Summary: The Outspoken Cyclist is hosted by Diane Jenks, a bike shop owner and yoga instructor with over 35 years experience in the bicycle industry. Each week's episode features interviews with notable figures in cycling, plus cycling news and banter.
HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you had a great holiday - not too much carousing and all! With SO much anticipation for a better year, I'm hopeful that will be the case. Today, I thought we'd begin with a wrap-up of the 2020 bicycling season with Steve Frothingham, the editor in chief of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News,. To say it's been a stressful year would be a gross understatement and I knew Steve would be able to put a lot of it in perspective. I'm not sure what your experience was with bike shops or bike related products in 2020, but it was uber-challenging to say the least. Once we figured out that bicycle retailers were "essential workers" and that going outside was a safe and in fact very important piece of the pandemic puzzle, the bicycle was suddenly on center stage under huge spotlights. What happened next and as a result of some unanticipated twists of fate if you will, left the industry overwhelmed with demand, absent of adequate product, and scrambling to figure out how to solve what are still difficult and exasperating problems. Steven and I talk about the winners, the losers, and what we might expect in 2021. After our break, we loop in Charles Pelkey and Patrick O'Grady - AKA the Live Update Guys. Even though they no longer do their wildly popular LUG gig, Charles called me last week to talk about the loss of one of their "regular" posters to the daily commentary that followed along with the major races each year. Monsignor Richard Soseman - known as just Mons when he chimed in to the sessions, was originally at St. Peter's in Rome and recently had transferred back to the U.S. On December 6th at the age of 57, he died from COVID and Charles wanted to offer up a fond tribute as well as his heartfelt homage to a sweet and special man. It's a lovely story. Along with Live Update Guy Patrick "Mad Dog" O'Grady, here is my conversation with Charles about the Monsignor.
Happy boxing day - happy holidays - and I hope you are finding some time to relax! We've got almost two feet of snow here in NE Ohio and it's been just fine with me to take my time and put together what I think is a great show. I want to start with asking if you have lived the life you want, following your dreams and finding the path that is satisfying and that feels right? My first guest, Jamie Anderson, realized more than 20 years into a successful career with a wife he loved and three great kids, that HIS childhood dream hadn't been fulfilled and, that it hadn't diminished either. His idol as a child was Greg LeMond - and, his circumstances pointed him away from a career as a professional cyclist into one of academics, teaching, and consulting. Our conversation is about what happened that lead him to that path not taken earlier in life and the message it offers all of us. Last week, you might remember that we spoke with Rob DeMartini, CEO of USA Cycling about the new Olympic Development Academy. This program is offered to those who are 16 and older. But what about youngsters - those who are just starting to ride through the age where the ODA might be a place to move a talented rider towards and Olympic dream? Sean Wilson has a lot of the answers to this question. He's the founder and head coach at the Youth Cycling Association in Redlands, California. Coming from a racing background through an extensive and storied academic career, he is able to take his science into his coaching and training to get kids safely and more skillfully riding on two wheels. I'm not certain how he does all that he does - but, his passion, intelligence, and abiding interest in cycling makes a great conversation!
As promised, Gary Fisher is back to talk about his new book, Being Gary Fisher - well, we SORT of talk about it. Let me explain. There is no one quite like Gary Fisher - and from the time he was a little boy, he's marched to the beat of his own drum. He says his new book, Being Gary Fisher - And The Bicycle Revolution - isn't a memoir; rather a collection of stories and ideas. If you remember the original "Whole Earth Catalog," - a loose compilation of all sorts of things hip and natural - it's kind of like that... only in full, explosive color, teeming with photos and commentary, with the bicycle stitching it all together. The conversation shoots off in a variety of directions - sometimes seemingly disconnected; but, he always comes back to the bicycle - for what it is, what it does, and what it can portend for the future. In fact, after you hear this and read the book, it will all become very clear! After our break we head to Colorado Springs. There was a lot of twisting and shouting about the new Olympic Development Academy, a program USA Cycling is rolling out for 2021. When a Velo News article appeared about the ODA, social media lit up like it was 4th of July. Aimed at finding and training young riders, 16 and up, in the hopes of drawing in a more diverse body of talent, the fact that there is a price tag attached to the program seemed to upset a lot of people. I think you'll understand it a lot better from the source. I wanted to hear about it straight from the source, so I rang up USA Cycling's CEO Rob DeMartini to give us the low down on the program and what he and the organization is hoping it means for the future.
We have a most interesting show today, highlighting two amazing people and the work that they do. His voice is unmistakable and his ability to recall facts, figures, names, dates, and stages of any continental race for the past 4+ decades is staggering. Yes, my guest today is Phil Liggett. Spending the 2020 cycling season at home in England, Phil Liggett was able to continue in his role as the voice of the TdF this year with the help of NBC, technology, and Bob Roll - who was in Connecticut. (How cool is today's technology anyway?) While we spoke of the 2020 season, what he believes will happen in 2021 and going forward, and other-things-bike, what we finally came to focus on was a new project that is near and dear to him - the Paul Sherwen Project. Her voice is persistent, compelling, and gets amazing results as a professional cyclist, author, filmmaker and activist for women’s rights After our break, we'll speak with Kathryn Bertine, whose documentary Half the Road still garners a regular royalty check 6 years later, signed her first professional cycling contract at the age of 37 only to experience being benched for one year, suffering verbal and physical abuse from the manager and staff. Still, she kept standing up and speaking out, using journalism, filmmaking and Change.org petitions to effect change - gathering over 100,000 signatures to bring back La Course - the Tour de France for women. We hear more of the story in the second half of the show.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that you are all safe and well. This week, it's a three-fer! as we speak with Leah Missbach Day from World Bicycle Relief, Mike Lessard from Adventure Cycling Association, and author Daniel DeVise, whose book, The Comeback piqued the interest of a Congressman in a very special way. Over the years, we have talked about how a bicycle can change a life - making it easier to travel for work or school or to deliver life saving healthcare. We've talked about how having a bicycle empowers people in countries with little besides what they can grow or make on their own. But, how has a worldwide pandemic affected not only the ability to do all these things, but also the organization that has been providing the bikes for over 15 years. Leah Missbach Day is the co-founder of World Bicycle Relief and shares how the organization is adjusting to a new normal and finding ways to not only do what they have always done; but to expand and flourish. As with most companies that offer bicycle touring, Adventure Cycling had to curtail and for the most part cancel the 2020 season. Armed with some new protocols and looking at what people might be able to do going forward into 2021, AC is offering Long Weekend Tours - just 4 days, Mike Lessard, ACA's Tour Director, fills us in on what to expect for 2021. Then, we welcome back Dan DeVise, the author of The Comeback - Greg LeMond, the True King of American Cycling, and a Legenday Tour de France. Back in September of 2019, we spoke with Dan about a conversation he had with Congressman Thompson of California. And, out of that conversation came an idea - that Greg LeMond should be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The bill was introduced to Congress and passed. It then went to the Senate - and, just recently - it was made into law. Now what? Dan fills in the rest.
There is always a lot of anticipation for the books, magazines, and bicycle components that come out of the prolific mind of Jan Heine. The Winter edition of Bicycle Quarterly just rolled off the presses and his 4th book, The All-Road Bike Revolution has just been published. In his foreword to the book, Ted King says" Jan has one of the most inquisitive and scientific minds towards the bicycle," and today, Jan and I unpack some of his thoughts and ideas about a wide variety of topics. Jan's belief is that we should all be able to ride when, where, and what we want - comfortably, reliably, and fast! Then, we review Wahoo's ElemntRival GPS triathlon watch with product manager Abbas Naqvi. If you swim and run, and even if you bike and don't use a GPS computer, the many features of this watch might just make it the best holiday gift - for someone else OR for yourself - this gift giving season.
This past week, the cycling world lost Eddy Borysewicz - or Eddie B as so many knew him. Eddie died November 16th from COVID 19 while visiting his home country of Poland. I wanted to talk with someone who knew Eddie well and so, I invitedChris Carmichael, who first met Eddy when Chris was a junior racer way back when. Then, we'll have the third and last of our gift giving ideas from Bicycling Magazine's test director, Lou Mazzante. This week, we're talking apparel, helmets, and shoes. Born in 1939 in what is now Belarus, then part of Poland, Eddy B was a junior national cycling champion in his home country. He served two years in the military and, after a misdiagnosis and subsequent treatment for tuberculosis, gave up racing and studied for a physical education degree and became a coach. Coming to Montreal for the 1976 Olympic Games as an assistant for the Polish team, he made his way down to New Jersey where he met Mike Fraysee, the head of the organization that ran cycling is the US at the time. He spoke no English - but he knew how to coach and train riders and became the US Coach. Over his career, he garnered 30 national and world championships for coaching. And, I'll let Chris Carmichael take it from here. Chris Carmichael is the owner and head coach at CTS - Carmichael Training Systems. If you are interested in knowing more about his work, log on to trainright.com. Let's take a break and when we come back, we'll speak with Lou Mazzante from Bicycling Magazine about more gift ideas for the upcoming holidays. You're listening to TOC. We are back on TOC. I'm Diane Jenks. I've been so impressed with the time and effort that Lou Mazzante has put into our gift giving segments and today is no exception. Here is the last of our three weekly chats.
As many of you know, I am an advisory board member to the East Coast Greenway and when something exciting happens with the organization, I like to share it with you. One of the BEST things about the Greenway is its commitment to the environment, knowing that infrastructure that expands walking, biking, and other outdoor activities is good for all of us. On Monday, November 17th (yep THIS coming Monday!) the first in the Impact series - this conversation about climate - with take place between my guest, ECG's executive director Dennis Markatos-Soriano, and Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, who is also an ECG advisory board member. You can listen to the conversation for free at greenway.org Then, it's another great conversation with Strong Towns' founder Chuck Marohn. Today we discuss a specific traffic situation that led to a young boy's untimely death as well as exploring the self-defeating decisions that are made by cities and towns when they try to turn a road and a wealth-creating area into what Chuck has coined as a "stroad.' And, because this conversation happened in advance of the presidential election, I posed a question to Chuck about infrastructure in a post-election world. Lastly, my 2nd in a 3-part series with Bicycling Magazine Test Director Lou Mazzante focuses on "high tech" gift items this week. With the necessity to stay in and stay away from others, we discuss the entertaining as well as training assistance of the Wahoo Kickr indoor trainer, the fun of the new Go-Pro camera, the Whoop strap app, and a 3D printed saddle from Fizik. When we think about cyclists who are hit and, sadly injured or worse, we usually look to the driver of the vehicle and rarely the environment in which the crash occurred - other than to say someone crossed the double yellow line or veered into the oncoming lane. But, poorly imagined and implemented street design is actually a leading cause of injuries and fatalities and not enough people are talking about that. But, Strong Town's Chuck Marohn thinks about it - and talks about it. Listen in.
Fussy frame builder Paul Brodie. Bicycling Magazine's Lou Mazzante, test editor, gives us some gift giving ideas in the first of a three-part series.
Strava CEO and founder Mark Gainey talks about the app and the newest iteration - Metro. Josh Crisp started Pedal for Alzheimer's and now it's a nationwide organization.
Bike Law's Peter Wilborn and Diane talk about advocacy and politics. Dr. Chris Cherry's "jug-handle design" to keep people from crashing at railroad crossings. Jacob Van Sickle from Bike Cleveland on COIVD's impact on the organization and what's new for 2021
Three-fer! USA Cycling CEO Rob DeMartini talks about the future of the organization. Tia Martinson, executive director of FreeBikes4Kidz explains her work. And, a new update from Ben Serotta
Lynette Toepfer from White Industries. Zapata Espinoza, mountain bike hall of fame inductee and editor-in-chief of Road Bike Action
FLIR Systems' thermal imaging cameras are changing the way traffic works. Pikes Peak Apex Stage Race 4 breakdown. And, DevahD Cycling... you gotta hear this!
Jen Malik - pro racer, mountain bike team founder, board member, painter, gardener... and very busy girl! Tobie DePauw from PFB talks about the Chiago Race Riot 1919 Tour. Lauen Hefferon from Ciclismo Classico tours.