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The Velo Worthy Podcast

The Velo Worthy Podcast is a show about the people and practice of the peloton. It brings Southern California (and beyond) cycling into the realm of podcasting. Featured guests will provide insights into their philosophy and work ethic, training, nutrition, recovery and challenges. This podcast will provide everything from advice on riding, racing, safety, etiquette, bike advocacy, and living a productive life on and off the bike. We get into people’s purpose and process all the information to the listener in a straightforward and fun way filled with tips and tricks to make you a complete cyclist and person.

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Dirty Kanza Part I

Veloworthy.com Check out Puregravel.com for a great selection of IRC Gravel tires. Use the discount code “Veloworthy” for 20% off your first purchase! If you like our show, we would love a review. If you leave a review on Apple Podcasts or other platform, keep listening as we may read it on an upcoming episode! Subscribe and keep up with the latest episodes, news and information. There are cycling events and then there is Dirty Kanza. Started a decade ago it has become quite simply the largest gravel event in the world. Emporia Kansas is host to thousands of cyclists, support staff, industry and media. We covered the event on site and are pleased to bring you the first of two episodes covering the weekend. In this episode, we talk to the race director Leland about what this event means for cycling. We speak with an Emporia local on how this event has changed over the years and how cyclists are treated by motorists in Kansas. We hang out in the IRC Pop Up shop and sit down with pro riders Eric Marcotte and Sarah Max. Finally we get to host the live “Tire Therapy” talk with guests Jake Wells and Adam Mills. We discover what makes this event such a beloved piece of Kansas culture and bring you perspectives from the epicenter of gravel cycling. If you love gravel cycling, this is a must listen. Also stay tuned for part II. The post Dirty Kanza Part I appeared first on Velo Worthy.

58mins

6 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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American Pro

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Velofix. Save time and ride more. Velofix is the mobile bike shop on wheels that offers both parts and service. Velofix will go almost anywhere to take care of your cycling needs. For more info check out the future of bike repair at Velofix. We’ve completed our first Tour De SoCal. Riders posted their best 6 rides in 7 days on our Strava page. It coincided with the Tour De France and we have awarded prizes in four different categories. I challenged myself to do as many group rides as possible in those 7 days and now the legs are paying for it. It’s a testament to how fun and tough the SoCal scene can be. We will have another Tour De SoCal in the fall. Do you have a cycling legal question? We’ve teamed up with Josh Bonnici of Bonnici law group. He’s an attorney and competitive cyclist who’s seen it all. We’re excited to have him on in the future. Let us know your questions! Reach out at Brian@veloworthy.com and we may read your questions on the air! For the show we met up with Jamie Smith. He’s a cyclist, race announcer and author of the book American Pro  he followed all the highs and lows of a fledgling pro cycling team from its humble beginnings to the World Championships in Richmond Virginia. Jamie writes about the tough decisions the directors have to make as well as the sacrifices many of the cyclists make to criss cross the country in a van to race their bike for a small bit of glory and a smaller amount of prize money. This is just one story of one domestic pro cycling team but there are countless stories like this where teams have to survive on a shoestring budget for a chance to squeeze out of living. We discuss the smaller races in the United States and what it takes to make it to the top of the sport. If you like to root for the underdog this is the show you can’t miss! The post American Pro appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr 1min

17 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Welcome To The Gravel Era

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Welcome to the gravel era. What does that mean for cycling? Simply put it means that cycling is going to get more and more popular. Lets examine some of the reasons why. It provides a bit of a safer surface to ride on since many road cyclists are hesitant to ride in traffic. It also provides an off road option for people who want to challenge themselves on a little bit of dirt. The camaraderie found in people who choose to do gravel is much more accepting and more of a casual but go hard feel. Bike technology has helped create a market for people to get on gravel and find just the right equipment to do it. Lastly events like the Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride has brought in people in droves to some of the most unique and fun cycling events in the country. We cover the 2018 iteration of the Belgian Waffle Ride and this year it did not disappoint. It started with a two day expo at the newly opened Canyon USA headquarters in Carlsbad California. There they had music, food, games, industry expo and a course reveal of the most unique one day cycling event in the country. Dave Malwitz of Gravelstoke joins us to give his perspective of the gravel phenomenon and his BWR insights. After some listener mail referencing The Resurrection of CBR episode we talk about some of the people we interviewed for the race. During the expo event the day before the event we talk to Ryan Steers of Giant Bicycles to talk about some of his preface form. During the morning of the race, which was delayed for about 30 minutes due to high demand of waffles we catch up with a few people during their pre race routine. We first get together with Brian McCulloch of Elevate KHS and he talks about his form going in to the start. He remained optimistic as he does with just about everything. After that we hit up the waffle line and catch up with Chris Guillemet who is the CEO of Velofix (also show sponsor) and talks about his pre race feelings. Jake Wells has a cyclocross background and has never done the event before. He came to podium or better and we caught up with him at the infamous bathroom line to hear how he was going to have the race unfold for him. He has the technical skills as well as the engine to do well. The defending women’s champ, Larissa Connors is always quotable and she is one of the few who is wide awake at the start and gives us her rundown of the day. Lastly Los Angeles based rider Diego Binatena of Los Angeles Bicycle Club and Base Cartel brings his road experience and team to the BWR. He goes all in with a race plan to execute a winning move that may happen. One of the people with the most experience yet not going for the overall is retired pro Tom Danielson. Now a coach, he comes into the race as a mentor but draws on some of the unique comparisons between this event and races he’s done in Europe. Once the race is off it unfolds and the final kms come down to a test of will between Ted King and Brian McCulloch. Ted was unable to come around Brian in the last corner as we get post race reactions from all of the top finishers including in the top five, Bryan Lewis (formerly of Cyclance) and Colin Strickland who is a fixture in the criterium and red hook races. On the women’s side Larissa is ecstatic and is still full of energy for the crowd and cameras and third place finisher Alison Tetrick grabs my beer mid interview as she crosses the line prior to being interviewed. Wel also get the post race reactions from Jake Wells, Ryan Steers and others to see if their finishes matched their pre race predictions. Lastly we talk to the staples of the gravel scene and get interviews with the father of modern gravel cycling Neil Shirley and the creator of the event Michael Marckx on how this years ride stacked up to the previous races. Lastly Canyon Bicycles has had a huge investment as a title sponsor and we talk with Colin from Canyon Bicycles about their involvement as well as his thoughts on one of the most unique bicycles today. That being the Canyon Grail. Lastly Dave gives his three main takeaways from the event and why he thinks this is the modern face of cycling. If you are interested in gravel riding or have been an early adopter, this is the episode that you have been waiting for. Do not miss this! The post Welcome To The Gravel Era appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr

24 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Belgian Waffle Ride | SoCal’s Cycling Fiesta

Veloworthy.com If you like our show, we would love a review. If you leave a review on Apple Podcasts or other platform, keep listening as we may read it on an upcoming episode! Subscribe and keep up with the latest episodes. The Belgian Waffle ride has grown from a local event to one of the largest gravel races in the world. The 2019 edition featured a lot of firsts including two brand new winners, prize purses for the men’s and women’s races and even a larger prize purse for the women’s race. The race featured plenty of action from a few thousand people from all over the country. The race this year started in different heats and everyone had the personal goal of either finishing or achieving their best time. We talked to some of the favorites to get their pre race predictions and also talked to the winners of the race as they reflected on a day that included 136 miles and over 10K feet of climbing. If you’ve done the race, come relive the memories and hear the conversations from the people that pushed themselves to their limit. If you’ve never done the Belgian Waffle Ride, consider this episode part of your training! What we have in this episode: Tyler Pearce AKA Vegan Cyclist talks about what he expects as he does BWR for the first time. All of the pre race favorites talk about their plan to cover the race for the day. Race announcer Jim Miller discusses how the race has evolved over the years. We speak with winner’s Peter Stetina and Sarah Sturm on how they beat everyone to become champions of the Belgian Waffle Ride. Sign up for our Newsletter which provides the latest information from Veloworthy including special deals and exclusive content. The post Belgian Waffle Ride | SoCal’s Cycling Fiesta appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr

7 May 2019

Rank #4

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An Evening with Chris Carmichael

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance.  Go to healthiq.com/socal to support the show and see if you qualify. Live from San Clemente California, Velo Worthy Podcast is proud to present an evening with Chris Carmichael in conjunction with Pedal Industries. Chris Carmichael is often considered a pioneer in the modern era of cycling including running one of the largest and most successful coaching businesses in the world. Chris was a member of the 7-11 Cycling team in the 1980’s which was the most powerful American team of all time. Chris has years of experience racing in Europe and has competed at the highest level in the Tour De France. Upon retirement from professional racing, Chris began his coaching career at USA Cycling. It was there he made connections with the next generation of cycling often times referred to as the “Lance” Generation. He formed a unique partnership and bond with Lance and was there in 1999 during Lance’s first Tour de France win. Chris branched out on his own following the success and resurgence of American bike racing and began his own coaching service. CTS or Carmichael Training Systems is considered to be one of the first coaching methods that brought systematic, scientific training to cyclists of all levels. Chris Philosophy is treating the athletes as a student while the coaches have a mentorship/teacher role. They have measurable goals, training plans and metrics which can easily be measured throughout their training program. Chris has authored several books on training and his coaches have had people reach their goals at the highest levels of the sport. Chris looks at the future of cycling in America as well as the mentality one should have on race day. Chris is a walking encyclopedia and historian when it comes to experience and training methods and he has the results to back it up. We cover a fun evening filled with laughs about his days getting “old school” bike fitted and gives sage advice on how parents should support their kids in sport. This is a first time live evening with a guest for the podcast and something that was so successful, we’ll try to replicate again. If you are interested in shows like this or even want to attend a live podcast evening, let us know. This is a show that you should listen to and get inspired! The post An Evening with Chris Carmichael appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr 6mins

22 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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Dirty Kanza Part II

Veloworthy.com Check out Puregravel.com for a great selection of IRC Gravel tires. Use the discount code “Veloworthy” for 20% off your first purchase! If you like our show, we would love a review. If you leave a review on Apple Podcasts or other platform, keep listening as we may read it on an upcoming episode! Subscribe and keep up with the latest episodes, news and information. Check out our YouTube video on Dirty Kanza here! Inside Dirty Kanza In our second and final episode covering Dirty Kanza we cover all of the action from start to finish. It is fitting that we start out talking to Colin Strickland on the eve of the ride about his strategy and plans on using aero bars. The next morning we head to the start of the race and talk to some of the riders just before the sun comes up. Some of the riders such as Ted King talk about his nervousness as he preps for a long day ahead. Throughout the race we give live updates and leapfrog the riders as we try to head back to the finish to see the riders coming in. When we get to the finish, the riders are exhausted, wiping themselves off, drinking a cold beverage all while trying to answer questions from the press. We speak to many of the top ten finishers of Dirty Kanza including Peter Stetina, Kiel Reijnen, Joshua Berry, Alex Howes, Lachlan Morton and Taylor Phinney. For the women’s podium we speak with Alison Tetrick, Sarah Max and winner Amity Rockwell. Finally we capture the closing thoughts of everyone in the IRC crew who spent the day chasing, shooting photos and even fixing a flat tire in our car! Did you ride Dirty Kanza? What was your experience like? Have you always wanted to do it? Let us know your questions! Let us know at Brian@Veloworthy.com We have kits coming from Eliel Cycling! Be on the lookout for our design as the ordering window will open up soon. The post Dirty Kanza Part II appeared first on Velo Worthy.

59mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 1- Greg Romero- How to get with the fastest masters team in the country.

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast– veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Brian Co ____________________________________________________________________________ This Weeks Guest: Greg Romero Instagram-@bmxcoach www.bmxtraining.com Strava- BMX Coach FaceBook- Greg Romero BMX legend turned Elite Master’s Cyclist Greg Romero sits down for our very first podcast and talks about how he found his way onto the best masters cycling team in the country. We talk about how he is able to translate his BMX background into becoming a very talented criterium racer and why he likes surrounding himself with the eclectic personalities of the Surf City Cycling team. Winner of Manhattan Beach GP as a Cat 2 he explains how he was able to move up in USA Cycling’s category so quickly. Greg explains what it’s like to be a part of the SoCal cycling scene and why he likes being coached by someone more than a decade younger than him! We get into his focus and goals for the season and how he went from transforming his body from ripped hockey player to lean and mean cyclist. Recorded 4/20/16 The post Episode 1- Greg Romero- How to get with the fastest masters team in the country. appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr 6mins

23 Apr 2016

Rank #7

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EF Training Camp in Spain

Veloworthy.com Veloworthy kits are here! Store closes 7/19/19 To check them out and order go to: Veloworthy Kits! Need a cycling attorney? Josh Bonnici is here to help: Bonnici Law Group www.sddisabilityattorney.com“>SD Disability Attorney Mammoth Gran Fondo: mammothgranfondo.com Check out Puregravel.com for a great selection of IRC Gravel tires. Use the discount code “Veloworthy” for 20% off your first purchase! If you like our show, we would love a review. If you leave a review on Apple Podcasts or other platform, keep listening as we may read it on an upcoming episode! Subscribe and keep up with the latest episodes, news and information. In our first time in the studio we get to some important topics: – Our first run of Veloworthy kits by Eliel is up! The ordering window is 10 days so place your orders. – Have you got a legal question? Ask our resident Lawyer Josh Bonnici with your burning questions. – It’s July and that can only mean one thing in cycling: The Tour de France. We go over our pick for the overall as well as some honorable mentions. – We respond to listener feedback including an iTunes review, listener mail and a thought provoking YouTube comment from our Dirty Kanza video. – We are joined in studio by co host Adam Saba as we break down our time spent in Spain and Andorra working with Velonews.com, Skratch Labs and seeing the Education First Professional Cycling team in action. It’s a new venture for Veloworthy working with another media group and we discuss our typical day at training camp during a massive heat wave in Europe. We also discuss some of the highs and lows of the experience. The post EF Training Camp in Spain appeared first on Velo Worthy.

58mins

9 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Stephen Hyde and Amanda Nauman

Veloworthy.com Need a cycling attorney? Josh Bonnici is here to help: Bonnici Law Group www.sddisabilityattorney.com Mammoth Gran Fondo: mammothgranfondo.com Check out Puregravel.com for a great selection of IRC Gravel tires. Use the discount code “Veloworthy” for 20% off your first purchase! If you like our show, we would love a review. If you leave a review on Apple Podcasts or other platform, keep listening as we may read it on an upcoming episode! Subscribe and keep up with the latest episodes, news and information. In this episode of the Veloworthy we go over a variety of different things: – I talk about what’s preventing me from riding at the same level I was and the things that are preventing me from being back in my own flow. Spoiler alert! It’s me! Good head = Good Legs -We recap one of the best Tour’s de France in decades and talk about my pick and winner Egan Bernal. What does that victory mean for cycling, his team and Columbians? – We sit down with Josh Bonnici and he talks about how motorists and law makers are still victim blaming cyclists by saying things like “If they only wore brighter colors”, “They should have worn a helmet” “They came out of nowhere”. Those statements deflect the responsibility of the driver and directly on the cyclist who we all know is in a much more vulnerable position out on the road. – Back at Sea Otter, we joined Stephen Hyde and Amanda Nauman and talked about their success and goals on the dirt in the cyclocross as well as gravel scene. Stephen is a 3 time national cyclocross champion going for his fourth and Amanda, an alumni of the podcast talks about some of her new goals as well. The post Stephen Hyde and Amanda Nauman appeared first on Velo Worthy.

49mins

30 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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He Is Ted King

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Velofix. Save time and ride more. Velofix is the mobile bike shop on wheels that offers both parts and service. Velofix will go almost anywhere to take care of your cycling needs. For more info check out the future of bike repair at Velofix. Attorney Josh Bonnici of Bonnici Law Group has been riding in SoCal for over 25 years and understands the specific and unique issues presented to the recreational cyclist and dedicated racer. Josh offers free consultations to cyclists, and can make sure that the auto insurance companies play by the rules. If you have a bike injury, make sure to call Bonnici Law Group. Our online store is open! Now with flat rate shipping! Check out the SCC Store to find the latest styles from Velo Worthy. We have some great pieces of gear to keep you stylish with hats, shirts, patches and stickers as well as the coveted Purist bottles to keep you hydrated on your rides. Shop now! Josh Bonnici joins us as we tackle the first of our talks on the legal aspects of cycling. In this segment we talk about who is responsible for potholes in cities that may cause damage to a cyclists bike or equipment. We also discuss what the implications could be if a cyclist gets injured due to that pothole and what measures cyclists can take to protect themselves in the future. We also talk with gravel star Ted King and how he really felt after getting second place in the closest ever Belgian Waffle Ride finish. We discuss his time as a World Tour pro and any part of that life that he misses. Ted talks about life traveling to gravel events, the use of aero bars, strategy and which discipline of cycling creates the best gravel riders. Ted King also has his hand in some sticky syrup and he’s grabbing the microphone and doing his own podcast. Welcome to the club Ted! Pick of the week goes to Amazon Video’s Eat Ride Win docu series featuring Chef/Author Hannah Grant as she travels with the Mitchelton Scott Team during the Tour De France and is tasked with a hungry group of cyclists and staff after each stage and then traveling and repeating the process for 21 stages. While cycling season is winding down, make sure to stay up to date with all things going on in the cycling world. If you’ve been interest in the legal aspects of cycling as well as wanted to get into the thought process of Ted King, this is the show for you! The post He Is Ted King appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr 4mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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A Tale of Two Bike Brands

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Velofix. Save time and ride more. Velofix is the mobile bike shop on wheels that offers both parts and service. Velofix will go almost anywhere to take care of your cycling needs. For more info check out the future of bike repair at Velofix. July represents a busy month for cycling. Many eye’s will be on this years Tour De France, racing season in many areas are in full swing and the days are long and weather perfect for being outside. We get together and discuss all things leading up to the Tour De France including talking with people from two of the bike brands that will be competing at this years tour. Ryan Dahl of Wend Wax takes co hosting duties on this episode. To celebrate this years Tour De France. Velo Worthy will be doing a virtual stage race of his own by doing 6 hard days of group rides starting the same day Le Tour starts. A Strava group will be created where you can do your own as well. Prizes will be given to the hard men and women who participate. Check the SCC Facebook Page for more info. Ryan Dahl is taking paraffin based wax on drivetrains to the next level by introducing colored wax to make your chain running smooth and standing out. It’s a fun and bright way of making your bike more customizable and matching any other piece of kit. We discuss our pics for the Tour De France jerseys and see if Froome can take the win despite being under a dark cloud of inhaler mist. We talk with Richard Wittenberg of Factor Bicycles. A bike that will be ridden at this years Tour De France by AG2R. They have a unique business model and will see if Romain Bardet can ride the bike to a French Victory in more than 30 years. Dom Fortin comes down from Montreal Canada and talks about the evolution of Argon bicycles. They have a World Tour team in Astana who will be riding their bikes to stage wins at the Tour. While they don’t have a big budget compared to other brands, they have a unique story with a loyal following as well as some creative engineers. Between new ways to wax and color your drivetrain, top picks for the Tour De France, the SCC Tour De SoCal and two high end bike brands, July is the month to be a fan of cycling! Tune in and get excited for summer and love of all things bicycle. The post A Tale of Two Bike Brands appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr 2mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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Triathletes vs. Cyclists

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Velofix. Save time and ride more. Velofix is the mobile bike shop on wheels that offers both parts and service. Velofix will go almost anywhere to take care of your cycling needs. For more info check out the future of bike repair at Velofix. Like it or not, triathletes are a large part of the cycling world. Many cyclists are former triathletes who found the true joy of cycling or appreciate the tactical perspective. Of course, triathletes often have a questionable (and not always positive) reputation among the peloton. Today we not only explore the tumultuous relationship between cyclists and triathletes, we also speak with two professionals to get their perspective. Taylor Spivey is a world-famous ITU triathlete. She has competed internationally and currently has her sights set on success at the 2020 olympics in Tokyo. At events she rides draft legal (employs tactics that cyclists use in road races/criterium). Taylor discusses what triathletes can learn from cyclists on the local group ride and vice versa. She also listens to opinions that many cyclists share when they see a triathlete show up to a group ride. Whitney Burdzilauskas is a triathlete turned cyclist and coach. She specializes in the longer Ironman events which involve riding at your highest threshold for 112 miles per event. We spoke with her at the Oceanside 70.3 event and discussed ways cyclists can train and compete like a triathlete. She also talks about some of the key differences between the two sports. Whitney shares her unique perspective on training with cyclists for triathlons and other races, and tackles the frustrations both athletes have. Traditionally, cycling culture is not the most accepting group. When it comes to triathletes that want to train or race with cyclists, they approach it as an entirely different sport, even though cycling accounts for a third of a triathlon. As our guests point out on the show, one of the biggest reasons for not seeing eye-to-eye is safety. I’ve personally seen and been on the receiving end of some erratic behavior from triathletes in the peloton. At times it’s a dubious relationship, however both groups can learn from each other. Some of the sport’s best have been crossover athletes! Whether you’re a triathlete-turned cyclist, a pure cyclist, or a blend of both, this episode offers interesting discourse on the relationship. The post Triathletes vs. Cyclists appeared first on Velo Worthy.

59mins

19 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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Inside the Amgen Tour of California

Veloworthy.com If you like our show, we would love a review. If you leave a review on Apple Podcasts or other platform, keep listening as we may read it on an upcoming episode! Subscribe and keep up with the latest episodes, news and information. The Amgen Tour of California is the largest professional bicycle race held in North America. For 2019 the route started in Sacramento and headed it’s way south finishing in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl. It was a race that featured many climbs including Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe and the infamous Ontario to Mt. Baldy Stage. New for this year featured three stages for the women which included a start in Ventura county, Mt. Baldy and Pasadena stages. Absent this year was a time trial that frustrated the specialists but favored the pure climbers. This race may be known for showcasing the young riders as the last two versions have seen winners from Egan Bernal in 2018 and now Tadej Pojacar who at 20 years old is the youngest rider to win a UCI stage race. Our episode features interviews and interactions from the cyclists as well as staff including Kristen Klein, Mike Sayers, Dave Towle, Simon Geschke, Tejay van Garderen, Daniel Oss, Kasper Asgreen, Brodie Chapman, Sarah Bergen, Liza Rachetto, Tayler Wiles, Chloe Dygart, Michael Creed, Travis McCabe, Sam Boardman, Zdnek Stybar, Nathan Haas, John Delkenkolb, Rohan Dennis and more. It’s a star studded line up and we bring you the action up close and personal. Sign up for our Newsletter which provides the latest information from Veloworthy including special deals and exclusive content. The post Inside the Amgen Tour of California appeared first on Velo Worthy.

58mins

20 May 2019

Rank #13

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Robin Carpenter | Thriving in a Shrinking Peloton

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Velofix. Save time and ride more. Velofix is the mobile bike shop on wheels that offers both parts and service. Velofix will go almost anywhere to take care of your cycling needs. For more info check out the future of bike repair at Velofix. Attorney Josh Bonnici of Bonnici Law Group has been riding in SoCal for over 25 years and understands the specific and unique issues presented to the recreational cyclist and dedicated racer. Josh offers free consultations to cyclists, and can make sure that the auto insurance companies play by the rules. If you have a bike injury, make sure to call Bonnici Law Group. Our online store is open! Check out the SCC Store to find the latest styles from Velo Worthy. We have some great pieces of gear to keep you stylish with hats, shirts, patches and stickers as well as the coveted Purist bottles to keep you hydrated on your rides. Shop now! We chat with Robin Carpenter of Rally Cycling to talk about his life since he first joined the podcast in 2016. He has left the smaller Holowesko Citadel squad to pro continental status. That means more opportunities for bigger races in the United States like the Amgen Tour of California and races in Europe like the Tour of Denmark. He talks about some of the current issues facing American Cycling and what it might take to be more competitive with the world tour teams. Part of the issue is that even the best cyclists are facing uncertain futures and current cyclists already need to think about the future lives after pinning on a number for a living. Robin is a bit of a renaissance man. Living in La Jolla California, he and his wife support each other with her pursuit of a Phd and Robin, spending time becoming the next great baker of bread. He finds it more than comforting and has a real connection with the nourishment it has given people for thousands of years. He and his wife are working together to make life work for both professions. A rarity in a sport where one spouse follows the life of the other. Robin is one of the few cyclists who has a multi year contract with a top level cycling program. He is about to finish his first year of a two year contract with Rally Cycling. Robin is already thinking about the next year and reflects on some of his experiences with his current teammates who were for most of his career, rivals. We also chat with Josh Bonnici of Bonnici Law Group about what cyclists can and should do in the event of an accident. There is so much on this season 2 finale! Enjoy the episode and go out and get inspired. Stay tuned to the all the social media and updates during our hiatus for fun projects and events. The post Robin Carpenter | Thriving in a Shrinking Peloton appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr 10mins

16 Oct 2018

Rank #14

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A Few of Our Favorite Things

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Go to healthiq.com/socal to support the show and see if you qualify. The Haute Route is coming to North America! The first leg of the event starts in San Fransisco in April and is sure to be an epic event. Velo Worthy Podcast listeners can receive a 10% discount for the month of March. Use the code SPECMKTSoCalCyclistHR at Haute Route Power meters, high end bottom brackets and pulleys, bike racks and chain wax are a few of our favorite things. Not only do we get to use them but we get to talk to the people behind these products. We are joined in studio by Ryan Dahl of Wend Wax who doubles as co host for the episode. Ryan is one of the few cyclists who has been racing since childhood, one of the original Swamis Team members, California State CX Champion and all around hard man. He created Wend Wax with the simple idea that drivetrains can last longer and run smoother with wax instead of traditional liquid based lubes. He knows a thing or two about wax since his family started Wax Research which is the home of the world famous Sticky Bumps surf wax. He talks about some of the more interesting ways to apply the wax and why it is the superior choice when it comes to drivetrains. We then move to power meters. It is a piece of tech not reserved for the pros anymore as they can be found on most serious cyclists bikes. Jim Miller of Pioneer power meters talks about the nexus of how they came to be and all of the interesting thing that Pioneer has done as a brand and a bit about their technology. It’s one of the most recognizable power meters on the market as it can be seen with a well angled television camera. Ard Kessels is the brainchild behind Kogel Bearings. Kogel makes bottom brackets as well as pulleys. Kogel is touted as Bad Ass Bottom Brackets and he has brought the stream of consciousness of small moving parts on a bike to the forefront. His passion and unique marketing strategy has put Kogel out there as one of the most sought after pieces of tech. Kogel sponsors many top riders including the UHC Professional team and he continues to refine and develop the technology all to have the rider save a few watts and maybe own the next Strava segment. The technology for bicycle racks has largely remained unchanged for the last few years. Chuck from Seasucker racks has changed the game. His portable, suction mount based racks are taking the world by storm and can be seen from local bike shops to the world tour level. The rack can fit nearly anywhere on a vehicle thanks to it’s large suction cups that you pump for a secure fit. You can trust your expensive rig will not be going anywhere. We caught up with him at last years Tour of California. New tech in cycling moves at a hundred miles an hour and is constantly evolving. We were able to talk about just a tiny bit. Look forward to more shows where we talk about the people who have come up with some genius ideas to move the sport forward. This is one show that you do not want to miss! The post A Few of Our Favorite Things appeared first on Velo Worthy.

54mins

27 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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Tour De France and Gaulzetti Cycles

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Velofix. Save time and ride more. Velofix is the mobile bike shop on wheels that offers both parts and service. Velofix will go almost anywhere to take care of your cycling needs. For more info check out the future of bike repair at Velofix. Attorney Josh Bonnici of Bonnici Law Group has been riding in SoCal for over 25 years and understands the specific and unique issues presented to the recreational cyclist and dedicated racer. Josh offers free consultations to cyclists, and can make sure that the auto insurance companies play by the rules. If you have a bike injury, make sure to call Bonnici Law Group. Our online store is open! Check out the SCC Store to find the latest styles from Velo Worthy. We have some great pieces of gear to keep you stylish with hats, shirts, patches and stickers as well as the coveted Purist bottles to keep you hydrated on your rides. Shop now! Are you going through Tour De France withdrawals? Co host Lauren Diaz of Padres Pedal the Cause, helps breakdown all of the highlights and memories from the Tour including the dominance of Team Sky, the animators such as Dan Martin and Tom Dumoulin as well the inspiring rides of Lawson Craddock who finished last but broke his scapula on the first day of the Tour De France. On Stage 9, John Delkenkolb stunned his harshest critics by winning the cobbled stage after an almost career ending injury several seasons ago. We also explore what makes Peter Sagan so appealing both on and off the bike and look into the future for Tour De France winner Geraint Thomas. Before there were massed produced carbon frames, individual frame builders regarded bicycles as true craft. Craig Gaulzetti of Gaulzetti cycles is a master frame builder and has moved his operation from the east coast to SoCal. We sit down with him and talk about the lost art of frame building as well as his model for running a boutique style bike shop. We explore shop owners place in the cycling world that is being overshadowed with an influx of online retailers. They carry exclusive brands such as Seven Cycles and Pegorreti in addition to his own line of custom frames. If you love the Tour De France as well as hand crafted custom bicycles, we delve into both topics with a lot of passion and some humor. July has been synonymous with cycling and this is an episode you cannot miss! The post Tour De France and Gaulzetti Cycles appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr 2mins

31 Jul 2018

Rank #16

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Larissa Connors | Velo Worthy Podcast

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Velofix. Save time and ride more. Velofix is the mobile bike shop on wheels that offers both parts and service. Velofix will go almost anywhere to take care of your cycling needs. For more info check out the future of bike repair at Velofix. Attorney Josh Bonnici of Bonnici Law Group has been riding in SoCal for over 25 years and understands the specific and unique issues presented to the recreational cyclist and dedicated racer. Josh offers free consultations to cyclists, and can make sure that the auto insurance companies play by the rules. If you have a bike injury, make sure to call Bonnici Law Group. The Baja Bike Race is a 73 mile Granfondo|Race that takes your through the wine country of Baja California Mexico also know as the Valle de Guadalupe. It is a rolling closed course and fully supported with a $3000 prize purse. For more information go to Baja Bike Race or find them on Instagram @bajabikerace For SCC listeners you get 15% off their entry when using promo code SOCALCYCLIST Just like your bike, your smile needs to be serviced regularly. OC Healthy Smiles was voted 2018 Top Dentist because your oral health and comfort is their highest priority. See the OC Healthy Smiles difference at your next dental exam & cleaning. Mention SCC for free in-office whitening at your 1st scheduled appointment!If you’re in or near Orange County visit OCHealthySmiles.com to schedule now. Offer limited to the first 7 scheduled appointments, so call before it’s too late (714) 907-4842. Our online store is open! Check out the SCC Store to find the latest styles from Velo Worthy. We have some great pieces of gear to keep you stylish with hats, shirts, patches and stickers as well as the coveted Purist bottles to keep you hydrated on your rides. Shop now! Larissa Connors is quite arguably the most energetic cyclist you will ever meet. A no filter and quirky approach to interviews. She has boundless energy that she uses to her advantage on the race course. For our show, she is the only person to have ever ridden her bike (From Orange County) to do the interview. At a young age she was always an athlete. She’s tried running as well as other disciplines within cycling. Larissa has found her niche in endurance mountain bike and gravel races. She is the only cyclist who remains undefeated at 100+ mile events at 10 wins and 0 losses. Larissa is a two time winner of the Belgian Waffle Ride and Leadville 100 races. Not only does she win but she wins by many minutes over her closest competitors. Larissa splits her time between racing and her profession as a high school math teacher. She shares her love of cycling with her students as they suspect she’s a “famous” cyclist. She got into cycling while she was a student at UC Davis where she met her husband who built her a custom time trial bike. That bike design and construction led him to getting a job with Felt  Bicycles. A bike brand that Larissa now rides. Collegiate cycling opened doors for her as she now decides her own path in the cycling world. Whether it’s taking in race selfies or racing against (and sometimes) beating her idols, she always has a deep desire to go for broke and break herself physically and mentally. Larissa is so energetic and the interview transforms in so many crazy and fun directions that you have to be on the edge of your seat just to keep up. She is at the top of her game and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. If you’ve always wanted to get a glimpse into the mind of Larissa Connors, this is the episode for you! The post Larissa Connors | Velo Worthy Podcast appeared first on Velo Worthy.

58mins

27 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Inside Belgian Waffle Ride

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Go to healthiq.com/socal to support the show and see if you qualify. HUNKR is Orange County’s coolest 100K timed cycling event. With equal prize money and free U23 entry, come join in on the fun March 17th. For more check out The Belgian Waffle Ride is one of the biggest one day races in North America and it’s right in our backyard! In an era where races are hurting for membership, the Belgian Waffle Ride sells out quickly. The draw is the entire unique experience. You take over a thousand racers, lots of volunteers, a course with dirt, road and elevation and lots of beer and music at the end and you have it. We sit down with Adam Mills in studio and talk about coaching people for the event as well as the training camps that Source Endurance puts on for the event. People spend a year prepping and planning for this day. There is a lot that a rider will go through and the goal is to prep them for anything that can happen. With the most recent event filled with action, we went behind the scenes and inside the race and talked to many of the participants and got their perspective of the event. First we talk with race announcer Jim Miller as we get a surprise mid interview and he gives me his race predictions for the day. No BWR event is complete without talking to the father of the event Michael Marcx. This year he didn’t race it so it’s nice to get his perspective from the race organization standpoint. We talk with defending champ Joshua Berry of the Jelly Belly squad on how he faired this year and what hiccups he ran into. We talk with the eventual winners of the event Jesse Anthony and Larissa Connors and even though they make it look easy, they were just as tired as well but happy. No big bike event is without a few retired pros. We talk with Phil Gaimon and how he took off so fast at the start and was able to hold off the entire field just for a little while. We also talk with last years defending champion Amanda Nauman and why she was ready to quit but didn’t on the last big climb. Lastly we speak with Ted King and how events like these are good for cycling and their growth. The BWR is no longer a local event. With seasoned professionals coming in and competing and people going to camps to try to improve their personal bests, BWR has something for everyone. We look forward to the event this year and if you are on the fence when it comes to gravel, one day events, you need to listen to this episode and see what all the hype is all about! The post Inside Belgian Waffle Ride appeared first on Velo Worthy.

55mins

20 Feb 2018

Rank #18

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Inside Sea Otter Classic

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org We journey to Monterrey California and check out the Sea Otter Classic. Sea Otter is a multi day bike event with competitive cycling that spans from mountain to road to everything in between. Sea Otter is also known for it’s massive industry expo at the Laguna Seca Raceway. It is there that many brands get to showcase their latest and greatest products for the upcoming season. We pounded the pavement and talked to many of these brands and see what they had this year. Here are a few of some of the things we saw at Sea Otter. Goodyear tires is a name known in automobiles and they have made an investment in cycling tires. Notably tires 25c and above on just about every discipline. Luke Musselman talks about some of the latest tires in their line. In one of our favorite companies, Jake Pantone from Enve composites talks about how they are leading the way with some of their off road options. They have a unique through axle skewers for their forks and a surefire way to keep things secure. Taylor from DT Swiss talks about some of their new gravel and cyclocross wheels. I’ve owned their hubs for years and he has shown me a tool less way to remove a cassette and hub internals. That way you just need a finger and some grease to keep it running smooth. K-edge might be some of the smaller bike accessory pieces but they collaborated with Wahoo Bolt. Tim Kelly, the brand manager at K-edge came up with an aero and clean interface for the Wahoo bolt computers. It coincidentally was the same one that a certain Peter Sagan used as he won Paris Roubaix. Jesse Bartholemew with Quarq has a new way to monitor your tire pressure in real time. It’s a sensor that sits on the valve core and senses tire pressure as the rider uses the bike. It’s a great tool for people obsessed with wanting to know additional metrics on their computers. They will start pricing at $200. SCC alumni Priscilla Savord now represents Fizik. In addition to some of their saddles they are venturing into some new aspects of the game with updated road and mountain shoes. Priscilla was found at Sea Otter dropping some knowledge and giving out espresso’s simultaneously! IRC tires has made a big investment into cycling in the United States. Bruno Suttles has ridden some great tires specifically made for events like BWR. They have a file tread with knobby edges and they run tubeless. The company has a huge following in SoCal. Giant is one of the bigger brands at Sea Otter and Andrew Juskaidas of Giant talks to us as he teases out some of the bigger things coming in just a few short months. He remains tight lipped but you know when Giant teases something, it’s going to be big! Red Shift Sports from Nor Cal has found an interesting take on suspension. They came up with suspension seat posts and stems that have a little bit of give on both ends of the bike. Stephen Anhert explains how these work and also how their kickstarter campaign is going on some of the products. It has wide applications across many cycling disciplines. Jason Prescott from Oakley has two new offerings in the brands iconic eyewear line. The have the Flight and Field jacket featuring new technology called the advancer that helps get rid of fog. They adjust on the fly and are a game changer in the industry. VeloToze has made some great shoe coverings and are one of the industry leaders in latex. Perfect for bad weather, cold, time trialing, keeping your shoes clean and looking good. They showed off Peter Sagan’s world champ striped one’s at the show. They also have a new line of socks entering the market. Joe Fhang one of the co owners talks us through it. Chris Sugai President of Niner bikes talks about a new concept bike they brought to the show. It’s a dual suspension go anywhere gravel bike that looks like it would be great for the zombie apocalypse. It also needs to be said he gave out one of the coolest pieces of swag. A niner branded Spyderco Knife! Vince Colvin from Chumba USA is one of the smaller frame builders at the show. They were there in partnership with Kogel Bearings and State wheels to showcase one of their beautiful handmade steel gravel bikes. Made from Austin Texas, they are true American brand. Jose Mendez of Wahoo Fitness talks to us about how realistic indoor and stationary cycling can be. He lets us test ride a route that simulates going up and downhill on a trainer that changes levels as you ride. One step closer to a true holodeck! Tim Jackson an industry legend is with Irwin wheels to talk about some of the interesting and not too sky high costs of Irwin wheels. They are built tough and have wheel choices for just about every discipline of cycling. Lastly we were hosted by the crew at Skratch labs. They work hard and are dedicated to putting smiles on people’s faces. They featured their bar which is a great alternative to those who are sick of the sweet only options. Allen Lim is creating a movement with Skratch Labs. Sea Otter did not disappoint and so many people support their products and the sport. Show your love for them by checking out their gear and taking the time to learn about how collectively they are making the sport better. If you love Sea Otter Classic or have always wanted to go, this is the episode for you! 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55mins

8 May 2018

Rank #19

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The War on Water

Show Notes *Please Rate and Review on iTunes or Stitcher* Subscribe and keep the show alive! Thanks Have a question or comment? Let us know! The Velo Worthy Podcast- veloworthy.com Email: Brian@veloworthy.com Instagram- @socal_cyclist Twitter- @socal_cyclist YouTube- Velo Worthy Strava- Brian Co- Velo Worthy FaceBook- Socalcyclist.org Velo Worthy Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Go to healthiq.com/socal to support the show and see if you qualify. With so many beverage options out there for cyclists, who has time for water? It’s taking a back seat to a wide range of choices. On the latest episode of the SCC podcast we take a close look at three that seem to have a big cycling following. We start with craft coffee, hydration and lastly beer. We talk about the attraction, appeal and dispel a bit of myth. When cyclists first get ready to race or head out on the big weekend ride, coffee seems to be the go to beverage of choice. With dozens of choices and as many coffee shops around, it can be an overwhelming task. Ryan and Billy, cyclists who started a craft coffee company with delivery and subscription service in mind. We sample nitro coffee as well as aero press and talk about some of the physiological and psychological advantages to getting that morning cup of joe. This isn’t your fathers Sanka anymore. Coffee and cycling have a long lasting relationship. Usually after or during a ride, cyclists usually have some kind of sports hydration, recovery drink or juice. The people at Mode nutrition talk about some of the benefits of drinking juice that comes from natural and pure ingredients. Aasha Marler and Tammo Walter talk about how they got their start in a highly competitive market and how their products work. We also talk about the cyclists ability to sometimes have to adapt to their surroundings and what to do on race day when they don’t necessarily have all their nutritional tools at their disposal. Lastly we get into some of their guilty food pleasures just to show that everything is ok in moderation including bacon and donuts. Lastly, many cyclists like to reminisce about an epic ride with an ice cold beer. Rawley Macias of Rouleur brewery is an engineer, cyclists beer lover and brewer. He’s found a way to build a cycling themed brewery and combine all those passions into one. Rouleur has made it to the one year mark and has succeeded where other breweries have failed through being embraced by the cycling community, have an aggressive marketing model and of course brewing some unique and top notch beers. We sit down on location and talk about where he has been and how his brewery has served as the unofficial gathering for cyclists not only loving beer but meeting up for group rides and fun events. The future is expansion and we’ll see how Rouleur can take things to the next level. Unfortunately water seems to be less and less prominent as these beverage choices are coming into the spotlight. Water used to be the go to that every nutritionist was screaming we needed 8 glasses of but with so many other options, we’ll have to see what happens. This is a fun and entertaining episode you don’t want to miss! Enjoy it with your favorite beverage! The post The War on Water appeared first on Velo Worthy.

1hr 10mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #20