King of the Ride
Episode 67: Arkansas High Country Race

Episode 67: Arkansas High Country Race

November 17, 2020

This is a very special episode as Laura King takes the mic and hosts our guest, Ted. Fielding questions submitted by you about the grueling 1,020 mile, self-supported Arkansas High Country Race that took place in late October and into November.

Ted set the FKT (fastest known time) just a hair under 5 days in this nonstop affair. Sit down and enjoy this conversation to hear how he prepared for the gnarliest single event he's ever been part of.

Arkansas High Country Official Site: here.

 

Episode 66: Laura King — Van Life as New Parents

Episode 66: Laura King — Van Life as New Parents

October 1, 2020

Back by popular demand, my wife Laura King is a guest on today's show! We last caught up with Laura on episode 55 in early March when she was less than one week away from giving birth. So what are the first six month of motherhood like with little baby Hazel? Better yet, what's life like when we three Kings pack into a Sprinter van and hit the road for two months?! Listening to this podcast will help paint the picture into all of that and much much more.

 

Bonus info:

To learn all about our van life trip, Laura created this handy link HERE

To support to my King Challenge fundraising ride -- and help me ride some absurd distance -- you can follow THIS link.

To learn all about the King Challenge, just head to KingChallenge.org.

And for all your DIYgravel needs, go HERE.

 

Episode 65: Chris Davenport — World Champion Big Mountain Skier

Episode 65: Chris Davenport — World Champion Big Mountain Skier

September 15, 2020

The list of accolades awarded to skiers doesn't get much more impressive than those belonging to Chris Davenport. Two-time world champion, X-Games medalist, Chris set an FKT on all of Colorado's 14ers and then all of Colorado's tallest 100 peaks. He's been in more than thirty ski movies by Matchstick Productions and Warren Miller, he's a commentator for ESPN, ABC, and Outside Television, plus he's pretty handy on a bike.

Ted caught up with Chris in his hometown of Snowmass, Colorado where this conversation took place in Chris's garage which is like a living museum of cool outdoor toys.

He's philanthropic with his time, as we'll discuss today, and is a husband as well as father of three terrific boys.

For more about Chris, visit www.chrisdavenport.com or on instagram, @SteepSkiing

Episode 64: Payson McElveen — Pro Bike Pedaler and Media Peddler

Episode 64: Payson McElveen — Pro Bike Pedaler and Media Peddler

September 1, 2020

Chances are good that if you listen to this podcast, you know Payson McElveen or know of Payson McElveen. Professional mountain biker, professional gravelisto, media maven, fashion guru, collector of shoes, podcaster, Payson knows how to stay busy.

With a quick visit to Durango on the cross-country trip for the Kings, they visited Payson and his girlfriend Nichole for a thorough high altitude fun weekend, whereupon Payson and Ted sat down to follow up on their first back-and-forth podcast with each other. This is purely getting to the knitty gritty of Payson's upbringing and what's brought him to where he is now on two wheels and otherwise.

Bonus offer for you:

I trust you've heard of WHOOP. Want a WHOOP for free? Just follow this link and you'll be on your way: https://glnk.io/ovrz/tedking 

Episode 63: Jess Cerra — Professional Cyclist, Entrepreneur

Episode 63: Jess Cerra — Professional Cyclist, Entrepreneur

August 10, 2020

Jess Cerra is a professional cyclist with a handful of other feathers in her cap (...or helmet). A published, professional chef and entrepreneur as the owner of JoJé Bars, Jess has raced at the highest level of women's cycling and recently made the transition to gravel. 

During the King family trip across the country, we visited Whitefish, MT for a trip to Jess's hometown where she showed us around the gravel scene in and around Glacier National Park. 

That was stunning. This conversation is stunning. Jess has hilarious and heart-wrenching stories of what it takes to ride a bike for a living.

Episode 62: Angela Naeth — Professional Triathlete, Ironman Champion, and She’s Coming to Gravel!

Episode 62: Angela Naeth — Professional Triathlete, Ironman Champion, and She’s Coming to Gravel!

May 26, 2020

Welcome to gravel! Angela Naeth's story is one of tenacity and fulfillment. With high highs and difficult lows, she shares her fascinating trajectory through the sport of triathlon which coincidentally has her lining up for the SugarCane 200 in January 2020. With health now on her side, Angela is at a point where she's writing the script to her story rather than having it written for her. 2020 is wide open for possibility and that allows more gravel in her travel. Despite the global pandemic that we find ourselves in, despite not knowing about this pandemic when this conversation was recorded, Angela's positivity is almost tangible. 

Find more about Angela at AngelaNaeth.com

Read about IRaceLikeAGirl at iracelikeagirl.com

And follow along #DIYgravel at iamtedking.com/diygravel

 

Episode 61: Geoff Kabush — Professional Cyclist of All Stripes, 3x Olympian 15x National Champion, Victor of One of Few Bikes Races in 2020

Episode 61: Geoff Kabush — Professional Cyclist of All Stripes, 3x Olympian 15x National Champion, Victor of One of Few Bikes Races in 2020

May 11, 2020

On a pleasant Friday afternoon in early May, Geoff and Ted cracked into bottles of Chimay beer, raised a glass, and sipped and chatted... from across a computer screen and across the country.

At his US home in Truckee, CA, Geoff Kabush tells tales that are quite frankly of legend -- and that legend spans more than two decades of professional cycling. From his time at three Olympic games, to how it came to be that he went head to head against Yao Ming in 2008 in Beijing to how he came about with this legendary Coach K cyclocross training techniques, we'll discuss a crazy ride at the Tour of Cuba, his time of Jittery Joes in a US Postal/Discovery Channel era at the Tour of Georgia, where the Dopers Suck campaign came from, chat about his brief but successful running career, who his heroes are from cycling, and much more.

Be sure to check out the YouTube video to see the amazing and hilarious anecdotes from this show: https://youtu.be/UzFUveyGZSU

Join the #DIYgravel revolution at www.iamtedking.com/diygravel

Episode 60: Lea Davison — Pro Mountain Biker, Happiest Person on the Planet

Episode 60: Lea Davison — Pro Mountain Biker, Happiest Person on the Planet

May 4, 2020

Holy moly, where does time go? Welcome to episode number 60 of King of the Ride podcast. And welcome a very special guest, professional mountain biker, 2x Olympian, Lea Davison!

Lea is a Vermont native from Jericho, the very next town over from where Ted lives now. She's a perpetual body in motion, having ran in college, skied division 1 in college, earned a degree in college and then segued all of that into a professional mountain bike career. With podiums at two world championships, Lea is still in the hunt for an olympic spot at the now very derailled 2020 games.

Forever the optimist, this round three of the 19-Questions series jumps all around Lea's past, present, and future, and you'll hear that bright shining happiness that helps fuel every ride she's on. Please enjoy the show!

(Standby, we're still working on the video upload. Meanwhile...)

Lea's amazing organization, Little Bellas: www.littlebellas.com

Lea on instagram: @leaeatsalot

DIYgravel: www.iamtedking.com/diygravel

Episode 59: Toms Skujins — Everyone’s Favorite Latvian Pro Cyclist

Episode 59: Toms Skujins — Everyone’s Favorite Latvian Pro Cyclist

April 22, 2020

In the latest round of covid 19-Questions, Ted and Toms are sitting in Vermont and Girona, respectively, catching up on what it's like from the perspective of a World Tour rider operating through coronavirus.

Toms Skujins is known for his affinity for potatoes, for winning heroic stages of Tour of California, and for proudly wearing the KOM jersey in the Tour de France. This conversation ranges from how he got into cycling in Latvia, how he's holding up all cooped up in Spain, how he foresees the rest of the year panning out, what an authentic multi-day Latvian wedding is like, and much much more.

To WATCH this podcast in enhanced video version, click and enjoy here.

 

Episode 58: Rebecca Rusch — Fresh back from the Iditarod Trail Invitational

Episode 58: Rebecca Rusch — Fresh back from the Iditarod Trail Invitational

April 16, 2020

Rebecca Rusch's accolades put her in a league of her own. This seven time world champion is back from a harrowing Iditarod Trail Invitational with stories to tell! This is a self-supported 350 mile race across the Alaskan wilderness in the heart of winter. 

This is the second of the covid... 19-Questions series and this one especially is greatly enhanced with a video component. If you have the ability to watch this podcast as a video cast, just head to this link for a colorful conversation. 

Big thanks to SRAM for the continued support, here on the podcast and life in general. For all things SRAM simply visit www.SRAM.com

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