THIS EPISODE Mike settles in for a chat with women’s cycling legend Meredith Miller in January, just before U.S. Cyclocross Nationals in her hometown of Boulder, CO. You will be hearing this conversation after the Cal Giant star stood on the bronze medal step of the podium there, and just as she’s prepping for Hoogerheide, Belgium, to compete in the UCI World Cyclocross Championships.
Recently retired from road racing, the Alabama native had a successful 15-year road career, most recently with Team TIBCO, that included winning the 2009 USA National Road Championship. Miller announced that 2013 would be her last as a professional road cyclist. How that decision will affect her future as a cyclocross racer is still unclear at this point, and Worlds will likely play a large part in that decision.
Over the course of an hour and a half conversation, Mike and Meredith go from being acquainted strangers to fast friends as they discover common interests, debate the merits of Facebook stalkers and the games that get invented around them, and reminisce about the early years of Meredith’s road racing career. We also learn that fast-pitch softball and soccer were Meredith’s first competitive sports, it was romance that introduced her to cycling, and living in Denmark that led to her first foray as a pro road racer.
Along the way they talk about the lure of retirement, the scary prospect of life after bike racing, and what jobs ex-cyclists are qualified for.
The M’s also get into some hypothetical discussions about how they would improve the state of women’s cycling, and other plans to save the world.
You’re going to absolutely love this entertaining and fascinating glimpse into the world of one of the preeminent cyclists in the United States.
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