Cycling

G.O. 063 – Olivia Round

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G.O. 063 - Facing Fears by Touring With Olivia Round

Olivia Round has had a deep-seated fear of men and sexual assault for her entire life. Fed up with the way this anxiety interfered with her daily life, she sought a solution. At 21, Olivia rode her bicycle 5,000 miles across the United States—alone. She and Jason spoke over Skype one morning about this journey, her path to healing, penning a memoir, and Russian mystics.


LINKS:

oliviaround.org
Her Article at Adventure Cycling Association
Indiegogo Campaign

adventurecycling.org
warmshowers.org

G.O. 062 – Bikepacking & Touring

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G.O. 062 - Roundtable: Bikepacking & Touring

Traveling multiple days on a bicycle opens up a realm of adventures not possible by car or foot. Jason grills four bicycle enthusiasts: Nate, Nils, Lauren, and Megan about the realm of bikepacking and touring. They cover the various technical aspects, the draw of two wheels, the importance of sturdy chairs, and the dangers of hitting Nate with a car.


LINKS:

She Wolf Attack Team (SWAT)
Echo Park Bike Posse (EPBP)
Rogue Panda Designs
Revelate Designs
Swift Industries
Adventure Cycling Association
Tom Harrison Maps
Google Earth
Safety Pizza
Crazy Guy on a Bike
Rails to Trails
Katy Trail

bikepacking.com
theradavist.com
strava.com
boyzonthehoods.com
bajadivide.com

instagram.com/lauren_grababrewski/
instagram.com/meganrosedonuts/
instagram.com/c_baller/
instagram.com/frankwithoutbeans/

G.O. 040 – Lauren Grabowski

G.O. 061 – Ryan Dacey

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G.O. 061 - Ryan Dacey, Taco Del Montana

Ryan “Taco” Dacey likes to live in the spaces in between. He prefers climbing the challenging choss betwixt established routes. He chooses the miserable gorge descents flanked by quality canyons. He selects suffering when comfort is the preferred option. Yet, his aptitude for joy reigns supreme and his willingness to share is unmatched. Ryan and Jason sat in a Pasadena park one afternoon discussing shitty rock, life by bicycle, surviving Fish Fork, Ragu sponsorships, and the dastardly Steller’s Jay.


LINKS:

instagram.com/tacodelmontana
Taco’s Blog
San Gabriel Mountain Forums
Profile on Mountain Project

Fish Fork

Taco Del Rio Yelp Review

Get him sponsored: ragu.com

G.O. 045 – Paul Hytinen & Dylan Gonda

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G.O. 045 - Touring the Divide with Paul & Dylan

The Tour Divide is a backcountry off-road cycling route spanning over 2700 miles from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Paul Hytinen and Dylan Gonda are two men separated by 40 years in age who both found themselves itching to take on this challenge. Jason sat down with both of them at Paul’s Michigan home to discuss the draw of the trail and the intricacies of completing it.

LINKS:

Paul’s Facebook
Dylan’s Instagram
Dylan’s Facebook
greatlakesgreatstories.org

Ride the Divide Documentary
bikepacking.net
bikepacking.com
tourdivide.org
tourdivide.com
Konan Stephens Tour Divide Video
Crazy Larry FB

Arrowhead 135

G.O. 043 – Nick Smolinske

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G.O. 043 - Nick Smolinske Goes Rogue Panda

Nick Smolinske spent his childhood indoors playing video games. Commuting on a bicycle in college triggered something inside that lay dormant and he discovered a passion for active outdoor pursuits. Soon he was slack-lining and competing on a Broomball team. In hopes of saving money, he began creating his own bikepacking gear in his bedroom. This operation would eventually evolve into Rogue Panda Designs and turn Nick into a business owner. Nick and Jason met one day at the Rogue Panda shop in Flagstaff, AZ to discuss the birth of the Panda, the powers of smooth jazz, hacked construction signs, the pleasures of German bread, and the benefits of vacuum sealers.

LINKS:

roguepanda.com
instagram.com/roguepandadesigns/
facebook.com/smogear/
Personal Blog
Looking ahead to 2017

backpackinglight.com
huppybar.com

savetheconfluence.com

G.O. 040 – Lauren Grabowski

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G.O. 040 - Outdoor Dilettante, Lauren Grabowski

Lauren Grabowski tossed aside the shackles of her adolescent safety after embarking upon a 50-mile day hike in college. As a collector of experiences, and self-proclaimed outdoor dilettante, she seeks varied adventures and novel locales. She does, although, have a special love for cycling and bikepacking and the opportunities traveling on two wheels can provide. She and Jason met in one of the rare spots in Los Angeles where its river looks like a river to discuss cycling, mountaineering, travel, living abroad, and the Grabowski Shuffle.

LINKS:

instagram.com/lauren_grababrewski
High Fashion Blob

iNaturalist App
Arlene Blum
Arlene Blum Annapurna t-shirts

G.O. 035 – Andrew Merrill

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G.O. 035 - Cycling Flight Paramedic Andrew Merrill

Andrew Merrill grew up in Lancaster, California where the L.A. Fire Dept. Explorer’s Program and the television series, Emergency would leave indelible marks on his character. A desire to help those in need and save lives lead him to adopt a career as a Flight Paramedic. He also draws great satisfaction from mountain biking and off road racing. He and Jason hid beneath a gazebo anticipating rain one sunny morning and discussed Andrew’s life in the air and on the trails.

LINKS:

instagram.com/rotordrew/
twitter.com/RotorDrew

Races:
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Bike Race
25 Hours in Frog Hollow Bike Race
Carson City Off Road Race
Whiskey Off Road Race
Tucson Half-marathon

LA Fire Dept. Explorer Program
International Association of Flight & Critical Care Paramedics
Haiti Air Ambulance

Andrew’s Inspiration: Emergency

G.O. 022 – Tommy Day

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G.O. 022 - Dr. Tommy Day is Real In

Tommy Day is a physician, but he is also an adventurer. Traveling on two wheels or casting for fish bring him a joy he can’t find elsewhere. He is also a photographer. Capturing moments in still images or in moving video allow him to share stories that matter with others. He and Jason sat on Tommy’s roof deck at his home in Oregon after multiple days of shooting video in wet canyons to discuss his outdoor pursuits and the challenges of career changes.

LINKS:

tommydaycreative.com
Tommy’s Instagram
Tommy’s Vimeo

Skate Like A Girl video

Scuba Climbers Teaser

G.O. 014 – Mike Hastings

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G.O. 014 - On 2 Wheels With Mike Hastings

Mike Hastings was raised in the frigid motor city of Michigan where a love for machines and a superhuman tolerance for cold temperatures was born. Early in adulthood, he headed West chasing the two-wheeled pursuits of mountain biking and motorcycle racing. He even indulged a momentary fling with Super Moto. Several crashes later, he still chases his two-wheeled passion through moto clubs and long distance riding trips. He and Jason discussed these pursuits one evening on Jason’s back patio shortly before being massacred in a game of Risk: Legacy.

LINKS:

BMW Ventura EarthRider Adventure Ride Series

Adventure Rally Sierra Edition
(Mike won the 2015 Event)

Toujours Feidele – Tour De Camp Pendelton Road Bicycle Race

Self-Guided Motorcycle Tours of Italy
Hooligan Hoedown Moto Camping Event

Cannell Trail (The Plunge)
Mountain and River Adventures
Ewan McGregor Motorcycle travel movies

Hand-crafted Trekking Poles and Packs: uphilldesigns.com

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