Baron Herdelin Doherty, who oversees the YMCAs in San Diego, was on a short bike ride on a protected bike path near his home on June 1, 2011 when a driver lost control of his vehicle and the car flew off the road, over an embankment and hit Baron and another cyclist. The other cyclist was killed instantly and Baron’s injuries were extensive. A few weeks before the second anniversary of the crash, Baron came in studio to tell the story of the crash, his recovery and his return to racing.
Mike Myers lives and works in Boston and was a few days into a bike tour when I spotted him near Pine Valley, California and asked him where he was going. He told me he was on his way to Florida and, believe it or not, he recognized the voice and it turned out that Mike was a big fan of this podcast. We immediately became a huge fan of Mike and want to support him during his quest to raise money for cancer research. You can listen to Mike’s story here and his blog is at www.mjmcycle4cancer.blogspot.com . Be safe out there, Mike!
Before Lukas Verzbicas, the fifth high school runner to break the 4:00 minute mile and two-time Footlocker Cross Country National Champion, was wheeled into surgery after a horrific bike crash late last summer, his parents were told that there was a good chance he would never walk again. Lukas came in studio to go through his early days of running and triathlon, his accident, his comeback and his plans for 2013 and beyond.
Michael Marckx, the President and CEO of Spy Optics, is a long time endurance athlete who loves nothing more than suffering on a bike. Last year he created the SPY Belgian Waffle Ride and on April 7th the second annual 200K or so cycling extravaganza – complete with dirt, mud, 15 category climbs, Bad Ass Ale, 12,000 feet of climbing, 350 participants, CAF as their official charity, and awards including the infamous Purple Wawful Freddy Jersey that goes to the most selfish, uncooperative and inconsiderate rider – will take place in North County San Diego. For more info check out Facebook.com/spybwr.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, which is labeled as America’s Toughest Stage Race, is a six day, 500 mile classic with over 38,000 vertical feet of climbing. Steve Miller came on with us to discuss why the Larry H. Miller Group of companies decided to embrace cycling and why the August 6th-11th event is not only good for tourism and the state of Utah but is also a great investment.
Fast Freddie Rodriguez is a Giro d’Italia stage winner and a three-time U.S. National Road Race Champion. Not bad for an inner city kid who came to the states from Bogota, Columbia. Freddie has some great thoughts on what the sport of cycling has to do to overcome the stigma of doping that it is dealing with now. He is also launching a Gran Fondo event on August 17th. For more info go to www.ffgranfondo.com
Dave Scott is the six-time Ironman World Champion, Mr. October, and a man who is never afraid to express his opinion. Does he feel Lance Armstrong’s penalty is too harsh? Yes. Does he feel the cyclists who testified against Lance got off too easy? Yes. Would Dave still like to see Lance racing the Ironman in Kona? Absolutely.