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The Mountain Flyer Podcast
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Richmond Cycling Corps
Richmond Cycling Corps uses cycling to create positive change in the lives of youth who live in Richmond, Virginia’s public housing projects. It is not like a typical after-school or drop-in program, where kids might attend once and never return. Services include casual and long-distance cycling outings; mountain bike racing in middle school and high school; a bike rental service completely run by the youth; case management that includes tutoring, help with medical needs and other day-to-day life challenges; and a small school, the Legacy Academy, for students who don’t thrive in a typical classroom. In this episode, Richmond Cycling Corps Director Matt Kuhn talks about how the program uses bikes as a way to connect and build relationships with kids and teens. This episode is possible thanks to the support of Shimano. [Photo] Courtesy of Richmond Cycling Corps
71 minutes | May 19, 2021
The Endless Advocacy of Bikepacking Roots
Bikepacking Roots is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing bikepacking, growing a diverse bikepacking community, advocating for the conservation of the landscapes and public lands through which we ride and creating professional routes. At the heart of the organization are professional endurance mountain bikers, land stewards and cofounders Kait Boyle and Kurt Refsnider. In this episode, Kait and Kurt talk about the need for their nonprofit, the joys and challenges of creating epic routes, paying homage to both the land and the people who came before, how bikes have changed their lives and their new Backcountry Bike Challenge. This episode is possible thanks to the support of Shimano. [Photos] Cort Muller
75 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Catalyst for Diversity: Eliot Jackson, Grow Cycling Foundation
From pump tracks to career inroads, Grow Cycling Foundation aims to build pathways into cycling for marginalized demographics. At the heart of this new nonprofit is former World Cup downhill racer Eliot Jackson, who admits he’s always had a “bias for action.” A longtime motocross racer who grew up in Oklahoma and California, Jackson first got into racing mountain bikes at age 18 and immediately set his sights on racing World Cup downhill, which he ended up competing in for 10 years. Today, he is a presenter for Red Bull TV and continues to race the Crankworx series. In this interview, which was recorded in mid-January, Jackson talks about his life growing up with two entrepreneurial parents; how he got into mountain biking, his experience as a Black athlete, Grow Cycling’s aspirations—including the construction of a $1.2 million pump track in Los Angeles—and the best way one person can make a difference. This episode is possible thanks to the support of 10 Barrel Brewing. [Photo] Jeff Clark
58 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Thriving on Challenge: Hannah Finchamp
Given that Hannah Finchamp has been competing in triathlons since she was 9, she already has amassed a lifetime of racing experience at age 26. The two-time overall amateur Xterra world champion and five-time collegiate cycling national champion now rides for the Orange Seal Off Road Team and has made the 2020 Olympic Long Team, vying for a spot to compete in the Tokyo Games. Among the topics covered in this episode, Finchamp—who is also a USA Cycling certified coach and board certified athletic trainer—talks about how she got into mountain biking, what to look for in a coach, her bout with Covid-19 (which occurred during the European World Cup races of 2020), and her positive outlook that keeps pushing her to excel. This episode is possible thanks to the support of 10 Barrel Brewing. [Photo] J Vargus
43 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Doubling Down: Lea Davison
On the Myers-Briggs personality test, Lea Davison charts on the extreme extrovert end. In elite mountain bike racing, where many athletes are reserved and restrained, Davison’s spontaneity and playfulness aren’t the norm. But that's exactly what we love so much about her…along with her commitment to empowering girls and young women through her nonprofit Little Bellas. In this episode, Davison talks about what it’s like to be a world-class athlete during a global pandemic and the weight of being one of five women vying for two open spots to represent the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics (rescheduled for summer 2021). In a nutshell, Lea Davison is doubling down. This episode is possible thanks to the support of 10 Barrel Brewing. [Photo] Manuel Uribe
32 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Tale Spin: Stories from the MTB Community
In the premiere episode of Mountain Flyer’s “Tale Spin,” we get to hear stories straight from our riding friends. Outside magazine editor Gloria Liu reflects on the soulful connection a rider has with the bike. Klunking enthusiast and bike collector Jon Rizzo speaks to the calming power of the Pennsylvania woods. In his essay “The Murder, the Yeti and I,” Mountain Flyer contributor Ed Ortega channels his inner Edgar Allen Poe as he reflects on blood-thirsty ravens taunting him after a fall on the trail. And Australian cycling journalist Wil Barrett of Flow Mountain Bike recalls how he summoned “The Power of the Pickle” during his first race on the rugged trails of western Colorado. This episode is possible thanks to the support of 10 Barrel Brewing.
58 minutes | May 13, 2020
“The World’s Happiest Invention” Gary Fisher’s Lifelong Love Affair With Cycling
From the industry’s first bonafide mountain bikes to today’s fast-growing e-bike segment, Gary Fisher has long been in love with cycling, which he believes is much more than just a sport. For Fisher, it’s a way of life—the source to take in what he calls “Vitamin N” (Nature) and simultaneously “soothe the beast.” Described as a dreamer who loves bikes, people and big ideas, Fisher is steadfast in his belief that bicycles can change the world. Whether a bike is used for competition, to improve an individual’s physical and mental health, prevent chronic disease, solve transportation needs or provide recreational value, it is the great leveler. And who better to promote the magic of cycling than one of the founding fathers and innovators? This episode is possible thanks to the support of Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley's 750+ miles of singletrack. [Photo] Sterling Lorence
55 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Kyle Warner: Beating the Odds
Growing up, enduro athlete Kyle Warner faced family and personal challenges that would’ve broken the average human. But he found escape on the bike, and with support from the Northern California cycling community and the greater bike industry, Warner started racing and landing consistently on the podium. As he heads into 2020, Warner aims to get more people on bikes, especially kids facing tough times. This episode is possible thanks to the support of Niner Bikes. [Photo] Matt Ware
48 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Suspension Innovation w/ Fox Engineer Everet Ericksen
What kind of person does it take to develop the industry’s smartest suspension? 18-year Fox employee and suspension designer Everet Ericksen breaks down some of the tech of his team’s latest innovation — Fox Live Valve — while also talking about how he got into shock absorber development, its challenges and its highlights. This episode is possible thanks to the support of Niner Bikes.
47 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Sonya Looney’s pro MTB career includes more than 25 wins and course records in 11 countries, including a World Championship and USA National Championships. A successful businessperson, she launched and hosts The Sonya Looney Show podcast, founded Moxy & Grit apparel brand, and started the nutrition-based community Plant-Powered Tribe. But Looney equally loves helping others break out of their comfort zones, take on new challenges and tackle their bucket lists now. Nutrition, endurance racing and business savvy: Looney talks about her pursuit of the best possible life and shares tips to help you do the same.
41 minutes | Jul 26, 2019
Rebecca Rusch v5.0
2019 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee and World Champion cross country and gravel racer Rebecca Rusch turned 50 last year. The four-time Leadville 100 MTB champ, six-time Dirty Kanza winner, public lands advocate, motivational speaker and fire fighter has every reason to down shift. Yet in September, she launched Rusch Ventures (rebeccarusch.com) to integrate her existing and new programs, including Rebecca’s Private Idaho, Rusch Academy, MTB Lao adventure trips, and the Be Good Foundation, funds from which go toward removal of unexploded ordnance in Lao and the preservation of public lands. When the Queen of Pain turned 50, she reflected on all she’d done in her first four decades, then got to work defining what’s in store for “Rebecca Version 5.0.” Sponsored by Venus de Miles venusdemiles.com
28 minutes | Jul 17, 2019
A calculated investment in singletrack in the mid-2000s solidified Moab, Utah, as a singletrack destination at a time when the town’s recreation planners could either respond to neighboring communities’ MTB-specific development or fade into the desert sunset with its 4x4 and double-track routes. Thanks in part to his skillful rock work on the iconic Captain Ahab, trailbuilder and Moab native Tyson Swasey was part of the town’s renaissance as a singletrack destination. Canyon country demands that trailbuilders not be undaunted by the heavy lifting required in rocky terrain, and Swasey is a perfect match. “He has a masterful eye for interpreting the landscape,” says Richard Edwards, IMBA Trail Solutions’ director of construction and operations. “Tyson is great at using rock work, not to sanitize, but to build a way through and leave a lot of texture and flavor to the trail.” Swasey is now a staff member for the newly formed Grand County Active Transportation and Trails Department based out of Moab and previously served as a trails specialist for IMBA Trails Solution. Through that experience, he has become one of the most respected trailbuilders in the country. In this episode, he talks about his relationship with the land and the importance of trails to the mountain bike community.
37 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
Conservation 101 on the Arizona Trail
High school adventurers Whitton Feer and Ian Catto set out for the Arizona Trail in the spring of their senior year to gain a better understanding of the U.S. West's water crisis. In this episode, Feer and Catto talk about their 13-day adventure in hot, dry Arizona and consider the question: Is there hope for humans living in the Desert Southwest?
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