Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Por favor?

Some of you may already know that I was nominated to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame this year. Wahoo, eh!?

You can see the nominees and our bios HERE.

Any mountain biker worth their salt will take a quick glance at that short list and then shake their head knowingly at the steep odds I have at being voted into the hall. A-C Chausson and Nico Vouilloz are two of the most dominant racers ever to swing a leg over a bike. I read their names and I think to myself that they definitely deserve to be in the there.

When I mentioned that exact fact to one of my peers, he shared a different viewpoint:

I hope people voting are able to consider dominating riding in ALL kinds of events. I also hope they can see how nominated riders have influenced how others race their bikes and even how the events have evolved around the rider's accomplishments! ACC and NV are certainly accomplished DH racers, but is DH racing that much different now than before they competed? I think the changes in the endurance racing scene (at least the ones I see) point to someone worthy of recognition.

He makes a unique point, and one that seems particularly relevant. Do others agree?

I confess that I don't know, and I'm hardly in a position to be an impartial judge.

Anyhoo, as much as I am impressed by the palmares of my peers, I also feel that the ultra-distance facet of this great sport is woefully underrepresented in the HoF.

Please take 5 minutes to read through the bios at the link above. If, after doing so, you feel that maybe, just maybe, I have a place in the MBHoF, I'd love it if you could take action by doing two things:

1) Vote! You need to be a member of the MBHoF to do this, and voting privileges essentially cost $20. Details are HERE.

2) Tell your friends. Whether it's via email list, bongo drums, bloggage, forum linkage or secret handshake, I need all the help I can get.

*IF* you can help, PLEASE do so ASAP--ballots are already en route to current members of the HoF, and need to be returned by mail, by ~7/22--this can't all be done online!

Any and all help is appreciated. Don't hesitate with questions.

Oh yeah--and enjoy the summer!



P.S. I would be a thankless bastard if I didn't mention the efforts of Mark Stevenson and Scott Morris, both of whom volunteered significant time and energy to make the nomination happen. Chapeau to both of you.


  1. Ya got my vote

    After all, you get the credit (blame?) for my interest in ultra endurance mtbing

  2. Mike, I'd vote for you. In regard to ACC and NV, I'd absolutely vote for them. I look at the list, and they are standout names to me, for their accomplishments in the sport, and that seems a big part of the hall of fame. I think Bob Roll should be there too.

    I've been riding and racing since 1988, and to me, the absolute utter domination ACC and NV showed should be rewarded, but also, I think they did move DH forward. To me they showed higher levels of dedication and training, as well as pushing equipment boundaries (NV more than ACC on this one, at least as far as I know). They raised the level I think.

  3. congrat mike. MBHoF membership form printed and will be mailed in by end of day. i enjoy your photo-laden essays tremendously; i love sharing your exploits (the northern ones in particular; we are canadians living in socal) with my kids. as a "big and tall" rider, 29ers rejuvinated my love of riding off-road, and your reviews of equipment (on mtbr) and answers to my queries were not only helpfull but also motivational. a pity your contributions to the 29er format couldn't be mentioned, but i guess that's beyond the scope of the category you were nominated in.

    congrats again on a well deserved nomination. you have my vote.

    (btw, i look forward to the emerging story of the long travel 29er; i have a 13 yr old DH racing son that i'd like to keep up with!!)