Will Dugan Pro Cyclist Organization

How many times have we thought about what the life of a pro cyclist is like?  What are the different level of pro cyclists are there?  How similar are the men’s and women’s pro structure?  How much to the pros make?  How do they handle their health insurance?  Accident coverage?  Legal fees, etc?  This week’s guest is Will Dugan who is not only a former pro cyclist, but he is the President of the Pro Cyclists Foundation.  Will is a retired pro cyclist and he is taking us inside the pro cycling world. 


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In Today’s Show

  • Feature interview with Will Dugan who is going to take us inside the world of a Pro Cyclist
  • What New in the 303 – Nick Martin, CEO of The Pros Closet Passing the Torch
  • Endurance News – London Marathon Results, Giro d’Italia, Challenge Daytona and Wild Card Spots)
  • Best New Thing – Levels Health


Interview Sponsor: UCAN

One of the fastest US marathoners of all time, Sara Hall, has officially joined Team UCAN. Hall ran  2:22:16 at the Berlin Marathon last year.  This year Sara Hall (USA) takes 2nd place away from Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) in the final 200 meters with a 02:22:01. 

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Interview with Will Dugan:

Will first found success as a cyclist on CCB International and later signed with Team Type 1, a Pro Continental team. Today, Will operates Vafels, a plant-based Liège-style wafel company in Boulder, CO and is pleased to lead an organization for the benefit of male and female pro cyclists that will have a resounding impact at every level of the cycling community.

  • Raced professionally 3 years
  • Top is the World Tour (Lance Armstrong, Chris Froome, Alex Haus (Golden, Nederland)
  • 2nd Tier Pro Continental (Emerson Amante) Min Salary
  • 3rd Tier Continental (Jelly Belly, Max Chance)
  • Women’s races Pro and Amateur teams race together
  • Riders as independent contractors and maybe don’t have resources like HR for
  • Pro Cyclist Foundation
    • Mission – Improved access to legal, wellness and career guidance services to benefit the sport at every level
    • Attorney to review contracts at all levels, personal injury representation
    • Accident (French rider taken care of by socialized medicine, US rider, some teams provide insurance)
    • Pro Continental got a salary $15K, but no health insurance.  Opted for Adventure Advocates accident plan.
    • Phil Gaimon –
    • Use budget to offset costs for cyclists to keep the cycling career a viable career
    • Provide stipends and leverage to be an advocate for change
    • USAC and UCI
    • Trusted referral network
    • Blackswift is the investment fund
    • Recurring investments and small one-time donations accepted
    • No government grants
    • Started in CX


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What’s New in the 303:

Nick Martin, Founder Of The Pro’s Closet–His Open Letter as Steps Down as CEO

15 years ago, with a van, a box of used cycling clothing, a borrowed computer, and no prior job experience, I founded TPC. Never in my wildest dreams could an aspiring mountain bike pro living off of $17 per week have predicted the level of success that TPC would achieve nor the opportunity that lies ahead. With nearly 100 employees, 140K square feet of new warehouse space, and a plan to double in size over the next 12 months, TPC has grown into something much larger than I could have ever imagined. And we are just getting started!

For me personally, this is a celebration. It is an opportunity after 15 years to shed some “weight” and free up some mental energy to reinvest in my growing family. It is also an opportunity to level up our executive team and invest in the future. To be clear, I am not going anywhere. I will continue to be an active member of our leadership team. I will be taking this opportunity to refocus my skills on aspects of our business that I am deeply passionate about: our culture, our brand, and our processes, all the while sitting alongside our new leader and supporting our team in carrying out our vision and strategy for the future.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”


Endurance News:

London Marathon

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya wins with a time of 2:18:58, but UCAN athlete Sara Hall (USA) takes 2nd place away from Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) in the final 200 meters with a 02:22:01.  Sara Hall is the first American woman to podium in London  since Deena Kastor won in 2006.

Shura Kitata (ETH) took out the men’s race with a 2:05:41.

Women’s Elite Results

Men’s Elite Results

Bill, what do you think the women’s and men’s world record at the half marathon?  


Giro d’Italia

Stage 1 Time Trial and the wreck.  Miguel Angel Lopez Giro d’Italia 2020 Stage 1 TT Crash


PTO 2020 Championships in Daytona, Million Dollar Purse; Will Recent IM Cozumel Champ Sam Long Be Chosen?

In Daytona on December 5th and 6th there is a triathlon festival–the Challenge Daytona Triathlon. There are two days of racing finishing with the PTO Pro Championship. One million dollars will be awarded to top male and female finishers. Pros are invited based on qualifying points and below is a list of the top 40 male and female pros who have qualified. In addition, 10 men and 10 women will be awarded “wildcard” spots. If you are curious how that will work, here is a link to the process: https://protriathletes.org/pto-2020-championships-wildcard-selection-criteria/

The Wildcards will be chosen next week. It will be interesting to see if recent 70.3 IRONMAN Cozumel winner and Boulder native Sam Long gets an invite. On Sams YouTube page in his Cozumel race review he alludes to hopefully being invited to Daytona. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7LaidPWcAs

Broadly speaking, there are three main categories of athletes who are considered for a wildcard selection:

1) Athletes whose rankings, because of injury, maternity or other reasons, do not accurately reflect the quality of their historical performances and who have demonstrated that they are capable of being in-form for the event;

2) Up and coming athletes who have shown the ability to be competitive with the qualifying field, but have not yet had the opportunity to establish a sufficiently high ranking to be an automatic qualifier and;

3) Short course athletes who have a sufficiently high ITU ranking so as to expect that they would be competitive in the event.


Best New Thing In The World Today – Levels Health

I get my lab work at my annual physical and my fasting glucose is always “normal”.  Friend of ours Tom Griffin contacted me about this “early adopter” pre-release of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) product. It’s a wearable and app that tracks glucose levels 24 hours a day so you really can see how diet and exercise affect your glucose. The app has great analysis, logging and educational resources.

My leigh person understanding of why high blood sugar is that it can lead to diabetes.  So what if my  fasted blood glucose is “normal”, if my blood sugar is actually pretty high most of the time?  I wanted to know and Tom  gets me on the wait list and last week I received an email that my account had been approved and how to set up my account, apps to download, what the next steps were.

I received the kit on Saturday with 2 Freestyle Libre continuous glucose measuring device.  I attached the Libre monitor on Saturday afternoon and it did it’s calibration.  I took periodic scans to see what my blood-glucose was after eating a banana for a snack and later after dinner.  I still really don’t know what I’m doing, but I can see that of the remaining day, my glucose was above normal.  This was my concern of a lurking health problem playing out on Saturday night.

Sunday morning I continued to use the Levels app to monitor my glucose levels.  I took a glucose reading first thing this morning. I noticed a sharp spike in blood glucose after having a cup of coffee with 2 tablespoons of half-and-half and 2 tablespoons of creamer.  After eating a two egg omelet and no toast and another cup of coffee with creamer and half-and-half my levels were pretty normal.  I then set off to ride at 9:30-11:30 and fuel with UCAN.  BC rose slightly during exercise and then when I stopped for lunch it jumped above normal and then dropped back into normal for my afternoon ride with Lauren and this time I did not take any fuel, only hydration.  Sunday evening.  For dinner I had a spicy chicken sandwich, salad and ice cream.  There was an initial spike in BC above normal and then it dropped back to normal in the evening.

I want to know:

What I want to test:

  • For a given carbohydrate (eg, a banana), what is my blood glucose at different times of the day?
  • Same carbohydrate paired with protein/fat different times of the day
  • Same carbohydrate with no post exercise
  • Same carbohydrate followed by aerobic exercise
  • Pre/during/post aerobic exercise fasted
  • Pre/during/post aerobic exercise fueled (Skratch vs. UCAN)


Video of the Week:

Brigid Kosgei crushes 2020 London Marathon; USA’s Sara Hall sprints to 2nd place | NBC Sports


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