Show #232 – February 7, 2015

Guests: Shannon Galpin; Dr. Paul Dimeo; Joe Friel

It’s RADIOTHON WEEK! Please consider making a pledge to help support not only The Outspoken Cyclist, but also WJCU. We are a non-profit, non-commercial station and RADIOTHON is our once-a-year event to raise funds to keep our facility up-to-the-minute in quality equipment. You can pledge on line all week and, you can call in any time (216) 397-4438 and tell the person who answers the phone that the pledge is for the station in support of The Outspoken Cyclist show.
So… on with this week’s show.

After learning that two companies pulled the plug on their sponsorship of the Afghan Women’s Cycling team because of “fear of retribution” in light of the Charlie Hebdo bombings in France, I just needed to check in with Shannon Galpin to find out what happened, why it happened, and what can be done to get these brave young women the help they need so that they can ride their bikes. As Shannon says, when a 14 year old Malala can win a Nobel Peace Prize even though she was shot in the face for standing up for educating women in Muslim countries, these companies should not be afraid to offer assistance to others seeking their freedom and their rights.

We talk with Dr. Paul Dimeo, a Fulbright Scholar, lecturer, and researcher whose specialty is doping in sports. His article in “The Conversation” titled, “Forget Lance Armstrong: the next cycling doper might be your dad jumped out at me and I wanted to know more. Why do amateurs dope? What is the history of doping in sport, especially cycling? And, are things going to change? The conversation is enlightening!

Finally, I welcome back Joe Friel. At 70, Joe, who has written several training bibles and is himself an endurance athlete, recently released “Fast After 50. How To Race Strong For the Rest of Your Life”. Yes, he admits we all slow down; but, he also gives us great ways to stay healthy, strong, fit, and live a longer life by NOT succumbing to the thinking that older equals decline.  The book includes many short essays from professional cyclists, triathletes, runners, doctors, and sports professionals.

BIG show… let’s GO

Show #231 – January 31, 2015

Guests: Patrick Brady from Winter Press Camp; Master Frame Builder Richard Sachs

Super Bowl? Phoenix Open? No No No … The Outspoken Cyclist!

REMINDER ALERT! Our annual 10-day Radiothon that helps support WJCU – the station that in turn supports The Outspoken Cyclist by giving us the amazing facilities we are privileged to use for our show each week – begins next Friday, February 6th.

Once a year, we ask for your support – be it $5 or $500 – to help us continue to make the improvements we need to keep our station state-of-the-art. All of us, including Tim and me, are volunteers here at WJCU and we are all very grateful for the opportunity that is afforded us here.

All of the money pledged during Radiothon goes directly to WJCU – not to the college or to anyone who works here or produces a show here.

We will open the on line portal for your giving pleasure next Friday evening, February 6th, at 6:30pm Eastern time ( . Tim and I will also be available to take your pledges on Saturday, February 7th and Saturday, February 14th, from 5:30-6:30 eastern. We hope you will consider supporting WJCU and our show.
On with the show!

This evening, we have the honor to once again speak with master frame builder Richard Sachs. Our conversation ranges from his thoughts on how frame building has changed from his early days – more than 40 years ago – to his take on the U.S. Cyclocross Nationals in Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago.

Richard has the uncanny ability to cut right to the chase (as in not mince words) about what’s so in the sometimes seemingly mystical world of custom frames. In fact, he reels those ideas right back down to earth in a direct and insightful way. Richard joins me in the second half of the show.

We also speak with RKP’s Patrick Brady. Patrick joins me from Winter Press Camp in Westlake Village, California. This January version of the popular Summer Press Camp that is offered in Park City, Utah in June is meant to give companies who are launching some new product and ideas a jump start in the pre-season. Patrick tells us about Shimano’s new eBike – very different from the ones we think about on the market today; and, he gives a glowing report to a brand new Italian apparel company.