Episodes

Kenta Gallagher of Polygon United Ride joins us for a chat in episode 14. Kenta has a really interesting background, having been a professional cross country racer from a young age, competing on the world stage, and winning the World Cup XC Eliminator at Nove Mesto in 2013. Kenta subsequently decided that his heart was with downhill, and quit the full factory world of cross country to become a downhill privateer. This season he has moved back to the world of factory support with the Polygon United Ride team. We talk about this journey, some of the ups and downs along the way, and what it takes to get into the top end of downhill World Cup racing.

To find out more about Kenta and his team, follow the links below,

Instagram @kentagallagher

Facebook @KentaGallagherLtd

Twitter @KentaGallagher

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Polygon United Ride Team

To find out more about Kenta’s suggestion of a suspension set up day, check out J-Tech suspension, based in the UK.

Photo – @davetrumporephoto

To catch up on all our other epsiodes, head here

2014 World Cup series and World Champion Manon Carpenter joins us for a chat in episode 13. We talk about her winter of recovery, and what it takes to come back from injury, her approach to riding with control, her move to the Radon team in 2017, her use of sports psychology and much more. With the ever increasing competition in the women’s field, it was really interesting to hear how Manon is working her way back towards the top step on the podium.

If you want to find out more about Manon, then you can find here at the following links,

Instagram @manoncarpenter

Facebook @ManonCarpenter

Twitter @ManonCarpenter

You can also listen to our episode with another women’s podium contender, Tahnée Seagrave, here

Photo Irmo Keizer

Ever wondered what it would be like to race the Trans-Provence? How hard is it? How do I get entered? What sort of training do I need to do? What should I expect when I get there? Is it as good as everyone says? Well wonder no longer, we sat down with friend of the podcast, Jonathan Matthews who raced the Trans-Provence as a privateer this year. The episode is split into two parts. The first part covers the entry to the race, and Jonathan’s preparation, the second covers the race itself. Jonathan is not someone to do things by halves, so he really got stuck into this, and did a lot of research and experimentation in order to optimise himself and his performance for the race. I certainly learned a lot, I hope you do to!

There is a lot of information in this episode, so here are the links to the main things that Jonathan mentioned:

Trans-Provence link

Compede Blister Plasters link

High5 Electrolyte Tabs link

Tim Ferris Podcast link

Gymnastic Bodies training programme link

Wim Hof and his breathing techniques link

Our episode with Jonathan’s trainer, Ben Plenge link

Also, you can follow Jonathan on instagram @its_not_ideal

Photo: Sam Needham

Ever wondered what it would be like to race the Trans-Provence? How hard is it? How do I get entered? What sort of training do I need to do? What should I expect when I get there? Is it as good as everyone says? Well wonder no longer, we sat down with friend of the podcast, Jonathan Matthews who raced the Trans-Provence as a privateer this year. The episode is split into two parts. The first part covers the entry to the race, and Jonathan’s preparation, the second covers the race itself. Jonathan is not someone to do things by halves, so he really got stuck into this, and did a lot of research and experimentation in order to optimise himself and his performance for the race. I certainly learned a lot, I hope you do to!

There is a lot of information in this episode, so here are the links to the main things that Jonathan mentioned:

Trans-Provence link

Compede Blister Plasters link

High5 Electrolyte Tabs link

Tim Ferris Podcast link

Gymnastic Bodies training programme link

Wim Hof and his breathing techniques link

Our episode with Jonathan’s trainer, Ben Plenge link

Also, you can follow Jonathan on instagram @its_not_ideal

Photo: Duncan Philpott

Ben Plenge from MTB Strength Factory joins us to talk about all things strength and conditioning. We cover training specifics for different age groups, when and how to rest and recover, how to taper for a race event, the importance of upper body strength, and much much more. To be in with the chance to win one of Ben’s online programmes, all you have to do is comment on one of the social media posts for the episode, and tag a friend in that comment who you think will like the podcast. A winner will be picked on Friday 7th July 2017.

If you want to find out more about Ben, then you can find him here:

http://mtbstrengthfactory.com/

Instagram @mtb_strength_factory

Facebook @mtbstrengthfactory

Head mechanic for Canyon Factory Racing, Nigel Reeve, joins us for episode 11. Nigel is responsible for Mark Wallace’s bike, as well as generally looking after the Canyon pit set up at the World Cup downhill events. We sat down with Nigel just after the Lourdes World Cup round, where Mark had taken 2nd place. With the Canyon team only being formed over the winter, it was the first event for the new team. We talk to Nigel about how he got into the job, what it takes to be a good mechanic, some tips and tricks that you can try, and much much more. I really hope you enjoy the episode, if you do, please leave us a review on iTunes, or get in touch on our social media.

If you want to find out more about Canyon Factory Racing, then you can find them at the links below,

Instagram @canyon_factoryracing

Facebook @CanyonFactoryRacing

For our 10th episode we were really lucky to be able to get some time with Greg Minnaar of the Santa Cruz Syndicate. We sat down with Greg on the morning of Friday practice at the Fort William World Cup, where he went on take his 7th Fort William win, and his 20th World Cup win, extending his status as the greatest of all time! We talked about the new Syndicate, 29ers, the importance of training, and much more. There is also the chance to win an O’Neal race jersey signed by Greg himself, just listen to the episode to find out how. Please let us know what you think with an iTunes review, or get in touch on our social media… Photo Punkt/O’Neal

We spent this weekend in Scotland, at the Fort William round of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup. While we were there, we managed to chat to a number of the top riders to bring you some further insight into the world of elite mountain biking. In part two, we talk to Tracy Moseley, Steve Peat, Claudio Caluori, Gee Atherton, Mark Wallace, Neko Mulally, George Brannigan, Laurie Greenland, Loris Vergier, Joe Smith, Matt Walker and Tracey Hannah.

We spent this weekend in Scotland, at the Fort William round of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup. While we were there, we managed to chat to a number of the top riders to bring you some further insight into the world of elite mountain biking. In part one, we talk to expert trainer, Chris Kilmurray, about the demands of the track, and we discuss the first day of practice with Neko Mulally, Eddie Masters, Mick Hannah, Sam Hill, Sam Dale and Finn Iles.

Tahnée Seagrave joined us just after the Lourdes round of the downhill world cup, to talk about how that race weekend went, her use of journalling and mini goals, Fox testing, Fort William, how to warm up for a world cup race, and much more. It was really interesting to talk to someone who is clearly on the verge of their first elite world cup victory, and to hear about the drive and determination that it takes to get there.

If you want to find out more about Tahnée then you can follow her on social media here,

Instagram @tahneeseagrave

Facebook @TahneeSeagraveAthlete

Twitter @tahneeseagrave

Photo @moonhead_media