We’ve taken a peek into the looking glass and bring you what we think will be old news by the time 2021 rolls around.
2019 was definitely a year to remember, but what does the future hold? Our Wideopenmag staffers have looked into their respective crystal balls to see what they can see coming in 2020.
All wagon wheels
Sam Hill will make it 4 in a row at the EWS.
The quiet Aussie made an unprecedented third Enduro World Series win in 2019 and there’s every chance that he can do it again.
Martin Maes’ suspension for a masking agent threw a massive spanner in his season and opened the door for Hill to take the title from Nicolai at the last minute.
Ben Cathro announced before Christmas that 2020 would see him make a return to World Cup racing after a near decade hiatus.
Cathro is going to make a dent at the World Cup this year. I see a top 30 in there from him once again. Maybe better. Provided he gets the points to race or a BC jersey.
Gymnasium yet again upped the ante for how good you can make a riding video and bring a unique twist into things.
Danny Mac will break the internet again with some unthinkable story line and plenty of amazing riding. I’m certainly hoping so anyway…
Vali Holl will win the overall women’s DH.
With Atherton, Seagrave and Pompon all returning from injury and the young Austrian coming into the year fresh off the back of another stellar Junior season, she’ll be gunning to show the top girls what she’s made of.
There will be a British DH Overall Champion (can’t decide between Danny and Laurie, but I am tending towards Laurie).
2019 saw both Brits back at the sharp end, and consistently so. 2020 will see a little more resolve and no doubt some more speed. Will we see these two battling it out for the overall win come Les Gets in September?
The British downhill racing scene will have a rebirth. There is a great series of events and locations, plus Si Paton’s team are doing the National Champs, which is sure to be a great event.
North of the Border
The British Enduro Series will have more Scottish riders contesting the series.
Now having proven itself to be worthy of the national title, the BNES will see more Scottish pinners making the trip south through the year to compete on the national stage.
Pumptrack World Champs will see greater mountain bike contingency.
More often than not, the BMX contingency at these events has been high, but with the proliferation of pumptracks going in around the world, there’s no doubt we’ll see more suspension and bigger wheels at the champs in 2020.
Not Wagon Wheels
Sam Hill will switch back to 650b wheels.
The Silent Assassin has won EWS titles on both wheels, and with the 29er experiment over, Christo is sure he’ll move back to the smaller hoops. Not that it will change his utter domination…
Looks like a Trek…
Katy Winton will take her first EWS win.
A year out for the Scottish pocket rocket will see her back with a vengeance a little wiser and a whole lot faster. Before she suffered multiple concussions, Winton was one of the few riders bothering Ravanel and Cordurier consistently. We reckon she’ll get the better of the French in 2020.
Anyone caught doping in enduro will have the book thrown at them.
At least they bloody well should. Riders need to know that this is not road cycling. Anyone exasperated with road’s inherent inability to snuff out doping shouldn’t have to suffer piss poor excuses for tainted steak or inhalers in mountain biking… If you’ve been caught, serve the ban, don’t dope again and you might be forgiven. Preferably just don’t dope.
We IOC you
Keyboard warriors might take their distaste for transgender athletes out on the International Olympic Committee’s rules on transgender athletes in cycling rather than singling out riders themselves.
2019 showed that MTB is more accepting of dopers than transgender riders. That is the reverse of what it should be.
Don’t care for transgender riders in competition? Then go write a letter to your national federation. Picking on other riders is vile. End of.