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The What Is Cycling Podcast

The What Is Cycling Podcast

By What Is Cycling

What is cycling? It is the sport or activity of riding a bicycle, but how you do it changes from rider to rider. There are many factors that help make up each cyclist's DNA from the bike they ride to the terrain they prefer or the challenges that they want to conquer. The beauty of cycling is that it is not a one size fits all, but it fits any style and flavor. Join me, Elijah Townsend, as I interview individuals from all realms of the cycling world to learn about the characteristics that make up their DNA. Ride bikes, share stories!
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Don't Say I Can't, Say I'll Try - Steve Lovelace

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Up Here, We Help When We Can (Part One) - Mike Shisler
Up Here, We Help When We Can (Part One) - Mike Shisler
Thank you for checking out another episode of the what is cycling podcast and welcome to the first episode of 2023! On today’s episode, we have the artist and adventure cyclist, Mike Shisler, or as he would like to be known as an artlete. Mike reached out to me because he is also an author and wanted me to read his book about his bikepacking trip from Alaska to San Diego. I couldn't turn down the opportunity because a book with art, cycling adventure, and facts about the places he traveled is a no-brainer. Listen as we discuss van life, more bear encounters, and days with no night. Make sure to check out his book, Drawn There: The Art of Bikepacking in the link below. Follow Mike on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drawn.there/ Follow His Van Life Adventures Here: https://www.instagram.com/van.there/ Check Out His Book: https://drawnthere.patternbyetsy.com/listing/1325801284/drawn-there-book-the-art-of-bikepacking Learn More About Drawn There: https://www.drawnthere.com/ View Mike's Etsy Shop: https://drawnthere.patternbyetsy.com/shop Connect With Us: Strava - https://www.strava.com/clubs/whatiscycling Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/whatiscycling YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/14136293/ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/what-is-cycling Website - https://www.whatiscycling.com/
50:20
January 19, 2023
Defeating Cancer And A Heart With Wires - Mike Cohen
Defeating Cancer And A Heart With Wires - Mike Cohen
On today's episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast, we have a very special guest, Mike Cohen. Mike has a very powerful and inspiring story that will move you and encourage you. At a young age, Mike was diagnosed with cancer which disrupted all of his plans at the time. After Mike defeated cancer, he had a blood clot in his heart which caused him to have a device that was hooked up to him and would ultimately cause him to get on the heart transplant list. On the day that he found out he was receiving a heart, he had to go under the procedure for a heart transplant. Mike, who is a cyclist and loves all things cycling, wanted to combine his love of cycling with his new heart and rode across the country to pay his respects to his donor and meet the donor's family. Listen to episode 14 to learn what it is like to battle and win against cancer, receive a new heart, and how to give back to the cycling community. Follow Mike on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrmikecohen/ Follow Flnt on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flnt_ride/ Subscribe to Mike on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRdSGZkZf9x_A1g08RAWobA Visit Mike's Site: https://www.mrmikecohen.com/ Connect With Us: Strava - https://www.strava.com/clubs/whatiscycling Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/whatiscycling YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/14136293/ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/what-is-cycling Website - https://www.whatiscycling.com/
01:21:13
November 16, 2022
Creating Your Own Man Verses Wild - Matthew Fairbrother
Creating Your Own Man Verses Wild - Matthew Fairbrother
Thank you for tuning in to another episode release of The What Is Cycling Podcast! On todays episode, we have a New Zealand legend by the name of Matthew Fairbrother. Not only is he an amazing enduro mountain biker, but his story about how he got to his EWS races is even more awesome. Stay tuned to learn about his experience with enduro racing, getting to the races, and his encounters with animals. Let’s get to it! Follow Matthew on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matthewfmtb/ Follow Matthew on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuHv_E4e-K-adh6Tra7rtJw Connect With Us: Strava - https://www.strava.com/clubs/whatiscycling Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/whatiscycling YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/14136293/ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/what-is-cycling Website - https://www.whatiscycling.com/
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November 02, 2022
She's Not A Runner, She's A Track Star - Kaitlyn Mittan
She's Not A Runner, She's A Track Star - Kaitlyn Mittan
Thank you for tuning in to another episode release of The What Is Cycling Podcast! On todays episode, you are going to learn from a national and worlds track cycling champion, Kaitlyn Mittan. We are going to learn all about track cycling, what it is like to be a cycling coach, and why you should eat beets. Get ready to learn! Follow Kaitlyn on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/velok8nc/ Follow Kaitlyn on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/431203 Connect With Us: Strava - https://www.strava.com/clubs/whatiscycling Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/whatiscycling YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/14136293/ Anchor - https://anchor.fm/what-is-cycling Website - https://www.whatiscycling.com/
01:09:42
October 19, 2022
Communicating With Salty The Yeti - Yuri Hauswald
Communicating With Salty The Yeti - Yuri Hauswald
Thank you for tuning into another episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast! On today's episode, I got to sit down with Yuri Hauswald, who is a professional mountain biker and ultra endurance diesel engine. Listen as we discuss life before cycling, his role at GU Energy Labs and how he helped CamelBak create a hydration pack. Let's go! Follow Yuri on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yhauswald/ Follow The Salty Yeti on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saltytheyeti/ Follow GU Energy Lab on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/guenergylabs/ Visit the GU Energy Lab Store: https://guenergy.com/ Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:04:31
October 05, 2022
Don't Say I Can't, Say I'll Try - Steve Lovelace
Don't Say I Can't, Say I'll Try - Steve Lovelace
Welcome to the tenth episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast! I can’t believe it's already been 10 episodes. Today I got to sit down with very special guest, Steve Lovelace. Steve is a pioneer in the paratriathlons being only the second disabled athlete to complete a triathlon. Listen to his story about becoming paralyzed, overcoming adversity and putting his name in history. Get inspired!  Follow Steve On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/splovelace/ Donate to the USA Triathlon Foundation: https://usatriathlonfoundation.salsalabs.org/2022ambassadorteam/p/stevelovelace1986paratriathlonpioneer/index.html Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:20:35
September 21, 2022
Smooth As Butter, The Butterman - Brandon Hopkins
Smooth As Butter, The Butterman - Brandon Hopkins
On today's episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast, we have retired pro BMX racer, Brandon Hopkins. Brandon is a positive influence on everyone he meets, as well as, a beast on the bike when it comes to mountain biking and bmx racing. During our conversation, we covered bmx racing, discuss his injuries, his accomplishments and how he got the nickname Butterman.  Follow Brandon on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jbhopkins26/ Follow Brandon on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/19056608 Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:09:29
September 07, 2022
Riding To End Cancer - Fran Powell
Riding To End Cancer - Fran Powell
Thank you for checking out another episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast. We have all been affected by the C word...cancer. Whether you have battled it yourself or you have had a loved one with it. On today’s episode, we had a group chat with Fran Powell and friend of the podcast, Matt McDougall. Not only is Fran a cancer survivor, she is helping to put an end to cancer by riding her bike to raise money for the victory ride. Listen to how all three of us have been affected and how cycling can help solve the problem.  Follow Fran on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/65782362 Follow Fran on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/powellfrana/ Donate or Sign Up for The Victory Ride: https://www.thevictoryride.org/ Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
54:31
August 24, 2022
Designing For All Cyclist - Sarah Wilson-Reissmann
Designing For All Cyclist - Sarah Wilson-Reissmann
Welcome to another episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast! I am very excited about todays episode because it is going to be a little different than other episodes. We are going to be talking with Sarah Wilson-Reissmann and she is a user experience designer at Canyon Bikes in Germany. For those who don’t know, user experience is the overall experience of a person using a product like a website or application. We are going to dive into how Sarah and her team create the best experience for you to buy a bike at Canyon. Let’s get started! View Canyon Bikes: https://www.canyon.com/ Visit Sarah's Website: https://www.sarahwr.com/ Follow Sarah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/uxerexuser Follow Sarah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moxie65/ Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:04:18
August 10, 2022
Out Sprinting Celebrities At Unbound XL - Jeff Terebey
Out Sprinting Celebrities At Unbound XL - Jeff Terebey
On todays episode, we have Jeff Terebey. Jeff is a local legend and loves doing huge rides. He is a two time Garmin Unbound XL finisher and he shaved off more than 9 hours from his previous attempt. We are going to discuss his race, other challenges and riding with celebrities. Not to spoil anything, but he out sprinted a YouTube cyclist by the name of...Check it out. Follow Jeff on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeff_terebey/ Follow Jeff on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/2422069 Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:06:23
July 27, 2022
Keep On Keepin' On! 2022 Garmin Unbound XL Female Winner - Cynthia Frazier
Keep On Keepin' On! 2022 Garmin Unbound XL Female Winner - Cynthia Frazier
On this week's episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast, we have the amazing Cynthia Frazier. Cynthia was the first place female finisher at the 2022 Garmin Unbound XL gravel race in Emporia, Kansas. We sit down to discuss how her race went, winning other races, how to change your mentality, her gravel race Gravista, and her videography company. Listen to find our how her race went and get ready to learn about her! Follow Cynthia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/watt_wagon/ Follow Cynthia on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/2090895 Follow Gravista on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ridegravista/ Hire Cynthia for your wedding: https://www.instagram.com/frazier.films/ Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:03:53
July 13, 2022
Riding For Mental Health And Awareness - Lucas Livermon
Riding For Mental Health And Awareness - Lucas Livermon
On today's episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast, we have Lucas Livermon! Lucas is a local professional cyclist in the Durham/Raleigh area in North Carolina. Lucas is great because he uses his platform and abilities on the bike to advocate for mental health and wellness, as well as, raising money for the cause. In our interview, we pull back the curtain on struggles, challenges and how cycling has changed us for the better. I am sure you will enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Follow Lucas on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/2942454 Follow Lucas on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livermon13/ Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:19:29
June 29, 2022
Yancey Ridge S240 Bikepacking.com - Matt McDougall
Yancey Ridge S240 Bikepacking.com - Matt McDougall
In 2021, Matt and I embarked on a bikepacking trip through Pisgah National Forest, completing the bikepacking.com route Yancey Ridge S240. The route was very scenic and took us up to Little Lost Cove, Grand Mother Mountain, and on parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway. While the trip was great and a learning experience, we certainly had our share of difficulties. Some issues could not be helped, but others were self-inflicted. Listen to the third episode of the What Is Cycling Podcast, and let us know what you would have done differently in our situation. Yancey Ridge S240: https://bikepacking.com/routes/yancey-ridge-s24o/ Follow Matt on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/5188307 Follow Matt on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesavvycyclist/ Connect With Us: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:07:37
June 15, 2022
A Grueling Adventure Race, Manduro - Domino Ireland
A Grueling Adventure Race, Manduro - Domino Ireland
Thank you for checking out the second episode of the what is cycling podcast. Today we have Domino Ireland with us. The only way I can think of to describe Domino is that he is a pirate and cowboy. He is an avid adventurer, a former marine, hiked the entire Appalachian trail, biked Route 66, created his own treasure hunts, aka a pirate and created one of the wildest bike races in the country with Manduro. Manduro is an adventure race that takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina that takes the riders over the course of 250 miles and 36 hours of riding. All you know is where you are going next by scanning a QR code, but you also have to figure out the best route to get to the next stop. Listen to episode two to gain insight and tips on completing Manduro. If you want to learn more about Manduro/Minduro or want to enter the grueling adventure race, follow this link, http://www.manduro.rocks/ Find Us On: What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
01:16:02
June 01, 2022
Rockstar 2022 Gravel 250 Winner - Chris Thorpe
Rockstar 2022 Gravel 250 Winner - Chris Thorpe
Thank you for checking out the first episode of The What Is Cycling Podcast! I am Elijah Townsend and for our very first episode, we will be chatting with this years Rockstar Gravel 250 winner Chris Thorpe. Chris is currently a student at VCU, located in Richmond, and is breaking into the ultra endurance scene. During the race, Chris not only overcame technical difficulties, but also ran out of fuel with 90 miles to go. We also take a dive into his training and set up for the race, as well as, his ultra endurance goals for the year.  Follow Chris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/velothorpe/ Follow Chris on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/45728403? What Is Cycling Website: https://www.whatiscycling.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsbPd9s44lhhxquSF6PQHUw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatiscycling/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatiscycling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatiscycling
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