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Podcast host Jeff Barber, Editor-in-Chief at Singletracks.com, aims to inform and inspire with topics and interviews from the mountain bike world. Since 2015, we have been sharing weekly stories from under the helmets of the most inspiring and influential mountain bikers.

Join us as we learn from top athletes, product designers, trail builders, coaches, mechanics, artists, and leaders in the mountain biking community.
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Podcast host Jeff Barber, Editor-in-Chief at Singletracks.com, aims to inform and inspire with topics and interviews from the mountain bike world. Since 2015, we have been sharing weekly stories from under the helmets of the most inspiring and influential mountain bikers.

Join us as we learn from top athletes, product designers, trail builders, coaches, mechanics, artists, and leaders in the mountain biking community.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/singletracks/support

    This Santa Cruz Group is Working to Unite Trail Users and Share Trail Impact Studies

    This Santa Cruz Group is Working to Unite Trail Users and Share Trail Impact Studies

    Matt De Young is the executive director of the Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship, a non-profit that “builds and maintains great trails for everyone, and connects communities to nature through responsible outdoor recreation.”

    In this episode we ask:


    How is the SCMTS organized?
    How many miles of bike trails does SCMTS support?
    When and why did the SCMTS get its start?
    Why the name change from Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz to Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship?
    Are trail user conflicts a big issue in the Santa Cruz area?
    The SCMTS is one of the most vocal groups that’s promoting scientific studies showing the environmental impacts of mountain biking. How did the Mountain Biking Impact Review report come together?
    Tell us a bit about your professional trail building team. What types of projects do they work on, and how does that support the overall mission?
    What are some of the most popular trails your group helps support? Are any of the trails particularly popular with MTB tourists, or are most riders local residents?
    With big bike brands like Santa Cruz and Ibis located in the area, is your group able to benefit from corporate sponsorships? What’s the relationship like with UCSC?
    Are there many opportunities for new trail builds in Santa Cruz county?
    What does the current discussion around e-bike trail access look like for SCMTS?
    What’s the biggest constraint SCMTS faces in carrying out and growing the mission?
    What’s next for SCMTS in 2022 and beyond?

    Connect with SCMTS at santacruztrails.org.

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

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    • 37 min
    This MTB Group is Building Trails and Having Fun on Their Own Terms

    This MTB Group is Building Trails and Having Fun on Their Own Terms

    Dale Boyd and Drew Hall are mountain bikers and trail builders living in Mobile, Alabama. They’re part of a group called Ride the Rebellion that posts videos and podcasts about their efforts to build and ride trails in a part of the US that isn’t traditionally known for mountain biking.

    In this episode we ask:


    What was the local mountain bike scene like when you first got into the sport?
    How did you come up with the name Ride the Rebellion for your group?

    How many folks are a part of the group? Is there an official membership process?


    What are some ways you’ve found to make flat terrain more fun to ride?
    How did you learn to build trails and trail features?
    How do you come up with names for trails and trail features?

    What is the status of the land where you build trails? How did you get permission to build and ride there?
    What is your agreement like with the landowner in terms of what you can, and can’t, do?
    Can anyone ride the trail whenever they like, or is it a members-only situation?


    What is the role of video and podcasting in building your real-life MTB community?
    Do you travel outside Alabama to mountain bike? What are some of your favorite places to ride outside your local area?
    What have you learned along the way that might be helpful to others in a similar situation?

    Find Ride the Rebellion video channel on YouTube and their podcast on Spotify.

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

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    • 1 hr
    MTB Pioneer Wende Cragg on the Early Days of Trail Riding

    MTB Pioneer Wende Cragg on the Early Days of Trail Riding

    Wende Cragg has been a part of mountain biking since the beginning of the sport in California in the 1970s, racing and photographing the early Repack races down Mt. Tam. She was inducted into the mountain bike hall of fame in 1989 and curates the Rolling Dinosaur Archive which chronicles the birth of mountain biking.


    Tell us a bit about your introduction to mountain biking. Was it love at first ride?
    Which aspects of riding a bicycle off road were most appealing to you? How would you describe the feeling of those first rides?
    What was your motivation for taking photographs in the early days of mountain biking?
    What was it like connecting with riders in Crested Butte who were sorta discovering mountain biking in parallel with you and your friends in the Bay Area?How was their idea of mountain biking different from the one being developed in California?
    Were you surprised to see mountain bikers banned from riding on Mt. Tam in the early 80s? How did you react?
    Did you get frustrated with the early bikes?Do you think today’s mountain bikes make the sport more appealing or accessible?
    How do electric mountain bikes fit in?
    What do you hope people get out of seeing and experiencing the Rolling Dinosaur Archive?
    With so many styles of riding within mountain biking today, which intepretation do you think gets closest to that original ethos?

    Photo: Rolling Dinosaur Archive

    Search the Singletracks podcast archive for interviews with more mountain bike pioneers including Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Charlie Kelly, and Tom Ritchey.

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

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    • 56 min
    Should Mountain Bikers Care About Fitness Metrics Like VO2 Max?

    Should Mountain Bikers Care About Fitness Metrics Like VO2 Max?

    Ben Turits runs a coaching business and sports therapy practice called The Endurance Collective. He’s a former professional mountain bike racer and current USA Cycling coach working with both pro and amateur athletes alike.

    In this episode we ask:


    How did your first enduro race go? What type of training did you do to prepare?
    What does VO2 max measure?How is it measured? Is using heart rate data to estimate VO2 max fairly accurate?
    Are there specific types of training that are effective in raising VO2 max?
    How important is VO2 max for predicting performance?
    What is lactate threshold?What does it measure?
    How is it measured?
    Is lactate threshold directly related to power?
    Are there other similar fitness metrics that riders can or should pay attention to?
    Is there a difference between mountain bikers and road bikers when it comes to the importance of certain metrics?
    Is it possible to get the same quality workout on the trail vs. on the trainer?Is gravel riding a good substitute for road riding in terms of the training benefits?
    How do you know if you’re under- or over-fueled on longer rides?

    Learn more or connect with Ben and the Endurance Collective on their website (theendurancecollective.com) and YouTube channel.

    ✏️ A written transcript of this conversation is available to Singletracks Pro supporters: singletracks.com/support

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks




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    • 49 min
    IMBA Gets Local, and It's Paying Off

    IMBA Gets Local, and It's Paying Off

    Anthony Duncan is the Director of Local Programs at IMBA and is based out of Johnson City, Tennessee. The IMBA Local program is designed to support grassroots mountain bike organizations through services, education and mentorship programs.

    In this episode we ask Anthony:


    How long have you been at IMBA? What were you doing before joining?
    The IMBA local program was launched at the end of 2017 which represented a huge change for the organization. What was happening back then that led to the formation of Local?
    There are two IMBA Local support service options: Chapter services and Affiliate services. What does Affiliate services include?
    What kinds of services does Chapter support add?
    Does IMBA directly help groups advocate at the local level, or do you provide education and resources so groups can advocate for themselves instead?
    What are some of the biggest challenges local trail groups are facing?
    Have you seen an uptick in new local groups forming since the pandemic began?
    It seems like lately some of the groups that decided to drop their IMBA association are coming back as Local affiliates. What do you think is driving that?
    Do you think state-level groups like those forming in Vermont and California are a natural evolution in MTB advocacy?How do IMBA Regions fit this model?
    Is this a good time to be a mountain bike advocate? Are economic arguments increasingly effective in trail project approvals?
    What’s next for IMBA Local?

    Learn more about IMBA Local at IMBA.com.

    --Keep up with the latest in mountain biking at Singletracks.com and on Instagram @singletracks




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    • 1 hr 7 min
    This Mountain Bike Organization Has 1,000 Miles of New Trails in Various Stages of Planning

    This Mountain Bike Organization Has 1,000 Miles of New Trails in Various Stages of Planning

    Terry Palmeri is the Executive Director of the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA). The organization has been around since 1989 and today SORBA is made up of 48 chapters spread across seven states.

    In this conversation we ask:


    Why and how did SORBA get its start? What sorts of issues were southern mountain bikers struggling with in the late 1980s?
    How is SORBA organized?
    How many miles of singletrack trails do SORBA chapters support?
    How many individuals belong to a SORBA club? How do you think that number compares to the number of active mountain bikers living in the southeast?
    How is SORBA funded?
    What is the relationship between SORBA and IMBA?
    What are some of the bigger trail projects that are currently in the works?
    Are there any unique challenges to trail building in the southeast?
    Is there much opposition to mountain bike trail access in the region?
    What does the current discussion around e-bike trail access look like for SORBA?
    What’s the biggest constraint SORBA faces in carrying out and growing the mission?
    What’s next for SORBA in 2022 and beyond?

    For more information about SORBA or to make a donation, visit SORBA.org.


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    • 40 min

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Great podcast about mountain biking

Great podcast about mountain biking. A lot of interesting topics and not much talking about equipment (which is great).

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