Paceline Podcast 111

Paceline Podcast 111

What’s the craziest experience you’ve had in a bike race or event? Hottie puts this question to Fatty and Patrick and while they share some stuff you might not want to duplicate, their experiences comes up lame when compared to Hottie’s guest. Elon Rubin of Giant Santa Monica is Israeli and in his first mountain bike race crashed and landed somewhere even worse than a cow pie. His story is so epically bad it’s almost difficult to believe. Rubin, as it turns out, is also a helluva great storyteller.

Fatty asks, if you’ve been an avid rider, but have been out of the sport for a while due to illness, injury, work or family reasons, how do you get back into it? Do you just go whole hog and pick up where you left off? Do you ease yourself into it like sitting down in a hot tub? Or do you get super-disciplined so that you can return to top form as quickly as possible?

Patrick went to Park City recently to hang out with Fabian Cancellar, like he does, and check out a brand new rain jacket from Gore. The jacket is the first rain jacket that is both fully waterproof and stretchy, so that it moves with you in a way that other rain jackets just won’t. But here’s the thing: It’s still made for riding in the rain. Most people don’t like riding in the rain. Will a better rain jacket actually encourage you to go out when cats and dogs fall from the sky?



The Paceline is also supported by Eliel Cycling. Crafted in California, the Eliel brand combines the latest technology with cycling tradition to deliver an experience that is authentically California. View their retail gear and custom program at


Show links:

The Red Kite Ronde et Vous

Gore C7 Gore-Tex Shakedry Stretch Jacket

GU Energy Birthday Cake Gel

Specialized Roubaix

Giant Santa Monica


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  1. GP

    Padraig mentioned he wasn’t sure the flashing lights had any effect on road riders’ visibility. Just read, or heard, of a large study done in Britain where blinking lights (even during the day) reduced crashes by 47%, and wearing high visibility clothing by 38%.

  2. Bruce Mackey

    For many years I volunteered as a, “traveling road marshal” at various pro races. It’s a great gig, you travel with the race, they give you room and board and you get to see a lot of great racing. Your duty is to prevent vehicles entering the road once it’s closed. I was in Arroyo Grande working a stage of AMGEN with a local, a short young lady. A large truck drove up to us and I explained the road was closed for a race. The driver told us, “Not for me!” and pushed past us onto the race course and down the road. As I was fuming the lady I was with told me not to worry, she was a reserve police officer, knew the guy and there was a patrol car on it’s way to his house.

  3. Steve Pavlovic

    As far as strava is concerned, living in Colorado, I gave up long ago worrying about strava KOMs, there are so many pros here that getting a KOM is near impossible.

    Fatty, a question for you with regards to training, you mentioned a while back that you were planning to do the Breck Epic, I have also entered this race. So my question, finally, do you train any different for a six-day stage race?


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