The Ultra Cycling ShowJul 30, 2020
Ep 69 ⚡️ Joe Lawhorn - Retired U.S. Marine Sets Double Trans-Ohio World Record
In this Sprint Round Record Recap, we discuss Joe Lawhorn - Cyclist's recent world records crossing the US state of Ohio from East to West (233 miles) and then back again for a total of 466 miles! Joe also holds the record for the Ohio single crossing from West to East. Congratulations, Joe! Let's roll!
Ep 68 ⚡️ Adam Ashwill - The 12-hr Standard Category Champion | Bessies Creek 24 (2021)
Also enjoy our previous interview with Adam: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2727483897465294.
Ep 67: James MacDonald - John o'Groats to Lands End, and Back; RAAM, 24-hr Indoor Attempt
In this episode, we talk with James MacDonald, the only solo Race Across America finisher from Scotland. James reached the finish line of the world's longest non-stop bike race in a time of 11 days and 19 hours to earn 12th place overall in 2016 as a rookie. After this epic test of endurance, James went on to achieve something very special: the Guinness World Records for the fastest N-S-N double crossing of the island of the UK.
In 2017, James rode from John o' Groats down to Lands End and back up to John o' Groats, covering a total distance of 2,711 km (1,684 mi) in a time of 5d 18h to improve the former record by 3 hours.
His latest challenge was to improve the actual 24h indoor track record of 941km, which was set by me in 2017. He was at a very promising pace, found his rhythm, but then he crashed and had to cancel his attempt. Global Cycling Network covered his attempt so you can check it out in more detail!
It will be James' future challenge to give it another try and today we will talk about our experiences in riding the velodrome nonstop for thousands of laps. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 66: Louis-Eric Simard - French Ultra Bikepacker (TransAm, TransCanada, & Race Around Cuba)
After watching the film Inspired to Ride years ago, French-Canadian ultra bikepacker, Louis-Eric Simard, took on the famous Trans Am Bike Race Bike Race, crossing 10 States in the USA, coast-to-coast, self-supported. If that wasn't enough, Louis-Eric is now on to his next big adventures organizing his very own ultra bikepacking events, the Race Around Cuba and the TransCanada Bike Race, which crosses Canada from West to East over 12,500 km (7,767 mi) and climbing 319,000 ft or the equivalent of Mt. Everest 11 times!
Louis-Eric is a successful entrepreneur and technologist, running his own software company and also creating his own bicycling products. And most interestingly one of his favorite ride snacks is crickets! Don't miss this fun and inspiring episode! Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 65: Four by 3000 - Elite 4-person RAAM team; fastest 8-person record holders
If you haven't watched the exhilarating documentary Four by 3000 - A journey through the toughest bike race in the world, then you're in for a real treat with this episode! We feature 3 of the racers of the elite four-man Race Across America team who are also record holders in their 8-person team crossing.
Kurt Broadhag, Tony Restuccia, Chris Demarchi, and Phil Tinstman are the stars of this show where we discuss bombing down descents like Wolf Creek pass over 60 mph and racing 20-minute intervals all the way across America averaging 25-30+ mph. These guys are elite CAT 1 racers in USA Cycling so there's some really intense and awesome topics that we'll be covering. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 64: Dominik Meierhofer - 24-hr World Champion (2021)
In this episode, we talk with a very talented ultra racer from Austria, Dominik Meierhofer - Radsportler, who is still very young in terms of ultra cycling, but has achieved some astonishing results. Dominik was the winner of Race Around Austria 1500 km and reached the podium in a couple of 24-hr races and long distance events like the Glocknerman Sprint or the Austrian Championships in ultra cycling.
Recently, Dominik won 1st place overall in the 24h category of the 6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships, which were held as a virtual event this year. For me, personally, this is something very special and maybe one of the toughest things you can do in our sport.
I will ask Dominik about his future plans and about his goals for the years to come. I know that if you have achieved so many athletic feats at Dominik's young age of 26 years old, you can have a very successful future in ultra cycling. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 63: Caleb Cline - 24h Trike Champion and Disabled Veteran
In this episode, we chat with Caleb Cline, an impressive relatively new ultra cyclist with an inspiring backstory.
Caleb is a graduate of the prestigious West Point - The U.S. Military Academy and served in the U.S. Army for 9 years 3 months 20 days. After suffering injuries in the line of duty, Caleb kept pushing the boundaries as a disabled veteran, motivated to not let his circumstances interfere with his potential. Since receiving his first trike bicycle, Caleb has been able to compete in ultra cycling events from the NCOM 375 in Texas to the Silver State 508 in Nevada.
Most recently, Caleb won first place in the 24-hr trike category at the Virtual 6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships completing 375.10 miles. Caleb's story is sure to make you reconsider what's possible in your own life. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 62: Bharat Pannu - Super Randonneur, WR Holder, Virtual RAAM
Super Randonneur, Bharat Pannu, was the first Indian to successfully complete any Ultra race in India of a distance longer than 400 miles in the 1st edition of Inspire India's 1,000 km Ultra Spice Race (and he later went on to win the 1,750 km category in 2019). Bharat also completed the 2017 Race Around Austria (RAA) in a 2-man team, becoming the first Indians to successfully finish any ultra race in Europe.
Then after a last minute injury prevented Bharat from making it to the starting line of his 2019 Race Across America (RAAM) attempt, he went on to set the world record traversing India from North to South, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, a distance of 3,604 km in 8d 9h 45m. Still on Bharat's bucket list: London-Edinburgh-London (LEL), Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur (PBP), and of course, RAAM. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 61: Mike Cohen - A Heartfelt Story of Cancer Survivor Biking Across US
Mike Cohen has a heartfelt story to share with all of us after battling cancer for many years and most recently suffering from a heart attack. Mike's story is one of inspiration, resilience, and determination to live his life to the fullest and to give back to the world along the way.
As a cancer survivor in 2012, Mike bicycled 3,168 miles across America from San Diego, California to Long Island to show what's possible even in the worst of life circumstances. Then after suffering from a heart attack and receiving a heart transplant from a man who died in active duty while serving in the US military, Mike was determined to meet his donor's family. So in 2019, Mike biked 1,426 miles from San Diego to Jacksonville, Florida.
Life has never been quite the same for Mike since surviving cancer and receiving a new heart, but I think it's safe to say, it's all been for the better. Mike is just 35 years old so there's still a lot of road ahead of him to continue telling his inspirational story. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 60: Katie Ford - First Scot to finish RAAM, Olympic Torch Bearer, & WUCA Board Member
In this episode, we talk with Katharine Ford, the first Scot to ever finish RAAM when she was just 22 years of age. She started endurance cycling when she lost her driving license to epilepsy in 2005 and ever since then her bicycle has been a tool for her to achieve some sense of independence and adventure.
Modesty aside, however, Katie is also the former WUCA women's indoor track record holder at the marks of 100km, 200km, 300km & 6-hrs and she's a new World UltraCycling Association (WUCA) board member. In 2012, Katie had the great privilege of bearing the Olympic torch for the Games in London in part due to her ultra cycling achievements. Katie's story is one of incredible resilience and will make you reconsider what's possible. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 59: Elena Roch - The Women's Champion, Race Around Niederösterreich (RAN) (2020)
Elena Roch won first place in the women's division of the Race Around Niederösterreich (RAN) in 2020 with a time of 22h 36m. The beautiful 600km, or roughly 373 mile, course took racers through Lower Austria, one of the 9 states of Austria, climbing 6,000 meters or almost 20,000 ft.
Elena had not planned to ride RAN as her first ultra race ever, but after watching the Race Around Austria (RAA), she fell in love with the atmosphere and decided to spontaneously try to simply finish RAN. Elena has also completed the Ötztaler Radmarathon in 2018 and 2019 - its 230km with 5,000m of climbing (143 mi and 16,404 ft).
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 58: Craig Harper - Solo Kiwi, World Record Holder, and 4th Place RAAM Finisher
In this episode, we talk with an amazing athlete from the beautiful country of New Zealand, Craig Harper, who is an all-around sportsman both as an ultra cyclist and previously as a rower who represented his country at the World Championships in different categories.
Adding to his athletic experiences, Craig and his girlfriend Kate participated in adventure racing and all kinds of other multi-day team-races with an exciting mixture of running, MTBiking, kayaking, rafting and navigation.
After starting a family, Craig began to explore new challenges like marathon running and long-distance bike races, which was the beginning of his ultra cycling passion.
In 2017, Craig crossed the length of NZ from N to S in the fastest time ever, riding 2,175 km (around 1,350 miles) in less than four and a half days while supporting The Graham Dingle Foundation which provides support programs in schools.
With that experience, and a great team of fellow Kiwis, he started his 2019 Race Across America campaign, finishing in 4th place overall with a time of 10 days 15 hours.
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
(Photo credit: Vic Armijo and RAAM Media.)
Ep 57: Shreya Adhav - Creating Healthy Nutritional Habits & Not Restrictions
In this episode, we chat with Shreya Adhav, an award-winning nutritionist and founder of the SpirEat Sports Nutrition Clinic in India. With more than 5 years of experience advising athletes across the globe, Shreya has worked with runners, triathletes, swimmers, ultra-endurance cyclists, and many others.
Shreya holds a Masters Degree in Sports Nutrition and has a personalized approach to dealing with her athletes ranging from Olympians, Arjuna Awardee Winners, Ironman triathletes, and national & international level competitors.
Shreya is also a frequent guest on conference stages, moderating and leading conversations around nutrition and how it can be implemented to improve performance, recovery, and overall well-being.
There's a lot to learn when it comes to the complexities of the human body from biochemistry to metabolism so we discuss things like macronutrients, the glycemic index, supplements, healthy fats, the ketogenic diet, and much, much more! Shreya's secret to success: Creating Healthy Habits & Not Restrictions. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 56: Valerio Zamboni - The Italian Legend Who Won't Retire (7x RAAM & Many More!)
We talk with a legendary rider of the Race Across America (RAAM) and the sport of ultra cycling, the great Valerio Zamboni from Italy currently resides in Monaco and has won the Ultra Cycling World Cup 6 times, which is just incredible considering he is over 60 years old!
Valerio entered ultra cycling late in his life after being a mountaineer in his youth and then suffered a major injury. He fractured many bones and even required an artificial hip. Instead of only riding his bike for rehab, he really got serious as an ultra racer.
Valerio's top results include 7 finishes at RAAM and Race Across Italy, 8 finishes at Race Around Ireland, and several World Records in the age categories of 50+ and 60+. While others think about retirement, Valerio is a man who really loves the sport, never gets tired, and always looks forward to his next challenges. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 55: Kabir Rachure - One of India's Finest Ultra Cyclists
When you get an award named after you, it's a sign you're doing something right. Inspire India's Ultra Award "The Kabir Rachure Ultra Award" was first won by and then named after Indian ultra-cyclist and 2019 RAAM finisher, Kabir Rachure.
Kabir is one of India's finest ultra racers having won and podiumed in the Ultra Spice Race, the Great Himalayan Ultra Race, and the Deccan Cliffhanger. Kabir has also completed the Race Across America in 2019, joining the growing group of elite Indian ultra racers who have done the same in the last few years. Kabir has also ridden numerous long-distance brevets and crewed for amazing athletes like the Mahajan Brothers Cyclists in their Golden Quadrilateral expedition. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 54: Adam Bickett - Completing RAAM with High Altitude Sickness
Adam Bickett competed in the Race Across America and Race Across the West. He also won the legendary “Furnace Creek 508” (now called the Silver State 508). After getting into cycling and riding many centuries and double centuries, Adam entered road racing and made it to the Cat 2 USA Cycling division and also participated in the Collegiate National Road Championships.
Later on he switched back to ultras and made his way to a victory with an 8-person team in RAAM, scored solo finishes at the world’s toughest ultra races and added another victory in the RAW 4-person team race.
In the last years Adam reduced his training, focussed on other aspects in life, but wants to come back to cycling soon. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 53: Ryan Collins - Olympic Hopeful Turned Competitive Ultra Cyclist
An Olympic hopeful turned competitive ultra-cyclist, it's Ryan Collins. We'll be seeing a lot more of this 26 year old in the years to come. In just a few short years of ultra cycling, Ryan became the 2019 World Ultra-Cycling Association (WUCA) 12hr National Champion in addition to his other podium finishes at the Bike Sebring 12 hr event.
In 2020, Ryan went on to set 3 world records at the marks of 6 hours, 100 km, and 200 km, and even broke the Maryland Cross State Record (from North to South) by over 2 hours.
Outside of racing, Ryan has worked with at-risk youth, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Bike MS. As a newly minted MBA graduate and nutritional physiologist, Ryan is more than just an elite athlete, he's also a high performing individual. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 52: Franz Preihs: Vegan Ultra Athlete and Adventurer
We talk with 5-time Race Across America participant and ultra cycling veteran, Franz Preihs of Austria, who holds the lifelong RAAM number 351. Franz made his first appearance in the world’s longest ultra cycling race many years ago in 2008, finishing in 4th place even though he had a bad crash in Colorado after just a third of the distance and had to keep pedaling with a broken collarbone.
Franz is not only known for his ultra cycling achievements and his extraordinary lifestyle with vegan nutrition and tattoos all over his body, he is also a personal trainer and adventurer. He is currently preparing for his 6th participation in RAAM and an expedition to Mount Denali in the Antarctic. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 51: Louise Gibson - The InternationElles, Tour de France, & Women's Cycling
Louise Gibson is no ordinary single mother. After repeated running injuries, Lou switched over to cycling and has since ridden the full route of Le Tour de France as team manager and one of the riders of the InternationElles - they're 10 female cyclists & several crew from across the globe, united in the fight for equality and to boost women’s cycling.
Lou has also represented Great Britain twice at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, placed third overall in the 2020 Virtual Revolve24 24h challenge in a 4-female team, and Everested twice. The big question in this episode: Why shouldn't women have the same opportunities as men?!
Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 50: Justin Too - Founder of The Ultra Cycling Show (ft. Christoph Strasser)
Welcome our new co-host Christoph Strasser as he interviews founder and ultra-cyclist, Justin Too—
What extent will you go? For Justin Too, this meant using one of his talents and passions to bike 3,000 miles across America for freedom. In 2014, inspired to make a difference, Justin organized his own solo charity ride along the 3,000 mile Race Across America route, raising funds and awareness for the A21 anti-human trafficking organization. After that grand adventure, Justin qualified for RAAM and participated in the 2015 edition of the famous race.
He has also completed two of his own 450 mile rides from San Jose to Los Angeles in addition to a 1,000 mile round trip training ride for RAAM. Justin started ultra cycling when he was 21 years old and in just a few short years was inducted into the California Triple Crown Double Century Series Hall of Fame as the youngest ever to complete 50+ double centuries in the series, his fastest clocking in at 21.1 mph. Most recently, Justin started The Ultra Cycling Show and joined the board of directors for the World Ultra-Cycling Association (WUCA). Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 49: Christoph Strasser - What It Takes to Become Race Across America Champion
The only 6-time Race Across America (RAAM) solo overall champion, Christoph Strasser, joins us for a fun and informative episode to discuss RAAM in full detail, one section at a time through each condition and every state of mind. Christoph has a wealth of experience and deep insights to share with us through his 9 RAAM participations, including 2 DNF's and countless challenges and successes.
There's plenty of beautiful photographs to go along with his adventures too! If you have plans to race or crew for RAAM then this episode is for you. And be sure to check out our previous session with Christoph in Episode 37 if you'd like to get even more knowledge and inspiration straight from the ultra cycling legend, himself. Let’s roll!
Ep 48: Ultra Cycling News (December 2020)
December was a month full of inspirational stories. There was a lot of action all around the world taking us from the United States to Europe to India. On today's episode, we'll recap the latest and greatest happenings in the ultra cycling world, including past events, guests on our show, and things to look forward to coming soon to this show. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 47: Aleš Suhadolnik - Elite Coach of 24-hr WR Holder, Ironman, & Low Carb Periodization
World class performances don't happen without world class coaching and world records aren't set without expert supervision coupled with a science-based training and nutrition program. In this episode, we chat with Slovenian ultra coach, Aleš Suhadolnik, a kinesiologist and assistant professor at the University of Primorska Faculty of Health Sciences.
You'll recognize Aleš as the coach of our previous guest Verstovšek Stanko who recently set the new 24-hr World Ultra-Cycling Association record in the outdoor road category, besting Christoph Strasser's longstanding record set in 2015. Stanko studied racers in the 2012 Race Around Slovenia for his master's degree on central and peripheral fatigue in endurance events and is currently completing his PhD in macronutrient periodization and the use of ketonic esters.
Aleš is also a longtime elite IRONMAN triathlete having competed in the Kona Ironman World Championships. He also coaches other professional athletes at the world champion and national team levels. We're going to get a little scientific in this one, but I promise you'll leave with a lot of practical food for thought to help you achieve your personal best! Let’s roll! 🚲💨
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Ep 46: Chaitanya Velhal - Indian Ultra Athlete & Coach at Power Peaks Athlete Lab
Ultra cyclist, Ironman triathlete, scientist, coach, sports nutritionist, entrepreneur and athlete ambassador, it's Chaitanya Velhal - Team Chai, more commonly known by the name "Chai." As an athlete, Chai has completed many ultra events including the Desert 500 race and the 400-mile Deccan Cliffhanger hosted each year by Inspire India, which is a Race Across America qualifier taking racers from Pune to Goa in India. As an IRONMAN racer, Chai is also a competitive runner and swimmer. Professionally, Chai provides a holistic approach to coaching his athletes with credentials in strength training and nutrition, as well as a Master's Degree in Biotechnology and Biomechanics. In this episode, we'll hear all about Chai's own achievements, including his two TEDx talks, and how he coaches his athletes to success. We'll also get an inside look into the Everesting event his Power Peaks Athlete Lab hosted this year for Indian ultra racers. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 45: Dex Tooke - Completing Unfinished Business in RAAM
Unfinished business. For many of us that's the case at some point in our ultra cycling endeavors. It could have stayed that way for ultra cycling veteran, Dex Tooke, who made it 99% of the way in the Race Across America in 2010 but had to make the difficult decision of DNF'ing just shy of the glorious finish line in Annapolis, Maryland. In his words, there are a thousand reasons to give up and not keep going, but you have to find that one reason to push on. And so in 2011, Dex came back strong with a successful RAAM crossing and has since crewed for countless other solo racers.
In addition to RAAM, Dex set two cross state records in Texas, competed in the Tejas 500, and founded the well-known No Country for Old Men ultra event in Texas. Dex was a smoker in his younger years and also an ultra runner and has a wealth of experience and wisdom to share with all of us, as well as in his book aptly titled Unfinished Business. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 44: Jen Orr - 2019 RAW Champion Sets 8 World Records in 24-Hr Attempt
It's fine. That's the ongoing joke inside of Jen Orr - Ultra-endurance Cyclist's circle, but in this episode there's no joke about what Jen has been able to accomplish in just a few short years of becoming an ultra cyclist, a transition from her previous life as a competitive triathlete. Notably, Jen has recently set 8 World Ultra-Cycling Association (WUCA) world records in her 24-hr record attempt in Borrego Springs, California, grabbing the distance records of 100-, 200-, 300-, and 500-km, as well as the 100-, 200-, and 300-mile records, and also the 6 hour timed record.
Last year, Jen won 1st place overall in the Race Across the West (RAW) and in 2018 she won first place in the women's category at the 6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships (WTTC). Her RAAM qualifier was also at the 24 hour worlds back in 2017. In a short amount of time, Jen has also acquired a lot of experience through racing over 20 double centuries in California and crewing for Seana Hogan - Transcontinental Record Holder's 2018 Race Across America (RAAM). I can't wait to follow her RAAM journey in 2021!
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 43: Jean-Philippe Soulé - Author, Adventurer, and the Ultra Bike Pursuit
Jean-Philippe Soulé has led a marvelously colorful life. In this episode, we hear from Jean-Phi from the perspective of award-winning author, travel-adventurer, athlete, humanitarian, photographer, and motivational speaker.
Jean-Philippe ran ultra-marathons as a teenager, served in the elite Mountain Commando Special Forces of the French Army, worked as a mountain guide in rescue operations, taught ice-diving as a Master-Scuba-Diver-Trainer in the USA, raced cross-country ski marathons in Japan, became Japan cycling prologue national champion at a UCI Asia tour race, and sea-kayaked 3,000 miles while free-diving to spear his daily food. He is also a national USA cycling coach and licensed French guide organizing bicycle tours in the most spectacular mountains of Europe.
Most recently, he has organized the annual Ultra Bike Pursuit event through the Pyrenees Mountains (check out Ep 28 with Pierre Charles). Don't miss this storybook episode! Let's roll!
Ep 42: Remek Siudziński - Race Around Poland (RAP), A Brand New Race with an Innovative Concept
"People overestimate what they can do in 1 yr but underestimate what they can do in 10 yrs." On today's episode, we'll hear from Remek Siudziński who is not just an accomplished ultra cyclist himself but also the organizer of a brand new ultra cycling event launching in 2021, the Race Around Poland (RAP) - traversing 2,200 miles (3554 km) and climbing 33,000 m or 100,000 ft. While we discuss Remek's solo races in the Race Across America, Race Around Austria, and Race Across Europe, we also dive deep into the route, details, and logistics of his upcoming event catered for racers coming from all around the world with a fun twist and innovative format that you'll be excited to learn about. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 41: Om Hitendra Mahajan - World Record Holder at 18 Years Old; Only 3 Months of Ultra Cycling Experience
What were you doing just before you turned 18 years old? For Om Hitendra Mahajan, he was celebrating his birthday early by breaking a Guinness World Record, cycling the entire country of India from Kashmir in the North to Kanyakumari in the South––a total of 3,600 km (roughly 2,200 miles)––in a record time of 8 days 7 hours 38 minutes. But like most ultra cycling adventures, it wasn't without its difficulties. Fortunately for Om, he had an all-star crew with Indian ultra cycling great, Kabir Rachure who finished RAAM solo in 2019, and Om's own father, Hitendra Mahajan, and uncle, Mahendra Mahajan, who were the first 2-person Indian team to finish RAAM in 2015. Most surprisingly, however, is that Om has only been riding ultra distances for 3 months before his world record attempt, after 5 years of National level road racing. Om's next adventure: the 2021 edition of the Race Across America. You'll definitely want to follow this young superstar's journey! Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 40: Ultra Cycling News (November 2020)
November was a month full of awesome ultra races and inspirational stories. There was a lot of action all around the world taking us from the United States to Europe to India. On today's episode, we'll recap the latest and greatest happenings in the ultra cycling world, including past events, guests on our show, and things to look forward to coming soon to this show. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 39: Steve Meichtry - 173+ double centuries; unstoppable at 68 years old
173+ double centuries and there's no slowing him down! Steve Meichtry is our guest in today's episode and his story is sure to inspire you and push you to do something in your life. At 68 years old, Steve has competed in ultra events like the HooDoo 500, Silver State 508, Race Across the West (RAW), Race Across America (RAAM), and the 24-hr World Time Trial Championships in Borrego Springs, California. Just to think 26 years ago, Steve was battling an acoustic neuroma that threatened not just his cycling career and ambitions, but also his life. Since then, Steve has proven that you can accomplish a lot with the right mindset, and looking back, it's amazing to see how far Steve has come. Get ready to be challenged! Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 38: John & Nancy Guth - Not Your Ordinary Grandparents (RAAM, Records, & More)
John and Nancy Guth are no ordinary couple. While most grandparents enjoy kicking back, relaxing, playing with their grandchildren and watching them do ambitious things, the Guth's are the ones setting the bar for their entire family and quite frankly making us all look bad! At 67 years old and 70 years old, respectively, John and Nancy are often known by their Race Across America team name, Team Beau & Babe. Since 2010, Nancy has raced on 5 RAAM teams, setting records and making history along the way, including her 2012 2-person over 60 team record with her husband, John, in a time of 8 days 3 hours 43 minutes. This powerhouse couple also hold the over 60 mixed record in the Race Across the West and the four-person mixed record on RAAM team Beau, Babe and Boys in a time of 7 days 53 minutes. And to cap it all off, they've also won in the 6-12-24 World Time Trial Championships in Borrego Springs, California. In 2021, Nancy is hoping to become the first female to race in the 70+ age category. Exciting stuff! I’m your host, Justin Too. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 37: Christoph Strasser - The Greatest Ultra-Cyclist (6-time RAAM Champion; World Record Holder)
The man, the myth, the legend, Christoph Strasser, joins us to discuss his ultra cycling journey and the road that led him to become the famous 6-time Race Across America champion and record setting ultra athlete that he is today. Amongst his many achievements, he is also a frequent keynote speaker and the author of the popular book, "Strasser's Road: The Story of the Record-Setting Race Across America Winner".
Christoph holds the 24h indoor record of 941km, which was the toughest thing he has ever done and he also held the outdoor road record for over 5 years with a distance ridden of 896km covered in 24h.
Along the journey of his 9 RAAM participations, he became the only 6-time champion and still holds the speed, time, and under 50 age category records for his 2014 performance with a total time of 7 days 15 hours 56 minutes. That was his second performance under 8 days and still the only ultra racer to ever break that time barrier.
In this first episode with Christoph, we take a whirlwind tour of his ultra cycling career from RAAM to Race Around Austria to World Records, discussing training, nutrition, pacing, race strategy, and much more! It's a fun and candid conversation with the world's greatest ultra cyclist, and just the beginning of our discussions - stay tuned for the following episodes! Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 36: Nal Jure Robič - Following in the Tracks of His Legendary Father (w/ Marko Baloh)
16 years old and excited to carry on the legacy of an ultra legend - it's Nal Jure Robič, and his name says it all. Nal's father, the late Jure Robič, was the 5-time Race Across America champion and 24-hr world record holder, amongst his many other achievements, and his life and legacy continues to inspire all of us ultra cyclists. In this episode, we have the honor of speaking with Nal about his already 8 years of cycling experience on the road and on the dirt and his future plans and ambitions for ultra cycling. We'll be joined by another ultra cycling legend from Slovenia, the one and only, Marko Baloh ultra-cyclist, an elite ultra racer, RAAM veteran, world record holder, coach, and previous guest on this show, who will be sharing his wisdom and experience as a mentor for Nal and all of us. Let’s roll!
Ep 35: Srinivas Gokulnath - First Indian to complete RAAM and RAA
Humility, positivity, compassion, and the limitless boundaries of human endurance are all cornerstones of ultra cyclists and exemplified so well by today's guest, Srinivas Gokulnath. Originally from Bangalore, India, Srini currently serves in the Indian Army as an Aerospace Physician in South Sudan and holds the proud title of first Indian solo racer to complete the 3,000 mile Race Across America (RAAM) and the 2,200 km Race Around Austria (RAA). Srini holds the Indian national record for cycling from the northern tip to southern tip of India, from Leh to Kanya-kumari and is also a UN Peacekeeper and TedX speaker. Srinivas has an ultra cycling journey of unforgettable adventures fueled by his humility, passion, and resilience, and a story that you definitely want to hear. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 34: Adam Ashwill - 17 Years Old with a RAAM Addiction
Adam Ashwill - we'll be hearing a lot more of his name in the years to come. This 17 year old ultra cyclist has accomplished so much in a very short amount of time and only has great things in store for his future. It was in 2015 that Adam was introduced to the famous Race Across America when he and his family setup Time Station #30 in Fort Scott, Kansas out of their home. Adam met Christoph Strasser and immediately fell into the RAAM addiction. Since then, Adam has lost over 50 pounds and in just a couple short years has gone from riding over 200 miles in his first 24h time trial at just 9.9 mph to racing a 100 mile century recently with an average speed of 21.2 mph. Amazing! Adam has also competed in the Texas Time Trials 6hr time trial, the Sebring 12h time trial, and The60 VRAAM race this year. Adam's story is nothing short of inspirational. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 33: Christian Troll & Georg Franschitz - Race Around Niederösterreich (RAN)
If you like delicious cake or good coffee then this episode is for you. The Race Around Lower Austria (or Niederösterreich as it's called) provides competitive ultra cyclists and their crews with a world class race experience starting in the historic town of Weitra, everything from a fast course through the four quadrants of Lower Austria to fierce competition with elite racers like Christoph Strasser and Philipp Kaider who we had as guest on the show in episode 23. Uniquely to this high-quality event, while just finishing it's second edition in 2020, has been a pioneer for ultra cycling by live streaming the entire 600 km race (around 372 miles) with professional commentators, world-renowned cycling guests, and live interviews on the road with crews and racers. In this episode, we get an inside glimpse into the nuts and bolts of the Race Around Niederösterreich from the founders and organizers themselves with Sports Journalist, Georg Franschitz, and his partner sports marketer, Christian Troll, both ultra cyclists themselves. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 32: Jeffrey Ritter - WUCA Secretary & Recumbent Racer
It's okay to suffer. On today's episode, we chat with Jeffrey Ritter, a Director and the Corporate Secretary of the World UltraCycling Association (WUCA) and an ultra-cyclist himself with the recumbent bicycle being his ride of choice, and there's a hair-raising story to go along with that... For over 40 years, Jeffrey has practiced law with a focus on technology law and has taught at the University of Oxford and other graduate level programs in the Washington D.C. area here in the US. He's even testified before the US Senate! His recent cycling achievements include winning the 12-hr recumbent US National Time Trial Championship, 5th place overall in the 6-hr Nationals, and 1st place in the 12-hr recumbent World Championship in Borrego Springs, California. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 31: Divya Tate - Inspire India; Ultra Cycling as a Tool for Social Transformation
Elephants, coffee beans, hangovers, the Himalayas, and ultra cycling in India. How are they all connected? Well, on today's episode, we'll find out how with super randonneusse, Divya Tate, founder and director of
, the premiere organizer of ultra cycling events in India, hosting the annual Deccan Cliffhanger, Ultra Spice Race, The Great Himalayan, and soon the Dunes 6-12-24 Hour Time Trial. Divya is also the founder of Audax India while being the first Indian female Super Randonneusse (and double SR), participant in Paris-Brest-Paris, and crew member and official at everything from the Race Across America to Race Across Europe. Divya has paved the way for Indian ultra cycling and is motivated to use ultra cycling as a tool for social transformation. It's truly inspiring! Let’s roll!
Ep 30: Ultra Cycling News (October 2020)
October was a month full of awesome ultra races and inspirational stories. There was a lot of action all around the world taking us from the United States to France and across Europe. On today's episode, we'll recap the latest and greatest happenings in the ultra cycling world, including past events, guests on our show, and things to look forward to coming soon to this show. Let's roll! 🚲💨
Ep 29: Kirsten Walker - 115 Double Centuries with Asthma and a Bad Hip
23,000 miles of double centuries and much more, all with asthma and a bad hip. On today's episode, we'll learn how Kirsten Walker has managed to overcome the obstacles in her life to pursue her passion of riding ultras for so many years. Kirsten has ridden everything from the 1200 km Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) to the Silver State 508, Leadville Mountain Bike Race, Dirty Kanza, Death Ride, and many more. Don't let anything stop you! Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 28: Pierre Charles - 45,000 km all around France and the Ultimate Pyrenees Pursuit
Have you ever ridden to the starting line of an ultra event? How about riding to the starting line of two events, back to back, and then also riding back home afterwards? Well, our guest on today's episode, 28-year old Pierre Charles of France did exactly that riding 1500 km (932 miles) to the starting line of the Race Across France climbing through the Alps. Afterwards, Pierre rode another 2500 km (over 1500 miles) to the starting line of the Ultra Bike Pursuit, completing the 2300 km (over 1400 miles) of the Ultimate Pyrenees Pursuit in first place with a time of 10d 16h 45m after climbing 55,700m (about 183,000 ft). Pierre, who works as a bike messenger in Lyon, has already ridden 45,000 kilometers this year. That's 28,000 miles and the year isn't even over yet! Get ready to be inspired... or perhaps just shocked in disbelief. I’m your host, Justin Too. Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 27: Luca Masini - Giro d'Italia Nonstop (GINS); 2,400 miles around Italy
Imagine riding all around the beautiful country of Italy passing through historic cities like Venice, Milan, Rome, Naples, and over the snowcapped Alps. Well, now you can with Luca Masini's Giro d'Italia Nonstop, or GINS, as its abbreviated, with over 2,400 miles (almost 4,000 km) and 166,000 ft (over 50,000 m) of climbing. On today's episode, we'll discuss the first edition of GINS which was held in August, as well as Luca's future plans for the event and his own ultra cycling achievements, including riding the 1,600 km (994.1 miles) BikingMan Inca Divide in Peru, the 24h Finale Ligure MTB event in Europe, the 24h World Time Trial Championships in Borrego Springs, California and his involvement with the RAAM, RAW, Race Around Slovenia, Race Across Italy, Race Around Ireland, Silver State 508, and much more. Grab your favorite plate of pasta and enjoy this fun episode!
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 26: Stanko Verstovšek - New 24-hr World Record (previously held by Christoph Strasser)
The gold standard and benchmark for competitive ultra cyclists is the 24-hour individual time trial, just as the 1-hr TT is the standard for traditional road racers. On today's episode, we celebrate Stanko Verstovšek's glorious achievement in breaking and setting a new world record in the outdoor road category, a record previously set by the one and only 6-time RAAM champion, Christoph Strasser, and left standing for the last 5 years since March 2015. Stanko, an active police officer in Slovenia for 25 years, broke the highly coveted 900km mark by riding 914.02 km (567.946 miles) with an average speed of 38.08 kph (23.66 mph). Along the way, Stanko also snagged 10 other World Records at the marks of 100-, 200-, 300-, and 500-km, 100-, 200-, 300-, & 500-mi, 6-hr, and 12-hr. As an added bonus, we'll be joined by Stanko's coach and longtime friend, Aleš Suhadolnik, to discuss training, nutrition, and all the preparations leading to this incredible achievement.
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 25: Georgi Stoychev - Cross State Record, Maryland S-N
Georgi Stoychev, a Bulgarian ultra cyclist, set a new WUCA Cross State Record traversing from South to North across the state of Maryland on the East Coast of the United States. In an official time of 7h 25m, Georgi averaged 18.7 mph after battling strong winds and gusts up to 25 mph from the very start of his ride. It was a beautiful route with an awesome support team, and an end result that Georgi can absolutely be proud of for years to come. In this episode, we'll chat with Georgi about his nutrition, preparation, crew, performance metrics, and much more.
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 24: Matjaz Planinsek - 10 Year Commemoration of Jure Robic
10 years ago we lost one of the greatest ultra cyclists the world has ever seen, Slovenian ultra racer and fan favorite, Jure Robic. In his career, Jure won the famous Race Across America 5 times and held the 24 hour road record amongst his other 150 podium finishes and 100 race victories. Before ultra cycling, Jure was the Slovenian National Road Champion and served in the Slovenian Army. On today's episode, we have the privilege of commemorating Jure's life with his former crew chief and longtime friend, Matjaz Planinsek, on the 10th anniversary of Jure's passing after a bicycle accident while training near his home. This is one for the history books. Thanks for tuning in!
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 23: Philipp Kaider - 2nd Place, Race Around Niederösterreich (RAN, 2020)
Imagine racing Christoph Strasser, arguably the world's premiere ultra cyclist, in his home country of Austria. Today's guest Philipp Kaider did exactly that and came in just behind Christoph in 2nd place, in the Race Around Niederösterreich (abbreviated RAN), or translated to English, the Race Around Lower Austria. Philipp, as a local Austrian himself, was a smoker for over 10 years from the young age of 15 and has only been racing ultras for the last 4 years, but has already achieved a lot. On today's episode, we'll discuss his stellar performance at RAN in addition to his experiences with the Race Around Austria, Race Around Slovenia, Glocknerman Ultracycling World Championship, and other 24-hr races. I’m your host, Justin Too.
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 22: Chris Hopkinson - Choosing to be invincible (26 World Records, 5 RAAMs, Bicycle Dreams, & More)
Being invincible is a choice, and in today's episode, we'll hear from a world-renowned ultra cyclist who has made that choice for over 20 years. Chris "Hoppo" Hopkinson is known for more than just his fun and colorful mohawks, he has 4 solo RAAM finishes to his name, and a fifth being the virtual RAAM this year in 2020. He was the first British rider to complete RAAM in 2005 and is featured in the classic RAAM documentary, "Bicycle Dreams." Chris has also completed (86) 24 and 12 hr races, holds 26 world records, most course records in Texas, 12 WUCA World Titles, and was given the highest honor as the 2015 Ultra Cyclist of Distinction.
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 21: Shangrila Rendon - Ultra Woman, Feisty Fox (World Records, Trans-Siberian Extreme, & More)
34 ironmans in 34 days, including almost 4,000 miles of bicycling. On today's episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Shangrila Rendon, a Filipina ultra female in her own right, as the Guiness World Record holder for fastest female to complete 5 ironmans in 5 consecutive days, as well as a competitor in the Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race through Russia, double century rider in California, ultraman, uberman, and ironman triathlete, ultra marathon runner, and coach. You don't want to miss this episode as we dive into Shangrila's feisty story that's sure to inspire you, especially her upcoming record attempt in Long Beach, California!
Let’s roll! 🚲💨
Ep 20: Ultra Cycling News (September 2020)
There was a lot of ultra cycling action all around the world in September and it marked just the second month of this brand new show dedicated to ultra-minded content.
September took us from Ireland to Italy to France to the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, and online to the virtual world of Zwift. On today's episode, we'll recap the latest and greatest happenings in the ultra cycling world, including past events, guests on our show, and things to look forward to coming soon on this show. Let's roll! 🚲💨
- Ultra Bike Pursuit
- Silver State 508
- The Texas Time Trials
- Race Around Niederösterreich
- Team Joe Barr
- Joe Barr
- Dave Haase - Ultra Racer
- Tom & Elisabeth Guevara
- Georgi Stoychev
- Mayank Tripathi
- Giovanni Prosperi
- Chris Calimano
- Lori Partridge Hoechlin
- Shangrila G. Rendon
- Chris Hopkinson
- Philipp Kaider