Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Nominees
Each of these superstars will be on the Hall of Fame induction ballot in 2018. Everyone who makes it onto the ballot is worthy of induction into the Hall of Fame, but only the top vote-getters can actually make it in each year. Once a person is on the ballot however, they can stay on it for up to five years, (they “Roll-Forward”), and they’ll have a chance to be voted-in each year. Help your favorites make it—be sure your membership is current, and be sure to vote when that time rolls around again!
We accept nomination submissions from March 1st to April 15th each year. Check out all the details for how to nominate someone below.
Roll-Forwards from 2015
Josh Bender, aka Bender, quickly made himself a name in the emerging Freeride scene in the late 1990’s. His name became synonymous for going big on a mountain bike, hucking off cliffs very few dared, at heights the sport hadn’t seen. With very futuristic bike designs, spectacular stunts and crashes, Bender became a household name in mountain biking. More…
Roll-Forwards from 2016
On August 13, 1994, with the deafening blast of the old double barrel shotgun echoing off the surrounding 14,000 ft. mountains, Ken Chlouber changed the face of mountain bike racing forever. Ken is the founder of the iconic Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race. He is a true pioneer in the sport of ultra-endurance mountain bike racing. More…
Roll-Forwards from 2017
In the year 2000, a rumor began circulating around bike shops and mountain bike races. A guy in New York had figured out a way to replace traditional inner tubes with a liquid that could seal punctures almost instantly, improve traction and control, and even make tires roll faster. On top of all that, the converted tires and wheels were lighter. It sounded too good… More…
Steve Peat has had an illustrious career racing downhill mountain bikes that has spanned nearly 25 years starting in the early 1990’s. He had early success in the sport and has been a favorite with fans around the world. Hailing from Sheffield, England, “Sheffield Steel”, or “Peaty”, has always contributed and given back to the sport… More…
By now we all that know Mike Sinyard introduced the first widely accepted mass produced mountain bike, the ‘Stumpjumper’. But the man who actually conceived the bike, built the first prototype and convinced Sinyard to put it into production, was someone else entirely, a nearby framebuilder from Santa Cruz.
Tim Neenan’s Lighthouse frames were well known on the central coast of California when Mike Sinyard approached Tim in 1980 about the possibility… More…
Tym Manley was the first Editor in Chief and part owner of Britain’s first mountain bike magazine, Mountain Biking UK (MBUK), which has been central, for thirty years and counting, to the development of a British mountain bike scene focused on freeride and downhill and majoring in anarchic humour and fun.
In the 80s, Steve Behr became obsessed by mountain bikes and applied his talent for photography to the early races and then to feature work. More…
How does someone get in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame?
Here’s how it works, Step-by-Step:
Inductee candidates are proposed for the ballot through our nomination process. We accept nomination submissions from March 1st to April 15th each year. Anyone can submit a nomination for someone they feel is worthy of induction and meets the published criteria. It is very important to contact the person that you wish to nominate (or their authorized representatives) to work together on the submission. This is their story and they know their accomplishments usually better than anyone else. The candidates, or their authorized representatives must grant permission to be nominated and it is up to the nominator to obtain their permission and cooperation with compiling the submission. Furthermore, the nominees or their representatives, must be willing and able to travel to attend the nomination ceremony should they be elected. This will be a contractual requirement.
The nominations and permissions are evaluated by the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee which does fact-checking, checks for complete and persuasive submission materials, and vets all of the candidates. If the nomination as submitted does not meet the criteria, the person who submitted will be notified and may be given the opportunity to correct discrepancies or omissions and to resubmit at the sole discretion of the Nominating Committee. The best chance for a successful nomination is to make sure submissions are complete, compelling and accurate with verifiable facts and evidence the first time.
Key points: Anyone who is on the ballot is considered to be Mountain Bike Hall of Fame (MBHOF) worthy! We have established the Nominating Committee and a vetting process to have individuals who truly deserve to be elected in the MBHOF. While many have made significant contributions in their immediate geographical areas, the MBHOF is a global entity representing the entire world of mountain biking. Our charter is to recognize those who have shaped the sport and who have had widespread influence. These individuals may have been working out of their garage, through a brand, an organization or in competition. Whether building bikes, building trails or racing, a worthy candidate will have contributed something more than a great track record. A strong candidate will have shifted the paradigm and changed the way we look at things going forward. Their contribution will have as much significance 10 or 20 years from now as it does today.
The candidates that are approved by the Nominating Committee are announced in the Spring and the official candidate ballot and bios are posted on the website for everyone to review.
When voting season opens, we post announcements in many places:
> On our website > By email blasts (click here to sign up) > Social media
All current members of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will be notified and are eligible to vote (How can you join? See below).
The members cast their votes. After voting season closes, the Hall of Fame staff count the votes and publish the results. We announce the winners (“Inductee-elects”) through all those channels previously mentioned.
The inductee-elects become official Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductees at our annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Fairfax, California—a weekend festival of great rides, food, friends and fun at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
… and that’s how the process works!
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