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New The Spokesmen Podcast: WFSGI Takes on the UCI; P.J. O’Rourke; Venge Goes Viral and the Tour of Flanders

The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable PodcastAfter too long a break I was finally able to participate in an edition of The Spokesmen Cycling Roundtable podcast this Sunday morning after a busy moth of traveling. With some of the other regulars also on some of those same trips – mainly the Taipei Cycle Show – there hasn’t been a new episode in about month. That’s a good thing since there was lots to talk about. This edition was hosted by Carlton Reid of and featured Tim Jackson, Chris Matthews and myself.

  • The Tour of Flanders
  • Specialized’s senior manager of global marketing, Chris Matthews, gave some behind-the-scenes info on their recent launch of the Venge aero road bike. Designed in partnership with legendary Formula One constructor, McLaren, the launch went viral.
  • The World Federation of Sporting Goods Industries (WFSGI) has recently begun representing the bike industry as it attempts to deal with the UCI over the governing body’s rules compliance and “UCI-Approved” sticker program. At the Taipei Cycle Show, the WFSGI presented on what they bring to the table and what they’ve been able to achieve so far on behalf of the industry.
  • Discussion about PJ O’Rourke’s Wall Street Journal column last Friday satirizing his displeasure with cyclists, bikes, helmets and bike lanes. Can we take the joke and will others realize it’s a joke?
  • Some National Bike Summit comments

While Tim Jackson had some technical issues (and got to practice his speed typing skills as a result), it’s a good listen. Listen to it live here, or download and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here

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