Mick Hannah to Retire From World Cup Racing After Snowshoe

Sep 12, 2021 at 18:01
by UR Team  

After an incredible 20 years of racing, the legend of our sports Sick Mick Hannah announces that his last World Cup will be this weekend in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Mick’s first elite mountain bike race was in Maribor in 2001 where he finished 6th! He stood on the UCI World Cup podium 17 times with one victory, scored 3 medals at World Championships and 16 Crankworx medals!

Here are Mick’s words:

bigquotesThe time has come to announce that I’m retiring from World Cup racing. This is a moment that I’ve contemplated many times over the course of my life. So many thoughts and ideas have passed through my imagination in the long hours I’ve spent on any number of bikes. I’ve contemplated questions like “When is the right time?”, “am I going to be at the top of my game?”, “Am I going to have a career-ending injury?”, “Does anyone aside from myself care?”, “Does it change my life if anyone cares or not?”. Mostly, these questions and many others are irrelevant. They’re fun to talk about and ponder with friends and mentors and they’re a great way to help us learn about ourselves, but they are not that important really. They go along well with one question I get a lot which is “How do you stay that motivated for 20 years?”. I don’t know the answer to that. I have just had a passion for going fast on a bike and set goals and worked hard to achieve them and now 20 years have passed. It has been more incredible than I could’ve imagined. It’s also been harder than I could’ve imagined. The highs and lows are huge.
Sometimes I’ve felt motivated by my own selfish desire to win. Sometimes I’ve struggled to drag myself out of bed due to my struggles with anxiety and lack of belief in my own value. Sometimes I’ve been motivated by the need to financially support my family. Sometimes I am in that sweet place of just being joyful in the moment. Mostly though I am motivated by my desire to fulfill my potential as a man created in the image of God.

I have achieved some seemingly (to me) impossible things from the perspective of a 15-year-old kid working on a banana farm. I’ll never forget getting the call while I was at work saying I was going to world championships in 2000. Just getting to be at that race was impossible for me to believe. How could I have imagined all I’ve been blessed with since then?
I have also missed out on the one big goal I’ve had since I was 7 years old. The first time I finished 2nd at the World Championships was in 1994. I was 10 years old and the community we lived in raised the money for my Dad and I to go to the USA. When I got 2nd I felt like I had failed. 23 years after that I finished 2nd at the World Championships in my hometown. How sweet that would’ve been to win! It would’ve been nice for me, but I wanted to win for everyone who’s ever invested energy into my life. I have been loved so well by so many people.

The process of stepping away is a tough one. I’m already going through quite the emotional rollercoaster. I miss racing at this level very deeply already and I’m not even done yet. It’s a similar feeling to leaving my loved ones for extended periods of time. I will always look back on my professional racing career with love. The people who’ve walked with me and supported me have made it all possible and worthwhile. My Dad said quite early on that if I wanted to keep racing I had to start training. I made that decision without hesitation and my Dad and Mum and family and friends and acquaintances too many to number have all poured into my life since then in ways that I could never repay. I’ve got to see the world many times over and ride my bike in the most amazing places and some not so amazing places and conditions haha. I have met so many incredible people. I fell in love with the mountain bike culture from the first day and I’ve now seen that that culture is the same all over the world across all the countries, cultures and languages that I’ve got to experience.
I love this sport. I love the people I get to share it with. It’s humbling to have had this experience. I am hopeful that there is an opportunity for me to stay involved in the mountain bike world. You are my extended family.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thanks to all of my sponsors. You guys have provided for me and my family and given us a wonderful life for the last 20 years. Thank you to the UR Team. You guys have provided a competitive racing environment for half of my career. Fabien, you have put so much work and passion into the team and stayed behind me through all the ups and downs of racing. Magalie, thank you for all the time you spend behind the scenes making sure everything runs smoothly as well as the passion you also have for the team and racing in general. Thanks to my mechanic of the last 8 years, Jon Stout. You have shown amazing work ethic and passion for your role. You are always calm, especially when I am not. It still puts a smile on my face each time I get to feel how good my bike is after you’ve worked your magic. Thank you to my competitors. The skill and dedication that you have all shown to our sport and the sportsmanship you have demonstrated to me adds an incredible amount of value to all I’ve achieved.

Thank you to my friends for seeing my heart. Thank you to Tracey for all she teaches me and for being on the road with me the last 10 years. Thank you to my wife, Kimberly. I never want to do life without you. I love you! Thank you to my family. Our parents have never put limits on our dreams and they’ve worked endlessly to support us. It would be impossible to calculate how many hours Dad has spent driving me up to the top of downhill tracks or road riding with me. We’ve laughed, cried, fought, agreed and disagreed and there is no way I would have achieved so much without him.

Lastly, thank you to all the fans for making this all possible. I hope you’ve found some inspiration and joy through supporting me. I’ve certainly been blessed by all the excited faces! It’s been an incredible ride.
Sick Mick Hannah


bigquotesIt has been an honor to be such a big part of Mick’s career with the UR team, from day one it has been about trusting each other and it paid off for both of us. As a team, Mick trusted that our young team would allow him to reach the top which clearly helped us to become a true professional team so I’ll be forever thankful for that. From our side we have always trusted that after any setback Mick would be able to come back to the podium and he did it many times like a champ. We were thrilled watching so many tight racing, so many no handers and so many good memories around the globe. It’s a hard decision when you are a racer at heart like Mick but I think he has taken the right decision being able to race his last world cup in front of his whole family and fans he loves, so I’d say still watch out for Sick Mick as he can one more time remind us why he is a legend of our sports! Fabien Cousinie, UR team owner






Mick being Sik Mick.






 during the UCI world cup finals at Windham NY.
Mick had no troubl ewith flats or this jump as we can see. Straight to first place for Mick. He said earlier this week he was frustrated with his MAribor results and he has somethign to prove. With his second baby on the way i think he is also looking for for diapers.

Crankworx 2015


credit at Tory Powers
credit at Tory Powers





110 Comments

  • 258 0
 Congratulations Mick, what an incredible career!
  • 3 0
 Well said! Absolute legend, no doubt whatever is coming next will be exciting and I look forward to seeing where the downtime from racing takes you Mick, good luck for the future you beast!!
  • 2 0
 Good luck in your future endeavors of developing and testing incontinence lined cycling shorts and chamois!!! What a way to spend retirement, am I right or am I right?
  • 9 0
 All I can say is there better be a sui on the finish jump that last time!
  • 1 0
 @nsteele: There is, they were adjusting it in Wyn's track walk.
  • 3 0
 #SikMikForRampage
  • 1 0
 Goodluck. Another chapter awaits you.
  • 164 1
 Back 6 years ago in upstate New York you spent 5 mins speaking with my 6 year old son about world cup racing and how much you enjoyed World Cup racing. After the race you gave your number plate to my son and to this day he keeps it on his bedroom wall. I know there must be hundreds of kids you took the time to speak to during your career. Your a great racer and a class act. You will be missed but never forgotten. Enjoy your retirement.
  • 13 0
 Wow. Love this. Small acts of generosity can have big impacts. Thanks, Mick!
  • 66 0
 20 years of elite racing but only 19 years of holding a handlebar!
  • 29 0
 How stacked is that podium photo with The Goat, Gwin, Gee and Stevie.
  • 9 0
 All in shorts too!
  • 1 0
 @dkendy1: why aren't racers riding in shorts anymore?
  • 1 0
 @ciechan: probs aero
  • 25 0
 I know a number of ladies that think he's the GLOAT. Greatest Looking Of All Time.
  • 20 0
 I’m not going to be able to say anything others haven’t said, but thanks @sikmik for the ride. We’ve rooted for you for years, been stoked when you’ve smashed it, and gutted with you when it’s not gone to plan. I wished you landed some fat-cat deal, but your shared commitment with UR was somehow even more impressive.
I think your demeanour is what’s impressed me most. Always sincere, but always looking on the bright side and ready to encourage someone. You raced with integrity and the joy it gave you shown through. I’m still impressed at the way you handled the wash out/slide in the clay at the first WC back in Cairns. Tyres slid out in your race run and where I’ve seen others lose their temper under the stress, you just slid down laughing and throwing out shakas. What a legend.
All that said, I think my favourite memory was that dirty truckers ‘tache you smashed out for Stevie Smith.
Thanks mate. Hopefully ride with you one day.
  • 15 1
 Stella Career Mick, congratulations on all your achievements, now you can send it down to the pub and work on your dad bod!
Your future awaits !!! And we’re all excited to see what ms ahead
  • 7 0
 Such a cool down to earth humble dude. Talked to him many times at WC's never a long face always smiling. He had a crack when he checked my mates visor made with a Mobil uno 5 liter jig. He brought his mechanics to check it out too. Great life ahead Mick!!!
  • 9 0
 These pics are great. Makes it look like he just rides pretty much everywhere no handed
  • 2 0
 Yea I though the same - he can actually fly, of course, the bike is just a guise to hide his superpower.
  • 8 0
 You are a boss!!! All the best and I hope to see you involved in the sport.
  • 6 0
 Sick Mick Hannah, though you were close a couple times your a World Champ in my eyes! Talk about mountain bike culture, its just rad and your part of it and a great inspiration!!!
  • 9 0
 Class act! Thanks for all the no-handers!
  • 5 0
 I watched Mick snap a Haro prototype in 3 spots, early 2000's. Was a super sketch waterbar gap in Qld, Australia. Road out of it, not a scratch and laughed it off saying "they said it might break." Such a wonderful human being. Good luck in future pursuits mate.
  • 5 0
 Even if it doesn't matter that much! Yes we care about your retirement. You have been a true inspiration to me and many others. I remember how you went past my lens in such style and speed that I missed you (I was shocked how fast you were in the rock garden in Canberra 2009).
This was also a year which must have been pivotal for you... As you had been of the circuit for a while before.
Happy to had a chance to meet you.

Stay as you are.
  • 8 0
 Retiring how he rides - like a boss.
  • 8 0
 Full speed no hands will be missed!
  • 6 2
 You have earned your retirement from WC Dh for sure.
Had the pleasure of sharing the Glencoe hut with you a few years back when you came to race an SDA.
Great evening whilst Alan Blythe (on of the guys in the background in some Dany Mac videos too and former Scottish Masters champ) took control of the guitar and played into the night.
Enjoy the next chapter of your life. I hope it brings you joy and great success.
  • 4 0
 You have always been one of my favourite riders to follow in our sport. I can’t believe I got the opportunity to race against you in several races over the years when I was a young elite racer. I will always remember my 1st US open and you introduced yourself to me and we did jumps laps of Dominion while Am practice was going on. Stay Rad Mick!!
  • 4 0
 The legend Mick Hannah! I had the pleasure of being in the gate with you at a random night at the indoor track in Colorado Springs back in the day. You were the most intimidating person I could imagine being in the gate with yet so humble and positive. I have always held that memory close as you have always been one of my favorites. Cheers to the next adventure!!!
  • 6 0
 Congrats Mick! You are a legend and will be missed.
  • 3 0
 Legend Mick, I've been fortunate enough to have followed your path from the beginning, you're an awesome bike rider and human, now the riding can be purely for fun, happy days.
  • 6 0
 Mick's section on Earthed back in the day!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2 1
 Yep. Ridiculous on a pile of shit with a 69 degree head angle.
  • 2 0
 Mick had a heck of a run. When he was prime and not all that long ago - he'd be in the hunt but seemed always to be plagued by some sort of bad luck- a flat/mechanical/wipeout. His record would have clearly been different, but that's racing. He had heart and gave it his all. Good luck in your new endeavors Mik.
  • 6 0
 Somehow i always read SIR Mick Hannah. Kind of matches aswell
  • 2 0
 Legends of the sport
  • 4 0
 I'm a Bruni fan, but was actually kind of gutted he beat Hannah in Cairns, which is a measure of Mick's sickness. End of an era.
  • 4 0
 Much love and respect to Mick on an amazing career! A true gentleman with insane skills and fitness for decades of inspiring many!! Good luck in the next chapter!
  • 2 0
 Legend of dh.
King of the nohander in race runs!
Does anyone know where to view the film he did a while back called The Racers edge? If I remember right it was for build up for the 2013 Pietermaritzburg World Champs.? I think lol
  • 2 0
 Mick u r the man, I met u and ur dad at Mount snow 2002, u were so young and so fast, u and I think peaty were the only ones gapping rock section. We talked about ur stay in America and told u if u need a place to stay hit me up. U left a voice mail and said thanks but u got a place. I played it for everyone I was a star cause u were a soon to be legend. To this day I route for u every race. I believe sorry to say that race I think in practice u broke collarbone, but u bounced back. Thanks for all the memories and wish u would keep racing but, we will miss u and wish u always the best. Love ya man. Dan
  • 4 0
 Amazing words, amazing career. Enjoy riding just for fun for many years Mick…
  • 5 0
 class act, humble dude, living legend. Well done homie.
  • 1 0
 Such a class act, it's been inspiring following big parts of your career. Saw him race a couple of times and met him in Whistler too. Always a danger man, except off the bike where he is just a genuinely nice man. Nice combination! Keep enjoying life Mick!
  • 1 0
 Thank you so much Mick for being part of the passion I follow and lived for the last 30 years. It was incredible to see you ride and fight for the win. It was always fun seing you have fun on a bike and a long time ago we even had a beer. You ass e rider and myself as a fan. You definitely are an inspiration for dedication, humbleness and friendliness. I wich you all the best.
  • 1 0
 once met Mick while watching my boys do practice laps at progrt port angeles. He was staring up at hecklers row throwing twigs. Nicest guy ever. Later saw him take a line down that section that was just pure art. I always came out my seat with the no handers. gonna miss you.
  • 4 0
 A living Legend! Sick Mick...nothing more to say!!
  • 1 0
 I will miss you when watching the worldcup my friend! When there is someone racing that you personally know, the race is always more exciting. However, I’m excited for what’s ahead of you Mick! Ioni
  • 3 0
 Escaping from a Banana farm at 15, so Sick Mick! Thank you for all the no-handers!
  • 1 0
 Much much love and huge congratualtions and many thanks Mick.
True legend, warm hearted killer on the track and around.

Maybe we can have a coffee in Maribor @Hotel Baum in future again?
  • 3 0
 So well written. I do not even know you and got a bit emotional reading that.
  • 2 0
 I’ll not try to repeat what others have said in recognizing and praising Mick’s awesomeness… instead… I miss those yellow Deemax wheels. They still look the business.
  • 3 0
 Mick, thanks for your service to the sport and the endless memories. True rock star!
  • 3 0
 So much respect for Mick, I'm really going to miss his bad ass no hander & kick ass riding.
  • 2 0
 Well deserved the nickname. Sick rider indeed! Always loved watching Mick ride- always committed, always pushing, never holding back.
  • 3 0
 Legend. You'll be missed mate.
  • 1 0
 Legend, I hope he continues with grass roots racing and being an ambassador of the sport... I think its good for the sport but also his mental health.
  • 1 0
 I remember watching him win the downhill and the dual slalom at the Big Bear NORBA in ... 1999? I think he was 17 at the time.
  • 1 0
 I should say - Pro category, not junior.
  • 2 0
 @aaronjb: I was there also watching that race and remember the whole global racing team there - I think that race was around 2001. I was blown away that a rider just one year older than me could ride a bike so well. I think I realized then that I wasn't ever going to be a pro rider haha.
  • 2 0
 Congratulations Mick! An amazing career! always a professional, wise and fast as fuSmile k. All the best with the next chapter!
  • 3 0
 One of the greats, will be missed at the races, best of luck Mick!
  • 2 0
 met you in fortbill 2009 when you rode for GT, really nice guy to me and my missus, enjoy your retirement
  • 3 0
 Legend! MTB Hall of famer
  • 3 0
 Incredibly graceful exit Mik! Beautiful tribute by PB as well.
  • 1 0
 As fans we don’t know these guys personally, but Mick has always seemed like a real class act. Always came off as just a humble hard working guy.
  • 1 0
 An incredible sportsman...talent and charm..going to miss watching him lineup on race day. Great success and health in your new life...Cheers Smile
  • 4 0
 Respect
  • 2 0
 Congratulations. You’ll be missed at the big races. A great career for sure.
  • 2 0
 Hats off to a great career.
The circus won’t be the same without the Hannah’s.
  • 2 0
 Been a fan of Mick since his Mongoose and GT days. Congrats! and cheers to the next chapter!
  • 2 0
 Congrats Mick on a wonderful career! All the best to you and your family going forward!
  • 1 0
 Cheers Mick, thank you for giving us fun and excitement through all those years! You for sure will keep it sending, even without world cup racing. All the best!
  • 1 0
 We will miss you and your no handers. Thank you Mik for all the thrills of watching you ride. You and your sister are a class act.
  • 1 0
 Congrats Mick! Well done. I remember being stoked to see you at Rampage way back in 2002 I think?!! Thanks for all the mid race freestyle!
  • 1 0
 I met Mick at an Interbike a few years ago. I recognized him and was impressed with his awesome personality and approachable attitude. Cheers Mick!!!!!
  • 2 0
 This news makes me sick! But good for Mick. Great career!
  • 3 0
 LEGEND!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Def 'one of them' but this article says he's the legend of this sport which is strange wording.
  • 3 0
 he will be missed!
  • 2 0
 A true humble legend! All the best for you and your family.
  • 1 0
 Legend, was nice reading that message. good luck for the future I'm sure we will see you around.
  • 1 0
 so many no hander pics.. almost looked like a suicide note.. ill let my self out.
  • 1 0
 well he did essentially say 'one more run' (even tho its really two)
  • 1 0
 Congratulations on you're incredible career, always 100% commitment and passion, enjoy a well earned rest.
  • 1 0
 Congrats. But please don’t start racing the masters class. Don’t be another sandbagger like B.L.
  • 1 0
 It was awesome to watch you. I always looked out for your no handers. You are a legend!!!
  • 2 0
 Congratulations Mick, class act .
  • 1 0
 Always loved watching Mick race. Was really cool to meet Mick and Tracey in Snowshoe 2019
  • 1 0
 Congratulations on an awesome career and all the best in your future endeavors Mick!
  • 1 0
 20 years at elite level downhill... Solid effort.
  • 1 0
 Legend! Thanks for every moments!
  • 1 0
 Mick reminds us that it used to be good get Sick!
  • 1 0
 THAT WE WHO THANK YOU !!! VERY MUCH.
  • 1 0
 What a sexy beast! Super proud mate
  • 2 0
 Legend !
  • 1 0
 Hey Mick, did you ever have a handle grip sponsor?
  • 2 0
 EWS?!!!
  • 1 0
 Enduro is for retired downhillers :-)
  • 1 0
 4 ever in books off downhill. Thank you Sick Mick
  • 1 0
 Cheers Mick and looking forward to seeing what you do next!
  • 1 0
 Legends never die/retire. Wink
  • 1 0
 We will miss you Mick! Cheers on a great 20 year career of racing, mate.
  • 1 0
 Congrats on the great career! Good on ya, mate!
  • 1 0
 Legend!!
  • 1 0
 Eternal Champion
  • 1 0
 Good luck, Mick.
  • 1 0
 Go get em boy!
  • 1 0
 Such a nice person!

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