Let’s face it – YouTube is filled with plenty of rubbish! That being said though – there are some fantastic channels on there for cycling enthusiasts like ourselves. We subscribe to quite a few channels, but I have cherry-picked my 5 favourite YouTube cycling channels right now. These are the channels I try to get my daily (weekly) cycling fix from.
The Col Collective
The Col Collective channel is a collection of educational cycling videos. The channel takes viewers up some of the most stunning mountain passes from around the world. Launched back in 2014 – it is the creation of endurance cyclist Mike Cotty. The format of each video show’s Mike’s ascent (and sometimes descent) of some of the most famous (and not-so-famous) climbs in the world. It may sound simple in design but it’s anything but – in presentation. The combination of jaw-dropping backdrops and continuous ride commentary make for some spectacular viewing.
GCN – The Global Cycling Network
GCN has enjoyed fantastic success since it’s YouTube launch back in 2012. The channel’s original presenter line up of Matt Stephens, Dan Lloyd and Simon Richardson – became cycling’s equivalent of Clarkson, May and Hammond (Top Gear). GCN’s videos range from ‘how to’ guides and training tips from their ex-pro presenters, to racing news, pro bikes and the popular GCN Show. The presenting is entertaining with elements of comical banter thrown in. The how-to videos are easy to understand and excellent for anyone looking to learn basic (and sometimes not so basic) bike maintenance. Such is the popularity of the channel with over 1.4m subscribers – GCN now has sponsorship from Wiggle and a 7 day program schedule.
Okey so this one may seem a little strange – but the road.cc website has always been a big inspiration to me and AATR. road.cc are well respected throughout the cycling industry. Their reviews have made them a go-to website for most of the biggest brands in (road) cycling. The road.cc YouTube channel showcases many of the website features – including Six of the Best, First Looks and How-to guides. These guys also regularly attend cycle shows, using the channel to showcase some of the latest cycling tech and future product launches. Video lengths vary depending on their nature, but all are well presented without the Hollywood style editing and voice-overs adopted by some.
Ride on Cycling
Ride on Cycling is a YouTube vlog channel by long time AATR community member – Michelle Brideau. Michelle started cycling to work back in 2014 and quickly got the bug for cycling. The Ride on Cycling YouTube channel offers advice and product reviews. It is also a look at the world from an ‘every-day cyclists’ point of view. Michelle’s videos are clear and well presented. We have found that some cycling vlogs are either a bit condescending, in that they are presented as though you know nothing. Whereas others can make things over complicated and leave you wondering what point they are making. Ride on Cycling is an informative and easy to watch YouTube cycling Vlog from someone with a passion for just riding their bike(s).
This is a recent find but we really like this channel. Francis Cade is a cyclist/videographer and ex-racer for Pedal Heaven, from London. His channel’s video content is a mixture of social/race/training rides and general hanging out with his cycling buddies. There is also plenty of videos from his travels around the world. Some of these include visits to the 2016 Transcontinental Race, 2018 Tour Down Under and various stages of the the Red Hook Crit races. Some of his ‘rides with friends’ include ultra-endurance cyclist – Laura Scott, Chris Hall and Team Ribble’s Lawrence Carpenter. The ‘Almost Daily Videos’ are brilliantly shot and laced with snippets of hip hop, funk and other appropriately fitting music. Francis also makes sure he adds credit links for the equipment and music used in his videos. If you are looking for a feel-good cycling channel with plenty of bikes, banter and brilliantly shot footage – this one is worth checking out.
Okey – I realise that I may have missed a few channels from the list. Please don’t jump up and down saying “what about mine”. We will compile a more comprehensive list in the future. If you have any recommendations, please leave a comment and I’ll check them out. Who knows, maybe well get our act together and launch an AATR YouTube cycling channel in the near future. In the meantime – I hope you enjoy the channels on the list.