I'm a small-town kid from Jasper, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. Growing up in the mountains, I spent my winters in the hockey rink and the summers riding my bike exploring Jasper National Park. Hockey was awesome, but biking was what I knew would be my lifelong passion. Signing with the Kona Factory Team in my mid-twenties was the catalyst which grew this passion into a career that has taken me on adventures and races all over the world. The longer and harder the ride gets, the happier I get. Winning a natural hattrick of World Solo 24HR Championships titles has been the highlight of my career and I'm excited to find new challenges and adventures on the horizon. It's been an honor 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 BIRTH07/13/1984
RIDING WITH KONA SINCE1992. On the race team for 10 years.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KONA IN YOUR QUIVER AND WHY?Hei Hei CR/DL for singletrack and big adventures.
Honzo CR for KOM hunting and European races.
Libre CR/DL for road and gravel riding.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Hometown: Jasper, Alberta
Current: Nomadically chasing races and adventures 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 in Kelowna, BC.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?
Getting back out there chasing down big adventures and winning races after a year of R&R.
WHO IS THE PERSON 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. His passion and love for the sport was second-to-none as he spread a light wherever he was throughout the cycling world. What inspired me the most was how he always put his family first, making sure they had food on the table before he chased his cycling dreams.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE TRACK OF 2020 AND WHY?
The riding in the Solukhumbu (Everest) region of Nepal where I was stuck in lockdown for 4 months during the Pandemic. The trails are challenging as they are raw and natural, going all over the countryside. Add in the altitude, which is from 2100-4000 meters, and you have one of the best riding grounds in the world for a mountain biker.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE?
A load of Birch firewood to my friend Dave who helped get me into cycling at a young age.
WHAT FICTIONAL CHARACTER DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST AND WHY?
Indiana Jones. He's a bit of a Nomad himself as he chases adventures around the World.
HOW WOULD BARRY WICKS DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?
crazy. weird. adventurous.
2020 WAS A CRAZY YEAR, CAN YOU SHARE WITH US ONE HIGHLIGHT AND LOWLIGHT?
Last Thing You Lost?
My Instagram account (@wallacesworld).
Last Video Part That Got You Hyped?
The new Indiana Jones
Last Person you followed on Instagram?
Last TV show you watched?
The USA Election gong show
Last song you listened to?
Hell of a View, Eric Church