Announcing the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame 2022 Inductees!

This year the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame honors an international cast of four luminaries.

These inductees have left an indelible mark upon our sport in the arenas of technology, skills, competition and behind the scenes athlete & event management.

 

Jim Busby

There are a few “Eureka!” moments in mountain bike history and one was when Jim Busby met Gary Turner of GT Bicycles in 1991 and showed him a handmade version of what would become GT’s groundbreaking full-suspension bicycle, the RTS-1. This bicycle revolutionized the industry for high-quality, safe, performance-driven AND mass produced full-suspension bicycles and started an all-out technological “race to the moon”…

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Ot Pi Isern

Ot pi (Aught Pee) started riding when he was 6. He first became world trials champion at 17 in 1992. After 40 years of nonstop riding, Ot continues to be an influencer of many riders such as Danny MacAskill, Vittorio Brumotti, Mio Suemasa, Oscar Saiz and others.

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Tarek Rasouli

A pioneer of freeride, Tarek Rasouli has had a global influence on the sport of mountain biking. From German BMX National Champion to one of Red Bull’s first global MTB athletes in the late 1990’s, Tarek had made his mark. But then, when a career-altering injury—a fractured lumbar vertebrae while filming for “Kranked 5” in Sun Peaks, Canada—left Rasouli confined to a wheelchair, it exposed his greatest ability was not simply riding a bicycle extremely well, but his unmatched ability to promote the sport as a whole.   More…

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå

Passion for the sport and hard work; the key factors in the fantastic journey and career of Gunn-Rita. Her achievements include 10 x World Champion, 9 x European Champion and Olympic Gold in Athens 2004, but it is the 30 UCI World Cup wins that range from 1996 to 2018 that demonstrate the longstanding determination that has allowed her to reach the highest levels.

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Restarting our Live Induction Ceremonies

Restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Hall of Fame to postpone our annual Induction celebration and events at the Marin Museum of Bicycling in 2020 and again in 2021. Those who have attended an induction in Fairfax would agree that the backdrop of the Fairfax scene and the Museum’s facility makes for an ideal setting– 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 the 2020 and 2021 inductions with those we plan to honor at the 2022 festivities which will take place at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Fairfax over the weekend of October 7-8, 2022. Be sure to join us for a very special party! Subscribe to our mailing list or become a member to receive all our emails and newsletters and get ready to party!

2022 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductions

October 7th and 8th in Fairfax, California

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact us at sponsorship@mmbhof.org


Some Fundamental Changes…

Most mountain bikers are familiar with the Rachel Athertons (2021) and the Julien Absalons (2020) of the world– after all, they are accomplished, high-profile names. It’s a safe bet, however, that many of us know much less about our other esteemed inductees, like Dafydd Davis (2020) and Jason McRoy (2020), and might question how they and their more obscure fellow inductees came to be honored in lieu of more popular, higher-profile personalities.

Good question. Addressing it underscores the vital mission of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and speaks to some important changes we made to the selection process starting last 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, retired firefighter, paramedic and director of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Otis was inducted in 1993 and is driven to uphold and grow 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 in Fairfax, California and was a founding board member.

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 and reach continue to expand. 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 incredible bikes that are key to the story, along with memorabilia, stories of Hall of Fame Inductees and a growing archive of photos, books and magazine collections.

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)!

Are you a Hall of Fame member?

Memberships provide the support we need to continue operations—not just during the election season, but all year long. Your support allows us to keep the museum and Hall of Fame open. Join or renew your membership today and keep us rolling!

Become a Member

Apply for your Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Membership Online. ⇐ This link will take you to our online shop where you can choose a membership level and purchase online. Easy as pie!

 

 

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 1988-2021

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