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Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan is a Slovak professional road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTeam Bora–Hansgrohe. Sagan had a successful junior cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior Mountain Bike World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing.


Mathieu van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel is a Dutch cyclist, who currently competes in the cyclo-cross, mountain bike and road bicycle racing disciplines of the sport for the Corendon–Circus team. He is best known for winning the Cyclo-cross World Championships, in Tábor, Czech Republic in 2015, the Junior Road Race World Championships in Florence, Italy in 2013, and twice winning the Junior Cyclo-cross World Championships, in Koksijde, Belgium in 2012, and Louisville, USA in 2013; the first rider to win multiple titles at that level. As well as this, Van der Poel was the winner of the 2018 Dutch National Road Race Championships in Hoogerheide.


Danny MacAskill

Daniel "Danny" MacAskill is a Scottish trials cyclist, from Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. He works professionally as a street trials pro rider for Inspired Bicycles Ltd and Santa Cruz. He released April 2009, a five-and-a-half-minute street trials video, filmed by his flatmate Dave Sowerby, on YouTube on 19 April 2009 to popular acclaim and widespread media attention. The video features stunts performed by MacAskill set to "The Funeral" by Band of Horses.


Cross-country cycling

Cross-country (XC) cycling is a discipline of mountain biking. Cross-country cycling became an Olympic sport in 1996 and is the only form of mountain biking practiced at the Olympics.


Downhill mountain biking

Downhill mountain biking (DH) is a genre of mountain biking practiced on steep, rough terrain that often features jumps, drops, rock gardens and other obstacles.


Martyn Ashton

Martyn Ashton is a Mountain Biker who is paralysed from the waist down. He is a former British and World Champion mountain bike trials rider, stunt rider and team manager. He had been riding professional trials since 1993 and is often described as a mountain biking legend. He has been credited with turning trials from a niche form of riding into the sport it is today. Ashton was paralysed in an accident in 2013, during a bike trials demo at the British Moto GP. Ashton is also vegan.


Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson is a retired elite racing cyclist from Bristol who last rode for Team IG–Sigma Sport.


Cadel Evans

Cadel Lee Evans is an Australian former professional racing cyclist who finished in the Top 10 of eleven Grand Tours and won the 2011 Tour de France. Early in his career, he was a champion mountain biker, winning the World Cup in 1998 and 1999 and placing seventh in the men's cross-country mountain bike race at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Evans is a four time Olympian.


Kelly McGarry

Kelly McGarry was a professional New Zealand freeride mountain biker. He was known for his best trick award in the 2013 Red Bull Rampage when he backflipped a 72-foot canyon gap. The video of the flip went viral on YouTube, getting over 30 million views. McGarry was one of the most prolific and recognised participants in the sport of freeride mountain biking. His participation in Crankworx events made him a recognisable figure in the sport, and in 2015, McGarry held the record for most consecutive appearances at the event. He was also in the 2013 Munich X-Games Slopestyle Event, placing 12th out of 16 riders.

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Gary Fisher

Gary Christopher Fisher is considered one of the inventors of the modern mountain bike.


Rachel Atherton

Rachel Laura Atherton is a professional racing cyclist specialising in downhill mountain bike racing, and is a multiple UCI World Champion.


Mountain bike racing

Mountain bike racing is the competitive cycle sport discipline of mountain biking held on off-road terrain. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) recognised the discipline relatively late in 1990, when it sanctioned the world championships in Durango, Colorado. The first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series took place in 1988. Its nine-race circuit covered two continents—Europe and North America—and was sponsored by Grundig. Cross-country racing was the only World Cup sport at this time. In 1993, a six-event downhill World Cup was introduced. In 1996, cross-country mountain biking events were added to the Olympic Games. In 2006, cross-country mountain biking events became part of the World Deaf Cycling Championships for the first time in San Francisco, USA.


Nino Schurter

Nino Schurter is a Swiss cross-country cyclist who races for the SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team.


John Tomac

John Tomac is an American retired professional cyclist who competed in multiple disciplines in road racing and mountain biking during a successful senior career that spanned twenty years. He is regarded as a mountain biking icon and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1991. He is a true all-rounder, having won major national and international titles in four disciplines.


Shaun Palmer

Shaun Palmer is an American professional snowboarder, skier, mountain biker, and motocross rider. "Palm Daddy" is known as one of the forefathers of extreme sports.