The Play Sports Group (PSG) has appointed Rich Payne as the newest presenter of its mountain bike YouTube channel, Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN). Founded in 2015, GMBN is home to ‘the world’s largest MTB community, currently attracting over 22 million video content views per month.’
Rich Payne has been riding for 20 years, racing locally, nationally and at World Cup level in Four-Cross. He then focused fully on enduro and the EWS series, where he created a popular series of videos titled ‘EWS or Bust’, documenting racing as a privateer, which ‘quickly gained notoriety and empathy’.
Payne will work alongside co-presenters Martyn Ashton, Neil Donoghue, Blake Samson and Andrew Dodd in GMBN regulars slots, such as the weekly Dirt Shed Show, Ask GMBN, MTB Maintenance and How to’s. He will join them across a number of adventures this year, boosting enduro coverage, checking out the latest gear and chatting to some of the biggest names in MTB.
Rich Payne said “I’m excited to join the team at GMBN, it’s an amazing opportunity to work with some great people and to share what insights I’ve learned about riding and racing bikes over the years with as many people as possible. I can’t wait to see what the future holds and look forward to bringing the viewers some amazing content.”
Simon Wear, Founder and CEO of Play Sports Group (parent company of GMBN), said “Welcoming Rich on board and further expanding the GMBN team will help us create even more engaging off-road content to serve our many viewers worldwide. He will add a new dimension to our already brilliant presenter roster, having raced across a number of disciplines at a variety of different levels of competition. Rich is clearly a great new addition and is already stuck into plans for exciting new adventures!”