The Indian Cycling Podcast

sree harsha R

Your one-stop destination for all the events, personalities and discussions on cycling in India.

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Sep 21

33 min

Race Across the West (RAW) was started in 2008 to offer a race longer than 805 KM and to help bridge the mileage gap to RAAM. It has since evolved into an epic race in its own right. Like all other events, RAW is now a virtual event.  Anand Verma completed this race of 1528 km in 10 days 14 hours and 34 minutes.

Jul 23

29 min

Should I got out for a ride at all? Should I invite 20 other people to ride with me? Should I wear a mask while riding? Should I wear a PPE kit while riding (assuming I could actually find one). So many questions...... Dr.Pavan is the Chief of Critical Care and in-charge of the Covid-ward at a corporate hospital in Hyderabad. He answers our questions and talks about the precautions that you need to take while going outside for a ride. 

Jul 13

27 min

We talk about some training tips for the lockdown. And some suggestions for movies you can watch. 

Apr 13

36 min

MTB Nationals concluded on Feb 21st. Gautam Taode of GT Adventures built the track for XC and Downhill. We talk about the event and what goes into building a good MTB course. Follow him on Instagram : @gautam_taode and @gtadventuresindia Women's day ride details - https://www.facebook.com/events/121367865983865/

Mar 5

31 min

Shiven is the winner of this year’s MTB Kerala for the Indian contingent. He talks about the recently concluded Asian MTB Championships in Thailand. Shiven talks about his experience at that event and what it takes to compete at these events. Also, what do MTB riders mean when they talk about “eating dust”? For that and more listen to this episode. Shiven Aerohawk on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCij0CIQiNsHwLpBNX47RJxQ Asian MTB 2020: https://www.uci.org/mountain-bike/calendar/CompetitionDetail/?competitionId=62085&year=2020 Intro Music Credit: Gautam Sriram.

Feb 10

35 min

GCN new year training plan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIO3vvW3l4A HRC: https://www.facebook.com/hyderabadracingcircuit/ Blog on PBP https://thebikeaffair.com/blog/competitive-racing-4/post/an-autopsy-of-the-indian-pbp-attempt-61

Jan 28

31 min

Prajwal Pingali is the Under-18 Telangana State MTB Champion. He talks about participating in MTB Kerala. We talk about the event and his experience there. MTB Kerala: https://www.mtbkerala.com/

Dec 2019

32 min

Anupa Sekar is no stranger to fitness and breaking norms. In this episode she shares the story of how Agasthi discovered cycling & chose BMX. She talks about her attitude to overcoming challenges & how she built the wonderful team behind Agasthi. The following are the insta handles: Agasthi (the BMX kiddo) - mr.gasty Hamza (Indian coach, Founder Wallridepark) - hamxanthium and wallrideparkhyd Sanusi (Malaysian coach) - dwishbmracademy and sanusi.dk Sajin (Physio) - sajindev

Nov 2019

47 min

The National Road Championships took place in Bikaner, Rajasthan from 13-16 November. Sam Solomon was part of the Telangana team and we do a deep-dive into the event.

Nov 2019

46 min

The National Road Championships are taking place in Bikaner, Rajasthan from 13-16 November. We will be covering the event with Sam Solomon, our reporter on the ground. Sam is part of the Telangana team and is taking part in the TTT, Mass Start and the Criterium. Today’s event for the Elite category was the Individual Time Trial. Naveen John took the gold, Arvind Panwar took silver and Mandeep Singh came third. Naveen John on Strava : www.strava.com/athletes/Naveen

Nov 2019

9 min

Angana Barua stood third at the Goa Ironman 70.3 in her age category. We talk about her tri-life, her tri-journey and what she did to get here. She tells us about the women who inspired her along the way and what can be done to get more women into triathlons and cycling. Goa Ironman 70.3 : https://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/ironman-70.3/goa.aspx Indian Women’s Triathlon: https://www.facebook.com/groups/129462777597186/?ref=share Escape Velocity : https://www.amazon.in/Escape-Velocity-Definitive-Guide-Cycling-ebook/dp/B07VRFBB1Z

Nov 2019

34 min

While we're a cycling podcast, this felt like an event we need to cover because it's an landmark of human achievement and a lot of our listeners are also interested in distance and endurance running  It's also the kind of event that has a lot of lessons for professional and amateur sportspeople.  Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in less than two hours at the Ineos 1:59 event. He holds the world record for this at 2:01:39 in last year’s Berlin Marathon. But the Ineos 1:59 isn’t an “official” record. This is effectively an experiment conducted by Nike and Ineos to see whether a marathon can be run under 2 hours in idealized conditions. Ineos 1:59 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q43l_i89y0 Breaking 2 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLSRitGNAjY Mike Finch and Ross Tucker's deep dive into this event : https://open.spotify.com/episode/3IRMB2ubzZdwiDLPk4Ka9H

Oct 2019

37 min

Tour of Eastern Ghats : https://www.facebook.com/events/595550940929390/ Blog from Satish : https://asatishc.blogspot.com/2019/09/tour-of-eastern-ghats-day-1.html Photo Exhibition: https://www.facebook.com/events/2741737912527787/

Oct 2019

50 min

Cycling Federation of India’s marquee track cycling event took place in Delhi from September 11 to 13. We talk to track cycling legend Maxwell Trevor who was an official at the event. More news about the event: https://www.firstpost.com/sports/track-asia-cup-2019-indian-cyclists-put-up-dominant-display-on-opening-day-with-12-medal-haul-7313341.html https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/cycling/india-pocket-12-medals-on-opening-day-of-track-asia-cup/articleshow/71052175.cms

Sep 2019

19 min

Bikey Venky and the Spectrum Racing team did the Giro delle Dolomiti at the end of July. We talk about the event, BAR (Bangalore Amateur Racing), BV Coaching and his cycling journey. Giro delle Dolomiti : https://www.girodolomiti.com/ BAR: https://bvcoaching.in/category/bangalore-amateur-racing/ BV Coaching: https://bvcoaching.in/ Spectrum Racing: https://www.strava.com/clubs/spectrum-racing-15534

Sep 2019

60 min

Kaustubh Mulay is a 5-time Ironman 70.3 finisher and a medical doctor with fascination for Ophthalmic Pathology. Fitness, especially the Tri Sport, is his passion. As someone with a demanding career and a busy life, he knows what it takes to fit the demands of Triathlon training and racing into the time limits we all have. He talks about his tri-journey and how to life the tri-life. Details of the Goa Ironman 70.3 Training camp: https://www.facebook.com/events/2584409351577662/

Sep 2019

62 min

Siddharth Bachloo finished Paris-Brest-Paris with less than 8 minutes to go. To put that in context, he rode 1200 km in 89 hours 52 minutes, the cut-off was 90 hours. He talks about his experience and what he did to achieve this. In other news, Indian riders lead by Esow Alben won a gold in the Team Sprint at the UCI Junior World Track event in Germany. In the individual event, Esow won a silver at the Men’s sprint and a bronze in the Keirin. This humble podcast now has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Indian-Cycling-Podcast-108947250473150/?modal=admin_todo_tour And a T-shirt: https://www.facebook.com/108947250473150/photos/p.117807599587115/117807599587115/?type=1&theater

Aug 2019

35 min

Mike Pryde is a former MTB rider and architect who is now the owner of Chapter 2 bikes. Mike is based out of Auckland, New Zealand and we talk about his cycling journey and purpose of creating Chapter 2 the company.  He also tells us about a new addition that is coming to the Chapter2 family. And that is the "Chapter2 AO". The AO is a gravel frame with the same best material of the other models. What makes it so special is its relaxed geometry, ability to add on panniers/full mudguards when needed, installing upto 42C tyres, mounting options of 3 bottle cages - All these with the materials of what the pros ride. In summary, this is one bike that does it all - Weekend fun long rides, self supported tours, amateur local racing, randonneuring, gravel riding. We believe that this is the perfect bike for lot of our riders in getting many happy miles without the aggressive posture, pannier capable frame with the best materials. The AO framesets are available in two colour variants with a price of Rs. 1,83,999. The pre-order is open now till 20th August with a 10% discount on pre-order. The first batch is expected to reach in November. Checkout Chapter 2 AO : https://www.chapter2bikes.com/news-and-reviews/chapter2-ao-gravel-bike-preview-sea-otter-2019.html

Aug 2019

46 min

Raman Garimella, a sports scientist and Gokul Krishna, my co-host have come up with a book “Escape Velocity: The Definitive Desi Guide to Cycling”. They talk about who this book is for and how it helps. The foreword for the book was written by Victor Campenaert, the current world record holder for the “Hour Ride”. Check out the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07VRFBB1Z We also talk about various current and former cyclists, their postures, styles and what its like to meet some of them.  Some fan pics of famous riders Raman met through the years:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/SkGisK6YWSdduT8N8

Aug 2019

57 min

We talk to Kiran Kumar Raju (KKR) who recently took part in the Asian MTB in Kfardebian, Lebanon. He talks about the event, the results and the current standing of Indian MTB athletes at the international level. KKR also speaks about his preparation for the event and what it takes to compete for the Asian. 

Aug 2019

54 min

Paris-Brest-Paris : A Preview Paris-Brest-Paris takes place from August 18 – 22, in you guessed it, France. Krishna Kunnam and Rajesh Krishnamaneni will be riding. They talk about why PBP is considered the holy grail of amateur cycling, kind of like the Boston Marathon is for Runners and what to do while riding.  PBP official: https://www.paris-brest-paris.org/index2.php?lang=en&cat=accueil&page=edito PBP checklist: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ufKQToGJoR4ruGxu_aHw5Kp5uYI0z91r/view?usp=sharing

Jul 2019

52 min

Gokul participated in the Niseko Classic race in Hokkaido, Japan. He talks about his experience at a UCI Grand Fondo race and what to keep in mind while doing such races. We also do a brief talk about Tour de France and Team Ineos’s dominance. https://nisekoclassic.com/

Jul 2019

55 min

Khiyar Pasha explains the various events in Track cycling. We talk about Keirin, Sprint, Individual Pursuit and the endurance events.  You can help Pasha out by contributing to: https://gocrowdera.com/wintrackasiacyclingchanmpionship2019/ Topics: Sprint events: 5:00 Endurance events: 15:00 Pasha’s preparation for Asian: 43:00

Jul 2019

67 min

Training during monsoon is not easy. We talk about the various options and tricks you can try to keep riding. We talk about training apps, smart-trainers, mud-guards and everything else you can do.  Sufferfest : https://support.thesufferfest.com/hc/en-us/articles/207599513-What-does-IWBMATTKYT-mean- Myetraining : https://www.elite-it.com/en/products/app-software/my-e-training Zwift: zwift.com Apple Podcasts : https://itunes.apple.com/in/podcast/the-indian-cycling-podcast/id1455857035?mt=2 Google Podcasts : https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy85YWJiMTU4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/show/6yzBsJePXItjb21RFoSgxA Breaker : https://www.breaker.audio/the-indian-cycling-podcast Overcast : https://overcast.fm/itunes1455857035/the-indian-cycling-podcast PocketCast : https://pca.st/Qu3T PodBean : https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/h74f9-89325/The-Indian-Cycling-Podcast RadioPublic : https://radiopublic.com/the-indian-cycling-podcast-GEvw4b

Jun 2019

49 min

Touring on a cycle is a great experience. I got a taste of it last year when I did The Bike Affair's Horsley Hills High, which is a 4 day ride from Kadthal outside Hyderabad to Horsley Hills covering around 590 KM. The person who organized that tour was none other than Krish Basu from The Bike Affair.  Krish has come up with a new and varied list of tours this year ranging from Araku in Andhra Pradesh, to  Mae Hong Song in Thailand and the Ho Chi Minh trails in Vietnam. Check out all about the tours at : https://thebikeaffair.com/page/travel We have our first question as part of our all new segment, “Too Embarrassed To Ask”. And we also talk about Chris Froome’s recent crash. 

Jun 2019

46 min

We analyse the Hyderabad Racing Circuit’s Mass Start Road Race that took place on 2nd June at Movie Towers in Hyderabad. Some of the biggest names in Indian cycling like Naveen John, Jetharam, Mugesh Bhaskar, Parashuram Chenji and many more took part.  We talk to regular guest and HRC core member Akash Panda to do a deep-dive of the race. HRC Mass Start: https://www.facebook.com/events/580959752399077/ We also announce the beginning of a new segment, "Too Embarrassed To Ask". Send us the questions you've always been too embarrassed to ask and we will answer them on the podcast. Of course, we will keep your question anonymous. The most embarrassing question will win a special gift from The Bike Affair. So send us your questions to podcast@thebikeaffair.com.

Jun 2019

52 min

Tour of Nilgiris (TFN) is the premier and most awaited multi-day cycle touring event in India. We talk to Deepak Majipatil about his experience organising TFN, it's conception and the future. The registrations for this year's event in December are open.  Tour of Nilgiris: http://tourofnilgiris.com/ Tour of Glory: https://www.facebook.com/TourofGlory/ In other topics, we preview the Hyderabad Racing Circuit’s Mass Start Road Race taking place on June 2 at Movie Towers in Hyderabad.  HRC Mass Start: https://www.facebook.com/events/580959752399077/ We also announce the beginning of a new segment, "Too Embarrassed To Ask". Send us the questions you've always been too embarrassed to ask and we will answer them on the podcast. Of course, we will keep your question anonymous. The most embarrassing question will win a special gift from The Bike Affair. So send us your questions to podcast@thebikeaffair.com.

Jun 2019

43 min

BMX or Bicycle Motocross is a cycle sport performed on BMX cycle, either in competitive BMX racing or freestyle BMX. We talk to Hamza Khan, the owner of WallRide Park in Hyderabad talks about the BMX culture in India and introduces us to the concept of racing and tricks. He explains the surgical precision required for executing tricks and the work goes behind doing the tricks. WallRide Park: http://www.wallridepark.co/ Funeral BMX India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApUi8QpVwSw Mascot BMX: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9BL4gQMC9y3z8Phrba6HrA BMX at Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PD6pFByqjs&t=237s Dave Mirra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P83IGQ1xTq0 Scottie Cramer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotty_Cranmer Intro/Outro Rap by Prajwal (@11th_tardis_boy) and recorded by Utkarsh.

May 2019

53 min

The Giro d'Italia is taking place right now. It is one of the oldest stage race and the year’s first Grand Tour. Along with Tour de France and the Vuelta Espana, it forms the troika of races considered most prestigious.  This is an explainer episode talking about this year’s race and its contenders..   Reading list: Chirs Froome's biography "The Climb" Chasing Legends: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1996211/ Riding in the Wind: https://mobile.twitter.com/Spragg_Coaching/status/1105063968664666113

May 2019

43 min

Naveen John is a multiple national road racing champion. He took part in the Asian Road Racing Championships at Taskhent, Uzbekistan. We do a deep-dive into the event, the races and the Indian contingent.  Naveen John is the biggest name in India’s cycling. If you are that rare bird who doesn’t know Naveen John: Read and watch .   Asian results are here .

May 2019

77 min

Parashuram Chenji is a two time National Road silver medallist winning the U23 Silver in 2016 and the Elite Criterium in 2017. Parashu talks about his journey in cycling so far. He is especially known for his ability to read a race and his fellow riders. We also talk about the Hyderabad Racing Circuit’s Mass Start Race that took place on 14-April. Parashu is also an avid blogger and all-round awesome dude. Check out his blog: https://parashuramchenji.wordpress.com/

May 2019

66 min

ALPI 4000 Brevet goes around Alps' over 4000 high peaks and covers a distance of 1530 km. Randonneurs Krishna Kunam and Rajesh Krishnamaneni completed the inaugural event in 2018. They talk about their experiences riding the highest Alps of Northern Italy. They will also talk about their experiences London-Edinburgh-London in 2017 and the upcoming Paris-Brest-Paris. This is the first in a series of episodes where will cover riders going to Paris-Brest-Paris. Alpi 4000: https://www.alpi4000.it/en/home London-Edinburgh-London: https://londonedinburghlondon.com/ Paris-Brest-Paris: https://www.paris-brest-paris.org/index2.php?lang=en&cat=accueil&page=edito

Apr 2019

75 min

Gokul talks to Harsha about how to train for general fitness and events. We de-clutter the various jargon and acronyms that are thrown about about by cyclists: ERG, FTP, Zones etc. We also talk about Victor Campenaerts's new hour ride record and we preview the Asian Road Cycling Championships that will take place in Uzbekistan. Mathew Hayman: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/paris-roubaix-winner-mathew-hayman-retiring-racing-394699 ERG mode and Smart trainer: https://support.trainerroad.com/hc/en-us/articles/201869764-Erg-Mode-Explained FTP and Power meters: https://www.cyclingweekly.com/fitness/ftp-cycling-363865 Zones: https://blog.wahoofitness.com/the-ultimate-guide-for-tracking-your-cycling-heart-rate/ Victor Campenaerts blog : https://lottosoudal.be/en/news/diary-victor-campenaerts-part-1

Apr 2019

58 min

We continue our conversation with Maxwell Trevor. He talks about the future of cycling in India, coaching and how to bring more kids into the system. Do listen and send us your feedback to podcast@thebikeaffair.com . The Indian Cycling Podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts  : https://itunes.apple.com/in/podcast/the-indian-cycling-podcast/id1455857035?mt=2 Google Podcasts : https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy85YWJiMTU4L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Spotify         : https://open.spotify.com/show/6yzBsJePXItjb21RFoSgxA Breaker         : https://www.breaker.audio/the-indian-cycling-podcast Overcast        : https://overcast.fm/itunes1455857035/the-indian-cycling-podcast PocketCast      : https://pca.st/Qu3T PodBean         : https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/h74f9-89325/The-Indian-Cycling-Podcast RadioPublic     : https://radiopublic.com/the-indian-cycling-podcast-GEvw4b Stitcher        : https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-indian-cycling-podcast Anchor          : https://anchor.fm/theindiancyclingpodcast

Apr 2019

41 min

Maxwell Trevor set Indian velodromes on fire with his speed in the 1980s.  He is a national record holder, winner of more than 250 medals and an eleven-time national track cycling champion. He is a UCI Certified coach and runs an academy identifying and grooming young talent. Do listen and send us your feedback to podcast@thebikeaffair.com .

Apr 2019

31 min

In this episode we have Krishnendu Basu (Krish) talk about the common issues riders face with Saddles and how to overcome them. In the second half we do a race analysis of "Milan San Remo" that happened over the weekend. Do listen and send us your feedback and questions to podcast@thebikeaffair.com

Mar 2019

49 min

Our guest Akash Panda and co-host Gokul educate Harsha about Individual Time Trial (ITT) as an event. They talk about the Bangalore Bicycle Championship's ITT event that took place on 19-March 

Mar 2019

47 min

What is cadence? Why use cleats and cycling shoes? Gokul does a deep-dive into their importance and how it helps a rider. 

Mar 2019

32 min

Our first guest, Khiyar Pasha is the Director Sportiff of Hyderabad Racing Circuit. We talk about the recently conducted handicap race. How it works, why it's fun and what a cyclist means when he says, "Let's work together ....." . 

Mar 2019

37 min

The Indian Cycling Podcast introduces the hosts and sets out the goals of the podcast.

Mar 2019

10 min

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