Number 2: Danny Hart’s downhill world title
Champery, Switzerland – September

To understand how incredible Danny Hart’s winning ride at the World Championships in Champery, Switzerland, was, you have to watch it.

The 20-year-old from Redcar blitzed the course and left the opposition standing.

He won the downhill world title by 11.699 seconds – as dominant a performance as Cavendish winning a sprint by a dozen bike lengths.

Hart went round tight corners as if they were gentle bends. He glided over the rocks and tree roots and cut through the watery mud with the ease of a child freewheeling down the driveway with his feet off the pedals.

It was an exhibition of someone totally in tune with his bike, demonstrating the sixth sense all top riders have – the ability to see things before the rest of us.

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