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Podcast: Richard Cunningham - A Lifetime In Mountain Biking

Apr 8, 2020
by Downtime Podcast  
Turner Bikes shooting for Pinkbike 2017 From the Top with RC.

Words Chris Hall: Photo Colin Meagher

If you’re a regular Pinkbike reader then you’ll be familiar with Richard Cunningham’s work. Richard was one of the early players in mountain biking and has been a big part of the industry ever since. Working his way from bike designer/builder through print media, and more recently into online media with Pinkbike. Richard is a natural storyteller and we sat down to chat about his love of flying, his career so far, his ability to predict the future, the state of mountain biking today, and much more. Hit play below and give it a listen.


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31 Comments
  • 22 0
 Hands down one of the best episodes of any podcast I've listened to. There's enough wisdom and thought-provoking ideas in it that it's worth listening to twice.
  • 6 0
 I agree it was a great podcast. Really all the downtime podcasts are awesome
  • 6 0
 thanks @danielsapp I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I hope I did RC justice!
  • 5 0
 @skinuts: thanks for the kind words, I've had a bad day and that has put a smile back on my face, so cheers!!
  • 3 0
 @downtimepodcast: Echoing what others have said here. Thanks for producing this...
And, as usual, another banger shot from Colin Meagher above.
  • 4 0
 @Hyakian: thanks, it's a pleasure!
  • 6 0
 RC dropping some serious, sobering knowledge about mountain biking and e-bikes. I think he's completely right but there is too much money in the game to do the right thing now. His advice about asking the simple questions hits home, specially during these uncertain times when innovative thinking and doing is needed.
  • 7 0
 That headshot makes him look like if George Lucas took up cycling
  • 5 0
 Yes - and those would be his Stormtroopers bikes.
  • 1 0
 100%
  • 1 0
 That's who I thought it was too ha ha. Then I saw the Turner bikes in the background. RC is GL and Turner has a new model coming out! Crazy times.
  • 5 0
 This guy's a bad ass wealth of knowledge. I hated, but yet could not stop reading Mountain Action, once RC left, I cancelled my subscription.
  • 3 0
 If you’re a regular mountain biker then you’ll be familiar with Richard Cunningham’s work.

Fixed.
  • 3 0
 That was well-worth the listen. RC has a way of raising as many new questions while he answers those asked him. He's a trip.
  • 1 0
 Glad you enjoyed it @RayDolor
  • 2 0
 Brillant! That part about hikers, emtb and coexisting in one trail’s system was the single best thing I heard in this topic in all my life. Thank You. Mind opening.
  • 2 0
 Just wonderful Chris, as you say a great story teller. Keep up the good work man!
  • 2 0
 thanks, it was a fun one to record and I could happily have chatted with RC for MUCH longer.
  • 2 0
 That flannel color has to be Dakine’s all time best seller.
  • 2 0
 Two of my favorite people on a podcast together? Shoot me now!
  • 2 0
 Enjoy listening @iduckett
  • 1 0
 Nevermind I’ve already gone to heaven.
  • 2 0
 Entertaining and insightful, just hope he's wrong about ebikes
  • 1 0
 I suspect he's bang on unfortunately!
  • 1 0
 Listening to this made me realize how good we have it as mountainbikers right now.
  • 1 0
 Loved it. Listening to Richard with a beer and a bike in the stand helps with the isolation.
  • 1 0
 Happy days in mountain biking there
  • 2 0
 Great podcast! Wink
  • 1 0
 thanks mate!
  • 1 0
 Very insightful...thanks! Now time to ask simple minded questions! ;p
  • 1 0
 glad you enjoyed it @housem8d







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