23 and Counting: Martin Whiteley's Spotless World Champs Attendance Record 5

<b>Trek World Racing's Team Director, Martin Whiteley, has attended every World Championship on the books. He took some time to talk about his spotless attendance record and experiences over the last 23 years!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>At the first World Championship, Martin attended as a rider! O.G.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>A true fan of competitive mountain biking, Martin did what he needed to attend all 23 World Championships.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Getting the checkered flag to be allowed in the finish area isn't always an easy thing to do.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The highs and lows make the World Championship racing so addicting.</b> -photos courtesy of Martin Whiteley / TWR

<b>Tracy Moseley's rainbow celebration at 2010 World Championships.</b> -Sven Martin / Gary Perkin

<b>Here's to 23 more World Championships, Martin!</b> -Sven Martin

Martin Whiteley has never missed a UCI Mountain Bike World Championship event, 23 and counting! Currently, he is Team Director of Trek World Racing, but over his near-quarter-century run of competitive mountain biking, his role at World Champs has varied as much as the course conditions. Enjoy some great stories from a dedicated individual. Here's to 23 more, Martin!
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5 comments
  • Big Bird

    9/10/2012 7:41 AM

    Wow, this has become quite the contentious subject. I've never heard of someone hating on Martin. He's done so much for our sport. Well GoreV, Martin formed the Global Racing Team back in the mid? 90's to bring some of the young talent from the Southern hemisphere to the "Global" racing scene. A young Greg Minaar was a member of that team. I have a signed picture from him that I got at the Big Bear race that year.

  • Robbo032

    9/9/2012 2:01 PM

    Because mountain biking is such an easy thing to make money off, GoreV... wonder if you've heard of something called 'defamation'?

  • Big Bird

    9/9/2012 7:48 AM

    He helped bring our current world champion to the world stage on Global Racing. Ask Greg Minnar if he thinks he's a leech. Or Gwin for that matter. I think he's a stand up guy. I got a job interview with him in the Honda days. I got inside the first room of the secret tent though I didn't get to see any secret stuff. He let me down easy by telling me to go get certified at the Olympic Training Center before he could consider me for a mechanic position.

  • pink wolf

    9/9/2012 12:31 AM

    Orchestrating Global Racing, Honda and Trek World Racing and being a manager agent for some riders is hardly a leech. Its called successful business practices. Agents do get a percentage but he gets young riders their worth (tens of thousands of dollars more than what they can get themselves) so they can just concentrate on racing and not contract negotiations. When you are good at what you do you will always have haters and make a few enemies along the way. How many World Champs have you been to GoreV?

  • pgore

    9/8/2012 11:26 PM

    O.G.