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Greg Herbold

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Greg Herbold
Greg Herbold at Interbike 2007
Personal information
Born (1962-12-11) December 11, 1962 (age 61)
Denver, Colorado
Team information
DisciplineMountain bike
Rider typeDownhill
Medal record
Representing  United States
Men's mountain bike racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1990 Durango Downhill

Greg "H-Ball" Herbold (Born December 11, 1962[1]) is an American former professional mountain bike racer.[2] He competed in many forms of cycling including cross-country racing and Mountain bike trials but, was most notable for his downhill mountain bike racing career. Herbold was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1996.[2]

Mountain biking career


Herbold was born in Denver, Colorado.[1] He won the first dual slalom race at Mammoth Mountain in 1987. A year later, "Over the 1989 Labor Day weekend, September 2–4, around 1,500 mountain bike aficionados united under a blazing sun at Big Bear Lakes, CA, home of the NORBA National Championships... By Monday, the morning of the downhill race, many of the riders had gone, leaving the steep, technical 1,200-foot descent to the daredevils. Greg "Hair-ball" Herbold careened down the chute of deep ruts and shifting dust with hidden rocks to finish first with a time of 2:28... Herbold, on that fine line between finesse and out-of-control, also won the dual slalom event."[3]

Herbold won the Downhill Class at the 1990 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Durango, Colorado.[2] He won the NORBA National Downhill Championship in 1988, 1989, and 1993, and the North American Downhill Championship in 1991.[2]

He appears in the videotape "Battle At Durango: First-Ever World Mountain Bike Championships" produced by New & Unique Videos of San Diego and released in 1991.

After retirement from racing, Herbold worked in the cycling industry, at RockShox and later SRAM.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Inside The Pro's Bikes – Greg Herbold". mbaction.com. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Greg Herbold". mmbhof.org. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Big Bear Hosts National Championship, by Patricia Mooney, Norba News, Volume V, Number 13, October 1989, p.5