A couple of years ago, I noticed that there wasn’t one sole record of results from Mountainboard World BoarderX Championships (MWBC) and that seemed a shame. Since then, I have made sure to collect the results myself, even if they are just for my records.
Having collected the data, and having little to do one evening, I decided to have a play and pull out some statistics. I had already made some very basics statistics for a previous blog post, so I started by updating those with the 2017 results and it grew rapidly from there…
The data held some very interesting facts; did you know James Wanklyn has made more semi-finals than Kody Stewart? Did you know that Poland are the second most successful nation in terms of total semi-final appearances? Did you know that Evgeny Vyborny is 3rd in the All Time results list? Did you know that Connor Smout is the most successful athlete not to make a Final?
I genuinely had a great time pulling the figures together, applying different metrics to it (such as semi-final ratio and final ratios) and seeing what the data held. There are lots of conclusions that can be drawn but I don’t want to bore you with too many so I’ll leave you with a couple of conclusions and the ‘All Time’ table. Take a look through the tables yourself and let me know if there are any other stats that you think it would be interesting to calculate, or if there are any interesting things that you find!
Semis to Finals Conversion
Of the athletes who have made a Finals, interestingly more than half of them have a perfect semis to finals conversion rate (i.e. if they make the semis, they make the finals)! Here’s how they stack up;
|Name||No of Entries||No of Semis||No of Finals||Semis to Finals Ratio|
It’s pretty crazy that 7 out of 11 athletes have a 100% conversion record of semi-finals to finals! On that note, it’s pretty nuts that only 11 athletes have made an appearance in the Finals considering there have been 20 spaces so far! It’s also kinda crazy (on the face of it), that 7 people make the Finals if they make the Semi Finals – clearly they didn’t all get to the Semi Finals at the same event!
There isn’t loads of data here (almost half of the athletes with a 100% conversion have only made one semi and one final) but it’s still pretty interesting. I guess it suggests that the athletes who have made one semi and one final are a little ‘streaky’ (they have a really good comp), and it’s interesting to consider whether making one semi and one final is better than making multiple semis and only one finals – is it better to be consistently in the top 8, or usually out of the top 8 but occasionally in the top 4?
Sticking with the ratio theme….
Something even more rare than perfectly converting semi final appearances to finals appearances is making the semi finals every time you enter the competition. Removing the athletes who have only entered once (soz Tom Reese, Krzysztof Dybczak and Patryk Wrobel), as a way of removing possible fluke performances, here’s how we look;
|Name||No of Entries||No of Semis||Semi Ratio|
Firstly, go Team GB. Not biased at all (see next section). These athletes have made the Semi Finals every time they have entered! That’s no mean feat. Not only have they made the Semi Finals every time they have entered, but they have made the Semi Finals on at least two different tracks which helps to show how strong all round racers these athletes are – all have competed in, at least, both Serbia and France where the tracks couldn’t be more dissimilar.
Going one step further than this, we get the most exclusive club of all the Pro statistics – the Perfect Finalists. There are currently no ‘one comp wonders’ (everyone who has made a Final has entered at least two iterations of MWBC) and only two athletes in this category all together;
|Name||No of Entries||No of Finals||Final Ratio|
This is a club I would expect to remain very exclusive, if anyone can stay in there for very long at all. I would say that, unless someone retires early, any athletes that make it into this club will eventually crash out. I would be very surprised if Joel and I were still in this group in a few years time, assuming we have still been competing each year. Anyway, that’s all I really had to say on ratios. Go Joel and I, aren’t we rad?
Team GB holding 6 of the top 10 All Time Spots
As a Team GB member, I couldn’t help but mention one of our stats. Not only have we have at least 2 athletes in every Pro Final (OK fine, I couldn’t help but mention 2 stats) but we are currently holding 6 of the top 10 All Time spots. See the table below for the athletes. That’s a really impressive feat if I do say so myself. There are probably a number of contributing factors, and I won’t go into all of them here, but two things certainly help – we turn out in good numbers and we are used to racing. Up until 2016, we used to have 4 rounds of BoarderX a year which meant our top athletes had plenty of race practice!
All Time List
I thought I’d put together an ‘all time’ list. I was poking James and Beiran ahead of mwbc17 because their scores were tied, and figured I’d do something more formal than just adding up final positions as well as calculate a more complete list.
To calculate the list, I have associated each final position with an amount of points as used by the ATBA-UK when calculating Overall results. A list of position and points is available in the webpage above.
Once the positions are converted to points, simply sum up each athlete’s points across all the events and order from largest to smallest! There is a caveat that I have only created the list for athletes who have made it into the top 8 at least once. One issue with this kind of comparison is that athletes who have entered more will typically do better. For example, Joel is one of the most successful athlete at MWBC with a bronze medal and a wooden spoon but places in a lowly 10th due to only entering twice. Of course, there are upsides to this kind of comparison as well, one being that it does give the most complete image of overall performance over all iterations of the event.
With the method out of the way, here’s the current top 16;
|Position||Name||Nation||Points**||No of Entries||No of Semis||Semi Ratio||No of Finals||Final Ratio||Semis to Finals Ratio|
* only includes athletes who have made it into the top 8 at least once
** points calculated as per ATBA-UK position to points values