Emilie Siegenthaler on the New Downhill Rider’s Association (Ep.135)

One of the biggest stories of the World Cup Downhill season that just wrapped up has been the formation of the new rider’s association to better collectively advocate for their interests and those of the sport. So we sat down with newly-appointed rider representative Emilie Siegenthaler to talk about why the riders decided to band together, what they hope to get out of the association, how the 2023 season is shaping up, and a whole lot more.


  • What is the association, and why form one? (2:46)
  • How Emilie got involved (7:21)
  • Goals for the association (10:33)
  • Rider safety & concussions (25:47)
  • Discovery/ESO & establishing new lines of communication (28:17)
  • What we know about the 2023 season (36:04)
  • Voting structure of the association (40:42)