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What is it about Snowshoe? This place delivered a crazy finale to the 2021 downhill season and I’m joined by Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally to talk all about it. What were the track changes like, what was it like racing six days in a row and who cracked under the pressure. Sit back, hit play and listen to this Snowshoe post-race show with Eliot and…
 
Snowshoe round one is complete and it delivered. The overall is very much all to play for, the racing was nail-biting and the track is providing a real puzzle for the riders. I’m joined, as ever, by Eliot and Neko to get into the details of what went on. So sit back, hit play and listen to this Snowshoe post-race show with Eliot and Neko. Supportin…
 
Hans Rey is a mountain bike legend. Hans has been there from the start of mountain biking. He was the first rider to make use of video as a way to spread the love of bikes and as a result has become one of the best known mountain bikers on the planet. We sat down to chat about this awesome career and find out more about Hans himself. We chat about …
 
The final round of the 2021 downhill mountain bike world cup is here. Join me and coach to the stars, Chris Kilmurray, to talk all things Snowshoe. What is the track like and what is the key to success? What components will people be using to try and gain advantages? How is the overall looking and could it change? There is plenty to chat about ahea…
 
Can coaching make you faster? I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to be faster on my bike. So in this episode, I took a coaching session with Laurie Greenland’s coach, Olly Morris. We sat down afterwards to discuss the process we went through. Find out how Olly identified areas that could be improved and the exercises that he used to help me. It was…
 
Lenzerheide delivered incredible mountain bike racing that had me on the edge of my seat. Eliot is off on a much deserved holiday, so it’s just me and Neko this time around. We’ll get into the detail of the track and what makes Lenzerheide so hard to race. What are the keys to success here, who went well, and what has that done to the overall as we…
 
It’s a busy week, as riders head straight from World Champs to the next round in Lenzerheide. I’m joined by coach to the stars, Chris Kilmurray, to get some insight into what we have in store. What’s the track like and what does it take to go well there? Will set up be changing much from Val di Sole? How’s the overall shaping up? We’ll get into all…
 
The 2021 mountain bike World Champs from Val Di Sole in Italy was one hell of a race. I’m joined by Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally to delve into the detail of what went on. Just what was it like to ride that gnarly track? How did different people deal with the pressure? Did rain effect play? We’ll get into all that and more. So sit back, hit play a…
 
Chris Akrigg can ride a mountain bike, or in fact any bike, like no one else on the planet. Chris started his career as a mountain bike trials rider and was quickly taken under the wing of Martyn Ashton and Martin Hawes. After a number of high level successes, Chris moved away from competitive trails to focus on creating incredible riding videos. O…
 
Not only is it Mountain Bike World Champs week, but it’s World Champs in Val di Sole, which is no doubt going to provide some incredible racing. I’m sitting down with Chris Kilmurray to chat about some of the things that make World Champs a unique event. We get Chris’ thoughts on pre-practice, the different schedules, additional support from riders…
 
This week I’m joined by the current UK national champion, KJ Sharp. Last time we talked to KJ on the podcast, she’d well and truly chucked herself into the deep end at the Enduro World Series. Since then, KJ has shifted focus to downhill racing. We chat about her approach to getting up to speed on a DH bike. Find out how KJ changed her training and…
 
Maribor provided one amazing mountain bike race. Dry, dusty conditions, high speed and big commitment were the order of the day. Tune in to hear more about what the track was like to ride. Find out about Neko's HUGE crash. Can Thibault get to the end of the season riding so hard? Who's going well? Where did Loris find that time? It was such an awes…
 
Join me for a chat with Zakarias Johansen, fresh off his first Enduro World Series podium in La Thuile. We chat about Zak’s background with mountain bikes, including his time racing downhill. Find out why Zak moved to Enduro and hear about the strategy that he used to become a pro rider. We chat about his approach to racing, and what it took to get…
 
Josh 'Loosedog' Lewis is one of the founding members of 50to01 and has been a big part of creating a focal point for a style of riding that has become synonymous with 50to01. We sat down last week to find out more about Josh. How did he find his way from racing to creating video. What lead to him making a living from it. How did 50to01 get started …
 
After a short break, the mountain bike world cup is back this weekend in Maribor, Slovenia. We’re sitting down with coach to the stars, Chris Kilmurray, for some pre-race chat. We get Chris’ thoughts on the track, the demands on bike and rider, and the keys to a successful week. We chat a bit about the current standings and what we can learn from t…
 
Hattie Harnden represents a new generation of riders. Not wedded to a particular discipline, but enjoying riding all kinds of bikes as fast as she can. Hattie recently took a lot of people by surprise by winning her first elite Enduro World Series race in La Thuile. But with a background of success in both cross country and cyclocross, combined wit…
 
Jackson Goldstone is only 17 years old, but who most of us have probably been aware of him for well over 10 years already. We first saw Jackson in a video of him riding his balance bike to kindergarten which went viral in a big way. Since then Jackson has gone on to ride at huge events like Nitro Circus, the Fest Series and Crankworx. This season h…
 
This week I'm joined by coach to the mountain bike stars, Alan Milway. We sat down to chat about the work that he does to help some of the World's best downhill racers be at the top of their game on race day. Have the demands of downhill racing changed? Are the risks increasing? Do changes in bikes and technology drive changes in physical requireme…
 
Sam Needham is a mountain bike photographer, videographer and illustrator. Sam started out using a basic film camera to document the riding antics of him and his mates. Since then, he has had two Dirt Magazine covers and is now a part of Steel City Media, producing incredible photo and video content for some of the biggest mountain bike brands on t…
 
The second round of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Les Gets delivered an incredible show. I'm joined, as ever, by Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally to get the inside line on what went down over the week. In a race with so many amazing moments, there is a lot to talk about as well as answering your listener questions. So sit back, hit play and listen t…
 
Innes Graham was one of the fastest young mountain bike racers on the downhill circuit, who left the scene after suffering a horrible crash at the Lenzerheide world cup in 2016. Leaving behind the buzz and adrenalin of racing left Innes with a gap in his life, which he found hard to fill. This lead to struggles with his mental health. We sat down t…
 
I don’t know about you, but I get pretty excited on a mountain bike world cup week, so I thought I’d try and share that excitement with you in a pre-race show. We'll be getting you primed for a week of world cup action in Les Gets. I’m joined by coach to the stars, Chris Kilmurray, to talk all things Les Gets world cup. We will find out all about t…
 
Camille Balanche is the current downhill mountain bike world champion and is also leading the 2021 world cup series. Camille is a fairly recent convert to mountain biking but has an incredible background in other disciplines, including being an olympic athlete. We chat about her background and her journey from a sports science degree, through endur…
 
Ella Conolly has been one of the breakthrough Enduro World Series racers in recent years. Coming from a cross country mountain bike background, Ella took the Under 21 World Enduro title in 2018 and has already stepped onto the podium in the elite field. We sat down ahead of the 2021 season for a chat. Ella is a rider who does things a little differ…
 
A mountain bike's tyres are the only part of the bike in contact with the ground and they are the first part of your suspension system, so they are super important. Modern tyres are pretty complicated so I sat down with Aaron Chamberlain from Maxxis to find out more about them. Tread pattern, compound, bead, casing, puncture protection, width, pres…
 
The mountain bike world cup season has started in Leogang, Austria and what a race it was. I'm joined by Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally to go behind the scenes in Leogang and get stuck into the detail of what went on. What has Troy changed on his bike? What's going on with that new Commencal? Who are the danger men and women this season? We cover i…
 
Greg Williamson is one of the riders who is looking to step onto the podium this weekend in Leogang. I stopped in to see Greg while I was on my Scotland road trip last month and we had a great catch up. We chat about Greg’s time on Unno and his move to Commencal. We find out what goes on at pre-season testing and just how much thought and effort go…
 
Mikayla Parton was one of 2020’s breakthrough riders. Mikayla made waves with a 5th place at World Champs which she backed up with two top 10s in Maribor, before sustaining a nasty concussion at the final round in Lousa. Mikalya is a late comer to mountain bikes, so we find out how she’s progressed so fast. Mikayla is super driven and her results r…
 
Pete Scullion is a photographer, writer and adventurer who lives in Aberfoyle, Scotland. Pete spent the last 20 years involved with bikes in some shape or form, but he’s been on a winding path to find his perfect role in the sport. We chat about his journey from racing, through marketing and the media side of things, to the freelance portfolio that…
 
With the first downhill World Cup in Leogang rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to catch up with Eliot and Neko. We sat down to find out what they’ve been up to since we last spoke. Eliot tells us about his move to Santa Cruz and how he’ll be joining Rob Warner in the commentary booth this season. Neko shares how his preparation…
 
This week we’re continuing the mountain bike testing theme. I recently got invited to a ride with MBUK and BikeRadar Tech Editor, Rob Weaver, and owner and designer of Cotic Bikes, Cy Turner. Cy wanted to spend some time with Rob to get his thoughts on the review of their bike in the recent Bike of the Year test. So I thought it would be a good opp…
 
Guy Kesteven is one of the most experienced mountain bike testers in the industry. Having tested literally thousands of bikes over nearly 25 years, there aren’t many people who know more about bikes and kit than Guy does. We sat down to chat about Guy’s journey into the sport, his career so far, how testing works, and where things are heading. Guy …
 
OneUp Components has grown from a good idea into a global mountain bike brand. Today, I’m joined by two of their founders, Chris Heynen and Jon Staples to find out more. OneUp is probably best known now for their EDC tool which fits in your steerer tube, but the company actually started when Chris, Jon and Sam decided to go all out and make a 42 to…
 
This week I've got a bonus episode for you, as I’m joined again by one of our most popular guests, Katy Winton. I think it’s fair to say that Katy has had a testing offseason. After finding out late last year that she wouldn’t have a ride with Trek for 2021, Katy set out on a rollercoaster ride to find a way to race this year. We sat down to chat a…
 
This week I’m joined by Saracen Brand Manager Andy Ayers, and the Madison Saracen Factory Race Team Manager Will Longden to chat all things Saracen. We find out a bit about the history of the brand and how Madison came to acquire the name. Andy tells us about how downhill racing quickly became a big part of the brand and Will takes us behind the sc…
 
Hannah Bergemann is an incredible athlete, and an exciting part of the future of freeriding. With a background in freestyle skiing, Hannah has quickly made a name for herself, which has recently lead to her getting a much sought after RedBull helmet deal. We chat about Hannah’s early years and find out how her environment has been such a huge part …
 
If you cut Craig ‘Stikman’ Glaspell then he’d bleed downhill racing. He’s been there from the very start. With an early race career inspired by none other than John Tomac, through his time as a world cup mechanic, journalist, photographer and presenter, all the way to his role today as Global Brand Director for Bike with Troy Lee Designs. We chat a…
 
Today I'm joined by IMBA Europe's President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt. Our trails are seeing more use than ever right now, and there are definitely some issues coming to the surface. So, it feels like an important topic for me to cover. We sat down to talk about the current state of trail access, user conflict and the challenges that we face. Thomas p…
 
Today we’re going behind the scenes at Öhlins with their MTB racing team leader, TJ Hansen. We get a bit of history on Öhlins and their background in motorsport. Then chat about their entry into the mountain bike world and the work they do with the Specialized Gravity Team. We discuss the trend for faster rebound speeds and the challenge of making …
 
Tracy Moseley was one of my first guests nearly 4 years ago now, and a lot has changed since then. We chat about Tracy’s current role supporting the athletes on the Trek Factory Racing programmes. Hear her thoughts about the importance of team fit and culture, as well as what she’s doing about that with Trek. We talk about her pregnancy, being a pa…
 
I think it’s fair to say that Aaron Gwin has had a rough couple of seasons. A steady stream of injuries and misfortune have kept him away from where he’d like to be, at the very top of the sport. We chat about how he deals with tough times. How he feels about people saying he’s no longer got what it takes and how his approach to racing has changed …
 
As today is International Women's Day, I thought it would be good to chat to some of the awesome women who work in the industry. So today I'm joined by Emily Horridge, who runs a guiding company in the French Alps. Emily also runs a successful YouTube channel helping you to improve your riding. Rachael Wight is the Editor of offroad.cc and a guide …
 
Jesse Melamed is always a popular guest on the show, and he certainly didn’t disappoint with this detailed chat. We get stuck into his 2020 season, taking the EWS overall, and dealing with Covid. We also get pretty in-depth on getting his new bike set up, and we end up chatting about Formula 1 too. Jesse is a technically focussed athlete at the top…
 
Charlie Murray is a super talented up-and-comer from New Zealand. He definitely made his mark on the Enduro World Series and World Cup downhill circuit last season. Charlie even dabbled in the e-Bike World Champs. Which, despite running out of battery mid race, has paid off pretty well for him, as you'll find out in this episode. Charlie provides g…
 
Stefan Garlicki is a South African World Cup racer with a crazy story that we can learn a lot from. We chat about Stefan’s horrendous injuries which pushed him to the point that he suffered from PTSD and panic attacks. Stefan has worked hard super hard on his recovery, and part of that has even led to him learning to backflip!We also find out what …
 
Downtime is 4 years old today, and I wanted to mark that in some way. My most popular episode ever, with the one and only Josh Bryceland, was about to drop off the end of the podcast’s RSS feed. That means that the only place you’d be able to find it is on my website, and it’s still so popular that I wanted to make sure people can access it easily.…
 
Phil Atwill has had a rough couple of years with some pretty nasty injuries that have made repeating that Lenzerheide 2017 podium a big challenge. However, at the final round in Lousa last year he stuck it into 5th place. We sat down to find out about that journey back to the podium. We chat about his move to Greece, filming for Gamble, injury, the…
 
Rémy Métailler is an incredible rider, who’s moved his insane skills from Whistler Bike Park to finding gaps on the steeps around Squamish, and he’s documenting it on his huge YouTube channel. Rémy has recently signed with Propain Bikes, so we chat about that move. We cover his channel, his use of affiliate links and how that’s helping him make bet…
 
Fabien Barel clearly has a huge passion, energy and deep understanding of our sport. Today we’re catching up with Fabien on the 2020 season and finding out how he feels his enduro and downhill teams got on. He shares some tips on how to increase your peak speed on the bike. We chat about his thoughts on the evolution of the do it all trail bike, an…
 
Rich Houseman knows a thing or two about what it takes to get sponsored. As the youngest ever factory-sponsored BMX rider, aged 6, he went on to become BMX World Champion and have a successful DH and 4X career. Rich moved into the world of sponsorship in 2004 when he started at hookit.com. He went on to manage the one and only Aaron Gwin, and has b…
 
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