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Bike Race Weekly

By Ryan Girouard
Bike Race Weekly is a show that highlights what's great about bike racing. We cover everything from crits, mountain, cyclocross, road and more!
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EP. 70: Balancing Zwift Racing and Training
Zwift Racing, balancing base training and e-racing, USAC has increased license pricing.
November 20, 2020
EP. 69: The Ultimate Diet! But Maybe Not?
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November 13, 2020
EP. 68: Zwifters are Hard Core Gamers
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November 3, 2020
EP. 67: Project Echelon Racing League
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October 29, 2020
EP. 66: What New Bikes Will We Get?
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October 15, 2020
EP. 65: Bike Packing Trip Turns Disastrous!
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October 2, 2020
EP. 64: Zwift Racing, Bike Packing, and the Tour de France
EP. 64: Zwift Racing, Bike Packing, and the Tour de France
September 25, 2020
EP. 63: Easing and Restarting Training for 2021
Now is the time to accept that any chance of racing in 2020 is all but lost. We dive into how to dial back the training, refocus on recovery, find new ways to stay motivated and look to come back stronger than ever in 2021!
July 30, 2020
EP. 62: Finding New and Exciting Racing
We talk all about how we've adapted to new types of training and enjoyment doing new types of racing.
July 14, 2020
EP. 61: BMX Racing, Dirt Jumping and Crashing
Triathlon training, BMX racing, Mounting biking, and coming back after a crash.
June 25, 2020
EP. 60: New Crit Formats, BMX racing, Half Ironman Goals
This week we discuss how to improve Crit racing for both racers and spectators, upcoming BMX racing and how Ryan has been doing with his new Half Ironman training and goals for his first Half Ironman.
June 11, 2020
EP. 59: Everything is Cancelled!
As we continue to hear about cancelled races we discuss how we're handling the rest of the 2020 season and what we do without any racing. 
June 3, 2020
EP. 58: Handling Training in Quarantine
We discuss how we’re training while in quarantine and how to shift season expectations and goal setting.
April 3, 2020
EP. 57: USA Crits
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March 11, 2020
EP 56 Beers, Bikes and Crit Racing
Beer recommendations, crit racing vs. road racing body types, updated FTP's and who to look out for in the upcoming USA Crit Calendar. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly…/…/bike-race-weekly/id1375368037 Don't forget to check us out on our NEW YouTube channel!
March 5, 2020
EP. 55: We Make Fun of Cyclists
With the launch of E-Mountain Bike Racing we ponder why are cyclists so mad about changes? So in this episode we make fun of ourselves and our community over the ridiculous stuff that cyclists hate. Don't forget to check us out on our NEW YouTube channel!
February 22, 2020
EP. 54: From Competitive Climbing to Cycling
This week we have friend of the podcast, Pete, a previously competitive climber join us along with previous guest Anna. Pete was a competitive rock climber turned gravel enthusiast. Big news from the USA Cycling upgrade system and we are now on YouTube!
February 13, 2020
EP 53: Podcast Got an Upgrade!!!
We are excited to announce that we have gone video! We are now uploading our podcast to watch on YouTube at Bike Racing Weekly Podcasts. We've also added a new segment to the show called Beer of the Week! Check out the podcast on YouTube and subscribe on any podcast apps!
February 12, 2020
Episode 52: Back at it Again!!!
We are back with a new season of Bike Race Weekly. Right out of the gun we hit with hot tips on racing and 200 IQ race moves. Sit back, relax, or maybe pedal a bike!
January 30, 2020
EP. 51: Off Season Goals and Plans
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December 6, 2019
EP. 50: Better Results in Racing, HOT NEWS!!!, Current State of U.S. Cycling
We had another race last weekend with much better results for both of us. We dive into how the race went, what we did well, what didn't go well and we dive into our race strategy. We have some hot news about a World Tour race in the U.S. and we dive into the current state of U.S. cycling. We finish with what we think makes U.S. cycling great and different from the rest of the world. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly.
November 1, 2019
EP. 49: Waterloo CX, Sun Prairie CX, Running Shoes, Heart Rate Variability
Lots of racing going on in the Madison area with the Trek Waterloo CX race this past weekend and the Sun Prairie CX race this up coming weekend. Ryan also got some sick new running shoes so we talk about proper running shoes and finish up with heart rate variability.
October 23, 2019
EP. 48: Cyclocross Racing, Off Season Training, USA Cycling License Increases
First cyclocross race is in the books and our next race is approaching this weekend at the Trek Factory in Waterloo, WI. We talk about what we learned from our first race and what we expect from the next race. We also discuss a few off season topics like weight lifting, running and swimming. Lastly, USA cycling may be increasing cycling licenses again and we discuss our thoughts about a license increase and how USA cycling uses that money. All that and more on this episode of bike race weekly. Spotify: iTunes: z Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Stitcher:    Tags: biking, bike, crit, criterium, cycling, cyclocross, madison, mountain, racing, road, shimano, sram, tour, trainer, training, usacrits, usacycling, wisconsin
October 16, 2019
EP. 47: Cyclocross Racing
We start cyclocross racing this week and continue racing for 4 weeks in a row. We discuss how our training changes over the next few weeks now that we are in full race mode. We then get into what we are doing in our off season and how we each plan our off seasons. To finish out we talk about what we want to do in the future and it may not solely be bike racing. All that and more on this episode of Bike Race Weekly. Spotify: iTunes: z Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Stitcher:   
October 8, 2019
EP. 46: Mountain Bike Camp Trips
We've been doing some mountain bike trips and dive into how to make bike camping trips successful. With one camping veteran and a first timer, Rick learned alot about the art of survival while Ryan slept peacefully on his air mattress. Find out more on this episode of Bike Race Weekly!
September 24, 2019
EP. 45: Is Cyclocross the Key to Success???
Cyclocross training is in full effect for us. We attended the Neff Cycle Service Cross practice on the East side of Madison this week. Check out their Facebook page if you would like to attend as well! We dissect how our first practice race went and how we'll apply that to our own practice session this weekend. Lastly we discuss how Cyclocross racing could make you an all around better rider instead of taking the fall off. Spotify: iTunes: z Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Stitcher:
August 31, 2019
EP. 44: Race The Lake
Again we'll be doing Race the Lake this year and even convinced Rick to join in. We talk all about Grand Fondo and Gravel Ride culture and how best to go at these races depending on if you want to enjoy it, finish it, or race it. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. iTunes:…/…/bike-race-weekly/id1375368037 Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Stitcher:…/wwwstitchercom…/bike-race-weekly…
August 21, 2019
EP. 43: What Makes a Good Cyclocross Race?
Cyclocross season is upon us so we talk abut what we like in a cyclocross race and some of our favorite races in the Wisconsin area. We also get into the differences between a road bike fit and a cyclocross fit and how changing from one to the other can be difficult. All that and more on this episode of Bike Race Weekly! Spotify: iTunes: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Stitcher:
August 8, 2019
EP. 42: Intelligentsia Cup, We're Racing Cyclocross, and Beginner Bike Tips
Rick gets back from a weekend at Intelligentsia cup, Ryan and Rick decide they are all in on Cyclocross and discuss their upcoming race schedule and then Anna drops in to discuss some beginner bike tips. 
July 31, 2019
EP. 41: State Champs, Steals and Deals, Tour Update
Last weekend was the Wisconsin state road and criterium championships which was an outstanding race weekend put on by the Brazen Dropouts team. We talk all about our experience and how the races unfolded. It's that time of the year when bike company's put out their new products so an even better time to get good deals on last years products. Facebook: Instagram:
July 18, 2019
EP. 40: Criterium State Champs, Gear talk and the Tour de France
The Wisconsin State Criterium Championships are coming up and we're pretty psyched about it! Rick picked up a new silent trainer so we talk all about making a silent indoor training setup if you have thin walls. Helmets have been a controversial topic lately so we way the pros and cons of safety and appearance. Lastly we talk about the first four stages of what has been a pretty exciting Tour de France. Facebook:
July 10, 2019
EP. 39: The Tour of Americas Dairyland!
Another year at the Tour of Americas Dairyland has come and gone but it was as great as ever. Rick and I were on two very different sides of the fence this time where Rick worked with the crew all 11 days while Ryan raced 5 of the days. We dig into what our experiences were and what we love about this bike racing thing. Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
July 3, 2019
EP. 38: Race Season is Finally Here!!!
This week we dive into our first races of the year and discuss what went right and what went wrong. We then jump into how goals change through the season and how goals aren't always as far away as they seem. Lastly we discuss our bike fits and how they change riding indoors versus outdoors. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly.
June 11, 2019
EP. 37: Mid Season Sprint Training
We discuss how to train through racing and coming up to big races. It's not all about gaining fitness but sharpening the peak of your fitness. Training sprints, technical skills and group skills are the part of training that doesn't require gaining watts. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
May 22, 2019
EP 36: Managing Burnout, Giro D'Italia, Tour of California
This week we talk all about burnout, the signs of burnout and how to manage burnout. It's something we all experience and feel like we can get through but when it happens something needs to change. We also talk highlights of the Giro D'Italia and the Tour of California. All that and more on this episode of Bike Race Weekly. Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
May 15, 2019
EP. 34: IT"S RAINING!!! Do you still go?
This week we recap the Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne and give our predictions for Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Then we talk about when it's worth racing or riding in an invent if the weather isn't looking so great. Should you go if it's a free ride vs. if you are paying for an ironman and how to go about making that decision. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. Facebook: Instagram:
April 26, 2019
EP. 34: Paris Roubaix Recap, Mid Season Recap,1 Hour World Record
We talk all about the very exciting Paris Roubaix race. We are closing on the end of the classic season so we recap how the beginning of the season has going.We finish up with the newly beaten hour record which has been held for 4 years already! All that any more on this episode of Bike Race Weekly. Facebook: Instagram: iTunes:
April 17, 2019
EP 33: Post Flanders, Pre Roubaix
Tour of Flanders ended up being as exciting as we hoped it would be and we discuss everything from the good, the bad and the unexpected. Paris-Roubaix is coming next weekend which many consider it the biggest race of the year. We talk all about our favorites and how we think it may play out. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. Facebook: Instagram:
April 10, 2019
EP. 32: USA Crits - El Paso Criterium, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Tour of Flanders
The first race in the USA Crits series was last weekend in El Paso, TX and we were pretty excited to give the full coverage of the race. There are two world tour classics this week, Dwars Door Vlaanderen, a semi-classic on Wednesday, April 3rd and the next monument, Tour of Flanders which is Saturday, April 7th. We talk all this and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly.
April 3, 2019
EP. 31: The Midwest Race Scene, Gent-Wevelgem
The season is fast approaching so we though we would look at the upcoming year and talk all about the Midwest race scene past, present and future. We also give our predictions on the upcoming Gent-Wevelgem race. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly.
March 29, 2019
EP. 30: Managing Failure, Anna's New Bike, China Product Reviews
We all good training blocks, good races, and high points but we are focusing on the low points, how to manage the low points and how to move forward from those low points. Anna got her second new bike this week and it's pretty sick. Lastly we review a few products we purchased off of a China off brand website. Reason being that they are significantly cheaper and we wanted to find out if it's worth buying the real thing or not. Facebook:
March 22, 2019
EP. 29: Super Recovery Days, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
What goes into the perfect recover day, how to manage your life while training, what's the best way to plan out your week and what to avoid when your trying to get your best weeks down. We also have the first classics race of the season Omloop Het Nieuwsblad which is definitely a show favorite. We talk about our predictions and what we expect to see. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. Facebook:
February 28, 2019
EP. 28: New Bikes, Red Hook Cancelled, Winter Activites
Returning special guest Anna joins us on the podcast today to talk about getting her second bike. We've had some good snow lately so we've been out and about doing various winter activities. The season is coming up fast so we talk about how we have progressed throughout the winter. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. Facebook: Instagram:
February 22, 2019
EP. 27: New Trainers, Race Style, Supplement Updates, Sponsor Representation, Pros on Strava
This week on Bike Race Weekly, Rick just ordered his new indoor trainer, we talk socks, gloves, and sun glasses, an update on sports nutritional supplements, should sponsors be liable for their sponsored athletes and Chris Froome's crazy strava rides. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly! Facebook: Instagram:
February 1, 2019
EP 27: Zwift Pro Racing, Tour Down Under, New Kits, and Carbon vs Non-Carbon Shoes
This week kicks off the first of 10 professional Zwift races featuring 10 pro continental men's teams and 7 women's teams. The Tour Down Under has concluded and like every year was close until the very end. We order some new kits because all kits look the same at the races and we talk what a good looking kit should look like. Ever wonder if carbon shoes are work 3 times the price of non carbon shoes, well we can tell you they probably are not.
January 24, 2019
EP. 26: All About Nutrition, Inside and Outside
We talk all about what we like to eat on our rides both inside and outside. We make recommendations for products that work well for us and substitutions for pricier products as well. At the end we do a taste test between Osmo, Scratch Labs and Nuun. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. Facebook:
January 17, 2019
EP. 25: The Future of Bike Racing?
We are back in the studio! Rick's been skiing, we've joined a basketball league and we want try some new racing this year. The new year brings new opportunities and we discuss all that we have to look forward too. In the world tour, Cannondale shifts from the world tour to gravel grinders. Is this the future of the bike industry? Find out in this episode of Bike Race Weekly.
January 10, 2019
EP. 24: End of the Season, Growing Pains, and the Off Off Season
After a bit of a break we are calling this the start of season 2 of Bike Race Weekly and as of this episode we are celebrating our 1000th DOWNLOAD!!!  This week we are talking about our end of cyclocross season, and the start of the off off season. Rick has been experimenting trying new activities and it has brought up some old injuries..  Facebook: Instagram:
November 20, 2018
EP. 23: Anna Joins in to Talk and Rant About 2019!
Anna returns to Bike Race Weekly to talk about our goals for the 2019. Between racing, fondos and 24 hour events, we are pretty excited for what 2019 brings. We also get into what grinds our gears about how bike racing is structured and why other riding options are gaining popularity. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly.  Facebook: Instagram:
November 2, 2018
EP. 21: Tech Talk
We cover all things tech in this episode of Bike Race Weekly. Ever wonder what gear is the best bang for your buck, what fitness tracker to get or current styles when it comes to helmets, shoes, bikes and kits? We talk all that and more on this weeks episode of bike race weekly! Instagram:
October 16, 2018
EP. 20: Winter Weather Riding
It's getting cold out and winter is coming. We talk all about how to prepare yourself for riding in the colder weather and how to stay motivated over the off season. The off season is also a great time to do some bike maintenance and get tune ups for next season. All that and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. Instagram:
October 10, 2018
EP. 19: Trek CXC, Pumpkin Cross, Women's World Tour and Road World Championships
We cover a whole list of hot topics this week on the podcast. Trek CXC World Cup was this weekend and we witnessed it first hand! The Women's World Tour has some big news, the Road World Championships are coming up and we have a bit of Cyclocross coming up ourselves. All this and more on this weeks episode of Bike Race Weekly. Instagram:
September 28, 2018
EP 18: Eamon Lucas Interview!!!!
Eamon Lucas is a pro bike racer for the Dutch based Delta Cycling Rotterdam Cycling Team. He previously raced for the Astellas Cycling team and the Crit Life Cycling Team. We talk about all things from training, social media, and what the U.S. racing scene could learn from the European racing scene. Eamon Lucas: Instagram: Youtube:  Instagram:
September 20, 2018
EP 17: Interviews with the pros! - Getting through a long race season
This week we talk about how to stay motivated toward the end of racing season and what we plan to do in the off season. While at the Gateway Cup, we sat down with a few pros to find out how they stay fresh and fit through the race season.
September 15, 2018
EP 16: Gateway Cup
We talk all about our trip to St. Louis for the Gateway Cup! 4 days of hard racing, beer and good times! On top of that, Ryan and Rick got new bikes!!!!! Instagram: Youtube:
September 7, 2018
EP. 15: Tips for Bike Trips
We are going on a trip!!! We leave for the Gateway Cup in St. Louis this week which made us think, what's the best way to take a trip with your bike? Make sure to go follow our Instagram Bike_Racing_Weekly for tons of content from our trip to Gateway Cup and check out or YouTube channel where we will be adding some race Vlogs. Instagram: YouTube:
August 28, 2018
EP 14: DANGER!!! Spicy Questions and Zwift
To make up for the deleted podcast, we got right back in the studio and brought out another one. For our mistake we try some insanely hot, hot sauce while answering basic cycling questions. Part 2 of the podcast is everything about Zift and where Zift could fit in the E-Sports community. Make sure to follow our instagram page Bike_Racing_Weekly to keep up on our content next week at Gateway Cup!!! Instagram:
August 24, 2018
EP. 13: Omniums and Sprinting Tips From the Pros
We talk to the pros at the intelligentsia cup who know a thing or two about how to really sprint when it gets fast and furious. On top of that, Bike Race Weekly got some results at the races this weekend!  Don't forget to check out our Instagram!
August 16, 2018
EP. 12: Let's Talk Crossfit
Can bike racing learn a thing or two from the fast growing sport of crossfit? We talk that and more this week on Bike Race Weekly! Instagram:
August 9, 2018
EP 11: We Talk To The Pros
Our host Rick was at the Intelligentsia cup for 10 days and we get some insiders from Colin Strickland, Rahsaan Bahati, and many more pro racers!
August 6, 2018
EP. 10: Cycling Basics
We talk the basics of cycling, how to get into cycling on a budget and what changes could be made to the professional criterium scene to be more appealing to the masses. We also catch up on what we've been up to and what we have going on in the next few weeks. Check it out on this episode of Bike Race Weekly! Find us on Itunes and Stitcher!!!
July 18, 2018
EP. 9: Giro D'Grafton LIVE!!!
We are at in Grafton, WI doing a live podcast during the pro race at Stage 3 of the Tour of Americas Dairyland. After the race is over we catch up with local Junior Cat 2 rider who is racing with the Hollowesko Citadel cycling team. You can now find us on iTunes and Stitcher!!!! Follow Us On Social Media! Facebook: Twitter:
June 25, 2018
EP. 8: Off The Cuff
This week on bike race weekly we go off the cuff and just discuss a few topics we had on our mind from really hard racing, riding in the heat, watches or computers and the upcoming races at the Tour of Americas Dairyland! You can now find us on iTunes and Stitcher!!!! Follow Us On Social Media! Facebook: Twitter:
June 19, 2018
EP. 7: Practice Crits
This week on Bike Race Weekly we are joined by our friend Anna to discuss her first experience racing. We also talk about our success at the local practice crit, pacing a mountain bike race and the upcoming Tour of America's Dairyland racing. You can now find us on iTunes and Stitcher!!!! Follow Us On Social Media! Facebook: Twitter:
June 8, 2018
Ep. 6: Amateur Tactics
This week on Bike Race Weekly we dive into how to use tactics in an amateur race vs in a pro race. We also discuss whether to do a group ride or a local weekly race series and Rick recommends a book! You can now find us on iTunes and Stitcher!!!! Follow Us On Social Media! Facebook: Twitter:
May 25, 2018
Ep. 5: The Little Big Win
This week we had on Casey Greismer who is a local top mountain bike racer. We also talk TrainerRoad vs. VeloPro, Ryan's first win of the season, category upgrades, ramp testing, and we are now on Stitcher!!!! Follow Us On Social Media! Facebook: Twitter:
May 17, 2018
Ep. 4: Red Hook Recap
This week on Bike Race Weekly we discuss our past and upcoming races, being an athlete with Asthma, nutrition and supplements, diet updates and then we dive into a recap of the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn.  WE HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA NOW!!!! Facebook (Bike Racing Weekly): Twitter (Bike Race Weekly): **We are also working on an Instagram and a live youtube channel**
May 10, 2018
Ep. 3: Crit Fit Army
*** WE FIXED THE AUDIO!!!*** This week on bike race weekly we brought on our first guest and our friends Richard and Adam. Richard is a CEO and founder of the cycling apparel company Crit Fit Army. We discuss a bunch of topics on nuitrition, training, and we ask Richard and Adam what their best moments on a bike were. Crit Fit Army Links:
May 1, 2018
Ep. 2: Athens Twilight Criterium
The second episode of the Bike Race Weekly dives into the upcoming Athens Twilight Crit happening on April 28. We also discuss group riding, tire clearance and other racing. If you like what you hear leave us a review!
April 26, 2018
Ep. 1: Red Hook Brooklyn
Our first podcast and we talk about the Red Hook Brooklyn Crit. We introduce who we are, talk a bit about our own racing and then get into the upcoming Red Hook Crit!
April 25, 2018