I grew in the small town of Jasper, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies and spent my youth playing Ice hockey up to the Junior level. In the summers I would ride my bike all over the mountain trails staying fit and looking for new fishing holes. Signing with the Kona Factory team in my mid-twenties was the catalyst that grew my passion into a career that has taken me on adventures and races all over the World. The longer and harder the races are the happier I get. Winning the World Solo 24HR Championships in back to back years have been the highlights of my career and I'm excited to find new challenges and adventures on the horizon. It's been an honour to represent a company like Kona which is true to its heart and full of people who love to ride their bikes.
RIDER NEWSMORE FROM THE COG
DATE OF BIRTHJuly 13, 1984
RIDING WITH KONA SINCE1992. On the Race team since 2010.
KONAS IN YOUR QUIVERKona Hei Hei, Honzo CR, Libre, Jake the Snake
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Hometown: Jasper Alberta
Current: Nomadically following races around the World
DO YOUR BIKES REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL SETUP TRICKS TO MAKE THEM “JUST RIGHT”?
Foam grips and a bike fit from Luke Way at Balance Point Racing.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?
Catching up with my teammates at the races and team adventures.
WHERE WAS THE BEST PLACE YOU RODE IN 2018?
Tilicho Lake, Nepal.
WHO IS THE CYCLIST YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
Narayan Gopal. He was Nepal's top XC rider when he passed away at the age of 34 at a bike race in Sri Lanka. He came from a very poor upbringing in Nepal and had to work hard just to put food on the table for his family. He loved riding his bike and spent his spare time training hard to become one of the top XC racers in Asia. His passion and love for the sport was second to none as he spread a light where ever he was throughout the cycling World.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ONE PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
The Dalai Lama- He has gone through so much hardship in his life including losing Tibet to the Chinese yet he continues to be a leader for millions around the World through his teachings and speeches as he seeks compassion and World Peace. His wealth of knowledge and positive outlook on life is something I would love to learn from.
HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?
competitive. hardworking. crazy.
FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2018
Repeating at the 24 HR World Solo Championships in Scotland. Riding and racing in the Nepali Himalayas for 6 weeks at the end of the season.
Would you like more time or more money?
Time is limited. Money is not.
Would you rather have no internet or no cellphone?
Talking with my friends is better than messaging them on the internet.
Would you rather be invisible or the have the ability to fly?
Ability to Fly
I want to be present wherever I am. Flying would also be rad and would open up many possibilities to explore far off places.
Pancakes or French Toast?
Blueberry Buckwheat pancakes are tough to beat.
Would you rather have a winter of rain or a winter of snow?
Winter of Snow.
Ice skating, fat biking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowball fights.