Fasturdays

Podcast

100% criteriums. The speed and style, craft and history of criterium racing. Interviews, live coverage, behind the scenes, personalities, and stories. Hosted by Steve M Cullen and Pete Morris.

Episode 11 Women's Team 2.0: L.A.Sweat

Part 2—L.A. Sweat are the (italic the) anti-robot, anti-corporate, God-mothers of the cool kids in crit racing. They invented the nue-guard, ahead of their time in organization and on point in execution, the LAS lady hitters are showing us how to succeed in 2020: a perfect blend of speed, swagger, fashion, fun. Behind their sophisticated (but oh so logical) view of brand building and athlete development, are the master mind duo Kelli Samuelson and Becca Schepps. This interview, Becca Schepps (the designer, creative director, manager, and entrepreneur) to pick her brain (and try and get some free swag).

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Episode 10 Women's Team 2.0: CritNasty

Part 1—Welcome to women's racing 2.0. Teams are faster, more organized, and more sustainable. Face it: girl teams are just cooler than guy teams. They have more fun and still light it up. Let's look at how they do it. There's a lot of future-sport-thinking happening here.

This three part series examines running a race team, from the hot start up to iconic UCI level operation. This interview: Jennifer Gerth, Sarah Coney. Team CritNasty; Vancouver, B.C. O' Canada

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Episode 9 Team Critlife and the Future

Silicon Valley start up ideas at 30mph. The exciting racer/entrepreneurs of Team Critlife—Brandon, Clay, Aldo, and Eamon—are main protagonists in the independence movement rising in U.S. criterium racing. They are on a mission to change the sport starting with smashing the global speed scene in fixie and geared races. Corporate-modeled bike racing centered around the old-school European professional pipeline is losing is sparkle for this new generation of speedsters. Finally, this elite hit squad brings a modern view of branding, communication, and financial independence that could (shoudl!) be future of our beloved sport.

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Special: SpeedWeek—Ed Veal

"Your power meter doesn't show courage." — Ed Veal. Meet the most manly man in man town. Defying age, Ed Veal is whacking the kids in the face and storming the speed scene on the track and the tarmac. Get you some knowledge and listen to this quick interview taken just minutes after the finish of 2017 Athens Twilight.

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Special: SpeedWeek—Dan Holloway

No conversation about American Crits can be had with out bringing up Dan “Hollywood” Holloway, the most misunderstood character in American racing. In the last three years he has—no exaggeration—won every major criterium in the United States, no matter whom he is racing against or with. Like Pete Sagan (or rather Davis Phinney), manufacturing wins on every course, against everybody, all year long, is Dan's morning pastry. But despite, or maybe because of that, he is not universally embraced in the criterium community—simultaneously at the center of the action, but outside the sport's mainstream. The fact is this: of opinions about the man, there are lots, but of understanding, very little . Over the last few years, I’ve spent some time around him and found not the Darth Vader is was told to expect, but rather, a more swashbuckling and down home Han Solo in a skin suit. In this two-part episode I sat down with Dan the afternoon before Spartenburg Twilight, the 4th stop on SpeedWeek to basically, just talk with him. Which is something everyone should finally take the time to do.

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Special: SpeedWeek—Peta Mullens

Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi! Oi! It's Peta Mullins. She's stormed the early part of SpeedWeek. She's an Aussie. But she's sticking around on the U.S. crit scene. She races everything. She's won Bay Crits. It's a spur of the moment post race way to meet a very tough lady. Say hi. She needs some fans to pin her number on.

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Special: SpeedWeek—Tour De Cafe

Rest Day—Savannah. Take a casual 45min spin around the city of squares where the team explores the history and roads, exceeds medically recommended amounts of coffee, and searches for the right shitty tattoo parlor. A rather chill affair in between races.

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Episode 8 Paid in Sandwiches

David Richter is one of the master minds behind the physical and mental abilities of dominant U23 team Axeon HB. He's the head coach for Metier Seattle with clients winning titles from local to international stages (names you've heard). In short he's a guru. Period. He's also, at 46, one of the most winning crit racers in the country, he even has a Downer Super Preme win to his credit. After 30 years as a pro racer, he's got stories: turned down a pro baseball contract to party, once ran a 4:10 mile off a weeks training, and, well....just listen. 

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Episode 7 Science and Soul

Peter Olejniczak ("Ola-knee-check") is on fire. He just won the Joe Martin Stage race, smashing the final day crit, proving crits skills in American stage racing are essential. He's had a big crit career—at just 24—winning Lake Bluff in his first year as a Cat 1, then going on to race for the fabled Astellas Crit Team in 2015. But he gave up pro-life, and instead, discovered what he needed to be his best.

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Episode 6 The Flow

Pete and Steve go deep on unraveling one of the special mysteries and skills of racing the fastest crits in the country: riding the flow. The flow of any race is a magical sensation—like surfing—a state of maximizing speed, moving flawlessly through the field, and positioning perfectly when it matters most.

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Episode 5 Sprint Champ

Kendall Ryan won the U.S. Criterium Championship, but she's still hungry. We take on the myths about top level sprinting, what it takes to win a UCI race in Europe and the things she loves about crits, and crappy dance music.

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Episode 4 Going Pro

Guest Zack Allison tells us what it takes to make a living as a pro. Zack has raced as a pro for teams a big and small from the Philly Classic, to Snake Alley, and this year he's finally getting to focus just on crits, starting the season with a win. Oh, and when he's not racing, he's coaching his 30+ athletes, or running his Fort Collins training center. How's he do it? Find out here.

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Episode 2 Top Dog

Guest Ryan Aitcheson is the reigning USA Crits Series Champion, topping the ranking charts, and looking to defend his Athens Twilight title—without at doubt he's the new major force on the criterium scene. He's on a new team this year after piloting the famed Astellas Crit squad in 2016, and with new freedom he's taking aim at all his favorite races.

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Episode 1 The Big Ones

For our opening lap: The two criteriums every racer should know about, and do. A review and history of Athens Twilight, Tulsa Tough and some banter about our other favorite races. Intro to the podcast and hosts: author Steve M Cullen and pro-racer Pete Morris

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