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!
Turbo Talks episode 46
Mountain bike rider Gustav Wildhaber of CUBE Actionteam joins the Turbo Talks podcast. He talks about training with Nino Schurter (1:24), what it is like to ride Enduro races and how he became a professional (3:50), and shares stories about his injuries and surgeries (8:17). He then talks about how he uses his Garmin devices for training and racing (14:10) and looks ahead to the 2021 season (16:08).
Turbo Talks episode 45
Alex Camier, Performance Manager and Coach at Team BikeExchange, joins the first Turbo Talks of 2021. He explains his role at the team (1:20), how they plan the preparation and use periodisation towards the first goals of the season (3:57). He shares Amund Grøndahl Jansen’s build up towards the classics as an example (12:16) and recaps the different training phases and their purpose (15:51). Alex then talks about how this translates to amateur cyclists, and how cross training and riding on the Tacx can fit in (22:01).
Turbo Talks episode 44
Edvald Boasson Hagen of NTT Pro Cycling joins the Turbo Talks to talk about the UCI Esports World Championships. He shares what he has been up to in his off season (1:02), his thoughts on the World Championships course and everyone using the Tacx Neo 2T as a setup (3:56), the tactics and challenges of riding on Zwift (7:31), his preparation for the Worlds and the 2021 season (13:35), and he answers fan questions about his new team and the upcoming season (18:15).
Turbo Talks episode 43
João Almeida of Deceuninck – Quick Step joins the Turbo Talks to talk about his 4th place finish in the Giro d’Italia. He talks about the impact of his performance back in Portugal (1:00), how he ended up racing the Giro and his goals going into it (5:21), the mental challenge of riding a grand tour and defending the pink jersey (10:11), riding for Deceuninck – Quick Step and alongside Remco Evenepoel (14:23), before answering a bunch of Turbo Talks fan questions (19:11).
Turbo Talks episode 42
Simon Clarke of EF Pro Cycling joins the Turbo Talks to preview the 2020 UCI Road World Championships in Imola, Italy. He talks about recovering from a big crash in Tirreno-Adriatico (0:57), World Championships tips from Cadel Evans (4:54), his thoughts on the course and the impact of weather conditions (7:17), the strength of the Australian team and riding in the green and gold (14:24), his podium prediction (18:32) and how the pandemic affected his training and season planning (23:48).
Turbo Talks episode 40
Tom Dumoulin of Team Jumbo-Visma joins the Turbo Talks podcast ahead of the 2020 Tour de France. He talks about the recovery of himself and his team mates after the Critérium du Dauphiné (1:39), his form compared to earlier years and how it is building towards the Tour de France (4:23), the team’s current dominance and its “battle” with Team Ineos (8:25) and the tough start of this year’s Tour and the time trial on the penultimate stage (12:01). He then answers the fan question of the week about sports directors before finishing with rapid fire questions (18:34).
Note: this episode was recorded before the news came out that Steven Kruijswijk will not be able to participate in the 2020 Tour de France, and before Team Ineos announced its eight riders.
Turbo Talks episode 39
Turbo Talks episode 38
Ella Harris of CANYON//SRAM Racing joins the Turbo Talks podcast. She talks about racing at 1 a.m. in the morning (1:23), dreaming of reaching the highest level in cycling (2:20), turning pro as a Zwift Academy winner (7:31), a strong but strange start of the 2020 season (9:58), racing the virtual Tour de France (13:44), returning to Europe (19:53), and her development as a rider (21:55).
Turbo Talks episode 37
Aike Visbeek, Academy Director of SEG Racing Academy, is our guest on this episode of the Turbo Talks. He talks about helping talented riders become professional cyclists through the academy (1:27), how he started coaching and the satisfaction it brings (4:09), the importance of young riders’ willingness to develop at SEG (8:36), their shift to SEG eRacing Academy during the pandemic (13:05), and why riding indoors is here to stay (16:13). He then outlines the SEG Performance Challenge that SEG and Tacx run together which gives young riders a chance to be discovered and invited to a SEG training camp (21:10).
For more information about the SEG Performance Challenge visit http://tacx.com/segchallenge
Turbo Talks episode 36
Adam Hansen of Lotto Soudal is the latest guest on the Turbo Talks. He shares how life in lockdown was quite enjoyable for him (1:33), his love for Michael Jordan’s ‘The Last Dance’ documentary (5:38), his testing and training approach during lockdown (13:01), 3D printing activities (23:36), where future gains are to be made in cycling (30:38), and he looks ahead to the shortened 2020 race season (49:31).
Turbo Talks episode 35
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio of CCC-Liv joins the Turbo Talks podcast for a Zwift special. She talks about how the lockdown made her embrace indoor training on Zwift (1:43), how she adapted to training on the Tacx (6:57), the opportunities Zwift provides for teams, riders, and women’s cycling (11:07), what Zwift actually is and how it can satisfy every cyclist’s needs (18:35), and how indoor training lead to a new QOM after lockdown (23:07). She then shares more Zwift Tour for All insights, and tips & tricks (28:49), before telling how she plans to implement indoor training in her program and whether we may see it affect race results in the future (34:44).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 34
Peter Schep, Head of Performance of EF Pro Cycling, shares his wisdom on this episode of the Tacx Turbo Talks. He talks about his first steps in coaching (2:39), his role at EF Pro Cycling (5:25), coaching riders during the Coronavirus (12:32), his advice and 3-week training plan for amateur cyclists (25:04), and he tackles a common misconception about training in the fan question of the week (36:10).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 33
Gino Mäder of NTT Pro Cycling joins the Tacx Turbo Talks podcast. He talks about riding The Digital Swiss 5 from home (0:59), learning from his teammates at NTT Pro Cycling and other role models (9:42), adapting to the World Tour and wanting to prove himself in 2020 (16:22). He then answers a colleague’s Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week (22:49), before opening up on the meaning of bicycles in the life of himself and others (24:56).
Tacx Turbo Talks episode 32
Zdenek Stybar of Deceuninck – Quick Step is the latest guest on the Tacx Turbo Talks podcast. He tells how he is adapting to the current situation of having no races on the calendar (1:09), how he worked towards his favourite races of the year (5:15), and his thoughts on spring classics later in the year (8:52). He then shares his experience on his first virtual race De Ronde 2020 Lockdown edition (9:56), if he could see himself riding more virtual races (14:50), and to wrap it up he answers the Tacx Turbo Talks fan question of the week on pastry, beer, and more (16:55).
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)