How to Create a Career Doing a Sport You Love

Oct. 10, 2018

Jeff Kendall-Weed’s interest in cycling began at a young age when he got his first bike - a used girls’ cruiser from the local Goodwill. Growing up in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California he quickly moved on to BMX and mountain biking and hasn’t stopped since. During and after college Jeff raced in the US and Europe and went on to work for industry leaders Ibis and WTB. Today he is producing stunning cycling videos from the trails he visits around the world.  

On this podcast, Jeff and I talk about the many roles he’s had in the world of mountain biking, and his decision to leave his stable job for a life as an entrepreneur and family man. Don’t let his modesty fool you - Jeff is one of the best bike handlers I’ve seen. You can visit his YouTube channel to see for yourself.

Here’s the outline of this interview with Jeff Kendall-Weed:

[00:02:43] Soquel Demonstration Forest.

[00:04:51] Raging River State Forest.

[00:05:44] Sea Otter Classic.

[00:10:01] Truvativ; Lezyne.

[00:11:59] Ibis; Scot Nicol.

[00:12:14] Hans Heim.

[00:13:08] Mojo Carbon.

[00:13:59] European vs US racing.

[00:16:07] Roxy Lo.

[00:16:41] Red Hot.

[00:18:16] Mojo HD 160; Tranny.

[00:21:14] Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB).

[00:22:37] Making videos.

[00:25:10] Kitsbow cycling apparel; Kali Protectives.

[00:25:44] Leavenworth, WA trails.

[00:26:17] Video: Jeff Kendall-Weed in Tahoe with Kitsbow.

[00:27:37] Trailforks app.

[00:28:14] Video: Jeff Kendall-Weed visits the Pacific Northwest.

[00:30:58] Leaving job security.

[00:33:02] Toxoplasmosis study: Johnson, Stefanie K., et al. "Risky business: linking Toxoplasma gondii infection and entrepreneurship behaviours across individuals and countries." Proc. R. Soc. B 285.1883 (2018): 20180822.

[00:36:04] Brandon Semenuk; Video.

[00:37:17] Costa Rica.

[00:39:10] Getting injured.

[00:43:07] Book: The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion by Simon Marshall, PhD. and Lesley Paterson.

[00:43:50] Video: Costa Rica: ripping jungle trails & surviving the emergency room!

[00:48:04] Biking for a living vs. leisure.

[00:51:20] Backpack video: I ALWAYS carry this!

[00:53:21] Jeff's Patreon page.

[00:57:24]; YouTube channel; Instagram; Facebook.

[00:58:51] Jeff's podcasts.

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