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 20 USA CRITS: San Rafael

It's been a long time coming. Zack Allison of Team Clif Bar takes the 'W' under the lights in downtown San Rafael. Hear how the race went down behind the scenes (it was pretty gnarly), and take a look ahead at the upcoming Mile High Littleton Twilight: the next stop in the USA Crits series.

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Episode 17 USA CRITS: Harlem Skyscraper Classic

We just raced Tulsa! What a weekend... whew! A true couple days of throwing down in Oklahoma: Blue Dome, Brady Arts and River Parks all done and dusted. Fisher (yes, we coerced him into a podcast appearance...) and Steve chat about the current USA Crits standings and look forward to the classic Harlem Skyscraper Criterium in NYC. With special team appearances by Elevate KHS and also the individual pedigree of registered racers like Justin Williams, this year's crit is shaping up to be a fast one. Four corners, pancake flat and lots of speed. Let's hope it doesn't live up to the infamous "Skinscraper" nickname... Take a listen.

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Episode 16 USA CRITS: Tulsa Tough Preview

Get your learn on crit kiddies. What you need to know about Tulsa Tough, history, courses, and places to hang out; plus hear the USACRITS Race #3 recap. Steve rolls solo session on a quick rip through "The Oklahoma Swing" — 8 days of the OKC ProAm and Tulsa Tough. It's turning into a definitive summer weekend of racing. Vroom. 

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Episode 15 USA CRITS: Winston-Salem

This is will be horrible! Co-hosted with Zack Allison (Team Clif Bar and top ten series over all) we preview the hardest boring course of the year: Winston-Salem. WS is a UCI invite only (Ooooooo, so fancy) criterium, that brings a complicated mix of road racer and crit hitter to the South for the second USACRITS Series race. This year has TdF top ten finisher in the field. WTF!?! Find out how this on is going to play out. 

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Episode 14 USA CRITS Teams Preview

Who's the best crit squad in America? Steve and Matt discuss ButcherBox Cycling's (somewhat insane) dive headfirst into the USACrits D1 racing scene. Included is a 'definitive' ranking prediction, a few 'up the sleeve' tactics for beating the fastest teams in the nation and a host of shoutouts to the friends and competitors whom we have the special pleasure of ripping turns with all across the nation. Enjoy. 

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Episode 13 USA CRITS Series Preview

USACrits Series is set to be something special in 2018. The countries only crit focused league. 11 races, 10 teams (men's and women's, of course), and 350,000 in cash money dollas. Host Steve M Cullen and and ButcherBox Cycling rider Matt Davies go deep on the courses, the scoring system, and event history. They also go through about a half dozen Narragansett tall boys. Whatever. Included is a preview of the upcoming kickoff–Athens Twilight–down south in Georgia, as well as comments, predictions and highlights of the future races that will take the ButcherBox Boys across the country from New York City to San Francisco. 

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Episode 12 RedHook with Eamon Lucas

Eamon is one of America's most exciting bike racers, working toward exciting things on and off the bike. In 2017 he lit up the fixed-gear scene, and stormed through the USACrits series. He's back in New York for Red Hook with possibly the greatest fixie team ever assembled. Hear about his lessons from training with Nikki Terpstra, the game plan for Red Hook, and the scoop on his powerhouse RH team.

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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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