Show #303 – July 2, 2016

“Doping? Again?”

I’m going to suggest that you suspend all your previous thoughts about Lance, Floyd, Tyler, and the U.S. Postal Team!

My guest this week has written a riveting book about one of our most favorite and displeasing topics – doping. Now, before you say – “What, another book about doping?” I want to preface the conversation by saying this is an approach I don’t believe anyone else has taken thus far.

He asks and answers such questions as: How, why, and when did we become so indignant and disgusted with athletic doping? What does it say about us and our society as a whole? How have these attitudes shifted over time? And, are you certain we as a society aren’t somewhat complicit?

Mark Johnsons new book, “Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports” not only helps us in finding answers to these questions; he also gives us a much more balanced view of how we’ve come to the way we view drugs in sports today.

Mark, who has authored other cycling books including The Argyle Armada, is an avid cyclist and surfer. His work often covers pro cycling and by association, doping. He has an MA and PhD in English literature from Boston University, lives in Del Mar, California, and was our guest back in March of 2012.

Show #191 – April 27, 2014

Guests: Author & Illustrator Rod Waters, Collyn Ahart

I am so lucky to be able to talk with such interesting and accomplished people each week. And, this week is no exception.

My first guest, Rod Waters, is an award willing illustrator whose new children’s book, “Eric’s Big Day – A Bicycle Race Unlike Any Other” tells the story of a young boy, his friend Emily, and a local bike race. And, Rod also has some amazing bicycle stories of his encounters with the activist Lech Walesa in Poland, a Guiness World Record that Rod holds, and his memorable trip to Kosovo with his wife.

My second guest, Collyn Ahart, has some strong ideas and opinions about women, culture, and the bicycle industry. Collyn’s background is marketing and branding, but her early years spend in the bike shop her family owns, gives her a unique perspective on bicycling and how the industry acts and reacts. Collyn’s new venture, Bowndling, is just her next iteration of unique thinking for women.


Leaving Las Vegas

Whew – sitting at McCarran Airport waiting to board our plane to Denver on the first leg to get home!

Still have a lot of sorting out to do – it’s always a whirlwind trip with a sensory overload from the moment the wheels touch down in Las Vegas until we get on the plane and push back fromt he gate.

Greg is editing all the interviews I did and I want to thank Clovis Long from  Mustache Power Productions for all his assistance in the video/audio booth.  And, a big shout out to David Bernstein, MR. Fredcast himself for gtting all my time scheduled.

There were a couple of opportunities I uunfortunately missed including a press conference with the legend Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx… Eddy won’t offer interviews in English; the Indurain opportunity came to my attention too late.

The truth is that a lot of celebrities, from gold medal BMX riders to world champion triathletes weren’t always where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be there.  Sometimes, it was just a huge comflict of time.  <sigh>

But, I will be getting a lot of interviews from some great cycling personalities going forward and there are some fabulous books just released from Velo Press for holiday gift giving.

So, tune in tomorrow evening for our show and hear the first of the Interbike 2012 conversations.