Andrew Taylor has worked his way up to become one of the current examples of a model freerider. He puts on one contest a year – AT’s Showdown – then he devotes a lot of his time traveling, filming, shooting and riding with a wide range of talented athletes. What is left of his schedule allows him to pick and choose the contests he wants to enter without feeling forced to chase after the FMB top prize. - See more at: -Decline Magazine
With 26 World Cup victories and four World Championship titles, Brian Lopes has won more races than any other mountain biker. From the ﬁrst time his father took him to a BMX track in 1975 he was addicted. Brian Lopes has had an unprecedented 20 year career as a professional cyclist, he has been labeled "Undisputedly the best all around world class cycling athlete" by USA Today.
George Ryan is one of the most unique and talented mountain bikers to hit the scene in recent years. He can usually be seen shredding the local downhill trails or riding in front of thousands of spectators at the top slopestyle events. George has gained prominence in the mountain bike scene since he started riding in 1996 at age 13. George's competitive career began at the age of 13 with local cross country events followed by amateur downhill racing and eventually turning pro in 2002.
I begin to ride a downhill bike at 11 years old. I already knew that I wanted to make some race. I participate to my first race at 15 years old and I won the cumulative of the Québec cup (Cadet). I like the adrenalin that brings the competitions. The last few years brought me a lot of experiment and maturity, I have taken part at bigger competitions that allowed me to compare me against the best. 2014 is my first year elite and I worked really hard during the off season to be at my best.
A legend of mountain bike freeriding and trials riding, Jeff Lenosky travels the country competing and performing demos. A native of New Jersey, Lenosky is a pioneer of MTB street and urban riding and he holds the world record for the highest bunny hop on a mountain bike (45.5 inches).
McKenna Merten started racing BMX at the local track at 6 years old. It was a few short months later that she turned GIRLS and started racing Nationals. Her present for her 7th birthday was a mountain bike, and the next day she headed to Mammoth Mountain for a week.
A new rider to the X-Fusion team, Paul “Bass” Basagoitia burst onto the scene with his back-to-back 2004 and 2005 victories of the Whistler Crankworks slopestyle competition, Bass continues to compete at the top levels of freeride mountain biking. In 2012 Paul continued to push the envelope in his riding by landing his life time goal trick, the double back flip, in the backcountry terrain of Utah, followed by his return to the Red Bull Rampage in 2013 after a severe wrist injury in late 2012. He was the winner of this years Sea Otter Pump Track Challenge in Monterey
One of the pioneers of the freeride scene, Richie is still hard at work schmoozing the guys at Mercedes and Adidas while jetsetting between Germany, Whistler and his new digs in Laguna Beach. Who could really beat the life of this guy? Wintering in Laguna, summering in Europe and Canada, and literally always chatting up the hottest girl at nearly every bar in each locale. When he's not on his strict 1 to 4 hour work day schedule, you can catch him hitting the raddest jumps with his good buddy Ale making it all look like Rampage 2014.