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Ryan Gardner

I have been racing bikes professionally (and on Kona's) for 10 years now and it seems to just keep getting better. During that time, I've ridden everything from Stinkys to Operators and Dogs to Processes (proc-i?). I guess I'm a bit of a generalist on the bike and off. You'll catch me getting down on the enduro scene both here in California and at the odd EWS race, but also having some fun racing xc and even messing with those curly bar bikes. When I'm not racing or riding, you can find me banging away at a keyboard trying to save the planet or sleeping in my van to get in a pre-work surf.

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DISCIPLINES / RIDING OR RACING FOCUS

Enduro

KONAS IN YOUR QUIVER

Process 153 29 DL, Honzo, Major Jake, Process 111

DATE OF BIRTH

October 23, 1986

RIDING WITH KONA SINCE

2008
PERSONAL TOUCHES ON YOUR BIKES

All of my bikes get decked out with ethirteen components, WTB tires, and Fox suspension. One of my favorite parts of building up a new frame is getting the sticky backed Velcro out and cutting up some custom frame protectors.

PRE-RIDE RITUALS

Coffee and breakfast burritos. There is no other way to start the day.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE

Finale Ligure, Italy. Absolutely amazing!

WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I'm from New York State and currently live in Oakland, California

GOALS FOR THE 2018 SEASON

Win the California Enduro Series, top 50 at a European EWS, and have an absolute blast riding my bike in new places with good friends.

THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU

1

I work full time as a sustainability consultant helping cities and businesses make better planning decisions.

2

I lived in a van full time while holding down said job in the Bay Area for about a year to fund my first EWS trip.

3

I’m still really bad at wheelies.

FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2017

My favorite moment of 2017 was overcoming a tough start to the season with a win at the California Enduro Series Mendocino. It was a big day on the bike and I was just having a blast all day. I didn't think I had the pace for a win in me, but turns out I was riding great and taking stage wins along the way. It was a great reminder to keep it fun. Fun is usually fast.

THIS OR THAT?

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE?

Netflix. I just let it run in the background while I work on bikes. Youtube just seems so involved.

SNEAKERS OR
FLIP-FLOPS / SANDALS?

Flip Flops. That Cali Life

WHAT’S WORSE:
LAUNDRY OR DISHES?

Dishes. With laundry, at least you can set it and do something else for an hour why it runs. Maybe I need a dishwasher.

WOULD YOU RATHER BECOME A NINJA OR A PIRATE?

Ninja. Scurvy.

PHONE CALL OR TEXT?

Depends. Confirming a plan or sending directions, text. Time for a heart to heart, let’s just talk.

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