Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

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Inside the world of Downhill and Enduro MTB


Red Bull Hardline 2019
Sep 16 • 35 min
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…
Snowshoe 2019 Post-Race Show
Sep 11 • 79 min
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…
Matt Stuttard – Privateer Life
Sep 9 • 75 min
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…
World Champs 2019 – Post-Race Show
Sep 3 • 61 min
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…
Matt Simmonds – This is a Test
Sep 2 • 63 min
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…
Meg Whyte & Adam Brayton – Mid-Season Catch Up
Aug 26 • 69 min
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…
Yoann Barelli – Injury, Photography, Addiction and More
Aug 19 • 74 min
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…
Lenzerheide 2019 Post-Race Show
Aug 14 • 60 min
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…
Mixed Wheel Size Bikes – Cy Turner from Cotic
Aug 12 • 71 min
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…
Val Di Sole 2019 Post-Race Show
Aug 6 • 53 min
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…
Fabien Barel – A Philosophical Approach
Aug 5 • 36 min
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…
Sven Martin – The Changing Face of MTB Photography
Jul 29 • 101 min
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…
Vali Höll – Rising to the Top
Jul 22 • 36 min
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…
Testing Bikes – Rob Weaver & Seb Stott from the MBUK Test Team
Jul 15 • 90 min
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…
Les Gets 2019 Post-Race Show
Jul 14 • 38 min
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…
Andorra 2019 Post-Race Show
Jul 11 • 43 min
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…
Nigel Page – Life on Two Wheels
Jul 8 • 134 min
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…
Chris Kilmurray – The Performance Puzzle
Jul 1 • 84 min
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…
Will Longden – From Racer to Manager
Jun 24 • 58 min
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…
Bex Baraona & Martha Gill – Gowaan Gals
Jun 17 • 77 min
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…
Leogang 2019 Post-Race Show
Jun 12 • 62 min
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…
Sam Dale – His Way
Jun 10 • 66 min
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…
Loic Bruni – The Winning Recipe
Jun 3 • 55 min
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…
Fort William 2019 Post-Race Show
Jun 3 • 65 min
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,…
The Leatt Neck Brace – Chris Leatt
May 27 • 65 min
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…
Matt Walker – What It Takes to Rise to the Top
May 20 • 77 min
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.…
Becoming a MTB Entrepreneur – Aaron Kerson of PNW Components
May 13 • 72 min
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…
Rémy Métailler – Creating a Niche
May 6 • 68 min
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…
Maribor 2019 Post-Race Show
May 1 • 62 min
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…
MTB Clothing – The Morvélo Approach
Apr 29 • 61 min
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…
Rachel Atherton – What It Takes to Win
Apr 22 • 81 min
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…
Kickstarting It – Nigel Wade, Inventor of the Shockwiz
Apr 15 • 82 min
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…
Claire Buchar – Driven to Succeed
Apr 8 • 65 min
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,…
2019 Downhill World Cup Season Preview
Apr 3 • 80 min
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…
Making Helmets Safer – Brad Waldron from Kali Protectives
Apr 1 • 50 min
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…
Eliot Jackson – Breaking with Convention
Mar 27 • 77 min
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…
Neko Mulally – Developing Performance
Mar 25 • 70 min
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…
Reinventing the Wheel – Dustin Adams from We Are One Composites
Mar 18 • 62 min
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…
Tom Caldwell – Follow Your Passion
Mar 11 • 78 min
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…
Suspension, the Next Frontier – Adam Krefting from CushCore
Mar 4 • 60 min
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.…
Ruaridh Cunningham – Never Give Up
Feb 25 • 73 min
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…
Inside Hope Technology – with Alan Weatherill
Feb 18 • 53 min
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…
Ben Arnott – Engineering Success
Feb 11 • 71 min
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,…
Angel Suarez – Young Talent
Feb 4 • 53 min
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…
Tony Seagrave – Doing It for the Love
Jan 21 • 72 min
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…
Maximise Your Offseason Part 2 – Jonny Thompson from Fit4Racing
Jan 9 • 65 min
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…
Eddie Masters – Going with the Flow
Jan 7 • 71 min
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…
Yoann Barelli – Have fun, be happy!
Dec 26, 2018 • 74 min
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…
Starling Cycles – Keeping it Steel
Dec 17, 2018 • 63 min
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…
Data Acquisition – Past, Present and Future
Dec 10, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Return to Form – Andréane Lanthier Nadeau
Dec 3, 2018 • 66 min
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…
Gee & Dan Atherton, Tracy Moseley and Katy Winton – Kendal Bike Night Special
Nov 19, 2018 • 61 min
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…
Maximise Your Offseason – Jonny Thompson from Fit4Racing
Nov 5, 2018 • 73 min
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…
Reece Wilson – Breaking Through
Oct 22, 2018 • 77 min
This week, Reece Wilson joins us on the show. Reece was one of the breakthrough riders in 2018, with some amazing results, including his first World Cup podium. We chat to Reece about how he got into the sport, his progression to the top level, his 2018…
The Athertons’ Coach – Nick Grantham
Oct 15, 2018 • 66 min
This week, I’m joined by Nick Grantham, the coach to Rachel and Gee Atherton. Nick has joined the Athertons through a challenging time, with both Rachel and Gee suffering serious injuries early in his tenure. However, using his experience built up across…
Jason Schiers and Mello Bouwmeester – The Crankbrothers Synthesis Wheelset
Oct 8, 2018 • 62 min
Jason Schiers and Mello Bouwmeester are heavyweights of the mountain bike industry, and in their first collaborative effort have released the Crankbrothers Synthesis wheelset, the first front and rear tuned carbon wheelset. You’ll probably have seen the…
Katy Winton Returns
Sep 24, 2018 • 63 min
Katy Winton was our most popular guest of 2017, so when I was in Scotland recently, it made sense to stop by for a cup of tea and a catch-up. For anyone who’s been following the 2018 Enduro World Series, you’ll know that it’s been a tough season for all…
World Champs 2018 – Post Race Show
Sep 12, 2018 • 54 min
Eliot and Neko are back for our World Champs post race show. The riders threw the dice in Lenzerheide and we crowned 4 World Champions who are at the very top of their game. It was a thrilling race to watch, and great to sit down with Eliot and Neko to…
Not Doing Things by Halves – Dustin Adams
Sep 10, 2018 • 59 min
Dustin Adams has had quite a ride so far! He was one of the first Canadian downhillers to really break into the American and World downhill scene, even taking a World Cup podium alongside Steve Peat and Fabien Barel. Some unfortunate turns meant that…
La Bresse 2018 – Post Race Show
Aug 29, 2018 • 58 min
Eliot and Neko are back for our La Bresse post race show. Have a listen to find out more about what went on over the weekend. How did the top riders react to the decision not to give points for the qualifying results, how do you approach learning a new…
Keeping Rachel Atherton Rolling – Joe Krejbich
Aug 27, 2018 • 66 min
Ever wondered what it takes to keep one of the most successful riders on the planet rolling? Well Joe Krejbich, mechanic to Rachel Atherton, joins us for this episode of the podcast. We sit down at Joe’s Shropshire home to chat about his background, how…
Mont-Sainte-Anne 2018 – Post Race Show
Aug 15, 2018 • 66 min
This is the second of our post-race shows, this time from Mont-Sainte-Anne in Canada, which turned out to be an awesome race. King of World Cup Stats, Eliot Jackson, is back, and we’re also joined by US National Champ, Neko Mulally. We will chat about how…
It’s All in the Detail – Cesar Rojo
Aug 13, 2018 • 85 min
Cesar Rojo is a great rider in his own right, but he’s also one of the key engineers in the world of modern mountain biking. Having been responsible for some of the most progressive designs of the time with Mondraker, Cesar has moved on to run a…
The Invisible Piece of the Performance Puzzle – Rob Copeland
Jul 30, 2018 • 66 min
We’ve all been there, sat at the top of a race run, going over it in our head, getting ourselves wound up, stressed, nervous, worrying about if we will be able to do ourselves justice or not in the upcoming run. Even for the top riders, the psychological…
Andorra 2018 – Post Race Show
Jul 17, 2018 • 51 min
I’ve been thinking about doing a post race show for a while now, but when Eliot Jackson said he’d be keen to get involved, I knew that it was the right time to give it a go. This is a first for us, and a bit of an experiment, so have a listen and let us…
Beyond the Bike – Alan Milway
Jul 16, 2018 • 64 min
Alan Milway is a coach with a list of clients past and present that most people can only dream of working with. The Athertons, Danny Hart, Manon Carpenter, Martin Maes and Brendan Fairclough are just a few of the amazing athletes that he has worked…
Vero Sandler – Following a Different Route
Jul 2, 2018 • 40 min
Vero Sandler really is living the dream. After reaching a point where she felt her racing career wasn’t really moving forwards, Vero jumped at the chance to follow a different route with Marin Bikes. Spending her time having fun on a bike and committing…
Live and Breathe It – Sandy Plenty
Jun 25, 2018 • 49 min
Sandy Plenty lives and breathes mountain bikes. Diagnosed with a health condition affecting his heart and lungs at an early age, you may have thought that a career in mountain biking wasn’t in his future, but Sandy’s not the kind of guy to take no for an…
Making it Happen – Greg Callaghan
Jun 18, 2018 • 42 min
The best things in life don’t come easy, and while it can sometimes seem like people have had pro deals thrown at them, there is often a back story of hard work and dedication needed to get there. Greg Callaghan is certainly someone who put in the effort,…
In at the Deep End – KJ Sharp
Jun 4, 2018 • 62 min
KJ had only been riding a mountain bike for a little over 2 years when she first lined up at the start of an Enduro World Series race! Pretty impressive eh. Definitely not afraid to give things a go, KJ is working hard to make her way up the rankings to…
Ratboy to Man, the Story So Far – Josh Bryceland
May 21, 2018 • 98 min
There’s something special about Josh Bryceland. Ever since he arrived on the mountain bike scene he has brought something unique to the party. His laid-back attitude, incredible style, huge grin and unmistakable looks have proved infectious, and as a…
The Science of Enduro – Lewis Kirkwood
May 7, 2018 • 40 min
Not only is Lewis Kirkwood a talented bike rider with a history in both XC and Enduro racing, and some time on the EWS circuit, but he is studying for a PhD in ‘Performance in Enduro Mountain Biking’. That makes him a pretty interesting guy in my book! I…
Building Enduro – Chris Ball
Apr 23, 2018 • 41 min
Enduro has been a huge area of growth in the mountain bike world over the last 5 or so years, and the Enduro World Series has been at the centre of it. We sat down to chat with the main man, Chris Ball, to find out about all things Enduro World Series. I…
Behind the Scenes at the UCI – Simon Burney
Apr 19, 2018 • 54 min
We’ve got something a little bit different for you in this episode. With the first round of the UCI Downhill World Cup taking place this coming weekend, I thought it would be good to get to hear a bit about what goes on behind the scenes at the UCI. The…
Challenging for the Top Step – Troy Brosnan
Apr 16, 2018 • 38 min
Troy Brosnan from Canyon Factory Racing joins us for this episode of the podcast. Troy finished the 2017 season in second overall, and went into the last round with a chance of taking the overall. Troy has been a feature of junior and elite podiums at…
The Sharp End of Enduro – Jesse Melamed
Apr 9, 2018 • 60 min
Jesse Melamed joins us fresh off the plane from the first two rounds of the 2018 Enduro World Series. If you’ve been following the series then you know that these were two incredibly different and exciting races, from the deep dust and high speeds of…
The Hunt for the Podium – Greg Williamson
Apr 2, 2018 • 40 min
The podium of a world cup downhill race is the aim for many riders, and with only 5 places, it’s a pretty exclusive club. Greg Williamson has been so close taking 6th place finishes, and clearly wants that next step. We sat down to talk about Greg’s…
Making Racing Feel Normal – Adam Brayton
Mar 27, 2018 • 42 min
It’s the second part of this weeks double bill, this time with Mr Gas2Flat himself, Adam Brayton. Adam made big changes to his training when he started working with Jonny from Fit4Racing, and those changes paid off. Adam rode to his best season ever in…
The Importance of Intensity – Jonny Thompson from Fit4Racing
Mar 26, 2018 • 48 min
A few weeks ago I was privileged to be invited to join Adam Brayton on one of his training sessions with Jonny Thompson at Fit4Racing, based in the beautiful Lake District. Within 5 minutes of stepping out of the car, it became very clear how hard these…
Cy Turner of Cotic Bikes on Modern Mountain Bike Geometry
Mar 13, 2018 • 44 min
For our first sponsored episode, Cy Turner of Cotic Bikes joins us to chat about modern bike geometry, his views, and why long, low and slack works when it’s done right! Cy is a long time friend, as we studied together at University, and I’ve always…
Women’s Mountain Biking Special – Hanna Jonsson
Mar 8, 2018 • 45 min
March 8th 2018 is International Women’s Day and to celebrate that, we’ve put together an episode with Hanna Jonsson, a mountain biker and journalist, to chat about the state of women’s mountain biking today. The women’s side of the sport has seen huge…
#29 - At the top of the game - Aaron Gwin
Feb 26, 2018 • 60 min
Getting guests for the podcast is pretty much the hardest part, so when I got an email in my inbox from Aaron Gwin saying he’d be stoked to come on the podcast, I was pretty excited. Aaron really is at the top of the game, and it was interesting for me to…
#28 - Neko Mulally Returns!
Feb 19, 2018 • 55 min
As it’s our 1st Birthday, and Neko’s 25th Birthday, we thought we would put together this bonus episode for you all. Neko was one of our first guests, and it was great to catch up with him on what’s gone on in his life this past year. We talk about his…
#27 - The Mental Side of Mountain Biking - Olly Morris
Feb 12, 2018 • 57 min
A lot of you have asked for more information on the mental side of mountain biking, and this weeks guest is well positioned to give some great insight into that side of things. Olly Morris is a man who wears may hats, as an Elite Downhill racer, the…
#26 - Jerome Clementz
Jan 29, 2018 • 42 min
Jérôme Clementz has been at the forefront of enduro mountain biking for a long time, and was the first ever Enduro World Series champion, taking the title in 2013. We recorded this episode at the end of 2017, just after Jérôme has announced his retirement…
#25 - Remi Gauvin
Jan 15, 2018 • 41 min
For episode 25 we have former DH racer turned EWS pro, Remi Gauvin from the Rocky Mountain Urge BP Rally team. Remi had an awesome first season as a full time pro racer, finishing 8th overall in the Enduro World Series, with a 5th place in Whistler, and a…
Get Fit And Strong For 2018 - Ask The Coach Special
Jan 4, 2018 • 56 min
Want to get fit and strong in 2018? Then this is the episode for you! Ben Plenge from MTB Strength Factory joined us to answer your questions. We tackled the main themes that came up, which were warm up and cool down, maximising use of your time,…
#24 - Jamie Nicoll
Jan 1, 2018 • 43 min
Welcome to our first episode of 2018!! I’m excited to be back bringing you more from the world of Mountain Biking! Our first guest of the year is the adventurer Jamie Nicoll. I find Jamie a really inspirational guy, who overcame significant adversity to…
Christmas Special – Davi from the HKT Podcast
Dec 19, 2017 • 112 min
We’ve got something a bit different for you for this Christmas special episode. One of the inspirations for me to start the Downtime Podcast was listening to what Davi was doing with the HKT Podcast. It was great to hear someone getting under the skin of…
#23 - Gowaan Gals
Dec 11, 2017 • 43 min
Bex Baraona and Martha Gill are two of the top Enduro racers on the planet, with Martha taking the 2017 Under 21 Enduro World Series title. Together, they are the Gowaan Gals, bringing fun to the sport, pushing their own limits, and encouraging other gals…
Concussion Special
Dec 5, 2017 • 38 min
Concussion is something that as a mountain biker, we are fairly likely to experience at some point. There are potential detrimental effects of repeated concussive events, and yet this is not really something which has been talked about much in the…
#22 - Jack Reading
Nov 27, 2017 • 55 min
We’re back, and this time we have Jack Reading from One Vision Global Racing joining us. Jack lives near to me, so I was able to pay him a visit, sit on the couch with him and his dog, and have a good chat about riding bikes! Jack is in a unique position…
#21 - Miranda Miller
Oct 30, 2017 • 45 min
2017 Downhill World Champion Miranda Miller joins us for a chat in episode 21. I got in touch with Miranda before the 2017 season started to ask if she would be willing to come on the podcast to talk about being a privateer on the World Cup circuit, and…
#20 - Mick Hannah
Oct 16, 2017 • 44 min
Mick Hannah joins us for episode 20, fresh off an amazing but frustrating second place at the Downhill World Championships in his home town of Cairns, Australia. We chat to Mick about his background in riding, his career so far, the build up to the World…
#19 - Ash Smith
Oct 2, 2017 • 51 min
The man behind the Trans-Provence 6 day stage race in the French Alps, Ash Smith, joins us for a chat in episode 19. Ash is at the forefront of putting together unique and exciting mountain bike itineraries, and the Trans-Provence is the best known…
#18 - Ines Thoma
Sep 18, 2017 • 38 min
Ines Thoma from Canyon Factory Racing joins us for a chat in Episode 18. Ines is nearing the end of another successful season of racing at the Enduro World Series, and other major enduro events. Before she heads to the final round in Finale Ligure, we…
#17 - Phil Atwill
Sep 4, 2017 • 52 min
Phil Atwill from the Propain Dirt Zelvy team joins us for a chat in episode 17. Phil has had a season full of ups and downs, from his best result to date, to a season ending injury. He talks us through it all, as well as telling us about how he got into…
#16 - Katy Curd
Aug 21, 2017 • 43 min
When I interviewed Tracy Moseley earlier in the year, and asked her who else I should speak to, she didn’t hesitate in putting me in touch with Katy Curd, who she firmly believes is one of the most talented riders from the UK. I really enjoyed chatting…
#15 - George Brannigan
Aug 7, 2017 • 42 min
George Brannigan of the Commencal Vallnord DH team joins us for a chat in episode 15. Unfortunately George’s race season is over due to a collarbone injury picked up when riding as a forerunner at the French National champs, but from talking to him, it’s…
#14 - Kenta Gallagher
Jul 24, 2017 • 38 min
Kenta Gallagher of Polygon United Ride joins us for a chat in episode 14. Kenta has a really interesting background, having been a professional cross country racer from a young age, competing on the world stage, and winning the World Cup XC Eliminator at…
#13 - Manon Carpenter
Jul 10, 2017 • 42 min
2014 World Cup series and World Champion Manon Carpenter joins us for a chat in episode 13. We talk about her winter of recovery, and what it takes to come back from injury, her approach to riding with control, her move to the Radon team in 2017, her use…
Trans-Provence Special - Part Two
Jul 4, 2017 • 32 min
Ever wondered what it would be like to race the Trans-Provence? How hard is it? How do I get entered? What sort of training do I need to do? What should I expect when I get there? Is it as good as everyone says? Well wonder no longer, we sat down with…
Trans-Provence Special - Part One
Jul 3, 2017 • 34 min
Ever wondered what it would be like to race the Trans-Provence? How hard is it? How do I get entered? What sort of training do I need to do? What should I expect when I get there? Is it as good as everyone says? Well wonder no longer, we sat down with…
#12 - Ben Plenge
Jun 26, 2017 • 47 min
Ben Plenge from MTB Strength Factory joins us to talk about all things strength and conditioning. We cover training specifics for different age groups, when and how to rest and recover, how to taper for a race event, the importance of upper body strength,…
#11 - Nigel Reeve (Canyon Factory Racing)
Jun 12, 2017 • 38 min
Head mechanic for Canyon Factory Racing, Nigel Reeve, joins us for episode 11. Nigel is responsible for Mark Wallace’s bike, as well as generally looking after the Canyon pit set up at the World Cup downhill events. We sat down with Nigel just after the…
#10 - Greg Minnaar
Jun 7, 2017 • 22 min
For our 10th episode we were really lucky to be able to get some time with Greg Minnaar of the Santa Cruz Syndicate. We sat down with Greg on the morning of Friday practice at the Fort William World Cup, where he went on take his 7th Fort William win, and…
Fort William Special – Part Two
Jun 6, 2017 • 30 min
We spent this weekend in Scotland, at the Fort William round of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup. While we were there, we managed to chat to a number of the top riders to bring you some further insight into the world of elite mountain biking. In…
Fort William Special – Part One
Jun 5, 2017 • 23 min
We spent this weekend in Scotland, at the Fort William round of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup. While we were there, we managed to chat to a number of the top riders to bring you some further insight into the world of elite mountain biking. In…
#9 - Tahnée Seagrave
May 30, 2017 • 31 min
Tahnée Seagrave joined us just after the Lourdes round of the downhill world cup, to talk about how that race weekend went, her use of journalling and mini goals, Fox testing, Fort William, how to warm up for a world cup race, and much more. It was really…
#8 - Katy Winton
May 15, 2017 • 39 min
In episode 8, Trek Factory Racing’s Katy Winton joins us for a chat. Katy is currently sitting in 3rd place in the Enduro World Series, and shares her story of how she got there. We talk about her transition from XC to Enduro, and the pain and suffering…
#7 - Jordi Cortes
May 2, 2017 • 36 min
Jordi Cortes, the head bike suspension tuner from Fox, joins us for Episode 7. Jordi is in the thick of it at downhill and enduro races, looking after lots of the pros, as well as running pre-season test sessions with many of the top teams. He explains…
#6 - Tracy Moseley
Apr 17, 2017 • 36 min
Multiple world champion Tracy Moseley joins us for episode 6 of the Downtime Podcast. We talk about some of the changes in the sport over her 20 year career, her transition from downhill to enduro, the details of some specific training sessions, race day…
#5 - John Hall
Apr 4, 2017 • 44 min
In this episode, we talk to John Hall, mechanic to Aaron Gwin from the YT Mob. John tells us what it takes to make sure that Aaron has the fastest bike on the planet, and we cover topics like the importance of consistency, how OCD can be helpful, how they…
#4 - Bex Baraona
Mar 20, 2017 • 39 min
In this episode we chat to enduro privateer and podium hopeful, Bex Baraona. Bex talks to us about all sorts, including how she funds her season, her training, the importance of core strength, race nutrition, her approach to a race weekend, and much much…
#3 - Justin Leov
Mar 6, 2017 • 35 min
Our guest for this episode is Canyon Factory Racing’s Justin Leov. We talk to Justin about how to read and learn trails, tips he’s received from Fabien Barel, how to approach a sighting lap, the recent Canyon training camp, the importance of goal setting,…
#2 - Neko Mulally
Feb 21, 2017 • 44 min
Photo @calliehorwath Our guest for this episode is the YT Mob’s newest recruit, Neko Mulally. We talk about getting his new bike set up, having Aaron Gwin as a team mate, chainless world cup runs, beer sponsors, having your own bike park, and 29er…
#1 - Chris Kilmurray
Feb 13, 2017 • 42 min
So here it is, our first ever episode, and what a guest we have for you! Chris is coach to a number of the guys and girls at the top level of both downhill and enduro racing, as well as being a pretty handy rider himself. In this episode, we talk about…