Podcast: MTB Worlds, The elusive hour record and La Vuelta

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Chris Boardman makes a run at the hour record in 2000. The Brit is using a Merckx-era bike to appease UCI standards. (Getty Images)

It’s podcasting time at Cycling Central HQ!

Podcast 5 Sep 2013: Aussies Ace MTB Worlds, Hour Record Revisited, Half-time at La Vuelta by Cycling Central
Online editor Phil Gomes returns to the hot seat this week, taking up hosting duties and accompanied by regulars Al Hinds and Anthony Tan, along with special guest Kath Bicknell, who revisits Australia’s commendable all-round performances at the world MTB championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa – largely accomplished on the smell of one of Mike Tomalaris’ handkerchiefs.

The quartet muses over the decision – often financial – by our elite mountain bikers to compete in multiple cycling disciplines throughout the season, and whether renewed success in MTB will provide a fillip at grassroots level.

2012 Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins recently hinting at a possible tilt at the hour record, a feat mostly forgotten about the past decade, means there are now two credible parties interested in breaking Ondřej Sosenka’s 49.7 kilometre mark set in Moscow in 2005. Wiggo v Spartacus under lights with Pearl Jam at full blast… could there be a more mouth-watering proposition?

Finally, talk turns to the final ten days of this year’s Vuelta a España. Old Man Horner lost his lead overnight to Vincenzo Nibali after the Tarazona time test but the first four riders are within three-quarters of a minute of each other – and a brutal final week means the season’s final Grand Tour is still all to play for.

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