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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

    • 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?

    Welcome to Season 2!

    Welcome to Season 2!

    In this preview, Rick and Caryn think through where the podcast will head in Season 2. What races are on the agenda heading to Race Across the West in June 2021. Possible guests leading up to Natchez Trace 444 in October? New Web site address: www.TeamZCycling.com And we’d love to hear from you all. You know a lot about us – share a little about you and what you think of our Say Watt? Podcast!
    Show resources:

    Give us your feedback: www.TeamZCycling.com/feedback
    Next Day Podcast: www.nextdaypodcast.com
    Science in Sport (Gels, Bars, Electrolyte Tabs): https://www.scienceinsport.com/us/
    Picky Bars (Pre-Race Oatmeal, Bars, Drizzle): www.pickybars.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/

    • 21 min
    VRAW Debrief: What Worked, What Would We Change?

    VRAW Debrief: What Worked, What Would We Change?

    In the Season One finale, Rick and Caryn debrief Rick’s successful VRAW attempt. Using a model carried over from their work, they talk through what happened, what worked, what they’d change and who there is to appreciate in getting Rick across the finish line for another Race Across America qualifier.
    Show resources:

    Podcasting: How to Start A Podcast and Create a Profitable Podcasting Business, Amanda Mayo: https://amzn.to/2VWX4YH
    For personal Podcast coaching and support, reach out to our friend and podcast guru Amanda Mayo: http://linkedin.com/in/amandaroscoemayo
    VRAAM Mental Miles: https://www.facebook.com/pg/VRAAMMentalMiles/about/
    VRAW Leaderboard & Tracker: https://comps.fulgaz.com/liverace/5ec73310982d866101a419ab/ALL/NA
    VRAAM Leaderboard & Tracker: https://comps.fulgaz.com/liverace/5eb8980b7bbaef779f2ab581
    FulGaz: https://fulgaz.com/
    AltRed: https://shop.sur.co/ [Use code rzwetsch-altred for a 15% discount. Good for unlimited use…please share with friends and family!]
    Science in Sport (Gels, Bars, Electrolyte Tabs): https://www.scienceinsport.com/us/
    Picky Bars (Pre-Race Oatmeal, Bars, Drizzle): www.pickybars.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/

    • 33 min
    VRAW Time-lapse: A real-time race report

    VRAW Time-lapse: A real-time race report

    Per listener request, listen in as Rick’s virtual Race Across the West, or VRAW, race unfolds in this time-lapse episode. From moments before the start through to the race finish celebration, and including a morning-after update, this episode is a series of rider and crew check-ins to give a behind-the-scenes look at what is involved in a 949-mile ultra-cycling with over 80,000 feet of elevation gain, all from the relative comfort of our basement.
    While we didn’t have a full crew, vehicles, the elements, other cars/trucks, and many of the typical complications of a race IRL to contend with, you may be surprised at how many similarities there were to the racer and crew experience for a virtual race. Give a listen and let us know what you think about this time-lapse format!
    Show resources:

    VRAAM Mental Miles: https://www.facebook.com/pg/VRAAMMentalMiles/about/
    VRAW Leaderboard & Tracker: https://comps.fulgaz.com/liverace/5ec73310982d866101a419ab/ALL/NA
    VRAAM Leaderboard & Tracker: https://comps.fulgaz.com/liverace/5eb8980b7bbaef779f2ab581
    FulGaz: https://fulgaz.com/
    Science in Sport (Gels, Bars, Electrolyte Tabs): https://www.scienceinsport.com/us/
    Picky Bars (Pre-Race Oatmeal, Bars, Drizzle): www.pickybars.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/

    • 57 min
    A Look into Rick's Plan for the First Ever vRAW

    A Look into Rick's Plan for the First Ever vRAW

    We’re publishing this episode on June 9th – a week before the start of the first ever virtual Race Across the West (vRAW) and virtual Race Across America (vRAAM). While there’s a lot to do to get ready, not nearly like what we and the crew would be doing getting ready to pack up two vans and physically head out to Oceanside, CA on Thursday, 6/12 as originally planned!
    So, what goes into getting ready to race 945 miles with a little over 83,000 ft. of climbing in 92 hours or less on a bike? On a trainer? In the basement?

    Listen in as Caryn and Rick discuss the very cool virtual cycling platform FulGaz where all of the magic will happen, training leading up to the race, including some of the amazing test rides in 7 different states, Rick’s race and nutrition plans, Caryn’s role as solo crew and a little about planned in-race social media activities and how to follow the vRAW leaderboard and track Rick from the start to the finish!
    Show resources:

    vRAW Leaderboard & Tracker: http://www.revolve24.com/VRAW-LEADERBOARD
    FulGaz: https://fulgaz.com/
    Science in Sport (Gels, Bars, Electrolyte Tabs): https://www.scienceinsport.com/us/
    Picky Bars (Pre-Race Oatmeal, Bars, Drizzle): www.pickybars.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/

    • 36 min
    It’s a Rick & Rick Extravaganza!

    It’s a Rick & Rick Extravaganza!

    Join Rick Z. and the Executive Director of the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race Mr. Rick Boethling as they talk about all things RAW and RAAM in real life and vRAW and vRAAM starting on June 16th.
    Just because RAW and RAAM have been cancelled for 2020 doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. From juggling RAAM qualifying races around the world, in these times of uncertainty, to figuring out how to create a virtual 925 mile and 3,000+ mile virtual race from scratch…Rick B. takes us back and shares how he came to RAAM and then pulls back the curtain a bit to share how the small but mighty Race Across America team does all it can to keep the ultra-cycling spirit high and top of mind.
    What goes into putting on these races in real life or in a virtual world is mind-boggling. Have a listen and get some of the inside skinny!
     
    Show resources:
    Signup for VRAW/VRAAM: http://www.revolve24.com/events/virtual-race-across-america
    FulGaz: https://fulgaz.com/
    Support Rick’s race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 53 min
    Countdown to VRAAM/VRAW/the60 Continues – Get the Latest from Anthony Gordon

    Countdown to VRAAM/VRAW/the60 Continues – Get the Latest from Anthony Gordon

    Join Rick and Anthony Gordon for our “Quick Release” episode with all the latest updates on the development, launch and start of America’s Toughest Virtual Bike Race!
    Entries open on Monday, May 18th and Anthony and the FulGaz team are hard at it. What this small but mighty team will pull off in such a short period of time is just astounding.
    Rick will be riding VRAW – 925 miles with a goal to finish in less than 92 hours. Who else wants to ride along?
    Show resources:

    Signup for VRAW/VRAAM Updates: https://bit.ly/VRAAM
    FulGaz: https://fulgaz.com/
    Support Rick’s race: https://www.zraam2021.com/gofundme
    Race Across the West: http://www.raceacrossthewest.org/
    Race Across America: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

mattadams80 ,

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!!!!

Fun, informative, unique, and real!!!! I am enjoying listening to every episode! Thank you! :)

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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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