Is Riding In The Rain For Serious Or Stupid Cyclists? | GCN Show Ep. 359

Is Riding In The Rain For Serious Or Stupid Cyclists? | GCN Show Ep. 359

– [Cyylists] The top of St Agnes Beacon, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show. – This week, is riding in the
rain for serious cyclists, stupid cyclists, or just soggy cyclists? We try and get to the bottom of whether to cycle in wet weather. – Dan’s adventure got off to
a, well, he got off to a start didn’t he?
– Yeah. – Team dynamics in the
world of pro cycling. – Plus, we have news of a
brand new type of carbon, and it’s shiny. Yes, like metal, but carbon. What’s not to like? – Shiny carbon. (upbeat music) (bike zips by) (crowd cheers) (upbeat riff) (logo clanks mechanically) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned that there’s no
wonder professional cyclists sometimes go the wrong way in races, but frankly this is what
happens they’re left to their own devices. (playful music) – Oh, this is Thomas De
Gendt and Tim Wellens on their second annual backpacking trip, and they were looking for a
shortcut, when this happened. – Yes, this is Tim Wellens
going over the handlebars in a snow drift. I’ve got to say, Chris, I
absolutely love that clip. I love that whole thing
that they’re doing, but to think that those are
two of the best road cyclists in the entire world, just out in the middle of Spain. And we’ll have more from
them a little bit later on in the show. We also learnt this week, just how to make indoor training
exciting, 10 years ago. (juggler laughs) Wow, that is impressive, isn’t it? – Yeah, it is impressive. It’s just like dead straight
he was on those rollers. – It’s the juggling that does it for me, if I’m completely honest. I mean how many balls was that? I don’t even know! – Yeah, that was quite cool. If you’ve got anything weird on, usually you like to share with us. Use the GCN app, and send it up to us. Or use the uploader which
is in the description below. – If it’s cycling related,
that’d be a bonus, I think. Not just weird stuff. We don’t want to open that
particular Pandora’s box. Now, I would like to take this
opportunity if that’s okay to make something of a confession. – You know the camera’s on? – Yeah I know, it’s
for public consumption. – All right.
– Okay. So this autumn is shaping
up to be the wettest on record here in the UK. Fellow British cyclists, you
will feel my pain, no doubt, and anyone who is not
British, you, I’m sure, can imagine in your worst
nightmares what the wettest autumn on record in the UK would be like. But anyway, perhaps that’s no excuse, but this morning, I cracked. – You what? You cracked? – I cracked, yeah. Literally, I was going
to ride to work, okay? As I normally do. It was mild temperatures, the road’s only slightly damp, okay. And then it started to rain
as I was having breakfast. And I just thought, “No! “I can’t do it! “I cannot ride to work today.” And not only that, I couldn’t
even ride my town bike to the station. I had to walk instead. – [Chris] Si, are you okay? This doesn’t sound like you. – Well, I think I am. I mean in part it’s my reaction to having spent half
of Saturday cleaning up after my muddy Cyclocross ride, and then on the Sunday cleaning up after my kid’s muddy bike ride as well. But ultimately, I just
didn’t want to get wet again. – Well you know what Si, I
kind of sympathize with that. And we’re about to hear from Dan to see if he can sympathize as well. (water drips)
(dog barks in distance) Oh, Dan! – Ouch. – No, I don’t feel for you at all. (exhales) So Si, the question
is, are you going soft? Are you no longer a
serious cyclist because you refuse to ride in the rain? – Riding in the rain again, I think that’s the
important distinction here. – Ah, right, okay. All right then, lets
phrase it another way. What would you have gained had you ridden in the rain this morning? – £9.10. Because that’s how much
my train fare cost me. £9.10! – All right, so commuting
in the wet financially seems to be beneficial, and these days, while bikes are more robust than people give them credit for, you can’t deny riding in
the wet and all that grit, is going to accelerate the wear
and tear of your beloved steed. – Not $9.10 worth of damage in 40km, but I do take your point,
and actually I did chuckle at a tweet I saw this weekend
from Eleanor Jeskowska that said, “New bottom
bracket, new rear tire, “chain, grips, tell me
again how outside is free.” I thought, “Well yeah that is
quite a good point actually.” – That’s a good point, and on that note, your kit is going to
be absolutely stinking by the time you’ve ridden it in. – Yeah.
– And you’re going to want to refresh by the time you go back. – True. – Or the next time you wear it, so, I got really excited for this one, I had a little Google,
find out the average cost of a washing machine cycle. Massive anti-climax,
turns out that’s only 18p, 18-20p roughly. – Is that right?
– Yeah. – That’s a great fact, isn’t it? And I’ll start washing my
t-shirts a bit more now. People will probably be
quite happy about that. – Please do. (playful music) – Oh for Pete’s sake, do we
have to use that clip again? – It’s a GCN classic, Si. It has to stay. – It’s been five years. It’s been used so much, it’s going crankily around the edges. – What, the t-shirt or the clip? (playful music) – No seriously, back to this morning. I would have done some
exercise, wouldn’t I? I might have got fitter
from my ride to work. – [Chris] Yeah, in theory, yeah. Imagine you’ve got a
four hour ride planned. Couple of twenty minute
zone four efforts in there. You know, the sort of effort that’s really going to make you feel good. – Tasty, yes I like it. – But outside it is
chucking it down with rain. And it’s windy, and it’s
freezing cold as well. Of course.
– That’s tasty. – You could just postpone
that ride until the next day. And it’s probably not going to
have that much of an effect. – No. – But imagine you go out
and you do that ride. You complete the entire ride. You come home, and you feel
like you achieved something. You feel that much more
worthy, and mentally, you cannot underestimate
the effect that has. – Yeah, so what we’re sayin’ then, is the you could indeed
postpone your ride, and not have any negative
training effects from that, but going out and doing
the ride regardless could well make you
stronger and also tougher. – Yeah. – Although actually we got to put in a little warning here, haven’t we? That for people in the UK postponing a ride to wait for better weather may well have negative
consequences at the moment ’cause you might not have
ridden for two months. – Yeah, that just doesn’t
work here anymore, does it?
– No. – But what you can do nowadays,
is use the indoor trainer, because that is nothing
like nothing like it used to be 10 years ago, is it? – No, that’s right. Back when we used to have
to juggle for entertainment on the rollers, remember that? – So, do all serious cyclists now spend their time training indoors? – Well, some of them do. Edwell Burson Harding does six-hour training rides over the winter. – That’s gruesome.
– I know. Not for me. But I think they could mix it up, if I’m being completely honest. Anyway, speaking of mental toughness, not all of us are out
there tryina get fit, or train for something. We ride bikes ’cause we enjoy it. And so here’s the point then, where somethings we need a little reminder that actually riding
in the rain can be fun. Once you get past that bit where your bum crack starts to
get a little bit damp, – Oh, that first dribble.
– Your legs get wet, yeah. After that, it’s fine, and seriously it does make you feel good when you get home, donnit? – Yeah, that’s true. You know what? In this last 18 months, I found myself becoming somewhat of a fair weather cyclist myself,
– Really? – To the point that the
rain started to scare me, the thought of going out in it, and I started to question
whether I ever want to ride in the rain again. But I’ve had to set myself
some pretty serious targets over the next 12 months, which require me to quite a bit
fitter than I was this year, and that means I need to be more committed and dedicated to my training, and try and squeeze in proper
genuine endurance sessions no matter what the weather, and that means going
outside in the rain again. – And have you endured?
– Well, you know what Si, this last couple of weeks, weirdly I have. – Yeah!
– Yeah. – Well there we go then, so cycling in the rain is
definitely not for the stupid. Had I ridden to work this
morning, I would have felt a little bit mentally stronger,
had a spring in my step, plus I would have been about
£8 something better off, so definitely not for the stupid. Is it just for the serious then? Scrap that, we can’t call them serious. “Serious cyclists” makes me think of people with no sense of humor. They shout at everyone on the bike path. I mean there must be a better way. – Well, you do have to show
some sort of level of commitment to get out there and actually
ride in the rain, don’t you? – Yes, that’s true. – But ultimately, I think
we all have our threshold, our limit where enough is enough, and if you ride in the rain
more than, well, I don’t know, a few times a week, or
regularly, at some point point it’s just going to start
to get you down, isn’t it? – It will, yes. But a little bit of rain,
we’re sayin’ is a good thing, it can be enjoyable, and
it’s good for your head. – So, it’s not for the serious. – No.
– It’s not for the stupid. – No.
– Is it just for the soggy? – Well, speaking of soggy, it’s been a tough first couple of days for Lloydy, hasn’t it? – It has.
– Dan’s adventure has got off to a damp start. This is where Dan had to ride
one kilometer for every like he got on a frankly
ill-thought-out post on the GCN app that received a lot of likes,
and he’s got to do all of them in the lead up the Christmas. – Day one of Dan’s adventure
1000km over the next month until Christmas Day. People have turned up. Please wave. We got absolutely terrible
conditions for it, so 105Ks in the rain by the looks of it. (Christmasy music) 57K is done, average speed, almost 20mph. Didn’t ride much in the front though. Phil and Zack, who have
been coming out here the last two days, have
been absolutely killing me to the point where I
can only just hang on. So I was going to carry
on for a bit longer today and do a few extra Ks to
get towards the thousand, but I’m very cold and I’m very wet again. So I’m going to leave you now, but before I go, just a
reminder that I am trying to raise money for World Bicycle Relief. It’s a fantastic charity,
which many of you know, I shaved my hair off for
just a couple of years ago. I think I’m up to about
£350 I record this, so any donations are very much welcome. See you soon. – If you would like to make a donation to World Bicycle Relief, there is a link the description below to Dan’s JustGiving page,
where you’ll also be able to create your own
fundraising page if you too are taking part in the 1000km challenge. – Yeah, great challenge, isn’t it? And fair play to Lloydy, you can see why he ended up
riding for the Cervélo test team with commitment like that, can’t you? So yeah, I think everyone
should get behind Lloydy. – I think so too. (spacey riff) – Weekly inspiration now,
it’s that part of the show where you send in your
amazing cycling photos photos, and we have the though task of picking out the top three each week,
all of whom will win a belter of a prize from, this week our contrast collection, which we’re modeling at the moment. That’s right. Who’s in third, Chris? – In third place, we have aboardman, down in the Wellington Bays
in Wellington, New Zealand. Hard to believe it’s still,
well not still summer, it’s just entered summer down there. Whilst his son was at
a mountain biking club, we went out for a ride, and look at that. I can’t even remember summer, Si. – [Si] That is a fantastic shot, that does look absolutely amazing. We don’t know whether
that was a grass ride, or whether there was
actually tarmac nearby, but– – [Chris] There’s tarmac in
the picture, isn’t there? Or is that something else? – [Si] No, I think
that’s just grass, mate. Yeah, so you know, maybe like fill us in, that could be a new genre, a grass bike. – Specialist bike themed joke there. – Yeah anyway, what does he win? – He wins a pair of the
black contrast socks. – Those look very cool
– Also look good that way. – with your shorts this
summer, so yeah, enjoy those. In second place then, we’ve
got this one sent in by James. He said he had a last minute decision to do a tour of Lac Lamen, with his mate Paul. 180Ks around, partly in
Switzerland, partly in France. That is inspiring me, Chris,
’cause it looks kind of wintery. – It does.
– But also it’s one of those things where
you’re like (exclaims), that was so worth getting out of the door, a bit of mist, little
bit of sun, pretty epic. Fantastic. – [Chris] Little bit of rust on the rails, matching the rooves. – [Si] Oh, arty! Now, James, you win, for second place, (dings bottle) a GCN
contrast edition thermal water bottle there, for
keeping hot things hot, and cold things cold. And also, a hat! As modeled by Chris. – Not this hat.
– No. Right then, top prize this week, our most inspirational photo. Chris, who is it? – This is going to Cedric, who went down to his garage this morning, or wherever he took the picture, fully expecting to be jumping
on to the turbo trainer, but hold off for a moment, because he felt like the
sun was going to come out, and the sun came out. This is Monts du Lyonnais
– Whoa! – in Lyon, France, a 67km ride. Look at that! – [Si] That is an absolute
pearler of a shot, isn’t it? – Yeah.
– That is inspiration in image form. – It’s like a firework.
(Chris speaks over Si) – [Si] Yeah it is. And maybe it’s because
I’ve had so many good rides on that kind of French road, but that is striking a
chord with me right now. Fantastic. Anyway, congratulations
Cedric, not only do you get the accolade of our most
inspiring photo of the week, you also of course, get
our top prize this week, which is a GCN contrast t-shirt, and also sweatshirt as
well, so there we go. – Nice.
– Yeah, please keep all your inspirational photos
coming in by the uploader or indeed on the GCN app as well. Just be careful though,
if you say anything like, “I’ll do a certain amount of kilometers for every like I get,” you might have to do more than you think. – We’ll make sure of that, won’t we? – We will, yeah. (trumpet riff) (cartoonish crash) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Cycling shorts now. I’m going to start with an
update from Younus Dikman, who when we caught up with him last week, was just 600km shy of
completing the cape to cape, so that’s 18,000km from the
northernmost point of Norway to the southernmost point of South Africa. He arrived on November the 19th at 6:53pm, meaning it had taken him
just 72 days and seven hours, and in doing so sliced
a whooping 30 days off the previous record. – [Si] Which is bonkers,
absolutely, isn’t it? That’s 250Ks a day, every
single day, unsupported. So like, sleeping in hedges,
and foraging for food. Well, he could have bought food. – You know who else is
going unsupported, Si? Two of the biggest engines
in the world of pro cycling. Tim Wellens and Thomas De Gendt
in the final breakaway two. – That’s right, you might
remember their exploits from last year, where the pair cycled home from their final race of the season. So all the way from Il
Lombardia in Italy to Belgium. And they obviously got
a bit of a taste for it and enjoyed it, because this
year they are back for more! – Yeah, more than they
bargained for as well. As the start has been
delayed, not just because of baggage handlers,
heavy-handed baggage handlers, illness, but also because of snow. Yes, snow in Spain. – That’s right, yeah. And the reason, if you’re wondering why they didn’t ride home from
their last race of the year is ’cause actually Thomas
this season finished in China. And they might have missed
the Spring Classics. – Yeah, that’s a long way. – They would have been
somewhere in, I don’t know, Azerbaijan or something. (transition whips)
What would be really interesting, would
be to see what would happen if one of those two guys actually took on an ultra endurance challenge. Would a pro cyclist be able to smash it? Or is it a totally
different kind of ball game? – We could have suggested
it to Lauren Stendam, but after the show last week, he told us he’s definitely going to be drinking beer at the gravel races next year. – Yes, he is.
– No, changing the subject a minute, we received a Facebook
message from Martin Backer with a link to Science Mag. – That’s right. As if he thought we hadn’t
already read it, Chris. – Had you?
– No. No, not that one, but we
normally keep abreast of– – Oh. Anyway, this is particularly
exciting I think because it’s about a new type of carbon. And when you consider that it to, just like graphene and diamond, contain some remarkable
physical properties. – That’s right, so this one, okay? Can be as tough as stainless steel. It is about as conductive
as stainless steel, but it is about as reflective
as a polished aluminum mirror. – Oh!
– Yeah! How cool is that? Imagine a bike made out of that! – Sounds expensive, Si. – Well yeah, it would look
like an aluminum bike, clearly, ’cause you know, bit
shiny and polished, but– – Bling, bling. – Well it would ride a
steel bike potentially, but it would just be as
expensive as a carbon one. So anyway, we’ll have to wait
and see how that one pans out, but still, an interesting
development, I thought. – Yeah, now change is back again, there is news in the world of pro cycling, coming from Arkea Samsic
that they will be riding a women’s pro team alongside
the men’s team in 2020. – That’s right. Now on the face of it, that
looks like a positive step, but perhaps not quite as
positive as it might first appear given that the team staying there, starting out with modest
ambitions for 2020. That’s fine. None of the riders are going
to be paid full salaries. Which again, that’s okay that
they’re hoping to develop it, but it just made me feel
a little bit uncomfortable given that it’s being
announced at the same time that Naro Katana’s there for
the first team get-together, and I don’t know, I suppose, there are many men’s pro
tour teams that don’t have women’s teams. But then equally, should
they be paid full salaries? Maybe, I don’t know. I don’t know what to think. – Yeah, it’s a difficult one. And you mentioned Naro,
that it’s not his fault. He made a good impression
in his own right. And, considering it could
be seen as somewhat of a, I dunno, a step down from Nova Start, it certainly raised your
eyebrows, didn’t it? – It did, yeah. No, you’re right. I read an interview with
him on Cycling News, and he did come across very well, very modestly, and like it was
a sensible rational decision, so fingers crossed it
definitely works out for him. Now, speaking of team dynamics though, Greg La Monte waded very much
into the team dynamics of the kind of top-heavy team Innous Roster with some advice for Ed Ambernow. – Yeah, he’s advised him, instead of riding for Frume,
that he should focus purely on riding for himself. This is in an interview
of Novella News this week. – That’s right. Spoken like a true former
teammate of Burn Arleano there. Greg Le Monte, clearly bearing
the scars of 1985 and 1986, and probably after that as well. – Yeah, quite a lot after that actually. – Yeah. (drill whirs) It’s one of the most obscure
times of the week now, Si. It’s time for hack forward slash bodge. – It’s not obscure, can I just say? This is like one of my favorite
parts of the week, mate. – It’s not obscure.
– Have you not seen some of these designs? – All right, okay. There’s some weird stuff out there. – Make sure you keep on
sending us all your stuff using either the GCN app, or the
uploader, right first off, we have an update on last week’s photo. Which was, by you and Dan
I believe called a bodge. – Well, it was, yeah. So this was, what we
thought was someone had basically cut a hole in a wide-brimmed hat and stuck their helmet through. Now, it would appear
from this, that actually, it’s a proper thing. So Alcan Brad says, “Sure
they look nerdy and you might “get lifted off the bike at high speed, “but on those brutally hot days, “slogging up hills on a tandem,
these things aren’t bodges, “they’re ready for a 1000K ride.” – Blimey.
– And fair play, yeah I take that, I take your point. Yeah, I maybe hadn’t quite
seen the true versatility of the brimmed cycling helmet. And a Bowa as well,
that jersey is amazing. Yeah, I’ve just heard that Dan Lloyd has ordered one as well, so yeah, hopefully yeah, that’s it. I will say another update, actually, a bit of a shoutout, asked
for your ziptie hacks. How to get rid of those razor-sharp edges. You did not disappoint. And in amongst some of the responses, we had mphgps7, “Hack or Bodge, once cut “I use a soldering iron to
melt the sharp edge flush,” Nice. Jerry Gundecker, “Don’t cut zip ties. “Twist them with pliers,
and it won’t be sharp.” Well there we go. And then lastly, Chris Price, “If your zip ties are sharp, try this. “To cut them off flush,
pull the part to be cut off “to the side, and run a sharp
blade right next to the knob. “It’ll quickly slice it
off, flush and smooth.” – Wow.
– There we go. – I always thought the trick
was just to rotate that, little clear–
– Razor bit. – Get it out of the way. – I think there must be an alternative to the zip tie full stop. Maybe that’s a billionaire
waiting to happen. – Yeah.
– If you can replace the zip tie with something that’s neater.
– One day. One day. Right, first up then. George Christie. Look at this. (Si whistles) – Now that is a good
transportation device, for an adult or a child, d’you think? And if it’s a child, would you rest them on a plank like that? On your top cheap? – [Chris] With a swimming float. – [Si] It looks like Jaws has
had a bit of a go at that. D’you think they’ve cut it off? – [Chris] You know what I
really like about this bike? Is the center stand. It’s like a two-ponged center stand. – [Si] Oh wow, yeah. – Stability.
– Nice. And that I don’t think
is a hack or a bodge, that’s probably something you can buy. – Yeah.
– Are we going to say Bodge for this terrifying contraception? – I feel like it’s going to be really hard to pedal that. – Yeah. I think anything where a
two by four is kind of like, sort of attached to a bike
frame is probably a bodge in my book.
– Yeah. – Unlike the 3D printing that
Dan and I always give a hack for because we don’t understand it. Right, next up we got this one, which has blown my little mind. This is from Mateusz Sobanski. He said, “Here’s a trick
that can make a rear derailer “work with a shifter that’s
indexed for one less gear. “So I got a ten-speed Z paired with “a nine-speed Sram XO,
and it shifts perfectly.” Now this is a wormhole I myself have gone down recently, Chris. ‘Cause it’s not just
about different gears, it’s about different,
– ratios. – yeah, ratios of capable,
all sorts of stuff. Anyway, look at that! He’s basically like bodged a V-brake thing underneath it, yeah! To space out the cable. I have no idea if this works, I don’t even know why it would work. But like I said, my mind is blown, and I’m tempted to say “Hack.” Even though I haven’t seen it for myself. – Yeah see I feel like
you’ve clearly sat there with a calculator, made
some graphs, some charts, worked out the exact pull
angles and all the rest of it. That’s very generous of you, Chris. – I’ve think he’s winged it. Maybe give us a bit more
info, but tentatively we’ll give you a hack for that one.
– Yep, if it’s working. Right, next up. Pgasprague, or Pgasprague, not sure. This is the ultimate
triple fan turbo cooler. – Wow!
– Look at that. For a little bit forced
induction to your own body. – [Si] Wow! How does that thing not even
like blast yourself backwards? There’s a lot of power in that thing! – [Chris] It’s like you
take off, doesn’t it? They are three proper heavy
duty fans as well, aren’t they? – It does feel, doesn’t it, like that’s probably quite a lot of power, to, you know, provide your
indoor training session there. There must be some way of harassing some of that to give back to the planet. I know we don’t produce much, I mean even a man of your
own talents produce much in the way of power output. – Only in very very short bursts. – Well that’s it,
(Chris laughs) but you know. Anyway, I quite like that, as a, as we’ve already seen, sweaty dude. That does look like that
might be up my street. – [Chris] The only thing
it’s missing is a window. – What for? – Ventilation. – Oh I see! – Otherwise you just
got a bobble of hot air. – Yeah.
– Spreading hot air around the room.
– Good point actually. Well, moving air’s better
than no moving air. – That’s true. – Anyway, there we go. We giving it a hack? – I think hack, yeah. – Yes, I think hack. Right, next up we’ve got this
one from 6ix from Toronto. “This elegant hack was
perfected by Peter Murk, “a member of Toronto Warriors
in cold Canadian weather,” It’s those Canadians going
on about winter again, mate. – Yeah, they love that stuff.
– Seriously give it a rest, guys. We know it’s cold! Anyway, lithium battery life
can drastically reduced. This reusable blanket made of packing foam has significantly improved
the life of my torch. Well that does look pretty neat, donnit? – [Chris] Yeah, it looks
neat, it looks tidy. It looks like it’s not going
to fall off in a hurry. – [Si] Is it flammable
though, that material? Because some of these bike
lights can get really hot. I’m sure even in Canada,
where it’s like -424, like, anyway, I’m sure it
hasn’t caught fire yet, because you probably have told us. – Not yet.
– In fact, you probably wouldn’t even have sent it in. – It could potentially be
a hack, but I do wonder if you somehow created some sort of shield, so we ride in the rain,
in the dark and the cold. – Yeah, it’s a good point, that. It’s probably not
waterproof that material, is it?
– No, maybe not. So yeah, hopefully it’s fire
retardant, and then perhaps version two can be water proof. And then you can export it globally. – It’s well protected if it falls off. – It is, yeah. I like it. I very much like that. Sleeping bags for lights. Yes, it’s a hack.
– Hack, nice. – Brilliant, and that concludes this week’s hack forward slash bodge. Please do keep them coming in, as I’ve said in the beginning of this, it’s one of the highlights of my week, so yeah, don’t disappoint. Keep ’em comin’. (electronic riff) – Caption competition now. And the winner goes home, well they don’t go home,
because they haven’t turned up, but they get an elite GCN water bottle. – Yeah, if that wasn’t clear,
we send them in the post. – You don’t have to come and get them. – To whoever has the
best caption to a photo, we’re going to start with
the results from last week. This was a crash that’s all too familiar for those of us that ride
in the dirt here, Chris. This is Yenti Backaert, crashing at the World
Cup I believe in Tabor. Anyway, the winner is Mick Wilson, who said, “Argh! I think
I’ve just put my Backaert!” – That’s good, that.
– Yeah! – I couldn’t have beaten that myself. – I know, brilliant, is it? And what’s even better
is we’ve gone seamlessly from jokes about Elle
Isovit to now joking about Yenti Backaert as well, so there we go. – Yeah. This week’s competition is, – Oh.
– A picture of Kenny Decatela, riding or
warming up on the rollers at the Gen Six Day. I think you should have a go at this one. – Well I know, there’s always that sense of expectation when Lloydy’s not here. Because it’s not like his are good, but he at least takes the heat off. – Gets them in there, doesn’t he? – Yeah, so anyway. “A large crowd had gathered “to see whether Kenny Decatela “had actually perfected his juggling “whilst riding on the rollers.” – Oh, I quite like that! Topical, getting back to
the start of the show. – Well yes, I mean that’s
what I’ve gone for, but maybe the delivery wasn’t perfect.
– You know there’s only one person, one person in the entire crowd is actually watching it. – Well I mean, track
center at Gen Six Days, and it’s famous for just drinking. – Dunno. Would Dan know about that? – I dunno. Let’s see what happened when Dan went to watch the Gen Six Day. – We’ve all been drinking a lot. I’ve had a least eight
mineral ward, mineral ward, mineral waters myself. I’m not sure what the
others have been drinking. – Yes, that all seems
to confirm, doesn’t it? There we go. Anyway, of course you can all better that dismal, dismal effort,
so yeah, get involved. And you may win a GCN elite water bottle. And yeah hopefully Dan
will be back next week if he’s not got– – We need his help, don’t we, Si? – Cronic fatigue, yep. (electronic riff) Now before we get on to what
is coming up on the channel over the next seven days,
it is our weekly look back at some of the amazing comments
that you’ve been leaving under the previous seven days of video. Starting under actually
last week’s GCN show, which Hugues Quebecois came up with this. “The real question, rather than “‘will roadies ruin gravel?’ “is whether biking will ruin gravel? “Deep huh?” – Well it depends I think on how deep the ruts are when you’re riding. – Yeah, and I think
considering that most gravels probably got like motorized transport on, we’re probably all right. But anyway, he’s a deep thinker, Hugues, ’cause actually I noticed
under our video from Saturday, he actually commented on how I was wearing my bike helmet incorrectly. – I’ve never really noticed that myself. – No? Well I’m going to look at it
now, so thank you very much for pointing that one out, Hugues. – It’s good to be
reminded of these things. – Indeed it is, indeed it is. – Another comment from
underneath gravel versus XE. “Over the years of watching GCN, “I finally figured that the
best part is the pub scene.” – Yeah, which is an interesting
point because may actually, we could forget about the riding stuff, and just film videos in the pub. – Yeah, if you’d like to see us, just filming from the public in future, please drop a comment down the box below. Tag Dan in them if you can as well. – That’s right, yeah. Also under that video, can I just say, Azza Maxwell said, “Can
we just take a moment,” yes I think we will, “to appreciate the level
of skill that Chris has,” that’s you mate, “track standing, talking
and top class presenting all “at once, while making
it look effortless?” And yeah fair play mate, what’s
also amazing is that those previous 38 takes don’t look like they’ve taken their toll on you at all. – It’s remarkable, isn’t it? – Yeah, really good effort mate. – Right then finally, underneath
the Cyclocross pit video that Jeremy, you and Jon shot, DronesNest said, “At first glace, “I thought they were hoodiums!” “Jon looks particularly intimidating.” And he does! Yeah, that’s Jon in real life looking very threatening. As you do too, actually, with your hoodie and your–
– Very scary! – trucker’s hat. Jeremy told us to bring our mean faces. He wanted a mean team in the pits. – [Si] Did he? – He did. (Si laughs)
Jeremy, if you’ve never meet him, has so much energy, so you know, we do our best.
– Yeah. Rather than looking threatening, you were actually just
exhausted, basically. Right, there we go. On the channel this week. – Coming out this week, riding
side by side is on Wednesday. Is it safe and is it legal? And then on Thursday, seven
winter clothing hacks. – Yeah, Friday is, as
always, dirty Friday here, so some kind of off-road,
drop-bar goodness. Then on Saturday it’s actually the last of our plant-based recipe videos, where Nigé shows Lloydy
this time how to make a plant-based dinner, including can you believe
this is one I missed? Pistachio gelato, which is– – Sounds quite nice.
– It does sound really good, doesn’t it? So plant-based pistachio gelato. And then on Sunday it’s the
first of a big, big new series, which we’re super excited about. It’s the hour of power. Oh yes. All will be revealed on Sunday. – [Chris] I’m looking forward to that one. – Me too. Monday is the racing news show
over on GCN Racing of course. And then next week’s GCN
show, it’s the 360th! I know! We’re thinking, ’cause I reckon
the 365th might coincide, I haven’t done the maths here, around about January
the something or other, the beginning of the year. So maybe there’s like a
GCN challenge next year, we have to watch a GCN
episode of the GCN show everyday for a year. – Blimey.
– Can you imagine how awful that would be? Yeah, don’t do that. (transition whips)
– if you haven’t already done so, and you do want
to, make sure you check out our contrast range at That’s the website.
– That’s right. Yeah, and you know what? It is available for a
discounted rate initially. But you got to get in quick, before December the 4th I think, – Early Christmas present?
– before going back up to normal, yeah. Right, please do make
sure you give this video a big like as well, and if you would like
to watch another video, then why not check out Chris’s wicked little nutrition tips video that we released earlier
last week, in fact? That’s an absolute belter.

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  1. I’d expected more fanfare for Travolta leaving, however its great to see George Michael presenting with Si this week!

  2. I watched this after a commute home in the pouring rain. Probably no more damp than on a hot summer's day with the right kit. It's all in the mind really.

  3. Regarding rain, my first century ride was in south Alabama USA in June when it gets very hot…40 C is not unheard of then. But this day saw me ride into 3 hard rains over the course of the Century which made me laugh out loud. Also, I was riding with several ladies from my club who voted me the winner in the Wet Jersey Contest!

  4. In England I rode a bike for transport for 20 years, so I got wet. Now in California, I never ride a bike in the rain nor a motorcycle and neither do I take out my yacht.

  5. I don't mind the endeavor of riding in the rain. However, this time of year my bike stays on the trainer for months. The two feet of snow I removed from my driveway yesterday will suffice as outdoor cardio.

  6. Regarding rear derailleur Bogde/ Hack: it was coincidental that the spacer gave me the right ratio. Tried and tested a few other options.
    I knew I had to increase the lever on the mech but didn't use any calculations.

  7. I wouldn’t mind getting paid to sit inside and peddle my bike for six hours rather that what I normally get paid to do. It’s a hard life (for some)

  8. That’s the billionaire idea (well millionaire at least); indoor trainer that sends electricity produced back into the system.

  9. I just came back from a trip to UK – 14 days. . . 14 days of cold and rain. I admire you I could not resist with this type of weather.

  10. Seriously? Try a tiny fenderette under the fork, this keeps tire spray from rising into your face.

    Put a 25-30cm piece of front fender under the bottle cage on the downtube, this keeps your shins & feet way drier for no windage.

    For the rear tiny fenderettes are in use to keep a dry butt.

    Finally, my fav knickers aren't waterproof but you never get more than very damp, never water oozing down legs so can ride without pants most times.
    Ymmv 🍺🍺🍺

  11. Forget riding in the rain, I’m going to take it up a few levels and ask, why would anybody LIVE in a place that wet? I spent one winter in Seattle 20 years ago and I’m still in therapy as a result. 😉

  12. Hypothermia. Remember that if you get hurt it’s only a matter of minutes before you can’t help yourself. It’s most wise if you ride “ wif one of your mates”. And yes, it does rain in Southern California.

  13. Commuted by bike for more than twenty years (now my workshop is in the back yard). Mudguards and rain gear make a difference.

  14. caption – " what you're looking for down there????? I'm seeing that the downing Street isn't moving forward no matter how much it rolls. "

  15. caption – " old man: rolling in the deep? kenny : fire starting in my heart. old man : to bring you out of the dark? kenny : now you see me crystal clear. old man: could you have it all? kenny : don't underestimate the things that I will do."

  16. there is no such thing as -424 degrees centigrade, the coldest possible temperature is 0 degrees kelvin, which is -273 degrees centigrade. Also known as absolute zero.

  17. Remember that if you are training for a race or special ride, there can be bad weather on event day. Finding out how your gear performs in wet weather for the first time during your event can be disastrous if there is a problem and you're stuck out on the road.

  18. #askgcntraining I've got a Kickr Core which I've just started training on and am about to get a Wahoo cadence sensor. Sufferfest allows cadence to be taken either from the trainer or from a stand alon device, which would you recommend I select? The stand alone sensor seems like it should be more accurate but is it better to keep it all in the one unit so it knows what is going on?

  19. Wind Rain Sleet Hail Snow Ice, 365 Days a Year , Wettest Windiest Region of Britain.
    Don't call me stupid to my face, though.

  20. Idea for challenge 2020 and in celebration of the 365th GCN, watch one a day of the back catalogue for the whole year but fall short as you run out of December 30th because it was a leap year… #fail

  21. I don't ride in the rain. Ever. Maybe in competition (endurance mtb). Reason? Safety. Secondarily bike longevity. My 10yr old Giant TCR still looks quite good. But then I do live in Australia. It doesn't rain often. As for the mental high and feeling of accomplishment from riding – undeniable. But you also need to be mentally resilient enough to choose safety over the endorphin rush. Try for example, leading a fuller life by cooking for others and reading books, both activities easily pursued in bad weather quite safely.

  22. I commute year-round, rain or shine, but I do avoid the days with blackice. Weekend rides are outdoors in nice conditions only, otherwise its Zwift

  23. 28km a day work commuting, +2C rains, probably half of it is slush, they just gave a date when the next time sun comes up sometime in the next year. Welcome to Finland. But I'm still loving it! 🙂

  24. I think the weekly inspiration is kind of unfair for those of us who don't live near beautiful places with beautiful weather. Personally I get inspired seeing others pushing through the half-frozen slush-snow with frozen tire tracks underneath as it's sleeting horizontally. Can we have "weekly desperation" bit for the addicts that refuse to quit pedaling?

  25. Idea for a video: Could you perhaps do a vid on when is the road temperature definitely not good to ride on and we can expect black ice? Even though the temp outside is 3 degrees, the weather says feels like 1, there still might be chance of ice!! it's a tricky one that keeps me indoors sometimes even though I might be ok! Having come off on Black Ice, it's not something I like to chance but if we had some good info on road temperatures during winter it might help when making that choice. Thanks in advance 🙂

  26. I have a tradition over the years to do a quick 35km on the holidays here in the states: THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR'S DAY; THE TRIFECTA. But alas it has been shut down with a deluge of rain on turkey day. Serious rain. So, even though 4 years back I did the Christmas rainy ride anyway, this turkey time not. Indeed here it is the day after; Black Friday and the rain is back. It never rains in sunny San Diego -LOL I've got 363 days of sunny days left so . . .

  27. For Chris: PGASPRAGUE is probably PGA (Professional Golf Association, which would mean he’s a serious golfer) Sprague. Also, would it be possible for you to try speaking a little slower for us Americans? Thank you!

  28. Here is a better zip tie trick than all the ones mentioned: cut off end with scissors leaving a few mm remaining, cut the final bit with fingernail clippers. It will leave a nice rounded edge with no chance of catching or cutting anything.

  29. I would rather ride in the rain than ride on zwift.
    And, as you guys said, wouldn't have gotten out much without doing it!
    Crack some mudguards on, join a group ride, and ride as much (or as little) as you want.

  30. The crowd was quite disappointed as Kenny, as he was warming up, was not sure it 'it' was still there… #captioncompetition

  31. Why is the Cycling industry not coming out with water resistant drive trains? That would help riding in rain without the need to clean after every ride.

  32. I probably would ride in the wet if our office had a better area for changing or maybe a shower…. Oh, and sans the floods….

  33. The women's team should absolutely be paid the same as the men, that's not only the right thing to do, but it will help develop the women's sport.

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