10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pro Bike Racing

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pro Bike Racing


Professional cycling isn’t a glamorous sport, in fact far from it most of the time, with the riders often crammed into bad hotels. Chris shares his top ten things that you (probably) didn’t know about bike racing.

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78 Comments on "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pro Bike Racing"


  1. Why does GCN upload just before the end of the TDF stage of today? I think it would be better to wait 30 minutes before releasing the video.
    People with notifications turned on might swipe them away because of the TDF, resulting in less views for GCN.

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  2. I love this channel, it really helps me to discover new ways of cycling. Greetings from a Belgian new rider.

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  3. Mercy sakes those crash pics would discourage me from crowd riding. At 73 it ain’t me. Old hips n knees don’t repair well lol. But if I was way younger maybe my Male ego would’ve been in the middle of it. Idk. Ride on🚴🏽‍♂️🚴🏽‍♂️🚴🏽‍♂️🚴🏽‍♂️

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  4. actually I did know how bad the hotels are – Thomas' autobiography did a great job of describing how Froome got the only fan!

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  5. New to cycling at 52 i have learnt that it do not get easier , but i am getting faster 🚴‍♂️

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  6. Our teacher was also pro cyclist and we cheered hard and final meters was really intense and he won many times. ♥ I just loved to see it, atmosphere of accomplishment and happiness.♥ We also were part-timers that helped with organisation and in the finish getting GPSs off. Everyone was muddy, bloody and so tired. I congratulated everyone no matter when they finished because they made it, they finished that hard race. So good job everyone no matter if you won. ♥

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  7. old ride but new to racing – here's what I learned: Power is important but race tactics might be more important – unless you can time trial faster than the entire group better figure out the tactics

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  8. The hotel's suprised me, you have uploaded afew videos and you seen a glimpse at the hotel and they look pretty good

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  9. Thank you Opie! Spectacular video, interesting to hear that it's not as glamorous as it looks… although to us outsiders, it looks mighty impressive all the same.

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  10. That's so true about getting up and close to the pro riders. You would never play golf with a pro, ( unless you pay heaps in a corporate event) you would never have a hit with a pro tennis player, the same goes with footballers. One day in Melbourne starting my return ride home a rider was passing me and I herd "Morning" It was Simon Gerrans, who I asked if it was OK to sit on his wheel, such a nice bloke and gave me a draft all the way home. He was having an easy ride to I might add.

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  11. What I've learned in the last year, is that a small bike fit improvement (one even as small as rotating the handbars 1mm) can add 20 miles of comfort to your day.

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  12. I'm new to cycling. I'm a u12 youthrider and LOVE RACING!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the best thing I've ever discovered! And this channel really helps me learn! you are by far the most helpful and entertaining channel I've ever come across. Keep up the good work! <3

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  13. Slow starts are enforced via thrown cheese sandwiches and accusations of cheating. Ask Matt Stephens (Cycling insults video).

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  14. As someone who has been a solo cyclist my whole life, the team concept really bothered me for a while, but I have grown to understand it better and accept it for how it works. It is definitely counterintuitive to my American mindset.

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  15. Whilst driving last year near CHAMBERY, I saw Froome and Team Sky coming back to their hotel after a casual ride on their day off. We came to the car park where Froome kindly signed my son an autograph and gave him a bottle. How cool is this ? You don’t get in football !!!

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  16. You didnt tell us the worst, I seen the tour of the 'AG2R' team bus, shared showers for sword fighting, No one told us about this!

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  17. I’ve never seen such a great YouTube Chanel, it tells you tips and facts and it’s just great and enjoyable to watch, Good job!👍

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  18. Something I’ve always wondered… it’s well-known in other professional sports that rookies are often hazed or made to do things like fetching something for the more seasoned racers. Outside of basic demostique duties does this hold true in the pro ranks or is cycling above this?

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  19. Can Chris make a fitness video?
    I bet a lot of ppl are willing to know how Chris get those buffed muscle 💪💪

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  20. With a few celebrity exceptions, if you watch many pro cyclist vlogs you'll see it's not as glamorous as you might think.

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  21. Didn't know the last one. The walking pace thing is either total bs, or only relative to stickpole oxygen deprivation freaks.

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  22. Winning is the best? I would have never guessed that. I thought crashing and breaking the collarbone is the best. Stupid me 😉

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  23. Awesome AGAIN Chris! Have you seen Magnus Cort Nielsen's informal "Hotel Review" on his Instagram wall? Maybe the hotel question will slowly improve. By the way all the riders stay in great hotels when they come to Andorra for Le Tour or La Vuelta.

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  24. As a gravel rash expert, pretty much all my life, and now a doctor for 30 yr, I can easily say that the single best dressing is Hypafix, applied directly to the wound, and don't bother scrubbing gravel out. It will fall off when you remove the Hypafix. FMT, if I had access to Hypafix as a callow youth, I would not have suffered all the pain I did from cracking scabs on my knees as a reckless youngster.

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  25. Why is the so much replacement on GCN? When did this guy join? Seems like a place where people don't want to work for long anymore.

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  26. I never thought cyclists would get those bad hotels. They deserve better.

    I thought the teams would choose the lodgings, not the event organizers, like in motorsports.

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  27. NO! Here's something you don't know – many of us DID know some or all of this stuff, cause it's either a) basic or b), common bloody sense if you think about it. NOT up to usual standard, GCN – just how low an opinion do you have of your viewers?
    Here's something you don't know, or would have covered it in relevant point: official 2019 TdF entourage is ~4.5k

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  28. I'm always impressed at how close the riders are in the peloton! I ride triathlon and I never like to be with more than 10 riders, makes me feel nervous!

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  29. I love having the choice to ride the roads the pros ride. Yes I am snail slow by comparison and it looks like fun too.

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  30. 2:43 If those are water cannon salutes to the cyclist from those 4 vessels under the bridge MAD respect to the captains.

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  31. Been a huge cycling fan for over a decade but it's really been bothering me as of late the use of race radios. I know they've been around since the mid 90's but more and more it just feels like a meat video game. Just team directors telling their riders what to do and how to race. I'm sure it's more complicated than that but I can't shake it. It just feels empty and kind of gross. Wish it was just riders, racing as individuals making decisions and working together as a team to win, in real time, on the road. But now it doesn't feel like riders are individuals.. just pawns in a game. Would love GCN to make a video about this. Love the channel so much! SO MUCH! #torqueback

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  32. hotels are not that great….thats why teams bring their own vans and cooks….so they can eat and relax well….now i know!

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  33. actually most of the viewers here working 9-5 are getting paid higher than pros in PCT and CT

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  34. Don’t start competitive cycling too early in your life or you will be to damaged by adulthood to effectively race lol. Crashes will tear away at your hips, knees, and ankles. Never mind the knocks to your skull while smashing your fingers, wrists, and elbows. Cycling is somewhat dangerous so be carful!

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  35. Recently raced two 'C' grade crits. I might be good enough to win, but it's too tempting for me to go out early. The discipline of following a wheel is just too hard. Been a runner all my life, wish I'd got seriously into cycling before I was 44.

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  36. Heres one i bet you didn’t know… the saddles actually reshapes riders bagsack, natural bag per ball after long enough. Legit.

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  37. I have an idea for a video guys…

    Is there a blueprint for a perfect rider?

    Investigate what are the physical attributes shared by historical winners, height, weight, reach (arms and legs), power, etc.

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  38. number one take your drugs. cycling can be very enjoyable an awesome way to tour I think racing kind of ruins it

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