2016 has been a year filled with crazy stories. We’ve had all the usual mtb madness along with some tragic farewells and a healthy dose of the surreal too.
When it all boils down here are the most popular stories that went on the Dirt site in 2016. We based this purely on pageviews so if you don’t agree with the list, you’ve only got yourselves to blame!
Specialized Enduro 2017
“And the tradition continues, for this new Enduro is a bear of a bike. Of the many caniforms running loose amongst the complex inlets the separate Vancouver Island from mainland British Columbia, the bike, a hint of ‘Rupert the Bear’ in its colourings, is all about tearing through the undergrowth, munching up root, hauntingly powerful.”
Stevie Smith passes away age 26
“At home, in his close-knit Vancouver Island community, Smith was known as a consummate outdoorsman. This is where he spent time fishing, camping, and sinking birdie putts on the golf course. His spirit was infectious and inspirational. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his close family and those he positively affected.”
Rachel Atherton accuses Rob Warner and Claudio Caluori of ‘taking the piss’ in her race run
“Why not say the truth?? Because I work DAMN hard!! I train damn hard with my coach , my mechanics and I work on my bike setup and suspension like there’s no tomorrow, I focus on every aspect of racing, I analyse & doubt myself, my experience with injuries has taught me my limits & my abilities, I live for racing, it makes my heart beat!! YES I do ride with my brothers a lot, but I also ride ALOT on my own , and it kind of takes the piss when all you say is “because she rides with her brother” I am, along with all the other women, athletes in our own right, bike riders because WE have the SKILLS, not because we blindly follow the boys with our eyes closed. So Sort it out please boys!!!” (sic).