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This Weeks Guest: Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson brings a unique perspective to cycling. A Southern California resident, he has spent time within professional cycling. In 2011 he found himself in the unique position of being embedded with the then Garmin Cervelo Cycling team. He spent a full season with the team documenting their every move. He spent time with support staff as well, mechanics and soigneurs. He was able to see how the riders live and interact with each other on and off the bike. He was there when that year, Garmin took their biggest win to date when Johan Van Summeran won Paris Roubaix in one of the largest upsets in cycling. He wrote all of this in a book called Argyle Armada. Mark also wrote the book on doping in sports in a book called Spitting in the Soup. In it he talks about the complexities of doping in cycling where most endurance sports are no stranger to doping. There are so many factors in play that some of the lines are blurred between racing competitively and using performance enhancing drugs. This episode may change the way you think about doping culture. Are the cyclists who dope the victims or villains? Can pro cycling be won one hundred percent clean? There is so much information in this episode, you can’t miss it! Both of Mark’s books are published on Velopress. Ironstring cycling photography and journalism has been featured on NBC and Fox television networks, and Mark has presented in the U.S. and abroad on subjects as diverse as doping in pro cycling, the business of professional cycling, product design, photography, effective writing, the psychology of consumer problem solving, and web usability.Mark has an MA and PhD in English literature from Boston University and a BA in English from UC San Diego. He studied Spanish at the University of Seville and French at the University of Grenoble. A category two road cyclist, Mark has bicycled across the United States twice.