Podcast #065 – What is the environmental impact of a pro cycling race?


Posted on October 10, 2022 by Tyler Benedict

The Tour of Luxembourg is a relatively small multi-day race on the World Tour calendar, but it attracts big teams. This combination has made it the ideal test bed for measuring the environmental impact of a professional cycle race.

Which is more complex than it looks. From hotel rooms to travel, volunteers to catering, course marking to start/finish staging, there are MANY things that go into a major event like this.

I spoke with Tour de Lux President Andy Schleck and nZero Founder Adam Kramer to see how they did it, what they learned, and how events and teams can improve. to improve. There are even lessons for all of us on how we can improve our own habits and actions, and as always, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Above, Andy Schleck, and below, Adam Kramer.

Andy Kramer with nZero

The two teamed up to measure the carbon footprint of their running, looking at everything they could…so we talked about the data they measured, how they got that data, and what made them surprised.

They also discuss the biggest takeaways and how teams and athletes play a role in reducing the overall impact of events as much as organizers.


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