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Off Course is the podcast about what happens when the racing is over and life begins. Endurance athletes have lives outside of their sport. Maintaining a healthy work, life, sport balance requires intention, discipline and a strong appetite for new experiences. "Part of what I love about all of the sports I coach and participate in, is the community of fun, interesting people that I get to do it all with. In this show I’m bringing you with me to all of the races I go to, and inviting you int ...
 
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Craig was rooting around in a bin of public domain media and ripped the audio from 4 bike safety videos from as far back as 1939. Community Corner: August 8th, NY, NY - Justice Ride X - Tenth week a protest ride for Black Lives Matter and to ride against police brutality The dress code is green. Meetup at Tweed courthouse 52 Chamber St. NW NY, NY. …
 
In March, Steve, Craig & Dustin met up to record for the last time before COVID-19 hit Michigan. Unbeknownst to them, Michigan was in for a hell of a ride. They talked about Corona (Skip ahead to 10:30 if you don't feel like listening to 3 dummies talk about the Corona Virus), Craig has a bunch of great ideas, and they find a reason to talk about T…
 
Ben Hoffman is an American long course triathlete with many half Ironman and full distance wins under his belt and has been one of the more consistent performers in the Ironman for over a decade. Ben has been at the professional level of the sport for 15 years and has worked his way to being a contender for the win whenever he toes the line. He's b…
 
In 2016, at the Rio Olympics, Mara Abbott was caught by a group of 3 less than 200m to the finish line. She took home a 4th place and in her heart she knew she gave everything she had. Little did she know this was the race that would define her racing career. Not having won the Giro Rosa twice or the National Championships, but instead having just …
 
In the time of COVID parents are being asked to do many things that we haven't done before. Home schooling and home coaching are now two more things on our already full plates. This week Kevin Dessart, former head of coaching for USA Cycling and the current Head Coach of University of Colorado Women's Hockey, gives some insight on what makes a grea…
 
This week we catch up with World Champion ITU and Xterra triathlete Flora Duffy at her home in South Africa. We talk about how the sport of triathlon has changed for her through the years and how she came to love the sport again and become a multi time wold champion. We talk about the struggles of expectations and how she has learned to deal with t…
 
Kiel Reijnen joins to talk about his career as a cyclist. How it began with wins in some of the biggest American races and has morphed into that of a domestique and road captain for Trek-Segafredo. We talk about the move to the Pro Tour and what it requires. Kiel talks about what he would like to see cycling media focus their attention on more. Fro…
 
Sara Vaughn is one of my inspirations as a coach, a parent and as an athlete. She's a role model to so many athletes on how to continue to follow their dreams while being a great parent, a working professional and a partner. Sara talks about the journey to the World's team in 2017 and how she and her husband Brent made it all work. From late night …
 
Maxx Chance, Heather Fischer and Eric Brunner from University of Colorado join us on the podcast to talk about their collegiate cycling experience. They tell us why they think its a crucial part of developing interest, participation and talent in the United States. We also talk to Neal Henderson from Apex Coaching and Wahoo Fitness, 2016 Olympian M…
 
Robin Carpenter of Rally Cycling joins us on the podcast to talk all about the artistry that is getting into the breakaway in Europe. Robin has proven himself to be quite proficient at this over the past two years and earning himself several podium finishes as well as an epic foray off the front at Fleche Wallone. He lets us in on the wheelings and…
 
Sharing stories of faceplants, McD's post race stops, costumes and start line dance parties, Sarah Sturm and Emily Schaldach take us into the details of their singlespeed cyclocross battles from 2019. In the process, they shed some light on what drives them to race and how they deal with the nerves of racing and balancing the results and the fun. B…
 
My guest today, Emerson Oronte of the Rally Cycling team, won the 2014 U.S. Amateur National Championship Road Race and the 2015 San Dimas Stage Race. He’s been racing at an elite level since 2011. But our conversation isn’t so much about the bike. In this episode, the conversation begins with a discussion of the work he did to prepare for the 2020…
 
Welcome home everyone. Whether you were launching into a new venture—say, a year of bike racing overseas like our guest today—or maybe just getting the kids off to school in the morning, we’re all trying to figure out what the plan is now. Back at home amid the COVID-19 chaos. We thought it would be fun to check in with friend of the pod, Noah Gran…
 
This week on Off Course we’re joined by Australian pro roadie Joe Lewis, formerly with Holowesko-Citadel, and now a Clif Bar sponsored cyclist and Boulder Junior Cycling coach. Joe and I work together closely and share stories about the great development program that is Boulder Junior Cycling. We then shift gears and discuss cutthroat group rides. …
 
Part of the reason I created this podcast is to share the strong camaraderie and friendship that we enjoy as cyclists, swimmers, and runners, with you! This episode is a great glimpse into my relationship with Chris Case. Chris is the co-founder of Fast Labs and the co-host of Fast Talk with Trevor Connor. Chris is the former managing editor of Vel…
 
Craig's friend Ian, a Jimmy John's Bicyclist, comes in to talk about bike delivery in Grand Rapids. Then they spend a great deal of time talking about some major problems with motorists. Craig also kind of convinces Ian to give Strava a try. Ian's band is Fire Kitten, check em out on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/FireKittenrocks/ Andy Shaw Ill…
 
In this dog heavy episode of the Wheel Friends, Craig invites Mitch back into the studio to talk about the various ways to pedal with your pooch. They also talk about the new additions to the Grand Rapids Bike Park, Changes to the city's bike lanes in the next few years, an UBER hack for biking busy streets, Craig gets frustrated about another bad …
 
Alan & Pat are still in the studio, but now they're talking about the Swift Solstice Camp-out. They also talk about bike jobs, bike camping, Alan's upcoming fabrication projects, Hemingway quotes and more! Checkout the Patreon, patreon.com/thewheelfriends City Slicker 100 Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/1323612277804169…
 
Holy Smokes! We packed a lot into this one. Alan's back this time with Patrick from Freewheeler bike shop and Craig's dog Mushu. They discuss buying harder to find things without the help of a car, Craig's recent bike crash, Fixie riding, Monster Garage but for Bikes, Craig reads a post from someone in his neighborhood being extremely wrong on Next…
 
Robert Wood of Grand Rapids Bike Polo was in the studio this past March to talk Bike Polo, The Toronto International Bike Expo, and Bike Polo Memes. Craig talks winter bike rides, sheds some confusing details on a ride that may or may not happen, and pitches a Battle Royale Bicycling Game. Details on an upcoming bike polo shuffle at the end! Check …
 
New Year, New Theme Song! The Wheel Friends is back for the first episode of 2019 with Martel Posey of the Spoke Folks Bicycle Co-Op. Martel talks about his love of bicycling being birthed from necessity, his trip to Bike! Bike! 2018 in Los Angeles, singing Prince from the back of a Karaoke bike, and his love of all things bicycle. Check it out!…
 
It's the first episode in the new studio space! Craig bought a house (Hence the absence) & Steve's new bike got stolen! Craig shares a story of almost being right hooked, Steve describes his new bike and how he lost it. But don't worry, it gets recovered! Hear how it was done and maybe you can use the advice yourself some day.…
 
The Wheel Friends Podcast returns after a short hiatus with the long sought after race coverage from the 3AM Alley Dawg. In what we're calling "The Wheeled World of Sports", Craig & Steve will recount their racing experience as they rode in a 3AM Alley Cat.... er... Dawg Race through Downtown Grand Rapids. A story of pain, pleasure, and the America…
 
On this episode of the Wheel Friends, Craig is joined by bike commuter and fellow Podcast host, Joel Campbell of Borderless and the Lamp Post Podcast. Joel explains Borderless. Craig reminisces about biking through the countryside. Then they talk about infrastructure, how dumb cars are, and Joel shares his experience getting hit. Be sure to check o…
 
Mitch & Emily join Craig on the show this week. Mitch is hosting an early morning Alley Cat (Alley Dawg) on April 15th so he's on to give us the scoop. Mitch & Emily also bought a Tandem Bike. Craig talks about riding with a group of strangers he met on bikes. Emily shares how she meets people on bikes. Also Strava Sex Bots, ID Chips, and a whole l…
 
The Wheel Friends is back baby! Craig's friend Liz Rennie from the Spoke Folks bicycle co-op is back on the show to kick off the new year. They talk about bicycling resolutions and realistic goal setting. Liz designs a dream bike and then she and Craig design bikes based on the Lord of the Rings. All that and a whole lot more!…
 
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