The Adventure Stache

The Adventure Stache

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Professional mountain biker Payson McElveen sits down with some of the biggest names in sports and adventure to get an inside look at what sets them apart. With no script, the casual conversations are as diverse as the guests, with topics ranging from …


Larissa Connors, mountain biker
Mar 29 • 70 min
Larissa Connors is a two-time winner of both the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and Belgian Waffle Ride. Payson caught up with her at her home in Orange County, California in February to talk work/life balance, over-training, and why she has…
Sarah Bidgood, nuclear nonproliferation expert
Mar 24 • 95 min
Sarah Bidgood is a leading nuclear nonproliferation expert and Director of the Eurasian nonproliferation program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. As a specialist in US-Russia…
“The Mid South” Q&A Special: Payson answers your questions
Mar 17 • 85 min
Following Payson’s win at the historically muddy “The Mid South” gravel race, many asked for a Q&A episode giving a look inside the race. In this episode, Payson responds to the questions you’ve been submitting over the past few days about the race,…
Nik Hawks: veteran, entrepreneur, athlete
Mar 9 • 79 min
Nik Hawks is an entrepreneur, athlete, and veteran (Navy SEAL). Among his many pursuits, he is a paraglider, writer, podcaster, Red Bull athletic performance consultant, and founder of a paleo dessert company. In this conversation, Nik talks to Payson…
Tyler Jewell, Red Bull athlete performance coach
Mar 3 • 72 min
Tyler Jewell is an athlete performance coach at Red Bull, and has been instrumental in helping athletes reach the heights of their sports and come back from injuries. In this conversation, Tyler talks about his early career as a two-time Olympic…
Hans Rey, mountain biking icon
Feb 25 • 56 min
Hans Rey is a pioneer of extreme mountain biking and a former trials riding world champion. After retiring from professional competitions in 1997, Hans forged a new path as an adventurer, traveling the world with camera crews and journalists to document…
Chris Burkard on his record setting bike lap of Iceland
Feb 18 • 55 min
In the summer of 2019, acclaimed photographer Chris Burkard set a new record in the WOW Cyclothon in Iceland, completing the 844 mile ride that traverses the perimeter of the country in 52 hours, 36 minutes and 19 seconds. In his second appearance on…
Justin Williams, road cyclist (with Colin Strickland and Kate Courtney)
Feb 11 • 113 min
Justin Williams is a professional cyclist who has raced both domestically and internationally. He’s won multiple national titles, including both the road and criterium races at the Elite National Championships in 2018. As one of the small number of prof…
Johnny Collinson, skier
Feb 4 • 75 min
John Collinson is a big mountain freeskier whose accomplishments in the sport have earned him multiple podiums on the Freeskiing World Tour and awards for his frequent appearances in Red Bull and Teton Gravity Research films. Equally skilled in the tric…
Reilly Brennan, transportation investor
Jan 28 • 49 min
Reilly Brennan is an early stage investor in the transportation industry and a lecturer at Stanford’s School of Engineering. As cofounder of Trucks, a venture capital group that funds the future of transportation, he has played a crucial role in the dev…
Angel Collinson, free skier
Jan 21 • 104 min
Angel Collinson is one of the most accomplished big mountain freestyle skiers in the world. Throughout her career, she’s won two championship titles at the Freeskiing World Tour, and was the first woman to be awarded Best Line at the Powder Video Awards…
Neal Rogers, cycling journalist
Jan 14 • 78 min
Neal Rogers has been a cycling journalist for nearly twenty years, writing for publications such as VeloNews (where he was Editor in Chief), Global Cycling Network, and Cycling Tips. Throughout his career he’s covered some of the biggest races and inter…
Todd Wells, mountain bike and cyclocross icon
Jan 7 • 76 min
Todd Wells is one of the most decorated mountain bikers in U.S. history. Across his more than 25 year career, he’s won three Cyclocross National Championships, three consecutive Mountain Bike National Championships, and represented the USA at three Olym…
Q&A Show: Payson answers listener questions
Dec 31, 2019 • 90 min
For our final show of 2019, we’re bringing you a much requested Q&A episode. Payson sits down to answer some of your questions about training, motivation, diet, the kindness of strangers, off the bike hobbies, and much, much more.
Sepp Kuss, LIVE from the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Registration Party
Dec 24, 2019 • 48 min
Sepp Kuss is a World Tour road cyclist currently riding for Team Jumbo-Visma. He’s raced the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, and was just named to his teams’s 2020 Tour de France lineup. His major wins include stage 17 of the 2019 Vuelta a España, an…
Phil Gaimon, cyclist
Dec 17, 2019 • 83 min
Phil Gaimon is a former World Tour road cyclist who rode for Garmin-Sharp and Cannondale-Drapac among others. While racing, he blogged for VeloNews, Bicycling, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated and wrote the popular book Pro Cycling on $10 a Day (2014). He …
Christian Williams, Payson’s coach
Dec 10, 2019 • 105 min
Christian Williams and Payson have been working together for over a decade, ever since Payson was a junior racing in local and state races in Texas. Over 20 years of coaching, Christian has led over a hundred riders to national podiums, and been the dir…
Tiffany Cromwell, road cylist
Dec 3, 2019 • 69 min
Tiffany Cromwell is an Australian road cyclist who rides for Canyon-SRAM. Her many accomplishments include stage wins at the Gira d’Italia and victory in the Belgium Spring Classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. She and Payson caught up this summer at Steamboat…
Carson Storch, freeride mountain biker
Nov 26, 2019 • 78 min
Carson Storch is a freeride and slopestyle mountain biker, best known for his participation in the Mountain Bike Freeride World Tour and Red Bull Rampage. He and Payson caught up in L.A. only a few days after this year’s Rampage to talk about the event …
Ted King and Payson McElveen interview each other
Nov 19, 2019 • 54 min
Ted King is a former professional road cyclist and current gravel racer. Ted’s diverse interests off the bike are nearly too numerous to count, but include hosting his own podcast (King of the Ride), co-owning a maple syrup based nutrition company, Unta…
Ned Overend and John Tomac, mountain bike icons
Nov 12, 2019 • 115 min
Ned Overend and John Tomac dominated professional mountain biking during its hay day of the late 80’s and 90’s in a rivalry that is permanently etched in off-road racing history. Their battles defined the sport for nearly a decade, and were made even…
Ellen Noble, cyclist
Nov 5, 2019 • 88 min
Ellen Noble is a four-time cyclocross national champion and world champion silver medalist. In this interview, she and Payson go deep on gender equality and the #MeToo movement, talk about their favorite books, and lighten the mood with a few breakfast …
Jake Murray, American Ninja Warrior
Oct 29, 2019 • 63 min
Jake Murray is a professional ninja, best known for his multiple appearances on the hit reality competition show American Ninja Warrior. He’s been on the show for the past four seasons, and his speed and creative flair make him a crowd favorite each yea…
Mark Twight, mountaineer, Part II
Oct 22, 2019 • 144 min
In their second conversation on The Adventure Stache, Payson and mountaineer Mark Twight sat down in Mark’s Non Prophet headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah to pick up where they left off in Part I. They discuss Mark’s use of male group dynamics to get …
Colin Strickland, cyclist
Oct 15, 2019 • 78 min
Colin Strickland is a gravel, cyclocross, and road cyclist who shot to prominence in 2016 when he dominated the 2016 Red Hook Criterium fixed-gear series in Brooklyn. Since then, he’s won back-to-back titles at Gravel Worlds and taken the win at this ye…
Mark Twight, mountaineer, Part I
Oct 8, 2019 • 134 min
Mark Twight is a former pioneering mountaineer, climber, photographer, author, podcaster, and Hollywood trainer. During his climbing career, he made multiple first ascents of some of the most challenging routes in the world, and achieved the fastest kno…
Kelly Halpin, mountain runner and artist
Oct 1, 2019 • 77 min
Kelly Halpin is a mountain runner with multiple fastest known times on some the toughest and most remote routes in the country. She specializes in solo, unsupported challenges in and around her home territory in Grand Teton National Park, and often comb…
Lynsey Dyer, skier
Sep 24, 2019 • 67 min
Lynsey Dyer is a professional skier and filmmaker from Jackson, Wyoming. Following a career in competitive big mountain skiing, Lynsey went on to become a trailblazing star in many backcountry films, eventually moving on to directing and producing award…
Loren Mutch, roller derby World Champion
Sep 17, 2019 • 66 min
Loren Mutch is a skater with the Rose City Rollers, one of the best roller derby teams in the world. In 2014, she was crowned Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) MVP, and went on to help her team win back to back world championships in 2015 and…
Tim Johnson, cyclocross icon
Sep 10, 2019 • 86 min
Tim Johnson is a former professional cyclist, most known for his multiple cyclocross national titles and world championship medals. His career also included a stint on a World Tour road team, where he had to face tough decisions at the height of the dop…
Grand Poobear, Esports speedrunner
Sep 3, 2019 • 101 min
Grand Poobear is a Red Bull e-sports athlete and one of the top competitive video gamers in the world. With thousands of followers on Twitch and Youtube, he earns a very handsome living while simultaneously raising over a million dollars for charity thr…
Gwen Jorgensen, runner and triathlete
Aug 27, 2019 • 59 min
Gwen Jorgensen in a runner and former triathlete. She won the gold medal for the triathlon at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and won the ITU World Triathlon Series two years in a row in 2014 and 2015. Now retired from triathlon racing, she has her eyes set on…
Michelle Parker, skier
Aug 20, 2019 • 147 min
Leadville 100 LIVE with Rebecca Rusch, Dave Mackey, and Dave Wiens
Aug 13, 2019 • 72 min
This week, The Adventure Stache headed to the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in Leadville, CO to record its very first live episode. Payson was joined on stage by “The Queen of Pain” Rebecca Rusch, ultra runner Dave Mackey, and an encore appearance fr…
Dave Wiens, hall of fame mountain biker
Aug 6, 2019 • 70 min
Dave Wiens is a member of the mountain bike hall of fame, two time US National champion (XC and Marathon), multi-time World Cup winner, and six time Leadville 100 winner. Wiens won the race six times in a row, beating Floyd Landis and Lance Armstrong co…
Chris Harris Jr., Denver Broncos cornerback
Jul 30, 2019 • 42 min
Chris Harris Jr. is the Denver Broncos star cornerback. Along with helping them to victory in Super Bowl 50, Harris is a 4x Pro Bowler. He was signed by the Broncos in 2011 as an undrafted free agent in 2011 with a mere $2,000 signing bonus, and slotted…
Adam Ster, healer
Jul 23, 2019 • 94 min
Adam Ster is the personal healer and bodyworker to some of the world’s top athletic performers, such as NFL players and adventure sports athletes. He is an individual contractor, but some of football’s top players such as Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr. an…
Travis Brown, hall of fame mountain biker
Jul 16, 2019 • 93 min
Travis Brown is a hall of fame mountain biker who enjoyed an illustrious career that spanned the 2000 Olympic Games, multiple national championships, singlespeed world titles (during the branding years), and more. Today he plays an integral role in Trek…
Jill Kintner, mountain biker
Jul 8, 2019 • 81 min
Jill Kintner is a professional mountain biker. During one of the most decorated careers the sport has seen, she’s won multiple world titles, national titles, and an Olympic Bronze in BMX at the Beijing Olympics. Jill and Payson sat down at Red Bull HQ t…
Chris Cosentino, celebrity chef
Jul 2, 2019 • 63 min
Chris Cosentino is a celebrity chef, TV personality, owner of three restaurants, and avid cyclist. Most known for his 2012 victory of Top Chef Masters, Chris frequently features on some of the biggest foodie reality TV shows on channels such as The Food…
Adam Craig and Carl Decker
Jun 24, 2019 • 82 min
Peanut butter and jelly, Tom and Jerry, Batman and Robin—we’d argue Adam Craig and Carl Decker are up there with the most legendary duos on earth. They certainly are the most interesting. Illustrious Olympic mountain bike careers, XGames level rally ca…
Sasha DiGiulian, rock climber
Jun 18, 2019 • 76 min
Sasha DiGiulian is a Boulder-based professional climber and Red Bull athlete. After an illustrious competitive climbing career that included a world title, Sasha attended Columbia University where she studied non-fiction creative writing and business. W…
“Bonusode!” Lily McElveen, producer of the show
Jun 17, 2019 • 33 min
While visiting her in England, Payson recorded a bonus podcast with producer of the show (and younger sister), Lily. They discuss experiences with the project now twelve episodes in, goals and plans moving forward, the nuts and bolts of how Lily edits a…
David Colturi, Cliff Diver
Jun 11, 2019 • 63 min
“I am scared of the potential consequences of a cliff dive gone wrong almost as much as having to hold a nine to five office job.” As a member of Red Bull’s Cliff Diving circuit, David Colturi’s “9-5” is jumping out of the equivalent of an eight story b…
Lael Wilcox, ultra endurance cyclist
Jun 4, 2019 • 70 min
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Lael Wilcox is the best female ultra-endurance cyclist in the world. Her most notable accomplishments include winning the 4,300 mile Trans Am Bike Race outright (after passing the lead male rider in the final miles)…
Dylan Bowman, ultrarunner
May 27, 2019 • 87 min
Dylan Bowman is one of the best in the world at what humans do best: running far. Payson caught up with Dylan last winter in his Aspen, CO home to talk about exploring the limits of endurance, spending time with the running club in San Quentin prison, …
Gary Fisher, inventor of the modern mountain bike
May 20, 2019 • 71 min
“Inventor of the mountain bike” is a mantle Gary Fisher resists, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more deserving owner of the title. In this colorful chat, Gary tells Payson about the humble beginnings of the “klunker” and the first company he…
Angela Naeth, Ironman triathlete
May 14, 2019 • 78 min
Angela is a Canadian triathlete and Red Bull athlete. She’s won the North American Ironman championships, and completed the event in under 9 hours three times—including her improbable 8th place finish in the 2018 Kona World Championships after a year-l…
Tommy Caldwell, climbing legend
May 6, 2019 • 70 min
Tommy Caldwell is considered by most to be the greatest big wall free climber of all time. In 2015 he and his climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson were the first to complete the “Dawn Wall” in Yosemite National Park, which is thought to be the most challengi…
Sepp Kuss, Howard Grotts, and Chris Blevins
Apr 30, 2019 • 109 min
Sepp Kuss, Howard Grotts, and Chris Blevins are three of Payson’s best friends, and also some of the most accomplished professional cyclists in the world. All three Durango, CO natives, Payson moved to their hometown when he was eighteen, and enjoyed ha…
Kate Courtney, Mountain Bike World Champion
Apr 23, 2019 • 67 min
Kate Courtney is the defending XCO Mountain Bike World Champion, many time national champion, and a Red Bull athlete. At just 23 years of age, Kate has already reached superstar status in a sport that often doesn’t see athletes reach their peak until…
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, CrossFit Games Champion
Apr 16, 2019 • 69 min
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is a Canadian professional CrossFit athlete, Red Bull athlete, entrepreneur, and health advocate. She was crowned “fittest on earth” in 2014 after winning that year’s CrossFit Games. Payson sat down with Camille in Boulder, CO la…
Reggie Miller, hall of fame basketball player
Apr 8, 2019 • 97 min
Reggie Miller is a hall of fame basketball player and Olympic gold medalist, best known for his precision three-point shooting. Today he is a commentator for TNT, father, and passionate mountain bike rider. Reggie and Payson sit down in his oceanside Ma…
Juli Furtado, mountain bike legend
Apr 8, 2019 • 131 min
Juli Furtado’s story is one of incredible triumph and unbelievable struggle. As one of the most hallowed names in cycling history, Juli pedaled her way to possibly the most dominant streak the sport has seen, in a mere six years winning multiple world t…
Chris Burkard, celebrity photographer and adventurer
Apr 8, 2019 • 53 min
Imagine you’re 22 years old and inside the walls of a Vladivostok prison cell. Your only human contact is a one-eyed Russian guard named Igor. With 3.4 million followers on Instagram, chances are good you see Chris Burkard’s images on your phone regular…