Ted King is a good guy. He does good things, like fundraise for World Bicycle Relief, NICA, and more. He has an energy food company that is founded on good principals: go all natural by using pure maple syrup instead of energy gels. He's a retired pro who is busier than and racing as much as current pros. In this episode, Ted sits down with Fatty to talk about all these things as Ted drinks four beers and nibbles on cubes of cheese, all after a delicious sushi dinner. Ted's life is not half-bad.
Yuri Hauswald is the 2015 winner of the Dirty Kanza. And even though the 2016 Kanza is now about a month behind us, I still wanted to have him tell his story for this year, because Yuri’s one of my favorite people…and he’s an amazing storyteller. It’s an awesome tale about triple-flatting, taco bell, and turning a bad race into a great day.
You're an out-of-work miner in a town with 60% unemployment. So what do you do? Well, what Ken did was create the most iconic 100-mile mountain biking and trail running races in America. Fatty talks with him about how, and why, and what he'd do next. It's an inspiring episode with a man who will genuinely make you believe you are better than you think you are, and can do more than you think you can.
Jay Burke is the director for the Park City Point 2 Point, a race here in Utah famous for three things: an outrageous amount of incredible singletrack, an outrageous amount of climbing, and a registration period that fills up within a few short minutes.
In this FattyCast, I talk with Jay about the race, why it’s such a huge hit, and what he’s thinking of doing next…and we do it during the ten minutes the P2P, as it’s called, is open for registration.
It’s a mad dash for 380 race participants, right now…on the FattyCast.
A few months ago I got some samples of something called #ITSTHENERVE — little two-ounce bottles that are supposed to stop cramps in their tracks.
The next time I had a cramp come on, I opened one, drank it…and within seconds, the cramp was gone. And that’s happened twice more since then. This #ITSTHENERVE stuff has worked for me, every single time.
So I had to learn more. And that’s how I wound up with Dr Bob Murray, with Flex Pharma, talking about this mysterious product. Right now…on the FattyCast.
Betsy Andreu talks about pasta recipes, her hip replacement, the threshold of sincerity in apologies, how strange it is to juggle the responsibilities of being a mom and a whistleblower, why she hasn’t written a book, and yeah… a little bit about Lance Armstrong. It’s a focused, intense, and fun conversation.
Eben Weiss is the author of the popular bike blog, Bike Snob NYC. Today, he and I are talking about his new book: The Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual: The Universal Guide to Bikes, Riding, and Everything for Beginner and Seasoned Cyclists.
Ninety-three glorious minutes of rambling chatter with Bike Snob NYC right here…on the FattyCast.
Erica Tingey is probably the most human, normal person I’ve ever interviewed for the FattyCast. Except she drinks bone broth. And she rides no-handed on her rollers while doing the robot dance to entertain her son. And she lay down a flat-out monstrous 293 watts of power in an FTP test. All in spite of the fact that she just took a year off her pro cycling career with Jamis, battling sickness and depression.
A great conversation with a pro cyclist who’s both human and superhuman on this episode of the FattyCast.
Phil Gaimon's a pro cyclist with the Cannondale pro cycling team. He’s also the author of my favorite book about being a pro cyclist: Pro Cycling on $10 a Day. But we don’t talk about that book in this podcast. That book is old news. But we do talk about his next book, and where the stories come from and how he remembers them.
We talk about toxicity in pro cycling. And safety. And cheater fatigue. And how pro cycling can be both exciting and safe.
We talk about his own podcast – Real Talent, With Phil Gaimon.
We talk Jon Vaughters and begrudgingly acknowledge that he may know what he’s doing.
We talk about his eponymous gran fondo, which is called the “Gran Cookie Dough,” and I ask him what the deal is with cookies anyway.
And we talk about other stuff too, so let’s get right to it.
Keith Snyder is the publisher, editor, and book designer behind the “Ride” book series — short fiction about bicycles. Ride 3 just came out, which means that this podcast is just a little bit self-serving, because my story — Last ride on the kokopelli — in it. So sue me.
Self-promotion aside, it’s a great series, and in this episode of the FattyCast, Keith and I talk about why it’s important to not tell a story before you write it down, we talk about raising twins, we talk about earworms, and we talk about his favorite kind of riding — randonneuring — and whether it’s nerdier to be a randonneur or a recumbent rider.
Doug Ulman is the president and CEO of Pelotonia, an Ohio-based charity that can make the unusual claim that 100% of its funds raised go toward high-risk, high-reward cancer research. But Doug’s history with cancer goes way back, including having his own foundation, being the president of Livestrong during the good and bad times, and — of course — his own cancer diagnosis about twenty years ago. Or make that diagnoses — Doug was diagnosed with cancer three times in a one-year period.
In this FattyCast, Doug and I talk about fundraising for cancer awareness, treatment, and research. We talk about why fundraisers so frequently center around cycling events. We talk about things we hate people saying about cancer. We talk about things a lot of people don’t know about Ohio. And we talk about regrets and lessons learned at Livestrong after Armstrong admitted to cheating.
This is a thoughtful, enlightening episode of the FattyCast. Enjoy!
On New Year’s Day of 2016, I posted a conversation I had with Madeline Bemis, a 17-year-old with a dream of racing in the 24-hour world championships in New Zealand. If you haven’t listened to it, stop. Before you listen to this episode of the FattyCast, you’ve got to listen to the first chat I had with Madeline.
Anyway, a lot of people, including FatCyclist.com readers, got behind Madeline’s dream, getting her to her fundraising goal and to the starting line.
Now Madeline’s back, and this high school world champion has an awesome story to tell.
A first-person telling of what it’s like to be an endurance superhero, on this episode of the FattyCast.
Thanks to Paul Guyot, I get checks in the mail once or twice a year. Not for a lot — a couple hundred bucks or so. But it’s the easiest money I’ll ever make — I had one line on a TV show he wrote and produced — “The French Connection Job” on Leverage — and now I get residuals, and even show up on IMDB.
So, in addition to having given me my fifteen seconds of fame, Paul is an avid cyclist. He rides to help him think, to write, to keep his weight down, and to basically keep him sane. In that way, he’s a lot like the rest of us.
In this conversation — and it’s a long one, almost two hours — Paul and I talk about things like this … things any cyclist can identify with. But we also talk about what it’s like to go to the big TV networks and pitch a new TV show. Here’s a hint: it’s a story worth hearing, the show is based on some of the most incredible historical figures you’ve never heard of, and it’s got a great ending.
We talk about taking big leaps of faith — about skipping the sure thing in order to follow your heart. We talk about the how bikes helped him survive a divorce, we talk about the mind-blowingly weird politics of entertainment in Hollywood.
All this, plus at least a couple of Phil Gaimon name drops, in this episode of the FattyCast.
Kathryn Bertine’s one of the strongest voices in women’s cycling. Her documentary, Half the Road, has opened eyes and doors about this neglected half of our sport. But her achievements have come at a cost. Today, Kathryn and I talk about risk, reward, politics in the peloton, advocacy, her new team and her role in it, her next book, and how hard it can be for pro cyclists to keep a roof over their heads.
It’s an inspirational, honest, and very open conversation with a strong cyclist who’s making a difference. You won't want to miss this episode of The FattyCast.
If you follow my blog — FatCyclist.com — you might know Janeen McCrae as “Noodle,” or “The Noodleator.” But if you don’t know Janeen, you’ve still got to listen to this episode. Why? Well, she just does stuff. Big stuff. And then she tells great stories — with words, pictures, and video — about what she’s done.
You know how you’ve got big biking adventure you’ve been thinking about? Well, Janeen — a more-or-less novice-level rider decided she was going to ride the Trans-America Trail…and then just went and did it: riding across America alone and unsupported. And when she crashed four days into it — breaking an arm and getting a concussion — she changed her timeline, but she sure didn’t quit.
And when she was unhappy with what she was doing for a living…but loved her Specialized bikes? She went and got a job at Specialized, and now she’s responsible for making the company site more of a destination than a catalog.
As you can guess — and as is going to be obvious in this conversation — I’m a huge fan of Janeen. She’s the creative force I can only dream of being. I talk with Janeen about books, jobs, deadlines, and using the bike to create the life you want...all in this episode of the FattyCast.
If you watch Survivor, you know who Tyson Apostol is. If you don’t, all you need to know is that Tyson’s been on the show three times, winning the million-dollar grand prize on his third try.
And on this FattyCast, Tyson and I do talk about Survivor. A little.
But here’s the thing: Tyson has also been a pro cyclist, and the stories he has to tell about packing up a couple bikes, shipping them to Europe, and racing his way into pro teams are amazing.
Tyson and I talk about biking, Star Wars, poker, parenting advice, The Jerk, Survivor, and the exquisite sensation of being in a breakaway that sticks, all in this episode of the FattyCast.
Say you’ve got a good job, doing stuff you’re good at, for a good company. But you’ve also got a dream. A big one. Would you quit that good job? Would you jump off that cliff?
That was the question Ryan Cleek had. And he took that leap of faith, quitting Specialized and loading up his credit cards to create a documentary about a year in the life of an amazing freerider: Cam Zink.
Bookended by Redbull Rampages, this movie has incredible footage on the bike. But it’s what happens off the bike that makes Cleek’s Reach for the Sky really worth watching. Cleek captures an extraordinary year of transition in Zink here, even as, behind the camera, Cleek is making an equally big bet himself.
Big dreams and dreamers going big, in this episode of the FattyCast.
It’s tempting to start the description of this podcast with a lawyer joke…because I’m talking with a lawyer who specializes in bicycles. But calling Megan Hottman that — a lawyer specializing in bikes — kind of gets it backward. Sure, she’s a lawyer. But she’s also a hardcore cyclist. In fact, for a time she put her law career on hold to take a shot at being a pro. In this episode, Megan talks with me about riding, racing, what to do if you’re in a crash, insurance, cops, and a lot more. This is definitely a can't-miss episode of the FattyCast.
Austin McInerny is the guy a lot of us wish we could be. He’s loved mountain biking more or less since there have been mountain bikes. He’s turned that love into NICA – National Interscholastic Cycling Association — a nonprofit geared toward getting high school kids on mountain bikes. We talk about riding, racing, advocacy, and the incredible consequences of wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time...on this episode of the FattyCast.
Picture this: you’re getting ready for a bike race. A thousand mile race, in Alaska. In February. The Iditarod Invitational...which is the same race that in prior years has just about claimed some of your toes.
Your response? Race it again, but this time do the thousand mile version.
That’s Jill Homer, and this is just the kind of thing she does. I talk with her about this race, blogging, photography at 20 below Zero, and much more, in this episode of the FattyCast.
Reba Rusch is known as the Queen of Pain, but she’s a lot more than someone who just suffers well. She’s a firefighter, she’s an adventurer, she’s a racer, she’s an author, she’s a fundraiser, she’s a race promoter, and she’s an advocate for change. We talk about all of this, as well as have an argument about pie.
What were you doing when you were a Junior in high school? Were you training to race, solo, in the 24-Hour mountain bike world championships, halfway around the world? Were you actively fundraising to make this audacious goal happen? If you were, you were just like Madeline Bemis, of Corona, California. She’s training and raising money to head to New Zealand so she can make an attempt at being the women’s U23 24 hour world champ. Want to help Madeline out? Visit bit.ly/teambemis.
I go to a lot of races, and I like most of them. But I can't help but wonder: what it is that makes me LOVE a very select few events -- the ones that compel me to come back year after year? I don't know, but former pro Burke Swindlehurst seems to have gallons of that secret sauce on hand. Like just about everyone I talk to, I've got Burke's half-road, half-dirt race stuck in my head. We talk about the how and the why of this unusual event, as well as why Burke has no plans to follow up the success of this race with another.
I’m a big fan of Diane Lees. Diane has owned a bike shop, teaches yoga, rides a tandem, and has had a cycling radio show and podcast for five years – and almost 300 episodes. She says she’s retired, but even with a recent surgery, the 69 year old Diane has an extraordinary amount of energy. Today, I’m talking with Diane Lees, the host of the Outspoken Cyclist…on the FattyCast.
Neal Rogers started as an intern at VeloNews, then — over more than a decade — worked his way to the editor in chief position during one of the most amazing and tumultuous periods both cycling and publishing have ever seen. Today, Neal and I talk about how he changed the magazine, how it changed him, the incredible moments, and the horrible ones.
We also talk — in depth — about a huge change Neal’s making in his career.
Yep, actual breaking news, right here…on the FattyCast.