Photo: Stéphane Bar.
The first category for the 2015 Flatmatters Online Year End Awards is the Readers Choice for Breakthrough Rider of the Year. This award is about recognising that rider that broke through to the elite of our sport, pushing himself and rising up to the cream of crop, and arriving on the big stage.
The 2015 Breakthrough Rider of the Year was pretty close this year, with all the nominees at some point being in the lead which is exciting.
The 2015 Flatmattersonline Readers Choice for Breakthrough Rider of the Year is Matthieu Bonnecuelle! Matthieu made his mark at the BMX Cologne event in 2014, dropping the no handed whiplash in the bonus round to bump him up into the third place spot. And in February 2015 Matthieu dropped the no handed double whiplash on his Welcome to Heresy edit, later in the year the no handed turbine whiplash amazed us all. Not to mention everything he did in the Heresy Light edit!
Pushing Matthieu close for the award, young ripper Yu Shoji from Japan who just earned a spot on the KGB team not to long ago, and is publishing videos daily it seems like. The future is bright for this kid!
Congratulations Matthieu for the award, Flatmattersonline 2015 Readers Choice Breakthrough Rider of the Year!