Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

Sam Blenkinsop – Fast and Loose

July 28, 2020

There is no doubt that Sam Blenkinsop is one of the most stylish mountain bike riders on the planet. With a career that started racing in New Zealand at a young age, Sam worked his way up to win the 2008 World Cup in Schladming, beating the seemingly unbeatable Sam Hill. Me and Sam sat down for a chat to find out more about his rise to the top. We also chat about what it’s like to work with teammates like Nico Vouilloz and Loic Bruni. We cover Crankworx, that amazing Gamble segment, becoming a Dad and much much more. So hit play and give this episode with Sam Blenkinsop a listen.

Follow Sam on Instagram @samblenkinsop. The Sam Blenkinsop segment from Gamble that we talk about is here and I highly recommend you watch it. If you want to check out Sam’s 2008 win at Schladming, then head here.

Supporting Partners

Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July.

Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then is the place to head.

Podcast Stuff

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