2015… A Year in Review (kind of!)

Dirt take a look back over the year at some of the stories that made the headlines

I’m not sure how this even happened. We were just sort of looking around at what had happened over the last year, and then thought “hey, we should stick a random selection of this together and put it on the site”. So here it is. Not everything that happened in 2015, but just some of the best bits. Enjoy.


Tahnée Seagrave and Neil Stewart getting along just fine! Read FMD Racing: Life Behind the Dream here from the previous year.
Laura Robson works on Josh’s broken foot to ensure he can put it back on a pedal as soon as possible. Read Josh Bryceland: Back on the Bike here.
It takes a hell of a lot more than the race run to stand on top of the podium. Read Danny Hart: The Next Chapter here.


Scott’s Ben Walker is a wild bike rider and an obsessive fettler. Read At Home with Ben Walker here.
There were some insane full-production vids in 2015, unReal being one of them. Who can forget the dirt blizzard day!? Or Brandon Semenuk’s mind blowing segment?


Steve Peat has ACL surgery, which would put him out for most of the 2015 World Cup season. Read the story here.
What is going on here? Watch Richy Taylor’s 2015 Saas Fee Glacier Race video to find out here.
Joe Mcewan and his Starling. Read about a great homegrown bike project here.


The last ever Dirt Magazine. Designer Chris Jones putting the finishing touches to it. Read Editor Mike Rose’s farewell from the 159th issue of a publication that influenced so many of today’s riders, racers and fans here.
Lourdes World Cup. What a start to a superb season of racing.
Sad news from Lourdes that after trying to race Sam Hill had to pull out and go back home to Australia for surgery. We wouldn’t see him until Lenzerheide in July.


Pivot Phoenix Carbon getting slideways in South Wales. Review, photos and video here.
Irish Enduro World Series race. What an event with a fairytale ending. Full photo recap here.

RIP Dirt Magazine. The final issue ever goes on sale. Reminisce with every Dirt cover ever here.


Up in the Park: Laurence Crossman-Emms with a banger Whistler photo feature here.

Ainsa, Spain: We roadtripped to the EWS venue (the race took place later in the year) to preview it while riding sublime trails and soaking up the heritage of the place. Read it here.

Alex Rankin’s backyard pumptrack. Watch the video here.


EWS Samoens. Nico Vouilloz and Richie Rude battled it out for the win. Read/view the photo gallery To The Very Last Turn here.

At home with Brendan Fairclough. Steve Jones took some time to hang out with Brendog and put together some brilliant fly on the wall videos. Check Part 1 here.

Mont Sainte Anne World Cup. The classic. Read The Unfortunate Frenchman here..


And the Crowd Went Wild: Windham World Cup finals. Aaron Gwin took an unbelievable home win in dusty conditions. Relive it here.

Val di Sole World Cup finals. What an epic! Gwin, Greenland and Atherton take the titles. Check out the results here.

Here’s the bike that carried Aaron Gwin to a historical World Cup victory. And here’s an interview with the main man, conducted directly after his victory in Val di Sole.


Legends – Steve Peat, Rob Warner and a bunch of Britain’s best ex-pro riders gathered at BDS finals. Epic photo feature here.

Dan Atherton’s Red Bull Hardline. The toughest, gnarliest downhill race of them all. Hucks, senders and bails here.

Vallnord World Championships. An epic conclusion to the downhill season, with the UK’s Laurie Greenland (Junior M) and Rachel Atherton (Elite W), and France’s Marine Cabirou (Junior W) and Loic Bruni (Elite M) taking the titles. Remember how much by? Check it here.

We couldn’t really let the year go by without mentioning Wyn Masters and his ‘WynTV’ features he did for us at all the World Cups this year. Lets hope he doesn’t become too polished now he’s become ‘big time’! (shout out to Tommy C too).


This had to be one of the sweetest bikes we saw all year, Ken Block’s (him of Gymkhana fame) Specialized Carbon S-Works Demo. He was over in the UK and met up with our own legend Steve Peat. Check it here.
The Enduro World Series finals took place in Finale Ligure, and of course it was a fitting end to the season. Richie Rude and Tracy Moseley took the honours.
It had to be one of the films of the year, Sweetgrass and their take on mountain bikes. Watch it all here.


Is was not a good year for Paul Basagoitia. He crashed hard at the Red Bull Rampage, resulting in life changing injuries. Our thoughts are with you Paul.


So it may be BMX but Kriss Kyle’s ‘Kaleidoscope BMX Illusion‘ was one of the videos of the year.
Big news in November from the Atherton family. After years with GT they switched it up and moved to Trek on a three year deal.


More big news in November when ‘living legend’ Steve Peat announced that he would retire at the end of the 2016 season. Let the year long party begin!


What can you say about Danny MacAskill… nuts? Just watch the end and you will understand why he is the King of hopping around!
The end of the year is always a time of change, but Jared Graves’ move from Yeti (after 10 years) to Specialized was monumental.
It has been a pretty crazy year here at Dirt. Putting out our last ever mag was heart wrenching, but that is just the way it goes sometimes. But when we saw this vid in the dying days of the year it made everything seem OK. A video of some bloke (Dirt team rider Phil Atwill) having a blast and ‘havin’ it’ on a hardtail. Pure and simple pleasure, and captured so well. It is all about the vibe. See you 2015.


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.