Mind Over Matter? Why Willpower Might Not Be Enough | GCN Show Ep. 351

Mind Over Matter? Why Willpower Might Not Be Enough | GCN Show Ep. 351


– In front of a natural break station welcome to the GCN show . (laughing). – Welcome to the GCN show. (crickets chirping) – This week, why you’re not a wuss! Getting cold might not
actually be your fault. – We’ve also got our
take on the controversy in the World Championships
in the under 23 race. We’ve got unicorn pee bike components and all of your regulars. – Yeah, all of our regulars, except for Wiggle, and we’ve got to say a
huge thank you to them for their support of the GCN
Show over the past 18 months. (spinning bicycle wheels) (cheering and cow bells ringing) (dramatic music) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned that we are not
very good at predictions. Marianne Vos.
– Gilbert. – Val Verde.
– Van der Poel. – Lizzie Deignan.
– Peter Sagan. – Al Felipe.
– Van der Poel. – Trentin.
Nuviadoma. Marianne Vos. – Well, hang on a minute Dan, not so fast. What about this? Annemiek van Vleuten. Yes, not often I get it right, slash never, so, we’re not going to
skip over that mate. – Right, there were two
predictions correct out of 20. – Yes. – With ten presenters there, but we really did sell ourselves
in the men’s predictions, didn’t we?
– Yeah. – Because not only did we
not predict the winner, we also, in a 37 minute preview show, never mentioned the winner once. – No, no, we didn’t, did we, nevermind. Now, we also learned this week that professional
cyclists should be afraid, very afraid, of Chloé Dygert Owen, the very day the GCN Show about
the fastest generation ever was released last week, Dygert Owen absolutely demolished the women’s time trial
field at the age of just 22. – [Dan] She really did, didn’t she? In fact, that was the
largest winning margin ever in the history of the
UCI World Championships individual time trial, men or women. And you wonder what she’s going to go on to achieve in this sport. – Yeah. – Going to be a lot of fun finding out. – It is. Unless you happen to be a young
female professional cyclist, in which case it’d be terrifying. – Or even old, actually, for that matter. – Well, that’s right, maybe retirement. Hey, come join us at GCN. – Now, like the women’s
individual time trial, the men’s road race on Sunday was runoff in pretty horrific weather conditions and it threw up some
rather surprising results, didn’t it? – [] Surprising, that’s why we didn’t predict it. – What it did do was
confirm the immense talent of youngster Mads Pedersen, who won on the absolute biggest stage, whilst at the same time a
lot of pre-race favorites suffered in the cold and wet, didn’t they? – They did. Pre-race favorites that
were covered head-to-toe in wet and cold weather gear, whereas Pedersen, meanwhile,
seemed to be racing what, only in a skin suit with
no thermal undervest. – And in watching the race,
and in particular reading some of the post-race interviews, got us wondering about how
some people are able to cope with adverse weather conditions. Because I for one had
always made this assumption that you cope with them
through being as hard as nails. – [Sy] Yeah, as in some riders are just mentally tougher than others. – Exactly, yes, but then when
you watch some of those riders who were frozen so much that they were almost completely inactive and other riders who
completely blew up whilst in a race-winning position, Mathieu van der Poel, made me start to think, it can’t be down to just willpower. – No, well, we’ve had a
little look, haven’t we? There’s not that much research out there, in terms of cycling and
cold weather performance, but, or not that we could find anyway, but there does seem to be quite a bit about cold weather
performance and Nordic skiing. – A subject, which Sy now
thinks he’s an expert. – Oh, yes. Well, it’s interesting, the research shows that despite when working
at near maximal exertion, you can still get quite
significant decrease in your muscle temperature, okay? Which is really significant, because they’ve shown
that just a 1% decrease in muscle temperature can
result in a 10% decrease in your muscle exertion force, basically. And given that they’ve
recorded muscles three or four degrees colder
than you’d normally expect, that’s quite a lot! – I wonder if ours are
about 10 degrees colder, when we were racing? – Well, that’s it. There’s quite a few excuses
coming right up now, as to why that may be the case. – We genuinely have got some excuses now. – We have. – Because what affects muscle temperature? Well, predominantly it’s your size, and more specifically than that, it’s your mass-to-surface
area ratio, isn’t it? So basically, stockier riders are better at coping with cold weather,
whilst lanky riders aren’t. – That’s right, yeah. Not only that, there’s
also how lean you are. So, leaner riders obviously
have less insulation than riders that are less lean, which explains why you struggled and why my calves and more
specifically my ankles remain powerful no matter
what the conditions. – Essentially, some people
are just hotter than others, aren’t they? – Well, that’s another point, and again, why we always struggled because we’ve never been
called particularly hot. – No, never, ever have we
in any stretch of the word. Any stretch of the word? Any sense of the word,
I think is what I mean. It also works the other way
round though, doesn’t it? So, some riders don’t cope
with heat quite as well. Say, for example, I would
not be backing Mads Pedersen to win the Olympic Games Road
Race in hot Tokyo next summer. – No, we’ll be backing
Chloé Dygert Owen then. – In fact, the link between your brain, it’s ability to overcome
the limits of your body, is a really interesting one. We recently alerted by
Cycling Science on Twitter to a doctoral these by a
man named Darias Holgado of Spain, which was entitled “Executive Functions: Self-Paced Exercise “and Cycling Performance.” – Yeah, it’s a quite fantastic
piece of work, actually. And while it doesn’t
completely disprove the theory that your brain governs
your physical performance, it definitely really casts
that theory into some doubt. – So basically, your brain
can’t really override your body’s limits, even with things like transcranium direct current simulation. – Yeah, brain zapping, brain doping. – Or even Tramadol, which
he also looked into. – Yeah, that’s just
doping, I guess, isn’t it? Yeah, so, I guess in essence, while your brain can’t override your physiological limitations
in terms of your ability to ride fast on a flat
road for 20 minutes, neither can it override your ability to overcome cold weather. That, too, seems like
it’s just some kind of in-built ability. – It was for me. I mean, can’t claim to be
very mentally strong, Sy, but I did really suffer in
wet and cold conditions. Once I got cold, I was at
the point of no return. In fact, can I reminisce? – [Sy] Go on, mate. – Back in 2007 at the
Tour of Qinghai Lake, I sprinted to third
place behind Allan Davis and Zdeněk Štybar, whilst
wearing two base layers, arm warmers, jersey, and two rain jackets. And afterwards, my sports director, Eric Vanderaerden, who’s a
bit of a legend in cycling, came up to me looking bewildered and said, “I’ve never even sprinted
with arm warmers, “let alone with the
other stuff you had on!” Thing is that Vanderaerden
never raced Qinghai Lake, had he? And we all know how tough that race is. – Well, when I was with
him, do you know what? Every race that we went to he
had been on the winner’s list at some point and then
we once got to a race called the Grand Prix Chalet and we said, “Eric, your name’s not
down here as a winner.” He said, “No, it was
always on the same day as “Milano San Remo.” (laughing) Anyway.
– I hate people like that. – We’ll be making returns
to the World Championships, later on the show we’ll be
discussing the controversial disqualification of Nils
Eekhoff of the Netherlands in the Under-23 race. – Before we get to that, though, it’s quite timely, really,
considering the horrific weather that we’ve been having
in this country at least, and that well, you’ve
all been able to witness at the World Road Race Championships. This next announcement here
at GCN is really quite timely. – It is. Well, after some very
successful events this year, we’re very happy to now announce, that we’ll be returned to the
island of Mallorca next March. – [Sy] Yes! Mallorca is such a great
place to ride a bike, whether you’re super fit
and super experienced or completely new to the sport, it doesn’t get much better, does it? Amazing tarmac, lovely climbs, great scenery, great weather. It’s like a mini cycling paradise. – [Dan] It is, and we would
love for you to experience that paradise with us. So the dates to get into
your diary are the 26th and the 30th of March 2020. And I will shortly be detailing
all of the packages online. I noticed some early
bird prices, apparently, for those of you who book early. So keep your eye on the channel
and also on social media on GCN over the next week. – That’s right. Now, we’ve got to check back
in with Mr. Travolta himself, Chris Opey, who actually,
giving that we were talking about hardiness in cold
weather, have a look at this! (screaming) For a recent shoot we did. Yeah, didn’t want to see that, did you? Anyway, he has been
doing the Zwift academy, as you’ve been well aware of, has he graduated, Dan? And is his dream of
turning pro, still alive? Let’s find out. (electronic music) – All right, I finally caught
my breath after my fourth and final Zwift Academy race. Four laps around the London circuit. I’ve literally just finished,
caught my breath properly, and gone through the results a little bit. I left myself a lot of
work to do the final week, but it’s been a really
good motivator, actually because I’ve done two races
yesterday and two today and I’ve had a brilliant
string of results, which is much better than my
first ever foray into racing, where I was completely obliterated and I’m glad to say
I’ve turned that around. So I had first in my first event and then a second, a third, and then finished with a first as well, so I’m quite happy with that. And it’s gone really well
and I’ve really enjoyed it, actually. I’ve kind of found my
groove, how it works, where you have to sit in a bunch, when to respond, how to respond. You know, it’s not dissimilar
from road racing in real life, but at the same time it’s
not exactly the same, so you have to apply
slightly different tactics. And for the first time ever, I’ve understood power ups
and had a load of help trying to get it all to work, so that’s been good fun as well. The training sessions on the Zwift Academy are so much harder than I was expecting. Like I think I said last week that I sometimes considering
doing two in one day, so actually when it came to the races, it was quite enjoyable because
you could sit on the wheels, you didn’t have to be trying to maintain a certain power output. It was quite good fun. It’s just nice to do something
that I perhaps wasn’t going to do without a reason for doing it, if that makes sense, so it’s
given me that extra motivation to try and train hard again and I’ve really enjoyed that. But thank you for following
the journey so far, and hopefully in October we have to bring you another update. (upbeat music) – It’s now time for your
weekly GCN inspiration, which, as ever, is your opportunity to win one of three prizes. This week, though the
prizes are different! – That is right, so
we’ve got some new ones. Third prize this week is a GCN casquette. – And every week. – That’s right, yeah. You can either wear it
peak up, the correct way, or peak down, the incorrect way. You can wear it backwards if you like. Interestingly, the men’s road race, they all wore it peak down– – As they should. – Because the adverse conditions. Adverse conditions. That’s neither here nor there. Second prize is a pair of
the GCN cycling club socks, so whatever is fresh and hot that month, GCN club members will know
they get a new pair of socks every single month and so not
only will you get one pair of socks with your second prize, you’ll also get three months subscription to the club as well, which is pretty cool. – Four pairs of socks in total, in second. – Yeah. – And meanwhile, top prize each
week from this point onward is going to be some GCN fan kit. It will change potentially
from week to week. This week it is from the Explore range, so you’ll get yourself– – Woo hoo! Check that out.
– A GCN jersey with looks like that. And you’re also going to get yourself the matching base layer, which
Sy and I were about to model for you, but we’ve, thankfully, for you, decided to not model it. – To be fair, mate, I’m quite
tempted to rock them out, when I’m not cycling. – Right. This week then, winning the
casquette which you can wear peak up or peak down is Josh who sent this picture
in from West Yorkshire. On my way home from work. This is an additional climb
that I don’t have to do, but when it looks as good as it did in the fading light today,
I couldn’t resist it. – Look at that. Mate, I’ll be honest, I did
not know that West Yorkshire had pavey like that! That looks like it’s fresh
out of Paris-Roubaix. – Properly train for Paris-Roubaix
using that, couldn’t you? – That’s amazing, could
we have a little pin drop to tell us where it is, please. – Otherwise you’re not
getting your casquette. – That’s right, we’re
going to hold onto it until you tell us where. I like that, mate. That inspires me. Yeah, anyway, and I think lots
of people need inspiration down in Yorkshire, now. (laughing) That’s dry, weirdly. All right, second place we
got this sent in from Thomas from Mannlichen. Epic climbing with teammates
in beautiful Switzerland. Whoa, that is beautiful isn’t it? Look at that! – [Dan] Those are stunning, aren’t they? – [Sy] Yeah. – [Dan] Snow-capped mountains
can’t be beat as a backdrop to a bike. – [Sy] It’s almost like
cheating, isn’t it, when you’ve got mountains
like that in a backdrop. That’s quite amazing. – Or when you’ve got a
lake in the background, like our winner of the
GCN fan kit this week. Lars, this is Oltedalsvatnet,
which is a lake in the municipality of
Gjesdal in Rogaland county in Norway. It’s a really nice lake. Enjoying the beautiful weather
and the summer temperatures that surprise in Norway this past weekend. – [Sy] Wow. – [Dan] That is stunning, isn’t it? – [Sy] That really is amazing. – [Dan] Not a ripple in it. – [Sy] No, weird. Yeah, no, that is simply stunning. It’s got to be said, that’s one
of my favorite inspirational photos of all time right there. (trumpet music) (boing) – It’s now time for cycling shorts. – Cycling shorts now, and
we will start with an update from last week’s show where
we talked about the bill to award Greg LeMond a
Congressional Gold Medal, and it has been passed by Congress! – [Dan] Which is brilliant, isn’t it? – Although, it now needs to
get passed by the Senate. – Oh, what? – Yeah, and then President
Trump, apparently. – That’s never going to happen, is it? Actually no, that’s a bit
of a no brainer, surely, because I think Greg
LeMond’s first race back after being injured by being
shot by his brother-in-law in a hunting accident
was the Tour de Trump, wasn’t it? – It’s a weird sentence that,
when you think about it, but yeah, it is true. So yeah, fingers crossed for LeMond. – Yes, he’ll surely get it by now. Right, so we’re going to
stick dangerously close to politics for a few more moments. Now we’ll confess, Sy, that
I’ve never before made the link between Democrat President Joe Biden and the French call term of water bottle, which is of course, bidon. But it’s perhaps no surprised
that someone more clever and a lot quicker than me, has. – No, no surprise at all, but Brian de Groot, who is the owner of Dispatch Custom Bicycle Components, started producing these Bidon 2020 bidons. Which look very cool, but amusingly, he actually fell foul of a
Facebook advertising rule, which is aimed to curtail the
influence of foreign powers on elections. Which, bizarrely is down to
the fact that his social media, whatever it is, what do you call them, agency? Agency. Is based in the UK, so
apparently they were deemed to be influencing the American election. – Who knew that Facebook
had rules like that? – I don’t know. Oh right, now, change the
subject ever so slightly from elections to unicorn pee. I saw this on the Radavist the other day about the fantastic new finish on the already quite incredible Cane Creek Eewings Titanium crank set, which were very aptly described as looking like they’d been covered
in LSD induced unicorn pee. When you look at them, you
think, “oh yeah, I see that.” – It looks quite nice,
although I’m not sure that I’d ever put LSD induced
unicorn pee on my bike, would you? – No, no I wouldn’t, but on the right kind of bike, I think they’d look kind of bad ass. A little bit like we’re
going back to the 90s. – [Dan] Yeah, retro cline. – [Sy] Yes, exactly, yes. – But anyway, we should go from 90s bikes and then fast forward
into the future of cycling because last week news
dropped that the UCI and Zwift have joined forces and that next year
we’ll see the first ever indoor cycling esports
world championships. – That’s right. We should stress that the
decision was taken before the horrific weather experienced
at the World Championships this weekend, but you can bet
how many riders were wishing they were Zwifting instead of
snorkeling around Yorkshire. – Yeah, that’s right. Details are fairly scarce at the moment, as to exactly what those
events are going to entail, you can bet there’s going to
be a fair amount of testing and so forth, but what we do know is that at the top of Zwift’s priority list is parity between the
men’s and women’s events. – Yeah, that’s great, isn’t it? Zwift and UCI are also working
on ensuring that you get fair and trustworthy races, so a performance verification program that will guard against any
kind of technological fraud and also rider identification
program as well, where you ensure you get
a rider’s correct height and weight, as well. – Well, that’s going to
give away how well you cope with cold or warm weather
conditions, isn’t it? – That’s right. – Well, I guess if
you’ll be racing indoors. All right we would like your
help with something right now. We are in the process of
trying to create will be quite a funny video, but we can’t make it funny without the help of you. It’s all about the worst
cycling infrastructure and bike paths and lanes
that you have ever seen. If you’ve got any near you, we’d love you to please
take a photo of it, use the uploader and if it’s good enough and funny enough, we’re
going to use it in the video. Just tell us where it
is and why it’s so bad. – Yeah, I’m going to get
started with this one, which is very close to my house, actually. As you can see, clearly
denoted as a bike lane with a giant picture of a bike, and also a sign on that lamppost that you will very quickly need to avoid and the lamppost being just
in front of that large tree that you will then also need to avoid because it’s completely
obscuring the bike lane. I mean, you kind of know
what Brisbane City Council were trying to do with that bike lane, but it’s just the positioning of it. – [Dan] Save the trees. – Yes, exactly. We’ll close cycling shorts now, with a little bit of tech
news from our mates over at Komoot, because they’ve
just launched Komoot Premium. Now this is a new offering, different from normal Komoot, which will come known as Komoot Maps. This one is pitched at the
even more adventurous among us. – Or among you as the case may be.
– Among you, yeah. – Right, there are five
core groups of features, which I’m going to read out to you know. So, it’s got a multi-day planner, the aim of that is to simplify logistics and planning of longer trips. Has on tour weather,
including a wind indicator. Now that’s really handy, because
you always want to finish preferably with a tail wind. – Or you know when to
stick it to your mates in the crosswind, don’t you? – Oh that’s true. – Probably not very, probably frowned upon in bike packing circles. – Yeah, dropped you in the crosswind. – Exactly, I’ll wait
for you at the campsite! – It’s got sport specific maps, the ability to better organize your plan and completed tours and exclusive discounts with retailers, and the price for that is going
to be 59.99 euros per anum. – Per anum? – Yeah. – Who says anum? – I’m middle-aged. I’m not actually. I’m a bit older. – It’s cause you’ve always
wanted to be an accountant, isn’t it? 59.99 euros per anum. – All right. (power drill running) It is time now for hack forward
slash bodge of the week. Don’t forget to get
involved each and every week using the uploader a link to
which is in the description just below. Starting us off this week is Volker who had this description,
“Just super weird.” – [Sy] Well, it’s a bit of
a head scratcher that one, isn’t it? Um I believe there is
more interesting stuff out of shot there because it looks like some
kind of trailer attached to his seat tube there. – [Dan] Well, two
cassettes and two rear-macs or a mid-mac maybe going
to get some super low gear. – [Sy] Well, this is it, we’re theorizing that this is a bike designed
for pulling heavy objects. – [Dan] Well, I can’t imagine
that front derailleur works specifically– – [Sy] Particularly? – [Dan] Yeah, particularly, well. – [Sy] Well, no, is it zip
tied up to the dow, too. I don’t know! Be interesting to know a little
more about this bike, but– – [Dan] We’d say bodge
on initial inspection, but that could serve a
distinct and specific purpose. – Well, that’s it. How slowly can you ride a bike? That’s a video, isn’t it? Got your name all over it. – We’ve done that, Sy. – Well, that’s true, I see many videos. – We raced. – Anyway, right, moving swiftly on. Unlike normal, we got this
one, sent in by Johnny. I believe, Dan, this is our
second poo bag hack, isn’t it? – [Dan] He said right after Box Hill, a misaligned derailleur hanger led to the neck snapping off in
the final climb of the day, but thankfully he was able to tie it to his chain stay using a
presumably new dog poo bag. Still a bodge. – [Sy] That is a massive bodge, there’s a much better way of, well I say a much better way of fixing broken rear derailleurs, actually that one means
that he doesn’t have to split his chain and reattach it, slightly shorter, bypassing the rear– – Oh, so you’re going to say hack now. – I think so, yeah, I think
that is our second ever poo bag hack. Well done. – Anyone who sends in
anything with a poo bag, it’s probably going to be a hack. This one from Joe in Ohio over in the USA. I use this hack whenever I
want a quick and easy access to an energy block or gummy. Works especially well when on the river and you can’t be bothered
with a back pocket. (mumbling) I’ve seen other people do
this on their top tube, but stem mounted gummies
are better for the paint job and offer less risk of
gooey nether regions during a dismount. – [Sy] Oh my days, I’m not feeling that. – Literally. – Yeah, imagine how much crap
gets washed up onto the stem. – Just stick them on using
the stickiness of the gummies. – [Sy] Presumably. – [Dan] But also, it could
be good, nutritionally, because if you sweat
as much as you do, Sy, then you have the extra
electrolytes as well. – [Sy] Well that’s true, yeah. Just consume what you just lost. Well, okay, maybe there’s a point– – [Dan] Bodge. – Okay, next up, this is very timely, given the impending winter. This was sent in by Pete, who has added like a
mudguard extension onto his– – [Dan] His rear one, yeah. – [Sy] Onto his Kinesis there. – [Dan] It’s swell, isn’t it? – [Sy] Yeah, I think that’s really cool. – [Dan] I’m going to say hack for that. I mean for winter bike
that’s particularly neat, and very clean, really. – Well, yeah, although,
would you not be tempted just to have a full length mudguard. I know he says he’s got
quick releases on them, but. – Well yeah, because there’s
no rim brake there, is there? – [Sy] Nope. – [Dan] So presumably, it’d be
quite easy to get it through. – [Sy] All right, bodge then. What you doing with those? – All right, next up we had this one, which was sent in by Evan. Why use aero bars to go faster, when you can turn them
to go more ergonomic. – [Sy] Well, that’s a very good point. (laughing) That looks really comfy. – [Dan] Certainly more
comfortable like that. Unless you just hold them. Maybe it’s one of those
sort of those step things that you get in gyms. – [Sy] Well, actually to be fair, it looks more like he’s had to put them up in order to lock his bike, cause otherwise if they were
down it would hit the wall. – Well that is true. He could turn his bike the
other way around though. – I think it’s just a storage solution. Much like this one, coming up next, sent in by Andy. A mobile workstation. – [Dan] Homemade. – [Sy] Yeah! – [Dan] Got everything you need there. – [Sy] Storage for your tools, wd40, yes. – [Dan] On wheels, you can take it around your large extensive workshop. That’s going to be a hack, surely. – [Sy] I think that is a hack. That’s lovely. Nice bit of craftsmanship
there, Andy, well done. And then this last one as well. – [Dan] From Toby, vertical velo. Storage solution for my bike at uni, made out of MDF and then used
old magazines to decorate it. – [Sy] Check it out, stylish. – [Dan] You’ll be the
envy of every uni student that’s into cycling. – [Sy] Look theirs a picture
of Bradley Wiggins looking at his bottom bracket there. – [Dan] Are we on there? – We’ve never been in a
magazine have we, mate? (laughing) You’d have to pause the
video, take a screenshot, and print it out. – Why didn’t he do that? You’d got a hack if you’d done that. – Don’t forget to continue
sending your hacks and bodges. As I said, please use the uploader. We do love going through
them each and every week, don’t we? We’re going to go back briefly to the World Championships now because that huge controversy, which surrounded the
under-23 men’s road race, where the initial winner,
who crossed the line first, Nils Eekhoff, was disqualified. – [Sy] That’s right, so it turns out that the UCI
officials had seen footage of Eekhoff drafting behind the team car, earlier in the race, following a crash that
put him out of the bag. And I think the problem was
that he was behind that team car for a good two minutes or
so, traveling pretty swiftly, at the time. – Which is against the
UCI rules, isn’t it? – It is. – UCI rules which are flouted
at pretty much every single bike race and one which they normally
overlook, if I say. – Exactly, how many times
have you heard of a rider being disqualified for
drafting behind a team car. Not many. – No, not many, but we
might be able to hear about a lot more soon,
because it sounds like the UCI is going to really clamp down on this rule and make sure that it
is adhered to a lot more than it is right now. – Yeah, but I think there’s
going to be problems with that. – Well, there are, because it
does happen a lot in racing for a reason and it’s a good reason. It’s not because people
are trying to cheat. Now, I always give this
example when people talk to me about this. If you happen to puncture
in the first 10 Ks of a Grand Prix stage or
a Tour de France stage, and the bunch is going flat out, trying to establish a
breakaway for the next 30, 40, or even 100 kilometers. If you don’t have any assistance, you could be the most
powerful rider in the world and you’ll never make it back to the bunch and that will probably
mean also that you’re going to finish outside the time limit. So you could potentially, if
they do adhere to this rule, strictly, end up halfway
through a Grand tour with half the riders already at home. – Yeah. On the flip side, you can
see why the UCI might feel that they need to adhere to
this rule in certain situations because when the public see a rider drafting behind
a team car like that and then the rider going on
to win, it doesn’t look good. Because people doesn’t
necessarily understand why that situation has arisen
and how it’s not cheating. – No, I agree, it doesn’t
look particularly good, but then again, I don’t know
what the answer is to this. Do they apply the rule strictly, or do they say it’s okay, but
don’t fight it for the wind, but go forth, that’s fine? – I do agree with you, it’s got to be set. I mean, there’s certain instances, I mean, if a rider gets dropped and then gets paced behind a team car, that should be instant disqualification, if they hold onto the team car, that should be instant disqualification, but, I mean, how would
ever fall off their bike or have a mechanical and ever have that
constitute an advantage. – No, it’s hard behind the team car. – Well, that’s the other thing, isn’t it? Anyone who’s ever tried
to catch up two minutes to a Peleton behind a team
car knows that that’s brutal. That’s like a race
winning effort sometimes just to make it back to the Peleton, so at no point are they
ever gaining an advantage or helping hand. – It’s a difficult subject, isn’t it, but I think the fact that
pretty much all current and former pros have
agreed with each other that he shouldn’t have been disqualified tells you most of what you need to know. And in fact, if you would like
a much more eloquent opinion on this– – [Sy] More eloquent? You mean, just eloquent. – Well, yes, there is that. But I would suggest that you go over and read Larry Warbasse’s
article that he wrote for Rouleur. We will link to that in
the description down below. – Can I offer an unpopular opinion. I think sometimes we should stick up for the UCI commissionaires. Because I think, by and large,
they do a really good job in a really, really difficult sport. And I think they’re always
just trying to do their best, aren’t they? I mean, quite often, I think they are volunteers, aren’t they? – [Dan] A lot of them are, yeah. – And so, I think we have to appreciate that cycling is so dynamic and what one person might
have seen on Twitter, a commissar might not have
seen during the race either. Even in football and tennis,
which are such static sports, the umpires and refs
come into a lot of flack, whereas cycling, a line
is not just a line. You can’t have a hawk eye camera on it. Anything can happen. You have to defend the rules. – That’s what Larry said in his article. It’s a very different sport. How many other sports are
you treated by a doctor whilst continuing to play your sport. – Answers in the comments, yeah. I can’t think of any right now. – Right, we would love to hear
your opinion on this subject and what you saw in the
under-23 men’s road race. Leave those in the comment
section down bellow. – Maybe sailing? Like long-distance sailing? You could still be on a
boat traveling somewhere and still receive medical attention. (upbeat music) – It’s now time for caption competition. Your weekly chance to win a
GCN camelbak water bottle. Last week’s photo was this one of Hank, just after his hour record
attempt on a penny farthing. It looks painful and
it was by all accounts. Our winner this week is Stefan Hofmeister. “If this record tells you anything, “it’s that current riders
are putting extreme pressure “on the next generation of cyclists.” (laughing) See what you did there. – Yeah, can we also have
honorable mentions, by the way. Few people along the lines
of Michael Strugnell, “I won’t be penny fathering
any children now.” – Yeah, there were a lot
of those, weren’t there. – Yeah, that was great. – I laughed at the fist one. Not the tenth. Anyway, this week’s photo, oh get in touch with us on
Facebook with your address, we’ll get this right out to you, is from the World Championships, on the way to Harrowgate. I couldn’t think of anything
in terms of a caption. Sy thinks he’s come up
with something genius. – Oh yeah, I’m stepping up
to the plate today, Dan. – And over to him. – Water load of rubbish
the men’s road race turned out to be. – Ah, brilliant. – See, no, come on,
you’ve got to give it the, water load of rubbish. – I did get it. – Oh, all right. – Just wasn’t funny. Right, let us know your
captions in the comment section down below for your chance
to win a water bottle. (rushing) – It’s ask GCN Training
now, that part of the show where we will answer one
of your training questions and whatever question we answer,
the person who sent it in, gets three months free
subscription to Zwift, which is super cool bonus, you know, you get question answered and you also then get three
months subscription to Zwift. – All you’s do is ask a
training related question using the hashtag #askgcntraining in the comments section down below. Winner this week, with
this question, is Corey T. “I’ve got fairly limited time to train “and struggling to average 50 miles a week “due to time constraints. “My question is would it be
worth it to substitute miles “on the bike for strength training, “or am I better off just riding?” His aim being a century next spring. Well strength training is
quite an interesting on, Sy. And I did spend some time
in the gym, pumping iron, many years ago. – You can still tell, Dan. I mean, we all can, can’t we? – No, I did, I spent two
seasons in the winter, where I was down the gym quite regularly, three times a week. And the following year, I
did really well on the bike. But then I stopped it because
I read some literature which basically said
that cycling is a sport which is almost purely
aerobic when you’re doing endurance road cycling and almost nothing to do with strength. The example being that almost anyone that you pluck off the street
is able to do 450 watts, they’re just not able to sustain it for more than a few seconds, as opposed to the hour of somebody like Roman Dennis. – Yeah. – So I stopped it. – And then what happened? – I didn’t do very well the next year, but I didn’t at the time
put two and two together. Anyway, subsequently newer
research has come out that does show there’s
quite a lot of benefit to endurance cyclists
going into the weight room, particularly over the winter months and you won’t find many
pro cyclists these days that don’t do at least some each week. – That is very true, Dan, but Corey has stated
that he has limited time to train. – There is that. – At which point, if you’re
struggling to do 50 miles I would say it’s definitely
worth concentrating on the bike and doing really, really focused training, so that you absolutely
maximize that time spent, except, I was thinking
about this, so Corey, you might have to enlighten us here, but if you’re limited on your ability to get out on your bike, what happens if you can squeeze in a cheeky little gym session
or two, during work time, maybe go out during your lunch break and, as Dan said, pump some iron. If that’s the case, and therefore
it’s additional training, then 100% go and do it,
it will be a benefit, but otherwise, just smash it on the bike. – Right. Don’t forget to get
involved with your questions for next week’s show. Next up, we’re going to go through a few of our favorite comments
from the last seven days of GCN videos. We’ve got three for you this week. First up, underneath how to slam your stem to go faster. This from Arne Says,
“First world problems, “when I try this my legs
keep hitting my beer belly.” (laughing) – To be fair though, remember the video, actually beer bellies make you faster. You are far more aerodynamic
with that front faring that you’ve got there. – I must make more of an
effort to get a beer belly. – Well, maybe just spend a
bit less time pumping iron in the gym, Dan. – We have this underneath
cycling’s one hit wonders from Nathan James. “Not a win, but you can’t
forget Dan Lloyd’s 161st “at the 2010 Tour de France whilst riding “for the Cervelo Test Team.” No, you can’t because
I keep mentioning it. – No, you can’t. You weren’t a one hit
wonder, were you there? You had lots of mid-pack finishes. – I took a look at the
comments beneath this comment and there were a few mentions of a couple of the other wins that I had. – And a third place at Qinghai Lake, just behind Allan Davis and Štybar. Right, underneath the
coolest job in pro cycling, Tim Tran said, “I’m pretty
sure that’s the shadiest job “in cycling.” – [Dan] I see what– – [Sy] We’ll have to writ that one down. – We’d have been so happy with that one. – We would, yeah. – All right onto what’s coming
up on the channel this week. On Wednesday, Chris Opey
is going to show you some alternative training methods,
which includes a parachute, so you’ll have to wait and
find out what that’s all about. On Thursday we’ve got 11 more things that you didn’t know about Zwift. And on Friday, Jeremy
spends a day in the life of Sven Nys. – Oh, man I cannot wait to watch that one. I’m one of the world’s
biggest Sven Nys fans and it’s going to be good. All right, Saturday whilst
we’re over in Vancouver doing the RBC GranFondo Whistler, Jeremy also found time to sneak
in a classic Vancouver ride. So that one is coming up,
which is well worth the watch and on Sunday we’ve got
hyper bike versus super bike. So we built a hyper bike last year, a lot of people said we should have put it through it’s paces. We’re doing it this time, so
power meters at the ready. Find out just how fast super bike is. – We’ve always got some
live racing for you over on GCN racing. This weekend, two more
international cycle races available through most of
the world and we’ve also got the Grand Prix Bigalia on
Sunday and the day before that the Giro dell’Emilia live to
the North, Central and South America. – One of my favorite races that. Can you sneak me a little, you know, can I watch it? – Well, I can give you a link. If you ask nicely. – Well that brings us to
the end of the GCN Show, I’m afraid. Though don’t forget the
GCN event in Mallorca, so make sure you put that in your diary. – Right, in the meantime we
will leave you with this video, which is about the coolest
job in pro cycling, outside of being a GCN presenter. It’s with Mr. John Cannings. It’s just down here.

100 Comments on “Mind Over Matter? Why Willpower Might Not Be Enough | GCN Show Ep. 351”

  1. What do you think about the controversy about the U23 Men's World Championship result? Are you affected by the rain and cold more than your friends? Let us know in the comments below

  2. In 2017, at an event in San Diego CA, I pedaled for 50+ miles / over 3 hours in rain/hail/40degF-ish temps…ever since, my body reacts with violently shaking while riding in these conditions…

  3. #askgcntraining I have recently got back into cycling and got bit by the road bike bug!! I am starting to train for the 2020 RBC Gran Fondo in Whistler (I live in Victoria, BC) and I am hoping to lose another 25 lbs before race day, from proper diet and cycling exercise, to bring my weight to 160 lbs, 5'7" at age 45.

    After watching your video and seeing how brutal it will be I was wondering if you could recommend which sessions are best for me actually reaching my goal? Unfortunately I can't afford a power meter yet but I do use a Garmin 520plus with all the sensors. It can be hard to know if I'm pushing hard enough or if I should back off and save energy. Should I concentrate on hill climbs to build stamina or do HIIT to lose weight first? How many days onoff should I train and should I invest in an indoor trainer(it rains alot here in winter time too)? I can get out almost every day after work for 2hrs, longer on weekends, and I avg about 25kmh currently. I have a '03 Lemond Tourmalet for my winter bike and a '13 Specialized Tarmac Sport for the nice days and summer. I know it's alot of questions but I know you guys are the right people to ask!

    Proud GCN club member,
    Kirk Emamali

    Love the socks btw!!

  4. Caption: UCI's new category – Triathlon. Swim through the puddles, bike up the hills, and run back to the team car.

  5. Regarding the mind over matter: I think we are great at performing not really at the peak of our abilities. Which would turn the assumption around.

    While the brain can’t override our limits, we usually stay away from them, so a mental stimulus could still allow us to perform better.

  6. Was that piece of string or thread on Si's head through the show or an exceptionally thick grey hair coming in? Si IS approaching middle-age. 🙂

  7. I ride all year and definitely prefer cold weather riding even sub zero weather over hot weather I feel I perform better in the cold

  8. #AskGCNTraining : I have been cycling for about 5 years now and have an ftp around 270 (80 kgs). I train around 8-9 hrs a week, 6 hrs indoors Mon-Thurs and a long ride outdoors on Friday. I have been trying to reach the elusive 300 watt mark but just seem to have reached a plateau. Do i need to do more base miles? Do I need to do more intervals? Do I need to lay off the mineral water? Or do I just need to follow a structured plan and hope I get there? By the way I'm about as middle aged as Dan…

  9. So I was listening to the Cycling Tips podcast today, and they mentioned that Daniel Lloyd was on the Cervelo test team. How cool is that?!

  10. why dont they make a timer if the rider is behind the team car, make a rule like , its only possible to be at the back of the team car, or any car for only 3seconds or smtg and then leave the back of the car otherwise gets a time penalty or gets disqualified. Not allowed to jump out and in at the same car

  11. #caption when the UCI get it wrong again and take advice from GTN not GCN, no worry’s about sock length for first transition 🏊🏻‍♂️🚴‍♀️🏃‍♂️😄

  12. Hello Guys, Not to knit-pick, but when you do the "forward slash" you are doing it wrong. You should be starting at the bottom and going up; if you look at it , you will see that you are going forward as you make the slash. Love the show…

  13. How come Wiggle stopped sponsoring the show? GCN's the only reason I heard about (and placed an order from) them lol, it was perfectly placed advertising.

  14. I love how they bring in the science here. It's informative but also shows how a little Google Scholar can be a very dangerous thing

  15. Caption: Coming soon to a movie theatre near you, A Kevin Costner’s sequel to American Flyer’s and Water World.

  16. You've gotta get Ollie in his flat caps doing a special on all our (west Yorkshire) cobbles! Some great secteurs but also brutal cobbled climbs a plenty! Check out Ronde Van Calderdale! https://humancyclist.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/ronde-van-calderdale-cobbles/

  17. #askgcntraining what kind of structured indoor training do you suggest for the winter period, that would benefit specifically gravel, cx riding next season? Thanks!

  18. Bad GCN predictions? Looking from a different point of view, someone could argue that GCN kiss of death was very well on point! 😀

  19. Bad GCN predictions? Looking from a different point of view, someone could argue that GCN kiss of death was very well on point! 😀

  20. LSD induced unicorn pee. GCN might not put it on their bike but I use it to wash mine so those cranks are ok by me.

  21. #askgcntraining Given that I can't remember the last time I wasnt at work and it wasnt hammering it down, is there any reason why i shouldn't spend the winter training indoors and sack off all but the sunniest weekends?

  22. On the way home in the dark yesterday, I thought of this Caption "UCI World Men's Elite RR 2019: The Trek 'Mads Owned'"    Sorry for the late and duplicate entry, but I thought it best not to deprive the community of this bit of inspiration.

  23. WITHOUT a complete video (with watts and speed shown) from the crash, till he returned to the field. NO ONE can know if the DQ was correct or not. Also, I do not believe an official saw him pacing. (per what I read) So, he could not be warned and/or DQ'ed at the time of the pacing.

    QUESTION: What would everyone say, if he was given a eBike to return to the field. Then went back to legal bike. Motor pacing is the same as using an eBike, less work for the same speed.

    Motor pacing, as I understand the rules, is always illegal. """"""" BUT """""" somewhat overlooked, because it is almost impossible ride though the team cars, motorcycles and officials cars without getting ""some"" pacing. The fines riders receive, are when officials are not 100% sure, as to why a rider was pacing.

    Which is rule breaking?? A rider flats, by the time he is back on the bike. He may need 10k of hard riding to get back to the field. As he gets back to the back of the caravan he rides in the draft '''""only""" as long as it takes to get to the back of the car. Then he quickly pulls around that car and drafts the next car. Until gets back to the field. NEVER resting in the draft, always moving forward. """or""" a rider that pulls in the draft of the first car to pass him and stays there, until he gets to the caravan. And then rests in the draft of each car before passes it. Taking 15K to get back the field. Answer: BOTH !!!!! The first riders violation is over looked because, of the nature of pro bike racing.

  24. I'm sure many have commented on the first bodge but given the chain routing, it's designed to go fast; not slow and certainly not to pull heavy objects. Given the type of bicycle it is, that must make it an even bigger bodge!

  25. Checkmate GCN: When you're competing against Vitali Klitschko in boxing, you're also ‘treated’ by a doctor the entire time.

  26. Caption competition: "With all of the pro cyclists riding in the pouring rain, I didn’t know that they would be racing in a triathlon by going for a swim."

  27. Great show as usual guys but I'm afraid you're wrong about Trump's race being LeMond's first back from injury

    The accident was in sprint 1987 and his first race back was a DNF at the 1987 Tour of Ireland. Although he rode well in the TTT before retiring in one of the later stages.

    In 1988 he raced almost 100 race days including the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Flanders, World Championships and many many more big races. He even had some good placings, such as at Tirreno-Adritatico.

    In May 1989, two years after the accident, the first edition of the Tour de Trump was held.

  28. #gcntraining I am making a return to cycling after 18 months off the bike (motivation for cyclingwent right out of my life). I have tried some zwift sessions but there seems to be no structure to what I do and I just kill myself after 30 mins or so.

    Can you recommend some more structured sessions for me to stick to that can help me build towards riding regularly again, with a smile on my face and ultimately aiming for a century ride in 2020?

  29. Caption: first man- how’s brought their snorkels.
    Second man- I didn’t think this was going to be a swimming race
    Third man- I can’t swim

  30. Show idea, as a new rider I find myself going down this rabbit hole of cycling. You should have each presenter train someone maybe out of shape, new to cycling and after 3 months or so have a race. The lead up would provide videos on how to train, pedaling, form, fitness and all the things cyclists could use practice on and how to practice them.

  31. CAPTION: After cobbled roads, paved roads and gravel roads, now get ready for the latest trend in cycling: water roads!

  32. #askgcntraining Being a middle aged man, having full time job, and a family, in my case sums up in not enough time for cycling at day light. That translates in hardly obtained aerodynamic frontal body solution (aka beer belly) and unfair descending advantage (aka too much weight). Being able to cycle only when the day is over, kid in bed, I am planing to go virtual with primer target ob losing some of my weight. In past I have done intervals and was doing around 100-200 km of mix flat and hilly rides per week, most of them solo. My question is, will be Zwifting anything like real world? Will it be able to replicate my previous riding habits? And yes Dan, since I have steel frame, I will be pumping some iron 🙂

  33. #askgcntraining Hi guys, first of all, big fan of the channel, thank you for making all this helpfull vids! I'm new to road cicling (2. season). I start a couple of weeks ago with FTP training plan, but I'm struggling with cadence higher than 90 RPM's for a longer period of time (10-12 mins +). Can you recommend a training plan for me, where I can improve my pacing? Thank you very much!

  34. "Changing the subject ever so slightly from elections to unicorn pee…" is the GCN sentence of 2019. Especially for us Americans.

  35. Guys, there are so many cobbled climbs around west Lancashire/south east yorkshire. Could give you a lost of at least 10 if you wanted them? I'll give you a tour 😅

  36. What’s your opinion on the zwift esports National championship and the disqualification of Cameron Jeffers?

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