Neal Rogers on the FattyCast, Including Actual Breaking News

12.21.2015 | 12:31 pm

Screenshot 2015 12 21 08 09 47I am fully aware (although I find it very distressing) that very few people come to for late-breaking news about the important goings-on in the cycling world.

Today — accidentally and very briefly — that all changes. Because the latest episode of the FattyCast (which is available on, on iTunes, directly downloadable, and playable from a little lower on this page), I talk with Neal Rogers. It’s a fantastic conversation with one of the top cycling journalists in America…and it has actual news.

The News Part

Until about a year ago, Neal Rogers was the editor-in-chief of Velo and is currently at Global Cycling Network, the entertaining new-media cycling show. The “actual news” part is that Neal is announcing today that as of January, he’s moving to as the US Editor-in-Chief, which we discuss in detail about halfway into the podcast: Neal talks about how this change came about, why he’s making this move, and what he’ll be doing.

Neal also reveals James Huang — well-known for his extraordinary reviews at CyclingNews and BikeRadar — will be joining him at CyclingTips.

CyclingTips had already made a pretty big play in the cycling news world by bringing Shane Stokes aboard last year; with these two additions, CyclingTips will no longer be under anyone’s radar.

[Note: If you feel like you need to skip straight to the news-y part of the podcast, it begins around the 51-minute mark.]

The “Let’s Talk About Bikes and Writing for About Two Hours” Part

While Neal’s new job — and all it implies — is interesting stuff, it wasn’t why I wanted to do a FattyCast episode with Neal. In fact, I had no idea that he’d be changing jobs sometime soon when I reached out to him.

I wanted to talk with Neal because I think of him as a fair-minded, thick-skinned, highly-accessible cycling journalist.

We talk about his first mountain bike (a Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo). We talk about his lack of regret for being a surf / cycling bum for five years after graduating from college. We talk about the surprising lack of respect he got as a bike messenger.

We talk in great detail about his time at VeloNews, from when he moved to Boulder to work as an overqualified intern, to working his way up the ladder, to the very dark times when a lot of the staff was fired and he didn’t know if the magazine would survive.

We talk about how he brought the magazine from a very bad place to the very good place it’s in now. We talk about his move to Global Cycling Network, and  the (big) difference between writing for magazines and writing (and presenting) for video. 

We talk about how he’s had to develop a thick skin. And why he makes himself so available on social media. We talk about asking hard questions, and Neal even answers a few questions posted for him on Twitter.

We talk about Leadville. And cramping. And Strava. And getting time to ride.

It’s a great conversation. Listen in any of the following ways:


  1. Comment by Ken Harrison | 12.21.2015 | 1:31 pm

    Neal is the preminent cycling journalist in North America. He is the best at placing the fan at the best races, and his writing is always spot on. He always makes it fun to be a cycling fan.

  2. Comment by Neal Rogers | 12.21.2015 | 3:24 pm

    Thanks Ken! You put that together perfectly. I’ll send over the funds on PayPal now. (This won’t be published in the comments section, right?)

  3. Comment by MikeL | 12.21.2015 | 5:50 pm

    I might have to break listening to this into two parts. I am not sure I can set on a trainer for that long.

  4. Comment by John Elliss | 12.21.2015 | 11:21 pm

    This is one of my favorite cyclist Neal rogers. He is very brilliant cyclist and so i follows each and every activity of him. He always gives useful information about cycling.

  5. Comment by Jared | 12.22.2015 | 11:00 am

    Thanks Fatty – love the FattyCast. Neal is back on the good list as a result.


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