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Matt Simmonds Joins Privateer Bikes, Steps Away From World Cup Racing and Starts Coaching Venture

Feb 10, 2020
by Matt Simmonds  

Press Release; Privateer Bikes

UK downhiller Matt Simmonds has announced he’s taking a step away from World Cup racing this year to focus on the British National scene and his new venture ProLine MTB.

Over a decade of World Cup Racing

Matt raced downhill professionally for 14 years with some of the top teams on the circuit. During his downhill career, he was a regular in the world cup top 20, with a career highlight of a 2nd place podium finish in Méribel. He has also competed for Great Britain in the World Championships six times.

“Racing is still my passion”

Matt’s not completely stepping away from racing. He still plans to be competitive at British Downhill and Enduro races, plus other select events. He’ll be racing on Privateer's new 161 and will be supported by Hunt Bike Wheels, Shimano UK, Royal Racing, 7 Protection with their new Project 23 helmet, Mudhugger, Kindgud Cleaning Products, and J-TECH suspension.

An Experienced Coach

Matt is a CTC qualified skills instructor with over 10 years of coaching experience. He is passionate about helping riders progress and have more fun on their bikes. His new venture ProLine mountain bike coaching will offer riders the chance to learn from Matt though group or one-to-one coaching days. He’ll also work with the Roots program and Royal Racing to mentor up and coming racers.

2020 is looking like even more fun on two wheels.

For more information about Proline and to book a spot, head over to the website here.



  • 33 0
 Always glad to see a smart transition for a rider when they're done racing. I always wonder what these riders go on to after they finish racing.
  • 2 0
 I agree!
  • 48 0
 Y'know that whole "sent to the glue factory" thing? Historically when WC DH riders retire, they are sent off to Stan's to be made into sealant. This is why you don't hear much from Shaun Palmer.
  • 9 0
 @rocky-mtn-gman: thats why minaar wont retire
  • 3 0
 @rocky-mtn-gman: Ha, I read that as "He sent the glue factory"... and thought: "whoa, I'd like to see that clip!"
  • 5 0
 @funkzander: Minaar is single-use, he won't re-tyre.
  • 1 0
 @rocky-mtn-gman: hahahahaha, just realized how true it is!
  • 1 0
 @browner: very punny!
  • 18 0
 Matt is a nice down to earth bloke, been there, done it and now passing it on....good to see.
  • 15 2
 Wonder if Cannondale is gonna write an apology for semi forcing two great riders to go do other shit. Or wait to see if both are succesful and then say folding their team out of nowhere wasn't such a bad thing....
  • 7 1
 For real, I don’t want to be quick to judge but it’s rather bizarre to pull the plug on such promising riders without warning
  • 10 1
 Wasn't he 2019's Cannondale guy? The hell did they do to him?
  • 36 2
 Made him ride a Cannondale.
  • 4 1
 @nouseforaname: He went full Cannondale... you never go full connondale...
  • 6 1
 @islandforlife: listen, Cannondales are cool as hell because it's still 2005 in my soul.
  • 3 0
 @islandforlife: Let's see how it works out for the Rat
  • 2 0
 @thats-joe: He could go full Huffy and still be fine.
  • 6 0
 After that andorra crash, better to stay alive now . All the best for you matt
  • 3 0
 Always a pleasure to see Matt Simmonds on a hill. One of only a handful of polite and respectful pro riders out there that always happy and super friendly to everyone. Guess he gets that from his dad who I have only ever seen smile! Up and coming riders take note, be a nice person and your future in this sport can be long and fruitful.
  • 5 0
 good luck matt
  • 3 0
 Great news. Having ridden with matt a couple of times, I'm sure he's an awesome coach
  • 4 0
 Best of luck to him
  • 3 0
 Awesome dude! Good luck ????????
  • 4 0
 Good luck Matt
  • 3 0
 Yeah boi, all the best.
  • 2 0
 Good luck Matt ski x
  • 2 1
 Good luck
  • 2 1
 Go get em snackyyyyy!!!!

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