THIS EPISODE Mike and old friend Chad Hartley get together after the Belmont Criterium in Charlotte, NC, to catch up and swap stories over a bourbon or two.
In a career that’s spanned decades, Chad first started racing BMX as a teenager, turned pro at age 19, and after a stint with Jittery Joe’s joined Mike on TIAA-CREF (later to morph into Slipstream/Chipotle and finally Team Garmin). Teammate, training buddy, prankster, and all-around good guy, Chad lived with Mike in Silver City back in the day, and in spite of Creed’s derision, has followed the team director path, currently as rider-manager with Athlete Octane Cycling (formerly Sharecare), a team focusing primarily on domestic criterium racing.
Following a lengthy reminiscence of their best “pantsing” episodes – including a brawl in a Cracker Barrel – the guys share what is perhaps the best-ever Mike “Meatball” Friedman story.
Lest you think this conversation is all about punking, Mike and Chad have a thoughtful and fascinating conversation about racing then and now, and how the pro peloton and the nature of racing has changed, along with a timely and germane debate about the pros and cons of stage racing vs. criterium racing and how the nuances can sometimes be not so apparent to outside spectators.
You will be utterly engrossed by this free-wheeling conversation between really good friends, teammates, and colleagues.
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