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.
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.