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The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 11 - Are We Going Racing This Year?

Jun 11, 2020
by Mike Levy  
Art by Taj Mihelich

Racing is on its way back! Last week saw Luca Shaw, Dakotah Norton, Neko Mullaly, and many others back between the tape for a downhill race at Tennessee's Windrock bike park. Social distancing was in effect, of course, and Norton and Frida Ronning took the wins in the pro class. We even had a few bike checks. Speaking of racing, the World Cup is returning for 2020, with the downhill series kicking off in early September in Lenzerheide and wrapping up in early November at Lousa, Portugal. Not only is the series much more condensed, the last two rounds are double-headers that will see racers tackle the course twice but with some variations - that should be interesting. The World Championships are on the calendar, too, running from October 5th to the 11th.

James Smurthwaite rang up Simon Burney, the UCI's off-road division manager to talk schedules, venues, double-headers, and what to expect from the 2020 World Cup race season.

With the heavily revised schedule running from late summer through early fall, will 2020 be known as the muddiest World Cup season ever? Will the condensed, all-European calendar throw up any unexpected curveballs?

Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever else you get your podcasts.

May 27th, 2020

Time to put your quarantine training plan to the test.

Hosted by Mike Levy and featuring a rotating cast of the editorial team and other guests, the Pinkbike Podcast is a weekly update on all the latest stories from around the world of mountain biking, as well as some frank discussion about tech, racing, and everything in between.

Previous Pinkbike Podcasts
Episode 1 - Why Are Bikes So Expensive?
Episode 2 - Where the Hell is the Grim Donut?
Episode 3 - Pond Beaver Tech
Episode 4 - Why is Every Bike a Trail Bike?
Episode 5 - Can You Trust Bike Reviews?
Episode 6 - Over Biked Or Under Biked?
Episode 7 - Wild Project Bikes
Episode 8 - Do We Need an Even Larger Wheel Size?
Episode 9 - Why Are We Doing a Cross-Country Field Test?
Episode 10 - Getting Nerdy About Bike Setup

Hit us in the comments with your suggestions: What do you want to hear us talk about? Would you be into watching a video version, or are our dulcet voices enough for you?

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  • 39 0
 Is there anyone at PB that isn't Levy's boss?
  • 22 1
 It's in our job description boilerplate.
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 Levy, probably
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 I think.......Christina....?
C’mon Chappetta, lift your Levy’s Boss game, everyone’s doing it.
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 I mean, even I am if we’re going by my profile info....
  • 22 2
 Are we gonna see the grim donut this year? Or did Waki take it with him when he left?
  • 4 0
 thats the question that burns everybodys Mind,who cares about racing if we can fastforward mtb geometry for about 20 years....can we?:-D
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 What happened to that dude
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flag DaFreerider44 (Jun 11, 2020 at 10:02) (Below Threshold)
 RIP Waki
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flag fartymarty (Jun 11, 2020 at 10:26) (Below Threshold)
 @DaFreerider44: #BringbackWaki
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 @stormracing: Pretty sure he got banned for being pretty racist.
  • 12 0
 Levy is a kook after my own heart
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 Levy s the true boss of all bosses 4 real now
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 Wow, I'm on team @mikelevy regarding the tech climbs.
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 @mikelevy Fully agreed - I'm less inclined to pursue another lab if the big climb is a bunch of borophyll.
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 mtn is being sterilized...time to build more trails Wink )
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 You have a time machine and a custom Ti frame builder who can get you the geometry and handlebars you want. You can travel back in time to any scene with your frame and bars, but must otherwise use period correct parts. What scene are you going back to? Klunking? 90's Kamikazee DH? late 90's, early 2000's peak XC with a 29er? early north shore Vancouver loam action?
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 Back to the Norman conquest of England in 1066, for a few loamy laps before being burned as a witch.
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 Pangaea so I can ride Rotorua and Whistler the same day
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 @brianpark: it's not fair to name your self for comment gold. Just saying.
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 I'll be interested to hear the pros and cons of granite vs limestone wheels
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 @racerfacer: will the benefits of a Ti frame be negated by undampened wheels? Find out next time on the PB podcast!
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 @brianpark: thin ice fella
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 90's downhill on something approximating modern enduro geometry. Bike will be designed to take motorbike forks and shocks.
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 Still waiting for Grim Donut Review
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 @brianpark @mikekazimer @mikelevy how about a tyre podcast? I'm particular width, durometer / compound, casings.

As an aside I've currently been running 2.6 SE5, 2.5 DHF Exo, 2.5 Assegai DH, 2.4 SE4, 2.4 XR4, 2.3 DHR2 Exo (F+R) and 2.3 aggressor Exo. All 29 and all on 29/30mm rims. I'm curious about narrower say 2.3 tyres that roll faster and are a bit more lively than 2.5s. I'm on a Murmur with 160f 140r and ride Surrey Hills so lots of transfers between trails.
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 @sarahmoore was onto it guys. If you looked into you would see that most dh pros run high saddles. Look at the saddles in relation to the their bars, its level sometimes higher. I thinks its odd haha
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 Question for the next podcast. Sorry for the length.

I spent the last two years trying to make a Breezer Squal/Storm hardtail into a legit trail bike for Ohio but as cheaply as possible by upgrading everything I broke. I have had some success and have ridden some great trails in Ohio and Pennsylvania but overall the experiment was a failure. You simply can't change the fundamental nature of the bike. Fortunately this only cost about $600 since 2017, $300 for bike and $300 for upgrades/repairs, and I learned a lot.

Starting last November I assembled a budget full suspension. I have had my first two rides this week and what a world of difference. One area that I was not anticipating was the difference in steering. At low speed I am all over the place. I went from 71 degrees to 65 degrees over night. Not over the course of the last 20 years.

Any tips? I was nervous on 3 foot wide bridges on my last ride and was comfortable on 8 inch skinnies on my Breezer. Or do I just need more time?
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 Guessing WAKI was one of the idiots that went full racist last week and got himself banned?
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 Looks like his account was deleted. I can't tell if admin did it or Kipsak himself--looking him up from Dashboard yields a mk II account, and clicking on username in comments a page not found error. Compare to Road Stain, whose account is suspended for racism, but still visible.
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 He simply had enough honor to quit by himself after a medieval-like witch hunting that took place in this "we will make world a new paradise" thread. Angry mob is angry mob, no matter what beautiful ideology you think stand behind it.
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 Y'all slacking on new episodes! Stop riding bikes and spend more time talking about them ????
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 Tomorrow! We're talking bike shops Smile
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 Thanks guys, love the whole thing. The information and the entertainment.
Maybe change the "music" or whatever that's called. Please? I can't be the only one cringing everytime I hear it.
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 That's the song I got married to Frown
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 @mikelevy: way to make me feel bad for saying it ????
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 Wave 2 was supposed to be this fall..its already started sadly.
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 Is that what MSNBC told you?
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 @stevemokan: Critical thinking...the other national deficit.
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 mike, brian, the spotify version of this weeks podcast is not available on spotify, please help a fellow commuter
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 @mikekazimer: all set man, thanks!
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 @mikelevy come ride the dump in Victoria lots of tech climbing sections, it is great
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 The discussion about windrock and Tennessee seemed kind of dramatic. it’s not THAT bad
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 I am really enjoying these podcasts, good stuff!
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 @mikelevy discussing mud riding, perfect setup for walk the talk...you forgot about Cathro!
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 What happened to the new episodes of the podcast? Are we going to get more?
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 Topic idea you kind of hit on. Is there East coast designed bikes vs Rockies or Pacific NW or even UK and Europe?
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 this is just the dumbest thing ever. let people ride bikes!
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 I look forward to this every week. Keep the podcast coming.
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 Need grim donut. Please don't test us pinkbike.
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 Where's the latest episode? *foot tapping intensifies*
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 Tomorrow! We're talking bike shops Smile
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 @mikelevy: Great! Loving the podcast series.
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 What about a 1 4/5” steer tube.
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 1 8/10th is stiffer tho
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 @mikelevy: what’s that in metric?
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 @mikelevy: oh I see it’s science. Can’t believe I missed that earlier.
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 Guys? No new episodes?
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 @mikelevy: Haha nice! I'm not usually one for podcasts, but this has really grown on me and I've been looking forward for each new episodeSmile I'd miss it if you'd stop making it
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