Team: Ambassadors 2021
City / Province: Dieppe, New Brunswick
Retailer / Store: Mike's Bike Shop
Hometown: Dieppe, New Brunswick
Day Job: Programmer Analyst with Fisheries and Oceans Canada
What's your favourite bike and why?
Giant Trance Advanced 29. It rips through single track and shreds on the downhills. Drop the seat and it feels just at home hitting the jumps and carving lines on the pump track.
What's your favourite place to ride and why?
Mark Arendz provincial park in PEI. Machine-made trails with rolling jumps and bermed corners. The new stuff is like a pump track through the woods. Trails are very well maintained and my BMX roots just love this type of riding.
What's your must-have cycling accessory and why?
Dope socks. Socks maketh the kit. And remind us that, at the end of the day, bikes are really about having fun.
What's your favourite bike discipline and why?
Mountain biking. My cycling passion was born in the dirt, cultivated during my youth as me and my friends imitated our motocross heroes, building jumps and getting dirty. To me, mountain biking is simply the purest form of riding. It just seems to bring me back home, closer to the land, reconnecting me with where I came from, with mother earth.
Family, hikes with our dog Zen, Yoga and practising wheelies on my BMX cruiser.
Write a book and keep riding as long as physically possible.
Biggest cycling achievement
Founding the Mike’s Bike Shop Cyclebetes Ride to Cure Type 1 Diabetes which has raised close to $250,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since 2007.
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