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The Swimsmith, The Outdoor Sports Show Episode 2, La Leyenda, Wonderland Trail and Dylan Bowman

The Swimsmith
Join Roderick Smith aka ‘Shrek’ who is going for what no one has done before :Triple Crown of Swimming and Ultra Man races. A regular guy with the focus of a superhero, Shrek aims to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming :
Manhattan Island, NewYork – 45kms / Catalina Channel – 33kms / English Channel – 33kms.
This documentary is the first part of his journey … next challenge is the English Channel and the second attempt at Catalina. Once complete Shrek will be the only human to have completed the Triple Crown and done two Ultra Man races.

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Dylan Bowman – The thoughtful mind behind the athlete.
Dylan is phenomenal friend and a phenomenal athlete. I have learnt a lot from Dylan and I hope through this conversation you can take some of his guidance and apply it in a positive light in your own world. Not entirely centred around Ultra Running this conversation touches upon topics such as training your emotional fitness, internal and external validation, and what passion vs identity looks like for Dylan.

The Outdoor Sports Show 2021 Episode 2
In this episode we focus on XTERRA, where its athletes race through some of the most spectacular locations our planet has to offer. We then move to the Highlander which isn’t just a race; it’s a way of connecting with nature. Then Ethiopia.for one of the world’s most famous marathon races, and one of the biggest running events in Africa, the TOTAL Great Ethiopian Run 10Km. Then moving to Qatar for the Ride of Champions. Finally, we move to the Alps for one of the most established events in the world, the Haute Route Alps.

La Leyenda 2019
La Leyenda del Dorado  features 250 professional and amateur mountain bikers from 24 countries in the fourth edition of South America’s most prestigious MTB Stage Race. Covering a stunning 462km route with almost 14,000m of vertical ascent, here’s the best of the action, emotion and amazing landscapes of an incredible week of mountain bike racing in Colombia!

Wonderland Trail
The Wonderland Trail is a 150 km route that circumnavigates Mt. Rainier, with over 7,230 metres of elevation gain. It’s normally done as a 10 day hike, but many will run it over 3 days with support from crew. My friend Adam and I ran it unsupported, carrying our own food, cooking and lightweight camping gear, with a goal of finishing it in under 40 hours.

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Mental miles – the film, Swisspeaks 360K, Petzl Roctrip Macedonia, ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö and OCR athlete Leon Kofoed

Mental Miles – The Film
Through the eyes and team of Australian cycling journalist and author Rupert Guinness, the Virtual Race Across America delivers over 4,500km’s and 73,000 mtrs of climbing in World’s First & Largest Virtual Ultra Cycling Event, VRAAM. Come on a journey like never before, witnessing the highs and lows of taking on such an incredible challenge on a stationery bike. 20 hours a day for 12 days straight, Rupert will be joined by riders from over 30 countries who will also tackle VRAAM from the relative comfort of their living rooms, garages and pain caves.

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Leon Kofoed
Jack has a short catch up with Leon, as well as discussing injury and all things OCR we talk about Leon new grip and pull power program.

Swisspeaks 360K
The SwissPeaks Trail 360k is a trail running race that travels more than 360 km (224 miles) across the Swiss Alps, climbing more than 26,000 metres (87,000 feet) from Oberwald to the shores of Lake Geneva. Runners have up to 160 hours to complete the race, refuelling at the 31 minor aid stations, with the option to sleep at any of the 6 major life bases along the way. My goal for the 2019 edition of the race was to finish in between roughly 100-120 hours, and to sleep around 6-7 hours over the 4 to 5 day period. I would go on to finish in 19th place overall after 113 hours.

Petzl Roc Trip Macedonia
The Petzl RocTrip caravan stopped over in Prilep, Republic of Macedonia. Between dark clouds and sunny skies, RocTrippers were granted a rare and privileged experience, being some of the first to sample one of the most beautiful bouldering areas in all of Europe.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö 2021
The island of Utö in the Stockholm Archipelago provided the perfect stage for the start of the 2021 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun season. The World Series race course was a total of 26,5 km long with 17 swim sections and 18 run sections. This race course is a little shorter than usual to be able to meet the Covid-19 regulations in place in Sweden. To compensate for the shortness of the course it was instead very technical.

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Discovering Val di Funes Dolomites, fastpacking the Tahoe Rim Trail, Petzl Roctrip Argentina, Wild Racers Switzerland and Michelle Kehoe

Discovering Val di Funes – Dolomites
Julia and Laurence take you on an eye popping hike up one of the most beautiful valleys in the Dolomites – FUNES – in the shadow of the Odles mountains and up to Rifugio Genova where the snowy peak awaits them. Meet intrepid mountainbikers, rare Russian hunting dogs and sip grappa while enjoying the views…..

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Michelle Kehoe
Michelle is the owner of CBD Leaforganics and a veteran of the UK OCR scene.
We chat about CBD and how it can help you as an athlete and in everyday life, also Michelle breaks down the science and the BS behind CBD.

Fastpacking the Tahoe Rim Trail
The Tahoe Rim Trail forms a complete loop 165 miles around the Lake Tahoe Basin on the border of California and Nevada. A thru-hike of the trail typically takes 10-15 days. My friend Adam and I had planned on fastpacking the trail over a 5 day period in late June. The only problem is that this happened to be a particularly high snow year, with snowpack in the Sierra Nevada range at over 200% of average, and 33 times the levels of the previous year. We never could have anticipated just how much of a challenge that would prove to be.

Petzl Roc Trip Argentina
Located in the heart of the Patagonian pampas, in Argentina’s Chubut province, Piedra Parada’s monolith rises up from the surrounding desert. Lying just to the north, the majestic La Buitrera Canyon was home to the Petzl RocTrip. For more than a week, climbers from all over the world came together to share a common passion: climbing.

Wild Racers – Episode 24 – Switzerland
The race is still wide open despite the extreme physical and mental fatigue. The immeasurable ability of our athletes to believe in themselves is fascinating. 25km kayaking which now feels like 50 followed by Mountain Bike/Raft 110km in harsh conditions and a 70 km trek as a final leg is the final torture awaiting the teams.

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La Fuga Ep.3, Fastpacking the Sunshine Coast Trail, Wild Racers Switzerland, a great film : The high and Derek Yorke

La Fuga – Episode 3
Our two reluctant heroes ride through amazing Ligurian countryside and along seaside bike paths to visit remote villages, taste the local cuisine and have accidental adventures along their comical Ligurian path of discovery.

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Derek Yorke
The winner of the first DekaFit event Derek Yorek joins us this week, he’s given us a great insight into what it’s like racing a functional fitness event. We also chat about his training, Spartan racing, and his sporting history.

 

Sunshine Coast Trail – Fastpacking 115 km in 3 Days
The Sunshine Coast Trail is Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hiking trail, just 5 hours North of Vancouver, BC. It’s a unique and beautiful backcountry experience that stretches 180km from Sarah Point to Saltery Bay, along coastal shorelines, through old growth forests, and up to panoramic mountaintops. My friend Adam and I planned on fastpacking a large portion of the trail. Our goal was to train and test out our ultralight gear for our upcoming 5-day fastpacking adventure on the Tahoe Rim Trail a few weeks later.

Wild Racers – Episode 22 – Switzerland
What teams are facing is the longest first leg in Wild Racers History amongst the Swiss Alps. If you take into account the vertical gains, our teams face more than two back to back marathons on the first day. After the epic first leg one would think that there is some respite in kayaking. But the 25 km kayaking of leg two was everything but rest.

The High
THE HIGH is a feature length documentary film about the making of the longest high altitude foot race in the world. The film follows the path of a group of extreme runners who individually decide to take part of a dangerous running experiment gone wrong. Indian race director Rajat Chauhan works against the advice of the military, his family and friends to create a race over the two highest passes in the world (above 17 500ft).

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Twenty-one twelve – the Film, La Fuga #2, Birna the woman who swims in ice, Wild Racers South Africa and Ryan Kempson.

Twenty-one Twelve
Katie Visco challenges herself to complete a first ever bike supported 2,112 mile run across Australia and documents all the fun and grueling moments in a first release of Twenty One Twelve. The epic adventure starts in Darwin and ends in Adelaide, 119 days later……

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Ryan Kempson
Ryan joins us on the show this week fresh of winning back to back to back Savage Race events! We chat about his wins in Florida and Georgia, what style of Obstacle Course a Savage Race is plus how athletes can help promote the sport.

 

La Fuga – Episode 2
Our two reluctant heroes pedal on the cycle paths along the sea in search of good fish in the towns of Riva Ligure and Ospedalletti along the magnificent Ligurian coast where they also enter a time machine and find themselves in the Middle Ages ….. you can’t miss all their silly adventures…

Wild Racers – Episode 20 – South Africa
For some the race has now become extremely tough. Finding ones limits is in itself a journey, so once put up against the challenges of racing under such conditions it is truly a real life drama. With then end in sight teams are now forced to endure some of the longest legs so far : 128 km mountain biking, 15 km kayaking, 63 km trekking and a final 13 km mountain biking.

Birna. The Woman Who Swims In Ice
Icelandic ice swimmer Birna Hrönn swims in freezing lakes and seas of Iceland and swimming – without the use of a wetsuit – distances that would seem impossible. We follow Birna as she explores new places to swim and recounts her life, her love of the outdoors and her devotion to the sport of ice swimming. With comments by Ram Barkai, Chairman of the International Ice Swimming Association, on the effects of cold water immersion on the human body, the film shows that nothing is impossible.

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La Fuga – Episode 1 with the Panpers, Phoenix of the desert, Wild racers South Africa, Tor des Geants and Nicole Mericle

La Fuga – Episode 1
The two jolly novice athletes, known as the Panpers – take us on a funny cycling (aided) journey through some of the most beautiful parts of Liguria to discover local delicacies and amazing spots. In this episode our reluctant athletes –  Panpers –  cycle and discover mountain bike trails through the national park between famous seaside towns of Santa Margherita Ligure, Porto Fino and Rapallo

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Nicole Mericle
We chat with Nicole about her new women’s OCR team, the concept behind the team and why she creating it plus how you can apply. Plus climbing, her build-up to Jacksonville & her 2021 season plans.

 

Phoenix of the Desert
The Sahara Desert is the birthplace of legendary long distance  runner, Mohamad Ahansal. Despite the almost unbearable heat, Mohamad attempts to run a full marathon distance of forty two kilometres in under four hours . He starts his challenge at mid day when the sun is at it’s zenith and temperatures are relentlessly climbing towards fifty centigrade. He’s hoping that his marathon effort will focus minds on a global problem that is of great concern to him Climate Change.

Tor Des Geants – Among the Giants of the Alps
The 330 km Tor Des Geants is a race in the Italian Alps. The route is an anti-clockwise loop, following the Alta Via 2 trail on the south side of the Aosta Valley for the first half and returning to Courmayeur following the Alta Via 1.
The TOR was my first 200 miles. What follows is a brief overview of my experience, the ups and downs during my journey among the giants of the Alps. (Subtitles in French and Italian)

Wild Racers – Episode 18 – South Africa
The first 24hours of any Adventure Challenge on the World Stage is the toughest, lead teams push hard to open gaps that they feel will be hard to close down over the coming days. As they say when its go time … suffer. South Africa begins to show her true natural wonders as our teams experence some navigational challenges through three trek legs representing a total of 48 km and two kayak legs – 40 km passing through some of the most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries on earth.

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Super League Triathlon Rotterdam, Wild Racers Costa Rica, Hiking West Coast Trail, Ser by Mireia Miro and a talk with Jon Fearne

Wild Racers – Costa Rica Adventures
Adventure racing is a very tough and demanding experience which requires individual skills but also a very high sense of team spirit. This special episode features a compilation of individual reactions and some good examples of how team spirit allows competitors to go all the way.

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Jon Fearne
Jon Fearne is an endurance & adventure coach with over 20 years of experience who works with athletes who are going to extreme locations, polar trekking, ocean crossing and mountain climbing! We chat about how Jon himself got into the sport and then found his love for coaching alongside taking on some crazy projects himself.

 

Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam
After London, Rotterdam played host to the best athletes in the world doing battle in Super League’s unique mix of real life and virtual racing with the Rotterdam Swemcentrum playing host.

Hiking the West Coast Trail – BC’s Most Iconic Backpacking Trail
The West Coast Trail is a 75 km point-to-point hiking trail along a remote stretch of the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. Originally created in 1907 to help rescue shipwrecked survivors along the coast, it’s become one of BC’s most popular long-distance trails, attracting nearly 7,000 visitors each year from all over the world.

Ser by Mireia Miro
(Ser : Spanish for Being)
Ski mountaineering champion Mireia Miro quickly looks back on her athletic career and explains how she gives life meaning beyond her sporting victories. For her, what defines us is simply Being. To escape the pressure of competition, find a balance and reconnect with nature and the world, each year she goes on a trip. We find her in Tromso in Norway where she practices ski mountaineering just for fun in breathtaking natural spaces at the limit of the sea and the mountains. Friendship, Pleasure, Ski Mountaineering, Adventure and Nature are the ingredients of this film.

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All The Way – The Film, Hardrock 100 ultra, Super League Triathlon Rotterdam Live, Dr Dena Garner and Goldentrail Championship

All the Way
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Carl Eneroth at Sthlm Social Innovation Lab comes “All the Way”. A heart-pounding, intimate and mind expanding portrait of Swimrun team Pontus Lindberg and George Bjälkemo, as they prepare for their ultimate challenge… winning the 75 km ÖtillÖ Swimrun World Championships in the Stockholm archipelago… in trail shoes and a wetsuit.

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Dr Dena Garner
Dr Dena Garner is the researcher behind The AIRWAAV, a performance mouthpiece that directs your tongue down and forward and when you gently bite down, it creates the optimal airway opening. It’s patented and scientifically proven with peer-reviewed, published research to provide athletes.

 

Super League Triathlon Arena Games Rotterdam LIVE
After London, Rotterdam will play host to the best athletes in the world doing battle in Super League’s unique mix of real life and virtual racing with the Rotterdam Swemcentrum playing host. LIVE 18 April at 2pm (Rotterdam time)

Pacing the Hardrock 100 Ultramarathon
Pacing Hardrock tells Jeff Pelletier’s story of pacing his friend Kevin Douglas at Hardrock 100. The film provides a glimpse of not only the race itself, but of the unique atmosphere and events surrounding the race in the historic mountain town of Silverton, Colorado.

Goldentrail Championship 2020 – A Strategic Battle
Here it is, the race of the year – athletes from 32 different countries converged on Faial Island in the Portuguese Azores, in the middle of the Atlantic, to participate in this hair-raising, adrenalin-fuelled, excruciating race week of blood, sweat, and tears that was – the 2020 Golden Trail Championship. Experience the trail-running event of the year and take a look behind the scenes with four of the world’s best athletes, Jim Walmsley (Team Hoka One One), Stian Angermund (Team Salomon), Maude Mathys (Team Salomon), and Tove Alexandersson (Team Icebug), giving an inside feel of this unique stage race.

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The High Pass, Strade Bianche – Elise Chabbey, Mediterranean Epic MTB race, Bikingman Corsica and Joe Wenman

The High Pass
Annapurna Circuit trek in central Nepal climbs to an altitude of 5,400m through Thorung La pass, one of the highest trekking passes in the world, below peaks that rise 6000-8000m in elevation from the Annapurna Range. We attempted to complete the trek in about 15 days starting mid-December, when the shoulder season promised much smaller crowds but with it a risk of deep snow that early winter can bring to the Pass.

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Joe Wenman
Joe is an Ultrarunner, Coach and founding member of the Bristol Trainer Runners. We chat with him about how he got into running and why the Ultra distance race. Also, we find out about why he set up the Bristol Trainer Runner and how they have been coping with the lockdown.

Strade Bianche 2021 – The Day Before – Elise Chabbey
Elise Chabbey is a versatile Swiss athlete. She began her career in Canoeing, where she specialized in slalom. As such, she participates in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She then put her sports career on hold to finish her medical studies. She is also successful as a runner. In 2016, she started cycling. In 2017, she finished fifth in the Swiss road championship, sixth in 2018 and second in 2019. While many cycling races are canceled in spring 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Elise Chabbey, who had meanwhile completed her studies, volunteered to work as a doctor at the Geneva University Hospitals. She participates in the Strade Bianche in 2021 as part of the Canyon – SRAM team.

Bikingman Corsica
Bikingman : The ultimate unsupported cycling exploration races on earth ! The island of Corsica, 13,000 m of climbing over just 700kms of unsupported ultra-cycling that is non-stop exploration for the toughest cyclist on the planet.

Mediterranean Epic
The Mediterranean Epic is an 4 days mountain bike stage race in the province of Castellón. It is the first mountain bike stage race in the UCI Hors Catégorie in the Olympic season. Bikers from 30 countries are competing. Among them some of the best bikers of the world including legendary Alban Lakata, three times XCM world champion and one of the best bikers in the history of the sport. Next to him is another of the best XCM riders in the world, the Swiss Urs Huber. Another strong contender is Jaroslav Kulhavy, Gold medal in the London Olympics and silver in Rio de Janeiro. In the women’s we see true legends like Alice Pirard from Belgium, as Ariane Lüthi from Switzerland fighting for the title.

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Super League Triathlon Arena Games London, Strade Bianche Men, Wild Racers Costa Rica, Freeride WT Finale Verbier, Doug Hall and Logan Broadbent

Super League Triathlon – Arena Games London Highlights
The Super League Triathlon Arena Games Powered by Zwift are an innovative concept that mixes in a unique way real life action and virtual racing. Top female and male Pros are racing Super League’s unique Triple Mix format. That means three short, sharp and unpredictable stages that all feature swim, bike and run in different orders.

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Strade Bianche Men 2021 – The Day Before
The day before the first race of the year, Strade Bianche, which takes place in the magnificent hilly Tuscan countryside across gravel and asphalt roads. We are at Pieve a Salti, the pro-cycling team basecamp for exclusive interviews of some great athletes such as Tim Wellens from Team Lotto Soudal.

Wild Racers – Episode 16 – Costa Rica
For those that have accepted the punishment at hand and relaxed under the considerable strain there is some respite at hand. Though racing through crocodile infested rivers and technical nigh time challenges is only for the self-initiated. For this last stage in Costa Rica : a total of 190 km with Canopy, Climbing, Horseback, Trek, Inner Tube, Mountain Bike, Raft and Kayak. Though in the end there are no losers and only winners as to survive such an expedition.

Freeride World Tour 2021 Verbier
With the bulk of the season completed, athletes adjust their eyes to the Bec de Rosses and prepare for the season’s final competition. Culminating at 3,223m, the Bec de Rosses has provided the canvas for some dream-completing runs. Each year, with an ominous descent of 650m, the world’s best freeriders throw everything they have at this mythical mountain. The candles burned bright last year to celebrate the 25th anniversary, but COVID-19 halted the event in its tracks. Now, competition is ready to ignite for the long-awaited 25th edition of the Xtreme Verbier.

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