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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 • 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?

    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
    Dave Brillhart, Data Fields, DaveAde and The 444

    Dave Brillhart, Data Fields, DaveAde and The 444

    We’re thrilled to have a chance to visit with ultra-cyclist, master of all things stats and data, cycling cocktail creator and frankly one of the most helpful and friendly people I’ve met along my relatively short ultra-cycling journey…Mr. Dave Brillhart.
    Listen in as Dave talks about how he got started in ultra-cycling, the cool data fields he’s developed for the Garmin cycling computer, his amazing cycling cocktail DaveAde and…he shares some thoughts about Natchez Trace 444 starting on Friday, October 2nd! Be sure to check out Show Resources below!
    Show resources:
    Give us your feedback: www.TeamZCycling.com/feedback
    Infinity Bike Seat: https://infinitybikeseat.com/?v=7516fd43adaa Use Code: ZRAAM for a discount!
    Dave’s Race Reports:
    Natchez Trace 444 RAAM Qualifier
    https://1n.pm/Natchez2019
    Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race
    https://1n.pm/Leadville100
    Glass Elevator Everest
    https://1n.pm/GlassElevator
    HooDoo 500 Stage Race
    https://1n.pm/HooDoo500
    Dirty Kanza 200 Gravel Race
    https://1n.pm/DirtyKanza2019
    Sebring 24hr RAAM Qualifier
    https://1n.pm/Sebring2019
    Book Reference:

    Title: Just Ride: Racing 2,725 Miles to Mexico
    By: Ty Hopkins
    Garmin Data Fields
    Summary: http://bit.ly/DataFields
    PowerBar: https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/2fffc10e-a136-4c14-89ee-600cb8b62154
    FourStats: https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/5816b24d-2689-4584-b458-a24e0fea0429
    FourClimbs: https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/3a23e2c1-0886-49a5-a826-649ad94dda02
    FourTimes: https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/9e0940d6-d662-4c32-8c77-78757ba03706
    AutoPacer: https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/8c20f407-1343-40b0-a5fa-247dc4c6a0a0
    DaveAde Presentation: http://bit.ly/DaveAde 
    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

    • 58 min
    RAAM Hall of Famer George Thomas Interview

    RAAM Hall of Famer George Thomas Interview

    Listen in as we visit with long time, experienced and accomplished ultra-cyclist and skier/ski instructor, ultra-cycling race director (including Natchez Trace 444), the voice of RAAM, RAAM Hall of Fame Inductee and a whole lot more…Mr. George Thomas from Nederland, Colorado. George is so well liked and connected, tells great stories and has a great sense of humor. For the delicate ears amongst us, be prepared for the lightning round!

    Show resources:

    Give us your feedback: www.TeamZCycling.com/feedback
    Infinity Bike Seat: https://infinitybikeseat.com/?v=7516fd43adaa Use Code: ZRAAM for a discount!
    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

    • 49 min

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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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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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