MOVING THE NEEDLE : The Andrew Neethling Podcast
#53. Matti Lehikoinen: The real world of World Cup Downhill

#53. Matti Lehikoinen: The real world of World Cup Downhill

January 11, 2022

Matti Lehikoinen is a real-life badass.  Winner of 2 World Cup downhills and the most successful dh rider out of Finland, Matti has seen and experienced it all in the sport.  The good, the bad, and really ugly.  We dive into his life story, winning, his ego, and how it affected him, riding for the iconic factory Honda DH racing team, crashes, and more crashes that eventually ended his career.   Matti is a great friend of mine and I appreciate him opening up and not holding back.  Follow Matti HERE

 

 

#52. Clay Porter : Action sports filmmaker. Co Hosted by Sven Martin

#52. Clay Porter : Action sports filmmaker. Co Hosted by Sven Martin

December 28, 2021

Sven Martin joins this week as my co-host.  The guest this week is Clay Porter. Porter is leading the charge as one of action sports most visionary and progressive filmmakers - directing, shooting, and editing many of the industry’s most acclaimed and influential projects. From the age of 17, Porter has devoted his life to filmmaking - shooting on six continents and burning through three passports all before the age of 25. Best known for his work in mountain biking, Porter’s core mountain bike films have become the industry standard while he continues to progress the sport with each new release.

 

 

#51. Olly Wilkins: Your authentic self

#51. Olly Wilkins: Your authentic self

December 14, 2021

Olly Wilkins is a professional mountain that comes from a dirt jump background. Olly is one of the most stylish riders around and grew up alongside Brendog in the UK but realized racing was not for him at an early age.  Olly and I got to know each other years ago when I was based in the UK during the race season. It is never a dull moment around Olly and his passion for riding is infectious.  Our conversation goes literally in every direction from beating Brendan at a DH race in his youth, working in the bicycle industry, building at Rampage, testing jumps, a lot of banter and I mean a lot, and of course what drives his passion for riding.  

#50. Josh Carlson: The FROTHER

#50. Josh Carlson: The FROTHER

November 30, 2021

Josh Carlson is an Enduro Mountain Biker that comes from a motocross background. Hailing from Australia and with a nickname like "Frother "  you can imagine he is great to be around. He is always positive and gets the most out of his riding and life.  He has turned his focus to E-Bikes now and the world of E-Bike EWS racing. We chat about all sorts plus the future of E-Bikes is interesting to hear about.  We used to be teammates so some funny old stories come up. 

Learn more about Josh HERE 

#49. LONG LIVE CHAINSAW: Stevie Smith Documentary Film

#49. LONG LIVE CHAINSAW: Stevie Smith Documentary Film

November 16, 2021

Long Live Chainsaw is a documentary on the life and legacy of Canadian downhill rider Stevie Smith. Darcy Wittenberg from Anthill Films joins the show to discuss all things about the film and Stevie. We get some amazing insights and inside stories of Stevie's life, upbringing, and what it's like to make a film like this.  This is a MUST watch for anyone that wants to be inspired.   

Find out all you need to know:  LONG LIVE CHAINSAW

Also the Stevie Smith Legacy Foundation 

 

#48. Dr Jason Richardson: World Champion BMX to Sports Psychology

#48. Dr Jason Richardson: World Champion BMX to Sports Psychology

November 2, 2021

Dr Jason Richardson is a former World Champion BMXER turned Psychologist.  He helps create results for current or past athletes, entrepreneurs  and execs by combining psychology and coaching.  This conversation hits home on so many levels and every person I feel can benefit from looking a little deeper into the mental side of sport and life. 

We hit a broad range of topics including  the mental side of performance, retirement from sport, confidence vs preparation , physical vs mental and loads more. Enjoy 

Find more on Dr Jason Richardson here:  CLICK HERE 

#47. Thomas Vanderham: Big Mountain Freeride

#47. Thomas Vanderham: Big Mountain Freeride

October 19, 2021

Thomas Vanderham is a big mountain freeride mountain biker that lets his riding do the talking.  Known for his effortless style and iconic film segments. Thomas has pioneered the sport and his longevity is something to marvel at in a sport that can eat you up and spit you out. The sport that often rewards crazy risks , Thomas has taken a thoughtful and planned approach to the highest level.  He has been inside the top 10 at all his Rampage appearances including a podium spot.  

This is Home: Shimano VIDEO - Click here 

#46. Mike Day: Olympic Bmxer - Life lessons and more

#46. Mike Day: Olympic Bmxer - Life lessons and more

October 5, 2021

Mike Day is one of the most successful and popular Bmxers of his time.  Winning a silver medal at the Olympics is one of his crowning achievements not to mention going on the Oprah Winfrey show :)  Mike opens up about the pressure that chasing the Olympic dream brings , the challenges he faces retiring from a sport like bmx , fatherhood and so much more.  It is a really open and candid conversation about his life in bmx with many lessons that can be learned.  What an awesome chat. 

Reference to the Movie which I recommend watching:   The Weight of Gold

#45. Snowshoe WC Downhill with Ed Masters: Crankbrothers Race Review

#45. Snowshoe WC Downhill with Ed Masters: Crankbrothers Race Review

September 21, 2021

World Cup Downhill racing heads to Snowshoe, USA for the final 2 rounds of the World Cup series. The overall in both the men and women ended up being the craziest thing I think we have seen in a while.  Ed Masters is my co host for this episode of Bench Racing.   In this episode we break down Snowshoe   

This podcast series is brought to you by Crankbrothers.  Crankbrothers is synonmous with the DH racing circuit, and this year celebrated 11 years in a row of Elite World Champs wins with the Mallet DH pedal! Determined to improve the shoe and pedal interface for riders, Crankbrothers spent the last two years developing their own range of shoes, launching late last year, and in 2021 we’ll see those shoes in use on the World Cup DH circuit with riders like Luca Shaw, Bernard Kerr, Angel Suarez, and World Champs Oisin O’Callaghan and Camille Balanche, as well as many more. 

 

 

#44. Lenzerheide DH with Tracey Hannah:  Crankbrothers Race Review

#44. Lenzerheide DH with Tracey Hannah: Crankbrothers Race Review

September 7, 2021

2021 World Cup Downhill from Lenzerheide, Switzerland.  Tracey Hannah is my co host for this episode of Bench Racing. We will cover the season and bring you review episodes of each race throughout the year.  

This podcast series is brought to you by Crankbrothers.  Crankbrothers is synonmous with the DH racing circuit, and this year celebrated 11 years in a row of Elite World Champs wins with the Mallet DH pedal! Determined to improve the shoe and pedal interface for riders, Crankbrothers spent the last two years developing their own range of shoes, launching late last year, and in 2021 we’ll see those shoes in use on the World Cup DH circuit with riders like Luca Shaw, Bernard Kerr, Angel Suarez, and World Champs Oisin O’Callaghan and Camille Balanche, as well as many more. 

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