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MBR Special - "Race Directors in a Crazy 2020: Todd Sadow of Epic Rides" (June 26, 2020 | #1279 | Host: Ben Welnak)

Mountain Bike Radio

June 26, 2020  Todd Sadow of Epic Rides Show Page ABOUT THE EPISODE Todd Sadow has spent the better part of his life dedicated to having a great time on a bike. From the humble beginnings of a 24 hour party in the Arizona desert, to a nationwide series, he’s always maintained a down-to-earth attitude. That’s why I like having him on Mountain Bike Radio. In this episode, we chat about the current world of race directing, what Epic Rides is up to, and more. ABOUT EPIC RIDES: “Epic Rides is a passionate group of individuals who care about sharing the outdoors from the saddle of a bike. We want as many people to ride bikes in this world as possible. Whether it’s to go to the store, to drop the kids at school, or to pursue fresh air and adventure trailside, we know a bike ride (no matter how long) does wonders for the soul. Our events are a platform for personal achievement, camaraderie, challenge and life driving motivation (and satisfaction). Maybe even more notably, they are designed solely to deliver happiness to all involved while spreading the gospel of mountain biking.” ----------- RELATED SHOW NOTES Epic Rides – https://epicrides.com/ Epic Rides on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/epicrides/ Epic Rides on Twitter – https://twitter.com/EpicRides Epic Rides on Strava – https://www.strava.com/clubs/epic-rides-314302 Epic Rides on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWnrMjW1McZ3xsCROWgMylQ Epic Rides on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/epicrides/#

45mins

26 Jun 2020

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Bens' Week in Review - "Ep 1 - Troubles in the Kingdom, Bike news, Psychedelic Sinyard, Radiosynthesis, and Missing Elk" (Feb 24, 2020 | #1229 | Hosts: MTB Ben & Ben Welnak)

Mountain Bike Radio

February 24, 2020 Bens' Week in Review Show Page Thanks to Follow Hollow ABOUT THE EPISODE The Bens kick off Episode 1 with a quick explanation of what you can expect. We’re playing a little catch up to kick things off, but you get troubles in the Kingdom, bike brand news, Mike Sinyard has gone psychedelic, black fungus, and missing elk. Thanks to Dirt Rag for all the years! -------------- RELATED SHOW LINKS Kingdom Trails – https://www.pinkbike.com/news/interview-abby-long-executive-director-of-the-kingdom-trail-association.html Shimano sales – https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2020/02/13/shimanos-2019-sales-46-profits-1#.Xk1xgChKhPY Canfield Bikes – https://canfieldbikes.com/ Diamondback IBD Program – https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2020/01/14/diamondback-launch-new-ibd-program-cabda-west#.Xk7uI1JKjBI Ibis Ripmo carbon – https://www.pinkbike.com/news/first-ride-the-new-ibis-ripmo-v2-is-carbon-af.html Mike Sinyard’s Project New Day – https://www.pinkbike.com/news/mike-sinyard-advocates-for-psychedelic-assisted-therapies-following-decriminalisation-of-psychoactives-in-santa-cruz.html Moab drilling – https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2020/01/23/feds-propose-oil-gas/ Radiosynthesizing Black Fungus – https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/fungi-that-eats-radiation-found-thriving-inside-the-chernobyl-nuclear-reactor-could-be-used-like-a-sun-block-for-humans-to-protect-against-deadly-rays/ar-BBZExce Missing elk – https://www.aspentimes.com/news/lost-in-the-crowd/?fbclid=IwAR3LaGqW6eMKu-dGBAm3A8WjEOdl5-yjTNj7_m6Ex0LjWBqlguCbdGnSa1A Dirt Rag – https://dirtragmag.com/

29mins

24 Feb 2020

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Park City Utah #6: "The Group Gets Together" (January 26, 2020 | #1223 | Host: Ben Welnak)

Mountain Bike Radio

January 26, 2020 Park City Special Show Page ABOUT THE EPISODE The entire group got together after a great trip to discuss the experience. You get some perspective from the group about their time in Park City. Aly, Veruska, and Giuseppe are brand new to mountain biking and they chat about being a newbie and their perspective. --------- RELATED SHOW LINKS Aly Teich - https://www.instagram.com/sweatlife_nyc/ The Foodellers, Veruska and Giuseppe - https://www.instagram.com/thefoodellers/ Ohio Outside, Mark - https://www.ohiooutside.com/ High West Distillery - https://www.highwest.com/ Mountain Biking Park City - Mountain Biking Park City, Park City Lodging - Park City Lodging Deer Valley Resort - Deer Valley Resort Jans - Jans Mountain Recreation Experts ---------- ABOUT THE PARK CITY SPECIAL SERIES Ben headed out to Park City, Utah in June to check out the area's riding, the people involved, and take in the great experience that the area has to offer. As someone who has never spent time in or around Park City, it was an eye-opening great experience. It's definitely a world class destination worthy of consideration for a mountain biking vacation. A special thanks to Mountain Biking Park City, Park City Lodging, Deer Valley Resort, Jans Mountain Recreation Experts, and everyone involved with putting this together. A huge thanks goes out to Scott House for being our host/guide and all of his time, knowledge, expertise, and hospitality. Also, a big thanks to Eric Porter for allowing us to try to follow his wheel on some great trails.

1hr 4mins

27 Jan 2020

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#2: Tröegs Independent Brewing (July 29, 2019 | Host: MTB Ben & Ben Welnak )

Good Brew

July 29, 2019 Good Brew Show Page ABOUT THE EPISODE MTB Ben and Ben Welnak are your hosts for this episode while at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest in Pennsylvania in May. They are joined by the crew from Tröegs Independent Brewing that is based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Tim (Brewing Manager) , Mark (Brewer), and Jancy (Marketing & Events Coordinator) join the show to chat about Tröegs, their beer, what makes a good pilsner, events, Dirt Fest, and more. It’s a fun time getting out and having some great conversation with those making the craft beer scene what it is. Grab a brew and listen in! ABOUT TRÖEGS Founded in Pennsylvania in 1996 by brothers John and Chris Trogner, Tröegs Independent Brewing is driven by a sense of adventure and curiosity. From the beginning, our brewery has been built by family, friends and kindred spirits who share a love of great beer. 100% independent. ------------ ABOUT GOOD BREW Good Brew is more than just about the beer, it’s about the story of beer and it’s deep rooted connection to what binds us together as humans outdoors exploring our greater world. So grab a stool and slide on up to the bar, and let’s talk some Good Brew. ------------- RELATED SHOW LINKS Tröegs Independent Brewing – https://troegs.com/ Tröegs on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/troegsbeer/ Tröegs on Twitter – https://twitter.com/troegsbeer Tröegs on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/troegsbeer/ Tröegs on Untappd – https://untappd.com/troegsbrewingcompany Susquehanna Mountain Bike Association – http://sambabiker.com/samba/ Dirt Rag Dirt Fest – https://www.dirtragdirtfest.com/ You can support this content by becoming a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mtnbikeradio ABOUT THE HOST Ben Hall, aka MTB Ben, is your host for Good Brew. Bred in the wilds of Vermont, MTBBen has been venturing off on two wheels since the early 90’s. Having spent years in and out of the bike industry he’s seen a fair share of ups and downs for the progression of riding on dirt. Now this father of three and husband of one shares his passion for beer and the outdoors in New England. Follow him on Instagram at @MTBBen603

58mins

29 Jul 2019

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Dirt Rag Dirt Fest PA 2019 - "Patrick Reed of Dirt Components" (July 17, 2017 | Hosts: MTB Ben & Ben Welnak )

Mountain Bike Radio

July 17, 2019 Dirt Rag Dirt Fest PA 2019 Show Page ABOUT THIS EPISODE Patrick Reed is the owner of Dirt Components in Austin, Texas. He sits down to share the story of Dirt Components, the products, running a small business, the new frame project and the life of an entreprenuer. Dirt Components – https://www.dirtcomponents.com/ Dirt Components on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dirtcomponents Dirt Components on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/dirtcomponents/  ---------- ABOUT DIRT FEST Maurice and Elaine Tierney started Dirt Rag in 1989, creating a magazine that provided an inclusive forum where readers shared their stoke for the riding, culture, and lifestyle of mountain biking. After having a great time at the legendary Jim Thorpe Mountain Bike Weekend, the pair decided that Dirt Rag was in a position to translate the magazine’s in-print stoke to an in-person “gathering of the tribe.”  The first edition of Dirt Fest took place in 1991 at Camp Soles, a YMCA youth camp east of Pittsburgh. The original event was decidedly chill. There was no vendor expo bristling with the bleeding edge of bicycle technology. Demo rides amounted to swapping bikes with a newfound friend. There was a lake, a bonfire, and a bicycle polo field. Nighttime entertainment consisted of an attendee strumming a guitar at the group bonfire—a far cry from The Earthtones jamming for a circus tent full of partying mountain bikers.  Read more about Dirt Fest HERE.

38mins

17 Jul 2019

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Dirt Rag Dirt Fest PA 2019 - "Doug Dalton from SRAM" (July 15, 2019 | Host: Ben Welnak & MTB Ben )

Mountain Bike Radio

July 15, 2019  Dirt Fest PA 2019 Show Page ABOUT THIS EPISODE Doug Dalton joins the guys to chat about Dirt Fest, the cycling industry, and a lot more. Doug is an industry veteran who has spent time as a World Cup level mechanic, Brand Manager, SRAM Senior Brand Ambassador, and many other things. Learn more about Doug right HERE. ABOUT DIRT FEST Maurice and Elaine Tierney started Dirt Rag in 1989, creating a magazine that provided an inclusive forum where readers shared their stoke for the riding, culture, and lifestyle of mountain biking. After having a great time at the legendary Jim Thorpe Mountain Bike Weekend, the pair decided that Dirt Rag was in a position to translate the magazine’s in-print stoke to an in-person “gathering of the tribe.”  The first edition of Dirt Fest took place in 1991 at Camp Soles, a YMCA youth camp east of Pittsburgh. The original event was decidedly chill. There was no vendor expo bristling with the bleeding edge of bicycle technology. Demo rides amounted to swapping bikes with a newfound friend. There was a lake, a bonfire, and a bicycle polo field. Nighttime entertainment consisted of an attendee strumming a guitar at the group bonfire—a far cry from The Earthtones jamming for a circus tent full of partying mountain bikers.  Read more about Dirt Fest HERE.

1hr 18mins

15 Jul 2019

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Midwest Dirt - "Fat Bike Birkie Special: Ted King - UnTapped & Rooted Vermont" (April 8, 2019 | #1114 | Host: MTB Ben & Ben Welnak )

Mountain Bike Radio

April 8, 2019 Fat Bike Birkie 2019 Show Page ABOUT THE EPISODE Ted King stopped by the booth to chat about UnTapped, Rooted Vermont, his life in Vermont, impressions of Wisconsin and the Fat Bike Birkie, and what he has going these days. Ted’s wife, Laura, stopped in to see what was up after a good day and shares her thoughts about their move to the Vermont countryside. --------- RELATED SHOW LINKS Fat Bike Birkie - https://www.birkie.com/bike/events/fat-bike-birkie/ UnTapped - https://untapped.cc/ UnTapped on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/untappedactivenutrition/ UnTapped on Twitter - https://twitter.com/untappedmaple UnTapped on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/untappedmaple/ Rooted Vermont - https://www.rootedvermont.com/ Rooted Vermont Registration - https://www.bikereg.com/rooted-vt King of the Ride Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/king-of-the-ride/id1390373151?mt=2 Slopestyle Syrup - https://slopesidesyrup.com/ ---------- ABOUT THE FAT BIKE BIRKIE SPECIAL The Fat Bike Birkie is the largest fatbike race in the world. Ben Welnak and Ben Hall (“MTB Ben from New England Dirt) are bringing you an audio experience of the weekend. This includes discussions with several different people – directors, racers, sponsors, volunteers, and anyone else willing to chat! Follow along below! (Or you can listen other ways too – GO HERE) If you appreciate the weekend of coverage, please CLICK HERE to find out how you can support Mountain Bike Radio and help make future things like this possible! Thank you.  

37mins

8 Apr 2019

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AOF:052 Ben Welnak

Athlete On Fire

Our guest was one of the catalysts for Athlete On Fire as a Colorado buddy of Scott's and he just happens to be an amazing athlete himself.  Learn how he manages a crazy work/life balance with training for endurance mountain biking, raising two little ones, and running his own successful online brand and podcast, Mountain Bike Radio.  We talk about how being authentic is a byproduct of tough endurance racing and how to break down long events. He gives some great actionable advice and we go off topic a bit with our history.  Hope you enjoy this 52nd installment of the Athlete On Fire podcast!

59mins

27 May 2014