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Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

We delve into the MTB world, talking to athletes, trainers, mechanics, brands and more, to bring you all the best insight that will inform and inspire you, and help you ride your bike faster, have more fun, and find out about more about the characters behind the sport that we love.

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Benoit Coulanges: Climbing to the Top Step
Today, we have the privilege of welcoming Benoit Coulanges to the show. Benoit embodies dedication and commitment, embarking on an 11-year odyssey with a clear goal: to take a World Cup victory. Throughout this time of ups and downs, challenges and successes, Benoit has remained laser focused on his target. We'll journey back to his incredible silver medal finish at the 2021 World Championships in Val di Sole, where victory slipped through his fingers by the narrowest of margins. From there, we'll unravel the tale of his extraordinary 2023 season, characterised by unwavering perseverance, unyielding dedication, and ultimately, triumph. Of course, we'll celebrate Benoit's first-ever DH World Cup win in Les Gets and all the emotions that came with it. Where does Benoit go from here? We’ll find out in this episode. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Benoit Coulanges. You can also watch this episode here. You can follow Benoit on Instagram @benoitcoulanges and you can watch Commencal's film about his Les Gets win here. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners Canyon Are you looking for a new ride? Well, the Canyon Trail Sale has started so that you can shred for less and save big on your next bike. With no better way to start your season than with a brand new, world-class mountain bike, you can save up to 30% on your dream Canyon. Head over to canyon.com now to find out more. Wahoo Fitness Wahoo's products have been key to my fitness for a number of years now. Their KICKR indoor trainer and ELEMNTRoam and Bolt get a lot of use. Their gear also gets better with free software updates and Wahoo's latest update will be bringing music control and GoPro control to your bike computer. Check out the entire range over at wahoofitness.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Jey Crunch
91:58 23/04/2024
Introducing Red Bull’s Just Ride Podcast: Rachel Atherton Reflects on Her Family and Career
This week we have something a bit different for you. At Downtime we're all about the gravity side of things, but if you've ever fancied dipping your toe into the waters of other cycling disciplines then I've got a podcast recommendation for you, that's hosted by none other than Eliot Jackson and Rob Warner. Just Ride from Red Bull sees Eliot and Rob jump into the worlds of BMX, gravel, road racing... they've even spoken to someone who circumnavigated the globe on a penny farthing! In each episode, Rob and Eliot are joined by a different guest from the world of cycling, to share crazy stories and compare notes about this incredible community. Of course, mountain biking also features, and this week I've got a short clip of a Just Ride episode with downhill superstar, Rachel Atherton to share with you. If you enjoy the clip and want to hear more, then search for Just Ride in your favourite podcast app or head here. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Red Bull Content Pool
13:55 19/04/2024
Katy Winton On Career Transitions, Burnout, and Finding Balance
Today, we're joined by Katy Winton. In this episode, Katy opens up about her journey through burnout, the unexpected end of GT Factory Racing, and the reality of trying to find a team in the current economic climate. But fear not – Katy's resilience shines through as she shares how she’s navigated these challenges and changes and found fulfilment outside of the tape. Hear how Katy is getting on with working a 9 to 5 and how she’s going to be working with Crankworx to help elevate the event coverage. I’ll also be asking Katy about her plans for 2024. As always, Katy brings an open and honest chat with heaps of energy. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Katy Winton. You can also watch this episode here. You can follow Katy on Instagram @misswinton and on her YouTube channel here. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners Canyon Are you looking for a new ride? Well, the Canyon Trail Sale has started so that you can shred for less and save big on your next bike. With no better way to start your season than with a brand new, world-class mountain bike, you can save up to 30% on your dream Canyon. Head over to canyon.com now to find out more. Wahoo Fitness Wahoo's products have been key to my fitness for a number of years now. Their KICKR indoor trainer and ELEMNTRoam and Bolt get a lot of use. Their gear also gets better with free software updates and Wahoo's latest update will be bringing music control and GoPro control to your bike computer. Check out the entire range over at wahoofitness.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Jake Hood
76:59 16/04/2024
Finding Your Authentic Self – Dan Griffiths aka Moonhead Media
Today, I'm joined by Dan Griffiths, aka Moonhead Media, known for his stunning mountain bike photography. In this episode, we're going beyond the photos, diving deep into Dan's personal journey. From capturing those jaw-dropping moments to confronting the challenges of mental health, Dan shares his unfiltered story with us. We’ll hear how Dan's journey has been marked by bold leaps of faith and unwavering trust in the universe. He's been brave enough to go all in, following his passion and embracing the unknown with open arms. Prepare to be inspired as we dive into the heart of creativity and courage. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with the man behind Moonhead Media, Dan Griffiths. You can also watch this episode here. You can follow Dan on Instagram @moonhead_media or over on his website moonheadmedia.com. The books Dan mentioned were 'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Tolle and 'The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success' by Deepak Chopra. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners 7mesh 7mesh's commitment to crafting top quality, innovative mountain bike clothing is second to none. They've just launched their Spring/Summer 2024 Mountain Bike collection with heaps of vibrant new colours and an update to their awesome trail pant, the Glidepath. Downtime listeners get 20% off until 1st May 2024, using the code downtimex7mesh20 at the checkout on 7mesh.com. Wahoo Fitness Wahoo's products have been key to my fitness for a number of years now. Their KICKR indoor trainer and ELEMNTRoam and Bolt get a lot of use. Their gear also gets better with free software updates and Wahoo's latest update will be bringing music control and GoPro control to your bike computer. Check out the entire range over at wahoofitness.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
143:21 09/04/2024
Your Biggest Mountain Bike Fitness Challenges Solved
Today, I'm joined by Ben Plenge from the Strength Factory and we're diving headfirst into the world of mountain bike fitness, tackling some of the most pressing questions from you, the listeners. From battling arm pump to fine-tuning your nutrition and hydration strategies, we leave no stone unturned. Join us as we explore topics ranging from race-day approaches to maintaining optimal shoulder health, and even how to tailor training for the younger riders out there. Plus, we'll be delving into the realm of supplements, helping you find the must-haves and avoid wasting money. Whether you're a seasoned rider or just starting out, this episode is packed with valuable insights and practical tips to help you conquer the trails with confidence. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode on mountain bike fitness with Ben Plenge. To save money on Strength Factory programmes, you can use the code DOWNTIME30 which is valid until 21st April 2024. The code will give you 30% off your first two months (after the free trial) of the Complete MTB Programme for trail riders and enduro racers. Or 30% off the Over 40s MTB Programme (lifetime access after purchase). You can sign up to Ben's mailing list, MTB Momentum, for your weekly dose of MTB training and fitness and subscribe to his YouTube channel here. The book that Ben mentioned for great advice on Women's fitness is ROAR by Dr Stacy Sims, which you'll find here. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners 7mesh 7mesh's commitment to crafting top quality, innovative mountain bike clothing is second to none. They've just launched their Spring/Summer 2024 Mountain Bike collection with heaps of vibrant new colours and an update to their awesome trail pant, the Glidepath. Downtime listeners get 20% off until 1st May 2024, using the code downtimex7mesh20 at the checkout on 7mesh.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Dave Price
126:49 02/04/2024
Downhill Dynamics: Andrew Shandro’s Perspective on Racing, Managing, and Mentoring
Today we’re joined by Trek Factory Racing’s downhill team manager, Andrew Shandro. We'll delve into the dynamic journey of Andrew's career, from his early days as a racer, through his time as a free rider and rampage competitor, to his pivotal role as a team manager and mentor. We’ll discuss Andrew’s involvement with Trek’s C3 programme, where he’s signed athletes like Brandon Semenuk and Emil Johansson. We’ll explore the evolution of downhill racing, reflecting on the highs, lows, and where the sport is at today. Andrew brings a wealth of experience and insight to the table, particularly through his involvement with Trek Factory Downhill and his deep understanding of how the landscape of downhill racing has shifted over the years. From navigating the challenges of managing a team to the thrill of mentoring the next generation of riders, Andrew's perspective offers invaluable wisdom. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Andrew Shandro. You can watch this episode on the Downtime YouTube channel here. You can follow Trek Factory DH here. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners 7mesh 7mesh's commitment to crafting top quality, innovative mountain bike clothing is second to none. They've just launched their Spring/Summer 2024 Mountain Bike collection with heaps of vibrant new colours and an update to their awesome trail pant, the Glidepath. Downtime listeners get 20% off until 1st May 2024, using the code downtimex7mesh20 at the checkout on 7mesh.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Sterling Lorence
69:45 26/03/2024
Fighting For His Life: Iago Garay
Today I’m joined by one of the most stylish enduro riders on the planet, Iago Garay. Iago's story is one of passion, perseverance, hard work and dedication. In this episode, we'll explore the pivotal moments that shaped Iago's journey, from his introduction to mountain biking to his unique story of how he turned professional and got his big break. We'll also dive into the future of enduro racing, gaining valuable insights from Iago's unique and positive perspective as a seasoned competitor. But perhaps most importantly, we'll discuss Iago's incredible resilience in the face of adversity, including his recent battle with a brain aneurysm. Through it all, Iago's unwavering spirit and love for the sport have remained unbreakable, serving as an inspiration to riders around the world. This is a conversation you won't want to miss. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Iago Garay. You can watch this episode on the Downtime YouTube channel here. You can follow Iago on Instagram @iagogaray and checkout DYEDBRO here. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners 7mesh 7mesh's commitment to crafting top quality, innovative mountain bike clothing is second to none. They've just launched their Spring/Summer 2024 Mountain Bike collection with heaps of vibrant new colours and an update to their awesome trail pant, the Glidepath. Downtime listeners get 20% off until 1st May 2024, using the code downtimex7mesh20 at the checkout on 7mesh.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Sven Martin
90:20 19/03/2024
Rémy Métailler’s Winning Formula, Riding Advice and More
Today we’re sitting down for a long overdue catch up with mountain biking legend Remy Metailler. In this episode, we discuss the action from Hardline Tasmania, explore the dynamic between racing and the influencer culture dominating YouTube and social media, and unravel the intricacies of collaborating with partners in the industry. Along the way, we'll also tackle the evolving landscape of enduro racing, the growing popularity of eBikes, and glean invaluable riding tips and advice from Remy himself. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Remy Metailler. You can watch this episode on the Downtime YouTube channel here. You can follow Louise on Instagram @remymetailler or on YouTube here. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Alex Chapellier
75:51 12/03/2024
That Amazing Run at Hardline Tasmania With Louise Ferguson
Today, we're diving into the adrenaline-fuelled world of Red Bull Hardline with none other than the fearless Louise Ferguson. Strap in as we explore Lou’s electrifying performance in Tasmania, where she pushed the boundaries of possibility and left an indelible mark on the mountain bike landscape. From saying no to her first Hardline invite, to being one of the first two women on the planet to complete a top to bottom Hardline race run, join us as we unravel the exhilarating tale of Louise Ferguson's unforgettable ride at one of the most legendary events in the mountain biking calendar. Stay tuned for insights, stories, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the mind of a true Hardline contender. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Louise Ferguson. You can watch this episode on the Downtime YouTube channel here. You can follow Louise on Instagram @loufergmtb or head to the team YouTube channel here. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Dan Griffiths
70:36 05/03/2024
Chasing Trail Bike Perfection: The Evolution of the Canyon Spectral
Today I’m joined by Leo Malmeryd, the lead engineer behind the latest evolution of the Canyon Spectral. Leo will be sharing insights into the meticulous development process that brought forth this new iteration of the Spectral, as they take an evolutionary approach in search of trail bike perfection. But that's not all – I’m hitting the trails with Jonny Matthews, to put the new Canyon Spectral through its paces. Together, we'll compare its performance against its predecessor, which we both loved, unraveling the subtle yet impactful changes that Leo and his team have crafted. Get ready for a thrilling ride as we explore the intersection of engineering prowess and real-world trail experience. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Leo and then at around 50mins you can hear mine and Jonny's experience on the trail. You can watch this episode on the Downtime YouTube channel here. You can check out the new Canyon Spectral on Canyon's website here. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners Shimano Shimano have launched an awesome new range of gravity focussed footwear that you can find at mtb.shimano.com. I've been using the highly acclaimed GF8 GTX which is a perfect flat pedal shoe for wet/cold conditions. We Are One Composites We Are One make incredible wheels, it's that simple. If you want some We Are One in your life, then for the month of February, Downtime listeners can get 20% off site wide (excluding bikes and frames) using the code 'DowntimeFebruary2024' at weareonecomposites.com. Canyon Check out Canyon's version of the perfect trail bike, the brand new Spectral, by heading to the Canyon website canyon.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Roo Fowler
83:56 27/02/2024
Brad Simms’ Thrilling Ride from BMX to Mountain Biking
Today, I’m joined by BMX legend turned mountain biker, Brad Simms. From his humble beginnings in BMX, Brad has carved a path with resilience and passion that continues to inspire riders around the globe. But Brad's story is more than just about bikes; it's about exploration, adaptation, and a spirit of adventure. Join us as we journey through Brad's experiences. Discover the challenges, triumphs, and unexpected twists that have shaped Brad's path, as he shares candid insights into his life on and off the bike. From riding with BMX legends to forging new connections in the mountain biking community, Brad's story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the universal language of two wheels. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Brad Simms. You can watch this episode on the Downtime YouTube channel here. You can follow Brad on Instagram @brad_simms, find him on YouTube here, or on TikTok here. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners Shimano Shimano have launched an awesome new range of gravity focussed footwear that you can find at mtb.shimano.com. I've been using the highly acclaimed GF8 GTX which is a perfect flat pedal shoe for wet/cold conditions. We Are One Composites We Are One make incredible wheels, it's that simple. If you want some We Are One in your life, then for the month of February, Downtime listeners can get 20% off site wide (excluding bikes and frames) using the code 'DowntimeFebruary2024' at weareonecomposites.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Raphe Valdez
100:14 20/02/2024
Crafting Champions: Inside the New Intense Factory Racing Team
Today I’m joined by Joe Breeden and Olly Morris, the team owner and team manager for the new Intense Factory Racing team. We hear what led to Joe deciding to form the team and what his vision for Intense Factory Racing looks like. Joe, Olly and I discuss what it takes to create a high-performance environment, the meticulous selection of riders and staff and just how hard it is to get support in the current bike industry climate. What’s clear in this episode is the energy and passion that Joe and Olly have, providing great insight into the importance of not just the equipment you ride, but the environment in which you do it. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Joe Breeden and Olly Morris. You can watch this episode on the Downtime YouTube channel here. You can follow the team on Instagram @intensefactoryracing, on YouTube here and at their website, intensefactoryracing.com. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners Shimano Shimano have launched an awesome new range of gravity focussed footwear that you can find at mtb.shimano.com. I've been using the highly acclaimed GF8 GTX which is a perfect flat pedal shoe for wet/cold conditions. We Are One Composites We Are One make incredible wheels, it's that simple. If you want some We Are One in your life, then for the month of February, Downtime listeners can get 20% off site wide (excluding bikes and frames) using the code 'DowntimeFebruary2024' at weareonecomposites.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Callum Philpott
81:04 13/02/2024
Jordan Williams’ Dominating Debut – Inside His Rollercoaster First Season
Today I’m joined by Jordan Williams. Jordan began his elite career with an amazing win at the opening round in Lenzerheide. The season that followed would bring new challenges for Jordan that became invaluable opportunities for personal and professional growth. In this episode, Jordan shares candidly about the highs and lows of his season, from the exhilarating moment watching Loic’s split go red in Lenzerheide, to the challenges he navigated behind the scenes. We delve into his transition to a prototype bike for 2024 and his plans to come out swinging when we kick off the season in Fort William. Tune in as we gain insights into the mindset of a champion, the resilience required to overcome setbacks, and the determination to pursue excellence in the face of adversity. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Jordan Williams. You can follow Jordan on Instagram @jordanwilliams17. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners Shimano Shimano have launched an awesome new range of gravity focussed footwear that you can find at mtb.shimano.com. I've been using the highly acclaimed GF8 GTX which is a perfect flat pedal shoe for wet/cold conditions. We Are One Composites We Are One make incredible wheels, it's that simple. If you want some We Are One in your life, then for the month of February, Downtime listeners can get 20% off site wide (excluding bikes and frames) using the code 'DowntimeFebruary2024' at weareonecomposites.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Seb Schieck
81:46 06/02/2024
Breaking Down the Downhill Team Moves: Insights from Alan Milway
Today I’m joined by coach and newly appointed Norco Team Manager, Alan Milway. With years of experience coaching riders both in the gym and trackside at the World Cups, Alan boasts an unparalleled understanding of riders and their craft. We sat down last week to delve into the exciting roster changes for the 2024 downhill season, and trust me, there's plenty to discuss! Alan generously shares his insights on each move, along with some discussion of when and how to advise riders, adding variability to your bike time and much more. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Alan Milway. You can follow Alan on Instagram @alanmilway. You can checkout Alan's awesome gym benches and future products at milwayperformance.com. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Jack Tennyson
97:45 30/01/2024
Talking Tech With OneUp’s Jon Staples – Handlebar and Dropper Design
Today’s episode is supported by OneUp and I'm delighted to be joined by their Chief Technical Officer, Jon Staples. Together, we'll delve into the intricacies of designing OneUp's latest and most innovative products. We'll explore OneUp's unique approach to handlebar design, aiming to alleviate arm pump, and discuss the enhancements made to their already super popular dropper post, for the latest V3 model. Join us for valuable insights into product design and testing from a brand who seem to have mastered the art of elegant design. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with OneUp's Jon Staples. You can see OneUp's entire range over at oneupcomponents.com. You can also find them on Instagram where they are @oneupcomponents. Podcast Stuff Supporting Partners This episode is supported by OneUp Components. You can check out their entire range of dropper posts, handlebars, tools, guides and other awesome gear over at oneupcomponents.com. Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes
55:39 23/01/2024
Jackson Goldstone – An Insane Season of Success
Race seasons don’t get much more exciting than the one Jackson Goldstone had in 2023. This week we’re sitting down with Jackson to delve into the details of what actually went on. From intense rivalries and overcoming appendix issues to how he’s found a winning mindset, our conversation covers it all. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Jackson Goldstone. You can also watch this episode on our YouTube channel here. You can follow Jackson on Instagram @jacksongoldstone or on TikTok @jacksongoldstone1. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Sven Martin
84:14 16/01/2024
The Ultimate MTB Suspension Setup Advice with Jordi Cortes
Welcome to Downtime Goes Downhill, a podcast mini-series that’s followed our journey in downhill racing, as well as chatting to some of the most knowledgeable experts in the world to help us get faster. Today I’ll be joined by Jordi Cortes from Fox suspension to get the ultimate advice on how to get your bike suspension setup amazingly well for you. Downtime Goes Downhill wouldn’t be happening without the support of some incredible brands. So a massive thanks to Canyon bikes, Fox suspension, Wahoo Fitness, Fox clothing and protection, Maxxis tyres, Magura brakes and We Are One Composites wheels. This is episode nine of Downtime Goes Downhill and I’m joined by Fox’s suspension guru, Jordi Cortes. We’re going to be working through how to get setup, from setting sag, to deciding if you need to add or remove volume spacers, to what all the different adjusters do and how you should use them. We also chat about changes you might want to make to the bike in some common scenarios, such as going riding somewhere much steeper than normal. There’s heaps to learn here and I hope it will help you get your bike suspension setup better. So sit back, hit play and listen to episode nine of Downtime Goes Downhill with Jordi Cortes. You can also watch this episode on YouTube here. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That's less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it's totally free. You'll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Sadie Aldridge
70:25 09/01/2024
Managing Loic Bruni, Finn Iles & Jordan Williams – Laurent Delorme
Today we are kicking off the new year with a great guest, Laurent Delorme, the mastermind behind the Specialized Gravity team featuring the formidable talents of Loic Bruni, Finn Iles, and Jordan Williams. In our conversation, Laurent unveils his journey into team management, providing insights into his path to success while overseeing some of the fastest riders on the planet. Delve into the strategies that Laurent employs to manage a team comprising fiercely competitive riders. Gain an understanding of what qualities he seeks in riders and discover how the element of exclusivity has played a pivotal role in the team's remarkable success. Laurent is the brains behind one of the most successful teams on the circuit and there is a lot to learn. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Laurent Delorme. You can follow the team on Instagram @specializedgravity and on TikTok here. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Seb Schieck
85:18 02/01/2024
What We Learned From a Year of Racing Downhill
Welcome to Downtime Goes Downhill, a podcast mini-series that’s been taking you with us as we have a go at racing downhill at both a regional and national level. Downtime Goes Downhill wouldn’t be happening without the support of some incredible brands. So a massive thanks to Canyon bikes, Fox suspension, Wahoo Fitness, Fox clothing and protection, Maxxis tyres, Magura brakes and We Are One Composites wheels. This is episode eight, where we’ll be sharing what we’ve learned from a year of downhill racing and discussing the hits and misses from the products that we’ve been using. So sit back, hit play and listen to episode seven of Downtime Goes Downhill with me, Ben and Jonny. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That's less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it's totally free. You'll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Sadie Aldridge
86:53 19/12/2023
Noga Korem – Performing in the Face of the Odds
Today, I'm excited to have Noga Korem with us. Now, you're likely aware of the unexpected turn of events earlier this year when Noga was released from her contract with GT Factory Racing. In the spirit of transparency, I want to address that this episode initially included a few more details from Noga's perspective regarding the contract termination. However, due to the legal sensitivity of the matter and the challenge of reconciling differing accounts between both parties, I've made some slight edits. This was done to ensure that only factual information is presented, respecting the complexities of the situation. In this episode we delve into Noga's 2023 season and navigate through the challenges of losing her ride mid-season. Noga shares the inside scoop on crafting her own race program, aptly named 'Team Improvise.' Hear about the incredible moment when Commencal stepped in with a bike, right between practice and race at Pietra Ligure. We also explore the friendship between Noga and the downhill sensation, Vali Höll. Tune in for an inspiring conversation filled with resilience, quick thinking, and the camaraderie that makes the mountain biking community truly special. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Noga Korem. You can follow Noga on Instagram @nogakorem. Listener Offers Misspent Summers - THE YEARBOOKS Misspent Summers awesome yearbooks for DH and Enduro are now available. Downtime listeners can get 10% off those and everything else Misspent Summers until the end of 2023 using the code 'downtime' at the checkout. The perfect Christmas present for you or those special riders in your life. We Are One Composites Downtime listeners get an extra special 20% off of everything at WeAreOne Composites until the end of 2023 by using the code DowntimeDecember2023 at the checkout over on weareonecomposites.com. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally...
71:37 12/12/2023
The Greg Minnaar Story – Santa Cruz Syndicate, Honda and More
In a week where we heard that the GOAT, Greg Minnaar, will be leaving the Santa Cruz Syndicate after an incredible 16-year tenure, it feels fitting to revisit the conversation I had with Greg back in 2019. Given the influx of new subscribers since then and the the fact that this episode was no longer available on the podcast RSS feed, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to re-share our insightful discussion. Picture the scene: in 2019, Greg and I gathered in a cozy pub in Leeds, delving into the rich tapestry of his sporting journey. We navigated through his pivotal moments with Animal Orange, Global Racing, G-Cross Honda, and a substantial portion of his illustrious tenure with the Syndicate. Discover why Greg deemed the Syndicate as the ideal fit for him, explore the evolution of his role within the team over time, and unravel many more fascinating aspects of his extraordinary career. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Greg Minnaar. Supporting Partners Misspent Summers - THE YEARBOOKS Misspent Summers awesome yearbooks for DH and Enduro are now available. Downtime listeners can get 10% off those and everything else Misspent Summers until the end of 2023 using the code 'downtime' at the checkout. The perfect Christmas present for you or those special riders in your life. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool
49:26 06/12/2023
Vero Sandler – DarkFest, Creativity, Building, Meditation and More
Today I’m joined by Vero Sandler. Vero has had an interesting five years since she last appeared on the podcast, moving from downhill racing into the freeride mountain bike world. We chat about her move to Santa Cruz, competing in the X-Games Real MTB series and find out what it’s like to ride at Darkfest. Hear how Vero’s unusual childhood helped shape the creativity that she has today and why some of the best freeriders on the planet will be visiting her backyard next year. Vero also shares details of her recent concussion and how meditation was a key part of her recovery. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Vero Sandler. You can follow Vero on Instagram @veroniquesandler. If you'd like to watch Vero's latest edit 'Maes Movements' it's here. The book that Vero mentioned in the episode is 'The Power of Now' by Eckhart Toll, which is available here. Supporting Partners Misspent Summers - THE YEARBOOKS Misspent Summers awesome yearbooks for DH and Enduro are now available. Downtime listeners can get 10% off those and everything else Misspent Summers until the end of 2023 using the code 'downtime' at the checkout. The perfect Christmas present for you or those special riders in your life. We Are One Composites Downtime listeners get an extra special 20% off of WeAreOne Composites’ awesome Convergence wheelsets and rims until the end of 2023 by using the code DowntimeNovember2023 at the checkout over on weareonecomposites.com. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Sadie Aldridge
80:20 05/12/2023
Tahnée Seagrave – I Can Win Again
Today I’m joined by Tahnée Seagrave. Tahnée has been through a lot over the last few years and we chat about some of those highs and lows. Hear how Tahnée got on at Red Bull Hardline and how she feels about taking part in the new Hardline in Tasmania. We discuss her concussion and recovery as well as her return from racing. Find out how Missy Giove helped Tahnée’s recovery and what it was like being called Nina Hoffmann on live TV. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Tahnée Seagrave. You can follow Tahnée on Instagram @tahneeseagrave. You can find the 'How We Roll' series, following the team, over on the Canyon YouTube channel here. Supporting Partners Misspent Summers - THE YEARBOOKS Misspent Summers awesome yearbooks for DH and Enduro are now available. Downtime listeners can get 10% off those and everything else Misspent Summers until the end of 2023 using the code 'downtime' at the checkout. The perfect Christmas present for you or those special riders in your life. We Are One Composites Downtime listeners get an extra special 20% off of WeAreOne Composites’ awesome Convergence wheelsets and rims until the end of 2023 by using the code DowntimeNovember2023 at the checkout over on weareonecomposites.com. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. We now also have local manufacture for most products in the US as well as the UK. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Boris Beyer
104:02 28/11/2023
Dakotah Norton – The Pace to Win, Bike Setup and More
Today I'm joined by Dakotah Norton. Dakotah had his best season ever in 2023 and had the pace to take wins at multiple venues. Hear Dakotah’s thoughts on this season and his time with Intense. We chat about bike setup, the challenge of training at world cup speeds without taking unnecessary risks, how he’s found a way to enjoy racing and much more. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Dakotah Norton. You can follow Dakotah on Instagram @daknorton and on YouTube here. Supporting Partners Misspent Summers - THE YEARBOOKS Misspent Summers awesome yearbooks for DH and Enduro are now available. Downtime listeners can get 10% off those and everything else Misspent Summers until the end of 2023 using the code 'downtime' at the checkout. The perfect Christmas present for you or those special riders in your life. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nathan Hughes
100:36 21/11/2023
Aaron Gwin Talks Commentary, Injury, 2024 Plans and More
Alright, today I’m joined by Aaron Gwin to catch up on what he’s been up to. Hear about his experience in the commentary booth, why he bought Windrock Bike Park, if he’ll be racing next season and plenty more. There’s some great insight in this episode and I really hope you enjoy listening. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Aaron Gwin. You can follow Aaron on Instagram @aarongwin1 and find Windrock Bike Park @windrockbikepark. Supporting Partners We Are One Composites Downtime listeners get an extra special 20% off of WeAreOne Composites' awesome Convergence wheelsets and rims for the month of November 2023 by using the code DowntimeNovember2023 at the checkout over on weareonecomposites.com. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Nathan Hughes
79:33 14/11/2023
Neko Mulally – Frameworks Is Going on Sale
Today I’m joined by Neko Mulally to talk all things Frameworks. With a limited batch of 100 of the bikes going on sale tomorrow, Neko and I sat down for an in-depth chat about the project. You’ll hear how Neko has taken his experience from racing and translated that into designing and developing the Frameworks downhill bike. Hear who was involved to make this dream a reality. How much will the bikes cost, what specs will be available, how do you get hold of one and heaps of listener questions too. This is a great chance to immerse yourself in two hours of one of the most exciting projects in mountain biking right now. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Neko Mulally. You can get your hands on one of the first 100 frames and join the newsletter over at rideframeworks.com. You can follow the team @frameworksracing and watch their videos here. Supporting Partners We Are One Composites Downtime listeners get an extra special 20% off of WeAreOne Composites' awesome Convergence wheelsets and rims for the month of November 2023 by using the code DowntimeNovember2023 at the checkout over on weareonecomposites.com. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Zach Faulkner
133:38 07/11/2023
Behind the Scenes of the New YT Jeffsy
Today we are going behind the scenes of the development of the new YT Jeffsy mk3 with founder and chief visionary officer, Markus Flossmann and product development manager, Frank Dörr. We chat about what the Jeffsy aims to be and what the challenges were to bring that to life. Hear about the crazy launch videos, how much goes into some of the smaller details of the bike that you’ll probably not notice, why they have carbon and aluminium options and which one you might prefer. We also talk about how the choose the specs, why looks are important and much more. Oh and they turn the tables on me and ask me the final four questions. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Frank Dörr and Markus Flossmann. You can checkout the new Jeffsy over at yt-industries.com. You'll find the launch video here. Also, don't forget that if you want to see and demo the bike, you can either head to your nearest YT Mill or book in to the Rolling Circus demo tour. If you'd rather watch today's episode, then you can do that here. Supporting Partners YT Industries You can checkout the new Jeffsy over at yt-industries.com. Also, don't forget that if you want to see and demo the bike, you can either head to your nearest YT Mill or book in to the Rolling Circus demo tour. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Dan Griffiths
84:36 31/10/2023
The Final Round – Downtime Goes Downhill (Racing) – Episode 7
Welcome to Downtime Goes Downhill, a podcast mini-series that’s taking you with us as we have a go at racing downhill at both a regional and national level as well as chatting to some of the world’s best to help us and you ride bikes down hills faster. Downtime Goes Downhill wouldn’t be happening without the support of some incredible brands. So a massive thanks to Canyon bikes, Fox suspension, Wahoo Fitness, Fox clothing and protection, Maxxis tyres, Magura brakes and We Are One Composites wheels. This is episode seven, which covers our last race of the season at the final round of the Pearce series in Hopton. Hear about our less than great preparation, find out why I’ve not been riding bikes very much lately and hear about the progress that Ben and Jonny have made over the season. So sit back, hit play and listen to episode seven of Downtime Goes Downhill with me, Ben and Jonny. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That's less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it's totally free. You'll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Sadie Aldridge
63:21 26/10/2023
Better Human, Better Bike Rider
Today, I’m joined by Strength Factory head coach, Ben Plenge. Ben firmly believes that being a better human will lead to you being a better bike rider. We discuss how taking a simple approach of being 1% better each day can lead to building positive habits that when done consistently will help you improve both physically and mentally and ultimately lead to you being a better rider and having more fun on your bike. Ben offers thoughts on what sort of things you should be trying to do, how you might find the time to do them and provides some top tips to help you embed these positive behaviours into your life. So, it’s time to sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Ben Plenge. You can find Ben on Instagram @strengthfactory_coach and watch his helpful videos over on his YouTube channel here. You can join Ben's newsletter here and calculate your zone 2 heart rate here. For all the information on Ben's programmes, head over to his website thestrengthfactory.uk. To get 30% off his super popular 'Over 40s MTB' programme, use the code DOWNTIMEPODCAST40 at the checkout. For 30% off the 'Foundation' programme, use the code DOWNTIMEPODCAST at the checkout. To get a 50% off your first month (after your free trial) of the 'Complete MTB' programme, use the code DOWNTIMETRAIL at the checkout. You can also use this same code to get an awesome 20% off an annual subscription to the 'Complete MTB' programme. All these codes are valid until 7th November 2023. Supporting Partners Strength Factory The Strength Factory is run by mountain bikers for mountain bikers and has all your training needs covered. Checkout the above programmes and discount codes for Downtime listeners, which are available until 7th November 2023. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That’s less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Downtime EP Downtime EP issue 3 is now available here. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast. It expands on them, and takes them into a stunning print-only format. EP is the perfect companion for some quiet time away from the distractions of modern life. Beautiful to have and hold, and a timeless piece of mountain bike history. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £25 plus postage or you can purchase EP1, EP2 or EP3 on their own too. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it’s totally free. You’ll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there.
83:05 24/10/2023
Perfect Your Process to Improve Your Performance
Welcome to Downtime Goes Downhill, a podcast mini-series that’s taking you with us as we have a go at racing downhill at both a regional and national level and in this episode, bringing you advice from some of the best in the world to help us and you, to perform better. This time by perfecting your process. Downtime Goes Downhill wouldn’t be happening without the support of some incredible brands. So a massive thanks to Canyon bikes, Fox suspension, Wahoo Fitness, Fox clothing and protection, Maxxis tyres, Magura brakes and We Are One Composites wheels. This is episode six, the first of our episodes where we’re chatting to the world’s best to find out how we can perform better. Today we’re joined by owner of True Performance and coach to the MS Mondraker team, Olly Morris. Olly is going to help us to optimise our race week process. What should we be doing in the week running up to the race? How should we be approaching track walk and practice? What does it take to lay down your best possible race run and plenty more. This is focussed on downhill but will also help for any kind of mountain bike racing, so sit back, hit play and listen to episode six of Downtime Goes Downhill with Olly Morris. Podcast Stuff Patreon I would love it if you were able to support the podcast via a regular Patreon donation. Donations start from as little as £3 per month. That's less than £1 per episode and less than the price of a take away coffee. Every little counts and these donations will really help me keep the podcast going and hopefully take it to the next level. To help out, head here. Merch If you want to support the podcast, and represent, then my webstore is the place to head. 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. Newsletter If you want a bit more Downtime in your life, then you can join my newsletter where I’ll provide you with a bit of behind the scenes info on the podcast, interesting bits and pieces from around the mountain bike world, some mini-reviews of products that I’ve been using and like, partner offers and more. You can do that over at downtimepodcast.com/newsletter. Follow Us Give us a follow on Instagram @downtimepodcast or Facebook @downtimepodcast to keep up to date and chat in the comments. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to follow it. Episodes will get delivered to your device as soon as it’s available and it's totally free. You'll find all the links you need at downtimepodcast.com/follow. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo - Sadie Aldridge
72:16 17/10/2023

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