Cycling Over Sixty

Cycling Over Sixty

Join us as we continue to follow the inspiring journey of Tom Butler, an average man in his 60s, who has found an invigorating path to fitness through the power of bicycling. In Season One, Tom achieved his long-desired goal of completing the grueling 206-mile Seattle to Portland ride. He also discovered that his capacity for gaining strength and endurance was much higher than he anticipated for his age. However, despite Tom’s success, some key indicators of lifestyle diseases persisted. Season Two steps up Tom's quest for improved overall fitness. Determined to make changes that will yield better results, he embarks on a fresh cycling challenge, pushing his boundaries even further. Along the way, we'll witness his trials and triumphs as he seeks to transform his health. The podcast features insightful interviews with experts in exercise, nutrition, and various health topics. From seasoned cyclists to leading specialists, these guests offer valuable advice and guidance to Tom on his mission to achieve and sustain optimal fitness. But it's not just about the physical aspects of cycling – the podcast also explores all things biking. Discussions range from bike mechanics and equipment to the broader impact of cycling on society and the environment. Tom, wholeheartedly embracing cycling as the foundation of his fitness journey, shares his struggles and successes candidly. His infectious enthusiasm aims to inspire people approaching or over 60 to hop on a bike and discover their untapped potential for increased fitness. If you're seeking motivation, expert insights, and a heartwarming story of perseverance, "Cycling Over Sixty" is for you. Listen in to this fitness expedition as we pedal towards better health and a stronger, fitter future!


May 23, 2024 58 mins

In this episode, host Tom Butler revs up for National Senior Health and Fitness Day with details on the upcoming Cycling Over Sixty Strava Club Group Challenge. He then gets real about the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sharing a glimpse of his own dietary debates with his wife. Their conflicting views of what fuels metabolic health recovery has Tom feeling less than fully supported.

Later, Tom welcomes Sha...

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Gear up for an inspiring episode! Tom Butler kicks things off with a story about a unique Mother's Day “cycling” trip. Then, he dives into his latest interest in his pursuit to explore ways to reverse metabolic dysfunction.

Tom welcomes Laura Cisneros from Love to Ride to the podcast. Laura shares the organization's mission to empower people to experience the joy of cycling. You'll also hear about Love to Ri...

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May 10, 2024 61 mins

Join host Tom Butler as he shares his experiences from a recent group ride, the Emerald City Ride. He also fills you in on his wife Kelly's journey mastering her new Cruzbike S40. They're out there enjoying the scenery and loving riding together!

This episode features the inspiring Melanie Curry, writer and cyclist extraordinaire. Melanie, the editor of the California edition of Streetsblog, discusses what ignite...

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May 3, 2024 46 mins

In this episode host Tom Butler takes us on a journey of new cycling experiences. Kelly, Tom’s wife, receives her newly upgraded Cruzbike from Bike Swift, complete with a cutting-edge pedal assist motor. Eager to explore her newfound mobility, Kelly embarks on a quest to master her two-wheeled companion.

Meanwhile, Tom faces his own new experience as he tries out public transportation with his bicycle. The Bike Everywhere ...

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April 26, 2024 71 mins

In this episode, host Tom Butler reveals a ride strategy he does not recommend. However, the positive outcome has him looking to repeat the ride and pursue some expert advice on using it over the long-term. Then, Tom welcomes Neil Damerell, a specialist in exercise nutrition who helps cyclists achieve weight loss goals. Neil, the force behind the Cycle Lean Community on Facebook, joins Tom for a dive into cycling for healthy weight...

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April 18, 2024 38 mins

In this episode, host Tom Butler unveils the high-intensity training route he's been crafting. Tom breaks down the segments of this ride designed to help build up his metabolism. The training is based on the popular Norwegian 4x4 model with a few modifications.

With National Senior Health and Fitness Day on the horizon, Tom welcomes Gary Ford to the show. Gary, the director of the event, dives deep into the day's purpose, ...

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April 12, 2024 54 mins

This latest episode of the Cycling over Sixty post starts with host Tom Butler looking at the challenge of getting a good night's sleep on the first leg of his 422-mile ride challenge for this season. He also shares an update on his wife Kelly's adjustment to her new recumbent bike.

Tom then welcomes Peter Breyfogle, a seasoned local group ride leader, for an enlightening interview celebraing those who volunteer ...

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April 5, 2024 56 mins

In this week’s episode, host Tom Butler does an analysis of a tough section of this season's 400 mile cycling goal, sharing his concerns for being able to handle the challenge.

Then, Tom welcomes Tyler Vasquez, Advocacy and Policy Manager
for Cascade Bicycle Club. Tyler dives into the world of bike safety
advocacy in Seattle, highlighting efforts to make the city's streets more
welcoming for cyclists. His work ...

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March 29, 2024 80 mins

This week on Cycling Over Sixty, Tom Butler tackles the planning for the final legs of his 400-mile Season 2 challenge. Listen in as he shares a slight adjustment to the across Washington route strategy and discovers a way to approach the remaining miles.

But the real excitement comes when Tom reveals his wife, Kelly, is joining the Cycling Over Sixty journey!  Tom and Kelly discuss her new bike purchase and her outlook o...

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March 21, 2024 51 mins

In this episode, host Tom Butler dives headfirst into planning his ambitious 400-mile cycling goal for the season. Listeners gear up alongside Tom as he explores the route and anticipates the challenges that lie ahead, particularly due to the route's specific location.

But conquering physical hurdles isn't the only focus. Tom welcomes Dr. Sean Ellis, Ph.D., from the Behavior Change for Good initiative at the Univ...

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March 14, 2024 60 mins

In this episode, Tom Butler wrestles with finding time on the bike and a growing mileage deficit for his 2024 goal. But with better weather on the horizon, a big weekend of riding might be just what he needs. Tom also shares a significant change he's considering for his Season 2 goal ride.

This week's interview features Kelsey Perri and Debbie Macey from Road Scholar, a unique travel company with a focus on learn...

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March 7, 2024 57 mins

In this episode of Cycling Over Sixty, Tom Butler admits to slacking off from his cycling routine over the past week. He shares his plans to get back on track and reveals a new shift in his gym strategy.

Tom then chats with Henry Kellogg, the founder and CEO of Bike Swift in Seattle. Henry offers his expert perspective on the e-bike industry, with a focus on Bike Swift's unique emphasis on ebike conversions. Listen in...

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February 29, 2024 54 mins

It's a milestone episode for Cycling Over Sixty! Host Tom Butler rings in the 50th episode with a celebratory tone, kicking things off with a recap of his recent Chilly Hilly ride, where he conquered the challenging climbs. He also shares the story of his daughter joining him on the ride, despite her slightly under-prepared state.

But the real focus of the episode is a retrospective look at the past year. Tom dives in...

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February 22, 2024 59 mins

It's birthday week for host Tom Butler, and he is gearing up for another year of adventure! Join Tom as he reflects on the transformation cycling has provided for him over the last year as he gets ready for a new ride to celebrate another year.

Tom also contemplates a once-a-year opportunity to cycle one of the most scenic highways in the U.S. – car-free! The challenge will be big but also will be the opportunity to prepare for...

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February 16, 2024 72 mins

Gear up for the latest episode of Cycling Over Sixty podcast as Tom Butler sets his sights on new group riding experiences he will have in just nine days. Join Tom as he prepares for the challenge ahead.

This week, Tom welcomes a special duo: Jim and Maria Parker, the couple behind Cruzbike, a company dedicated to the innovative world of recumbent bicycles. Clip in as they delve into the fascinating story of Cruzbike'...

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February 9, 2024 41 mins

The episode this week has Tom sharing some news on his daughter's cycling journey, leaving him buzzing with anticipation. Tom also explains changes he's made to his regular ride, pushing his limits and exploring new terrains.

Tom welcomes a special guest, Eddie Holmes, Director of the HERO Ride and President of the Gulf Coast Bicycle Club. Together, they unveil the wonders of cycling along the Mississippi Coast. ...

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February 1, 2024 55 mins

Join host Tom Butler on this episode as he reflects on the challenges that derailed his January goals and unveils some changes he's planning to reclaim his momentum. Tom's not alone in this journey – he's joined by the dynamic Plant Powered Pedaler, Janet Anspach-Rickey.

In this engaging conversation, Janet shares her story, recounting the events that led her to embark on cycling adventures across the United States an...

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January 25, 2024 50 mins

In this episode host Tom Butler reviews some of his recent cycling-related purchases and reflects on another week of navigating the ups and downs of staying true to his 2024 goals. Joining Tom this week is the insightful Zach Goulding, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the voice behind the Ride This Out podcast.

As a psychotherapist, Zach delves into the fascinating intersection of cycling and mental health on his podcast...

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January 19, 2024 56 mins

For this week’s episode, join host Tom Butler as he delves into his recent chilly cycling adventure, exploring his strategies to stay warm during his coldest ride he has taken so far. Tom talks about the experience and how he will need to change his approach to keep his feet warm, sharing insights for fellow cycling enthusiasts. 

This week's special quest takes a heartwarming turn as Tom's daughter, McKenna Miler...

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January 11, 2024 61 mins

In the latest episode of the podcast, host Tom Butler is determined to stay on course with his 10-mile-a-day cycling goal for 2024, despite facing challenges like cold weather and shorter days. Join Tom as he discusses potential equipment purchases and clothing considerations to help him stay committed to his cycling routine. This week, Tom is joined by the special guest Phil Meyer, the skilled bike mechanic and owner of Phil&...

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