Photo of the Day: John Tomac at the Cactus Cup, 1995

October 4, 2015
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MBA_2tomac1000 John Tomac throws in a little style in this shot from Arizona’s Cactus Cup race in 1995. That’s three-time world champion Henrik Djernis at far right with the #16 on his plate. Tomac, the father of motocross star Eli, was long considered the best mountain biker in history, having won World Cup races in both cross-country and downhill, as well as winning the gold medal in cross-country at one UCI World Championship and the silver medal in downhill at another. As a side note, Henrik Djernis was probably the first major mountain bike star to race cross-country events aboard a full-suspension bike (a ProFlex, which he was using here). That decision may have helped end his career sooner, as he never won another major international race after making that switch. Christoph Sauser would become the first rider to win the Elite Men’s Cross-Country World Championship on a full-suspension bike, a Specialized Epic, and he would do so in 2008. Photo: John Ker/Mountain Bike Action


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