We have some pretty awesome riders in this country. Some of them are causing quite a stir worldwide. We wanted to give the public the chance to vote for their favourite Scottish rider this year.
The result of the public vote for 2017 is:
We have chosen a shortlist of riders from XC, Enduro and DH who have really made an impact on the National or International scene in 2017.
Elena is a Downhill and Enduro racer from the Highlands of Scotland. Elena started out racing the SXC series when she 11. For the next four years she competed in the Scottish and British XC series and got selected for many Inter-regional events. Then in 2014 she switched from XC to Downhill and Enduro. Since then she has performed consistently well and this year in particular has been fantastic for her. Coming 4th in 2 rounds of Enduro World Series, and 2nd in the Crankworkx Whistler Enduro World Series round; 4th Elite at the British Downhill Championships, and 2nd Elite at the Scottish Downhill Championships; 8th overall in the Megavalanche; and winning 2 rounds of the POC Scottish Enduro Series.
Isla is an XC mountain biker who has climbed the ranks in the Under 23 category to achieve three consecutive World Cup career bests in 2017, including a 4th place at the final round of the year in Val di Sole, Italy. She has her eyes set on the World Cup podium in 2018 as a final year Under 23. This season she has also qualified for the Commonwealth Games 2018, where she will aim for a medal position. Isla’s bid to become one of the world’s best cross country riders has become apparent, with 2017 being her best year to date.
Katy was born onto the world class trails of the Tweed Valley and started racing mountain bikes through XC. After 7 fruitful years racing XC in 2013 she switched to Enduro and in 2016 she was picked up by Trek Factory Racing Team. 2017 saw a career best year for Katy in the Enduro World Series with 3 podiums and 3 top 5 finishes, only top dip out of the top 5 twice in the 8 rounds due to mechanicals. This level of consistency resulted in an impressive 3rd place finish in the overall. Having never finished in the top 5 before this year was above and beyond expectations in the toughest conditions in EWS history. She also won two rounds of the SDA, finished 2nd behind Tracy Moseley in the British Enduro Championships and was 3rd in the Scottish XC Championship. Another awesome year for Katy!
After breaking her neck in a race in the Netherlands in 2012, Jane has gone from strength to strength in the XC world. This year in particular has seen a fantastic effort culminating in taking the overall title in the HSBC XC National Series. She was also the 2017 Scottish XC Series Winner, placed top 5 in the British Champs and 2nd Scottish XC Champs. Great year for Jane!
Just a quick reminder of what each of them have been up to during 2017. The winner will be announced at the Scottish MTB Awards in Glasgow on Thursday 16th November. Tickets are available here.