My name is Rhys Verner and I’m from Squamish, BC. I have been riding bikes for as long as I can remember and have raced many disciplines. This year I have decided to pursue enduro as my main focus, whereas the last few years the main focus has been XC racing. This switch is something I am very excited about. I feel enduro is the best for me as I can pull all my skills and experiences from years of racing XC and DH. I grew up in Squamish but am currently going to university in Victoria, BC, where I’m in my fourth year studying economics. I also grew up skiing, hiking, running, playing soccer, and many other sports and still try and do all of these things to cross train throughout the winter. I’m pretty much always down for any sort of activity.
RIDER NEWSMORE FROM THE COG
DATE OF BIRTH07/02/1997
RIDING WITH KONA SINCE2015
KONAS IN YOUR QUIVERKona Process 153 CR 29er, Kona Process 153 CR 27.5, Kona Hei Hei CR Race 29, Kona Shonky, Kona Zone 2, Kona Super Jake, Kona Hei Hei Trail, Kona Honzo CR 29er
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I am from Squamish and spend my summers there. Currently I am going to school in Victoria so I spend about 8 months of the year there. I love Squamish, though, and if I could choose where I wanted to live I think I would pick there or definitely somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. I just love all the possibilities to do things outside.
DO YOUR BIKES REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL SETUP TRICKS TO MAKE THEM “JUST RIGHT”?
Just try and get the bikes colour coded and looking dialed as possible! Race Ready
WHO IS THE CYCLIST YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
Nino Shurter, Just the most fine-tuned dialed in athlete I can think of. No matter what happens, he is always the man to beat.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?
Getting To travel all around to new places as a group and really give the EWS a shot!
WHERE WAS THE BEST PLACE YOU RODE IN 2018?
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ONE PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Whoever invented day light savings... Because now it gets dark at 4:00pm and it leaves no time for riding after school!!!
WHAT ACTOR/ACTRESS WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN A MOVIE?
That’s a tough one... probably Seth Rogan from Superbad!
HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?
easy-going. funny. active.
FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2018
2018 was a tough year for me! After a bad start to the season breaking my scaphoid at the first round EWS round of the year... After 2 months off I was back on the bike for about another month before rebreaking my scaphoid at another EWS round in Austria. So, my favourite memory of 2018 would have to be the EWS stop in Finale Ligure at the end of the year. I felt like my wrist was strong enough to compete but never the less I was still nervous. I went in without any real expectations but to keep it smooth and use it as a good starting point for the following year. I ended up exceeding my expectations with a smooth in control race slotting me just outside the top 50! Not a bad starting point into the off season for a mentally tough season! I can’t wait to make more great memories in 2019!!!
Would you like more time or more money?
Between school, riding, racing, and a social life it is always hard to find enough time in the day.
Would you rather have no internet or no cellphone?
cellphone can at least use to link up with people, then you can use their internet.
Would you rather be invisible or the have the ability to fly?
Flying would just be the coolest thing ever
Pancakes or French Toast?
Never really got too into pancakes. I love French Toast though, especially when you make it on really good bread.
Would you rather have a winter of rain or a winter of snow?
Winter of Snow.
Because Ski Touring is my favourite cross training activity to do, so a winter of it would be totally fine with me!