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When Bobby Julich did his first mountain bike stage race a few weeks back at the seasoned age of 50, he was getting passed. A lot. But while that was a humbling experience, especially for someone who has an Olympic medal in cycling, that’s also how he came to meet this week’s guest on Bobby & Jens, Kaysee Armstrong.
A competitive cheerleader growing up, Kaysee found cycling in college, and since then has grown into a force to be reckoned with on the Liv Factory Team.
Kaysee takes us inside her world of stage racing, adventure riding and most recently bikepacking, and trades notes with Bobby and co-host Jens Voigt on being a road racer versus a mountain biker and the completely different worlds of those disciplines.
The discussion turns to what it’s like being a beginner, which Bobby very much is when it comes to mountain biking. Luckily for Bobby, Kaysee’s time spent teaching mountain biking to kids comes in handy to offer him a couple tips about off-road riding and growing beyond the white-knuckling phase. “I love learning new things,” says Kaysee.
Cycling is far from the only thing going for Kaysee. She fills us in on her life away from the bike, where she’s on her way to becoming a CPA. “It’s a lot of fitting it all in,” she says of balancing her life.
Listen to this week’s episode for the full discussion.
“Bobby & Jens” is a weekly VeloNews podcast. It stars former pros Bobby Julich and Jens Voigt and features conversations with top athletes, coaches, emerging stars, and other newsmakers from the wide world of cycling. Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.