2016 Pinkbike Awards - Highlight of the Year Winner

Nov 28, 2016
by Pinkbike Staff  

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Highlight of the Year Winner

Danny Hart's World Champs Run

There was no shortage of amazing moments in mountain biking this year, and athletes in every discipline unleashed brilliant performances that will go down in the history books. There was one highlight, however, that stood above the rest, a race run that's indelibly burned into the brains of anyone who witnessed it: Danny Hart's 2016 DH World Champs run. It's three minutes and thirty-two seconds of pure downhill mastery, with a few extra-loose, heart stopping moments thrown in for good measure. We are talking about Danny Hart after all, whose wild, mud-splattered 2011 World Champs run is still one of the most impressive (and most viewed) moments in DH history.

Danny Hart foot out flat out and already looking at the finish line was down the track.
Winning huck.

This year, Danny arrived at World Champs a man on a mission, intent on continuing the winning streak that saw him take home three World Cup victories in a row. He was fastest in timed training, a clear sign that he wasn't going to hold anything back. When race day arrived he laid it all on the line, charging down the trail hellbent on taking home that elusive rainbow jersey.

Watching the replay it's astounding to watch the speed that he carries over the massive wheel-sucking holes and through the dusty corners. After railing the final corner foot out and flat out, and then boosting over the finish line jump, all that was left to do was wait to sit in the hot seat and see if his time would be faster than what Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin could lay down. It was, and at the end of the day Danny Hart was DH World Champion once again, finishing 2.97 seconds ahead of teammate Laurie Greenland. Congratulations on winning Highlight of the Year, Danny—we're already looking forward to seeing what next year's DH race season brings.

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  • 125 4
 Highlight of the year. When the RedBull player didn't crash, freeze or take a dump during a Dowhill World Cup race!
  • 14 2
 On average, it seemed much better this year. I really like the website where you can skip around to different parts of the events too.
  • 7 1
 @spinko: Yeah it was pretty good this year
  • 49 3
 Danny deserved it. But what about PB giving back to the community? Where's the "Comment of the Year"? The "Punniest Pun of the Year"? Thread of the Year?
  • 42 11
 It's an inofficial contest for Pinkbike PRO users only. It's called Red Troll Keybordage
2013 - Deeeight
2014 - Protour
2015 - Protour
2016 - ?

I'm always nominated but never get it so this year I am judging
  • 69 3
 @WAKIdesigns: it's official. Waki wins PB Troll of the Year. Congrats Waki, you deserve it. Wink
  • 9 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I think he should win again this year with the comment how someone will die because of demos "unstable" suspension!
  • 15 9
 @Boardlife69: no I can't deal with the pressure. But someone just told me that my keyboard won the MTB Product of the Year award. I wish to thank logitech and M&B Architects for sponsoring me this year.
  • 49 2
 Comments on a suspension article;
'When have 6 inches ever been better than eight?'
'In prison'
Got to be the best comment of the year
  • 12 0
 @metaam: I liked that 'knob gobbler' comment in regards to the tech tool used by pit crews to trim down the lugs on their tyres.!
  • 3 3
 @pweb79: who came up with that hahaahahahahah Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @winko: that was last year, thus his 2015 victory. he's been pretty quiet this year, except claiming that Loic's injury was due to that same "death trap" Demo... until somebody pointed out Loic wasn't on his Demo when he crashed. Which was amazing, & makes a good case for a Protour threepeat.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: You may not have a victory notched yet, but I think due to consistency of your trolling, and the hilarity which almost always ensues, the powers that be have actually decided to name the troll of the year after you. @Protour is the 2016 WAKI Winner.
  • 3 0
 @pweb79: Im honored!
  • 2 0
 @supercollider: credit where credits due my friend.!!! I still laugh every time I think about reading that article/comment.,, cheers mate
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: it was in the ultimate guide to Lourdes World Cup 2016 Smile
  • 1 1
 Actually, that's a great idea... I will be giving WAKIs. So selfless of me... I will draw diplomas and send them to companies... off course before that, they will be published on Pinkbike and on my instagram...
  • 1 1
 This is the biggest pile of Pinkbike gold ever... www.pinkbike.com/news/arbr-bikes-launch-2016.html
  • 7 0
 That run is so wild. Him sending the sign jump at 1:04, then proceeding to smash the next 30 seconds of giant rocks is unbelievable.
  • 2 0
 that little sound effect gets me every time haha
  • 6 1
 Highlight of the Year?
Bernard Kerr catching a beer mid air
Remy Metalink taking orbit
Steve Peat waking up in the morning pissing out beer and excellence and retiring
All well and good but to me, Highlight of the Year is the Ft.Bill Memorial Run for #longlivechainsaw . I was brought to shattered tears. Sobs.

That video was the single most moving moment in our sport.
  • 4 0
 Its always great to watch a video that give you goose bumps, now we have one in wet and one in dry from the JEDI master HART. Cheers
  • 5 2
 They finally got something right for once
  • 4 2
 Hell of a year for Danny Boy. I've got Gwin at #2 next year what with Danny's momentum.
  • 7 2
 Might be a 3 way battle with Loic healthy
  • 1 0
 Damn dude, just flying. I don't think I could hold on with any speed down that course, whole thing is just giant ruts, and bumps.
  • 3 2
 Yes, Can't agree enough. Have to give credit to Greenland too. Both of their runs looked wild and fast! Just how DH racing should look
  • 2 0
 Just realized how close he was to wrecking on that final jump. Landed deeeep on that one!
  • 2 0
 Amazing season! Congratulations Danny!
  • 3 1
 nobody can disagree with this............ Go Danny !
  • 1 0
 That left at 1:30 is nuts.
Again the left at 1:48 shows you how much speed he's carrying.

Next level stuff man.
  • 1 2
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  • 1 0
 Wonder how many more hart attacks we are going to have to induce? Hopefully many Big Grin
  • 2 0
 What a beast.
  • 2 0
  • 1 1
 No suspense on this one. We all knew that was coming. Just like the upcoming Video of the Year... we know who wins that.
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 I'm disappointed this troll won. It should have been Minnaar's win.
  • 1 0
 highlight of the year is the phrase "damn Daniel" at least imo Big Grin
  • 1 1
 very cool to see danny's hard work pay off for him. fit and flyin.

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