Wyn Masters' Privateer of the Week Award Returns in 2021

Jun 9, 2021 at 6:14
by James Smurthwaite  

Wyn Masters will be restarting his Privateer of the Week Award in 2021 following a hiatus in 2020 due to the uncertainty of COVID.

Wyn gives the €1,000 prize to the best performing privateer rider at each race to help support them for the rest of the season. In 2019, Wyn gave the prize out to ten different riders and many of them now race on Factory teams including the current DH World Champion Camille Balanche.

2019 DH WC Privateer Award winners

Leogang: Johannes Von Klebelsburg

Val Di Sole: Tuhuto Ariki Pene

Lenzerheide: Camile Balanche

MSA World Champs: Hugo Langevin

Snowshoe: Luke Meier-Smith

2019 EWS Privateer Award winners

Canazei: Louis Jeandel

Les Orres: Raphaela Richter

Northstar: Matt Stuttard

Zermatt: Edgar Carballo

Finale Ligure Trophy of Nations: Bart De Vocht

Camille Balanche giving her rainbow stripes some sun. She ll need a bit more magic to crack into a podium spot on Sunday.
World Champion Camile Balanche and the Denim Destroyer Johannes Von Klebelsberg are previous recipients of the award.

Wyn is currently crowdfunding for the 2021 award and is hoping to raise as much money as possible to pass on to the privateers in 2021. He has so far raised £2,792 raised of his £15,000 goal and every donation goes into a draw to win a GT frame of choice at the end of the season.

bigquotesI know from my own experience it’s a tough road to making it to be a pro rider competing as a privateer and especially even more in a season when the world is faced with a global pandemic, for a lot of these guys and girls every little bit makes a big difference.

Last year I didn't manage to get this award going due to the uncertainty of the race season but this year it's back and the goal is to support those who need it most and hopefully offer them bigger awards than that of the actual races themselves.

So let's get behind those that need the support, I will be presenting the award at each of the World Cup or EWS events that I am at this season.
Wyn Masters

More info, here.


  • 75 0
 Wyn is an abolute legend. Privateers need all the support they can get.
  • 26 0
 The Privateer Purse is honestly the best thing to come along, in DH in a long time... Get there young and fresh rider s the support and exposure they otherwise wouldn't have... This is how a sport is built. You're a gem of guy Wyn.
  • 11 0
 Well done Wyn, great work.
  • 6 0
 After watching the rollercoaster of keeping up with Katy (Winton) it's more than ever obvious that privateers can use all the support they can get.

I fully support the award and gladly add a bunch of my pennies to the campaign. Keep up the good work Wyn!
  • 4 0
 Thanks Wyn for everything you offer to the sport all these years and the years to come! New bike with old scool jersey, perfect combo!
  • 4 1
 Can I get a full GT Factory ride if I wheelie down the whole DH track? God bless Wyn, what a legend.
  • 2 0
 Do that, I'd chip in a beer or twenty (and a new rear tire)
  • 3 1
 Please finally bring us a reveal of the new sanction, pictures and vids everywhere but nothing official, cant wait.
  • 4 0
 Everyone likes that
  • 3 0
 This program is great, definitely contributing!
  • 2 1
 Awesome @wynmasters!

Donated (not much, been a challenging year financially)

Any chance we can do 50/50 split between male and female privateers?
  • 5 1
 thats a tough one as their are more guys racing, I just award the most impressive privateer performances at each event.
  • 1 0
 A very nice project, I'm happy to help with.
@wynmasters What's your definition of Privateer : not in a team or no sponsors at all ?
  • 1 0
 Not making money to do this and most preferably without their own mechanic.
  • 1 0
 Hate to be that guy, but you got your Berg all wrong in von KlebelsBurg… : )
  • 1 0
 Maybe Wyn can also set up the DH fantasy league too....might actually get going before the first race...
  • 1 0
 Seems like it is just Credit card (which I dont have)? Can you enable paypal for this campaign?
  • 1 0
 sorry but Gofundme dont allow paypal payments
  • 1 0
 @wynmasters: Have you been colonised?
  • 1 0
 @xice send me a message i can try transfer it through for you
  • 1 0
 @wynmasters: done.
  • 1 0
 @jamessmurthwaite Nina Hoffmann got the first Privateer of the Week Award for her third place in Fort William.
  • 1 0
 donated! such a killer thing to do for the up & comers
  • 1 0
 Donated! Get out there and tear it up!
  • 1 0
 @wynmasters when Jacinda is done here you are next on the PM seat bro Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Donated. This needs to be higher up the page in the news feed!
  • 1 0
 gracias Win!
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