It was not very much behind in the pages of history that Apple had more than one billion podcast subscribers in 2014. According to Edison Research, 48 percent of Americans know what podcasts are & 30 percent have listened to them in the past.
Podcasting has emerged as a primary source of information & entertainment in the last 5 years. It can prove to be a powerful marketing product in case the data going is something which increases people’s knowledge about a business, service or product. For cycling fraternity as well, podcasts have been of much importance. Many cycling lovers continue to listen & view podcasts in order to keep up with the recent trends of the cycling world.
Podcasting – A Background
Podcasts are are a relatively new type of technology & are also a popular means of entertainment & communication. As a matter of fact, Netscape developers had come up with the idea on this thing in 1999 itself with a motive to create a way through which any site could be updated & the updates made to reach the audience without users having to visit the sites individually checking on the new uploads & changes. It was during this time, that RSS (Real Simple Syndication) was launched with a different name though.
Initially, the RSS feed was only able to syndicate text. Thanks to the team work of Adam Curry (media persona & developer) & Dave Winer (software developer) that in 2000, the RSS feed was able to accommodate larger files like audio in order to give RSS feed a makeover. Winer created the software to aggregate feeds from various sources on the internet. By early 2001, he was able to get songs on his RSS feed through his software. As a matter of fact, the advancements had just started. Winer showed this software to Christopher Lydon, his colleague in 2003 who was a journalist & was popular for conducting audio interviews & uploading them as mp3s in his blog posts. Once Winer’s technology & Lydon’s blog posts met, the readers online were able to access this audio content automatically by merely subscribing to the blog. Harold Gilchrist, a blogger, mentioned this audio-rich blog while hosting a session on “audio blogging” at the world’s first BloggerCon.
Lydon’s acceptance to the new trend gave Curry the willpower to develop the prototype of the software which would take RSS feeds to the next level in audio syndication as it allowed the audio to be downloaded by users, passed to iTunes & played on mp3 players. To test the prototype, Curry launched the “Daily Source Code” which is considered as the first podcast in August, 2004. The success was huge as merely within a month of airing, people were “podcasting” from Sweden to Australia to the US as reported by the New York Times.
Curry led a session on audio blogging & podcasting in November’04 during BloggerCon III. in the same month, the very first podcast hosting platform called Libsyn was launched. Seeing the popularity, Steve Jobs made an announcement that podcasts would be a part of the 4.9 version of iTunes in June’04. “Podcast” was the word of the year in the New Oxford American Dictionary in December that year.
Cycling Podcast – The Need
Cycling is definitely something which isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Also, besides specialized blogs & a few TV shows, you won’t get to keep in touch with the latest trends in cycling. However, there are magazines too, but, not everyone is a good reader or has time to read things. Also, it is always not possible to have your magazine right beside you in the bag as you travel on your next business trip or anywhere else.
In this era of technology where iTunes & online podcasts come, things for cycle lovers have gone very positive in the past decade with the increase in podcasts. Be it the review of the recent bikes launched or thetechniques about riding on a hot summer day, podcasts give you information that will last in the mind. The best part, it is easily accessible given its availability on the web & the phone as the world becomes more & moe localized. Thus,the gap between your favourite blogs & podcasts gets minimized due to the world becoming entirely digital these days. Hence, it is important to understand the value of podcasts as it is highly valuable for the cyclists & is needed for proper channelizing of info. You also don’t need to run around for information or set a reminder as the RSS feeds make it easy for you straight away by getting the podcast delivered to your doorstep.
The variety in content is also a thing as there are podcasts that are serious as well as comical. Some are extremely comical whereas some lack the detailing but offer you full-fledged fun content to listen to. Apart from this, podcasts feature comments & there you can get in touch directly with not just the experts but also socialize with other members having the same interest as you & discussing cycling over a chat. Thus, podcasts are the need of the hour to keep cyclists updated.
Top 10 Cycling Podcasts
Let us come down to the most important part of the article. We have enlisted the 10 best cycling podcasts which you can subscribe & get your thirst of knowledge & updates on cycling quenched.
“Velocast” is one of the longest-running cycling podcasts in the world. The speciality about it is its pro-level & accurate content with the flavours of comedy which not only informs but entertains as well. The best part is about the content being entirely cycling-related. The reporters working for it have their noses running across all Classics- the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, & La Vuelta a Espana. The content featured is for all sorts of listeners like history of cycling for the novice riders & the newcomers, politics in the sport, &, the “Page 3 media” part – recent scandals in the pro peloton.
– The Slow Ride Podcast
If put correctly, this Spencer Haugh podcast is a fun to be experienced at least once. There’s only one way to inform you with the recent trends & news of the pro cycling universe & that’s using the whip of comedy & sarcasm. Spencer founded the Wide Angle Podium Network- a podcast network for all cycling-related stuff. It is more of a comedy show or more of a pro show must be left to the readers since it is the perfect mix of both. It’s one of the best podcasts after “Velocast” & plays by adding a bit of irreverence into the cycling content. The podcast network’s favourite is dirt track & cyclocross biking as majority content is on those.
- We Got to Hang Out
Honestly speaking, the purpose of this podcast is mentioned right in the name – ‘We Got To Hang Out.” Annalisa Fish & Abby Watson, the two very good friends sharing interest & passion for cycling, should be given credit for it as they were the ones who started it. The podcast has a fair share of reputations as it has hosted road racing stalwart Tayler Wiles & punk legends like Sleater Kinney. The storytelling abilities that two ladies bear is what is so good about this podcast. There’s no serious content related to pro cycling at all & it is for the ones who enjoy more stories & less facts & news.
- The Cycling Podcast
The show is sponsored by Rapha & though we don’t need to say anymore, we’ll have to for the sake of informing you on it. The content & production quality of this podcast is much appreciated. The show comes as a 30-minute weekly & features chats with eminent & award-winning authors, journalists & publishers. Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie & Daniel Friebe run it as a three-member show & provide insights, analysis & commentary on that very day’s action which include reporting on the Tour’s events & even about the new Tour routes. The show is about men’s cycling but they have not left out females entirely & hence have “The Cycling Podcast Féminin” as a regular feature tackling women’s cycling.
- Crosshairs Radio
The podcast has cyclocross running through its veins & covers everything that one could ever seek knowledge of in the cyclocross sector. The podcast is run by veteran journalist Bill Schieken. Listeners get to enjoy interviews with cyclocross legends like Sven Nys, chats with the rising stars of the generation like Ellen Noble, Schieken’s predictions for the season as well as his lawyerly dissections of new UCI and USA Cycling standards. This podcast is the first & the last stop for those who want to know cyclocross in the best way.
- Quick Brown Foxes
The online Bicycling peloton is well-versed with the name ‘A Quick Brown Fox.’ It is run by Ayesha McGowan who is on her way to become the first African American pro female cyclist. She interviews women throughout the cycling industry including the likes of the riders in SRAM’s latest advertisement, i.e. British racer Yewande Adesida to Bicycling’s own Editor Gloria Liu.
- The Outspoken Cyclist
If there’s one cycling podcast that has over hundred episodes & has been covering the cycling culture & the developments in it for a long time then this podcast run by Diane Jenks is the one. Be it the queries on the best gears for monsoon or knowing the best bike for snow trail rides, you’ll get to know about all of it. For beginners, this is a great show to check out as it includes the details of bicycling culture & the tips on gear, training & nutrition, this podcast will get you to learn things quickly.
- Wheel Suckers Podcast
The podcast industry in the cycling arena has indeed seen women empowerment take the upper hand. The Wheel Suckers is the most consistent & entertaining shows. Look Mum No Hands social media expert Alex Davis along with London Bike Kitchen founder Jenni Gwiazdowski hosts this show. The show is light-hearted & has its funny parts where it looks at cycling in a more cultural way- think less racing, training & nutrition, women racers doing the impossible in cycling, etc form a major chunk of the content.
- Ask a Cycling Coach — TrainerRoad Podcast
It is for those cyclists who are not very much concerned with the pro peloton but want the content to be rich in terms of basic & advanced training, nutrition & science.
- The Move With Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong has been one of those cyclists with a mixed fan base – some love him, some don’t. However, the man’s knowledge & experience in racing reflect here in his own podcast. “ The Move” started as “Stages” & focused very majorly on Tour de France. Armstrong along with his old cycling buddies used to provide their expert opinions here as each tour stage was divided between them. But, after becoming ‘The Move” , the content has seen a jump from what it was. Now, co-host Bob Roll & Lance himself cover several other events like the Colorado Classic & the Ironman championships in Kona. if the trades are to be learnt from the trader itself, this is the place where you ought to be for the cycling trade.
- The Paceline Cycling Podcast
A brainchild of bloggers Fatcyclist & Patrick Brady of Red Kite Prayer, the Paceline Cycling Podcast focuses on the bike’s place in society & its meaning. Be it any type of cycling you enjoy like dirt or tarmac to snow to gravel, this Podcast will not disappoint you & especially if you’re somebody who’s not from the racing fraternity.
We hence wrap up our list of top 10 cycling podcasts & hope that you’ll give a listen to them based on your preference & the type of biking you like. Each one of these 10 podcasts are unique in their own ways & are highly audience specific. If you’re a racer, you have choices, if you’re a beginner, you’ve choice & even if you’re somebody who doesn’t ride much but loves to be in touch of it, you have a treat here too. So, go ahead & enjoy the podcasts!