My List of Cycling Podcasts You Must Know

People’s fascination with podcasts continues to grow, and with good reason. Whether you’re driving to or from work, sitting on a train or bus, cooking dinner or even pumping out a couple of hours on the indoor trainer, podcasts allow you to consume quality content from elite performers while doing other things.

These days there are quite a number of cycling podcasts out there, so it can be hard to pick and choose among the bunch. Personally, I’ve gone through quite a few of them, and as always, there are a handful of podcasts which stand above the rest.

In this article, I’ll present to you the 7 most enjoyable cycling podcasts I have come across and describe to you why they are a must-listen for the keen cyclist. Choosing the right podcast for you really comes down to personal taste and interest, so rather than ranking the podcasts I’ve decided to give them a theme of sorts, so you can find a podcast on the list that suits your particular cycling interest. Of course, I’d recommend that you listen to all 7 of them to get the full spectrum of this wonderful sport.

Let’s have a look at the list (in no particular order).

The Pro Cycling Podcast

Most people interested in cycling, whether they ride themselves or not, will have an interest in a podcast featuring the world of pro cycling. Ideally, you’d want a podcast that discusses topical news in the sport but also digs below the surface to find those interesting stories and insights that aren’t typically shared in mainstream media. One such podcast is the Cycling News Podcast. This podcasts reports on all the biggest professional tours and races such as Vuelta a Espana, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

I use this podcast to get my fortnightly roundup of all the goings-on in the world of pro cycling. With a typical length of about 40 minutes, it fits in perfectly with my typical commute or morning workout.

Topics covered: Pro cycling news, features cycling superstars and race roundups.

Typical length: 40 minutes.

Frequency: Fortnightly.

The Daring Cycling Podcast

I think it’s important for every cycling aficionado to listen to something that challenges the mainstream in a good way. We all need to keep in touch with the grassroots of cycling and the intrinsic enjoyment of going for a ride.  The Hollywood Hour, hosted by the eccentric Lee “Hollywood” Turner from Australian bicycle sales site Bike Chaser, connects you with the basic love for cycling. This relatively young podcast has a lot of energy and a daring willingness to tackle controversial topics. In its short lifespan, it has featured a doped Paralympic cyclist, challenged the local Australian cycling body on the way it runs the sport, discussed discrimination issues in women’s cycling and much more.

As it is true for any of the 7 podcasts in this article, the host and guests of this show have a real passion for what they do, which is why it’s an easy choice for me to tune in on a regular basis. I’ve enjoyed listening to several episodes of this podcast, but I found the podcast about starting an elite cycling team the most engaging. Check out this podcast, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

Topics covered: Local/grassroots cycling and features of local and international riders.

Typical length: 60-90 minutes.

Frequency: Weekly.

The Elegant Option

The Cycling Podcast (what a logical name for a podcast about cycling) is just a solid all-round podcast about pro cycling (mainly). The hosts know their stuff and interview and tell stories in an insightful, engaging and sometimes hilarious fashion. This show is also a must-listen during the three big tours for daily post-stage analysis mixed with a good dose of “informed gossip” from the peloton.

Don’t just take my word for it: this show maintains a five-out-of-five average on iTunes with over 50 reviews conducted at the time of writing. Another measure of this show’s popularity is the fact that 6-7 percent of listeners choose to donate money to the show via their “friends of the Cycling Podcast” program.

I listen to this weekly show mainly because of its “behind the scenes” insights from pro cycling. I really feel like I get a good perspective on what the life of a professional cyclist is like from this show.

Topics covered: Professional cycling, pro rider interviews and some “informed gossip” from the crazy world of elite cycling.

Typical length: 40-60 minutes.

Frequency: Weekly.

The Obvious Choice

Australian TV and radio broadcaster SBS runs the Cycling Central Podcast. Recorded at the SBS radio studios, this podcast has a professional yet friendly feel. The show has regular visits from cycling’s big names like Michael Matthews, Chris Froome, Koen de Kort and Shane Perkins, but also spends a lot of time on roundtable discussions among the three hosts. The thick French accent of the main host Christophe Mallet makes you feel like you’re sitting at the top of Alpe d’Huez waiting for the Tour de France peloton to shoot past!

The way the hosts manage to link pro cycling with the local stuff keeps things interesting and gives you a different perspective on recent events compared to other pro cycling podcasts. The typical length of the Cycling Central Podcast is about half an hour which makes it a perfect listen when you’re cooking dinner. All in all a quality podcast – the only negative being the regular mention of the main sponsor, which gets a bit repetitive.

Topics covered: Professional cycling, pro rider interviews and roundtable discussions of current topics in the world of cycling.

Typical length: 30 minutes.

Frequency: Fortnightly.

The Fun Cycling Podcast

When you feel like being entertained by light-hearted content and humoristic banter you will feel right at home with The Slow Ride Podcast. Hosted by three cycling aficionados and former bike messengers, this show will make you laugh and learn at the same time. These dudes just love cycling for what it is and it really comes through in an authentic way.

The panel of three works really well because you get the tech, pro and grassroots stuff in one entertaining mishmash. It’s like that cycling banter you have with your friends, only it’s on your phone. Best of all for me: the true passion for cycling portrayed by the hosts of this show just really makes me want to go riding, whether on the road or on trails.

Topics covered: Everything cycling in a humoristic and entertaining way.

Typical length: 60 minutes.

Frequency: Fortnightly.

The Nerdy Choice

If you’re anything like me, you can tend to get a little bewildered by all the technical jargon in cycling. It’s hard to remember the names of all the components and accessories, let alone what they do. Of course, there is a podcast out there for every need… When it comes to the mechanical and technical side of cycling I would opt for the Cycle Systems Academy Podcast. This show goes into the detail of cycling tech while also discussing how the componentry can help you nail it on the bike. What I really like about this show is how they get deep into the detail while still allowing us casual cyclists to follow and understand – but you’ll have to get used to the host’s thick Scottish accent!

Topics covered: Professional cycling, pro rider interviews and roundtable discussions of current topics in the world of cycling.

Typical length: 30 minutes.

Frequency: No longer updated.

The Gender Balanced Option

Whereas many podcasts tend to focus predominantly (or even solely) on men’s cycling, the blend of guests visiting We Got to Hang Out is a lot more balanced between male and female. The hosts Anna Fish and Abby Watson have a bit of fun with this show which can be best classified as a mix of cycling and comedy. These cool chicks hail from Portland, Oregon (aka Bike City USA) so it’s no wonder they have cycling blood running through their veins. What I enjoy most about this podcast is the insight I get into women’s cycling and the local cycling culture in Oregon, which in many ways translates across countries.

Topics covered: Women’s cycling, cycling culture, the Oregon cycling scene.

Typical length: 30-60 minutes.

Frequency: Fortnightly.

Don’t forget to Ride

So there you have it. With these podcasts in hand, you’ll be able to cover a full range of cycling topics right from pro cycling to the sheer passion and commitment of the grassroots cycling community. Having a wide range of topics and styles available to you will leave you with plenty of entertainment, news and cycling knowledge for any mood. More than anything, I hope these podcasts will inspire you to go for a ride!

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Katherine J.
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