I took some excerpts from a few of my interviews and put them together in tonights show. Hear the best from Martin Fernandez, Naz Ahmed, Russ Adam, Sean Johnson, and Frank Raiti. Happy New Year to all my guests and listeners. I've really enjoyed building this show in 2016 and look forward to many more interviews and rants in 2017. See you on the trail!
Hi everyone, Will Niccolls here. In today’s show I thought I’d do something different now that I have a few more listeners and the show has grown a bit. I’ve dug into the back catalogues for one of my favorite interviews of the past few months. It’s with my old friend Rob Raker. Rob is an incredibly talented guy and a true inspiration. He’s been a rock climber and outdoor adventurer for fifty years and a professional filmmaker and documentarian for over 20. We met on the rocks in Morrison Colorado many years ago and have renewed our friendship in the last year as he has traveled to the DC area to undergo treatment for an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Rob is a man of many talents, rock climbing, filmmaking, kayaking, cycling, birding, photography. One of the many interesting things he’s done over the past years is work with Erik Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind climber to reach the summit of Everest. You’ll hear Rob talk about some of his adventures with Erik here.
Now, I’m still pretty new to podcasting and listening back to this I wish I was a better interviewer and that I’d figured out some of the audio engineering tricks that I now know, but I went ahead and remastered the original track so that the sound may be a bit better, and Rob is such an interesting guy that I think the interview holds up ok despite my weaknesses. His candid discussion of his experience battling cancer is particularly important so I hope you enjoy this and I’ll be back with new shows in the next days. Meanwhile enjoy this and let me know your thoughts!
Today I ramble about a lot of stuff. Why explaining things to people is not only useless but it robs them of the experience of being wrong, especially as it relates to movement skills like rock climbing and mountain biking.
The Red River Gorge is in Kentucky, a beautiful area with a bunch of world class climbing, and now a 100 mile mountain bike race in September, 2017. I break it down, and also rant about low fat half and half for a while!
My friend Andres Rodriguez is a mountain biker and beer connoisseur and joins me in the studio to introduce some delicious and interesting beer choices for your consideration this holiday season.
Today I break down why standing up on your pedals more than you probably do is going to make you a better a rider. I also give you three, no, wait, FOUR foundational strength exercises so you can finally keep up with your girlfriend. Or boyfriend.
Some sweet tips on setting up suspension sag for you. Also, Brits don't know Jack about the US beer scene so I do a little course correction for them on that issue. You're welcome. Oh, I also rant about some advice I saw on Reddit about getting a new bike for a new rider...
Suspension video I mentioned is here
Today I break down my thoughts on the interview with Jade about gender bias, and I give more Christmas gift ideas.
Bacon Ridge trails are done! Get over and try them out, and give your thanks to the volunteers that made it possible. Hear about how Specialized gave a big cash donation to help get it done, and hear my personal recommendation for three killer gifts for mountain bikers.
Local bikers and climbers Scott Kragen and Jade Goh visit and we try to decide how big a problem gender bias is in adventure sports. Oh, and the positive power of negative thinking.
News on this weekend's trail work days, why martini's and beer need to get back to basics, and more on strength training in today's show.
Today Anne and Dave Pike joined me and talked about strength and endurance training. Anne has done 16 Ironman Triathlons, finishing in the top ten numerous times, including a 5th place finish in 2006 in the UK. She has degrees in Exercise Science and Nutrition, Physical Activity & Public Health from U. of Bristol (UK) and is a certified sports massage therapist. Dave has a masters in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University in New York and a variety of certifications in strength and conditioning and personal training. They have coached NICA youth cycling teams and run their practice from Crozet, Virginia.
Dave and Anne's website is dna-movement.com
They're sponsored by Charlottesville bike shop Endeavor Cycles
I break down my weekend riding on a group ride for the Global Fat Bike Day and also my experience photographing the Capital Cross Classic, a large cyclocross race here in the DC area. I also talk about NICA, the high school mountain biking league. And, a rant on podcast quality and vocal fry.
Today I break down how the science is in on strength training improving your endurance for mountain biking. I talk about the basic principles of maximal strength training and how to prep for it by using a general strength conditioning phase. Also, the 2017 19th Shenandoah Mountain 100 was announced and I talk about that.
Here's a link for Training for the New Alpinism at Patagonia's web site. Amazon has it too.
I break down a thread on Facebook where we got into the advancements in bikes that have made it more fun and faster in the last 10 years. Also, I get pretty worked up today over the lack of toughness we are teaching kids is acceptable based on some people I watched trying to avoid rain today. Finally, if you don't know Humble Pie, listen to this and then thank me. Then go burn your Steve Miller cd's.
Today, I break down the two most basic and important elements you need to know for buying a mountain bike today, and how it depends on the type of riding you want to have the most fun on.
Garrett joins me to talk about the biggest technical advancement in mountainbiking in 10 years, how to develop a relationship with a bike shop, and why cross country racers are now moving to dropper posts too!
Today I break down a listener response to the Bikes in Wilderness Senate bill, then I pitch the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition's remaining 4 trail work days for 2016. Finally, I tell you what you need to know to do a comprehensive but quick bike safety and mechanical check of your mountain bike so you don't face disaster on the trail.
Today Garrett Hubbard visits the studio. We discussed the new Senate bill that would allow bikes in federally owned Wilderness Areas and why it is good news for bikers, give you a killer tech tip that will keep your bike intact in a crash, and we also break down the trend toward wide rims, what sizes are available, why they are better, and why you shouldn't be a weight weenie at the expense of stability and handling--it can actually cost you speed!
Today I break down a Singletrack.com survey infographic and what it says about mountainbikers. I also describe how to learn the track stand, which is where you balance your bike without moving, and why it is a useful skill. We did a trail work day at Lake Fairfax also, and I lay out why you need to get out and do some trail work too.
Today I discuss the different types of mountainbiking crashes you might experience, including the Slap Shot, the Double Shot, and the Slow Moe Uh Oh. I also relate some horror stories from the backcountry, including the time I dropped a rock that sliced open my then girlfriend's neck. You should avoid doing that!
I discuss the inspiring story of Grace Ragland, a biking coach with multiple sclerosis, and a startling UK legal case where a mountain bike instructor was successfully sued for 4m pounds, the upcoming trail work days in our area, and the tragic increase in highway deaths this year.
I do a breakdown of mountain bike flat pedals posted on VitalMTB.com and also rant about how to use the various lanes of traffic on our nations highways. I also answer some listener email dealing with trail right of way.
I may not have counted correctly but I'm sure there are at least a dozen good reasons to get a dropper post for your mountain bike. Go ahead and do that today. A decent dropper post can be had for less than $200 dollars and the reliability and competition is at previously unforeseen levels.