Velo29 Podcast

The Velo29 Podcast

New for Velo29, The Guy on a Bike, our Director Richard Williamson chats to The Man on the Mic Joe Fisher about all that’s happening at Velo29 and beyond.

Each week the pair tackle a “Meaty Topic” as well as some light-hearted fun. An intriguing listen for those involved in Velo29 Events or for any sports fan wanting to brighten up their day!

Join Rich and Joe in this short weekly Pod, listen for free here on Buzzsprout.


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Series 4

Episode 7 – The Wheels are Turning

We are back!
At 07:30 on Sunday 11th April the first Sportive riders of 2021 departed from Stockport on their way to Sheffield and back!
After all this time it was amazing to be back in action.
Listen to the story in this week’s pod with Rich and Joe.

Episode 61 Year in

1 full year after making our first event cancellation we are still here, still smiling and very excited to be selling out events! A new Ultra Challenge 160 mile “FLAT” event in York – Lincoln – York coming up! Also news on Alpe du Zwift!

Episode 5Back in the Saddle

We have the green light from British Cycling, we have a full calendar, we’ll see you on the road soon! Rich and Joe give us the full update as well as news on The Programme, Female Participation in Sportives and The Virtual Alpe du Zwift Sub-hour challenge!

Episode 4Easing Out of Lock Down

Following the update from Boris 22nd Feb 2021 and the easing of lock down restrictions Rich and Joe have an events update on what we know and are plans about getting back to our much-loved events.

Episode 3 – The Chat

Episode 2 – FTP

This week Rich and Joe discuss the merits of FTP.
Is it good to measure yourself against a Pro?
Can you apply fun to the numbers game?

Episode 1 – New Year Update

Series 3

Series 3 in the popular Velo29 Podcast Series. We started the pod in lockdown as a way to keep in touch with riders, update them about what is happening at Velo29 and our views on the World, not just specific to Cycling. Series 3 comes at a time we are back in action with restrictions in place to make the events COVID safe. Loads of chat about the events and cycling in general in this most strangest of years!

New Video Pod!!

We continue Series 3 in an all-new video format.

Episode 10 – Winter Riding

The Winter is no longer an off period so this week we chat about the merits of riding 12 months a year. Some tips and tricks on Winter riding, Rich’s view about enjoying Xmas and being at your best when it matters.

Episode 9 – Sportive History

Rich has done his research this week, all the way back to the first audax ride in Italy in 1897. How Sportives made it in the UK. From the Fred to The Marmotte back in 1982. Insightful as always, even some French from Joe!

Episode 8 – New Sponsor

We break into video pods this week and announce the new title sponsor Busby DSN!
Rich and Joe are joined by David Birch from Busby DSN who explains why he’s so excited about the new partnership.

Episode 7 – 3 Days in Yorkshire

A new event!! We’ve wanted to put a “Tour” on the calendar for years and this week Rich and Joe tell us all about the new for 2021 3 Days in Yorkshire Sportive.
A Prologue Time Trial, a Mountain Top closed road finish! Only at Velo29.
Loads of optimism about next year and all that is happening at Velo29.

Episode 6 – Virtual Velo

As we slide into another lockdown Velo29 look to inject some motivation, a goal and positivity into what could be a long winter!
Virtual Velo is the new off-line challenge, ride with us proxy and gain one of 3 great medals! 4,000 miles for GOLD, 3,000 miles for SILVER, 2,000 miles for BRONZE.
Some insight into Virtual Velo as well as the usual chat and merriment from Rich and Joe.

Episode 5 – Winter

The dynamic of Winter has changed at Velo29, no longer do we shut up shop in October and surface again in March at York.
Winter is a time with many opportunities to enjoy some great rides, perhaps even venture into racing at Croft!
This week we chat about what is on offer over the winter, how to tackle it and why any serious rider should have a bash at riding in a race!

Episode 4 – Cycling!

The perhaps oddly named Cycling Episode! This week we get Rich’s view on what it means to be a cyclist, has it changed over the years? Has the 2012 effect and move to a mainstream sport eaten into some of the “you’re in the club” feeling just taking to the roads used to bring.
News on the Beast, The Programme and everything else that is happening at Velo29!

Episode 3 – 2021

With much enthusiasm Rich and Joe take us through what 2021 will look like and how we’ve restructured the company to survive next year on the assumption the COVID crisis is much as it is today.
Some general cycling chit chat and some great news about what 2021 will have to offer!

Episode 2 – Great Yorkshire

The wheels keep turning on the Velo29 Sportives and this week takes us deep into Yorkshire for the brand new Great Yorkshire Sportive!
Rich and Joe reflect back onto the brilliant Daffodils Sportive before looking forward to this weekend’s event.

The last full distance road event from Velo29 this year and as restrictions tighten who knows when the next will be!

Episode 1 – Daffodils

Jumping straight into series 3 Rich and Joe pick up where series 2 left off with some insight into the Sportives we are currently running.
This week we cover the Daffodils, rescheduled from March due to the COVID crisis. Loads of excitement about the event as well as a bucket full of chat about all that is happening in the World of cycling.

Series 2

Rich and Joe tumble over the handle bars into series 2 of the popular Velo29 Pod! Continuing the theme of series 1 the lads chat about all the is happening at Velo29 in this most unusual year. An insightful, short and fun listen for anyone with an interest in cycling, not just the die-hard Sportive rider. New for series 2, the Cycle Cycle! A short feature on what’s happening in the World of Cycling and also Rich in Knowledge, what Richard knows about cycling.

Episode 10 – The White Horse

As Velo29 take to the roads again this weekend Rich and Joe chat about our 2nd oldest event, the White Horse.
A great listen even if you’re not riding this weekend.
Some insight into what the next few months look like, talk of a new event in October and a look back onto Rich’s TDF predictions!

Episode 9 – Post Peak

Rich and Joe reflect upon a super successful Tour of The Peak, the first road event since Lock Down!
Some brilliant rider interviews from the finish line in Bakewell where the Man on The Mic and The Guy on The Bike were together again for the first time since the 2019 Beast!
A Pod we’ll reflect upon in years to come as it crosses such a line as the first event back since the COVID crisis.

Episode 8 – The Peak

As Velo29 events hit the open roads again this weekend with the infamous Tour of The Peak Sportive we thought it very appropriate to cover the event in this week’s pod.
Rich and Joe give an insight into the Peak, what it means to Velo29, some history of it and all that is great about 112 miles and 10,000ft of climbing!
See you at Bakewell!

Episode 7 – UK Cycling Scene

This week Rich and Joe chat about the current state of British Cycling and what the future holds. What does the domestic scene look like post-Covid, will there be another Tour winner from home soils?
Some exciting news on “Velo29 Ride” and also “The Programme” which is groundbreaking in Sportive riding!

Episode 6 – Tour de France

As the Tour de (South of) France finally kicks into action what else could we discuss in this week’s pod other than the World’s Greatest Bike Race.
Some amusing stories about Rich and Joe’s own Tour history including the day Rich rode the Tour!
More news about getting back to events too and all that is happening at Velo29.

Episode 5 – We Are BACK!

The one we’ve all been waiting for!! This is BIG!
Following British Cycling’s update 20th August about getting back to Sportives Rich and Joe chat with a new spring in their step about what that means, the 2020 Mini Season and how you should prepare for it.
A pod we’ll listen to in years to come and reflect on the day Sportives came back!

Episode 4 – Training.

This week Rich and Joe give us some insight into the complex topic of training. Rich coached himself in the Elite Peleton as well as the Velo29 Cycling Team, we hear his view on how to successfully apply yourself to training whatever your ability and whatever you want out of your cycling.
Interesting and fun as always!

Episode 3 – Climbing.

I can’t believe we’ve got to pod number 13 without talking about climbs! This week Rich and Joe chat about the relevance of climbs in Sportive riding, what makes a good climb and what do we think about when planning a Sportive and the climbs.
Some tips on climbing from Rich as always and his view on who the greatest climber of all time is!

Episode 2 – Racing.

Rich and Joe chat about all that’s happening in the World of Cycling this week, who’s the greatest rider to wear the Green Jersey in the TDF and news about the UAE Team pulling out of a stage race in Spain due to a COVID case in the camp.
This week’s Meaty Topic is Racing, a look back at the Velo29 Elite Team and then the races which Velo29 have brought us over the past decade, a huge part of what happens at Velo29.

Episode 1 – A New Hope.

Episode 1 of 10 in series 2 of the now established Velo29 Pod.
A New Hope! Rich and Joe have an interesting update about getting back to events, sadly not all good news.
The new “Rich in Knowledge” feature covers The Greatest Tour Champion in the modern era and in Cycle Cycle we chat about the impacts of missing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well as looking back on the impact of the wonderful 2012 London event.
Short, fun and relevant as always.

Series 1

Episode 10 – The Beast!

The Yorkshire Beast is one of our most prolific events. A super endurance Sportive with a huge amount of theatre, making it an amazing day out!
As the World changes and events become a reality again many of you ask about the Beast in your thoughts for your ultimate 2021 goal!
Rich and Joe chat about the Beast and everything else that’s been happening at Velo29 in the past week.

Episode 9 – The Bikes are Back in Town.

As things happen at Velo29 to get back to Sportives we’ve got some tips and thoughts on what riders should be doing to prepare for the 2020 mini-season. Some practical advice based on 10 years of experience in hosting events and 30 years of riding.
Fun and fresh as always, a short listen to brighten your week.

Episode 8 – The Mini Season.

As lockdown eases the future looks more clear for Sportives in the latter part of 2020. Rich and Joe chat about Velo29’s plans to put together a Mini Season kicking off in August with a new event, hosting the classics in September and then making October the new Spring Season!
A short listen to bring hope to all the Sportive riders itching to put the turbo trainer away!

Episode 7 – Drugs in Cycling Part 1.

The Meatiest of our Meaty topics to date! This week Rich and Joe chat about one of the darker but much-discussed topics of cycling, drugs and cheating.
Some insight and opinion from Richard about his own experiences racing against riders who doped in the lower ranks of elite racing.
The topic is so meaty that it will cover 2 pods, this being part 1!

Episode 6The Future of Sportives.

Rich and Joe take a look into the medium-term future and what that might look like for organisers and riders of cycling events post-Covid.
Some positivity as always in what could be a challenging time, also an offer of support to other events from Velo29.

Episode 5Back to Business.

In Episode 5 the man on the Mic and the Guy on the Bike inject some positivity into returning to action with the Velo29 Sportives!
Some insight from Richard about when the first event might be and what that would look like with distancing measures.
Fun and light-hearted as always, a great lockdown listen!

Episode 4Technology in Cycling.

In episode 4 we get Richard’s insight into technology in cycling. An interesting take on using tech to be efficient and fast without losing the emotive beauty of riding a bike. Marginal gains, power metres and bathroom scales!
Also some exciting news about future events! 
A good fun 25 minute cycling-related pod to brighten your lock-down.

Episode 3Life in LockDown.

This week the Man on the Mic and the Guy on the Bike chat about life in lockdown, the challenges of running a business during the virus and the good and bad we’ve learnt in that time. Another light-hearted short listen to brighten your lockdown!

Episode 2Social Warriors.

The pair dip into the World of social media, the good and the bad! How Velo29 has leveraged social media to grow and an insight into life in the public eye.

Episode 1How it all began.

Rich and Joe take us back to the early days of Velo29, how and why it all began and the tipping points in making Velo29 Events what it is today.