Spain’s José Hermida started last season with a win at the Andalucia Bike Race, forming a two-man team with Rudi van Houts. Hermia also finished on the podium at the Marlene Sunshine Cup. José’s best Worldcup finish was a second place in Mont Sainte-Anne, on the same course where he won the World championships in 2010. Add to that a 5th place in Val d’Isère, a 7th place in Pietermaritzburg, a 9th place in Houffalize and a 10th in Nove Mesto. He is a rider who regularly attains strong results. Yet again, Hermida managed to finish in the top5 of the Worldcup’s overall standings, a feat he has repeated for the last 12 years. At London’s Olympic Games, the Spaniard showed a courageous race, missing out on the Bronze medal by 5 seconds and finishing in fourth.


world ranking 10 (previous year 5)

height 172 cm

weight 66 kg

place of residence Sant Marti D´Aravo (ESP)

date of birth 24.08.1978

occupation Mushroom hunter

coach Kim Forteza

hobbies Karting, BMX, telemark & cross country skiing, staying at home with my family

marital status married / two children



2012 Overall winner and multiple stage winner at Andalucia Bike Race, 4th at London’s Olympic Games, Worldcup results: 2nd in Mont Sainte-Anne, 5th in Val d’Isère, 7th in Pietermaritzburg, 9th in Houffalize and 10th in Nove Mesto, 5th in the Worldcup’s overall standings

2011 Spanish National Champion Cross Country, Worldcup results: 4th Pietermaritzburg, Nove Mesto, 17th Dalby Forest, 3rd Mount Sainte Anne, 15th Offenburg, 7th Windham, 12th Val Di Sole, 4th in the Worldcup’s overall standings, 4th place at the World Championships, Stage win Cape epic, 2 stage wins Andalusia Bike Race

2010 World Champion Cross Country, World cup finishes: 1st (Houffalize), all other worldcup results in top 10 position, 5th in the Worldcup’s overall standings

2009 4th place at the World Championships, 2nd at the European Championships; World cup results: 1st in both Schladming and Pietermaritzburg, 2nd in both Bromont and Mont-Sainte-Anne, 6th in Houffalize, 13th in Champéry and Madrid, 2nd in the Worldcup’s overall standings, winner at the Spanish National Championships

2008 9th European Championships, 10th at Beijing’s Olympic Games, 2nd MTB Bundesliga Bad Salzdetfurth, World cup finishes: 2nd (Madrid, Canberra, Schladming), 5th (Bromont), 7th (Houffalize), 11th (Mont Sainte Anne), 24th (Offenburg), 25th (Fort William), 2nd in the Worldcup’s overall standings