11 episodes

World Cup BMX Racing and World Championship commentator Rich Eames chats to the BMX Racing community including athletes, coaches, media and industry folk. Casual conversation to take you behind the scenes of the personalities of the best two wheeled sport on the planet... BMX Racing.

The BMX Commentator Podcast Rich Eames

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World Cup BMX Racing and World Championship commentator Rich Eames chats to the BMX Racing community including athletes, coaches, media and industry folk. Casual conversation to take you behind the scenes of the personalities of the best two wheeled sport on the planet... BMX Racing.

    The Mental Game Of BMX Racing - A Chat With Dr Jason Richardson

    The Mental Game Of BMX Racing - A Chat With Dr Jason Richardson

    Epoisode 10 of The BMX Commentator Podcast sees Dr Jason Richardson @realdrjrich walk us through some of the most common mental mistakes BMX racers make, and drops the science as to how you swerve the mental potholes that dominate many riders minds on race day.

    We cover everything from trash talking to when the ideal time is to up your intensity on race day (Hint: It's not a good idea)

    We talk about controlling pre race anxiety, grounding, breathwork, and building a process before the gate drops.

    We even cover what Greg Romero said Jason just before his main at the ABA Grands in the early 90's, when the no 1 Am title was on the line.

    Grab a pen and pad for this one, you made need to make some notes as Jason Richardson guides you on how to be stronger mentally for your BMX racing career.

    To contact Jason, hit him up on Instagram @realdrjrich or at his website https://www.drjasonrichardson.com/AthleteMentalSkills

    • 52 min
    Strength and Conditioning For BMX And Life - A Chat With Connor Hedges

    Strength and Conditioning For BMX And Life - A Chat With Connor Hedges

    Episode 9 of the BMX Commentator Podcast sees an in depth conversation with strength and conditioning coach Connor Hedges.

    Connor isn't just any old S&C coach either, as he pursues his masters degree whilst being involved with not one, but two top level sporting organisations.

    Currently working with both British Cycling and Manchester City Football Club, Connor outlines the differences between the two sports, why a bog standard personal trainer might not be able to help you with BMX, and how to get your young BMXer stronger without even setting foot inside a gym.

    For the older lads, Connor outlines what you should be doing in the gym to maximise your BMX related 'gainz' ;-) and more crucially, the order you should do the work in... Hint - heavy squats shouldn't be the first thing you do...

    There's plenty to take from this for both BMX parents and older riders. I've also tee'd Connor up for a part two Q&A style podcast if the demand is there.

    You'll need more than one listen to this as Connor drops knowledge bomb after knowledge bomb. Might even be worth making some notes too...

    • 48 min
    Trying To Make The Olympics With A Full Time Job - A Chat With Bodi Turner

    Trying To Make The Olympics With A Full Time Job - A Chat With Bodi Turner

    Episode 8 of the podcast is a chat with Australia's fastest heating and cooling engineer, Bodi Turner.

    After a severe leg break at the UCI BMX World Cup in New Zealand, Bodi has been on a mission to try and get recovered to continue his Elite BMX career. Get the low down on his crash, his recovery and how long he plans to race BMX for (hint - he's not planning on going anywhere yet)

    Also, Bodi dives into how he manages to train like a pro whilst working a 'more than full time' job and the dangers of buying lunch at a petrol station.

    There's also a look into how he became a member of the Tangent Cartel, and what a young rider should do if he's truly serious about becoming a BMX athlete.

    • 41 min
    Junior Development, Process Orientation and Racing Masters At Worlds - A Chat With Adam Carey

    Junior Development, Process Orientation and Racing Masters At Worlds - A Chat With Adam Carey

    This episode of the BMX Commentator Podcast is a chat with BMX Development Coach Adam Carey. Adam led the Thai National BMX Program for a number of years after racing Elite whilst studying for a PHD in Sports and Exercise Physiology. He also coaches some of the Australian riders that took W plates in Rock Hill at the recent World Championships.

    The basis of our chat was about junior development, but we also touched on social anxiety at races, neurodivergence and process orientation. Plus an inside take on what happens in corners during a Masters moto at Worlds...

    So it was a pretty diverse 45 minutes or so.

    The door has been left open for a part two to this podcast in the form of a Q&A, so if the thought of that tickles your pickle let me know and we'll get something set up.

    • 50 min
    Chainrings Aren't Actually Round... And Other Things You Didn't Know Were True - John Lee

    Chainrings Aren't Actually Round... And Other Things You Didn't Know Were True - John Lee

    Episode 6 of The BMX Commentator Podcast saw a first in person conversation rather than the usual online chat. A quick trip up the A49 to Chorley and a sit down in the living room of @theseatpostman John Lee, former Torker and Raleigh factory rider in the 1980's.

    Nowadays John has a thriving business specialising in removal of stuck seatposts from high end frames (yes, that's a real money making business) John's an engineer at heart and LOVES making stuff better, or better still...making new stuff.

    John covers his foray into making two speed set ups for an S&M Steel Panther, the reason why he thinks they should be on a BMX bike, what your gearing should look like and why your chainring isn't actually round.

    Yes, you read that correctly...your chainring isn't round. It's something else entirely.

    He also gives his take on the Mateo Colsonet French multi-speed set up and how it works. There's a few theories knocking around, and John's is probably the best I've heard.

    Lastly, John gives his one pearl of wisdom of how you can make your bike more efficient. You'll smack yourself in the head when you hear it...it's that simple. Yet I've never heard a factory dad talk about it in the same way they talk about carbon bike jewellery, it's nowhere near as sexy!

    All this comes with a side helping of Japanese chain encyclopedia and drag co-efficiency measurement.

    Dig in and enjoy!!

    Please note I didn't have access to my usual audio set up and the quality isn't as good as it normally is. The podcast is a work in progress, and improvements will be incoming in as we go along.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    You Ride Like Crap Cos' You're Old...Right? - David Davidson mountainbikeacademy.com

    You Ride Like Crap Cos' You're Old...Right? - David Davidson mountainbikeacademy.com

    We take something of a detour from BMX in Episode 5 of The BMX Commentator Podcast, having a chat with David Davidson who is the founder of mountainbikeacademy.com

    David overcame injuries from his younger years and with the help of his brother in law started coaching riders in becoming better by using their bodies better, and using them how they were designed to be used.

    This is not your standard 'BMX bro' training, you won't be posting IG stories of you squatting a Nissan Micra, it's about making your body work for you rather than against you.

    It's a conversation that'll be of particular interest to the 30+ crowd, the cruiser bruisers, and the Grand Vets.

    Open your mind to a different approach, and you may get some different results.

    Dave's YouTube channel is @mountainbikeacademy and his website is www.mountainbikeacademy.com

    Check it out if you're even remotely curious.

    • 42 min

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