How long have you been mountain biking? How did you get into it?
I've been riding bikes for as long as I can remember. I grew up in the UK where we used to build sketchy jumps in the woods as kids. We didn't call it mountain biking and the bikes certainly weren't designed for it. Over time the jumps got bigger and the bikes got better. We crashed a lot and learnt from our mistakes. I was lucky to have a ton of amazing riders around my hometown who I would meet digging and riding.
What does a typical day look like for you?
In the summer a typical day is spent coaching groms in the Whistler Bike Park or out on a trail ride somewhere in the Sea to Sky. It's sick to spend every day on my bike and a privilege to help people hit trails and features they thought they'd never be able to. The level of riding is getting higher and higher every year. I have to work hard on my own riding to stay strong enough to progress with them! An excellent day on the hill is best followed by a beer and a dip in the lake.
What's been your worst crash over the years?
I never publicly shared this one for... reasons. My shock failed on my DH bike when I was hauling through some high-speed tech. A part of the shock actually went through my frame and I ended up firing myself in between some trees. I slammed into the stem with the force of a sledgehammer to a bag of grapes. Long story short I had to take a quick trip down to the city to save one of the boys. One surgery and the worst couple weeks of my life later and I was back in action with no permanent damage. Big shout out to the Surgeon for that one!
Favourite place to ride in British Columbia?
It has to be the Sunshine Coast. Perfect dirt, awesome trails for shuttling, pedalling and freeriding. Pretty sweet to finish your riding day with some beers on the beach too. Coast Gravity park's perfect jumps and berms are always a highlight.
What is your go-to piece of riding kit from our 2021 performance range?
My favourite piece has to be the Traverse Riding Pants. They're lightweight, stretchy and comfier than anything else on the market. I'm going to get another pair as soon as they're back in stock!
What barrier breaker moment are you most proud of?
In the past few years I figured I might be getting a little past the point of learning new tricks on the bike. The barrier breaker campaign inspired me to stop making excuses for myself and start sending flips on my bike again. I was lucky to have photo wizard Rob Perry to capture it.