Chris Case

Chris Case COO Fast Talk Laboratories

Chris Case is Cofounder of Fast Talk Laboratories and Cohost of the Fast Talk Podcast.

Chris was born and raised in southeastern Connecticut. He took up running in elementary school, just for fun. It quickly became his sole competitive outlet, and ultimately led to multiple state championships in cross-country and track. He also dabbled in mountain bike racing in high school, before taking time away from competitive sport to focus on his college education.

Chris attended Colgate University and graduated with degrees in neuroscience and art. He spent the next three years at the National Institute of Mental Health conducting research on patients with schizophrenia, in one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary studies of the disease. After another year researching a stem cell treatment for Parkinson’s disease, he decided to pursue his second passion. This led him to the graduate journalism program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he concentrated in documentary photography. This is where Chris rediscovered his love of cycling, joining the collegiate team before expanding into categorized racing.

After receiving his master’s degree, Chris worked as a freelance newspaper photographer in the Denver metro area. He then served as the first creative director of the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. For several years he served as editor, director of photography, and designer for Trail & Timberline, the magazine of the Colorado Mountain Club.

Chris then briefly returned to psychology research, working on a genetic study of mood disorders in adolescents and a clinical study of pre-psychotic symptoms in college-age students.

In 2012, Chris became the managing editor of VeloNews magazine, a position he held for nearly eight years. It was during that time that he became co-host of Fast Talk.

His cycling pursuits took him around the world to race on the road, mountain, and in cyclocross, to places like Taiwan, Costa Rica, Israel, and throughout Europe. He has stood on the podium at several cyclocross national championships, and is a silver medalist at master’s cyclocross worlds.

Chris is the author of “The Haywire Heart”, a groundbreaking and critically important guide to heart care for athletes, and the first book to delve into the relationship between long-term endurance athletics and heart health.

He is a cofounder of Fast Talk Labs, with Trevor Connor, as well as COO of The Paleo Diet.

An Introduction to Ultra-Cycling, Bikepacking, and Randonneuring, with Matt Roy, Nick Legan, and Jose Bermudez

Episode 137

What's it like to race for days? We step inside the fascinating world of ultra-distance events, including Tour Divide, RAAM, and Paris-Brest-Paris.

The Importance of Staying Warm on Your Bike

Cold temperatures can affect not only comfort but performance during your rides and races. We teach you how to stay warm and dry all year long.

Q&A on Crank Length, Power Imbalance, Injuries, and CBD, with Colby Pearce

Episode 136

Colby Pearce joins Fast Talk for another Q&A episode to discuss crank length, power imbalance, the potential of CBD, and how to return after an injury.

The Importance of Sleep, Monitoring Devices, and Changing Your Routine, with Dr. Shona Halson

Episode 135

Learn how to monitor and change your sleep to get the most out of every night with Dr. Shona Halson, sleep researcher and former director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre.

How to Climb Like an Angel of the Mountains

We dive into the physiology and physics of climbing by bike, and offer tips on how you should climb given your type of engine.

‘Cross Skills: Effective Training Drills to Do with Your Friends

Grant Holicky breaks down the best drills to upgrade your cyclocross skills with the help of some highly qualified riders.

Favorite Workouts of Fast Talk All-Stars

Episode 134

We hear from Fast Talk all-star guests like Joe Friel, Neal Henderson, and Amos Brumble about what their favorite workout is and why.

‘Cross Skills: Mastering the Fundamentals, with Coach Grant Holicky

Grant Holicky, cyclocross coach, dissects key techniques for an explosive race start, seamless mounting and dismounting, and air-tight cornering.

Mastering Indoor Cycling, with Joe Friel, Jim Rutberg, and Riders on the eSports Team Saris-The Pro’s Closet

Episode 133

Joe Friel and Jim Rutberg explore indoor cycling and its many nuances.

How to Set Strava PRs, with The Pro’s Closet

Episode 132

We catch up with our friends at The Pro’s Closet, Spencer Powlison and Bruce Lin, to discuss their recent four-week Strava PR Challenge. In the lead up to their attempts, we helped them with training advice and “race-day” strategy tips.