60 Sec­onds with... JOHN OL­DALE

Mountain Biking UK - - UPLIFT -

Tall, tat­tooed and friendly, John Ol­dale is a fa­mil­iar face in the UK bike in­dus­try. Like many of his peers, he raced down­hill in the ’90s and spent win­ters work­ing in bike shops to fund sum­mer sea­sons in Morzine and Whistler. Af­ter blag­ging a job with a New Zealand bike brand, he spent seven years in the south­ern hemi­sphere, be­fore re­turn­ing to work as Fox’s Euro­pean MTB mar­ket­ing man­ager. These days John heads up all things mar­ket­ing-re­lated for Marin Bikes. His keen eye for style and ta­lent has re­sulted in him hook­ing up some of the UK’s hottest up-and-com­ers.

Who is John Ol­dale? A whisky-lov­ing dad who loves ad­ven­tures on his bike.

What’s your job ti­tle? In­ter­na­tional Mar­ket­ing Man­ager for Marin Bikes.

Where do you call home?

A small vil­lage just out­side of Marl­bor­ough.

What was your first bike?

Some ran­dom BMX from my next-door neigh­bour.

Cur­rent go-to bike? For the last year I’ve been on a Marin Rift Zone, with a few mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

What gets you ex­cited to ride?

Rad peo­ple and fun trails.

Favourite rider to watch?

Rémi Thirion, Kaos Sea­grave or Kade Ed­wards.

Favourite bike film? Any of the Sprung or Earthed series, and more re­cently Gam­ble.

Best trail you’ve rid­den this year?

‘The First One’ into ‘Flow Trail’ at Bikepark Inns­bruck.

Scari­est thing you’ve done on a bike?

Rid­ing over a ran­dom arch in Moab, Utah, with a 500ft drop on one side, when it was pretty windy. It made for a sweet photo though!

Worst crash you’ve had? Rid­ing some jun­gle trails in NZ, I went over the bars and KO’d my­self. I woke up to a face of blood and a lot of pain. I thought I’d pushed my nose into my head and started freak­ing out, be­cause I knew that, due to the lo­ca­tion, there was no chance of get­ting res­cued. Af­ter my mates had calmed me down, I re­alised I’d put my teeth through my top lip and bro­ken my nose. Let’s just say it was a long push out.

Clips or flats?

Flats – is there an­other op­tion?

650b or 29in? 29.

Bike park flow or nat­u­ral gnar?

Nat­u­ral gnar.

Race re­sults or In­sta­gram fol­low­ers? Per­son­al­ity – nei­ther of the above are worth any­thing with­out it.

Who’d you rather fight… Richie Rude or Brook Mac­don­ald?

I have a pretty funny story as to why it’s def­i­nitely not Brook, but it’s prob­a­bly not suit­able for print!

Who’d be your dream spon­sor? Vans.

How far can your wheelie?

A solid 25ft.

What would be your desert is­land lux­ury? Spo­tify.

What ad­vice would you give your 13-year-old self?

Work on your wheel­ies!

What would you be do­ing if you weren’t work­ing for Marin? Some­thing ski­ing-re­lated.

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