Quiz: Can You Guess These Downhill World Cup Riders from 2010?

Jun 26, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
The bikes may look completely different but a lot of the riders from 2010 are still plying their trade on the circuit today. We've gone back a decade in the archives to set this fiendish quiz with one simple question - can you guess the riders in the pictures? With different sponsors, kits and younger faces, it's not as easy as it sounds. Most of these riders are still racing today so you should be able to take a good guess at most of them and we've gone from easy to hard and if anyone gets all of the last few right we'll be seriously impressed.

Photography by Fraser Britton, Ian Hylands and Martin Turner.





























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29 Comments

  • 20 0
 That shot of CG! What a legend!
  • 4 0
 I miss CG. Watched him pull a huge suicide no hander over a triple on Fort Bill 4X track in 2004. Sickest move I'd seen by far at the time.
  • 4 0
 @tremeer023: haha or when he'd toss a backflip in. Watching him session 4X was the best!
  • 15 0
 I’m worried for Matti Lehikoinen. What the hell is about to happen to him in that shot?
  • 5 0
 I don't know - I didn't get the Lehikoinen one right
  • 4 0
 He’s about to really regret his line choice
  • 7 0
 Unfortunately that seemed to happen a lot in his last racing years. Dude was a weapon, but I remember a series of serious, unfortunate, injuries that ended up with him stepping away from the scene, simply because he just couldn't take it anymore. There was a pretty interesting interview somewhere around the webs
  • 1 0
 @sadfusde: The WC interviews with Matti were always the greatest. So chill you could swear he was smoking something, however his bike riding skills always said otherwise! It's too bad we don't see many (if any?) WC racers from Scandinavia anymore.
  • 1 0
 Chain Reaction Jersey, check. Crashing, check. Yep gotta be Lehikoinen.
  • 5 0
 It's weird seeing all these racers from 10 years ago because in my mind that was also just 3 years ago. Man I'm getting old.
  • 1 0
 Can't help thinking how much the concussion protocol has changed in ten years. I read under Stevie photo that he had a concussion but yet two days later full gazz on the tracks.

Nowadays I believe we protect riders much more, which is a good thing. (At Crankworx they take it very seriously).
  • 4 1
 Quiz: Can You Guess These Downhill World Cup Riders from 2010?

Answer: No, no I can not.
  • 5 0
 It's the taking part that counts
  • 4 0
 @jamessmurthwaite: I just kept saying “Sam Hill or Peaty” over and over. The closest I got was Minnaar I thought it was Peaty. Both tall lanky Syndicate guys and it is a rear view picture so I’m calling it a win.
  • 1 0
 At this time i was 12 years old and and i was a huge fan of Troy Brosnan, Sam Hill and Brendog and first startet riding downhill Big Grin Remember the Trees or the Forest Section in Leogang at the DH-Track Big Grin
  • 3 0
 17 out of 22, damn some were hard to find from memories!
  • 2 0
 I have answered "me" to every photo but it was wrong. I think that there's a problem with that quizz...
  • 1 0
 I knew that was matt just because it looks like he's about to crash! Only a couple wrong though, pretty happy with that
  • 2 0
 Feels weird too see racers wear anything else than XS slim pants
  • 2 0
 It would have been fun to include some photos from the skinsuit world champs days. Then we could anatomically identify some of the riders.
  • 1 0
 I cant get over how dated kits look just a few years back. Gets me every time.
  • 1 0
 I got 5. Anybody who wasn't featured in 3 minute gaps I didn't stand a chance.
  • 1 0
 First three questions were easy.
  • 1 0
 I can recognise brendans arse instantly......wot !
  • 1 0
 only 4 wrong for me.
  • 1 1
 Answer: no
  • 1 3
 12 out of 22
  • 1 3
 Never go full moto.
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