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303Endurance Podcast

Jul 17, 2021

This week we have Paralympic bound Kyle Coon who will be guided by none other than Andy Potts.

Kyle Coon lost his sight at the age of six after a battle with Retinoblastoma—cancer of the eye. However, not having sight has not stopped him from pursuing vision. Since then he has become a competitive rock climber, downhill skier, runner and triathlete.


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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Kyle Coon
  • Endurance News - Tokyo open water quality, Tour Standings
  • What New in the 303 - Upcoming cycling races and volunteer opportunities
  • Video of the Week - Flora Duffy 2018


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Interview with Kyle Coon

Kyle Coon lost his sight at the age of six after a battle with Retinoblastoma—cancer of the eye. However, not having sight has not stopped him from pursuing vision. Since then he has become a competitive rock climber, downhill skier, runner and triathlete.


After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Communication, he became an endurance athlete competing in numerous marathons and triathlons. In 2018, he was a member of the first team of tandem cyclists with all blind or visually impaired stokers (person on the back of a tandem bike) to complete Race Across America—the world’s toughest bicycle race—racing from Oceanside, Calif to Annapolis, Md in seven days 15 hours. Later in 2018, at Ironman Arizona, Kyle became the first totally blind person to complete an Ironman branded Triathlon (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 mi run) in under 11 hours. He continues to push himself physically and mentally as he now pursues his goal of representing the USA at the 2020 Paralympics in the sport of Triathlon.


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Endurance News:


Just Days Before Olympics, Tokyo’s Outdoor Swimming Venue Stinks

In less than two weeks, Olympic swimmers will dive into Tokyo Bay to compete in the triathlon. For residents who live near the shore, that’s an unappealing thought because, despite months of efforts to clean up the water, the bay stinks.


Known for its shoreline of gleaming skyscrapers and iconic Rainbow Bridge, the “futuristic landscape” was selected “at the strong request of international sporting organizations,” according to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. But in the run-up to the games, problems began to emerge.


In August 2019 a test for the swimming part of the Paratriathlon was canceled after E. coli bacteria was found in the water at more than twice the limit set by the International Triathlon Union, now called World

Triathlon. As one athlete put it, the venue “smelled like a toilet,” the Asahi newspaper reported. Since then, the host city has taken drastic steps to try to repair its tarnished image.


It dumped 22,200 cubic meters of sand into the bay to create an environment for organisms that help clean the water. And it’s designed three-layer polyester screens to protect the Olympic swimming venues from E. coli. On top of that the city was already building huge storage tanks to capture flood runoff, so that it can be treated before reaching the sea.


Olympic Triathlon Live Streams & Schedule | NBC Olympics

Olympic Cycling Live Streams & Schedule | NBC Olympics


England vs. Italy result: Italians beat English in Euro 2021 final in penalty kick shootout

"It's coming to Rome" is what Italian players were shouting in celebration after winning the Euro 2021 final in a dramatic penalty kick shootout against England that saw goalkpeeper Gigi Donnarumma emerge as the hero. The shootout, only the second in Euros finals history, was necessary after 120 minutes of action ended in a 1-1 draw.


Donnarumma stopped a shot by England's Jadon Sancho and then clinched the win with a save on 19-year-old Bukayo Saka, who took England's fifth and final penalty. Marcus Rashford, who along with Sancho came into the match specifically for the shootout, hit the post on his attempt.



What's New in the 303:


Upcoming Races and News from Colorado Cycling.Org


Come out to Golden on Wednesday July 14th for the fourth in this popular summer series–CSP Criterium. We have been seeing record turnouts for this popular race since the series began a few weeks ago. Come join the crowd. More info HERE


Volunteer Opportunity: The 55th Annual Bob Cook/ Mt. Evans Hill Climb Saturday July 24 needs volunteers, this is huge event, and we need about 90 more volunteers.  If your club needs to maintain its good standing with Colorado Cycling by helping with a race, this opportunity is for you! We have several slots that would be perfect for a team to manage, such as luggage vehicles (3), pace cars and aid station management.


Volunteer slots are available for Friday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th if your team is racing. Some of our volunteer slots even have a stipend available!  Please share with your team, and if you would like to receive credit for helping with your Colorado Cycling Club obligations, let me know and I will make sure that Yvonne has your information.

Any individuals that would like to help, with or without your team, you are certainly welcome too! Please use this volunteer signup link.


Bannock Street Criterium. One of our most long-standing criteriums is back right in the heart of Denver on July 17th. This race is also the junior State Criterium Championships, as well as being one of our longest running events. The Front Rangers Cycling Club has done a great job hanging onto this course in downtown Denver! More info HERE


July 18th, Guanella Pass Hill Climb; This is in my (Shawn Ferrell) humble opinion the prettiest climb we race up in Colorado. The views from the top are just spectacular, plus it is a climb that is challenging enough for the pros without being too deadly to everyone else. Welcome back to Guanella! More info HERE


The Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb on July 24th is the most epic single-day event in Colorado racing history. This year it is also the State Hill Climb Championship for Seniors and Masters. Its history is a who’s who of cycling, and everyone, even crit riders should do it at least once. Make this your year to stand proud among all the racers that have accomplished this epic race over the last 55 years.

The event is Online Registration Only, and it closes at noon on July 21st. Join the mountain goats and honor Bob Cook, one of the greatest American climbers ever. More info HERE


Central Park criterium is back in action on July 25th. This fun course always leads to some great action. This is an Online Registration Only event, and registration closes at 10 AM on July 23rd.

Ride the event and be sure to stick around for the men’s and women’s miss and out event at the end of the day. It is always a blast to watch. More info HERE



Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

  • Bill
    • Boulder Peak
  • Rich
    • Bermuda next
    • Population ~62,000
    • Bermuda is one of the 14 British Overseas Territories
    • 54 square kilometers or 20 square miles
    • 21 miles long and 1.5 at the widest point
    • 54% Black, 31% White, 8% Multiracial, 4% Asian, 3% Other
    • COVID
    • Culture
    • Flora Duffy



Video of the Week:

Flora Duffy Highlights World Triathlon Series Bermuda 2018



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