The Tour de France is the most famous bike race in the world and here’s an account from pro cyclist Tejy Van Garderen. He has finished 5th two times at the tour de France, won stages in races like the Giro D’Italia and the Vuelta Espana. His name is Tejay Van Garderen and he currently rides for BMC Racing. This guy is in on top of the world stage of professional road cyclists. The thing I really enjoyed about Tejay is that he was really down to earth and easy to talk to in our conversation. My husband Matt co-hosted this episode together and we both thought that Tejay seemed like a truly genuine guy. He has been racing since the age of 10 and has had his ups and downs over his career. We talked about how to deal with expectations, especially when you aren’t meeting them. We talk about his background in racing and what it’s actually like to race at his level. In interviews at some of these grand tours, you don’t get to hear the whole story and Tejay told us a lot of interesting stories. We talk about what it’s like to have little kids and a wife and travel like he does. Tejay also tells us what inspires him, how he maintains race weight, and how he actually approaches racing a 3 week race like the Tour De France.
Topics Discussed in the Podcast
- Tejay’s background and how he got into cycling
- What inspires Tejay
- Tejay’s ride with Reggie Miller
- Why pro riders choose to live in Girona
- The mental and physical game of riding the Tour de France
- Balancing family life as a Pro Tour Rider
- How he maintains race weight
- Is there still a culture of doping?
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