Tinker Juarez Shares his Secret for Beating Mountain Bikers Half his Age [Podcast #262]

Mountain bike legend Tinker Juarez talks about his career, and offers tips for getting fit, staying strong, and winning races.
Photo courtesy Steve Herrera, The Cyclery Bike Shop

On this Episode

David Juarez, known to mountain bikers around the world as Tinker, is a 2-time Olympian, 4-time 24 Hour Solo series champ, and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer from California. Long-sponsored by Cannondale, he’s been racing mountain bikes professionally for 31 years and continues to compete in ultra endurance racing at the highest level.

Tinker talks about his BMX background, growing up in southern California, and his transition to cross country and later ultra endurance mountain biking. We ask whether winning races is more about physical or mental strength, and get Tinker’s tips for staying fit and fast at 59 years old. Tinker also shares his most difficult races, and reflects on the 24 Hour race scene.

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