words :: Ben Osborne
Every year, the folks over at Pinkbike do a detailed survey to assess what’s going on at the Whistler Bike Park on opening day. This year, even though opening day was delayed, they got it done again—and there was some surprising data.
Of note, the park saw a 5% increase in female riders, with 25.77% of the riders being female, up from 20.56%. In 2015, the first year the survey was done, females represented just 16% of riders in the bike park.
The survey also looks at wheel size, fork choice, brand allegiance, and pedal preference among plenty of other categories. Riders chose clipless over flat pedals 65% of the time in 2020, down from 84% flats in 2015.
As for wheel size, 27.5-inch rims has historically dominated, but the 29’er has seen a precipitous rise in popularity—skyrocketing from 6% of riders in 2018 to 26% in 2020. For the full results of the poll and plenty more info on what people are riding, head over to Pinkbike. —ML