mtb 2013 mk2

mtb 2013 mk2

2013 was such an unbelievable year when it came to mountain biking. It was an almost impossible task to narrow it down to just 13 incredible moments. In fact, the MPORA team almost came to blows arguing about what would make the list, we were just so spoilt for choice.

There were thrills, there were spills. New records broken and new tricks were executed, all of which have inspired and entertained us throughout the year. But after much debate we finally agreed on the following 13 moments that left us totally and utterly amazed. Now we cannot wait to see what 2014 will have in store for us, we have no doubt there will be more of the same and so much more. We can't wait!

Kelly McGarry may not have grabbed gold at The Red Bull Rampage 2013, but his People’s Choice Award proves that he was the true winner on the day. And to be honest we are not surprised. I don’t think anyone will forget his 73ft backflip in a hurry.

[part title="Best in Competition 2013"]

After much debate as to whether Martin Söderström’s triple tail whip at Crankworx in Whistler should feature as the best crash or best in competition we settled for the latter. Despite the catastrophic landing, Söderström showed an epic display of skill.

[part title="Best Display of Composure in 2013"]

At just 17 years of age, Loris Vergier looks set to be one of the ones to watch on the downhill mountain biking scene. Despite a crash just before the finish line at the Junior World Cup, Vergier showed impressive composure as he bounced straight up and made a beeline for the line, taking home a silver medal.

American Ben Cruz had a pretty epic crash at the start of Stage 1 at the Enduro World Series when a simple pedal fail sent him cruising over the handlebars in a rather dramatic fashion. Check out some more pretty jaw dropping MTB crashes here.

[part title="Best Urban Riding Video in 2013"]

Five different bikes, one guy with a bucket load of talent and creativity to boot. Chris Akrigg is the man in question and is responsible for putting together some of the most creative edits on the web. Five is definitely one of our favourites to date and our favourite display of urban riding in 2013.

[part title="The Golden Oldie of 2013"]

A true veteran of the Mountain Biking Scene, Kathy Sessler gained every shade of medal from the now defunct Veteran Category at the World Championships between 1989 and 1997. While Sessler might no longer be standing on the podium at the end of races, you can bet your bottom dollar that she’ll still be there, cheering on the Santa Cruz Syndicate MTB Team which she runs.

Read more about Sessler here.

This edit brought us some pretty impressive helmet cam madness from Brendan Fairclough and Thomas Vanderham. The camera set up in itself was noteworthy. A space age looking stabilised GoPro mount was stuck onto Harry Heath’s helmet as he was chased down the hill by the two lads who tackle some of Whistler’s most loved trails including A-Line and Dirt Merchant. If this doesn’t make you want to grab your bike and go riding, we don’t know what will.

Showing impressive skill and composure Greg Minnaar grabbed gold for the second year in a row at the World Championships. With the event taking place on his home turf, all eyes were on him. Unperturbed Minnaar certainly delivered a crowd pleasing performance beating Mick Hannah by 0.396 seconds despite having a slow puncture in the bottom section.

Antoine Bizet not only pulled off the first ever double backflip on a downhill bike in 2013, he did so with some serious style, executing an impressive four double backflips in a row. And to make the whole thing even more impressive? He was the leader of a massive train. If that is not cool, calm and collected riding, we don’t know what is.

It seems the Fiat Nine Knights 2013 in Livigno was host to a number of memorable moments. Not only did we see the first double backflip executed by Antoine Bizet, we also saw the record broken for the highest hip jump. Andi Whittmann pulled a massive 5.60m of air from the bag as he made the record books for the highest natural hip jump on a mountain bike.

[part title="Best Video of 2013"]

Racking up a pretty impressive 13.7 million hits, Imaginate has to go down as the most memorable video of 2013. From the initial concept to the insane attention to detail, this video wows from start to finish. And that’s without even mentioning Danny Macaskill’s sheer skill and talent which is displayed throughout.

Watching Rachel Atherton take gold on home soil at the World Cup in Fort William was a pretty amazing moment. Winning by more than 10 seconds, this win led the way for Atherton’s most successful season to date. She won all but two rounds of the World Cup and also took the World Championship title.

[part title="The One to Watch in 2014"]

Martin Maes put in a staggering performance at the Enduro World Series 2013. Despite being just 16 years of age, he proved he was right up there with the big guns with consistent riding throughout the year. With two seasons left in the junior category, we are pretty sure we will be seeing a lot more from Maes in the future.