
2/5/202237 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode #291 – Bike bubble has popped, says industry analyst Rick Vosper

16th January 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 291: Bike bubble has popped says industry analyst Rick Vosper SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Industry veteran Rick Vosper TOPICS: Any bursting of the bike boom bubble will reverberate widely and could destabilise global bicycle advocacy efforts. This is therefore of potential concern to cyclists in general, argues bike industry veteran Rick Vosper. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://www.bicycleretailer.com/opinion-analysis/2022/01/09/vosper-sound-one-bubble-popping#.YeQM3ljP1qs https://www.bicycleretailer.com/rick-vosper https://www.bicycleretailer.com/opinion-analysis/2021/11/15/vosper-hidden-big-picture-pon-dorel-story#.YeQND1jP1qs https://www.bicycleretailer.com/opinion-analysis/2021/10/13/vosper-perfect-competition-part-one-why-bike-business-has-it-and-what%E2%80%99s#.YeQNHVjP1qs https://rvms.com https://twitter.com/rick_vosper
1/16/20221 hour, 1 minute, 37 seconds
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Episode #290 – Launch of Gravel Grinding Hall of Fame with Guitar Ted

11th January 2022 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 290: Launch of Gravel Grinding Hall of Fame with Guitar Ted SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Mark Stevenson aka Guitar Ted TOPICS: LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid https://twitter.com/guitarted1961 https://www.ridinggravel.com/gravel-news/gravel-grinder-news-gravel-cycling-hall-of-fame-announced/ https://www.gravelcyclinghof.com/
1/11/202245 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode #289 – Two Volcano Sprint winner and bike entrepreneur Andrew Phillips

22nd December 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 289: Two Volcano Sprint winner and bike entrepreneur Andrew Phillips SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Andrew Phillips LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/carltonreid www.orb.bike www.Zolla.cc sinewavecycles.com
12/22/202148 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode #288 – Why is anti-roads campaigner John Stewart against LTNs?

13th December 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 288: Why is anti-roads campaigner John Stewart against LTNs? SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: John Stewart, Chair of Campaign for Better Transport and UK Noise Association and a long time anti-roads campaigner TOPICS: Veteran anti-road campaigner John Stewart is anti-LTN: why? LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/JohnJohnStewart/status/1469989872995905538?s=20
12/13/202153 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode #287 – Chris Froome and Hammerhead CEO Pieter Morgan

22nd November 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 287: Chris Froome and Hammerhead CEO Pieter Morgan SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Chris Froome and Pieter Morgan TOPICS: Chris Froome's investment in Pieter Morgan's Hammerhead. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://nextventures.com/team/ https://www.hammerhead.io/
11/22/202132 minutes
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Episode #286 – COP26 SPECIAL: The Transition to Zero Cars

14th November 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 286: COP26 SPECIAL: The Transition to Zero Cars SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: US Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon; Greater Manchester’s transport commissioner Chris Boardman and the city region's mayor Andy Burnham; the UCI's Advocacy and Development Manager Isabella Burczak; Susan Claris and Stephen Edwards of Living Streets; Ed Miliband, UK Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary-General of the global public transit organization UITP; European Cyclists’ Federation president Henk Swarttouw; Heather Thompson, CEO of the New-York-based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; Bronwen Thornton, chief executive of pedestrian organization Walk 21 and European Cyclists’ Federation CEO Jill Warren. TOPICS: COP26 LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com
11/14/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode #285 – Ride For Their Lives

29th October 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 285: Ride For Their Lives SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Childrens' health professionals on the Ride for Their Lives ride. TOPICS: 30 or so childrens' health professionals are riding from London to Glasgow to deliver a letter to world leaders at COP24. I joined them on day six between Newcastle and Carlisle. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://climateacceptancestudios.com/ridefortheirlives
10/29/202156 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode #284 – Birmingham to become a super-sized low-traffic neighbourhood

4th October 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 284: Brum to kick out cars SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Cllr Waseem Zaffar TOPICS: 45-minute interview with Birmingham's city council's transport lead Waseem Zaffar on a day the council launched its radical and potentially transformative transport plan. The UK's motorway city is to prioritise people over cars, including adding more protected cycleways. If Britain's Detroit can do it, any city can do it! This interview was used for a news story of mine which appeared in The Guardian. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/04/birmingham-to-become-a-super-sized-low-traffic-neighbourhood
10/4/202148 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode #283 – Autonorama

19th September 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 283: Autonorama SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Peter Norton TOPICS: US academic Peter Norton, author of the classic "Fighting Traffic," talks about his new book "Autonorama" which details the historically-resonant threat to pedestrians and cyclists from driverless vehicles. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://islandpress.org/books/autonorama
9/19/20211 hour, 18 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode #282 – Veloforte

12th September 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 282: Veloforte SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Marc and Lara Giusti TOPICS: A 50-minute chat with Veloforte founders Marc and Lara Guisti. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://veloforte.com
9/12/202148 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode #281 – "If you look at the tree, you hit the tree": eMTBing Guiding Masterclass With H+I's Chris Gibbs

5th September 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 281: "If you look at the tree, you hit the tree": eMTBing Guiding Masterclass With H+I's Chris Gibbs SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Chris Gibbs and Jude Reid TOPICS: Carlton's wife Jude rides to work on an electric bike but hasn't ridden off road for more than 20 years. Cue this three-day eMTB press trip in Cairngorms courtesy of Shimano. H+I's head guide Chris Gibbs reintroduces Jude to genuine mountain biking while talking about the passing scenery and Shimano's EP8 leg-boosting e-bike platform. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.mountainbikeworldwide.com/tour-guides/chris https://www.shimano-steps.com/e-bikes/united-kingdom/en/product-information/mtb/ep8 https://www.mountainbikeworldwide.com/e-mtb-tours
9/5/202135 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode #280 – Jus, not gels: In conversation with LeBlanq's foodie founders Justin Clarke and Ashley Palmer-Watts

22nd August 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 280: Jus, not gels: In conversation with LeBlanq's foodie founders Justin Clarke and Ashley Palmer-Watts SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Justin Clarke and Ashley Palmer-Watts TOPICS: The founders of LeBlanq drill down into their upscale gastronomy-based cycling getaways and why, for them, it's got to be jus, not gels. LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.leblanq.com
8/22/202143 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode #279 – Bike Portland's Jonathan Maus

15th August 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 279: Bike Portland's Jonathan Maus SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Jonathan Maus TOPICS: 16 years of Bike Portland LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com http://bikeportland.org http://twitter.com/BikePortland http://instagram.com/bikeportland
8/15/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode #278 – The Midlife Cyclist with Phil Cavell

1st August 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 278: Genetically redundant at 40: The Midlife Cyclist with Phil Cavell SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Phil Cavell TOPICS: Talking with Cyclefit's Phil Cavell, author of "The Midlife Cyclist." LINKS: https://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.cyclefit.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/philcavell?lang=en https://twitter.com/bloomsburysport?lang=en https://www.the-spokesmen.com/philcavell/
8/1/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode #277 – Le Tour: Too Hot to Handle?

11th July 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 277: Le Tour: Too Hot to Handle? SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Donna Tocci and Jim Moss TOPICS: Marketing specialist Donna Tocci, lawyer Jim Moss and show host Carlton Reid discuss their highlights so far of the 2021 Tour de France. Plus a little bit of US trade nows. And Jim's dogs. LINKS: www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen www.the-spokesmen.com
7/11/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode #276 – Steve Silk

20th June 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 276: From San Fran Bike Courier to BBC Journalist Via the Great North Road SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Steve Silk TOPICS: The Great North Road. Coaching inns. Spitfires and warm beer. Wherries. Brexit. BBC impartiality. Beaming about Beamish. Forgetting about being a San Francisco bike courier. Chamois cream. Bonking. Norfolk Broads. Being a bloke on a bike but not being Alan Partridge. Cycling to work versus cycling for leisure. "THE GREAT NORTH ROAD London to Edinburgh – 11 Days, 2 Wheels and 1 Ancient Highway" LINKS: www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen www.the-spokesmen.com www.greatnorthroad.info www.twitter.com/greatnorthroad2 https://summersdale.com/sd-book/the-great-north-road/
6/20/202149 minutes, 1 second
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Episode #275 – Pump for Peace with Claudio Caluori

12th May 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 275: Pump for Peace with Claudio Caluori SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Claudio Caluori TOPICS: "The kids were just riding and riding and riding and riding, and I had tears in my eyes." A chat about Pump for Peace with downhill mountain biker and trail builder Claudio Caluori of Velosolutions, the world's foremost pump track construction company LINKS: www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen www.the-spokesmen.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr1dW4TzKR0 www.Velosolutions.com www.PumpForPeace.com www.bartali.org.il/?lang=en
5/17/202129 minutes
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Episode #274 – Curbing cars with Chris and Melissa Bruntlett

9th May 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 274: Curbing cars with Chris and Melissa Bruntlett SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Chris and Melissa Bruntlett TOPICS: A 65-minute chat with Chris and Melissa Bruntlett, authors of "Curbing Traffic" from Island Press and published at the end of June. LINKS: Sponsor: http://www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen Show notes: http://www.the-spokesmen.com Book promo codes: http://www.modacitylife.com/curbing-traffic Dutch Cycling Embassy: https://dutchcycling.nl/ Mobycon: https://mobycon.com/
5/9/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode #273 – Ralph Buehler and John Pucher On Cycling For Sustainable Cities

8th May 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 273: Ralph Buehler and John Pucher On Cycling For Sustainable Cities SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Ralph Buehler and John Pucher TOPICS: A one-hour chat with Ralph Buehler and John Pucher, editors of "Cycling For Sustainable Cities," a new book from MIT Press which is a big fat follow-up to their 2012 classic "City Cycling" LINKS: www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen www.the-spokesmen.com
5/8/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode #272 – Revolutions: How women changed the world on two wheels

20th April 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 272: Revolutions: How women changed the world on two wheels SPONSOR: Jenson USA — www.Jensonusa.com/thespokesmen HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Hannah Ross TOPICS: A one-hour chat with Hannah Ross, author of "Revolutions," a new book which explores how the world was changed by women riding bicycles, and how it's still being changed. For the better. SHOWNOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
4/20/20211 hour, 1 second
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Episode #271 – White House Recognizes Induced Demand Exists Meaning There's Now a Bicycle-Shaped Overton Window That Needs Jamming Open

4th April 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 271: White House Recognizes Induced Demand Exists Meaning There's Now a Bicycle-Shaped Overton Window That Needs Jamming Open SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Meredith Glaser and Kevin Krizek TOPICS: Discussing President Biden's American Jobs Plan and how Pete Buttigieg is shaping up to be the most people-friendly Transport Secretary since John Nolpe of the early 1970s. (Like, Buttigieg, Nolpe also cycled to the office.) LINKS: Kevin J. Krizek is Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder. https://twitter.com/KevinJKrizek Boulder, Colorado Meredith Glaser is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, and one of the principals of the University's Urban Cycling Institute. https://urbancyclinginstitute.com https://twitter.com/dutch_ish $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Most Radical Transport Shift Since 1950s, Says President Biden https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2021/03/31/bidens-infrastructure-plan-most-radical-change-for-transport-since-creation-of-interstate-highways-say-city-transport-officials/?sh=13a588d377e8 Design For Human Beings Not Cars, New U.S. Transport Secretary Says https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2021/03/22/design-for-human-beings-not-cars-new-us-transport-secretary-says/?sh=74e5e70b7d86 Can street-focused emergency response measures trigger a transition to new transport systems? Exploring evidence and lessons from 55 US cities https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967070X21000214?via%3Dihub
4/4/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode #270 – Streets for kids

21st March 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 270: Streets for kids SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Alison Stenning and Sally Watson TOPICS: Play streets, cycling and the pop-up protected cycleway on the NE England coast, the Sunrise Cycleway LINKS: https://twitter.com/alisonstenning https://twitter.com/salawatson https://twitter.com/newcycling https://twitter.com/playmeetstreet https://twitter.com/sunrisecycleway https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen
3/21/202147 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode #269 – Canaries in the Coal Mine: How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities

20th March 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 269: Canaries in the Coal Mine: How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Tim Gill TOPICS: For too long, we have neglected children's independent mobility. Author and play expert Tim Gill expounds on the theory that children are the canaries in the coal mine — if cities don't work for children, they don't work for anybody. LINKS: https://twitter.com/timrgill https://ribabooks.com/Urban-Playground-How-Child-Friendly-Planning-and-Design-Can-Save-Cities_9781859469293# https://rethinkingchildhood.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen
3/20/20211 hour, 19 seconds
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Episode #268 – Bike Freak: Being Gary Fisher

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 268: Bike Freak: Being Gary Fisher SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Gary Fisher TOPICS: I walk him Gary backyards through his life, starting now and ending in 1950, the year he was born. LINKS:  https://twitter.com/gary_fisher https://www.bluetrainpublishing.com/books-blog/being-gary-fisher https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen
2/28/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode #267 – Put money on the table and let's get these modes moving

Sunday 7th February 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 267: Put money on the table and let's get these modes moving SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Francois Bausch, Deputy Minister, Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Luxembourg Claudia Dobles Camargo, First Lady, Costa Rica Dagmawit Moges, Minister of Transport, Ethiopia Jürgen Zattler, Deputy Director General for Multilateral and European Policy, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany Femi Oke, broadcaster TOPICS: Extracts from the closing plenary of the Transforming Transportation conference held last week. This is staged every year for the World Bank by Washington DC's World Resources Institute. LINKS:  https://www.transformingtransportation.org https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/transport https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.moderatethepanel.com https://twitter.com/FemiOke https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen
2/7/202135 minutes
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Episode #266 – Move More With The Miracle Pill Author Peter Walker

Friday 29th January 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 266: Move More With The Miracle Pill Author Peter Walker SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Peter Walker TOPICS: A one-hour long conversation with Guardian political journalist Peter Walker talking about his new book, "The Miracle Pill." LINKS:  https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://twitter.com/peterwalker99 https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/The-Miracle-Pill/Peter-Walker/9781471192524 https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen
1/29/202159 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode #265 – Desert Skies, Warm Showers and Church Bells

Monday 25th January 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 265: Desert Skies, Warm Showers and Church Bells SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Donna Tocci and Sylva Florence TOPICS: Solo cycle touring. Donna and Carlton chat with Sylva who — among many other bike trips — rode solo from Berkeley, California to St. Augustine, Florida on Adventure Cycling's Southern Tier Route. Carlton was in Newcastle, Donna was in Boston and Sylva was in — as you will hear thanks to some melodious bells — a small town in Italy. LINKS: https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen www.thesylvalining.com https://www.instagram.com/sylvana.firenze/ https://blogs.memphis.edu/dirtysouth/2013/10/18/dirty-south/ https://eu.dahon.com/bikes/tournado/ https://tourdesstations.ch/en/ https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/southern-tier/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everesting https://www.dana-farber.org/how-you-can-help/events/participate-in-a-fundraising-event/dana-farber-marathon-challenge/ https://roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/kickstarter/
1/25/202153 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode #264 – Bike Nerds Kyle and Sara of People for Bikes

Saturday 16th December 2021 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 264: Bike Nerds Kyle and Sara of People for Bikes SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Kyle Wagenschutz and Sarah Studdard of People for Bikes TOPICS: Bike lanes, mobility motivations, and Mayor Pete's high-profile potential impact on transportation.
1/16/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode #263 – Loading close pass videos to the cloud with a smart bike dashcam that looks like a cute Pixar character

Wednesday 30th December 2020 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 263: Loading close pass videos to the cloud with a smart bike dashcam that looks like a cute Pixar character SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Crispian Poon and Liz Yu of Pelation, maker of the Rebo smart bike light and dash cam. TOPICS: Pelation is a UK-government backed start-up that is to soon produce for real the Rebo smart bike light and dashcam video combo — it looks like a Pixar character and has been trialled successfully by a courier company Pedal and Post of Oxford. I LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen https://www.pelation.co.uk/rebo
12/30/202047 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode #262 – Baron Bird: “Bikes are the future”

#GivingTuesday 1st December 2020 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 262: Baron Bird: “Bikes are the future” SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Big Issue publisher Baron Bird of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea TOPICS: The Big Issue publisher Baron Bird of Notting Hill loves bicycling. He lives 7 miles from Cambridge and when visiting he cycles there. His latest Big Issue project is a docked bike share scheme for smaller cities using electric bikes fettled and hired out by unemployed people and others who may be vulnerable and in need of a way of improving their lives. Lord Bird has had a fascinating life so far — a life enriched by art and what he calls social kindness — and he's clearly not ready to put his feet up under his ermine robes just yet. The Big Issue is still sold by those living in poverty but, because of Covid, no longer from the street. Lord Bird discusses the various other ways you can now help out Big Issue vendors but first we talk about Giving Tuesday and Taking It Away Wednesday, with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea set to dismantle the well-used cycleway on Kensington High Street. Lord Bird slammed this decision saying "bikes are the future." LINKS: https://twitter.com/johnbirdswords https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bird,_Baron_Bird https://www.bigissue.com https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen
12/1/20201 hour
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Episode #261 – Faster, smaller, cleaner: data analysis shows why delivering by cargobike makes sense

Thursday 26th November 2020 The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 261: Faster, smaller, cleaner: data analysis shows why delivering by cargobike makes sense SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Ben Knowles and Nicolas Collignon of Pedal Me, London LINKS: https://www.the-spokesmen.com https://pedalme.co.uk/why-cargo-bikes/ https://twitter.com/nccollignon https://twitter.com/pedalmeapp https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen
11/26/202029 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode #260 – Say It With Flowers — My Guardian article's LTN interviews

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 260: Say It With Flowers — My Guardian article's LTN interviews “When you see a bike like mine, filled with flowers, even the most steely, cantankerous Grinch will smile, because it’s a business that spreads joy." Four interviews rescued from the cutting-room floor Monday 16th November 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA — https://www.jensonusa.com/thespokesmen HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Newbie cyclist Sarah Berry, bottle shop owner Liam Plowman, cargobike florist Victoria Clasen and cycle campaigner Giles Gibson. SHOWNOTES: https://www.the-spokesmen.com
11/16/202051 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode #259 – Cyclist Detection Tech With Tome Software CEO Jake Sigal And History of Road Equity With Historian Peter Norton

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 259: Cyclist Detection Tech With Tome Software CEO Jake Sigal And History of Road Equity With Historian Peter Norton Monday 26th October 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Jake Sigal and Peter Norton TRANSCRIPT/SHOWNOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
10/26/20201 hour, 44 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode #258 – "This is a transport revolution" In conversation with Chris Boardman

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 258: "This is a transport revolution" In conversation with Chris Boardman Thursday 1st October 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Chris Boardman. Greater Manchester's walking and cycling commissioner SHOW NOTES: the-spokesmen.com
10/1/202027 minutes
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Episode #257 – What's the Plural of Moose: Moose, Meese, or Mooses?

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 257: What's the Plural of Moose: Moose, Meese, or Mooses? Sunday 13th September 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: David Bernstein and Jim Moss SHOW NOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
9/13/20201 hour, 15 minutes
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Episode #256 – In Conversation with Two Ians

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 256: In Conversation with Two Ians Saturday 5th September 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Environmental psychologist and ultra-endurance cyclist Ian Walker. SHOW NOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
9/4/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode #255 – Canyon Creates Concept Car (And Releases Utility e-Bikes)

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 255: Canyon Creates Concept Car (And Releases Utility e-Bikes) Tuesday 1st September 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Sebastian Wegerle, Jack Noy and Roman Arnold of Canyon. SHOW NOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
9/1/202059 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode #254 – From the Tour de Trump to the Tour de France via Arkansas

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 254: From the Tour de Trump to the Tour de France via Arkansas Monday 24th August 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: David Bernstein and Jim Moss. SHOW NOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
8/24/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode #253 – Tern GSD MKII

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 253: Tern's Josh Hon Unveils 2nd Generation Of The Iconic Compact Electric Cargobike, GSD Monday 10th August 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Josh Hon, team captain, Tern Bicycles SHOWNOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
8/10/202043 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode #252 – Let's Not Be Stupid With Snot Rockets

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 252: Let's Not Be Stupid With Snot Rockets Monday 3rd August 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOSTS: Carlton Reid & David Bernstein GUEST: Jim Moss TOPICS: We talk about Strade Bianche, the bike boom, all things Covid-19, the likelihood of the Tour de France being staged. And this show is also available as a video on YouTube. See: www.the-spokesmen.com
8/3/20201 hour
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Episode #251 – Riding High — Preview of the UCI Road World Championships Course, Switzerland

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 251: Riding High — Preview of the UCI Road World Championships Course, Switzerland Saturday 25th July 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Swiss Cycling guide Christian Paul, Verbier tourism's Elise Farquet and Adam Sedgewick of Haut Velo
7/25/202039 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode #250 – In conversation with the rock star of parking, Donald Shoup

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 250: In conversation with the rock star of parking, Donald Shoup Saturday 18th July 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Donald Shoup, distinguished research professor of urban planning at University of California at Los Angeles, and author of the groundbreaking 2005 booking The High Cost of Free Parking. SHOWNOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
7/19/20201 hour, 24 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode #249 – This is not white gentrification, this is active travel infrastructure for everybody

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 249: This is not white gentrification, this is active travel infrastructure for everybody Sunday 5th July 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Clyde Loakes, deputy leader, Waltham Forest Borough Council SHOWNOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
7/5/202052 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode #248 – SPEED

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 248: Speed Tuesday 30th June 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Professor Rachel Aldred, Superintendent Andy Cox and — as you’ve never heard him before — Chris Boardman. SHOWNOTES: the-spokesmen.com
6/30/202056 minutes, 1 second
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Episode #247 – In conversation with Leo Rodgers

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 247: In conversation with Leo Rodgers Saturday 20th June 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Leo Rodgers Meet inspirational amputee cyclist Leo Rodgers of Tampa, Florida. Leo was recently profiled in Bicycling magazine, including being featured on the cover. SHOWNOTES: the-spokesmen.com THANKS TO: Bicycling writer Peter Flax and photographer James Luedde
6/20/202026 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode #246 – "The bike world has never seen anything like this": Jay Townley on Bike Boom 2020 vs Bike Boom 1970-4

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 246: "The bike world has never seen anything like this": Jay Townley on Bike Boom 2020 vs Bike Boom 1970-4 Sunday 7th June 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Jay Townley
6/7/20201 hour, 41 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode #245 – In Conversation With Callum Skinner

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 245: In Conversation With Callum Skinner Sunday 31st May 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Olympian Callum Skinner
5/31/202043 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode #244 – Cycling Is Left Wing—You'll Never See Donald Trump On a Bicycle

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 244: Cycling Is Left Wing—You'll Never See Donald Trump On a Bicycle Monday 11th May 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Jack Thurston, author of "Lost Lanes" series of cycle touring books and owner of The Bike Show podcast. TOPIC: All about Jack, including his background and his views on whether cycling is a left wing thing
5/11/20201 hour, 36 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode #243 – Cycling Palestine with Sohaib Samara, Malak Hasan & Julian Sayarer

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 243: Cycling Palestine with Sohaib Samara, Malak Hasan & Julian Sayarer Thursday 16th April 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Sohaib Samara and Malak Hasan, co-organisers of advocacy group Cycling Palestine. Travel writer and cycle tourist Julian Sayarer, author of "Fifty Miles Wide" a harrowing account of his recent cycling trips in Israel and Palestine, meeting with people on both sides of the divide. TOPIC: Cycling in Palestine. LINKS & TRANSCRIPT: Available on the-spokesmen.com
4/16/20202 hours, 12 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode #242 – A Different World, A Better World, A Bicycling World

Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast EPISODE 242: A Different World, A Better World, A Bicycling World Thursday 9th April 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Sydney's manager of cycling strategy Fiona Cambell. Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar and the New Urban Mobility Alliance of Washington, DC. Tim Blumenthal, president of People for Bikes, USA. PLUS: An audio interview with Automobile Association president Edmund King. TOPICS: The future for cycling in a post coronavirus world. PLUS: the president of Britain's Automobile Association muses that, if car use doesn't recover after the end of the COVID-19 lockdown, it would be best not to splash £27 billion on building more roads for motorists.
4/9/20201 hour, 37 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode #241 – LOCKDOWN SPECIAL: FRUSTRATED PURPOSES

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast FRUSTRATED PURPOSES Sunday 29th March 2020 SPONSORS: Jenson USA, Sport Suds HOSTS: David Bernstein & Carlton Reid GUESTS: Jim Moss, Donna Tocci, Richard Masoner & Tim Jackson TOPICS: Some of original Spokesmen members discuss the Covid-19 lockdown and cycling. Also includes the return of "show tips."
3/29/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode #240 – In Conversation with Tori Fahey of Apidura

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast We don't use Facebook or Google, we support the bikepacking community: Tori Fahey, Apidura Tuesday 10th March 2020 SPONSORS: Jenson USA, Sports Suds HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Tori Fahey, Apidura bikepacking bags
3/10/202055 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode #239 – Segregation of South African Cyclists, Then and Now

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast Segregation of South African Cyclists, Then and Now Monday 17th February 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Njogu Morgan, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. NOTES: the-spokesmen.com
2/17/202052 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode #238 – Meet the Bicycle Mayor of Coventry, Britain's "Motor City"

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 238: Meet the Bicycle Mayor of Coventry, Britain's "Motor City" Monday 10th February 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOSTS: Carlton Reid & Laura Laker GUESTS: Adam Tranter of Fusion Media, the new Bicycle Mayor of Coventry. Maud de Vries, Bicycle Mayor programme, BYCS, Amsterdam. Satya Sankaran, Bicycle Mayor of Bengalaru, India. SHOWNOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
2/10/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode #237 – In conversation with Peter Harrison on 30-mile bike ride in Northumberland

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 237: In conversation with Peter Harrison on 30-mile bike ride in Northumberland Sunday 9th February 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Peter Harrison, Cyclone Festival of Cycling +++ Peter Harrison has been staging races in Northumberland for many years, and he’s the founder and organiser of the Cyclone Festival of Cycling, a challenge-ride-based weekend of cycling that’s now been going for 14 years. Peter is also an industry veteran — he was Shimano-man for many years and owns a Newcastle bike shop. This is rolling audio from a bike ride following part of the route of the Cyclone. +++ SHOWNOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
2/9/202054 minutes
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Episode #236 – San Francisco To Wymondham

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast EPISODE 236: San Francisco To Wymondham Thursday 6th February 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Geeti Silwal of Perkins Will, one of the prime movers behind getting cars off Market Street in San Francisco; "Dr. X" — the cyclist who was swerved into by a Norfolk motorist for not using a duff cycle path, a road rage incident captured by a following motorist's dash cam. News stories available at www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid SHOWNOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
2/6/202054 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode #235 – In Conversation With Rémi Clermont Co-founder of Apparel Brand Café du Cycliste

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast Episode 235: In Conversation With Rémi Clermont Co-founder of Apparel Brand Café du Cycliste Wednesday 29th January 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Rémi Clermont, co-founder Café du Cycliste. NOTES: www.the-spokesmen.com
1/29/202038 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode #234 – Time Space Elongation, Marxist Geographers, Biking While Black: In Conversation With John Stehlin

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast Time Space Elongation, Marxist Geographers, Biking While Black: In Conversation With John Stehlin Episode 234 Saturday 11th January 2020 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: John Stehlin, assistant professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, author of "Cyclescapes of the Unequal City." NOTES: The-spokesmen.com
1/11/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode #233 – $100,000 For A Bicycle? In Conversation with Michael Moureček of Festka

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast $100,000 For A Bicycle? In Conversation with Michael Moureček of Festka Episode 233 Monday 23rd December 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Michael Moureček NOTES: The-spokesmen.com
12/23/201954 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode #232 – Bike Share & Transportation Planning — With Andy Boenau

The Spokesmen Cycling Podcast Bike Share & Transportation Planning — With Andy Boenau Episode 232 Tuesday 17th December 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Andy Boenau NOTES: The-spokesmen.com Bike Share book: bit.ly/BikeShareBook
12/17/201955 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode #231 – ”I Accidentally Ate Horse Cheese": Josh Reid On His Gravel Bike Ride From China To The UK

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast ”I Accidentally Ate Horse Cheese": Josh Reid On His Gravel Bike Ride From China To The UK Wednesday 4th December 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Josh Reid (Instagram "joshreids") LINKS AND MORE AT: the-spokesmen.com
12/4/20191 hour, 1 second
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Episode #230 – Rags To Riches: Head to Head with Le Col's Yanto Barker

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast Rags To Riches: Head to Head with Le Col's Yanto Barker Sunday 24th November 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Yanto Barker, founder and CEO of premium cycle clothing brand Le Col.
11/24/20191 hour, 1 second
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Episode #229 – Riding a Brompton Along A Belgian Bike Path In Germany

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast Riding a Brompton Along A Belgian Bike Path In Germany Tuesday 12th November 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Vitali Vitaliev, author of "Passport to Enclavia", London. Gilbert Perrin, technical lead, Chemins du Rail, Brussels. TOPIC: Cycling along the 128-kilometre Vennbahn rail trail in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. Part of the Vennbahn is a ten-metre-wide, 25-kilometre-long part of Belgium *inside* Germany. Bonkers! I travelled to the trail by Brompton folding bike via the DFDS ferry at North Shields and then a series of trains to Aachen in Germany. An article about this journey will be in The Guardian soon. Thanks to @Revchips for sending me a link about this very odd bike trail. More info on the-spokesmen.com
11/12/201918 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode #228 – Move Over Mallorca, Cambrils Is Coming

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast Tuesday 29th October 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Cycling club secretaries from Svarta Haesten cycling club, Le Carrow Lazers of Ireland, University of Bristol Cycling Club, and Redford and District Cycling Club. Jaume Rue of Cycling Costa Daurada. Music is Mussara by Carles Ribot. +++ www.cyclingcostadaurada.com www.costadaurada.info www.sportvillage.cambrilspark.com https://bravecoastrecords.bandcamp.com/album/mussara http://www.carlesribot.bravecoast.net
10/29/201923 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode #227 – Gino Bartali's Secret Heroism & The Cycling School Inspired By It

Spokesmen Cycling Podcast Tuesday 8th October 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Holocaust survivor Paul Alexander Canadian journalist Aili McConnon, co-author of Bartali biography, "The Road to Valor" Gino Bartali's granddaughter Giulia Bartali Yuval Markovich, Bartali Youth Leadership School Dr. Ilana Tischler, director-general, Ben Shemen Youth Village, Israel Former pro cyclist Ran Margaliot, co-founder of Israel Cycling Academy and Bartali Youth Leadership School TOPICS: A 77-year-old secret, a new, cycling-based boarding school that commemorates it, and the kick-off for a 180 kilometre bike ride that retraces its roots. This episode is about Gino Bartali's 1948 Tour de France victory, his secret wartime rides to smuggle fake IDs for Italian Jews, a new Israeli cycling-based boarding school launched in his honour, and the Bartali 180 commemorative cycle ride from Florence to Assisi, retracing Bartali's mid-1940s training-cum-smuggling route.
10/8/201923 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode #226 – Nearly Live From One Very Wet World Championships and Interview with the Top Fundraiser for Help For Heroes

Episode 226 Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Sunday 29th September 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA Nearly Live From One Very Wet World Championships and Interview with the Top Fundraiser for Help For Heroes HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: British pro cyclist Ben Swift Greater Manchester's walking and cycling commissioner Chris Boardman Helen Pidd, The Guardian Steve Craddock TOPICS: The Mens' Elite road race at the World Championships in Harrogate, Yorkshire; plus Chris Boardman's (latest) helmet controversy. Interview with Help for Heroes top fundraiser Steve Craddock.
9/29/201938 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode #225 – TEACHING OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS IN EPIC BIKEPARK LEOGANG

Episode 225 Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast TEACHING OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS IN EPIC BIKEPARK LEOGANG Sunday 15th September 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Katharina Auer, downhill mountain biker and marketing for Saalfelden Leogang tourist board, Austria Nicolas Wegs, downhill racer and mountain bike instructor, The Epic Bikepark Leogang TOPIC: Riding–and learning–in The Epic Bikepark Leogang, Austria LINKS: https://www.elements-outdoorsports.at/en/home/336/about-us https://bikepark.saalfelden-leogang.com/en
9/15/201927 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode #224 – Council's Injunction To Stop Cyclists Assembling At Cycle Cafe Could Go National

Episode 224 Council's Injunction To Stop Cyclists Assembling At Cycle Cafe Could Go National SPONSOR: Jenson USA Sunday 11th August 2019 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Lee Martin, owner of Velolife cafe Cycling UK's campaigns head Duncan Dollimore And – via DMs – barrister Martin Porter QC TOPIC: Berkshire cycle cafe Velolife & six local cycling clubs have been served with injunctions to stop cyclists assembling because of an alleged noise nuisance. What's being done about this, and can such absurd over-reactions spread elsewhere in the UK?
8/11/201938 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode #223 – Re-Opening Of Britain's Best Cycleway

Episode 223 Re-Opening Of Britain's Best Cycleway SPONSOR: Jenson USA Wednesday 7th August 2019 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Engineer Stuart Turnbull Jonah Morris, partnership manager, Sustrans Peter Calhoun, a Ridley-riding roadie TOPIC: The re-opening, after a six year refurbishment, of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels, near Newcastle, northern England. The tunnels were built in 1951.
8/7/201919 minutes, 1 second
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Episode #222 – What a Tour! Tour de France 2019 recap special

What a Tour! Tour de France 2019 recap special Episode 222 Tour de France special. SPONSOR: Jenson USA Sunday 28th July 2019 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Attorney Jim Moss Joe Robinson, writer for Cyclist magazine Casper Hughes of Rollapaluza and Stop Killing Cyclists TOPICS: Tour de France special.
7/28/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode #221 – In conversation with Kyle Ranson and Jeremy Rider of Showers Pass

Episode 221 Thursday 18th July 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Kyle Ranson and Jeremy Rider of apparel and accessories brand Showers Pass. TOPIC: A post-Impact Sun Valley catch-up with Showers Pass.
7/18/201934 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode #220 – CrankTank's Intent Media Summit and Outerbike, Sun Valley, Idaho

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 220 Monday 8th July 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Adrian Montgomery and Scott Montgomery CrankTank Mark Sevenoff, Outerbike/Western Spirit Lori Barrett, Rotor Chris Schieffer, Zoic Barton Burdette, Fidlock Tom Brady, Light & Motion Cassie Abel, Wild Rye Zach Spinhirne-Martin, Viathon/WalMart Peter and Tom Marchment, Luisa Grappone, Hunt Wheels TOPICS: Product launches and more at CrankTank's Intent Media Summit and Outerbike, Sun Valley, Idaho.
7/8/20191 hour, 52 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode #219 – "USA! USA! USA"

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 218 "USA! USA! USA" SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Jim Moss TOPICS: Tour de France, Outerbike, women's soccer.
7/7/201953 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode #218 – "When I am on a bike, I still get chill bombs"

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 218 “When I am on a bike, I still get chill bombs” Thursday 4th July 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Brent Whittington, owner of Moots.
7/4/201924 minutes, 1 second
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Episode #217 – Bikes and more from the UITP Global Public Transport Summit (part 2)

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Bikes and more from the UITP Global Public Transport Summit (part 2) Episode 217 Friday 14th June 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Giovanni Circella, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California Davis. Steve Martin, CEO of Influence at Work UK, behavioural scientist and co-author of "Yes! 60 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion" which has sold over one million copies. Also heads CHANGE By Transdev–a joint venture that has built the world’s first specialist behavioural science unit in a global transport operator. Based in London. Marielle Villamaux, Chief Client Officer, Transdev Group, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France. TOPICS: Automated vehicles, bicycling and behavioural science from the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, Sweden.
6/14/20191 hour, 23 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode #216 – Bikes and more from the UITP Global Public Transport Summit (part 1 of 2)

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 216 Wednesday 12th June 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Rachel Zack, Remix. Niccolò Panozzo, European Cyclists Federation Tanya Castle, PBSC Sebastian Schlebusch, Nextbike Mohamed Mezghani, UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics) Rafael Cuesta of Transport for Greater Manchester TOPICS: Bike share, congestion charging, last-mile transportation and more nearly-live from the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm, Sweden.
6/12/20192 hours, 4 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode #215 – "There's no wrong way to ride your bike, just ride your bike"

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast "There's no wrong way to ride your bike, just ride your bike" Episode 215 Tuesday 21st May 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Pepe Para Mark Beaumont TOPICS: Land's End to John O'Groats ride by a long-distance cycling novice. Plus: Round the World by Bike in 80 Days.
5/21/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode #214 – Journalists: it's "crash" not "accident"

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 214 Journalists: it's "crash" not "accident" Monday 13th May 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Jim Moss Laura Laker TOPICS: How We Talk About Drivers Hitting Cyclists – it's crash not accident British Cycling’s “mutual respect” campaign. Carlton and Laura’s Velo-city Kickstarter The Stoner as Gym Rat – People who use cannabis work out more. Do they cycle more? Floyds of Leadville Team Ineos fracking protests Giant vs Fushida Fushida website Boating the Grand Canyon: A “How To” for Private Boaters
5/13/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode #213 – In Conversation With Marjut Ollitervo

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 213 In Conversation With Marjut Ollitervo Wednesday, 1st May 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Marjut Ollitervo, vice-chair, Finnish Cycle Federation TOPICS: Helmets, hi-vis vests for chickens, and the differences between cultural safety and actual, measurable safety. http://www.kaupunkifillari.fi/blog/2019/03/31/rethinking-safety/
5/1/201946 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode #212 – In Conversation With Danny Cowe and Zak Pashak

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 212 In Conversation With Danny Cowe and Zak Pashak Thursday, 25th April 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Danny Cowe, Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland Zak Pashak, Detroit Bikes, USA TOPICS: Danny talks about plans for the world's first MTB Innovations Centre, soon to take shape in the Tweed Valley town of Innerleithen, a Mecca for mountain bikers. Zak discusses why he moved from Canada to found Detroit Bikes in Motown, USA.
4/25/20191 hour, 11 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode #211 – In Conversation With Nathan Hughes of Restrap and Tom Barras of Spatzwear

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 211 In Conversation With Nathan Hughes of Restrap and Tom Barras of Spatzwear Thursday, 18th April 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA • HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Nathan Hughes, Restrap, Leeds, Yorkshire Tom Barras, Spatzwear, Leeds, Yorkshire TOPICS: Interviews with two young business founders. Restrap makes bikepacking gear; Spatzwear designs roadie overshoes and other foul-weather kit.
4/18/20191 hour, 7 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode #210 – In Conversation With Urban Bike Sharing's Axel Bentsen

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 210 In Conversation With Urban Bike Sharing's Axel Bentsen Thursday, 28th February 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Axel Bentsen, Urban Bike Sharing, Oslo.
3/28/201938 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode #209 – In Conversation With Paralympic Gold Medallist Mark Rohan

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 209 In Conversation With Paralympic Gold Medallist Mark Rohan Sunday, 24th February 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Mark Rohan, The Bike Shed, The Campus, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal TOPIC: Gold medal winning Paralympian Mark Rohan on sunny climes, the crash that crushed his spine and the cycling potential of the Algarve.
2/24/201950 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode #208 – Working Hard To Get Nowhere

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 208 Working Hard To Get Nowhere Monday, 11th February 2019 SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Donna Tocci Jim Moss Tim Jackson TOPICS: Sexism in cycling. Again. The Deceuninck–Quick-Step debacle at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina. Colorado Classic going to be a women’s only race SRAM's product launch tweet by @AngryAsian James Huang with Yewande Adesida The most dangerous cities to cycle in America: 409-page Benchmarking Report from League of American Cyclists ++++ See links at www.the-spokesmen.com
2/11/20191 hour, 18 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode #207 – Dream Dutch job for Canadian bike advocate

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 207 Dream Dutch job for Canadian bike advocate Tuesday, 15th January 2019 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Chris Bruntlett, author and co-principal of Madacity, speaking from Vancouver, Canada. Mirjam Borsboom, Director, Dutch Cycling Embassy speaking from Delft in the Netherlands. SPONSOR: Jenson USA. TOPIC: Chris Bruntlett of Vancouver, author of "Building the Cycling City: the Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality" is moving to the Netherlands with his wife Melissa and two young kids to start a new life. He is to start work as international comms manager for the Dutch Cycling Embassy. Also on today's show is his future boss, Mirjam Borsboom.
1/15/201940 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode #206 – There is no such thing as a blind-spot on a truck, says truck driver

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 206 There is no such thing as a blind-spot on a truck, says truck driver Wednesday, 9th January 2019 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Clive Matthews SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPIC: Truck driver Clive Matthews contends there’s no such thing as a blind spot on trucks. He sat me in his cab and walked around his truck (with my bicycle) as I watched him in his many mirrors. Look out for a story on this on Forbes.com soon.
1/9/201935 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode #205 – London’s Five-Year Cycling Action Plan – in conversation with Will Norman

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 205 London’s Five-Year Cycling Action Plan – in conversation with Will Norman Monday, 17th December 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Will Norman SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPIC: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today joined London’s cycling and walking commissioner Will Norman at a new-build protected cycleway in the Outer London borough of Enfield for the launch of the capital’s Cycling Action Plan. This five-year plan sets out the timescale for tripling the number of protected cycleways since Khan came to office and also reveals new quality standards for cycling infrastructure. Last week, for a news story on Forbes.com published today, I recorded an interview with Will Norman previewing today’s launch.
12/17/201820 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode #204 – Farts, darts and stalwarts. Or, The Road Book, and yet more helmets

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 204 Farts, darts and stalwarts – or, The Road Book, and yet more helmets Monday, 26th November 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Jim Moss Donna Tocci Ned Boulting Dr. Ian Walker SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPICS: Carlton, Jim and Donna chat with Ned Boulting about The Road Book. After the break we hear from Dr. Ian Walker and his latest helmet research. LINKS: Go to the-spokesmen.com for URLs. Farts and darts. Kryptonite vs Bic, 2004. Donna’s Linkedin page The Road Book. Video of Ned discussing the book. Tough at bike retail – ASE collapse, and the equivalent in the UK, Evans Cycles. Dr Ian Walker interviewed in The Psychologist magazine. Motorists Punish Helmet-Wearing Cyclists With Close Passes, Confirms Data Recrunch.
11/26/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode #203 – Most cycle helmets do NOT protect against concussion

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 203 Most cycle helmets do NOT protect against concussion Monday, 5th November 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Jim Moss. SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPICS: Today’s episode features Carlton and Jim talking about cycle helmets. Jim sits on a bunch of helmet committees for ASTM, and a tweet of his went a little viral when he wrote that cycle helmets do not protect against concussions. This was a tweet in response to this Forbes article, “I Do Not Wear A Helmet.” (In fact, he does.) LINKS: ASTM cycle helmet standards. Jim’s helmet articles on Recreation-law.com. 6D helmets – protection from concussions? Helmets called for to prevent injury to golf players and spectators. In 2005, BikeBiz reported that three US dental associations called for mandatory use not just of cycle helmets to protect against facial injuries but also mouthguards. “The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Association of Orthodontists advocate the use of mouth guards for children and adults when cycling,” said a joint press release at the time. Sweden's Hovding airbag "helmet". Kali helmets: concussions and real-world data. MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) helmet technology. Ted Talks: David Camarillo: Why Helmets Don’t Prevent Concussions.
11/5/20181 hour, 38 seconds
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Episode #202 – Riding through London on the front seat of Pedal Me's e-cargobike

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 202 Riding through London on the front seat of Pedal Me's e-cargobike Tuesday, 16th October 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Benjamin Knowles, Pedalme.co.uk SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS: Today's episode features a rolling interview with Benjamin Knowles of Pedal Me, a new Uber-style cycle-courier/taxi-service in London. There's some loud traffic noise in the first half of the interview and then all goes calm as we descend into Pedal Me's underground lair where we discuss crowdfunding – the company is seeking £150,000 from micro investors on Crowdcube. That campaign goes lives soon.
10/16/201832 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode #201 – Slap on that cannabis chamois cream

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 201: Slap on that cannabis chamois cream Monday, 8th October 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid PANELIST: Jim Moss SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS: Carlton Reid won transport journalist of the year in Press Gazette's British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media. Marc Sani back as Editor of BRAIN; Carlton leaves BikeBiz for pastures new. Floyd Landis is creating a cycling development team and may be taking Floyd's of Leadville public E-bike tariffs trouble Trek, and other manufacturers. SHOW NOTES: http://www.the-spokesmen.com/?p=928
10/8/201832 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode #200 – Best-of episode celebrating 12 years of the show! 

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 200 Best-of episode celebrating 12 years of the show!  Sunday 16th September 2018 HOSTS: Carlton Reid and David Bernstein GUESTS: Tim Jackson, Donna Tocci, Rich Kelly, Neil Browne, Jim Moss, Anna Schwinn, Chris Garrison, Nicole Formosa, Jacquie Phelan, Julie Kelly, Ayesha McGowen, Laura Laker, Anna Luyten, Phil Liggett, Ned Boulting, Chris Boardman, Bob Roll, Floyd Landis, Christian Prudhomme, Jens Voigt, Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly, Ed Zink, Peter Darke, Cerri Dipple, Jeremy Vaught, Tim Grahl, Jonathan Maus, Michael Colville-Anderson, Adrian Kokk, Dr Rachel Aldred, Professor Bert Blocken, Peter Norton, Melody Hoffman, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett, Donny Perry, Christian Wolmar, Rick Vosper, and Jay Townley. SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPIC: This is our 200th show! The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast was first aired in August 2006. This episode is a compilation of some of the best bits from our first 12 years. SHOWNOTES: http://www.the-spokesmen.com
9/16/20181 hour, 45 minutes, 1 second
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Episode #199 – Designing for Cycle Traffic

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 199 Designing for Cycle Traffic Monday 3rd September 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Professor John Parkin, author of "Designing for Cycle Traffic". SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPIC: Interview with Professor John Parkin, author of new book "Designing for Cycle Traffic" from ICE Publishing, Institution of Civil Engineers. SHOW NOTES: the-spokesmen.com
9/3/20181 hour, 31 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode #198 – Death by dangerous cycling law nears the statute books

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 198 Death by dangerous cycling law nears the statute books Sunday 12th August 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Laura Laker & Matt Briggs SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPICS: The mainstream media has today fixated on one small part of a Department for Transport press release: the bit about a death-by-dangerous-cycling law. I was on Sky News this morning talking about it and Laura Laker was on BBC. Matt Briggs was on loads of channels. Audio is from the Sky and BBC coverage, and there's also a long-form interview with Matt. SHOWNOTES: the-spokesmen.com
8/12/201844 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode #197 – "You saved that cyclist's life!"

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 197 "You saved that cyclist's life!" Thursday 9th August 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Guitar Ted, Jack Stevens, and Ned Boulting. SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPICS: Gravel riding in the USA. Jack Stevens saved a woman on a bike in London from being crushed under the wheels of a heavy goods vehicle. He filmed the incident, it went viral and then the video was picked up by Metro, a British newspaper which, in a bizarre tweet, blamed the cyclist. Tour de France commentator Ned Boulting called out the Metro newspaper for that duff framing. Also includes the apology from the Metro newspaper's social media manager Jay Jaffa. SHOWNOTES: the-spokesmen.com
8/9/201854 minutes
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Episode #196 – Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Mobility

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 196 Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Mobility Wednesday 1st August 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Authors Chris and Melissa Bruntlett of Modacitylife.com SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPIC: Discussing Chris and Melissa Bruntlett's new book "Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Mobility" (Island Press, 2018). FOR SHOW NOTES GO TO www.the-spokesmen.com
8/2/20181 hour, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode #195 – Cycle advocates should ask for trees not just cycleways

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 195 Cycle advocates should ask for trees not just cycleways Thursday 26th July 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Jon Little, principal of transport consultancy Bespoke. SPONSOR: Jenson USA • The Latest Gear. The Best Prices. All In One Place. TOPICS: Jon Little is one of the team behind the £28m Mini-Holland project in Waltham Forest, London. http://workwithbespoke.co.uk FOR SHOW NOTES GO TO www.the-spokesmen.com
7/26/20181 hour, 32 seconds
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Episode #194 – A to B: Aerodynamics to Bike share

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 194 A to B – Aerodynamics to Bike share Wednesday 11th July 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Aerodynamics specialist Professor Bert Blocken, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands Mike Christensen, Salt Lake City's top bike share rider, University of Utah SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS: A show of two halves. To begin, the science of how solo breakaways are even more impressive than you may have thought, and then why bike share and transit fit together so well. FOR SHOW NOTES GO TO www.the-spokesmen.com
7/11/201853 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode #193 – The gang is back – Tour de France to E-MTBs

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 193 The gang is back – Tour de France to E-MTBs Sunday, 8th July 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Jim Moss David Bernstein Dan de Visé, author of The Comeback: Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France. SPONSOR(S): Jenson USA TOPICS Le Tour starts WADA/UCI frees Froome to race Salbutomol is on WADA’s banned list Should Froome Have Been Allowed to Race the Giro? What About Others Banned for Salbutomol? e.g. Petacchi What About Others Banned for Beef? e.g. Contador What About Hinault? WSJ’s Jason Gay, “Another Queasy Tour de France” Chris Froome’s Open Letter to the French Public Eurobike starts Interbike already outgrows Reno Convention Center, adds outside tents WFSGI forms committee to discuss UCI allowing an e-MTB race category E-MTB owners will just want more power, more speed, says Dave Turner Lyft and Uber Get into Bike Sharing Business
7/8/20181 hour, 17 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode #192 – High impact: riding and talking with industry folks in Sun Valley, Idaho

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 192 High impact: riding and talking with industry folks in Sun Valley, Idaho Sunday 1st July 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUESTS: Jeff McGuane of Specialized; Jon Gantxegi of Orbea; Thomas Prehn, author of Racing Tactics for Cyclists; John Kurtz of Idaho's Bureau of Land Management; journalist Zap Espinoza; and the "Queen of Pain" Rebecca Rusch. SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Interviews with industry folks at the CrankTank Media Summit in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Idaho.
7/1/201853 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode #191 – E-bike, M-bike, Ernest Hemingway, & Cranktank's Impact Media Summit

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 191 E-bike, M-bike, Ernest Hemingway, & Cranktank's Impact Media Summit Sunday 24th June 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Scott Montgomery, co-owner of CrankTank & CEO of Reynolds Cycling SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Interview with industry veteran Scott Montgomery in Ketchum, Idaho, ahead of the CrankTank Media Summit with discussion of e-MTBs (electric mountain bikes) and m-MTBS (mechanical mountain bikes) and whether e-bikes will become the "normal" bicycle as mechanical bikes become niche. Also includes references to Ernest Hemingway, a long-time Ketchum resident.
6/24/201851 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode #190 – MESSENGER BOYS, COCAINE, SCHWINN, & THE TRAVAILS OF A PRO TRIATHLETE

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 190 MESSENGER BOYS, COCAINE, SCHWINN, & THE TRAVAILS OF A PRO TRIATHLETE Tuesday 19th June 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid. GUEST: Chris Sweet, Information Literacy Librarian / Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, USA. https://php.iwu.edu/directory/employees.php?id=1474 SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Interview with cycle historian and former pro triathlete Chris Sweet.
6/19/201818 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode #189 – Ed Zink Day

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode #189 – Ed Zink Day Monday 21st May 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Ed Zink SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Interview with Ed Zink, co-owner of 50-year-old Mountain Bike Specialists of Durango, Colorado.
5/21/201844 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode #188 – Jaffa cakes, a bike-mad billionaire and the upside of counterfeit bikes

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 188 Friday 11th May 2018 HOSTS: Carlton Reid & David Bernstein GUESTS: Rob Gitelis, Factor Bikes Chris Rose, Amos Trust Sylvan Adams, real-estate billionaire who is aiming to transform Tel Aviv into the Amsterdam of the Middle East and who also funds the Israeli Cycling Academy and part-funded the new Sylvan Adams velodrome in Tel Aviv. SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: The Giro d’Italia start in Israel
5/11/201844 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode #187 – Climbing Sa Calobra in Mallorca and then trackside at Six Day in the Palma Arena

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 187 Monday 16th April 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: James Durbin, CEO, Madison Sports Group, organiser of Six Day Cycling Alistair Carr, Head of Business Development, Madison Sports Group Track world champion Kirsten Wild, Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling team SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Thanks to Iberostar hotels I get to ride the world-famous Sa Calobra climb in Mallorca and then go trackside at the finale of the Six Day series at the Palma Arena.
4/16/201826 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode #186 – In conversation with BikeBiz Woman of the Year 2018 Ceri Dipple

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 186 Monday 9th April 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: BikeBiz Woman of the Year 2018 Ceri Dipple owner of Twenty3c of Stony Stratford SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Ceri Dipple opened road bike shop Twenty3c of Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, at the tender age of 22. We discuss that as well as the future of bike retail, going Bianchi-only, whether Women Specific Design is snake-oil, and why Ceri went through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme. There’s also mention of Team On Form and Writtle University College’s WUC Cycling Performance degree. www.ceridipple.com www.twenty3c.co.uk www.bikebiz.com/events/bikebiz-awards-winners-2018
4/9/201838 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode #185 – PART 2 – Will beaconising the world further promote driving and kill off cycling?

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode #185 – Will beaconising the world further promote driving and kill off cycling? Part 2 Saturday 31st March 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Roger Geffen of Cycling UK, Chris Star of Australia’s 3CR community radio station, technology writer Max Glaskin, Lloyd Alter of Treehugger.com, and Caspar Hughes of Stop Killing Cyclists. SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Episode two in a two-part series looking at adding driverless-car friendly sensors to bicycles, people, lamp-posts and animals. This follows a talk given at the Geneva Motor Show by a bike industry organisation boss – he called for all bicycles to have beacons so they can be seen by the semi- and fully-autonomous cars of the near feature. On the precious show, historian Peter Norton – author of “Fighting Traffic” – discussed the historical, ethical and mobility-centre issues that such a call raises. On this show five other experts give their points of view on this technology and whether the bike industry should be talking to the automotive and telecommunications industries who believe the "connected car" future could be one where no cyclists or pedestrians get killed on the roads. Will a beaconised future be one of unalloyed freedom for cyclists and pedestrians, or the very opposite?
3/31/20181 hour, 7 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode #184 – Will beaconising the world further promote driving and kill off cycling?

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 184 Monday 26th March 2018 Will beaconising the world further promote driving and kill off cycling? HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Peter Norton SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Episode one in a two-part series looking at adding driverless-car friendly sensors to bicycles, people, lamp-posts and animals. https://www.bikebiz.com/news/bike-beacons This follows a talk given at the Geneva Motor Show by a bike industry organisation boss – he called for all bicycles to have beacons so they can be seen by the semi- and fully-autonomous cars of the near feature. Historian Peter Norton – author of "Fighting Traffic"> – discusses the historical, ethical and mobility-centre issues that such a call raises.
3/26/20181 hour, 7 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode #183 – Vista Outdoor's gun business and its bike brands face consumer boycott – why?

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode #183: Vista Outdoor's gun business and its bike brands face consumer boycott Tuesday, 27th February 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Aaron Naparstek SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC: Giro, Bell, Camelbak and more face consumer boycott because owner supports NRA. https://www.bikebiz.com/news/anti-gun-bike-brand-boycott https://twitter.com/Naparstek https://www.outsideonline.com/2282941/should-our-morals-determine-our-gear-purchases
2/27/201843 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode #182 – Rabbits will be in charge of the world

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 182: “Rabbits will be in charge of the world” Monday, 26th February 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Jim Moss Chris Garrison SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Cav falling cos of pedestrian/cyclist avoidance tech (plus car companies to introduce anti-dooring sensors). Giro, Bell, Camelbak and more face consumer boycott because owner supports NRA. Use us or lose us – is there a future for bike shops? The cycle industry doesn’t do enough to attract women, members of the LGBT community, and black and Asian customers. SHOWNOTES AT: http://www.the-spokesmen.com/wordpress?p=790
2/26/20181 hour, 9 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode #181 – The Art of Grumpiness

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 181 – The Art of Grumpiness Sunday, 4th February 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Bekka Wright & Jonathan Fertig (@Bikeyface & @rightlegpegged) SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Tactical urbanism, protest art and bicycle advocacy in Boston and beyond.
2/4/201847 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode #180 – MAMIL coddling

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 180 – MAMIL coddling Sunday, 28th January 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Chris Garrison Anna Schwinn SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Will the step-through frames of dockless bikes popularize the shape for both sexes? Tour Down Under women to have prize money 'topped up' to match men [suggested by listener Don] The Outer Line: Women’s cycling must own the road ahead, Velonews.com Manchester City mens’ and womens’ soccer video The Revolve folding wheel Look Mum No Hands, London RETAIL RELATED CYCLING TIPS Industry folks need to get into bike shops more, and rely less on bro deals. Make mechanics the stars and the service area into a stage. Window frontage - use these to draw more women into stores (inclusivity boosts sales across the board).
1/28/20181 hour, 38 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode #179 – Driverless cars won’t hit cyclists because driverless cars won’t happen

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 179 Wednesday 24th January 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Transport writer Christian Wolmar TOPIC: Driverless cars and why cyclists won’t stop them in their tracks because the suppose “transport revolution” won’t happen. Conversation based around Christian Wolmar's new book, "Driverless Cars: On A Road to Nowhere." LINKS: http://londonpublishingpartnership.co.uk/driverless-cars/ http://www.christianwolmar.co.uk/books/ https://home.kpmg.com/uk/en/home/insights/2018/01/2018-autonomous-vehicles-readiness-index.html https://ecf.com/news-and-events/news/smarter-cycling-series-watch-out-laws-demand-cyclists-get-out-way-driverless
1/24/201843 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode #178 – Stand up for what we believe in

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 178 Sunday, 14th January 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Jim Moss Donna Tocci Caspar Hughes SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Lotto-Soudal's Tim Wellens says cyclists using inhalers are cheating Sochi doping lab now a restaurant serving ‘B Sample,’ ‘Meldonium’/ Colorado Classic is coming back to Vail & Denver. National Bike Dealer Association hot gun Executive Director is gone after 16 months. What's up? Did Patrick O’Grady (Mad Dog Media) get too political for BRAIN? Are bike suppliers all Republicans, and bike journalists/PR people all Democrats? Is cycling intrinsically "left wing"? National Cyclocross Masters Champs - Sprint in last lap. All three podium finishers awarded same time. Trek works with Ford on AI-based bicycle-to-vehicle comms system The gym that pays you to exercise – getting fit with Deliveroo
1/14/20181 hour, 11 minutes, 36 seconds
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Spokesmen #177: Dockless bike boom – the operators speak

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 177 Tuesday 9th January 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Antonia Roberts, BikePlus; Tom McGovern, Urbo; Joseph Seal-Driver, Ofo; and Steve Pyer, Mobike. TOPIC: The growth and growth of dockless bike share around the world.
1/9/201857 minutes, 47 seconds
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Spokesmen #176: How to Launch a High-End Road Bike Brand

Episode #176 – How to Launch a High-End Road Bike Brand The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 176 Friday 5th January 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Ian and Trevor Hughes of Vielo.cc TOPIC: Industry veterans Ian and Trevor Hughes talk about the trials and tribulations of launching a high-end road bike brand. Velo has been styled in Italy, engineered in Germany, manufactured in Asia and then assembled in Vielo Sports’ Gateshead HQ in the UK.
1/5/201846 minutes, 7 seconds
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Spokesmen #175: Dawn of the Fred Dogs

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 175: Dawn of the Fred Dogs Monday 1st January 2018 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: David Bernstein; Ayesha McGowan and Jim Moss. TOPICS: We talked about our highlights - and lowlights - of 2017, and our plans for 2018. TIPS Elite Direto trainer The Sufferfest training app.
1/1/20181 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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Spokesmen #174: Bums on saddles

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 174 Wednesday 13th December 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Dr. Rachel Aldred of the University of Westminster and Tom Maskell of Newcastle University’s OpenLab TOPIC: We talked about cycle infrastructure, equity, academia, dockless bikes, the dominance of white faces in cycle activism and how to get more bums on bike saddles.
12/13/201749 minutes, 34 seconds
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Spokesmen #173: Transport minister Jesse Norman and Manchester’s cycling csar Chris Boardman

Episode 173 of the Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable podcast Transport minister Jesse Norman and Manchester’s cycling csar Chris Boardman Wednesday 22nd November 2017 Jesse Norman is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution. Chris Boardman is Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner Info at BikeBiz.com. HOST: Carlton Reid TOPIC: Jenson USA
11/22/201756 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Spokesmen #172

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Pashley factory tour to see the making of London’s new “Prospect” public cycle bike Monday, 30th October 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid TOPIC Pashley factory tour to see the making of the new Prospect London public hire bike which launched at a press event today. See BikeBiz.com.
10/30/20171 hour
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The Spokesmen #171

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Laudato Si’ Episode 171 Sunday, 8th October 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Jim Moss Richard Wittenberg SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS “Icarus” on Netflix – 9.1 on Rotten Tomatoes. Motor doping discovered in French race Counterfeit frames – 20-article “faking it” series on BikeBiz.com Smaller Interbike was result of “down market” says show director London church starts prayer sessions to stop a cycleway
10/8/20171 hour, 6 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 170: An interview with Matt Briggs of the Briggs Campaign

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 170: An interview with Matt Briggs of the Briggs Campaign Friday, 29th September 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Matt Briggs TOPIC Matt Briggs tragically lost his wife Kim when she was involved in a road traffic incident in London in 2016. She died a week after being hit by fixie rider Charlie Alliston, whose bicycle didn’t have a front brake which is illegal. Alliston was sentenced to 18 months in youth detention. We didn't discuss Charlie Alliston directly, but we did discuss Matt’s campaign to make sure fixie retailers sell legally compliant bicycles. We also discussed Matt’s campaign for a law change, bringing cyclists into line with motorists who kill. It’s this second part of the campaign which has generated an amazing amount of media coverage and promises of government action – there have been mentions of the campaign by Prime Minister Theresa May, the Department for Transport has said it will carry out a review of “cycle safety” and the minister for transport has sent out an extraordinary letter asking cycling organizations to police cyclists, the kind of letter that has never been sent to motoring organizations (I checked). Matt has been on the BBC, Sky News and all over much of the rest of the media. But this is his first audio interview with a cycle journalist, and I asked questions that the mainstream media didn’t.
9/29/201749 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Spokesmen #169 - Oy vey, it's like Woodstock for bikes

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 169: Oy vey, it's like Woodstock for bikes Sunday, 24th September 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: David Bernstein, The Forecast Richard Wittenberg, Factor Bicycles SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Saaaaagggggaaaan wins World Championships for record third time. Cookson is voted out as UCI president. Vive La France! The Lugano Charter. Breaking Away Giro d’Italia to start in Israel – will protests mar the event? The firestorm over a broken TT bar failure – Red Kite Prayer’s tech explanation. Interbike's a wrap. TIPS David’s nerdy way to protect bikes on a roof rack. Police crackdown on "close pass" drivers leads to huge safety gains – Traffic West Midlands' police twitter feed.
9/24/20171 hour, 24 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Spokesmen #168 - Talking cycle apparel with the owners of 7Mesh and Showers Pass

Episode 168: Talking cycle apparel with the owners of 7Mesh and Showers Pass Recorded Friday, 22nd September 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: 7Mesh CEO Tyler Jordon, CEO Showers Pass CEO Kyle Ranson SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC Carlton interviews 7Mesh CEO Tyler Jordan in the company HQ in Squamish, Canada, and Showers Pass CEO Kyle Ranson via Skype.
9/22/20171 hour, 1 minute, 19 seconds
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The Spokesmen #167 - “Wanton and furious driving”

Episode 167: “Wanton and furious driving” Friday, 15th September 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Casper Hughes Bez Martin Porter QC SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPIC The Alliston case and the Briggs Campaign to get a new “death by dangerous cycling” law, and stop the sale and promotion of brake-free fixies.
9/5/201758 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Spokesmen #166 - Get out there and ride!

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 166 Sunday, 6th August 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Jim Moss David Bernstein Richard Wittenberg Donna Tocci SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Tour de France wrap-up and David’s experience at Stage 15 Colorado Classic Bicycle Race & Velorama Interbike moving to Reno Tahoe for 2018 show TIPS David – Apple Watch update glitches. Jim – read Confessions of a Strava Hater. Donna - turn everything off and go ride! Richard – yes to riding more! Carlton – Chris Boardman becomes Manchester’s “cycling Csar”.
8/2/20171 hour, 27 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Spokesmen #165 - August 2nd, 2017 – SPOKESMEN SPECIAL: A Day Out in Stratford upon Avon with Pashley’s Adrian Williams and Fran Martin of the Traditional Cycle Shop

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 165 Wednesday 2nd August, 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Pashley CEO Adrian Williams and Fran Martin of Stratford upon Avon’s Traditional Cycle Shop. SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Pashley, Moulton, the Gov’nor’s Assembly, GB components, and the Traditional Cycle Shop.
8/2/20171 hour, 6 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Spokesmen #164 - July 19, 2017 – SPOKESMEN SPECIAL: A visit from MTB royalty

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 164 Wednesday 19th July, 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Charlie Kelly and Joe Breeze SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Mountain bike history; Charlie’s book “Fat Tire Flyer”; MTB Legacy Archive on Kickstarter; plus a comp to win a copy of Bike Boom signed by Charlie Kelly and Joe Breeze.
7/19/201741 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Spokesmen #163 - July 11, 2017 – Going with the Flow – a Spokesmen Special from Velo-city in the Netherlands

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 163 Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 GOING WITH THE FLOW A Spokesmen Special from the Velo-City cycle advocacy conference in the Netherlands, staged June 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Connor Cahill, Liberty Bell, Ireland Thierry Jimenez, Fietsersbond, Belgium (see pix of his presentation below). Marco Te Brommelstroet (“cycling professor”), Urban Cycling Institute, University of Amsterdam Cornelia Dinca, Sustainable Amsterdam Meredith Glazer, University of Amsterdam Randy Neufeld, SRAM Cycling Fund, Chicago SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS The Liberty Bell program of Boulder, Colorado and Dublin, Ireland; the Belgian “measuring bike”; cycling flows and swarms in Amsterdam; an infrastructure safari of Amsterdam; and cycling advocacy from the SRAM Cycling Fund. PLUS: Queen’s “Bicycle song” played by the Gelders Orchestra from the opening of Velo-City in Nijemegen, The Netherlands.
7/11/20171 hour, 11 minutes
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The Spokesmen #162 - June 04, 2017 – Overtaking at 90 miles per hour

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast: Episode 162 Sunday, June 4th, 2017 "Overtaking at 90 miles per hour" HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Jim Moss & Donna Tocci SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS 200 bikes and a lot of cash: What it costs a bike brand to sponsor a WorldTour team. Will NASCAR’s most popular driver bring cycling to a new audience? Professional Bicycle Mechanic creating training courses for mechanics and National Bicycle Dealers Association buys Barnett Bicycle Institute. Plus, how the UK bike industry has long had a professional qualification for bike mechanics. Crowdfunding in the bike industry. 3-ft passing laws now becoming 5-ft passing laws in some US counties. But should the distance be even greater? How about like in the UK’s Highway Code where the “rule” is to give as much room as a motorist would give a car.
6/4/20171 hour, 3 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Spokesmen #161 - May 22, 2017 – Vive la Vélorution!

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 161 Monday May 22nd 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Billy No-mates SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Just me today, reading from Bike Boom. Plus the last Kickstarter plug.
5/22/201714 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Spokesmen #160 - May 15, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast, episode 160 Monday May 15th 2017 +++ A Spokesmen Special – with Specialized's Senior Manager for Retail Development Donny Perry, author of "Leading Out Retail – A Creative Look at Bicycle Retail And What All Retailers Can Learn From It" (2014). +++ The Spokesmen is sponsored by Jenson USA.
5/15/201746 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Spokesmen #159 - May 7, 2017

The Spokesmen #159: From Sustrans to Specialized May 7th, 2017 HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans Dominek Geyer, Head of Brand – Turbo, Specialized SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Xavier Brice of Sustrans discusses the 40th anniversary of the creation of Sustrans, as well as London’s bike boom, and the challenges facing the charity. From the company’s new pop-up store in Düsseldorf, Specialized’s Dominek Geyer reveals details on the new Vado range of urban e-bikes. +++ The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.
5/7/20171 hour, 44 seconds
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The Spokesmen #158 - April 28, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 158 “This Climb Goes to Eleven” Friday 28th April 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Laura Laker Simon Warren SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Freelance cycle journalist Laura Laker – she writes for The Guardian and BikeBiz – talks advocacy, infrastructure and the joy of cycling. She then turns the tables and interviews Carlton about a Kickstarter project, “Let’s rescue Britain’s forgotten 1930s protected cycleways.” Author Simon Warren waxes lyrical over a certain climb in Scotland, and the other hundreds of steeps he’s written about in his series of climbs books, and iOS and Android apps. +++ The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA. +++
4/28/20171 hour, 8 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Spokesmen #157 - April 23, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 157: The prodigal podcaster Sunday 23rd April 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: David Bernstein & Jim Moss SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Racing news Michele Scarponi Killed by Inattentive Driver Michele Scarponi often went on training rides with his parrot We screwed up, says Specialized over steerer tube race crash Podcasts: Cyclingtips & the Wheelsuckers podcast Industry News Sea Otter is on right now – and Richard picked up a great Joe Breeze story. Advocacy News Cycling to work halves disease risk, finds massive new study, so why aren’t US and UK governments prescribing cycling? Spokesmen listener involved in hit-and-run. The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.
4/23/20171 hour, 29 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Spokesmen #156 - April 14, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 156: HOW CYCLING CAN SAVE THE WORLD Friday 14th April 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUESTS: Guardian journalist Peter Walker Martha Roskowski of People for Bikes TV Motos International's Gregg Betonte SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS In this Spokesman Special Carlton Reid interviews three guests. Peter Walker has a book out, "Bike Nation" – its subtitle is "How cycling can save the world". Martha Roskowski is vice president for local innovation at People For Bikes. This US cycle advocacy organisation is urging US cities and towns to choose someone to complete an online City Snapshot to get free access to a new network analysis tool that uses OpenStreetMap to plot existing and potential locations for cycle infrastructure. Gregg Betonte is co-owner of motorbike-filmcrew specialist TV Motos International which provides moto-support to races such as the Tour of California and Tour de Yorkshire. +++ The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA.
4/14/20171 hour, 15 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Spokesmen #155 - April 12, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 15 Wednesday 12th April 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid GUEST: Michael Bonney SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Industry veteran Michael Bonney fell from his road bike on a sportive in 2013, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. He could have wallowed in self-pity but instead he’s back in the bike industry as a consultant. And he's back on a bike, too. The Boma 7 electric wheelchair bike from Equal Adventure. NEWS STORIES Get out and ride for me, says Michael Bonney Indentiti relaunched with help of Michael Bonney
4/12/201724 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Spokesmen #154 - April 09, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 154: The cynics from the swamp Sunday, April 9th 2017. HOST: Carlton Reid – @carltonreid PANELISTS: Donna Tocci – @donnaTocci Rick Vosper – @rick_vosper SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS: RIP to racer Steve Tilford killed in a car crash and ultra-endurance rider Mike Hall killed by a motorist during a long-distance race in Australia. Canyon comes to the USA, hires executive staff, sets up offices in California, will start shipping this summer. Of course they’ve been saying that since 2011, but this time it seems to be true. Why have cycle sales in the Netherlands dropped to a thirty-year low? UK's first crowdfunded prosecution sees defendant accused of “careless driving" after killing cyclist Michael Mason acquitted by a jury just 17 minutes. UCI relaunches its efforts at becoming one-stop-shop for racing cyclists and everyday cyclists.
4/9/201751 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Spokesmen #153 - March 26, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 153 Sunday, March 26th 2017 08:00 PST HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Jim Moss Donna Tocci Anna Schwinn SPONSOR(S): Jenson USA TOPICS Ghent-Wevelgem – one year after death of Antoine Demoitié of Team Wanty-Groupe Gobert Sir Bradley Wiggins – “I’ll shock people” – he already has cos he said “marginal gains” and the “chimp thing” are rubbish. Bling #1 – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2017. NAHBS – Best-in-Show: Prince bike Not nice – Wolftooth posting on Instagram. Offending link taken down live on air. You kidding me? – Lord Carlile blames the Westminster Bridge London terrorist attack on the cycleway. Report scofflaw motorists – Close Call Database: report bad drivers here and others in your area are notified. Bling #2 – 11 lbs, $40,000 bicycle from PG of Germany and Bugatti. +++ The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is sponsored by Jenson USA. +++
3/26/20171 hour, 17 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Spokesmen #152 - March 12, 2017

Spokesmen 152: It's just Vitamin V, no need to get cocky HOST: Carlton Reid PANELISTS: Jim Moss Donna Tocci *That* BBC video interview with the US professor and his adorable kids. Strong winds force cancellation of Cape Town Cycle Tour in South Africa disappointing 35,000 would-be participants. SPONSOR: Jenson USA TOPICS Team Sky riders trialled Viagra for, er, “performance benefits”. Lance admits he was a “duck” (but with an "i"). Team Sky’s Exploding Shimano wheels @ 60kph in the Tirreno-Adriatico. Cycleways cause pollution, says MP who drives a dirty old muscle-car. NZ gov’t campaign to get more people on bikes. Boston Transportation Department Offers Free Cycling Clinics for Women this Summer The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
3/19/201758 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Spokesmen #151 - March 3, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 151 Highway Robberies, Scraper Bikes, and Broken Clavicles March 3, 2017 Host: Carlton Reid This isn’t the usual show, it’s a Spokesmen Special, with three academics as guests. Host: CARLTON REID. PETER NORTON is associate professor of history at the University of Virginia and author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City. This reveals how, in the 1920s and 1930s, the American motor lobby invented and popularized the term “jaywalking” in order to reframe what streets were for (and they were no longer for pedestrians and cyclists). MELODY HOFFMAN of Minneapolis describes herself on her blog as an “urban bicycle scholar, critical feminist, community engagement professor.” Her book Bike Lanes are White Lanes discusses how seemingly benign cycle infrastructure can ring alarm bells with some black communities, why cycle advocacy can sometimes shout “white privilege”, and how “invisible riders” get neither recognition nor cycle facilities. (To grab a discount on Melody’s book type in 6as16 for 30 percent off at the University of Nebraska book store.) CHRIS OLIVER is a professor of medicine and tweets as @CyclingSurgeon. He is a consultant orthopaedic trauma surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and also advises the Scottish government on active travel. Once morbidly obese he lost 168lbs (76 kilos) and took up cycling to keep fit. He has ridden Lands End to John o’Groats, and with his daughter, he has also ridden coast to coast across America. Sponsored by Jenson USA Special offer for new Jenson USA customers - receive 10% off one item! Note: Some brands do not participate in promotions, if you see the message "no qualifying items in cart," the item you have selected do not qualify for this offer. Cannot be combined with any other special offer or discount, including but not limited to gift cards, other coupon codes, price matches and some money card offers. Code is for new customers only. WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
3/3/20171 hour, 15 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Spokesmen #150 - February 19, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 150 The Great Puddle February 19, 2017 PANELISTS: Carlton Reid Ayesha McGownan Chris Garrison Jim Moss Donna Tocci TOPICS: • Flooding cause chaos – no, not in California in Tour of Oman • Nicole Cooke’s testimony to the House of Commons Culture, Media, and Sport committee yet. Plus: Bicycling survey. • Lance Armstrong set to go to trial – and the bets are that he will win. (And he has a podcast.) • Interbike rules out Utah for new show venue. Outdoor Retailer pulls away from Salt lake City, and all because of Utah’s stance on public lands. • Riding MTBs keeps people sane, says UK report. • Strava adds Instagram’s Kevin Weil to board – to go even more social? Sponsored by Jenson USA Special offer for new Jenson USA customers - receive 10% off one item! Note: Some brands do not participate in promotions, if you see the message "no qualifying items in cart," the item you have selected do not qualify for this offer. Cannot be combined with any other special offer or discount, including but not limited to gift cards, other coupon codes, price matches and some money card offers. Code is for new customers only. WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
2/20/20171 hour, 19 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Spokesmen #149 - February 5, 2017

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 149 Licking Keyboards & Loving Advocates February 5, 2017 PANELISTS: Carlton Reid Nicole Formosa Rick Vosper Tim Jackson Jim Moss Donna Tocci TOPICS: Has extreme weather softened races and riders? Day The Strong Men Cried Trump and the bicycle industry President Trump: will he be good for the bicycle business? Felt bought by Rossignol – new Rossignol MTB on the cards Canyon Finally Coming to the U.S. Book dedication saved advocates life Sponsored by Jenson USA Special offer for new Jenson USA customers - receive 10% off one item! Note: Some brands do not participate in promotions, if you see the message "no qualifying items in cart," the item you have selected do not qualify for this offer. Cannot be combined with any other special offer or discount, including but not limited to gift cards, other coupon codes, price matches and some money card offers. Code is for new customers only. WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
2/6/20171 hour, 29 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Spokesmen #148 - December 15, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 148 California Boy Travels to Scotland December 15, 2016 A Spokesmen Special. Carlton Reid visits the 2016 Scottish Mountain Bike Summit, with the following interviews: Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland Gary Fisher H+I Adventures Shand Bicycles Active Root Flaer Quickfire Racewear Suss My Bike Findra Sponsored by Jenson USA Special offer for new Jenson USA customers - receive 10% off one item! Note: Some brands do not participate in promotions, if you see the message "no qualifying items in cart," the item you have selected do not qualify for this offer. Cannot be combined with any other special offer or discount, including but not limited to gift cards, other coupon codes, price matches and some money card offers. Code is for new customers only. WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
12/15/201657 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Spokesmen #147 - October 31, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 147 Off Peak October 31, 2016 Spokesmen (Spooksmen?) Special Off Peak Podcast Hosted by Barbara Bogaev Produced by Neille Ilel Featuring our own Carlton Reid Sponsored by Jenson USA Special offer for new Jenson USA customers - receive 10% off one item! Note: Some brands do not participate in promotions, if you see the message "no qualifying items in cart," the item you have selected do not qualify for this offer. Cannot be combined with any other special offer or discount, including but not limited to gift cards, other coupon codes, price matches and some money card offers. Code is for new customers only. WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
11/1/201632 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Spokesmen #145 - September 4, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 145 Hemoglobin & Estrogen September 18, 2016 PANELISTS: • David Bernstein • Carlton Reid • Chris Garrison • Jim Moss • Tim Jackson TOPICS Pro Cycling / Racing / MTB/Doping News • Vuelta a España 2016 Wrap-up • The Fancy Bear hack of WADA data • Ninth in London gets weightlifter a delayed gold medal • Armstrong ban on racing is over Industry News • Bike Industry Trade Show Evolution • Kiss goodbye to the pedal-powered bicycle • Printing a graphic of a TV on a bike box massively reduces transit damage • Ember Hemoglobin Tracker Advocacy • Close-pass motorists can expect prosecution, say these UK traffic cops Tips, Hints, Best Practices • Jim: Inflation chart, download and put on your workbench Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
9/18/20161 hour, 44 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Spokesmen #146 - October 16, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 146 Sixty Second Eye Lifts for Slovakians October 16, 2016 PANELISTS: • Carlton Reid • Jim Moss • Rich Kelly • Rick Vosper TOPICS Retraction & Correction: Hemoglobin tester [Moss] Pro Cycling / Racing / MTB/Doping News • Peter Sagan - 2016 UCI World Tour— and now World— Champion • UCI Road World Championships - Doha, Qatar • Steve Tilford injury/skull fracture/no helmet Industry News • Interbike 2016: In Memoriam • Eurobike Planning Move to July • Volagi Co-founder Seriously Injured Advocacy • Traffic jams are not caused by more and more motor vehicles but by cycleways. Who knew? Other • The Bikes of Robin Williams Tips, Hints, Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
9/18/20161 hour, 12 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Spokesmen #144 - September 4, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 144 Eurobike 2016 Special September 4, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid TOPICS Eurobike Special • Zeppelin Flights • Ashmei • BikeBiz Ashmei Zeppelin flight story • Steven Fleming • Mikael Colville-Anderson (copenhagenize.eu) • Cyclespace.nl • Andrea Held-Hikone • BikeBiz article on Amsterdam's Bicycle Mayor • Mark Bickerton • Tern • Bob Margevicious • Kevin Mayne - European Cyclists' Federation Cycling Industry Club  • BikeBiz.com industry ride  • Saskia Kluit - Fietserbond  • Ruth oldenZiel - cycling cities BikeBiz article • Marcus Storck Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
9/4/201659 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Spokesmen #143 - August 21, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 143 Coloma's Mustache August 21, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Josh Reid • Gary Fisher TOPICS Pro Cycling / Racing / MTB/Doping News • Mountain biking at Olympics • Joberg2c mountain bike stage race, South Africa • MTBing The Untold British Story documentary film Industry News • Trek Pledged $1,000,0000 to NICA Advocacy • Would-be US politician suggests – and then, after a tweetstorm, swiftly rejects – that cyclists should be licensed to ride to “put skin in the game”. Other • Mountain Biking in Wilderness Areas • Bill Opening Wilderness Areas to Bikes Also Opens Debate • Carlton’s son Josh Reid will be riding 410-miles-in-24-hours ride for Qhubeka • Scottish Mountain Bike Conference • Scotland’s MTB Innovations Valley Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
8/26/20161 hour, 1 minute, 2 seconds
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The Spokesmen #142 - August 7, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 142 John Kerry & Sticky Wickets August 7, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Rick Vosper • Donna Rocci TOPICS Pro Cycling / Racing / MTB/Doping News • Action Packed Mens’ Olympic Road Race • Lizzie Armistead wins appeal against missed doping tests • Tour of California earns WorldTour Status • Mountain Biking – the Untold British Story Industry News • Canyon scans composites for flaws Advocacy • Oz trucker laughs as he soaks Oz roadies • Rick Vosper’s Haunted by the ghosts of dead cyclists. • “Electrification will kill the mechanical bicycle within a few years…” Other • Aussie Innovation Changing How You View the TdeF and Olympics • Bicycle classes help Maine refugees get around town Tips / Hints / Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
8/8/20161 hour, 32 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Spokesmen #141 - July 24, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 141 Global Idiocy July 24, 2016 Host: David Bernstein Today’s Spokespeople: • Carlton Reid • Tim Jackson • Rich Kelly Topics Included: Rich’s new gig: Pon.bike (and an extended conversation on eBikes) Pro Cycling / Racing / Doping News • Tour de France • La Course Industry News • Thule Recalls Some Roof Racks • Cycling Sports Group Recalls Commuter Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard
 Advocacy • Kalamazoo Follow-up Other • Google Talks Up Its Cyclist Detection Systems Tips / Hints / Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
7/24/20161 hour, 34 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Spokesmen #140 - July 10, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 140 The Universal WTF July 10, 2016 Host: David Bernstein Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Neil Browne • Anna Schwinn • Ayesha McGowan Topics Included: Pro Cycling / Racing / Doping News • 2016 Tour de France • Limited relative coverage of the Giro Rosa Industry News • Shimano Buying Lazer Advocacy • Columbus “Doo Dah Parade” joke - not funny • Motorist Kills Matthew Von Ohlen in Brooklyn, New York • Survey finds bicyclists and motorists ignore traffic laws at similar rates • Most Common Bicycle Citation in San Diego • First Fatality on a US Bike Share Bicycle Tips / Hints / Best Practices • David wants to hear from listeners: Which headphones do you like? • Tim: Be Nice to Each Other! • Neil: Mpow Bluetooth Headset and Do not be like Chris Froome! • Anna: instagram.com/podiumgrilz • Ayesha: Consider the possibility that there is something you don’t know Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
7/10/20161 hour, 38 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Spokesmen #139 - June 26, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 139 Better Modulation of Your Experience June 26, 2016 Host: David Bernstein Today’s Spokespeople: • Carlton Reid • Tim Jackson • Jim Moss • Donna Tocci • Neil Browne Topics Included: Pro Cycling / Racing / Doping News Dauphiné Report Tour de France Predictions Broeckx in Vegetative State Rio Olympics Lance Armstrong Begins Weekly Podcast Floyd Landis Starts Marijuana Business in Colorado Industry News Carlton’s Press Camp Report Advocacy With Driverless Cars, a Safety Dilemma Arises Other Your Strava Data Could Be Used to Ban Cyclists from Trails Alleged killer of Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Mike Rust found! 9 News Bike Safety PSA Tips / Hints / Best Practices David: Jens Voigt’s Book, Shut Up Legs! Donna: Get a Trail Bell! Timber! Trail Awareness MTB Bell Carlton: Cycling Cities book Tim: Send a Message to the UCI Jim: Use IFTTT to Track Rides Neil: Stretching and Core Work & “The Perfect Stretch” Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
6/26/20161 hour, 59 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Spokesmen #138 - June 12, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 138 Safer to Cycle Than Not June 12, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Jim Moss Topics Included: • Five Cyclists Killed in Kalamzaoo Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
6/13/201651 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Spokesmen #137 - May 29, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 137 Your Dreams Are Valid May 29, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Neil Browne • Ayesha McGowan Topics Included: Racing • Crash, bang, wallop – Nibbles wins the Giro. • Another moto crash, this time in Tour of Belgium • Tour de Yorkshire becomes world’s most lucrative women’s cycling race. • USPro road and TT nats Cyclist Safety and Advocacy • Should charity rides ban e-bikes? London to Brighton has. Industry News • $2500 carbon road bikes – for kids. • Consumer direct German brand Canyon to launch in US • Canyon has a CT scanning machine … carbon fiber testing. Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
5/30/20161 hour, 23 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Spokesmen #136 - May 15, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 136 Spokeswomen May 15, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Donna Tocci • Arleigh Jenkins • Chris Garrison • Anna Schwinn Topics Included: Racing • Giro d'Italia • Steve Smith Cyclist Safety and Advocacy • Health Benefits of Cycling Outweigh Pollution Risks • Amerca! Cyclists Are Not Your Enemy! Industry News • Combatting Guerilla Marketing • Unite an Industry Other • May is US Bike Month Tips, Hints and Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
5/15/20161 hour, 32 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Spokesmen #135 - May 1, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 134 Jim's Geography Lesson May 1, 2016 Host: David Bernstein Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Jim Moss • Rich Kelly • Rick Vosper • Carlton Reid (live from Durban!) Topics Included: Racing • Carlton and Josh race Joberg2c • Froome and Quintana Already Battling at Tour de Romandie • Valverde Wins Flèche Wallone • Giro d’Italia Preview (begins Friday in NL) • DiLuca’s New Book • Stalled Motorcycle Causes Huge Pileup at Redhook crit in Brooklyn Cyclist Safety and Advocacy • Glendale Driver to be Arraigned Industry News • Confessions of a Bike Reviewer • Shimano revenue drops 20%; SRAM lays off 40 workers • Huge inventories + Weak sales Other • Can You Draw a Bicycle? • Can You Build a Bicycle? Tips, Hints and Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
5/1/20161 hour, 55 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Spokesmen #134 - April 17, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 134 New Joisey April 17, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Jim Moss • Donna Tocci • Chris Garrison Topics Included: Racing • Paris-Roubaix • UCI disc brake decision • Electronic Doping (Thermal Camera Video) • Enrico Gasparotto of Wanty Groupe wins Amstel Gold race- dedicating win to Antoine Demoitié Industry News • New Facebook Group wants to help Bicycle Mechanics • Sea Otter • Counterfeit articles – all 22 of ‘em • What do all the Bankruptcies in the US mean Other • Airbag on bike seat Tips, Hints and Best Practices • Don’t get involved in accidents with vehicles and get surgery on broken bones because it really sucks (Tim) • http://nemba.org/ (Donna) Get out and help your local mountain bike association clean trails. • Pebblebee Stone (Jim) Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
4/19/20161 hour, 26 minutes, 1 second
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The Spokesmen #133 - April 3, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 133 Big Brains April 3, 2016 Host: David Bernstein Today’s Spokespeople: • Carlton Reid • Tim Jackson • Rich Kelly • Jim Moss • Jay Townley • Rick Vosper Topics Included: Racing • Antoine Demoitie Hit and Killed by Race Moto at Ghent Wevelgem • Ronde van Vlaanderen 2016 • Paris Roubaix 2016 Preview • British Doc Claims He Doped Athletes Video: Unboxing a Bike from JensonUSA (via BikeShopGirl.com) Cyclist Safety and Advocacy • Brazilian Bus Drivers Learn to Pass Cyclists Safely • Funding advocacy is an investment in the bicycle industry's future Industry News • Voldemort vs VeloNews Tips, Hints and Best Practices • OldSchool Triva Quiz • Socks on Kickstarter from a Spokesmen listener Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
4/3/20162 hours, 21 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Spokesmen #132 - March 20, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 132 Ironically Moronic March 20, 2016 Host: David Bernstein Today’s Spokespeople: • Carlton Reid • Tim Jackson • Rich Kelly • Jim Moss Topics Included: Racing  • Milan San Remo 2016 • The Program movie released (limited) in U.S. on Friday 18 March (trailer) ◦ Lance on the Joe Rogan Podcast ◦ Lance’s Speech in Colorado ◦ Latest Lawsuit News (whistleblower lawsuit) • Nick Brandt-Sorenson Pleads Guilty to Selling PEDs via his Blog Cyclist Safety and Advocacy • Video: Suck it up and start appreciating cyclists • Former pro cyclist loses arm in bike crash on Flagstaff Mountain Industry News • Velo Changes back to Velo News • Microshift to Release Electronic Road Group • Xiaomi Smart Bicycle • Use it or lose it: UK bike shop lays it on the line about online sales. • PRODUCT RECALLS: SRAM Recalls Zipp Quick Releases and Hubs Due to Crash and Injury Hazards • PRODUCT RECALL: RacerMate Recalls CompuTrainer Blue Flywheels Due to Risk of Injury Tips, Hints and Best Practices • David: Gladys Bikes’ Saddle Library (thanks to listener Mark) • Carlton: Contact me to discuss your counterfeit bike frame purchase • Jim: Give to bike charities! • Jim: Take photos of your bike and accessories for insurance purposes • Tim: What happens behind you doesn’t matter in a race or group ride • Rich: Properly compensate shops and mechanics for work done on your bikes Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
3/20/20161 hour, 56 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Spokesmen #131 - March 6, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 131 Box of Lugs March 6, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Carlton Reid • Tim Jackson • Donna Tocci • Jim Moss Topics Included: • UCI Track World Championships; US Women win Team Pursuit gold • Belgian Holy Season has begun • Velon's Live Race Data; Buying ASO? • Does activity measurement result in less activity enjoyment? • Clean Space App - get rewarded for cycling! • Discs or Rim Brakes? • Enve sold for $50 Million • John Burke Reprises The Inconvenient Truth • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage • Road Plus bikes at Taipei Cycle Show • The "Nichefication" of Bicycles • Tips, Suggestions and Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
3/6/20162 hours, 17 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Spokesmen #130 - February 21, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 130 Big Ears & Roundabouts February 21, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Rick Vosper • Jay Townley • Rich Kelly • Jim Escobar Topics Included: • David Millar Appointed British Cycling Academy Mentor • Warm Weather Training Camps • Cavendish Wins in Oman, Kittel in Qatar • No USA Pro Challenge in 2016 • 'Scott Lagasse Jr. Champions for Bicycle Safety Ride’ • Why Do Drivers Choose to Hit Cyclists? • Wiggle Merges with Chain Reaction • The 20 Collective Retailer Group • UK's Cycle Levy Scheme Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
2/27/20162 hours, 4 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Spokesmen #129 - February 7, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 129 I Live For The Sock Shots February 7, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Jay Townley • Jim Moss • Donna Tocci • Rich Kelly • Neil Browne Topics Included: • The Tim Jackson Report • Motor Doping • Etixx Quickstep Not Invited to Tour of Qatar 2016 • Dave Mirra Dead of Suspected Suicide • Chris Horner & Team Lupus • Cycling Safety and Advocacy • Jay's CABDA Report • Suggestions & Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.127 - The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast (January 10, 2016)The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 129 I Live For The Sock Shots February 7, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Tim Jackson • Jay Townley • Jim Moss • Donna Tocci • Rich Kelly • Neil Browne Topics Included: • The Tim Jackson Report • Motor Doping • Etixx Quickstep Not Invited to Tour of Qatar 2016 • Dave Mirra Dead of Suspected Suicide • Chris Horner & Team Lupus • Cycling Safety and Advocacy • Jay's CABDA Report • Suggestions & Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
2/7/20161 hour, 54 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Spokesmen #128 - January 24, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 128 Flaming Disc Brakes January 24, 2016 Host: David Bernstein Today’s Spokespeople: • Carlton Reid • Rich Kelly • Tim Jackson • Jay Townley Topics Included: • The Tim Jackson Report • Santos Tour Downunder • Tour de San Luis • Giant Alpecin Crash in Spain • Missouri Bill to Make Cyclists Fly 15 foot Flags • Why Bike Lanes Make People Mad • Self-driving Cars • CABDA Show Sold Out • Suggestions & Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
1/26/20161 hour, 47 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Spokesmen #127 - January 10, 2016

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast Episode 127 Dangerizing January 10, 2016 Host: Carlton Reid Today’s Spokespeople: • Rich Kelly • Tim Jackson • Jay Townley • Rick Vosper Topics Included: • ASO Dropping its Events from World Tour • Rick’s “Ghosts of Dead Cyclists” Piece in Bicycle • Carlton’s “Dangerising” Piece in BikeBix • The Dangerization of Cycling • Beeline Bikes Mobile Repair Service Franchise • Suggestions & Best Practices Sponsors • Jenson USA • YOU! Please click the links in our show notes to support The Spokesmen WEB SITE: http://www.the-spokesmen.com The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommerical-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
1/11/20161 hour, 49 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Spokesmen #126 - December 6, 2015