Episode 24: Ultra Adventure Cyclist Jesse Blough
On this episode, gravel bike racing in Morocco, saddle sores, Zima, and The Big Lonely. We’re talking with ultra-adventure cyclist Jesse Blough, racer, organizer of The Big Lonely and founder of the NWC Adventure Access Fund.Show Notes00:54 – Tapering off caffeine02:23 – The 1,037-mile Arkansas High Country Race04:05 – Bike and gear that he’ll be using (the “mullet” setup)05:32 – The balance between sleeping and riding06:45 – How Jesse got into cycling (it started with a broken back)07:50 – Hosting The Big Lonely (an unsupported bikepacking race)10:43 – Jesse’s training regimen12:55 – Going from racing to organizing races14:14 – Northwest Competitive Adventure16:35 – Advice for someone looking to enter The Big Lonely (or something similar)19:10 – What is the NWC Adventure Access Fund?22:10 – Fatherhood and encouraging a life of adventure23:28 – The process of having a bike custom-made in Germany (hint: start by riding 10,000 miles a year)27:28 – The Atlas Mountain Race in Morocco29:29 – What are the obstacles from preventing racing during the pandemic?34:55 – Making a documentary about The Big Lonely (to premier on bikepacking.com)34:45 – Gravel bike vs mountain bike for races like The Big Lonely37:43 – An ultramarathoner who lives (and trains!) on a yacht42:05 – TASTE TEST: Canned cocktails Part One – Moscow MulesMentioned in this EpisodeThe Arkansas High Country RaceThe Big LonelyNorthwest Competitive AdventureThe NWC Adventure Access FundAtlas Mountain RaceFollow @thegreatjesse and @northwestcompetitive on InstagramCutwater Spirits’ Whiskey Mule Pabst Blue Ribbon Ginger Whiskey Mule Thanks to Looney Bean Coffee for hosting us in their backyard in BendConnect with us!Like Almost There on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/almostthereadventurepodcast/Follow Almost There on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/almostthere_ap/ Send us a voice message! https://www.speakpipe.com/AlmostThereOur Co-hostsJason Fitzpatrick – IG: @themuirprojectSaveria Tilden – IG: @adventuruswomen web: AdventurUsWomen.comJeff Hester – IG: @thesocalhiker web: SoCalHiker.netTheme song by Opus Orange. Courtesy of Emoto Music. The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.