The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

“I chased the pain,” says mountain biking legend Tinker Juarez (@dtinkerj), who has spent nearly 40 years atop the world of cycling.  Spartan Up La Ruta series host Roy M. Wallack (@roywallack) - author of Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 -  talks with Tinker about his career, how Tinker has achieved longevity in the sport and advice on how to grow your own career.  


In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Firsthand, the early days of BMX and how mountain biking grew into a mainstream, extreme sport
  • Tinker’s transition from BMX to mountain biking
  • Tinker’s mindset of “chase the pain” and why it’s enabled him to have a sense of fulfillment in life
  • Why the transition to 24-hour races and how Tinker manages fear during a race


Background: David "Tinker" Juarez is a 2x Olympian, former professional BMX racer and is one of the most decorated mountain bike racers of all time. Juarez got his start in BMX racing when he was just 16. For the next 10 years, built an impressive career in BMX, but then mountain biking pulled him in a different direction. Today, Juarez is still racing for Cannondale, his bike sponsor since 1994, and racing at the elite pro level most weekends of the season. 

Hear more about La Ruta, the world's hardest mountain-bike race,  on Roy's Bike for Life Stories podcast:



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Producer: Ryan Warner

Host: Roy Wallack

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams


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