The 25 Greatest Riders of the Decade

Dec 14, 2019 at 2:20
by Ed Spratt  
Brothers on the booze once again. Don t expect to get any sense out of these guys for at least 24hrs.

As we head into 2020 it's time to remember a decade of riding evolution in mountain biking. If you're told us in 2010 that riders would be tricking on the Hardline course, spinning 1440s or landing 100 foot backflips, we might have been skeptical, but it's all happened this decade, and much more. This was supposed to be a Top 10 list, but there have been so many legendary riders making their mark, it turned out to be an impossible task. So without further ado and in no particular order, here is Pinkbike's list of the best riders to have done it inside and outside of the tape this past decade.

1. Rachel Atherton

Sadly this is the last we will see of Rachel Atherton this weekend as she has suffered and injury to her achilles tendon.

37 World Cup DH Wins

25 World Cup DH Podium Finishes

2012 + 2013 + 2015 + 2016 + 2018 Overall World Cup DH Winner

2013 + 2015 + 2016 + 2018 DH World Champion

It goes without saying that no other rider can match the dominance of Rachel Atherton in the past ten years in World Cup downhill. With 37 World Cup wins, 25 podiums and four World Championship titles, she is clearly an unstoppable force in the sport. Her strongest period came between 2015 and 2017 where she stormed to 13 consecutive victories on a golden streak that may well stand for many decades to come.

After managing that huge successive winning streak, Rachel has continued to stay at the top of the sport. Looking at her score sheet for the past ten years, it’s hard to find any year where she wasn’t successful in one way or another. As we close out the decade, women’s downhill is in a really healthy place with new riders popping up every week to challenge for podiums. Rachel may have been the stand-out rider of the decade but she has also been a beacon for the other women, a target for them to aim at, and the entire sport has been lifted as a result.

2. Greg Minnaar

Greg Minnaar had a strong race today to finish just over 2 seconds out of the medals.

12 World Cup DH Wins

29 World Cup DH Podium Finishes

2012 + 2013 DH World Champion

There were probably a number of fans who believed Greg Minnaar was nearing the end of his racing career at the midpoint of this decade, but the South African simply refused to listen. Riders don’t come more legendary than Greg and he continues to teach the younger riders a lesson in how to win DH races. Taking an impressive 29 podiums and 12 victories across the past ten years, he has retained his reputation as a constant threat. You can never write off Greg Minnaar.

Although he hasn’t managed to score any World Cup overall titles since 2010, he has managed three second and two third-place finishes. Greg has also seen plenty of success at the World Championships with two rainbow jerseys in 2012 and 2013. More recently, he was still on the podium at this year's World Championships with a fifth place in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Greg also gave his hand at racing the EWS and in 2013, he finished third in Val d’Allos.

The bottom line is that despite fierce competition from Gwin, Minnaar has earned and retained the title of the most successful World Cup racer of all time this decade. He earned the majority of his 21 wins in the 2010s and doesn't seem to be slowing down as he enters his fourth decade of elite racing.

3. Aaron Gwin

A rough day at the office for Aaron Gwin...and we haven t seen too many of them... ever. Let alone a muddied leader jersey and bloodied teeth.

20 World Cup DH Wins

23 World Cup DH Podium Finishes

2011 + 2012 + 2015 + 2016 + 2017 Overall World Cup DH Winner

Before 2009, if you mentioned the name Aaron Gwin, most downhill fans would have said, "who?" But it didn't take the American phenom long to set that record straight.

Aaron Gwin has had the most successful decade of any male rider with 20 wins, 23 podiums, and five World Cup overall titles. He has simply been an incredible rider to watch with some of his runs becoming the stuff of legends. Who else can say they won a World Cup race with no chain? In the early years of the decade, Gwin was untouchable. He won 9 World Cups in 2 seasons as part of Trek Factory Racing and his 8-second demolition of the field was the biggest in a World Cup by a male racer this decade and underlined his dominance. Much like Atherton, the entire field soon had Gwin in their crosshairs and he is arguably responsible for the incredible level of riding we see on the World Cup circuit in 2019.

In addition to his dominance at the World Cups, he has also been a huge presence when racing at home. Between 2010 and 2017 he won all but one national champs race and the one race he didn’t win he still came second.

4. Danny MacAskill

Santa Cruz Bicycles Danny MacAskill Prototype Frame

Danny Macaskill may have the fewest competitive accolades on this list but not many riders can say they have had the same impact on the sport as Danny Macaskill, with his videos reaching an audience that goes far beyond the scope of the normal mountain bike shreddit or race recap.

From earlier edits like 'Way Back Home' or 'Epecuen' to 'Danny Day Care or 'Wee Day Out', his videos are superbly produced and it is impossible to pin down quite what Danny is going to do next. The unpredictability and the passion that comes with every video is what makes Danny worthy of the title as one of Pinkbike's greatest riders of the decade.

Check out our list of the greatest Danny Macaskill edits here.

5. Tracy Moseley

5 World Cup DH Wins

9 World Cup DH Podium Finishes

2010 DH World Champion

2011 Overall World Cup DH Winner

15 EWS Wins

6 EWS Podium Finishes

2013 + 2014 + 2015 EWS Overall Winner

Coming off a World Championship DH title in 2010 and a World Cup DH overall win in 2011, it was no surprise that when Tracy took to the EWS she saw similar success. Moseley was an early proponent of the EWS and fully transitioned over from downhill from its inception.

During her three year period racing Enduro, she racked up 15 wins and six podiums, her worst result ever was a second place. She was relentlessly consistent and by the end of her career was still taking wins while wearing a backpack full of kit and handing out spares to her fellow racers. Taking the EWS Elite Women titles in 2013 and 2014 she was unstoppable, holding off even the most decorated cyclist of all time, Anne Caroline Chausson.

6. Nino Schurter

Nino Schurter riding a hardtail with dropper seatpost and SRAM s new wireless shifting added another win to his palmares.

40 World Cup XC Wins

23 World Cup XC Podium Finishes

2010 + 2012 + 2013 + 2015 + 2017 + 2018 + 2019 Overall World Cup XC Winner

2012 + 2013 + 2015 + 2016 + 2017 + 2018 + 2019 XC World Champion

2012 Olympic Silver Medal XCO + 2016 Olympic Gold Medal XCO

2017 + 2019 Cape Epic Winner

Racers don’t come much more formidable than Nino Schurter. With a mind-bending 40 World Cup wins and 23 podiums, the Swiss rider has lived this decade as the powerhouse of men's XC racing.

He won a silver in 2012 in the London Olympic XCO event and a gold medal in 2016 in Rio. He has also taken the top spot at the tough Cape Epic race in 2017 and 2019. Alongside his World Cup, Olympic and Cape Epic victories, Nino has seven overall World Cup titles and seven World Championship wins, taking every rainbow jersey since 2015.

XC racing has changed massively over this decade from smooth, simple courses to the techy nightmares we see today. Schurter has been at the top of the game no matter the course or conditions and he's done it with more style and personality than most of his competitors put together.

7. Brandon Semenuk

Brandon Semenuk on a flat spin mid way down and on his way to his second win at Rampage to join in with Strait and Sorge s two timer club.

2016 + 2019 Red Bull Rampage Winner

2011 + 2013 + 2014 + 2015 + 2017 Red Bull Joyride Winner

Silver Medal at the 2013 Munich X-Games Slopestyle Event

Semenuk is a once in a generation talent and arguably nobody has moved mountain biking forwards more than he has. Although he was still a teenager at the start of the decade, he was already recognised as a prodigious talent and the rider to beat at any slopestyle event.

In 2011, he won his first Joyride and then won four more in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. He also took another two Rampage wins to become only the second rider to win the event three times. He could have won so much more but in his search for perfection, he turned his back on pretty much all competition. The only time you'll see Semenuk ride live now is when Rampage rolls around as he instead focusses purely on video output.

Although unconventional, this hasn't slowed Semenuk down. He's released a number of landmark videos and still masterminds the progression of the sport through his relentless consistency and talent.

8. Sam Hill

Sam Hill was so close to his first win but would have to settle for second by .8 of a second.

2 World Cup DH Wins

8 World Cup DH Podium Finishes

2010 DH World Champion

8 EWS Wins

8 EWS Podium Finishes

2017 + 2018 + 2019 EWS Overall Winner

Sam Hill started the decade with a downhill World Championship win in 2010 and finished it with his third EWS overall win in a row. Yes, he's been prolific but he's also done it on his own terms - he's the only rider of the decade to win any race of significance with flat pedals on a bike with rear suspension. I challenge anyone to not get stoked watching him still slashing inside lines that nobody else is capable of taking.

Sam's downhill career may not have been as dominant this decade as in the noughties but he still claimed a World Championship jersey in 2010 and a brace of wins in 2014 when he sparked into life towards the end of the season. Everyone remembers Josh Bryceland throwing away the World Champs in Hafjell that year but make no mistake, Sam was on a winning run too until his scorpion through the rocks.

Sam quickly became disillusioned with downhill though and, as the tracks got wider, straighter and faster, he started to look for motivation elsewhere. He settled on the EWS and it suited him to a tee. With techy tracks that offered plenty of options, he soon got up to winning speed. Since switching disciplines, he has secured eight wins and eight EWS podiums. In addition, he has become the first male rider to secure the EWS overall three times having won the series in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

9. Danny Hart

Danny Hart got his mega whip on this afternoon in timed runs. The kid is a showman and fast as hell. He has a big future ahead of him

4 World Cup DH Wins

25 World Cup DH Podium Finishes

2011 + 2016 DH World Champion

After his incredible performance at the wet and wild 2011 World Championships in Champery, Danny Hart had already cemented his name in downhill history but the British rider has continued to secure top results. Although he has only managed to take the top steps four times, he has been incredibly consistent with an amazing 25 podium finishes.

Alongside his success at the World Cup, Hart has managed to take the rainbow jersey in 2011 and 2016, making him the only rider to stop Loic Bruni since 2015. Also, he has seen incredible success at the UK National Championships, having never dropped out of the top three since 2015. Danny Hart also played one of the most important roles in 2019 as he became the kingmaker in Snowshoe when his winning run was all that separated the two French riders of Loic Bruni and Amaury Pierron from World Cup overall glory.

10. Nicholi Rogatkin

Nicholi Rogatkin has won here before but with the envelope being pushed even further he s going to have to dig deeper.

2016 FMB World Tour Winner

4 Crankworx Slopestyle Wins

2018 Crankworx Triple Crown Winner

Coming from a BMX background and wearing a trademark, peakless full-face helmet, it was easy for the style obsessed slope riders to mock Rogatkin as he entered the sport. He soon shut them up though by simply going bigger and harder than everyone else. Rogatkin landed the first 1080, the first 1440, the first cashroll, and multiple combos of them too.

It was a strategy that paid off as he became a regular on the top step of slopestyle podiums and the first (and still only) rider to win the Triple Crown in 2018. Away from the groomed slopestyle courses, he's shown immense character too, most notably in his one appearance at Rampage where he, perhaps misguidedly, continued riding and backflipped the last jump despite one of the biggest crashes in the event's history. His infectious enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude have made him a fan favourite and the rider to watch at pretty much every event he enters.

11. Loic Bruni

Full gas and determination to the line for Loic Bruni but it was not enough to hold off Amaury Pierron

5 World Cup DH Wins

18 World Cup DH Podium Finishes

2019 Overall World Cup DH Winner

2015 + 2017 + 2018 + 2019 DH World Champion

It was thought that Nico Vouilloz's record of 7 World Championship titles would stand until the end of time, such was his dominance in the late 90's and early 00's. This decade though, a serious challenger has arisen in Loic Bruni. Bruni's tally now stands at 4 (plus a bonus 1 as a junior) and he has established himself as second-winningest World Champs rider of all time. He's currently on a streak of 3 in succession and only Danny Hart has kept him away from the stripes since 2015.

In 2019, Bruni was able to show he was more than a one-day specialist too as he backed up his World Champs prowess with the World Cup overall title. It may have come down to the nail-biting conclusion in Snowshoe, but he eventually prevailed in one of the most exciting World Cup finishes ever.

12. Cecile Ravanel

Cecile Ravanel was dominant once again making it 3 for 3 in 2018.

20 EWS Wins

18 EWS Podium Finishes

2016 + 2017 + 2018 EWS Overall Winner

After the era of Chausson and Moseley, there was only one woman who stepped up to claim the crown as Queen of Enduro - Cecile Ravanel. Of the past 21 races, she has entered, she has won 19, including a perfect season in 2018 that was part of a streak of 14 straight wins. She even crossed over to downhill racing and was instantly successful, earning a podium finish at her first race and picking up another before the year was through.

A horrific injury saw her sit out the 2019 season, but expect her to be right back at the top of the timesheets as we head into the 2020s.

13. Julien Absalon

Julien Absalon was strong on the climbs today but Nino pulled away on the descents. A

12 XC World Cup Wins

34 XC World Cup Podiums

2014 + 2016 World Cup overall champion

2014 World Champion

Absalon may not have enjoyed any Olympic success this decade but he was still a force to be reckoned with and one of the most successful racers of the past ten years. His season-long battles with Schurter were always intense and he twice overcame the Swiss rider in 2014 and 2016 to claim the overall title.

An allergy to pollen cut his race career shorter than he would have liked but he is still involved with the World Cup circuit through the Absolute Absalon team that has started to collect silverware thanks to young, hungry French riders like Jordan Sarrou. Absalon's all-time win record of 33 records still stands (although Schurter is now just 1 behind) and his place in the mountain bike history books is assured. He returned to the race track at the inaugural e-MTB World Championships this year and finished third.

14. Jolanda Neff

Jolanda Neff had a shaky start but moved her way up to finish second.

14 World Cup XC Wins

19 World Cup XC Podium Finishes

2014 + 2015 + 2018 Overall World Cup XC Winner

2017 XC World Champion

Ensuring the Swiss domination of XC in the latter half of the decade alongside Nino Schurter is Jolanda Neff. With a 1st in the overall in 2014, 2015 and 2018, she has shown time and time again she can keep it consistent throughout a season of racing. Perhaps her most impressive performance was in La Bresse in 2018 where Jolanda came back from two flats to take the win in one of the most exhilarating XC races we have ever seen.

She may have only won the Elite rainbow jersey once in the past ten years but with 14 World Cup wins and 19 podiums there is no questioning her ability to win races or her place in this list.

15. Catharine Pendrel

Catharine Pendrel back in action. Pendrel rode a solid race finishing in 16th.

11 World Cup XC Wins

33 World Cup XC podiums

2011 + 2104 XC World Champion

2010 + 2012 + 2016 World Cup Overall Champion

2016 Olympic Bronze Medallist

Catharine Pendrel is one of the most decorated XC racers of all time with 3 overall titles, 2 World Championships and 12 World Cup wins. She remains relentlessly consistent to this day and picked up her first World Cup podium in two years at the Lenzerheide round of the World Cup this year.

On and off the track, she flies the flag for Canadian mountain biking and has started Pendrel Racing, a junior and U23 mountain bike development team comprised of three Canadian mountain bikers with the skill, ambition and work ethic to make it to the highest level of our sport.

16. Gee Atherton

6 World Cup DH Wins

25 World Cup Podium Finishes

2010 World Cup Overall Champion

2014 Downhill World Champion

2018 Hardline Champion

Gee Atherton has been a consistent threat in downhill since the decade began. He started as the man to beat having bested Greg Minnaar in a season-long tussle and remained at the top of the sport for the next ten years, picking up six wins and 25 podium finishes. In 2014, he also earned his second World Championships title in Hafjell. Away from UCI events, Gee also earned a second-place finish at the 2010 Red Bull Rampage competition and won Red Bull Hardline in 2018.

The Athertons also evolved the way we see World Cup athletes. Through projects such as 4x3 or the Atherton Project, we were brought closer to the inner workings of an elite team than ever before. The team's reward was mainstream accolades and recognition. Gee was put in the centerfold of a Cosmopolitan magazine and featured on TV shows like Top Gear and BBC Earth Unplugged. Deadly on the racecourse and a massive asset for mountain biking off it, the Athertons have had a decade to remember.

17. Cam Zink

Cam Zink spinning off his big drop and putting down one hell of a run.

2010 FMB World Tour Winner

2010 Red Bull Rampage Winner

2010 Red Bull Joyride Winner

Landed the Biggest Backflip at 100ft in 2014

Cam Zink started this decade off with a bang when he cleaned up at the FMB World Tour, Red Bull Rampage and Red Bull Joyride all in one year. Following on from his dominance at the beginning of the decade, Cam went on to lay down some of the biggest tricks we have seen in mountain biking. Rampage became his showground as he hit the biggest ever backflip drop in two-wheeled history in 2013 and then backed it up with the biggest ever 360 drop in 2014 off the Oakley Sender. Also in 2014, he would set the world record for the furthest backflip on a bicycle with a 100-foot flip. Throughout this decade, whenever it gets steep and rowdy, Cam Zink is the man you want to be watching.

18. Jill Kintner

Jill Kintner looking in fine form despite being sick all week.

5 UCI World Cup DH Podiums

35 Crankworx Event Wins

50 Crankworx Event Podiums

2011 + 2013 + 2016 + 2017 + 2018 Queen of Crankworx

1 EWS Podium

When looking back at Jill Kintner's career over the past ten years, you have to ask yourself, "what can’t she do?" The American rider has podiumed five times in World Cup downhill and has dozens of Crankworx event wins in the past decade, from pump track to dual slalom, to downhill and even speed and style.

With the arsenal of skills she developed racing BMX and downhill and unparalleled work ethic, Kintner won the Crankworx Queen of Gravity in 2011 and 2013 and went on to win the prestigious Queen of Crankworx title three successive times in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The spree was only broken when she announced earlier this year she is going to look elsewhere for her next challenge. We saw her pop up at the EWS in Tasmania, where she instantly found herself slotting into second place, just 20 seconds behind the winner Isabeau Courdurier, proving there's still plenty left for Kintner to win with her prodigal talent.

18. Casey Brown

Photo by Alex Erickson

1 World Cup DH Podium and 3 EWS Podium Finishes

2015 + 2016 + 2018 Queen of Crankworx Runner Up

Casey isn't on this list for her competitive achievements but more for her barrier-breaking ability and outlook. She's become the face of female freeride and with good reason. There aren't many outlets for women to go big, but Casey Brown has pushed the boundaries at all of them. She's most prolific in Whip Off competitions, where she has remained largely undefeated all decade, but she has also been the only woman involved at events such as Proving Grounds and Hoff Fest.

Casey may have been sidelined with a shoulder injury for the recent Formation competition but the message was clear, women are finally powering through the door Casey has been knocking on for most of this decade.

19. Brett Rheeder

Brett Rheeder in Big Water Utah filming his segment for Return to Earth by Anthill Films. Photo- Sterling Lorence eyeroam

2011 + 2012 + 2013 FMB World Tour Winner

2018 Red Bull Rampage Winner

Gold Medal at the 2013 Munich X-Games Slopestyle Event

7 Crankworx Slopestyle wins

Brett Rheeder has become a relentlessly consistent force in the world of slopestyle. At the beginning of the decade, he dominated the FMB series, picking up three overall wins in a row. In later years he has only focussed on the diamond ranked Crankworx Slopestyle events and now has seven victories under his belt. Proving he's more than a trick pony, he also now has a Red Bull Rampage crown to his name, having conquered the red cliffs in 2018.

20. Kurt Sorge

Red Bull Rampage 2017

2012 + 2015 + 2017 Red Bull Rampage Winner

We don't get many opportunities to watch Kurt Sorge ride but when we do, it's pretty special. Sorge has made the red cliffs of Utah his own this decade as he became the first man to win Rampage three times and did so in the span of just five years.

21. Pauline Ferrand Prevot

Pauline Ferrand Prevot had an incredible ride and took a well deserved win.

5 XCO World Cup Wins

16 XCO World Cup podiums

2015 + 2019 XCO World Champion

Both on and off the trails, Pauline Ferrand Prevot has been a formidable competitor this decade. She started off with a triple haul of rainbow jerseys in XCO, CX and on the road as a junior in 2010. In the years that followed she graduated up to elites while still technically young enough to be racing under 23s and started winning early. Her first came in 2013 and she hasn't stopped to this day. Her diary was never empty as she was successful in Cyclocross, Spring Classics, Women's Tours, Time Trials and more, holding all three rainbow jerseys once again in 2015 as an Elite. In short, if it involves pedalling fast, the chances are Prevot is very, very good at it.

Prevot's biggest achievements though may have come at the end of this year, when she recovered from an operation to address her issues with iliac endofibrosis to take her first World Cup win in five years at Val di Sole, her first XCO World Championships since 2015 in Mont-Sainte-Anne and then the Marathon World Championships three weeks later.

22. Chris Akrigg

There's nobody in the world who rides a mountain bike quite like Chris Akrigg. Usually set up on a ramshackle ramp, he cranks in with whirling legs, cleans the move and then sprints off again into the next shot. He can spot a line where nobody else can and makes cleaning it look easy in the process.

It nearly went wrong for Akrigg right at the start of the decade when he fell off a cliff while filming in 2011. He ended up with a shattered leg and broken arm, but it could have been a lot worse. On returning from that injury, he established himself as one of the most prolific video athletes in mountain bike history on any bike, in any terrain.

23. Steve Smith

Steve Smith longlivechainsaw

4 DH World Cup Wins

9 DH World Cup podiums

2013 World Cup Overall Champion

Smith brought World Cup glory to Canada for the first time in the country's history. For a nation that has some of the best terrain and infrastructure for mountain biking in the world, it never achieved its potential on the biggest stage. Smith changed all that. It was clear he was destined for greatness from his youth, a watch of Seasons will show you the dedication and desire in the young man. His most successful period came when he was riding for Devinci on an all-Canadian dream team. His first win came at the final round of the 2012 season in Hafjell and then he really kicked into gear in 2013, winning the final three rounds on the trot and wrestling the title from the grasp of Gee Atherton.

Stevie Smith was a catalyst for Canadian downhill and the success of riders such as Mark Wallace, Finn Iles and Lucas Cruz are no doubt partly due to his inspiring career. Unfortunately, we'll never know just how great Stevie could have been. His story was never finished as his life was cut cruelly short in a motorcycle accident in 2016. He passed away at 26 years old.

24. Andreu Lacondeguy

Andreu Lacondeguy in finals at RedBull Rampage 2014.

2014 Red Bull Rampage Winner

2015 + 2018 Red Bull Rampage Podium

2013 X Games Bronze Medallist

The hard-charging Catalonian has left his mark on mountain biking this decade in many ways. Early victories came at the Red Bull Bergline, which he won in 2012, but his real successes came in the hills of Utah as he was able to open up the throttle at Rampage. Hard-charging and slashing dust, he has an eye for big lines with huge consequences but he's a rider who puts his downhill racer background to use as he flies through the contours. His reward was a win in the 2014 event and two further podiums since then.

In 2015, he and Kurt Sorge, Graham Aggasiz, Nico Vink, Makken Haugen and Nick Pescetto launched the Fest series, taking freeride back onto big jumps and pushing the boundaries of amplitude in mountain biking. Events such as DarkFest or LooseFest would have seemed like fantasy if you tried to describe them at the start of the decade, but the series has now grown into one of the highlights of the mountain bike calendar.

25. Troy Brosnan

After qualifying in pole position the rain salted Brosnan s game here last season well not this time.

2 DH World Cup Wins

28 DH World Cup Podiums

Brosnan moved into the elite World Cup ranks in 2012 and has podiumed at more than half the races he has entered since then. He has now also been in the top three ranked riders in the overall for the past six years. In short, he's one of the most consistent downhill riders in history. Twice it has all come together on the World Cup circuit for Brosnan, at Fort William in 2014 and then 3 years later in Vallnord. He's been super successful at Crankworx too, winning the previous five Canadian Open DH races plus two more at Les Gets on top of that.

Who is Your Rider of the Decade?


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 At first I was like where is peaty.... then I was like wtf where did the last 10 years of my life go.... who are these people, where am I, why am I not wearing any underwear today.
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 Get out of my room !
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 Get off my lawn you whippersnapper.
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 Same, same
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 Wow that's a tough one to rank, soo many insane accomplishments. Sick to see them recognize Danny MegaSkillz soo high, Rogatkin, Zink, Akrigg, and other non racers. Thought the French revolution of riders would have a few more but they are young and have a fresh decade to slay it.
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 For me it was more like "where is ACC and Vouilloz ?!" and just like you reality hit hard ... let's go back to bed today is a waste already ...
  • 6 3
 Nobody has anything on Semenuk.. haha.
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 @Balgaroth: I guess it's just from this last decade......
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 Definitely that guy`s mate, Randy.
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 Brendan Fairclough has done so much for this sport!!!!!!!!
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 And he's not a bellend.
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 yes! Let's start a list!
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 Fairclough got robbed! AGAIN !!! as if rampage wasn't enough, now pinkbike robs him too...
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 @fracasnoxteam: 1. Brendog 2. Nico Vink
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 Actual pros who are good at their respective sport vs being good at YouTube.
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 Correction.. "Actual pro's who are THE BEST at their respective sport." You-tube is just a fun a social hobby like Instagram.. lol
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 My hobby is eating things and having them surgically removed when they won't pass. Probably a pro but I don't know if its a competition. But if it was a competition I suppose I'd be good at it. I just found a bathtowel lets see how this goes.
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 I enjoy both ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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 That's tough though as Danny Mac and Akrigg might also fit into that "Youtube" category given that their current projects and accolades are not competition driven but media- largely over short video format which would also include the current work of 50:1 guys. Another rider that maybe should have been on the list that falls into the category would be Fabio Wibmer. Ridiculously creative and skilled. Akrigg, Mac and Wibmer have also had an unreal impact not just within the sport but at putting the sport in front of people outside of the sport. These guys are different though from the lifestyle athletes I think most people refer to with the "good at Youtube" comments like the Seth's, Paul's, BKXC etc. who I personally enjoy- but would agree fill a different category. I also say this not to take away from any of their individual talents as none of them are bad at biking and some, like Phil, are right up there skill wise. But these guys are more the bike vloggers...
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 Not being funny, but I’m pretty sure Chris, Mackers and Wibmer have very little recent competitive success between them (I say recent because Chris was a competitive beast many years ago) but they are undoubtedly three of the most skilful, biggest nutted athletes in our sport. I don’t know how much Mackers and Wibmer do in term of video editing, but Chris does pretty much everything bar the filming himself. He even does some of that. All the editing is done by him on his computer. So yeah, he is good at Toutube, but he is also an absolute world class beast on a bike.
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 @jaame: Without Chris, there wouldn't be a Danny or Wibmer
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 @hangdogr: without Martyn Ashton there’d be no Chris.....
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 @Dav82: is Martyn his dad?
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 @hangdogr: wtf are you talking about? I was watching Danny mac videos 16 years ago, when you had to download them on dial up internet to them watch them. The era of burning things onto cds for your friends.
There were other epic trials riders back then as well. Martyn ashton, Vincent hermance, TRA, Neil tunnicliffe...
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 I love how Danny just silenced the haters with another banger
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 I think you'll find the definition of a "PRO" is being paid to do what you do.
So, you're telling me that Danny has nothing better to do than make youyube videos on his own for the fun of it? Oh, and that he also likes redbull so much that he puts stickers on his helmet?
Nothing against Rachael or Nino or anyone else on that list at all, but the title here by PB was best rider, not racer. Danny definat err ly deserves his spot.
On another note, he could potentially take the place of Most Influential (of the last 10 years) particularly to those uninitiated with the sport. With the youtube generation arising how many are going out and riding because they saw one of his videos, or Fabios
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 @enis: what I like and respect the most about D-Mac is the broader appeal of his videos. I rarely watch riding videos because it’s basically all the same stuff. Blokes riding bikes in woods. The sound of roost and freewheels. If you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.
What Mackers does, and I think the idea was inaugurated by Road Bike Party, is he rides in ways and places that everyone can relate to. Not only that, but he does it in an amazing way. Then he shows you the out takes. I would love to see a Dude Perfect outtakes video, but I think in some cases it would be over an hour long.
He is innovative, funny, humble and relatable.
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 @Jockular: 16 years ago was 2004. Danny was 18, and “inspired bicycles” wouldn’t come out for another 5 years
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 Last 3 decades.
  • 11 2
 Kirt wins the most genuine stoker category.
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  • 45 1
 Neither are my favourite riders, but Rachel & Gwin for utterly dominating their respective fields so many times.

Amaury and Bryceland would have been worthy additions to the list too.
  • 30 0
 Something tells me that Amaury is likely to feature the next time we do this list.
  • 80 2
 I mean, if we're just talking dominance, Nino takes the cake. I know Pinkbike is really skewed towards gravity disciplines, but you can't ignore the stats that Nino's put up.
  • 10 49
flag jaame (Jan 6, 2020 at 14:14) (Below Threshold)
 @srjacobs: yeah but who is he? That Swiss guy that races for BMC or something?
  • 1 0
 I thought amaury was bryceland's brother..the bad one.
  • 38 2
 I think it is pretty close between Sam Hill and Nino Schurter. However, I'd have to give the edge to Schurter because he has been dominant in XC for the entire decade.
  • 14 0
 Nino has made the men's XC racing almost a race for second. Not that that doesn't make him not an absolute animal and it was super exciting to watch the races this year when MVdP was racing.
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flag thenotoriousmic (Jan 6, 2020 at 14:58) (Below Threshold)
 Close between Sam Hill and a roadie? You dizzy bruv? Wink
  • 13 0
 @thenotoriousmic: I was waiting for someone to say that. Lol. XC racers are ripping down steep rocky, rooty tech with the worst DH geometry and seat high. On an enduro bike, they would hold their own on the downhills for sure.

In my area (around Santa Cruz) some of the top guys on the Strava downhills segments are the fastest guys on the uphill segments as well. A lot of those guys are just XC monsters, but are fast on ups and downs.
  • 8 2
 @tacklingdummy: haha I know I’m only trolling. I can’t ride anything at all with my seat up let alone after sprinting uphill without stopping for a break at race speed.
  • 4 0
 Agree, I am not a XC type of guy but 7 world champs and 7 over tittles in a decade is insane!!!! What a beast of a GOAT !!!
  • 3 0
 Solely in terms of results no man of this decade can touch Schurter. Not even Gwin. Sam Hill unfortunately has his sucessful races split across decades.
  • 35 0
 Nice to see Chris Akrigg get some recognition
  • 30 0
 Poor Brosnan, always the bridesmaid, never the bride
  • 36 0
 He's been left with silver more times than the Lone Ranger's stablehand.
  • 38 10
 None can match Semenuk. Also, why is Casey Brown in the discussion?
  • 39 3
 I agree Casey Brown doesn’t belong. It’s greatest rider, not greatest barrier breaker or whatever.
  • 15 0
 They didn’t give enough props to Semenuk. From 2010-2017 he won 5 joyrides and 2 rampages annnnnd 15 other diamond and gold events. In an 8 year stretch he was on the top of the podium 22 times.
  • 1 0
 Semenuk has 2008, 2016, AND 2019 rampages under his belt
  • 1 1
 Tf you mean, Casey would clap you any day????
  • 24 3
 Picking one among 25 riders to be the rider of the decade is impossible. Rachel Atherton would never be able to achieve what PFP did and vice versa. And to be honest, I'm not even sure myself whose achievement is the most impressive.

Though, if I was to give the 3 names that are the most likely to stand the test of time, these would be Rachel Atherton, Brandon Semenuk and Danny Macaskill. Does any of them qualify as the rider of the decade? I can't tell; one became an icon through sheer domination, the other redefined its discipline and the third took bikes to an unprecedented audience (and creativity) level.
  • 2 0
 True, poll is pointless

All these athletes and many others not listed here are so awesome that watching them perform brings tears of purest joy

They are wizards who show us that nothing is impossible, it’s hard work and passion that transcend into magic

So happy to be alive to observe this beautiful sport
  • 12 6
 Each poll is pointless just like our lives. We are the only creatures in this part of the universe to realize this so keep your head up
  • 22 3
 Bryceland Graves Rude Clementz
  • 9 0
 Ragot! At times she was the only exiting girl to watch (w/ Rachel), riding on the edge, pushing herself out of comfort zone! Peace sister physio
  • 5 2
  • 18 1
  • 26 0
 Filling in a police report somewhere..
  • 6 1
 Brendog got robbed ... That's growing into a habit.
  • 15 0
 Schurter, Rachel, Sam Hill in that order and I don’t even like XC but damn he won a lot!
  • 4 0
 It’s all a bit weirdly put together with incorrect “facts”. Schurter actually only has 32 WC wins and is still chasing the 33rd to match Absalon.
  • 5 0
 Am I the only one who remembers how Gwin changed the sport and everyone had to learn to step it up a notch to catch him? Before him, it was a descending skill test... after him, people started to focus on mad fitness and pedaling, too. Don’t get me wrong, Sam Hill is my favorite rider, but Gwin redefined what it took to win.
  • 4 0
 @erikkellison: oh come on. The Athertons Trainer like crazy since they started and the older French Generation of Vouilloz and co have been insanely disciplined
  • 2 0
 @Scottybike36: But Absalon had his greatest successes the decade before. He might be the most successful rider of all time but not of the last decade.

@erikkellison : Some riders (like Fabian Barel) were already focused on fitness and pedaling long before Gwin. There was more to his success than a different training style.
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: I know. That’s why the article is inaccurate with a lot of its stats. It suggests Schurter has had 40 WC wins in the last decade.
I personally think with Gwin, much like Bruni, it’s just a remarkable talent for placing the bike exactly where they want it to go thereby managing to carry good speed. Case in point, Gwin’s chainless Leogang 2015 run, obviously no pedalling there.
  • 1 0
 @Ttimer: I guess I implied that Gwin won because of pedaling fitness... that was not what I meant. He took fitness to pedaling, and descending harder, and discipline, and other factors in order to squeeze every second out of a run. Yes, others were trying to do what he did before Gwin came along, but that’s my point. Gwin took it to another level. Before Gwin, racers could party the night before and still win. Not in this decade.
  • 12 0
 So happy to see Catherine Pendrel on this list. I had the privilege of meeting her with my young son at a grass-roots cyclocross race on Vancouver Island. In sprite of being sweaty from just destroying all the local male elite racers she was very giving of her time for our son. Pure class act.
  • 17 2
 Hmm. Seems like no one got robbed. Well I guess I'll just go home.
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flag KiwiEnduro128 (Jan 6, 2020 at 17:06) (Below Threshold)
 uh Fabio Flipmer Wibmer maybe?
  • 10 0
 Yeah I didn't bother voting as I would hate to rank their accomplishments vs. just saying thanks for the entertainment and offer my appreciation of what they all do and have done within the sport. Pretty rad list of people. However, if we want to talk about emotional impact, which I know is a personal thing, Stevie Smith's brief life narrative is so inspiring, beautiful and gut wrenchingly sad that it was cut short. I'll never forget the way my stomach lept through my throat when he crossed that finish line securing the title. I've never been more excited as a fan of this sport. Then, as I lifted my bike over a friends tailgate hearing he had passed time slowed down for a second in disbelief before the sadness crept in like the moment before a deep cut starts to bleed. Both moments are imprinted in my brain. So yeah- Stevie's narrative in the sport impacts me the most.
  • 19 6
 Martin Maes? Richie Rude?
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  • 4 1
 @EnduRowan: @EnduRowan: Rude two-time world enduro champion and has won 25% of all enduro races in the decade. Us National DH Jr champion. Rude should probably be on this lost versus 4-5 other names on it, but it's nitpicking....
  • 10 1
 Jordie lunn he was a man with a great mission every one he talked to he thouched there hearts and inspired those that couldnt imagine doing what they do now . with out this legend alot of kids on vancouver island wouldnt be riding dh or doing whips over 20 foot gaps and dreaming of rampage jordie was a hero amongest heros
  • 2 0
 I'm with you here. Not sure how Casey Brown made the list and Jordie didn't.
  • 15 5
 Five time overall dh winner and 20 wins? Gwin has to be higher than Minnaar.
  • 16 0
 It does say they are not ranked in any order. tup
  • 2 1
 Minnaar has 21 World Cup wins and two World Titles. Maybe if Gwin beats the 21 world cup record of Minnaar or/and wins a world title he will be.
  • 5 0
 @Dropthedebt: I’m obviously too dumb to read. (Thanks for pointing that out)
  • 1 0
 @JacquesB: three titles innit?
  • 1 1
 There´s a typo in Minnar´s wins, it´s 21. Also, his overall wins are not listed.
  • 2 0
 They are only counting wins in the decade, not total wins.
  • 10 0
 You all know the winner should be Schurter. It really is the only choice in terms of actual success at being a good rider.
  • 3 0
 PB afraid of mutiny putting an XC rider number one!
  • 9 0
 20 world cup wins against a field of riders that include 7 on this list? Kind of hard vote against that.
  • 11 0
 Jared Graves anyone
  • 13 0
 It's just wrong that he isn't there, to be honest:

• 7 UCI World Cup 4X Wins
• 4 UCI World Cup 4X Podium finishes
• 2010 + 2011 UCI 4X World Cup Overall Champion
• 6 EWS Wins
• 2014 EWS Overall Winner
• 2013 DH World Championship podium (on an AM bike!)
  • 1 0
 Let’s not forget he’s a Olympian
And he beat f*cking cancer !!!
  • 9 0
 Nino... Like just look at what he has done in the last 10 years.
  • 8 0
 Anne Caroline CHAUSSON Big Grin
  • 4 0
 You're too old! Wink
  • 6 2
 Chris for sure.

What makes him so great is how long he has been doing it, how many times he was a national champion (6) and he even won an uphill cobble race on a dirt jumper against the roadies.

Then, how many amazing videos has he put out riding up, down and around, riding down stuff that Hill etc couldnt dream of as his skills are on another level, You couldnt make a Dh track for Chris's level as the others would be walking Wink
  • 5 1
 Agreed Best bike rider Chris Akrigg Can ride any bike on any surface. Best racer Sam Hill, won multiple world titles at 2 disaplines .
  • 7 0
 Sam H1LL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The man is finally starting to get some respect for some Serious accomplishments. Good to see.
  • 2 0
  • 4 0
 It has to be Nino Schurter. Seven World Cup overall, seven world championships, 40 World Cup victories, and Olympic gold and silver. No one has dominated any other discipline the way he's dominated men's XC racing the past decade.
  • 7 4
 To think that barring sickening and constant injuries, Gee would probably have dominated this list. But that's usually the way it goes with the Athertons. It's like their ancestors left a horrible debt unpaid to the very rule of gravity itself.
  • 2 0
 I wouldn't say this is unusual. For a DH (and sometime freerider) like Gee, injuries are more the norm. A rider like Minaar, who has managed to stay relatively healthy for so long would be the exception here. What Gee has gone through is pretty typical really for the sport.
  • 3 0
 @sino428: especially for someone who has made questionable decisions regarding guinea pigging jumps
  • 1 0
 @sino428: might want to do some research. He's one of the more oft and heavily injured riders in history and still racing. Pretty certain he was on pace to break records prior to the head trauma.
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: I don't need to research anything, I have followed his whole career. I'm not knocking Gee, hes one of my favorite riders. My point is that in a sport like DH and Freeride injuries aren't really an excuse, as most guys deal with their fair share of them. Maybe he has had more than some others but its part of sport.
  • 1 0
 @sino428: Gee has had a lot because he's got massive nuts to try new stuff.
In my opinion, he has stopped winning because he has had badly timed injuries, and he has also built a really strong brand to the point that he's getting paid regardless. I doubt there is much difference in earnings potential for him, wins or not. There is a big difference in risk though. Riding the ragged edge of control is a dangerous game. I think he's pulled back from it just a touch.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Definitely possible. All the injuries take a toll I'm sure and even if its subconscious his mind just might not want to go to that edge anymore.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Thanks. You better articulated my point. Granted...I felt it was pretty obvious that's what I was implying. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: part of being one a great rider include staying on the bike. In that sense injuries can be seen as a sign he had to over ride his bike to stay at the top of the field.
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: not many chaps have won even one World Cup race
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Don't get me wrong l'm not saying he is a bad rider or not worthy of his wins and titles, or being in that 25 riders list.

But the greatest of the decade? Sorry I don't think so.
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: I'm just saying that its not really fair in a sport like this to use injuries as an excuse. Sure without the injuries Gee would probably have won more, but is it fair to say he would have dominated the list? Other riders on the list have also had injuries. Sam Hill dealt with quite a few injuries to start the decade too, Gwin has missed some big chunks of time as well. I believe Minaar had a torn ACL at some point? If we give all those guys credit for time lost to injuries too would Gee still dominate their results?
  • 1 0
 @opignonlibre: oh he is definitely not the best of the decade or the best ever. He’s in the top 10 though, all time
  • 9 4
 Schurter has more wins, more WC overall and more world champs and he has done it against a MUCH more competitive field than women's DH. not sure how he is 4th....
  • 7 1
 Last sentence, first paragraph.
  • 2 0
 @chriskneeland: hahahaha, yeah thats my bad. Just an interesting way to do it and then label them 1-25....
  • 1 0
 @ianswilson815: That is true, they didn't actually have to number them.
  • 6 1
 Super good list PB!! Across all disciplines, it looks like Nino is the true GOAT! What a freaking madman.
  • 5 0
 Should do a 10 biggest robberies of the decade. Who missed out on the biggest prizes by close margins and judges opinions.
  • 3 1
 Can't really argue against Nino Schurter. The numbers don't lie, and it's not like he had weak competition or easy courses. I am certain he can out descend 85% or more of us on Pinkbike as well. He probably can't tailwhip though, so there's that.
  • 3 1
 Dunno about a tailwhip, but he can certainly whip
  • 2 3
 I remember seeing him doing a tailwhip during one of his races with the seat way the fuck up. Looked awkward as all hell.
  • 7 0
 Probably closer to 99%
  • 2 2
 He does more of an X UP than a tail whip. He is the greatest no doubt. I think Pinkbike was affraid to put an XC number one.
  • 2 0
 Sam gets the #1 spot for evolving while staying true to himself.

5 years ago if someone said a "downhiller in decline" would switch over to EWS with a hydration pack and flat pedals and absolutely smash everyone it would have been taken as a joke.

When the stoke left DH he went to enduro and kept ripping. Now he's the definition of "mountain biking" for the second time in his career.
  • 2 0
 This list needs to be 50 people. Tons of people missing, this list seemed like it was made up of a lot of wins and stats but where were all the people who actually brought us in to the sport. Where’s Kirt Vories, Jordie Lunn. Or all the people with insane injuries that they prevailed and stuck to it inspiring us all. Say Paul Bas or Jared Graves. I’m not saying the list is wrong, but whoever made this lists priorities are a little out of wack.
  • 2 0
 We need to gather all of these riders together over a week and pit them all against each other in EVERY discipline and crown one of them champion. Someone who's the best overall at Trials, XC, DH, Enduro, Rampage, and Slopestyle.
  • 9 3
 Steve Peat
  • 7 0
 not of this decade, don't think he won a world cup in the 2010 plus. world champs was 2009 for him.
  • 9 0
 The category was not "Winning at Life"
  • 1 0
 @mikedk yes!!!
  • 2 0
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: I think he was up at the last split at Windham 2010 when he binned it. That was his last competitive race IIRC
  • 1 0
 @jaame: you're right i think
  • 8 6
 MacAskill. Incredible rider, humble down to Earth personality and produces top notch widely watched content. Tough to find anybody else on the list with all three. Downvote away.
  • 9 3
  • 3 0
 I think Rogatkin, Semenuk, Akrigg and MacAskill have done more to bring mountainbiking to the mainstream than any other rider, definitely makes them worth a mention
  • 8 2
 Jordie Lunn
  • 2 0
 I was looking at Jill's win list and thought to myself "they forgot her Olympic medal". But then I remembered that wasn't this decade. She's been winning so many disciplines for so long that she's literally off the chart.
  • 2 0
 Such a great names here, I was looking for some other names as well and then I realized that recent years gone by soo quick. Anyway Sam Hill took my vote, incredible rider in both DH and Enduro
  • 1 0
 XC might not be most popular discipline of racing among Pinkbike readers, however Nino's accomplishments over the last 10 years are the most impressive to me. But I also cannot argue with Rachel being #1...she definitely deserves it.
  • 3 0
 Hard to judge freeride and WC??? But I woudn't forget Mcgazza or Miracle boy Frown Spirit of those two will never dies!!!
  • 1 1
 I think for the racers they should have two of the following world cup title, world championship title, Olympic medal, or 10+ world cup wins to be considered.

Two names that are missing that absolutely should be on list are Julie Bressette and Kulhavy. Both have world cup titles, world championship titles and Olympic gold medals. Their time in the sun was brief but few burned as bright.
  • 1 0
 Yeah but this is not really a cross country site. It’s more gravity orientated. I’ve heard of Kulhavy, but wouldn’t recognise him. The other one you mention I have never heard of.
  • 4 0
  • 2 0
 Pierron stats looking pretty good next to most of this list, just sayin, not to mention the other dude Loic Bruni I hear he’s been doing pretty well
  • 5 1
 S H A U N P A L M E R !!!!! Ftw
  • 2 0
 The thing why Chris is 22nd is because he's riding mongoose. It would be different if he's with more popular and people-loved brand
  • 2 0
 They're not ranked in order. Also I think he's quite clearly proven the bike is irrelevant
  • 1 0
 If theres any man in the world capable of proving once and for all that it literally doesn't matter what bike you ride to achieve greatness, then thats Chris Akrigg.
  • 1 0
 No mention about Tomáš Slavík ? I believe he has been at the front of 4x series for years as well as being successful in DH urban races (Valparaiso, Grasse, Bratislava, ...).
  • 2 0
 Sam Hill has dominated two different versions of racing at the highest levels. Graves would be a similar story. Those gotta be the top GOATs.
  • 2 0
 I am very disappointed that Jordie Lunn was not on the list...He did so much for the sport in the last 10 year, he mentored and inspired so many young riders !!!
  • 1 0
 His reach was pretty localised though. After his old video parts he seemed to disappear. Rough AF kind of brought him back into the limelight again but in-between, I'm sure plenty of people would admit that they had forgotten about him. Sounds harsh, but I think it's probably true.
  • 8 5
 Where is Rude and Graves? Especially when compared to Brosnan.
  • 5 1
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  • 5 2
 Sam Hill because he does all that without clipping in
  • 1 0
 1 Atherton 2 Nino 3 Gwin 4 Minaar Not sure how to rank the non racers but based on race results this has got to be the top 4 IMO
  • 3 0
 swap nino and atherton.
  • 3 0
 @scissors888: yeah, I think you are right.
  • 1 0
 Agree but would swap Nino and Rachel. Everyone after that is pretty tough to sort out I think.
  • 2 0
 Just to be clear... First two were in order, from there on, no particular order,
  • 2 0
 I always thought that Minnar has more world cup wins than Aaron. I guess I was wrong.
  • 3 0
 Next - Pinkbike Commenter / Troll of the Decade
  • 6 0
 There can be only one...
  • 3 0
 Akrigg’s legs could power a small town...
  • 1 0
 ok but where the hell is jordie lunn? 3 of the most progressive edits of the decade and not even an honorable mention? ridiculous
  • 1 0
 What about Jerome Clementz? Arguably the father of EWS, not taking anything away from Sam or Cecile, but Jerome has to be on this list.
  • 1 0
 Rach by the numbers with no contest, but I’m surprised there isn’t much support for Cecile... Y’all a bunch of sexist f*ckboys if you ask me Wink
  • 3 0
 No Gravey???
Anne Caro?
  • 3 0
 Amurey Pierron not make the list? Apologies for spelling
  • 3 0
 GRAVES!! Not being on this list is a disgrace!
  • 2 1
 How the hell did Brendog not make this list!?!!?!?!?

Should have got the Rampage win. World Cup Podiums. One of the best mtb movies around.

Madness ????
  • 1 0
 I am disappointed Jordie Lunn was not on the list. He did so much for the sport in the last 10 years. He was such a inspiration and mentor for so many young riders.
  • 1 0
 Fabio Wibmer. Has to be best all round rider out there. Can do everything from DH racing, freeride, trials and even riding a city commuter down a DH trail.
  • 1 0
 Also Danny hart had a bigger winning margin than Gwin in 2011. Stats are all messed up. Semenuk has also won Rampage 3 times now with the recent 2019 win.
  • 2 0
 What about Wade Simmons? Would PB even exist without him? Am I really this old?
  • 1 0
 you have offended alot of hard working, atheletes!
should be re listed as 12 most spoiled rich kids in mountain industry -spot light for the past decade"
  • 1 0
 Its so good to see Chris Akrigg getting some recognition. The man is seriously underrated. Speaking of underrated, why isn't Brendog on this list?
  • 3 1
 Hmm... There must be some mistake?
  • 8 5
 Kyle Strait
  • 7 0
  • 1 0
 Agreed. He's been to every Rampage and won two.
  • 4 3
 Greatest rider or greatest racer? I love racing but this is a stretch of a list.
  • 2 3
 Since you are looking at video/lifestyle riding and not just race/contest results I wonder why Brown, Prevot, Lecondeguy and Smith over riders like Rude, Vories (just this decade too), Bryceland, etc?
  • 5 2
 Brendan got robbed.-
  • 5 2
 ezrathedog ?
  • 5 2
  • 6 4
 Brendan Fairclough is robbed again!!!
  • 2 0
 That’s a hard question to answer, how about all of them!
  • 2 0
 Jill Kintner definitely has the most diverse portfolio of success
  • 2 0
 Thank god no Kintner. kissit Ѿ. ↓ Red Arrow thataway →
  • 2 0
 flat pedales win medals...and seems that polls too Wink
  • 1 0
 I would not want to name the rider of the decade. I voted for Gwin cause I'm a fan-boy.
  • 3 1
  • 1 0
 Emil Johansson??? Best rookie rider ever and the next Brandon Semenuk. Tottaly deserves it!
  • 1 0
 That’s the issue right there. Would have been a shoe-in had he been best rookie of the decade... oh wait
  • 1 0
 Even if he’s got less titles than Greg Minar, for example, Sam Hill he’s still the most favorite rider. Love you Sam!
  • 2 0
 Doesn't Greg have 21 WC DH wins, one ahead of Gwin?
  • 2 4
 Literally laughed at loud that Nicholi Rogatkin made the top ten ahead of WAY more qualified riders... literally every rider from 11-25 is more deserving of that 10 spot than he is, along with a number of guys and gals that didn't even make the list. Did dude slide somebody a check for that spot or what?
  • 1 2
 Rogatkin is the winningest FMB World Tour rider with 25 wins definitely deserves the place there
  • 3 2
 Wtf are you saying? He's one of the goats of fmb. Won as the first person ever the triple crown and has done multiple mind-blowing runs and tricks which many thought to be impossible.
  • 2 3
 Ohhh.... "runs and tricks"! That's great, but mountain biking isn't bmx and all he is is a bmx rider on big wheels. Rolleyes
  • 3 0
 Brendan got robbed
  • 1 0
 #1 Nino Shurter
#2 Rachel Atherton
#3 Aaron Gwin
#4 Greg Minaar
#5 - 25 Everyone else
  • 2 0
 So is Richie Rude not on here due to a drug test?
  • 1 0
 Pendrel is doing well winning the world championships over 80 years from now.
  • 2 0
 Brendan Fairclough, Kade Edwards, Jordie Lunn
  • 1 0
 I think Gunn Rita Dahle deserves to be on the list for her achievements and longevity.
  • 1 0
 I had to scroll through a couple times... why is Kelly McGarry not on this list?
  • 1 0
 I'm quite sure the next time a list like this is posted it's going to feature Brage Vestavik
  • 1 0
 *The 25 Greatest MTB Riders of the Decade
  • 2 1
 Jez Avery.. I could go on
  • 3 1
 Sam is the king ????
  • 2 1
 Easy answer, all of them!
  • 1 0
 just subscribed to Danny MacAskill's youtube.
  • 2 2
 Zink is sick but if this is really a contest+results focused list (clearly is) then he has no place on it for this decade.
  • 2 0
 Maes?? Blokes an animal
  • 1 0
 Nice to see a bunch of UK riders in the list.
  • 2 0
 Darren Barrecloth!
  • 3 3
 This is a very rude list. Or I mean, very NOT rude list.You know what I mean...
  • 1 1
 I was wondering if they're going to put Garrett Reynolds on the list. OOPS mountain biking
  • 1 0
 That was a pretty awesome read...
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 I’m pretty sure Sam Hill is the greatest rider in history let alone this decade to have him in 8th is a joke. Not only did he dominate dh in the decade before he has gone and dominated another catagory. I might be a Aussie but I ain’t a hill fan but common sense ( I’m one of the rare people with it ) would have sam as number one no other rider will ever do what he has done
  • 1 0
 Nah man, I'm with you. Sam gets my vote, absolute pinner and really nice guy to boot.
  • 1 0
 @thelastrun Nah man, I'm with you. Sam gets my vote, absolute pinner and really nice guy to boot.
  • 10 0
 @thelastrun read the article again, this time with your glasses on, Pinkbike's list is in no particular order.
Looks like the public have voted him into 1st for now.
  • 1 0
 Brandon semenuk won rampage 2009???
  • 2 0
 I vote Amaury Pierron
  • 1 1
 Man... 5x DH championships is Crazy, so Gwin gets my vote. But all of these folks are super human IMHO
  • 3 1
 Steve Peat
  • 3 2
 Well that was Rude, wasn't it?
  • 3 3
 BERNARD KERR- 2x Hardline winner, DH World Cup rider, freerider, Pro MX Racer
  • 7 0
 I dunno...maybe he should participate in a pro MX race before we call him a Pro MX Racer...
  • 1 0
 He isn't a pro mx racer though...
  • 2 2
 Please Andreu Lacondeguy over Troy Brosnan? Troy was mr consistent while Andreu was mr consistent bitch fest.
  • 1 0
 This list is like picking a favorite child.
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
 lists and rubbish ones too, who’s getting paid for this nonsense?
  • 3 3
 Minnaar is
3 x World Champ
3 x World cup overall winner
21 wins
64+ podiums

Sort it out Pink Bike
  • 5 0
 They were only doing the decade, nothing before.
  • 2 0
 Nicolas Vouilloz ?
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 If Gwin didn't switch teams like he did his record could have been even more impressive.
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 I know it's not Mtb but garett reynolds should be there
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 Can’t even chose there’s to many great rider
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 Anyone here the winner of PB advent? No? Thanks
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 Ratboy and Peaty got robbed.
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 Semenuk for the style. Schurter for the speed. Danny for the fun.
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 Why is Nino Schurter so far down?!?!!?!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!! He's won 40 world cups and 7 world championships
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 Brendog, Ratboy, Rude, Graves, Johansson to complete the 30 ????????
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 You missed number 1 Jordie Lunn. Better then all of them combined
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 Did everyone forget about Jordie Lunn?!!
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 David Hemmings
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 the top 3 spots should go to Randy
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 Hill reigns supreme !!
  • 1 1
 Doesn't Minaar have 21 World Cup wins? The article says 12...
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 Fabio Wibmer for sure. He has got to be the best all round mountain biker of the decade, downhill Austrian champ, trials genius, freeride nut and just better at everything than everyone!
  • 1 0
 Yeah but he sucks at riding down stairs. He keeps missing most of them out
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 Kelly McGarry anyone?
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 how can you not put richie rude he´s insane
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 You have to pass a drug test to be included.
  • 1 0
 Brett Tippie 2020
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 Bryceland & Peat!
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 I think this is the first list I 100% agree with, well you did forget fabio and richie but...
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 Long live CHAINSAW!
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 Danny Hart shouldn't be on the list.
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 Fabio Wibmer should be on this list.
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 Gunn-Rita Dahle not on the list?
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 Said the same. Also got downvoted by plebs who have no idea.
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 For last two decades sure. Look up her results
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 Spoilers in the Tags
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 The one name you left off the list and who is above everyone on this list.... MVP! Mathieu Van der Poel. Nino in a close second.
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 20 WC wins and you don't get the top spot? SMH
There should be 3 groups
Men who shave they're legs
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 What about Fabio Wibmer?
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flag willdavidson9595 (Jan 6, 2020 at 16:30) (Below Threshold)
 Great Point, Hahaha! Possibly the best of all.
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 What about Brandon Semenuk’s winning RB Rampage in 2008?!?!
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 Since when was 2008 in the last decade...
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 I write in @Voreis
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 Doesn’t Greg have 21 WC wins... not 12. ??
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 This decade
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 @marc-c: ah yes... thanks
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 Strange and subjective, make it a gravity riders list or don't bother.
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 I think Fabio deserves a spot
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 Being an actual pro mountainbiking athlete > being good at youtube.
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 Also, Semenuk #1 because he's the coolest and most skilled.
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 Semenuk won the Rampage three times, 2008, 2016 and 2019!
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 Tim Gould
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 Only 2 of them are this decade
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 @chrisclifford: great point!
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 Jordie got robbed
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 Casey Brown, but no Manon Carpenter?!?
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 Typo on minnar stat's 21 not 12 WC wins.
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 We're just counting the ones in this past decade.
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 What about Richie Rude?!
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 Doping, thats what.
  • 3 5
 Shitty list

Where is ??
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