What took so long?
It’s inductee time for the Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame and Peaty has made it in at last. Alongside the legend that is Josh Bender.
Every year the Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame announces several new people who are going into the hallowed MTB Hall of Fame (shall we call it MBHOF for the rest of this story?)
The great news this year is that Steve Peat has been inducted. Some folk wait ages on the MBHOF waiting list (see below) but Peaty has only been on the waiting list since 2017.
MBHOF: “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 that has given him so much.”
Another bit of pleasing news is that freeride legend Josh Bender has also been inducted this year.
MBHOF: “Josh Bender had the vision to see the possibilities, that a mountain bike could conquer much more demanding terrain. He encouraged the sport to look at terrain in a whole different way, show that a mountain bike could conquer it. He didn’t mimic or repurpose BMX. He helped define the true capabilities of the ultimate off-road vehicle, the modern mountain bike, with a pioneering spirit akin to athletic innovators Evel Knievel (motorcycle), Mat Hoffman (BMX) and Tony Hawk (skateboard).”
Who else is in this year? Ken Chlouber (founder of Leadville 100 race) and New Zealand brothers Simon, Paul and Jonathan Kennett (event organising, trail building, guidebook writing collective).
Who decides who gets in the MTB Hall Of Fame?
The general public basically. The MBHOF open ask for nominations sometime around March.
Anyone can be nominated but there is a list of pre-qualified ‘roll-forwards’; people who have made previous years’ shortlists but haven’t gone on to claim a final spot.
There were six people on 2018’s ‘roll-forward’ list. In our opinion the most glaring name on this list is Stan Koziatek.
The first two names you almost certainly know. Freeride legend Bender has been on the nearly-MBHOF list since 2015. Peaty has only been waiting since last year.
But who is this Stan Koziatek fella? You may know him better as simply Stan. Yep, of Stan’s NoTubes tubeless fame.
We think Stan was more than worthy of getting inducted into the MBHOF. He more than anyone else is responsible for getting tubeless out there.
It’s Stan who has made more mountain bikers’ lives better in a real world riding sense. It’s all too easy to forget what it was like riding bikes before tubeless became the norm. We had to choose between pressures that were too high or tyres that were too burly or simply putting up with repairing pinch flats every few miles.
Many folk would have quite after the numerous teething troubles of ‘going tubeless’ not to mention the outright sneering abuse tubeless proponents got from the ‘just stick an inner tube in it mate’ brigade.
Well done Stan for sticking at it (pun intended). Here’s hoping for next year!
What is MBHOF?
MBHOF: “A global entity representing the entire world of mountain biking. Their 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.”
Who is in the Mountain Bike Hall Of Fame?
The first thing to note is that there are a lot of MBHOFers. But let’s not let that detract from the kudos. Every single person on this list has contributed above and beyond to mountain biking.
If you don’t know a name on this list, it’s well worth Wikipedia-ing them to read about their achievements.
Murdoch (The Infamous)
Chuck “Bodfish” Elliot
Dr. Al Farrell
Craig and Gary Cook
Ignaz & Frank Schwinn
The Cupertino Riders
Mtn. Bike Club Discovery
Velo Cross Club Parisien (VCCP)
Elaine & Maurice Tierney
Pat Follett and Tom Spiegel
The British Columbians
John Finley Scott
Larkspur Canyon Gang
Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association -COPMOBA
The Laguna Rads
Patrice Drouin & Chantal Lachance
Robin & Bill Groff
Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association-CORBA
Jimmy “Mac” McIlvain
The Koski Family’s Cove Bike Shop
North Shore Trail Builders
Who did you you expect top be in the list but isn’t there? What is the biggest glaring oversight of the MBHOF so far? It seems amazing that none of the founders of Hope Technology are there for a start hey?