Why Bike Racing Is Now FASTER Than Ever! | GCN Tech Show Ep. 281
Why Bike Racing Is Now FASTER Than Ever! | GCN Tech Show Ep. 281
Every year, pro cycling seems to be getting quicker and quicker. The 19.6km time trial on stage 1 of the 2023 Giro d’Italia was won by Remco Evenepoel at a mind-boggling average speed of 55.211km/h! So how has pro cycling got so fast? Alex and Ollie also discuss this, plus a gold Giro-inspired Colnago, gold wheels and a whole lot more on this week’s GCN Tech Show!
00:29 Last Week’s Poll
00:55 Italian Racing Collection
01:43 Ollie’s TT Challenge
03:29 How Has Cycling Got So Fast?
11:56 Hot Tech
17:50 Happy Birthday Alex!
19:07 Comments of the Week
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It’s ridiculous the price of aero bikes. There is more savings in handlebars, tyres, aero helmet or simply an aero position than there is between the Eurobike and a Canyon Aeroad. $10,000 for an aero bike versus $1000 for a cheap bike that potentially has the exact same materials and time in it.
How much faster do you think cycling can get in the future? 🤔
What’s next: GYRO stabilizers on bikes managed by AI. Perfect entry and exits into curves and crash reduction. Also no embarrassing falls because you forgot to un-clip.
7:50 amazing durianrider impression
BALLOXS all of it bikes were 1kg lighter so up climbs less watts used n faster ALSO ALL SPRINTERS WERE MUCH FASTER A DECADE AGO IE; CAVENDISH ,SEGAN ETC AND THEY ALL SUCK ON NEW HEAVEY "AERO " SHITE BIKES
YA I SAID IT PUT THE TOP 10 on a race bike from a decade ago THEN LETS SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO !!
AI will improve cycling. AI engineers and designers will develop faster and better stuff.
In stitches over the James Pumphrey impression, love the Donut tee!!
Come and do the Q10/19 Tonbridge bypass course record 18.01
#AskGCNTech How do pro teams bed in new disc brake pads ? If you need to install 20+ bikes, I can’t imagine they take them out for a 20-min "bedding in ride". Do they have another procedure?
It’s not the tech, riders don’t smoke any more.
talent = drugs at top level
Ollie is the Fkn best man ! What a personality! The passion and the natural presenting talent – start your own YouTube channel pal
Next Giro tech video: Oli sat on the toilet in the UAE bus proclaiming: “The UCI has no jurisdiction here! 👍”
Was not expecting “Mo Powa BehBeh” from Donut Media on GCN Tech 😂
i would agree that its possibly better use of EPO and other drugs and bigger chainrings. That would make things faster for sure. None of this Aero and disc brake BS.
#gcntech I tried waxing my chain and I think I must be doing it wrong… I’m still slow
The #MusicCityCrits are raced on the Nashville Fairgrounds motor speedway. Great races. Thanks for the super nice!
What an elitist load of twaddle. You guys need to humble yourselves. I switched off at the gold leaf Dubai bike nonsense. You should be embarrassed putting your name to this content.
Or. Doping has gotten more sophisticated and that combined with proper diet and proper training, you are a well oiled machine.
But no we can dream doping left cycling. It’s a lovely thought….
because the drugs are faster than ever
Not “UCI Reach arounds” 😂
I would like to se white rims! Instead of all black deep rims with tanwall tires why not white rims+black tires? We had white rims in rim brake era but not on disc brake rims?
Why is it cynical to suggest that cycling may have a doping problem? Is there not a tonne of historical evidence to make you wary of believing what you see? Ah maybe it is clean now but can’t be sure
Especially with the shoes there is still a lot of aero potential. A cycling shoe with 2 Boa Fit systems on the side still produces unnecessary air resistance. Shoes with Boa systems in the middle, i.e. directly in front of the leg, are still rare and very expensive.
Great video and great effort. Would like to see how it goes when your in full health? Also well put, doesn’t always go your way but should be proud to give it a go
We should add cycling is a lot more popular now then the niche sport of the 80’s and 90’s, the sport is drawing in more athletes which will raise standards across the board.
Lun Mega Disc Set 1375g +-25g
The vintage sunglasses I’d like to see come back- the Rudy Project Superperformance from the 80s- the ones Lemond wore while on PDM, or Moreno Argentin…or the Tayos from the 90s…
Love you guys!
#AskGCNTech I am considering buying a Tri/TT bike for upcoming triathlon events and due to budget am looking at older models (~10 years old) without modern tech/aerodynamics. Given that these are shorter distance, I can use my road bike (‘23 Aeroad CF SLX). Would I be better served on an older TT bike with medium depth wheels or road bike with deeper wheels or a disc wheel?
The UCI will slowly relax the rules to give bike makes something to advertise and give incentive for upgrading
@20:50 ‘Sat on the toilet, w*nk in the shower’.
Wow, that bus must be sick💦
The resident Phd chemist should have a series of videos on the effects of HGH, TRT, and EPO. Maybe an Alpe d’ Huez before and after. For science of course.
George Fox, on a TT bike, with dropped bars you mean…
Ollie often reminds me of the Nirvana lyric "I wish I was like you, easily amused."
I think the reason for a lot of cynicism, especially with aero, is that people simply do not believe aero makes any difference in anything slower than a car; and even then a lot of folks think you need to be in an F1 car before aero becomes "a thing". Trying to convince people that a bike, the thing thing they rode as children, is actually affected by aerodynamics naturally seems like a huge stretch.
I know that pronunciation nit picks are pretty irrelevant, but it does hit the ear strangely that most of the GCN presenters seem to pronounce "giro" as "zhiro"; it’s giro! as in literally the way you pronounce the letter g on its own – gee – with a "ro" on the end. Giro! :p
SO HOW MANY HAVE BEATING EDDIE MERCX 1 HR RECORD ON AN AERO ROAD BIKE ??
Not to get into whether Zed or Zee is better, but Oakley is a California, USA brand which means it is pronounced "Zee"
@13:27 Nothing unusual there – he’s wearing a skinsuit, duh.
Aw! Donut media shout out!! As a car guy I love!! You Should get Manon to race one of the guys on the track and get Pumphrey riding something with just 2 wheels!!
Oh Ollie. You are always critising photography in the vault but you missed the post growing out of ronorr’s brake hood!
Gold bikes? Not one for the weight weenies then.
Hooray, "comments of the week" without a jingle, fab.
Wierd i searched individual time trials and there is nothing really in top 10 from last decade. I actully dont think new equipment is as fast or rather much faster than from decade before…..
60% better traing and nutrition 30% better doping 10% better tech my opinion
Fantastic… I can pull out my (disgusting) 2004 Yellow tiger striped Oakley Racing Jackets and be current again! WOOHOO, the wheel keeps a turning.
A full Dura-Ace Canyon Aeroad with a limited edition paint job for 9000 Euros? That’s not a bad price at all.
A downhill TT you say, that sounds like a TT for me!
Flexing your geography GCSE…. nice try Brian 🤣