GCN Show: Who are the worst types of cyclists to ride with?

Dan Lloyd and Si Richardson discuss why some cyclists make awful ride partners, go over this week's main cycling news and look ahead to The Big Sugar gravel race

Clock10:48, Wednesday 18th October 2023

Let’s be honest, there are some cyclists who just seem to have an irritating ability to rub us up the wrong way, especially when partnering with them on a ride. The types of riders who seem to disregard the unspoken rules and customs that most of us adhere to on a regular basis. People who, on occasion, can turn a friendly local group ride into an insufferable slog.

On this week’s GCN Show, Si Richardson and Dan Lloyd muse on the different types that we’ve all encountered at some point when out on a ride. Starting with the pathological over-enthusiast – the obsessive cyclist who wants to instantly convert everyone around them into an equally obsessive cyclist by taking them out on a ride that goes way too far and lasts way too long and ultimately puts them off for life.

Or the disruptor who decides to push the pace on a group ride far beyond the desires of the rest of the group, making it an uncomfortable and miserable experience for the rest. Then there’s the ‘Mansplainers’, ‘Mavericks’, ‘Roid-ragers’ and those riders who fail to properly grasp the pitfalls of riding tubeless. Check out the show to find out more about each of those.

Maybe you recognise a familiar character in there, or perhaps, dare we say it, you even recognise yourself, like both Dan and Si did. Let us know in the comments below and tell us the worst type of cyclist you’ve ever ridden with.

Elsewhere, GCN's Alex Paton has been riding with his wife, Chloe, and helping her prepare for her first gravel race at Big Sugar in Arkansas at the end of the week. Si chats to them both to find out more about how plans are going and their thoughts ahead of the big race.

Cycling shorts

Among the other cycling stories discussed on this week’s show are the success of road dieting in Philadelphia. This is where driving space is effectively taken away from vehicles and given to bike lanes or trees in a bid to increase cycling safety.

Meanwhile, in Europe, a Belgian sculptor has created a piece that appears to show someone who has crashed into a hedge. It features legs protruding from a nearby hedge and a crumpled bike on the pavement, which he claims makes people drive slower as they pass it.

Manila’s mayor has come back from a trip to Europe with big ambitions to make their city a great one for cycling. This could be big news as Southeast Asian cities are some of the worst for cycling in.

Lastly, Zwift has launched its new Hub One. The major part of the upgrade is that it is now compatible with multiple bike types with different wheel sizes, giving users much more flexibility when it comes to training indoors.

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Coming up on the channel this week

  • Learn how to ride cyclo-cross with our basics skills tutorial
  • Key traits that identify you as a true cyclist in our video ‘You know you're a cyclist when…’
  • Epic climbs: Tourmalet. Key information about the climb and how to tackle it
  • How Conor got on when he tackled his first cyclo-cross race
  • Join Ollie and Alex as they try and break the current record for a lap of Mallorca

Coming up on GCN+

Although the road season is officially over there’s still plenty of great racing over on GCN+.

We have the first round of the UCI Track Champions League, from Mallorca, and the first round of Superprestige cyclo-cross series in Overijse, Belgium.

(Territory restrictions apply for all race coverage.)

And our new film release this week is KOM Hunter – Ventoux.

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