Friday, December 30, 2016

Retrospective: Some Excerpts of 2016 AngryMountainBiker Interviews

I took some excerpts from a few of my interviews and put them together in tonights show. Hear the best from Martin Fernandez, Naz Ahmed, Russ Adam, Sean Johnson, and Frank Raiti.

 Happy New Year to all my guests and listeners. I've really enjoyed building this show in 2016 and look forward to many more interviews and rants in 2017. See you on the trail!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best of AngryMountainBiker: Rob Raker Talks About His Experience Battling Cancer, Guiding Erik Weihenmayer, and More

Hi everyone, Will Niccolls here. In today’s show I thought I’d do something different now that I have a few more listeners and the show has grown a bit. I’ve dug into the back catalogues for one of my favorite interviews of the past few months. It’s with my dear old friends Rob Raker. Rob is an incredibly talented guy and a true inspiration. He’s been a rock climber and outdoor adventurer for fifty years and a professional filmmaker and documentarian for over 20.  We met on the rocks in Morrison Colorado many years ago and have renewed our friendship in the last year as he has traveled to the DC area to undergo treatment for an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

Rob is a man of many talents, rock climbing, filmmaking, kayaking, cycling, birding, photography. One of the many interesting things he’s done over the past years is work with Erik Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind climber to reach the summit of Everest. You’ll hear Rob talk about some of his adventures with Erik here.

Now, I’m still pretty new to podcasting and listening back to this I wish I was a better interviewer and that I’d figured out some of the audio engineering tricks that I now know, but I went ahead and remastered the original track so that the sound may be a bit better, and Rob is such an interesting guy that I think the interview holds up ok despite my weaknesses. His candid discussion of his experience battling cancer is particularly important so I hope you enjoy this and I’ll be back with new shows in the next days. Meanwhile enjoy this and let me know your thoughts!

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Are You an OverExplainer? Help is Here! Merry Christmas Everyone!

Today I ramble about a lot of stuff. Like why explaining things to people is not only useless but it robs them of the experience of being wrong, especially as it relates to movement skills like rock climbing and mountain biking.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Breaking News! Red River Gorge MTB 100 Announced, Scud Awards, and What is Low Fat Half and Half??

The Red River Gorge is in Kentucky, a beautiful area with a bunch of world class climbing, and now a 100 mile mountain bike race in September, 2017.  I break it down, and also rant about low fat half and half for a while!

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Red River Gorge MTB 100 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Beer and Bikes with Andres Rodriguez in Studio

My friend Andres Rodriguez is a mountain biker and beer connoisseur and joins me in the studio to introduce some delicious and interesting beer  choices for your consideration this holiday season.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

3 Great Exercises for Mountain Biking and Why Standing While Pedaling is Important

Today I break down why standing up on your pedals more than you probably do is going to make you a better a rider.  I also give you three, wait, no, FOUR foundational strength exercises so you can finally keep up with your girlfriend. Or boyfriend.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

3 Tips for Setting Sag on your Suspension and Some Beer Talk

Some sweet tips on setting up suspension sag for you. Also, Brits don't know Jack about the US beer scene so I do a little course correction for them on that issue. You're welcome.  Oh, I also rant about some advice I saw on Reddit about getting a new bike for a new rider...

Suspension video I mentioned found here

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Three Christmas Gift Ideas for Mountain Bikers; Specialized's $5000 Dollar Gift to Local Trails

Bacon Ridge trails are done! Get over and try them out, and give your thanks to the volunteers that made it possible.  Hear about how Specialized gave a big cash donation to help get it done, and hear my personal recommendation for three killer gifts for mountain bikers.

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Bacon Ridge Trail Day
Trailwerks Cyclery on the Web

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Scott and Jade and I Discuss Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, and Gender Bias

Local bikers and climbers Scott Kragen and Jade Goh visit and we try to decide how big a problem gender bias is in adventure sports. Oh, and the positive power of negative thinking.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Keep Your Cucumber Martini to Yourself, and More Strength Training Talk

News on this weekend's trail work days, why martini's and beer need to get back to basics, and more on strength training in today's show.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Coaches Anne and Dave Pike Interview: Strength, Endurance, and Training Talk

Today Anne and Dave Pike joined me and talked about strength and endurance training.  Anne has done 16 Ironman Triathlons, finishing in the top ten numerous times, including a 5th place finish in 2006 in the UK.  She has degrees in Exercise Science and Nutrition, Physical Activity & Public Health from U. of Bristol (UK) and is a certified sports massage therapist.  Dave has a masters in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University in New York and a variety of certifications in strength and conditioning and personal training. They have coached NICA youth cycling teams and run their practice from Crozet, Virginia.

Dave and Anne's website is

They're sponsored by Charlottesville bike shop Endeavor Cycles

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Extreme Weekend: Fat Bike vs Cyclocross!

I break down my weekend riding on a group ride for the Global Fat Bike Day and also my experience photographing the Capital Cross Classic, a large cyclocross race here in the DC area.  I also talk about NICA, the high school mountain biking league. And, a rant on podcast quality and vocal fry.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Why Strength Training is a MUST for Reaching Your Endurance Potential

Today I break down how the science is in on strength training improving your endurance for
mountain biking.  I talk about the basic principles of maximal strength training and how to prep for it by using a general strength conditioning phase. Also, the 2017 19th Shenandoah Mountain 100 was announced and I talk about that.
Here's a link for Training for the New Alpinism at Patagonia's web site. Amazon has it too.

Here's the BikeReg page for committing to the SM100!

Jonathan knows strength training!

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