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In this episode, Dan and I spend some time on the tailgate talking racing over 40 and winning, how to train, and what's up for him in 2024!
Mountain Bike Athlete Dan Ennis shows us how to get over the hill and down the mountain fastest with his training plan, mindset, and family-friendly approach to riding and life. Dan is a product tester for Trek Bicycles, has worked for Cane Creek as a suspension technician, coached national championship race teams, and won multiple national championships in gravity racing in his career! You can find Dan shredding the local mountains in Pisgah National Forest or traveling to multi-stage Enduro races aboard his prototype Trek Slash. Show Notes: 00:00 - Start 01:26 - Introducing Dan Ennis - USA Cycling DH Masters Champ! 04:25 - How Dan Ennis got into Mountain Biking 07:27 - Passion vs Professional Choices 09:53 - Dan’s Unusual Approach To Learning Gravity Skills 14:20 - How Dan Remains Curious and Driven Towards His Riding Goals! 15:56 - Racing & Dealing With Aging 20:32 - Dan’s Approach to Bike Fitness at 40 29:58 - What Separates Intermediate Riders from Elite Riders? 33:24 - Dans Plans for the Future + Dan’s Product Testing Career 36:33 - Most Important Role of a Product Tester (Ohlins, Trek, Cane Creek) 41:35 - Recapping National Championship, Luca Shaw Split, 2024 Plans