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High Performance Team Update: Rhys Verner

So far my 2015 season has had a lot of ups and downs. The season started out great with lots of fun training and cross-training, including hiking and skiing.

After a solid start with my training in Victoria with the National team, the season took a drastic turn.  I developed mono at the end of February. It was a very frustrating time and a long recovery but with the help of my doctors, coaches, and parents I was able to make it through with my head up and determination to get back to where I needed to be.

My recovery took me off the bike for two months.  Just one week ago I was given the green light from my doctors to get back onto the bike–four days later I managed to secure two silver medals at the Sunshine Coaster and BC Enduro #1.  I am very motivated to come back stronger then ever and continue on with racing throughout the rest of the season.

One thing I like to do when racing is just try to have as much fun as I can–and that usually means being active on my bike. I really enjoy descending, so I find that the downhill sections are where I start to find my groove. One piece of advice I can offer is to always remember it’s not over ’till it’s over. Racing is so unpredictable, so even if you get dropped or are down and out, just hang in there because you never know what might happen. For races I like to get my bikes as light as possible so I take anything excess off my bike for races, every little bit counts!

– Rhys Verner, Cycling BC Mountain Bike Cross-Country High Performance Team


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Proud to be riding for Kona in 2015
Catching the days last rays
2014 XCO World Champs
Securing a spot on a Canada Cup podium
Working with Team Mate, Luke Di Marzo, to secure spots on the Podium
Silver medal at the 2014 XCO National Championships