MOVING THE NEEDLE : The Andrew Neethling Podcast
#26. Matt Macduff: When pushing the limits of Freeride MTB almost cost you your life.

#26. Matt Macduff: When pushing the limits of Freeride MTB almost cost you your life.

January 19, 2021

Matt Macduff is one of the most creative free ride mountain bikers of the modern day. Matt set out to build and ride what he coined the Loop of Doom. Loop of Doom Crash . It did not go as planned and he nearly died in a horrific crash.  Matt has not only recovered but reflected on the event and came out stronger as a person and rider. We chat about so many topics including the crash,  the ego and how one can manage it, his drive to try do what no rider as ever done before, his career now and much more. 

#25. Sven Martin: Professional skateboarder to professional MTB photographer and journalist.

#25. Sven Martin: Professional skateboarder to professional MTB photographer and journalist.

January 5, 2021

Sven Martin who is one of the big voices in MTB racing joins the podcast. Many don't know Sven was a professional skateboarder in his early years. He took up downhill mountain biking really late but his real passion is photography. Sven follows the world MTB circuit shooting and writing about the sports stars. He has so many stories and has helped the sports top riders along the way. 

#24. Taylor Rapley: Mindfulness, flow state , performance under pressure and getting the best out of the mind.

#24. Taylor Rapley: Mindfulness, flow state , performance under pressure and getting the best out of the mind.

December 15, 2020

Taylor Rapley is a mental skills consultant and facilitator, currently with a special interest in performance, resilience and well-being. She has a keen passion in how mindfulness can help high performance athletes.  We touch on all things like the "flow state" , performance under pressure and getting the most out of your mind. We also chat about how these methods can be used to improve your everyday life.  To learn more be sure to check out https://www.ahuapsychology.com 

#23. Gee Atherton: The 2 Time World Champ is easily one of the toughest riders in MTB

#23. Gee Atherton: The 2 Time World Champ is easily one of the toughest riders in MTB

December 1, 2020

Gee Atherton is easily one of the most successful MTB Downhillers of his time. The 2 time World Champion catches up with the show to discuss his early beginnings and where that work ethic came from that got him to the top of the sport.  Gee is also known as one of the toughest riders in mountain biking. He discusses his process to getting through crashes and injuries and his motivation after all these years. 

#22. Grant Lottering: Surviving death to extreme endurance Cyclist all while astonishing doctors

#22. Grant Lottering: Surviving death to extreme endurance Cyclist all while astonishing doctors

November 17, 2020

Extreme Endurance Cyclist and Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador, Grant Lottering’s remarkable comeback from death on 21 July 2013 to conquering the French Alps, Pyrenees and now South Africa continues to astonish the medical profession and audiences alike.  Grant joins the show to recount that horrific day and how it changed his life but for the better. We dig into how strong the mind is and finding ones purpose. This one is so inspirational I was at a loss for words. Check out https://grantlottering.com for more and to follow along. 

#21. Bench Racing Vol 3: Brook Macdonald , Ed Masters and Sven Martin join to break down the 2020 Race Season.

#21. Bench Racing Vol 3: Brook Macdonald , Ed Masters and Sven Martin join to break down the 2020 Race Season.

November 3, 2020

Join us for another episode of Bench Racing.  Brook Macdonald, Eddie Masters and Sven Martin join the show to break down the 2020 World Cup Season Finale in Lousa Portugal.  Strap yourself in as we dig it to everything from Lousa with Brook also sharing how it was returning to racing after his injury.  It goes in all directions as you can expect. Not to be missed. 

#20. Bench Racing Vol 2: Maribor Downhill World Cup Rd 1 and Rd 2

#20. Bench Racing Vol 2: Maribor Downhill World Cup Rd 1 and Rd 2

October 20, 2020

World Cup racing is back and back with a bang. Round 1 and  2 were both held at Maribor, Slovenia in the same week . It was a busy week with race 1 held on a Friday and race 2 held on Sunday. This was a first for World Cup racing and we hope for more of this in the future.  Myles Kelsey of Bike Network a former Masters DH Champion with 41 years of race experience joins the show to chat everything from Maribor including the wheel size debate, safety , team rumours and of course the racing. 

#19. Bench Racing: We break down the 2020 Downhill World Championships

#19. Bench Racing: We break down the 2020 Downhill World Championships

October 13, 2020

Racing is finally here. A bizarre year calls for a bizarre World Champs. Weather played a huge role in the race and it's not surprising with it being October in Europe.  Marc Beaumont joins the show to bench race with me about the 2020 Downhill World Championships. We share our thoughts on the crazy race where Reece Wilson took the win in the men and Camilla Balanche took the win in the women. 

#18. Loic Bruni: The 4 time Elite Downhill MTB World Champion

#18. Loic Bruni: The 4 time Elite Downhill MTB World Champion

October 6, 2020

Loic Bruni at only 26 years of age has won 4 of the last 5 MTB Downhill World Championships. After a nail biting World Cup Season in 2019 he added the World Cup Overall title to his long list of achievements.  Bruni is happy to speak his mind and a great ambassador for the sport. We dig into all sorts like the challenges of lockdown , dominance of the French , being at the top of the sport , trusting your gut and more . This is an episode not to be missed. 

#17. Greg Minnaar: The GOAT of Downhill MTB

#17. Greg Minnaar: The GOAT of Downhill MTB

September 22, 2020

Minnaar is currently the most prolific winner among male professional downhill mountain bike racers, with 21 world cup career victories. Known as the Goat , Greg has had an incredible career and is still mixing it up with the young guns all while nearing the age of 40.  How does he do it ? How does he always seem to perform under pressure ?  We dig it to it all , plus how he struggled in Europe in his early days and doubted if he could make it as a professional. 

 

 

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