If you’ve travelled to Girona, and you’re into coffee, you’re sure to have visited La Fabrica or Espresso Mafia – two of the few places you can get a decent brew in town. And if you’ve visited either of those, and you’re into cycling, you’re bound to have checked out The Service Course -´the ultimate Pro experience´. All of these executed by Christian Meier and his wife, Amber.
He’s no longer in the pro peloton but still very much involved in the cycling world. Christian Meier is an ex-teammate of mine, having raced together on Orica-Greenedge. He’s a super interesting guy and apart from being an ex-pro, he’s now very well known in Girona for being the first to bring specialty coffee to this cycling Mecca. I´ve always enjoyed chatting with Christian, and it was great hearing his story of how he transitioned out of the sport. But what I found most interesting was how he was able to apply his professional cycling mentality into the everyday business world. I pick his brains on racing, retiring and hear the latest on his growing empire, The Service Course. We had some great laughs over a good brew, be sure to have a listen!
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Episode numero tres and the final instalment of my La Vuelta mini series with our grand tour freshman Logan Owen.
It´s a nice feeling to be here at the 2nd rest day, I can tell you. Logan has had an especially tough week this week, with crashes and illness, but has pushed through and is now looking on the up with Madrid just in sight. I chat with him again on the eve of the rest day, on another one of our epic transfers. His body is tired but his spirits are high. And why not because it’s only 5 days to go!
Thanks for the support over the past three weeks. Cya in Madrid!
Life on the road with a pro team sounds like all fun and games to the untrained ear. But in all reality it is gritty hard work, especially dealing with prima-donna cyclists as well. But Jac Johann, aka JJ, doesn’t see it like that. He really does see it as the dream job, something he really just loves doing. He has a refreshing approach to the daily challenges of being a World Tour Mechanic, with no job too big or small. And it was great to sit down with him, one of the team behind our team, who we definitely couldn’t do our best out on the road without. Enjoy!
As I also mention in the podcast, we are super excited to have joined the Wide Angle Podium Network which is an awesome community of cycling podcasts, including The Slow Ride Pod, The Gravel Lot and heaps more. We know ourselves that putting out a podcast regularly takes more work than it seems and so we’re super happy to support the other great cycling shows that we love listening to ourselves. Wide Angle Podium is a place where you can also support the content you love by donating. This goes a long way for us in helping to bring you more quality episodes, insights into Life in the Peloton and let’s not forget the occasional freebie!
With the Giro d’Italia upon us, I thought who better to talk to than the in-form Londoner, Tao Geoghegan Hart. Fresh from 2 stage wins last week at Tour of the Alps in Italy, he is arriving at the Giro for the second Grand Tour of his young career. It was fun discussing and dissecting this year’s furious Giro parcours, as he sets his goals around the race ahead. We also discuss becoming a Pro, growing up in East London. Not to forget the ever important topic of coffee on the race. Have a listen.
Rory has had a long career. And as I found out when talking to Daryl Impey, a long career is not without it’s hiccups. “Hiccups” is putting it lightly, because before Rory could really sink his teeth into his profession career with Rabobank back in 2005, he received the piece of mail anyone would fear. A positive test result. For a substance completely unbeknown to him. Crushing. How do you deal with that as a 23 year old? And if you can, how do you come back from that? This is Rory’s story.