Our Favorite Singletracks Mountain Bike Podcast Interviews (So Far)

Listen in as mountain bike industry leaders, athletes, and experts inspire and entertain!

It’s hard to believe the Singletracks podcast has been delivering weekly episodes for more than four years now. Sure, it can be a lot of work to put together a great show every week, but we’ve had a blast diving into all sorts of topics and meeting interesting folks along the way.

For new listeners and those who want to get caught up, here are 16 of our favorite interviews, many of which were recorded just this year. Listen in as industry leaders, pioneers, athletes, and experts inspire and entertain!

Chris Ball

Yoann Birelli racing the EWS. Photo: Brian Gerow.

Enduro mountain bike racing has exploded over the past few years, and no other group is pushing the development of the discipline more than the Enduro World Series. Chris Ball fills us in on how it all got started, and where safety and even e-bikes fit with enduro.

Cam McCaul

Mountain bikers know Cam McCaul for his incredible talent both on the bike and as a commentator for big events like Red Bull Rampage. In this episode, Cam shares his sense of humor and how he views risk. He also gets real about dealing with injuries and navigating the often frustrating world of healthcare.

Sonya Looney

Sonya Looney is one of the most positive, high-energy guests we’ve interviewed yet. She’s also an expert on training and nutrition, and shares her tips for gaining confidence and taking risks.

Mark Weir

Mark Weir is known to be someone who likes having fun, but our discussion gets about as serious as a heart attack as he talks about the heart condition that nearly killed him. His character and attitude toward both mountain biking and life is truly an incredible addition to our sport.

Simon Lawton

Simon Lawton is renowned as a mountain bike skills coach, and his video tutorials are among some of the most popular content on Singletracks. But he’s also an innovative trail advocate and has worked on solutions to get disabled riders pedaling again.

Ryan Leech

Ryan started his career as a mountain bike trials rider, competing, starring in films, and performing in front of audiences all over the world. Now he’s passing on the skills that made him successful through online coaching and motivational speaking. Like many of us, he’s struggled with injuries and stress, and he shares some of the new ways he’s found to cope.

Jeff Kendall-Weed

Jeff Kendall-Weed seems to have a perma-smile plastered on his face, and his enthusiasm for mountain biking is infectious. In this episode we talk about the mountain bike industry, how YouTube works, and finding time to ride despite a busy life.

Chris Akrigg

Chris Akrigg is known around the world for his incredible bike handling skills and his creative approach to riding on anything with two wheels. We ask Chris about his distinctive riding style, mountain bike filmmaking, and how he deals with setbacks and frustration, both on the bike and in life.

Phil Kmetz

Phil’s popular YouTube channel, Skills with Phil, has more than 330,000 subscribers. He fills us in on his mountain biking background, urban downhill racing, and his vision for helping mountain bikers learn new skills.

Carl Decker

Carl Decker is a five time Downieville champion, a three-time US singlespeed champion, and in 2008 he won the World singlespeed championship. We asked Carl for his racing tips, why singlespeed mountain biking seems a little cultish, and about the challenges of being a professional mountain biker.

Jeff Lenosky

Jeff Lenosky is a professional freeride and trials mountain biker who has traveled all over the world competing and starring in films. Jeff fills us in on how trials skills transfer to mountain biking, staying strong over the years, and his favorite places to ride around the world.

Eric Porter

Professional mountain biker Eric Porter talks about his career, finding time to ride as a dad, and the incredible videos projects he’s been a part of over the years. He also fills us in on his tricks for staying fit and building relationships within the bike industry.

Tom Ritchey

Tom Ritchey is credited as the first production mountain bike frame builder in the world, and has introduced countless bike designs and products over the years that are considered standard in the industry today. This interview was part of a series of episodes with the founders of mountain biking. (Scroll down for more shows from this series.)

Joe Breeze 

Joe Breeze practically invented the mountain bike and claims many firsts in our sport. In 1988 he was inducted into the mountain bike hall of fame, and today he’s the curator of the Marin Museum of Bicycling.

Charlie Kelly

Charlie Kelly is a man who can claim many firsts in the sport of mountain biking, promoting the first mountain bike race, co-founding the first company to sell complete mountain bikes, and starting the first mountain bike magazine, Fat Tire Flyer. He’s known as one of the founding fathers of mountain biking, and is a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

Gary Fisher

photo: Sterling Lorence / Trek Bikes

Gary Fisher is one of the founding fathers of mountain biking, selling some of the first bikes through a company called — what else? — Mountainbikes. He was a part of the Repack race scene in the 1970s and has introduced countless innovations to the sport over the years. His eponymous mountain bike brand, Gary Fisher, produced top-of-the-line mountain bikes for many years before being purchased by Trek in 1993.

Who would you like to hear from on the Singletracks podcast in 2020? Let us know in the comments below.