Re-Cycle: The cycling history podcast
The legacy of The Lion King | Part Two of the Mario Cipollini saga
Season 3, Ep. 8
Part Two of a Cipollini two-parter. As Mario Cipollini moved towards retirement, his flaws were amplified, his words were heard differently and his true nature became clear."In the pantheon of Giro greats – the names that have really shaped the history of the event – he wasn’t fit to shine their shoes".Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.Please rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!
When Mario Cipollini broke Alfredo Binda’s Giro d'Italia stage record | Part One of the Cipollini saga
Season 3, Ep. 7
Part One of a Cipollini two-parter. Alfredo Binda’s record of 41 stage wins in the Giro d’Italia stood for 70 years, until Mario Cipollini went one better. With his wavy blonde locks, bulging biceps, and a penchant for an eye-catching skinsuit, Super Mario was as ruthless as he was fast. Cipo made headlines and Giro history – but few friends during his controversial and colourful career.Felix Lowe not only documents the incredible run that saw 'Mousselini' reign supreme but pits him against Binda: a man who on the surface was a cold and detached champion, a man who had about as much in common with the charismatic Cipollini as a smooth Barolo to Grappa. One was a champion vintage to savour long on the lips, another a coarse digestif enjoyed – if that’s the word – at the very end of a meal, something that came and went in a matter of seconds. And, once it hit the spot, it left behind a bitter aftertaste.Part Two will be released as the Giro peloton hits the streets of Turin on Saturday the 8th of May, where Felix delves into the murky world of Cipo's retirement.Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.Please rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!
When Philippe Gilbert owned The Ardennes
Season 3, Ep. 6
For 10 days in the spring of 2011, Philippe Gilbert was invincible. Having won Brabantse Pijl, the Amstel Gold Race and La Fleche Wallone, he held his arms aloft in Liege at the race most dear to his heart. A decade on, Felix Lowe recalls a mesmerising run on home roads with the brilliant Belgian.Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.Please rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!
'Second doesn't exist' - When Backstedt denied Museeuw in his final Paris-Roubaix
Season 3, Ep. 5
Swedish powerhouse Magnus Backstedt felt so strong going toe-to-toe with Johan Museeuw in 2004’s Hell of the North, he even questioned whether there was a chain on his bike. Felix Lowe recalls the Lion of Flanders’ last major race, when a flat tyre stopped him sprinting for a record-equalling victory.Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton. This episode was edited by Ola Fisayo.Please rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!
'That was my best chance' – When Adrie van der Poel denied Sean Kelly in Flanders
Season 3, Ep. 4
Thirty-four years before Mathieu van der Poel won the Tour of Flanders, his father pipped Sean Kelly to the line. Felix Lowe turns back the clock to 1986, and the race in which the Irishman would come closest to glory in the only Monument that would forever elude him. Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.Sponsored by Zwift, where Fun is Fast!
The ‘toughest bike race ever’: When Eugène Christophe braved blizzards at Milan-San Remo
Season 3, Ep. 3
We’re winding the clock back a bit further this week to 1910 and a spectacle we will never again see in cycling.Before he became the first man in history to wear the Tour's Yellow Jersey, Eugène Christophe battled mountains of snow, freezing temperatures and even wore the wrong trousers to take victory after more than 12 chilling hours at La Classicissima.Felix Lowe remembers the uniquely extreme 1910 race that was branded "probably the toughest bike race ever".Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton. This episode was edited by Ola Fisayo.Sponsored by Zwift, where Fun is Fast!
King Kelly’s supreme seven-year reign at Paris-Nice
Season 3, Ep. 2
No one has shone brighter in the Race to the Sun than Sean Kelly, who won seven straight editions after Stephen Roche’s GC victory got the wheels turning for Ireland in 1981. Felix Lowe recalls Kelly’s formidable streak, after speaking to the man who dominated the likes of Bernard Hinault and Laurent Fignon during a golden age for French cycling.Re-Cycle is narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.Sponsored by Zwift, where Fun is Fast!
King for a day: When Ian Stannard outfoxed the Wolfpack at Omloop
Season 3, Ep. 1
Re-Cycle is back for a third season - and we kick off with the day Team Sky's Ian Stannard pulled off one of the surprises of the century at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2015.Outnumbered three to one, Britain's Stannard outfoxed a stellar Etixx–Quick-Step trio of Tom Boonen, Niki Terpstra and Stijn Vandenbergh to defend his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad crown. Felix Lowe spoke to the former Team Sky rider about his gutsy win on the Belgian cobbles. Sponsored by Zwift, where Fun is Fast!
'Hell starts here' - When Jimenez won the first ascent of the Angliru
Season 2, Ep. 20
The fearsome Angliru immediately became a Vuelta a España legend on its introduction to the race in 1999, when Spanish climber José María Jiménez was first to conquer the mountain. We remember a mythical win shrouded in fog and controversy.Re-Cycle is written by Felix Lowe, narrated by Graham Willgoss and produced by Pete Burton.That's it for our 2020 run - we will be back for more trips down cycling's memory lane in 2021 but if you enjoyed this season of Re-Cycle, please do rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice.