123 episodes

Bikes or Death is a podcast centered around the growing sport of bikepacking, adventure cycling, and the outdoors. The show features the amazing people who participate in these activities and contribute so greatly to the cycling community. The Bikes or Death Podcast is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of these individuals with the hopes that it inspires others to get outside, get on their bikes, and experience what our natural world has waiting for them. At its heart Bikes or Death is more than just a podcast. Bikes or Death is a lifestyle. It’s the idea that a life without bikes is a life not worth living. Now go ride your damn bike!

Bikes or Death Patrick Farnsworth

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 454 Ratings

Bikes or Death is a podcast centered around the growing sport of bikepacking, adventure cycling, and the outdoors. The show features the amazing people who participate in these activities and contribute so greatly to the cycling community. The Bikes or Death Podcast is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of these individuals with the hopes that it inspires others to get outside, get on their bikes, and experience what our natural world has waiting for them. At its heart Bikes or Death is more than just a podcast. Bikes or Death is a lifestyle. It’s the idea that a life without bikes is a life not worth living. Now go ride your damn bike!

    Ep. 124 ~ Ana Jager, 2022 Tour Divide Winner

    Ep. 124 ~ Ana Jager, 2022 Tour Divide Winner

    This week I'm joined by Ana Jager who just became the 2022 Tour Divide winner on her Rookie attempt! Most of the questions for todays episode came from women who answered the call on social media! Hillary, Laura, Tatiana, and Katheryn all called in with their questions and many more women sent me questions to ask!

    Please visit www.BikesorDeath.com for a full writeup on todays episode!

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Ep. 123 ~ Aleś Zavoral, Bike Nonstop US Winner

    Ep. 123 ~ Aleś Zavoral, Bike Nonstop US Winner

    Aleś Zavoral from the Czech Republic just won the 2022 Bike Nonstop US Race with a time of 18d 11h 51m. Aleś is no stranger to racing, he's logged 136 races in the past 13 years. I did the math, that's 10.4 races a year!
    Please visit www.BikesorDeath.com for a full write up and photos from Aleś' race!

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ep. 122 ~ Nick Marzano, 22nd place Tour Divide Finisher

    Ep. 122 ~ Nick Marzano, 22nd place Tour Divide Finisher

    Nick Marzano is back! And this time he has joined the ranks as an official Tour Divide Finisher with a time of 20d, 9h, 1m, which was good enough to secure 22nd place. Nick first appeared on the podcast while he was still racing the Tour Divide. We chatted when he was at mile 1,250 in Pinedale, WY at about the halfway point for the race. If you haven't already, you may want to give that episode a listen first.
    Read the full writeup at BikesorDeath.com
    Local Nation Podcast - Nick's passion podcast from 2018

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Ep. 121 - Manu Cattrysse & Adrien Liechti, Tour Divide 2nd & 3rd place

    Ep. 121 - Manu Cattrysse & Adrien Liechti, Tour Divide 2nd & 3rd place

    We continue our Tour Divide coverage with an interview from this years 2nd and 3rd place finishers, Manu Cattrysse and Adrien Liechti. This year I drove to the finish line of the Tour Divide to meet with finishers and record some podcast with anyone who was willing. On last weeks episode I chatted with First Place finisher Sofiane Sehili. This weeks episode takes place at Jeff Sharps kitchen table in Hachita, NM the day after Manu and Adrien finished their Tour Divide.
    Visit BikesorDeath.com for a full writeup and pictures from the end of this years Tour Divide.  

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Ep. 120 ~ Sofiane Sehili, A Promise to Keep

    Ep. 120 ~ Sofiane Sehili, A Promise to Keep

    This past weekend Sofiane Sehili became the 2022 Tour Divide winner with a time of 14d 16h 36. This concluded a journey that started 8 years ago when Sofiane toured the Tour Divide for the first time. He would return in 2016 to race it for the first time and claim a very respectable 3rd place, while Mike Hall would go on to win and set a new course record in the process. A record that stands to this day. In 2019 Sofiane came back to try again. Everything was looking promising as he was leading the race and contending with Mike Hall's record until a massive snow storm stopped him in his track, forcing his return to Brush Mountain Lodge and taking him out of the race. 
    Please visit BikesorDeath.com for a full writeup and gallery of images from patricks time at the end of the Tour Divide.  
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Ep. 119 ~ Nick Marzano, Live from Tour Divide

    Ep. 119 ~ Nick Marzano, Live from Tour Divide

    Last week I put a call out to anyone currently racing the Tour Divide to come on the podcast. I knew it would be a bit of a challenge, but I thought it would be really neat to hear from someone who is currently racing to give us a live account of this years Tour Divide. Nick Marzano answered the call via instagram and after a few days trying to make our schedules align we were able to chat while he was posted up in a hotel room in Pinedale, WY.

    Nick Marzano - Trackleaders / Instagram

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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
454 Ratings

454 Ratings

Dos Rivers ,

TD Rider Interviews

Love your interviews with the Tour Divide riders! Hopefully Up Next is Katie Strempke! Or Ana Jager!

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Impactful Content

Patrick always brings out the best perspective in tapping into folks lives beyond bikes. The guests are top notch and all have amazing stories to share about life not just biking. I’ve thoroughly enjoy each episode and take away so many nuggets to apply to my own life ! Thx Patrick and the bike packing community for bringing me into a new genre of biking I’ve enjoyed Mtb for decades and have found myself looking to go beyond my comfort of miles and destinations in the backcountry.

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Great Guests, but please let them just talk

I enjoy listening to the guests. There are some amazing people with vast knowledge out there on their bikes! But the host talks about himself incessantly. Please, just ask one question at a time and pause to let the guest answer before piggybacking a 2nd or 3rd question before they can answer. We want to hear the guests’ opinions, not the host’s. It’s so awkward and self-centered.

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