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Bikes or Death

Bikes or Death is a podcast centered around the growing sport of bikepacking, adventure cycling, and the outdoors. The show features the amazing people who participate in these activities and contribute so greatly to the cycling community. The Bikes or Death Podcast is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of these individuals with the hopes that it inspires others to get outside, get on their bikes, and experience what our natural world has waiting for them. At its heart Bikes or Death is more than just a podcast. Bikes or Death is a lifestyle. It’s the idea that a...

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Recent Episodes of Bikes or Death


Ep. 184 ~ Ulrich "Uba" Bartholmoes, Tour Divide 2024

Ep. 184 ~ Ulrich "Uba" Bartholmoes, Tour Divide 2024

Last year Ulrich Bartholmoes, aka Uba, won the Tour Divide on his first attempt. This year he came back to do it again, but with a larger goal of completing the Bikepacking Triple Crown. We will be following Uba's Triple Crown attempt at each stage along the way. This is the second episode in the series, you can listen to our first chat we recorded just days before the Tour Divide Grand Depart on episode 182 of this podcast.

This was a record setting year on the Tour Divide and one that will go...

Episode 184 10 July 2024 1h, 57m and 19s


Ep. 183 ~ Tales from the Arkansas Graveler

Ep. 183 ~ Tales from the Arkansas Graveler

The Arkansas Graveler is a supported bike tour across the state of Arkansas. It boast 366 miles and 26,700 feet of climbing over 6 days. The route takes you into parts unknown, showcasing some of the most remote rural roads that I’ve had the pleasure of riding. This inaugural year attracted 300+ riders from 35 states. It’s clear that the word about Arkansas is spreading and cyclists are traveling far and wide to get a taste of the seemingly unlimited gravel roads that showcase why Arkansas is called “The Natural State”.

The Arkansas Graveler, not content to offer riders a beautifu...

Episode 183 3 July 2024 1h, 28m and 47s


Ep. 182 ~ Ulrich "Uba" Bartholmoes, Triple Crown 2024 Begins

Ep. 182 ~ Ulrich "Uba" Bartholmoes, Triple Crown 2024 Begins

Last year Ulrich Bartholmoes, who goes by Uba, won the Tour Divide in his first attempt with a time of 14d 2h 23m. This year he's back to defend his title at the Tour Divide, but he's got bigger goals than that. This year he will be attempting to complete the Triple Crown of Bikepacking (Tour Divide, Colorado Trail Race, and Arizona Trail race) and he's gunning to beat the current record time of 27d 18h 33m set by Jay Petervary in 2015.

Uba's approach to ultra bikepack racing is different from most. He's...

Episode 182 14 June 2024 1h, 3m and 30s


Ep. 181 ~ Daniel Connell, aka "Dirty Dan"

Ep. 181 ~ Daniel Connell, aka "Dirty Dan"

Daniel Connell has become a regular on the bikepacking race scene and in the cycling community. You will often see him on Trackleaders under his trail name, Dirty Dan. It was under this pseudonym that he recently set a new FKT on the Race Across Arizona and will be lining up in a couple of weeks to race the Tour Divide for the 4th consecutive year. Each year he's done it he's been able to shave a day off his finish time. This year he's on a new bike and gunning for a 15 day finish.

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Episode 181 4 June 2024 2h, 10m and 40s


Ep. 180 ~ 20,000 Miles by Bike, Exploring Wild w/ Alissa Bell

Ep. 180 ~ 20,000 Miles by Bike, Exploring Wild w/ Alissa Bell

Alissa Bell is the creator and owner of ExploringWild.com and BikeSleepBike.com. Both projects are inspired by her 20,000+ miles traveling by foot and bike all over the world and her passion for helping others find their own adventure. In 2018 she quit her job to travel the world – a move that many of us dream about making, but that few of us ultimately find the bravery to take the plunge on. 

When she left for Africa in 2018, she wasn’t just walking away from her career. She was also leaving behind a supportive husband, her home, her friends...

Episode 180 29 May 2024 2h, 30m and 22s


Ep. 179 ~ The Midsouth Experience, w/ Patrick & Natalie

Ep. 179 ~ The Midsouth Experience, w/ Patrick & Natalie

It's Midsouth Week! At least here at Bikes or Death headquarters ;). This week, we are going back in time and reliving Midsouth through the lens of Patrick and Natalie's experience. Whether you’re Midsouth curious or you got hit with those post-race blues and are feeling like a little Midsouth 2024 nostalgia, this episode is for you! So charge your headlights and grab your chamois butter because you’re invited along for the journey as Natalie and I experience our first ever Midsouth. From the Midsouth beer release party at The Iron Monk, to the expo show, and all...

Episode 179 14 May 2024 3h, 23m and 52s


Ep. 178 ~ Patrick's AZT 300 Attempt

Ep. 178 ~ Patrick's AZT 300 Attempt

Since my youth I've had a passion and love for the outdoors.  While all wilderness landscapes appeal to me in their own unique way, desert landscapes have always been my favorite.  So it's no surprise that when I got into bikepacking and found out about the AZT it quickly ascended to the top of my bucket list.  After 5 years of hoping, dreaming, and planning, I finally made the leap and signed up for a Spring ITT.  On April 11th at 7:12am myself and 3 others (Gregg Dunham, Alan Jacoby, and Ian Quigley) set out on the AZT, each of us doin...

Episode 178 22 April 2024 3h, 9m and 51s


Ep. 177 ~ Meaghan Hackinen, DOOM 3rd Overall

Ep. 177 ~ Meaghan Hackinen, DOOM 3rd Overall

Meaghan Hackinen is your 2024 DOOM female winner and 3rd place overall. On day one she skipped a critical resupply point and found herself leading the field for a good part of the day. Dexter Kopas would eventually catch her and go on to take the win. Overall, it made for some exciting dot watching and resulted in an impressive finish for Meaghan.

Meaghan got into competitive ultra cycling events back in 2016 and she has a long list of good results that include wins and FKT on several courses. Notably, she was the overall...

Episode 177 8 April 2024 1h, 57m and 22s


Ep. 176 ~ John Schilling, AZT Race Director

Ep. 176 ~ John Schilling, AZT Race Director

On today's episode John Schilling, AZT Race Director, is here to talk all things AZT. He became the race director in 2019 when Scott Morris passed the torch after 14 years of creating and overseeing the race. John is no stranger to the AZT. He first attempted it in 2012 and completed it in 2013. He's a local to the Pheniox area  and is well known for his hard work developing routes, leading rides, and for his great work on the AZT.

Quickly after becoming the AZT race director he made changes to both the 300 and 800 routes. I...

Episode 176 7 March 2024 1h, 56m and 27s


Ep. 175 ~ Jenny Tough, Adventure Athlete & Writer

Ep. 175 ~ Jenny Tough, Adventure Athlete & Writer

Jenny Tough is one of the most impressive adventure athletes I've had the pleasure of chatting with. Her accomplishments in sports and writing are truly inspirational and mesmerizing. She is an ultra runner and bikepacker with numerous accomplishments to her name. Among her accomplishments, in the running world she was the first person to run across Kyrgyzstan solo and unsupported. Following that trip she set out to run across 5 other equally challenging terrains in different parts of the world. In total she complete 6 runs in 6 continents over a 6 year period which she chronicled in her latest book...

Episode 175 29 February 2024 2h, 34m and 46s

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