Outspoken Cyclist – 12/26/2020

Happy boxing day – happy holidays – and I hope you are finding some time to relax!

We’ve got almost two feet of snow here in NE Ohio and it’s been just fine with me to take my time and put together what I think is a great show.

I want to start with asking if you have lived the life you want, following your dreams and finding the path that is satisfying and that feels right?

My first guest, Jamie Anderson, realized more than 20 years into a successful career with a wife he loved and three great kids, that HIS childhood dream hadn’t been fulfilled and, that it hadn’t diminished either.

His idol as a child was Greg LeMond – and, his circumstances pointed him away  from a career as a professional cyclist into one of academics, teaching, and consulting.  Our conversation is about what happened that lead him to that path not taken earlier in life and the message it offers all of us.

Last week, you might remember that we spoke with Rob DeMartini, CEO of USA Cycling about the new Olympic Development Academy.  This program is offered to those who are 16 and older.

But what about youngsters – those who are just starting to ride through the age where the ODA might be a place to move a talented rider towards and Olympic dream?

Sean Wilson has a lot of the answers to this question.  He’s the founder and head coach at the Youth Cycling Association in Redlands, California.  Coming from a racing background through an extensive and storied academic career, he is able to take his science into his coaching and training to get kids safely and more skillfully riding on two wheels.

I’m not certain how he does all that he does – but, his passion, intelligence, and abiding interest in cycling makes a great conversation!