Richard Holmes meets the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Sep 8, 2011 at 13:00
by Richard Andrew Holmes  

Sometimes you just need a little feel good story for the day and here is one about a young man taking some initiative, moving across the country and pursuing his dream.
Photo by Chris Stark
Photo by Chris Stark

My name is Richard Andrew Holmes, since my first time coming to Whistler five years ago I knew it was a place I wanted to make my mark. I am from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and for the first 17 years of my life that is where I lived. Born in 1992 I learned how to ride a bike at the age of 10. A late bloomer as far as riding a two-wheeler goes, the minute I felt the freedom and way of self-expression I was hooked and made up for lost time on such a wonderful product of ingenuity as soon as I could. I am currently an IDP level 2 certified downhill mountain coach/guide for the Whistler Bike Park and work with private clients, group tours, ladies nights and DFX camps. Starting this year, I have already coached in the bike park nearly 300 hours and 70+ separate groups and privates. This piece is about what I have been up to in the past year to get here and what a passionate mountain biker, just like many of us, can do while in this town. More about Whistler Bike Park programs can be found here.

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Richard Holmes:
-Private, group, DFX and women's night coach/guide in Whistler Bike Park
-Graduate of Mountain Bike Operations at Capilano University
-Sponsored by: Norco bicycles, Off the Edge bike shop and POC protectives
-8 years riding downhill, freeride and all mountain
-4 years of competing in dirt jump and slope style
-Riding demos and media promotions for resorts and companies
-3 years of guiding/teaching

The same values I have learned in my career as a mountain biker I have now learnt to transfer over as a philosophy for life in general. Living in the moment, setting goals, personal growth, connecting with others and purposes, are all things I practice when biking and now for everything I do. Part of my philosophy is to get the most out of every situation. Whether soaking knowledge out of those with experience, making an opportunity out of a challenge, or leaping out of my comfort zone to make an idea happen, living in the moment to me is the way to get the most out of every situation.

Silver medal in Canadian Open Enduro 2011 Crankworx and all the POC and Norco equipment i raced with. Photo by Chris Stark
Photo by Chris Stark

I realize nothing that fulfills my ambitions will be just given to me. Making your dreams a reality doesn't happen by making excuses, it takes time and determination with a positive outlook through the ups and especially the downs. It takes initiative to express your creativity in a productive manner. This ethic requires a lot of motivation; motivation that I seek from seeing the world as a playground for my ambitions, lust for adventure, and personal exploration.


Photo by Chris Stark

Recent outlets for my philosophy and motivation include:
-Placing second in the Whistler Crankworx Canadian Open Enduro
-Graduating the Mountain bike operations program at Capilano University and elected for scholarship award
-Organizing and marketing Mach Chicken social trail day
-Creating and marketing Capilano University MBO social media
-Arranging and buidling two community trails with the MBO class

Whistler Bike Park
-Private, group, Ladies night and DFX coach/guide

2011 Vancouver Bike Show
-Capilano University Mountain Bike Operations representative

Chicopee Bike Park
-Guide, instructor and first aid

2010 Chicopee summer fest
-Bike guide

2010 Capilano Event Under the Tent
-Mountain bike skills instructor

Sprockids Get Dirty and Ride
-Mountain bike guide and skills instructor

Kinicknik trail unveil
-Mountain bike guide and eco-instructor

Certifications/Training
-IDP Whistler Bike park Level 2
-Sprockids mountain bike instructor certification
-Endlessbiking level 1 and 2 instruction and guiding trained
-80-hour wilderness first aid, A.E.D and CPR

Shot by Logan Swayze from Coast Mountain Photography

Photo by Logan Swayze

This is the way I felt as I moved out of my parent’s home at the age of 17 and across the country to the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. I moved to study in the Mountain Bike Operations Program at Capilano University and in spring 2011 I graduated from the program. I then applied the skills I had learned through theory, and the experience I had gained doing practical projects, to the mountain bike mecca of Whistler, British Columbia. Tourism, marketing, special events, environmental stewardship, risk management law, guiding/teaching and trail building were all subjects I studied, and in such a dynamic place, can now apply all of those things in one place. More about the program in the links below.

-Capilano University
-Capilano University on Facebook

Photo by Logan Swayze http loganswayze.com http www.bikeparkphotos.com
Photo by Logan Swayze

The future :
I have immediate plans to build on my post secondary education and return to University for a degree in business and marketing. This I will use to contribute in the mountain bike industry by working with companies, hosting events and any other way I can utilize my ideas for the sport. I hope to keep coaching and guiding for as long as I can so you can expect to see me in the Whistler Bike Park and as many other places that I can contribute. Besides offering my private coaching services and group tours, one of my latest pursuits is coaching with Whistler's Summer Gravity Camps and high level DFX kids groups.

Thank you for your time to read this, it is very much appreciated. Please 'like' my facebook page linked bellow to show your support for aspiring cyclists like many of yourselves.

My Facebook Page.
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74 Comments

  • + 92
 that last picture is nuts
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 Can't tell for sure if that's where I think it is, I had one of the worst crashes of my life at the bottom of that rock face... 2nd time down it at speed, and I forgot there was a jump at the bottom. I sucked up the g-out, but didn't pop the jump and got thrown all stupid at the bottom and destroyed my rear wheel.. And my ankle.
  • + 8
 that last picture is POD!
  • + 3
 the trail is Upper Joyride....I think?
  • + 2
 i tried to do that trail last visit there and left my balls somewhere else i guess, cause i got a short ways down and said : "what the hell am i doing on this trail ?!" didn't help that the trail was wet, slick, and too sick for me and my tricked out Tranny BR - oh well, back to Dirt Merchant, A-Line and the safer stuff like Crank It Up...
  • + 4
 its not as bad when ridding it its actually kinda mellow the pic just makes it look gnar
  • + 1
 I'm loving that UN-TURNDOWN/INVERT pic though
  • + 1
 looks like a HUUUUUUUGE Drop
  • + 1
 mad props man! inspires me so much to follow my dreams of riding even though i live in southern ontario which is a shit hole for gravity riding.
  • + 1
 ive personally riden that and what hes doing is fucking balls to the floor gnarly
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  • + 24
 Cool resume. Hey, how do you know if a Whistler ski/bike instructor walks in the room? Don't worry, they'll let you know!
  • + 1
 Surprised no-one else picked up on this Wink A little unnecessary it would seem...
  • + 1
 It made me think he might be looking for a new job, or maybe some sponsors.
  • + 0
 Possibly the worst article I have ever read on pinkbike.
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  • + 11
 This is hilarious! I'm from the same shitty town in Ontario, grew up riding the same shitty hill, I'm studying the same thing in university that he wants to study... and I've spent four months a year in the whistler bike park for the past three years haha. Pretty much ready to move to Whistler year round.
  • + 3
 Are you brothers?
  • + 6
 Brother from another mother I'd say.
  • + 1
 lol pinkbike rules lol
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  • + 8
 Some really great riding there and awesome pictures! Seems this guy has achieved a lot for such a young age.

But does the article really have to be such a CV? Shameless use of Pinkbike to advertise for new work? I think the article would have been great without the CV spin so why publish an article like this? Maybe I'm just being cynical Wink
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  • + 4
 Richard was my wife's guide for Women's Night in Whistler this summer. She really enjoyed his direction and teaching style. She can now hit jumps really well after her session with him. Nice front page feature article! Good job, Richard! Hope to see you next summer!
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  • + 3
 Thank you pinkbike and everyone who read/commented on the article, your support is very much appreciated. I also appreciate hearing your opinions about the article, you all made valid points and have been taken into consideration towards further work I do.
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  • + 3
 What is the point of this article?

Will you highlight me if I send in some pics and videos of myself riding, a list of my amazing accomplishments, what I'm studying at the university and my philosophies on life?

It's cool that he is living the "dream" and is a decent rider but I don't get why PB thought we wanted to get to know him.
  • + 2
 That's like asking what the point of a resume is. When you apply for any position in the industry they're going to look up your name and want to see what you're all about. If you sit at home and do nothing how can you expect to get any sort of attention or future opportunities? I think Richard sets a pretty rad example and Pinkbike highlighted this so other riders know that this sort of thing is possible for everyone. And yes if you do the same I'm sure you'll get a positive reaction too. Some people try to make a living out of this sport you know. It's part of a bigger picture.
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  • + 1
 Hahaha Andrew you're the best for making this dream a freaking reality! But you gotta plan ahead and remember RRSP's and future investments aswell as "living in the moment" lol nice work Weeman!! or should I say Richard now hahaha good job anyways! Hope to see you out at McLennan you little Rockstar you!
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  • + 3
 Unreal dude! You deserve this! Thanks for showing us ontario boys round the park last month!
  • + 1
 he's kinda pop star with great riding skill Big Grin
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  • + 2
 Yeah homie that's sick! Glad to see you're doing good and your season went well despite your gnarly head injury at the beginning.
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  • + 1
 its funny how small of a riding scene in waterloo and yet its so fragmented, can't say i've run into Rich around here. Good on him for taking his dream and making it happen.
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  • + 3
 Your helmet looks huge.....
  • + 3
 Thats why it say poc of the sides
  • + 2
 I tried on a POC helmet, suuuper comfortable, nice fit, didn't move, felt very secure.
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  • + 1
 see you got a new sponsor nice and great job on the video man you finally got those barspins and 3 whips good job cant wait for a new video
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  • + 1
 nice resume richard, too bad not wearing your gloves while in Uniform is a breach of our Employee contract, I guess it's NRH for you next season Razz
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  • + 3
 "women's night coach/guide" - Nice work if you can get it... Wink
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  • + 1
 andrews one real nice guy and an amazing rider. good story and pictures, the shoulder buzz and last one should both be POD btw. keep it up andrew!!!
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  • + 1
 I remember when you were a little guy, sooo full of Stoke! Great to see you followed your dream and are doing well! Congrats from the McPhails guys.
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  • + 1
 Way to go Wee Man. Guess we cant call you that anymore. Enjoy the park, hope to see you there soon! way to rep!
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  • + 2
 @sparkywalts

Let me guess, you ride a dustbin.
  • + 1
 Nah only a Supreme DH V3
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  • + 1
 Nice article Richard! It was nice to work with you this summer, you truly live up to your beliefs and valuesSmile
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  • + 1
 you're a really good guy! really please to meet u Rich' Keep going like this! cheers see you around
  • + 1
 nice skooter bud
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  • + 1
 Right on Holmes! you've done alot since school, thats good to see. keep it up
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  • + 1
 Thats so awesome that you got your life going in the right direction, keep it up man!
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  • + 1
 Where exactly does he land in that last pic? It looks like he is launching off the side of a cliff.
  • + 1
 the tranny is that big rock face, i didn't get to hit when i was there so i cant provide much insight for you.
  • + 1
 Crazy. It looks super steep.
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  • + 2
 Rode with this guy in whistler... he's pretty bonkers
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  • + 1
 sweet vid and cool pictures especially the last two tup
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  • + 1
 very nice, kid, very nice!
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  • + 1
 you are crazy man whats up to happpppend/
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  • + 2
 Get a new helmet dude.
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  • + 1
 djdickmaster most positive queer on pink
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  • + 1
 That last picture is my new desktop! I love it!
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  • + 1
 Sweet man!!! Excellent spread!!
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  • + 1
 this guys gonna be on norco for life. he's perfect
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  • + 1
 the last pic is sick( great time to grow some balls)
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  • + 1
 How they did the tail swip moves. can anybody here tell me?
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  • + 1
 Is the Capilano bike course worth it?
  • + 1
 this i want to know too, any employment after graduation numbers out there?
  • + 1
 ya man, im thinking of going to school there next fall!
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  • + 1
 One of the dopest dudes I've had the pleasure to rip with this summer!
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  • + 1
 i like how he goes over that little bumb and whips it
  • + 1
 Right after that little bump is a wooden ladder drop. so he would have had to pedal a lot or go back and reshoot for the manual off the drop.
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  • + 1
 I got to talk to him while i was in whistler and he is a super cool guy
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  • + 1
 nice move on the wallride.
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  • + 1
 damn that last picture is POD for sure
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  • + 1
 congrats on the accomplishments andrew good work man keep it up!!!
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  • + 0
 What is the name of the song?
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  • + 0
 what song is this
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