I’ve been in this sport for a very, very long time. I’ve been commentating for over 15 years and done some great gigs. I’ve worked the stage for some of the biggest events all over…..China and North America.
I had the opportunity at the Tour of Utah on the back of a moto. I would be providing live coverage for Tour Tracker and Fox Sports. I would provide “hits” out on course. They include insight on the riders, the teams, the directeurs, the beautiful state of Utah and other little tidbits. The “hits” have to be quick and to the point. Frankie Andreu and Brad Sohner were hosting Tour Tracker and Todd Gogulski and Steve Brown were hosting the Fox show.
The first day at Utah was to get used to the Moto and the Pilot, Thom Filkens was my pilot. Retired CHIPS police officer who’s done his share of piloting for sure!!! The entire mediamotos team was full of fun, grit, Brit (More than half of them were British) fun, and Sh!t talking 🙂 However, when it came to the GET, they were always there for the GET. The moto had 3 cameras. 2 trained on me and 1 to was on the back of the moto shooting backwards. This shot was cool, especially at the beginning of each stage.
I’ve been in a ton of caravans, but never like this. We litterally were planted in, around, throughout the bike race. The objective was to get the shot without disrupting or interfering with the race. UCI rules state that two cameras can’t be in the envelope at the same time. So, well…we had to improvise a lot. Take advantage of the right moment. I said cameras, not commentators. This got a little “weird” at times because well…which am I ?
Here’s a great shot of Rally taking to the front after the break goes away. Rob Britton in Yellow. This was near Tooele, Utah (Two-ill-uh)
Many of the stages we would move around, speak to the directeurs about strategy for that day or for that moment. All the teams were very gracious and willing to give me insight. Something about a microphone I guess 😉 There was also the times when crashes would happen…literally in front of us, near us. We were always Johnny on the spot to give insight and updates. I was always asked was it scary to ride on the back of a moto at warp speed, not tethered with one hand on a mic. I NEVER felt in danger. Ever. It was crazy some of the spots we were in, or the speeds we would need to reach. But, I was always safe. Toughest shot? Leaning into the car, standing up, counter balancing…to get the LIVE interview with directeurs.
What a great experience and tip of the cap to everyone who help put on the best Tour of Utah to date.
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You and your bike in a situation that you never really thought would happen. You and a car get tangled up. You and another cyclist get tangled up.
Listen in as Ann Groninger and Jeff Viscount talk about what to do in the event of a bike crash. You’ll hear about how to protect yourself logistically (Jeff) and legally (Ann). You’ll learn, among other things:
What to do if someone in your group ride crashes
How to talk with police who come to investigate
What information you should gather
As always a fun time was had in the making of this podcast. We hope you enjoy!
APOLOGIES FOR THE SOUND> Some tech issues. Turn it up!
TotalCyclist is in the process of moving the business and lot’s of plates are up in the air. I have learned over the years that stress can be a huge part of the move. You add vacation for staff, injured athletes, the inability to serve our clients for 2 weeks, in the PainCave, and more.. sparked this post.
You try to ignore one of the biggest impacts on your performance. “It doesn’t exist”, “I got this”, “I’ve been down this road before”. Sure you have. Think back to when it all went down. STRESS can be a huge killer of mojo for any endurance athlete. You had a hard time bouncing back quickly from it.
By definition, stress is a reaction by the body and brain to meet the demands of some challenge or threat. Let’s start with the effects of stress on the brain. Stress hormones such as cortisol (THAT stuff is yucky) have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and impair these important cognitive processes. Consequently, high levels of stress can negatively affect most aspects of human cognition; the key ones being attention, memory and decision-making.
Stress can be internal and external.
Internal: Your ability to be able to process quickly. Communication starts to fail. Your ability to multi-task crumbles.
External: Tight body. Non performance body. Not nimble. Not efficient. Just not really anything good.
What happens in most scenarios is that we let all the external issues galvanize into one big FIREBALL of chaos. This chaos invades your work, home and training space. I’ve tried over the years to keep things simple. I tell our athletes K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid). But, there are times when it just happens. STRESS overwhelms you. Paralyzes you. Then everything goes into the tank.
I have fallen back to occasionally watching this on how to keep it in the NOW. Give it a watch. Hope you like it.
Womens Cycling has come a long way but still more to go….
I caught up with Adam Abramowicz of KindHuman Bicycles and Jen Audia of Liv to give me their thoughts on where women’s cycling is and where it needs to go for continued growth
Jen Audia: Liv
Niche’ : denoting or relating to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population. Hmm…I wonder if women’s cycling is really a niche now or…or…is it the dominant growth aspect of cycling?
Chew on this:
TotalCyclist DivaCycling Camps have grown 110% in the past two years.
Karen Bliss: For years I was a skeptic bike racer who thought women-speciﬁc bikes were just marketing hype. After all, I did just ﬁne racing on the same kind of bike my male counterparts rode. As a marketer, I couldn’t bring myself to buy into the message that women needed special bikes. It’s only recently that I recognised the women’s market as truly viable. Not only viable, but the key to growing our business.
Adam Abramowicz: KindHuman Bikes
According to Harvard Business Review, women control $15 trillion in spending power. These numbers represent a market that is double China and India’s growth markets combined. According to Forbes, women make 80% of the decisions and are expected to spend $125 billion this year. 80% of all travel decisions are made by women.
Most women, just like when I was raised in the 70’s, still purchase 80% of what the common household eats, drinks and other items. Now, that purchasing power is moving into the cycling and multisport industry.