November 4, 2020

Episode 24: Ultra Adventure Cyclist Jesse Blough

On this episode, gravel bike racing in Morocco, saddle sores, Zima, and The Big Lonely. We’re talking with ultra-adventure cyclist Jesse Blough, racer, organizer of The Big Lonely and founder of the NWC Adventure Access Fund.

Show Notes

  • 00:54 – Tapering off caffeine
  • 02:23 – The 1,037-mile Arkansas High Country Race
  • 04:05 – Bike and gear that he’ll be using (the “mullet” setup)
  • 05:32 – The balance between sleeping and riding
  • 06:45 – How Jesse got into cycling (it started with a broken back)
  • 07:50 – Hosting The Big Lonely (an unsupported bikepacking race)
  • 10:43 – Jesse’s training regimen
  • 12:55 – Going from racing to organizing races
  • 14:14 – Northwest Competitive Adventure
  • 16:35 – Advice for someone looking to enter The Big Lonely (or something similar)
  • 19:10 – What is the NWC Adventure Access Fund?
  • 22:10 – Fatherhood and encouraging a life of adventure
  • 23:28 – The process of having a bike custom-made in Germany (hint: start by riding 10,000 miles a year)
  • 27:28 – The Atlas Mountain Race in Morocco
  • 29:29 – What are the obstacles from preventing racing during the pandemic?
  • 34:55 – Making a documentary about The Big Lonely (to premier on
  • 34:45 – Gravel bike vs mountain bike for races like The Big Lonely
  • 37:43 – An ultramarathoner who lives (and trains!) on a yacht
  • 42:05 – TASTE TEST: Canned cocktails Part One – Moscow Mules

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