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

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

Which is more complex than it sounds. From hotel rooms to travel, volunteers to food service, course marking to start/finish staging, there’s a LOT that goes into a major event like this.

I spoke with Tour de Lux president Andy Schleck and nZero founder Adam Kramer to see just how they went about doing it, what they learned, and how events and teams can 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 this than meets the eye.

andy schleck of tour of luxembourg

Above, Andy Schleck, and below, Adam Kramer.

andy kramer with nZero

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

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


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Seung Kim
Seung Kim
1 month ago

When I saw this article title, even before I started reading it, my question was, “How much environmental impact of a pro cycling race, compared to all other sports in this world?”. I am not trying to be obnoxious, but how about NASCAR, top fuel eliminator, motocross, Indy 500, dirt bike races, quads, or anything that burns carbon on wheels?
Personally, I don’t think the majority of the fans or the professional riders who are involved in these carbon-emitting vehicles don’t really care about their environmental impact.

1 month ago
Reply to  Seung Kim

Don’t forget monster trucks and tractor pull <3

1 month ago
Reply to  Seung Kim

So we should ignore the environmental impact of less carbon-intensive activities. That seems smart.