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On the Downtime Podcast, we speak to athletes, trainers, mechanics, brands and many others, to take us behind the scenes of the world of downhill and enduro mountain biking, inspire you and give you some hints and tips to help you improve your own MTB riding. Give it a listen and we're confident you'll find something to help you go faster and have more fun on your mountain bike! Don't forget to subscribe, give us a review, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with new episodes.

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On the Downtime Podcast, we speak to athletes, trainers, mechanics, brands and many others, to take us behind the scenes of the world of downhill and enduro mountain biking, inspire you and give you some hints and tips to help you improve your own MTB riding. Give it a listen and we're confident you'll find something to help you go faster and have more fun on your mountain bike! Don't forget to subscribe, give us a review, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with new episodes.

    20 Years of World Cup Racing With Mathieu Dupelle

    20 Years of World Cup Racing With Mathieu Dupelle

    This week I’m joined by Mathieu Dupelle. Next year will mark Mathieu’s 20th year on the mountain bike World Cup scene, working with some of the best riders on the planet. We sat down to chat about Mathieu’s time with the Syndicate, looking after riders like Steve Peat and Nathan Rennie. We cover his time with the late great Stevie Smith, and the last 10 years that he’s been working with Connor Fearon at Kona. Mathieu has some great stories from back in the day, and some awesome insight into the sport. What goes on in team manager meetings? What does it take to do well at an EWS these days? We chat about all that and plenty more. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Mathieu Dupelle.







    You can find Mathieu on Instagram @dupelle. Connor's Instagram is @connorahoyhoy and Miranda's is @mirandamillermtb.







    Also if you want to check out their race team work, then head to @join.the.union.







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    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have just launched their Autumn/Winter clothing range. There are merino tops and socks, a waterproof jacket, a soft shell jacket and some nice warm gloves. I've been using all of it as the seasons change here in the UK and I've been really impressed.







    For a chance to win one of their awesome lightweight, waterproof, breathable Blackline jackets, plus some Sam Hill signature grips and pedals, all you need to do is to answer an easy question over at downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof before 9th December. One lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Nukeproof team.







    We Are One Composites







    This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride.







    They’ve got a whole line up of products, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener, they are offering you 15% off rim-only products during August. All you need to do is enter the code ‘wesupply2021‘ at the checkout.







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    • 2 hrs 5 min
    This is Peaty, Gamble and Much More With Joe Bowman

    This is Peaty, Gamble and Much More With Joe Bowman

    Joe Bowman is the man behind This is Peaty, Gamble, the Syndicate team videos and tonnes more creative work throughout the industry. We sat down to chat about how Joe found his was into the mountain bike video world, how Steel City Media has grown and where it’s all heading. We also chat about his decision to put together a world cup race team with the Union, find out how that went in 2021 and their plans for more in 2022. Joe is one of the driving forces behind the media that we see, and is someone who clearly loves and cares for our sport. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Joe Bowman.







    You can find them on Instagram @steelcitymedia and their YouTube channel is here.







    Also if you want to check out their race team work, then head to @join.the.union.







    Supporting Partners







    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have just launched their Autumn/Winter clothing range. There are merino tops and socks, a waterproof jacket, a soft shell jacket and some nice warm gloves. I've been using all of it as the seasons change here in the UK and I've been really impressed.







    For a chance to win one of their awesome lightweight, waterproof, breathable Blackline jackets, plus some Sam Hill signature grips and pedals, all you need to do is to answer an easy question over at downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof before 9th December. One lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Nukeproof team.







    We Are One Composites







    This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride.







    They’ve got a whole line up of products, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener, they are offering you 15% off rim-only products during August. All you need to do is enter the code ‘wesupply2021‘ at the checkout.







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    Downtime EP issue 1 is now available at downtimepodcast.com/ep. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast, expands on them,

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Greg Minnaar’s Mechanic – Lyle Hyslop

    Greg Minnaar’s Mechanic – Lyle Hyslop

    Lyle Hyslop is mechanic to the most successful downhill mountain biker of all time, Greg Minnaar. Lyle took over as Greg’s mechanic in 2020, where they took a race victory in their first season together and backed that up with a World Champs gold medal this summer. We sat down to find out about Lyle’s background, his time in Morzine and how he became Greg’s mechanic. Lyle shares some great insight into Greg’s setup and processes. We chat about their findings from testing a mullet, hear about the modification that Lyle made to Greg’s bike for World Champs (that even Greg doesn’t know about) and much more. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Lyle Hyslop.







    You can follow Lyle on Instagram @lylehyslop or check out his work over on the Syndicate YouTube here.







    Supporting Partners







    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have just launched their Autumn/Winter clothing range. There are merino tops and socks, a waterproof jacket, a soft shell jacket and some nice warm gloves. I've been using all of it as the seasons change here in the UK and I've been really impressed.







    For a chance to win one of their awesome lightweight, waterproof, breathable Blackline jackets, plus some Sam Hill signature grips and pedals, all you need to do is to answer an easy question over at downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof before 9th December. One lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Nukeproof team.







    We Are One Composites







    This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride.







    They’ve got a whole line up of products, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener, they are offering you 15% off rim-only products during August. All you need to do is enter the code ‘wesupply2021‘ at the checkout.







    Podcast Stuff







    Downtime EP







    Downtime EP issue 1 is now available at downtimepodcast.com/ep. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast, 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.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Emilie Siegenthaler – A Career Retrospective

    Emilie Siegenthaler – A Career Retrospective

    This week I’m joined by Emilie Siegenthaler. Emilie has recently announced her retirement from World Cup downhill racing, after being a big part of the scene for a long time. We chat about Emilie’s roots in XC racing and the illness that cut her XC career short. Find out how Emilie, who has a degree in psychology, has dealt with the nerves and pressure of racing. We chat about the women’s scene, salaries and plenty more, as well as finding out what Emilie plans to do next. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Emilie Siegenthaler.







    You can follow Emilie on Instagram @emi_fatima.







    Supporting Partners







    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have just launched their Autumn/Winter clothing range. There are merino tops and socks, a waterproof jacket, a soft shell jacket and some nice warm gloves. I've been using all of it as the seasons change here in the UK and I've been really impressed.







    For a chance to win one of their awesome lightweight, waterproof, breathable Blackline jackets, plus some Sam Hill signature grips and pedals, all you need to do is to answer an easy question over at downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof before 9th December. One lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Nukeproof team.







    We Are One Composites







    This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride.







    They’ve got a whole line up of products, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener, they are offering you 15% off rim-only products during August. All you need to do is enter the code ‘wesupply2021‘ at the checkout.







    Podcast Stuff







    Downtime EP







    Downtime EP issue 1 is now available at downtimepodcast.com/ep. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast, 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.







    A Downtime EP subscription is the perfect Christmas gift for your partner who rides, your riding buddies, or a nice little treat for yourself. Just head over to a href="https://misspentsummersshop.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Mountain Bike Fitness for the Everyday Rider

    Mountain Bike Fitness for the Everyday Rider

    Let’s face it, we all love riding, but life can easily get in the way, so finding time to ride and especially finding time to train can be tricky. Also the stresses of life can leave us with limited reserves to get training and riding done. This can leave our mountain bike fitness lacking. As a business owner and father of two, Ben Plenge from The Strength Factory totally gets this and wants to help us everyday riders find a way to improve their riding in a sensible safe and achievable manner, while also improving themselves as humans as the same time.







    In this episode, we talk about the concept of a stress bucket and how we can control how full it gets. Find out how much easier it is to maintain than it is to gain, and also how consistency really is key. Sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with The Strength Factory's Ben Plenge.







    Ben has just launched his new 'Over 40's MTB Programme' which is perfect for the everyday rider. As a Downtime listener, you can save 25% off the price until 9th November by using the code 'downtime40' at the checkout over on thestrengthfactory.uk. What's more, from all of you who sign up using the code, one of you will be selected at random to win two 1 hour coaching sessions with Ben to help you meet your goals.







    You can find out more about Ben and The Strength Factory either by heading to thestrengthfactory.uk or checking them out on Instagram @strengthfactory_coach.







    Supporting Partners







    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have just launched their Autumn/Winter clothing range. There are merino tops and socks, a waterproof jacket, a soft shell jacket and some nice warm gloves. I've been using all of it as the seasons change here in the UK and I've been really impressed.







    For a chance to win one of their awesome lightweight, waterproof, breathable Blackline jackets, plus some Sam Hill signature grips and pedals, all you need to do is to answer an easy question over at downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof before 9th December. One lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Nukeproof team.







    We Are One Composites







    This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride.







    They’ve got a whole line up of products,

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Which Wheel Size Is Best for You?

    Which Wheel Size Is Best for You?

    Mullet vs 29 vs 27.5 is a big choice for many riders. In this episode we use Canyon's Spectral, their 150mm do-it-all trail bike, to dig in to the decision and put some real rider feel and data behind it. We took the Spectral CF8 in each of the wheel size options and put them to work under an ex-elite DH racer, an average rider (me) and a less experienced rider to see how they felt and how they performed against the clock. Tune in to hear our thoughts from this two day test. Day one was spent assessing ride feel across multiple tracks and day two was focussed purely on timing on one specific track. This was a really interesting experiment and if you're puzzling over which wheel size is right for you, then hopefully it helps in some way. Sit back, hit play and listen to this episode where we delve into the details of mountain bike wheel size.







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    Canyon







    Canyon have just launched a full family of their 150mm do-it-all trail bike, the Spectral. It is now available in 27.5, 29 or Mullet setup, and you have a choice of an aluminium, carbon or CFR carbon frame. I've spent the last month on the 29er version and found it a great bike that's easy to get up to speed on, puts a big grin on your face and is super easy to look after. Everyone involved in the testing had a great time on the bikes, and it really is fair to say that we'd all have been happy to walk away from the day with any of the three bikes we had on test.







    As a Downtime listener, with the promo code ONEFAMILY-ANYTRAIL-21 you'll get a free bike guard to Spectral AL, CF, Young Hero, Mullet and CFR orders (excl. Spectral:ON models and outlet bikes). Head over to canyon.com now and check them out.







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    This voucher code is valid online between 26 October 2021, 00:01 CET and 16 November 2021, 23:59 CET. The code applies a free Bike Guard to Spectral AL, CF, Young Hero, Mullet and CFR bikes and framesets. It cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other discount code and excludes Factory Outlet bikes and framesets. The code cannot be applied retroactively and is available only on products available at the time of purchase. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Resale is prohibited. The code can only be used once per customer.







    Podcast Stuff







    Downtime EP







    Downtime EP issue 1 is now available at downtimepodcast.com/ep. EP takes inspiration from the guests and topics of the podcast, 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.







    What’s even better is that there are going to be two issues a year, and you can subscribe now. Just head over to downtimepodcast.com/ep and you’ll be able to save yourself £5 off of the cover price with an annual subscription for just £20 plus postage. You've got until 17th October if you want EP issue 1 to be part of your subscription, so don't hang about.







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    My 2021 Spring/Summer merch is here, including our first ever recycled t-shirts. If you want to support the podcast,

    • 1 hr 31 min

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