Mark Beaumont is a Scottish ultra distance athlete and cyclist, broadcaster and author. He holds the record for cycling round the world, completing his 18,000-mile (29,000 km) route on 18 September 2017, having taken less than 79 days, which was his second journey around the globe by bicycle. We chat with Mark about his record ride and the massive logistics behind it, as well as many of his other adventures and what’s next. You can learn more at www.markbeaumontonline.com
Mark Macy and Travis Macy are adventure racers and ultra endurance athletes from Evergreen, Colorado. This is part two with Mark and Travis (they appeared together with us on Episode 35 in July). This time around, we’re able to discuss in much more detail their epic adventure in ‘The World’s Toughest Race’, Eco Challenge Fiji, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Both Mark and Travis have completed hundreds of ultra endurance events, and are now serving as a massive inspiration to many as they face Mark’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis as a family.
Gene Caffrey is an avid endurance cyclist and committed fundraiser to the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. After many years of competing in marathons, Ironman’s and many other endurance events, Gene was diagnosed with MS about ten years ago. Since then, Gene has combined his passion for cycling with the fight against MS, raising a tremendous amount of money for research and awareness. Gene shares with us the story of his diagnosis, and his current project of cycling at least a century (100 miles) once per week until the end of the year.
John Watson is the founder and owner of the Radavist, a website dedicated to bringing awesome cycling content and culture to the outdoor community for over a decade. We had the pleasure of speaking with John about the origins of the Radavist, his passion for the outdoors and cycling, Covid-19 and much more. You can check out all of the sites great articles at www.theradavist.com.
Amity Rockwell is an American professional racing cyclist. In 2019, she won the women's edition of the DK 200 mile gravel race. We had the pleasure of speaking with Amity about her journey into the sport of cycling, her huge DK win, and background as a runner growing up with two ultra running parents.
Episode 40 welcomes Jim Capra back to the podcast. Pete, Tyler and Jim discuss training with puppies, Everesting, and we take on some great listener questions too; working you way up to your first 100 mile ride, how to maximize your workout when out with slower riders or runners, and how to stay fresh and healthy late in the season.
Marta Misztal is a world traveller, adventurer, mountain climber and the author of the popular travel blog, To Live To Travel. We caught up with Marta from her home in London, England to talk about her 7 Summits goal, and her ‘Crown of Europe’ goal, which is to summit the highest peak in all 50 European countries. She’s already reached the peak of 5 of the 7 summits (the highest peak on each continent) and is gearing up for a Mount Everest attempt this coming April/May. Marta’s website blog can be found at http://www.tolivetotravel.com.
Cullen Easter is a professional cyclist, nurse, and the founder of OpiCure. OpiCure is a new organization committed to bringing awareness of opioid abuse, redefining best practices for addiction recovery and devoting resources to affect positive change in the Utah community and beyond. In this episode we speak with Cullen, his brother Griffin (also a pro cyclist and Vice President of OpiCure), as well as Dr. Paula Cook, an advisory board member of the foundation. We got to chat about their vision for OpiCure, and combining their passion for the bike and helping others.
Scott Jurek is an American ultra running legend, author, and public speaker. One of the most dominant ultra runners of all time, Scott has won the Hardrock Hundred (2007), the Badwater Ultramarathon (2005, 2006), the Spartathlon (2006, 2007, 2008), and the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and unbelievable 7 straight times (1999–2005). In addition to many other accomplishments, Scott set the speed record in 2015 for competing the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail in just 46 days. We were absolutely honoured to be able to speak with Scott about his incredible career.
Judith Kasiama is the founder of Colour The Trails. As a woman of color and refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she has worked hard to create a space for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) in the outdoor world. Colour the Trails is a community-based organization that coordinates events for people of colour to try outdoor sports. This was a truly inspiring and enlightening conversation and we are honoured to have had Judy share her story with us.
Father and son Mark and Travis Macy are adventure racing and ultra endurance sports legends. Mark began by running a marathon and that eventually lead to Ironmans, ultra marathons and competing in Eco Challenges. Travis grew up watching Mark compete in these events and caught the bug too. Travis is now a finisher of over 120 ultra endurance events in 17 countries, author of The Ultra Mindset, coach, and professional endurance athlete. We chat with Mark and Travis about their recent competition in the ‘World’s Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji’, Mark’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and much more.
Dave Wiens is a 2000 inductee to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and won the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race every year from 2003 to 2008. Dave joined us from his home in Gunnison, Colorado to discuss his journey into the sport, his career and Leadville wins against Floyd Landis and Lance Armstrong, and his work with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
Lucien Black is a retired Jamaican American professional cyclist. Lucien met with Tyler in Boulder, Colorado to discuss his experiences as a person of colour in in the sport of cycling (as well as hockey and skiing), and how people can help drive change today.
Patrick Brady is the Publisher of Red Kite Prayer and host of the Paceline Podcast. Patrick has established himself as a key voice in the cycling community over a long career in writing. As well as publishing books and podcasting, He has contributed to publications such as Dirt Rag, Bicycling Magazine, Velo News, Outside Magazine, Road Bike Action, Bike Monkey, Paved and many more. We got to chat with Patrick about his journey in the cycling world, his struggles with depression and his journey to better mental health. Patrick Brady on his path to a career in cycling, and what it’s meant to him; “It really was a strange journey to get to point where I’ve made a career for myself in cycling. This certainly was not what I thought was going to happen when I was 25. The upshot is that I’m healthier physically, I’m healthier mentally, and while I can’t say that all of my good mental health is a result of cycling, it was cycling that lead me to the understanding and to the resources that got me where I am today. So, I can’t be grateful enough for cycling”.
Tyler Pearce is the Vegan Cyclist. He’s a Cat 2 bike racer, family man and the host of the incredibly popular YouTube channel, The Vegan Cyclist. We got to chat with Tyler about his love for bikes, his recent attempt to complete and Ironman distance, his videos and his journey to health and a plant based lifestyle. Tyler on his place in the cycling world, and how anyone can create their own place; “The new generation of cyclists, maybe old school, to be successful in the sport you have to be the top athlete. You need to train so much and win all these races, there’s all this pressure and for the most part you could invest your entire life into this and not succeed, and still end up working at a car wash. But with the new age of social media, I’m not a pro, I’m not really an athlete, and I’m here talking with Tyler Hamilton! If that’s any sort of way to show, you can find your own niche, you don’t have to follow this pre destined “I gotta make it to the Tour de France”. Find your own path. Mind was telling stories on YouTube.”
“If you are neutral in situations
of injustice, you have chosen
the side of the oppressor.” - Desmond Tutu. There is no question that as white males, we have both enjoyed privilege simply as a result of our skin colour. Safety and security are basic human rights that should be colourless. We have much to learn but are committed to joining the conversation, getting involved and being participants in this change , instead of spectators. - Pete and Tyler.
Lael Wilcox is an ultra-endurance bicycle racer who won the Trans Am Bike Race in 2016, and set the course record for the Tour Divide. She was also the first American to win the Trans Am. We caught up with Lael from her home in Anchorage Alaska and got to chat about her obsession with the Tour Divide, her ultra endurance career and her GRIT project in Anchorage which is getting young girls on bikes.
Marty Jemison is a retired professional cyclist and the owner of Jemison Cycling Tours. Former teammates, Marty and Tyler catch up and tell some stories of their early days in Europe. We also chat with Marty about his cycle touring business and much more.
Axel Carion is a French explorer, specializing in extreme ultra distance cycling and the organization of ultra cycling self-supported races. We coaught up with Axel from his home in France and discussed the pandemic situation, his ultra cycling adventures and his transition to making it a career.
Jim Capra (head coach at Tyler Hamilton Training and a regular on the podcast) joins us to discuss all things cycling. What to pack on a long solo ride, indoor cycling, virtual and DIY events, one quiver bikes and much more.
Anthony Walsh is the founder and director of A1 coaching and host of the Roadman podcast. We had a great conversation with Anthony about his journey into cycling and coaching and his passion for pursuing health, happiness and longevity. Anthony, on his decision to hit reset on his life; “It seemed like risky advice but I trust him a lot and he’s build some huge companies, and he said ‘you know what? Just press pause on everything.’ And I took his advice and I sold all the companies apart from the coaching company and kind of put that on life support, and I’m just going to figure out what makes me happy. And use that as the starting point. And cycling was that kind of, result of that”.
ProKit is a new community for endurance athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. We had a great conversation with David about his background with Facebook and Instagram, and how that, combined with his passion for sport resulted in founding ProKit.
Doan Galarneau owns three ‘Bike Shop’ locations and has been in the cycling industry for over a decade. We discuss the impact of COVID-19 on bicycle retail and the industry in general, how the industry has revolved over the last 10 years, bike technology and more.
Tom Babin is an award-winning author and journalist who has written about cycling for years. He is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling, a bestselling exploration of getting around on two wheels throughout the year. He has delivered speeches about cycling around the world, and is often in the media addressing issues related to cycling. We had a great conversation with Tom about his book, bike commuting, winter cycling, cycling infrastructure and much more.
Listen questions are answered by Jim Capra and Tyler Hamilton on a variety of training topics. In this instalment we discuss tracking your training volume, leg swelling during ultra-cycling events and more.
Ian Boswell is a former grand tour professional cyclist, a new pro gravel cyclist and the host of the Breakfast With Boz Podcast. We got to chat with Ian about his path to the pro peloton, his time with Team Sky, gravel racing and much more.
Marshall Opel is an author, podcaster, racer and journalist for Cycling Tips. We got to chat with Marshall about his summer living in a van and attending gravel events all over the US, which he’ll be doing again in 2020.
Pete and Tyler chat with Selene Yeager, athlete, author and Bicycling Magazine’s ‘FitChick’. We discuss Selene’s writing and racing careers, 2020 plans and her new book, Gravel! You can learn more about all of Selene’s projects at www.seleneyeager.com
Listener questions are answered by coaches Jim Capra and Tyler Hamilton. In this episode, we get into altitude and hill training, trainings with power, how to know if you’re getting better, and much more.
Chris Thornham is a mechanical engineer and is the co-founder of FLO Cycling. His is also the host of the Faster Podcast. We had a great conversation with Chris about founding FLO with his twin brother Jon, their entrepreneurial journey, starting their Podcast and much more.
Lisa Nelson is a 15 time finisher of the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, and in 2019 completed the Leadman/Leadwoman, which requires finishing a number of running and mountain biking races in the Leadville race series.
Meg Fisher is a Paralympic gold, silver, and bronze medalist from the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Games, a ten-time world champion, and retired member of Team USA. Meg shared her story with us, and we chatted about her other adventures and upcoming race plans.
Elden Nelson is the author of the popular Fat Cyclist blog, a 23-time finisher of the Leadville 100 MTB race, one of the hosts of the Leadville podcasts as well as the Marginal Gains podcast. Elden on his love of the Leadville 100 and the town of Leadville; “Maybe it’s kind of the same way I love riding my hometown trails more than I love riding just about anywhere else, I’ve done the trails in Quarter Canyon hundreds of times now because I can do them right out the door and it’s not like I see or experience anything new while one doing it, but the cumulative memory and joy is like ‘this is literally my happy place, this is my home’. And Leadville has the same sort of feel as well. Plus I do love the town, and I do love the intensity of the race, and honestly, I kind of enjoy that I know it so well and people do want to ask me questions about it. It’s fun to be the guy who knows something, every once in a while.”
Pete and Tyler chat with Chris McDougall about his new book, Running with Sherman, burro racing in Leadville Colorado and his iconic book, Born to Run. Chris, on the genesis of Born to Run; “I was just trying to huff out a few miles and do the basic minimum physical requirement to not be morbidly obese, that was my goal in life, and I just kept getting injured all the time. I think that’s the reason Born to Run really resonated with people, was because I think it came at them from a perspective that a lot of people shared. We’re just trying to work out a little bit, why is so hard? Why is so unpleasant? Why do I have to force myself to do it? And that, to me, was the starting point of Born to Run”.
Pete and Tyler chat with Sarah Hornby of Bikepack Canada about her epic 2019 adventures and plans for 2020. In 2019, Sarah set out complete all the bikepacking routes detailed by her late husband, Ryan Correy, in his book Bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies.
Sarah, on her inspiration for her summer bikepacking project: “It was probably about a year ago now that I think about it, I had just come back from a month in France, I was doing a hike across the Alps and like most adventure or goal oriented people I was kinda like, what do I want to do next here? And, I’d spent all this time hiking, and thinking ok, if I’m going to run this Bikepack Canada thing, I’ve got to actually do a little more bikepacking! So, prior to Ryan’s death he’d been working on a guidebook called bikepacking in the Canadian Rockies, and that outlined 10 routes in Alberta and B.C., multi-way routes and he’d scouted them all and really worked on it right up until he was sick, and he was fine tuning the book even while he was sick. So, I had this idea to ride all the routes.”