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DONUTS & BIKES: The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast

Paul Howard & Kristian Jackson

DONUTS & BIKES - The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast - will help transform your riding while delighting your taste buds! The hosts, Paul Howard (ZEP MTB Camps Owner & Head Coach, PMBIA Co-Founder, Past President, Director of Programs & Development, PMBIA Master Course Conductor) and Kristian Jackson (Senior Lecturer at Appalachian State University’s Department of Recreation Management & Physical Education, Trail Boss Rocky Knob Bike Park, PMBIA Mentor Course Conductor) are two of the top-tier, industry leading mountain bike coaches and instructor trainers, with over 40 years of collective experience. Listen in as Donuts & Bikes pairs all things MTB skills and coaching, along with a feature donut on every episode. Get your ride and eat on and bite into Donuts & Bikes!

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Improve How You Learn and the Fundamentals of Coaching

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01/17/23 • 87 min

How does the learning process interact with our work of coaching riders? What are some of the core practices of coaching mountain bikers? In this episode, we begin to unpack answers to these questions. We dig into some of the ways people learn on bikes and shine a light on a few techniques and concepts we use to train riders to become more effective in their efforts. Here we discuss:

  • A couple highlights from Episode 3 – A Chat with Aussie Coach Shannon Rademaker
  • The learning culture and debunking the adage “if you’re not crashing you’re not learning.”
  • The apprenticeship model
  • Goal setting and a menu in a restaurant?
  • The role of fun and playfulness in lessons
  • The idea of minimum terrain maximum technique
  • Learning is about change
  • Change isn’t comfortable
  • How do we build connections as coaches?
  • Respect and coaching
  • Divergent approaches to learning – right and wrong vs pros and cons
  • The role of feedback in the learning process
  • Feedback as a skill
  • Remember to have fun!
  • Jam on your face? A very memorable donut of the day!

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The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast: Donuts & Bikes are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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01/17/23 • 87 min

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A Chat with Aussie Coach Shannon Rademaker

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01/10/23 • 82 min

Shannon Rademaker is the maker of RAD things! He is an Australian mountain bike coach who has trained and guided over 5000 riders. Shannon's resume includes work with Gravity OZ, All Terrain Cycles, PMBIA Course Conductor and Level 4 Coach, coaching slopestyle athletes, trail building, and creating the Highline event, (part of the Freeride World Tour). Join us for a RAD conversation including the following topics:

  • Shannon’s background in BMX, Mountain bikes and racing
  • The nature of mountain biking in Australia
  • Mountain bike culture in Australia
  • Shannon’s background in mountain bike coaching
  • Perspectives on the evolution of mountain bike coaching
  • The benefits of skills-based coaching
  • The state of mountain bike coaching in Australia
  • Coaching and trail development
  • Access and availability of coaching
  • The culture of taking lessons debate
  • The newest generation of riders
  • Surfing and other distractions to mountain biking
  • The importance of being able to “see” mountain biking
  • Shannon’s work with high-level athlete
  • Designing slopestyle courses
  • The creation of the Highline event
  • Coaching Caroline Buchanan
  • Shannon’s favorite donut!

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The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast: Donuts & Bikes are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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01/10/23 • 82 min

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The Relationship Between Trail Building & Coaching

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12/30/22 • 77 min

  • Are you a trail builder, passionate about building the best trails possible?
  • Perhaps you're a coach that wants to learn more about trail building?
  • Are you are rider that wants to learn more about how to use different trails to progress your riding?

Either way, this episode is for you as we dig into the relationship between building trails and coaching, and why these two things should come together more often to help maximize the value, enjoyment and sustainability of trails, for everyone! Here's the main nuggets of gold in this podcast...

  • Why is synergy between coaching and trail building needed?
  • Kristian's history with trail stewardship and as trail boss at Rocky Knob MTB Park
  • The relationship of trail progression and skill development
  • Building for “ourselves” vs building for others
  • Seeing trails through the lens of the rider
  • State of trails today
  • The importance of blue trails
  • Consistency and predictability in trails
  • Exclusivity vs inclusivity in trails
  • Inclusive trails as a means of building community support
  • How labeling trails as “beginner, intermediate, expert” might be a disservice to riders
  • Trails good for coaching and good for learning
  • Benefits of fun and safe trails
  • What can trail builders do to know more about coaching?
  • What can coaches do to know more about trail building?
  • Donut of the day

Thanks for listening and please feel free to share... we are now listed on TuneIn and Alexa in addition to Spotify, Apple Podcasts & Amazon Music.
Cheers,
Paul and Kristian
@donutsandbikes
DISCLAIMER
The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast: Donuts & Bikes are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.
THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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12/30/22 • 77 min

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Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast!

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12/23/22 • 74 min

Riders, do you want to progress more efficiently?
Coaches, do you want to be better riders?

In this episode, we unpack the saying “slow is smooth and smooth is fast” in the context of coaching and riding to unlock some ideas to improve performance.

In this episode we discuss:

· Possible origins of this saying
· Racing as measurement of percentages
· Riding at speed might not mean riding at 100%
· Slowing down to dial in specific performance goals
· The purpose of practice
· Skills vs techniques
· Applying slow is smooth to coaching
· Going fast vs rushing
· The mental side of being smooth
· Measuring success
· The secrets of going fast – timing and coordination
· Speeding up decision making
· How to ride at 100%

Check us out on Instagram @donutsandbikes and please share with your friends to help us spread the word!

Thanks for listening, have fun, ride smart, and we’ll see you on the trails.
Kristian and Paul

DISCLAIMER
The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast: Donuts & Bikes are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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12/23/22 • 74 min

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Donuts & Bikes Podcast: Info & Preview Episode

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12/23/22 • 15 min

Welcome to the Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast: Donuts & Bikes!

Listen to this brief info and preview episode to learn more about the hosts, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard, who they are, what they do and why they are creating this new, industry first, mountain bike coaching podcast. The episode also digs into how these podcasts will work and what to expect.
If you're a mountain biker interested in not only progressing their skills, but also keen to dig into deeper conversations regarding different approaches, tactics and tools that can be used to get to the next level, this podcast is for you!
If you're a mountain bike coach that seeks more knowledge, more ideas or different ways to thing about teaching, coaching, riding and all things mountain biking, then listen in and see how we can help!

Each season or "chapter" we'll release 4 - 6 episodes, including interviews with guests from the mountain bike coaching world. This season, the topics will be...

  • EP1: Slow is Smooth Smooth is Fast
  • EP2: Why trail builders should coach and why coaches should build trails!
  • EP3: Guest Coach Shannon Rademaker on the state of skills coaching in Australia
  • EP4: Understanding 'how we learn' as riders and coaches to create more success

We have lots more ideas and topics to come, along with more guests planned as well. Find us on Instagram at @donutsandbikes to keep in touch and get the latest updates.
Enjoy!
Paul & Kristian

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12/23/22 • 15 min

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Cornering Part 1 - The Myths, The Fundamentals, The Details!

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02/02/23 • 78 min

Cornering: the piece of our riding we can always improve and seemingly can never 'perfect'... the holy grail of mountain biking! In this episode we discuss some of the myths and pitfalls riders can fall into and dive into some of the details behind the fundamental skills that a) will improve your cornering and b) you can work on anywhere, corners or no corners!
For coaches... there's a wealth of insight here to up your game and help make your cornering sessions more efficient, effective and fun!

  • Common myths
  • Pedal position
  • Switch foot
  • Absolutes vs pro's and cons
  • Techniques vs. Tactics
  • Highlighting the difference between "how to do" something vs. "how to learn" something.
  • Recipes and ingredients
  • Be patience - focus on ONE skill at a time
  • Flat corners vs. berms
  • Angulation and Inclination
  • Fundamentals of Position & Balance for cornering
  • Braking Progression... and yes, you can brake in corners!!
  • Leaning the bike... letting is lean first, before you 'make it lean'

DISCLAIMER

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by Donuts & Bikes - The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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02/02/23 • 78 min

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Drops Part 1 - Techniques & Methods for Progression-based Learning

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02/14/23 • 70 min

Learning to drop can be intimidating. Learning to teach drops can be even more fright-inducing. But it doesn't, and more importantly, shouldn't have to be that way.
In this episode, we how examine how good coaching is good risk management and that skills-based coaching is a powerful way to build purposeful progressions.
Drops come in all sizes, shapes, and configurations and as a result, there usually isn't a single "right way" to ride a drop. In this episode we focus in on the skills we can control to create optimal performance.
For our listeners who are riders, we discuss some of the key skills-components we used to understand how to perform on drops.
For our coaches out there, we present some details on designing progressions, understanding rider anxiety, and other important important nuggets for helping riders succeed.

This episode includes:

  • Paul's highlights from his Downtime Podcast appearance
  • Highlights from Cornering Part 1
  • Common Myths about "doing" drops
  • Limitation of a “prescriptive” approach to teaching and learning drops
  • Risk Management as an element of teaching progressions
  • Rider assessment and warm ups for drops
  • Risk, Anxiety, and Empathy
  • Sizes of drops for teaching
  • The importance of a Point of Commitment
  • The role of the press, absorb, poke in controlling the bike’s trajectory.
  • The idea of being a driver not a survivor
  • The goal of teaching drops is teaching adaptability
  • Getting better on drops doesn’t automatically mean going to a bigger drop
  • Teaching drops is really teaching skills
  • Consistency, Correct Technique, and Confidence as measurement tools
  • When is it time to move to a bigger drop?
  • The importance of identifying Performance Affecting Factors
  • Identifying student goals vs. instructor goals
  • Don’t try to learn drop techniques on crappy drops!
  • What makes a drop good for teaching?
  • A preview of advanced drops
  • Donut of the day!

DISCLAIMER

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by Donuts & Bikes - The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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02/14/23 • 70 min

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Can You Learn To Manual From A Podcast?

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03/02/23 • 69 min

You asked, and we brought it to you: a manual episode!
Join us as we breakdown one of the raddest things you can do on a bike. Here, we separate a basic "puddle manual" from the "BMX manual" and focus on learning the simplest version first. In this episode we discuss:

  • A bit of theory on stability and balance
  • How skill development relates to stability and balance
  • How this impacts our teaching
  • Some pre-reqs for the manual
  • Terrain choice
  • Stretching
  • Bike set up
  • Goal setting
  • Why we should know how to manual
  • The basic steps
  • How to practice
  • Patience and being kind to yourself
  • And of course, the donut of the day!

Let us know if this helps you with your pursuit of the manual!

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The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by Donuts & Bikes - The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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03/02/23 • 69 min

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03/15/23 • 86 min

Becoming a World Cup Racer involves much more than learning to be a good rider. Coaching at the highest level is more than just teaching. Claire Buchar knows these things. She shreds harder post-World Cup, rides smoother than most, keeps it humble, and enjoys a good (vegan) donut.
We sat down with the Canadian mountain bike legend to discuss her formative experiences as a racer, and how she has translated those learnings into coaching, and, life in general.
Claire's resume runs deep and includes multiple National Championships and a World Champion Bronze Medal. Her unique journey has much to teach aspiring racers and coaches alike about the power being your authentic self.
In this episode we discuss:

  • What inspired Claire to start mountain biking
  • Her early years of racing
  • Racing as a privateer
  • How her racing shaped who she is
  • Competition and ego
  • Challenges of being a top athlete
  • Transitioning from racing to coaching
  • Learning to coach
  • How racing experience influences coaching
  • The power of skills based teaching
  • The mental side of training
  • Kids these days!
  • Claire's favorite donut

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The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by Donuts & Bikes - The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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03/15/23 • 86 min

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Why Wouldn't You Learn to Jump?

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04/08/23 • 78 min

Paul and Kristian jump on the mics to discuss why jumping is an important skill for all mountain bikers. The hosts chat through their own backgrounds as riders and discover they were both paperboys, were both shaped by technical trails, and both learned to really jump as adults.
The conversation spans from the 80s and 90s, to their first trips to Whistler where they were influenced by the trails as well as the culture, and to the conclusion that no matter what or where you ride, jumping is an important skill to learn.
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The views, thoughts and opinions expressed by Donuts & Bikes - The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast are solely those of the authors, Kristian Jackson and Paul Howard and their guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PMBIA, or any other company, person or organization mentioned or included in the podcast. Any content provided by our guests or authors are of their opinion, and are not intended to malign any religion, ethic group, club, organization, company, individual, or anyone or anything.

THIS PODCAST & IT'S AUTHORS DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ANY INDIVIDUAL'S USE OF, REFERENCE TO, RELIANCE ON, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS PODCAST OR THE INFORMATION PRESENTED IN THIS PODCAST.

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04/08/23 • 78 min

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DONUTS & BIKES: The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast currently has 17 episodes available.

What topics does DONUTS & BIKES: The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast cover?

The podcast is about Skills, How To, Podcasts, Education, Sports and Coaching.

What is the most popular episode on DONUTS & BIKES: The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast?

The episode title 'Improve How You Learn and the Fundamentals of Coaching' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on DONUTS & BIKES: The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast?

The average episode length on DONUTS & BIKES: The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast is 73 minutes.

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Episodes of DONUTS & BIKES: The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast are typically released every 14 days, 1 hour.

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The first episode of DONUTS & BIKES: The Mountain Bike Coaching Podcast was released on Dec 23, 2022.

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