A podcast for all cyclists
A podcast for all cyclists
We begin today with Ash Lovell from People for Bikes. Her official title is Electric Bicycle Policy and Campaign Director and our topic is important and timely.
If you ride an eBike or are considering purchasing one, you will eventually need to consider the disposal of your used-up battery. The estimated lifespan is about 5 years – although I don’t have a good translation of that in hours and/or miles.
During the Consumer Electronics Show a couple of weeks ago, Ash was a presenter at CES and the topic was about a new program for recycling eBike batteries.
Partnering with manufacturers and bike shops, People For Bikes is leading the campaign to make sure these batteries are appropriately recycled so they don’t end up in landfills.
Then, we check in with one of my favorite industry people – Craig Calfee.
Craig and I have known each other for a very long time and I have a heap-o-respect for his work, the way he looks at our industry, and the efforts he puts in to share his knowledge and expertise across the globe.
While carbon fiber has become the “material of choice” among virtually every manufacturer, Craig still pushes the envelope with his ideas and designs.
Today, we talk about the Calfee Nautilus carbon wheelsets, what’s selling at his manufacturing facility, eBike conversion kits, his carbon repair business, and more
Jan 22 2022
Yes – this is a mid-week episode and I really enjoyed the conversation with my guest, Ian Cleverly.
Ian is the executive editor of Rouleur – arguably one of the best magazines about cycling on the market today. With a history of covering racing, the editors changed it up in 2021 and have broadened their topics to include issues on women, people of color, and disabled athletes.
As more and more publications disappear from newsstands, and even from subscription, Rouleur is one lovely magazine that is still not only being published, but is thriving!
In fact, issue #1 of Rouleur is a hot commodity on the market, if you can find one, fetching a tidy sum.
Ian, who is stuck at home like many of us, is a fun conversationalist and I really enjoyed the time we spent chatting. I hope you enjoy our conversation too.
Jan 18 2022
In an unprecedented move (wow – I got to use that word… even though I believe it’s about the most overused word in our lexicon these days…) I am offering up two separate podcast episodes this week.
I had two great interviews and, rather than one really LONG show, I thought two shorter shows, with two extremely diverse topics, would be more interesting AND I get to talk with you twice in one week!
So, the SECOND episode this week will launch on Wednesday!
Today, however, we mosey on over to Lisbon, Portugal (I wish it was in person, but alas, ’tis not possible.)
Scott Shepard is the CCO and CPO of Asistobe, a new-ish start-up with an office in Lisbon. Asistobe is a relatively new start-up company that uses AI to optimize public transport and multimodal systems.
Asistobe and Scott are looking at just that right “nudge” as Scott calls it, that will make it easy, convenient, and desirable to NOT get behind the wheel of your car every time you go out and instead begin to rely on more convenient, less expensive, and cleaner transportation.
We will explore mobility and transportation from the perspective of using digital data to make it easier and more efficient to travel by bike and public transportation.
Our conversation covers much more, expanding on what traditional thoughts might be about urban planning to what Scott called “decarbonization.”
Jan 16 2022
This past week, Las Vegas hosted the Consumer Electronics Show – AKA CES, in Las Vegas – in person as well as virtually.
First held in 1967 in NYC, it was a spinoff off of the Chicago Music Show.
Every year, the event showcases the latest and greatest in technology and this year, I wanted to poke around and see what cycling innovations might be coming up for us in 2022 and beyond.
Leave it to Apple to look for an opportunity and this year, the Apple watch is looking to bring cycling tech to newer riders, eBike enthusiasts, and upgrade some of the features previously available on their wrist wearable.
Lexy Savvides is a tech geek – her words not mine – and her article for CNet, where she is a producer and writer, “How the Apple Watch Could Turn You Into A Serious Cyclist in 2022” caught my attention.
In addition to the Apple watch and its many cycling features, Lexy tells us about a few jaw-dropping products that are in various stage of development – like a BMW that changes colors right before your eyes and a humanoid robot name Ameca.
In the second half of the show, we head out to Albuquerque, NM to speak with Tom Parker. He’s a civil engineer, a rabid cycling enthusiast, and the ride director for what sounds like one of the coolest cycling events for 2022 – The Day of the Tread Ride.
I wanted to hear about something that was different, fun, and WARM!
Loosely patterned on a Day of the Dead motif, this ride has morphed over the years into many in-person ride routes, each with its own fun theme, and several virtual options.
While not everyone wants to don a costume and ride, those who do will be joined my hundreds more at Day of the Tread.
This 15 year old event takes place in Albuquerque right around Halloween and with a plethora of options for ride lengths and some really worth charitable beneficiaries, maybe booking a trip to New Mexico in October could be on YOUR bucket list.
Jan 08 2022
We’re starting the year with a talk about health – what is it, how to get it, and why 60% of people living today will become diabetic if they don’t change their evil ways!
My guest is Dr. Gabe Mirkin, At 87, he’s still one of the sharpest, most well-informed physicians on the planet. In this conversation, we cover everything from how blood sugar works to intermittent fasting to the need to just get up and get moving.
Dr. Gabe Mirkin has served as an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, teaching a course based on his book The Sportsmedicine Book from 1976-1980. He served as a teaching fellow at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and an associate clinical professor in pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
When Dr. Gabe isn’t out riding his recumbent tandem with his wife Diana, he’s reading and researching science and medicine and offering his research and findings to you in the form of a free weekly newsletter.
Today, we talk about preventing diseases such as diabetes and dementia and how what we eat and what we do matter.
After the break, I want to introduce you to a fresh voice for women’s cycling. Amy Jones is a journalist who focuses her work on women’s cycling and often from the “human interest” perspective.
In the first half of our conversation, we just talk generally about women’s cycling and how it’s changing – especially on the World Tour.
In the second half of our conversation though, we address the elephant in the room – or should I say the enigma that is Patrick LeFevre.
Amy recently penned an article for Cyclingtips.com that probably made some jaws drop for the sheer guts it took to write it. Titled “Does Women’s Cycling Even Want Patrick LeFevre?” the article explores Mr. LeFevre’s sudden about-face from apparently not giving a damn about women’s cycling to sponsoring a women’s development team. Wait – WHAT?\
It’s quite an interesting topic…
Jan 01 2022
The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating daily – famine, illness, and now a world that seems to be looking away, is making evacuating women – especially women athletes – cyclists – more dangerous and fraught with more complications.
It all begs the question – one that has been asked over and over – what is keeping the cycling community from helping to evacuate, resettle, and protect Afghan cyclists? The ones who are out, or about to be evacuated, are not the entire story – and in fact their stories are ongoing anyway.
If we can perhaps agree that the way the situation in Afghanistan was handled badly in the beginning, it has only become more difficult without the attention and financial support that was there at the start and has since gone away.
This is not a “pretty holiday story” – it is one that I believe should be told and that whatever we can each do – whether it is to donate money or offer help in whatever form works – NOW is the time to do it.
Shannon Galpin joined me from her home in Scotland – Evacuation HQ to be sure! You can find out more about the situation as it continues to unfold and make a donation at fundly.com/support-Afghan-cyclists. Shannon posts updates fairly often. The other organization she mentioned is iProbono – a human rights organization at i-probono.com.
Instead of the usual gift giving product reviews we’ve done for many years, I thought we’d change it up with an idea that has meaning for so many of us – climate change.
Dov Tate is the founder of Parcours – a wheel company in the U.K. As a triathlete he thought wheelsets were too expensive. As an engineer at Oxford, he conducted a groundbreaking study into bicycle wheel aerodynamics with Dr Steve Faulkner at the sports engineering department of Nottingham Trent University. The resulting study produced what is now Parcours – his wheel manufacturing company that offers a variety of models.
Now, Parcours is partnering with Ecologi, a program that offers a variety of options to fight climate change – in particular, Parcours has given each of its wheelsets a “watts saving” number and that, in turn, is the number of trees that will be planted with every pair of wheels sold. Win – win!
Dec 18 2021
Today, we’re going to talk about FAT and why it is important to INCLUDE as opposed to EXCLUDE fat in your diet.
Of course, that doesn’t mean just any fat – there’s good fat and bad fat and Natalie Rizzo, who is a registered sports dietician with a Masters in Science and who recently wrote an article for Runner’s World titled “How Much Fat Should Runners Eat Per Day? will help break it all down.
I figured that if it’s good enough for runners, it’s certainly good enough for cyclists.
Natalie Rizzo is a registered dietician in NYC and her goal is to teach you how to use science-based sports nutrition techniques to feel and perform at your best. You can find out more about Natalie and her work on her website.
There are 5 E’s of a League of American Bicyclist’s “Bicycle Friendly Community:”
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI): A Bicycle Friendly America for Everyone
Engineering: Creating safe and convenient places to ride and park
Education: Giving people of all ages and abilities the skills and confidence to ride
Encouragement: Creating a strong bike culture that welcomes and celebrates bicycling
Evaluation & Planning: Planning for bicycling as a safe and viable transportation option
Amelia Neptune is the director of the Bicycle Friendly America Program and recently the League announced 57 new Bicycle Friendly Communities for 2021.
I wanted to know how a BFC title is awarded, how the designations – from bronze to titanium – are determined, and how things have changed since the program was first initiated in 1995.
Dec 12 2021
When your work and your reality start to clash, what do you do?
In the case of marketing expert Tom Flood, he followed reality and has found himself a wanted man – wanted for lectures and ideas and advocacy.
In his previous life, Tom worked in marketing for an ad agency creating content for some car manufacturers. He was also commuting to and from work by bike.
Then, he started taking his son to school and, from the perspective of his bike saddle, he began to see the absurdity of our car-centric culture and what it has done to discourage any other types of transportation – especially biking and walking.
In our conversation, I jump up on my soapbox for a moment to voice both frustration and resignation about the lack of a cohesive way of getting biking and walking across to the people who need to hear it – not those of us who already do.
Tom is one of the first people – who not only gets it, but is doing something about it.
Dana Point, California warns eBike riders to slow down as you come into the community, which begs the question – how many are riding eBikes and why are they going so fast?
eBikes really are taking the world by storm and, People for Bikes conducted a short summit bringing in a wide variety of folks to talk about how eBikes are impacting the bike industry and some of the pitfalls that seem to be arising for which there are no concrete remedies.
Marc Sani, penned an article in the November 22nd issue that broke down the PFB summit and I wanted to pick his brain for the show this week.
Marc and I break down what was discussed at the Summit, answer a few questions, ask a few more questions, and still haven’t come to concrete conclusions about many of them.
Dec 04 2021
In several articles that have been written about the daring evacuations out of Afghanistan, a “member of the media” was mentioned as someone who started the cry for help and that person was actually me.
I began reaching out to everyone and anyone I knew who might be able to lend a hand when Shannon Galpin started her quest to find ways to move these Afghan women to safety.
One of those people at the very beginning was Sylvan Adams, the owner of the Israel Start-Up Nation pro cycling team. And what he did from the moment I contacted him was – in a word – remarkable.
Sylvan and I were originally only going to talk about the work he did to help evacuate 167 Afghan women and girls at the beginning of the Taliban takeover in August. But, as often happens, I asked about the team and that sent us down a rabbit hole for the first half of the conversation.
At the first USAC Inclusion Conference last month, I virtually met David Lipscomb and said to myself – self – you need to talk with this man… he’s got it all going on.
David wears a lot of hats and is eminently qualified conducting business in each one of them. Yet, he has a broad and deep view of business and sport and competition and mashes it all up with his work at CIS Cycling NYC.
The connection between martial arts and cycling wasn’t clear to me until my conversation with David Lipscomb.
David has a black belt in karate AND he’s an elite cyclist – among a lot of other disciplines – such as coaching and oh yes, a big role in diversity in corporate America…
Today, David’s business, CISCyclingNYC, is a system of coaching that is based in a holistic approach to development. And, David was tapped by USAC to be the director of DEI and Organizational Development.
Nov 20 2021
In the first of conversations for holiday 2021, we finally caught up with Brett Horton who, along with his wife Shelley, owns the Horton Collection out of San Francisco.
The first poster was printed in 1893 for the Chicago World Championships and Brett and Shelley Horton have the original. In 1927, the first UCI World’s was held and Brett and Shelley Horton have that original.
Brett looks at these artistic pieces as “snapshots in time.” And, in our conversation he explains why these posters are no longer produced and, how you can get add one or more to your bicycle art collection if you are interested.
Brett and I talk about what it takes to make these reproductions artistically beautiful – from the paper to the printing process.
Then, one of the more outrageous cases that Bike Law is currently working on has been blowing up on media for weeks and, Rachael Maney, national director for Bike Law, joins me to talk about that and some of the continuing issues that keep cropping up for us when it comes to crashes between cars and bikes.
Waller, Texas is now the scene of two multi-cyclist crashes – two investigations – and so far, one conviction and one indictment.
In the first instance, people lost their lives, and the trial resulted in a life sentence for the driver.
In the second, a teenager who claims to be a “new driver,” is going to find out what is in store for him in the not-too-distant future.
But, what is really telling about these crashes is that it took social media to get the cases moving when the police failed to charge the driver and instead let him go.
I wanted to try to understand why these crashes aren’t being prosecuted to the full extent of the law and what Bike Law has to suggest if there is ever a circumstance where you find yourself in a crash.
I’d like to offer a big shout out to Huck Kurinsky. He’s a now 7 year old who lives in Bay Village, Ohio – on the West Side of Cleveland and is a BMX National Champion. If you’d like to read the story, you can find it at cleveland.com for November 9th.
Huck began entering competitions and winning, even landing a scholarship to train with professionals at the X Games summer camp in Pennsylvania. He eventually entered theU.S. National competition in California last month. Huck broke the world record for the youngest male to complete a backflip.
Way to go Huck!
Nov 13 2021
Ultraman cycling might not say it all when it comes to Omar Di Felice.
Omar loves extremes – extreme cold, extreme distances, extremes heights – and is a full-time endurance cyclist.
Omar is from Lazio, Italy, right outside of Rome and with more than 70,000 social media followers, is one of the most interesting people I’ve spoken with a long time. His story is fascinating and he’ll be with me in a moment.
On October 22nd, Roleur online published an interview with Omar Di Felice and I found what he had to say fascinating!
Back in March, Omar had cycled to Mt. Everest Base Camp – a mere 5,364 meters! 17,598 feet – in winter after crossing the entire Himalayan region without any support.
Who IS this man I wanted to know… and, so today you too will learn how Omar does it, why he does it, and what he wants people to know about his “job” as he calls it.
On July 20, 2019, the nightmare that so many of us hope never happens happened to Bernie Bernstein. On his way home from the local velodrome, the elite cyclist was hit and left for dead.
We spoke with Bernie back in 2020 while he was still in physical therapy multiple times per week and slowly regaining some strength and mobility.
Now, he’s still dealing with a lot of issues related to the crash; but, he is doing some hiking and biking again!
Two weeks ago, Bernie’s assailant was in court for sentencing. Bernie delivered a victim statement at that proceeding.
I thought it was a good time to catch up with Bernie and hear what he has to say.
Nov 09 2021
This week, we are getting back to our roots a little bit with a new frame builder conversation.
When I contacted master builder Jeff Bock to arrange our interview, his comment back to me was how I found out about him as he isn’t – and I quote – “a household name.” Clearly, he doesn’t know our household!
Located in Ames, Iowa, Jeff and I go back to his beginnings talking about bikes not cars, his scholarship as an artist, and more.
Jeff Bock has been building lovely steel lugged frames since 1975. Back in college, he studied art and also became an art teacher.
Today, Jeff continues to think and build like an artist, integrating his designs to include racks, fenders, and an overall aesthetic that appeals to anyone who loves classic bikes.
We start at the beginning and bring it right up to date with his thinking about today’s equipment and who is buying classic bikes.
Next Saturday and Sunday, November 6th and 7th, is the 11th annual Philly Bike Expo at the Philadelphia Convention Center. By all rights, it should be the 12th anniversary of the show, but as with many things Covid .. it was put on hold in 2020.
This year, even though masks are required inside the building and the test track has been eliminated to expand the space, there is a long list of exhibitors, some terrific seminars – including a talk that I’m delivering on the ethics of bicycle fitters as part of a symposium on bicycle fitting – and a whole slew of other great exhibitors.
I’d also like to give you a quick update I just received from my friend Shannon Galpin about the continuing evacuations of cyclists and others out of Afghanistan. We are into week #10 and counting
There was a grueling 17-hour crossing into Pakistan of three different groups over the past week and five more small groups will be moving on if the border remains as it is.
One of the articles that was recently published might give you some breadth of the work as well as some perspective.
VeloNews did an extensive article about Sylvan Adams, the founder of the Israel Start-Up Nation and his involvement early on in helping to rescue many, many athletes from Afghanistan. And, for those who have asked, yes I am the reporter he mentions at the beginning of the article. There is a link to the article on our blog for today’s show.
The work is still ongoing and the need is still great. You can read Shannon’s updates and offer your support at https://fundly.com/support-afghan-cyclists
Oct 30 2021
Oh, it’s a long one today… but worth the listen!
As promised, we are going to wrap-up the weird pro racing year that was 2021 with Steve Maxwell and Spencer Martin from the Outer Line. Beginning with Paris-Roubaix, which is normally a spring classic but of course, things being as they are, ended up a fall event and ending with a conversation about sports washing – a term I wasn’t really aware of in its full meaning – we talk about a wide array of topics.
So, my new term for the week is sportswashing. I hadn’t heard of the term until my conversation with Steve Maxwell and Spencer Martin from the Outer Line, but I certainly understand the concept – that of using sport to cover-up injustices in a country for example.
It would be so nice to just let sport be sport – especially cycling – which in its simplest form could be a connecting power instead of one that is used for political gain.
In their weekly newsletter, Steve Maxwell and Spencer Martin from the Outer Line offer a thorough analysis into the sport of cycling in a matter-of-fact and insightful way. In the wake of everything that has gone down in the past two years – from the effects of the pandemic on riders and teams to the desire to expand cycling at a professional level across the globe – Steve and Spencer have studied, analyzed, and reported on each and every step.
If you want to see some really cool videos of a master frame builder, go to YouTube, Instagram, or FaceBook and type in Brian Chapman or Chapman Cycles.
I’m not a frame builder, but I find some of the innovative work that Brian is doing fascianting!
Today, we go back to my interview with Brian from October, 2018 and, hopefully, I can get Brian back on the show to talk about how he has developed these viral videos in the near future.
Oct 23 2021
When you look up the word entrepreneur in the dictionary, it would NOT surprise me if Jared Fisher’s face was what you saw.
Riding, performing, and producing BMX trick events from the time he was 10 until he was 27, Jared Fisher is now the owner of multiple bike shops, a 30 year old touring company that specializes in mountain bike and mutli-sport tours, and has his sights on the Governorship of Nevada.
OH and then there is the new Aquarius Trail… a project Jared had on his bucket list for many years and that came to fruition late last summer… wait til you hear about THAT.
His energy is palpable and contagious and our conversation covers the gamut at 51 he has accomplished so much and yet has so much more he wants to do.
My thanks to Jared for joining me on the show this week. I told you it was going to be a good conversation!
If you are interested in reserving one of the huts on the Aquarius trail, you can log on to aquariustrail.com. And, for more information about Escape Adventures – yep you got it… escapeadventures.com. And, to learn more about the man himself… as well as his wife Heather, go to escapeadventures.com/contact-us and scroll down.
Before we go, I’d like to read you a short piece about the State of Texas vs Victor Kevin Tome. It’s a win for bicyclists out of a horrible situation resulting in unbearable loss.
On Monday, June 21, 2021, trial began for the State of Texas v. Victor Kevin Tome.
Tome, was charged with Capital Murder, 2 counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury, and 2 counts of Accident Involving Death.
The charges stem from the events of March 25, 2017, when Tome drove his vehicle into a group of cyclists, killing 2 of them. Witnesses testified that Tome was driving towards several bicyclists training in Waller County on Buller Road. Tome struck five innocent victims while purposely maneuvering his car towards them. He killed Craig Tippit and Keri Guillory. Tome fled the scene and hid in a local house until his arrest later that afternoon. Tome plead not guilty by reason of insanity. A military psychiatrist, Michael Arambula, testified for the prosecution against three defense experts on the issue of insanity. Arambula found that the defendant suffered from psychosis due to extensive abuse of ecstasy, marijuana and alcohol. The jury took a little over an hour to convict Tome of all counts.
On the charge of Capital Murder, Tome was sentenced to life in prison without parole by the Court. The State was represented by prosecutors Sean Whittmore and Warren Diepraam. The Honorable Albert M. McCaig, Jr. presided over the trial. District Attorney, Elton Mathis would like to thank the jurors for their diligent service, as well as the court staff and law enforcement officers who assisted with the investigation and trial. Mathis stated, “Waller County is a peaceful rural county, and people committing crimes of this nature will be held accountable by the citizens. We hope this conviction will help the families of the victims in some small way. The pain that they have suffered is unimaginable.” Tome will never be eligible for parole.
So while we may claim some victory for the 2017 crash, we are still watching the most recent multiple victim crash investigation that occurred in the same Texas county, injuring 6 riders. .
This time, a teenage driver decided to coal-roll the cyclists before running into them.
I would like to ask you to go to our sponsor’s website – bikelaw.com and click on the blog at the top of the page. Read the entry titled “Coal Rolling Texas Truck Driver Plows Into 6 Cyclists” because, in addition to explaining what is happening in the case, Rachael and Peter explain some very important elements of this crash and what you can do to protect yourself if you ever find yourself in a similar situation. It’s a must read for all of us.
Oct 16 2021
Sea Otter is in full swing this weekend and I thought it would be a good idea to grab one of the stars of our sport who is attending the festival and see what he’s up to.
My first guest is Jeremy Powers. Jeremy is without a doubt the winningest dude in cyclocross history. During his career he racked up 90 UCI victories four USA Cyclocross national championships, and the 2015 Pan American Championship.
He has a long history of philanthropy in the sport as a major piece of the JAM Fund which gives grants to riders who live within hours of the community of the North Hampton Cycling Club in Mass..
He spent two years commentating on the global cycling network and now, he’s with WHOOP – one of the most innovative fitness wearables on the market today.
Ya’ know – I don’t usually tout a specific manufacturer or specific products. ,
But today, I break that rule – well, it isn’t a hard and fast rule anyway – to bring you a snapshot of a company that I think is worth a look-see.
Starting back in the late 70’s Cathy Rogers – nee Schnaubel (and THAT should ring a bell with some old timers like me) couldn’t find a cycling short for women, taught herself to sew. Others saw the shorts, wanted a pair or two, and voila! Schaubel was born. Most of their production ended up being for other brands when, in 1974 NAFTA came along, manufacturing shifted offshore, and the company was out of business 17 month slater
BUT, like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, and with a new-style marketing idea, Cathy said – let’s try this again… and today, we have AeroTech Designs.
I will also preface the conversation with the fact that, AeroTech is not a sponsor of nor supports the podcast in any way – but, I do buy and wear their cycling shorts.
Oct 09 2021
This week, we have three conversations for you. I hope you enjoy them all.
Sea Otter 2020 was, of course virtual only, so when Sea Otter director Frank Yohannon decided an in person event was a go, we decided to needed to talk.
The Sea Otter Classic is over 30 years old and one of the most exciting events on the cycling calendar each year. Usually held in April, the festival was postponed until October kicking off next Friday, October 7th, and running through the weekend.
Although the expo will be smaller this year than in the past because of travel restrictions for overseas exhibitors, there will be no lack of fun or interesting things to do and see.
Then I speak with Dr. Marlon Lee Moncrieffe. He’s a professor of education at the University of Brighton in the UK, he’s a cyclist who used to race at a professional level, and he’s black.
During his time racing and since, he has asked the same questions we do – why aren’t there more black cyclists in the pro peloton and even more pertinent – where are all the black cyclists anywhere and everywhere?
As such, Dr Moncrieffe’s work has been centered around black cyclists and his new book, Black Champions in Cycling, is a fascinating look into some places you might not be comfortable looking – discrimination, prejudices, and the abominable treatment of young athletes.
And yet, there is desire and determination and ultimately, there are successes!
Marlon and I talk frankly about what it’s really going to take to see black and brown riders racing freely in the pro peloton and especially in Europe. And, as he asks, at what point does the talented black cyclist find him or herself reaching the proverbial glass ceiling in racing?
Lastly, we bring USA Cycling’s Rob DeMartini back to the show to unpack the first in the inclusion conference series. It’s a raw look at what cycling needs to do to change the status-quo and welcome EVERYONE into the sport.
The conference is hosted by the organization but run by Ashland Johnson, founder of the Inclusion Playbook. Originally planned as an in-person event, USAC decided it would be prudent to pivot to an online presentation and from there broke the conference up into a once-a-month, 2-hour series to which anyone who is interested is invited.
Oct 02 2021
The transportation bill NEEDS to be reauthorized – and soon! Like this coming week!
That fact led me to Noa Banayan – the Director of Federal Affairs for People for Bikes. Noa, who is headquartered in Washington, DC. is the liaison between government and us when it comes to support for and funding of programs that will impact bicycling on so many levels.
Between the Transportation and Reconciliation Bills, there is potentially a HUGE pot of money on the table for us.
We’ve been talking about the refugee situation in Afghanistan for the past several weeks, and we will give you a brief update at the end of the show.
There are other refugee stories though -stories that we occasionally hear about but that somehow seem really far away. The way we address those “stories” is to make donations or send clothing and food. And those things are important.
Carl Gaede and his wife Julie are both psychotherapists. Back in 2008, they learned of the Acholi People who live in Sudan and Northern Uganda. They were under threat and torture from the LRA – the Lord’s Resistance Army – and their story became the passion of the Gaede’s .
In 2008, they literally packed their bags, sold all their belongings, and decided to take their special wellness program to the refugees who were finding themselves mentally and emotionally stressed from the war and torture.
Since then, their non-profit organization, Tutapona*, has helped 10s of thousands of refugees with stress related problems.
Now, Carl and 7 other riders are bringing to light the plight of 80 million displaced people around the globe by riding across the U.S. in 8 days to raise $80,000. Their Ride4Refugees begins on October 2nd.
Sep 25 2021
Today, we’re going to the movies! The Bicycle Film Festival, which is celebrating its 20th year, has been screening films virtually since last year when everything was shut down. with over 50 cities already screening films this year, Cleveland is up this week.
Brendt Barbur is the founder and owner of the Bicycle Film Festival. To get YOUR ticket to the Cleveland screenings, log on to bicyclefilmfestival.com and click tickets. Then scroll down to find the link for Cleveland. And, don’t forget the popcorn.
Beginning this past Friday, September 17th, you can purchase a ticket – good for an entire week – and log on to see the 90 minutes of short curated films.
Then, it’s off to the U.K. for the conversation I promised you two weeks ago! Phil Cavell is one of the founders of CycleFit and the author of the new book, The Midlife Cyclist: The Road Map for the +40 Rider Who Wants To Train Hard, Ride Fast, and Stay Healthy. And, we explore it all.
Are you a micro adjuster or macro absorber? Are you flexible and hyper-mobile or stiff and un-bending? These are some of the ways Phil Cavell, professional bike fitter and author of the new book The Midlife Cyclist: The Road Map for the +40 Rider Who Wants To Train Hard, Ride Fast, and Stay Healthy, asks and answers as we discuss his thinking about being a midlife cyclist.
Oh, and please excuse the rattling of the paper in the second part of our conversation – I take copious notes and needed to turn the page!
Sep 18 2021
It’s Our Anniversary. Welcome to our show for September 11, 2021.
Of course the significance of the date is not lost on me and I’m sure not on you either. I have vivid memories of that day twenty years ago and it’s sobering to think about the lives lost and the fear that was burned into our hearts and minds.
Ironically, today is also a day to celebrate for TOC. It was eleven years ago today, my first guest, Ben Serotta, helped to launch the podcast. I’ve learned so much from not only the weekly production of the show but also from the amazing people whom I’ve had the honor to interview.
And, I am grateful and humbled by you – those who faithfully listen to the show, send me messages of encouragement and praise as well as take me to task when you hear something you don’t like. You’ve provided me with great ideas for shows and led me to some of the most interesting people!
So as we launch year #12.let me just say thank you – thank you for everything that you do that supports the sport of cycling – whether you ride to work or compete at the elite level and everything in-between.
Here in the U.S. we know that spring is baseball season and football begins in the fall. We have basketball and hockey and golf and tennis but when September comes around for cyclists, we know that it’s cyclocross season!
And so, I thought we should launch cross season with someone who is totally immersed in it!
With a deep background in the bicycle business, Justin Christopher parlayed his love for cyclocross into a business while still riding and racing.
His company RideCX offers up a lot of product that might not be readily available at your local shop; but, more than that, Justin gives us a thorough understanding of the sport as well as what we can expect to see here in the States for the 2021-2022 Cross season – and, it’s a lot.
Then, we head to Illinois to speak with the ED of Ride Illinois, the organization that promotes cycling, works on legislation, and offers education to riders young and old.
Dave Simmons might be relatively new to the position, but his background in education makes him uniquely suited to all of the many aspects of advocacy that are so important to growing cycling in each state.
One of the “big wins” for Illinois is the passage of HB 270! It takes the burden of expense off local municipalities that might not otherwise have had the means to add critical infrastructure for biking and walking.
And then there are the quizzes you can take at RideIllinois.org
Sep 11 2021
This week, we explore the USBRS – AKA, the U.S. Bicycle Route System with ACA’s Jenn Hamelman.
Jen has “touched” every mile of the maps that ACA offers – she was a cartographer for the organization for almost 20 years.
Now, she is tasked with coordinating the US bicycle route system and just this past month, 2,903 new miles were added in 5 states.
We talk about how new routes are added and signed, and what the ultimate goal is for the USBRS.
PS – O-H-I-O… Not only were more miles added to the USBRS in Ohio, but we rank #1 in the sheer number of miles ON the USBRS system. Something for which we can be very proud.
Then, we speak with ex-pro racer Michael Rogers.
Michael, who comes from a cycling family, turned pro in 2000.
He won the world TT title three times, competed in many grand tours as well as one-day classics, has quite a few stage wins under his helmet, and is now the innovation manager for the UCI.
During his 16 years in pro cycling, he saw a lot of changes in the sport. From the influence of the Italians he watched the impact of a more scientific application when the English started improving the riders’ helmets, apparel, and more.
Now, he sees a third transition as all the marginal gains have been achieved and a whole new generation of cyclists are training and racing with high technology from power meters to 3-D printed handlebars.
Michael’s job as innovation manager is a new role at the UCI – dealing with technical innovations, safety, and a whole lot more.
Sep 04 2021