Hello my name is Rhys Verner. I am 16 years old turning 17 in July and I have been living in Squamish since I was 2 years old. I rode bikes pretty much as soon as I could but it wasn’t till I was about 12 that I started taking it more seriously. When I was 13 years old I joined Team Squamish and that took my cycling career to the next level. All of a sudden I had weekly scheduled rides and spin class and tons of hours of coaching.
Its now 4 years later and I have since been second at U15 Canadian Nationals, participated in the 2013 Canada Summer Games, winning a bronze with my team in the relay, #3rd at the 2013 Sea Otter Classic U17 expert in XC and DH and have numerous wins at BC cups and local races. Mike Charuk has been my XC coach for 4 years now ever since I joined Team Squamish. XC and DH are my two main disciplines that I compete in but I also occasionally race road, enduro, cyclocross, and bmx.
I am currently attending Howe Sound Secondary School in grade 11. I plan to have good marks in all my classes for my last 2 years of High School. So far in my cycling career my favourite race’s have been the Canada Games, the Whistler Canada Cup, and attending the Sea Otter Classic. I also love doing all the local toonie races I can make it too. Because of a mid season injury in my 2013 season I had to miss competing in the the U17 Canadian National Championships. For the 2014 season one of my main goals is to have a podium finish in Hardwood Hills for the Canadian Nationals. Some of my other 2014 goals are to podium in the overall Canada Cup Series, get myself ready for my second year Junior, and to make my sponsors happy. I would say in terms of cycling and racing my strengths would be technical skills and descending. My weaknesses would be pacing myself on flat road sections and transitioning from climbing to descending. My cycling Idol is Nino Shurter because he shows no mercy from the start to the finish of races and he is exciting to watch and a good descender. My long term goals are to one make the Canadian National Team and attend university/college on a mountain bike scholarship.