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Since 1982 Rick Zwetsch, a lifelong cyclist, has been a fan of Race Across America and the ultra-cyclists who take on this grueling ride – touted as the world’s toughest bike race. After being asked many times over the years if he would ever attempt it… one day, at age 60, he surprised himself—and his partner Caryn Capriccioso—by saying “yes!”

How does an avid, but recreational cyclist go from seasonal hobby to tackling a 3,000 mile, 12-day ride only completed by 13 people over the age of 60 in its 38-year history? What does it take for a Colorado couple with an already (overly) full life to integrate the learning training, planning, qualifying races, and necessary crew development?

Ride along as Rick and Caryn share the ins and outs, ups and downs, and highs and lows of their journey. On route they will talk with others who have attempted Race Across America, their crews, race owners, officials, media, and the many people who are an integral part of the ultra-cycling community. Can he do it? Will he make it? What will it take for Rick to join the ranks of the few, the proud, the RAAM-finishers in June of 2021? At the end of the day, is it really about the race, or is it the journey that matters most?

Say Watt‪?‬ Rick Zwetsch and Caryn Capriccioso

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

Since 1982 Rick Zwetsch, a lifelong cyclist, has been a fan of Race Across America and the ultra-cyclists who take on this grueling ride – touted as the world’s toughest bike race. After being asked many times over the years if he would ever attempt it… one day, at age 60, he surprised himself—and his partner Caryn Capriccioso—by saying “yes!”

How does an avid, but recreational cyclist go from seasonal hobby to tackling a 3,000 mile, 12-day ride only completed by 13 people over the age of 60 in its 38-year history? What does it take for a Colorado couple with an already (overly) full life to integrate the learning training, planning, qualifying races, and necessary crew development?

Ride along as Rick and Caryn share the ins and outs, ups and downs, and highs and lows of their journey. On route they will talk with others who have attempted Race Across America, their crews, race owners, officials, media, and the many people who are an integral part of the ultra-cycling community. Can he do it? Will he make it? What will it take for Rick to join the ranks of the few, the proud, the RAAM-finishers in June of 2021? At the end of the day, is it really about the race, or is it the journey that matters most?

    Mother Nature - 1 Team Z Cycling - 0

    Mother Nature - 1 Team Z Cycling - 0

    Well, Mother Nature was no friend to any racer during the 2021 Race Across the West. Record breaking heat in the desert cut Team Z Cycling’s race short about 30 miles from Parker, AZ. The highest temperature we saw was 137 degrees. During the day temps ranged from 105-120 and at night from 90-100 degrees.

    Rick was ready physically and mentally. The crew was prepared and knew what to expect on the course. Except for the heat. Rick wasn’t eating according to the plan and didn’t feel like eating much. Hydration was good but Rick never felt hydrated as evidenced by infrequency of nature breaks. Water retention was going to be a problem.

    With roughly 680 miles to go into temperatures that were not forecast to come down – a decision was made to focus on racer and crew safety and stop the race. This decision was also made because, based on our current race progress, it was highly unlikely we would finish by the cut-off time of 92 hours.
    Listen in to last minute conversations with crew member Jen Orr (overall 2019 RAW winner), crew chief Steve Barraco and Caryn and Rick as they talk about the race. While extremely disappointing for sure…we’re all very proud of our efforts to get to the start line and be in the race!
    Show resources:
    https://www.facebook.com/saywattpod Or on Instagram @saywattpod
    https://www.facebook.com/10BuckBikeClub
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 57 min
    2021 Race Across the West Race Plan

    2021 Race Across the West Race Plan

    Join Rick and Caryn in their last episode before Race Across the West. They each share what they’ve been up to in preparation over the last couple weeks as rider and crew, and Rick walks us through his race plan. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of many, many incredible people, and Rick offers his appreciation to those who have generously supported him in going after his dream.
    Show resources:
    Follow Rick’s Race starting June 15th at 1:00 p.m. PT:
    https://www.raceacrossthewest.org/live-tracking
    https://www.facebook.com/saywattpod Or on Instagram @saywattpod
    https://www.facebook.com/10BuckBikeClub
    View the RAW budget, sponsor a time station, or donate: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 24 min
    Biking in Blue for Black Lives with Alisha Zellner

    Biking in Blue for Black Lives with Alisha Zellner

    What does an endurance athlete, police officer and Black woman do when her various identities collide with a national tragedy, all while she’s training for the Police Unity Tour in honor of fallen officers? If she’s Alisha Zellner, she pedals her full-self into the forefront of critical social justice conversations by bringing her local community together to ride bikes and begin a conversation on the issues that impact her life and the lives of so many others.
    Join us as Alisha discusses what it’s like to live at the intersection of her sometimes contradictory identities, what she’s doing to help through her organization Bike Ride for Black Lives, and of course, about her cycling and triathlon plans for the coming year. In this candid and fun conversation, Alisha shares a number of very practical ideas for how we can all work to make the sport we love so much more inclusive—including something you’re already doing…riding your bike!
    Show resources:
    Pledge to Ride 400 Miles this July, join Alisha’s community awareness ride, or support organizations working to preserve Black history: https://www.bike4blacklives.com/about
    Learn more about and support the Police Unity Tour: https://www.policeunitytour.com/
    View the RAW budget, sponsor a time station, or donate: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 51 min
    Cross-Country with Heath Saffer and Omar Baloch

    Cross-Country with Heath Saffer and Omar Baloch

    What a treat! Our first in-person episode since the pandemic and what incredible guests to help us ease back toward “normal.” Heath Saffer and Omar Baloch are riding their bikes across the country raising money and awareness of teen suicide in memory of their friend, Devon Rubenstein. Heath and Omar’s path brought them through Longmont where Rick and Caryn caught up with them about their friend, the nonprofit they are supporting and, of course…bikes!
    From snow-covered passes to the windy roads of Wyoming to a beautiful sunset while riding down Colorado’s Front Range, these two twenty-somethings are having the adventure of a lifetime, and we are happy to showcase their efforts in honor of Mental Health Awareness month. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story guys!
    Show resources:
    Support Omar and Heath’s fundraiser for the David C. Rubenstein Foundation and Our Minds Matter: https://bit.ly/3fhziAL
    Infinity Bike Seat: https://infinitybikeseat.com/?v=7516fd43adaa Use Code: ZRAAM for a discount!
    View the RAW budget, sponsor a time station or donate: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 46 min
    Countdown to Race Across the West

    Countdown to Race Across the West

    Join Rick and Caryn for a quick release update on all things Race Across the West. Hear updates on Rick’s recently completed big training week and changes to Race Across the West and Race Across America due to the global pandemic, as well as what the crew is up to these days as we inch ever closer to the big event on June 15th.
    Show resources: 
    Support Rick’s 2021 RAW race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    10 Buck Bike Club: www.10buckbikeclub.com 
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 22 min
    The one, the only......Aduuuummmmm Ashwill

    The one, the only......Aduuuummmmm Ashwill

    After a quick catch-up on Rick’s Race Across the West training, 10 Buck Bike Club, and a smattering of other appetizers, we get to this episode’s main course—an interview with 2021 Bessies Creek 12-hour winner, Adam Ashwill.
    Adam’s been a part of the ultra-cycling scene for years as his family hosts the infamous Race Across America Time Station 30 in Fort Scott, KS. Inspired by the racers and crews coming through town each summer, Adam decided to give this whole long-distance riding thing a try and has made quite the splash in his first couple years. Despite being new to the sport (or perhaps because of it), he offers remarkably wise and important advice for those who are just getting started, while giving those who have been grinding the gears for decades a reminder of the enthusiasm and energy of their early racing days.
    Show resources:
    rossmönster Van Rentals: https://rossmonsterrentals.com/ 
    Support Rick’s 2021 RAW race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    10 Buck Bike Club: www.10buckbikeclub.com
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
    Next Day Podcast: www.nextdaypodcast.com
     Size Inclusive Cycling Clothing:
    Machines for Freedom: https://www.machinesforfreedom.com/collections/womens-cycling-jerseys
    RSport: https://www.rsportlife.com/
    Troy Lee Designs: troyleedesigns.com
    FOX: foxracing.com

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

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I've enjoyed the podcast, useful info, good folks!

I've learned a lot and changed my cycling habits as a result of Rick's advice and the podcast. Good stuff!

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Love this podcast!!!!

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Ultra Cyling to the Max

I love this podcast. As someone who previously had no idea what RAAM was or how hard it is, I've learned so much about the journey! It's inspiring to hear not only the personal goals worked towards and met, but also the more mundane things that go into training like when, what, and how to eat during a race! Liquid diet, who knew? Anyone looking to learn more about ultra-cyling woudl do well to listen to this podcast. Lots of great info delivered in a fun and conversational way.

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