The Big Wheel Coaching Podcast

The Big Wheel Coaching Podcast
On the Big Wheel Podcast we discuss training and preparation tips, tricks, hacks, as well as Athlete stories to help Athletes everywhere achieve their best. Although our primary focus is cycling of all types, the concepts discussed are applicable to Athletes in other sports. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

Bike Maintenance Tips From A Pro To Keep You On The Road & Not At The Shop: BWC EP53
Sep 4 • 67 min
Maintaining your bicycle is likely not the first thing that comes to mind when training, but a well-working bike is most certainly key to a great workout! What’s more, bike shops are swamped with repairs, meaning if your bike goes down, you might have to…
Understanding Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivation To Keep Your Training Productive In A Pandemic: BWC EP52
Aug 19 • 60 min
Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation are often thought to exist in a Yin and Yang relationship. One is zen-like motivation and the other is about getting results, but the reality is that it is far more complex than that. Considering the Covid-19 Pandemic…
Scratch The Itch: ZWIFT Racing & Training w/vJMSR Champ Jordan Cheyne EP51
Jul 21 • 89 min
July is simply not the same without the Tour de France and world class bike racing to watch… Thankfully, with ZWIFT there is a platform where cyclists from around the world can gather to test themselves and “scratch the racing itch”, so to speak. Just as…
A Community Initiative That Needs Our Support: Meet Kimberly Calvin Of The Akoma Unity Center
Jun 25 • 60 min
As parents, Coaches, and two people that want to see the next generation of young people grow up to achieve all they are capable of, we are dedicating this episode of the BWC podcast to the incredible work done at the Akoma Unity Center in San Bernardino……
Gaining Power & Speed: How Posture & Bike Fit Can Make You Faster!
Jun 13 • 75 min
**New Episode & Flash SALE On BWC Summer Edition Kits** Efficiency of power transfer and economy of effort are two important concepts that all cyclists should be more familiar with. Efficiency of power transfer relates to how much power is lost through…
Prioritizing & Emphasizing Hydration Before, During, & After Training w/Dina Griffin Sports Dietician
May 29 • 74 min
Did you know, for most training rides, especially those lasting less than 90min., hydration (rather lack thereof) makes a greater impact on performance than nutrition. And with the summer-heat upon us, the importance of prioritizing hydration in our…
Nutrition For Cyclists: A Little Less ‘Space-Food’/A Lot More Real Food With SNAAK Bar Founder Anke Thiel
May 12 • 84 min
“Food Is Fuel” is a mantra that is often under-appreciated in this age of packaged meals, powdered nutrition, and pills pitched to cure all. Yet for cyclists everywhere their desire for nutrition in the form of tasty, real-food options has never been…
Work Your Weaknesses/Broaden Your Strengths While Events Are On Hold: Take The #BigWheelBenchmark Challenge
Apr 25 • 74 min
Humans are hunting creatures, we get what we aim at… And without goal events to target, what should Athletes be aiming at? We suggest assessing your fitness and addressing weaknesses to broaden your cycling condition while the uncertainty surrounding…
Bikes Aren’t Cancelled! Reassessing Your Fitness Goals During Covid-19: Podcast Episode 45
Apr 4 • 65 min
No matter where you are when you read this email it is highly likely that you are “in the thick” of the Covid-19/Corona Virus pandemic. Here in SoCal the virus is gaining steam and experts project a mid-April peak in cases… Luckily cycling has been deemed…
Work From Home Hacks For Athletes “Sheltering In Place”: Podcast Episode 44
Mar 28 • 64 min
So you are working from home and already getting the “shelter in place” restlessness? As Athletes with jobs, families, and busy lives, there is often a mountain of tasks between you and your workout. And although working from home may present the illusion…
Strength Training Through The “Shelter In Place Order” With Shawn Wayland: Episode 43
Mar 21 • 74 min
Complying with the recent “shelter in place” order for the state of California, and elsewhere, means citizens should avoid public gatherings. One of the many businesses affected in this shutdown has been workout gyms, a place where many cyclists have been…
Reclaiming Your Best After A Injury With Jordan Cheyne Of Elevate-Webiplex Pro Cycling
Mar 15 • 74 min
“Sometimes healing the body is the easy part, and the lasting impact of an injury is a loss in confidence.” -Jim Rutberg, Author/Coach If you ride and train long enough you are bound to experience setback and injury, it’s part of being an Athlete and…
Group Riding With A Purpose: Why, How, & When To Use Your Local Race-Pace Road Ride To Enhance Your Event Preparation
Mar 8 • 53 min
Daylight Savings Time is a nuisance for most folks, but for cyclists everywhere it usually brings evening group training sessions that are fast and fun workouts that help us get through our busy work weeks. That makes this time year feel more like a…
Debunking Long-Standing Recovery Myths “Good To Go” Book Review Pt. 2
Feb 29 • 61 min
“Any fool can go train more…It takes courage to rest!” These words come from the lips of Trond Nystad the former Head-Coach for the U.S. ski team. In a world where we celebrate excess and often think, “if some is good more is better”, with many Endurance…
How A Pursuit Of Wellness Can Impact Performance: The BackMate Story: EP39
Feb 1 • 63 min
Eric Bostrom is a legend amongst two-wheeled motor racing enthusiasts. As a multi-time champion road racer and Flat-Track star “E-Boz” was known to be tenacious, hard working, and full of talent. But after a heavy crash that left him with a compressed…
Good To Go, What Athletes Can Learn From The Strange Science Of Recovery: A Book Review Pt.1/EP38
Jan 15 • 62 min
“In recent years RECOVERY has become a sports fitness buzzword. Anyone who works out or competes at any level is bombarded with the latest recovery products and services: from drinks and shakes to compression sleeves, foam rollers, electrical muscle…
Advanced Goal Setting To Fuel Your 2020 Cycling Successes: Podcast Episode 37
Jan 5 • 76 min
With the New Year upon us, one can’t but help think about making “resolutions” to make this year better than the last… But, as an Athlete you are already goal driven and have probably thought extensively about what a successful 2020 season could look…
Why A Growth Mindset Is The Foundation To Build Your 2020 Performance Goals With: Podcast Episode 36
Dec 21, 2019 • 70 min
Before you listen to this weeks podcast, consider this question: Athletic ability and the best performing athletes have what balance of talent (what they were born with) and work ethic (what can be developed)? Is it 75% talent and 25% work ethic? How…
1-Part Strength + 1-Part Tactical Savvy, A Deep Dive Into Tactics & Strategy For Racing Success: Podcast Episode 35
Dec 6, 2019 • 70 min
Bike racing culture is steeped with adages and truisms. Two of the most poignant include: A- There are only two ways to win a race… Solo or in a sprint! & B- Racing is tactical, riders should constantly be working to out-maneuver their competitors! We…
The CBR Category 4 Race Tactics Experience Criterium With Jeff Prinz: BWC EP34
Dec 3, 2019 • 59 min
Racing road bicycles is not for the faint of heart… Not because of the blazing speeds or close-quarters riding, no, bike racing challenges an Athlete both physically and mentally as it requires riders to make critical tactical decisions under physical…
Why Treading Water Is Moving Ahead During The Holiday Season: Holiday Training Do’s & Don’ts BWC EP 33
Nov 29, 2019 • 59 min
Most cyclists have a love-hate relationship with the holiday season… They love the time away from work which most often provides extra training opportunities. But the holiday’s also brings significant stress in the form of holiday parties, frigid weather,…
Indoor Tips & Training To Beat The Fall DST Blues, Podcast EP32 With Coach Brady
Nov 15, 2019 • 66 min
The advent of direct-drive indoor trainers has changed the “winter” training game for cyclists. These pieces of equipment when coupled with technology components like ZWIFT and Rouvy are making it more and more attractive to ride indoors even when the…
Get To The Gym! Building Strength & Endurance For A Full Season Of Power, Podcast EP31
Nov 8, 2019 • 70 min
Many cyclists have a love/hate relationship with strength work… They love the strength built in the gym, but often struggle converting it to “on the bike” power and loathe the extra mass that comes with a traditional strength training program. For road…
“Aero Is Not Everything”: One Specialists Time-Trial Advice That Can Benefit Every Cyclist! BWC EP30
Oct 25, 2019 • 58 min
Time-Trialing is known as the “race of truth”, and for good reason, because the discipline is simple: it’s you verse the clock, racing to cover the course as quickly as possible. But since Greg Lemond dramatically won the 1989 Tour de France in a final…
Length Over Strength: How Myofascial Release Therapy Can Help You Perform Optimally, Podcast EP29
Oct 18, 2019 • 80 min
When you hear, “myofascial release”, most Athletes think of recovery products like a foam-roller or possibly TriggerPoint balls, but did you know that Myofascial Release is also a hands-on therapy that can unlock your best performance? Abel Rendon of…
The Endurance Coaching Summit By TrainingPeaks: The Freshest Science & Ideas To Fuel Your Best Performance BWC EP28
Oct 11, 2019 • 77 min
The TrainingPeaks Endurance Coaching Summit is an annual event for Cycling, Running, and Triathlon Coaches bringing together the newest science and latest ideas to fuel optimal performance. But it’s more than presentations on physiology, training,…
Going Fast & Leveraging The Power Of The Peloton: A Review Of The Mammoth Peloton Experience (BWC EP27)
Sep 18, 2019 • 72 min
Our Peloton Experience at the Mammoth Gran Fondo was a massive success with the peloton swelling to 100+ riders at various points and finishing with our biggest group yet! Gran Fondo’s and other big rides are so much more fun with a group, so we created a…
Racing For Today With Jordan Cheyne Of Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling: BWC EP26
Sep 10, 2019 • 75 min
“Race for today” is the team motto at Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling… and has been since the program began. This mindset is about never letting an opportunity pass and bringing out the best in the riders each and every day they compete. Having recently capped…
Special Episode: Join The BWC Peloton At The Mammoth Gran Fondo (BWC EP25)
Sep 3, 2019 • 71 min
With 75% of the 102-mile route closed to cars, the Mammoth Gran Fondo is a unique chance for cyclists to take-over the roads and enjoy the amazing scenery without the “hum” of traffic buzzing by… For the performance-minded cyclist this fact holds another…
20yrs After His First Leadville Trail 100 MTB Todd Brown Scores A New PR! BWC Podcast EP24
Aug 23, 2019 • 75 min
The Leadville Trail 100 MTB race is iconic in the world of endurance racing and has absolutely exploded in participation over the last ten years. Only a few people have seen this amazing event since the early years, one of them is BWC Athlete Todd Brown…
How Great Athletes Think, Train, & Thrive, The Champion’s Mind Book Review Part 3: BWC Podcast EP23
Aug 16, 2019 • 77 min
“The ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and compete against yourself to the greatest extent possible. When you do that you can walk about with pride, no matter what place you finished.” -Billy Mills, Olympic Gold…
Lead-Up Events As A Dress Rehearsal For Your Big Goal: BWC Podcast EP22
Aug 9, 2019 • 68 min
Having a great ride at your Goal Event takes focused preparation and so much more… One of the best ways to test your preparation and see if you are on track, as well as uncover any weak links, is by doing “mock races” or Lead-Up events. These events or…
Good Sleep Is The Best Way To Guarantee A Great Ride: BWC Podcast EP21
Jul 26, 2019 • 55 min
Endurance Athletes everywhere have felt the drag of doing a hard workout after a restless night in bed…and almost as powerful is the feeling of invincibility on a day when you could ride as hard as you want for as long as you want. Most of us experience…
Mindset Tips Honed By Olympic Experience, The Champions Mind Book Review Part 2: BWC Podcast EP20
Jul 19, 2019 • 78 min
Do you have a Champion’s Mind? As Athletes we spend nearly all of our time addressing our physical preparation, through interval work, endurance training, and pedaling dynamics… Rarely do we devote time and energy to developing a ‘gold-medal’ mindset that…
A Gold Medal Mindset, The Champions Mind Book Review Part 1: BWC Podcast EP19
Jul 12, 2019 • 84 min
There is far more to being a successful cyclist than pushing the pedals hard, but you already know that! Although being ‘fit’ is very important, focusing only on this aspect of performance would leave so much of your potential untapped. Developing an…
An Athletes Guide To Training While Traveling: BWC Podcast EP18
Jul 5, 2019 • 67 min
Being an Endurance Athlete takes a lot “sport-specific” training in order to be competitive, meaning that it takes a lot of saddle time to maintain your best fitness. But for busy professionals that have jobs requiring regular business travel, the time…
Bike Fit 101, Why A Poor Position Is Costing You Speed: BWC Podcast EP17
Jun 28, 2019 • 58 min
Is your bike a tool that is adapted to you, meaning you feel comfortable and ready to get the most from your body on every ride? Or, are you struggling with upper back or neck pain, a sore lower back, possibly even numbness in your feet, hands and/or…
From Bolivia On A 125lb. MTB To 100-Mile Gravel Events In NorCal: Meet Athlete Erik Andrejko BWC Podcast EP16
Jun 20, 2019 • 65 min
“The toughest challenge I have ever faced on a bike was 3-days in the Gobi Desert when I thought I was lost and had to spend the majority of my day walking my bike through the deep sand…” Not many competitive cyclists have a background that includes…
When Experience Counts…And There Is Little To Be Had: Lessons Learned At Dirty Kanza 2019
Jun 13, 2019 • 76 min
It was just two weeks ago that Big Wheel Coaching made a pilgrimage to one of the most challenging races ever-imagined…The 200-mile Dirty Kanza Gravel Race. Although the race has earned the reputation as the “World’s Premier Gravel Race”, for nearly ever…
Beating The Summer Sizzle, Strategies To Help You Train & Race Better In The Heat: BWC Podcast Episode 14
Jun 7, 2019 • 53 min
The summer heat has arrived across much of the United States, especially in Southern California at BWC Headquarters, and that means one thing… Helping our Athletes train properly and race effectively in the soaring temperatures. With this in mind Coaches…
BWC EP13: Special Edition Interview With Dirty Kanza Race Director LeLan Dains!
May 29, 2019 • 58 min
Ahead of Coach Brian’s first participation in the ultra-endurance Dirty Kanza 200, he spoke with Race Director, LeLan Dains who has some great tips in his 15+ years of experience with the infamous DK200! These tips are as applicable for gravel riding as…
Why You Should Sign-Up For A Bucket-List Event: BWC Podcast EP12
May 24, 2019 • 71 min
There is an old-saying that goes like this… Question: “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer: “One bite at a time!” Signing up for a bucket-list event like Dirty Kanza, the Leadville Trail 100, Paris-Roubaix Sportive, or any other epic ride takes a whole…
EP11: Tony Rago Has 9 Podium Finishes In 11 Race Weekends An Incredible Ratio By Any Measure!
May 16, 2019 • 64 min
Coach Brian and his Athlete Tony Rago have been working together for a few years now, but 2019 has been filled with success for Tony. What has been the difference? In short, one part mindset and one part training, to find out more about Tony’s…
Two Pillars Of Recovery Fundamental To Great Training: BWC Podcast EP10
May 10, 2019 • 49 min
Sleep hygiene and proper nutrition are most likely not the first two things an Athlete thinks of as fundamental in their preparation for a big goal, but they most certainly should be! Both sleep and nutrition, as well as massage, ice-bath’s, and…
EP9: Preparing For Your Epic Endurance Event, Training Tips & Tricks
May 3, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode of the BWC Podcast, Coaches Joy and Brian overview Endurance Training and share tips you can implement into your training routine to help you thrive in your upcoming epic endurance event.
EP8: BWC Athlete Eric Zook Won His First Race & Is Working Hard For More!
Apr 25, 2019 • 50 min
In this episode of the BWC Podcast, we interview Athlete Eric Zook and his coach, BWC’s Leo Bugtai to share some insights into Eric’s training and how he went from casual masters racer to a fit and confident race winner! Enjoy!
BWC EP7: Active Recovery For Endurance Athletes, Why It Is Important & How To Optimize It In Your Training
Apr 19, 2019 • 47 min
It doesn’t take a whole lot of hard training for an Endurance Athlete to develop an appreciation for their recovery days, but unfortunately what is often missed is the “why” behind the various recovery techniques that are central to endurance sports like…
BWC EP4: Coaches Brady and Brian Talk “Lessons Learned” From Team Coaching For Individual Athletes
Apr 12, 2019 • 36 min
Coaches Brian & Brady share insight that transcend group coaching environments to help individual Athletes achieve their very best.
BWC EP: 6 Marginal Gains For The Every Day Cyclist With Coach Joy & Brian
Apr 12, 2019 • 55 min
Coaches Joy and Brian over-view a recent TrainingPeaks article titled “Marginal Gains For The Everyday Cyclist” and share their coaching experience to help Athletes of all levels focus their energies on the areas that will translate into the greatest…
BWC EP: 5 Athlete Profile Interview With Fred Archambault
Apr 12, 2019 • 61 min
BWC Athlete Fred Archambault just completed his very first stage race at the San Dimas Stage Race. Although this was not his goal event, it was incredibly demanding and took a monumental amount of effort. In this episode Fred and Coach Brian talk through…
BWC EP: 3 Coach Leo And The Redlands Bicycle Classic
Apr 12, 2019 • 36 min
Coach Brian interviews Coach Leo from the Tour de Taiwan while Leo is racing his second Redlands Bicycle Classic. In the discussion important topics are covered that focus on the preparing for and performing optimally at a major event.
BWC Podcast EP: 2 Mental Toughness w/Coach Joy
Apr 12, 2019 • 40 min
Coaches Joy and Brian review mental toughness and how it can benefit your athletic endeavors!