Pinkbike Awards: Male Gravity Racer of the Year Nominees

Dec 7, 2014 at 1:39
by Nathan Hughes  


Unless you've been living in a wifi-free backcountry hut with the finest hand-built trails in the world at you doorstep (kudos for your lifestyle choices by the way), you'll be aware that 2014 was really something else for us followers of gravity mountain bike racing. With both last year's defending champions Stevie Smith and Jerome Clementz unfortunately sidelined for significant chunks of the season, we were certain to have fresh faces and indeed new icons at the top of both the men's DH and enduro realms.

These riders carving out the future of our sport deserve our utmost respect and some official recognition, so we at Pinkbike have nominated five athletes we believe have performed at positively inhuman levels at certain times during the 2014 mountain bike season. These are the riders whose sheer talent bowled us over, who fought back against all the odds or those simply able to come up trumps time and time again.

Until the winners are announced in the coming weeks, who do you reckon has earned the coveted PB crown as king of 2014?



MTB Awards

Male Gravity Racer of the Year 2014



Jared Graves
Sadly we weren't treated to another single-crown schooling by Jared Graves at the downhill World Cup this year. Instead he put all his 650B eggs in the enduro basket and roared to victory claiming the EWS overall title. Coming in 2nd at Finale Ligure and Nevados de Chillan, while stomping wins in Whistler, Colorado and Valloire, Graves was able to lead out Oton for the series by some 320 points. The absence of title-holder, Clementz, was truly a double-edged sword with the added pressure that accompanied the expectation, but one he was able to get to grips with and paint the town turquoise with some truly formidable performances by season's end. As if we didn't know it already, Graves now has one more certificate to prove he is the all-round master of gravity racing on bikes. We can't wait to see if the Aussie powerhouse can do it all over again to make it back-to-back years of domination reminiscent of his 4x days, as he goes head to head with his green and yellow nemesis in 2015.


Jared Graves making up time on the open scree slope. Many foundered here Graves blew it all to hell.


Sam Hill
It's not uncommon to hear the words 'Sam Hill is downhill' uttered by the generation of riders inspired by the most dangerous resident of Western Australia since the great white shark. 2014 was the year the bicycle behemoth finally smashed down whatever mental or physical barriers were blocking him from getting back to where he's always wanted to be after a four year hiatus. With former protegee, Brosnan, biting back in Fort William, he was forced to rely on the scene of his last triumph at the Worlds in 2010 to finally replay his flat-pedal gold medal on the legendary Mont St. Anne race course. A second showing on the super wide, ultra natural Meribel further cemented his status as the god of foot out, flat out. And champs? Another case of 'what could have been' as he blew up spectacularly in the rocks on an absolute flyer. Never one to take his eyes off the prize for so much as a second, Hill is on a new lease of racing life and if anyone's capable of doing the unthinkable on any given track, it is still unmistakably him.

The gold and green figure and bike of Sam Hill camouflaging itself perfectly into the gold and green of the Hafjell terrain on the last run of practice.


Josh Bryceland
Our friends in China will insist it's always been year of the horse, but we developed a mid-summer feeling 2014 was going to be year of the rat. Our suspicions weren't confirmed until the steeps of the 3 Valleys in France, when the Ratboy was finally able to pilot his way to the overall series title. A superb start to the season was marred by a race-run flat in South Africa, warning shots were fired in Cairns with 2nd, but it wasn't until Leogang that we saw him rule the roost for the very first time. With the confidence it gave him there was no looking back and the young Mancunian started taking scalps, most notably Gwin's on American soil. A true fan favorite, the rockstar Monster Energy rider even had his fair share of admirers inside the tape, with old mentors and sometimes rivals tipping their hats to his seemingly carefree, but deadly accurate skills behind bars. A shock end to what could have been the double crown dream in Norway seemed to be water off a duck's back and we're all desperate to see him back on full form for next season's dog fight.


Ratboy putting down the run of his life I m so ready for a win now and honestly looking forward to Fort Bill. I Just want to keep this ball rolling with the wicked speed I ve got this year and a lot more fit from the year before. Toughest race I ve done in a long time unpredictable jungle



Gee Atherton
Good things come to those who wait... and those who occasionally hedge their bets. The new, two-time World Champion, Gee Atherton, came a cropper last year in Hafjell, getting caught when it really mattered between a rock and a very hard place, namely the infamous g-spot. This year he laid wrongs to right as he reaped the rewards of the rainbow stripes, striking the perfect balance between red-line pace and tape-ripping risk. His 4 second win in the nightmare conditions of Cairns seems often overlooked, not least as he managed it in another man's shoes, but what you have in Atherton is a racer at the very top of his game whenever and wherever he enters the start hut. Tremendously focused and ever professional, but still extremely down to earth in person, he is absolutely capable of taking a win on any track, in any conditions. An athlete in the truest sense of the word, you can bet the rest of the top 10 throw in an extra rep at the end of their winter training sets as the Gee-man springs painfully to mind.


the UCI has made a ban on skin suits and it looks as if Gee Atherton is getting as close the limit without going over.



Fabien Barel
The beautiful Autumn leaves of South America were a stunning welcome back for racers as they put pedal to metal for the highly anticipated year two of the EWS. For Fabien Barel, however, the beautiful terrain spelled absolute disaster and an incredibly close call as he inadvertently completed a stage with a collection of extremely serious spinal fractures. The ex-DH world champ has proved himself many times on a bike, but this year he proved himself without it, coming back to the fray for the final round in Finale Ligure and taking the win by 9 seconds. After two long summer months bed-ridden and only three weeks back cycling, it was the kind of comeback you could only expect from the molten-core T1000. Quoted soon after to say, "Whatever has happened in your life - don't ever give up. Whatever you want to do, whatever you dream about - just do it," it's hard not to feel inspired by the astonishing attitude that lead him to this unbelievable recovery and took him right back to the very top.


What can you say about Fab Barel In Chile this year he fractured five vertebrae and is still in physio trying to fully overcome that horrific injury. This weekend he came here with no expectations he just wanted to take it day-by-day and see if he could complete the race. In the end even he could not seem to believe what he achieved. He was still trying to get his head around what he achieved when he headed for the podium.





Stay tuned for more PB MTB Awards nominees all month.

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196 Comments

  • 467 17
 Gotta be The Rat. No question.
  • 36 4
 el hombre rata !!!
  • 34 127
flag scottrallye (Dec 9, 2014 at 7:04) (Below Threshold)
 No it doesn't, there are 4 other choices.
  • 71 7
 @scottrallye No there isn't, it Rat or nothing!
  • 22 3
 Rat all the way Smile
  • 33 5
 rats are love rats are life
  • 16 42
flag Gav-B (Dec 9, 2014 at 8:13) (Below Threshold)
 The Rat was awesome, but his incredible lack of judgement in the WCs does make me slightly question it. Still gets my vote though.
  • 45 2
 Sam Hill is a legend, he don't need yearly prizes. This was a year of the Rat.
  • 56 5
 Barel didn't race all year, Gee is good but a predictable racer, Graves won because Maes had too many mechanicals, Sam Hill is already a legend, but the Rat has finally come out of Peaty's shadow, he's exciting to watch, funny as hell, fast as shit, and has zero attitude. 2014 is the Year of the Rat... no question.
  • 13 54
flag poah (Dec 9, 2014 at 9:17) (Below Threshold)
 Josh did well up until the last stupid jump he did. That moment of dumbness ruined an almost perfect season for him. Graves gets my vote
  • 21 1
 Came here to say this. My girlfriend was even rooting for the rat by the last few races. That guy brings so much personality to the sport.
  • 26 1
 It was nice of them to nominate those other guys, but let's be serious. Ratboy was a flat, a mechanical, and a HUGE huck to flat away from basically sweeping the entire UCI season
  • 9 3
 When I first read the headline, I thought no contest. But when you throw enduro into the mix, Graves is an incredible rider. Had me second guess it for a second. But still, it's the YEAR OF THE RAT!
  • 8 5
 Jared Graves is a more rounded rider. and he had to overcome just as much as ratboy did. think about what he did at whistler!!! Jared had to ride much more consistently, and did, to win the EWS. Ratboy had problems, but so did other UCI DH competetors. think about what would have happened if Aaron Gwin didn't have that flat.
  • 12 13
 No no no, all your personal preferences are INVALID - 'Muricah!
  • 3 3
 THE RAT ! ! NO DOUBT...
  • 2 1
 Well said. Love ratty
  • 4 10
flag poah (Dec 9, 2014 at 13:37) (Below Threshold)
 lol at the neg props for the truth.
  • 9 0
 TRUTH?! YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!
  • 1 0
 Jared obviously rips, but he didn't have Jerome to contend with for much of the season
  • 4 2
 true, but the crashes and mechanicals are part of the racing. if you don't race clean you crash. EWS is balance, balancing going all out and being safe and careful. its taking care of you and your bike while maintaining speed. that is why i think Jared should win. think about how he had to do 48 stages, all much longer than most UCI DH runs, and still be able to come out on top.
  • 2 0
 Por la razon o rata! Hola mi amigo de Chile!
  • 3 1
 @Gav-B thats why i named my dick the truth, bitches can't handle it
  • 5 0
 A rat even the mafia could love... I'm going for Sam Hill simply because I think its much harder to come back and kill it especially being a vet on the scene, rather than to be a young prodigy, up-and-coming rider that finally took his place as the best in the world. It could go either way and I could care less who wins, haha.
  • 1 0
 God save the Rat!
  • 2 0
 In any case, Raaaaatboooyyyyyyyy
  • 1 0
 I'd go with the rat too. Rat-a-tat-tat!
  • 1 0
 Poah, that was not a moment of dumbness it was a moment of gnarly badassness that will go down in history
  • 1 1
 it was pure stupidity - he had it in the bag and did that.
  • 2 0
 Poah, how about you admit it to yourself that you feel ashamed whenever you realize that you acted unreasonably? Quite a common complex among engineers. Once you get it and then embrace the positives of such behaviour you will no longer need to project it on others.
  • 1 1
 If I ever become an engineer I'll remember this
  • 1 0
 Ratboy all the way. Never has a season been so thrilling and wins so well deserved, had me on the edge of my seat all year (in fact DH racing as a whole was brilliant, not just Ratboy's performances). If he doesn't get the vote then I'll not be visiting Pinkbike again for a whole day, mean it!
  • 170 31
 I'd give it to Neko Mullaly if he was nominated. Simply for silently ruining it for all tech geeks, forever. If a man can lose a chain after first pedal stroke, then get 4th time on world champs on very technical track with several pedaling spots, then you may stick expression like stiction, roll over, shock rate, reach, chain stay length up your arse. Stick them in deep, pack them with fist and never ever take them out. Anyways, from spectators perspective it was one of the most exciting seasons in MTB history, in every discipline. Each one deserves it.
  • 68 13
 erm, your logic is questionable. None of the things you suggested shoving up a tech geeks arse have anything to do with not having a chain. Infact any good tech geek will tell you the suspension on his bike was probably working much more efficiently without a chain to hinder it. Add to that that the Session 9.9 is a tech geeks wet dream and your argument falls flat on its face... It was however a fucking awesome bit of riding and i would also nominate Neko. He'd take second place to Ratboy tho. Theres not really any questioning that.
  • 21 49
flag WAKIdesigns (Dec 9, 2014 at 6:51) (Below Threshold)
 I am sorry but you have no arguments to prove me wrong, therefore I feel no need to support the accuracy of my interpretation of reality. What you said up there with chain, hahah, please go and suggest it to blokes at Val Di Sole to ride chainless! Wait... if it makes suspension plusher then when he pumps the backsides it has less effect, and he surely pumped the sit out of that track .. oh Jesus that is fantastic. this is exactly what i am talking about hahahah It's like macro economists or city planning wankers - experts at explaining why shit they predicted didn't happen.
  • 24 5
 I never said it made his suspension plusher. I said more efficient. As in it could react better to impacts. You didnt really give any arguments to prove yourself right in your first statement. You just said he had no chain therefor technology had nothing to do with his run. It quite obviously did. He was on a bike for a start. If he had no technology to help him he woulda just been running naked down the hill. Don't think his time would have been quite as impressive if that were the case. You also listed some things to do with technology which tech geeks could now shove up their arses. They had nothing to do with his lack of chain tho. You may as well have mentioned his head angle, padded saddle and rubber grips.
  • 12 1
 I think it proves nothing either way.. incredible run from an incredible rider but sort of a lucky run too. It could have happened to lots of guys with the same result. I like Sam Hill ..... that comeback just made me all warm and fuzzy this season and makes me feel a bit better about being over 30 and still bombing DH runs. Smile
  • 39 1
 Forum arguments be damned. I think you guys should settle this like men and stuff as many bike parts in your ass as you can and wrestle to the death.
  • 12 18
flag WAKIdesigns (Dec 9, 2014 at 7:28) (Below Threshold)
 To me it proves that in MTB sport of infinite number of variables you just can't calculate what does what, the only thing bringing consistency is your skill and fitness. Yet geeks take one factor at a time and think they maximize each bit a a time so it adds to the whole picture, they think that everything is linear. Vast majority of pros have never seen their shim stack. Pile of bullcrap, everyone thought his run was over, no bloke thought - that will make his suspension more efficient. Go revisit the editorial from Eurobike and look at all those contraptions - this is what happens when assumptions and theories arise from vast knowledge that has no backing in doing, no feedback from real life situation. Be my guest.
  • 18 0
 But I mean what are you arguing here ? That high tech bikes are irrelevant ? That the rider is the only important aspect? The Trek is FAST... it's important... when every rider on the circuit is fast .. the equipment matters. Every little detail... if it can give you 0.001 it's worth it. That's how close these guys compete. At the end of the day it's who doesn't make mistakes ... and being completely in tune with your machine helps to make that possible.
  • 3 2
 +1
  • 15 0
 @gabriel-mission9
@WAKIdesigns
don't write so much rubbish about the techn. aspects of dh bikes. fact is: Neko Mulally should've been nominated.
  • 8 0
 His crash at Cairns and still secure a podium spot is remarkable.
  • 4 2
 I agree that Neko is great rider, I've seen him in person and he's talented. But there are only 5 spots and who can argue that these guys don't deserve to be there? Lots of great riders and it seems more every year, I think that's really awesome when you think about it.
  • 8 0
 Session603 + it's like gettin drunk with your mates and then for no reason an argument about beer happens.
die hard Hill fan but must concede it to bryceland for this year's particular honors. i think he gave us a serious glimpse of the future of dh...and it looks pretty damn good. we all win.
  • 7 3
 With the chain off, you don't have to overcome the drag caused by the ratchet.
  • 4 13
flag WAKIdesigns (Dec 9, 2014 at 8:11) (Below Threshold)
 IntoTheEverflow - how many contact point of the ratchet? Do you think that smooth Shimano system rolls faster than super loud Hope? On world champs it must be a factor isn't it? Or maybe... he had those top secret 596 rims and tyres!
  • 6 0
 It was the weight savings of losing the chain that made him go faster. Duh!
  • 2 1
 I sincerely hope "overcome the drag caused by the ratchet" was a joke because it sound an insane concept
  • 8 1
 Ever noticed how much longer your front wheel keeps spinning?
  • 10 0
 I'll challenge you to a dh race Waki. I get my Session, you get a Raleigh Activator Razz

Or we could have a +props race. That's way more important than a silly old bike race anyway. You are edging it at the moment, 45 to my 39. I'm suffering a tech disadvantage tho cos my computer is a piece of junk. And I have a really slow internet connection.
  • 3 0
 lol @props race
  • 2 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Dec 9, 2014 at 11:20) (Below Threshold)
 Jeezbuz, I did not mean that conplete bike is irrelevant, I meant taking stuff apart and taking it under scrutiny is dumb: arguing about tiny details, like whether 26 is better 275, if session is better than demo, ceramic bearings smoother than steel, clil vs air, boxxer or 40, 10 or 11sp -This is geeky shit. I've done loads of this. Now I am whining on people whining!
  • 5 0
 The complete bike is just a lot of small parts bolted together. Waki - 47 Me - 47 Ooh its neck and neck!!!!
  • 9 0
 Pinkbike Props of the Year Nominees. -negative and positive categories- the time has come...
  • 1 3
 @WAKIdesigns @Gabriel-mission9

The only thing that your arguments prove is this: it's all about the RIDER and not the RIDE
  • 4 8
flag WAKIdesigns (Dec 9, 2014 at 11:37) (Below Threshold)
 Off course gabriel: trouble is, it's like cooking. Eeem pancakes shall we? Let's get best salt out there, purest water, finest vanilla sugar, best milk we can find from top notch fed cow (they say if you use your mouth not hands to milk a cow, ot will be better), then eggs from russian cavilr fed chickens frequently shagged by testosterone pumped cocks. All that to purest crystal with (not sure here) 850W blender using high-modulus carbon beaters (very stiff). I did a research on best RPM for mixing everything...

Oh the proportions of ingredients? Oh my...
  • 3 0
 With a good cook in charge of those ingredients those will be some badass pancakes. Can I join you?
  • 5 4
 Yes, but we may need to argue about the fill. I like Apple musse with cynamon and maple syrup, not sure if Session has that twang. All Treks taste like bacon
  • 3 0
 bacon is the duct tape of all things food, waki. it fixes EVERYTHING.
  • 1 0
 Lemon and a little sugar. No nonsense. It's like the Ferarri F40 of pancakes.
  • 1 0
 A friend of mine once got in serious trouble with his girlfriend for cooking her "vegetarian surprise" It had bacon in.

Yes, he is a bastard.
  • 3 0
 he did call it "surprise", yes? fair play if he did.
  • 4 3
 He surprised her by putting his bacon into her lettuce and she didn't like it? Change GF, I know this type!

yes bacon fixes everything, like angle grinder
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns Of course the fine details are just banter. Thing is most mountain bikes today are fantastic. It comes down to preference and it's loads of fun that there are so many products to choose from. Every single persons build is their baby. I hope people take these discussions lightly and in good fun. P.S. Those sound like damn tasty pancakes.
  • 1 0
 MTB's can be way better. There are not enough products to choose from. Aluminum cranks still suck and that is pretty much all you can find these days. And all the companies usually copy each other, hence no more 26". At least they should sell component packages so you get all the good stuff at a good price and can put it on the frame you want. Saying all bikes are fantastic these days is something MTB advertisers are going to be saying until the end of time, as long as they are sponsored by bike/component brands. And the higher end bikes are usually not better quality, often less quality but lighter (IMO). Selling for over 5g's to a unknowing and unsponsored consumer. At that price at least make the bikes as durable as the one model down.
  • 1 0
 They really are though. I have definite opinions in certain products being better than others but on the whole bikes are pretty well sorted no matter who is selling assuming we are talking quality products here. They are way better and less prone to failure than years back and the geometry pretty sorted out. And "huh?" At aluminum cranks sucking ? Shimano cranks and Race Face immediately come to mind as fantastic stuff durable cranks at reasonable prices.
  • 1 3
 Go ride your bikes. Who really gives a shit about any of this?
  • 2 1
 Only a silly bitch will say anything other than Ratboy. Sure, he came out of the woods 5 mph faster than he ever had in practice, and overjumped the last obstacle between himself and the Worlds title. He did it because he wanted it more than anyone else. The beast, and best, of the year. Period.
  • 43 5
 Joe Barnes Smile
  • 13 2
 I'd love to see Joe win the award, the way he rides a bike is just breathtaking
  • 10 2
 That would be the "Lad Competition".
  • 33 6
 Really difficult.

5: Gee. This man is amazingly STRONG, we'll all agree. But this season wasn't his best.

4: Jared. Nice season and the overall. Story doesn't care of "what if" but... what if Clementz.

3: Hill. Who could guess? WHO? Him, he knew, he was waiting patiently. The king is back and still on the inside line. Legend.

2: Josh. First because "Josh Bryceland won the downhill overall" is exactly what we want to read. Tons of skill. IMO, if DH was a man, it's him. Put Vouilloz Palmer and Peaty in a blender aaand bim: Ratboy.

1: Fab. In less than a year, this man 1- is real threat for the podium 2- will never be able to ride again at pro level 3- win the last EWS. By the way he developed a bike nominee as one of the most innovative. Incredibly strong man and an absolute legend. If I would own a brand, I would hire him. Twice.
  • 5 4
 When you put it like this then i agree that FB is the the won to rule them all
  • 6 0
 Fabien has been the "dark horse" at races for a VERY long time now. You can NEVER count him out. He has had numerous devastating injuries and keeps coming back more capable than before.
  • 4 3
 Be careful with the "what if's", you could do the same for Ratboy. What if Steve Smith....

Barel's story is incredible, that said, I still rate Ratboy for his full season, he would be my choice.
  • 6 1
 1. Graves takes it for me, battled through a season which took out some of the best riders in the sport. The competition was fierce and the courses were more diverse and tougher then last year. Graves is like a machine. 2. Ratboy had an amazing season and would of had it if he won the WC - its hard to hold it against him but it's racing we are talking about. Some of the riding he put on display is the best we ever seen. 3. Hill, with so many years going thru so many ups and downs I think people started to doubt if he still had it. Hill battled his way to the podiums again and keeps building on his legend status. 4. Gee, the man never gives up, always shows up. WC gold. One of the best ever, a guy whom seems not getting the level of appreciation he deserves. 5. Barel, has his season cut short with a horrific injury and made a come back in the best way possible.
  • 2 3
 all of these DH and rat boy fan boys don't understand the shit jared graves had to do to win the EWS, and all he had to overcome.
  • 1 0
 Analyse partagée.
  • 2 0
 Nice review, we have two mits (Sam and Barel), but one was usually riding above what was expected from him, and this guy is THE RAT. As the man of the year, considering he would have been the fastest one in the Would Cup if it wasnt for his accident (no what if...), he is the man for 2014.
  • 1 0
 Même analyse !
  • 1 0
 whilst barel's return was incredible i dont think his season was up to much - mainly because he wasnt around for most of it! Surely for racer of the year you have to have been in at least the majority of races?
  • 33 6
 Year of the Rat!
  • 6 1
 Jared Graves for his accomplishments or Fabien for finishing a race with ribs and broken back and coming back to game to win the last race. Sam Hill for Downhill racing.
  • 3 3
 @MasterofStone: Sam Hill for downhill racing? Then what's the Rat for? Epic huck-to-flats-and-losing-worlds-because-of-it?
  • 1 0
 scottrallye: if that's the case then lets not forget the countless accidents/crashes Sam Hill had and how hard it was for him to make a comeback. Honestly speaking there should be a list only for DH, I personally would like to see Aaron Gwin, Marcelo Gutierrez, among others included and Emmeline Ragot on the female DH list.
  • 16 3
 Its got to be Barel! Winning by 9 seconds at his first race back, and oh yeah, it was also the season finale for the EWSSmile to me that's the most impressive achievement out of all these guys.
  • 13 0
 I think Rat will deservedly take it, but the ridiculousness of Barel's feat cannot be overstated. Absolute. Legend.
  • 1 0
 Agree with the "britanic-flair" and fair-play !! Wink
  • 14 0
 What about me? I finished 20 spots from last place at the local enduro.
  • 13 4
 Without a doubt It has to be Miami Bryce!
  • 6 1
 Josh or Fabian for me. Josh because of the absolutely outstanding season he's had and Fabian for the way he came back from a life threatening injury to take the last win of the year.
  • 3 1
 It has to be Bryceland. What Fabien accomplished in rehabbing his broken back and returning to form at the final EWS race of 2014 is an amazing accomplishment which no other human on this earth could achieve. That said, this is for Gravity Racer of the Year. Josh killed it all year long and took home the crown--would have been a dual crown if he wasn't so pinned at Worlds!.
  • 7 1
 Ben McGowan (on Brayton's bike)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=amY7JLRgYwg
  • 4 0
 Sam Hill winnig this year was absolutelly amazing and I am a big fan... really. I have to say I do not like Rat so much... mas it must be him... I never thought of him winning, and he did, a lot!
  • 5 0
 The most difficult poll, no doubt about it - but I'm a big fan of Grave's UNREAL combination of strength, skill, and intelligence/tactics, so there...
  • 7 0
 Sam Hill without a doubt!
  • 4 2
 The Rat has been incerdible all the season long. Just too bad for his ankle on the last part of the WC.. But he's worked hard and this would just be the greatest present to do for such an amazing MTB rider. My mind goes to THE RAT !
  • 3 1
 Troy Brosnan should be in there over Gee in my opinion, and I love Gee. But Troy out his mark down this year and was a new to contender throughout a large portion of the year. Even better than his teammate, ex double champ Aaron Gwin. Just sayin
  • 4 0
 Troy only won one major race while Gee won two including the World Champs. I'm not sure how you could leave the World Champ out especially when its Gee. He's not some nobody who came out of nowhere and didn't do anything else all year.
  • 2 0
 Because Troy beat him in overall points... and had more podiums... and beat Gee (and everyone else) on Gee's home turf... and lead the overall rankings halfway through the season, before RatBoy turned it on full throttle. Like I said I love the world champ, but Troy is 3 years younger than RatBoy, 8 years younger than Gee, and he just finished second in the overall standings, with 2 word title holders right behind him, including Gee.
  • 1 0
 I think your just selling World Champs short. Whether it makes sense to us on the outside or not, that race is THE RACE. It's a huge deal. There is not a rider in the world that would take being 2nd overall over winning World Champs. Many riders would take being World Champion over being first overall. To me, unless it's a rider who did very little the rest of the season, you can't leave the World Champ out if a list of nominees.
  • 7 2
 Jared Graves for the medal.
  • 4 1
 Well Ratty definitely smashed it this season! But seeing Hill back on the top step got me stoked more than anything else in a long time, so that's that fer me!
  • 2 1
 It has to be the rat, I'd like it to be hill but ratty smashed it out of the park. Barel is a legend and is also a contender. gravesy and Atherton are tough as nails competitors but their stories this year dont pull the heart strings like the others
  • 2 0
 Obcourse everyone is going to say the rat, and I agree, but just like to say that barel coming back form a brocken back to absolutely smash the last round of the ews. Really says something about his riding!
  • 2 0
 If only there were a way to definitively determine which one of these guys was the best. Like, y'know, a race. Nah. That'd never work. We should stick with asking for anonymous opinions on the internet.
  • 3 0
 Great to see 2 Aussies out of 5 nominated!!! Sam's done great this year as has Jared but I think Rat for sure though the kids been killing it this year
  • 1 0
 Gotta agree.
  • 6 2
 I mean, is there even a debate?
  • 5 3
 No RATBOY!!
  • 10 1
 I agree it's probably the RAT, but the resurrection of Sam Hill was incredible to watch unfold. He is a blast to watch and easy to root for!
  • 3 0
 Ratboy picked it up towards the end of the season, but Hill fell from the top, fought his way back over 4 YEARS and reclaimed the top step a couple times and is very much back in the game. A young gun developing momentum is cool (Ratboy), but to see a legend fall back in the pack, be generally dismissed as a podium threat the last couple years, and then come charging back with a vengeance makes a better story to me. Ratboy did have a fantastic season though.
  • 4 2
 Graves for the win. He was the most dominant in his element. But of course the DH fanboys will say it shouldn't be him because he races enduro.
  • 6 2
 he was only dominant because clementz and barel where absent (which doesn't mean he isn't a very fast rider)
  • 2 0
 Why nobody mention about the mustache not racing DH? When it comes to Graves there are plenty of comments that Clementz wasn't racing but talking about DH no comments about Stevie Smith...
  • 2 0
 I agree with both of you. Although I do think Graves would have given Jerome a run this year. Too bad about Stevie though.
  • 4 0
 Sam Hill! Please, please, please!
  • 1 0
 I know it probably won't happen because of the amazing seasons that josh and Jared had but it would be so awesome if Sam Hill won this... he had a great year and nobody gets me more stoked to ride than Sam Hill!!
  • 1 1
 Altought Sam hill is the man, our little rat deserves this tittle in my opinion. Everyone knows that Sam hill could win at any given moment. But ratboy slipped thru the cracks and can out on top. I hope his recovery goes well.
  • 5 1
 RAT BOIIIIIII!!
  • 2 0
 I'd say it'll be the Rat or Graves.. but does anyone else think Barel & Gracia look like blood relatives!?
  • 4 0
 Barel no question Smile
  • 1 0
 Why ?
  • 3 0
 because he is a top rider, all of them is a top rider, but what barel did this year. not only his return, but also what he done in chile. doing a whole day on bike, racing with those pains and not gave up racing after this crash and after returning he wins again, i think he deserves to be gravity racer of the year. and of course he is my exemplar Smile
  • 3 0
 Totally agree with you ! This pilot is charismatic, he doesn't ride only for the fun at the top level like a rising star or falling star ; he's creating a beautifful legend in MTB beyond the news
Smile )
  • 3 0
 yes, exactly. his character as human, his style and his attitude to racing is legendary
  • 3 0
 Ratboy and Graves would be my pick
  • 2 0
 Ratboy would have been my first choice, but breaking your back and then taking the win at the EWS Finale?! Barel for sure
  • 1 0
 The Rat deserves it this year, right up until he flatlanded that bridge he had kept his cool and raced clever. Definitely Peking like a Chinese duck.
  • 3 0
 John John Florence... ah crap, wrong site.
  • 2 3
 Gotta love main stream media only the international factory pros get more awards! Sorry but when there are other race series out there with winners who are on top and in first the entire series they are more deserving of this award than some pros who won only a few races through out the year..."Male Gravity Racer of the Year"



Go ahead neg prop away but I'm just looking out for you since your not a factory rider just like the rest of us.
  • 3 0
 Bryceland, Sam hill in second because he's a rad dude
  • 1 0
 RATBOY all the way. With Clementz out for the EWS season I dont think Graves would have won the title maybe 2nd but not champion. GOD SAVE THE RAT!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Of the year? Bryceland. Of all time? Hill... hands down.
  • 2 0
 Andreu Lacondeguy. I expected Graves to dominate. I was blown away by Bryceland!!! He gets my vote!
  • 4 4
 No Bruni or vergier? Vergier winning Junior overall and world champs? He's got a more deserving place up there than Gee Atherton
  • 1 0
 definitly
  • 1 0
 gee , when you do something right for so long people stop giving a fuck about it second for graves
  • 2 0
 Graves simply because no one else is as well rounded as he is.
  • 2 0
 I'm kind of surprised Troy Brosnan or Gwin got a nom. oh well.
  • 2 0
 Apparently Gwin's race without a tire wasn't spectacular enough!
  • 2 0
 Barel FTW! Not nominated, I know, but 2nd spot should go to Mullaly.
  • 3 0
 Ratboy or Fabs
  • 2 0
 Barel deserves the Hardman Award. Dude obviously has no pain receptors.
  • 1 0
 I would have liked to see Troy Brosnan up there. He had his best season yet.
  • 2 0
 Sam hill all day everyday
  • 1 0
 SAM HILL !
  • 1 0
 RatBoy has this, although Sam has reached God-like Iconic Status which is a greater award.
  • 1 0
 My order... 1 Rat 2 Graves 3 Hill 4 Fabian 5 Gee
  • 2 0
 RATBOY
  • 1 0
 Rat for King Met the chap on a few occasions, He's a proper legend!
  • 1 0
 If anyone says someone besides the Rat, they're a fool.
  • 1 0
 Is freeride from the gravity category?
  • 2 0
 The rat gets the cheese
  • 2 0
 Josh or Sam..
  • 2 0
 fab barel
  • 1 0
 Sam Hill for such a stylish return
  • 2 0
 SAM HILL
  • 1 0
 Where is Cedric ? Oh yess, he's already winner of "life time edition" Big Grin
  • 2 0
 RATBOY!!!!
  • 2 0
 Ratboy, hands down.
  • 2 0
 Rat for the win
  • 1 0
 Gotta be Ratboy anyone else would be like riding a 29'r
  • 1 0
 RATTY RATTY RATTY ...... OI OI OI!!!!!!!!! Big Grin
  • 1 0
 great pic of gee man....lol
  • 2 0
 Hill for sure!
  • 1 0
 My vote goes to the rat (Random Access Translation).
  • 1 0
 Graves - he has won at everything! Enough said.
  • 1 0
 All great riders but honestly...how could Ratboy not win this?
  • 1 0
 WHERE CAN WE VOTE FOR SAM HILL!!!!
  • 1 0
 Id go for Jared Graves, what a man
  • 1 0
 Grubby! :-)
  • 2 4
 Do these awards make sense? They are as if after the 100 meter Olympic final some wiseman took a poll to choose the best sprinter in the world.
  • 1 0
 all studs
  • 1 0
 Jared Graves
  • 1 1
 RATamahatta. They're all good, but this was his year.
  • 1 0
 God save the rat
  • 1 0
 Jared Graves.
  • 1 0
 NEKO MULLALY
  • 1 0
 Sam Hill!
  • 1 0
 clearly rat boy
  • 1 0
 All The Lads!
  • 1 0
 RAT RAT RAT
  • 1 0
 Ratboy for sure!
  • 1 0
 Graves for the title!!
  • 1 0
 Rat, NO doubt.
  • 1 0
 Rat ! nuff said........
  • 1 0
 Ratboy!
  • 1 0
 Sam Hill !
  • 3 0
 Fabien BAREL bénéficie d'une dimension autre que ses rivales : il ne se réduit pas à un simple compétiteur, il fait grandir le MTB et l'esprit MTB Wink

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