Welcome to the Tacx Turbo Talks! In this series of short but powerful podcasts we connect you to our WorldTour partner teams during the cycling season. You get a nice and unique ‘view’ behind the scenes during the big races and Grand Tours. There will be a new podcast every week with different topics like race tactics, insight information, how to climb, sprint, and warm-up, how to win or defend a Grand Tour jersey and much more. Have fun listening!
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 31
Chris Juul-Jensen of Mitchelton-SCOTT joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the team’s virtual rides calendar. He first gives us an update about life in Denmark during the COVID19 events and how he has adjusted his training by simulating his own Paris-Nice (1:03), before he shares how he is really getting caught up in the world of Zwift (6:20), his excitement for the team’s Bike Exchange ‘Where The World Rides Series’ and what the ‘JJ Special’ could look like as an event (12:04). He then asks for tips to master his Zwift skills (19:55), before he looks ahead to what could be on his schedule when road racing commences again (21:12).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 30
Nino Schurter of Scott-SRAM MTB Racing Team joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the upcoming Cape Epic and the Olympic year. He talks about trying to win his third Cape Epic title in South Africa, the challenges of the race and what makes it so special (1:51), his preparation for the 2020 season and recent test results (7:54), his program towards the Olympic Games and his thoughts on the Olympic course (14:28), before he answers several Tacx Turbo Talks fan questions (20:52)
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 29
Chantal Blaak of Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the start of her 2020 season. She talks about a name change after her marriage in the off season (1:07), her honeymoon (3:15), her preparation for the new season (4:14), and how training has changed throughout her career (5:22). She then shares how a back injury influenced her 2019 season (7:52), how she is fine tuning her form for the classics campaign (10:20), the stability and strength of the team (11:01), what her springs classics campaign will look like (13:59), and her ambition to make it to Tokyo 2020 (15:47). She then answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week with her recovery tips (17:43), and talks about the importance of eating and drinking enough (20:03).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 28
Damien Howson of Mitchelton-Scott joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the Australian summer of cycling and his upcoming 2020 season. He talks about kicking off the season Down Under with Nationals and Race Torquay (0:50), discusses scenarios for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (3:55), and looks ahead to the Jayco Herald Sun Tour being a former winner of the race (5:26). Damien then shares his racing calendar for the first part of the 2020 season (8:08), how he sees his role develop on the team (9:03), and why he turned away a bit from the time trial bike after winning the U23 World Championships in 2013 in that discipline (10:43). To wrap things up he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (14:12).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 27
2019 Zwift Academy winner Jessica Pratt of CANYON//SRAM Racing joins the Tacx Turbo Talks. She shares what made her decide to compete in the Zwift Academy (1:26), the challenging route to become a professional cyclist in Australia (4:03), her Zwift Academy journey from making the semi-finals all the way to the final training camp in Spain (5:00), starting her professional career racing in Australia (8:54), the special vibe in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under (10:38), and her goals for the rest of the Aussie summer of cycling and 2020 (12:07). To wrap things up she answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (14:15).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 26
CANYON//SRAM Racing’s team manager and sports director Ronny Lauke joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to talk about the final of the Zwift Academy 2019. He explains how the idea of the Zwift Academy started (1:54), the qualification process of the Zwift Academy and the aim of the training camp with CANYON//SRAM Racing (4:04), the selection criteria and process to determine the winner (7:27), how the final call is being made (10:55), how the team is involved in the Zwift Academy from the start (11:20), how past winners have developed within the team and why age is not a limiting factor (12:45), the integration and evaluation of the Zwift Academy winner within the team (15:19), his best advice for the three finalists (20:59), and the growth of cycling as an e-sport (23:35).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 25
Sebastian Kienle joins the 25th episode of the Tacx Turbo Talks to look back at the Ironman World Championships and his 2019 season. He talks about how he deals with the post Kona blues (0:47), his feelings about the race and his entire 2019 season (3:45), how his mindset helped him to a podium finish (5:35), the financial and sportive benefits of finishing 3rd instead of 4th (8:45), his special friendship with Ben Hoffmann (12:30), his motivation and appreciation for the life as a professional triathlete (16:30), and his favourite Tacx workout (20:42). He then takes the time to answer a great variety of Tacx Turbo Talks fan questions: from his current FTP to where he’ll spend Christmas, and from his favourite 70.3 course to who he thinks could be the next non-German winner in Kona (23:32). Enjoy!
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 24
Cyclocross legend Sven Nys joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to chat about the upcoming 2019-2020 season. He talks about the globalization and growth of the sport and the challenges it brings (2:41), the importance of having a diverse and international World Cup calendar (6:16), the popularity of the sport amongst young and old in Belgium (7:45), the exceptional talent of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout Van Aert and how cyclocross benefits their road racing (9:45), the possible shift in training they cause (12:17), his expectations of the riders of his Telenet Baloise Lions team this season (14:11), and how he tries to guide his son Thibau through the sport (16:02). To end the podcast he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (18:46) and tells us what we should look forward to the most this season (21:19).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 23
Mikkel Honoré of Deceuninck – Quick Step joins the Tacx Turbo Talks this weeks. He looks ahead to the Tacx Pro Classic and its challenging conditions (1:04), shares his experiences riding on Dutch roads (2:05), his expectations for the race (4:09), the main lesson and highlight in his first year as a pro (5:53), his outlook for next season and his off season plans (9:17), what it was like racing with Elia Viviani (13:17), and he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (14:51).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 22
Patrik Nilsson of BMC Vifit Pro Triathlon Team joins the Tacx Turbo Talks to preview the famous triathlon World Championships in Kona. He talks about acclimatising to hot and humid conditions (1:16), what makes Kona so special compared to other races (2:45), how he dealt with struggling from cramping issues in 2018 (5:42), his goal for this year’s race and the ideal scenario (8:10), the benchmark that the Germans Jan Frodeno, Patrick Lange, and Sebastian Kienle are setting in the sport (11:25), and he attempts to make podium predictions (13:28). Patrik then reveals the secret about his hair in the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (15:16), before giving a tip to age-group triathletes to improve their cycling (16:02) and his favourite Tacx workout (17:04).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 21
Anna van der Breggen of Boels – Dolmans Cycling Team joins the Tacx Turbo Talks from Yorkshire to chat about the World Championships. She talks about her silver medal in the time trial (0:56), her year in the rainbow jersey (2:20), deciding on the team tactics with a chance to go back-to-back world titles (3:50), how the challenging course and weather conditions can affect the race (6:04), the myth of the knitted rainbow coloured cycling gloves (11:20), her impressive resume and goals for the future (12:04), and she answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (13:27).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 20
Alex Dowsett of Team Katusha Alpecin joins the Tacx Turbo Talks podcast. He talks about the Tour of Britain and the growth of cycling in the UK (0:44), his focus on the time trial and his tailored preparation for the World Championships in Yorkshire (3:41), the course and length of the time trial (7:56), the world hour record and his ambition for a new attempt (9:53), the favourites for the world time trial title (14:11), the phenomenon Remco Evenepoel (15:59), MVDP being the favourite for the road race (21:08), and his own expectations (22:14). He then answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (23:26), before talking about his condition haemophilia and his charity Little Bleeders (24:06).