2020 Pinkbike Awards: Performance of the Year Winner

Dec 30, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Performance of the Year Winner

From 24-hour endurance grinds to 4-minute flat-out downhill runs, there were myriad ways that riders still found ways to perform in this disrupted year. We highlighted Greg Minnaar, Evie Richards, Emil Johansson, Tiago Ferreira and Reece Wilson who all beat out the world's best under immense pressure for victory.

While we were impressed with all the contenders, the 2020 Performance of the Year award goes to...

Why he's the winner
It started with a stump gap. Pretty much nobody had Reece Wilson pinned for the World Champs title this year, but that lasted roughly one practice session as Reece Wilson hucked through a greasy, root-strewn section that most of the world's top riders were still puzzling. On a section that lacked rhythm and flow, the young Scot showed in one line that he wasn't in Austria to mess around, and was hungry to cement his place among the world's best. That form carried through the rest of the week and after some red-hot splits in seeding, Wilson became one of the riders to beat on finals day.

Reece Wilson gone full send like only the Scottish can do.

Finals threw every possible challenge at riders. Cold, snow and a fresh cut section that had been put in to bring some much-needed tech to Leogang. That section was ruined by autumnal conditions and a constant stream of riders passing through it making it one of the trickiest race sections in recent memory.

Unfortunately, an early race start meant that not much of what Wilson did on track was televised but it's clear from looking at the time sheets that the woods section that caused other riders so much trouble is where he excelled. He would later say he didn't think he had done that well and had missed a few lines, but it was a run that was about as perfect as you could get on that track in those conditions.

The final few nervous moments in the hot seat for Reece Wilson.

Your top 3 men. 1st Reece Wilson 2nd David Trummer 3rd Remi Thirion.

Wilson crossed the lines 7 seconds in the green but was in for a long and tense wait for the final riders to cross the line. In the end, Wilson's time was never really troubled and he won the World Champs by the biggest margin since Danny Hart in Champery nearly a decade ago.

Reece Wilson proved he s no one hit wonder. First in qualies by a sizable margin in the worst possible weather and track conditions. Hats off.

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  • 250 9
 Hell yeah @reecewallace, well deserved
  • 24 0
 I was waiting for this...
  • 8 88
flag benajminlee (Dec 30, 2020 at 12:14) (Below Threshold)
 reece wilson, not reece wallace
  • 221 1
 Thanks man!
  • 10 0
 @reecewallace: the real Reece Wilson haha
  • 2 0
 That was the mega run in the worst conditions possible, congrats.
  • 120 2
 Deore drivetrain got robbed.
  • 22 0
 Well deserved! Congrats!
  • 19 0
 I love that picture of him above the stumps. There looks like nowhere to land that won’t instantly cause an endo, slideout or taco a rim. Amazing riding.
  • 3 2
 Minefield is the word you are looking for I think? I sure as hell wouldn´t enjoy that flight even in dry lol.
  • 6 0
 He's a stumpjumber!
  • 13 0
 Hell yeah Reece! Badass performance and further proof that all runs should be televised!
  • 8 0
 So um, where's the video? I'm to READ about the performance of the year?
  • 4 0
 The video was deemed too good to be broadcast unfortunately. It was said by the powers that be that all future videos would be ruined should it ever be shown in full.
  • 1 0
 youtu.be/6cCFHM-Dt-A?t=245 This is from a practice run but shows the concept!
  • 5 0
 This is reminiscent of Danny Harts world champs win all those years ago. Except footage of that run exists!
  • 5 0
 Was routing for Jesse but Reece killed it also. Congrats!
  • 1 0
 Rooting for Jesse as well!!
  • 5 0
 Did you see him send that jump?!
  • 1 0
 That was a crazy day of racing. Never seen that kind of mud on a race course before. It swallowed the riders up and stopped them in their tracks. Reece managed to make it down the hill faster than the rest and it was impressive!
  • 5 1
 He summoned his inner Sam Hill!!!
  • 4 0
 EJ killed it too... on another slopestyle planet
  • 3 0
 I had him pinned for world champs title, that's why I lead the Fantasy for till LousaWink
Great job Reece, well deserved!
  • 3 0
 Woohoo Reece! I always said you deserved this one!
  • 1 0
 Comment only applying to suspension products: how can this nomination be about downhill when only 1% of the mtb crowd actually rides it?
  • 1 0
 Watching him openly ball in the finish paddock when bruni went down was golden. Made me laugh, poor guy was totally overwhelmed. Well deserved.
  • 1 0
 Well in Reece! smashed it!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a new 100% helmet! the aircraft 2 ? on the visor
  • 1 0
 showed the video!! puts a whole new level to SEND IT!
  • 2 1
 Let s hope he will not have Miranda Miller s luck.
  • 1 0
 Yeeasss!!! Just watch this guy go next year.
  • 1 0
 Reese is just lucky Specialized the company can't compete in this category
  • 1 0
 Minnaar! Almost won two days in a row.
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  • 5 5
 The GOAT got robbed. You disrespect the best.
  • 1 0
 Ha. The The GOAT disrespected the stump he faceplanted into.
  • 1 0
 Top man!
  • 1 0
 Marine Cabirou
  • 1 0
 Yep.... He deserves it
  • 5 7
 Why he won? I´m not sure, I wasn´t able to see shit from his winning ride, thanks RB!
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  • 3 3
 Brendog got robbed...
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