The listening post: Allez! Allez! CC’s favourite cycling podcasts

We love a good podcast here at Allez! Allez! CC headquarters and thankfully there are plenty of cycling shows to choose from.

But with such a great choice, which ones get our ears the most?

Here we look at our current top five cycling podcasts (in no particular order!).

The Cycling Podcast

We’ve been listening to The Cycling Podcast so long, it feels like eavesdropping on a trio of friends.

Presented by Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe – with the odd guest appearance from the likes of Eurosport’s Rob Hatch and Gazzetta dello Sport’s Ciro Scognamiglio – the podcast started out as a weekly show but now includes daily shows from all three grand tours, the Cycling Podcast Féminin for women’s cycling and a host of other specials across the year.

Plus, for just £15 per year subscribers can unlock a series of ‘friends’ specials, more documentary-style episodes which look at various aspects and stories from the professional peloton.

The Friends of the Cycling Podcast scheme helps to fund the free episodes and, take it from us, it’s cracking value!

There’s so many episodes in the archive to listen to but we’re currently enjoying a new mini-series called Adam Blythe Interviews… in which the Lotto-Soudal rider sits down with colleagues and friends to discuss all things on two wheels.

So far the series has included chats with Caleb Ewan, with whom he rides at Lotto-Soudal, and his childhood friend Luke Rowe.

Check it out here.

Life in the Peloton

Perhaps not as polished from a technical point of view as some of the others above but this poddy (as host Mitch Docker calls it!) is a cracker!

Aussie Docker, who rides for EF Education First, basically sets up his recording equipment in a hotel room/apartment/front room and chats to colleagues, rivals and other folks from the world of cycling.

There’s been quite a few episodes with fellow Australians and, a bit like the Adam Blythe episodes on The Cycling Podcast, you do get a great insight into the lives of professional bike riders.

The latest episode with Rory Sutherland is fascinating, with the former Rabobank/current UAE Team Emirates rider dealing candidly with his positive test for a little-known drug called clomiphene back in 2005.

Check it out here.

Home Roads

Not strictly ‘about’ pro-cycling races but a podcast that frequently features riders from the peloton.

Matt Barbet, probably best known to cycling fans as the host of ITV’s coverage of the Tour of Britain, presents and sets out on a ride with various figures on their usual routes, hence the name Home Roads.

The first series featured some really diverse and interesting guests – David Millar guiding Matt around his ride in Girona was a particular highlight – and the second series looks like it’s going to speed off in the same direction.

A batch of new episodes, featuring Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ben Swift, Russ Downing and mountaineer Kenton Cool among others, has dropped into the usual podcast places this week so should keep us entertained for the next few days.

Check it out here.

The Bradley Wiggins Show

Eurosport markets itself as the ‘home of cycling’ and who are we to argue?

Of all the satellite, subscription and streaming services available, we reckon the £4.99 we pay per month for the Eurosport Player is the best value of the lot!

And this is their cycling podcast offering with Sir Bradley Wiggins and guests.

It started out as an accompaniment to the grand tours and World Championships last year but has recently returned as a weekly show with Sir Brad – who is typically forthright in his views as you’d expect – joined by different guests.

Last year Molly Weaver and Adam Blythe were both regulars while this year Brad and new host Graham Willgoss have been joined by former Paris-Roubaix winner – and Eurosport commentator – Magnus Backstedt to dissect the Classics.

Check it out here.

Rouleur Podcast

This one perhaps isn’t as regular as it used to be but, as you’d expect from the world’s coolest cycling magazine, it’s always a great listen.

Presented by Ian Parkinson, the podcast is pretty much the perfect companion to the printed edition with a high profile guests from across the cycling world, interesting features and plenty more besides.

Rouleur’s ‘desire editor’ Stuart Clapp makes a regular appearance to enthuse about the latest bike tech and each episode ends with the same running joke – fading Stuart out as he waffles on. And on. And on. It’s all good fun though!

Check it out here.

Honourable mentions

There’s not enough hours in the day to listen to EVERY cycling podcast out there but others we enjoy include the BBC’s BeSpoke podcast, the weekly offering from CyclingNews and – controversial, I know – Lance Armstrong’s The Move podcast which primarily goes out around the Grand Tours and can be a little bit, well, Lance, but it’s worth a listen if you don’t take it – or him – too seriously.

All podcasts available via the usual Apple and Android apps.

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