Show #282 – January 23, 2016

Guests: Industry expert Jay Townley; Author, Coach, Sports Nutritionist Matt Fitzgerald

If you grew up riding a Schwinn, it very well might have been purchased from a Schwinn Total Concept Store; and, I doubt there is ANYONE who knows more about the original Schwinn Total Store concept than one of its originators, Jay Townley. In fact, you probably didn’t even realize the “totality” of that neighborhood Schwinn store – how it looked, what it had on the pegboard walls, and how the mechanics performed their tasks.

We talk about how that Total Concept idea developed, when and where the Park Tool Company began, and take a peek into what retail looks like today.

Today, Jay offers the bike industry insight, statistics, and guidance as part of the Gluskin-Townley Group and he’s my first guest this evening.

After our break and the rest of the week’s news, we once again talk with author, coach, sports nutritionist and journalist Matt Fitzgerald. Matt, who has written more than 20 book, including his bestselling book Racing Weight which gave us insight into brain hunger and what we need to do to become a leaner, meaner athlete, has released his newest book, “How Bad Do You Want It.”

In it, he discusses the psychology of mind over muscle. Relating the stories of real athletes’ like cyclist Greg LeMond, triathlete Paula-Newby Fraser, and of course the world-class Kenyan runners, the Matt unravels the reasons some of us succeed, some of us don’t, and how we can recognize who and what we are and perhaps change the way we behave.

Let’s begin tonight’s journey with long-time bicycle industry expert, Jay Townley.

Show #188 – March 29, 2014

Guests: Nutritionist Georgie Fear; Coach Dean Peterson; Hall of Famer Leigh Donovan

Astronomy be damned, winter rolls on here in the Great Northeast. White Easter, anyone? The Outspoken Cyclist rolls on, and this week we’re talkin’ nutrition, collegiate cycling, and female BMXers.

First up is Georgie Fear, a certified nutritionist who has collaborated with Matt Fitzgerald on the Racing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes. Her website,, also has great information about eating right for physical activity.

It may not get a lot of press coverage, but collegiate bike racing is out there, and Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana has a thriving program, led by coach Dean Peterson. As Dean explains, college cycling is one place in this sport where the women are equal in importance to the men.

The second half of the show is dedicated to a conversation with BMX and mountain bike champion Leigh Donovan, who now teaches those skills to girls and women through her I Choose Bikes program.

Show #127 – January 26, 2013


Would you hang up your bike cold turkey, and become a cattle farmer? Inga Thompson did exactly that in the mid-1990’s after a successful, yet frustrating career as an Olympian and U.S. National Team racer. Thompson learned that ‘not a team player’ was actually code for ‘clean rider’. She offers her inside view on women’s racing, and life beyond cycling.

In the second half of the show, Diane talks with nutritionist and author Matt Fitzgerald, whose book Racing Weight is now in its second edition. Weight is on many peoples’ minds this time of year, as we assess the toll our holiday indulgence has taken on our body mass. Matt has many practical tips on how to increase the quality of your dietary intake, and avoid “brain hunger”.