Is Going Vegan A Game Changer For Cycling? | GCN Show Ep. 367
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Is Going Vegan A Game Changer For Cycling? | GCN Show Ep. 367

– From the scorched earth in
Woodside, South Australia, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show. – Coming up this week, can going vegan actually
make you a better cyclist? – We also have news from
the Tour Down Under, proof that people like
cycling more than driving. – And what could well be the biggest racing news story of the year, even though it’s only January. – What’s that one? – Come on, mate, don’t be modest. (energetic music) (crowd cheering) – This week in the world of cycling, we learned that American
champion Ruth Winder has come out of the
winter with the best form. She took the overall title at the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under following a stage win in
a game of cat and mouse involving the intermediate
time burners on the final day. Speaking of someone else
who is on top of their game, we also learned this week
that Dan’s still got it. Yeah, finishing 10th in the 15th round of the Wessex Cyclo-cross
League at the weekend, and not only that, also bunny hopping the
barriers whilst doing it. (upbeat music) – [Spectator] Come on, Dan, come on! – As you said Si, still got it. Should we roll that again
in slo-mo for the skills. – Was that real time? – Yeah but it was at the top of a climb, the barriers.
– Oh, okay. We probably don’t need
to watch it in slow-mo, – Well let’s save it–
– That was enough. – Save it for extreme corners, shall we? We also learned this
week that 73% of people who commute to work by car would rather be teleported instead. On the other hand only
35% of SOV commuters would rather swap their
bike for teleportation. – Suggesting then? – Suggesting that most people
actually really enjoy riding their bike to work and back. More on that very cool study
coming later on in the show. – Yeah, after a very hot topic. So, the recent Netflix
sensation, “Game Changers”, portrays a really compelling
case for living life on a plant-based diet, including the documentary featuring a load of high-profile athletes who feel that their diets have contributed really positively to their performance. So, we thought we should
probably find out a bit more from a cycling perspective, given that almost all of the world’s top professional riders are omnivores, could they, and by extension
the rest of us, benefit. (upbeat music) – Hi, there. – [Barista] Hi, there. – Hi, could I get a flat
white and a Cortado, please, – Absolutely. – With oat milk. – Yes, of course. – Yeah, thanks, should we go upstairs? Who better to ask then,
than Nigel Mitchell, who is the author of GCN’s
“Plant-Based Cyclist” book and also a nutritionist. You’ve been working in
professional cycling for what 20 years, Nigel? Yeah and most recently with
EF for the last five seasons. Now, Nigel, I get the
impression that you wrote “The Plant-Based Cyclist”
from a perspective more of how and why you
can be a successful cyclist on a plant-based diet and not
with the sense that it will completely revolutionize your performance but having watched “Game Changers” and even with a cynical head
on, it’s quite compelling. So, has the entire world talk
basically gone plant-based over this winter? – I mean it’s a really
really interesting point that you raise, and it’s definitely had an
effect in the world to a cyclist. Absolutely every single
rider that I’m talking to is looking at reducing the amount of meat and animal foods within their diet. – [Si] I suppose the question that is, given that there are some, you know, some claims about how, you know, it could revolutionize performance and unlock hitherto
untold levels of ability, if we saw a Grand Tour winner
with a proven track record like for example a Chris
Froome or an Egan Bernal or a Tom Dumoulin become plant-based would you expect to see them improve or stay the same or I
don’t know get worse? – Yeah I mean I personally believe that we wouldn’t see an improvement. – Okay. – [Nigel] We would only see an improvement if there is some deficiencies
in their diet at the moment that they are not getting
because they’re not getting enough of these nutrients from plants. – [Si] Okay. – [Nigel] But for them
to perform at the level they’re performing and the
quality of food that is delivered by will to the teams, I would doubt very much
that they’re not getting enough of these nutrients. So, I do not believe that there would be an increase in performance. If they can get everything right, I do not believe there would
be a reduction in performance. – [Si] So why don’t you
think then that there could be a benefit to performance? You know, some of the things
that were talked about was, you know, I think like less
information and you know, like suppression of testosterone
from ingesting like milk, those kind of things which, you know, I think that the science to back it up is limited and non-existent but still it’s their
claims that were made. – Yeah, I mean and they make
really strong, as you say, compelling claims and I think that within, when we’re looking at how
people are tending to eat in the Pro Peloton at
the race as part of the, you’ve got two aspects of it, there is one, you’re saying
that having all of these plants will give you super nutrients and then on the other side, as well, you’re saying that
having these animal foods actually reduce the
performance of the athlete and really from the from
the real research evidence point of view, I’m struggling to actually
see the real evidence that having some animal food in their mounts that like the Pro Riders are eating would have such a negative effect and one more to say I do
believe that if you’re deficient in these
vegetables, in these plants, you will be lacking in some
nutrients that would have a negative impact on performance. So, an example that I’m quite
interested in at the moment is around the eye looking at the macula part of the eye which is really dependent
on some micronutrients such as lutein and the carotenoids and so if you are not having
these type of vegetables then that can affect the
performance of your eye which can affect performance overall. – So, I realize that eating carrots can actually help you see in the dark? – Absolutely. I mean how many rabbits
do you see with glasses? (laughs) No but being serious, these foods provide the
nutrients that we need for the health of our eyes, and what I only see working
with professional riders is that when they’re at the Grand Tours they are getting a lot of these nutrients so one of the things that’s very popular in the Professional Peloton is a lot of vegetable juicing. – That’s actually not too bad. – [Nigel] So, you know the
chef’s can be getting through ten kilos a day of vegetables
for the juice for the riders. There’s always salad and so
that the riders are getting, as a rule, a lot of really focused, plant-based nutrition as it is. – [Si] “The Plant-Based
Cyclist” book has been really successful, it’s been brilliant. Has that taken you by
surprise a little bit? – It has a little bit because, you know, this is really quite a niche book and I believe we’re now
on our third print run and it’s only actually been
out about six or eight weeks so it did take me a
little bit by surprise. But, actually the book, the idea for the book
was really brought about by GCM viewers, so I suppose they have
some ownership within that. So you know the old thing about it was we were doing videos about recovery and all we were talking
about was animal protein and people said, “Well what
about vegetable protein?” And so that made me go away,
look at it, research it, so the viewers themselves
really was the spark for the book so we
shouldn’t be over-surprised. – So, it’s fair to say then, perhaps, that there are some
really compelling reasons to have a plant-based diet but from a performance perspective it’s not going to actually break down incredible barriers unless you’ve got a poor diet in the first place but a poor diet is a poor diet whether you’re eating plant-based
or an omnivorous diet. – Absolutely and I don’t
really like to use the word ‘good’ and ‘bad’ and ‘poor’, but I think that what
we’re talking about is what is appropriate for what
people are wanting to do and that there is that danger and people always talk about it, of people just, you know,
just because somebody’s on a plant-based diet
doesn’t make it healthy, so you can switch from having, if all you do is you
switch from having meat to having non-animal
foods but just more of it, just means so you’re going
to get the nutrients in, we know that one of the
things that’s very popular is a vegan sausage roll but that doesn’t mean to say that that is nutritionally beneficial
and the whole part of what I was trying to do with the book was to empower people to be able to make the most appropriate
choices for themselves on both the theoretical and
a practical level, as well , with the recipes that’s
included in the book. – Cool, nice, thank you very much. And now we know Dan that
whether you’ve gone plant-based or not it won’t actually affect that top ten performance from the weekend. – Although I can improve that
if I get myself a cross bike and time my warm up better. Also I was just at the end
of a big training block, see. – Also, you seem to wearing
a lot of clothes for, a one hour effort.
– I feel slightly overdressed. (laughs) Thought I’d be pro, you
know, take it casual. – [Si] Yeah, now someone
who isn’t overdressed is John Cannings who, once
again, has been the lucky one to travel out to Australia
to film the season opener of the Tour Down Under. But unfortunately this year there has been both a literal and metaphorical cloud hanging over the event. – We are of course talking
about those horrible bush fires that have been affecting
large swathes of Australia as a number of brands
actually and riders have been using their profile to raise
money for the affected areas. Amongst them is EF, Education
First’s, Lachlan Morton. – Now, Lachy, I don’t need to explain to the viewers out there about what’s been happening in Australia with the bush fires ’cause I think it’s been
publicized worldwide but I understand you’ve been doing your own little bit of fundraising could you explain what exactly
you’ve been doing with that? – Yeah, I mean obviously it’s
like pretty dire situation for a lot of people, so I was trying to look at what I could do just to raise some money so
I just did a few bunch rides in and around Sydney. Anyone who raised over $500 I went and rode with them, which like, but yeah for me it’s easy, ’cause I’d be out riding
anyway you know so like it’s like this it’s a pretty small thing I could do compared to
what a lot of people were having to do, but yeah it was great, we
could raise some money, ride bikes, so, it was nice to see like the
cycling community in Sydney area sort of come together and
yeah we got out and rode and raised a bunch of
money, so it was cool. – Before we finish with the
Tour Down Under, quick reminder, you can watch the women’s
Santos Tour Down Under as live on the GCN racing youtube channel where you’ll also be
able to get live coverage of the men’s race, all six stages or as live
if you miss it at the time. – Yeah that’s right. Very good actually for
whetting the appetite for what will be undoubtedly
one of the biggest events in the cycling calendar this year. Ollie’s Hour Record attempt
is now less than a month away. He’s getting nervous, isn’t he? – I’m not surprised. – Anyway, let’s have our weekly update. (upbeat music) – Alright guys I’m just
down at Newport Velodrome doing a bit of training but I thought I’d give
you a quick bike check and an update on my bike that I’m going to be
doing the Hour Record on. So, this is it but it’s not finished. I know it looks very fast as it is but we’re going to make it even faster. So it’s a BMC track machine which is the same frame
that Rohan Dennis used but at the front, at the moment, I’ve got this Mavic 5-spoke in, we’re going to swap that for a disc wheel which has lower drag
when you’re going faster. We’ve also got the cockpit at the front, this is kind of stock from
AeroCoach at the moment, but we’re going to make
a custom molded one that’s specific to me and that will make the front
end more aerodynamic as well. And then the chainrings, at the moment it’s got a 52×14 which is the same ratio
that Eddy Merckx used but we’re going to put a
bigger chainring on there that’s solid, this is going to be a bit more aerodynamic and also it puts the chain
through a less tight angle so there’s less friction
in the drivetrain. Also got my nice Aero Speedplay pedals on, they’re staying on there. But yeah, I mean she’s fast as she is now, so with the modifications
we’ve got planned (whistles) it’s basically going to pedal itself. Hopefully. (upbeat music) – It is now time for your
weekly GCN Inspiration where you submit your
inspirational cycling photos or videos using the GCN App. Three prizes as ever, those
prize this week being Si, third-place? – Caskets! – Yep, second place? – Jersey! – first place? – Is another Jersey, weird,
and matching base layer. – Great, so without further ado. – Or just something you
can wear to the gym. – Yeah or to the Christmas party. – Maybe you could wear it to
the gym (laughs), just saying. – All right, in third
place and then therefore winning the casket, it is: – DorinMantoui – “Zero degrees, no snow, yay.” – [Si] Yay, I like that that
is a absolutely cracking photo. – [Dan] We had some good
weather over the weekend here in the UK. – [Si] We did, it looked even
nicer than that, brother. That’s a banger of a photo,
right, so there we go, a casket winging its way to you. Second place was this from Dish Soap, “The Loop”, from Tucson, Arizona. Now, that is inspirational
at that moment, Dan, ’cause one day soon even
riding in the United Kingdom will look like that. Maybe not this month,
maybe not next month, probably not the month
after that or after that but at some point this
year we’ll get a day. – What is that a designated bike path because if it is I’m not
sure anywhere near me is going to look like that anytime soon. – That’s a good point. – If that’s surely too
narrow for American cars. (laughs) Meanwhile, the winner,
and therefore receiving the Fan Kit Jersey and base layer is, AG Jones, “After bike
riding the Cornish coast, my 9-year-old son and I
decided to head for the beach in January to see the sunset. Don’t worry, he turned around
before he reached the sea.” What an epic shop that is. – [Si] That is amazing, isn’t it? – [Dan] Once again showing
that we are suckers for sunrises and sunsets. – That’s it and there we are
banging on about the weather in Tucson, Arizona, and actually that is
in the United Kingdom. So there we go, fantastic. – Well-deserved winner this week. Don’t forget to get involved by uploading your photos and videos to the app. We’ve got an honorable mention
though this week, haven’t we? – We do, it’s not often we
get an honorable mention. – No, that honorable mention goes to, let’s just find out, Geraint. “I love watching my shadow
when I cycle sometimes and even though the shadow
is behind the rider here I like the way it stretches
out behind him or her.” – [Si] I like that as well, Dan. That is a very nice sketch. – [Dan] It is, yeah,
no prizes for sketches though unfortunately, but if it’s good enough you
might get an honorable mention. – Yeah, so now, but just to clarify when we said “Geraint”, it’s not Geraint Thomas, unfortunately, and we know this because he’s also written that he rides a Mojo as
opposed to a Pinarello F12. So, that was a bit of a
disappointment, wasn’t it? But still, thanks for sending it in. (trumpet music) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – Cycling Shorts now,
and we’re going to start with that teleportation study. Two academics from Utah State University Prasanna Humagain and Patrick Singleton have looked in to
perceptions of travel time and how much people enjoy
their chosen method of travel based on a large
cross-section of commuters in Portland, Oregon. – [Dan] Basically if you just want to get to your destination you
would choose teleportation. – Yeah, you would. – Whereas if you actually
quite liked that journey teleportation would be rubbish. So it was quite interesting to note that a lot of walkers and cyclists tend to favor the commute. In fact, more walkers even than cyclists. – Yeah, although Dan, it’s either that, that they like the commute
or they’re just technophobic, literally scared of teleportation. ‘Cause, you know, ear would
end up in like your forehead when you got to work. – They actually asked
that question in the study and only 9% of people
said that they were afraid of the technology. Which is quite a similar
percentage I think to disc brakes versus rim braids. On the other hand 17% of the people simply didn’t seem to
get the survey, did they? Because they said that
teleportation is impossible. – (laughs) Yeah, I
definitely wouldn’t teleport, I’d still rather ride to
work I think most days. Get a lot fitter riding
compared to teleportation. – I don’t really see the point
in answering the question. – Why not? – Teleportation’s impossible. – Well, yeah, there we go. Right, now one of our
favorite professional cyclists in recent times, Ian Boswell, had a horrific crash during
Tirreno-Adriatico last year, suffering from a concussion
that took an awful long time to recover from, so much so, in fact,
that he has had to retire from Pro Road racing. – He has, but he’s now about
to embark in Gravel racing. – Oh yeah. – He announced this news
actually in the first episode of what looks like is going to
be a very cool series of videos. (upbeat music) – Now whilst we’re talking about gravel clearly it is the latest
hot topic in cycling, so much so, in fact, that according to an article on Velo News, national governing body USA
Cycling have been meeting with Gravel race organizers to
see if they can get involved. – [Dan] I’m not sure about you, Si, but my take from that article
was that the answer was “No”. – [Si] Yeah, pretty much. – There’s another interesting
one actually on about a very exciting meeting between the UCI and the organizers and founders of L’Eroica about a
potential gravel series. – That’s right, now initially
it sounds really promising, doesn’t it, Dan? Longer races potentially
through the night, no race radios, no team
cars, new and unknown roads, but then it all starts to get a bit weird. – So much so, in fact,
that we had to check the original Italian
article to make sure that it wasn’t a hoax. So, no head units, no climbing gears. – [Si] Yeah, bit pointless. – And a ban on any riders
with less than 6% body fat, so there’s nobody there, it
looks so unhealthy, it’s scary. – [Si] (laughs) I don’t get that. – Yeah, count me out, I would. – Yeah, right now, we
should finish Cycling Shorts with this story that we
found on Ciclismo a Fondo about Colombian rider Julian
Quintero who was racing the Tour of Guangzhou last year when a local rider riding
for a small Chinese team rode up alongside him in the Peloton and said, “Hello, dad,” – And apparently he is indeed his son, a son that he never knew existed until very recently and the result of what we shall say was
a short term relationship at a training camp 18 years ago. – Now, Quintero fair play to him seems really quite pleased with this and he has said that he’s
absolutely going to play a part in his son’s life now he knows about him. – Fair play, although he must be petrified going on to other former
training camp destinations, wasn’t he? (laughs) Worried what he’s going to find. – Well, yeah. Fortunately, Dan, or
unfortunately at the time, none of my training camps were like that so I can travel around
the world without fear. – It is now time for hack
forward slash bodge of the week. If you’d like to get
involved in this segment, all you need to do is
upload your hacks and bodges either in video or photo
format to the GCN app. The first one this week
comes in from Brent Baker. “I ride here in Canada
year-round and I despise riding with gloves,” – [Si] What, that sounds mad! – [Dan] I know, “so I made these pogies from an old 7 mm wetsuit. Haven’t had cold hands since
nor have I had to use gloves.” – Wow, well Dan, that does
sound like a hack, doesn’t it? – [Dan] It sounds like a hack to me but I don’t mind using gloves. – [Si] No, I don’t either. Well, they’re actually, you know, if there was an option of not
using gloves, I’d take it. Leave it to a Canadian to do that. You know, I’ve read an article about like the biggest snowfall in
24 hours or something in Canada it was like 80 cm of snow. – Oh yeah I saw a picture
of somebody that opened adoor just to a wall of snow. – Yeah. – I tell you what that looks
like proper winter there, doesn’t it, not like
those videos that we do, when we try to tell people
how to dress for winter. – After all, skin’s waterproof. – It might be waterproof
but it’s not that warm. – Right there, next time
we’ll have some pogies. Right, next up we’ve got this
one turned in from Pawelbob, “Spotted this bike in Shanghai.” Now, I know what you’re
thinking, that looks pretty rude. The thing that we’re wondering
is why there’s a plastic bag over the rear derailleur. – I mean those tri-spokes
look quite happy, don’t they? – Gold mine. – Helicopter blades there. But yes, please answer the
question in the comment section down below if you’ve got an answer to that ’cause we have no idea. – No, but now I kind of think that maybe I do need to put a plastic
bag around my rear met when I leave my bike at the station. – Yeah, it wouldn’t rust. Right, moving on, we heard
this from Daniel Pana, “Thief Protection 2.0.” This is amazing. I can’t quite figure out
how the saddles come out and this bar that goes on
the other side of the bar that he’s locked it up to then
slips back into the seat post because you still need a down tube. More questions for our viewers to answer. – Absolutely, hopefully we’ve
got some crank engineers working on this as we speak, Dan, ’cause well, apart from
looking terrifying, it would be effective thief
protection, wouldn’t it? – [Dan] Yeah, well I’m
saying hack for that before I know the answer to how, in fact, I’m not sure
we said ‘hack or bodge’ for the previous one, ‘bodge’ for the previous one before that and we said ‘hack’ for the
first one, right moving on. – Okay, next one, got from Dan Dan, “Born to be wild these days.” And yeah that does look like
a quite cool easy rider, doesn’t it? – [Dan] Dan Dan had to use that username because I already had Dan (laughs) – Right and we had this
one come in from Bkommuter, “Here’s a puzzle for you,
when is adding weight to a bike and using tape
and zip ties not a bodge? Answer? I’ve got an
answer ready for this one. When you need to balance your bike the child seat on the back so you can commute to school every day but your front rack still
hasn’t been delivered. Two things Si hates, but will
he let it go for the kids?” – Well, no ’cause like, bodging
something onto your bike, ’cause you haven’t taken delivery
of the part that you need I mean that’s a bodge
isn’t it, not a hack? – [Dan] Yeah. – Anyway, just to clarify zip ties, like a zip tie, per se, I
don’t have a problem with. What I have a problem with is a zip tie being essential to your bike, like when manufacturers are like, “Oh, we’ll just stick it to
the frame of the zip tie, no one’ll know it or mind,” that’s what I don’t like. Anyway, this last– – Thanks for the clarification. – That’s right, mate. This one from Leeboy180, Dan, this is frankly terrifying, “I was on a cycling holiday in France when I came across a cafe which sold these great stained
glass-filled bike components.” Now, admittedly it does look great, but look at that disc
brakes is so dangerous, that rotor has been embedded
in a solid piece of rock, that looks like some kind of
granite, if I’m not mistaken, – Yeah, what chance does
my calf muscle stand if it goes through rock, like that? – Well they’re not chiseled
from granite anymore, are they, Dan? – Then we had this one sent in by Deano, “Solved the issue of where
to stick the front wheel when using a suction cup bike rack. I have 12 mm through bolt, so a SeaSucker knob won’t do the job.” – [Si] There we go, hack,
and not a zip-tie in sight. So, yeah I’m thinking that
is a pretty good hack there. – Right, that’s all for
this week’s Hacks and Bodges but we need your help
because over on the GCN app we’ve already got next
week’s Hacks and Bodges for you to vote on. I know that loads of you get frustrated whether we deem things a hack or a bodge. – And get things completely wrong. – So, now’s your chance to
show us that we are wrong and we’ll be reading out the
answers and the votes next week – Yeah if you want to find
the GCN Show in the app or in fact any of our weekly shows, when you get to the main page you can scroll along that
little bar at the top until you get to ‘Shows.’ When you click on there
you’ll find the GCN Show and underneath it will be
all the posts from this week and all the posts from next week, as well. – Also, if you go to Extreme Corner you’ll find me bunny
hopping over some barriers (laughs) in a cyclocross race. – It’s like a dusty corner
of the app with cobwebs and stuff like that, tumbleweed rolling across it. (upbeat music) It’s time now for Caption Competition, that point in the show where
you get a chance to win a much-coveted GCN Elite water bottle. All you got to do is
write a caption to a photo that we’re about to give you. As ever, we’re going to
start with the results from the last week. Dan, you weren’t here but
I think I filled his shoes admirably actually, no pun intended there. Yeah can I tell you what my caption was? – Yeah, go on. – “Ashoo!” (wind blows) – It’s two shoes, not a shoe. I mean apart from now that would
have been absolutely genius I’d take my hat off to you but
it’s not factually correct. But we did have a genius one come in from Colin Forsythe who is this week’s winner of the Elite water bottle. His caption is, “Fabio does
a little sole searching to figure out how to reduce
his carbon footprint.” – I’ve got to hand it
to him that is genius, that is absolutely genius, probably Top 5 captions
of all time, I think. – I reckon so, out of 367 shows. And have we always had the
caption photos at the beginning, though did we? Anyway, moving on, this week’s photo comes
from the Tour Down Under’s press conference with
Rohan Dennis, Richie Porte, and Mads Pederson, the world champion. We should get you started, “Richie Porte unhappy about
having to get a fake tan after losing commuter challenge.” He does look remarkably similar
to you just before Christmas – [Si] He does, doesn’t he, yeah. – Looks lean though watch
out for Richie Porte in the Tour Down Under. – Super lean. – Could the King of Willunga
win the overall standings this year? – Well, I don’t know. (upbeat music) – We shall shortly be informing
you as to what’s coming up on GCN over the next week
but before we do, as ever, a few of our favorite comments
from the previous seven days. Starting with this one
underneath James and Mark’s bike-packing in Patagonia video, – [Si] That was good. – [Dan] Aditya Shetty, “That
awkward high-five or side hug moment between James and Pablo 11:42 is me every time I meet someone new on a ride.” Did look a bit awkward, didn’t it? – [Si] It did, just
what was James thinking, you don’t hug like people
you’ve never met before. – James hugs everybody,
I mean, he knows me, it’s still awkward. – Well, I’ve got a no-hug policy, even with poor old James. I’m just like, no. – Only on special occasions. – Yeah, yeah that’s true. – Not every bloody morning. – No, exactly. Anyway, right, next up, we’ve
got this one from underneath, “Should Cyclist Go to the Gym,” Richard Brabbs said, “I love the way their legs look buff and their arms look like a
piece of wet celery,” (laughs), and then NOMA, “One look at Simon and GCN
answers their own question, yes.” Which, yeah fair enough. Sometimes wet celery is
really good for performance. – Yeah, well Jon Cannings
also commented on that very same video, saying, “It makes me want
to go and pump some iron,” and looking at his legs
outside those Slazenger shorts I think maybe he’s well-advised to do so, not that I can talk, obviously. – [Si] Yeah, he’s probably
also advised to go to Richie Porte’s tanning salon, isn’t he? Again just to fit in
with the locals (laughs). – Underneath “How to Use Nutrition to Enhance Your Training,” there were a lot of very similar
comments under this video, weren’t there, but one of
them that we picked out, was from Daniel Ellis, “I’ve been watching GCN videos
for nearly seven years now and I don’t think I’ve
seen any new presenter to be so natural so
quickly as Conor and Manon. I mean, it’s taken Si and
Dan years to get good at it.” There’s a compliment
in there somewhere, Si. – There is, yeah. – He is implying that we’re good at it now but I would agree with you, Daniel, they were absolutely fantastic
in their very first video. We kept saying, “It’s much
harder than it looks,” didn’t we? – Yeah we did, yes. – Slightly arrogantly. – And yeah now we’ve been rumbled. – Fights like a foolish. – Fortunately for everyone out there Conor and Manon are going
to be cropping up in videos regularly on the channel from now, so it’s great, isn’t it? – It is, yes, right. Coming up on the channel
over the next week starting on Wednesday, where we’re going to show you how to write your own training plan. Might not be quite as
difficult as you think. On Thursday– – Am I presenting? (laughs) – Yes, worst things to
say to a pro cyclist, “Oh, you look healthy,” (laughs) is amongst them, no one said that to Richie Porte recently. Friday, packing for your
next adventure ride. – That’s right and then on Saturday this was frankly terrifying, how to manage your weight
like a pro cyclist. EF, Education First
nutritionist Nigel Mitchell came in and put me through my paces of what a new recruit to a World Tour team would go through. Then on Sunday, we’ve
got a day in the life of a pro cyclist at training camp. Ollie was fortunate
enough to go and see AG2R and spend the day with Oliver Naesen. Not sure whether Naesen knew about that before Ollie arrived but anyway he did let him hang out. – Yeah I bet Ollie dropped
them all with all the training he’s been doing for that Hour Record. – Why, I bet he did, yeah. – Then on Monday of course
it’s the raging new show over on GCN Racing. Tuesday were back in the
set here for the GCN Show but don’t forget live coverage
of the Tour Down Under where you can watch it
as live if you’re asleep. As it’s almost the end of the show it’s time for Extreme Corner which this week of course
I’m very excited about because it’s now me
bunny-hopping barrows in slow-mo (upbeat music) – Come on, Dan, come on. – (coughs) That’s probably all
we got time for of that clip, haven’t we? It’s going to take ages if we
watch it in slo-mo (laughs) Right, thank you very much for watching the GCN Show this week. As ever, of course, please give us a like and also share this video. – And if you would like
to watch some more videos, if you haven’t already seen this next one you’ve got to watch it. It’s Mark Beaumont and Hank
over in Patagonia bike-packing, looks fantastic and you’ll
find it just down here.


  • Alan H

    Few things are as annoying as vegans ranting. If someone chooses to eat vegan then all well and good for them. Sadly it turns them into annoying as f**k evangelical preachers who need to convert the entire world to vegan. Not going to watch this video and I'll never watch any video with vegan in the title as I don't want to be vegan and more than that I don't want to be preached at.

  • roadracer1584

    Fad diets won't make you faster on the bike. Genetics or, if you didn't choose your parents wisely, EPO, steroids, and other PED's will work.

  • Michael O

    Caption :
    Richie Porte: "What do you guys think: Might this match the Ochre Leaders Jersey?"
    Rohan Dennis: "…I hope you don't ask that again if you want to win the mountain classification at the Tour de France"

  • King Fish

    Milk doesn't do a body good. Eat much more plant-based and fewer meats. Look at the history of veganism, it's started as a religion. That should tell you much about it's "science", none.

  • Raw Vegan Performance

    Some facts from my experience after 5 years vegan: before my FTP was 4,2 W/Kg, with "normal" healthy diet. Two months training on road bike vegan I got to 4,6. With a 90 % raw vegan diet, BMI of lower 21, I almost reached 5 W/Kg in my peak phase. Before I rode BMX for 15 years, almost professional, 4 hours a day in my early years, so those numbers are easy to explain (over all just 15.000k on the road bike). But the main fact about all is: you have to do everything you can to get some percent of improvement long term over the years. Without a basic fundament of training and nutritional experience it surely doesn´t work for most of the people. It´s a long road to go, to have a cleaner, lighter body, with more performance.

  • A J

    This answered nothing. Just his opinion no science to back it up. Cut to Aussie bushfires caused by climate change of which animal agriculture is the 3rd largest contributer thereof.

  • cunning_linguist

    My three female cousins went vegan for most of their adult life (over 20 years) and all three got some kinds of nutritional deficiencies in the end although they were complementing with dietary supplements. Two of them eat meat again now (and look more healthier/stronger than ever) and one is vegetarian now but still looks very thin and is tired all the time. I don't think the humans have evolved to live vegan for a longer period of time. We're ominivors and the advantage of this is that in sparse times we can survive only eating plants. But it's not ideal and there wasn't a longer period in human existence where some meat or fish wasn't part of our diet.

  • Jon Davies

    The down tube breaks in half (which seems like a terrible idea) and becomes the top and bottom arms of the lock, the main bar of the lock is the seatpost which looks huge and which is slotted back in and secured with a quick-release. Looks like a neat solution if the down tube is in fact safe to ride in 2 pieces and if you don't really care about your wheels being half inched.

  • Paul Elkington

    As a person with asthma and chronic sinusitis, both of which are inflamatory diseases, I started a plant based diet five days ago, immediately after having seen the programme. Obviously it's much to early to see any benefit, but I'll give it a month and see what happens.

  • Paul Elkington

    I'm not sure that Nigel saw the programme, nothing was mentioned about the "alleged" reduction in inflamation and hence increase in recovery rate.

  • lejkb2101

    Guys, that strange bike locking contraption is called a YERKA bike. Stealing it will destroy it, so there's really no point to steal it. I have had mine for almost 3 years now and I am very happy with it. No need to carry a bike lock around.

  • santiago alfaro

    the anti theft bike that you show it´s called yerka bikes.

  • Al K

    People be seeing vegan diets help them cause they cant keep weight on and slim way down, world tour cyclists dont need to slim down anymore

  • R W

    I think the perfect diet would be plant based with a bit of oily fish, an occasional egg or two and some organic liver from your preferred beast of choice.

  • Drew Kime

    That self-locking bike is probably the Yerka.

  • Ralf Aßmann

    Greetings from the 6Days race in Berlin: spotted 'GCN' on Manon Lloyd's bib shorts! She made a good race! 👍 Anyway is she related to Dan???

  • Rod Diaz

    Oi – the Colombian rider's story (Quintero), is a confirmed "Dia de los Inocentes" joke – it's the Hispano-american equivalent of April Fools.

  • Grant Beerling

    The biggest bonus is no lactose…ie no more bloating which for a high percentage of the population is an issue with lactose intolerance, it is after all baby food for cows….And err… more regular consistent movements so to speak…
    Negatives….vegan cheese…nope not there yet, and miss eggs
    But on a positive; vegan chocolate expensive but great…

  • Astrid Southam

    Wasn't quite awake when I watched this and for a few seconds became very interested to hear about time travel and its tenuous link to cycling…

  • Nathan Everitt

    Just to let you know Si, "Huan zoo" or whatever it was that you said at 19:00mins is actually pronounced "Gwung joe"!
    And a little heads up for next time, the "zh" in Chinese Pinyin (which is the romanised form of writing Mandarin Chinese) basically makes the same sound as an English "J "as in J-ack.
    So… now its test time!
    Simon, below are two questions, you have 20 seconds per question to first think then pronounce.
    Simon how would you pronounce:
    1. "Shenzhen" (A large modern city in southern China)
    2. "Zhongwen" (meaning the Chinese language)
    Good luck and Happy Chinese New Year from an English man that speaks Chinese.
    ps. Cant wait to hear you attempts next week!

  • Craig Calvert

    caption: "Maybe I can convince Rohan it's critical for his mental health to get off his bike before the Willunga stage"

  • Total Control 871

    During my time as a homeless man who would leave his bike parked out front of cafes in below-freezing temperatures for several hours at a time, I can attest to the fact that your rear Mech will indeed freeze up from condensation that settles on it.

    caption: Richie Porte has a Jeff Dunham puppet…."I KEEL YOU!!"

  • Dominic Ward

    The whole veganism thing is overhyped nonsense. It can only work with massive supplementation. Those supplements can only come from industrial manufacturing processes.

    Take the oat “milk” you asked for in the coffee. It is a highly industrialised product that bears little relation to milk. Almond milk is even worse with it water demand and heavy pesticide use.

    Dads like these for high performance athletes will fall away when they begin to suffer the nutrient deficiency inherent in plant based diets

  • scienide77

    For pro cyclist it shouldnt matter, there is an entire team behind it taking care of a balanced diet and monitoring the riders health. For amateurs i guess its possible if you are a dedicated vegan that has a basic understanding of nutrition and carefully monitor your intake but in general it's easier for a non vegan to balance their meals.

  • Lord Darkhelmet

    I have a new found respect for Vegans and people trying a vegan diet. My riding buddies an I stopped for coffee on a ride and I opted for the vegan coffee and walnut cake.
    My mouth watering as I took a bite and 😋😏😒🙄☹🤢🤮 it was disgusting!! Not a patch on my mums full fat coffee and walnut cake.Hats off to you vegan types and good luck with that.

  • dombower

    Game changers. If it can make a bunch of cyclists ditch the bacon sandwich for a fruit smoothie, it will have done wonders to the cycling performance of every cyclist.

  • Vegan Simber

    You should have a good chat with Ash Beech and Katie kookaburra who are both plant based cyclists.

    They both have their own YouTube channels and are on Strava.

  • Christian Boyce

    A plant based diet is just a fad, the diet of the moment. It will pass and another "game changer" will come by us. Eat meat don't eat meat, be vegi don't be vegi or be vegan or don't be vegan. Eating healthy is the key!!

  • Gerald Davis

    I was a keen race cyclist and vegan for 15 years. It was a disaster for my health. I also taught anatomy and physiology to pre and post grad nursing students. The video "Game Changers" is scientifically biased and deeply flawed. In my view it is part of a liberal agenda which distorts the truth, cherry picks data and hides facts. I found health again in a ketogenic diet. I am now 70 and fitter, slimmer and stronger than when I was 55.

  • Phillip Cowan

    Vegans conveniently ignore the last 4.5 million years of human evolution. All the fossil evidence shows we've been eating meat for a long time and that it allowed us to become what we are. I'm just so goddamned tired of this lame plant based BS. Do we eat too much meat in western countries,probably. Are there ethical humane concerns about how we raise livestock, certainly. But what about the environment you say? Well, raising pastured animals is better for the environment than millions of acres of monoculture GMO crops sprayed with millions of gallons of petrochemical herbicides. North America was once covered from coast to coast with bison and I don't recall hearing about an ecological catastrophe in the pleistocene that was attributed to too much bovine flatulence. Cereal crops degrade the human gut over time. The human gut isn't really designed to deal with grass. Cows can do it but they have four stomachs. Go paleo man!

  • Ryan Brink

    Thought that hack/bodge bike with the split down tube looked familiar, thought it might have been a kickstarter back in the day. Not much of a hack, since you just buy one, but still an interesting idea for a commuter bike.

  • MemoFromEssex

    I eat a plant-based diet, I'm not cultist – most people would benefit from eating much more wholefoods, unprocessed plant foods. Too many people are overweight because they eat too many calorific animal products and they'd benefit hugely to switching to a mostly plant-based diet

  • The Truth

    Impotence is caused by cycling seats crushing the testicular veins. Veganism makes it even worse because of all that soy messing up hormones.

  • J K

    Vegans are more sick, going off from sickday statistics at my workplace. The biggest benefit from going vegan is that you can can judge other people on an everyday basis, at the same time feeling that you are a saint

  • Andrew Cunniff

    I've been vegan for 2 months now, and I have had constant PB's since. Great health benifits too. Also had my blood work done, and I have upped my calcium, B12 and Iron. And my protein has stayed the same and I ate a lot of meat before. I highly recommend it.

  • durianrider

    100% there is a boost in performance when people take my vegan diet protocol onboard. Why?
    1. Blood volume goes up
    2. Body fat goes down
    3. Iron and b12 go up
    4. Insulin sensitivity goes up
    5. Muscle glycogen goes up.

    Most vegan diets will have you floored on the ground because they are carb deficient and contain too much fat. Fat blunts insulin sensitivity and causes red blood cell aggregation.

    I applaud Nigel for being open minded and backing vegan options. Thing is though he has never done epic rides so doesnt understand how the body feels on either dietary choices. He can only go with what he reads vs what is personally experienced. That is common for people who go to university.

  • Javi Gonzalez

    For more on this, take a look at the following critique of Game Changers:

  • Aaron David

    Finally some common sense about food. It’s not the foods that you don’t eat that make you healthy, it’s the foods you do eat. The benefits come from getting enough of the right stuff, assuming a healthy, balanced approach and appropriate calorie levels. Everyone knows eating a lot of plant based foods is best for you. Who would argue with that? So say I eat plant based but then at each meal throw in a slice of cheese, an egg, or maybe some chicken at dinner. I’m just as healthy, if not more so, then the person who cuts these foods out altogether.

  • Jæ Š

    The most potent protein available to cyclists is actually made from…


    Eat the elite and make cannibalism great again

  • David Mansfield

    I'd really like to go vegan for various reasons. I just can't get my wife and mother-in-law (who lives with us) to go along with it. I know they are capable of eating vegan because my son has an allergy to animal proteins and so they cook vegan meals whenever he comes home for a visit. I guess they just love him more than me. LOL!

  • J S

    lol fuck that, I like my chicken, beef, and pork. You do realize that eating a meat rich diet prompted the human brain to develop as it is today right? Yeah good luck with that.

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