Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Voting Begins

Jul 3, 2018 at 13:11
by Richard Cunningham  
group shot mountain bike HOF 2018 candidates

Each year the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inducts up to four new members who have left a positive legacy upon the sport. Nominees who have not been voted in are carried forward for three years, so no worthy candidate is passed over. The nominating committee is made up of industry, media and athletes, most of whom have been inducted, and this year they have made a concerted effort to streamline the voting process and reach out to ensure that the MBHOF continues to be an international forum of excellence.

Also good news is that voting membership is now only seven bucks US. The funds are spent on keeping the lights on, and the small fee also helps to keep the voting honest. Our sport is still relatively small, and most mountain bikers would be surprised by how influential your votes are. Check out the Mountain bike Hall of Fame's announcement below and honor your favorite nominees with your vote. - RC

2018 Hall of Fame voting

Did you vote yet?

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is happy to announce that Inductee elections are now underway! Voting runs through midnight July 15, 2018

Hall of Fame Guiding Principles for Inductees

An individual (or specific individuals within a group) whose activities in mountain biking have made a significant contribution to the sport, having lasting influence on a national and/or international level. The MBHOF strives to ensure that inductees reflect the diversity of regions and activities in our global and constantly evolving sport.

The Hall of Fame Inductee elections are an annual tradition that dates back to the very beginning of the Hall, starting in 1988. Each year, members and inductees of the Hall of Fame choose their favorites from a ballot of select nominees submitted by people from all corners of the globe.


2018 Hall of Fame voting

Josh Bender

Josh Bender, aka Bender, quickly made himself a name in the emerging Freeride scene in the late 1990’s. His name became synonymous for going big on a mountain bike, hucking off cliffs very few dared, at heights the sport hadn’t seen. With very futuristic bike designs, spectacular stunts and crashes, Bender became a household name in mountain biking. More

2018 Hall of Fame voting

Ken Chlouber

On August 13, 1994, with the deafening blast of the old double barrel shotgun echoing off the surrounding 14,000 ft. mountains, Ken Chlouber changed the face of mountain bike racing forever. Ken is the founder of the iconic Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. He is a true pioneer in the sport of ultra-endurance mountain bike racing. More

2018 Hall of Fame voting

Stan Koziatek

In the year 2000, a rumor began circulating around bike shops and mountain bike races. A guy in New York had figured out a way to replace traditional inner tubes with a liquid that could seal punctures almost instantly, improve traction and control, and even make tires roll faster. On top of all that, the converted tires and wheels were lighter. It sounded too good… More

2018 Hall of Fame voting

Steve Peat

Steve Peat has had an illustrious career racing downhill mountain bikes that has spanned nearly 25 years starting in the early 1990’s. He had early success in the sport and has been a favorite with fans around the world. Hailing from Sheffield, England, “Sheffield Steel”, or “Peaty”, has always contributed and given back to the sport… More

2018 Hall of Fame voting

Tim Neenan

By now we all that know Mike Sinyard introduced the first widely accepted mass produced mountain bike, the ‘Stumpjumper’. But the man who actually conceived the bike, built the first prototype and convinced Sinyard to put it into production, was someone else entirely, a nearby framebuilder from Santa Cruz.

Tim Neenan’s Lighthouse frames were well known on the central coast of California when Mike Sinyard approached Tim in 1980 about the possibility… More


Tym Manley & Steve Behr

Tym Manley was the first Editor in Chief and part owner of Britain’s first mountain bike magazine, Mountain Biking UK (MBUK), which has been central, for thirty years and counting, to the development of a British mountain bike scene focused on freeride and downhill and majoring in anarchic humour and fun. In the 80s, Steve Behr became obsessed by mountain bikes and applied his talent for photography to the early races and then to feature work. More

2018 Hall of Fame voting

The Kennett Brothers

Over the last 30 years the Kennett Brothers have completely transformed off-road riding in New Zealand by organising world-class events, promoting rides through their national guidebooks, building sustainable trails coupled with mass tree planting, and winning widespread support for mountain bike access. Their latest accomplishment is the organisation of one of the world’s biggest bike-packing events – the 500-rider, 3000 km-long, Tour Aotearoa. More

2018 Hall of Fame voting

Derek Westerlund

If there were one single person tied to every monumental moment in the sport of freeride mountain biking it would be Derek Westerlund. Part unsung hero, part mastermind and visionary, Westerlund has spent 25 years of years of his life pioneering the entertainment space in mountain biking and action sports. Sometimes in the shadows but always in the credits, Westerlund’s original British Columbia crew were carving a path for freeriding… More


  • + 86
 We have to pay Marin county to vote? Eff that! After all they have done to outlaw bikes? No thanks! I know who the legends are and they don’t need me to pay you for their hard work and contribution to the sport.
  • + 2
 I must of missed where Marin county is involved..
  • + 6
 @bpm88: click the link and you'll see... they literally want you to pay to vote for this. How about GTFO.
  • + 8
 Yeah it's a joke and they even have the cheek to charge to vote and then ask for an extra donation on top!
  • + 5
 This is actually ridiculous
  • + 6
 @cdmbmw: a lot of people misunderstand the meaning of the word ridiculous these days, but not you. This is absolutely ridiculous.
  • + 0
 WTF? You are not paying Marin county... Mountain biking started in Marin, so its obvious that the museum is located there. Just because it has Marin in the title doesn't mean its own and operated by Marin County. It's its own 501c3 non-profit organization...
  • + 44
 Bender earned it the hard way.
  • + 10
 I’m still wondering how he is not already in the MTB Hall of Fame
  • + 8
 "Life is to short not to go big, gotta go big!" -Bender
  • - 7
flag Mngnt (Jul 5, 2018 at 5:04) (Below Threshold)
 @tobgren: too*
  • + 6
 @Mngnt: English is not my native language. So sometimes there might be a mistake or two, i Think you get it anyway Wink
  • + 4
 @tobgren: my apologies - please take my comment as constructive criticism Smile
  • + 0
 Bender had no bike skills. Only balls.
  • + 29
 1997 Deer Valley, UT NORBA National DH. We are there to race. Some dude announces that he’s gonna huck a wall drop of 20 feet or so that lands on a sketchy grass hill that ends in a parking lot near the pits. At the time, it was, quite frankly, inconceivable. Like a circus stunt or something you’d never imagine.

The time comes and the dude shows up with a crazy Karpiel bike with what looks like a moto fork on it and it weighs like 50 pounds.

He sends the wall, gets bucked OTB on the landing, crashes head first, and slides down the hill and into the parking lot, briefly unconscious if I remember correctly. The EMT’s load him on a stretcher and haul him off. As he is being carried off on the stretcher he gives everyone a thumbs up.

People had no idea what to make of this display of balls and seemingly insane behavior, calling this guy a fool, a nut case, etc, but I heard no one say they’d give that huck a go and no one volunteered to attempt a repeat.

In short, we thought he was nuts, and he seemed to be doing it all solo. That guy was Bender. As a racer focusing purely on speed, I too thought he was a crazy fool. I didn’t understand his vision. I couldn’t even imagine such a thing at the time.

I now have big respect for the man. He was a dreamer on a obsessed mission with huge balls who was a major part of the birth of freeride. He was thinking way outside the box. He deserves a spot in the historical record of our sport.
  • + 1
 awsome. Thank you.
  • + 28
 Is this a f*cking joke? Why would I pay for this?
  • + 1
 Yes, it is a joke. Austin Kutcher was a part of this Smile
  • + 23
 Steve Peat No Questions
  • + 12
 Although Peety is a great racer, I would say this year it goes to Bender for his pioneer status. I remember when he came in the scene and thought it was awesome. Peety for the future.
  • + 13
 Steve peat john tomac as an option...and why no women, id list tracey Moseley up there
  • - 2
 John Tomac... bmx'er turned roadie, perfect recipe for xc champion. Oh yeah, he would win DH championship too!! Just because he could ..and then we had Juli Furtado, she was so dominant it was almost unfair
  • + 12
 @speedcrazed1: john tomac is a member of the hall of fame since 1991 and juli furtado sice 1993...
  • + 14
 why pay. and not just do a pinkbike poll
  • + 12
 What a scam!
  • + 5
 Newsflash: I’m opening a Mountain Biking Lounge of Fame. Way better value than the MBHOF...

Send me $5 - yes, just $5 and you can vote for as many MTB legends as you like - any discipline; dead or alive. Hell, send me the $5 and you can even vote for yourself! I don’t care!

PM me for bank account details to make your transfer or send cash to:
123 Four St,
  • + 5
 So, if I understand correctly the new inductee is chosen by:
1. those who are already part of the clique and want their buddy to join in
2. the subgroup of cycling enthusiasts who have the awkward fetish of keeping those lights burning in the MBHOF.

Makes me wonder
1. What does it matter who's in there if the inductees are chosen by such an odd subgroup?
2. Is that MBHOF even a physical hall that you need lights there? If not, then clearly describe what you're using that money for. I'd rather see it go to Share the Ride than some vague hall.
  • + 0
 @vinay To answer your questions: It takes cash to run any organization (Pinkbike requires a lot, the HOF needs very little). It's actually a great place with a museum in Fairfax, California, where two people bust their ass to make the HOF happen. 2018 is their 30-year anniversary. The nominating committee is made up of a diverse group of volunteers from the sport - freeriders, competitors, media, Industry, and even a couple of pioneers. Anyone can nominate a person - most nominees are submitted by close friends. Once that happens, the nominating committee verifies that the person has moved the needle for the sport in a global sense and puts he or she on the ballot. As far as the seven bucks to vote goes, it's grass roots and two gallons of gasoline. If everyday mountain bikers vote and support the HOF, there's no chance that some corporate donor is going to exert pressure to induct their team. It's about honor. Nobody's getting fat doing this.
  • + 6

So since pinkbike takes a lot of cash, but you don't charge, can we assume that corporate donors are exerting pressure and influencing pinkbike?

Really though - if, in 2018, an organization can't find a way to make enough money to stay afloat by using website traffic and/or data from registrations, they're doing something seriously wrong.
  • + 3
 @RichardCunningham: Surely there's a better way to fundraise for the HOF than to charge your constituency to vote.

Beer. Bikers like beer. Throw a damn party!
  • + 1
 Hold up- Pinkbike is for profit- nothing like the HOF, or other non-profit org.s

2018 is the 30 year anniversary? More like 5 years of it being in CA

I bet they do work hard keeping that place running. Still, there has got to be 100 better to "keep the lights on" than by doing "pay to vote". For sh!t sake,they charge people to ride trails in Marin County, have some of that money (if they already do, than more) go to the HOF.
  • + 1
 @RichardCunningham: Thanks for your response. It actually points out several reasons for me to not support such an organisation or take part in such a voting.

1. The goal where the money ends up actually influences who's going to vote. If the money would be used to make Velosolution build a massive pumptrack less than 5km from then oh yeah, I'd pitch in and I hope the rest of the world would too. But most likely the rest of the world would think differently and I can't blame them. Same goes for this museum. Whoever may like to have all this legendary stuff near home would pitch but otherwise there is no real point. Not to pitch in, not to vote. So that will give you a narrow subset of voters. Not representative to the worldwide mountainbikers population.
2. The whole thing about a museum like this reminds me of that Counting Crows tune, about a tree museum and a parking lot. I'd have been more likely to invest in keeping the mountainbike trails over there open for the existing community to keep building on the scene they already have (even if I'd not be likely to ever ride there) rather than invest in a static display of products not meant to be static. Of course legendary stuff needs to be on display. I get that. But then I'd rather see it in the right context. The companies like Orange and Commencal to proudly display their winning bikes. Yes these may not have a public museum (though most companies have their in house museum of cool stuff, just like recently shown from Cannondale here on PB). But to have their cool stuff so far out of context over there in Fairfax seems wrong.
3. As much as I appreciate what I'd call a local initiative (which to me a physical museum is) I don't like to see it funded by something "marketed" (there sure may be a better word) as global (the voting). As said here more often, we here as the audience indeed vote with our wallets. We buy what we like and make sure as little of our money ends up supporting something we really don't stand behind. As it is (right down to the concept of nominees brought forward by "insiders", friends etc) I just want to vote and by doing so, say I approve.

Now don't go silly about those seven bucks. I know what seven bucks is. I just want to use it for the right cause. I don't support PB as a "PLUS" member but I do support for more than double what this PLUS membership goes for. Because I like what they do and I want to keep them going. Same goes for Cranked magazine (though it does actually get me a physical magazine too). Andrew Cho from GT and recovery of more than a few injured athletes, that's what deserves money from people worldwide. And much more than 7 bucks. That local museum, sorry not so much. And down with that goes the credibility of this HOF.
  • + 4
 I think this is a joke. No way would I pay for that nonsense. How can there be no women? I think PinkBike would be better off creating their own hall of fame under their own guidelines. At least then we know it wouldn’t be a tool used to make a quick bit of cash.
  • + 3
 Tim nennan or whatever is name is? I love how specialized keeps rewriting history. They bought and copied a “ritchey mountain bikes” bike, moreover assembled with the wrong ac fork by mistake. Took it to asia and made a copy. Several law suits have the real history recorded. And btw, ross made a “production mtb at the same time.

I would give the hof to stans. He did not invent anything, but he was responsible for mass tubless. i remember when he started to sell his kits on mtbr.
  • + 5
 A MTB Hall of Fame without Steve Peat on it from the planning stage... seems legit.
  • + 2
 MTB hall of fame without Peaty, Cedric, Wade Simmons already on it is just not valid. But this is a great idea for the PB section with list of legends and articles about them added once per week or two. With photos, videos, histories, anecdotes references to the movies.
  • + 2
 The only mountain bike hall of fame is in Marin, and short of taking donations, I’m not sure how it continues to exist. All of these guys deserve to be recognized as Hall of Fame members and no doubt, Peat will get in eventually.

This year, I will pay the $7 and I will vote...for Bender.
  • + 2
 Coming from New York State and driving past Big Flats, NY (funny place for a flat-pevemtion company) on a regular basis, it does me good to see Stan get some recognition. I watched tubeless go from unreliable black voodoo magic to a prerequisite for a mountain bike in the mid-late -ought years. I remember the days when wheels were advertised as having the green light from Stan's for being Tubeless. Now we tubeless all across the bicycle world.

Living now in NorCal I wonder how the HOF ended up in Marin instead of one of the several other "Birthplace of Mountain Biking"
  • + 3
 Pay to vote, are you kidding?

How about we VOTE in the comments section?

I vote Josh Bender.
  • + 2
 Only one guy here literally re-invented the wheel! While Peaty and Bender are heros, it was Tym Manley & Steve Behr who really got me into mtb back in the early 90's.
  • + 4 year. This year it has to be Josh!
  • + 4
 I'd pay to vote for a female nominee.
  • + 3
 Id like to see all the so called equal opportunity pinkbike users up vote this comment...
  • + 4
 R. Atherton should be on the list, even if she stopped racing tomorrow she has done incredible things that would be worth putting her in for already.
  • + 1
 Why have a hall of fame at all?! And why pick someone every year? What's the point? Maybe if it was focused on one thing like athleticism. This is just a bunch of trash
  • + 0
 It’s cool to have a HOF in any sport but couldn’t it just be a virtual one. Could be a Pinkbike HOF that anyone can vote/nominate on. Then there could be a page or two dedicated to each athlete.
  • + 3
 Pat Mulrooney hands down.
  • + 1
 There'd be no competition if he just bought a bigger chainsaw (Hi Pat if you are reading this Smile )
  • - 1
 This is a non-profit organization who is trying to raise money to keep a museum of cool mountain bike history going in California. Why so much hate? Typically voting membership is $30, but it has been lowered to $7 and that's still not enough?

With the internet hacking going on out there, making it a pay-per-vote helps protect fake votes from being cast. They are just trying to take the vote seriously and raise a little money to keep the lights on.

Maybe Pinkbike should do an article on the museum and its curators to help people become aware.
  • + 1
 I'm aware the museum was bought from Crested Butte, Colorado "the birthplace of mountain biking" , and MOVED to Cali.
  • + 3
 nope... not voting if i have to pay....don't get that!
  • + 1
 what a joke!
  • + 1
 between bender and peaty, is not going to be easy for the rest of the cast..
  • + 2
 Steve Peat for athlete and Derek for a film producer.
  • + 1
 So MBUK focuses mainly on DH and Freeride? I must've missed that. Maybe because I was reading Dirt.
  • + 2
 I'm not paying to vote. This is dumb.
  • + 3
 For Peat's Sake!!!
  • + 2
 Bender Stan Peat Westerlund in no particular order
  • + 2
 would have been my choice too, if there wouldnt be that pay to vote thing
  • + 2
 Are you sure Ken Chlouber wasn't in Bonanza?
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