Voting is closed for 2017
The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Nominating Committee would like to send out a hearty thanks to everyone who joined or renewed their memberships and voted in this year’s election!
Thanks also go out to the heroic efforts of everyone involved in this year’s process. This is the result of many, many hours of meetings, phone calls, midnight planning sessions, coin-tossing, Ouija board sessions, arm wrestling, yelling and screaming and general carrying on (you have no idea). We are grateful for all those who worked so hard to submit proper and compelling nominations (there may have actually been one or two) for this year’s great group of candidates, and for the Nominating Committee really putting their heart and soul into it!
The Nominating Committee will be hard at work in the next couple of weeks tallying up the votes and notifying the winners. The results will be announced publicly on August 1st–so stay tuned and watch for the announcement!
THE 2017 NOMINEES
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…
Pure passion is something that cannot be replaced with anything else. Wolfgang Renner has contributed to mountain biking on many levels as a manufacturer, journalist, race organizer, traveler and 3-D photographer. In a nutshell, he is mountain biking’s first advocate and promoter in Europe. More…
New for 2017 Nominees
Brent Foes has applied his ability with fabrication and craftsmanship to bring innovations to off-road cycling through simplicity, with products that stand the test of time and the riders that have chosen his frames. “Made in the USA his way” is his approach. He was not the first to use hydro forming for his bike frames, but was the first to bring a 6-inch travel mountain bike to the market. More…
When Giovanna Bonazzi traveled to the US in 1992 to compete in World Cup mountain bike events, she was already a role model for Italian women. In the early 1990s mountain biking was still very much centered on US brands, teams and athletes. By 1992 Europe was building a strong mountain bike racing foundation and Giovanna’s international presence helped to join Europe and American mountain bike competition… More…
Advances in any sport are evolutionary. Successful ventures are built on and refined, while failed ones are discarded. This premise guides Mark Norstad, the founder and owner of Paragon Machine Works, when he designs and manufactures his bicycle frame building components.
Mark Norstad took up riding bicycles off road in the early 1970s, before they were named mountain bikes. A desire to learn metal work led to his taking machine shop classes in high school and beyond. When he founded Paragon Machine Works in 1983, he was launching a venture that would combine his two passions, mountain biking and metal work, and lead to advances in both. More…
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…
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Here is our 2017 schedule going forward:
August 1 New inductees are announced to the world!
September 22-23 Back by popular demand, this year the induction ceremony will be part of the Hall of Fame weekend in Fairfax, CA at the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Get ready for a great weekend of celebrity rides on the trails of Mt. Tamalpais where mountain biking began. Explore the town of Fairfax and Marin County, and see why we love it here. The induction ceremony will be Saturday night with great food, drinks and fun! Make plans to join us!
How does someone get in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame? Great question!
Here’s how it works, Step-by-Step:
First, Inductee candidates are proposed for the ballot through our nomination process. We accept candidate 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. The candidates, or their authorized representatives must grant permission to be nominated and it is up to the nominator to obtain their permission. Furthermore, the nominees or their representatives, must be willing to travel to attend the nomination ceremony should they be elected.
Next, the nominations and permissions are submitted to 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 be given the opportunity to correct discrepancies or omissions and to resubmit. If there is sufficient time in the current nominating cycle, the candidate may still be considered for the current year ballot. If there is insufficient time, that person may be considered again by the Nominating Committee the following year. Your best chance for success is to make sure it is complete and compelling the first time.
Key points: Anyone who is on the ballot is considered to be 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 or had widespread influence. Those individuals may have made a difference 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 will be announced in the Spring and the official candidate ballot and bios will be posted on the website for everyone to review.
When voting season opens, we will post announcements on our website, by email blasts (click here to sign up) and social media outlets. 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 counts the votes and publishes the results. We announce the new 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. Stay tuned for our announcement about this year’s event!
… and that’s how the process works!
Thanks for your support!