Hey all you cool cats and kittens, and welcome to On The Pipe Podcast!!
If you’re reading this then that means that Carole Baskin hasn’t gotten us shut down yet!
In all seriousness, if you are reading this, then thank you very much for checking out OTP! My name is Tyler Shepardson and this whole thing is really just a one man band passion project for me, so any amount of interest in the show means the world to me! I have only been involved in the off-road world for about 6 years or so, but not by choice! I am a lifelong combat sports athlete and a former NC State Champion Wrestler before earning my Blue Belt in Jiu Jitsu from Royce Gracie. However, ever since I can remember – Every birthday wish, shooting star, christmas, wishbone, etc has only ever been for one thing; a dirt bike. That wish never came true until I turned 21 years old and bought my first bike myself. Since then, my obsession for racing has spiraled out of control. My first race ever came just a few months after riding a bike for the first time when I lined up for the Big Buck GNCC in 2014. I never looked back after that still to this day take every opportunity that I get to get on a starting line somewhere. 2019 I was able to do something I never dreamed would happen, and I earned an AMA Number One plate for winning the 25+ Mideast Harescrambles Championship.
OTP started as a random thought that got brought up between myself and the show’s original Co-host Devin Byrum in the summer of 2017. The goal was as true then as it is now; We want to shine a brighter light on off-road and bring more exposure and more coverage to all of the high level athletes that compete in various woods racing disciplines. At that time I had spent that season with RacerTV and GNCC working in various roles from Announcing to Camera Operations as well as taking photos at the races under my Shep’s Shots banner. Ending the 2017 season and going into 2018, I signed on to become the Announcer for the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series, and also transitioned into the Director role for RacerTV with the latter being pretty short lived.
Now fast forward almost 3 years later, this podcast is my main focus. We have had a large variety of guests on the show and plan to have that portfolio grow exponentially from here. OTP in its beginning was modeled largely after The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, because that was (and still is) my favorite show to listen too. We wanted to sit down face to face with riders and industry people and really hear their stories and learn more about them. Long form discussion just seems like a good format to really get people were used to seeing in the spotlight really settle in, get comfortable, and talk about who they are off the bike. Now a days, OTP launched its most recent segment dubbed “OTP Tuesdays.” Being a big MMA fan, my number one way to keep up to date with fighting news is from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and the way he does his weekly shows. OTP Tuesday changes its focus to more topical events and what is happening NOW. Every Tuesday we recap the racing action of the previous weekend and have 2-3 guests call in to discuss the weekend through their eyes.
The podcast has grown exponentially and I appreciate each and everyone of you that has played a role in that! I am always open to feedback and highly encourage you all to reach out and let me know what you do and don’t like about the show, that’s the only way it can get better!