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Dec 31, 2014

We're excited to bring you another episode of the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch! In this episode, Dirty Kanza Director, Jim Cummins, joins the show to share everything that is going on with the race, including the upcoming January 10th registration, the March 26-29 Dirty Kanza Training Camp, the race itself, as well as the future of Dirty Kanza events.

Listen in to hear how Jim got involved in cycling and how he became an experienced race director. Jim also shares his thoughts about the whole world of gravel riding, including free vs. paid events, bike choices, the future, and what the people behind the races mean to him. He also gives a special shout out to all around great guy, Joel Dyke. 

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We hope you enjoy and encourage you to share your Dirty Kanza experience! Email us your story and we will share your first name and your email on the air of the next podcast!

If you have any questions, comments, or have an idea for an episode, please feel free to contact us anytime!

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Related Show Links:

Donate to Joel Dyke's Memorial Fund

Dirty Kanza Website

Dirty Kanza Registration

Dirty Kanza Training Camp March 26-29

Dirty Kanza on Facebook

Dirty Kanza on Twitter

Dirty Kanza pictures by Adventure Monkey

Salsa Cycles Mike Riemer interview on Mountain Bike Radio

Free State Beer of Lawrence, Kansas

Guitar Ted's Blog 

Trans Iowa Radio on Mountain Bike Radio

Interested in sponsoring an episode? Contact us.

Dec 30, 2014

Christoph Sauser is a true legend of the mountain bike world. As a multiple time XC World Champion, Marathon World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist, and World Cup winner who has many other championships, Christoph has proven himself over a variety of disciplines over a long period of time. In 2014, he won the Sea Otter Classic and the Whiskey Off Road, which are two of the highest profile races in the United States. Christoph also finished 2nd at the Leadville 100 in 2014 for the second year in a row. Mark and Christoph discuss many topics including his history in the sport, racing, training, and more.  

 

If you are a race director or racer who would like to hear your race report on an episode of The Last Aid Station, please contact Mark at Mark@Mountainbikeradio.com. 

 

We also have advertising opportunities available if you would like to promote your race. Please contact us about advertising at info@mountainbikeradio.com.

 

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Christoph's Biggest Achievements:


Cross Country: 

World Champion 2008 
Olympic Bronce Sydney 2000 
World Cup Champion Overall 2004+2005 
14 World Cup Wins 
Second World Championships 2005 and 2006 
Third World Championships 2001 
Second Word Cup Overall 2002, 2003, 2008 
6 Times Swiss Champion 
European Champion U23 1998 
Second World Championships U23 1998 

Marathon: 

World Champion 2013 
World Champion 2011 
World Champion 2007 
3 Times ABSA Cape-Epic winner 2011, 2012, 2013 
Second World Championships 2008 
Third World Championships 2014 
Third World Championships 2009 
European Champion 2014 
European Champion 2007 

 

Christoph's Recent Achievements:

 

2014 

1st Marathon European Championships, IRL 
1st Sea Otter Classic, USA 
1st Whiskey 50, USA 
1st Bike Four Peaks, AUT 
2nd Cape-Epic, RSA 
2nd Leadville 100, USA 
3rd Marathon World Championships, RSA 

2013 

1st World Championships, AUT 
1st Cape-Epic, RSA 
1st Bike Four Peaks, AUT 
1st Swiss Championships, SUI 
1st IXS Classic, SUI 
2nd European Championships Singen, GER 
2nd Leadville 100, USA 

 

BECOME A MOUNTAIN BIKE RADIO MEMBER

RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

Christoph Sauser on Twitter

Christoph Sauser's Website

The Last Aid Station Facebook Page

Mountain Bike Radio Endurance Calendar

About the host, Mark

Email Mark

Email Ben

 

Dec 29, 2014

Neil and Michael wrap up 2014 bikepacking season by discussing the Bikepackers Magazine and Bikepacking.net joint story titled "2014 Bikepacking Year in Review." They share their own experiences, which includes Neil's 3rd place at the recording-breaking Arizona Trail Race and his win at the Colorado Trail Race, as well as some of the key performances of the year.

 

If you have an idea for a guest or would like to be on yourself, please contact Ben at Ben@Mountainbikeradio.com. 

 

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RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

2014 Bikepackers Magazine Year in Review Article

Arizona Trail Race

Colorado Trail Race

Bikepacking.net

The Long Ranger's 14er by bike trip

Listen to 2014 Colorado Trail Race interviews on MBR

Scott Morris and Eszter Horanyi Summer Tour on PinkBike

Bikepackers Magazine

Bikepackers Magazine - Neil Beltchenko CTR report

Contact Bikepackers Magazine

Support Mountain Bike Radio 

 

Bikepackers Magazine Social:

Dec 25, 2014

Matt and Andrea take on this episode while Kenny is away in an unknown location. Matt gets a big surprise. They are also joined by Ben, the creator of Mountain Bike Radio, and they discuss a lot of the behind the scenes of the show. Listen in if you want to hear Matt and Andrea's thoughts about doing the podcast, what they've learned, and some of their favorite parts of the show.

 

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the next episode, contact us at info@mountainbikeradio.com. We also have advertising opportunities available, just contact us

 

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SHOW SEGMENTS:

 

There are no show segments this week.

 

RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

Bike Calc 

Become a Mountain Bike Radio member 

Brickhouse Racing Website

Brickhouse Racing Facebook Page

Mountain Bike Radio Facebook Page

Andrea's Twitter

Matt's Twitter

Kenny's Twitter

Andrea's Sponsors:

Dec 24, 2014

After the last episode, a listener recommended that the Big Livers should have their wives pick out beer for them to try.  Jeff, Vedders, and Jonesy thought it was a great idea and had their wives pick out some beer options for them to drink on the air. Listen in to hear their reactions and thoughts about the Williams Bros. Brewing Co Alba Scots Pine Ale, North Peak Brewing Company Vicious American Wheat IPA, and the Evil Twin Brewing Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room.

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THE JONESY SITTIN' ON THE DECK SCALE:

 

Williams Bros. Brewing Co Alba Scots Pine Ale

  • Jonesy -  3.5 out of 5 
  • Vedders - 2 out of 5
  • Jeff - 3 out of 5

North Peak Brewing Company Vicious American Wheat IPA

  • Jonesy - 4 out of 5
  • Vedders - 3.5 out of 5
  • Jeff -  out of 5

Evil Twin Brewing Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room

  • Jonesy - 0 out of 5
  • Vedders - 0 out of 5
  • Jeff - 3 out of 5

 

RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

Williams Bros. Brewing Co Alba Scots Pine Ale

North Peak Brewing Company Vicious American Wheat IPA

Evil Twin Brewing Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room

Big Livers Website

Contact the Big Livers guys

Big Livers on Twitter

Pat on Twitter

Jeff on Twitter

Become a Mountain Bike Radio Member

 

Dec 22, 2014

Drew Edsall discusses the ins and outs of cadence and gives you a lot of information about cadence that you won't find or hear elsewhere. Is 85-95rpms the best? What is the best cadence for you? What is the best cadence for mountain biking? Listen in as Drew will get you going in the right direction....and fast!

 

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the next episode, contact us at info@mountainbikeradio.com. We also have advertising opportunities available, just contact us. 

 

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Related Show Links

Drew's Website

Coach Drew Edsall on Facebook

Drew on Facebook

Drew on Twitter

Email Drew

Drew's Training Plans

Member deals on Drew's training plans

Dec 19, 2014

This episode is a little something different. Ben turns a post he did for XXC Magazine in 2011 into audio. In it, he shares the story of his reflection on a race experience in Arizona in December of 2011 that reminded him of the meaning of XXC and endurance to him, both then and now. What does endurance mean to you? 

 

If you have an idea for a guest or would like to be on yourself, please contact Ben at Ben@Mountainbikeradio.com. 

 

We also have advertising opportunities available. Please contact us about advertising at info@mountainbikeradio.com.

 

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RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

Dawn to Dusk Website

XXCMag.com Post

Become a Mountain Bike Radio Member

Email Ben

 

Dec 18, 2014

The second episode of the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch is one for the ages! Guitar Ted and Ben are joined by Bobby Wintle, who is the owner of District Bicycles in Stillwater, Oklahoma and the director of the very popular Land Run 100. They start off the episode with a recap of what has been happening behind the scenes of Riding Gravel since the announcement of the merger and then get into a lengthy discussion with Bobby about a full range of topics.

Bobby shares the full story of how he and his wife started District Bicycles and why it's not named Bike Love. He tells the tales about the risk he, his wife, and young daughter took on when they left Kansas with minimal money and all of their possessions to start a new life in an unfamiliar city. Bobby is clearly a passionate guy who loves to share his enthusiasm for bikes with anyone willing to join him. His start in cycling was in Emporia, Kansas, the hometown of the Dirty Kanza, and he has combined those early experiences with his passion and enthusiasm to create #UNLEARNPAVEMENT. Bobby shares the story behind #UNLEARNPAVEMENT and gives listeners something to consider.

Guitar Ted and Bobby also share some great insights into the "gravel movement," including where it's been, where it's going, and what the community is all about.

We hope you enjoy and encourage you to share your thoughts and comments with us!

If you have any questions, comments, or have an idea for an episode, please feel free to contact us anytime!

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Related Show Links:

District Bicycles

District Bicycles on Instagram

Land Run 100 Website

Land Run 100 Facebook

Land Run 100 Twitter

Land Run 100 on Instagram

Riding Gravel Calendar

Trans Iowa

Dirty Kanza

AntiEpic

Pedal 50

Greenland Gravel Grinder

Guitar Ted's Blog 

Trans Iowa Radio on Mountain Bike Radio

Interested in sponsoring an episode? Contact us.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about the Land Run 100 on the Land Run thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.

 

Dec 17, 2014

Andrea, Matt, and Kenny continue on with another information-packed episode. What can you expect in this episode? Drunken nakedness. Well, not really, but you get to hear the weird things Matt thinks about in the shower. Also, hear about what's up with Andrea's poor dog. Kenny admits to being a loose cannon and discusses his special Kenny-hacking ways with his hubs and wheels - did you know a hub pawl weighs 1 gram? 

 

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the next episode, contact us at info@mountainbikeradio.com. We also have advertising opportunities available, just contact us

 

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SHOW SEGMENTS:

 

Listener Emails Sponsored by [Your Name Here] 

Byron asks about chainring size - should he run a 32 or 34 in the Denver area? 

 

New Shit We Probably Hate

Yeti women's shorts

 

 

RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

Bike Calc 

Become a Mountain Bike Radio member 

Brickhouse Racing Website

Brickhouse Racing Facebook Page

Mountain Bike Radio Facebook Page

Andrea's Twitter

Matt's Twitter

Kenny's Twitter

Andrea's Sponsors:

 

Dec 16, 2014

Nikki McComsey, Executive Director, and Daniel Byrd, Program Director, of Kids on Bikes join the show to discuss the organization, including the history, past and current projects, the current matching fundraising campaign, and how they help support and transform kids' lives through bikes. This is a great episode that reminds all of us that there is more to the cycling community than just the newest and shiniest objects and the fastest racers.

 

If you have an idea for a guest or would like to be on yourself, please contact Ben at Ben@Mountainbikeradio.com. 

 

We also have advertising opportunities available if you would like to promote your race. Please contact us about advertising at info@mountainbikeradio.com.

 

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ABOUT KIDS ON BIKES:

 

"Kids on Bikes mission is to inspire and empower all kids to lead healthy, active and happy lives through biking.

 

The freedom, joy, health and friendship that come from exploring your neighborhood by bike is one many of us cherish.   In addition there are tremendous health benefits from riding your bike everyday.  We want to make biking possible for kids from all walks of life, regardless of income.  We believe that by transforming communities, one neighborhood at a time, we can make an incredible impact in the lives of children.  Our top three priorities that will allow all children to own and ride a bike are to provide access to rideable bikes, to empower children in bike safety and to encourage kids and families to ride more frequently through organized events.

 

Make a decision to help. We are offering a simple solution to bring the joy, health, freedom and confidence that comes from riding a bike.  For $300 (or $25 per month), you can sponsor a child to go through the Let’s Pedal earn-a-bike program where they participate in 10 weeks of hands on bike riding and at the end earn a new bike, helmet, lock and pump."

 

RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

 

Kids on Bikes Website

Kids on Bikes Facebook

Kids on Bikes Twitter

Contribute to Kids on Bikes 

About Nikki and Daniel

Email Kids on Bikes

Email Nikki McComsey

Email Daniel Byrd

Become a Mountain Bike Radio Member

Email Ben

Dec 16, 2014

Speed Training is an interesting topic for mountain biking because it isn’t really a part of many programs. Early on in training mountain bikers I realized that few of them had the ability to truly “tap into 100%” and that this was holding them back in a lot of different ways.

 

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the next episode, contact us at info@mountainbikeradio.com. We also have advertising opportunities available, just contact us. 

 

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EPISODE BACKGROUND:

 

Speed Training isn’t just doing some intervals as part of your cardio program and needs to be looked at and trained as a separate element. It can help improve your endurance, help you more easily power through tough efforts on the trail and as well as help you get faster when you need to lay down some power to the pedals.

 

As you can see, it can do a lot for you and should be part of your program this off-season. But if you’re like most riders you probably have a few questions like how is Speed Training different from just doing some intervals and what is the best way to use it as a mountain biker.

 

And that is why I put this podcast together for you. In it you’ll learn more about how Speed Training can help you as a rider and how you can use it to improve your speed and endurance on the trail.

 

Here are the notes from this podcast:

 

  • Most sports have a speed training aspect where they focus on the ability to quickly produce power in the shortest amount of time possible.
  • It requires the ability to recruit as many muscle fibers as possible while also maintain the most efficient postures and movement patterns.
  • This ability to tap into 100% is a skill most mountain bikers lack and so they are waste a lot of energy when they try to do it on the trail.
  • Speed training helps us tap into more muscle fibers which, like strength training, makes more of them available for endurance.
  • Speed training also reinforces proper posture and movement habits since speed increases the stress on the system, magnifying the cracks that don’t show up as much at slower speeds.
  • While most people think of fast movements for speed training, trying to move a heavy load quickly also results in improved power and speed.
  • This is important because we need this ability to quickly push against resistance to sprint or grind through a higher gear – a lot of trail riding takes place below 80 rpms and this needs to be trained.
  • Speed can be trained on the bike or in the gym with power exercises like the Swing, DB Cheat Curl and Push Press. These are especially useful for working on “high tension” speed.
  • While power is a huge part of speed it isn’t the same thing as Power Training.
  • Speed training and speed endurance training are different and need to be trained differently.
  • Speed training requires a relatively fresh nervous system for maximum muscle recruitment.
  • Speed endurance training should focus on maintaining a certain speed/ effort level instead of just surviving the workout.
  • Start with working to improve your speed early in the off-season before working on speed endurance closer to the riding season.
  • In general, anything over 60 seconds isn’t Speed Training and is starting to get into Endurance Training.
  • Speed Training is going to be relative to the distance you usually ride with longer distance riders able to use longer sprints.
  • Every riders should spend some time working on true speed with intervals less than 10 seconds.
  • Unless you are a 4X/ Dual Slalom rider then Speed Training shouldn’t be a big part of your program, perhaps 1-2 days a week for 8-12 weeks in the off-season and 1 session every 7-14 days during the season. But it is an important part of your training program and without it you have a gap in your fitness which will effect everything else.

 

As you can see Speed Training can help you in a lot of different ways so make sure you aren’t neglecting it this off-season. If you have any questions or thoughts about Speed Training for mountain biking be sure to leave a comment below, I’d love to hear them.

 

Until next time…

 

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

MTB Strength Training Systems

 

 

RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

MTB Strength Training Systems

MTB Strength Training Systems Facebook

MTB Strength Training Systems Twitter

MTB Strength Training Systems YouTube Page

Email James Wilson

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Dec 14, 2014

In this mega episode of The Being Dad Show, Ben shares ten things that he would like to teach his kids. You'll also hear a clip from Scott at Athlete on Fire in which he shares his ten things that he wants to teach his kids and a full discussion with Kelli at Apex Nutrition about how to better feed your kids. You'll also get caught up with all the new listener emails. 

 

I want to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the next episode, contact us at ben@mountainbikeradio.com

 

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EPISODE SPONSOR:

Christopher Bean Coffee

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SHOW NOTES:

 

Athlete on Fire

Apex Nutrition Podcast

Apex Nutrition Website

Apex Nutrition on Facebook

Apex Nutrition on Twitter

Get 15% off of Apex Nutrition by becoming a Mountain Bike Radio member

Being Dad Show on Twitter

Mountain Bike Radio on Twitter

Mountain Bike Radio on Facebook

Email Ben

 

FOR NEXT EPISODE:

 

Get involved! For next episode, I want listeners to get involved and share. Email your first name, home state or country, and three things that you want to teach your kids (ben@mountainbikeradio.com) before December 31. Have your email shared on the air. We want other dads to get to know our listeners and we want to share the community. 

Dec 10, 2014

One of the best Just Riding Along episodes the crew has done. It involves plenty of Makers Mark. Listen to hear what happens. 

 

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the next episode, contact us at info@mountainbikeradio.com. We also have advertising opportunities available, just contact us

 

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SHOW SEGMENTS:

 

Listener Emails Sponsored by [Your Name Here] 

Ty asks about using drinks in pack bladders. [this week's winner]

Phil asks about the best bomber bike for around $2,000. 

 

Reviews

Andrea talks about the Shimano SH-M200 and is digging them. 

 

New Shit We Probably Hate

Matt hates Surly Knards.

 

 

RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

EBT Skins

Kona Honzo

Follow Jake on Twitter

Shimano SH-M200 Shoes

J.Paks Adventure Cycling Frame Bags RukSak

Become a Mountain Bike Radio member 

Brickhouse Racing Website

Brickhouse Racing Facebook Page

Mountain Bike Radio Facebook Page

Andrea's Twitter

Matt's Twitter

Kenny's Twitter

Andrea's Sponsors:

Dec 8, 2014

Neil and Michael discuss the hot topic of the season - fatbikes! Saturday, December 6th was Global Fatbike Day and everyone has fatbikes on their mind! The guys chat about their experiences, different models, suspension, and more. 

 

If you have an idea for a guest or would like to be on yourself, please contact Ben at Ben@Mountainbikeradio.com. 

 

Looking for a fatbike race? Check out our 2014-15 fatbike event calendar!

 

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RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

Chumba Cycles

Chumba Ursa Major

Salsa Beargrease

Fatback Corvus

9:ZERO:7

Bikepackers Magazine

Bikepackers Magazine - Neil Beltchenko CTR report

Contact Bikepackers Magazine

Support Mountain Bike Radio 

 

Bikepackers Magazine Social:

Dec 4, 2014

Mark wraps up the season with this second part of his finale report. It's been a great season and we appreciate all of your support. Listen in to this episode to hear two book recommendations and some great reporting. Mark gives listeners great insight into the Moab Rocks Stage Race, La Rut, theCrocodile Trophy, the 24 Hour Australian National Championship, and he interviews the NUE 50+ champion, Roger Masse.

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Scott Thigpen’s Trail Magic and the Art of Soft Pedaling

Rebecca Rusch’s Rusch to Glory  

6 Hours of Warrior Creek

Bureau of Land Management - MTB

Moab Rocks

La Ruta de los Conquistadores

Rare Disease Cycling

NUE

Crocodile Trophy

JetBlack 24 Hour Australian National Championships  

Dec 3, 2014

The JRA gang continues to bring the great shows. In this episode they discuss BMX, what they think of the current trend of road bike tricks, cranksets, mud at Dirt, Sweat, and Gears, how drunk and beat up Matt got, and Andrea asks about baggies. 

 

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for the next episode, contact us at info@mountainbikeradio.com. We also have advertising opportunities available, just contact us

 

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SHOW SEGMENTS:

 

Listener Emails Sponsored by [Your Name Here] 

Logan asks about his cranks on his Norco [This week's email winner]

 

Reviews

Matt gives his initial thoughts on the TRP Spykes.

 

New Shit We Probably Hate

Bike computers mounted incorrectly

E-bikes always

 

 

RELATED SHOW LINKS:

 

TRP Spyke brakes

J.Paks Adventure Cycling Frame Bags

Become a Mountain Bike Radio member 

Brickhouse Racing Website

Brickhouse Racing Facebook Page

Mountain Bike Radio Facebook Page

Andrea's Twitter

Matt's Twitter

Kenny's Twitter

Andrea's Sponsors:

Dec 3, 2014

Welcome to the first episode of the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch. In this episode, hosts and owners of Riding Gravel, Guitar Ted and Ben, give you the big merger announcement. The discuss each other's history in the gravel world, the reasoning behind the name, and details about what you can expect on both the site and the podcast going forward. They also chat about Trans Iowa, including a little of the history, some of this year's registration stories, and more.

If you're looking for a behind the scenes discussion of the why, how, who and all the details behind the sites, merger, and the hosts, this is a great episode for you.

If you have any questions, comments, or have an idea for an episode, please feel free to contact us anytime!

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Related Show Links:

Trans Iowa

Guitar Ted's Blog 

Trans Iowa Radio on Mountain Bike Radio

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