Paceline Podcast 161

Paceline Podcast 161

We begin with a reader question about how to rescue a day that doesn’t seem to be going according to plan. You’re not as fast as you thought, don’t have the power you anticipated, your gut rots or maybe you’re just bonking. What do you do?

Selene sets off for vacation in a couple of days. By her reckoning, it has been a fair number of years since she last took a trip in which she wasn’t either working (writing) or racing. Or both. And as thoughtful types like Selene tend to do, she’s wondering, “Is that a problem?”

Our friend Iain Treloar, one of the editors at CyclingTips got interested in whatever happened to the bike company SpeedX. They were the ones with the giant Kickstarter that brought in millions for a bike that was honestly kinda questionable. They moved into bike share and then not long after that they became a cautionary tale. Iain has produced a really in-depth report and we talk to him about his findings.

And hey, if you’re mountain biking, check for ticks.



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Show links:

What Happened to SpeedX?

Mission Workshop SS Crew Base Layer

ThinOptics Glasses

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  1. Neil Winkelmann

    After hustling all the aid stops, I literally sat under an oak tree for 20 minutes (refuelling and resting) at about 160 miles, and then in a resident’s lawn chair in Americus for about 10 minutes (while they fetched me water) at DK200 this year. Your advice is spot on. Without these breaks, (particularly the first one) I might not have finished at all.

  2. john Knowlton

    Podcast question for Selene: I am planning a ride next summer in the Italian Dolomites. It will include 6 days of riding with about 40,000 ft. of climbing. I live in Michigan at about 750 ft above sea level. I can get hill training on our local topography, strength training in the gym, and even am planning to climb Mt. Mitchell in May (about 10,000 feet of climbing over 100 miles). However, I don’t know what to do about the altitude. How am I going to breathe while climbing the Stelvio at 9,000 ft? I love the show and really appreciate the chance to ask questions! Great job to you both!

    1. Neil Winkelmann

      9,000 feet won’t give you any issues. The bloody motorbikes will. But it’s spectacular. Well worth it.

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