When it comes to mountain biking, there are so many great bikers who have made a mark in the world of biking. There are professional mountain bikers, Olympic mountain bikers, as well as cross country and marathon mountain bikers. Who are the greatest mountain biking athletes of all time? Keep reading to find out. The majority of people on this list have received some type of medal that they’ve earned through mountain biking, and they’re in no particular order.
Canadian cross country mountain biker, Geoff Kabush, has a total of 15 Canadian National titles under his belt. He’s won five US National MTB Series Titles and a World Cup. Kabush studied Engineering at the University of Victoria, but decided to pursue MTB racing after attending his first MTB race in 1995. Kabush has a passion for mountain biking, but he also loves racing cyclocross, road bikes, and having fun any way he can.
Todd Wells is an American professional cyclist specializing in mountain biking and cyclocross. Based in Durango, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona, Wells is a three-time US champion in cyclocross and has racked up a total of 12 national titles in mountain biking. Wells first got into mountain biking back in high school, but it wasn’t until college in Durango, Colorado, that it became a career for him. He ended up going professional in 1997. Wells quit riding for some time when a fellow MTB racer, Burry Stander, was killed by a driver. Wells said that he still loved racing, but lost motivation to ride after that tragedy. Wells retired at age 41 to enjoy time with his family.
Retired Canadian mountain biker, Seamus McGrath, rode for more than 15 years. During his time riding, McGrath won two medals in mountain biking and represented Canada in the Olympic games. McGrath also had a sponsorship contract with Fugi Bikes and Haro-Lee Dungaree, where he raced and trained professionally. In 2002, McGrath won silver in cross country in Manchester, England, and bronze in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. He ended up getting ninth place in the cross country event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. In 2008, McGrath went ahead and retired to devote his time to the annual Tour de Victoria race.
Nino Schurter, a Swiss cross country rider, won the world championship in men’s cross country in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2015 through 2019. In 2016, he also won the gold medal in mountain biking at the Olympics. From 2012 to 2015, he also won the Swiss National Championship in cross country mountain biking. Growing up, Schurter was always playing outside and loved sports. He was interested in mountain biking early on in his life and participated in the Swiss racing competition, where he won. In 2017, he was the first person to accomplish a perfect season as well as his sixth world championship.