The Outspoken Cyclist – 02/22/2014

There isn’t much to say about a week in northeast Ohio which included several inches of snow, followed by rain and a very quick thaw, except, “look out for ice jams” and “how far are we riding?” Here’s hoping you are high, dry and happy as we say goodbye to February.

Our show today takes us to the UK, and to the pacific northwest in search of great reading material, and a particular Irish ultra-distance racer.

Our first stop is in the UK to speak with Ian Cleverly and Robert Wyatt, who are but two of the people behind a very different kind of cycling magazine called Rouleur. If you’re a bit jaded by publications that focus on equipment, nutrition, bikes and training tips, this publication is for you. Ian and his staff cover bike racing the way Merckx intended, and their stories might even appeal to the discriminating non-cyclist.

In the second half of the show, after a quick trip through the news, Diane catches up with Irish transplant to Seattle, ultra-distance racer Mick Walsh. Mick blames George Thomas for infecting him with the ultracycling bug, and his list of accomplishments includes notable races like Race Across the West, and Race Across Oregon. Careful, Mick’s enthusiasm could be contagious in audible form.

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