Tour de Todd

Todd Wilson

Looking for the place to get the inside scoop on cycling in the Sunshine State? Welcome to the Tour de Todd Cycling Podcast, where we get connected to all the races, results, and rides; as well as exclusive training, coaching, and interviews with some of the top pros and amateurs in Florida. I'm your host, Todd Wilson, and I've been racing bikes since I was 14 years old, and have competed in some of the biggest criteriums in the country throughout my career. So join me on this ride, and let's discover some of the most iconic racers and landmark rides on the Florida circuit, get valuable guidance from the Coach's Corner, and we'll even mix in a bit of music to keep things pumping! read less

Chris Lillywhite, U.K. all-arounder
16-01-2023
Chris Lillywhite, U.K. all-arounder
Chris Lillywhite started racing when he was 14 years old. His first love was football. But he began to get into some trouble and his dad made the decision they were going to do something together so he bought them bikes. Shortly after getting a bike he began racing. In a two year span as a junior Lillywhite won 21 races and a national kilo championship on the track. From that kilo ride he made the national junior track team for G.B. From that point on Lillywhite's career began to snowball. Making the transition from juniors to seniors in the U.K. wasn't much of an issue for him. Crazy enough he didn't train much. Not because Lillywhite was lazy but because he held down a job while racing. So he was killing it racing purely on talent. He considered himself an all-around with a good sprint. Since he couldn't win to many stage races on GC Lillywhite says he focused on winning jerseys like best climber or sprinter. Some of his notable wins include the Milk Race in 1993, the British National Circuit Race Championships the same year to the Tom Simpson Memorial Road Race in 1994. Literally I can't name all of his wins because it would be long a prolific. Lillywhite doesn't think he fulfilled his talent. He says the money was so good in the U.K. racing crits he didn't see the need to leave and race on the continent. Let me make this clear...he got offers. Lillywhite's last season racing as a pro was 1999. He took a job working for the Linda McCartney Racing Team. He would eventually work with Team Wiggins. Currently he runs his own business and Lillywhite is still on the bike.
Alex Stieda, Canadian legend.
24-10-2022
Alex Stieda, Canadian legend.
Alex Stieda is a Canadian cycling legend. He was a hockey player first. To keep up his fitness in the off season he turned to riding a bike. He bought a $20 bike and started doing long rides. Simply by chance a neighbor who was involved in cycling suggested he race a local 10 mile time trial. Each week Stieda says he just continued to get faster and faster. Then someone suggested he try track racing. Once he got on a velodrome it was a match made in heaven. A short time after that he was winning national championships on the track. He even went to junior worlds soon after. Moving up to the seniors racing he eventually was chosen to ride for the national team and train for the 1984 Olympics. Before doing the Olympics he would race a season in Belgium and join the coveted 7-Eleven amateur team.  He says racing the Olympics was a huge disappointment. Instead of going pro he decided to race one more year as an amateur. Alex Stieda would turn pro for the 7-Eleven team in 1986. He would ride the tour and claim not one but five different jerseys including the yellow jersey. He would finish that tour in 120th place. Here's the thing, Alex chose to race the rest of his career predominantly in North America after that season. He says he realized he wasn't built for that type of racing. Stieda says racing in North America was fun. He won stages in the Coors Classic, Tour of Texas, and multiple big time crits. Alex would eventually retire at the young age of 31. He would become a sales rep for Softride, help organize the Tour of Alberta, and beat prostate cancer. He recently qualified and competed in the Grand Fondo Worlds.
Music I train with on my Wahoo Kickr
29-08-2022
Music I train with on my Wahoo Kickr
Today's episode is all about music. Since I'm having  road bike issues I'm forced to get on my trainer in the garage and go at it. Music is a must so I've created a few playlists. I'll be sharing them as time goes on and hope to hear from you about what you like listening to. Maybe ya'll can introduce me to some new music. 1) Artist: A. Billi Free & The Lasso, Album: Holy Body Roll, Song: Thrive, Despite2) Artist: Alison Wonderland, Album: Run, Song: Run3) Artist: Amine, Album: One point five, Song: Hiccup featuring Gunna4) Artist: Animal, Album: Retrospective, Song: Don't let me be misunderstood5) Artist: Apathy, Album: Honkey Kong, Song: Check To Check6) Artist : Augustos Pablo, Album: Augustos Pablo, Song: King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown7) Artist: Big Remo & 9th Wonder, Album: 9th Wonder Presents Wonderbread, Song: Wonderbread (featuring Big Remo)8) Artist: Big Tone, Album: Business, Song: Business9) Artist: Borns, Album: Dopamine, Song: 10,000 Emerald Pools10) Artist: Chaz Emphatic, Album: Postcard, Song: NyQuil on Ice11) Artist: Coconut Records, Album: Night timing, Song: Night timing 12) Artist: Cymande, Album: Second time around, Song: Crawshay13) Artist: De La Soul, Album: Grind Date, Song: No14) Artist: Death, Album: For the whole world to see, Song: Where do we go from here15) Artist: Dice Raw, Album: Single, Song:10016) Artist: Electric Citizen, Album: Sateen, Song: Light years Beyond17) Artist: Gary Numan & tube way Army, Album:Replicas, Song: Heartbreak18) Artist: The James Hunter Six, Album: Minute by Minute, Heartbreak19) Artist: Kid Ink, Album: Missed Calls, Song: Rain Dance