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Rhys Verner

Rhys Verner

My name is Rhys Verner and I’m from Squamish, BC. I’ve been riding bikes for as long as I can remember and have raced many disciplines, but right now I am mainly racing cross country and enduro. I grew up in Squamish but am currently going to university in Victoria, BC, in my second 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 INFO

Date of Birth
July 2, 1997
Disciplines / Riding or Racing Focus
Cross Country, Enduro, Cyclocross
Konas in Your Quiver
Hei Hei Race, Process 153, Honzo, Super Jake, Zone
Personal touches on your bikes?
Everything blue and orange to match up with bike and kit: one blue grip and one orange, one blue cable and one orange, one blue shoe and one orange… and anything else I can add to get some extra flash. Also, suspension set up stiff and fast.
Pre-ride Rituals
I always get in a few sprints in the warm up to tap into the anaerobic system and wake the body up. I also normally listen to music during warm up because I find it helps me really get into it and get pumped up.
Where are you from / where do you live?
From Squamish, BC, but go to school in Victoria at UVic for 8 months of the year.
Riding with Kona since
2015
Goals for the 2017 season?
- Top 5 finishes at Canada Cups in the Elite field
- Win an Enduro World Series U21 race
- Podium at U23 Canadian National Championships and qualify for World Championships
Favorite place to ride
Squamish, and Finale Ligure, Italy
Three things we don’t know about you?
  1. In the U17 category I was Provincial Champion in both XC and DH.
  2. In my free time I really enjoy mountaineering as well as skiing.
  3. I raced the XC mountain bike race at Canada Summer games in 2013 with a broken arm and a cast on.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, because if you treat them nice they will treat you nice as well – whereas with my cat no matter how much I pet it, it always ends up trying to bite me or scratch me at some point completely out of the blue.
Would you rather be eaten by a lion or be eaten by ants?
Definitely lion. It would be a pretty cool story and people would think you’re pretty stupid if you got eaten by ants.
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
Zombie apocalypse. I am up to date on the Walking Dead and I’ve got a few places I think I could hide out.
Would you rather become a superhero or a supervillain?
Superhero, but like a Deadpool type of superhero, because he does whatever he wants but he doesn’t have anyone coming after him. I also think it would be cool for it to be impossible to die.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise. You’ve got the whole day in front of you, as well as a sunset coming up, whereas sunset you just go to bed soon after.

Favorite moment of 2016

Getting the opportunity to go race the Enduro World Series race in Finale Ligure, Italy. It was my last race of the season so there wasn’t much pressure and the location was just unreal. The race ended up going perfectly as well and I surprised myself with a 4th place at my first ever enduro race outside of BC. The trails were amazing and I was super pumped with the way that I raced it. Just a perfect end to the season.

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