Episodes
Life in the Peloton is proudly brought to you by Rapha I have a special guest on the pod this week, making his debut appearance on Life in the Peloton. He´s no stranger to you all though, he is a fellow Victorian, a former mountain biker, road world champion, and Australia´s only ever Tour de France winner, I´m talking of course about the legend himself, Cadel Evans. This was a great opportunity to really get back to the beginning of the Cadel Evans story and hear it in his own words. I...
Published 06/21/23
I just loved having Alison on Life in the Peloton so much last week, I decided to get her back for this episode of Talking Luft! I know you loved hearing all about her epic Paris Roubaix Femmes win this year, and how she became only the third-ever winner of the event. She has since been dubbed Miss Paris Roubaix (by me), for the commanding style in which she won. Of course, we chat a bit more about that epic win, as well as dig into the really important questions in true TL style, plus I...
Published 06/14/23
Life in the Peloton is proudly brought to you by Rapha It is her first appearance on the pod, you might know her from her larger-than-life social media presence, or you might have watched her progress through the women´s peloton, but you´ll definitely know her as the Queen of Roubaix, after her triumphant victory there this year, and I´m super excited to be chatting to Alison Jackson this week. I couldn´t wait to hear about her epic 2023 Paris – Roubaix win, where she won so...
Published 06/07/23
Life in the Peloton is proudly brought to you by Rapha I´m bringing you something a bit different for Life in the Peloton this week, I have been back on the road exploring and learning some of the fascinating history of the Victorian goldfields, by riding the historic Goldfields Track. By now, you´ve probably become used to my bike-packing adventures, but this time the trip was not just about tackling a challenging adventure and exploring my own backyard, but also learning some of the...
Published 05/24/23
  Well I know you loved his last appearance on the pod, my recent chat with Australia’s one and only Giro d’Italia winner, Jai Hindley, where we heard some epic stories about his early cycling career and his meteoric ascent to the top of the pro cycling ranks.   So he’s back today for the Talking Luft! treatment and I just couldn’t wait to put a few curly questions to him. Jai Hindley is a real Aussie gem in the European peloton. He has been riding and racing his bike since he was six years...
Published 05/17/23
Life in the Peloton is proudly brought to you by Rapha It’s no secret that I’ve become a bit of a bike-packing devotee over the past few years, I just love everything about it – the challenge, seeing parts of the country that I’ve never seen before, meeting people along the way, experiencing some country Australiana, and just getting out on my bike and rediscovering what I really love about cycling. And I can see that this resonates with so many of you that love the adventure of bike...
Published 05/10/23
I’ve got a cracking episode for you this week, one I’ve been sitting on for a while and I am so excited to bring it to life. We needed to start at the very beginning with this one, because I know you want to hear as much as I do, the whole Jai Hindley story, and it’s such an epic one that you won’t want to miss a bit of it. I sat down with Jai earlier this year at TDU, because I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to record this episode in person.   He’s one of the great talents and great...
Published 04/26/23
Rapha presents Talking Luft! I recently took you on a journey through the absolute torture that was taking part in the beast that is Cape Epic. In case you missed it, it’s an hors categorie mountain biking event, across the challenging terrain of South Africa’s western cape, and it really pushed me to my limit. I thought while I was there, I might as well get out the microphone and turn it on my friend and Cape Epic partner Ian Boswell, and give him the Talking Luft! treatment. We had a...
Published 04/19/23
Behind the Mirror Lens - with Scott Barrow Life in the Peloton is proudly brought to you by Rapha Have you ever wondered about what goes into the team behind the team, and what sort of support goes into helping professional athletes to get the best out of themselves? I have spoken to plenty of interesting people on the pod over the years that have helped to build the behind-the-scenes picture, mostly in the realm of physical support – osteos, soigneurs, and team directors. They are all...
Published 04/12/23
This week, I am taking you along on one of the most challenging weeks of my career, and by far the biggest challenge of my short mountain biking career, the Cape Epic - an eight-day team mountain biking event, across the challenging terrain of the Western Cape of South Africa. To give some context, it is an hors categorie event, and qualifying is necessary to take the start line. Get ready for a longer listen here – but it just had to be that way, to do justice to the absolute beast that is...
Published 03/29/23
Talking Luft! with Luke Durbridge Rapha presents Talking Luft! Well, he is back for the first time in 2023, because it just would not be a season of Talking Luft without checking in with my mate, the big fella, Luke Durbridge, back for version 4.0 on Talking Luft! It is that time of year again, as we head up north and gear up for the start of the cobbled classics, and who better to check in with than Durbo, to get his unique perspective on the races that he loves and knows so well. We...
Published 03/22/23
  If you´ve been following me over the latter part of my career, and especially over the past couple of years, you´ll have seen my progression from pure roadie to lover of gravel riding and, more recently, mountain biking. I´ve lined up in a couple of MTB races, but next week, I´ll face my biggest challenge yet, at the brutal South African MTB race, Cape Epic.   But before I head off to Cape Epic, I really wanted to learn a bit more about the history of mountain biking, and the evolution that...
Published 03/15/23
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work behind the scenes at some of the world’s biggest bike races, what happens back there in the crazy, chaotic realm of the race convoy, and what the world of a Directeur Sportif is like?   Obviously, I’ve worked up close with DS’s throughout my career, but I’ve never been behind the wheel, and when I was asked to support a couple of riders at this years’ Aussie Road Nats, I realised I didn’t really know that much about what goes into the job of being...
Published 03/01/23
  Rapha presents Talking Luft!   We’re back with Talking Luft, and I’m chatting with a well-known name in Aussie cycling, you might not have heard his name for a while but you’ll definitely know it. He’s one of only two Australians to win the Italian monument Milan-San Remo, and he’s a former teammate of mine, I’m talking of course about Matt Goss.   A born and bred Tasmanian, Gossy started his career on the track, and was a bronze medallist in the team pursuit at the World Championships in...
Published 02/22/23
Life in the Peloton is proudly brought to you by Rapha    Well, here we are back with one of our biggest episodes for the year! I'm really excited to bring this one to life - it's not every day that you get a chance to chat with one of the all-time greats of the sport. With seven Grand Tour wins to his name, including four Tour de France victories, he is indisputably one of the best cyclists of our era. I'm talking, of course, about the legend himself, Chris Froome. Just after the TDU in...
Published 02/15/23
Rapha presents Life in the Peloton How does exercise affect the heart, and what does that mean for elite athletes when they stop training? Is it true that you need to 'de-train' the heart when you retire? I head into the lab with Dr. Andre La Gerche to put my heart through its paces and get some answers. If you're a regular listener to the pod, you might recall the episode around this time last year where I caught up with Sports Cardiologist Dr. Andre La Gerche, to learn more about how...
Published 02/01/23
  Rapha presents Talking Luft!   Well, it’s the first episode of Talking Luft for the year, and I’ve got something a little bit different for you first up! We’ve kicked off with a recap of our live daily pods from last week’s TDU, as presented at the Rapha pop-up in the race village.   At Tour Down Under, I presented a live daily wrap-up of all the race action, in The Race Communique with my friend and Sports Director Tom Southam. We also chatted with a few special guests, including the...
Published 01/25/23
Rapha presents Life in the Peloton! We are back for the first episode of 2023, and I’ve kicked off the new year in much the same way I finished 2022 – with a cross-border bike packing trip across Australia! This time, it’s The Rat to Radelaide. If you’re picking up on the vibe that I’m loving these trips, you would be right. My Road to the Worlds trip really ignited a passion for this style of riding, and I love taking you along for the journey to show you what it’s like out there, in the...
Published 01/18/23
Rapha presents Talking Luft! Well it’s the last episode of Talking Luft for the year, and I’ve got veteran of the peloton and actually one of my first ever podcast guests from way back in 2016 back on the pod. I’m chatting with Welshman from Team Ineos, Luke Rowe. We sat down while he was in Australia for the Worlds, and got talking all the good stuff – kit, caps, mullets, the best of riders and teams, roommates on race, coffee stops, the good and bad of racing, plus a whole lot more. It...
Published 10/12/22
Rapha presents Life in the Peloton! Well, here we are, it’s the last pod of the year and I’ve got a bumper one for you! As you’ll know the UCI World Road Race Championships were held in Australia this year, and I made the 1,250km trip from my home in Lancefield, near Melbourne, to the race in Wollongong by bike, and I documented the trip for the pod.  I gave myself five days for the trip, which meant I was doing big days on the bike, but without any ridiculous pressure, and it turned out to...
Published 10/05/22
You all know my love for Paris Roubaix, and in that sense I have some cycling royalty on the pod for you this week. Chatting with none other than the man who conquered this year's Hell of the North, Paris Roubaix winner, Dylan Van Baarle. I was keen to hear a bit about Dylan and what makes him tick on and off the bike so I sat down with him while he was in Australia for the UCI Road Worlds and got Talking Luft! Pro kit style, Oreo rice cakes, coffee shop stops, his favourite seat on the...
Published 09/28/22
Rapha presents Life in the Peloton! Lael Wilcox is an American Ultra-distance cyclist and one of the absolute legends of the discipline. She is the record holder for some of the sport’s most famous races, such as the 2,475 mile Tour Divide and the 4,400 mile Trans Am Bike Race (If you don’t fancy the math – that’s roughly 4000km and 7000km!) - and that's against both men and women.  ... Ultra-distance racing is an intriguing and new side of cycling that I have only started to discover in...
Published 09/21/22
Rapha presents Talking Luft! Well, the Vuelta a España has come to an end, but I managed to sneak in some time to get talking luft with the pros on race. And I’ve got a fresh batch of Vuelta-themed questions as we chat the hilarious intricacies of the Vuelta and Grand Tour racing. I caught up with Fred Wright, Daryl Impey, Luke Plapp and podcast favourite Luke Durbridge and asked them about cap style, racing in the rain vs. heat, their art of getting bottles from the car, grand tour saddle...
Published 09/14/22
Rapha presents Life in the Peloton! The Vuelta a España is one of the 3 grand tours and it can slip under the radar after the hype of the Tour de France, but I can tell you first hand from a rider’s perspective it certainly is no easy feat.  It’s a notoriously tough old lap of Spain, raced in September towards the end of the season and known for its steep climbs and soaring temperatures. But in saying that, there are moments where the stress levels are lower than other grand tours and you...
Published 09/07/22
Rapha presents Talking Luft! Holly Harris is an Australian Mountain Bike and Gravel racer, who I paired up with last week at the Reef to Reef MTB epic. I thought, what better way to get to know her than going straight for the hard hittingTalking Luft questions – style, rituals, training, bikes, and of course, beverages. Naturally, we chat all things MTB and I hear about her favourite MTB and gravel trails around Armadale, we discuss the step up to 29 inch rim mountain bikes from 26, first...
Published 08/31/22