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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

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    • 4.8 • 21 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?

    Take One for the Team: Eleanor Allen and David Fellows of Team EA/Water for People

    Take One for the Team: Eleanor Allen and David Fellows of Team EA/Water for People

    It’s 2021 and we’re back with a Say Watt? first – an episode focused on the team aspect of Race Across America. Our guests Eleanor Allen and David Fellows (rider and crew, wife and husband of Team EA/Water for People) join us to share stories from their 2019, 4-person mixed team crossing. Check out the inside story of how teams actually work (it may be different from what you’d think!), what it’s like to crew for more than one rider, why you might want a project manager on your crew, and how it feels to cross the finish line with your teammates.
    Eleanor and David are switching gears in 2021 and riding together on a two-person Race Across the West team. They’ll share where they are in their training, logistics planning and mental prep for this year’s race. Check out the links below for more info. on Team EA/Water for People and how you can contribute to its goal of bringing awareness and raising funds to help solve the global water and sanitation crisis through endurance cycling.
    Show resources:

    Water For People: https://www.waterforpeople.org/
    Cycling For Water - our fundraising site for RAW: https://www.cyclingforwater.org/
    Cycling For Water FB page: https://www.facebook.com/cyclingforwaterorg
    2019 RAAM video: https://youtu.be/TDL85pljdmQ
    Support Rick’s 2021 RAW race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
    Next Day Podcast: www.nextdaypodcast.com
    10 Buck Bike Club: www.10buckbikeclub.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Free Year End Buffet!

    Free Year End Buffet!

    Join Caryn and Rick for the last episode of 2020! Step up to the buffet for a little vRevolve24 debrief including what it’s like to ride on six of the iconic Grand Prix race circuits around the world and what happens when you start a 24-hr. race with no resistance on the smart trainer! Only 6 months until the start of “real life” Race Across the West – how do we plan for that? And what’s happening personally and professionally with Caryn and Rick as they close out 2020. Step right up and have a listen!
    Show resources:

    Give us your feedback: www.TeamZCycling.com/feedback

    Show affiliate, The Conscious Cleanse: www.consciouscleanse.com – use coupon code SayWatt15 for 15% off a one-time cleanse or annual membership with unlimited cleansing
    Hydrow - World’s Coolest Indoor Rower: https://www.teamzcycling.com/shop
    Support Rick’s 2021 RAW race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
    Next Day Podcast: www.nextdaypodcast.com

    • 50 min
    Jen Orr’s 24-hour WR Attempt Debrief

    Jen Orr’s 24-hour WR Attempt Debrief

    Join us for this Quick Release debrief episode where we check in with ultra-cycling friend, rock star and badass Jen Orr after her 24-hour World Record attempt in Borrego Springs back on November 7th.
    There was wind. There was rain. There was cold.
    And Jen was setting records and breaking records like an angry DJ. Listen in as we talk about what worked, what didn’t and what’s next on Jen’s ultra-cycling race agenda!
    Show resources:

    Give us your feedback: www.TeamZCycling.com/feedback
    Jen’s Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/jen.orr.50
    https://www.facebook.com/JenOrrEndurance
    Jen’s Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/jenorr_raam2021/
    Support Rick’s 2021 RAW race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
    Next Day Podcast: www.nextdaypodcast.com

    • 25 min
    Jen Orr’s 24-hour WR Attempt

    Jen Orr’s 24-hour WR Attempt

    Join us for this Quick Release episode where we visit with ultra-cyclist and friend Jen Orr as she prepares for her 24-hour World Record attempt in Borrego Springs, CA starting at 9am PST on Saturday, November 7th. The World Time Trial Championships were cancelled this year due to COVID-19 so Jen decided to go ride 10 miles of the course for 24 hours and try to break the solo female world record of 439.65 miles set nearly 30 years ago. GO JEN!!
    Show resources:

    Give us your feedback: www.TeamZCycling.com/feedback
    Check in for live updates from Borrego Springs…
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/jen.orr.50
    https://www.facebook.com/JenOrrEndurance
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/jenorr_raam2021/
    Support Rick’s 2021 RAW race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
    Next Day Podcast: www.nextdaypodcast.com

    • 23 min
    Chris Lennert, Left Hand Brewing & Bike MS

    Chris Lennert, Left Hand Brewing & Bike MS

    Join us as we visit with a longtime friend, beer guru, COO of Left Hand Brewing, long time cyclist and Captain of the Bike MS Powerhouse Team Left Hand - Chris Lennert. We’ll talk cycling, beer, and Team Left Hand. Now with teams in 9 states, Team Left Hand has raised more than $4.9 million since 2008 to help our friends living with MS. Caryn and Rick and have been riding with Team Left Hand Colorado since 2011 and what an awesome group of cyclists and friends that won’t stop riding or fundraising until MS stands for…Mystery Solved!
    And…a new Conscious Cleanse starts on November 4th. Check it out!

    Show resources:
    Give us your feedback: www.TeamZCycling.com/feedback
    Show affiliate, The Conscious Cleanse: www.consciouscleanse.com – use coupon code SayWatt15 for 15% off a one-time cleanse or annual membership with unlimited cleansing
    Left Hand Brewing: www.lefthandbrewing.com
    Team Left Hand: https://teamlefthand.com/
    Support Rick’s 2021 RAW race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
    Next Day Podcast: www.nextdaypodcast.com

    • 40 min
    Natchez Trace 444 and Some Nifty Guitar

    Natchez Trace 444 and Some Nifty Guitar

    The 2020 in real life Natchez Trace 444 is in the books! Supported by Team Z crew members Caryn Capriccioso and Steve Zwetsch, Rick completed the 442 miles from Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS in just a skoche over 32 hours – qualifying for Race Across America once again! Awesome weather, although very cold at night, and the most amazing road pavement conditions anywhere made this an event to remember. Listen in as Caryn, Steve and Rick debrief this AWESOME and “magical” ride!
    And there’s a super bonus for all as Steve Z. shares a little guitar pickin’ on his handmade Cigar Box Kitchen guitar. Enjoy!

    Show resources:

    Give us your feedback: www.TeamZCycling.com/feedback
    Infinity Bike Seat: https://infinitybikeseat.com/?v=7516fd43adaa Use Code: ZRAAM for a discount!
    ‘Art of imperfection’: East Bay man brings life to old items by creating musical instruments https://abc7news.com/cigar-box-guitars-music.-boxes-folk-music-blues/6698198
    Cigar Box Kitchen Guitars: https://www.cigarboxkitchen.com/
    Support Rick’s 2021 RAW race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
    Next Day Podcast: www.nextdaypodcast.com

    • 33 min

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