Podcast Roundup: World Cup Downhill, What it Takes to Be a Pro, EWS Racing, Women in MTB, & More

Jul 6, 2021
by Alicia Leggett  
Here are some of the podcasts that have been filling our earbuds this month when we haven't been busy recording The Pinkbike Podcast.

Camille Balanche on Becoming World Champ, Her Background, & More

Photo - Jey Crunch
Photo: Jey Crunch

bigquotesCamille Balanche is the current downhill mountain bike world champion and is also leading the 2021 World Cup series. Camille is a fairly recent convert to mountain biking but has an incredible background in other disciplines, including being an Olympic athlete. We chat about her background and her journey from a sports science degree, through enduro racing and into the top ranks of world cup downhill. Camille gives a great insight into her approach to racing, her warm-ups, mindset, bike set-up, training and much more. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Camille Balanche.Chris Hall



Andrew Neethling on What it Takes to Become a Pro Rider


bigquotesOn this episode of The HKT Podcast former professional downhill mountain bike racer turned commentator & brand ambassador Andrew 'Needles' Neethling breaks down what it really takes to become a professional mountain bike rider. Andrew shares some of his personal experiences with contract negotiations, rider salaries and offers insights into some of the hardships professional athletes face in the modern day.HKT Podcast

This podcast also discusses aspects of the recent 'State of the Sport' survey. If you haven't read it, then it's available here.


Vero Sandler & Tahnee Seagrave on Issues Women Face in MTB


bigquotesThis week on the Drop in Podcast, Duncan is joined by Tahnee Seagrave and Veronique Sandler (and special guest Oski).

In this episode we explore the contentious subjects of prize Money, salaries and the general challenges and inequalities facing female riders trying to break into gravity racing.

The Drop in Podcast is available in full as a video below, and can also be streamed on most major audio platforms.
Duncan Shaw

Audio and Video Production: Rory Semple
Post Production: Paul Macdonald

Sam Hill on His Racing Process

When you are the world number one it s hard to escape the paparazzi.

bigquotesSam HIll is a man that needs little introduction. He is a 3x Enduro World Champion, a 3x Downhill World Champion and a 2x overall World Cup champion.Gypsy Tales



EWS Season Preview with Florian Nicolai, Isabeau Courdurier, Matt Stuttard, & Dan Wolfe

Privateer Bikes' Matt Stuttard

bigquotesThis episode of the pod has everything! Florian Nicolai is the most consistent finisher in the EWS in recent times, having finished in the Top 3 in each of the last 3 seasons. Isabeau Courdurier is the 2019 EWS Champion having won every round racing ‘the perfect season.' Then, we close out the show with some ‘EWS Real Talk’ with Matt Stuttard & Dan Wolfe.George Thompson

Listen here.


All Things Les Gets World Cup with Chris Kilmurray

Photo - Nathan Hughes
Photo Nathan Hughes


bigquotesI don’t know about you, but I get pretty excited on a mountain bike world cup week, so I thought I’d try and share that excitement with you in a pre-race show. We’ll be getting you primed for a week of World Cup action in Les Gets. I’m joined by coach to the stars and Morzine resident, Chris Kilmurray, to talk all things Les Gets world cup. We will find out all about the brand new track and it’s specific demands on both rider and bike. How do riders approach learning a new track, what does Chris think will be the key to success and who’s well positioned to deliver. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Chris Kilmurray.Chris Hall



Ski Racing Paralympic Medalist Lacey Heward on Adaptive MTB

Adaptive Mountain Biking

bigquotesFor Episode 30 we bring you Lacey Heward, Lacey is a truly amazing individual. Lacey’s courage to show up to everything she’s accomplished in life is evident by what you are about to listen to. Lacey is a multi time Adaptive Alpine Ski Racing Paralympic medalist, overall World Cup Champion, and now an Adaptive Mountain Biker. I could tell you about all the adversity that Lacey has been through in life, but I’ll leave that to her as she tells her story so well. This interview will close with a song written and performed by Lacey called It’s Been a Long Time.Trail EAffect


Les Gets Review with Ed Masters & Andrew Neethling

Sven Martin Pic Moving the Needle Podcast
Photo Sven Martin


Full SHOW available on Apple Podcasts / Spotify

Sustainability, Local Production, & More with Phil Law


bigquotesWe sat down with Phil Law of Pembree to pick up on the theme of sustainability, in-house design and local production that we have already discussed on previous episodes. We also invited the distributor of Pembree pedals in Switzerland, James Drew, back to the conversation to provide the perspective of the Swiss market and to shed light on how Pembree was received locally. We cover a lot of ground in our conversation, from the history and spirit of Pembree, how to manage growth sustainably, and what transparency and carbon neutrality mean in the bike industry today. The flip side to the business perspective and driving change from the supply side is, of course, consumer choice. That’s why we spend quite a bit of time on what our dollars and Swiss francs can do to initiate change and what other brands apart from Pembree are doing to ensure better outcomes. For a good start and some pointers, check out The European Bike Project.Skids and Giggles



Mikayla Gatto Goes Joke for Joke with Brett Tippie

Tippie and Micayla Goofing Around on the BTP

bigquotesMicayla Gatto joins Tippie to talk about her life on a bike! That includes her racing career and her transition to, and away from, event announcing. Micayla is also a talented artist. She chats about combining two of her loves, art and biking, in her Intersection film, "Mountain Bike Meets Painting", as well as finding and riding the epic White Line based on misplaced peer pressure and one-upmanship. This one is Ferda Girls but still has lots of Dad jokes.Brett Tippie




THE BRETT TIPPIE PODCAST // EPISODE 8 - MICAYLA GATTO
June 22rd, 2021

Micayla Gatto Goes Joke for Joke with Tippie

Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally Talk All Things Les Gets World Cup

Photo - Nathan Hughes

Words Chris Hall : Photo Nathan Hughes

The second round of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Les Gets delivered an incredible show. I'm joined, as ever, by Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally to get the inside line on what went down over the week. In a race with so many amazing moments, there is a lot to talk about. So sit back, hit play and listen to this episode with Eliot and Neko.


You can also listen by searching for ‘Downtime Podcast’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts, by asking Alexa, or over on our website www.downtimepodcast.com/les-gets-2021/ and you can follow us on Instagram @downtimepodcast.


10 Comments

  • 12 0
 This is missing a critical podcast - Gypsy Tales with Sam Hill. There is some amazing sections in that podcast where Sam talks about being able to visualize his race runs with such perfection he could predict his time within a second or two. 100 percent worth a listen.
  • 2 0
 that's what they said about Voullioz too
  • 5 0
 Good call! I think it deserves a standalone post, this has to be the most Sam Hill has spoken for any interview ever.
  • 1 0
 Looks like it's in the list now. Definitely worth a listen!
  • 1 0
 Hey! Thanks for the feature!

For those interested in Pembree and Phil Law, here's the full Pb post:
www.pinkbike.com/u/pensamtb/blog/podcast-talking-about-pembree-transparency-and-sustainability-with-phil-law.html
  • 5 1
 Micayla is rad
  • 3 0
 And Tippie is a really good interviewer. The two of them should have their own chat show.
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: Maybe we should!!
  • 2 0
 Damn, this makes me wish I had a longer commute.
  • 2 0
 That’s the first time I’ve ever heard someone say that!





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