No Ride Around
By No Ride Around
An investigation of bikes, fitness, and small-business ownership aimed at making sense of the relentless pursuit of passion before perfection, actions from ideas, and the rag-tag community that makes it all possible.
Shenandoah 100 Recap
We all know Justin can win races, but what happens when he has to employ new tactics and duke it out with some really fast riders? Shenandoah 100 would be the last win he needs to wrap up the overall title for the NUE series, listen as we cover the most exciting race recap we've ever done.
October 12, 2021
La Ruta de los Conquistadores Primer
What is it going to take to get through La Ruta? A day by day break down of what to expect and how to prepare.
September 21, 2021
Leadville Trail 100 MTB Recap
We head up to Leadville to get our buckles. The experience in Leadville never disappoints and this year was no exception. It was hot, the course was long, but we got through it and came away the heroes of our own stories.
August 25, 2021
Silver Rush 50 and Nationals Recap
The team heads to Leadville for the Silver Rush 50 qualifier for the LT100MTB. Fun was had, podiums were achieved, and coins were distributed. Justin goes at it with the big boys at Nationals.
August 25, 2021
Firecracker 50 Recap
The team heads out to our first BIG event with 18 riders lining up at the 2021 edition of the Firecracker 50.
August 7, 2021
The Kitchen Sink Episode
Event season finds us busy both in business and recreation, we sit down for a catch up and cover Firecracker 50 and LT100 prerides, more "on bike" nutrition advice, and we introduce a new sponsor.
July 18, 2021
Training and Recovering During a Racing Block
Justin recently completed an intense block of racing (3 races, 3 podiums, 3 weeks) and we dig into the idea of how to race multiple events back to back and stay recovered and ready for them. Also, race recaps of Sarlacc, 18 Hours of Fruita, and 12 Hours of Royal Gorge.
June 14, 2021
The State of the Industry
Everyone loves a good rant, or that's what we're hoping for. We talk about the challenges of running a bike shop and a gym during a global pandemic.
May 28, 2021
Maintenance Tips for a Successful Early Season
From suspension service and tune-ups to upgrades and spare parts, we advise you on how we ensure we have a successful early season and minimize down time while our bikes are being serviced.
May 3, 2021
Race Canceled? Vegas, Here we come!
In a story as old as 2020, 2 more races get canceled and the No Ride Around crew are forced to find adventure where they can. Tuck in for adventure time like only we can pull off.
April 5, 2021
3 Rides That Changed Us
We dig deep into the history books and try to identify the defining moments in our cycling past that shaped who we are as riders today.
March 20, 2021
MIssing Persons, Mountain Bikes, and Bigfoot
We dive into the dangerous world of missing persons in wilderness areas discussing why getting lost is so easy, how state and federal officials tend to not be able to help as much as we would hope, and a number of cases when Bigfoot may have helped someone survive.
February 15, 2021
Listener Questions #2
We don't do it often, but when we do, it's always fun. In this episode we answer training and racing questions submitted by our team members and listeners from all over. Enjoy!
January 29, 2021
2021 Race Schedule and Goals, Are Marginal Gains Just for the Pros?
Another race recap, this time for Dawn To Dusk in Arizona. We cover our upcoming race schedules and goals, and discuss if saving small percentages of effort over many categories adds up to enough to make a big difference for the amateur racer.
January 15, 2021
How to Progress with Coach Andy of DirtSmartMTB
Always bet on a good time when Coach Andy is on the show! So, you've done some skills coaching, you've done a race or two, what's next? We cover some ideas on how to progress as a rider and improve your skills on the bike.
December 31, 2020
Bonus Episode: Books and Movies
Our list of a handful of books and movies to keep the stoke level high during the cold part of the year when riding isn't always an option.
December 13, 2020
Season 3 Premier!!
For the season 3 launch we pick up where we left off at the end of Season 2, with the La Ruta challenge. Listen to see where that all lands and to hear more about what we have in store for the upcoming year.
December 13, 2020
It's THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! Season 2 Finale
A massive thank you to our listeners for making Season 2 amazing! Confession time for Harley, final race re-cap of the season, and a challenge gets presented.
November 18, 2020
The Racers Code
At the beginning of Season 2 we provided you with "The Rules", a set of rules created by the Velominati, that cyclists are supposed to follow. In our penultimate episode for this season, we cover what we believe are a set of standards that all racers should follow to be the very best version of a teammate they can possibly be.
October 19, 2020
'Cross is coming...
Technically it's already here. Fall and by extension cyclocross season is upon us, we dig into the ins and outs of racing a new discipline. Grab your pumpkin spice lattes and tuck in for a fun episode.
October 1, 2020
No Ride Around Origins, Changing Your Mindset, and Learning a New Race Format
On this episode we remind you of why we decided to call this podcast No Ride Around (and why we picked the intro song we use), dig into changing your mindset when attempting to ride technical terrain, and we share some hard learned lessons from our experience at the HRCA Race Series.
September 14, 2020
Exploring Crank Brothers w/ Brand Expert Sebastien Salvant
Crank Brothers is a major supporter of No Ride Around and we thought it appropriate to show them some love on this episode. Join us, along with Crank Brothers brand expert and one of my favorite people in the bike biz, Sebastien as we talk history, innovation, and generally have a fun time talking bikes.
August 29, 2020
Bike Racks, Tire Pressure, and Our Biggest Race Day Mistakes
On this episode we dig into some listener generated questions. If you're interested in having your question answered, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 7, 2020
Trail Access, User Groups, MTB Specific Trails and The Golden Giddy Up w/ Race Director Jeff Watrobka - Pt 2
Join us for the conclusion of our time with Jeff Watrobka, executive director of the now canceled Golden Giddyup. We continue our discussion of trail access issues, feuding user groups, and out dated land management agencies.
July 15, 2020
Trail Access, User Groups, MTB Specific Trails and The Golden Giddy Up w/ Race Director Jeff Watrobka - Pt 1
We’re back in the studio!! On this episode, we invited Jeff Watrobka, executive director of the Golden Giddy Up, on to unpack what happened with Jefferson County Open Space and why the race got canceled. As one might expect, we opened Pandora's Box and ended up with a 2 hour episode. We will release part 2 next week. Many Thanks to Jeff for taking the time to chat with us.
July 3, 2020
Gold Rush Bike Rally Cancellation Policy, Leadville 100 Deferment, Mohican 100 Race Recap
Everyone loves a little controversy and we're no different. The Gold Rush Bike Rally has a questionable refund policy should the race be shut down for COVID reasons, and we dig into why we think they should reconsider what they've offered their customers. Leadville 100 is officially canceled, deferment to 2021 went quick, Justin comes back from his first race post-quarantine with a podium finish and some fun stories.
June 17, 2020
The COVID Episode (cue scary music)
What happens when you start a podcast about bike racing and bike racing gets canceled? That was the jumping off point for this episode. Hosts Justin and Harley discuss what COVID has meant for their businesses, their training, and their approach to this race season. Also, the results from the first E3XCMTB event are announced, and the plans for event #2 are given.
May 15, 2020
The history of bicycle clubs, official team announcement, and Rogue Race series details.
On this episode we dig into the history of bicycle clubs and how they've shaped modern bike racing team, we announce the formation of our very own No Ride Around team, and we give some updates details on our “rogue race” series.
April 30, 2020
"So, I had to call my ex-wife from the trail, to ask her to call my girlfriend so she could let my team know my wheel was broken."
Race season is off to a questionable start. A couple of early season races went off without a hitch, one got canceled, we drew some heat for one we put on, and then... The entire remainder of the race season got called into question. Well, we've got 3 race recaps for you in one episode, including 24 Hours of Pueblo, True Grit 100, and our very own Aged Fella Winter. Enjoy!
April 7, 2020
"We Just Loved Racing" w/ Mountain Bike Veteran Daryl Price
On this episode we host Daryl Price, former XC Pro. We talk about what it was like to help build a new sport, racing in the early days, and how technology has driven the sport forward.
March 19, 2020
2020 Old Man Winter Rally Recap - Cancelled for Snow?!
It's no big secret that this years OMWR was cancelled by the Colorado Department of Transportation roughly 1 hour into this years event. Some riders understood, others were left with a sense of being left out in the cold with no refund or free entry to the 2021 event. We were fortunate to connect with Josh, the race director for OMWR and get some insight as to what exactly took place between race officials and CDOT, what they're strategy is for 2021, and a reasons for discounts vs. refunds. We can't thank Josh enough for taking the time to sit with us and clear the air. We hope you enjoy the episode
March 6, 2020
Creating Your Own Training Plan, 2020 Leadville Lottery, and Gravel World Champs
In this episode we recap the drama surrounding the 2020 Leadville 100 MTB lottery, give some pointers on how to approach and create your own trainging plan when you don't have access to coaches and equipment, and dig into the implications of the UCI getting involved in the gravel racing scene.
February 11, 2020
This Vs. That with Coach Andy of DirtSmart MTB
In this episode we invited mountain bike skills coach Andy Winohradsky, owner of DirtSmart MTB, over to Base Camp to give us some advice on Clipless Pedals vs. Platform Pedals, Tire Inserts vs. DH Casing tires, and few other trends from within the mountain bike industry.
January 18, 2020
Bike Shop/Gym Myths and Misconceptions
In the final episode of 2019, we dig into some items that may have turned you off or turned you away from visiting your local bike shop or gym. We tried to have a fun, lighthearted episode to close the year out, we hope you enjoy. Happy New Year!
January 1, 2020
12 Races in 12 Months
Y'all, we owe a big apology. We promised a La Ruta recap and you never got one. In our penultimate episode for 2019, Justin gives us an excited recap of his first outing as a UCI pro. We cover his last race of the year, bringing together his 12 races in 12 months goal, and we finally announce our full sponsor list for the 2020 season.
December 22, 2019
Doping and Performance Enhancing Drugs
We focus pretty heavily on racing here at No Ride Around, and you can't really have a conversation about racing without bringing up PEDs. We provide some background on the history of drug use in cycling, some of the players that stand out from the rest as the sports most notorious dopers, and scale the conversation down to us normal folks and where we draw the line between supplements and banned substances.
November 27, 2019
Planning Your 2020 Cycling Season
In this episode we dive head first into how to plan your 2020 cycling season. Whether it's simply riding more, traveling more with your bike, doing your first race, or revisiting this years races for better results, we share our strategies for preparing for events that are the better part of a year away. We also get into what our goals are for the upcoming season. Stay tuned through the entire episode for promo codes for special deals for No Ride Around listeners from our sponsors.
November 14, 2019
La Ruta de los Conquistadores
Justin heads off to race the 2019 edition of La Ruta and lines up for his first official race as a Pro mountain biker. Listen as we cover his prep, travel logistics, and goals for this years trip to Costa Rica.
October 25, 2019
Season 2 opens with Justin and Harley covering The Rules, a list of rules that govern all aspects of riding a bike. Who decided on these rules, you might ask? The Velominati, a secret society of riders and racers that keep the sport in check. Are all the rules great? Not even close. In this episode, Justin and Harley pick their favorites, ones that they think could easily be discarded, and add a couple that they believe were left out and need to be added. When in doubt always, RULE #5 The Velominati
October 6, 2019
Breck Epic Season Finale - Part 2
It's a special 2 episode upload week with the conclusion of our week at Breck Epic. It's been one hell of a season and we hope you've enjoyed the journey as much as we have. Part 2 of the the Breck Epic season finale covers stages 4 - 6 which includes the infamous Wheeler Pass stage. Tune in for our final thoughts on the race.
September 1, 2019
Breck Epic Season Finale - Part 1
Here we are, the culmination of an entire season of riding and training, the big event, the 2019 Breck Epic. In this episode, bring you on the final leg of this journey, we recap the first 3 stages and what it took to just get up to Breck and get settled. Please visit our sponsors: Orbea Sram Continental Crank Brothers Junk Headbands - 10% off your order, use coupon code noridearound ColorUp Therapeutics - 15% off your order, use coupon code noridearound Nixon's Coffee House
August 31, 2019
Harley goes to Spain and Nixon's Perfect Espresso Shot
No Ride Around's bike provider Orbea brought Harley to their world headquarters to show the assembly, testing, and customization of Orbea bikes. Erstwhile, Justin got nuked on Nixon's coffee and asked one of their baristas to explain what makes espresso so good. Visit your local Nixon's Coffee House through the weekend (thru 8/18) and mention you're a No Ride Around listener for a BOGO deal.
August 16, 2019
“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke”
-Scott Stoll, a Community Professor who travelled around the world on his bicycle Oddly applicable to us being one week out from the 2019 edition of The Breck Epic, a 6 day mountain bike stage race in Breckenridge, CO covering approximately 240 miles of singletrack and 40,000' of vert. The same might be said of us taking on this race, it's been an 8 month long journey, time for those final gut checks and to put tires to dirt. We take a minute and give some much deserved recognition to the No Ride Around community and all the cool things you all are doing, and Harley has a brush with the law.
August 3, 2019
suf·fer /ˈsəfər/ experience or be subjected to (something bad or unpleasant).
Join your hosts Justin Holle and Harley McClellan, along with special guest and No Ride Around teammate Colin Smith as we review our experience at this years Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, CO. We also dig into the "humble brag" of suffering on a bike and how we each define what fun means to us when we ride or race.
July 20, 2019
Breck Epic Training #3 - How to Keep Training Fun
6 months into an intense training schedule, how do we keep things fun, fresh, and exciting? We cover some of our favorite strategies for staying consistent leading up to an event. We're just 4 weeks out from the 2019 Breck Epic, it's crunch time!!
July 8, 2019
Justin and Harley's Top 5 Products That We're Not Paid To Use But Can't Live Without
It's all right there in the title. On this episode, we cover items that we don't have sponsors for, that we happily shell out our hard earned cash for. Items that are with us on every single ride, no matter what. From items that come from Home Depot, to specialty items only found at your favorite local bike shop, there are quite a few items that are required to get out on the trail and riding with confidence. Links to all products discussed in this episode below: noridearound.com Mad Alchemy Chamois Cream Smith Chromapop GU Stroopwaffle Back Country Research Straps Topeak Ratchet Rocket Blackburn Honest Digital Pressue Gauge Wera Allen Keys Spurcycle Bell Portland Design Works Tiny Object Double Sided Velcro
June 20, 2019
Summer is Here!!
Sifting through 3 weeks of team training rides, races, and getting bikes dirty, hosts Harley and Justin celebrate some podiums and share the ‘summer’s here!’ excitement
June 13, 2019
Couch to Event - Preparing for Your First Bike Race
This week, hosts Justin and Harley, share their collective knowledge on how to approach, prepare, and excel at your first bike race.
May 22, 2019
5 Tips with DirtSmart MTB Coach Andy Winohradsky
We have long time friend and one hell of a rider, Coach Andy, aka Coyote, aka Countach on the show to give his 5 tips for becoming a better mountain biker. We spend some time reliving the glory days of mountain biking in the late 90's and early 00's, discuss when the scale tips on innovation, and have a ton of fun in the process.
May 7, 2019
The Great Debate - Harley vs Justin on E-Bikes
You know we had to do it at some point. Everyone has an opinion on if e-bikes have a place in the world of cycling, who can ride them, why they should or shouldn't ride them, etc. Check out the episode to see if we can bring any clarity to this hotly debated topic.
April 20, 2019
Oz Trails - Bentonville, AR
We take our two man show on the road, add a third adventure buddy for good measure, and hit the road to Bentonville, Arkansas. Curiosity and a long Colorado winter finally got the better of us, so we loaded up the truck and went to see what mountain biking in one of the newest, most talked about spots in the US was all about. Verdict: GO! Check out our newest episode for the full download.
April 5, 2019
Breck Epic Training #2
10 weeks into 2019 and its time to check in on race training, what's working, what's not, and how we can adjust. We have team member Roger Nottestad, owner of The Drum Shop in Tulsa, OK, on to chat. Justin Gives us a recap on his experience at the True Grit 100, we finally talk about some of our sponsors for the upcoming season. Good times had by all!
March 16, 2019
After weeks of seemingly endless weather keeping us away from riding in the dirt, we sit down for a fun session of talking about the Spring Classics, the Grand Tours, and everyones favorite bike villain, Mr. Lance Armstrong. It's a fun one folks, hope you enjoy!
March 2, 2019
Old Man Winter Rally Recap
A celebration of rule #5 (Harden the F**k Up), we break down our day at the Old Man Winter Rally, a 100k gravel race in Lyons, CO.
February 16, 2019
Owning a Lifestyle Oriented Business
On this episode, Justin and Harley dig into owning what they call a "Lifestyle Business" and how the bottom line doesn't always dictate the choices that drive the company forward.
February 3, 2019
Breck Epic Training #1
Justin and Harley cover the beginning of training for the 2019 Breck Epic, motivation vs. commitment, and the battle to take ourselves seriously. Bonus material, Justin shares his story of summiting his 54th and last 14er in CO.
January 18, 2019
Episode 1 - Getting to Know You
In the inaugural episode, hosts Justin Holle and Harley McClellan provide insights into who they are, what motivates them, and what this podcast will be all about. NSFW language.
January 3, 2019