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303Endurance Podcast

May 1, 2020

Our guest today is time trial and track cycling specialist Kyle Pitman and Paralympic 2021 athlete.  More on his story in a minute. 

Also in today's show:

  • What's new in the 303 including a new KOM on a stretch that all the pros ride in Boulder "36 to Ward"
  • Endurance News including a PTO announcement about the Challenge Daytona prize purse
  • Video of the Week - yes we have two again this week


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Interview with Kyle Pitman:

Kyle competed as an NCAA varsity athlete rowing for the United States Naval Academy. After graduating from Navy, Kyle was commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps. During his two tours in Iraq, he suffered multiple stress fractures in his feet, carrying weapons, heavy packs, and jumping off of moving vehicles. Like a true Marine, he toughed it out so he could stay with the men and women of the First Marine Division. After several years of dealing with issues in his feet, he eventually began to notice significant pain in his hips. The orthopedist who first examined him had to double check his identity because he was certain he was looking at an Xray of a 75- year-old.

In early 2010 while an instructor at the Naval Academy and racing for ABRT, Kyle and some fellow military cyclists  decided to found 4Mil, a non-profit with the goal of breaking the Race Across America record while raising money to support wounded Veterans.  After a consultation with a classification specialist, Kyle felt confident enough to sign up for Paracycling Road National Championships in Augusta, GA in 2018, where he was officially evaluated by USOPC classifiers. He received his provisional C5 classification and was allowed to race. A second classification at Paracycling Track National Championships in December 2018 made his classification permanent.

Selection to Team USA would fulfill a lifelong dream to represent the United States in a different way. The opportunity to push myself and compete in that arena against the best in the world is incredible. 


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What's New in the 303:

When the Hometown Boy Becomes the Hometown MAN!

Sam Long's previous best for 36 to Ward was a 1:02:56 (no idea how long ago).  The previous KOM was held by Paul Hartner with a time of 55:11.  Sam Long announces he's going for the KOM and does a sponsor give away for Iced chains, a cassette and a headband for the best guesses at what his time will be.  I guessed 55:05 or something like that.  He takes the 36 to Ward KOM in 53:11 breaking the previous KOM of 55:11 by 2 minutes!  WTF!  He even changed his hometown on Instagram to Ward.  

KOM Wish List for Sam Long

  • Lookout Mountain
  • Flagstaff or Superflag
  • Sunshine Canyon
  • Deer Creek / High Grade
  • Pikes Peak
  • Mountain Evans
  • Squaw Pass
  • Independence Pass
  • St Vrain Canyon


John Denver and Road Bikes. The Rodney Dangerfield’s of both Deserve Respect. And Here is Why.

Now to the Road Bike; is it destined to follow a John Denver cassette tape into obscurity? Become a legend it wasn’t? Now, throw in a million new Front Range residents, stoned, texting cousin Vinny in Newark on a shoulder-less road system built after WWII and what could possibly go wrong?


Endurance News:


USA Triathlon and the Professional Triathletes Organisation have joined forces with CHALLENGENORTHAMERICA to be part of its iconic CHALLENGEDAYTONA race at Daytona International Speedway on December 4th, 5th and 6th.  The three-day triathlon festival will attract athletes from around the world to compete at the “World Center of Racing ®” and will feature an array of different events, including age-grouper sprint and middle-distance events, junior challenges, a Pro-Am relay and will culminate with a PTO Middle Distance World Championship Race with a $1,000,000 prize purse for the world’s top professional triathletes.

Being in a crosswalk on a bike is not a very safe place to be. Mitch Westall has had a bit of a nightmare after being hit in one and has learned a lot about the rules of a crosswalk. Bottom line, don’t assume anything. On July 16th, 2019, while riding my bicycle over the crosswalk onto the Lone Tree C‐470 trail, I was hit by a car: a direct impact to my rear wheel. The driver had stopped with the front of her car in the middle of the crosswalk for eight seconds, before I cautiously rode in front of the car. I was slowly proceeding forward when the driver pulled forward and hit me. After being hit, the driver stopped, and I asked her why she hit me. The 68 year‐old driver responded that she had never seen me and was coming back from lunch. I called the police and awaited their help. Their response was to issue me a ticket and to wish the driver a safe passage home. A cyclist has absolutely no legal right to rise in a crosswalk; in essence, the oblivious driver had every right in the world to hit me.


Video of the Week:

303 Garage Talk #6: Pete Piccolo 

OPTIMIZE Total Body Home Workout with Personal Trainer Chris Kim


Upcoming Interviews:

Pro triathlete, Colin Laughery is going to join us and give us a real transparent look at his life, being a pro, a husband and dad of two.


Chris Anthony perhaps most known for being a professional skier in the Warren Miller movies is joining us to talk about a host of topics including Colorado Classic, his connection to the 10th Mountain Division, Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project and of course, skiing.



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