Rob Pickels is Cohost of Fast Talk Podcast and was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer at Fast Talk Laboratories. He is an exercise physiologist who has worked in product innovation for Pearl Izumi and as a research / clinical physiologist at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center.
His interest in performance led him to both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise physiology. He completed a biomechanics internship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Rob grew up in New Hampshire and gravitated toward field sports. His propensity for running led him to track and field where he focused on the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Throughout high school and college (Ithaca College), he held multiple school, state, and conference records.
In graduate school at Montana State University, he dabbled in triathlon, before realizing cycling was his strength. Upon moving to Boulder and becoming the lead physiologist at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, he switched purely to cycling.
He enjoys racing cyclocross, where his natural anaerobic ability can shine; and multi-day mountain bike races where his need for adventure can be fulfilled.
He has published research in the journals “Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise” and “International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness, and Sports.” He has written for various media titles and brands, including VeloNews, Bike Radar, Podium Runner, and Pearl Izumi.