Writer, publisher and endurance sports impresario Bob Babbitt probably knows more people in the world of endurance sports than anyone. He used to live with mountain bike legend Ned Overend in San Diego, and together they trained for the 1981 Ironman by doing laps in their apartment complex’s 15-meter pool. Babbitt did that Ironman–and rode the bike leg wearing shorts with a belt. He went on to found Competitor magazine, the beginning of the Competitor Group empire that now runs a host of publications like VeloNews and Triathlete as well as events including the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series. So in late February, 2012 I was stoked to go on his weekly radio show, The Competitors, to talk about Argyle Armada.
After kicking off the show with a clip from an interview where Jonathan Vaughters describes being chased around a parking lot after he dissed a young triathlete turned cyclist called Lance Armstrong, we dive into Vansummeren’s win at Roubaix, how Hushovd fit with the team, what Dan Martin represents for cycling, Vaughters’ goal to change the business of cycling, and whether a year with the Garmin team leaves me feeling more optimistic about the future of pro cycling. And there’s a lot more here, too. Give it a listen!