This year’s Tour Divide Race was one for the books, with all the controversy surrounding documentation, but as well with many record hopeful attempts being foiled. It was an amazing and exciting feat to behold on many levels. At the end of all of it, I posed three questions to our team in hopes of giving an idea of what such a project entails. If you have any other questions please ask them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. -Spencer
I raced mountain bikes as a teenager. It was great, super fun. And I am here now, in this space, in your mind, in a large part because that experience set in motion a long series of events. You get it. Racing or even riding hasn’t been a constant in my life and back then, even before the allure of anodized parts and the thrilling rush of a fast descent was ambushed and summarily executed by the thrumming belligerence of teenage hormones I knew a lot went into racing. There was the obvious, the training and the expense; from equipment to entry fees, cycling is definitely not frisbee cheap.
Virtuous Cycles is a new website that interviews various personalities of the industry with a 10 question format. These are called 1×10 Interviews and if you’d like more insight into the brands and people that are a part of this whole community, you should check it out. Their latest interview is with yours truly, so head on over and read that while you’re at it!
Joel Caldwell, who has contributed here to the Radavist before, has been through a lot in the last year and while you could say that about most of our lives, Joel’s story really resonated with me and put the notion of struggles into perspective. He dives into it in the latest issue of Far Ride Magazine, who just posted this interview:
Recently you experienced a rather large change in your life. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
I had a job that I’d pitched to a motorcycle magazine. Air Canada had a deal where you could fly from Montreal to Frankfurt with your motorcycle for 800 extra dollars. So, I packed my motorcycle, flew to Frankfurt and rode down across the Alps to pick up my then-girlfriend, Hailey, and we rode around Italy for ten days. I proposed to her in Tuscany. When we came back, we started thinking about what we wanted to do and decided on a small wedding in Tuscany, as we’d just fallen in love with it. So, in June of 2017, I flew to Germany to pick up my motorcycle and ride down to Italy again.
I made it about half a day when I had a really bad accident. I spent a month in the hospital, missed my wedding—all of my family and friends were already in Italy at the time. Hailey obviously missed it as well. She was up in the hospital with me in Germany. Ultimately, I had a pretty bad concussion. I had double vision for two months, a broken arm and ended up having to get my left leg amputated below the knee. It was a pretty big shock. There was too much damage in the foot and ankle. The opportunity to try and save the foot through a series of reconstructive surgeries was offered to me, but the likelihood of chronic pain and a fused ankle was not an attractive option.
The surgeons and healthcare professionals in Germany were amazing. They told me that if I wanted to continue to be an independent and athletic person, a below the knee amputation could still allow for that. That was eight months ago.
Check out the full piece at Far Ride!
Our friend Annalisa from We Got to Hang Out sat down with Golden Saddle’s Kyle Kelley to talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of awesomeness. Check out the podcast above!
Kai from Highsport, a Chinese cycling video network, came to NAHBS to interview a select few individuals, myself included. Check out this short video to give an insight as to why this show is so important to so many people.
Salsa wasn’t always a QBP brand. Here the Pro’s Closet interviews the originator of Salsa, Ross Shafer!
Cross Was Here: A Day in the life of Chelsea Weidinger
Photos and words by Jen Abercrombie
“I’d already set the goal in my head that I was going to be the first girl on MASH. I don’t know how it’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen.” – Chelsea Weidinger
It’s January and everyone is thinking of resolutions and goals for the coming year. As cross season ended, I spent a day in San Francisco riding and talking with Chelsea Weidinger, of the MASH Cyclocross team, about how she got here and where she’s going. Chelsea hails from Columbus, Ohio. After stints working in a bank and a juice bar, she decided that coffee and bike racing were more her speed, and moved to San Francisco in 2012.
“Today’s artisan has to respond to 40 emails, post on Instagram, Facebook.” Well, I think I speak for a lot of us when I say, thank you to all the builders out there for keeping us entertained and thank you, Mattia!
Check out more at the Perfect Job.
Sandy Carson is a living legend in the world of BMX photography and over the years, his interest in other forms of cycling has evolved from his obsession with 20″ wheels. Check out this interview with Fairdale highlighting his life on the bike.
Chris Chance is bringing back Fat Chance Bicycles. Making a killer bike back in the day wasn’t easy and bringing it back to life 15 years after closing down shop can’t be either. Chris will be speaking at Mission Workshop San Francisco Saturday August 15th.
You’re gonna be seeing a lot of Chris Chance and Fat Chance over the next few weeks:
“The Pro’s Closet caught up with Chris Chance at the “Mountain Bike Hall of Fame” in the spring of 2015. In this mini-doc, Chris describes the early days of Fat Chance, the forces that pulled him away from the bicycle world, and the passion that led him back!”
Man, Dustin’s been getting a lot of interview love these days. Here’s another one, put on by the Lifers Project.
Brands have master minds behind them. At least Cadence does anyway. Check out how this jack of all trades handles creative control over one of cycling’s most creative brands.
… by Jeff Thrasher at the Team Dream Team HQ. We talked about everything from Pearl Jam tattoos to the what it’s like to live literally on the road for most of the year. Follow along with more of Jeff’s candid and comedic interviews at his Youtube Channel and #SelfieInterviewSeries.
Interviews like this are always so good to gain insight into an artist. Geoff McFetridge is a favorite over here…