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 has been the highlight 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 QUIVERHei 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?
Going on some adventures with the team and winning races in new countries around the world.
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 wherever he was throughout the cycling world.
WHERE WAS THE BEST PLACE YOU RODE IN 2019?
Trails around the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.
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.
WHAT ACTOR/ACTRESS WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN A MOVIE?
HOW WOULD YOUR MOTHER DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?
adventurous. nomadic. caring.
FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2019
Capping the natural hat trick and winning a 3rd straight World Solo 24hr Championship in Brazil.
Would you rather spend money or save money?
Save money unless there’s a good reason to spend money. I prefer to have some $ in the bank as you never know when you might need it for a big adventure.
Would you rather drive a car or a pick-up?
Pickup truck. My first choice is to ride my bike where I’m going, otherwise I’m likely headed off to work and need my truck. Trucks can also carry more, go cooler places, and my dog prefers to be out in the wind rather than stuck inside the cab of a car.
Would you rather watch a comedy or a horror movie?
Comedy. Laughter is the best medicine.
Would you rather be unable to use search engines or unable to use social media?
Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
10 minutes late. I’ve been in Nepal and Central America a lot lately and generally people are 10 minutes late there, so essentially, I’d be right on time!