Erin Huck is a Pan-Am Games champion, a National Champion, and otherwise is at the top of her pro mountain biking game. Which is — obviously — plenty awesome all by itself. But she does all this while still holding down a career as a project manager at a medical device company. Her approach to training, recovering, fueling and managing her busy schedule is a fantastic template for any athlete who — like Erin — wants to get the most out of life, on their own terms.
A decade ago, Lael Wilcox just used her bike to get around town. Then she had an idea: if she could ride her bike for a few miles, why couldn't she ride it across the country?
An unusual mental leap to make, perhaps, but Lael has proved it out. She's been traveling and racing around the world by bicycle since then, riding from Anchorage to Banff, Alberta...just to get to the start of the Tour Divide race. Where she set a new women's record.
Lael is also the outright winner (both men's and women's divisions) of the 2016 Trans Am race, which she won in incredibly dramatic fashion.
Yuri and Fatty talk about these races and the way Lael gives to the cycling community — by mentoring schoolgirls and with a cycling scholarship to a woman cyclist — in this incredibly inspiring episode of The GU Energy Pinnacle Podcast.
In 2005, several thousand acres in Draper, UT were planned for residential development. Today, that area is instead home to 60 miles of beautifully-executed public singletrack for hikers, equestrians, and — above all — mountain bikers. And the trail network is still growing, with at least 40 more miles of trail to come over the next few years.
And not only is the city of Draper OK with this use of the area, it's actively planning, paying for, and staffing what has become known as Corner Canyon Park, an example of what happens when athletes have a vision and get involved with the city...and then stay involved and work toward that vision for more than a decade.
If you've ever wondered whether you can make a difference, Yuri and Fatty's conversation with Jamie Pogue and Jeff Stenquist (cyclists, trail volunteers, and members of the city council) will inspire you in a big way. This is a can't-miss episode of how passion and dedication converted a house developer's bankruptcy into the crown jewel of a Utah town.
Bruckner Chase is a true renaissance man. A professional endurance waterman and ocean advocate, he also trains athletes with spinal injuries as prone paddlers in swimmers in the open water. He set a no-wetsuit record swim in Alaska and historic swims between islands in American Samoa. He's the only American to finish the event three times, and the first to earn a spot on the winners' podium. And at 50 years old, he's an inspiration to anyone who sees middle age as an opportunity to accelerate, not slow down. If you're looking for a treasure trove of inspiration and inspiration, Bruckner's chat with Yuri and Fatty is a must-listen.
Sonya Looney is a world-champion cyclist. She's a speaker. She's a scientist with a Master's in Electrical Engineering. She's an entrepreneur. And she's a healthy and successful plant-based professional athlete. In this episode of The GU Energy Pinnacle Podcast, Yuri Hauswald and Elden talk with Sonya about why five-year plans aren't as important as continuous personal growth, what it's like to give a TED talk, why her favorite race last year was one she had no experience in, how her (almost) vegan lifestyle works with her training and racing, and a lot more. It's an inspiring and informative episode of The Pinnacle; don't miss it!
Dave Wiens sits down with Yuri and Fatty to talk about his family, why he races, trail advocacy, and his favorite memories from the Leadville Trail 100 -- including an extraordinary talk-through of what he considers his most intense racing of the Leadville 100 MTB race.
The Leadville 100 MTB race is months away, but race confirmations have just come out now, which means that those of you who got in for 2017 will want to listen to this inspiring six-time race winner tell his tale. And for those of you who didn't get in...well, this will get you charged up for either the qualifying series or whatever other races you plan to do.