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VN Interviews podcast: In a van with MTB stars Grotts and McElveen

By Spencer Powlison • Published
Olympian Howard Grotts (left) hitched a ride to marathon MTB nationals with Payson McElveen (right). They battled on the trail, but outside the races, they are good friends. Photo: Spencer Powlison | VeloNews.com

Welcome to the VeloNews Interviews podcast. This series features in-depth conversations with cycling’s most interesting people. From riders to directors to other influential people, this is your place to learn about the sport from the insiders.

Should we call them frenemies? Not quite. Mountain bike stars Howard Grotts and Payson McElveen are close friends and training partners even if they clash on the trails at the races.

We recorded this interview in the back of McElveen’s van at Whiskey Off-Road in Arizona before they embarked on a road trip to U.S. marathon mountain bike nationals in Arkansas.

As they did last year, the Durango, Colorado duo brought the heat with McElveen winning his second title in a row and Olympian Grotts again getting a silver. We talked a little about the racing but a lot more about their heavy duty training programs, and how Grotts likes to keep it old school as far as technology is concerned.

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