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Ryan Gardner

Ryan Gardner

Ryan Gardner is a jack of all trades rider who splits his time between working full time as a Sustainability Consultant, racing Enduro both nationally and globally, and getting in on the two-wheeled fun whether it’s a CX race, an all day adventure ride, or ripping some DH laps. Always looking for an excuse to travel, look for Ryan at select Enduro World Series races this year while he focuses on hunting for the top spot at the California Enduro Series.

RIDER INFO

Date of Birth
October 23, 1986
Disciplines / Riding or Racing Focus
Enduro with a bit of CX, XC, or any other two-wheeled event thrown in.
Konas in Your Quiver
Process 153, Process 111, Jake the Snake CR, Big Honzo
Personal touches on your bikes?
I set all my bikes up with Fox squishy bits, e*thirteen components and wheels, TRP brakes, and WTB Tough casing tires and Padloc grips. When you're in the 200lb club, finding the most durable bits of kit is key!
Pre-ride Rituals
Coffee, always coffee. If I had a choice between checking my bike thoroughly and drinking a cup of coffee, coffee wins every time. This could explain some of the strange mechanicals I've suffered over the years.
Where are you from / where do you live?
I'm originally from Marlboro, New York but now I live in Oakland, California.
Riding with Kona since
2010
Goals for the 2017 season?
As far as racing goes, I'm aiming to race another 2-3 rounds of the Enduro World Series and come away with a top 40 result at those. I will also be aiming to win the California Enduro Series overall, and get a top 5 at the Downieville Classic. In other news, I want to plan and execute a big multiday bikepacking fly fishing trip to catch some lunkers!
Favorite place to ride
Downieville, CA and Beacon, NY
Three things we don’t know about you?
  1. I work full time as a Sustainability Consultant in Oakland, CA. I help cities and businesses decrease their environmental impacts and save money.
  2. Racing is fun and all, but my favorite thing to do is get waaay out there on my bike. Nothing like covering some crazy miles and exploring some new zones.
  3. Sometimes, when I go to bed, I get excited about waking up and having coffee.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs. Unconditional love and 32,000 years of coevolution vs. something that will probably eat you when you die. You do the math.
Would you rather be eaten by a lion or be eaten by ants?
Lion. Sounds like it would go much faster, which seems key in this situation.
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
Zombie apocalypse. If aliens are showing up on earth, they know some stuff. No way we could science ourselves out of that. Also, why does every zombie movie have people walking everywhere? Where did all the bikes go?
Would you rather become a superhero or a supervillain?
Superhero. I'm a romantic do-gooder through and through.
Sunrise or sunset?
Nothing quite like a west coast sunset after a huge day on the bike.

Favorite moment of 2016

My trip to South America to race the first and second Enduro World Series stops was definitely the highlight of my year. I trained all winter with the goal of getting a top 50 at an EWS event putting in hours on the road bike and getting in the gym, all to come down with the flu on the plane ride to Chile. I landed feeling just about as sick as I have in years and proceeded to practice and race for four days. It was a struggle throughout and I just couldn't put the power down like I wanted to. I did my best to keep smooth and conserve energy and in the end came away with my first ever top 50 and the 5th fastest American. It was an amazing feeling to reach my goal under such crap circumstances. I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can do this year with an even better training regimen and another year of experience. I will be sure to bring some extra vitamins for my flight to Portugal in the Spring!

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