Downhill mountain biking is a fast, highly technical and dangerous sport. Everyone wants to see a rider get down the hill safely. But all too often the outcome of races, championships and even careers have been decided by spectacular crashes.
Most of the entries on this list belong to one man, Mr. Sam Hill, and occurred in 2007 or 2008 when he was near-impossible to beat. He was proof of the maxim that downhill racers are often their own worst enemies, ultimately causing his own undoing several times.
The remainder in the list are however, no less significant. All of them meant a change in the final result, which in turn changed the course of mountain bike history.
And they’re all pretty damn gnarly! I remember feeling physically sick watching Steve Peat crash out in 2004…