9 February 2009: How British Cycling conquered the Olympics

This week’s show features Dave Brailsford, Performance Director of British Cycling, explaining how his team achieved a record medal haul at the Beijing Olympics. We also discover that Shanaze Reade (pictured left, racing in the team sprint with Victoria Pendleton) has never heard of fixed gear freestyling despite being a world champion cyclist in both BMX and track racing. Someone who is all too familiar with the fixed wheel phenomenon is BikeSnob NYC, who regularly wins gold medals for “systematically and mercilessly disassembling, flushing, greasing, and re-packing the cycling culture”. Over a few ales, the BikeSnob offers his reflections on 2008 and his hopes and fears for the coming year. We talk penny farthings, the Opinionated Cyclist and how to survive the New York winter on two wheels.

Photo credit: knackeredhack

Play on links below (MP3). Other file formats (e.g. Ogg Vorbis) over here.

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  • http://m34toyo31.blogspot.com/ LW

    2nd!!!! Wooooooo

  • profit

    i hope i’m in the top 3 or else i won’t get funding

  • cgb

    Greenwich takes bronze!

  • http://www.anonymous.com anonymous

    top ten!!

  • anonymous

    Me, in the top 10… I can’t believe it. UKers, you gotta step up their game people!

  • Gnarles Darwin

    Top Ten, suckers!


  • UKer

    We feel, as collective, suitably shamed……

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