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24 - Seamus Mullen

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This episode is coming to you from Brooklyn and my guest is Seamus Mullen, an award winning New York Chef, author, a leading authority on health and wellness, and a cyclist.

Seamus trained in Spain and, as they say, one thing led to another and he now operates two Spanish influenced restaurants, Tertulia (English translation – Social gathering) and a Tapas Bar called El Colmado (English translation – The Grocery Store).

He is the author of Hero Food and Real Food Heals – The latter being described as “125 Paleo-inspired, delicious recipes to revitalize your health every day”.  But there’s a lot more to Seamus’s story that that.

In 2007 Seamus Mullen was diagnosed with early onset Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Some years after this diagnosis Seamus, found himself being described by an integrative doctor as a “hot mess”.  Despite being at the top of the New York chef food chain, he was profoundly unwell, about 50 pounds overweight, in constant pain and taking some serious meds.  He had been in this situation for about 10 years.

As a result of a myopically planned diet, significant lifestyle changes and reconnecting with his love of riding bikes, Seamus’s path back to good health began. This despite almost dying in the OR.  Twice.

“As I got farther and farther away from the light, I regained consciousness….That’s what it took for me to completely change my life, my diet, my fitness.  Shit happens, and you can either get in the way of your body, or you can get out of the way.  I knew something had to change or the next time, I wouldn’t survive.”

Real Food Heals

Real Food Heals

The Before & After

The Before & After

Biking in NYC

Biking in NYC

Shredding some single track

Shredding some single track

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22 -Bidit Roy

The Bikes And Podcast's first international episode featuring an interview with Bidit Roy, Indian documentary film maker.  I was introduced to Bidit by Ayleen Crotty of the Filmed by Bike Festival and subject of Episode 11.

I talk with Bidit about his love of making documentaries, how they connect him to people who have a story to tell and his latest film.  There are links to The Bicycle Maker,  which was featured in the Filmed by Bike Festival, On The Church Trail and his newest endeavour The Ride for Better India, below.

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20 - Guerrilla Gravity Bikes

This episode comes to you from the Denver Headquarters of Guerrilla Gravity.  Manufacturers of Badass Mountain Bikes.  Made for going fast.  That’s Guerrilla as in Che Guevara and not Gorilla as in King Kong. 

As I am a fan of a) Mountain Bikes and B) going fast I am looking forward to talking to the team about their brand, their story and what makes their awesome bikes, so awesome (y).

Guerrilla Gravity bike frames are designed and built in house in Denver Colorado, no too far from Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos.

The company is led by its President Will Montague, its Chief Engineer Matt Giaraffa and head of Marketing Kristy Anderson.  All 3 come from quite different backgrounds, Mike for example has a background in both racing car and aerospace design, but as you might expect they share a passion for building a mountain bike that you are stoked to ride for a long time.

Joining me today is Matt Giaraffa, Chief Engineer.

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The GG Team - Matt second from left

The GG Team - Matt second from left

A GG Bike in Action

A GG Bike in Action

19 - The Rwandan Cycling Team

It’s 1994 and Rwanda, a land locked country on the Eastern side of Africa, just on the Equator, was in the midst of one of the worst genocides in history. 

In 100 days more than 1 million Tutsis were slaughtered, representing about 70% of their population. 

At that time a bicycle = life.  If you had a bicycle you might escape the slaughter.  If you had a bicycle you could try to make your way to safety, too afraid to look back at the staggering and stomach churning displays of man’s inhumanity to man.

A documentary called Rising from the Ashes details how some of those survivors were given a reason to hope by cycling legend Jock Boyer (the first American to enter the Tour de France and  a member of the United States Cycling Hall of Fame) as he helped a fledgling Rwandan cycling team not only get off the ground, but also, amazingly, managing to attend the London Olympics in 2012.  The riders of Team Rwanda gave their countrymen a vision of something greater than themselves and their history; hope for the future.

Scroll forwards to 2017 and the Rwandan Cycling Team will be racing at this year’s inaugural Colorado Classic pro cycling race

Join me as I talk to Jock Boyer about the movie, the team and the race.

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Jock Boyer and Adrian Niyonshuti 

Jock Boyer and Adrian Niyonshuti 

Team Rwanda's Colorado Classic Jersey - Note Rhinos

Team Rwanda's Colorado Classic Jersey - Note Rhinos

The Tour de Rwanda - © Mrjka Boensch Bees

The Tour de Rwanda - ©Mrjka Boensch Bees

Spiders Will Eat Your Face
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13 - Recumbent Bikes

Back on February the 4th I was riding my road bike on a favourite loop near my house.  I was about to hit a Strava segment named “Short Grind’ , given that it’s on a little kicker of a hill, when about 400 yards ahead of me I see something in the bike lane, that I can’t quite make out.  As I get closer I pick out a small flag waving like the lure of angler fish.  Closer still and I make out the unmistakable image of someone riding a recumbent bike.  I pull alongside and attempt to have a conversation with the pilot.  He’s a little out of breath to have a long chat so I keep going to the top of the hill and wait for him there. 

Thank goodness Jeff didn’t think I was some kind of axe murderer, and just to prove my theory that 90% of people are inherently good, he asked me if I was OK.  At that point I told him that I run a podcast called Bikes And…and that I’d always wanted to interview someone who rides a recumbent bike. We traded information and a few emails later, a little cajoling from me, and I am so excited to welcome him to this podcast. 

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12 - Trail Conflict

Editorial Note:  In this podcast Andrew described the attack taking place on the north facing side of North Table Mesa.  It was actually the south facing side.

Last week end, news began to spread, here along Denver’s Front-Range biking community about a mountain biker who had been assaulted on a popular bike trail near Golden, the North Table Mountain Trail. 

Most of us who live here realise that if you add the amazing access we all have to incredible trail systems to Denver’s growing populations, there is inevitable conflict between bikers, riders, runner, horse riders and hikers and dog walkers. Pressure on these trails can be significant but conflicts are typically resolved in one way or another, but this incident went way beyond a few curt words and maybe an exchanged middle finger.

 Nobody owns the trails, and courtesy among trail users is assumed. In this situation, the rider was physically assaulted, pulled to the ground, kicked, punched and his bike damaged.

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11 - Filmed by bike

In this Podcast, I’m joined by Ayleen Crotty, the founder and Festival Director of “Filmed by Bike”  a Portland, Oregon Film Festival held every year at the historic Hollywood Theatre. 

From May 5th – 7th the 15th Filmed by Bike Festival showcases documentaries, animation and scripted features that are not only shown to the local audience, but are also distributed around the country and the world for communities that want to host their own film festivals, spreading the word of bike advocacy and helping people understand that riding a bike is not all about improving your Strava time, but more about just plain old community and having fun. 

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“Race Across America” Lorenz Wetscher| Bavaria, Germany

“Race Across America” Lorenz Wetscher| Bavaria, Germany

“Dada | The Malagasy Trialist” Felix LaBlanc | Chambery, France

“Dada | The Malagasy Trialist” Felix LaBlanc | Chambery, France

   “Flashes of Altai” Joey Schusler | Boulder, CO

 

“Flashes of Altai” Joey Schusler | Boulder, CO

“Gorge Roubaix” Kenji Sugahara | Salem, Oregon

“Gorge Roubaix” Kenji Sugahara | Salem, Oregon

“Dada | The Malagasy Trialist” Felix LaBlanc | Chambery, France

“Dada | The Malagasy Trialist” Felix LaBlanc | Chambery, France

10 - REACH THE BEACH

Welcome to double digits and Episode 10.  The second in the series of Bikes and …Great Causes, an interview with Brian Mayo, Regional Director of Special Events at the American Lung Association who is the master coordinator of Reach The Beach, a bike event held in Portland, Oregon every year to raise money for the American Lung Association.

Also, Brian talks about the inaugural Washington State version of Reach The Beach. 

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Crossing the start line

Crossing the start line

En route

En route

Bikes And...Bikes

Bikes And...Bikes

They Reached the Beach!

They Reached the Beach!

The Pelican Pub...Heaven

The Pelican Pub...Heaven

9 - oskar blues

Welcome to Episode 9.  Bikes and…Beer and have I wanted to do this one since the beginning of the Bikes And…Podcast?  Absolutely.

Bikes and Beer go together like Fish and Chips, Apple Pie and Ice Cream and Chips and Dip.  For many people, the idea of grabbing a beer after a day in the saddle is one the things that motivates you to keep rolling up and down the trail.  My friends at the Velominati (Episode 6) have devoted Rule #47 to the idea of the intertwined nature of bikes and beers – “Beer is a recovery drink, an Elixir for post ride trash talking, and a just plain excellent thing to pour down the neck”.

There are, of course, many beers to choose from, but me for there really is only one company that produces my go to malted adult beverage, and that is Oskar Blues

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What's Your Tipple?

What's Your Tipple?

Evolution

Evolution

Beer...Here

Beer...Here

The Receptionist

The Receptionist

8 - Parenting

For this Podcast we’re back at the Blue Spruce Brewing Company, the location for Episode 2's podcast Bikes And…Community.  The story of one man’s quest to recover his stolen Yeti.  Thank you to them as ever.  As a reminder the Blue Spruce Brewery is located at 4151 E County Line Road in Centennial, CO and offers its own ales on tap & classic pub fare, plus open mic & music events.  

Today I’m joined by the Schmidt family, Chris, Jessica and their 8 month old son Carter.  Both Chris and Jessica are avid mountain bikers and balancing that passion with that of being a parent can be a tall order.  They have managed to adjust their lives around the arrival of young Carter and were kind enough to offer to share their experiences, lessons learned and stories about how this adjustment has happened. 

In other words, if they can do it, so can you!

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6 - The Velominati

The Velominati, Keepers of the cog, sacred order of the cycling disciple who spend their days committed to poring over the essence of cycling to understand how it makes up the sport’s colourful fabric.  This, they believe is the Velominati's reason to be. 

They are so passionate about these beliefs that they have detailed them in a book called “The Rules” – 95 of them in fact, that talk to the way of the cycling disciple and available on Amazon. 

Some of you may already know about the 5th rule or The Five.  If you don’t know, I suggest you buy the book.

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Rule #16 - Respect the jersey

Rule #16 - Respect the jersey

Rule #21 Cold weather gear is for cold weather

Rule #21 Cold weather gear is for cold weather

Rule #55 Earn your turns

Rule #55 Earn your turns

3 - riding a bike later in life

Ever wanted to start cycling a little later in life but weren't sure if it was for you?  

The cycling podcast, bikesand..., interviews a man who started riding bikes when running became too much of a strain on this knees.  Introduced by his neighbour and encouraged by his doctor, Peter is an ardent road bike rider in his early 70's and still going strong.  

Listen as I chat with Peter at www.yakima.com headquarters in gorgeous Portland, Oregon as he talks about his passion for opera, his Wilier Bike he calls Francesca and his joy of riding in Oregon's gorgeous countryside.

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Peter Riding Francesca

Peter Riding Francesca