How did you discover your talent? What got you started?
As a young kid, I would mountain bike around with my dad every once in a while and I always had a passion for going downhill. But at that young of an age I didn’t have the fitness to pedal uphill enjoyably which was never very fun and result to a lot of complaining! Around age 12 I started to gain enough fitness to comfortably make it out for a full ride, which really sparked off my passion. I started riding more and more consistently until I joined a race team by the name of Nolan Riding. Nolan Riding helped me discover my passion for racing and how to train properly, which really helped me become my current self as a mountain biker.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a kid, still a kid! What I am currently striving for is to Race Down Hill Mountain Biking professionally, which consists of travelling to all the UCI World Cup Down Hills.
Who was your biggest inspiration?
I have a few. A couple months ago I met some young Professional Downhill racers enrolled at U.V.I.C (University of Victoria), Elliot Jameison and Ben Wallace, Studying and Training on Vancouver Island. Even though I have only known them for a couple months they have helped me with so much, like pushing myself to ride faster, help with my overall training, supporting me with my riding and just have been such a positive influence when I am around them.
What makes you keep innovating and pushing your skills to new heights? What’s the intrinsic driver or motivation?
Definitely my friends. Having great friends around me and always riding with them really helps me strive to keep pushing yourself with friendly competition. Also training hard and noticing improvement is super satisfying and is definitely another reason I continue to push myself.
If you could meet an idol or figure of any era, who would it be? What would you ask them?
A Vancouver Island legend, Stevie Smith. Stevie Smith was a Down Hill rider from the Island. He died in 2016 in a dirt biking accident. Sadly, I did not meet him before his death and would have loved to meet him. Everyone that has ridden with him said he was the nicest, most genuine man.
So far, what has been your favourite highlight of your career? An achievement? A specific moment?
I think this current winter. I have had so much training opportunity and have taken all of it, which has really paid off, and I cannot wait to test it in this upcoming race season!
In regards to your career, where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years?
Riding Down Hill MTB Professionally, Racing The World Cup!
In terms of healthy habits, what are your thoughts on the current beverage options out there? (I.e. Energy Drinks, high sugar drinks etc)
I strongly think there’s no point in drinking energy drinks, and no one needs the high amount of caffeine and processed nonsense in energy drinks.
How does Wize fit into your current lifestyle? And why do you choose Wize?
I chose Wize because it’s a clean source of energy that I can rely on giving me a positive boost which is designed for not just athletes but everyone, that will not give you jitters or caffeine crash!
What are the next projects coming down the pipeline?
I do not have any specific projects, but I am going to continue to train for this upcoming race season and have a strong and consistent summer of races.
What’s your favourite flavour of Wize tea? When do you typically drink it?
I have to say, I love every flavour equally! I usually drink wize in the morning to give me a boost and be sharp for a ride! Any other caffeinated drink I wouldn’t because I would be worried about it compromising my riding ability, but with Wize I can be ensured it will only give me positive effects!
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