Podcast: Dakotah Norton - Late Starter to Podium Contender

Mar 25, 2020
by Downtime Podcast  
Photo - Klemen Humar

Words Chris Hall : Photo Klemen Humar

This week on the Downtime Podcast, I’m joined by Dakotah Norton. Want to know what it takes to go from a late start in the sport to a World Cup podium? Well, Dakotah knows. We sat down to find out more about him and his journey to the top. We cover his background in Motocross and BMX, how he found mountain biking and his no compromise approach to becoming one of the best. Chatting to Dakotah really makes you realise what you can achieve if you’re focussed, and willing to put in the effort and make the sacrifices. From living in his van to rolling burritos, he’s done whatever it takes, and it looks like it’s paying off. Hit play below and give it a listen.


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23 Comments

  • 12 0
 Met Dak at the Snowshoe World Cup and I can say that all the riders were friendlier in person than I could have hoped for, but Dak was the nicest. I was already a fan, but sharing a beer with him that day cemented him as one of my all-time favorites.
  • 2 0
 that's great to hear. I certainly enjoyed chatting with him.
  • 3 0
 Same here. Met him at MSA in 2018 and WV in 19. Dude couldn't have been cooler to my wife and I and even gave us some of his signed rider cards for our kids. Been fans ever since.
  • 4 0
 @ATXZJ: that's so good to hear, it's great when athletes go take that approach.
  • 2 0
 @downtimepodcast: For sure, and keep the great content coming!
  • 9 0
 Cheers for sharing @pinkbike I hope everyone enjoys a dose of some non-Covid content!
  • 2 0
 This was one of the best insights into an athletes take at sports physiology you’ve had. Great cast. Cheers
  • 1 0
 @lloyd506: thanks, glad you got something out of the episode.
  • 3 0
 One time my mom (62) and her husband (65) ran into him at Brown County Indiana...he proceeded to ride with them and show them around for the next hour. I've also ran into him at a couple southeastern DH parks and he's always a class act. I'm rooting for this guy.
  • 1 0
 Loving these stories!
  • 4 0
 i was stoked to get my ass kicked at the mt brighton dual slalom bike races back in 2014 by him lol dude was so fast, puttin 10-12 seconds into the local best times.
  • 1 0
 nice! those are big time gaps in slalom racing!!
  • 2 0
 Ha! I raced those DS races too - I remember everybody would put down their beer to watch his runs - they were shockingly fast. I once did get to line up with him at the opposite gate, and did do a bit of trash talking about how his yellow shoes wouldn't help him - did get him off the line, but that was it - never saw him after the 2nd corner! What a speedy rider, and glad to see him on PB.
  • 1 0
 @jokermtb: ha ha, nice, love that there was some trash talk!!
  • 1 0
 That's pretty cool. I only ever made it down there twice, and never when Dak was there. I did ride there when David Lieb and his buddies were out. Pretty quick, too, those guys. That was before his stuff started showing up on PB. I'm like, who are these speedy lil sh*ts?!? ;-) On a tiny hill in Brighton....
  • 3 0
 Met him at mountain creek a few years ago, cool dude for sure. I’ve only got 90 followers Instagram and he’s one of them!
  • 4 0
 Definitely one of my favourite riders, he seems so down to earth!
  • 1 0
 yeah, I get the same impression and the comments here seem to back it up!
  • 1 0
 Haha! "Get about 5 turns down and Fairclough's about to run you over!!!" Classic. You'll be in my fantasy team again if we ever get this ball rolling Dak! Best to you bro. Hoping you shred like never before.
  • 1 0
 Its awesome to hear such of such a fresh philosophy and view on racing. Great story, interview and guy
  • 2 0
 glad you enjoyed it @ramcrew
  • 4 4
 That helmet dates back to the Cold war era

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