52 episodes

Welcome to King of the Ride podcast host hosted by yours truly, Ted King. A former World Tour cyclist, I competed at the world's highest level of the sport for a decade, retiring from conventional road racing in 2015. Returning home to the USA I was unexpectedly swept up by the then fledgeling and now burgeoning gravel scene. I've taken the top step at Dirty Kanza twice and have finished on the podium in virtually every "big" gravel race out there, but more than anything it's been the gravel community that has struck a chord with me. The community is alive and I freaking love it!

I a co-founded UnTapped, the maple syrup based sports nutrition company. I work with the sport's best brands, I lead rides, host camps, dabble in gravel, and just love life on two wheels. I now have the chance to chat with athletes, entrepreneurs, and all walks-of-life who love the bicycle. Hop on board and please enjoy the ride!

King of the Ride Ted King

    • Sports

Welcome to King of the Ride podcast host hosted by yours truly, Ted King. A former World Tour cyclist, I competed at the world's highest level of the sport for a decade, retiring from conventional road racing in 2015. Returning home to the USA I was unexpectedly swept up by the then fledgeling and now burgeoning gravel scene. I've taken the top step at Dirty Kanza twice and have finished on the podium in virtually every "big" gravel race out there, but more than anything it's been the gravel community that has struck a chord with me. The community is alive and I freaking love it!

I a co-founded UnTapped, the maple syrup based sports nutrition company. I work with the sport's best brands, I lead rides, host camps, dabble in gravel, and just love life on two wheels. I now have the chance to chat with athletes, entrepreneurs, and all walks-of-life who love the bicycle. Hop on board and please enjoy the ride!

    Episode 52: Jesse Thomas — Red Bull Athlete AND World Record Holder: Dinosaur Costume 5k

    Episode 52: Jesse Thomas — Red Bull Athlete AND World Record Holder: Dinosaur Costume 5k

    If Ted could just get slightly more curly hair, when he throws on some ROKA aviators he and Jesse could be twins.

    Jesse is a Stanford graduate turned Red Bull sponsored professional Ironman triathlete turned owner/operator of Picky Bars. His story of getting to the big leagues involves a broken neck among other crazy anecdotes. And yes, Jesse took fastest known time in the dinosaur costume 5k at The Running Event in early December 2019. This podcast is a great one and we know you'll enjoy it!

    If you enjoy this podcast, please take a quick minute to leave a review. 5-star reviews are appreciated!

    And we highly encourage you to take a quick minute to visit www.MTBAfghanistan.org

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 51: Kimo Seymour — President at Life Time, Events and Media

    Episode 51: Kimo Seymour — President at Life Time, Events and Media

    Kimo Seymour is the President of Events and Media at Life Time. Perhaps it's because of his soft spoken and easy demeanor, Kimo seems to operate in the "speak softly and carry a big stick" school of leadership.

    As you have likely noticed in the cycling world and especially the gravel scene, Life Time is becoming a household name and Kimo is at the helm as this happens. Ted and Kimo sat down during the launch of Life Time's first event they've created in the gravel world, Big Sugar, to see what the plan is here and going forward to keep gravel cycling as cool as can be! Sit back and enjoy the show.

    • 46 min
    Episode 50: João Correia — Cycling agent, inGamba founder

    Episode 50: João Correia — Cycling agent, inGamba founder

    When João writes a memoir, I'll be the first in line to buy it.

    Sit down and enjoy this conversation with João and Ted as he unwinds a story from being an illegal immigrant to elite cyclist to the international publishing world back to the World Tour and to a handful of booming entrepreneurial endeavors in between. João's memory is a lobster trap -- he's got stories to tell! The good, the bad, and the ugly.

    Huge thanks go out to all my sponsors who make this ride possible:
    Cannondale, SRAM, Zipp, ROKA, Velocio, Rene Herse, Saris, and of course inGamba!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 49: The Life of a Soigneur — Jon Adams, Sophie Roullous, & Al Worozbyt

    Episode 49: The Life of a Soigneur — Jon Adams, Sophie Roullous, & Al Worozbyt

    What's a professional soigneur do? Do they rub legs and make small sandwiches? Do they spend thousands of hours driving across continents? Do they stand on the side of the road in France in July and get into arguments with police officers? Yes, they do this and so so much more!

    Welcome to the first King of the Ride episode with three guests simultaneously. On the eve of the Grand Prix Quebec City this September, Ted sat down with three soigneurs from the Education First pro cycling team. These three, Jon, Al, and Soso, are three of the best "swannies" out there who Ted had the privilege to work with in his racing days.

    Sit down for a crack up of a conversation and learn a thing or two about the behind the scenes of a pro cycling team.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 48: Payson McElveen — Professional Mountain Bike and Gravel Racer

    Episode 48: Payson McElveen — Professional Mountain Bike and Gravel Racer

    This was a long time coming! Payson and Ted are not long lost brothers, but they share a boatload of traits in common. Originally a Texas boy, Payson and Ted met up at the behind the scenes Big Sugar in their shakeout event before the inaugural ride in 2020.

    Now residing in mountain bike mecca, Durango, Colorado, Payson is a professional cross country mountain biker with a particular knack for marathon races, as he's a 2x national champion in that discipline. So "riding bikes off road for long periods of time" is definitely his area of expertise, making gravel racing a particularly good format for him. Yup, he's a ripper!

    Unsure if Ted would interview Payson or Payson interview Ted, this podcasts takes an interesting turn when they interview each other. Covering the topics of modern media, naturally they delve into the conversation of podcasts, van life, and the politics of contemporary gravel racing, this hardly scratches the surface of what the two of these guys can dig up.

    Don't forget to hit up www.SugarCane200.com for some early season fun in Florida!

    • 52 min
    Episode 47: Edward Hult — CEO Education First North America

    Episode 47: Edward Hult — CEO Education First North America

    Edward Hult is a cycling enthusiast. He’s also a big reason that EF Education First came on board to the UCI World Tour and beyond. As the CEO of EF North America, Edward and his brother made the decision to not just sponsor the team, but purchase the team outright. This conversation talks about the politics and geopolitics of sports, how and why cycling hit their radar, the highs and lows of owning a professional cycling team. Ted (an Edward himself) and Edward Hult caught up on the eve of The Rift gravel race in Iceland to talk about cycling, gravel cycling, and all things on two-wheels.

    As mentioned in the intro:
    -- Check out all the cool work by Farid at www.mtbafghanistan.org
    -- A Pinkbike article: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/mountain-biking-picks-up-steam-in-afghanistan.html
    -- And a video wrapping up what they did at the Hindukish Challenge: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=563716514141393

    A huge thanks to The Feed for supporting this episode! Head over to www.thefeed.com/king to save 15% on a box curated by yours truly or use the code KING10 to save 10% on everything else storewide.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

bikerdan ,

Dan from UK

Great podcast. Interesting and entertaining and informative for this new Graveller in the Uk!

Keep it going...

P. S I love maple syrup

Tisnisgrwat ,

Ted ia company

I like Ted. This is a real podcast, no trendy sexy nonsense, just a great conversation about things involving cycling. There is even the odd bird chirping in the background which is also very nice. Good work Ted, every show gets better and better!

Sprinting for Signs ,

I keep coming back

I think the two things I like the most are

1. It often sounds like it’s pub talk, kicking back and just chatting. Maybe that says more about me with Ted’s laidback but engaged style.

2. It’s about Cycling, but the context is much broader than just the race scene, which I do enjoy following. The bike is at the centre of the conversation and no matter how far out on the orbit the conversation goes it always comes back to the core of enjoying the bike.

As an ex-pro and cycling ambassador it’s worth a listen, especially if you love gravel, maple syrup and are looking for a bit of on depth insight.

Top Podcasts In Sports

Listeners Also Subscribed To