The Paceline Podcast #44

The Paceline Podcast #44

The Grand Tours and the UCI are headed for a showdown over team size. The Tour de France, Giro and Vuelta have decided to reduce the number of riders per team from nine to eight. The problem is, the organizers did not talk to the UCI first. And the teams were not consulted either. Really? You mean to tell us there is dysfunction in world of professional cycling?

We also talk about a transgender woman who has finished first at the Tour de Tuscon. She is completely open about her status and completely behind a movement to get more acceptance in organized events and racing.

We salute the Dirty Kanza for setting aside 20 percent of their DK200 entries for women. And they are doing more by helping female athletes get ready for one of the most grueling, gravel events anywhere.

The Baggies vs. Lycra debate is our featured segment. Do we settle it? Not really. But we do hear from a new clothing company that walks the line between form fitting and comfort when it comes to shorts.

Patrick introduces us to something to rub on your legs that could help with the limitations of lactic acid. It is called Topical Edge and we have an interview with a company team member who says they have data that shows improved performance.

Our Paceline Picks feature one bad ass bike rack, a winning bike bought entirely on Ebay and book about an American bike hero.

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World Bicycle Relief Grand Slam

Transgender wins Tour de Tuscon

Dirty Kanza 200

Tour de Celeb

ElevenPine shorts

Topical Edge

Life of LeMond

Kuat NV 2.0

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  1. AC

    Very interesting re mtn bikers and baggies. As another all bib lycra, all the time rider, I long suspected the primary reason for baggies had no practical purpose aside from not looking roadie-ish. Still not seeing the benefit of the eleven pine stuff though, particularly when the guy thinks we wear spandex (vs lycra).

    1. Jeff

      Importantly, thank you, Michael. It was pleasure speaking with you and thoroughly enjoyed your discussion with Fatty and Patrick. You guys are tremendous!

      I appreciate people will doubt we have something special given there has never before been a high performance alternative to wearing lycra (yes sorry, bc of trademark law we have to market using spandex, not lycra). Given we offer free shipping, exchanges and returns, there is no risk to anyone if they want to try something new and/or prove us wrong. We appreciate all feedback. Plus, we have a 20% holiday special discount and ELEVENPINE ( will donate 10% to Roundup River Ranch ( so kids with cancer and other serious illnesses can enjoy camp for free. Please note that some women’s and men’s styles/sizes quickly sold out. They are still available for pre-order purchase for delivery in Feb with the special discounts and donation to the kids. It is not always easy being the little guy 🙂

      Bottom-line, no brand’s products will satisfy everyone. That is fine and actually good. Most important is that everyone gets out on their bikes and thoroughly enjoys however is best for them.

      Happy Holidays to all… Enjoy your bike, friends and family!

  2. happycamper

    I’ll wear baggies if I’m wearing a t-shirt or loose fitting jersey. So that means never on the road bike. If someone is self conscious about wearing a full lycra outfit, how goofy will it look to be wearing a form fitting jersey and then baggy shorts? The great part about lycra is no clothing flapping in the wind, no matter if it’s a race/recovery ride/whatever.

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