Podcast: NRS kick off, Amstel, and de-lycrafication?

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Simon Gerrans is knocking on the door of an Ardennes win after a strong spring. (AAP)

With the 14-race National Road Series (NRS) kicking off in Perth, Cycling Central gets local for this week’s podcast, chaired once again by the man with the inimitable Canadian accent (at least in the SBS office, anyway) and online editor-in-chief, Phil Gomes, and flanked by Sarah van Boheemen and Anthony Tan.

Podcast 11 Apr 2013: NRS Kicks Off, I Feel Like an Amstel & The de-Lycrafication(?) of Cycling by Cycling Central

We open with a cross to Al Hinds, our man on the ground for the four-day Tour de Perth, who finds himself stranded on Rottnest Island. Teething problems in the opening race of the NRS, we ask Al? You betcha, baby!

Next up, we raise the topic of Peter Sagan, fresh off a midweek win at the Brabantse Pijl in Belgium, who, together with second place-getter and world road champ Philippe Gilbert, appear odds-on favourites to win Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands only hilly region of Limburg.

And last, the topic of Lycra – or rather lack of it – comes to the fore, after Sydney Morning Herald bike blogger Michael O’Reilly penned a much-debated column this week that was headlined, “Do we need to ‘de-Lycrafy’ cycling?”

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