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This is your year-round cycling feed!

Geraint Thomas has started the world's biggest cycling club. And you’re all invited. Follow the Tour de France winner and amateur rider Tom Fordyce as they take you on a fascinating ride round some of the biggest stories and guests throughout the off-season.

And once racing gets under way, join INEOS team-mates and best friends Luke Rowe and Geraint as they bring you banter, guests and inside information from their Monaco-base, training camps and all the biggest races on the pro-tour.

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Ketone-IQ is a brilliant way to start your ketone journey. To find out more about Ketone-IQ and try it for yourself, visit https://ketone.com/WATTSOCCURRING for 30% off your first subscription order (discount automatically applied at checkout). G's up in Isola, Luke's had a sun cream faux pas, but both the boys have been keeping a beady eye on a cracking Dauphine. Ambassador De Pluski was right in the mix, Roglic pulled on the yellow jersey, and it's fair to say Tour de France fever is building. Meanwhile our new Watts Occurring t-shirts have been causing a stir - you can still get yours here, before the pre-sale window closes: https://crowdnetwork.store/collections/watts-occurring We'll be back next week to see how G's getting on at altitude and find out how the lads' Tour de Suisse predictions stack up. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ketone-IQ is a brilliant way to start your ketone journey. To find out more about Ketone-IQ and try it for yourself, visit https://ketone.com/WATTSOCCURRING for 30% off your first subscription order (discount automatically applied at checkout). Oh! Watts Occurring Pogi? You didn't really think after Luke spent the month of May rating his pink outfits and G spent it chasing him round Italy, that we couldn't get Pog on the pod did you? The Giro d'Italia winner and favourite for this year's Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar joined G in Monaco while Luke dialled in for a fun chat with the Slovenian star. What was his favourite stage in the Giro? How is he going to race the Tour? What's the first thing he ate after winning in Rome? We've got answers to all of that and more in this special Watts Occurring. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ever wanted to give Ketones a try? Ketone-IQ is a brilliant place to start. To find out more about Ketone-IQ and try it for yourself, visit https://ketone.com/WATTSOCCURRING for 30% off your first subscription order (discount automatically applied at checkout). Another Grand Tour podium for G. What a man. Here at Watts Occurring we're incredibly proud of him - and we're sure you all are too. Now the dust has settled on the podium in Rome, Luke got him to reflect on his third place, chasing pink panther Pog around Italy, Macs stealing the show on the final day and plenty more besides. Next up? The Tour de France. Bring it on. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We've welcomed a new sponsor to Watts Occurring! To find out more about Ketone-IQ and try it for yourself, visit https://ketone.com/WATTSOCCURRING for 30% off your first subscription order (discount automatically applied at checkout). The rain has started pouring in Italy but G remains right in the hunt for a podium spot in Rome. There's plenty to catch up on: the shorted stage 16, a mountain battle on stage 17, and today's sprint day. With Luke and Tom busy, G hopped on the massage table, plugged in his mic, and updated Producer George on the comings and goings in Italy. There's two big mountains days left - and G has two ascents of Monte Grappa to look forward to on his 38th birthday. Can you think of a better way to spend it? Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Giro d'Italia saw a show today. A Tadej Pogacar show. And G had a front row seat, as he solidified his podium place. Fresh from the team bus he hopped on the massage table with his mic, gave Luke a buzz, and they set about recording an absolute classic Watts Occurring. G was typically honest on the race within the race, if the Slovenian can be stopped, and all the rest of the action since our two Welshman last caught up. Got any questions for the guys? Drop them to us on X via @Watts_Occurring - and we'll put them to them on the next record. Speak soon. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The boys have been busy - G racing the Giro, Luke repping the pod live in studio on Eurosport, and there's three big days of racing to recap. It's been pretty smooth since the rest day but, as always, Grand Tours are like a swan swimming across a pond. There's always a hell of a lot happening under the surface. G filled us in on the peloton's antics, reflected on Julian Alaphilippe's incredible stage win today, another big ride from Johnny 'Bravo' Narvaez, and previewed stage 13's sprint test, before looking ahead to a brutal weekend of climbing. Strap yourselves in. The Giro 'starts' this weekend. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It's rest day number one at the Giro, so you know what that means: it's time for a pod. There's a lot for G and Luke to catch up on. That tricky time trial, the latest summit finish, what's coming up this week, and we even had some time for a few of your questions. Pippo Ganna even popped by. We can't wait for week two - and we'll be back with another pod in a few days. Come on G! Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We're on the eve of the second weekend at the Giro d'Italia and Luke and Tom are here to recap the first time trial of the race - and it was a cracker. G battled hard to a solid top-10 finish while Pog put in a big ride to pip Pippo Ganna to the stage win by a matter of seconds and strengthen his grip on the maglia rosa. There's plenty for the boys to catch up on - yesterday's gravel stage, a special ride from Luke's friend Michael Valgren, more #PinkPanther analysis and - as always - a lot more. Luke and Tom will also be providing alternative commentary live on Eurosport tomorrow, for stage 8 - tune in to @eurosportcycling or @gtcyclingclub on Instagram from 2pm UK time to hear their thoughts on the race's latest mountaintop finish. G will be back on the pod on Monday. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Did anybody think the first three days of the Giro would be that exciting? We didn't. An INEOS win on day one, a classic Pog ride on day two, and then a wild attack from G and Pog on day three! It's been a tasty ride. So, it was time for a pod. Luke joined G to chat about that crazy first weekend, INEOS' tactics, how our Welshman's feeling in Italy and what's left to come this week. The boys will be back soon - and we're hoping G carries on his cracking start. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1 January, 2012. The day that Luke Rowe became a professional bike rider, pulling on the immortal colours of Team Sky for the first time. 13 years later, after a career that he dreamt of as a young Maindy Flyer, growing up in Cardiff and riding round the famous outdoor velodrome, Luke's decided to hang up his pro wheels at the end of this season. What a journey it's been. He sat down with G this week to bring you, our Watts Occurring listeners, the news first. It's not been an easy decision. Following his crash and concussion in E3 back in March, regular listeners will know that Luke's recovery hasn't been as speedy as expected. As he explains, following medical advice and long discussions with his young family, Luke has decided that this season will be his last. He still hopes to race this season - did someone say Tour of Britain? - but will need to see how his recovery progresses. For now, it's time to pay tribute to Luke, and start planning his retirement party. It's been fun, eh? Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The boys are back and yes, it's finally here - it's Giro week! It barely seems like five minutes since G lost out on that epic final day to Primoz Roglic last year, yet here we go again. It's time for G to pack his bags and head off for a lap of Italy. Tom joined the lads for this bumper preview - and he'll be back throughout the race for plenty of Giro pods - as they talked G's chances, made some big predictions, and made sure that Sa will be giving him a haircut before he boards the plane for Italy. We'll be back later this week for a very special bonus show (more on that in due course), and then as always we'll be bringing you regular updates from the frontline of the first Grand Tour of the season. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport NOTE: We'll let him off as he's got a big month ahead, but G's microphone had a few issues during this record. Apologies if you pick up on that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
G's prep for the Giro is very nearly complete. Tour of the Alps was his last racing hit out before he heads for Italy and he breaks it all down for Luke in this week's Watts. Luke himself is finally on the mend, following his concussion back in mid-March. Fingers crossed he'll be back on the bike with a vengeance soon. He's keeping himself busy though, with two commentary stints on Eurosport over the past week. First up he called compatriot Stevie Williams winning Fleche Wallonne, and then was on air as Pogi decimated the field in typically stunning fashion at Liege. G reckons he's now on Merckx level. What do you think? Let us know on Twitter: @Watts_Occurring. We'll be back in a week's time for a bumper Giro preview... and then Grand Tour number one of the season will begin. Bring it on! Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Well, day one at the Tour of the Alps was a cracker wasn't it - and after a tasty, attacking finale, G came home sixth, three seconds back on teammate and stage winner Tobias Foss. He jumped straight on the massage table, called up Luke, and gave him the rundown. Meanwhile the boys are fresh from their first alternative commentary with Eurosport - head to @eurosportcycling on Instagram to relive the boys' commentating efforts on the Amstel Gold Race! And after they came off air, INEOS Grenadiers put on a show, setting up Tom Pidcock for his first (well... maybe second) Amstel title. Luke and G analyse that win and look ahead to Fleche and this Sunday's final spring Monument, Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Before that, G's got a few Alpine mountains to summit. Send him your best. We'll be back next week - if not before... Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The boys are back to discuss the fastest ever edition of Roubaix, won in serious style by world champ Mathieu van der Poel. Yes, that's the bloke who won Flanders too. He is untouchable right now - although, of course, if Luke wasn't suffering from concussion, he'd have taken it to the Dutchman... Speaking of Luke's concussion, he's got a bit of bad news on that front. He's still suffering after his crash in E3 and is back off the bike. He's hoping to be back to normal soon, but there's no rushing an issue like this. G is trucking along happily in Sierra and should be back in action at the Tour of the Alps this time next week. See you then for a racing update from our elder statesman, who is now less than a month out from the Giro. Watts Occurring is powered by Eurosport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The boys are back - and we've got some news: Watts Occurring is now powered by Eurosport! We're delighted to welcome Eurosport as our new title sponsor for 2024. We've got lots of exciting things planned, including Luke, G and Tom doing a spot of alternative commentary... More details on that soon. Before then the boys are back with the first Watts Occurring of 2024 - and there's lots to catch up on. Luke's overcoming his concussion, G's been training with Pog in Sierra Nevada and the boys do a deep dive looking back on an incredible Flanders. It's good to be back. See you next week for a Roubaix recap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
When we ask our GTCC members for guest suggestions, one man often comes up: Mr Luke Rowe. Of course Luke is a part of the GTCC family and a familiar voice to you all as half of Watts Occurring, but for the final GTCC episode of season four we thought we'd shine the spotlight on our other Welshman and dig into his career over the past few seasons, his plans for this year, and what life might look like when he's hung up his competitive wheels. 2023 wasn't kind to Luke. He lost his Mum, Alyson, in April and - as anybody can imagine - cycling took a back seat for a while. But, having penned a fresh two-year contract at the end of the season, he's hoping for a big 2024. And so after another incredible series, we call time on the GTCC! We'll be back next week with the first Watts Occurring of 2024 - and back in October for GTCC S5. We've welcomed a new partner to the GTCC! Visit https://hvmn.com/GTCC for 30% off your first subscription order of Ketone-IQ (discount automatically applied at checkout). Music courtesy of BMG Music Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We're delighted to welcome a BIG guest to the GTCC today - G's boss and the head of INEOS, Sir Jim Ratcliffe! A huge cycling and sports fan, Jim is one of the most talked about men in the sporting world right now, following his investment into Manchester United. The INEOS Sport portfolio continues to grow and, over an hour and a cup of coffee in his Monaco office, Jim was more than happy to chat to Geraint and Tom about how he's ended up owning one of the world's largest cycling teams, an America's Cup sailing team, two other football clubs, a stake in the Mercedes F1 team, become a major sponsor of the All Blacks, and so much more. There's also an excellent anecdote about being crashed by Chris Froome - yes, really - plus a lot of chat about Jim's plans for returning United to the top of English and world football. We hope this gives you a great insight into Sir Jim and a better understanding of his sporting investments. Meanwhile G's straight back to work - this time in Catalunya, as he continues his prep for the Giro. We'll see you next week for the last GTCC of season four! We've welcomed a new partner to the GTCC! Visit https://hvmn.com/GTCC for 30% off your first subscription order of Ketone-IQ (discount automatically applied at checkout). Music courtesy of BMG Music Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
G had to be on best behaviour for this week’s guest - because it’s the man who sets him his training day in, day out! Conor Taylor has been working with G for more than two years now and has played a major role in G’s longevity at the top of the sport, helping him to that incredible second place at the Giro last year, and Tour podium finish in 2022. The thinking behind cycling training and the nutrition to support it has changed beyond all recognition in recent years, with G himself happy to admit that he’s had to adapt with the times to stay relevant. Conor came to the GTCC with plenty of fascinating insights for our GTCC members - there should be something for every cyclist in this episode. In other news, G, Tom and Producer George have been working on something very exciting to end the series - so get ready for that one, if it comes off. We shall see. We’ll see you soon. We've welcomed a new partner to the GTCC! Visit https://hvmn.com/GTCC for 30% off your first subscription order of Ketone-IQ (discount automatically applied at checkout). Music courtesy of BMG Music Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Lucy Charles-Barclay needs no introduction - although the first time G met her, he could have done with one! You'll hear that story here, as well as how Lucy went from being a star swimmer and just missing out on Olympic selection to the absolute top of the Ironman world. Her journey has been remarkable and we loved getting to know one of Britain's world endurance stars for this week's GTCC. And, of course, G managed to get plenty of advice out of Lucy as he plans his Ironman attempt in retirement. Tom might even join in too! There's also a Strade recap, an ode to Pog, and a deep dive into Jumbo's beautiful new aero TT helmet. See you next week for a fascinating chat with G's coach. We've welcomed a new partner to the GTCC! Visit https://hvmn.com/GTCC for 30% off your first subscription order of Ketone-IQ (discount automatically applied at checkout). Music courtesy of BMG Music Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We know what you're thinking: HOW did it take this long to get Julian Alaphilippe on the GTCC?! We don't know. But he's here now, and everyone's favourite Frenchman certainly didn't disappoint. Julian has been unfortunate with injury over the past two seasons and cycling waits for no man. Yet he's started this season with a spring in his step and nobody would doubt him adding to his frankly ridiculous palmares. Two-time world champion. Multiple Tour de France stage winner. Strade Bianche. Milan San Remo. Polka dot jersey. And, of course, the winner of a lot of hearts. Here at the GTCC we're also super excited to see Julian line up alongside G at the Giro this year, for the first time in his career. They'll also both be at Strade Bianche this weekend - although G's prep for that hasn't been the smoothest... he reveals all in the intro. We hope you enjoy Julian. We'll be back next week with a star of the triathlon world... We've welcomed a new partner to the GTCC! Visit https://hvmn.com/GTCC for 30% off your first subscription order of Ketone-IQ (discount automatically applied at checkout). Music courtesy of BMG Music Production Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (11)

David Preston

Sounds like the new guy knows what he's on about, better than the other two numpties you have to work with. Good luck with the rest of the race. 🤓

May 24th
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Lesley Wood

Best podcast for explaining to normal people how cycle racing feels to top pros, and how tactics work (or don't). Geraint is very down to earth.

Apr 29th
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Jeremy Brown

Happy New Year to all the members and subscribers of this GTC podcast. keep up the wonderful work guys and good luck with the new and up coming season on the bike.

Jan 3rd
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sarah mcdowell

Love your podcast.

Jul 21st
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Kenneth N. McPherson

"Bread of Heaven" is kinda catchy...

May 23rd
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Claire Tubb

just watched the men's road race. So G s comment on Lou Lou wasn't quite right . Great race though and good for Tom too

Sep 28th
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Michael Bogin

Love you guys, in a not weird way

Jan 30th
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Claire Tubb

omg that road in Harlech , we used to go there camping in Llanbedr every year when I was really young for about 10 years or so back in the 1970's ...my dad loved driving up there and I can say I hated it every time and that was in a car. Would hate to cycle it .

Jan 19th
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Claire Tubb

G , you spoke about climbing up out of Caerphilly, I remember seeing you there at ToB . Brilliant. Looking forward to being able to see you out there again.

Jan 19th
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Michael Bogin

Fun pod G and Tom! Love hearing Ritchie Porte. Keep it up.

Jan 13th
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