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August 11, 2020
Today see’s the launch of the brand new Canyon Sender, and I’m going to take you behind the scenes of its development! I’ll be chatting with top World Cup racer Troy Brosnan and his mechanic Aaron Pelttari to find out about their input to the project. Including the secret testing they have been doing, what wheel size Troy will be running in 2021 and why. Then I’m joined by Canyon’s lead engineer on the project, Moritz Ströer. We will be getting into more of the engineering detail of the bike. What does a project like this look like? What sort of testing are they doing? How do Canyon make decisions about key aspects of the bike? If you’ve ever wondered what goes into producing bikes capable of taking the win at the top level of the sport, then this episode is a must-listen. So hit play, and check out this episode all about the development of the new Canyon Sender. Troy and Aaron – 3:45 to 43:00 Moritz Ströer – 43:00 to 1:33:45 Supporting Partners Canyon Bikes are not only launching the amazing new Sender, but they are offering Downtime listeners free Bike Guard globally on all their gravity bikes until the end of August 2020. All you need to do is to head to canyon.com and use the coupon code DOWNTIME2020. Here are the terms and conditions. ‘’This voucher code is valid online until 31 August 2020 at 23:39 and discounts the cost of the Bike Guard for orders of the following models: Sender, Torque, Spectral, Strive. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher code. The code does not apply to Factory Outlet bikes, cannot be used retroactively, and applies only to products available at the time of purchase. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Resale is prohibited. The code can only be used once per customer.’’ Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world. They are so good that you’ll find them in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.
August 4, 2020
Elliott Heap comes from a motocross background, but when he found mountain bikes, he took to it like a duck to water. Getting into Enduro and DH racing early on, Elliott was introduced to Nigel Page. Nigel clearly saw something in him and started supporting him from early on. Since then, Elliott has raced World Cup DH, won the junior world title in the Enduro World Series, and picked up a silver medal at the 4X World Championships. We chat about his career so far, especially what went into that EWS series win (and the hangover afterwards). We also chat about riding and racing with Sam Hill and plenty more. Elliott is a great storyteller, so hit play and give this interview with Elliott Heap a listen. Follow Elliott on Instagram @elliottheap or on Facebook @elliottheapmtb and find his coaching lessons at Ride MTB Coaching. Supporting Partners Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? Then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, why not join our newsletter. Then you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.
July 28, 2020
There is no doubt that Sam Blenkinsop is one of the most stylish mountain bike riders on the planet. With a career that started racing in New Zealand at a young age, Sam worked his way up to win the 2008 World Cup in Schladming, beating the seemingly unbeatable Sam Hill. Me and Sam sat down for a chat to find out more about his rise to the top. We also chat about what it’s like to work with teammates like Nico Vouilloz and Loic Bruni. We cover Crankworx, that amazing Gamble segment, becoming a Dad and much much more. So hit play and give this episode with Sam Blenkinsop a listen. Follow Sam on Instagram @samblenkinsop. The Sam Blenkinsop segment from Gamble that we talk about is here and I highly recommend you watch it. If you want to check out Sam’s 2008 win at Schladming, then head here. Supporting Partners Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July. Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at
July 21, 2020
Leatt set out on a mission to design the ultimate mountain bike shoes for flat pedal and clipless riders. But how do you go about that, what are the key elements of a great riding shoe, and what does it take to put it all together into a package that you can sell? Well in this episode, I sit down with Leatt’s founder, Chris Leatt to find out just that. On the surface of it, a riding shoe seems like a pretty simple thing, but I’m sure we have all experienced good and bad versions, showing that it’s not as easy as it looks. Have a listen to this episode and find out how Leatt approached the challenge to make the ultimate mountain bike shoes. You can find out more over at leatt.com and you can check them out on Facebook @officialleatt and Instagram @leatt_mtb Supporting Partners Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July. Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards. They are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video,
July 14, 2020
Trash Free Trails needs YOU. Litter on our trails, and especially plastic pollution, is a problem. Not just because it looks a mess, but it’s environmentally damaging too. Up until now, it has purely come down to relying on us being good citizens and not leaving our mark on the environments that we ride in. However, this alone is sadly not enough to keep our trails free of plastic pollution. Enter Dom Ferris and Trash Free Trails. Dom is a long time mountain biker with an inspirational story, who has a passion for clearing up our outdoor spaces. After spending many years helping Surfers Against Sewage improve our beaches and oceans, he’s now turning his attention full time to our trails. Today, Trash Free Trails are launching their State of the Trails Report. I wanted you to know more about what Trash Free Trails are doing, and hopefully, you’ll want to get involved in some way. I sat down with Dom for a chat to find out more about what led him to where he is now, what Trash Free Trails is, and how we can all help. So hit play and give this episode with Dom Ferris from Trash Free Trails a listen, and then get involved using the links below. You can follow Trash Free Trails on Instagram @trashfreetrails and Facebook @trashfreetrails or visit their website at trashfreetrails.org. Supporting Partners Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July. Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their
July 7, 2020
Swedish mountain biker Robin Wallner is one of the fastest enduro riders on the planet. He came from downhill racing, and made the move to enduro in late 2014. He has subsequently shown that he’s capable of standing on the podium with the top riders in the sport. We sat down to chat about his career so far and how fatherhood has impacted his racing. We also chat about bike setup, learning stages and plenty more. Oh, and Robin gives away a special little tyre tip that I’ve not heard anyone talk about before. So hit play and give this episode with Robin Wallner a listen. You can follow Robin on Instagram @robin_wallner and find his vlog on YouTube here. Supporting Partners Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards. They are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July. Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at
June 30, 2020
Mountain bike data acquisition is the future, and enables you to understand what your bike is doing in order to get it set up to perform at it’s best. Motion Instruments are responsible for the system that Greg Minnaar uses on his bike, so you know that it’s going to be good, but they are also making systems that anyone can buy. I’m joined by one of their founders, Rob Przykucki, to find more. I sat down to chat with Rob about his background in bikes and business, and to find out how he went from being a product manager in a data storage firm to setting up Motion Instruments. His mission, to create accessible data acquisition kits to help us set up our suspension and get the most from our bikes. Find out what it takes to get something like this off the ground, how Greg Minnaar got involved and disrupted the direction of the project, and hear about some of the significant challenges along the way. Rob’s story is a real inspiration for anyone who’s not loving their day job, and wants to change things up and follow their passion. So hit play below and give this episode with Rob Przykucki a listen. You can find out more about Motion Instruments at motioninstruments.com and you can check out their YouTube channel here or follow them on Instagram @motioninstruments. This episode is supported by Leatt. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards as they are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July. This episode is also supported by Abbey Bike Tools. Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head. My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new,
June 23, 2020
Jack Moir is one of Australia’s top mountain bikers, who’s also shown that he’s more than capable of mixing it up with the best in the world. However, it’s not all been plain sailing for Jack, with a host of injuries that have taken him out of the running and team changes that haven’t always worked out the way you’d hope. We chat about those multiple collarbone breaks, developing the 29er with Intense that he went on to take to 2nd place at Fort William World Cup, the challenges of changing from the Intense team to… well… the new Intense team, and his recent move to the Enduro World Series where he’ll be riding for Canyon Factory Racing. There’s also some surf chat thrown in for good measure so hit play below and give this episode with Jack Moir a listen. You can follow Jack on Instagram @jackmoir_ This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my new bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th June. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All the products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. Check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For all things video related, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Boris Beyer
June 16, 2020
Ethan Nell can do things on a mountain bike that most of us can only dream of. Growing up in Utah and with a love of riding two wheels on dirt, it’s not surprising that Ethan saw Red Bull Rampage at a young age and was inspired. Ethan has gone on to take 3rd place at his first ever rampage and back that up with 3rd the following year too. Join us for a chat about his background in Moto and his journey to the Rampage podium. Find out more about his bike set up, and what goes into putting together a line on those infamous cliffs. It never ceases to amaze me what these guys can do on a bike, and it was super interesting to chat to Ethan and find out more about what goes into it, so hit play and give this episode a listen. You can follow Ethan on Instagram @ethan_nell and check out his YouTube channel here. This episode is supported by YT Industries, you can check out their entire range at yt-industries.com and keep up to date with their news on Instagram @yt_industries. This episode is also supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my new bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th June. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All the products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. Check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For all things video related, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group,
June 9, 2020
If you ride a mountain bike, then you own a saddle, but have you ever thought about what actually goes into designing and making it? Have you ever wondered how to find a saddle that is comfortable for you? Well, WTB has been at the forefront of saddle design for decades, and this week I’m joined by one of WTB’s founders, Mark Slate and their Product Marketing Manager Clayton Wangbichler to find out more. We sat down to talk about how saddles have progressed since mountain biking began, how a saddle is designed, prototyped, manufactured and tested, and how you can go about finding the right saddle for you, and making sure that it’s set up properly on your bike, so hit play below and give it a listen. You can find out more about what WTB have to offer, and use the Fit Right system to find your perfect saddle at wtb.com. If you’re based in North America, then they have 10% off saddles during June 2020. This month, We Are One Composites are back to support the podcast. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my new bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th June. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All the products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. Check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. I’ve got another live episode coming up on 10th June at 8pm BST with Polygon UR rider, Joe Breeden. You can head over to my YouTube channel now to set a reminder, and catch up with all the previous live episodes at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at 
June 2, 2020
Kathy Sessler is the team manager for one of the most popular mountain bike teams in the world, the Santa Cruz Syndicate. She’s been into bikes since way before mountain biking began, and has a rich history with the sport and some great stories to tell. We talk about her early days as a 13yr old bicycle motocross race promotor. We chat about her race career, her time working as a stunt woman, and what it’s been like to run the Syndicate over the years, working with riders like Nathan Rennie, Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland, Greg Minnaar, and more recently Loris and Luca. We even find out about the Syndicate’s new no drinking rule! It’s always inspiring to chat to someone who’s dedicated their whole life to the sport, and Kathy was no exception, so hit play below and give it a listen. Check out Kathy’s lesson in history video here, it’s pretty short and a really great watch! This month, We Are One Composites are back to support the podcast. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my new bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th June. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. This episode of the podcast is also supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using a PNW dropper post and their fabulous Loam Lever remote for a year and they have been absolutely faultless, which makes them the only dropper set up I’ve ever had that hasn’t caused me any issues at all in that time period! They have recently launched their new Rainier dropper which has lots of adjustability and a shorter overall length, allowing you to maximise your drop. Check out what they have to offer at www.pnwcomponents.com and for you lucky Downtime listeners you get 15% off using the code ‘pnwdowntime‘ at the checkout. You can also checkout PNW’s new recycling program here. My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All the products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. Check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. I’ve got another live episode coming up on 10th June at 8pm BST. You can head over to my YouTube channel now to set a re...
May 26, 2020
How do you go from your first mountain bike race in 2015 to standing on World Cup podiums in 2019? Well, Nina Hoffmann is the right person to ask. After a late start in Mountain Bike racing, Nina has already stood on the World Cup podium numerous times, and won qualifying at one of the toughest tracks on the circuit, making her on of the top riders to watch in 2020. We sat down to chat about her background in javelin and what was needed to convert her fitness for mountain biking. We cover her race career so far and talk about her quick rise to the podium. As Nina is studying psychology, she also provides some interesting insights into ways to improve that side of your racing game, so hit play below and give it a listen. You can find Nina on Instagram @nina.hfm96 This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using a PNW dropper post and their fabulous Loam Lever remote for a year and they have been absolutely faultless, which makes them the only dropper set up I’ve ever had that hasn’t caused me any issues at all in that time period! They have recently launched their new Rainier dropper which has lots of adjustability and a shorter overall length, allowing you to maximise your drop. Check out what they have to offer at www.pnwcomponents.com and for you lucky Downtime listeners you get 15% off during May using the code ‘pnwdowntime‘ at the checkout. You can also checkout PNW’s new recycling program here. There isn’t a live episode this week, but you can catch up with all the previous episodes at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Merchandise sales are currently closed, but If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.
May 19, 2020
This week I’m joined by one of the most talented young mountain bike riders on the planet, Finn Iles. Finn took the MTB scene by storm when he won the Crankworx Whip-Offs aged 14. He was quickly signed to a pro team and won the first World Cup that he ever raced. From there he dominated the junior category, creating big expectations for his move to elite-level racing. We chat about his background in Ski racing, how important that Whip-Offs win really was,  and how you go from being in the hospital on a backboard to becoming world champion in the same week. We discuss the pressure that his amazing junior career put on him as he entered elites, and how he’s working to manage that, including training while he’s in bed. We talk about his testing process, those Specialized mullet bikes, and plenty more, so hit play below and give it a listen. You can find Finn on Instagram @finniles and you can watch his VLOG series on his YouTube channel here. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using a PNW dropper post and their fabulous Loam Lever remote for a year and they have been absolutely faultless, which makes them the only dropper set up I’ve ever had that hasn’t caused me any issues at all in that time period! They have recently launched their new Rainier dropper which has lots of adjustability and a shorter overall length, allowing you to maximise your drop. Check out what they have to offer at www.pnwcomponents.com and for you lucky Downtime listeners you get 15% off during May using the code ‘pnwdowntime‘ at the checkout. You can also checkout PNW’s new recycling program here. We are going LIVE again on Wednesday 20th May at 8pm BST with coach to the stars, Chris Kilmurray from Point1Athletic. You can watch the chat and ask your own questions by heading to youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. You can catch up on previous LIVE episodes there too, so make sure you get subscribed to our YouTube channel to keep up to date. Merchandise sales are currently closed, but If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe.
May 12, 2020
On this week’s episode, I’m chatting mountain bike design with Aaron Kerson and Adam Hammerman from PNW Components. These guys have got a lot of experience in the industry, working for brands like Specialized and Marin before getting together at PNW. We sat down to find out what goes on behind the scenes to bring us the amazing products that we get to ride. We chat about the difference between engineering and design, the stages that products go through before they get to us, what happens when it goes wrong, and how something as simple as product finish can affect how it performs. This is an area that doesn’t get spoken about that much, and I hope you enjoy finding out more. Hit play and give this episode a listen. Check out PNW’s April fool’s video here. You can join their mailing list at the bottom of their homepage here. You can listen to my previous episode with Aaron here. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using a PNW dropper post and their fabulous Loam Lever remote for a year and they have been absolutely faultless, which makes them the only dropper set up I’ve ever had that hasn’t caused me any issues at all in that time period! They have recently launched their new Rainier dropper which has lots of adjustability and a shorter overall length, allowing you to maximise your drop. Check out what they have to offer at www.pnwcomponents.com and for you lucky Downtime listeners you get 15% off during May using the code ‘pnwdowntime‘ at the checkout. We are going LIVE again on Wednesday 20th May with coach to the stars, Chris Kilmurray from Point1Athletic. You can watch the chat and ask your own questions by heading to youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast at 8pm BST. You can catch up on previous LIVE episodes there too, so make sure you get subscribed to our YouTube channel to keep up to date. Merchandise sales are currently closed, but If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there,
May 5, 2020
Fancy a bit of tech talk with one of the most tech-savvy mountain bike racers of all time? Well it’s finally here, the part 2 of my conversation with Fabien Barel. Last time we spoke (listen to part 1 here) we covered the more emotional and psychological side of mountain biking, so this time I thought we should get technical. Fabien has always been a rider who likes to get into the detail of things, and so when you ask his opinion on something, you know that it’s been well researched and thought out. We talk about how far ahead of the game they were with the Sunn team in the 90s, and why that level of technological progression wasn’t seen for a good while during the 2000s. We get Fabien’s thoughts on longer geometry, mixed wheel size bikes, and tyre insert too. So if you want some technical insight then you need to hit play and give this episode a listen. You can follow Fabien on Instagram @fabienbarel This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using a PNW dropper post and their fabulous Loam Lever remote for a year and they have been absolutely faultless, which makes them the only dropper set up I’ve ever had that hasn’t caused me any issues at all in that time period! They have recently launched their new Rainier dropper which has lots of adjustability and a shorter overall length, allowing you to maximise your drop. Check out what they have to offer at www.pnwcomponents.com and for you lucky Downtime listeners you get 15% off during May using the code ‘pnwdowntime‘ at the checkout. This episode is also supported by Misspent Summers. This awesome crew are producing the amazing Hurly Burly and World Stage books, documenting the racing that we all love. They also sell some lovely merch, are adding a photography and print store to their website, and have some great free zines that you can print out and read for free. Check out all they have to offer over at misspentsummers.com and as a Downtime listener, you get 15% off everything in their store until 20th May. All you need to do is enter the code ‘downtime15‘ at the checkout. We are going LIVE again on Wednesday 6th May with Cy Turner from Cotic Bikes. You can watch the chat and ask your own questions by heading to youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast at 8pm BST. You can catch up on previous LIVE episodes there too, so make sure you get subscribed to our YouTube channel to keep up to date. If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking
April 28, 2020
Ever wanted to work in the mountain bike industry? Aaron Abrams is the Director of Product for Marin Bikes, and his background in mountain bikes started when he was working in his Dad’s bike shop as a kid. We find out how he went from rolling tubes in the shop, to looking after the product range for a company like Marin. We chat about Marin’s history, how it lost its way, and how the current crew has approached bringing it back to being a popular and desirable brand. Aaron also gives some thoughts on how you could get into the bike industry too! So scroll down and hit play to listen to this episode with Aaron Abrams. You can check out Marin over at www.marinbikes.com or on Instagram @marinbikes This month the podcast is supported by CushCore. I’ve been riding CushCore for over a year now and I love the changes it makes to the way my bike rides. It’s more damped, carries momentum better through the rough stuff, and has more support in the turns. CushCore really does help you go bigger, corner harder and ride faster with total confidence! Check out their products, including the awesome new Bead Dropper tyre lever at cushcore.com. You can find our previous episode with CushCore founder and inventor Adam Krefting here. If you want to watch our latest Downtime LIVE, or catch up on previous episodes, then you can find those over on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – John Oldale
April 21, 2020
Laurie Greenland might surprise you. He has always been one of the most exciting riders to watch, and the 2019 season saw him take his first world cup elite win at Val Di Sole, but behind his laid-back persona is a super focussed, driven and hard-working athlete. Recently we sat down to chat about his childhood, and his racing career so far. We find out more about the big changes that Laurie made to his riding style and setup in 2019, along with what else he’s been working on heading into the 2020 season. We also compare that winning Val Di Sole run to his 2016 world champs silver medal run at the same venue. Laurie is a rider who always looks like he’s having a lot of fun, but as you’ll find out, he’s not shy of putting in the hard work to get to where he wants to be. So scroll down and hit play to listen to this episode with Laurie Greenland. You can follow Laurie on Instagram @lauriegreenland_ To find the old Dirt videos that we talked about in the episode, head here for Fabien and here for Josh. This month the podcast is supported by CushCore. I’ve been riding CushCore for over a year now and I love the changes it makes to the way my bike rides. It’s more damped, carries momentum better through the rough stuff, and has more support in the turns. CushCore really does help you go bigger, corner harder and ride faster with total confidence! Check out their products, including the awesome new Bead Dropper tyre lever at cushcore.com. You can find our previous episode with CushCore founder and inventor Adam Krefting here. To be in with the chance of winning a set of CushCore of your choice, all you need to do is help me out by filling out the 2020 listener survey at downtimepodcast.com/survey before the end of April. If you want to watch our latest Downtime LIVE, or catch up on previous episodes, then you can find those over on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners ...
April 14, 2020
Yoann Barelli knows what is important to him, and he’s working on the best ways to let his values shape his career and his place in the world. We sat down to chat about what’s going on in Yoann’s life right now. We cover the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on him and the bike industry, his views on the environment and why the bike industry needs to do more, and we talk about some of the things that Yoann has used to help him through a really tough year. Maybe they will be helpful to you too. This conversation is a little different from our regular episodes, so I hope that you enjoy listening and get something out of it. You can follow Yoann on Instagram @yoannbarelli. You can find out more about Wim Hof’s breathing techniques here. This month the podcast is supported by CushCore. I’ve been riding CushCore for over a year now and I love the changes it makes to the way my bike rides. It’s more damped, carries momentum better through the rough stuff, and has more support in the turns. CushCore really does help you go bigger, corner harder and ride faster with total confidence! Check out their products, including the awesome new Bead Dropper tyre lever at cushcore.com. You can find our previous episode with CushCore founder and inventor Adam Krefting here. To be in with the chance of winning a set of CushCore of your choice, all you need to do is help me out by filling out the 2020 listener survey at downtimepodcast.com/survey before the end of April. If you want to watch our latest Downtime LIVE, or catch up on previous episodes, then you can find those over on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Raymond Norte
April 7, 2020
Ever wondered what mountain biking was like at the start? Well this week I’m joined by Richard Cunningham, who has been at the forefront of mountain biking in one way or another since it started. We follow his journey from cyclist, to mountain biker, to bike designer and builder, through journalism in print media and ultimately online with Pinkbike. Richard is a natural storyteller, and it was great to hear about him being a self-taught pilot, how he’s seen mountain biking progress, his approach to making big career moves, and plenty more, so hit play below and give it a listen. This month the podcast is supported by CushCore. I’ve been riding CushCore for over a year now and I love the changes it makes to the way my bike rides. It’s more damped, carries momentum better through the rough stuff, and has more support in the turns. CushCore really does help you go bigger, corner harder and ride faster with total confidence! Check out their products at cushcore.com. You can find our previous episode with CushCore founder and inventor Adam Krefting here. To be in with the chance of winning a set of CushCore of your choice, all you need to do is help me out by filling out the 2020 listener survey at downtimepodcast.com/survey before the end of April. If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Colin Meagher
April 2, 2020
How can you survive lockdown, or even thrive and make some improvements and gains? Well Jonny Thompson from Fit4Racing is here to help. We sat down to chat about ways to approach the lockdown period and cover things like the importance of scheduling, strength and conditioning, nutrition, cardio, mobility, mental health, meditation and plenty more. Jonny has made a short video on mobility too, which you can find here ‘How to Improve Mobility’. Also, as a super special lockdown offer, they are offering you 2 weeks free on any of their programmes, which are currently adapted to enable you to do them at home. So if you’ve always wanted to try the Fit4Racing training, or if you just want something to work on right now, then head to fit4racing.com and check it out. Scroll down, hit play, and hopefully this gives you some things to help you through these crazy times! This month the podcast is supported by CushCore. I’ve been riding CushCore for over a year now and I love the changes it makes to the way my bike rides. It’s more damped, carries momentum better through the rough stuff, and has more support in the turns. CushCore really does help you go bigger, corner harder and ride faster with total confidence! Check out their products at cushcore.com. You can find our previous episode with CushCore founder and inventor Adam Krefting here. To be in with the chance of winning a set of CushCore of your choice, all you need to do is help me out by filling out the 2020 listener survey at downtimepodcast.com/survey before the end of April. If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
March 31, 2020
Want to find out more about one of the fastest enduro riders on the planet? Then our latest episode with Jesse Melamed is the one for you. Jesse has shown incredible pace on the world stage, but hasn’t yet been able to put it all together for a full season to show just what he’s capable of. We sat down ahead of the (now delayed) 2020 season for a catch up on the last couple of seasons of racing, his offseason testing, injury, bike set up, mullet bikes and plenty more. Hit play below and give it a listen. You can follow Jesse on Instagram @jessemelamed, and check out his YouTube channel here. This month the podcast is supported by CushCore. I’ve been riding CushCore for over a year now and I love the changes it makes to the way my bike rides. It’s more damped, carries momentum better through the rough stuff, and has more support in the turns. CushCore really does help you go bigger, corner harder and ride faster with total confidence! Check out their products at cushcore.com. You can find our previous episode with CushCore founder and inventor Adam Krefting here. To be in with the chance of winning a set of CushCore of your choice, all you need to do is help me out by filling out the 2020 listener survey at downtimepodcast.com/survey before the end of April. Don’t forget that Downtime is going LIVE with Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally on Wednesday 1st April at 8pm GMT. You’ll find that over on our Facebook page at facebook.com/downtimepodcast Come and join us and you’ll be able to ask Eliot Neko whatever you like! If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one-off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Margus Riga
March 24, 2020
What does it take to go from a late start in the sport to a World Cup podium? Well Dakotah Norton knows. We sat down to find out more about him and his journey to the top. We cover his background in Motocross and BMX, how he found mountain biking, and his no compromise approach to becoming one of the best. Chatting to Dakotah really makes you realise what you can achieve if you’re focussed, and willing to put in the effort and make the sacrifices. From living in his van, to rolling burritos, he’s done whatever it takes, and it looks like it’s paying off. Hit play below and give it a listen. You can follow Dakotah on Instagram @daknorton or check out his YouTube channel by clicking here. This month, We Are One Composites are back to support the podcast. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. They hooked me up with a set of Agent 29er wheels which I’ve had on my bike for nearly 2 years now, and I literally haven’t had to touch them. They have remained tight and true through 2 years of use, and are an absolute joy to ride. They track and hold a line amazingly well, but aren’t punishingly stiff like some carbon wheels I’ve tried. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th April. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Klemen Humar
March 17, 2020
Coronavirus has already taken out the first World Cup round of the year, and it looks like rounds 2 and 3 are going to follow. I was scheduled to record a pre-season show with Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally, and we decided that even though there was no racing taking place in the near future, it would be great to have some race focussed content for you lot to listen to. So we hopped on a call this Saturday, had a good catch up, and chatted 2020 World Cup racing. Who know’s when the racing will start, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about and be excited by it! I hope you enjoy listening. This month, We Are One Composites are back to support the podcast. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. They hooked me up with a set of Agent 29er wheels which I’ve had on my bike for nearly 2 years now, and I literally haven’t had to touch them. They have remained tight and true through 2 years of use, and are an absolute joy to ride. They track and hold a line amazingly well, but aren’t punishingly stiff like some carbon wheels I’ve tried. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th April. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – @rdubcreative
March 10, 2020
Alright, this week I’m joined by Robbie Meade. Robbie spent most of the 2019 season following the downhill, enduro and cross country teams from Trek Factory Racing around the globe, and documenting their season for a new feature film from Trek called ‘Going In’. That film will be dropping in the next few days over on Red Bull TV, so keep an eye out for that. It’s a great watch, giving some behind the scenes insight to the racing calendar. At the end of last year, I sat down with Robbie to find out more about how he went from full time builder to full time filmer, and how his career led to making this movie. We chat about what goes into a project like this, from concept, through filming, editing, and getting it out into the world. I have to admit that I never realised how much work something like this really is. Head to the player below and give it a listen. If you want to follow Robbie, then you’ll find him on Instagram @robbie_meade This month, We Are One Composites are back to support the podcast. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. They hooked me up with a set of Agent 29er wheels which I’ve had on my bike for nearly 2 years now, and I literally haven’t had to touch them. They have remained tight and true through 2 years of use, and are an absolute joy to ride. They track and hold a line amazingly well, but aren’t punishingly stiff like some carbon wheels I’ve tried. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th April. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at 
March 3, 2020
Alright, this week I’m joined by James McKnight. Along with his business partner Ben Winder, and a host of amazingly talented designers, photographers and writers, James runs Misspent Summers and is responsible for putting out the awesome Downhill yearbook, Hurly Burly, and the equally great EWS yearbook, The World Stage. James is a passionate mountain biker who has really let that passion take control of his life, and as you’ll hear from this interview, it has very much shaped his career. From the early days as a seasonnaire in Morzine, through finding his feet in the world of journalism, his time at the legendary Dirt magazine, and on to the creation of Misspent Summers, James’ story is one that shows what you can achieve when you let your passion guide you. If you want to experience James and the team’s work for yourself, then as a downtime listener you can get 10% off anything from their bookstore by heading to misspentsummers.com and using the code ‘downtime‘ at the checkout before 15th March 2020. To listen to James’ story, just scroll down to the player below. If you want to follow James, then you’ll find him on Instagram @jamesmcknighty This month, We Are One Composites are back to support the podcast. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. They hooked me up with a set of Agent 29er wheels which I’ve had on my bike for nearly 2 years now, and I literally haven’t had to touch them. They have remained tight and true through 2 years of use, and are an absolute joy to ride. They track and hold a line amazingly well, but aren’t punishingly stiff like some carbon wheels I’ve tried. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th April. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. If you want to help support the show, then you can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to help me keep this thing going and improving by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related,
February 25, 2020
This week I’m joined by someone who has put a huge amount into the sport, opening one of the first UK bike parks, supporting the creation of many others, and offering a forward thinking coaching service for over 20 years. Ian Warby of Firecrest MTB has been a super fan of the sport for a long time, and was racing at a high level before downhill even became a thing. Over the years he has raced at World Cup level, built a bike park, created an ever developing coaching system, and generally just poured his heart and soul into the sport that we all love. We chat about his background, what it took to get the bike park off the ground, and get into some of the detail behind his coaching system, which was inspired by Bruce Lee! The way that Ian looks at coaching like a computer operating system is really interesting, and I definitely learned some things to take away and try in order to improve my own riding. I hope that you get something out of it too… hit play below and give it a listen. You can find out more about Ian and Firecrest MTB at firecrestmtb.com, on Instagram @firecrest_mtb and on Facebook @FirecrestMTB The podcast needs your help, so if you want to support the podcast and help me keep it going, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
February 18, 2020
This week, I’m joined by Euan Speirits. Euan is a 4x racer and a doctor who has managed to combine his love of riding and medicine to help provide racers with the level of care that he feels they deserve, and an area that certainly feels lacking in racing today. We chat about his background in riding, how Gee Atherton led him to setting up Action Sports Medical, and how he intends to support racers. We also talk a lot about concussion and Euan gives us some help on what to look out for. This episode is a bit different, but I think it’s really important for the sport that we talk more about the medical side of things, and work towards ensuring that we have the right support in place for those who are risking it to make competition as great as it is. So give it a listen in the player below. You can follow Euan on Instagram @actionsportsmedical and you can find more information on concussions over on Euan’s website actionsportsmedical.com The podcast needs your help, so if you want to support the podcast and help me keep it going, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Sven Martin
February 4, 2020
This week, I’m joined by Sean Leader. Sean has been a driving force behind developing the riding scene on the east coast of America, and along with Neko Mulally is the man behind Windrock Bike Park. We sat down to find out more about Sean’s own race career where he competed at a high level in many disciplines, we chat about how investing has helped him live the kind of lifestyle he wants, what it took to build the track for the Snowshoe world cup and plenty more. You can follow Sean on Instagram @seanleader or Windrock @windrockbikepark The trail tools that Sean mentions in the episode can be found at roguehoe.com The podcast needs your help, so if you want to support the podcast and help me keep it going, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Burk Saunders
January 28, 2020
This week, I’m joined by some of the biggest characters of the sport, Mikkel and Steffen, aka Mayhem Media. These guys have been following the downhill circus for a number of years, taking awesome photos, consuming a few beers along the way, and generally taking a good times approach to watching world cup racing. We sat down to find out more about where Mayhem Media came from, and believe me, these guys have got some great stories, including smuggling special supplies in to hospital for the one and only Josh Bryceland. These guys know how to enjoy themselves, so hit play and listen to this episode with Mayhem Media. You can follow Mikkel and Steffen on Instagram @mayhemedia, grab yourself some of their clothing here, or subscribe to their YouTube channel here. The podcast needs your help, so if you want to support the podcast and help me keep it going, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If, like me, you want to give Ben’s Complete MTB Programme a go, then as a Downtime listener you get 50% off your first month, or an annual subscription for a bargain £300 by using the code ‘downtime‘ at the checkout. Just head here to check it out. This offer is valid until the end of January 2020 so be quick! If you need your suspension serviced, I was really impressed by Sprung Suspension when they helped me out recently. You can find them at www.sprungsuspension.com If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Sven Martin
January 21, 2020
We’re heading to the wind tunnel this week for something a little different. If you listened to our aerodynamics for mountain biking episode recently then you’ll have heard us talk about plans to put a top rider in a wind tunnel. Well recently we did exactly that with Tahnée Seagrave. Fabien Barel came along for the day as well and a lot was learned in a short space of time. I didn’t have long to record interviews with everyone, but there are some short chats with Tony Salter, Bobby from Fox, Fabien Barel and Tahnée. I also wanted to try and give you some insight into the facility and what went on, so give this short episode a listen. If you want to skip to a particular interview, here’s the times… Tony Salter – 11mins 20 Bobby from Fox – 14mins 55 Fabien Barel – 17mins 25 Tahnée Seagrave – 21mins 15 The podcast needs your help, so if you want to support the podcast and help me keep it going, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If, like me, you want to give Ben’s Complete MTB Programme a go, then as a Downtime listener you get 50% off your first month, or an annual subscription for a bargain £300 by using the code ‘downtime‘ at the checkout. Just head here to check it out. This offer is valid until the end of January 2020. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Dan Hearn
January 14, 2020
Katy Winton is back! It’s always fun having Katy on the show, and this time was no different. After a tough season with some serious concussion issues, Katy Winton is back and ready for 2020. We chat about her 2019 season, injuries, riding Trans Provence with her Dad, Vlogging and plenty more. So hit play below and give it a listen. You can follow Katy on Instagram @misswinton, or check out here Vlog here. If, like me, you want to give Ben’s Complete MTB Programme a go, then as a Downtime listener you get 50% off your first month, or an annual subscription for a bargain £300 by using the code ‘downtime‘ at the checkout. Just head here to check it out. This offer is valid until the end of January 2020. If you want to support the podcast and help me keep it going, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Matt DeLorme
January 7, 2020
This week I’m joined by Ben from The Strength Factory to find out what you can be doing now to give yourself the best possible chance of being able to shred when you’re 70. Ben talks about the ‘physical pension’ and his views on the seven pension pots that you need to be paying into on a regular basis, posture, mobility, movement & balance, play, strength & power, aerobic/cardiovascular fitness and finally, sleep, nutrition & wellness. We chat through what it takes to set yourself up well for later life, so this is well worth a listen if you want to be a healthy older human. The video which we mention in the episode, which shows some of the key things we talk about in the episode is here, and there are loads of other great free video resources on the Strength Factory YouTube channel here. Ben can also be found on Instagram @strengthfactory_coach If, like me, you want to give Ben’s Complete MTB Programme a go, then as a Downtime listener you get 50% off your first month, or an annual subscription for a bargain £300 by using the code ‘downtime‘ at the checkout. Just head here to check it out. This offer is valid until the end of January 2020. If you want to help support the podcast, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Dave Price
December 31, 2019
As 2019 comes to an end, I wanted to take the time to say thank you, as I have a lot to be grateful for. I also wanted to bring you all up to speed with what is going on with the podcast, and what is coming next for Downtime. It’s a super short episode, so I hope you find time to give it a listen. If you want to help support the podcast, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. You can do this as a one off, a regular thing, or whenever you fancy. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! As all the merch is top quality, we don’t make much profit on these items, but it is great to see people out and about in their Downtime gear. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Jon Miller
December 24, 2019
This week, I’m joined by Bernard Kerr. As you may well know, Bernard has taken on a crazy project this offseason to race Supercross at Anaheim 1, so clearly we had to talk about that. We also get into his career history, and how he’s gone about building the Pivot team from scratch to become one of the most popular teams on the World Cup circuit. Bernard has got a great approach to life, and I really enjoyed spending some time finding out more about him. so hit play and give it a listen. You can follow Bernard on Instagram @bernard_kerr, or check out his lifestyle documentaries here. This episode is supported by Misspent Summers, the group of some of the World’s best mountain bike journalists who produce the Hurly Burly Book covering the Downhill World Cup, and the World Stage Book covering the Enduro World Series. To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the latest books for you and a friend, just head to @hurlyburlybook on instagram and tag your friend in the comments of the post about this episode with Bernard. Head to misspentsummers.com to follow what they are up to and to get yourselves a copy of these awesome books. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to support the podcast, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Boris Beyer
December 17, 2019
This week I’m joined by Scotty Laughland. We chat about his journey from world cup downhill racer, to racing Enduro World Series. Then a stint as a presenter at GMBN, and on into his current role as someone who creates his own video content and stories for a number of brands. This means Scotty gets to travel the world, riding his bike with some of the top riders on the planet. Scotty shows that you don’t need to be a racer to make a living from riding bikes. Hit play and give it a listen. You can follow Scotty on Instagram @scottylaughland, and check out his YouTube channel here. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking! You can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering all new users a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME2020. The offer is open until the end of April 2020, so give it a go. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to support the podcast, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
December 10, 2019
This week I’m joined by Tahnée Seagrave. Tahnée started off the 2019 season with a win at the opening round of the world cup, only to be taken out in Fort William, leaving her with a serious shoulder injury. We chat about her career so far, dealing with injury, riding at the old rampage site, the prospect of 2020 being the most competitive season in womens’ DH ever, and much more. Hit play and give it a listen. You can follow Tahnée on Instagram @tahneeseagrave This episode is supported by Cotic Bikes, who have recently launched a new version of their FlareMAX that I’ve been riding and loving for the last 18 months. It’s a short travel 29er that seriously punches well above it’s weight. To find out more, head to cotic.co.uk. Especially for Downtime listeners, Cotic are offering a free pair of Burgtec composite pedals with any FlareMAX frame or bike purchase before the end of 2019. Just use the code ‘DOWNTIME’ in the notes box on the online order form, as well as letting them know what colour pedals you’d like. This episode of the podcast is also supported by Hunt Bike Wheels. Hunt strive to go above and beyond by bringing the latest technology and engineering to all things round, with the aim to simply create the best wheel for all types of riding. They have a great range of wheels in both aluminium and carbon for you to choose from, over at huntbikewheels.com. Hunt wheels are used by a number of top riders, including enduro star Matt Stuttard who I interviewed recently on the podcast, and he raved about them (listen here). For Downtime listeners, Hunt are kindly offering 10% off all their wheels over at huntbikewheels.com for the month of December. Just use the code ‘downtime10’ at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to support the podcast, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved!
December 3, 2019
This week I’m joined by Joe Smith. In 2019, Joe had what he himself describes as a tough season, and that leaves him in the tricky position of not currently having a spot on a team for 2020. This episode goes to show how tough it can be to make a living out of this sport, and how much pressure the riders are under to perform. We cover Joe’s career so far, including his love for flat pedals, his struggles with arm pump, having team mates like Sam Hill and Sam Blenkinsop, and plenty more. So hit play, sit back and enjoy this chat with Joe Smith. You can follow Joe on Instagram @jsmithdh, find him on Facebook @JoeSmithMTB, and subscribe to his YouTube channel here. This episode of the podcast is supported by Hunt Bike Wheels. Hunt strive to go above and beyond by bringing the latest technology and engineering to all things round, with the aim to simply create the best wheel for all types of riding. They have a great range of wheels in both aluminium and carbon for you to choose from, over at huntbikewheels.com. Hunt wheels are used by a number of top riders, including enduro star Matt Stuttard who I interviewed recently on the podcast, and he raved about them (listen here). For Downtime listeners, Hunt are kindly offering 10% off all their wheels over at huntbikewheels.com for the month of December. Just use the code ‘downtime10’ at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to support the podcast, then there are two options. You can ‘share the love’ and make a financial contribution to keeping the show going and getting better by clicking here. Or, you can get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug by heading to downtime podcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Mat Weale
November 26, 2019
This week I’m joined by Mr Cathrovision himself, Ben Cathro. Ben is an ex-world cup racer who has been taking YouTube by storm with his Cathrovision channel, analysing the downhill world cup tracks, and showing us what goes into finding the fastest line down the hill. For the 2020 season, Ben has decided to change things up a bit, and plans to go back to racing the world cup series. We sit down to chat about the Cathrovision journey so far and find out more about his plans for next season. So sit back and enjoy this chat with Ben Cathro. You can watch Cathrovision over on YouTube here, and follow Ben on Instagram @ben_cathro. Ben mentioned his Whoop Band, and you can find out more about those at whoop.com This episode of the podcast is supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels for over a year now, and they are hands down the best wheels I’ve ever had! As a Downtime listener, We Are One are kindly offering 20% off all stock product throughout the month of November. Just head to weareonecomposites.com and use the code GIMME20 at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster as a result, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
November 19, 2019
This week I’m joined by Santa Cruz Syndicate physio, Laura Robson. We’ll be finding out more about Laura’s background, and how she ended up spending her time keeping elite downhill riders in working order. From Atherton Racing to the Syndicate, we cover what a physio does, get Laura’s thoughts on Arm Pump, and some top tips on how we should all be thinking about looking after our bodies. So sit back and enjoy this chat with Laura Robson. The book ‘Yoga For Cyclists’ which I mention on the podcast is by Lexie Williamson and can be found here. This episode of the podcast is supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels for over a year now, and they are hands down the best wheels I’ve ever had! As a Downtime listener, We Are One are kindly offering 20% off all stock product throughout the month of November. Just head to weareonecomposites.com and use the code GIMME20 at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster as a result, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Kathy Sessler
November 12, 2019
Is aerodynamics important when riding a mountain bike? This week I sit down with Deputy Head of Aerodynamics for McLaren F1, Tony Salter, to find out. We chat a bit about Tony’s background in riding and engineering. We cover the fundamentals of aerodynamics to help give you a better understanding of how it works, and then chat about what could be done to improve our aerodynamics as riders, and what benefits that might provide. This episode of the podcast is supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels for over a year now, and they are hands down the best wheels I’ve ever had! As a Downtime listener, We Are One are kindly offering 20% off all stock product throughout the month of November. Just head to weareonecomposites.com and use the code GIMME20 at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
November 5, 2019
This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Danny Hart. I still find it really surreal sitting on the couch with riders like Danny who I’ve looked up to for years, but it’s awesome that they are willing to come on the show. Danny had a strong 2019 season, consistently on the podium, and taking the race win at the last round to show that he has what it takes to challenge for the overall in 2020. Hit play and join us for a chat about his career so far, those amazing world champs wins, data acquisition, mixed wheels sized bikes, winning in Snowshoe, and plenty more. You can follow Danny on Instagram @dannyhart1 and find out about his bike park at descendbikepark.com. This episode of the podcast is supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels for over a year now, and I love them! As a Downtime listener, We Are One are kindly offering 20% off all stock product throughout the month of November. Just head to weareonecomposites.com and use the code GIMME20 at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Dan Hearn
October 29, 2019
This week, I’m chatting to Joe Breeden. Joe is one of the UK’s top up and coming talents, with a bright future in the sport. Join us for a chat about his move from football to mountain biking, the step up from UK to World Cup level, and from junior to Elite. We also cover his horrible injury from a couple of years back, being the first place qualifier at Val Di Sole, racing Snowshoe on a borrowed bike, and much more. This young man has got a wise head on his shoulders, and there is plenty to learn from his approach… so give this episode a listen. You can follow Joe on Instagram @joe_breeden17, and you can contact him there if you’re interested in some coaching too. The book Joe mentioned is the Chimp Paradox, by Professor Steve Peters, and you can find it here. This episode of the podcast is supported by O’Neal. O’Neal have been kitting out top riders for many years, including of course, Greg Minnaar. I spent last winter in their Legacy Pant and was a big fan. Super comfortable, not too hot, and great in a wide range of conditions. To be in with a chance of winning one of 10 pairs of Legacy pant‘s, make sure you’re on our mailing list before the end of October, when we will pick 10 of you at random. Just head to downtimepodcast.com/subscribe fill in the form, and don’t forget to confirm your subscription (check your junk mail!). If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Callum Philpott
October 22, 2019
This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Jonny Thompson from Fit4Racing, to talk about how to make gains in the off-season. We cover loads of topics including how to approach putting together your own plan, the potential benefits of fasted training, how simplification can help you achieve more, how to spot signs of overtraining, and plenty more. You can find the ankle mobility video that we mention, along with the Russian charts and Wendler programme at fit4racing.com/downtime-podcast-feature/ You can find the Fit4Racing Enduro programme here and DH programme here. If you use the code ‘downtime50’ at the checkout before 29th November, then you’ll get yourself 50% off your first month. To listen to our previous episodes with Jonny, head here, here and here. You can also follow Fit4Racing on Instagram @fit4racing where they post loads of helpful short videos. This episode of the podcast is supported by O’Neal. O’Neal have been kitting out top riders for many years, including of course, Greg Minnaar. I spent last winter in their Legacy Pant and was a big fan. Super comfortable, not too hot, and great in a wide range of conditions. To be in with a chance of winning one of 10 pairs of Legacy pant‘s, make sure you’re on our mailing list before the end of October, when we will pick 10 of you at random. Just head to downtimepodcast.com/subscribe fill in the form, and don’t forget to confirm your subscription (check your junk mail!). If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Peter Ostrowski
October 15, 2019
This week I’m sitting down for a chat with the GOAT himself, Greg Minnaar. We talk about his early career with teams like Animal Orange, Global Racing and Honda. Find out a bit about that amazing looking Honda bike and what the project was like to be a part of. We also chat about Greg’s more recent performances from the last few years, and how he plans to approach taking the title fight to Loic and Amaury in 2020. Thanks to O’Neal for setting up the opportunity to chat to Greg in a beautiful old bar in the heart of Leeds… just keen an ear out for the Grandfather clock!!! You can follow Greg on Instagram @gregminnaar, and if you want to check out his tour in the UK then you can head to speakersfromtheedge.com. To be in with a chance of winning an O’Neal Blade Hyperlite IPX Helmet, as worn by Greg himself, head to instagram and follow @onealracing, and then comment on their post about this podcast episode before 26th October, when one of you will be selected at random. To listen to our previous episode with Greg, head here. This episode of the podcast is supported by O’Neal. O’Neal have been kitting out top riders for many years, including of course, Greg Minnaar. I spent last winter in their Legacy Pant and was a big fan. Super comfortable, not too hot, and great in a wide range of conditions. To be in with a chance of winning one of 10 pairs of Legacy pant‘s, make sure you’re on our mailing list before the end of October, when we will pick 10 of you at random. Just head to downtimepodcast.com/subscribe fill in the form, and don’t forget to confirm your subscription (check your junk mail!). If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Phunkt
October 8, 2019
This week it’s time to hear from one of 2019’s rising stars, Veronika Widmann, who finished 3rd overall in this years world cup standings. I didn’t know that Veronika was going to be at Hardline, so I was stoked that she was there, and up for recording an episode together. We talk about how she got into riding, her time riding cross country, how she got into downhill, and racing World Cups, her 2019 season and plenty more… so without further ado, here’s Veronika Widmann. You can follow Veronika on Instagram @vero_widmann This episode of the podcast is supported by O’Neal. O’Neal have been kitting out top riders for many years, including of course, Greg Minnaar. I spent last winter in their Legacy Pant and was a big fan. Super comfortable, not too hot, and great in a wide range of conditions. To be in with a chance of winning one of 10 pairs of Legacy pant‘s, make sure you’re on our mailing list before the end of October, when we will pick 10 of you at random. Just head to downtimepodcast.com/subscribe fill in the form, and don’t forget to confirm your subscription (check your junk mail!). If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Moonhead Media
October 1, 2019
This week it’s time for a catch up with the double threat himself, Eddie Masters. Eddie has had an amazing season in both downhill and enduro, taking his first EWS win. We sat down for a catch up a couple of weeks ago at Hardline to find out more about how his season went, including how he’s getting on with the injury that he sustained in Northstar, and what it takes to be at the top in DH and Enduro these days. You can follow Eddie on Instagram @edmasters This episode of the podcast is supported by O’Neal. O’Neal have been kitting out top riders for many years, including of course, Greg Minnaar. I spent last winter in their Legacy Pant and was a big fan. Super comfortable, not too hot, and great in a wide range of conditions. To be in with a chance of winning one of 10 pairs of Legacy pant‘s, make sure you’re on our mailing list before the end of October, when we will pick 10 of you at random. Just head to downtimepodcast.com/subscribe fill in the form, and don’t forget to confirm your subscription (check your junk mail!). If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Red Bull Content Pool/Bartek Wolinski
September 24, 2019
So this week on the podcast I’m sitting down with Ric McLaughlin. If you’ve watched the coverage of the Downhill world cup, or the EWS then you’ll have seen Ric at work, bringing us trackside insight from the world’s top riders. We sat down to find out more about his career, how he ended up in his current role, and what it takes to bring us the awesome coverage that we get from world cups and EWS rounds. Ric’s passion for the sport is clear, so sit back and have a listen to what he has to say. You can follow Ric on Instagram @ricmclaughlin This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to here to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Red Bull Content Pool
September 17, 2019
So this weekend I headed to Red Bull Hardline, to try and bring you some chat with the riders, and hopefully give you a bit more insight into what it’s like to ride at an event like this. It was my first time there, so I didn’t know what to expect, and it was a little trickier than I expected to get access to the riders throughout the weekend… but I did manage to get some interviews for you. So here is a short episode featuring Brendan Fairclough, Laurie Greenland, Kade Edwards, Bernard Kerr and plenty more. I hope you enjoy listening… If you want to listen to a specific rider, here’s the list Olly Davey 2:25 Cole Lucas 5:50 Bernard Kerr 7:55 Gaetan Vige 9:50 Brendan Fairclough 12:35 Charlie Hatton 14:40 Kaos Seagrave 17:25 Kade Edwards 20:35 Matt Walker 22:30 Laurie Greenland 25:35 Sven Martin 30:05 Joe Smith 31:50 Bernard Kerr 33:55 This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to here to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. To check out the Precision Hydration blog on changing your hydration strategy as you get older, head to this link. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Me!
September 11, 2019
Snowshoe was the most exciting finale to a World Cup season ever! Join me, Eliot and Neko to find out more about what went on. We chat with Neko about how he designed the track, and what he was looking to achieve. The challenges the riders faced, and who really delivered at this amazing race. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to here to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. To check out the Precision Hydration blog on changing your hydration strategy as you get older, head to this link. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool
September 10, 2019
This week I’m joined by one of Enduro’s rising stars, Matt Stuttard. After a huge crash in 2017 where he was told he may never ride a bike again, Matt has worked his way back up the field. With a solid 2019 season so far he is currently ranked 17th in the overall, even though he is racing as a privateer. We sat down to find out more about Matt’s story, and just what it takes to breakthrough in World Enduro these days. If you want to follow Matt, you can find him on Instagram @mattstuttard46 and on Facebook @MattStuttardRacing. He’s also on YouTube here. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to here to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. To check out the Precision Hydration blog on changing your hydration strategy as you get older, head to this link. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Sven Martin
September 3, 2019
This week was World Champs at Mont-Sainte-Anne, and once again the racing was amazing, with super tight margins in both the men’s and the women’s category. I’m joined by Neko Mulally and Eliot Jackson, to find out more about what went on. I also want to wish Brook Macdonald and Kate Weatherly full and quick recoveries from the crashes that took them out of contention this weekend. Get well soon! If you want to enter the raffle to win Neko’s worlds bike, and support the great charity work that he’s doing with Can’d Aid, then head to candaid.org This episode of the podcast is supported by Misspent Summers. This crew of some of the sports top journalists produce the Hurly Burly DH yearbook, and the World Stage EWS yearbook, along with some awesome merchandise at missspentsummers.com. Check out what they have to offer, and join their newsletter before the end of September to be in with the chance of winning a selection of their books and an item of merchandise of your choice… just head here. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to PrecisionHydration.com to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. To check out the Precision Hydration blog on changing your hydration strategy as you get older, head to this link. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nathan Hughes
September 3, 2019
This week I’m joined by one of the UK’s top riders, Matt Simmonds. Matt has had a long career in DH, including a 2nd place in Meribel in 2014. He’s taken on a season of Enduro World Series, and is now back in DH riding on the super interesting Cannondale Twin-Shock test project. Join us for a chat to find out more about Matt, his career so far, and a bit more about that awesome Cannondale project. To follow Matt on instagram, you’ll find him @mattsimmondsdh. The suspension set up service that Matt mentioned can be found at j-techsupension.co.uk. This episode of the podcast is supported by Misspent Summers. This crew of some of the sports top journalists produce the Hurly Burly DH yearbook, and the World Stage EWS yearbook, along with some awesome merchandise at missspentsummers.com. Check out what they have to offer, and join their newsletter before the end of September to be in with the chance of winning a selection of their books and an item of merchandise of your choice… just head here. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to PrecisionHydration.com to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. To check out the Precision Hydration blog on changing your hydration strategy as you get older, head to this link. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
August 27, 2019
This week I’m joined by Meg Whyte and Adam Brayton. We sat down in their camper at the recent Hopton round of the UK Downhill Series to chat about getting into racing, the state of the UK scene, how they keep fit while travelling, World Cups, Hardline and plenty more. So hit play and find out more about two of the UK’s fastest racers. To follow Meg on instagram head to @meg_whyte, and to follow Adam, head to @adbrayton. In the episode we discuss their training from Fit4Racing which you can find out more about here, and Meg’s Pro-Pilot training aid which you can find here. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to PrecisionHydration.com to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. To check out the Precision Hydration blog on the importance of pre-loading your hydration before exercise, head to this link. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking, and they have a totally FREE offer for you! With Komoot you can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.
August 20, 2019
Our last episode with Yoann Barelli was super popular, so I thought it would be good to get him back on for a catch up. He’s had a tough start to the season with an unlucky knee injury putting him out for the rest of the year. So we chat about his season so far, the injury and journey to recovery, his photography, drug addiction, doping and much more. So hit play and enjoy catching up with the one and only Yoann Barelli. To find out more about Yoann, you can follow him on Instagram @yoannbarelli, or to see more of his photography, you can follow his @barelligraphy account. Yoann has also started a YouTube channel which you can find here. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to PrecisionHydration.com to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking, and they have a totally FREE offer for you! With Komoot you can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
August 14, 2019
Lenzerheide put on a show for us this year, with multiple track changes and mixed conditions making it a challenging race. The Lenzerheide of old, renowned for being a ‘bike park’ track, was changed to become a rider favourite. We were treated to another awesome race with Marine and Amaury making a charge towards the overall titles and putting Tracey and Loic under increasing pressure. It’s time to chat with Eliot and Neko to find out more about what went on. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to PrecisionHydration.com to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking, and they have a totally FREE offer for you! With Komoot you can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nathan Hughes
August 13, 2019
In this episode, I’m joined by Cotic main man, Cy Turner, to chat about one of the big topics of 2019, mixed wheel size bikes. I’ve been riding a Cotic FlareMax, which is their 29inch short travel platform, for a while. I’m relatively short at around 5ft 8, so was interested in whether or not a 27.5 rear wheel would be beneficial for me… as it turns out, Cy was experimenting with that as well, so we got together to give it a go. We chat about our testing, what we found, why mixed wheel size bikes are being seen at the races, what to consider if you want to go mixed wheel size on your bike, and also catch up on some other technology trends and get Cy’s take on that too! To find out more about Cotic, you can head to cotic.co.uk or follow them on Instagram @coticbikes or Facebook @CoticLtd To see the high pivot bike that Cy mentions in the episode, head here This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to PrecisionHydration.com to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking, and they have a totally FREE offer for you! With Komoot you can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to
August 6, 2019
Val Di Sole 2019 was a hell of a weekend with constantly changing track conditions, crazy storms, topsy turvy quail results, and new winners in all the categories. So let’s check in with Eliot and Neko to find out what it took to take the win on this insanely rough Val Di Sole track. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to PrecisionHydration.com to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking, and they have a totally FREE offer for you! With Komoot you can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nathan Hughes
August 6, 2019
This week, I’m joined by Fabien Barel. I grew up watching Fabien race, so when I got the chance to sit down with him at the Les Gets World Cup, I was super excited. We sat down after hours in the Canyon pits, and chatted about a more philosophical approach to racing and life in general. We hear Fabien’s thoughts on the importance of passion, how he tries to instil that in the Canyon team, and we touch on his 5 pillars of riding. I love the way Fabien thinks about things, and we were a little short of time… so a part 2 will follow in the near future. This episode of the podcast is supported by Precision Hydration. Hydration is an often overlooked element of performance, not just in racing, but in riding and life in general. We all sweat at different rates, and lose different amounts of sodium in that sweat, so it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ fix. Precision Hydration realise that, and are here to help you optimise your personal hydration. Head to PrecisionHydration.com to complete the questionnaire and get your own hydration plan specific to your needs. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off your entire order by using the code DOWNTIME at the checkout. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking, and they have a totally FREE offer for you! With Komoot you can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. You can follow Fabien on Instagram @fabienbarel You can find the Wikipedia page for Sophrology here If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Boris Beyer
July 30, 2019
This week, I’m joined by Sven Martin, arguably the best known photographer of the modern era. We met up after the Les Gets race weekend to find out more about Sven’s career, and what it takes to succeed as a mountain bike photographer in 2019. We discuss kit recommendations, the differences for him between EWS and downhill race weeks, as well as chatting about the state of the sport, including his thoughts on doping and some of the sports biggest talents. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking, and they have a totally FREE offer for you! With Komoot you can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels, and I’m a big fan! Check out their range at weareonecomposites.com and listeners get 15% off stock (non-custom build) Movement and Revolution wheels, and the new Da Package bar and stem, until the end of July 2019 using the code ‘Downtime15’ at the checkout. You can follow Sven on Instagram @svenmartinphoto or follow @squidsontour The bags that Sven mentioned are from www.shimodadesigns.com If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Sven Martin
July 23, 2019
This week, I’m joined by one of the most promising up and coming riders of this generation, Vali Höll. Since Vali hit the world cup scene, she’s taken the junior women’s category by storm and until Fort William this year had never finished any lower than first. We sat down at the Les Gets world cup to chat about how she got into riding, beating boys at her first races, getting sponsored, racing with her heroes, injury and much more. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking! You can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels, and I’m a big fan! Check out their range at weareonecomposites.com and listeners get 15% off stock (non-custom build) Movement and Revolution wheels, and the new Da Package bar and stem, until the end of July 2019 using the code ‘Downtime15’ at the checkout. You can follow Vali on Instagram @valihoell If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Sven Martin
July 16, 2019
Earlier in the year I met up with Rob Weaver and Seb Stott from the Mountain Biking UK magazine test team. MBUK is a magazine I grew up reading when I first got into riding, so it was great to get together. We rode and shot some photos for a story about the podcast which will be in the magazine this month (keep an eye out for that if you’re in the UK), and while we were there we recorded an episode together. We chat about how they got into bike testing, how to make sure your reviews are fair and unbiased, and also get some bike set up tips from these two super knowledgeable guys. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking! You can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels, and I’m a big fan! Check out their range at weareonecomposites.com and listeners get 15% off stock (non-custom build) Movement and Revolution wheels, and the new Da Package bar and stem, until the end of July 2019 using the code ‘Downtime15’ at the checkout. To find out more, head to the MBUK website here, the Bike Radar website here, or there Bike Radar YouTube Channel here. The suspension set up video that’s mentioned in the episode is here. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Steve Behr
July 14, 2019
What a weekend it’s been here in Les Gets. For me it was a chance to come back to a town that I lived and rode in 17 years ago. Les Gets didn’t disappoint, the crowds were insane, the riders all turned it up to 11, and we had another awesome race. The French riders continued their domination of the 2019 season, but there were a few different faces in some of the top positions of the men’s and women’s races too. So it’s time to sit down with Neko Mulally and Eliot Jackson to find out more about what went on…. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking! You can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels, and I’m a big fan! Check out their range at weareonecomposites.com and listeners get 15% off stock (non-custom build) Movement and Revolution wheels, and the new Da Package bar and stem, until the end of July 2019 using the code ‘Downtime15’ at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nathan Hughes
July 11, 2019
Andorra 2019 was another classic race, with the French guys once again showing their current dominance of the sport. I sat down with Neko Mulally and Eliot Jackson to find out more about what went on, what the track was really like, and what it takes to do well at this super challenging venue. This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking! You can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels, and I’m a big fan! Check out their range at weareonecomposites.com and listeners get 15% off stock (non-custom build) Movement and Revolution wheels, and the new Da Package bar and stem, until the end of July 2019 using the code ‘Downtime15’ at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nathan Hughes
July 9, 2019
Nigel Page joins me on the podcast this week. I grew up watching Pagey at the races, so it was great to sit down for a chat and hear his story. We chat about his background, and his time as a pro-racer. We also chat about his time working as a commentator, including that awesome Danny Hart World Champs run, and his time as a team manager. Hear how Nigel came to sign Sam Hill to the team, and what he’s like to work with. We’ve also got a Sam Hill jersey to give away, so have a listen to find out how to win it. It’s a long one, so sit back, relax, and enjoy… This episode of the podcast is supported by Komoot, a route planning and navigation app that’s actually designed to work for Mountain Biking! You can create routes on your phone or your computer, and take them offline so you don’t even need a phone signal. Komoot does the hard work so you can enjoy your ride. As a Downtime listener, Komoot are offering you a free regional map bundle of your choice, all you need to do is head to komoot.com/g or click here and use the code DOWNTIME. The offer is open until the end of August 2019, so give it a go. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels, and I’m a big fan! Check out their range at weareonecomposites.com and listeners get 15% off stock (non-custom build) Movement and Revolution wheels, and the new Da Package bar and stem, until the end of July 2019 using the code ‘Downtime15’ at the checkout. You can follow Nigel on Instagram @pager7211, and keep up to date with the team @teamchainreactioncycles Here is the clip of Danny’s wining World Champs run that we mention in the episode – watch the clip If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Kike Abelleira
July 2, 2019
Believe it or not, it’s episode 100, and we are re-joined by episode 1 guest, Chris Kilmurray of Point1Athletic. Chris is a performance coach to many of the top downhill and enduro riders, so he really knows his stuff. In this episode we talk about what he does with his athletes during a world cup week, and dig into what it really takes to perform at the top level in downhill in 2019. We also talk about how we might apply some of that to us normal riders, and there is some serious wisdom here, so give it a listen. This episode of the podcast is supported by We Are One Composites. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels, and I’m a big fan! Check out their range at weareonecomposites.com and listeners get 15% off stock (non-custom build) Movement and Revolution wheels, and the new Da Package bar and stem, until the end of July 2019 using the code ‘Downtime15’ at the checkout. You can find out more about Point1Athletic by heading to point1athletic.com, or by following Chris on Instagram @point1ahtletic, Facebook @Point1athletic, and Twitter @Point1_Athletic If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Dan Hearn
June 25, 2019
This week on the show, we’re joined by Will Longden. I’ve been asked a lot to get some team managers on the show, so this is the first of a couple coming up over the next month or so. Will is a former DH racer himself, and is now the manager of the Madison Saracen Downhill team. We sit down for a chat about his own riding career, his time with Madison Saracen, and what it takes to run one of the top teams on the circuit, with riders like Danny Hart, Matt Walker and Alex Marin. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. You can follow the Madison Saracen team on Instagram @madisonsaracen, and the riders @dannyhart1, @mattwalkerdh and @alex3marin. You can listen to our interview with Matt Walker here If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Jack Tennyson
June 18, 2019
This week the Gowaan Gals are back. Bex Baraona and Martha Gill join me for a catch up, as a lot has changed since they last came on the show. We talk about Bex’s move from privateer to pro, and how that has helped her. We cover their work with professional coaches both on the fitness side and the mental side of things, how they learn EWS tracks and plenty more. As well as that, we catch up on all things Gowaan Gals, including exciting news about their upcoming festival, so give it a listen. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. To find out more about the festival, head to gowaangals.com, where you can also support them by buying Gowaan Gals merchandise. You can find their youtube channel here, follow them on Instagram @gowaan_gals, or @bex_baraona and @marthagmarthag If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
June 12, 2019
What a race Leogang 2019 was! A classic Leogang course, but with some alterations that made pinpoint accuracy and commitment absolutely key to taking the win. Once again I’m joined by Neko Mulally and Eliot Jackson for a look behind the scenes at what went on, and what it took to piece together a winning run. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nathan Hughes
June 11, 2019
This week we are sitting down with Sam Dale. Sam is a super interesting guy who worked his way up from privateer to full pro-team support, took a World Cup podium and a load of other top results, but decided that pro-team life wasn’t right for him. Sam re-focussed and is now riding and racing in the way he wants to… so we sat down outside his van in the Fort William evening sun (yes there was some sun!) and chatted about what he’s learned along the way. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. You can follow Sam on Instagram @right_hand__sam and you can find 50to01 there @50to01 or on YouTube here To find out more about the coaching course that Sam mentioned, check out at firecrestmtb.com If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Jim Topliss
June 4, 2019
This week we are joined by three times world champion, Loic Bruni. Loic is a rider who’s shown many times what he’s capable of, and is always a threat for the win. Up to now however, consistency has been his main challenge. In this conversation we talk about how Loic has approached perfecting his winning recipe, and piecing together what it takes for him to be at the top week after week. Sit back and listen to the thoughts of one of the fastest riders on the planet, as he takes on the challenge of the 2019 season. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. You can follow Loic on Instagram @loicbruni29 If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Sebastian Schieck
June 3, 2019
Fort William 2019 was a cruel mistress, leaving many top riders battered and bruised even before the racing began. With heavy winds and rain for most of the weekend, it required a positive approach to end the weekend on a high. So for the first time ever, here is our first in-person post-race show with Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally, where we find out more about what went on during the weekend, both on and off the track. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Red Bull Content Pool
May 28, 2019
This week I’m joined by the founder and inventor of the Leatt Brace, Chris Leatt. We chat about his motivations for designing the brace in the first place, what it took to get it to market, how it’s tested, as well as discussing the concerns that some people have around the brace causing other injuries in a crash. We also chat about helmet technology and where that is headed. This is a really interesting look into a very scientific product, that is designed with protection of life at it’s core. If you’re interested to find out more, then check out what they have to offer at leatt.com. You can also find details of the studies mentioned in the episode here on the Leatt Lab page. There is also some really interesting info on the lab and the testing on that same page. Enjoying the podcast? Then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you like what we’re doing, and want to show your support, then you can join a growing group of Downtime supporters by heading to downtimepodcast.com/shop and getting yourself a treat. Want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners? Then join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
May 21, 2019
Matt Walker is on the rise. With a 5th place finish at the first world cup of the year, in only his second elite season, it’s clear that Matt has got what it takes. Have a listen to find out about his career so far, but also how he approaches his racing. One of the most methodical and analytical riders out there, Matt is one to watch, and definitely someone to learn from. Give it a listen and find out what it takes to beat your heroes! This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. This episode is also supported by Morvélo Clothing. They are making well thought out riding gear that’s a bit different to the big brands. It’s also great quality and really well priced. Even better, as a Downtime listener you get 25% off all full priced clothing until the end of May 2019 using the code ‘DOWNTIME’ at the checkout. So head to morvelo.com/mtb now and check out what they have to offer. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can follow Matt on Instagram @mattwalkerdh. For details of the Madison Saracen team day, follow them on Facebook @madisonsaracen If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Jack Tennyson
May 14, 2019
This week I’m joined by one half of PNW Components, Aaron Kerson. Aaron has previously worked as a product manager for Specialized and Marin, but his entrepreneurial streak was there from an early age, and has lead to him setting up his own mountain bike brand, PNW Components, with his wife Emily. In this episode we chat about his background, and how his experience in a number of different areas, led to him having the idea for PNW. If you’re wondering what it takes to do your own thing in the mountain bike world, then there is a lot to learn from this episode. If you’re interested to find out more, then check out what they have to offer at pnwcomponents.com. As a Downtime listener, you can use the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout for 10% off until the end of June 2019. Also don’t forget to give them a follow on Instagram @pnwcomponents If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you’re enjoying what we are doing, and want to show your support, then you can join a growing group of Downtime supporters by heading to downtimepodcast.com/shop and getting yourself a treat. Here are links to Aaron’s book recommendations, The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss – HERE Contagious by Jonah Berger – HERE Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki – HERE If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
May 7, 2019
Rémy Métailler has quite a unique place in the sport, being well known for his Rampage performances, and his urban downhill racing, but he is also a busy product tester for many brands. We sit down to chat about how Rémy has built his career within the mountain bike industry, and some of his experiences along the way. We also talk athlete pay, world cup downhill, how he approaches big features, and plenty more, so hit play and give it a listen. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. This episode is also supported by Morvélo Clothing. They are making well thought out riding gear that’s a bit different to the big brands. It’s also great quality and really well priced. Even better, as a Downtime listener you get 25% off all full priced clothing until the end of May 2019 using the code ‘DOWNTIME’ at the checkout. So head to morvelo.com/mtb now and check out what they have to offer. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can follow Rémy on Instagram @remymetailler and find his YouTube channel here If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Luis Barra
May 1, 2019
Maribor is a classic World Cup venue, absent from the circuit for 9 years, but this weekend we returned and boy did it deliver! A popular race with riders and fans, Maribor 2019 was definitely one to watch. We catch up with Neko Mulally and Eliot Jackson to find out more about what went on during the weekend. This episode of the podcast is supported by PNW Components. I’ve been using their Loam Lever, and it’s hands down the best dropper lever I’ve ever used. Check them out at pnwcomponents.com and listeners get 10% off until the end of June 2019 using the code ‘downtime’ at the checkout. This episode is also supported by Morvélo Clothing. They are making well thought out riding gear that’s a bit different to the big brands. It’s also great quality and really well priced. Even better, as a Downtime listener you get 25% off all full priced clothing until the end of May 2019 using the code ‘DOWNTIME’ at the checkout. So head to morvelo.com/mtb now and check out what they have to offer. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. Don’t forget to check out Eliot’s World Cup stats website here at mworldcup.eliotjackson.com If you want to support the podcast, and show that you’re part of an ever growing crew of riders who are listening, learning, and getting faster, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and get hold of a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Isac Paddock
April 30, 2019
Oli Pepper, one of the founders of Morvélo clothing joins us for this week’s episode. I’ve been a big fan of Morvélo since I discovered the brand around 8 years ago, as they’ve always done things a bit differently. I was excited to sit down with Oli and find out about where the brand came from, their approach to design and testing, kit to help you ride without a pack, the future of mountain bike clothing and plenty more. If you’re looking for innovative riding gear that offers a fresh alternative to the big brands, then check out what Morvélo have to offer at morvelo.com/mtb As a Downtime listener, you get 25% off all full price Morvélo clothing until 31st May 2019 by using the code ‘DOWNTIME’ at the checkout. Head here and have a look. You can also follow Morvélo on Instagram @morvelomtb If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. Interested in getting your hands on some exclusive Downtime gear, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and join our growing club of supporters. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
April 23, 2019
With 5 elite world championships, and 6 world cup overall wins, Rachel Atherton has been at the very top of the sport for a long time now. We sit down for a chat about how it all began, and her journey so far, through the highs and lows, to find out what it takes to push yourself to the edge, and be one of the most successful athletes the sport has ever seen. Hit play and find out what it takes to win. This episode of the podcast is supported by CushCore. Our recent episode with their inventor and founder, Adam Krefting, is available here. These inserts are more than just a rim protector, giving improved damping, better cornering support, lower rolling resistance and an improved ability to roll through chunky terrain. They are used by riders like EWS star Martin Maes, and 3x World DH champ Loic Bruni. You can find out more at cushcore.com, or over on Instagram @cushcore. We are also supported by The Trailhead Bicycle Company in Shrewsbury, UK. The Trailhead is an awesome bike shop, with a great team of staff, headed up by main man Sandy Plenty. There’s an episode with Sandy from last year which you can find here. The Trailhead are focussed on customer service, and as a listener you can experience that by getting 15% off workshop labour by using the code ‘Trailhead15’ when booking via phone or email. Call on +44(0)1743 537124, or email on sales@thetrailhead.co.uk You can find The Trailhead Bicycle Company at www.thetrailhead.co.uk on Instagram @the_trailhead_bicycle_co, on Facebook @thetrailheadbicyclecompany, and you can find Sandy here @sandy_plenty If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. To follow Rachel on Instagram, head to @rachybox, and you can check out Atherton Racing @athertonracing and Atherton Bikes @athertonbikes Join the exclusive club of Downtime Podcast supporters by grabbing yourself something from our webstore downtimepodcast.com/shop. Shipping is FREE worldwide on orders over £30! If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Josie Owen
April 16, 2019
Nigel Wade is the inventor of the Shockwiz, and his story shows what can be achieved with a good idea and a lot of hard work. Nigel took the Shockwiz from a personal interest, through a seed of a product idea, to Kickstarter in order to fund development and manufacturing, and ultimately to SRAM/Quarq to launch to the mass market. People like Nigel are fundamental to the progression of our sport, so it was great to sit down and find out more about him, and how he got the Shockwiz to market. Have a listen to an inspiring story of what it takes to bring a novel mountain bike product to market. This episode of the podcast is supported by Quarq, you can check out the Shockwiz and their other products at quarq.com. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. Want to follow Quarq on instagram, then you can find them @quarq Interested in getting your hands on some exclusive Downtime gear, then head to downtimepodcast.com/shop and join our growing club of supporters. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
April 9, 2019
Claire Buchar is an inspiring lady, with a background in World Cup DH, and a World Champs bronze medal to her name, she now works for Chromag Bikes and coaches at Kovarik Racing. In this episode you’ll find out more about Claire’s story, what drives her, and some of the huge challenges that she has had to overcome in order achieve everything that she has. This is well worth a listen, so you know what to do! This episode of the podcast is supported by CushCore. Our recent episode with their inventor and founder, Adam Krefting, is available here. These inserts are more than just a rim protector, giving improved damping, better cornering support, lower rolling resistance and an improved ability to roll through chunky terrain. They are used by riders like EWS star Martin Maes, and 3x World DH champ Loic Bruni. You can find out more at cushcore.com, or over on Instagram @cushcore. This episode of the podcast is also supported by The Trailhead Bicycle Company in Shrewsbury, UK. The Trailhead is an awesome bike shop, with a great team of staff, headed up by main man Sandy Plenty. We released an episode with Sandy last year which you can find here. The Trailhead have an awesome shop ride every Tuesday at 6.45pm, where you can ride the best trails in the area with a great mixed bunch of riders. You can find the details on their social media accounts (links below). You can find The Trailhead Bicycle Company at www.thetrailhead.co.uk on Instagram @the_trailhead_bicycle_co, on Facebook @thetrailheadbicyclecompany, and you can find Sandy here @sandy_plenty If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. To follow Claire on Instagram, head to @claire_buchar, and you can check out Kovarik Racing at kovarikracing.com. You can show your support for the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Petri Films
April 4, 2019
This year’s downhill World Cup season is nearly upon us, and Eliot and Neko are back! Join us as we get excited about the upcoming races, chat about the new tracks, team changes, Atherton Bikes, who to look out for, and our predictions for the overall and World Champs wins. The countdown has begun, and I for one can’t wait to get the action underway! Keep tuned throughout the season, when Eliot and Neko will be joining me for our post-race analysis shows, to get deep into the weekend’s goings-on. This episode of the podcast is supported by CushCore. Our recent episode with their inventor and founder, Adam Krefting, is available here. These inserts are more than just a rim protector, giving improved damping, better cornering support, lower rolling resistance and an improved ability to roll through chunky terrain. They are used by riders like EWS star Martin Maes, and 3x World DH champ Loic Bruni. You can find out more at cushcore.com, or over on Instagram @cushcore. This episode of the podcast is also supported by The Trailhead Bicycle Company in Shrewsbury, UK. The Trailhead is an awesome bike shop, with a great team of staff, headed up by main man Sandy Plenty. We released an episode with Sandy last year which you can find here. The local bike shop is an important part of our riding communities, so please make sure that you support yours! You can find The Trailhead Bicycle Company at www.thetrailhead.co.uk on Instagram @the_trailhead_bicycle_co and you can find Sandy here @sandy_plenty If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. Check out Eliot’s World Cup Stats website here, and support his Patreon here. You can show your support for the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Isac Paddock
April 2, 2019
Kali Protectives founder, Brad Waldron, has quite the background, having worked in aerospace engineering and been the engineering director at Specialized before starting Kali. We sit down to chat about his background, how Kali Protectives came about, and how their approach differs to many other helmet manufacturers, in order to satisfy Brad’s ongoing mission to make the safest helmets possible. We also chat about Nicholi Rogatkin’s insane Rampage crash, how they analysed that impact, and how the helmet performed. In this episode you’ll learn a bit about the different jobs that helmets need to do, and why the absorption of oblique and lower g-force impacts is just as important as meeting the current standards. Well worth a listen for anyone who wants to know more about how to protect their head well! This episode of the podcast is supported by Kali Protectives, you can check out their product range, and find out more about their technology by heading to kaliprotectives.com If you want to find out more about concussion then you can listen to our episode with Katy Curd here, and our Concussion Special here If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to follow Kali on instagram, then you can find them @kaliprotectives, or on Facebook @kaliprotectives If you want to support what we’re doing, then get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
March 28, 2019
Eliot Jackson has been on the podcast numerous times, offering his expertise for our World Cup analysis shows, but this time he gets his own episode. Eliot is definitely someone who really thinks about stuff, analyses life and is happy to break with convention, so I learned a lot from chatting with him. We cover his background in motocross, leaving school at a young age, his naivety when he started racing, web programming, investing and plenty more… so hit play and have a listen to my conversation with Eliot Jackson. This episode of the podcast is supported by The Strength Factory, and Ben is offering you 50% off your first month of their new ‘Complete MTB Programme’. All you need to do is to use the code ‘downtimefit’ at the checkout. Head to www.thestrengthfactory.uk/strength-and-conditioning-programming-service-mtb/ to find out more. You can also hear from their main man, Ben Plenge, in the 2 episodes he has recorded with us here and here. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites, who are making awesome carbon wheels in Kamloops, Canada. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels for 9 months now and I’m a BIG fan! As a downtime listener, you can get 20% off everything listed on www.weareonecomposites.com by using the code ‘Downtime20’ at the checkout until 31st March 2019, so you better be quick! If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can follow Eliot on Instagram @eliotjackson, check out his awesome World Cup Stats website at worldcup.eliotjackson.com, and support that via Patreon at patreon.com/worldcupstats. For Eliot’s book recommendations, check out ‘I Am Pilgrim’ by Terry Hayes here, and ‘Superforecasting’ by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner here. For Eliot’s podcast recommendations, check out Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisitionist History here, and the Freakonomics podcast here. Support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at
March 26, 2019
Neko Mulally was an early supporter of the podcast, and was our second ever guest. It’s become a tradition that we have a catch up just before the season, so here it is! We cover all sorts, including Neko’s 2018 season, his move to Intense, consulting on the Snowshoe World Cup track, learning from other disciplines and more, so hit play and give it a listen… This episode of the podcast is supported by The Strength Factory, and Ben is offering you 50% off your first month of their new ‘Complete MTB Programme’. All you need to do is to use the code ‘downtimefit’ at the checkout. Head to www.thestrengthfactory.uk/strength-and-conditioning-programming-service-mtb/ to find out more. You can also hear from their main man, Ben Plenge, in the 2 episodes he has recorded with us here and here. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites, who are making awesome carbon wheels in Kamloops, Canada. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels for 9 months now and I’m a BIG fan! As a downtime listener, you can get 20% off everything listed on www.weareonecomposites.com by using the code ‘Downtime20’ at the checkout until 31st March 2019. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can follow Neko on Instagram @nekomulally, and you can check out what’s going on at Windrock Bike Park over at windrockbikepark.com Support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Zach Faulkner
March 19, 2019
I’ve been riding the We Are One Agent 29er rims for a while now and I’ve been super impressed with how they ride, and how durable they are. When Dustin told me he’d managed to create new products that were an improvement, I wanted to find out more. So we got Dustin back on the podcast to chat about how they approached designing the new products, how they test, benchmark competitors, the challenges of having world class athletes on your products and much more. Give it a listen. This episode of the podcast is supported by We Are One Composites. As a Downtime listener, you get 20% off everything listed on their website weareonecomposites.com until the end of March 2019, using the code ‘Downtime20’ at the checkout. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to follow WeAreOne on instagram, then you can find them @weareonecomposites, or on Facebook @weareonecomposites I love seeing you all representing the podcast and wearing your mercy. If you want to support what we’re doing, then get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
March 12, 2019
Tom Caldwell of Caldwell Visuals joins me for a chat this week. If you’ve seen any of the ‘Slice of British Pie’ series, then you’re familiar with Tom’s work. We chat about how Tom got into filming, how he made it to where he is today, some stories from the filming of ‘British Pie’, plans for the future and much more. This episode of the podcast is supported by The Strength Factory, and they are offering you 50% off your first month of their new ‘Complete MTB Programme’. All you need to do is to use the code ‘downtimefit’ at the checkout. Head to www.thestrengthfactory.uk/strength-and-conditioning-programming-service-mtb/ to find out more. You can also hear from their main man, Ben Plenge, in the 2 episodes he has recorded with us here and here. This episode of the podcast is also supported by We Are One Composites, who are making awesome carbon wheels in Kamloops, Canada. I’ve been using their Agent 29er wheels for 9 months now and I’m a BIG fan! As a downtime listener, you can get 20% off everything listed on www.weareonecomposites.com by using the code ‘Downtime20’ at the checkout until 31st March 2019. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can follow Tom on Instagram @tommyc_insta, on Facebook @CaldwellVisuals, or check out his Pinkbike blog here Support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Will Eaton
March 5, 2019
Are tyre inflation systems the next step in improving the overall suspension performance of our bikes? In this episode, we get into the detail of one of the most promising and also misunderstood technologies to enter the mountain bike world for some time. I’m joined by Adam Krefting, the founder and inventor of CushCore for a chat. We talk about how a regular tubeless tyre system works, and interacts with our suspension. Find out how Adam worked to create a product that can improve on that, and deliver not only improved puncture resistance and rim protection, but also significant benefits in how the bike rides and performs. We get into the science behind this, and some of the testing that CushCore have done to show what is possible. If you’ve been tempted to try some tyre inserts, or are looking for ways to improve your bike without spending a fortune, then this episode is well worth a listen! This episode of the podcast is supported by CushCore. You can find out everything you need to know about CushCore by heading to their website cushcore.com If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to follow CushCore on instagram, then you can find them @cushcore, or on Facebook @cushcore If you want to represent, and show your support for the podcast, then get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
February 26, 2019
This week, we sit down for a chat with Ruaridh Cunningham. We chat about his background in World Cup DH racing, his recovery from some pretty serious injuries, the transition into Enduro World Series racing, along with some great tips based on Ruaridh’s own background in MTB coaching. This episode of the podcast is supported by The Strength Factory, and they are offering you 50% off your first month of their new ‘Complete MTB Programme’. All you need to do is to use the code ‘downtimefit’ at the checkout. Head to www.thestrengthfactory.uk/strength-and-conditioning-programming-service-mtb/ to find out more. You can also hear from their main man, Ben Plenge, in the 2 episodes he has recorded with us here and here. This episode of the podcast is supported by 661. As a downtime listener, you can get 25% off everything at www.sixsixone.com by using the code ‘downtimepodcast25’. Check out their great value Reset MIPS full face helmet! If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can follow Ruaridh on Instagram @rc_mtb Ruaridh does a bit of coaching at Dirt School, take a look at their website www.dirtschool.co.uk If you want some vegan cooking inspiration, then check out the book that Ruaridh mentioned, Thug Kitchen at www.thugkitchen.com/books Support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Matt Delorme
February 19, 2019
Hope Technology is 30 years old this year, and we sit down with their 5th employee, and head of Sales & Marketing, Alan Weatherill. We chat about how Hope got started, how it grew to what it is today, some of the projects along the way, and much more. We also tell you how to become amongst the first members of the general public to take a tour of the Hope factory, so hit play and give it a listen. This episode of the podcast is supported by Hope Technology. You can find out everything you need to know about Hope by heading to their website hopetech.com. If you’re interested in a factory tour, then drop them an email on info@hopetech.com. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to follow Hope on instagram, then you can find them @hopetech, or on Facebook @hopetech If you want to represent, and show your support for the podcast, then get yourself a t-shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – @roofowler
February 12, 2019
This week, we sit down for a chat with Ben Arnott, the mechanic for the YT Mob and engineer at Chromag Bikes in Whistler. We chat with Ben about how he made it onto the World Cup circuit, his thoughts on suspension set up and tyre pressure, his toolbox, the future of mountain bike geometry and much more. This episode of the podcast is supported by 661. As a downtime listener, you can get 25% off everything at www.sixsixone.com by using the code ‘downtimepodcast25’. Check out their great value Reset MIPS full face helmet! This episode of the podcast is also supported by The Trailhead Bicycle Company in Shrewsbury, UK. The Trailhead is an awesome bike shop, with a great team of staff, headed up by main man Sandy Plenty. We released an episode with Sandy last year which you can find here. The local bike shop is an important part of our riding communities, so please make sure that you support yours! You can find The Trailhead Bicycle Company at www.thetrailhead.co.uk on Instagram @the_trailhead_bicycle_co and you can find Sandy here @sandy_plenty If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can listen to the episode with Jordi from Fox Suspension here You can follow Ben on Instagram @wheelsarnott Check out the pressure gauges Ben mentioned here, and here Support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Isac Paddock
February 5, 2019
This week, we talk to YT Mob rider, Angel Suarez. We chat about Angel’s background in motocross, how he’s dealt with his past injuries, the successes of his 2018 season, plans for 2019, and much more… Hit play and give it a listen. This episode of the podcast is supported by YT Industries. You can check out their updated 2019 range at yt-industries.com. If you want to find out more about the training camps that Angel talks about in this episode, then you can find all the information that you need at yt-mob.com If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to follow Angel on instagram, then you can find him @angelsuarezdh You can follow YT Industries @yt_industries and the YT Mob @yt_mob Please help us out and show your support for the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Isac Paddock
January 22, 2019
This week, we talk to Tony Seagrave, father to Tahnée and Kaos, head of FMD Racing, and half of MarshGuard. We discuss Tony’s background growing up riding BMX in London, his decision to move the family to Morzine, how the kids got into racing, the challenges of running a team, and much more… Hit play and give it a listen. This episode of the podcast is supported by Cotic Bikes. You can listen to our previous episode with Cy from Cotic here. I’ve been riding a Cotic FlareMAX for 6 months now and I absolutely love it. If you want to add a FlareMAX to your life then head to www.cotic.co.uk/product/flareMAX and if you add the code ‘downtime’ to the ‘anything else’ box at the bottom of the order page, then you’ll get a free 35mm stem worth £39 on orders placed before the end of February 2019. Also check out Cotic on Instagram @coticbikes This episode of the podcast is also supported by The Trailhead Bicycle Company in Shrewsbury, UK. The Trailhead is an awesome bike shop, with a great team of staff, headed up by main man Sandy Plenty. We released an episode with Sandy last year which you can find here. The local bike shop is an important part of our riding communities, so please make sure that you support yours! You can find The Trailhead Bicycle Company at www.thetrailhead.co.uk on Instagram @the_trailhead_bicycle_co and you can find Sandy here @sandy_plenty If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to follow Tony and the FMD Racing crew, then you can find him on Instagram @fmdracing Tony’s recommendation to improve your performance was to spend some money with Chris Kilmurray from Point One Athletic, their team coach. You can find him here. Please show your support for the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Dan Hearn
January 10, 2019
This week, Jonny Thompson from Fit4Racing is back. His previous episode on how to maximise your offseason was our second most popular episode in 2018 (listen here), and this time he’s back with a DH and an Enduro specific workout to help you move towards the start of the race season and bring some more speed, power and endurance into your training. This time we’ve got scaling options for most of the exercises so you can tailor the workouts to the right level for you. Jonny has also made a video of the movements we discuss in the episode, so you can make sure you’re doing things right, and there are pdfs that you can download, print out, and take to the gym with you. You can watch the video on the Fit4Racing YouTube channel, or towards the bottom of this post, where you’ll also find the downloadable pdfs. To find out more about Jonny and Fit4Racing, you can use the following links, Website www.fit4racing.com Instagram @fit4racing Facebook @Fit4racing YouTube Fit4Racing There are some great free resources there to help support your training! Also, as a Downtime listener you can get 50% off your first month of any Fit4Racing training programme. Just head to their website www.fit4racing.com, select your programme and use the code ‘downtime50’ at the checkout. Help us keep this podcast free by getting yourself a t-shirt from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Here are the pdfs for these 2 workouts… Fit4Racing Enduro Workout January 2019Download Fit4Racing Downhill Workout January 2019Download Check out the video that goes with this episode here…. Photo – Peter Ostrowski
January 8, 2019
This week, we talk to another one of the sports biggest characters, Eddie Masters. We chat about his approach to life, his racing career so far, what it’s like being a team manager, what helped him get to the podium in 2018 and much more. So sit back, hit play, and enjoy this wide ranging chat with Eddie Masters. This episode of the podcast is supported by The Trailhead Bicycle Company in Shrewsbury, UK. The Trailhead is an awesome bike shop, with a great team of staff, headed up by main man Sandy Plenty. We released an episode with Sandy last year which you can find here. The local bike shop is an important part of our riding communities, so please make sure that you support yours! You can find The Trailhead Bicycle Company at www.thetrailhead.co.uk on Instagram @the_trailhead_bicycle_co and you can find Sandy here @sandy_plenty If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to follow Eddie, then you can find him on Instagram @edmasters The Hangover, the video that Eddie made for the Whistler Dirt Diaries, is here Please show your support for the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Boris Beyer
December 27, 2018
This week, we talk to one of the sports biggest characters, Yoann Barelli. We sat down and chatted about Yoann’s career so far, his thoughts on happiness, risk taking, doping in EWS, being a Dad, and much more, as well as discussing his plans for the future. So have a listen and find out how Yoann manages to perform so well and still have so much fun! This episode of the podcast is supported by The Strength Factory. As a downtime listener, you can get 50% off your first month of their new MTB Strength Programme at www.thestrengthfactory.uk by using the code ‘downtimestrong’ at the checkout (valid until 31st January 2019). You can listen to our two previous episodes with their main man, Ben Plenge, here and here This episode of the podcast is also supported by 661. As a downtime listener, you can get 25% off everything at www.sixsixone.com by using the code ‘downtimepodcast25’. Check them out for great helmets, protection, gloves and shoes! If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can find the Hutchinson tyres that Yoann recommended here  Support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nicolas Brizin
December 18, 2018
This week, I’m joined by Joe McEwan, the main man behind Starling Cycles. Starling made quite an entrance when Steve Jones from Dirt picked up on their 29er Murmur and started raving about how good it was. We chat about how Joe went from aerospace engineer to bike company owner, why a carbon fibre expert chooses to make steel bikes, some hot topics like 29ers and bike weight, and Joe gives us some inside info on his latest prototypes. This episode of the podcast is supported by Starling Cycles. As a downtime listener, you can get a free t-shirt with your Starling at starlingcycles.com by using the code ‘downtime’. Check out what they have to offer! If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If there is somewhere you want to listen to us, and can’t find us, then please get in touch. You can find out more about Starling at starlingcycles.com You can follow Starling on Instagram @starlingcycles Or on Facebook @StarlingCycles For more info on the tyre inserts mentioned in the episode, here are the links… cushcore.com mrwolf.bike Show your support for the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Rich Matherson @TheTaiwanPhotographer
December 11, 2018
This week, we talk Data Acquisition with two of the top engineers in the industry, Jason Chamberlain from Specialized and Torkel Sintorn from Ohlins. We discuss how data has been used to help design better bikes, how it’s used today by people like Loic Bruni to get their bike set up for ultimate performance, and where data acquisition might be heading in the future, as well as a few suspension set up tips from these top guys. This episode of the podcast is supported by 661. As a downtime listener, you can get 25% off everything at www.sixsixone.com by using the code ‘downtimepodcast25’. Check them out for great helmets, protection, gloves and shoes! If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can find out more about Specialized at www.specialized.com You can find out more about Ohlins at www.ohlins.com Support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Ohlins
December 4, 2018
This week, Andréane Lanthier Nadeau (also known as ALN) joins us on the show. Andréane made a spectacular return to the EWS podium this season after missing the first few rounds due to injury. We discuss that, along with her background in the sport, cross country racing, psychology and much more. This episode of the podcast is supported by 661. As a downtime listener, you can get 25% off everything at www.sixsixone.com by using the code ‘downtimepodcast25’. Check them out for great helmets, protection, gloves and shoes! If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. You can follow Andréane on Instagram here @andreaneln Support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie or mug from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Kike Abelleira
November 20, 2018
This week, we’ve got something a little different, we take you behind the scenes at the Kendal Mountain Festival ‘Bike Night’. I got the chance to attend the festival, and sit down for a chat with Festival Director, Steve Scott, Bike Night’s main man, Ben Gerrish, and bike night stars Tracy Moseley, Katy Winton, and Gee & Dan Atherton. We cover many things, including doping in EWS and what New Year’s resolutions they would give to our listeners! If you’re based in the UK and haven’t been to Kendal Mountain Festival before, then you really should. It is an amazing place to see some of action sports biggest names, hear amazing stories, and to get inspired for your next adventure. In case you want to skip straight to a specific guest, here are the timings… Ben Gerrish 5:15 – 12:20 Tracy Moseley 12:20 – 25:20 Katy Winton 25:20 – 35:35 Steve Scott 35:35 – 41:30 Dan Atherton 41:30 – 49:40 Gee Atherton 49:40 – 1:01:00 To find out more about the festival, head to www.mountainfest.co.uk or to catch the festival while it’s on it’s UK tour, head to www.kendalmountaintour.com If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. Help support the podcast by getting yourself a t-shirt from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo courtesy of Trek Bicycles
November 6, 2018
This week, Jonny Thompson from Fit4Racing joins us on the show. Jonny coaches World Cup DH racer Adam Brayton, and in this episode he’s going to give some example workouts to help you make the most of your offseason. We talk about the minimum time needed to really make some gains. Why and how gym time can be really beneficial and efficient, and the need to develop multiple ‘energy systems’. Jonny has also made a video of the movements we describe in the episode, so you can make sure you’re doing things right. You can watch the video on the Fit4Racing YouTube channel, or towards the bottom of this post. To find out more about Jonny and Fit4Racing, you can use the following links, Website www.fit4racing.com Instagram @fit4racing Facebook @Fit4racing YouTube Fit4Racing There are some great free resources here to help support your training! Also, as a Downtime listener you can get 50% off your first month of any Fit4Racing training programme. Just head to their website www.fit4racing.com, select your programme and use the code ‘downtime50’ at the checkout. Help us keep this podcast free by getting yourself a t-shirt from downtimepodcast.com/shop If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! You can check out our back catalogue of amazing episodes at downtimepodcast.com/episodes We mention the life coach Tony Robbins in the episode, here are links to a couple of his books if you’re interested to find out more… Unlimited Power – The New Science of Personal Achievement here Awaken the Giant Within here Check out the video that goes with this episode here…. Photo – Peter Ostrowski
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