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AngryMountainBiker Show

Mountain bike, rock climbing, and adventure sports talk. Not really that angry. Tune in for topical mountainbiking interviews, trip reports, and rants on road cycling, and life's minor and not so minor annoyances. If you like mountain biking, and you like podcasts, you found a home!
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Jan 19, 2017

I rail on some traffic sign issues, apologize to XC racers, break down a dopey article on gear "innovations", and discuss why your bars are too wide, or too narrow.

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Jan 18, 2017

I break down what I liked about Rob's interview, cover some science about our emotional and cognitive biases, then critique an article on backcountry mistakes.

Neural correlates of maintaining one’s political beliefs in the face of counterevidence

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Jan 17, 2017

In studio today is Dr. Rob Berube, a mountainbiker from Richmond, VA. He started a group in 2012 to join riders wishing to improve their technical riding skills by doing slower paced rides with an emphasis on stopping to session technical trail features, where advanced and beginner riders are welcome to share knowledge, socialize, and get better at riding bikes. 

Techy Riders Social Club on Facebook

Techy Riders web site

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Jan 15, 2017

I take some time to break down a negative review I received, the IMBA website, a bit more on Catalyst pedals, and why you gotta get into a Wilderness First Aid course.

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Jan 14, 2017

I rode the Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedals for the first time today. Hear about that as well as my introduction to Strava.  I also break down Bikram Yoga and the freak that founded it.

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Jan 13, 2017

Pedaling Innovation's new Catalyst pedals look sweet. I break down the advantages and disadvantages.  I also rant about IPA. Basically, the usual.

Pedaling Innovation's site

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Jan 9, 2017

I address a listener complaint and rant about plastic bags in tonight's podcast. And, I talk a bit about getting involved in your local trail club.

Jan 5, 2017

Today I break down 105 year old Robert Marchand's record breaking bike ride and also talk about some cold weather riding tips, and a way to get acclimated to high altitude while you're sleeping.

Jan 3, 2017

An 85 year old man did a sub 4 hour marathon. I rant about how most of what we think of as age related decline is actually due to lack of physical activity.  I also break down what's In vs Out in 2017 in mountainbiking, and break down a GMBN video pitting an enduro bike against a cross country bike in a race.  Enjoy!

Cross Country vs Enduro Race

NY Times Article on 85 year old marathoner

VitalMTB piece on what's in and out in 2017

Jan 2, 2017

Happy New Year--start the year off by taking the hard track. In today's episode, I talk about my wheels, my resolutions, and solo climbers Alex Honnold and Dan Osman. And I break down the lawsuit filed by the Bitterroot Backcountry Coalition which is sueing the US Forest Service to regain access to 180K acres of wilderness in Montana.

Alex Honnold Tribute Solo to Dan Osman

Dan Osman's original solo

Dec 31, 2016

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!

 

Visiti Afghan Ascend to Help

Sean's site

Martin's site, Best Rides DC!

Dec 28, 2016

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!

Dec 24, 2016

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.

Dec 21, 2016

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!

Red River Gorge 100 MTB Race

Dec 19, 2016

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.

Dec 18, 2016

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.

 

Dec 16, 2016

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

 

Dec 15, 2016

Today I break down my thoughts on the interview with Jade about gender bias, and I give more Christmas gift ideas.

Dec 12, 2016

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.

Bacon Ridge Trail Day

Trailwerks Cyclery on the Web

Dec 11, 2016

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.

Dec 8, 2016

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.

Dec 5, 2016

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

Dec 5, 2016

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.

Dec 3, 2016

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.

Dec 1, 2016

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.

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