Mountain Bike Personality Of The Year – Singletrack Reader Awards 2019 Finalists

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This is a hard one. What is a personality? Is it someone you’d like to have dinner with, because you know it would be entertaining? Is it someone you admire? Is it someone who has loads of Instagram followers? Or someone who’s put something into the sport? Maybe it’s all these things and more, maybe it’s a magic mixture of them all. Here’s who has been nominated for your vote, and why:

The Finalists – Mountain Bike Personality Of The Year

Ben Cathro

Downhill racer, mountain bike coach, YouTube star… Ben Cathro combines riding skills, sick edits and sharp humour with some proper insight and analysis. With such a variety of watchable content, it’s no wonder he has 54,000 YouTube subscribers.

On the socials

Sam Pilgrim

Professional freerider and former FMB champion, Sam Pilgrim brings his cheeky Essex style to his 678,000 YouTube subscribers, who lap up his tips, travel VLOGS and often painful looking antics. Unsuitable bikes, urban hard-edged riding and lots of tricks keep the viewers coming.

Veronique Sandler

Eschewing racing in favour of shits and giggles, Vero has been showing that women do Freeride too. From low key videos messing around in the woods with the 50:01 crew, to a fully fledged movie ‘Vision’ in which she scours the world for the best trails before designing her own dream line at Revolution Bike Park in Wales. Effortless style make her videos flow, and her humble enthusiasm for riding and high stoke make her a personality worthy of this nomination.

Vote and win!

Just for voting in this year’s awards you could be in with a chance of winning a Shimano shoe and pedal combo, courtesy of

Competition T&Cs:

  • You must vote in all categories to be entered in the draw.
  • Don’t ride spds? A flat combo is available
  • Lazer Impala helmet is available in a choice of black or white only
  • No cash alternative available.
  • If your shoe or helmet size is not available Freewheel will provide an alternate prize of equivalent value and status.

Ready to vote?

If you’ve checked out all the categories and finalists then you are ready to cast your votes. Don’t forget that to be entered into our voter prize draw you need to vote in all categories.

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Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more eco aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

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