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Season 2 Episode 1 (January): There is Nothing Good Back There | Tom Danielson
Tom is the co-owner of CINCH Coaching and the team manager for CINCH Elite. CINCH Elite riders have recently taken first place in a number of grueling events including the famous Unbound Gravel (formerly Dirty Kanza), a 200 mile gravel bike race which starts and finishes in Emporia, Kansas. CINCH racers are regularly seen at top gravel events such as The Belgian Waffle Ride, Rooted Vermont, The Rift (Iceland), Gravel Locos, War Daddy and Barry Roubaix.
Tom has also led several efforts to assist ROLLFAST Cycling along with a handful of other pros and top amateurs to complete the ROLLFAST Gran Fondo, billed as the Fastest Gran Fondo in the World (101 miles of road riding) in under 3 hours and 45 minutes.
Danielson holds the record for the fastest ascent of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, in the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb. The previous record holder was professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton. He also holds the record for the Mount Evans Hill Climb in Colorado, which traverses the highest paved road in North America. The previous record holder was Jonathan Vaughters, who was Danielson’s manager on his last professional team. Tom has ridden for a number of leading pro cycling teams, as competed for stage wins in the Tour de France and has taken the yellow jersey in the Tour of Utah, Tour of Georgia and Tour of Austria.
On October 10, 2012, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced that Danielson would be suspended for six months after admitting to doping during his time with Discovery Channel. Later that day, the organization issued a statement confirming his acceptance to a six-month ban from September 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013. The action included the stripping of all race results between March 1, 2005, and September 23, 2006. Danielson released his own statement a day later that expressed regret at his decision to “cross the line.” “I accept responsibility for my choices and apologize to everyone in my life for them – in and out of the sport,” he said.
In August 2015, Danielson revealed he tested positive for synthetic testosterone. In October 2016, he accepted a four-year suspension for unintentionally consuming dehydroepiandrosterone.
Tom has seen the climbs and the valleys literally and figuratively. His story is an epic one with equally powerful insights and lessons. You are not going to want to miss this episode.
Season 2 Episode 2 (January) | The Climb | How to Find What Serves You
Episode 2 is the first in a three part introspective on how we live and approach life as well as what is possible. If you don’t like the reality in which you live, are you a subject of fate, doomed to endure to travel the road you are on till the end? Are you the victim of circumstance? Or, can you change your reality? Who is really in charge of your destiny? If you don’t like the script or scenery of the play, can you choose something different?
In this episode we unpack the power and purpose of energy and the possibility that you alone are in charge of your own reality. It isn’t forced on your by outside forces. Instead, it all comes from within to influence and change what is outside.
In essence, we have it all backward.
Season 2 Episode 3 (February): The Power of Passion | Nelson Vails
Nelson or ‘Nellie’ for short is a retired road and track cyclist from the United States. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995 representing the US at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, where he became the first African American to medal in cycling.
Vails was also seen as a New York bicycle messenger in the film Quicksilver. He didn’t just play a bicycle messenger in “Quicksilver,” he worked as one in New York City. His nickname was “The Cheetah.”. After his United States success, Nelson was a celebrated professional athlete in Japan competing in popular ‘Keirin races. He often surprises individuals with his mastery of the Japanese language-something few Americans are capable of speaking.
After his sporting career he has worked as a cycling commentator for major TV networks and taken part in cycling safety programs.
Nelson brings a level of conviction and focus to everything he does, regardless of the challenge or difficulties faced. If you have every thought the words ‘I can’t do that’, then this episode will be for you. Join us and be inspired by not just the story of a great athlete but also one of an equally great person.