THIS EPISODE Mike finally wrangles a chat with longtime good friend Alex Candelario, a former teammate from back in their early days racing for Prime Alliance. “Cando” currently rides for Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies in [spoiler alert] what may be his last season of road racing. In what Mike views as one of the better podcasts he’s ever done, the guys compare and contrast what it’s like being the talent for a team vs. being management, analyze races past and present, and Creed poses the “big” questions to Cando as he ponders his retirement from the peloton – what will he miss the most about racing, who will he miss, who will he stay in touch with, and what won’t he miss or be glad not to deal with? Alex then turns the tables on Mike and asks him some of these same questions to surprising results. Discussions of the coolness factor of Lou Reed and Tom Waits, who will write Mike’s perfect eulogy, and the definitive Cando story round out the conversation and reveal the depth of Mike’s respect for Alex and the extent of their enduring friendship. You’ll be entertained and humbled by this extremely candid and humanistic conversation between old friends.
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