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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.

Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast Downtime MTB

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    • 4.9 • 299 Ratings

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.

    Brake Technology – Behind the Scenes At Magura

    Brake Technology – Behind the Scenes At Magura

    In today's episode we are going behind the scenes at Magura and finding out a bit more about the company and what they are up to. Hear about how they began their relationship with Loic Bruni and how they worked together on the design of his brake lever. We also chat about their work with Danny Macaskill and Danny Hart too. Find out about the thinking behind some of their design choices, like why they only make organic pads and why bigger discs aren’t always better. Find out why Magura think that one brake doesn’t suit everyone and how they solve that with numerous options for performance, ergonomics and aesthetics. They also offer some tips on how to keep your brakes functioning at their best. It’s clear that Magura think a little differently than other brake manufacturers and it was really interesting to find out more. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Dominik and Tibor from Magura.







    You can find out more about Magura over at magura.com. Head to their YouTube Channel for lots of in-depth info and give them a follow on Instagram @magura_bicycle.







    To be in with a chance to win your very own set of MT7 Pros and heaps of customisation option, just head to this post on Instagram and follow the instructions before the end of February 2022.







    Supporting Partners







    Cotic







    I've been riding and loving Cotic for a long time, but they aren't just great bikes, they are a great company too. Cotic really are focussed on doing what they can for our sport and our planet. They have made me feel like part of the family and they take that same approach with all their customers.







    That customer focus has been really clear during the pandemic. With parts in short supply, Cotic will do everything they can to help you. They offer rolling chassis builds so you can swap over good parts that you have on your current bike. You can even send them parts you’ve sourced and they will build them onto your new bike for you. It really is your bike, built for you. Give them a call and you’ll get to speak to an actual human who will help you through the process of getting your dream build ready to go. The UK manufacturing of their suspension bikes also means that they often have stock when others don’t.







    You can check out all that they have to offer by heading over to cotic.co.uk 







    If you're interested in joining Cotic's Women of Steel then you can find the group on Facebook here.







    Strength Factory







    January is a month where tonnes of people are thinking about being fitter, getting leaner, and getting quicker on their bike as a result. Unfortunately, most people bite off more than they can chew and don’t stick with it. But with the Strength Factory’s Over 40s MTB ...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    World Cup Racing On a Budget – Joe Nation

    World Cup Racing On a Budget – Joe Nation

    Joe Nation is a mountain bike racer who’s done things differently. Joe set off from New Zealand on an overseas adventure to race the World Cups, which involved spending the season living in the woods in Morzine on a budget of 1.5 Euro a day. After heading back home to go to uni, Joe discovered enduro and straight away was hooked. Ultimately picking up a ride with a pro-team, his path has not been straight forward. We chat about Joe’s approach to racing and how that’s changed over the years. Hear how Joe made the move to enduro and what it’s been like riding for Pole. Joe’s story shows what can be done if you’ve got the drive and determination and aren’t afraid to rough it a little. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Joe Nation.







    You can follow Joe on Instagram @joenation1.







    Supporting Partners







    Cotic







    I've been riding and loving Cotic for a long time, but they aren't just great bikes, they are a great company too. Cotic really are focussed on doing what they can for our sport and our planet. They have made me feel like part of the family and they take that same approach with all their customers.







    That customer focus has been really clear during the pandemic. With parts in short supply, Cotic will do everything they can to help you. They offer rolling chassis builds so you can swap over good parts that you have on your current bike. You can even send them parts you’ve sourced and they will build them onto your new bike for you. It really is your bike, built for you. Give them a call and you’ll get to speak to an actual human who will help you through the process of getting your dream build ready to go. The UK manufacturing of their suspension bikes also means that they often have stock when others don’t.







    You can check out all that they have to offer by heading over to cotic.co.uk 







    Strength Factory







    January is a month where tonnes of people are thinking about being fitter, getting leaner, and getting quicker on their bike as a result. Unfortunately, most people bite off more than they can chew and don’t stick with it. But with the Strength Factory’s Over 40s MTB programme it’s not some crazy plan that promises abs in two weeks, this is an achievable 20-week plan for everyone. Designed to fit around the ups and downs that life throws at us, so that you can stick at it, be consistent and see and feel yourself improve.







    The programme is written so that you can do it in a gym, but you can also do it at home with just a few resistance bands, so whatever life or covid gives us in 2022, you can keep going and be in the best possible condition when the dry trails return.







    If you've got a bit more time and energy and want more, then they've got you covered with their Complete MTB programme.







    So if you want to be better this year, then head over to thestrengthfact...

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Katy Winton – The Hard Work Pays Off

    Katy Winton – The Hard Work Pays Off

    After being left without a pro-team ride for 2021, Katy Winton went all in on creating her own programme. We sat down to find out how that panned out over the 2021 season. As we’ve come to expect from Katy, this is an open and honest conversation about the ups and downs of the experience she’s had. We chat about the psychological element of the huge changes that Katy experienced and how she has dealt with it. Hear about the reality of the workload involved in managing a team, training and racing at a high level on the world stage and the impact that had on Katy’s physical and mental health.







    This story has a happy ending, with Katy picking up a ride with GT Factory Racing for 2022, and we talk about how that came together and Katy’s thoughts on that programme and what 2022 has to offer. I personally find the grit and determination involved here, as well as the thought, the processes and the support that have made it possible, pretty amazing and I hope you do too, so sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Katy Winton.







    You can follow Katy on Instagram @misswinton.







    Supporting Partners







    Cotic







    I've been riding and loving Cotic for a long time, but they aren't just great bikes, they are a great company too. Cotic really are focussed on doing what they can for our sport and our planet. They have made me feel like part of the family and they take that same approach with all their customers.







    That customer focus has been really clear during the pandemic. With parts in short supply, Cotic will do everything they can to help you. They offer rolling chassis builds so you can swap over good parts that you have on your current bike. You can even send them parts you’ve sourced and they will build them onto your new bike for you. It really is your bike, built for you. Give them a call and you’ll get to speak to an actual human who will help you through the process of getting your dream build ready to go. The UK manufacturing of their suspension bikes also means that they often have stock when others don’t.







    You can check out all that they have to offer by heading over to cotic.co.uk 







    Strength Factory







    January is a month where tonnes of people are thinking about being fitter, getting leaner, and getting quicker on their bike as a result. Unfortunately, most people bite off more than they can chew and don’t stick with it. But with the Strength Factory’s Over 40s MTB programme it’s not some crazy plan that promises abs in two weeks, this is an achievable 20-week plan for everyone. Designed to fit around the ups and downs that life throws at us, so that you can stick at it, be consistent and see and feel yourself improve.







    The programme is written so that you can do it in a gym, but you can also do it at home with just a few resistance bands, so whatever life or covid gives us in 2022, you can keep going and be in the best possible condition when the dry trails return.







    So if you want to be better this year, then head over to a href="https://thestrengthfactory.uk/programmes/the-over-40s-mtb-programme/" target="_bla...

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Ben Cathro – The Return to Racing

    Ben Cathro – The Return to Racing

    Today I’m catching up with Ben Cathro. In 2021 Ben made his return to World Cup mountain bike racing and did an awesome job by qualifying and taking some great results at the final round in Snowshoe. We find out about his season and get his thoughts on some of the other goings on, both on and off track. Hear about his ‘How to Bike’ video series and his plans for the Pinkbike World Cup race team. Find out what it was like beating Reece Wilson and hear Ben’s thoughts on the health of our sport. Ben always has some great insight, so sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Ben Cathro.







    You can follow Ben on Instagram @ben_cathro.







    Supporting Partners







    Cotic







    I've been riding and loving Cotic for a long time, but they aren't just great bikes, they are a great company too. Cotic really are focussed on doing what they can for our sport and our planet. They have made me feel like part of the family and they take that same approach with all their customers.







    That customer focus has been really clear during the pandemic. With parts in short supply, Cotic will do everything they can to help you. They offer rolling chassis builds so you can swap over good parts that you have on your current bike. You can even send them parts you’ve sourced and they will build them onto your new bike for you. It really is your bike, built for you. Give them a call and you’ll get to speak to an actual human who will help you through the process of getting your dream build ready to go. The UK manufacturing of their suspension bikes also means that they often have stock when others don’t.







    You can check out all that they have to offer by heading over to cotic.co.uk 







    Strength Factory







    January is a month where tonnes of people are thinking about being fitter, getting leaner, and getting quicker on their bike as a result. Unfortunately, most people bite off more than they can chew and don’t stick with it. But with the Strength Factory’s Over 40s MTB programme it’s not some crazy plan that promises abs in two weeks, this is an achievable 20-week plan for everyone. Designed to fit around the ups and downs that life throws at us, so that you can stick at it, be consistent and see and feel yourself improve.







    The programme is written so that you can do it in a gym, but you can also do it at home with just a few resistance bands, so whatever life or covid gives us in 2022, you can keep going and be in the best possible condition when the dry trails return.







    So if you want to be better this year, then head over to thestrengthfactory.uk now and check it out







    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.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Neko Mulally Talks About Building His Own Bike and Race Team

    Neko Mulally Talks About Building His Own Bike and Race Team

    When Neko Mulally got in touch to tell me that he was designing his own bike and putting his own programme together for 2022, I couldn’t have been more excited for him. Neko has already build two bike parks, put together a race series and done heaps for US mountain biking in general, so you can bet that he’s going all in on this one too.







    We sat down to find out where the idea came from, what drove him to do it and what it takes to pull all this together. Find out how much a World Cup season costs and what Neko felt he needed around him in order to perform. We chat about how Neko approached designing the bike and getting it built, as well as finding out when we might be able to buy one. Hear Neko's thoughts on the first rides on the new bike too. We’ll be catching up with Neko throughout the year during our World Cup shows, but I hope that this chat whets your appetite for what Neko is up to and for DH racing in general. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Neko Mulally.







    You can follow Neko on Instagram @nekomullaly and find his YouTube channel here.







    Supporting Partners







    Cotic







    I've been riding and loving Cotic for a long time, but they aren't just great bikes, they are a great company too. Cotic really are focussed on doing what they can for our sport and our planet. They have made me feel like part of the family and they take that same approach with all their customers.







    That customer focus has been really clear during the pandemic. With parts in short supply, Cotic will do everything they can to help you. They offer rolling chassis builds so you can swap over good parts that you have on your current bike. You can even send them parts you’ve sourced and they will build them onto your new bike for you. It really is your bike, built for you. Give them a call and you’ll get to speak to an actual human who will help you through the process of getting your dream build ready to go. The UK manufacturing of their suspension bikes also means that they often have stock when others don’t.







    You can check out all that they have to offer by heading over to cotic.co.uk 







    Strength Factory







    January is a month where tonnes of people are thinking about being fitter, getting leaner, and getting quicker on their bike as a result. Unfortunately, most people bite off more than they can chew and don’t stick with it. But with the Strength Factory’s Over 40s MTB programme it’s not some crazy plan that promises abs in two weeks, this is an achievable 20-week plan for everyone. Designed to fit around the ups and downs that life throws at us, so that you can stick at it, be consistent and see and feel yourself improve.







    The programme is written so that you can do it in a gym, but you can also do it at home with just a few resistance bands, so whatever life or covid gives us in 2022, you can keep going and be in the best possible condition when the dry trails return.







    So if you want to be better this year,

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Danny Hart and Adam Brayton – 2021 Season Catch-Up

    Danny Hart and Adam Brayton – 2021 Season Catch-Up

    This week I’m joined by Adam Brayton and Danny Hart. If you’ve seen any of Adam’s Vlogs this year, you’ll know that Adam and Danny have been spending a lot of time riding, training and hanging out together, so I thought it would be fun to get them together for a chat. We find out more about Danny’s move to Cube and Adam’s Provateer programme. Hear how both their 2021 seasons went and what it takes to get a World Cup podium these days. As well as chatting about some of their slightly competitive on the bike training. This episode is a bit different from the norm and it was a lot of fun having these two guys together. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Adam Brayton and Danny Hart.







    You can find Adam's VLog here. Danny's YouTube channel is here.







    You can follow Adam on Instagram @adbrayton and Danny @dannyhart1.







    Supporting Partners







    earSHOTS







    EarSHOTS Bluetooth headphones have you covered for staying motivated while you train.  Their patented Magnetic ear clip solves the problem of earphones falling out or constantly dislodging and moving in your ear, so you can train without distraction. When riders like Wyn Masters and Sam Blenkinsop are using them, you know they must be good.







    I have had a set of earSHOTS for nearly a year and I’ve been really impressed. I’ve tried them with a couple of different helmets, over a mixture of terrain including some pretty rough rocky stuff and they really do stay in place.







    So if you’re looking for a set of headphones so you can smash out some podcasts while you’re riding, or for some banging tunes to keep you motivated while training, earSHOTS have got you covered. You can find out more over at earshots.com.







    To be in with a chance to win your own pair, head to downtimepodcast.com/earshots and enter your details now. You’ve got until midnight on 4th January 2022 to enter.







    Canyon







    Canyon have just launched a full family of their 150mm big hitting Torque. It is now available in 27.5, 29 or Mullet setup, and you have a choice of an aluminium or carbon or frame. Canyon put themselves in the shoes of riders who are heading to Whistler or Queenstown for a season and need one bike to smash out bike park laps, ride gnarly off piste trails, but also enable them to pedal out into the backcountry without it feeling like a tank when the trail points uphill. And you can fit a bottle cage on it too!!







    As a Downtime listener, with the promo code ALL-FEATURES-UNLOCKED-21 you’ll get a free bike guard to Torque AL and CF orders. Head over to a href="https://www.canyon.

    • 1 hr 22 min

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299 Ratings

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Downtime Deliver the Deets

I’ve been listening to Chris since episode 1 and while I may have missed a few episodes I’ve enjoyed listening for the last few years.

The last few DH seasons he’s brought the Post Race Shows and Neko and Eliot are the best co presenters for this

Well done Chris, keep on podding dude!

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Racers insight

Brilliant podcast its awesome having female races on your show. You have a great balance between all your episodes. Keep up the great work 👌👌

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Chris's pods are always fascinating and such a cool mix of subjects, race coverage, product and tech talks as well as interviews which have a really personal feel to them.

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