Where are you based?
I am based out of Penticton, British Columbia, about a four hour drive East from Vancouver and Seattle.
Where's your favourite place to ride?
This area of Canada is known as the wine region as with that comes similarities to Italy. Tight, short punchy climbs that wind their way through vineyards are plentiful as well as some great gravel sections that can link up for some epic days on the bike. You will also find some true North American climbing here; 10-15km long, steady-wide roads that open up to some amazing views of the lakes below.
What type of riding do you like to do the most?
I am a big fan of linking up road to gravel rides, hitting some empty gravel roads which there are a bunch of in this area of the world due to the logging industry that will then link up to a nice 5km switchback climb. Penticton is a desert environment so ending a ride with a dip in one for the lakes is always a great way to finish up a ride here.
How do you discover a new route? Do you plan ahead with maps or just see where the road takes you?
A bit of both, though the most exciting days are the ones where you discover a new route that was unplanned and you had to earn. The longer days in the saddle always comes with some more preparation so I will set out a route online or reach out to a local that knows the area well.
What equipment do you use to capture your ride?
I ride with a Canon 6D, a lot of my riding is solo so I will bring a tripod along at times to be able to capture rider and landscape.
What destination would be on your riding wish list?
I’d have to say right now the more untouched and unridden roads of Iceland, Norway and Japan. I’ve had the opportunity to ride in places like France and Switzerland and experience the Alps, but seeing some of the images that are coming out of places like Iceland definitely makes me gravitate to exploring the empty roads of that country and the culture that comes with it. I began a personal project on social media this winter under the tag #wintercyclingproject and would love to take it to another country next winter.
This Spring and Summer I will also be tackling some of the classic routes of Western Canada which I am excited about in places like Vancouver Island, Squamish, The Okanagan and the Rockies.