HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES


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The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees
– and Some Changes

This year, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will honor an international cast of six luminaries, each of whom have left an indelible mark upon our sport in the arenas of competition, technology, journalism and advocacy. Our 2020 inductees are: cross-country racer Julien Absalon, inventor Stan Koziatek, publisher/journalists Tym Manley and Steve Behr, trail builder/advocate Dafydd Davis, and downhill racer Jason McRoy.

 

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees for 2020

Frenchman Julien Absalon, the Cross-Country Phenom who dominated the game from 2004 to 2014 – during which, he prevailed over two decades of technological changes, adapting his skillset to team tactics, new wheel sizes, dual suspension, and to aggressive, new-school race course venues. Absalon earned two Olympic gold medals, five World Championship golds, seven overall World Cup victories, five European Cup titles and was French National Champion 13 times. More…

Dafydd Davis, a Welsh outdoorsman and trail runner who fell in love with mountain biking and later became a renowned trail builder. Davis realized early on that trails were the sport’s most important physical and financial assets, so he masterminded a nationwide strategy for dedicated MTB trail networks linked to tourism – a model program which opened trail centers across the world. More…

From the US, inventor Stan Koziatek, the godfather of mountain bike tubeless tire systems, invented a latex-based liquid sealant that bears his name, and a simple method to make conventional rims air-tight. Shortly after, Koziatek followed with rim profiles that stabilized tubeless tires and facilitated hassle-free mounting.
Stan linked those technologies, made tubeless accessible to the masses and altered the sport’s history. More…

 

Tym Manley and Steve Behr, co-founders of Mountain Biking UK, a magazine that rose to prominence as the voice of an emerging sport for British enthusiasts. The influence that innovators and athletes from the UK have had upon our sport cannot be ignored, and it was MBUK that rallied the country’s mountain bike community together to eventually become a global force to be reckoned with. More…

Jason McRoy, riding Specialized bike and kit, nr Whitby , North Yorkshire. circa 1995. Scanned October 2013. pic copyright Steve Behr / Stockfile

The Hall of Fame also awards a posthumous induction for Jason McRoy, a self-sponsored British downhill racer who flew the Union Jack in international competition against factory teams. McRoy’s fierce riding style inspired a generation of gravity racers from the UK – many of whom have become legends in their own right. More…

 

A Different Induction Ceremony

Restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Hall of Fame to postpone our annual Inauguration celebration at the Marin Museum of Bicycling. Those who have attended an induction here would agree that the backdrop of the museum’s collection is a perfect location, where fans and families meet, mingle and ride with our new inductees, along with a number of the sport’s elders who also have been honored by the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. We will be combining this year’s inductees with those we plan to honor at the 2021 festivities. Please join us then! Follow this link to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees page for updates and details as our plans take shape for next year’s induction ceremony. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive all our emails and newsletters.

Some Fundamental Changes…

Most mountain bikers are familiar with Julien Absalon and Stan Koziatek. It’s a safe bet, however, that many of us know much less about Tym Manley, Steve Behr, Dafydd Davis, and Jason McRoy – and might question how they came to be honored in lieu of more popular, higher-profile personalities who have also made contributions to our sport.

Good question. Addressing it underscores the mission of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and speaks to some important changes we’ve made to the selection process this year in order to ensure that we don’t overlook men and women whose contributions and influence far exceeded their notoriety.

Public voting will no longer be used to determine which nominees will be inducted to the MBHOF. Instead, a selection committee will review nominations and, after consulting with sources within the mountain bike industry and sport, select the most eligible candidates for induction. This step was taken to prevent the induction process from selecting only the most famous people and to ensure that those among us who altered the course of our sport from behind the spotlight are not passed over.

Meet the Nominating and Selection Committee

Who makes those decisions? Our Hall of Fame all-volunteer Nomination and Selection Committee is assembled from journalists, industry insiders, and athletes, some of whom are HOF inductees. The committee has been in place for a number of years, working in the background as a review board and think tank. Nomination and Selection volunteers also reach out to influential people within the industry and sport to make informed decisions and further widen the selection process. In case you were wondering, members (in no particular order) are:

 

Otis Guy: Pioneer mountain bike builder, a retired firefighter, paramedic, and director of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Otis was inducted in 1993 and is driven to uphold the MBHOF as an internationally relevant and honorable institution.
Otis was instrumental in moving the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame to the Marin Museum of Bicycling and was a founding board member.

Elayna Caldwell: Currently the general manager of Juliana Bicycles, this Colorado resident is a tireless advocate for the experiences mountain biking can offer.  Elayna served on the IMBA board of directors, as well as on the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League board of directors, and consistently uses her position and influence in the bicycle industry to strengthen the involvement of women in mountain biking.

Steve Blick:  This HOF Inductee (2008) was born and raised in Northern California during the mountain bike boom of the ’80s. With an amazing career of racing bikes and working in the bike industry, Steve (a.k.a. Blick) brings 25 plus years of experience and passion for the sport to help people fall in love with Mountain Biking.

Richard Cunningham: Pioneer mountain bike builder, designer, editor, and journalist from the USA, who has been an advocate for the sport, almost from its inception. Cunningham was inducted to the MBHOF in 1995.

Zapata Espinoza: “Zap” was the first journo’ inducted into the MBHOF (although Charlie Kelly argues the point), biased towards Mexican food, racers, and all the old guys who laid the foundation of the sport with passion, humor, intelligence, and, who also have the best stories to tell.

Glen Jacobs: Hailing from the rainforests of Northern Australia, Jacobs designs World Championship, World Cup, Olympic and EWS racing venues, and was the UCI’s first full-time track builder. His company, World Trail, has developed venues in 20 countries. Jacobs was inducted in 2015.

Anka Martin: Originally from South Africa, now living in New Zealand and Europe, Martin is a Juliana Bicycles racer and ambassador, “spreading passion and love of bicycles around the world.” The owner of Soul Trails, Martin hosts culturally immersive bike and yoga adventures and is co-owner of NZ Enduro Race. Her passion involves uplifting people in Africa through initiatives like World Bicycle Relief and Velosolutions’ Pump for Peace projects.

Hans Rey: The Swiss/American was born in Germany and lives in Laguna Beach, California. Hans is a HOF inductee, freeride pioneer, trials champion, adventurer, founder of the Wheels 4 Life charity, the bike industry, and tourism consultant, and long time pro rider for companies like GT Bicycles, Adidas and others. Hans has starred in films, TV specials, and has been on over 450 magazine covers.


The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Story

The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame was founded in 1988 in Crested Butte, Colorado. Ten mountain biking pioneers were inducted in that first year. Since then, three to seven mountain bike legends have been selected annually. In 2015, the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame relocated to the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax, California, where its exhibits were greatly expanded. At the museum in Fairfax, the rich history of the sport comes to life—guided by the people who made that history. The exhibits illustrate the evolution of the mountain bike with numerous bikes that are key to the story, along with memorabilia, stories of Hall of Fame Inductees and a growing archive.

Looking for an inductee, event or bike from years ago? Try scrolling through the list below, or clicking a year in the sidebar on the right or enter a name in the search box. There’s lots to see with some fascinating stories and great photos. Most of the older posts have been preserved as their original submissions. You may find some pretty “curious” old information– so keep that in mind while reading and enjoy a blast from the past (or the present)!

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MOUNTAIN BIKE HALL OF FAME
NOMINATING & INDUCTEE SELECTION PROCESS

So, how does someone get into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame? Great question. Each year, three to six individuals or groups have been inducted. There was one exception, 1988, our charter year, when ten people were inducted into the Hall. Click here for the full story…

MOUNTAIN BIKE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 1988-2020

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