mountain biker, bike packer and round-the-world touring cyclist Markus Stitz on the Drum-Up Scottish cycling podcast

Scottish cycling podcast 16: round the world touring, singlespeed

In this show I speak to Markus Stitz, a long-distance mountain biker, cycle tourist and bikepacker. He rode around the world in 2016 on a singlespeed bike. We talk about how he grew into riding such long distances, what bike and kit he uses, overcoming tragedy during the trip, and his next venture, encouraging bikepacking in Scotland.

Listen on the player below, or on iTunes.

Markus’ singlespeed bike for riding around the world

Surly Ogre touring MTB frame – comfortable geometry and designed

29er singlespeed wheel with Surly ultra hub and singlespeed specific screw-on Halo clickster freewheel – these provide simplicity and but the downside is that spares are less readily available than 26 inch wheels. Freewheel changed twice on the trip.

Schwalbe Marathon 2 inch tyres – heavy at 900 grams but have offroad capability and went 10,000 miles, halfway round the world, with zero punctures. Run with inner tubes and tubeless liquid sealant.

Jones bars for comfort position and capacity to carry bar bags and stem bags

Apidura frame bags, saddle bag, fork bag, stem bags and top tube bag – making weight more centred on the bike and improving handling.

Brooks C15 cadmium saddle – ‘vegetarian’ version! Some sort of rubber. Rock solid with no softness to minimise. Width very important to fit your sit bones.

Markus Stitz' Surly Ogre 29er singlespeed round-the-world bike

Markus Stitz' Surly Ogre 29er singlespeed round-the-world bike

Markus Stitz' Surly Ogre 29er singlespeed round-the-world bike

Bikepacking in Scotland

The Highland Trail 550 – 550 miles offroad in the wild north and west of Scotland
The Central Belter – a week-long adventure starting Saturday 9 September at 8am at Portobello Beach in Edinburgh
The Capital Trail – a 2-day 240km adventure ride on 13/14 June starting at Portobello Beach

If you’d like to hear Markus speak about his trip, he’s at Craigdon Mountain Sports on the outskirts of Edinburgh on 16th March.
Thursday 16 March // 7pm //
Craigdon Mountain Sports, 44 Biggar Road, Edinburgh EH10 7BJ

www.markusstitz.com

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Scottish cycling podcast 15: Richard and Tom Seipp!

Have you ever met a 12 year old that has raced 100 miles solo over 24 hours, ridden 215 miles in a day and attempted one of the toughest self-supported bike events in the world?

In my previous show I shared my brief thoughts following a chat with Richard and Tom Seipp. I’ve overcome technology problems and can bring you the full chat – listen to it below or get along to Craigton Mountain Sports on Biggar Road in Fairmilehead for 7pm to hear all about it. (Buy tickets here: 10% discount for Drum Up followers if you use the code DRUMUP on checkout!)


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Scottish cycling podcast 14: bikepacking and long distance mountain biking

In this show I record my thoughts after a chat with Richard Seipp and his son Tom. They are speaking this Thursday 16th February in Edinburgh about long distance rides like the Highland Trail 550, the Strathpuffer 24 hour and tours in Europe.

Listen to my thoughts below or go along to Craigton Mountain Sports on Biggar Road in Fairmilehead for 7pm to hear all about it. (Buy tickets here: 10% discount for Drum Up followers if you use the code DRUMUP on checkout!)

UPDATE: I managed to publish the full audio of my chat with Richard and Tom Seipp, which you can listen to HERE.

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Vlog 001: Active Travel

In my first ever video blog, I do a bit of ‘active travel’, first cycling to work, then taking my bike on the train to Edinburgh for the afternoon. A look at integrated transport in Scotland.

It was interesting to chat with Stirling Cycle Hub and I was grateful that Suzanne came on video at a moment’s notice. They have been doing good work at Stirling Train Station for several years now. I hope to get back there soon to do more audio or video content.


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Scottish cycling podcast 13: Female racers stepping up from Junior to Elite

In this show I recap some thoughts from a conversation with Helen Wyman about women’s cyclocross, young rider development, sponsorship and her upcoming trip to Scotland. Unfortunately the recording failed but as I mentioned on my previous show, you need to bounce back from these sorts of setbacks, whether it’s in cycling, podcasting or life, by getting back to what you do as soon as possible.

With this in mind I thought I’d recap some of the key points we discussed in a short snappy show.

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Scottish cycling podcast 12: preparation and setbacks

In this podcast, I share my thoughts about preparation for cycling events and bouncing back from setbacks, as I come to terms with making a balls-up of a recent podcast interview with Helen Wyman.

How many of you have tried a repair a the night before a bit race or event?
Many of us have tried it, I know I have. I the podcast, I recall a race I did on the ‘Jacobite Chase’ circuit, back when retired racer Jimmy Rae was still organising events.

The theme here is that preparation is vitally important, especially for big events.

Listen on the player below, or on iTunes.

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Robert Millar National Championship 1995 highlights

The British national championships will be back on the Isle of Man this year. As Rouleur’s email newsletter highlighted, Robert Millar won the national title there back in 1995 at the age of 36.

The win was the last race of his career and the house of cards that his team, Le Groupement, was built on came tumbling down. He was due to race at the Tour de France that year, but never got the chance to wear the British stripes.

Other riders on the team included Luc Leblanc, Jean-Paul van Poppel, Robert Millar, Marcel Wüst and Graeme Obree – who walked away when he realised he was expected to contribute a proportion of his wages to doping.

Millar then retired from racing and withdrew from public life. The story of this, and of his life and career, is told in Richard Moore’s In Search of Robert Millar.

Highlights are available on YouTube (below) from Duke Video.

Manx International DVD available direct from Duke Video.
Manx International 1995 DVD also may be available on Amazon.

Scottish cycling podcast 11: Motivation and why we cycle

I have been on a little hiatus with the podcast and it’s related to my cycling – I haven’t been riding much, other than the daily commute – and hence I haven’t been podcasting as much either.

With the podcast, I’m inspired when I’m at races or events, either because there are people to talk to and record interviews with, or because I get ideas. I haven’t been at many events so hence the lack of podcasting.

Have you ever lost your mojo on the bike? Have you ever lost your motivation for cycling, whether that’s training and racing, riding with your club or just riding your bike for leisure or pleasure?

When that happens, one way to get over it is to ‘just get back out there and ride’ – do do whatever you can, for as short a distance or at as slow a speed as is needed, just in order to get back out there.

So that’s what this podcast will be – a rough first draft – as a writer might call it – unedited and unpolished – just to get something out there. I’ll probably get a bit philosophical as I fly solo and explore the topic of motivation and cycling.

Listen below or on iTunes

In my last show I reviewed my new cyclocross race bike and with the season underway, my plan was to do a few Scottish cyclocross events.

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Scottish cycling podcast 10: cyclocross set-up with The Bike Haus

In this episode I’m talking equipment choices, course conditions and other cyclocross stuff with Mark Allan of The Bike Haus, who set up my new Kinesis CX Race bike recently.

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Mark, me and the new bike

Listen on itunes or via the audio below:

My first cyclocross race bike was a Kinesis Crosslight FiveT with mudguard eyelets and bottle bosses – it has now been repurposed as a commuter:

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Scottish cycling podcast 9: XC racing with Kerry MacPhee

In this show I’m talking cross country mountain bike racer Kerry MacPhee. We discuss how anyone can get started in racing, how to handle the challenge of stepping up from junior to senior level, the extra challenges beyond just training and racing such as logistics, the mental side of racing and gaining personal sponsorship.

You can subscribe on itunes to lisen on your mobile or listen below.

A photo posted by @kerrymacphee on


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