Paul Hartner is 21 years old, races for the Project Echelon elite team, and has legitimate dreams of a pro career. This makes him one of the most accomplished openly queer male cyclists on earth.
This is his coming out story, and, more broadly, the story of being out in the cycling world. It's told with the help of Trek-Segafredo pro Tayler Wiles and the man who guided Paul out of the closet, Owen McGrath.
It's been a wild week in bike news. We actually had to re-record most of this episode, as the 24-hour gap between recording and publishing saw two major news stories make abrupt U-turns.
Manuela Fundacion will not be Mitchelton-Scott's new sponsor, and Lachlan Morton didn't actually set the Everesting record. We discuss.
Plus, we chat with Justin Williams about a new podcast collaboration between CyclingTips and his L39ION of LA team.
We open this week's episode with the News, including CCC's decision to pull out of its men's WorldTour team and rumors that Romain Bardet may be leaving AG2R.
Then, Shoddy Dave explains how he kitted himself out, head-to-toe, for $200 USD. Helmet, shoes, shorts, jersey, socks, gloves - everything.
Was the gear any good? What did he learn from shopping at the bottom end of the market?
We open this week's episode with the news, from both the cycling world and the rest of the world. We hear from Justin Williams again, this time with a short story we all need to hear. Then we discuss Lachlan Morton's FKT on the Kokopelli trail and, finally, provide some tips on buying and selling used bikes.