Is Your Cycling New Year’s Resolution A Total Waste Of Time? | The GCN Show Ep. 260

Is Your Cycling New Year’s Resolution A Total Waste Of Time? | The GCN Show Ep. 260


– From cycling paradise Gran Canaria, Feliz Navidad and welcome
to “The GCN Show”. – Welcome to “The GCN Show”, and a happy New Year to you all. – Yeah, coming up, we
tell you whether or not you can actually give up your New Year’s resolutions already. – We also take a look at a compilation of new kit selfies, and ‘Take of
the Week’ is a new bike day. – Yeah, and we also tell you
about, among other things, some very interesting scientific
research about narcissists. If you put any clips in
of us now, John, then that you won’t.
– You won’t. – It just won’t be funny. – You won’t. (funky music) (upbeat music) (crowd cheers) (crowd claps) (crowd cheers) This week in the world of
cycling, we learnt that winter weather is no barrier to distance. Emily Chappell, Jenny,
Graham, and Hugh Oliver just averaged 400 kilometres
a day for four days to cover the length of Britain. That’s Land’s End up to John o’ Groats. – Mighty impressive. Now, admittedly, this is British winter, not Canadian winter,
before the comments section goes completely nuts,
but it has been very wet, very cold, snowy at times,
and very, very dark. – Yeah, it’s been really dark hasn’t it?
– It’s been really dark. – This week we also learnt
that Pete Sagan can wheelie. (upbeat music) – Didn’t we learn that last year, Dan? – Um, that might have
actually been the year before. – Because we definitely
learnt it when he helped film “How to Wheelie like Peter Sagan”, Willis. – It’s incredible, look at that folks. – [Cameraman] Yeah. – Unbelievable. – I guess this week we
learnt that Pete Sagan can still wheelie in 2018. – Incredible stuff. Right, well we’re still very much in the aftermath of the New Year,
and therefore resolutions are still very fresh in our minds. – Perhaps not so fresh for some of us. – No, not so fresh in our minds. Anyway, as any self respecting
lifestyle guru will tell you, the New Year is a great
time to create a new you. – Yeah, although is it really, Dan? I mean, how did your New
Year’s resolution go last year? – The sub hour and half half marathon? – [Simon] That’s the one. – [Dan] Yeah, I didn’t get
around to doing that in the end. – No. – How was yours? – Uh, correct some of my
posture with regular core work? – Yeah. – I think we can all tell. (Dan laughs) Got to February, how about
your previous one, 2016? – Yeah, in 2016 my aim
was to do an extra sit up and press-up for each day of the year, and that went swimmingly well
until April, where I cracked. – [Cameraman] This is Lloyd-y,
we’re in Belgium, Flanders. It’s really late, we’ve
been on the Actimel, and Lloyd-y’s insists on doing press-ups while his mates watch. – Generally though, sticking
to your New Year’s resolutions is pretty tough, and so we
thought we’d basically go through some common cycling-related
New Year’s resolutions and tell you which ones
you can give up now. Save yourself all the time. – Yes, but you’re not
all getting out of it quite that easy, because
we have also found some ways in which you can make a lasting change if you want to. – Okay then, first up, it’s a common one, eat more healthily. – Give it up, seriously, just give it up. It’s a good idea, and I’m sure that we could all benefit from that one, but it’s just not possible. – That’s right, because,
apparently, successful change rarely comes from wholesale change. – That, that sounds deep. – Doesn’t it just. Basically what it means, is
that there is evidence out there that shows that we, humans,
have a limited amount of will power. It’s like a finite resource. If you try and do too
much at any one time, you are destined to failure,
it’s just, like, impossible. So instead, you break
it down into smaller, repeated resolutions that you
drop in throughout the year. So you can tick ’em off instead. So, like having one extra portion of fruit per day, as opposed to ten. – So what about something like, ‘I want to ride 10,000 miles this year’ or ‘I want to do 10 hours
on the bike each week’. I mean, that’s gotta be
a good idea, hasn’t it? Because the more time
you spend on the bike, the fitter you’re gonna be. – Give it up. Totally. Miles and hours on the
bike do not necessarily make you fitter, certainly
it’s not the right thing to do if you wanna get faster. – Hmm, well I still think that more time on the bike has
got to be a good thing, so we should applaud the
sentiment behind that. – We absolutely should,
so how do you make sure that you spend a little bit more time in the saddle this year, then? Well you could take a leaf
out of Jerry Seinfeld’s book and put an X on the calender
every time you ride your bike. And then focus, instead, on
not breaking the chain of X’s, as opposed to focusing on
riding your bike everyday. – Presumably, Si, you will
allow us to put an X down if we’ve simply ridden to
the shops, or to the pub? – Oh yeah. (slurping) What about doing an event? Doing an event, doing a
race, for the first time? – No, don’t bother. – What? People might
already have entered, Dan, – Well, yeah.
– it might be too late. – They might have entered off the back of GCN’s recommendations of previous years. – It’s great idea.
– But what I mean with this one, Si, is
that it’s a bit like doing a certain amount of miles per year, or the hours per week
we talked about before, in that having a big event
constantly in your mind, on the horizon, can
sometimes be quite daunting. – Well, that is true,
actually, nothing disrupts the ability to perform quite like worrying about the outcome. – That, that does sound deep. – Doesn’t it just. It’s not really, it’s basically just like with the eating more healthily thing, that you should instead
have smaller resolutions throughout the year that
builds you up to your target, so that, basically, you can
keep your motivation going and just tick things off as you go along. – Mmm. – Cool, huh? Right, what
about another common one, core work, stretching? – No, give it up, Si, well you
did give it up, didn’t you? – I did, yeah. – Uh, yeah, there is
no doubt that core work could make you healthier,
– Yeah. – stronger,
– Yeah. – give you more
flexibility, give you more– – Make you more upright. – Yeah, exactly, but
the fact is that very, very few people can actually stick at it, proof’s in the pudding right next to me here.
– Yeah. – Three, two, one, and recover. Great job. – To illustrate this point, Si, I’m gonna give you a fact now. Apparently, eighty percent of people with gym memberships never go to the gym. – Crikey, not going to the
gym is an expensive habit. – Yeah. – Yeah, well how do you
do your core work then? Probably a legitimate question. Micro resolutions, that’s
right, a resolution so small your brain won’t even
bother procrastinating. So, I’m gonna try this one out, 20 seconds of core work per day. – Well, this was kind
of the premise behind my extra sit up and press-up
each day of the year, two years ago, and the only
reason I gave up when I got past a hundred, was because
an old collar bone injury resurfaced.
– Oh yeah, the old collar bone injury.
– Yeah. – That old chestnut. – [Cameraman] One more, 18. (Cameraman and Dan sigh) – Right, last one then,
what about just enjoy it, just enjoy cycling?
– No. – Just– – No, you can give that one up as well.
– No? You’re serious, mate? This is getting weird now. – Well, I mean, to give you an example, Japanese psychologist Shoma Morita pointed out that whilst
people always feel like they should be enjoying
what they are doing, they’re actually wasting
considerable mental energy trying to avoid feelings
of boredom and displeasure. – Well that sounds deep. What you mean then is
that, actually, rather than worrying about whether we
enjoy our bike rides or not, we should just go out and ride anyway. – [Dan] Yeah, it’s called
type two fun, so you enjoy it once you’re back home, in hindsight. – [Simon] There’s quite a
lot of that in my cycling. – [Dan] I think in cycling in general, there’s a lot of type two fun. – Yeah, there is, and
if there’s nothing else, it makes cups of tea taste good when you get home, doesn’t it?
– Kinda. – Right, now lastly we will
say that if you have ever managed to make a New
Year’s resolution stick, then absolutely fair play to
you, that is very impressive, but if you haven’t ever made
a New Year’s resolution stick then also, don’t worry about
it because, as we said, they’re super tough and
maybe, there’s probably not that much evidence to say
that it is even achievable. – I wonder how many of them have already given up on day two of 2018.
(Simon laughs) As ever, we would love you to get involved in the comments section below. What we would like to hear is what your New Year’s resolutions are for 2018. And if any of them are easy enough, we might even join in with you. – Yeah, late, which kind of makes ’em not New Year’s resolutions, doesn’t it? – Well you can carry on two
days in to 2019, it’ll be fine. (trumpet music) (reverberation) – It’s now time for ‘Cycling Shorts’. – We shall begin our first
‘Cycling Shorts’ of the year with news of cycling shorts. – Yeah, and lots of them,
because January the first is the day the professional
cyclist can go from old team kit to new team kit. And then proudly show us,
or in some cases awkwardly, on social media. – Yeah let’s take a look at
compilation of some selfies. – Ooh. – Or not selfies as the case may be. First up we have Alexander Kristoff, who is now, of course,
riding for Team UAE Emirates. This is his European Champions’ kit, complete with white shorts. – [Simon] Yeah, controversial Alexander, looking very sharp there but, perhaps, not looking quite so good maybe at the end of Tour
Flanders, or Paris-Roubaix. – [Dan] We’ll see how the weather is. – [Simon] Indeed. Nice kids, by the way, very cute. – [Dan] Next up we have
this one, that’s Mikel Landa going rogue with his new Movistar kit on a canyon mountain bike. – [Simon] Doesn’t he like good though, and looking like he means business, he’s got that thousand
yard stare going on. – [Dan] I like that. – And a timely reminder that Movistar have an all new women’s team for 2018. Here’s Rachel Neylan, she
looks like she means business as well, doesn’t she?
– [Dan] She does, yeah, serious look going on there.
– [Simon] (whistles) focus. – Next up we have Molly
Weaver, who will be riding for the Trek-Drops team in 2018. She’s also got quite a
serious look going on with a classic model pose to the side. – Yeah, middle distance, it’s
all about the middle distance, that tells the world
that you mean business for the forthcoming season. – An equal catalogue pose, I
think, here from Toms Skujins, now riding for Trek-Segafredo. – I like the smile on that one, Dan, that ’cause it’s not just middle distance, he’s also kind of like (laughs). – Yeah, I reckon that took
quite a long time to capture. – [Simon] Yeah, but he looks
good though, doesn’t he? He definitely looks good. – Time for some controversy then, this is Fabio Aru, who is
actually a national champion of Italy, quite hard to
see on that particular kit, as you can well see on
the screen right now. And it cause quite a lot of controversy amongst people on social media. So much so, in fact, that
his team, UAE Emirates, have said that this was
only a provisional kit, and it will be changed before
the racing season starts. – Yeah, that’s like a P ban before the season’s really got going. Positive bicycle advocacy
notice of the week, we’ve successfully changed
his national champs’ kit. This one doesn’t need changing. Check it out, FDJ’s two almost
matching national champs. – Yeah, this is Arnaud
Démare and Ramon Sinkeldam, and it’s a classic
national champion’s jersey, with no sponsors, that’s
how it’s done, Team UAE. Next up we have this,
Elinor Barker back with Wiggle High5 after a few seasons away. – Yeah, she says it’s
day one and also day 731 after three years away. – And finally, some great news
from the world of Cyclocross, because Nikki Brammeier is not
only sporting a new jersey, but is also riding for a brand new team. – [Simon] That’s right,
the MUDIIITA-Canyon team, which is going to be a development team for young, up and coming cross riders. – That’s brilliant isn’t it? – Yeah. – Right, let’s head off to Kent University where there’s been some more good news over the past few weeks. Doctor Angela Ridgel
spent the last ten years of her career, researching
the effect of cycle therapy on people who are living
with Parkinson’s disease. – That’s right, and the latest development is something called ‘Smart’, which is– – Do you want me to tell you? – Yeah, please, mate. – It is speed manipulated, adaptive rehabilitation technology. – That was what I was gonna say, it is speed manipulated, adaptive
rehabilitation technology. The idea behind it comes from
previous work done in 2009, which showed that sufferers of Parkinson’s showed significantly
reduced symptoms after they had been for a bike ride
on the back of a tandem. So what Smart is trying to do is replicate that sensation but using a
specially adapted home trainer. – Yeah, Doctor Ridgel is
hoping that this new technology will not only alleviate
some of the symptoms that people with Parkinson’s disease have, but also slow the
progression of the disease, which is fantastic news. It’s amazing what riding a
bike can do for you, isn’t it? – It is absolutely amazing. What is not so amazing
unfortunately though, Dan, are eBikes in New York. Okay, while it might be legal to sell and own an eBike in New
York, it’s actually illegal to ride one on the streets. And not only that, but
police and city officials are promising a crack down on eBikers, ‘rogue eBikers’ in 2018, in particular, owners
of fast food outlets, who actually turn a blind eye
to employees using eBikes. – You would have thought that New York, of all places, would be embracing eBikes to try and reduce some of the
congestion for motor vehicles. – I literally did think that, Dan. – Yeah, well it seems
that there is a bit of an anti-eBike sentiment amongst people there, because they are deemed
both too quiet and too fast. Well, they can hear us coming. Right, at the other end
of the scale is Sweden, because they have announced
that people who buy a new eBike there will get a
25% rebate on their purchase, because what they have
found in their studies, is that an eBike often replaces a car. – Yeah, I suspect, Dan, you
know, residents in New York will soon be able to secure reductions of in excess of 25% off ebikes one would imagine.
– Yeah, big sales there. – Yeah, but staying with
New York, and some good news for normal pedal bikers,
is that, actually, you’ll soon be able to try out a pilot valet bike parking scheme,
which sounds absolutely amazing. The idea is that, for
people that combine cycling with public transport,
there isn’t enough secure bike storage at key stations,
so instead what you do is hand your bike over to someone else and they take your bike
and secure it off site, which is something that I
would definitely sign up for. – Yeah, you’ve got to
love that, haven’t you? – Oh, amazing, genius. – Right, well whilst we’re at it, I also want to give a shout
out to the police department in my new favourite place,
Ottowa, Otta, Ottawa. – Sorry mate, what? – Ottawa. – That’s right, I think, Ottawa. – Ottawa. – Anyway, regardless, they were very quick to jump on twitter and
social media recently to highlight the fact that we cyclists, have every right to ride on the roads, even in the depths of winter. – Wow, that really does look like proper winter, doesn’t it? Yeah.
– Yeah. – Well done, Canada. Right, now not necessarily
linked to the tweet that started that whole thing off, but there was a scientific
study concluded recently that showed that narcissistic drivers make for aggressive drivers,
and aggressive drivers, remember, account for 50 percent
of all traffic fatalities. – A narcissist being
somebody who absolutely loves themselves and thinks that they’re better than anyone else. Pfft, imagine that. Anyway, I guess this is
not completely surprising but the question should be,
what now to do about it? – Well the authors of
the report concluded that education of narcissistic drivers would be a good place to start, but before we get all smug about this, there was also a study
published in December that was undertaken
jointly by academics from Bologna University in Italy
and Madrid University in Spain that showed that angry cyclists, that’s angry, not
narcissistic necessarily– – Come on! Come on you (beep)! (shouts) – Actually, statistically
have more near misses with cars and also pedestrians. – Hmm, food for thought there, so if you get angry at
cars you are far more likely to have a near
miss with a pedestrian. Although, interestingly,
the study found no link between getting angry at other cyclists and having near misses
with other cyclists. – So road rage in
professional cycling can stay. – Yeah, definitely. Right, we shall finish
‘Cycling Shorts’ this week with news on the Chris Froome saga. (news music) – No news this week, actually, was there? – No, no but stay tuned
this time next week and we’ll bring you the latest updates. (news music) (upbeat music) ‘Tech of the Week’ now and
you will no doubt have seen that we have recently
launched a brand new channel. It’s called “GCN Tech” and
we are very excited about it. What, though, does it
mean for us here at GCN? – Well, it doesn’t look
good does it, really? – No. – No, no only kidding, don’t worry at all, all of your usual GCN
content will still exist, except for ‘Maintenance
Monday’s’, which does migrate across over to the Tech
channel, as will a whole host of other seriously cool tech features. – What the new channel
does mean for us, though, is that it’s going to allow
us extra time to create some really in-depth videos
and features on the geeky and nerdy side of our
sport, which is tech, which we love and we know
that you love as well. – Yeah, and it’s all
gonna be with the safe, very capable and very knowledgeable, do you have knowledgeable hands? You know what I mean. Jon Cannings, who is our tech guru. Now, you’ve already seen him here on GCN, and he is going to be
looking after that channel. Although, unfortunately,
sometimes Dan and I will also be there as well. – Yeah, sorry about that. Exciting time, nonetheless. – Oh yes, brilliant, isn’t it? – Right, on to the
actual ‘Tech of the Week’ for the first time in 2018. And the way which UCI pro
riders’ contracts run, i.e. from January the
first to December the 31st, each year, means that some
professional Cyclocross riders occasionally change bikes kind of mid-way through their season. And we don’t mean
changing bikes in the pit, we mean actually
completely changing brands. – Yeah, it seems bonkers, doesn’t it? But, never the less, it happens, and this year the most
high profile switch, probably the most high
profile rider of them all, Mathieu Van Der Poel and all his team have jumped from Stevens bikes over to the Canyon Inflite CF SLX. – Yeah, and some of you may well have seen that exact bike here on
the GCN Show last year. Si took a first look in September time. He is running a full
SHIMANO DURA-ACE Groupset, including the wheels. On those wheels are FMB tubular tyres, he’s running a Selle Italia
saddle up there on the top, too. – Yeah.
– So far, been very successful, one race, one win. He took the Grand Prix
Sven Nys on New Year’s day. – That’s not bad, is it? You know what, that bike,
when it was launched, really polarised opinion. But I think this one,
this is looking stunning. – [Dan] I think it looks great. – [Simon] Yeah, that’s
gonna have a lot of fans. – [Dan] Looks aggressive. – [Simon] And it’s also fast, clearly. – For him. – Yeah, yeah, no, with my first look it didn’t go that quick. (upbeat music) Racing news this week starts with a bit of an announcement,
actually, of our own. – It does, yes, we’re very excited about this one as well, actually. – We are. – Replacing ‘Maintenance
Monday’ this coming Monday, will be the first ever episode of GCN’s racing news show,
which will kind of do pretty much what it
says on the tin, really. Although, rather that focusing solely on reading out race results,
we are going to be asking you, our wonderful viewers, for your help with this too. – That’s right, rest assured
long time viewers of GCN, that this will not be like
the original GCN News Show that you may well remember
and continue to chuckle at. – Yeah, we wince at it. – Yeah, basically. – Welcome back to the
Global Cycling Network. – No, we will be after
your opinions to discuss the biggest talking points of the week, the biggest controversies of the week. And basically, if you’re interested, you’ll be able to watch it next Monday. – Yeah.
– Starting now. – Can’t wait, that’s going
to be very good indeed. Right, on with actual racing news now, and whilst we have been taking
a bit of a break from work over the holiday period,
the Cyclocross stars have been working harder than ever. We’ve got some good news for you, though, the men’s racing appears to
be back to a two horse race. – Yeah. – Wout van Aert got the
better of Mathieu van der Poel at the Brico Cross, and
that was hot on the heels, actually, of his win
at the Namur World Cup. – Yeah, Mathieu van der Poel, though, did manage to take the Azencross, the Superprestige at Diegem,
the World Cup at Zolder, and then also the GP Sven Nys
on New Year’s day, as well. – Yeah, he’s not exactly
a fading fort, is he? – No, it’s probably more like a 1.2 horse race, isn’t it? But anyway, never mind, women’s racing in
Cyclocross continues to be as close as ever, and
definitely more exciting. – Yeah, that, despite
the fact that, actually, world champion Sanne Cant has
been quite dominant herself – Well she has, yeah.
– over the last couple of weeks. She also won the Azencross
and the Diegem Superprestige, and actually, her win
at the Zolder World Cup was her 100th career win. – [Simon] Wow. – So, Sanne Can! – Yay! – Yes. Meanwhile, Katie Compton took a win at the Grand Prix Sven Nys on Monday. – Yeah, results don’t sell the whole story here, do they, Dan? Because, actually, it’s the time gaps between the top riders
in the women’s category that makes it so exciting. And don’t forget, as well,
that we’ve got riders coming to form as well,
like Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Marianne Vos, and Lucinda Brand as well. So, this could be a very, very tasty World Championships coming
up beginning of February. – It will be, and you
can get a recap of all of the action there on
the GCN racing news show. (hands clap) Got that in. (drilling) It’s time now for Hack
forward slash Bodge 2018. – Oh yeah, we’re actually gonna
start with an announcement. – Yeah. – Okay, we often say when
there’s a really good hack, that perhaps the person
who sent it in should have patented it, but according
to commenter Tim Renner, he said that actually
once a new idea has been released to the world, through
a show like “The GCN Show”, it can’t be patented. So universally, he says
this is how the law works, so all the inventors of terrific hacks need to have applied and cleared a few registration hurdles before showing us all their wonderful ideas. So there we go, that’s a warning to all super hacks out there. – Well let’s hope that the
following hacks and bodges, and their creators have filed the patents if they think it could be a
commercially viable product. – Yeah. – Fingers crossed.
– Maybe we should do a video, actually, about how to
launch a successful new tech innovation to the cycling world. – We could do, couldn’t we? Right, let’s crack on with our first hacks and bodges of the year. The first one are these flip
flops made out of tyres. – [Simon] Oh, yes.
– [Dan] They were sent to us by Ben Stancombe, he is in the GCN T-shirt there with his friend. – [Simon] Nice touch. – [Dan] He was inspired by
some North African refugees, who he found working in
a bike shop in Italy, and decided to source
some scrap tyres from Alpine Bikes in Innerleithen. – [Simon] Innerleethen. – Yeah, he’s spelt that wrong, hasn’t he? (Simon laughs) – He put Innerlaven on
there, it is Innerleithen. Right, but they look very
grippy and apparently they’re quite comfortable as well. – [Simon] Yeah. – [Dan] I think they could
be commercially viable, I’d pay for some slightly
better ones than that. – [Simon] (laughs) Nice, that’s very cool. Right, next up we’ve got
this one from Chad McNeese, this is amazing, isn’t it? – [Dan] Yeah. – So, apparently, well as
it looks like, in fact, this is not just a one off, he’s been designing these for years. That looks pretty close to, well, a finished article, if you ask me. – Yeah, a nice little rocker there. Apparently it improves
your comfort on the bike, and he thinks there might be less strain on your frame in the trainer as well. But it must be easier
getting out of the saddle on that thing than on a static
home trainer, mustn’t it? – [Simon] Yeah, nice work. – [Dan] Meanwhile, over on
Instagram, Salooch has made his own homemade wheel chewing stand. That looks.
– [Simon] That looks. – [Dan] It does look good that. – [Simon] It looks neat. You know, what I particularly
like about this one is the comment that someone’s left, which is that “I guess you
didn’t go snowboarding”. – [Dan] (laughs) Yeah. – [Simon] So, you know, I think
I’d rather go snowboarding than make a wheel chewing
stand, but it is neat. – [Dan] Got sort of waylaid, yeah, making his own wheel chewing stand. Love this one, gotta be first
bodge of the year, hasn’t it? It’s from David Rodriguez, sent to us as a message on Facebook. Obviously, somebody who
didn’t have enough lay back on their saddle, or
seat pinch should I say. – [Simon] That’s terrifying, isn’t it? I mean– – [Dan] It does the job, doesn’t it? – [Simon] I’m not sure plumbing is that strong, is it, really? Probably get a bit of suspension out of it.
– [Dan] Might be a bit of steel. – [Simon] Well, maybe. This next one, though, from
Robbo Willis on Facebook. I think he’s cracked that, look at those hand
warmers, they look amazing. – [Dan] Yeah, I’m not sure
they’re his, I think he might have just seen the bike out and about but they’d be perfect in
Ottawa, wouldn’t they? – In where, mate? – Ottawa. – Ottawa. – Ottawa. Moving on, this from wheelsofkarma, he has spotted this bodge. Basically a container on the
back of the bike supported by a couple of metal bars and a skateboard. – [Simon] That’s a neat bodge,
mate, I’d say that’s a hack. – [Dan] That does the job, doesn’t it? – [Simon] Yeah. – And what a great selection
for the first week of 2018. – Brilliant
– Thanks to all of you who sent them in. As we said at the start,
if you’d like to use the hashtag GCNHACK, you can
share your favourite hacks and bodges with us. – Keep ’em coming, we love them. (upbeat music) – It’s ‘Caption of the Week’ time now. This photo is actually from
two weeks ago, wasn’t it, because we had our awards show last week. That’s Mathieu van der Poel coming off. We spent a lot of time
deliberating the winner of this because there were some good ones, but we have decided, on you Si. – On Dave Johnson. A for effort Dave, you
ready for this everyone? So there we go, you
have got yourself a GCN Camelback water bottle. – That was the best
caption we had, was it? – Yeah, I mean, I thought
it was a good effort, there’s just, there’s
a bit of an issue with the old rhyming, maybe my accents wrong. – Yeah. – Maybe, what was it? – Mud. – The mud.
– The mud and good. Or mud and gud? – Gud, mud. – Oh, either way, this will
be winging its way to Dave as soon as we get your address,
which you can send through to us as a message on Facebook. This week’s photo is this
one of Zeiberg and Greitel, well doing one of their new team photos. – Team photos do get weird, don’t they? – Yes. – What on earth is this one all about? – I’ve got a great one to start us off with this week, though, Si. – Go on, mate, make it good because this is the first of the
year, it’s gonna set us up for the next 52 weeks. (Dan coughs) – This week
– 51 weeks. – Hush. – Sorry. – This week, it’s a lotto rollover. Well, anyway, well maybe someone would like to create a poem that rhymes. – I think that would be better. – To try and win the caption
competition next week. Don’t forget, you can win a
GCN Camelback water bottle. – I think a non-rhyming poem
would probably be better than that, mate, almost. – Mm. (upbeat music) – Before we get to what’s coming up on the channel this week, let’s have a quick go through
of some of the great comments that you have all been
leaving underneath our videos. We do enjoy reading them very much. Firstly, actually, we’ve gotta give a big shout out to Toasty Bear. Now, I’m not entirely sure how it happened but in the awards show,
we forgot to mention you when we were running through some of the most prolific
commenters under the channel. So there you go, Toasty,
or Mr. Bear, or Mrs. Bear, this is for you, your very own shout out, thank you very much for commenting. – And if you do not
comment underneath this week’s show, we’re going to be
very disappointed aren’t we? Right, this one I particularly liked, underneath the bloopers
video, from Stephen Williams, he says, – Yeah, fair enough. Right you’re gonna like
this one as well, Dan, this was sent in by E M, – [Dan] Don’t quite get that. – No, I don’t know, I mean
you did do 100 press-ups, didn’t you, in 2016? – Yeah. – In April. – Right, anyway, coming up
on the channel this week, first up, Si goes through five
essential Cyclocross skills. Then on Thursday it is
part three of our top ten toughest riders series, and then on Friday it’s ask GCN anything. – Yeah, Saturday we’ve got
how to be a meat free athlete, so loads of really great
tips from nutritionist Nigel Mitchell. Then on Sunday we’ve got an indoor training video, it’s
‘Swift Workouts with Matt’. And then Monday, it’s not
‘Maintenance Monday’, is it? – No. – No.
– You know what it is. – Oh yeah, what is it mate? – It’s the GCN Racing News Show. – Of course it is. – First episode. – Yeah, and then Tuesday,
I can’t do that joke now because I’ve already done
it, it’s The GCN Show. Yay. – Make sure you keep the first
ever GCN Racing News Show because it could be worth
something in a few years. – (laughs) If it’s anywhere near as good as the original GCN News Show, Dan. It’s always worth watching, that one. – Have fun, thanks very much for watching, and don’t forget to add
your comments down below. – Right, well that is, unfortunately, the end of The GCN Show, there is no extreme corner this week. – Crossed out. – Yeah, unfortunately
they’re still on holiday, so being extreme, they’ve obviously had a bigger New Year’s than the rest of us, and they didn’t make it
in for work this morning. – Still recovering but hopefully
back in time for next week. – Well you’d hope so, wouldn’t you? Because they are extreme after all. – Yeah. Now, you might have noticed that Si and I are sporting some rather
nice new GCN sweaters. – Oh yeah. New year, new you, new threads. – If you’d like them, you
can buy them yourselves by clicking on the link which
is on the screen right now or just head into
shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com. – Yeah, and you know the drill by now, except we’re gonna ask you to subscribe to the GCN Tech channel
and that way you’ll always be in the right place for all
our forthcoming tech videos. Or indeed, take a shortcut
right now and watch the first ever ‘Maintenance Monday’ over there. That’s just down there. – Or on the other hand,
and on the other side, if you have happened to miss
our £100 eBay bike challenge, you can find that down there. We had some great fun, didn’t we? – Yeah, we did.
– Me with my muscle bike.

100 thoughts on “Is Your Cycling New Year’s Resolution A Total Waste Of Time? | The GCN Show Ep. 260

  1. Chances are, the best way to commercialise your GCNHack isn't with a patent. Patents are for 100% new tech ideas and it's a slow expensive process. It's a high bar on 'new and novel' and you have to prove it categorically. = tough. The good news is that most (great and new) hacks could potentially be registered as Industrial Designs IP instead. This is for new designs of an old idea – think of it as "a new distinctive look" to a function we know well. It's MUCH faster and cheaper than a patent and gives you roughly the same rights. You can go the media with your idea the day after applying e.g. GCN Hacks! Almost all national IP offices have this industrial designs option to register your idea.

  2. Hey guys, I'm looking into buying my first set of mid-section carbon clinchers. What trips me up is determining the appropriate width I should be looking for. It seems to me that to maximize the aero benefit, the wheel width and tire width should be similar, but what role does interior width play? I like riding on 25c tires, what internal width should I be looking for to ensure my 25c tires aren't bulging over the wheel dish and detracting from my aero gains? #torqueback

  3. Make a channel gccn or something
    Global
    Cyclo
    Cross
    Network.
    because I'm going to do cyclocross next season. and it would be nice for other people too

    Like if you allso want a cyclocross netwerk

  4. 3:42 what about adopting a #WholeFoodPlantBased diet low in fat and with enough calories to sustain your level of activity so you can put away all kinds of cravings?

  5. 12:00 what about avoiding cholesterol (which is only found in animal products) and reducing saturated fats consumption, so that we don’t clogged our brain capillaries and ultimately deprave our brain cells of nutrition, killing them leading to Alzheimer’s disease??

    Far cheaper and definitely more achievable than developing a whole new technology to only end up slowing down the disease progression… #JustSayin….

  6. #TorqueBack I have a question about FroomeGate: WHY is it going to take so long to get a resolution to this? The test was taken on September 7th, Team Sky found out about the adverse finding on September 20th, and news broke to the public in December (by which time Sky/Froome had had 2 months to act). SURELY it is in everyone's best interest to resolve this ASAP? If I were Froome/Brailsford, I would be doing everything in my power to 'prove' that no rules were broken, as quickly as possible. Even if it means disrupting schedules/lots of money is needed to make things happen quickly (it's not like Sky, nor Froome, are hard up). Ditto for the UCI/WADA. As it stands, it seems like action on this front isn't anyone's priority. The longer this rumbles on for without any real answers, more mud can be slung, reputations of individuals and cycling in general get dragged through the dirt, and we, the fans, get more and more disillusioned and confused. Or, is it all a ploy to keep road cycling in the news during the off-season….? I am very sad and very confused GCN 🙁

  7. The E-bike controversy in NYC is a fascinating one, and one that is older than you think. All started down in China Town, with tons of cheap Chinese ebikes, which are built like tanks, flowing in to help out delivery guys. And they can fly! Cops said anything powered by an electric motor is illegal, so that they could snatch the Chinese bikes off the street.

    This battle between the cops and the Chinese has been going on for years, but each time the cops took a bike, the delivery guys just went to Flushing in Queens and grabbed another. The Chinese ebikes are still nearly ubiquitous.

    But recently, fancy ebikes have started appearing in stores in the City, where they are illegal. I asked a cop about it while he was ticketing me for riding my normal road bike, which they have started to do more frequently, and he said the cops really don't go after any E-bike except the Chinese ones, which look very different than any of the hybrid style fancy ebikes. We shall see how this war progresses. The real problem is that they don't want more bikes, really. They want everyone to walk, take the subway, or a cab. Cycling lanes just take up too much space. And it's dangerous, with all the garbage and deliveries crowding the bike Lanes. Most cyclists I know, including me, just ride along with the cars. If you have decent enough pace, it is much safer

  8. Caption: After watching GCN's toughest cylists ever, Sieberg and Griepel wanted to show who really has the biggest balls

  9. 2016 I got to august, had done 5000kms, set a goal for 10,000 by the end of the year. Got me riding more than anything else. Ended up with almost 11,000kms

  10. Being a top class road sprinter you need really big BALLS. So much so Andre Greipel needed a lead out man to help with them 🤣🤣🤣

  11. Last year I resolved to lose weight by cutting back on ice cream and beer. I soon concluded that cutting back on beer was a stupid idea.

  12. I lived in Ottawa and rode to work in the winter in the early 90's. I found the trick was to wait for the snow plow to go by and then follow
    It, meanwhile grinning like a fool and waving to everyone waiting for the bus.

  13. Fairly new to the channel, I have a not very expensive Touring bike from Indonesia.  I'll be taking it back to Canada with me when I go in a few months.  I am going to make a few up grades.  I have decided on a Sram groupo, I was wondering what your guys favourite group set is?  Also just a side note the law in Ontario Canada is that you cannot pass a cyclist at less than 1 meter in a vehicle.

  14. My New Year's resolution every year is to not make any New Year's resolutions. So far I have a 100% success rate.

    In all seriousness, if I want to do something I'll just put my mind to doing it. Don't need the turn of a year to convince me.

  15. Here is the deal with any physical enhancement for pro riders. To me, it doesn't really matter what an athlete's physical limitations are. If the athlete is pro then there should be a total ban and zero tolerance policy for any substance not in a normal diet. For example. Should an athlete be blessed with an exceptional VO2 max from birth. An exceptional heart as well and also very low weight because he has no legs, be allowed to compete if he has the unfortunate circumstance of being born with no legs. Should this athlete be allowed to compete, with manufactured super legs that are very lightweight, that require only batteries to operate? This man, with these legs, could sweep all the pro podiums. Should this be allowed? I think not. What about the guy with bad lungs? What sports needs is a league just for artificially enhanced athletics and one for all natural athletics. Then let the markets decide what the market wants.

  16. #gcn. How about this for a suggestion for Extreme Corner. How about showing Sam Pilgrim doing a back flip on an ebike?

  17. Car and Oil companies in the US, won't let bikes get anywhere… is not in their best interest. Remember in America laws and benefits are for corporations and rich people, not for what the majority of the public wants and benefits them.

  18. Very much appreciated your coverage of research into the benefits of intense cycling for Parkinson's patients. I'm sure there are many out there, who like me, rely on cycling to stave off and maybe reverse some of the effects of PD. Thanks guys!

  19. Hi GCN! First of all, I wish you all the best for 2018!
    I was wondering if you could compare the top sprinting speed you can achieve on an endurance vs aero bike. There are many tests comparing aero vs endurance road bikes for "long" rides, but I've never seen a test comparing the top sprinting speed. In theory, the faster you go, the more you have to fight against wind drag, so an aero bike should be faster… but is it really the case during all-out efforts? If yes, how much is the difference? It would be interesting to see if an endurance bike is really a handicap in final sprints.
    Thank you in advance for your answer! 🙂

  20. I have goals, I don't do resolutions. A resolution to me is not doing something, I have lots I plan to do though. In 2018 I'll be Everesting and completing the Vätternrundan! It's going to be a great year.

  21. The research on the depletion of willpower has gained a lot of critique over the years. Not to say that it is not true, but we cannot be sure that it is true either.

  22. Considering your recent interest in Ottawa, when will there be a GCN Ottawa edition? The nearby Gatineau Park makes for a great day of cycling.

  23. Hi GCN. Got a question for quick fire- How can I stop Allen key bolts etc from rusting? Will WD40 do the trick or a bit of grease or should I buy special alloy bolts? Or just live with them rusting? I just got a new Canyon Endurace SL 8 and would like to keep it looking spanking new if poss! Love the show!! Cheers. Guy

  24. Nice to here my home City of Ottawa Ontario Canada mentioned. I indeed ride in the cold winters here, but no more than 30 minute commutes at a time. It helps me keep in shape for the regular cycling season.

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