March 24, 2020
Veteran pro, Laurens Ted Dam raced professionally from 2003 through 2019 for the likes of Rabobank, Lotto Jumbo, Sunweb, and CCC. But unlike many of his European professional cyclist counterparts, he's so full of energy, he wears his two young boys out!
Now retired from the World Tour, Laurens and Ted catch up on all things that are part of the LTD lifestyle, which is "Live Slow Ride Fast". This budding entrepreneur has a coffee line, clothing line, host two gravel events, has a podcast, video series, and is the Dutch editor of Bicycling Magazine.
Over a couple of tasty beers part way through the Coast Ride in January, Laurens and Ted chat shop, the state of pro cycling, gravel racing, van life, and everything in between.
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March 2, 2020
My better half, Laura King, is someone I mention often on this show. So it's probably no surprise that I've received a lot of suggestions that we should have her on the show! Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, Laura King to the King of the Ride podcast.
This episode covers Laura's background, where she found her athletic drive and general tenacity that sparks her every day. It explores how she ended up in California and then how she's made the transition to the polar opposite part of the country now in Vermont. We'll discuss where the idea to create Rooted Vermont came from, the never ending job that it is to be an event director, and how it's all gone amid her pregnancy.
Laura's insight has been sought out by pregnant people world wide as she tackles a job, athletics, and being pregnant. Here is a recent Velonews article that's been widely read and something she penned for ProKit.
Follow Laura's adventures in life on instagram at LauraCameronKing and of course follow the adventure we have going on at Rooted Vermont.
February 17, 2020
Meet Ashton. A two-time world record holder, once up a time the speediest man across Kansas, a Nebraskan by birth and world traveler by past time, Ashton Lambie carries the title bestowed upon him as The Most Interesting Cyclist in America quite well. Ted and Ashton once upon a time raced their first Dirty Kanzas against each other and this podcast took place on the eve of another great one, the Oklahoma Gravel Growler. The The World's Most Interesting Man drinks Dos Equis beer. What does Ashton drink? Guess you'll just have to listen in and find out... Don't forget to check out Ashton on instagram: www.instagram.com/bahamalongbottom And thanks very much to Laura for the great info on the east and west coast women's retreats. For more info there, visit: https://www.advancingathletes.org/clinics
February 3, 2020
In his prime, Rahsaan Bahati was one of the fastest cyclist in America. Rahsaan’s entry into cycling is far from typical having grown up in Compton, California. Successful from very early on, this conversation covers his early days through the present, a time period where he celebrates the number ten quite well: the ten-time national champion with collegiate, road, and track titles is also celebrating the tenth anniversary of the organization he started, The Bahati Foundation, this year. Designed to inspire, empower, impact and transcend young people's lives, you can check them out at www.BahatiFoundation.org. Now as the Social Impact Manager at Zwift, Rahsaan finds himself in a role that speaks to that passion -- empowering people through the bike. The sport of cycling is certainly not lacking in the demographic of middle aged white guys. Take a dive into this conversation with Rahsaan who’s a person of color in a sport that is not necessarily welcoming to minorities, young people, women, and people without economic means. It’s an interesting peek into a perspective not often seen. I mentioned my 2020 calendar in the intro and here it is: www.iamtedking.com/schedule
January 20, 2020
If Ted could just get slightly more curly hair, when he throws on some ROKA aviators he and Jesse could be twins.
Jesse is a Stanford graduate turned Red Bull sponsored professional Ironman triathlete turned owner/operator of Picky Bars. His story of getting to the big leagues involves a broken neck among other crazy anecdotes. And yes, Jesse took fastest known time in the dinosaur costume 5k at The Running Event in early December 2019. This podcast is a great one and we know you'll enjoy it!
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January 6, 2020
Kimo Seymour is the President of Events and Media at Life Time. Perhaps it's because of his soft spoken and easy demeanor, Kimo seems to operate in the "speak softly and carry a big stick" school of leadership.
As you have likely noticed in the cycling world and especially the gravel scene, Life Time is becoming a household name and Kimo is at the helm as this happens. Ted and Kimo sat down during the launch of Life Time's first event they've created in the gravel world, Big Sugar, to see what the plan is here and going forward to keep gravel cycling as cool as can be! Sit back and enjoy the show.
December 10, 2019
When João writes a memoir, I'll be the first in line to buy it.
Sit down and enjoy this conversation with João and Ted as he unwinds a story from being an illegal immigrant to elite cyclist to the international publishing world back to the World Tour and to a handful of booming entrepreneurial endeavors in between. João's memory is a lobster trap -- he's got stories to tell! The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Huge thanks go out to all my sponsors who make this ride possible:
Cannondale, SRAM, Zipp, ROKA, Velocio, Rene Herse, Saris, and of course inGamba!
November 26, 2019
What's a professional soigneur do? Do they rub legs and make small sandwiches? Do they spend thousands of hours driving across continents? Do they stand on the side of the road in France in July and get into arguments with police officers? Yes, they do this and so so much more!
Welcome to the first King of the Ride episode with three guests simultaneously. On the eve of the Grand Prix Quebec City this September, Ted sat down with three soigneurs from the Education First pro cycling team. These three, Jon, Al, and Soso, are three of the best "swannies" out there who Ted had the privilege to work with in his racing days.
Sit down for a crack up of a conversation and learn a thing or two about the behind the scenes of a pro cycling team.
November 19, 2019
This was a long time coming! Payson and Ted are not long lost brothers, but they share a boatload of traits in common. Originally a Texas boy, Payson and Ted met up at the behind the scenes Big Sugar in their shakeout event before the inaugural ride in 2020.
Now residing in mountain bike mecca, Durango, Colorado, Payson is a professional cross country mountain biker with a particular knack for marathon races, as he's a 2x national champion in that discipline. So "riding bikes off road for long periods of time" is definitely his area of expertise, making gravel racing a particularly good format for him. Yup, he's a ripper!
Unsure if Ted would interview Payson or Payson interview Ted, this podcasts takes an interesting turn when they interview each other. Covering the topics of modern media, naturally they delve into the conversation of podcasts, van life, and the politics of contemporary gravel racing, this hardly scratches the surface of what the two of these guys can dig up.
Don't forget to hit up www.SugarCane200.com for some early season fun in Florida!
November 4, 2019
Edward Hult is a cycling enthusiast. He’s also a big reason that EF Education First came on board to the UCI World Tour and beyond. As the CEO of EF North America, Edward and his brother made the decision to not just sponsor the team, but purchase the team outright. This conversation talks about the politics and geopolitics of sports, how and why cycling hit their radar, the highs and lows of owning a professional cycling team. Ted (an Edward himself) and Edward Hult caught up on the eve of The Rift gravel race in Iceland to talk about cycling, gravel cycling, and all things on two-wheels.
As mentioned in the intro:
-- Check out all the cool work by Farid at www.mtbafghanistan.org
-- A Pinkbike article: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/mountain-biking-picks-up-steam-in-afghanistan.html
-- And a video wrapping up what they did at the Hindukish Challenge: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=563716514141393
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