Faster: The cycling podcast from Dr Hutch

Dr Hutch goes in search of what gives the fastest riders in the world their edge

Faster podcast with Dr Hutch
(Image credit: Stripped media)

Michael Hutchinson – better known as Dr. Hutch in these parts – has started a new podcast. Called Faster with Dr Hutch and supported by Cycling Weekly, it follows on from his book of the same name, and takes a detailed look at exactly what makes a fast bike rider.

“Faster was published in 2015, and I’ve really enjoyed the way people always want to talk to me about the stuff that’s in there, so I thought it was time to do something new in the same area,” he says. 

“It’s going to be a dive into the physiology, psychology, genetics, training and the technology of some of the best riders and teams. I want to know exactly how they can do what they do.”

In the first series, Dr. Hutch starts off talking to Steve Cummings about how exactly he won his Tour de France stages, with a rummage around the numbers, the preparation and how he deals with the mental pressures of the breakaway specialist.

“It’s not just the riders,” says Dr. Hutch. “I’m talking to coaches and sports scientists as well – they often have a different perspective on elite performance, they can explain what’s going on in a way that if anything makes you more impressed with what the top riders can do.”

Episode 1: Steve Cummings on engineering wins
Episode 2: Katie Archibald on training through an ever changing pandemic
Episode 3: Stepping up to the senior ranks
Episode 4: How ultra endurance riders keep going
Episode 5: Dan Bigham's relentless search for more speed
Episode 6: Olympic champion Alastair Brownlee on keeping your focus

The weekly show is produced with Stripped Media, and will be available on Spotify and all the usual podcast sources, just search 'Faster with Dr Hutch' in you podcast app of choice 

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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