King of the Ride
Episode 89: Charles Aaron — Professional Cycling Team Owner of Human Powered Health

Episode 89: Charles Aaron — Professional Cycling Team Owner of Human Powered Health

May 24, 2022

Charles Aaron is the owner of America's longest running professional cycling team, Human Powered Health. Having spent a lifetime in cycling -- from the heyday of pro mountain biking in the 1990s through to the present -- Charles certainly has some stories to tell. The women's team will compete in this summer's Tour de France Femmes and the men's team has been making their way up the hierarchy of pro cycling teams with hopes of being in the grandest tour soon as well.

You can follow along with his team, www.HumanPoweredHealth.com

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Episode 88: Meg Fisher — UCI World Champion, Decorated Paralympic Athlete, First Para Athlete to Complete Unbound

Episode 88: Meg Fisher — UCI World Champion, Decorated Paralympic Athlete, First Para Athlete to Complete Unbound

May 12, 2022

I don't have a Best Episode of the Year category, but this conversation would be in the running.

Meg Fisher is a decorated athlete across a variety of disciplines. A walk-on division 1 tennis player in college, she was involved in a tragic accident at the age of 19 that took the love of her life and resulted in an amputated portion of her leg. Not one to watch the grass grow and sit by the sidelines, she's only sped up since then, winning world championships and all shades of Paralympic medals. She's also earned a PhD in Physical Therapy as she helps spread the message that movement is medicine. Meg is a Cannondale athlete and is leading the way for parathletes competing in gravel races of all types.

This conversation is one for the ages and one I know you're going to enjoy.

To watch the Dark Side of the Subjective, you can do so here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeSVMG4GkeQ

Check out the ride Meg and I spoke of, the King Challenge. www.KingChallenge.org

 

Episode 87: Bill Shufelt — Co-Founder & CEO of Athletic Brewing Company

Episode 87: Bill Shufelt — Co-Founder & CEO of Athletic Brewing Company

April 7, 2022

I like beer. You like beer. Beer is great!

Hangovers, poor decision making, reduced performance, and alcohol induced accidents aren't that great.

Bill Shufelt had a very successful career in finance, but he found that he inspired at work. It was work for the sake of work and he wasn't making healthy decisions. He saw a void in the craft beer market, specifically for non-alcoholic beer and leapt at it.

After (nearly) countless attempts, along with his business partner, John Walker, they created the genre of North American craft NA beer.

The proof is in the pudding; in 2020, Athletic's Free Way IPA won the award as Supreme Champion Beer at the International Beer Challenge, the first non-alcoholic beer to win the award, beating over 500 other entries.

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Episode 86: Bobby Wintle — Founder of MidSouth Gravel

Episode 86: Bobby Wintle — Founder of MidSouth Gravel

March 16, 2022

With MidSouth now in the rearview mirror it's time to look back at the season opener. This conversation bookends the MidSouth festival amid a lovely Sunday brunch with my dear friend Bobby. Bobby Wintle is the event director of MidSouth as well as District Bicycles, the iconic bike shop in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

His voice is shredded, the racers are left dusty with the telltale red Oklahoma dirt, but boy oh boy did we have fun with this conversation.

 

Don't miss out on performing at your best. Go to www.therabody.com/king and check out their RecoveryAir JetBoots to be able to be at your best, wherever your day/training/travels take you.

Episode 85: Alison Jackson — Canadian National Champion, Olympian, Dance Superstar

Episode 85: Alison Jackson — Canadian National Champion, Olympian, Dance Superstar

February 16, 2022

I'm excited introduce Olympian, current double national champion in both the road race and time trial, World Tour race winner, dancing queen and internet sensation Alison Jackson!

I caught up with Alison Jackson while she was home in Canada before making her late winter pilgrimage to Europe and the traditional bike racing scene. We chatted shop that spans her careers, the highs and lows, the trajectory her career has taken, and the interesting trends the entire sport is taking.

Be sure to follow @aliactionjackson to up your social media game.

Episode 84: Tejay van Garderen — Professional Cyclist, Retiree, Director Sportif

Episode 84: Tejay van Garderen — Professional Cyclist, Retiree, Director Sportif

January 1, 2022

Tejay van Garderen is one of the best cyclists America has ever produced. With stage wins in the Giro, the Tour de Suisse, Volta Catalunya, and plenty more, overall wins at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Tour of California, plus best young rider and 5th place (twice) at the Tour de France, Tejay's palmares are lengthy.

He's also a fascinating conversationalist, is knowledgeable about wine, introduced me to burrata, knows his NFL, is a father to two girls, and husband to Jessica.

Tejay has lots of knowledge and experience to share and we do so over this conversation. 

Like, comment, share. Thanks for listening!

-Ted

Episode 83: Mike Cohen — Leukemia and Heart Transplant Survivor

Episode 83: Mike Cohen — Leukemia and Heart Transplant Survivor

December 16, 2021

This is one for the ages. Every guest on this podcast has the thread of the bicycle woven through their lives and Mike Cohen is no different. He's just had a much different life unfold than perhaps he was expecting as a 17 year old.

Mike is as upbeat as they come and as both a leukemia survivor and recipient of a heart transplant, he's got some very wild stories to tell. Mike is a cyclist, he now works in the industry from his home in San Diego, and among other adventures, he's ridden across the country. Twice.

If you want to watch this podcast, you can do so on YouTube or with this link: https://youtu.be/qOaW1ju1-18

Don't forget to join the 12 Days of DIYgravel between now and January 2, 2022: www.iamtedking.com/diygravel

You can follow Mike's adventures on his instagram: @MrMikeCohen or his website has all kinds of impressive material, www.mrmikecohen.com.

Episode 82: Mitch Docker — World Tour Veteran

Episode 82: Mitch Docker — World Tour Veteran

December 6, 2021

The world of professional cycling is full of characters and they don't get much more interesting than Mitch Docker. Between his many iterations of mullets and mustaches, he was a standout, but it's his hard work and talent that made him a stalwart member of the pro peloton.

This Australian made his way to Europe in 2006 to start his pro cycling career which has extended right up until the present, although Mitch is retiring from pro cycling here at the end of the 2021 season.

Mitch and Ted will talk shop about the state of cycling, the changes over the years, the good, the bad, and the ugly at the top echelon of cycling, being a parent in the pro ranks, plus plenty more.

Be sure to follow Mitch on social media, @MitchBowen, and definitely check out his podcast, Life in the Peloton.

Episode 81: Haley Batten — Professional Mountain Biker

Episode 81: Haley Batten — Professional Mountain Biker

November 23, 2021

Haley Batten stormed onto the professional scene in 2021. She earned a spot on the podium in her first ever World Cup race, won a short track World Cup soon thereafter, and had a red hot streak all through the rest of the calendar year. She is America's top finisher at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and she's just getting warmed up!

It's fun to catch up with Haley who you'll soon realize has one of the most energetic, curious personalities out there. She took a quick break from academia, where's she's studying at Quest University in British Columbia for this conversation. Enjoy!

Episode 80: Dr. Kevin Sprouse (is back!) — Talking All Things Athletic Recovery

Episode 80: Dr. Kevin Sprouse (is back!) — Talking All Things Athletic Recovery

November 15, 2021

Let's welcome back Dr. Kevin Sprouse!

It's no coincidence that the bigger issue topic Dr. Sprouse and Ted discuss here is recovery, as Ted is two weeks into healing from a surgically repaired elbow.

What all goes into repairing a broken bone? Why is sleep disrupted, why is sleep a hot sweaty mess (literally), why do resting heart rates skyrocket, what the heck is HRV, and how are they all tied together during injury? This duo will discuss these topics as well as the bigger picture of recovery with the perspective of athletic performance, independent of injury.

Whether you as a person or athlete has suffered an injury or not, this is a fascinating dive into absorbable information that will help improve your day to day performance.

With a trained background in Emergency and Sports Medicine, Dr. Sprouse is the team physician of EF Education First-Nippo as well as leading Podium Sports Medicine in Knoxville, TN.

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