GCN Show: Does shutting your mouth make you a better cyclist?

Si Richardson and Dan Lloyd delve into the mouth taping trend in terms of cycling in this episode of the GCN Show

Clock20:56, Tuesday 19th September 2023

If you are a cyclist, the reality is that you can't shut your mouth when you get going about bikes. In fact, we here at GCN are so bad at keeping our mouths shut about cycling that we have made it our jobs to never keep quiet. But what if it's actually better for our cycling to keep our mouths shut?

Now, that is a bit of a tongue and cheek way of introducing a development that could actually have some serious benefits, which we dig into on this episode of the GCN Show with Si Richardson and Dan Lloyd. We are talking, of course, about mouth tape.

A couple of weeks ago, Erling Haaland, the top goal scorer in the English Premier League and a big proponent of restful sleep, told Logan Paul on his podcast that he tapes his mouth shut when he sleeps and sometimes during training. Turns out, the professional footballer might be onto something.

Dan, who is a mouth taper, shared some of the upsides of mouth taping, including the benefits for sleeping, addressing his mouth breathing tendency and the hydration benefits. For Dan, this journey in mouth taping was started from reading a book on the importance of breath called Breath by James Nestor which he highly recommends.

If you are interested in learning more, we would also recommend this article on month taping written by The Athletic which delved into the phenomenon through the lens of professional sports.

Nevertheless, cycling is not all mouth taping and nose breathing. Here are the other headlines:

Cycling shorts:

  • Trek has released its annual sustainability report. Most brands don't do this, so the insight from Trek is extremely valuable in understanding the general landscape of the bike industry and the sustainability off the whole cycling enterprise.
  • The cyclists of New York City are up in arms about what constitutes a bike that can go in the bike lanes. As shown by a UPS van, the label of “bike” for some of these vehicles is a stretch
  • India’s longest bike parade continues, as we covered on the site. The goal? Shape the electoral future of the world's biggest democracy.
  • Lastly, we have a couple of new bikes with Giant producing a new endurance option and Bianchi with a new Specialissima. Oh, and Brompton has a new bike endorsed by none other than Bear Grylls.
  • Sepp Kuss’ Strava exploits have been all the rage the last couple of days, with the American winning the most KOMs this year. Another feather in his crown is the Angliru. He now has the KOM despite his teammates going faster and being one minute down from the record Roberto Herras set way back in 2005 by a minute. Once again, that was in 2005, which is important to note.

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On the channel next week:

  • How to spend your money wisely
  • We don't advise you to do this, but you should anyways
  • Descending tips from Tom Pidcock
  • In the saddle versus out of the saddle
  • Hank goes to Italy to race Grinduro

The racing on GCN+:

  • Tour of Luxembourg
  • European Championships
  • Tour of Langkawi
  • USA Cyclo-cross series
  • Mountains: Zoncolan

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