Traveling to the SSWC 2016

The logo from the Single Speed World Championships, Down Under.

The next episode of Outdoor Explorer covers two topics to achieve the same goal. It’s one part travel show, discussing what it takes to travel overseas with a bicycle and all the other things one needs to visit another country. The second part is about what it’s like to attend, and race in, the Single Speed World Championships (SSWC). The SSWC is a race that is held every year, but moves to a new host country every time. It’s a crazy fun time, and we’ll try to share what it’s like to travel half-way across the globe to be there. We’ll also hear some voices of people who’ve attended many of them over the years.

Show producer, Eric Bork, riding in the SSWC16. Photo: 22 Photography, Ties Urie
Race plate from the SSWC16
A costumed racer in the SSWC16. Photo: 22 Photography, Ties Urie




HOST: Eric Bork


  • Tim Smith – one of the organizers of the 2016 SSWC
  • Ursula Kordis – regular attendee of many of these race events
  • Koh Kitazawa – regular attendee of many of these race events and organizer/host of the 2015 event in Japan
  • Damo Auton – organizer/host of the 2016 event and longtime attendee
  • Heidi Goheen – travel companion, frequent SSWC attendee


BROADCAST: Thursday, June 22, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, June 29, 2017. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!