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The Merchants of Dirt Podcast, hosted by Kyle M. Bondo, is a podcast dedicated to helping you become a successful off-road race promoter.

Each episode provides you with Kyle's exclusive, behind-the-scenes perspective that only his 20+ years of producing endurance, trail, water, orienteering, mountain bike, and adventure races can provide. The result is a show that can help you start a new race, or improve on what you've already started.

Merchants of Dirt Podcast is part of Reckoneer Media and joins the Get Lost Racing Podcast in supporting Kyle's mission to teach race promoters how to start, direct, and grow successful races.

Sep 12, 2017

Merchants of Dirt Episode #35

Learn how to prepare yourself for the possibility that one or all of the four horsemen of race planning will show up and wreck your race.

The Four Horsemen of the Race Planning Apocalypse

  • Competition - You have to protect your top dates and locations
  • Permission - You have to be actively...


Aug 27, 2017

Merchants of Dirt Episode #34

You will never effectively adapt your races to unforeseen problems if you don't have any measures or metrics to base decisions on. I explore the process of deciding how to break up a race day category that had too many racers, and the advantages having (and not having) data gave me.

The...


Jul 26, 2017

Merchants of Dirt Episode #33

You need to be on your toes when it comes to combating those wannabe activists and trail extremists who are out to sabotage your race. In this episode, I teach you what you can learn about your own race day preparation process with a real-world example of a Mr. Murphy and his race day...


Jul 8, 2017

Merchants of Dirt Episode #32

Do know what kind of thinking goes into deciding when to call the race due to rain? Join me as I continue my Inside the Race Director's Studio series with Part 2, and take you behind the scenes of the third mountain bike race in my four race series.

Behind the Scenes

It might be hard to...


Jun 27, 2017

Merchants of Dirt Episode #31

Putting one race together is a challenge, but imagine putting four races together over a four-week stretch? Join me for the first in a two-part series called Inside the Race Director's Studio, where I take you behind the scenes of four race mountain bike racing series.

The Moving Parts of...