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Michiana Spoken Cycling Podcast
71 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Ep 25: Dylan Curtis and the Future of Crit Racing
American road cycling is dominated by the Crit Racing scene. It's fast, dramatic, and dangerous which provides all the thrills of a good spectator sport. Dylan Curtis is a guest speaker on this episode and he's here to talk about racing, team management and the future of road crit racing. Dylan is the team manager of Apex Racing and a race coordinator of the Fat and Skinny tire fest. His expertise and enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and you'll love to hear his perspectives on riding and racing.
50 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Ep 24: Cancer Be Damned, a conversation with Jason Potsander.
With hearts bigger than their legs, Jason and his Cancer be Damned team face life's obstacles with grit and determination. Listen in to hear his story and how he's doubled down on the things he appreciates most.
35 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Ep 23: TK Lawless 50 and SC trip
Nate and Spencer sit down to discuss the TK Lawless Iron Shoe 50 MTB race and Spencer's one day trip to South Carolina to ride Paris Mountain. *We finally fixed the hardware issue and have better sound quality again!
24 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Hot Laps Ep. 6: Race, Ride, and Gear updates with Nate and Spencer
Nate and Spencer sit down to talk about the local race's and rides coming up as well as recent events they've done. They also dive into some new products they've been testing and their take on them. Sorry for the audio quality on this episode, we've been having some issues with our recording device!
40 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Ep 22: The Michiana Madman
2020 brought a wave of new riders to the bike world. The local paths and trails were flooded with riders experiencing the sport we have all loved for their first time. One such rider, Tyler Plummer, decided to document with new riding experiences on his Youtube channel. Tyler, known by his Youtube name of Michiana Madman, saw a need for more educational videos of the local trails to help other new riders experience mountain biking. Listen in to hear his stories of his first year getting into riding.
69 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Ep: 21Bikepacking100 straight days. Adventures with Kymberly Byers
Some people are drawn to the life of adventure and can't stand the thought of sitting still for too long. We pulled Kymberly Byers away from the ski slopes of West Virginia to talk with her about her Summer bike travels. After attempting the Trans Am bike race in 2019, she wanted more endurance and adventure by bike for the following year. 2020 brought an adventure of epic proportions are she left Fort Wayne, IN and bikepacked 100 consecutive days and traveled over 5500 miles during that trip (over 10k miles for the year!). Listen in to hear all about her travels and future plans!
56 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Ep. 20: Winter Riding with Nate
Hey everyone, it's been way to long! I am hoping to have more consistent content coming to you this year. Thing's are changing up at Michiana Spoken, and I have a new Co-host who will be joining me from here forward. Nate Ganger has been around the shop since he was a teenager, and has grown up to be a very accomplished rider. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his riding, racing and professional wrenching over the past 7 years. So tune in and listen to us talk about our winter riding plans.
81 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
Ep. 19: The Crusher
Some cyclists are cut from a different cloth than the rest of us. Most enjoy challenging ourselves at some level, but for some, the difficulty of a hill or a century ride just isn't enough. I sat down with one such cyclist, John Mancini, to discuss a race he recently completed. The race known as The Crusher is one of the hardest ultra-distance races in the Midwest. For John, 250 miles and 35 hour ride time wasn't difficult enough, he chose to do it on a single speed through a massive line of thunderstorms! Tune in to hear his stories from the trail, and learn more about what he likes to call his "class three fun".
42 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Ep. 18: The Everesting
29028 feet, one ride, one hill, no sleep... This is what Grant Baker set out to do with little preperation and a lot of determination. He had heard of "Everesting" a couple years ago and knew that this was something that he wanted to tackle. Listen in to hear his story!
70 minutes | Dec 14, 2019
Ep. 17: Around the World in Four Years
Have you ever dreamed of exploring the world by bike? Our guest, Mike Dits, spent the last four years traveling 77,000 kilometers across 63 countries and 5 continents--all on two wheels. In this episode we talk about his experience of living life on the road. For more information and to see pictures about his trip, visit his website http://www.renewride.com/.
42 minutes | Nov 24, 2019
Ep. 16: We're back and you know it!
After a short hiatus Matt and Spencer come back together and revamp the cast following some big changes in setting and structure. While working out some of the kinks in technology the boys get back to business and discuss Spencer’s new partnership with Pivot cycles. Cycling technology makes another quantum leap and the boys are here to report. Settle in and fear not, we’re back in the saddle again!
22 minutes | Sep 29, 2019
Epi. 15: Biketober Fest Approaches
John Marquardt, former President of Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (NIMBA) and Love Biketober Fest associate organizer joins us in the studio. The boys sit down with John to discuss the background of the new event, what it benefits, and also highlight some of the funding projects of Bike Michiana Coalition. John’s association and advocacy is far reaching in the Michiana region, this episode highlights exactly what is so great about Michiana Cycling! For more event information visit: https://lovebiketoberfest.com/ and turn up October 6 at Love Creek County Park in Berrien Springs, MI! Need directions and too lazy to search the main page - we’ve got you covered https://lovebiketoberfest.com/directions/ Food, bikes, and beer… what more do you want!?
54 minutes | Aug 30, 2019
Episode 14: Ends and Beginnings
Matt takes on new opportunities in Tennessee and heads south. Although an end to his time in Michiana, new doors open for Michiana Spoken. Spencer and Matt discuss the future of the cast, talk shop, and stay true to why they started all this in the first place - for the love of bikes! The cast features trikes, Spencer’s upcoming trade-show, VO2max and a quick review of Carl Grove’s new course record!
57 minutes | Jul 31, 2019
Epi. 13: pot·pour·ri /ˌpōpəˈrē/
Following some vacation and brief hiatus, Spencer and Matt get back in the studio to make up for lost time. This episode of Michiana Spoken is a bit of a variety piece covering everything from sports nutrition, new tech, Michiana cycling events and some opinionated discussions on tubeless tires. Prepare for a trip down the rabbit hole as the boys get back to work and bring you up to speed on all the things they’ve been mulling over since the last cast.
80 minutes | Jul 8, 2019
Ep 12: World Champion Carl Grove
In this episode we sit down to interview living cycling legend, Carl Grove. Carl won his first World Championship at the age of 86, but that was just the beginning. Over the past five years Carl has continued to push himself to his limits, winning multiple world titles. However, his racing career hasn’t come without controversy; some of it reaching the level of international news. Listen in to learn about the ups and downs of Carls’ storied racing career, and hear what he has planned for the future.
25 minutes | Jun 11, 2019
Hot Laps Ep. 5: The Dirty Donut
Bike racing is fun and donuts are delicious. That’s why The Dirty Donut gravel race sounded so darn intriguing. Spencer sat down with Jeff Pedals to talk about their experience at this inaugural event. Wind, rain, and stomach aches weren’t enough to stop these two from completing this event. Tune in and listen to their stories!
55 minutes | Jun 5, 2019
Ep. 11: Dirty Kanza with a Gravel Guru
One of the worlds largest gravel races occurred over this past weekend. Dirty Kanza is revered as one of the most grueling adventure gravel races, period. Matt and Spencer sit down with Doug Thomas, a two-time finisher of this harrowing course, to gain some insight on not only what it takes to complete the ride, but also to better understand the rapidly growing gravel culture. Apparently, mullets are somewhat key to understanding the adventure racers mind-set, so settle in and embrace the pace.
39 minutes | May 22, 2019
Ep. 10: Fat & Skinny Tire Fest 16; Celebrity spotlight
Matt and Spencer cast from Winona Lake at the Fat & Skinny Tire Fest. Racing, riding, and cycling culture are the topics of this cast with a special look at what makes FSTF such a successful and well-attended event. Dylan Curtis from Team NeighborLink makes a special guest appearance in the Tramper and helps define how the local cycling scene really punctuates this outstanding event. Follow us on Instagram @michianaspoken Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
45 minutes | May 16, 2019
Episode 9: In Search of the Quiver Killer
Dirt, gravel, road … the biking industry has put a lot of effort into developing machines that can dominate their respective disciplines. Now, with the help of new technologies, bikes are emerging that can do it all - or so they claim. Spencer provides a review of the Salsa WarRoad after putting it through the group ride paces. The boys explore the complexities of tire and wheel sizes and what the industry changes mean for the average rider. Oh, and Matt unknowingly curses the Tour of California’s stage 4. Come join us this weekend for the Fat and Skinny tire fest. Check out the details at https://fatandskinnytirefest.com/ See you in Winona!
58 minutes | May 5, 2019
Ep. 8: Pumpkinvine Ride, Used parts; Tim Drescher interview
Spencer and Matt sit down with Tim Drescher, event organizer and generally great guy, to discuss the upcoming Pumpkinvine Bike Ride on June 15, 2019. Focusing on the finer points of the ride, the group also dives into the rich history of the event, its purpose, and provide some updates on new trail expansion. Spencer and Matt also take some time to answer listener questions about purchasing used parts. If your interested in volunteering for the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride reach out to us here email@example.com If your interested in riding the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride sign up at: The Pumpkinvine Bike Ride – Goshen-Middlebury-Shipshewana … … and as always, find us on Instagram!
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