9 episodes

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

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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?

    Episode 9: Quick Release – Terms & Definitions

    Episode 9: Quick Release – Terms & Definitions

    Join us for the first of our shorter, more concise episodes where we get laser focused on one subject! As we’ve been recording each episode, thinking about future episodes and well just talking about this stuff amongst ourselves and with others we realized there are a LOT of exercise, training and racing acronyms and terms that some listening may not be familiar with. Certainly, cyclists and ultra-cyclists will be in the know but others new to cycling or family and friends may be scratching their heads thinking, what the heck are all these terms and acronyms they’re using? Listen in and we’ll explain some of what we’re talking about!
    Show resources:

    Humon Hex Muscle Oxygen Sensor: https://humon.io/
    Concept 2: https://www.concept2.com/
    Training Peaks: https://www.trainingpeaks.com/
    Rick Zwetsch – RAAM 2021: https://www.zraam2021.com/
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 21 min
    Episode 8: Inside the Crew Experience - Race Across the West

    Episode 8: Inside the Crew Experience - Race Across the West

    Last time we talked with Jen Orr about her experiences riding Race Across the West. Now listen in as Caryn picks the brain of three-time RAW crew member, Brandy Ingels. Brandy served on the crew for her husband, Jason Ingels’ three RAW attempts, including as crew chief for his successful 2019 race.
    In this episode, you’ll learn how Rick and Caryn came to know Brandy and Jason and the role they played in Rick’s first ultra-cycling race. Brandy also shares the inside scoop on planning for and crewing RAW including things to consider, what makes a crew work, her thoughts on budgeting and fundraising, and why she dedicates her and her family’s time to Jason’s cycling pursuits. This is a must listen for aspiring and even experience crew members. Athletes, listen in, too…you’re bound to gain a better understanding of what your crew goes through while you’re pedaling away toward your goals.  
     
    Show resources:
    Infinity Bike Seat: https://infinitybikeseat.com/
    (30 day money back guarantee + use Code: ZRAAM for a discount)
    Humon Hex Muscle Oxygen Sensor: https://humon.io/
    Rick Zwetsch – RAAM 2021: https://www.zraam2021.com/
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Jen Orr: Success in Ultra-Cycling

    Jen Orr: Success in Ultra-Cycling

    Jen Orr is an accomplished triathlete turned ultra-cyclist. She made the switch with a bang taking first place overall (female) solo and setting a course record at the 2018 6-12-24 Hour World Time Trial Championships and leading the way to first place overall (male or female) solo in 2019 Race Across the West (RAW). Rick and Jen served together on Seana Hogan’s 2018 record-setting Race Across America (RAAM) crew wanting to see what it takes to get an athlete across the country and to the finish line as they both contemplated future RAW and RAAM attempts.
    How (and why) did Jen make the shift to ultra-cycling? What makes her successful? What challenges does she face? What advice does she have for Rick as he stares down 5.5 months to his RAW attempt and what is she thinking about as she prepares for RAAM this June? Ride along as Rick and Jen discuss these topics and more in this engaging and inspiring interview.
    Show resources:
    Jen Orr – RAAM 2020 Blog: www.jenorr.blog
    Rick Zwetsch – RAAM 2021: https://www.zraam2021.com/
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
    Vertix Ultra Communications System: https://www.tourdebicycling.com/vertix

    • 54 min
    Marko Baloh: Ultra-Cycling Legend and Coach

    Marko Baloh: Ultra-Cycling Legend and Coach

    In this special, extended episode, Rick talks to his coach and ultra-cycling legend, Marko Baloh. They chat about Marko’s storied cycling and coaching career, how he decided to take on Rick (a 60+, rookie ultra-cyclist) as a client, his hopes/expectations for his clients, and where he’ll be racing in 2020. Like Rick and Caryn, Marko and his wife, Irma, balance the worlds of ultra-cyclist and support crew, and he talks about the role of this relationship in his and any ultra-cyclists’ success.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Rick Qualified, Now What?

    Rick Qualified, Now What?

    Now that Rick is freshly qualified for Race Across America, and plans to race it in June of 2021, how will he spend the next year and a half? Caryn and Rick will talk through his big picture plans for 2020 including races, training, planning and raising money for RAAM—and how to fit all of this into their already full lives. In the episode’s “Everyday Item,” we’ll share how you can learn more about ultra-cycling races and get involved in this endurance community.  

    • 34 min
    A Crew Perspective, Texas Time Trials Race Report Part II

    A Crew Perspective, Texas Time Trials Race Report Part II

    While Rick’s on the course turning his pedals, the crew is working behind the scenes to make sure everything’s on track, anticipating Rick’s needs and trying to take care of our own. In this episode, we’ll share Caryn’s race report, and talk with crewmate, Dan Pfister who has a unique perspective as a first-time crew member and long-time cycling friend.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

mwv333 ,

Fun back and forth convo.

After listening to the first episode, I’m excited to hear what’s next. It’s hard not to be compelled and inspired by amazing people doing amazing things!

MysPhyt ,

Genuine and Engaging

Caryn and Rick sweat the details in this engaging narrative, allowing us to travel along on their journey as insiders. Aspiring and seasoned ultra cyclists will recognize many of the challenges and learn from how Rick and team overcomes them.

Colorado Outdoor enthusiast ,

Stories and technical info - great combo

This podcast is great for those of us with little experience in these types of ultra-events. I appreciate the casual, conversational tone as well as the great tips offered. The stories of the different experience of rider and crew provide a great look inside the ride. I look forward to more content and tips!

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