Show #262 – September 5, 2015

Guests: Professor James Longhurst; Senior Olympian Gene Killingsworth

Welcome to The Outspoken Cyclist – this is our first podcast in season #6 and, once again, I’d like to thank you for your support! Hope you enjoy this week’s show.

We begin with Professor James Longhurst. James is an academic historian, a student of urban culture and all types of cycling and has written a fascinating book about cycling titled “Bike Battles – A History of Sharing the American Road.”

Unlike other historical books that we’ve discussed, James explores how the bicycle has waxed and waned not only in our culture but also in public and government policy.

When we prioritize our preferences in transportation, we see a periodic debate about how bicycles have both been ignored and revered. James thinks we are in a bike boom, but not the way one might think.

It’s a fascinating discussion and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

We take our break and offer up this week’s news and then we get to meet a Senior Olympian.

Gene Killingsworth races in the 75-79 age group and this year took home gold and bronze medals as well as unexpectedly receiving a special certificate from the Ohio Legislature for his efforts.

He has a fascinating story about how he got started in the sport, how a crash almost took him out of the sport, and what you might want to think about as you get older.

So, here we go…