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Welcome to Vital MTB's The Inside line, a podcast about the personalities in our great sport of mountain biking. We're excited to kick things off with an episode featuring American downhill racer, Eliot Jackson.

On December 1, 2016, we met up with Eliot in a quiet, distraction-free house near Santa Barbara, California. He was staying there to focus on training for the 2017 World Cup season. I learned that Eliot happens to be a podcast fan and to my surprise really loves road riding, yet despises riding his trail bike. We discuss growing up racing motocross at a near-professional level with the likes of Ryan Villopoto, how he dropped out of full-time school in 7th grade to pursue racing, the fact he considers himself a nerd who loves reading, problem solving and statistics, his transition from the Pivot Cycles World Cup DH team to Giant Factory Racing and just what makes calculated crusher tick. We hope you enjoy getting to know Eliot through this interview as much as we did. -spomer

Eliot Jackson, Leogang 2016. Photographs by Duncan Philpott

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sspomer sspomer 1/16/2017 3:21 PM

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commenter bonus : ) FYI, episode 2 is live on vital (not homepage'd yet). http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Vital-MTBs-The-Inside-Line-Podcast-Episode-2-Brian-Lopes,1515 - i'm not sure how long it takes to show up on itunes and other outlets, so be patient. when it shows up, we'll blast it.

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should be up tomorrow. it's done and ready, just tweaking some things on our end here while we still learn how this podcast stuff works : ) i think everyone will like #2

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This was awesome! Eliot is such an inspiration. Feels like we listeners got a backstage pass on how the Great Ones get great. Thanks, man! Loved this podcast. Looking forward to more.

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@sspomer Copple suggested interviews while they are relevant and can give perspective.
1. Mick Hannah - he came through at a time of transition from NORBA Nats being King to now only World Cups having relevance all while the equipment was taking exponential leaps
2. Voreis - just have him explain a month in his live at the peak of going from World Cup racer to "celebrity spouse" to NWD star to road show
3. Sean Heimdall - because "from the ground up"
4. Rennie & Kovarik on teleconference. I don't care about the quality of the audio. Just want all that rowdyness in one interview.

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Eliot's the 'merican dude I'm wanting good results for. Awesome to hear from him about life on the pro circuit. Stoked he got a position on Giant this year, hoping for the best for him.

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sspomer - Any thoughts on doing DH/EWS seasion previews and/or race reviews, pulpmx / steve matthes style? It's something I have been thinking of doing myself for quite a while if not for a lack of industry contacts

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So stoked on the Inside Line. Seems like a lot of mtb podcasts struggle for relevancy but if anyone's got the depth and platform to pull it off it's Vital. I will listen to every one.

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VITAL - Thank you for doing this...The MTB podcast world has a giant hole in it and hopefully this fills it. OFF_TRACK was great but they stopped doing it a while back...Please don't only stick to racing, anyone who is interesting in our world would be very welcomed...Mechanics, Industry Guys, Racers, Riders like Vories etc...

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man this is really, really, really interesting.. As said by that other guy in the rumours thread, we love the guys racing WC, EWS and all, and we know they're (most of them) down to earth, chilled, fun guys that enjoy what we enjoy and are just better at that. Since they're all super approachable, Eliot included ( when I marshalled in val di sole, in 2012 or so, I had the chance to chat with him and it was a memorable and fun encounter), it's nice to get to know them beyond their riding or the image portrayed through social media. Podcasts are great, I see them popping up in the mtb realm and I am stoked that the website putting out the best mtb content has decided to start a series of them. Keep rolling guys and stay great: because vital raw is like no other "raw".

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thanks for the feedback everyone. @drewnobi, i'll see about overcast...we're new to all of this. @ahab, i've done 4 other interviews (and am doing a 5th one today). they'll probably launch every week or so for now and will try to keep the momentum up throughout the season. it's been really fun doing these interviews.

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intro killed it, as did the whole interview and elliot too. Only thing its missing is an outro. Felt a bit awkward and open ended. You should add the ever present slide show background music or something

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Overall sound quality and recording was great. Amazing how many podcasts sound like they're made in a trash can.
Nice relaxed interview style too.

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