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 is
The shortlist for the Scottish Male Rider of the Year is:
After an explosive debut onto the EWS scene last year, a horrific injury saw him out for the rest of the season. Coming back in 2017 stronger than ever, Lewis raced in the EWS and stacked up a pretty impressive performances with his best position, coming in 12th place in Machio, Madeira in May and finishing 20th overall! He also competed in the POC Scottish Enduro Series, taking the overall series win in the elite category. Lewis also won one of the SDA rounds at Innerleithen on his Enduro bike. Fantastic comeback year!
A versatile all-round sportsman as a youngster, Ferguson fell in love with cycling while attending children’s sessions run by local Peebles Cycling Club, an experience which allowed him to ride on the road, race time trials, cyclo-cross and even try track riding at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Velodrome. Having competed all round the world and racking up some respectable results in the UCI XC World Cup this year, Grant then took the British Cycling UK XC National Champs Title 2017.
Mark Scott, is a 24 year old Enduro racer is based out of Edinburgh, Scotland. He started in DH with multiple national titles through the ranks from Juvenile to Junior and represented GB twice at the downhill world championships. He raced 3 seasons of World cups, with a couple of top 40 finishes. Moving to Enduro has been a massive success for Mark. Last year competing in the EWS and coming 12th, topping that this year with consistently fast racing to come in 9th place overall in 2017 for Santa Cruz. His best round, coming in 3rd place in Whistler!
Age 25 and hailing from the Black Isle, Greg has been racing DH for the last 10 years. Racing for Cube Global Squad, he has been having a magnificent year finishing 20th in the 2017 UCI World Downhill World Championships, with some fantastic placings throughout the world cup season. Great also beat a very very strong field to take the 2017 British National Championship title in July. This has been another awesome year for Greg.
Joe grew up in the mountain biking stronghold of Fort William. Joe first made a name for himself on the DH circuit, but soon moved to Enduro. This year riding for the Canyon Factory Enduro Team, he has had an awesome season. Racing EWS he was placed a spectacular 14th overall, and won each of the Scottish Enduro events he entered.
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.