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303Endurance Podcast

Nov 17, 2023


Welcome to Episode #414 of the 303 Endurance Podcast. We're your hosts Coach Rich Soares and 303 Chief Editor, Bill Plock. Thanks for joining us for another week of endurance news, coaching tips and discussion.


We are excited about this week's guest interview. Marcel van Garderen is going to share his lens on cycling as a competitive cyclist, official, moto for live coverage and of course a the father of pro cyclist Tejay van Garderen. Plus it's been a big news week with the revelation of a Tri Bike Transport lawsuit and Global Cycling Network GCN+ announcing they are shutting down their service in December. We also have a preview of IRONMAN Cozumel pro race this weekend.

Just because your wheels are tubeless able, should you?

Colorado's Ride


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In Today's Show

  • Feature Interview - Marcel van Garderen
  • Endurance News - IMCOZ, GCN+ to shut down, 100s of athletes impacted by TBT bankruptcy
  • What's new in the 303 - Collen de Reuck 5K; Colorado's Ride Returns and Registration Open
  • Video of the Week -
  • Top of the Week - Replay of Getting Your Bike To/From your Race


Feature Interview: Marcel van Garderen


You name it, Marcel has done it. At least when it comes to cycling. Marcel was an amateur rider who once aspired to turn pro, and still competes at the Masters level. He is also a bike race official, moto for professional races including IRONMAN. You may also be familiar with his son Tejay van Garderen who was a top pro cyclist for years.



Endurance News


GCN+ to close down in December as race broadcasts move to Discovery+ and Eurosport



180 Bikes From World Triathlon Championship Finals Being Held By TriBike Transport Cargo Shipper


IRONMAN Cozumel: Start time and how to follow live as Sebastian Kienle heads into retirement


What's New in the 303:




Colorado's Ride Returns


Video of the Week:

A dramatic end to the World Cup race in Chile saw Gwen Jorgensen (USA) run down the field to earn the fourth gold of the season. Gina Sereno (USA) was awarded silver and Vicky Holland (GBR) ends the season with World Cup bronze. The first two women who crossed the finish line -Katie Zaferes (USA) and Teresa Zimovjanova (CZE) along with two other athletes were disqualified due to taking the wrong turn on the run course.

Highlights: 2023 World Triathlon Cup Vina del Mar - Elite Women




Bike Case on Plan, Drive or Transport Service


Bike Cases

The Best Hard- and Softshell Cases For Traveling With Your Bike


Bike Box II

B&W International Bike Box II


Compact and tough plastic case and four smooth rolling wheels.



Airport Ninja

Orucase Airport Ninja


Requires more bike assembly, but less likely to incur a fee.



Bike Travel Bag Pro

travel Bike Travel Bag Pro


Securely holds modern 29er trail bikes with minimal disassembly.



On SaleAeroComfort 3.0 TSA

SCI-CON AeroComfort 3.0 TSA

Now 40% Off


This case lets you leave the pedals, bar, and seatpost in place.



RoundTrip Transition

Thule RoundTrip Transition


ABS plastic shell protects the bike inside. Comes with a repair stand.

Packing Tips and Tricks

Before choosing a case, have an idea of how much bike disassembly/assembly you’re comfortable with. Cases like Scicon’s AeroComfort require very little wrenching to pack and unpack a bike but are larger and likely to incur a bike or oversize fee. A smaller and lighter case like Orucase’s Sub62 is much less likely to incur an oversize or overweight charge, but packing the bike into this case requires removal of both wheels, the bar and stem, rear derailleur, pedals, seatpost, and fork.



$289 to Oceanside 70.3 book before 11/20/23


Tri Bike Transport

$429 to Oceanside 70.3


Airline Baggage Fees:


Any sports item not specifically mentioned and not prohibited will be charged standard checked bag fees up to 50 lbs / 23 kgs and 126 in / 320 cm (oversize fees don't apply).



A checked bike fee of $75 per direction applies regardless of the Fare Option purchased.



You can bring most sports equipment with you on your trip, though keep in mind that standard checked baggage fees apply based on cabin, travel region and total number of checked bags. Overweight baggage fees apply to bags that exceed 50 lbs and bags cannot exceed 115 linear in/292 cm (length + width + height). Items in excess of the baggage allowance will be subject to additional, overweight, and oversized baggage fees.


United -

US-based carrier United Airlines — who as recently as this September charged an additional US$200 for your bike each way — has quietly abandoned that fee entirely, finally following the lead of competitors Delta Airlines and American Airlines.

Oversized bags - We can’t accept bags that measure (length + width + height) more than 115 inches (292 centimeters).

Overweight bags - We can’t accept bags weighing more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms). Musical instruments and assistive devices are exceptions. We’ll accept musical instruments up to 165 pounds (75 kilograms) and all assistive devices.


Southwest -

The items listed below will be accepted as Checked Baggage for a $75 each way charge:

Bicycles (defined as nonmotorized and having a single seat) properly packed in a bicycle box or hard case from 51 to 100 pounds in weight or 62 to 80 inches in total dimensions. Pedals and handlebars must be removed and packaged in protective materials so as not to be damaged by or cause damage to other Baggage. Bicycles packaged in cardboard or soft sided cases will be transported as limited release items. Bicycles over 100 pounds in weight and 81 inches in total dimensions cannot be checked as baggage and can only be shipped as Cargo if the Customer is a known Shipper.




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Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!