Matt Barbet's Home Roads podcast returns, featuring Tom Pidcock, Rohan Dennis and Lachlan Morton

The unique podcast, hosted by Barbet, is a welcome remedy to lockdown boredom

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No doubt Cycling Weekly readers are missing their usual dose of professional bike racing – I know I am.

The racing vacuum has led to many of us turning to other platforms to get our fix, and one very welcome way of seeing off the lockdown boredom is listening to podcasts.

Fortunately, presenter and journalist Matt Barbet has released a new series of Home Roads, his unique podcast with insight into some of the biggest stars in cycling.

While Barbet’s podcast usually sees him head out into the world to ride with professionals on their favourite home routes, the coronavirus lockdown has obviously forced a change of circumstances.

Instead the renowned cycling pundit has been speaking to pros while staying at home, offering an insight into their lives.

You can listen to Home Roads via your usual podcast app, or by clicking here. (opens in new tab)

There are four new episode Home Roads now available, including interviews with ultra-distance and gravel gladiator Lachlan Morton (EF Pro Cycling) from his home in Colorado, world time trial champion Rohan Dennis (Team Ineos) from Girona, retired WorldTour pro turned gravel racer Ian Boswell from Vermont, and British superstar Tom Pidcock from his home country of Yorkshire.

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Previously Barbet has interviewed Yorkshire rider and former world champion Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo).

Last year Deignan offered an honest insight into how she started riding, being scouted from school, and how she spent her year away from racing.

World champion Deignan joined Barbet to ride near her home-town of Otley and recce some of the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships course.

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.