State of the Sport Full Release & Comparison - Part One

Jan 29, 2023
by Henry Quinney  
Welcome to the 2023 Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey. This anonymous survey is designed to help shed light on key issues affecting the professional field and elite competition. We surveyed the best riders in the world to hear their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and criticisms on mountain biking as we go into 2023, all in an anonymous format. To read the introduction to the survey click here, and to see all the other currently published SOTS articles click here.



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Section 1 - Demographics

What is your gender?

2021
Male: 121 (61.1%)
Female: 77 (38.9%)
2023
Male: 89 (58.6%)
Female: 63 (41.4%)


What is your age?

2021
Junior: 9 (4.5%)
18-20: 35 (17.7%)
21-25: 53 (26.8%)
26-30: 67 (33.8%)
31-35: 29 (14.6%)
36+: 5 (2.5%)
2023
Junior: 9 (5.9%)
18-20: 32 (21.1%)
21-25: 39 (25.7%)
26-30: 42 (27.6%)
31-35: 26 (17.1%)
36+: 4 (2.6%)

Which continent are you from?

2021
Africa: 1 (0.5%)
Asia: 3 (1.5%)
Europe: 123 (62.1%)
North America: 46 (23.2%)
Oceania: 23 (11.6%)
South America: 2 (1%)
2023
Africa: 0 (0%)
Asia: 2 (1.3%)
Europe: 90 (59.2%)
North America: 38 (25%)
Oceania: 18 (11.8%)
South America: 4 (2.6%)

What is your primary cycling discipline?

2021
Downhill: 71 (35.9%)
Enduro: 65 (32.8%)
Cross Country: 39 (19.7%)
Slopestyle or Freeride: 21 (10.6%)
Other: 2 (1%)
2023
Downhill: 41 (27%)
Enduro: 49 (32.2%)
Cross Country: 49 (32.2%)
Slopestyle or Freeride: 12 (7.9%)
Other: 1 (0.7%)

What position did you finish in the overall rankings of your primary discipline last year?

2021
Top 5: 45 (22.7%)
Top 10: 42 (21.2%)
Top 20: 47 (23.7%)
Top 40: 24 (12.1%)
41st or higher: 15 (7.6%)
N/A: 25 (12.6%)
2023
Top 5: 37 (24.7%)
Top 10: 33 (22%)
Top 20: 53 (35.3%)
Top 40: 21 (14%)
41st or higher: 1 (0.7%)
N/A: 5 (3.3%)

What is your goal for your racing?

2023
To be the best in the world in my discIpline: 61 (40.1%)
To enter the top 10 in my discipline: 28 (18.4%)
To enter the top 20 in my discipline: 3 (2%)
To enter the top 30 in my discipline: 3 (2%)
To be the best I can be: 40 (26.3%)
To earn enough money to support myself: 5 (3.3%)
To earn a high wage as a professional athlete: 4 (2.6%)
To travel and enjoy the experience: 7 (4.6%)
I don't have a particular goal: 0 (0%)
Other: 1 (0.7%)

Section 2 - Media & Filming

How many followers do you have on your main social media account?

2021
0-10,000: 89 (44.9%)
10,000-25,000: 47 (23.7%)
25,000-50,000: 20 (10.1%)
50,000-100,000: 25 (12.6%)
100,000-250,000: 11 (5.6%)
250,000+: 6 (3%)
2023
0-10,000: 69 (45.4%)
10,000-25,000: 32 (21.1%)
25,000-50,000: 19 (12.5%)
50,000-100,000: 14 (9.2%)
100,000 - 250,000: 10 (6.6%)
250,000+ 8 (5.3%)

Why do you use social media?

2021
To Make Myself More Valuable to Sponsors: 171 (86.4%)
To Make Content With and For My Fans: 137 (69.2%)
I Like to Speak to My Fans Directly: 58 (29.3%)
I'm Contracted to Do So: 71 (35.9%)
To Use My Influence in the Mountain Biking Community: 86 (43.4%)
Other (answers included because they enjoy it, for inspiration and to be creative): 7 (3.5%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)
2023
To Make Myself More Valuable to Sponsors: 127 (84.7%)
To Make Content With and For My Fans: 90 (60%)
I Like to Speak to My Fans Directly: 42 (28%)
I'm Contracted to Do So: 49 (32.7%)
To Use My Influence in the Mountain Biking Community: 53 (35.3%)
Because I enjoy it: 55 (36.7%)
Other: 1 (0.7%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)

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I have to make content to maintain my income

2021
Strongly Agree: 46 (23.2%)
Agree: 81 (40.9%)
Neutral: 49 (24.7%)
Disagree: 19 (9.6%)
Strongly Disagree: 3 (1.5%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 32 (23%)
Agree: 59 (38.8%)
Neutral: 38 (25%)
Disagree: 15 (9.9%)
Strongly Disagree: 5 (3.3%)

I enjoy making content for social media

2021
Strongly Agree: 22 (11.1%)
Agree: 83 (41.9%)
Neutral: 71 (35.9%)
Disagree: 18 (9.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 4 (2%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 11 (7.2%)
Agree: 67 (44.1%)
Neutral: 55 (36.2%)
Disagree: 16 (10.5%)
Strongly Disagree: 3 (2%)

Social media reach is more important to me than traditional media coverage (e.g video on Pinkbike homepage or Photo Epic appearance)

2021
Strongly Agree: 7 (3.5%)
Agree: 40 (20.2%)
Neutral: 87 (43.9%)
Disagree: 60 (30.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 4 (2%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 4 (2.6%)
Agree: 46 (30.3%)
Neutral: 76 (50%)
Disagree: 26 (17.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 0 (0%)

I have considered leaving competition to create content full time

2021
Strongly Agree: 4 (2%)
Agree: 26 (13.2%)
Neutral: 16 (8.1%)
Disagree: 66 (33.5%)
Strongly Disagree: 85 (43.1%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 6 (3.9%)
Agree: 12 (7.9%)
Neutral: 11 (7.2%)
Disagree: 57 (37.5%)
Strongly Disagree: 66 (43.4%)

Social media has a negative impact on my mental health

2021
Strongly Agree: 18 (9.1%)
Agree: 77 (38.9%)
Neutral: 42 (21.1%)
Disagree: 50 (25.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 11 (5.6%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 11 (7.2%)
Agree: 40 (26.3%)
Neutral: 67 (44.1%)
Disagree: 29 (19.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 5 (3.3%)

Section 3 - Home Country Support

My home country gave me an advantage compared to others

2021
Strongly Agree: 12 (6.1%)
Agree: 45 (22.7%)
Neutral: 50 (25.3%)
Disagree: 60 (30.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 31 (15.7%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 15 (9.9%)
Agree: 45 (29.6%)
Neutral: 34 (22.4%)
Disagree: 35 (23%)
Strongly Disagree: 23 (15.1%)


My national governing body supports its athletes well

2021
Strongly Agree: 5 (2.5%)
Agree: 19 (9.6%)
Neutral: 34 (17.2%)
Disagree: 67 (33.8%)
Strongly Disagree: 70 (35.4%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 5 (3.3%)
Agree: 21 (13.8%)
Neutral: 29 (19.1%)
Disagree: 41 (27%)
Strongly Disagree: 49 (32.2%)
I don't know: 7 (4.6%)

For riders from my home country, it is too expensive to compete at an international level without significant financial support from brands or sponsors


2023
Strongly Agree: 56 (36.8%)
Agree: 51 (33.6%)
Neutral: 29 (19.1%)
Disagree: 14 (9.2%)
Strongly Disagree: 2 (1.3%)

It’s easier for Europeans to compete at an elite level

2021
Strongly Agree: 59 (29.9%)
Agree: 83 (42.1%)
Neutral: 30 (15.2%)
Disagree: 23 (11.7%)
Strongly Disagree: 2 (1%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 57 (37.5%)
Agree: 62 (40.8%)
Neutral: 24 (15.8%)
Disagree: 7 (4.6%)
Strongly Disagree: 2 (1.3%)

To race in my chosen discipline, there were opportunities to get the necessary points in my home country

2021
Strongly Agree: 7 (3.5%)
Agree: 68 (34.3%)
Neutral: 21 (10.6%)
Disagree: 58 (29.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 29 (14.6%)
This doesn't apply to me: 15 (7.6%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 10 (6.6%)
Agree: 55 (36.2%)
Neutral: 22 (14.5%)
Disagree: 27 (17.8%)
Strongly Disagree: 13 (8.6%)
This doesn't apply to me: 25 (16.4%)

I relied on a jersey from my national body to compete in at least one of the previous two seasons

2023
Yes: 52 (34.2%)
No: 66 (43.4%)
This doesn't apply to me: 52 (22.4%)

Section 4 - Rumeneration

Is mountain biking your sole income or do you have to have another job to support yourself?

2021
I don't take a wage from mountain biking: 42 (21.2%)
It's less than 50% of my income: 27 (13.6%)
It's more than 50% of my income: 32 (16.2%)
Full income: 97 (49%)
2023
I don't take a wage from mountain biking: 29 (19.1%)
It's less than 50% of my income: 17 (11.2%)
It's more than 50% of my income: 22 (14.5%)
Full income: 84 (55.3%)

What were your total earnings from mountain biking last year?

2021
0-5,000 USD: 56 (29%)
5,000-10,000 USD: 20 (10.4%)
10,000-20,000 USD: 28 (14.5%)
20,000-30,000 USD: 16 (8.3%)
30,000-40,000 USD: 14 (7.3%)
40,000-50,000 USD: 15 (7.8%)
50,000-100,000 USD: 25 (13%)
100,000-250,000 USD: 13 (6.7%)
250,000-500,000 USD: 5 (2.6%)
500,000+ USD: 1 (0.5%)
2023
0-5,000 USD: 35 (23.3%)
5,000-10,000 USD: 17 (11.3%)
10,000-20,000 USD: 16 (10.5%)
20,000-30,000 USD: 13 (8.7%)
30,000-40,000 USD: 8 (5.3%)
40,000-50,000 USD: 12 (8%)
50,000-100,000 USD: 27 (18%)
100,000-250,000 USD: 15 (10%)
250,000-500,000 USD: 5 (3.3%)
500,000+ USD: 2 (1.3%)

How much of your income from mountain biking comes from a guaranteed salary?

2021
Less than 20%: 55 (28.6%)
20-40%: 12 (6.3%)
40-60%: 19 (9.9%)
60-80%: 64 (33.3%)
Around 100%: 42 (21.9%)
2023
Less than 20%: 44 (29.7%)
20-40%: 8 (5.4%)
40-60%: 20 (13.5%)
60-80%: 47 (31.8%)
Around 100%: 29 (19.6%)

How much of your income from mountain biking comes from prize money?

2021
Less than 20%: 135 (69.9%)
20-40%: 34 (17.6%)
40-60%: 7 (3.6%)
60-80%: 4 (2.1%)
Around 100%: 13 (6.7%)
2023
Less than 20%: 113 (75.3%)
20-40%: 16 (10.7%)
40-60%: 8 (5.3%)
60-80%: 1 (0.7%)
Around 100%: 12 (8%)

How much of your income from mountain biking comes from other bonuses?

2021
Less than 20%: 126 (65.3%)
20-40%: 44 (22.8%)
40-60%: 13 (6.7%)
60-80%: 9 (4.7%)
Around 100%: 1 (0.5%)
2023
Less than 20%: 105 (70%)
20-40%: 31 (20.7%)
40-60%: 5 (3.3%)
60-80%: 5 (3.3%)
Around 100%: 4 (2.7%)

How much of your equipment is provided to you free of charge?

2021
Less than 20%: 12 (6.1%)
20-40%: 13 (6.6%)
40-60%: 15 (7.6%)
60-80%: 35 (17.7%)
Around 100%: 123 (62.1%)
2023
Less than 20%: 7 (4.7%)
20-40%: 4 (2.7%)
40-60%: 4 (2.7%)
60-80%: 26 (17.3%)
Around 100%: 109 (72.7%)

How much of your travel costs are paid for by your team or sponsors?

2021
Less than 20%: 59 (29.8%)
20-40%: 9 (4.5%)
40-60%: 11 (5.6%)
60-80%: 23 (11.6%)
Around 100%: 96 (48.5%)
2023
Less than 20%: (17.9%)
20-40%: 3 (2%)
40-60%: 9 (6%)
60-80%: 33 (21.9%)
Around 100%: 79 (52.3%)

How much of your accommodation costs are paid for by your team or sponsors?

2021
Less than 20%: 62 (31.3%)
20-40%: 2 (1%)
40-60%: 9 (4.5%)
60-80%: 21 (10.6%)
Around 100%: 104 (52.5%)
2023
Less than 20%: 25 (16.4%)
20-40%: 3 (2%)
40-60%: 7 (4.6%)
60-80%: 19.7 (19.7%)
Around 100%: 87 (57.2%)

I rely on good race or event results for my livelihood

2021
Strongly Agree: 39 (19.7%)
Agree: 90 (45.5%)
Neutral: 41 (20.7%)
Disagree: 21 (10.6%)
Strongly Disagree: 7 (3.5%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 26 (17.1%)
Agree: 67 (44.1%)
Neutral: 31 (20.4%)
Disagree: 19 (12.5%)
Strongly Disagree: 9 (5.9%)

I sacrificed my education to prioritize my riding

2023
Strongly Agree: 21 (13.8%)
Agree: 45 (29.6%)
Neutral: 19 (12.5%)
Disagree: 46 (30.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 21 (13.8%)

A brand's ethics and beliefs have to be aligned with my own for me to accept sponsorship or support from them

2023
Strongly Agree: 32 (21.2%)
Agree: 76 (50.3%)
Neutral: 31 (20.5%)
Disagree: 11 (7.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 1 (0.7%)

Do you consider mountain biking a full time job, or something to enjoy for as long as you can?

I'm a full time professional athlete: 91 (59.9%)
I consider myself semi-professional, but have another job around my riding: 32 (21.1%)
I'll always ride at the highest level while I can, even if I pay for it myself: 15 (9.9%)
I live on year-to-year contracts: 10 (6.6%)
I'm here for a good time, not a long time: 2 (1.3%)
I work full time, and riding is essentially my hobby: 1 (0.7%)
I use savings or money from another source to fund my racing; I don't need another job: 1 (0.7%)

Which do your sponsors value most?

2021
Good one off results in my chosen discipline: 26 (13.1%)
Consistent results in my chosen discipline: 100 (50.5%)
Media coverage from events: 7 (3.5%)
Active social media: 46 (23.2%)
One successful 'Must Watch' video part: 1 (0.5%)
Photography projects: 0
Regularly produced YouTube content: 3 (1.5%)
Face to face interaction with the public: 12 (6.1%)
Product testing and feedback: 3 (1.5%)
2023
Good one off results in my chosen discipline: 26 (17.2%)
Consistent results in my chosen discipline: 86 (57%)
Media coverage from events: 7 (4.6%)
Active social media: 23 (15.2%)
One successful 'Must Watch' video part: 0 (0%)
Photography projects: 2 (1.3%)
Regularly produced YouTube content: 4 (2.6%)
Face to face interaction with the public: 0 (0%)
Product testing and feedback: 3 (2%)

What causes a rider to be well paid?

2023
Results: 137 (90.1%)
Large social media: 111 (73%)
Personality: 95 (62.5%)
Contacts and relationships: 80 (52.6%
A well negotiated contract: 58 (38.2%)
Nationality or ethnicity: 30 (19.7%)
Other: 7 (4.6%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)

I am paid fairly for what I do

2021
Strongly Agree: 6 (3.1%)
Agree: 51 (26%)
Neutral: 54 (27.6%)
Disagree: 60 (30.6%)
Strongly Disagree: 25 (12.8%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 15 (9.9%)
Agree: 56 (36.8%)
Neutral: 33 (21.7%)
Disagree: 32 (21.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 16 (10.5%)

If you consider you are underpaid compared to your peers, why do you think this is?

2023

I haven't had good results: 4 (8.3%)
I don't have a large enough social media following: 24 (50%)
I'm not as talented as my peers: 2 (4.2%)
I don't train well enough: 2 (4.2%)
I'm not professional enough: 0%
Other athlete's are more marketable due to factors other than riding: 9 (18.8%)
I'm still working towards my breakout result: 12 (25%)
I don't have the right contacts: 11 (22.9%)
My contract isn't as good as I feel I deserve: 18 (37.5%)
The amount you earn doesn't reflect how good you are: 18 (37.5%)
I have to put my time towards my job or studies, which holds me back: 9 (18.8%)
My nationality or ethnicity makes me less valuable to sponsors: 11 (22.9%)
Other: 4 (8.3%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)

Section 5 - UCI Race Coverage and Viewership

I have been pleased with Red Bull TV's coverage

2023
Strongly Agree: 49 (35.5%)
Agree: 57 (41.3%)
Neutral: 21 (15.2%)
Disagree: 9 (6.5%)
Strongly Disagree: 2 (1.4%)

I feel Red Bull Bike works in racing's and rider's best interests

2023
Strongly Agree: 27 (19.4%)
Agree: 74 (52.3%)
Neutral: 31 (22.3%)
Disagree: 6 (4.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 1 (0.7%)

Red Bull TV was an overall positive for UCI Downhill and XC

139
2023
Strongly Agree: 58 (41.7%)
Agree: 72 (51.8%)
Neutral: 8 (5.8%)
Disagree: 1 (0.7%)
Strongly Disagree: 0 (0%)


Discovery taking over the broadcast rights for UCI racing has made me nervous

2023
Strongly Agree: 24 (17.2%)
Agree: 53 (38.2%)
Neutral: 44 (31.7%)
Disagree: 16 (11.5%)
Strongly Disagree: 2 (1.4%)

There has been adequate communication over next year's racing

2023
Strongly Agree: 3 (2.2%)
Agree: 25 (18.0%)
Neutral: 36 (25.9%)
Disagree: 53 (38.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 35 (25.2%)

I am open to racing a series instead of UCI World Cups

2023
Strongly Agree: 10 (7.4%)
Agree: 53 (39.2%)
Neutral: 42 (31.1%)
Disagree: 23 (17.0%)
Strongly Disagree: 3 (2.2%)

I have confidence in Discovery, and their plans for mountain biking

2023
Strongly Agree: 1 (0.7%)
Agree: 53 (38.7%)
Neutral: 65 (47.4%)
Disagree: 16 (11.7%)
Strongly Disagree: 3 (2.2%)

Discovery's vision for the sport will make it easier for the best riders to make it to the top

2023
Strongly Agree: 0 (0%)
Agree: 16 (11.7%)
Neutral: 88 (64.2%)
Disagree: 23 (16.8%)
Strongly Disagree: 11 (8.0%)

I think a later starting and more compact race calendar is positive

2023
Strongly Agree: 13 (9.4%)
Agree: 48 (34.8%)
Neutral: 36 (26.1%)
Disagree: 38 (27.5%)
Strongly Disagree: 5 (3.6%)

Section 5.2 Rider's Unions

The rider's union was a direct response to a lack of support, communication, and transparency from the UCI and Discovery

2023
Strongly Agree: 34 (26.2%)
Agree: 62 (43.6%)
Neutral: 35 (26.8%)
Disagree: 4 (2.7%)
Strongly Disagree: 1 (0.7%)

I agree with the idea of a rider's union

2023
Strongly Agree: 60 (43.7%)
Agree: 71 (50.3%)
Neutral: 5 (4.6%)
Disagree: 2 (1.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 0 (0%)

A union would be beneficial to my interests

2023
Strongly Agree: 38 (27.8%)
Agree: 74 (51.7%)
Neutral: 24 (19.2%)
Disagree: 2 (1.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 0 (0%)

Each discipline should have an independent rider's union


2023
Strongly Agree: 39 (30.5%)
Agree: 75 (51.7%)
Neutral: 20 (15.2%)
Disagree: 4 (2.6%)
Strongly Disagree: 0 (0%)

What are you hoping to see from a race organisor and broadcaster?

2023
Smaller field: 12 (8%)
Larger field: 36 (24%)
Greater prize money: 128 (85.3%)
More coverage in mainstream media: 135 (90%)
Reshaping regulations: 18 (12%)
A better spectacle: 63 (42%)
Better and more informative coverage: 77 (51.3%)
Locations of races: 64 (42.7%)
Difficulty of courses: 29 (19.3%)
Lower barriers to entry: 16 (10.7%)
More open to input from riders: 82 (54.7%)
Other: 11 (7.3%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)

What could convince you to breakaway to race a series than the one you currently do?

2023
Smaller field: 15 (10.9%)
Larger field: 31 (22.6%)
Greater prize money: 105 (76.6%)
More coverage in mainstream media: 79 (57.7%)
Reshaping regulations: 18 (13.1%)
A better spectacle: 59 (43.1%)
Better and more informative coverage: 42 (30.7%)
Locations of races: 71 (51.8%)
Difficulty of courses: 31 (22.6%)
Lower barriers to entry: 16 (11.7%)
More open to input from riders: 47 (34.3%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)

Section 6 - Physical and Mental Health Support

Enough is done to ensure rider safety at races or events

2021
Strongly Agree: 11 (5.6%)
Agree: 80 (40.4%)
Neutral: 45 (22.7%)
Disagree: 53 (26.8%)
Strongly Disagree: 9 (4.5%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 5 (3.3%)
Agree: 48 (31.6%)
Neutral: 29 (19.1%)
Disagree: 61 (40.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 9 (5.9%)

I have felt pressure to come back early from an injury

2021
Strongly Agree: 21 (10.6%)
Agree: 45 (22.7%)
Neutral: 50 (25.3%)
Disagree: 64 (32.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 18 (9.1%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 14 (9.2%)
Agree: 45 (29.6%)
Neutral: 44 (28.9%)
Disagree: 41 (27%)
Strongly Disagree: 8 (5.3%)

I am worried about the long term effects of concussions

2021
Strongly Agree: 59 (29.8%)
Agree: 81 (40.9%)
Neutral: 40 (20.2%)
Disagree: 15 (7.6%)
Strongly Disagree: 3 (1.5%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 46 (30.3%)
Agree: 64 (42.1%)
Neutral: 29 (19.1%)
Disagree: 11 (7.2%)
Strongly Disagree: 2 (1.3%)

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Enough is done to educate riders about the harms of concussions

2021
Strongly Agree: 4 (2%)
Agree: 45 (22.7%)
Neutral: 42 (21.2%)
Disagree: 89 (44.9%)
Strongly Disagree: 18 (9.1%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 2 (1.3%)
Agree: 25 (16.4%)
Neutral: 39 (25.7%)
Disagree: 70 (46.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 16 (10.5%)

The governing body does enough to safeguard concussed riders against the risk of a riding with a potentially serious head injury



2023
Strongly Agree: 4 (2.6%)
Agree: 18 (11.8%)
Neutral: 43 (28.3%)
Disagree: 63 (41.4%)
Strongly Disagree: 24 (15.8%)

Who should have the final say on whether a potentially concussed rider can race?

2023
The governing body: 4 (2.6%)
An independent doctor or medical consultant: 84 (55.3%)
A team doctor or medical consultant: 35 (23%)
A team manager or staff member: 3 (2%)
The rider, and the rider alone: 17 (11.2%)
Other: 8 (5.2%)

I would be adequately financially supported in a case of a serious injury

2021
Strongly Agree: 9 (4.5%)
Agree: 45 (22.7%)
Neutral: 42 (21.2%)
Disagree: 62 (31.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 40 (20.2%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 13 (8.7%)
Agree: 43 (28.7%)
Neutral: 23 (15.3%)
Disagree: 53 (35.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 18 (12%)

I take out private insurance of some kind in case of injury or loss of earnings

2021
Agree: 140 (71.1%)
Disagree: 57 (28.9%)
2023
Agree: 106 (70.2%)
Disagree: 57 (29.8%)

There are enough measures in place at events to make me feel safe enough to push my limits

2021
Strongly Agree:11 (5.6%)
Agree: 89 (44.9%)
Neutral: 66 (33.3%)
Disagree: 28 (14.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 4 (2%)
2023
Strongly Agree:8 (5.3%)
Agree: 69 (45.4%)
Neutral: 45 (29.6%)
Disagree: 23 (15.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 7 (4.6%)

All venues have adequate accident response

2021
Strongly Agree: 4 (2%)
Agree: 45 (22.7%)
Neutral: 57 (28.8%)
Disagree: 70 (35.4%)
Strongly Disagree: 22 (11.1%)
2023
Strongly Agree: 4 (2.6%)
Agree: 28 (18.4%)
Neutral: 51 (33.6%)
Disagree: 54 (35.5%)
Strongly Disagree: 15 (9.9%)


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 "Why do you use social media?"

Lewis Buchanan: "Other"
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 How about that advent calendar?
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 People who want to see the advent calendar results: 99.999%

People who won the advent calendar: 0.000%

People who had their info taken by the advent calendar and lost: 100.000%

Percentage of Pinkbike comments about advent calendar results: 69.420
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 I want to mention that we totally respect the amount of effort that went into collecting and presenting this, but let’s not forget the amount of effort WE exerted showing up EVERY DAY for almost an entire month, clicking “enter”, KNOWING we would lose. And yet, we persisted.
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 @blissindex: something about the definition of insanity… doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.
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 @nateb: but can you imagine if you won a WAO complete… now THAT’S insanity.
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 @bikeguy92: guy gets it
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 @Roost66: People who thought the advent calendar wasn't held in 2022 because it was only available to a small group of countries and nobody else could see it: Quite a lot of us.
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 @Roost66: ooof. It’s finally hitting me now. I’m not gonna win am I
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 Disclaimer: I've only worked as an employee and union member but gained quite a bit of insight while working on projects that had to bridge needs of management and union and from learning the history of my own union.

I mentioned it elsewhere, but I think the one-discipline/one-union idea is not optimal. From my non-biking but unionizd experience, the pro mtb collective should start as a large group with the maximum membership. One union is easier/cheaper to administrate, should have lower membership fees (larger group), and bylaws can be constructed to ensure stewardship that covers all the sub-group needs. If there is some magical reason that one group can't get their needs addressed with the help of all of their mtb comrades, they can splinter off, pay to create/file/administer their own union, and pay huge membership fees.

Just as an example, there's no way the slopestyle kids could prop up their own union based solely on membership and the money required. I can't foresee a concern they'd have that couldn't be addressed with a Slopestyle Steward and the backing of basically the entire pro mtb community. Hopefully they consult with some experienced folks should they embark on the unionization/riders association path.
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 If they were to embark on it it would be through an established sports union. Which I would hope would guide them exactly as you have indicated here. The strength comes from numbers.
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 @Jheitt142: I didn't think that extra step but that makes even more sense. I don't know of any cycling-focused or cycling-additional union options but surely they must exist. Or even if they don't it should be possible. Long story short, of all the unions that bargained with the large employer I worked at, we were lumped in with electrical workers even though we were indoor, phone-answering, desk-bound types with nary a tool to be found.
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 Listen to the French about unions. This dude knows what's up.
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 I upvoted comment as it makes total sense but find it interesting you used the word "comrades".
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 @dstn617: Well played.

@bonkmasterflex: Disclaimer, I just moved to France last August. All my life in Canada (too bad you can't fly 2 flags in your profile). The only thing I've learned about unions here so far is they're a campfire waiting for the government to throw gas on. There's literally a website (probably others too) that will track how effed up your life is going to be on a given day(s) based on who's mad about what. Sometimes legit, but seems the response is always the same. 0->100kph. Just from a new resident layperson's viewpoint, as that never happens in Canada. A potential strike is a months-long media event with a last minute resolution to avoid the Four Horsemen.
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 Would love to see a corresponding anonymous survey from the brands, answering questions about rider value, etc.
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 That would be a survey I'd literally pay money to see!
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 @DailyMTBRider: Don't give them ideas!
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 Great idea
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 37 people in the top 5...?
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 I thought that seemed high, also.

But when you start to add it up: Senior/Junior Mens/Womens; DH, EWS, XCO, XCC (assuming anyone considers that their primary discipline). Still means they got a pretty good return rate from the top end.
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 @highland-hippie: oh yeh, forgot about the young'uns. Surely XCC can't be considered it's own discipline though cause I think you need to be top 30 or so in XCO to start a short track
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 @jenksy:
XCC was a separate WC from last year. So, it could certainly be considered someone's "primary discipline".
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 Two or three people shilling real hard for Discovery/ESO in section 5. I haven’t heard a single rider respond positively when asked about the transparency or communication provided.
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 Interesting how little prize money is and how much riders rely on pay from the bike companies, surely the amount of money the UCI will be raking in especially with this new discovery deal they shouldn't be charging teams and riders to race, they should be paying them a share to encourage them to race in thier series, its a big commitment for a brand to fund a race team (hence some big ones don't) and only makes the products more expensive, if we have to start paying to watch the races i hope some of the money goes to riders and teams and not just the UCIs pockets.
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 Why. The commercial arrangements between athletes and brands is upto the individuals involved
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 Odd the numbers of responses are different totals question to question and no totals look to be over 200 responses. Not exactly the largest sample size.
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 I would guess the 2023 response rate is lower assuming they sent @the same number of surveys out. Questions that were multiple-answer obviously skew those question totals. Sorry if I'm misinterpreting what you're saying.
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 Primary Cycling Discipline has a mistake - both years are exactly the same. It looks like the 2021 data was used for both
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 @HenryQuinney I noticed this as well. Was this a mistake or did the numbers actually shake out the same?
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 @SacAssassin: shit! I'll amend now. Thanks
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 @QuantumIce @SacAssassin - That's corrected now. Thanks
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 @henryquinney: a [/PQUESTION] is missing the "]", fyi
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 @blackpudding: bloody hell. Again - thank you.
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 @henryquinney: as with "Despite opportunities to get points in my home country, I felt I had to go to another country to get the necessary points" 2021 and 2023 the same...
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 @henryquinney: and "How much of your income from mountain biking comes from prize money?"
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 I think you’ve erred on your discipline numbers - both years are exactly them same, although the number of respondents is different in other categories?
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 Shocker-not much $ in mtb.
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 The ‘neutrals’ are killing meFrown ( surely they could have had an opinion?
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 wooooooow 82% of riders placed top 20 in their respective discipline. God damn, that's representation.
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 Also good to ask to the MTB Media: I think a later starting and more compact race calendar is positive...
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 Since Africa gets a big 0% the only thing we can be sure of is that they didn't poll the GOAT.
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 You mean he chose not to respond
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 As if “being the best in your discipline” and “making enough to support myself” aren’t the same thing
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 Reading data is horrible can we get some easily digestible figures please?!
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 I get your point, but that’s what those other articles are for. I think this is literally supposed to be a kind of data-dump Smile
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 would you like someone to cut up your steak for you?
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 Opens article specifically centered around data, complains that there's data
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 Part One like it's a Tarrantino film. The fetishization of numbers
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 Good job, what did i missed ?
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 Thanks, but none of this info added to the enjoyment of riding my bike today.
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