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Pinkbike's State of the Sport 2024 Public Survey Data Release

Apr 9, 2024 at 5:10
by Ed Spratt  
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Welcome to the 2024 Pinkbike State of the Sport Survey. This anonymous survey is designed to highlight key issues and riders' perspectives on the sport that we, pro riders, and Pinkbike readers all love so much. We surveyed the best riders in the world to hear their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and criticisms on mountain biking in 2024. Now, we're breaking down what we've learned. We're now publishing a series of articles that break down sections of the results, and you'll see the results in full shortly. This year, we introduced the public survey, which will help gauge public views on the sport and should make for some interesting comparisons to what the racers say. Stay tuned for that. To read the introduction to the survey click here, and to see all the other currently published SOTS articles click here.



Pinkers

New for this year we opened the State of the Sport up to everyone offering a chance for race fans to share their thoughts and opinions on the current state of the competitive side of mountain biking. After we have briefly examined some of the data across our individual topic articles we have brought everything together here for you to dig into the data yourself. Check out the full results of the public version of the Pinkbike State of the Sport survey below.



Section 1 - Demographics


What gender do you identify as?


Male: 3,891 (96.2%)
Female: 86 (2.1%)
Trans-gender: 5 (0.1%)
Non-binary: 13 (0.3%)
Prefer not to answer: 36 (0.9%)

What is your age?


Under 18: 124 (3.1%)
18-25: 372 (9.2%)
26-30: 474 (11.7%)
31-35: 651 (16.1%)
36-40: 677 (16.7%)
41-45: 652 (16.1%)
46-50: 471 (11.6%)
51-55: 352 (8.7%)
56-60: 133 (3.3%)
60+: 121 (3%)
Prefer not to answer: 21 (0.5%)


Which continent are you from?


Africa: 22 (0.5%)
Asia: 15 (0.4%)
Europe: 1,118 (27.6%)
North America: 2,554 (63.1%)
Oceania: 291 (7.2%)
South America: 30 (0.7%)
Antartica: 6 (0.1%)
Prefer not to answer: 11 (0.3%)

How many races or events do you typically watch per year?


0: 326 (8.1%)
1: 163 (4%)
2: 313 (7.7%)
3: 279 (6.9%)
4: 264 (6.5%)
5: 429 (10.6%)
6: 257 (6.4%)
7: 182 (4.5%)
8: 282 (7%)
9: 47 (1.2%)
10+: 1,504 (37.2%)


How many races or events do you typically attend in-person per year?


0: 1,398 (34.5%)
1: 764 (18.9%)
2: 607 (15%)
3: 309 (7.6%)
4: 199 (4.9%)
5: 219 (5.4%)
6: 113 (2.8%)
7: 36 (0.9%)
8: 70 (1.7%)
9: 16 (0.4%)
10+: 318 (7.9%)

Section 2 - Media and Filming


Do you follow riders on social media?


Yes: 3,387 (83.6%)
No: 664 (16.4%)

If you do follow riders on social media, which platforms do you use?


YouTube: 2,645 (75.7%)
X/Twitter: 90 (2.6%)
Instagram: 2,864 (81.9%)
TikTok: 142 (4.1%)
Facebook: 619 (17.7%)
Snapchat: 27 (0.8%)
Strava: 1,037 (29.7%)
Other: 57 (1.6%)


What level of importance should social media content have for riders to maintain their income?


Very Important: 224 (5.6%)
Fairly Important: 671 (16.7%)
Important: 1,212 (30.2%)
Slightly Important: 1,340 (33.4%)
Not at all Important: 567 (14.1%)

How do you think sponsors rank the importance of social media reach compared to traditional media coverage (e.g video on Pinkbike homepage or Photo Epic appearance)


Social media reach is more important: 2,538 (63.3%)
They are both considered equal: 1,232 (30.7%)
Traditional media coverage is more
important:
239 (6%)

Section 3 - Home Country Support


Do you think that a rider's home country gives them an advantage in the sport?


Strongly Agree: 1,222 (30.2%)
Agree: 1,944 (48.1%)
Neutral: 670 (16.6%)
Disagree: 165 (4.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 41 (1%)

How do you rate the national-level racing scene in your home country?


Very Good: 495 (12.4%)
Good: 1,090 (27.3%)
Acceptable: 1,257 (31.4%)
Poor: 1,002 (25.1%)
Very Poor: 154 (3.9%)


There is a good path from racing national events in my home country to competing at World Cups


Strongly Agree: 314 (7.9%)
Agree: 960 (24.2%)
Neutral: 1,333 (33.5%)
Disagree: 1,028 (25.9%)
Strongly Disagree: 340 (8.6%)

How would you rate your country's national governing body's support of its riders?


Very Good: 674 (17.4%)
Good: 1,468 (37.8%)
Acceptable: 1,369 (35.3%)
Poor: 316 (8.1%)
Very Poor: 52 (1.3%)


There is a good path from racing national events in my home country to competing at World Cups


Easy: 33 (0.8%)
Somewhat Easy: 147 (3.7%)
Neutral: 279 (7%)
Somewhat Hard: 731 (18.3%)
Hard: 1,310 (32.8%)
Very Hard: 1,483 (37.2%)

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


Strongly Agree: 1,448 (36.2%)
Agree: 1,797 (45%)
Neutral: 606 (15.2%)
Disagree: 125 (3.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 19 (0.5%)

Section 4 - Remuneration



Do you think the financial earnings from mountain biking for professional athletes are appropriate?


Appropriate: 212 (5.3%)
Slightly Appropriate: 348 (8.8%)
Neutral: 1,120 (28.2%)
Slightly Inappropriate: 1,114 (28%)
Inappropriate: 1,179 (29.7%)

How satisfied are you with the level of prize money for the top level of racing?


Very Satisfied: 38 (1%)
Satisfied: 135 (3.4%)
Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied: 848 (21.3%)
Dissatisfied: 1,475 (37%)
Very Dissatisfied: 1,492 (37.4%)


What should be the prize money be for a win at an elite World Cup race?


Less than 1,000 USD: 21 (0.5%)
1,000-5,000 USD: 155 (4%)
5,000-10,000 USD: 778 (19.9%)
10,000-15,000: 1,166 (29.8%)
15,000-20,000 USD: 757 (19.4%)
20,000 USD + 1,032 (26.4%)

Section 5 - Race Coverage and Viewership


Do you follow mountain bike racing?


Yes: 3,692 (91.3%)
No: 353 (8.7%)


Do you follow women's mountain bike racing?


Yes: 3,202 (79.1%)
No: 844 (20.9%)


How important is it to you to keep up to date on racing?


Essential Priority: 260 (6.4%)
High Priority: 1,155 (28.5%)
Moderate Priority: 1,406 (34.7%)
Neutral: 409 (10.1%)
Somewhat a Priority: 211 (5.2%)
Low Priority: 376 (9.3%)
Not a Priority: 232 (5.7%)


How do you follow racing?


Live broadcasts/race replays: 2801 (71.2%)
Race highlights: 2812 (71.4%)
Result articles: 2663 (67.7%)
Photo Epics: 1660 (42.2%)
Rider vlogs: 1410 (35.8%)
Other: 51 (1.3%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)


Did you pay for access to 2023's World Cup race coverage?


Yes: 1,300 (32.2%)
No: 2,737 (67.8%)


How satisfied were you with 2023's race coverage?


Very Satisfied: 87 (2.2%)
Satisfied: 495 (12.7%)
Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied: 1,119 (28.6%)
Dissatisfied: 1,239 (31.7%)
Very Dissatisfied: 972 (24.8%)


I paid more attention to World Cup racing in 2023 than in previous years?


Strongly Agree: 136 (3.4%)
Agree: 319 (8%)
Neutral: 1,087 (27.2%)
Disagree: 1277 (31.9%)
Strongly Disagree:1,182 (29.5%)


How likely are you to pay for access to this year's World Cup race coverage?


Very Likely: 338 (8.4%)
Likely: 551 (13.7%)
Neutral: 469 (11.6%)
Unlikely: 918 (22.8%)
Very Unlikely: 1751 (43.5%)


Warner Bros. Discovery's coverage provides good value for money


Strongly Agree: 27 (0.7%)
Agree: 154 (4%)
Neutral: 1,250 (32.1%)
Disagree: 1,060 (27.2%)
Strongly Disagree:1,402 (36%)


Will paid coverage for World Cup racing will lead to better investment in the sport?


Very Likely: 79 (2%)
Likely: 472 (11.9%)
Neutral: 873 (22%)
Unlikely: 1,458 (36.8%)
Very Unlikely: 1,085 (27.4%)


There has been adequate communication to the public about World Cup racing


Strongly Agree: 26 (0.7%)
Agree: 212 (5.4%)
Neutral: 871 (22%)
Disagree: 1,612 (40.8%)
Strongly Disagree:1,231 (31.1%)


I have confidence in Warner Bros. Discovery and its plans for racing


Strongly Agree: 12 (0.3%)
Agree: 145 (3.7%)
Neutral: 1,033 (26.2%)
Disagree: 1,269 (32.2%)
Strongly Disagree:1,485 (37.7%)


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


Strongly Agree: 13 (0.3%)
Agree: 150 (3.8%)
Neutral: 1,287 (32.9%)
Disagree: 1,204 (30.7%)
Strongly Disagree:1,263 (32.2%)


What would you like to see from Warner Bros. Discovery?


Smaller field: 132 (3.4%)
Larger field: 1,000 (25.9%)
More coverage in mainstream media: 2.382 (61.6%)
Greater prize money: 2,715 (70.2%)
Reshaping racing regulations: 574 (14.8%)
A better racing spectacle: 1,150 (29.7%)
Better and more informative coverage: 2,344 (60.6%)
Different locations of races: 2.194 (56.7%)
Difficulty of courses: 1,012 (26.2%)
Lower barriers to entry: 1,211 (31.3%)
More openness to input from riders: 2,371 (61.3%)
Other: 351 (9.1%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)


Should there be more World Cup races?


Yes: 2,440 (61.6%)
No: 448 (11.3%)
Maybe: 1,070 (27%)


Do you plan to watch any races not part of the World Cup series in 2024?


Yes: 2,960 (74.1%)
No: 386 (9.7%)
Maybe: 647 (16.2%)


If it existed, would you watch a live broadcast of Enduro World Cup racing?


Yes: 1,963 (49%)
No: 795 (19.8%)
Maybe: 1,249 (31.2%)


After a race, which forms of content interest you the most?


Short race highlights quickly after the race: 1,672 (42.3%)
Longer form highlights the day after a race: 2,377 (60.1%)
Race analysis and stats: 1,841 (46.6%)
Breakdown of rider lines: 1,936 (49%)
Photo Epics: 1,497 (37.9%)
Social media from riders: 1,187 (30%)
Rider vlogs: 1,093 (27.6%)
Other: 49 (1.2%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)

Pinkers

Section 6 - Downhill Racing


How do you feel about the current state of World Cup downhill racing?


Very Satisfied: 77 (2.1%)
Satisfied: 1,062 (28.3%)
Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied: 1,359 (36.3%)
Dissatisfied: 1,023 (27.3%)
Very Dissatisfied: 227 (6.1%)


What do you think the average earnings for a professional downhill mountain bike athlete are in 2024?


0-5,000 USD: 69 (1.9%)
5,000 - 10,000 USD: 225 (6.1%)
10,000 - 20,000 USD: 568 (15.3%)
20,000 - 30,000 USD: 819 (22.1%)
30,000 - 40,000 USD: 697 (18.8%)
40,000 - 50,000 USD: 714 (19.3%)
50,000 - 100,000 USD: 531 (14.3%)
100,000 - 250,000 USD: 71 (1.9%)
250,000 - 500,000 USD: 4 (0.1%)
500,000+ USD: 9 (0.2%)


What do you think the average earnings for a professional downhill mountain bike athlete should be in 2024?


0-5,000 USD: 9 (0.2%)
5,000 - 10,000 USD: 8 (0.2%)
10,000 - 20,000 USD: 39 (1.1%)
20,000 - 30,000 USD: 117 (3.2%)
30,000 - 40,000 USD: 232 (6.3%)
40,000 - 50,000 USD: 575 (15.6%)
50,000 - 100,000 USD: 1650 (44.6%)
100,000 - 250,000 USD: 872 (23.6%)
250,000 - 500,000 USD: 147 (4%)
500,000+ USD: 47 (1.3%)


How many men should qualify for Elite World Cup DH finals?


20 or less: 205 (5.5%)
20-30: 360 (9.7%)
It should stay at 30: 1,357 (36.5%)
30-60: 1,519 (40.9%)
60-80: 239 (6.4%)
80+: 34 (0.9%)


How many women should qualify for Elite World Cup DH finals?


10 or less: 69 (1.9%)
It should stay at 10: 352 (9.5%)
10-15: 838 (22.6%)
15-20: 1,351 (36.4%)
20+: 1,100 (29.6%)


Which finals broadcasts do you usually watch each World Cup weekend?


Elite Men's: 2,713 (72.4%)
Elite Women's: 2,168 (57.8%)
Junior Men's: 738 (19.7%)
Junior Women's: 489 (13%)
None, I just look at results and/or
highlights videos:
1,117 (29.8%)
(Note, multiple-choice question)


How do you rate the inclusion of Semi-Finals to the World Cup race weekend?


Very Good: 70 (1.9%)
Good: 295 (8.1%)
Acceptable: 1,039 (28.4%)
Poor: 1,072 (29.3%)
Very Poor: 1,182 (32.3%)


How often did you watch the free-to-view coverage of Semi-Finals?


Always: 312 (8.4%)
Often: 556 (15%)
Sometimes: 803 (21.6%)
Rarely: 878 (23.6%)
Never: 1,168 (31.4%)


Should semi-finals remain a part of the World Cup race weekend schedule?


Yes: 636 (17.1%)
No: 2,141 (57.5%)
Not Sure: 944 (25.4%)


Privateer racers have a place in Elite DH World Cup racing


Strongly Agree: 2,636 (70.3%)
Agree: 716 (19.1%)
Neutral: 211 (5.6%)
Disagree: 146 (3.9%)
Strongly Disagree: 41 (1.1%)


The current protected rider system provides fairer racing


Strongly Agree: 62 (1.7%)
Agree: 810 (22.1%)
Neutral: 1,921 (52.3%)
Disagree: 689 (18.8%)
Strongly Disagree: 190 (5.2%)


I like the current race weekend schedule


Strongly Agree: 56 (1.5%)
Agree: 531 (14.5%)
Neutral: 1,559 (42.5%)
Disagree: 1,189 (32.4%)
Strongly Disagree: 331 (9%)


Skinsuits or one-piece outfits should be allowed at the World Cup level


Strongly Agree: 383 (10.3%)
Agree: 634 (17%)
Neutral: 1,177 (31.5%)
Disagree: 799 (21.4%)
Strongly Disagree: 738 (19.8%)


A venue shouldn’t hold a race on the same, largely unchanged track, year after year


Strongly Agree: 717 (19.2%)
Agree: 1,120 (30%)
Neutral: 979 (26.2%)
Disagree: 769 (20.6%)
Strongly Disagree: 151 (4%)


I think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in downhill racing


Strongly Agree: 58 (1.6%)
Agree: 220 (6%)
Neutral: 1,556 (42.2%)
Disagree: 1,474 (39.9%)
Strongly Disagree: 382 (10.4%)


I think “mechanical doping” (using a hidden electric motor) is a problem in downhill racing


Strongly Agree: 57 (1.5%)
Agree: 58 (1.6%)
Neutral: 645 (17.4%)
Disagree: 1,510 (40.7%)
Strongly Disagree: 1,439 (38.8%)


I think the racing is, in general, fair and honest


Strongly Agree: 693 (18.6%)
Agree: 2,537 (68.1%)
Neutral: 421 (11.3%)
Disagree: 69 (1.9%)
Strongly Disagree: 8 (0.2%)


Section 7 - Enduro Racing


How do you feel about the current state of Enduro World Cups?


Very Satisfied: 46 (1.5%)
Satisfied: 199 (6.5%)
Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied: 824 (26.9%)
Dissatisfied: 1,142 (37.3%)
Very Dissatisfied: 851 (27.8%)


What do you think the average earnings for a professional enduro mountain bike athlete are in 2024?


0-5,000 USD: 155 (5.1%)
5,000 - 10,000 USD: 383 (12.7%)
10,000 - 20,000 USD: 633 (20.9%)
20,000 - 30,000 USD: 706 (23.3%)
30,000 - 40,000 USD: 496 (16.4%)
40,000 - 50,000 USD: 369 (12.2%)
50,000 - 100,000 USD: 236 (7.8%)
100,000 - 250,000 USD: 38 (1.3%)
250,000 - 500,000 USD: 3 (0.1%)
500,000+ USD: 7 (0.2%)


What do you think the average earnings for a professional enduro mountain bike athlete should be in 2024?


0-5,000 USD: 10 (0.3%)
5,000 - 10,000 USD: 17 (0.6%)
10,000 - 20,000 USD: 77 (2.6%)
20,000 - 30,000 USD: 177 (5.9%)
30,000 - 40,000 USD: 266 (8.8%)
40,000 - 50,000 USD: 629 (20.8%)
50,000 - 100,000 USD: 1,279 (42.4%)
100,000 - 250,000 USD: 472 (15.6%)
250,000 - 500,000 USD: 66 (2.2%)
500,000+ USD: 26 (0.9%)


How often do you follow the live timing for Enduro World Cups?


Always: 107 (3.5%)
Often: 368 (12%)
Sometimes: 706 (23%)
Rarely: 909 (29.6%)
Never: 979 (31.9%)


How do you rate the current level of coverage for Enduro World Cups?


Very Good: 9 (0.3%)
Good: 61 (2%)
Acceptable: 404 (13.4%)
Poor: 1,210 (40.1%)
Very Poor: 1,337 (44.3%)


Enduro racing should be totally blind


Strongly Agree: 281 (9.2%)
Agree: 765 (25.1%)
Neutral: 922 (30.2%)
Disagree: 905 (29.7%)
Strongly Disagree: 178 (5.8%)


Enduro racing should take place over multiple days


Strongly Agree: 406 (13.3%)
Agree: 1.313 (43.1%)
Neutral: 934 (30.7%)
Disagree: 357 (11.7%)
Strongly Disagree: 37 (1.2%)


I think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in enduro racing


Strongly Agree: 89 (3%)
Agree: 486 (16.1%)
Neutral: 1,450 (48.2%)
Disagree: 791 (26.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 195 (6.5%)


I think “mechanical doping” (using a hidden electric motor) is a problem in enduro racing


Strongly Agree: 52 (1.7%)
Agree: 100 (3.3%)
Neutral: 957 (31.6%)
Disagree: 1,274 (42.1%)
Strongly Disagree: 643 (21.2%)


I think the racing is, in general, fair and honest


Strongly Agree: 277 (9.1%)
Agree: 2,016 (66.4%)
Neutral: 629 (20.7%)
Disagree: 96 (3.2%)
Strongly Disagree: 17 (0.6%)

Section 8 - Cross Country Racing


How do you feel about the current state of XC racing?


Very Satisfied: 161 (8.4%)
Satisfied: 1,091 (57.1%)
Neither Satisfied or Dissatisfied: 558 (29.2%)
Dissatisfied: 80 (4.2%)
Very Dissatisfied: 20 (1%)


What do you think the average earnings for a professional XC mountain bike athlete are in 2024?


0-5,000 USD: 20 (1.1%)
5,000 - 10,000 USD: 46 (2.4%)
10,000 - 20,000 USD: 137 (7.3%)
20,000 - 30,000 USD: 258 (13.7%)
30,000 - 40,000 USD: 298 (15.9%)
40,000 - 50,000 USD: 467 (24.9%)
50,000 - 100,000 USD: 482 (25.7%)
100,000 - 250,000 USD: 146 (7.8%)
250,000 - 500,000 USD: 14 (0.7%)
500,000+ USD: 10 (0.5%)


What do you think the average earnings for a professional XC mountain bike athlete should be in 2024?


0-5,000 USD: 6 (0.3%)
5,000 - 10,000 USD: 6 (0.3%)
10,000 - 20,000 USD: 21 (1.1%)
20,000 - 30,000 USD: 52 (2.8%)
30,000 - 40,000 USD: 107 (5.7%)
40,000 - 50,000 USD: 304 (16.2%)
50,000 - 100,000 USD: 847 (45.2%)
100,000 - 250,000 USD: 436 (23.3%)
250,000 - 500,000 USD: 65 (3.5%)
500,000+ USD: 30 (1.6%)


What is your preferred style of XC racing to watch?


XCO: 1,458 (78%)
XCE: 42 (2.2%)
XCC: 283 (15.1%)
Marathon: 61 (3.3%)
Otherr: 26 (1.4%)


Do you think XCC Short Track racing has been a positive addition to World Cup racing?


Yes:1,546 (83.2%)
No: 312 (16.8%)


Highly ranked road or cyclocross riders should be given improved grid positions if they race XC World Cups


Strongly Agree: 46 (2.4%)
Agree: 291 (15.4%)
Neutral: 395 (20.8%)
Disagree: 690 (36.4%)
Strongly Disagree: 473 (25%)


I like the current race weekend schedule


Strongly Agree: 113 (6.1%)
Agree: 990 (53.1%)
Neutral: 721 (38.7%)
Disagree: 29 (1.6%)
Strongly Disagree: 11 (0.6%)


I wish the XCO courses were more technical


Strongly Agree: 208 (10.8%)
Agree: 735 (39%)
Neutral: 756 (40.1%)
Disagree: 175 (9.3%)
Strongly Disagree: 17 (0.9%)


I wish the XCC courses were more technical


Strongly Agree: 283 (15%)
Agree: 743 (39.5%)
Neutral: 690 (36.7%)
Disagree: 150 (8%)
Strongly Disagree: 15 (0.8%)


I wish the XCO races were longer


Strongly Agree: 46 (2.4%)
Agree: 237 (12.6%)
Neutral: 849 (45.2%)
Disagree: 684 (36.4%)
Strongly Disagree: 62 (3.3%)


I think “mechanical doping” (using a hidden electric motor) is a problem in XC racing


Strongly Agree: 30 (1.6%)
Agree: 100 (5.3%)
Neutral: 585 (31.2%)
Disagree: 833 (44.4%)
Strongly Disagree: 328 (17.5%)


I think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in XC racing


Strongly Agree: 116 (6.2%)
Agree: 485 (25.8%)
Neutral: 861 (45.8%)
Disagree: 339 (18%)
Strongly Disagree: 79 (4.2%)


I think the racing is, in general, fair and honest


Strongly Agree: 124 (6.6%)
Agree: 1,199 (63.7%)
Neutral: 472 (25.1%)
Disagree: 76 (4%)
Strongly Disagree: 11 (0.6%)


Section 9 - Slopestyle and Freeride


What is your preferred style of event?


Competitive dirt jump & slopestyle: 364 (14.6%)
Competitive freeride & big mountain: 1,348 (54.1%)
Non competitive dirt jump & slopestyle: 84 (3.4%)
Non-competitive freeride & big mountain: 642 (25.8%)
Other: 51 (2.1%)


What is your opinion of the judge's scoring at slopestyle and freeride events?


Very Good: 61 (2.5%)
Good: 564 (22.9%)
Acceptable: 1,336 (54.3%)
Poor: 414 (16.8%)
Very Poor: 87 (3.5%)


Rampage should include labour-intensive, hand built features


Strongly Agree: 632 (25.4%)
Agree: 990 (39.8%)
Neutral: 551 (22.2%)
Disagree: 253 (10.2%)
Strongly Disagree: 59 (2.4%)


Rampage should include women


Strongly Agree: 1,206 (48.5%)
Agree: 825 (33.2%)
Neutral: 349 (14%)
Disagree: 80 (3.2%)
Strongly Disagree: 28 (1.1%)


I think performance-enhancing drugs are a problem in slopestyle and freeride


Strongly Agree: 18 (0.7%)
Agree: 41 (1.7%)
Neutral: 611 (24.9%)
Disagree: 1,038 (42.4%)
Strongly Disagree: 742 (30.3%)


I think the competitive events are, in general, fair and honest


Strongly Agree: 202 (8.2%)
Agree: 1,349 (54.5%)
Neutral: 712 (28.8%)
Disagree: 169 (6.8%)
Strongly Disagree: 42 (1.7%)




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99 Comments
  • 52 1
 Things that stand out:
1. Most of us think riders should be paid more and prize money should be higher.
2. Most of us won't pay to watch it though.
3. Pinkbike still can't figure that renumeration is not the same a remuneration. Or maybe they are just recounting the results from that one.
  • 49 0
 4. At least 6 people live in Antarctica.
  • 17 0
 @Padded: the snow biking is epic there
  • 15 0
 5. Only 157 of the 4000-ish surveyed have confidence in Warner Bros future plans.
  • 4 2
 6. Xitter is in the shitter
  • 24 0
 0. Holy sausage fest.
  • 6 0
 @Padded: There are loads of people down in Antarctica, jobs galore to be had! Here are 4 pages of jobs with just one company!

www.amentumcareers.com/jobs/search?page=1&country_codes%5B%5D=AQ&query=Antarctica
  • 3 0
 @Padded: All mountain biking is done online on that continent.
  • 8 1
 Respondents don’t seem to understand how averages work. The median dh elite man is qualifying what, 30th in the world cups? 45th? That guy should net (after expenses) $50000-100000/year? Or are all the privateers we think definitely need to be included in world cups not “pros” for the purposes of the survey? The “average” pro downhiller is not the one whose mean finish in a season of world cups is 15th….
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: my old boss was the first guy to ride a fat bike to the South Pole.
  • 8 0
 “What do you think the average earnings for a professional downhill mountain bike athlete should be in 2024?”

One. Million. Dollars.

What in the hell qualifies most of us here to answer that question?
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 I think what a lot of people wishing for more money etc dont get is how small and niche downhill is. Its never going to have mass TV appeal so to expect big money and big sponsorship is a pipedream. In a sense the sport is lucky to have big companies put money in. The UCI sell the rights to someone like WB. WB then hope to add more subscribers through what their entire package offers, of which downhill MTB is a tiny fraction. This is a company who have some rights to massive mainstream sports with massive viewing figures which therefore means big sponsors, successful businesses and larger salaries. Mountain bikers need to see the bigger picture. Yes its important to us but not many other people care at all.
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 @WRCDH: Holy American hotdog fest
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 I think that willing to pay is not the problem, the problem is they try to sell me 10x more than I need for 10x the price. I don't want to pay more to be able to watch snooker, football, tennis or road cycling. I am not really interested in watching anything in TV except MTB, since, guess what, instead of watching random sports 2h a day I want to ride my bike, MTB is a participants sport so the audience are not couch dads. This is vastly different from other sports.
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 6. Everyone wants more races with more prize money and high salaries for riders all whilst its free to watch. No one seems to have any sensible suggestions as to how this can be achieved without the customer paying more for their products.
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 @gulogulointhearctic: The disconnect, though, is thinking that there is any significant overlap between the people who want to watch world cup DH and people who enjoy watching other mainstream sports. Assuming that we are all just generic "sports fans" and offering us packages to watch all of their various sports content is not going to work in our little niche area here. It's all just taking us back to cable tv packages and literally no consumer wants this. I'm absolutely not paying to have access to a bunch of content I have zero interest in just so that I can watch the 7 races I do enjoy. And in this respect, I believe I speak for almost all of the pinkbike crowd.
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 @WRCDH: holy white sausage fest!
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 @gulogulointhearctic: and how do you feel WB has contributed to the sport so far ? I, for one, think their net contribution is deep in the red....so far.
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 @Snfoilhat: Well, when it says pro downhillers that will automatically exclude privateer racers and only include those whom their main source of income is derived from racing 2 wheeled bikes down a hill.
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 I’m certainly furious about something, just not sure what yet…
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flag wobblegoblin (Apr 10, 2024 at 15:43) (Below Threshold)
 You can’t think of any way to connect something in a way to smear trump or Biden??? Come on man.
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 @wobblegoblin: came here for the data, only got the summary results. Le Sigh.
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 @edspratt can we get the dataset, sans names and such? I bet there's plenty of folx here that would slice this up into more meaningful results.
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 I learned that women don't like completing random surveys. Guess they really are smarter than men.
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 Women aint finishing much
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 I think it's more a reflection of the amount of women that visit Pinkbike.
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 @mbm0103: I can't possibly think of anything that would deter them from spending more time here......
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 How many people thunk Rob Warner should be reinstated as world cup comentater.
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 Moot question. He is the ONLY WC commentator.
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 @Mfro: everyone knows that. And yet here we are!
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 "I have confidence in Warner Bros. Discovery and its plans for racing
Strongly Agree: 12 (0.3%)"

"I think “mechanical doping” (using a hidden electric motor) is a problem in downhill racing
Strongly Agree: 57 (1.5%)"

Just a couple of snapshot figures to show that way more people are deluded enough to think DH racers have hidden motors than have confidence in Warner Bros.
I dunno why I find this funny, it's tragic really.
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 People are idiots.
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 Missed opportunity for "I think "mechanical doping" (using an electric motor) is a problem in Enduro racing" question.
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 At least it's pretty clear that almost noone likes what Warner Bros Discovery has done.
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 Where is the only fan option for social media?
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 I would love to see the actual website visitor demographics compared with the survey demographics. Bonus points if you had some kind of extra layer for the demographics of people who comment on posts. Even if it's just over X number of times per year.
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 6% comment
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 If only I could remember what I answered it would be more interesting to go through.

Also, this is not a public data release. If it were, we'd be able to analyse the data, find obscure (and likely meaningless) correlations, and actually use our (armchair) data scientist credentials.
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 true, give us our excel spreadsheets...we need armchair science!
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 I guess we shouldn't have complained so much about the stupid pie charts.
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 We definitely should.
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 One thing that I think fails the "paying" to watch races doesn't take into account is that the majority of the responses are from North America and the majority of the races are in Europe. Why would I pay money to wake up at 5am to watch a race? If it is free and I'm awake sure I watch them or I would just catch the replay later that day but it doesn't feel right to pay for replays when I can just google the results.
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 Its REMUneration, not renumeration.
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 @edspratt: Not to be a deek, but I saw 'Very Likely' used where 'Very Unlikely' belonged in 3 instances around the coverage section...
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 Good spot, I've corrected this now.
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 Still would've loved to see some kind continental breakdown in the questions regarding earnings, both for the pro athletes as well as us followers. The majority of answers from the public came from North America, whereas with the pros the majority was from Europe and the economical structures are so different between the two (not to mention other areas). In this reader survey a clear majority of over 40% says in all disciplines on average a pro should be paid 50,000 - 100,000 USD, which from a European viewpoint is wild. Sure I can see the top riders making something like that, but that being the average is _a_lot_ to me. I mean I have some really well off friends working in IT and making enviable money, but they are still nowhere near that 100 000 mark. That's like some high ass doctor pay around here Big Grin
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 Apparently here in America you have to make over $110,000 to own a home, inflation has gotten out of hand..
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 @Fritzschuller69: I mean in general the differences in pay/ cost of living/ value of money are so wildly different. That's not to say a lot of people making average money definitely can not own a home here either (I guess it's just accepted to be more normal not to nowadays, it is what it is), but still trying to determine one number for "good earnings" in a global poll isn't very helpful.
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 Only 2% of girls among PB readers? What's going on? I've seen a lot of female riders at Whistler bike park (on youtube). Why don't girls like to geek over bike stuff here? Honestly curious.
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 I think it depends on the area. Here in Basel there are almost no female bikers (even though there is a top ten female racer in the area). If you go an hour north to Freiberg in Germany then there are loads more women.
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 We don't waste our time on surveys that don't matter ---plus when we comment on things and get downvoted for zero reason we stop participating, the math is mathing.
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 @hilkave: there are certainly some insecure incels or plain a*sholes out there. Just keep on pedalin'!
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 Huge value add to this post would be having a statistician present a summary of findings. Everyone is an armchair expert if there is no source of truth to the analysis.
  • 1 1
 For many of the questions there needed to be a dont know option. I really doubt that many of us actually know the real answer to several of the questions so just guess or click any old box
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 A lot of the questions were not mandatory, I just skipped the ones where I had no input. Like since I don't race, I have no idea if there's support for that available or what the racing scene is like.
  • 3 1
 How the hell does anyone think Canada supports its riders well if at all?
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 For Olympic disciplines [XC, road, track], it's not terrible. That leaves DH, #enduro, slope, etc. to freeze in the dark.
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 There's two "Very Likely" on "Will paid coverage for World Cup racing will lead to better investment in the sport?"
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 So to summarise the state of the sport in a nutshell : the input is the same, the output is disappointing.
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 This needs histograms baby
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 Appreciate that you show us the data!
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 not a good look for WBD
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 I’m in the top 3%!
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