This episode of The Cycling Podcast features an extended interview by Richard Moore with Dan Bigham, John Archibald, Jacob Tipper and Jonathan Wale of the Huub Wattbike team that has been ruffling feathers on the track.
At the weekend, they won the national team pursuit title and their rider John Archibald rode a 4-09 in the 4,000-metre individual pursuit, which gives him the second and third fastest times in history as well as the fastest at sea level.
Richard hears how the self-styled disruptors from the People's Republic of Derbados – or Derby as it's more commonly known – are taking a maverick yet scientific approach to going as fast as possible.
They explain why they are aiming high and hope to break the world team pursuit, individual pursuit and Hour Records in the next couple of years. They also explain why their route to World and Olympic medals might be more complicated.
It's a fascinating listen.
We also recap what's been going on in the world of professional cycling as the 2019 road season begins to get going. And we discuss Iljo Keisse's inappropriate gesture when posing for a photograph which led to his disqualification from the Vuelta a San Juan for bringing the event into disrepute.
Finally in this bumper episode – and continuing the track racing theme – we hear from Lotto-Soudal's Victor Campenaerts about his plan to tackle Bradley Wiggins's Hour Record.
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