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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

    • Wilderness
    • 4.9 • 276 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.

    Downhill Racing, Past, Present and Future With Craig ‘Stikman’ Glaspell

    Downhill Racing, Past, Present and Future With Craig ‘Stikman’ Glaspell

    If you cut Craig ‘Stikman’ Glaspell then he’d bleed downhill racing. He’s been there from the very start. With an early race career inspired by none other than John Tomac, through his time as a world cup mechanic, journalist, photographer and presenter, all the way to his role today as Global Brand Director for Bike with Troy Lee Designs. We chat about his history with downhill racing and hear how things have changed over the years. How are brands thinking about marketing today, how is that impacting racers, how have expectations changed and what does that mean for the future of the sport. I found it really interesting chatting with someone who’s been so deeply involved in the sport for so long and I hope you enjoy it too. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with Craig 'Stikman' Glaspell.







    You can follow Craig on Instagram @therealstikman and you can check out Troy Lee Designs by heading to troyleedesigns.com.







    Supporting Partners







    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 April. All you need to do is enter the code ‘wesupply2021‘ at the checkout.







    Freewheel.co.uk







    Freewheel.co.uk is a new cycling website that brings loads of your favourite cycling brands together but all the sales are supported by your chosen local bike shop, so small businesses get a percentage kick-back from every single sale. In an age where large e-retailers dominate the market, Freewheel is here to support over 400 local bike shops that make up the Freewheel Union.







    It essentially brings together the convenience of ordering online while at the same time supporting local bike shops across the country. Head to Freewheel.co.uk right now and sign-up to their mailing list (signup is at the bottom of their homepage) to get 15% off your first order.







    Podcast Stuff







    2021 Spring/Summer merch is here, including our first ever recycled t-shirts. 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.







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    • 1 hr 42 min
    The Challenge of Trail Access – With IMBA Europe President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt

    The Challenge of Trail Access – With IMBA Europe President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt

    Today I'm joined by IMBA Europe's President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt. Our trails are seeing more use than ever right now, and there are definitely some issues coming to the surface. So, it feels like an important topic for me to cover. We sat down to talk about the current state of trail access, user conflict and the challenges that we face. Thomas provides some things to consider when we are building trails and using the outdoors. He talks about the importance of getting organised, and gives some examples of areas where this has worked and led to great results. This is an area where we can all help to improve the situation. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with IMBA Europe's President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt.







    Useful Resources







    IMBA Europe website www.imba-europe.org, IMBA Facebook @IMBA.Europe, IMBA Europe Instagram @imba_europe, IMBA US website www.imba.com.







    IMBA trail building book - here







    SEE project - here







    Take Care of Your Trails - here







    Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBINS) - here







    Trash Free Trails - here







    Ride Sheffield - here







    Open MTB (UK advocacy group) - here







    Supporting Partners







    Crankbrothers







    Crankbrothers have just launched their new range of shoes. I've been testing the Boa version of the clip and the flat shoe, and I'm really impressed. They are super comfy straight out of the box, and have some lovely design details. Like rubber dots in the heel cup to stop your heel from lifting. The sole on the flat pedal shoe is a great balance of pedal grip and the ability to adjust the position of your foot on the pedal. The sole on the clip shoe has transformed my clipped-in riding experience. It's way easier to clip in and out with the Crankbrothers shoes. This means that I feel way more confident on the trails. You can check out the entire Crankbrothers shoe range at crankbrothers.com, and find your local dealer here.







    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have recently announced that Sam Hill and the rest of the a href="https://team.chainreactioncycles.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Inside Öhlins, With MTB Racing Team Leader, TJ Hansen

    Inside Öhlins, With MTB Racing Team Leader, TJ Hansen

    Today we’re going behind the scenes at Öhlins with their MTB racing team leader, TJ Hansen. We get a bit of history on Öhlins and their background in motorsport. Then chat about their entry into the mountain bike world and the work they do with the Specialized Gravity Team. We discuss the trend for faster rebound speeds and the challenge of making a product that’s technically awesome and capable at the highest level, but still great for us regular riders. We also get TJ’s thoughts on the future of mountain bike suspension and of course some setup tips from the man himself. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with TJ Hansen.







    Supporting Partners







    Öhlins







    To find out more about the Öhlins range of MTB suspension, head to ohlins.com. You can also find great information on how to select and set up your Öhlins product specifically for your bike by using their Performance Suspension Guide. They also have a YouTube channel with plenty of useful videos here.







    Crankbrothers







    Crankbrothers have just launched their new range of shoes. I've been testing the Boa version of the clip and the flat shoe, and I'm really impressed. They are super comfy straight out of the box, and have some lovely design details. Like rubber dots in the heel cup to stop your heel from lifting. The sole on the flat pedal shoe is a great balance of pedal grip and the ability to adjust the position of your foot on the pedal. The sole on the clip shoe has transformed my clipped-in riding experience. It's way easier to clip in and out with the Crankbrothers shoes. This means that I feel way more confident on the trails. You can check out the entire Crankbrothers shoe range at crankbrothers.com, and find your local dealer here.







    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have recently announced that Sam Hill and the rest of the Team Chain Reaction Cycles will be running their Horizon V2 wheels for the 2021 Enduro World Series. The Horizon V2 combines some great technology to make wheels that are robust, easy to find parts for and tough. They can be bought individually so you can choose your set up of wheel size, width, freehub, axle etc. You can check them out at your local Nukeproof dealer or at nukeproof.com.







    To be in with the chance of winning your own pair, just head to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and join their mailing list before 1st April 2021. No spam, just a weekly email to keep you up to date with what Nukeproof and the team are up to. Worth it for the Sam Hill videos alone!

    • 1 hr
    Tracy Moseley Talks Racing, Being a Parent and More…

    Tracy Moseley Talks Racing, Being a Parent and More…

    Tracy Moseley was one of my first guests nearly 4 years ago now, and a lot has changed since then. We chat about Tracy’s current role supporting the athletes on the Trek Factory Racing programmes. Hear her thoughts about the importance of team fit and culture, as well as what she’s doing about that with Trek. We talk about her pregnancy, being a parent and getting your child into riding. Tracy also talks about her return to racing at the EWS e-series, and how she’s approached getting fit for that with the limited free time that being a parent delivers. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with Tracy Moseley.







    You can follow Tracy on Instagram @tracy_moseley and Facebook @tracymoseleyuk.







    Supporting Partners







    Crankbrothers







    Crankbrothers have just launched their new range of shoes. I've been testing the Boa version of the clip and the flat shoe, and I'm really impressed. They are super comfy straight out of the box, and have some lovely design details. Like rubber dots in the heel cup to stop your heel from lifting. The sole on the flat pedal shoe is a great balance of pedal grip and the ability to adjust the position of your foot on the pedal. The sole on the clip shoe has transformed my clipped-in riding experience. It's way easier to clip in and out with the Crankbrothers shoes. This means that I feel way more confident on the trails. You can check out the entire Crankbrothers shoe range at crankbrothers.com, and find your local dealer here.







    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have recently announced that Sam Hill and the rest of the Team Chain Reaction Cycles will be running their Horizon V2 wheels for the 2021 Enduro World Series. The Horizon V2 combines some great technology to make wheels that are robust, easy to find parts for and tough. They can be bought individually so you can choose your set up of wheel size, width, freehub, axle etc. You can check them out at your local Nukeproof dealer or at nukeproof.com.







    To be in with the chance of winning your own pair, just head to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and join their mailing list before 1st April 2021. No spam, just a weekly email to keep you up to date with what Nukeproof and the team are up to. Worth it for the Sam Hill videos alone!







    Podcast Stuff







    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.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Aaron Gwin – Taking the Rough with the Smooth

    Aaron Gwin – Taking the Rough with the Smooth

    I think it’s fair to say that Aaron Gwin has had a rough couple of seasons. A steady stream of injuries and misfortune have kept him away from where he’d like to be, at the very top of the sport. We chat about how he deals with tough times. How he feels about people saying he’s no longer got what it takes and how his approach to racing has changed over time. Can Aaron still beat Greg Minnaar’s all time wins record and when will he retire from downhill? Give this episode a listen to hear the answers from the man himself. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with Aaron Gwin.







    You can follow Aaron on Instagram @aarongwin1 and on YouTube here.







    Supporting Partners







    Crankbrothers







    Crankbrothers have just launched their new range of shoes. I've been testing the Boa version of the clip and the flat shoe, and I'm really impressed. They are super comfy straight out of the box, and have some lovely design details. Like rubber dots in the heel cup to stop your heel from lifting. The sole on the flat pedal shoe is a great balance of pedal grip and the ability to adjust the position of your foot on the pedal. The sole on the clip shoe has transformed my clipped-in riding experience. It's way easier to clip in and out with the Crankbrothers shoes. This means that I feel way more confident on the trails. You can check out the entire Crankbrothers shoe range at crankbrothers.com, and find your local dealer here.







    Nukeproof







    Nukeproof have recently announced that Sam Hill and the rest of the Team Chain Reaction Cycles will be running their Horizon V2 wheels for the 2021 Enduro World Series. The Horizon V2 combines some great technology to make wheels that are robust, easy to find parts for and tough. They can be bought individually so you can choose your set up of wheel size, width, freehub, axle etc. You can check them out at your local Nukeproof dealer or at nukeproof.com.







    To be in with the chance of winning your own pair, just head to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and join their mailing list before 1st April 2021. No spam, just a weekly email to keep you up to date with what Nukeproof and the team are up to. Worth it for the Sam Hill videos alone!







    Podcast Stuff







    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. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit,

    • 1 hr 25 min
    International Women’s Day Special – Industry Insiders

    International Women’s Day Special – Industry Insiders

    As today is International Women's Day, I thought it would be good to chat to some of the awesome women who work in the industry. So today I'm joined by Emily Horridge, who runs a guiding company in the French Alps. Emily also runs a successful YouTube channel helping you to improve your riding. Rachael Wight is the Editor of offroad.cc and a guide for ProRide. She also runs her own coffee roasting business. Katie Wooster has recently joined the Nukeproof marketing team as her first role in the industry. We chat about their careers and experience. Find out what it’s like working in the industry, how they feel out on the trails, and get their thoughts on racing, media, and brands. So hit play and have a listen to this episode with Emily Horridge, Rachael Wight and Katie Wooster.







    Helpful Links







    Emily Horridge - @em_horridge at emilyhorridgemtb.com and on YouTube here.







    Katie Wooster - @katiewooster the Nukeproof YouTube here and join the Nukeproof newsletter here.







    Rachael Wight - @rachael_wight1 at proridemtb.com, off-road.cc and boostcoffeeco.co.uk.







    Facebook Groups







    MTB Chix and Trails, Women's MTB Experience, Women's MTB Events, Ladies Do DH, Dame Cycling, Cycling UK Women in Cycling







    Rad Riders







    @samanthasorian0, @chelseasendsit, @looseridersgirls, @hannahbergemann, @veroniquesandler, @vinnsarmstrong, @louise_anna__, @cj.sellig, a href="https://www.instagram.

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
276 Ratings

276 Ratings

Mucky Bikes ,

One of the best podcast's

I mountain bike, but also listen to a lot of podcasts, I like the format and the sensible way the interviews are conducted. Please keep up the good work.

scottcam86 ,

Look forward to this every week

Absolutely love this podcast. I love hearing about the pros habits and how they maintain their performances to stay at the top. After every listen I just want to jump on my bike!!!

b3ff ,

Brilliant- one of the best

Brilliant insight into the gravity orientated side of mountain biking - training, nutrition, psychology, bikes, kit, riders, race reports etc. Whatever the focus it’s always insightful and interesting. Keep up the good work Chris, it’s greatly appreciated!

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