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303Endurance Podcast

Jun 19, 2021

This week we have world record owner Mike Tiernery. Mike Tiernery has been riding unicycles in epic rides in Colorado and elsewhere.  100 mile Copper Triangle (4 passes), the 48-mile Iron Horse Classic (Durango to Silverton over Coal Bank and Molas passes), or the world record Mauna Kea 14K, Mike does it all on a unicycle.


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In Today's Show

  • Feature interview - Mike Tiernery
  • Endurance News - Olympics - Triathlon Team, Why 3 women and 2 men, Katy Ledecky
  • What New in the 303 - Rattler Racing in WinterPark and Ragnar Report from last week
  • Video of the Week - Mike Teirnery World Record



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Interview with Mike Tiernery

Years ago, I saw some guy riding a unicycle coming down Lookout Mountain as I was riding up with some friends.  I remember saying out loud "do you guys see what I see"?


Mike Tiernery has been riding unicycles in epic rides in Colorado and elsewhere.  100 mile Copper Triangle (4 passes), the 48-mile Iron Horse Classic (Durango to Silverton over Coal Bank and Molas passes), or the world record Mauna Kea 14K, Mike does it all on a unicycle.


Tierney loves to train by climbing Independence Pass in the spring, when the road had been plowed but is still closed to vehicular traffic. He says he has a passion for climbing hills on his uni, and he likes the simplicity and the “Zen state” it puts him in.


FIETS – What’s FIETS? | George's Epic Adventures (

Aspen man sets world record climbing Hawaiian volcano on unicycle – The Denver Post

The iron hoss - Durango Telegraph

Unicyclist climbing to new heights – The Denver Post

Aspen unicyclist tackles tough terrain |

a5E3A5745--Unicyclist Mike Tierney making it to the summit… | Flickr

Mike Tierney World Record Unicycle Climb



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Endurance News:



USA Triathlon today announced its 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team, comprised of the five athletes who will represent the United States in triathlon competition at this summer’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) and Katie Zaferes (Cary, N.C.) were newly announced to the roster, joining Summer Rappaport (Thornton, Colo.), Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) and Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), who were already qualified.


The five members of the Tokyo-bound team have a wealth of experience and success on the international race circuit, with a combined 32 World Triathlon Championship Series medals, 30 World Triathlon Cup medals and 12 World Triathlon Mixed Relay Series medals between them.



The road to Tokyo 2020

For the first time in history, our triathletes will compete across three medal events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The long journey to be among those chosen to compete for Olympic glory begins in Japan this weekend, at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama. In just over two years’ time, 55 men and 55 women be going for Olympic gold in the individual events and then again in country-based teams of four in the Mixed Relay. The qualification period starts on 11 May 2018, and will finish the very same day in 2020.


“Tokyo is going to be an extremely important event not only for the International Triathlon Union, but also for the history of our sport and for the athletes competing there”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of the sport, and to give our athletes the opportunity to earn two medals in the same Games is something of which we should all be very proud. With male and female athletes competing together as a team we will show the world just how committed triathlon is to gender equality, and how our athletes can shine and perform under any circumstances, both individually and as a team”, she said.


“For this Qualification period, the key for the National Federations will be to find the balance in the focus of the individual and mixed relay participation in the next two years. It will require a real team effort from all the Federations”, explained Gergely Markus, ITU Sports Director.


There will be various ways to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and earn one of the 55 spots available. As a new addition to the previous qualification criteria, there will be Mixed Relay events counting towards the qualification.


The top seven countries on the Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Ranking as of March 31, 2020, will secure two men’s and two women’s quota places each.


Three further countries will be awarded two men’s and two women’s places at a qualification event for the top 18-ranked countries (not including those already qualified) to be held between 1 April and 11 May, 2020. Our Olympic Games hosts Japan are already guaranteed their four places in the Mixed Relay.


Via these three methods, 22 places will have been secured, with a further 26 places then available through the Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking.


For those countries with 2-2 places already secured by any of the previous qualification pathways, the top 2 athletes in both genders will not be considered in this ranking.


Countries with three or more athletes among the top 30 of this ranking will be able to secure a third quota place, otherwise there will be a maximum two per country.


The overall Olympic eligibility criteria for any athlete will be finishing in the top 140 of the Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking.


The “new flag” rule will be applied again for the qualification for Tokyo 2020. The countries that will be eligible for those places will be the ones which athletes’ are at the best ranking position from the continent on the ITU World Ranking from those countries which didn’t secure any place by any means of the above.


Last but not least, a maximum of two invitations will be awarded to countries entitled to receive such places and with eligible athletes according to the IOC criteria and who are represented in the top 180 of the ITU World Ranking.


It is important to remember that quota places will be earned by the countries, not the individuals. It remains the decision of each National Olympic Committee which athletes are chosen to take them.


Athletes will not have to compete in the individual events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to be part of the team of the Mixed Relay event, but their country’s quota would not be increased in such cases.



U.S. Olympic Trials: Katie Ledecky wins 200, 1500 meter freestyle titles

Katie Ledecky secured two Olympic bids on Wednesday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., winning the 200-meter freestyle and cruising in the 1,500-meter freestyle to qualify in those events for for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


A little more than an hour after winning the 200 freestyle in 1:55.11, Ledecky — the world record holder in the 1,500 — swam the fastest 1,500-meter time in the world this year (15:40.50) for victory. Erica Sullivan was second at 15:51.18.


Ledecky has the top 10 fastest times in history in the women's 1,500 freestyle. She previously won the 400-meter freestyle final on Monday. Ledecky has won six medals at the Olympics (five gold, one silver), including five at the 2016 games.



What's New in the 303:


Check Out Upcoming 3 Day MTB Stage Race in Winter Park–Qualifier for Nationals

Rattler Racing has been around awhile just coming off a successful new gravel race in Eastern Colorado, the Mad Gravel. Now their focus will turn to a three day mountain bike stage race in Winter Park June 17-19–and you will not be racing on Fathers Day if you need to keep that open for family time.


Looking over the event information and having talked with Race Director Dave Muscianisi, you know the goal is to have a lot of fun, be challenged and have a lot of fun–oh wait did I say that already? Here are a few rules that foreshadow the vibe for a well organized event on some beautiful trails and roads in Grand County.


Rule 1: You will smile no matter the pain.

Rule 6: Be nice to the land, it never did anything to you.

Rule 8: If you don’t thank a volunteer, you will be publicly shamed.



Confessions of a Ragnar Newbie

Shout out to Emma Pearson of Athletic Brewing Company for the free 6 pack of Run Wild IPA, All Out Stout and Rainbow Wall IPA (their pride month beer).


Just hit the highlights

  • Amber Hardesty and marketing director Dave Deboer
  • Aaron, Rich, Josh, Jake, Patrick, Chris, Matt, Matt
  • 13 overall and 3 in Male Open



Bill & Rich's Excellent [Endurance] Adventure

  • Bill
  • Rich

Riding Squaw Pass on Saturday, Fathers Day baby back smoked ribs Sunday



Video of the Week:

Mike Tierney World Record Unicycle Climb




Upcoming Interviews

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