Kenta Gallagher is the DH privateer who really stood out for us this year. The former XC Eliminator winner and Olympic XC hopeful decided two years ago to try his luck at downhill. Leaving a promising career behind him, he chose to have a go at racing world-class downhill and, what do you know, he has quite a knack for it. The British hopeful had a strong season, cracking the top 20 twice this year at Lenzerheide and Fort William, and working his way up to a very commendable overall ranking of 39th by the end of the season. Ride on, Kenta!
Adolf Silva has already begun to show signs of the kind of dent he plans to put into the freeride scene... Discovered by grand master of big bike style, Andreu Lacondeguy, while riding BMX on the dirt jumps of La Poma in his mid-teens, Silva has been initiated by the YT crew and is likely the next big thing for all FEST and Rampage-type insanity. Currently supported only with materials as Pinkbike understands, but already stomping double flips on the big bike, and taking the win at Nine Knights this summer, it's clear the 1997-born prodigy has a bright future.