Getting to Know Pinkbike Contestants Tom Bradshaw, Jo Peters & Vlad Sherryuble

Oct 22, 2020
by Sarah Moore  

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TOM BRADSHAW

Describe yourself.

I'm a stoked battler. I'm always up for a yarn, a laugh and a mission.




Where are you from and where do you live?

Tom Bradshaw: I'm from Wellington, New Zealand, and currently live in North Vancouver, BC. I've just moved to Revelstoke for a taste of a proper winter.

What are some of the accomplishments that you're most proud of?

Tom Bradshaw: I was pretty proud to bury myself and Everest Mt Fromme earlier this year. Another highlight was helping start the first Enduro race in New Zealand with Kashi Leuchs, The 3 Peaks Enduro. The event has been running for 8 years now and is an EWS qualifier and just a good, fun, friendly race. I've also had some great race results I'm proud of. I won a few Junior XC National Championship titles back in the day, and represented NZ at the U19 and U23 XC World Champs. I'm also proud to be racing the Pro EWS since 2015, as much as I could afford to, while working full-time from New Zealand.

What were some of the highlights of the 2019 season for you?

Tom Bradshaw: 2019 was unreal. I left my job in New Zealand and moved to Canada. On the way I got slightly distracted and spent time riding and racing in Les Gets, Crankworx Innsbruck, Canazei, Italy, Crankworx Whistler and even a three week riding trip to Ecuador. I managed to find a flat on Craigslist in North Vancouver and had what I thought was my first 'proper' winter!

In 2020 Everesting Fromme definitely was a high (and at times low) light. In the pre-pandemic world in Feb, I got to travel back home to MC the Trans NZ race. Craigburn and Nelson are always a treat, especially in the middle of summer. I'm bloody grateful to have been able to ride and explore BC this summer with no other racing.

New lines in the bike park for kiwi Tom Bradshaw

Do you have a full-time job? How do you pay for your racing habit?

Tom Bradshaw: I work for an epic kiwi company called Xero. We are new to Canada, and my job is to help grow clients across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. I'm fortunate to be able to drive a desk from home. So I'm able to spend the usual commute time riding instead. While studying in New Zealand I worked two jobs - one at the student gym, and secondly for Yeti in NZ.

How did you get into mountain biking?

Tom Bradshaw: The Old Man got me into mountain biking before I can even remember. There's a classic photo of me in a diaper, and helmet that is as big as a balloon in the back seat of a mountain bike. I was lucky that Wellington has super accessible tracks to the city.


What is something you believe that other people think is crazy?

Tom Bradshaw: No chamois, no worries! I'm a big advocate for the no chamois club. A lot of people think I'm crazy for that. I argue that it creates such a terrible undercarriage environment that it outweighs any support given by the chamois.

What are your strengths?

Tom Bradshaw: I'm pretty good at putting myself in the hurt box. I think XC racing taught me how to bury myself and I can pretty happily just switch the brain off and keep going for a few more hours if needed.

What are your weaknesses?

Tom Bradshaw: Style - I do not look cool over big jumps. I never was a cool kid, and always looked up to the top DH boys and how cool they looked. I'm more of 'a ground tricks specialist' that can do an accidental bar hump over a decent-sized jump.

Where is your favourite place to ride?

Tom Bradshaw: I can't give you a favorite, but the top 3 would be: Revelstoke BC, anywhere in the Sea to Sky, and Nelson in New Zealand.




Who are your favourite people to ride with?

Tom Bradshaw: Anybody who is stoked to ride, push themselves, and can offer good chat!

What's been your worst crash over the years?

Tom Bradshaw: Two favorites come to mind. The broken wrist, shoulder, and concussion triple threat at an XC World Cup in Cairns in 2014 is a highlight. See video below. Although the scariest injury was getting heatstroke at the EWS in Ainsa in 2018. I pushed too hard, on a dangerously hot day, after getting off the plane 4 days earlier from NZ. Ended up getting stretchered through the entire pro field, only able to repeat "Gracias" about 200 times. I'll tell you the full story in person, it's a good laugh!


Who's your favourite rider?

Tom Bradshaw: Any of the Kiwi or Aussie privateer boys and girls. They have paved the way for riders from down under to make it on the world stage. It's awesome to see the juniors coming through now getting on the podium at EWS and DH World Cup races. I think a lot of that is down to seeing other Privateers give it a crack and have a good time doing it.

What's your favourite motto or saying?

Tom Bradshaw: Everything is temporary. Enjoy the good times while you can, and know that the shit times won't last forever.

What annoys you?

Tom Bradshaw: Cardi B.

What makes you happy?

Tom Bradshaw: Biking, Friends, and new places.




What's your favourite food?

Tom Bradshaw: Anything that is not cooked by me. If I'm on a big mission I'll always take boiled potatoes with a dash of table salt (thank you Anka for the tip!).

What do you enjoy away from bikes?

Tom Bradshaw: Trains, maps and don't mind beer.

What's your favourite non-bike website?


Tom Bradshaw: This one

Where can people follow you on social media?


Tom Bradshaw: @kiwibradshaw on Instagram and Tom Bradshaw on Youtube.




JO PETERS


Describe yourself.

Jo Peters: I am a passionate person, but I don't take myself to seriously. I am a west coast baby, I like my ocean breeze, giant cedars and white granite. I feel at home in the rain forest and my favourite temperature is 12 degrees. I prioritize fun over most things.




Where are you from and where do you live?

Jo Peters: I grew up on Bowen Island, lived in a house on a cliff by the beach. Then I lived on a sailboat in Mexico. Then East Vancouver, the Yukon, London UK, Vancouver Island and finally Squamish, where I've been for 8ish years !

What are some of the accomplishments that you're most proud of?

Jo Peters: Well, making it into the Pinkbike Academy of course Wink I produced an edit last year with my buddy @jtiezy called "Squamish local laps on fresh loam and grippy granite." I was able to really be creative with this project and also ride features that I had helped build! This is something I dreamed of doing for a long time!

What were some of the highlights of the 2019 season for you?

Jo Peters: Competing in the TransBC race for sure. I have never really prioritized fitness so it was a huge accomplishment to train for the big days and then to complete the full 6 days of hard shredding!




Do you have a full-time job? How do you pay for your racing habit?

Jo Peters: I am an RMT at SHIFT Squamish Integrated Health. I get to help people through their injuries and get them back to their sport. I am also a mountain bike coach and primarily work with women, helping them past fears and helping them accomplish their goals.

How did you get into mountain biking?

Jo Peters: My boyfriend at the time, 10 years ago, biked with his friends on the weekends and I didn't want to be left out. One day I asked if I could join. They were like "ya sure, you can borrow a buddy's bike... but we are not going to wait for you... "

What is something you believe that other people think is crazy?

Jo Peters: Forest Bathing strengthens your immune system and has more healing powers than we can imagine. Stand barefoot on sun baked rocks as often as you can and you will be energized. 30 second dunk in the ice cold river will reset your nervous system.... do it.

What are your strengths?

Jo Peters: Creativity, I can be calm when in stressful situations, I can have a conversation with anyone, I love people, and I can have fun anywhere, any time.

What are your weaknesses?

Jo Peters: XC + nose breathing.

Where is your favourite place to ride?

Jo Peters: Anywhere with a good trail, damp dirt, fresh air and good company.

Who are your favourite people to ride with?

Jo Peters: My Squamish girl crew! What a bunch of inspirational shredders. My boyfriend / trail builder / mechanic / long haired ripper babe.

What's been your worst crash over the years?

Jo Peters: I broke my leg on Half Nelson! It took forever to heal and I didn't know about injuries yet so I didn't do any physio. That crash changed my direction in life to become an RMT.

Who's your favourite rider?

Jo Peters: Toss up between Veronique Sandler and Vaea Veerback. I like girls with good style!

What's your favourite motto or saying?

Jo Peters: Life is too short to take seriously, enjoy it! Work less, ride more.

What annoys you?

Jo Peters: Stress annoys me. I like easygoing situations.

What makes you happy?

Jo Peters: Alice and Brohm ice cream, hugs, the alpine, smell of the first rain on pavement, pine needles on the forest floor, moss, mist in the hemlocks. Bass music. Laughing.




What's your favourite food?

Jo Peters: Alice and Brohm ice cream

What do you enjoy away from bikes?

Jo Peters: Good headphones with good music. Bench press and handstands. Drawing landscapes. Glitter. Skiing pow. Big adventures in the mountains with as much bushwacking and route finding as possible. Snow camping. Dirt biking.

What's your favourite non-bike Website?

Jo Peters: I only look at Pinkbike, no just kidding. avalanche.ca - more because I read it every morning and plan my week around it during the winter. It's not always my favourite but it's the one I look at the most!

Where can people follow you on social media?

Jo Peters: @jo___peters
@jo_peters_art




VLAD SHERRYUBLE


Describe yourself.

Vlad Sherryuble: I am a 23 year old Russian (soon Canadian, 2021), Downhill Mountain Bike Racer and fitness model.

Where are you from and where do you live?

Vlad Sherryuble: Currently live in Whistler BC.

What are some of the accomplishments that you're most proud of?

Vlad Sherryuble: One of the biggest accomplishments would be winning the Russian Cup overall while still being a Junior.

What were some of the highlights of the 2019 season for you?

Vlad Sherryuble: In 2019, unfortunately I've been focused on my career so that I can ride and train properly in coming years to see how far I can get with mountain biking.

Do you have a full-time job? How do you pay for your racing habit?

Vlad Sherryuble: I am working as a fitness model creating work of art and aesthetics with photographers all over the world. That's my way of supporting my main passion - mountain biking.

How did you get into mountain biking?

I never really knew how I got into mountain biking... When I was a kid I always wanted a bike, not even a mountain bike (at a time I didnt even know it existed), but just any bike so I could ride. Then I start hitting some baby jumps, meet people who ride bikes and the progress begins.

What is something you believe that other people think is crazy?

Vlad Sherryuble: Riding in short socks is actually awesome but everyone thinks I am crazy.




What are your strengths?

Vlad Sherryuble: My biggest strength is biking and fitness but I tend to be pretty good at anything I do.

What are your weaknesses?

Vlad Sherryuble: Something I am really not good at is being a student, always having a hard time focusing on something I am not passionate about.

Where is your favourite place to ride?

Vlad Sherryuble: So far the best place I've ever been for riding is Whistler. Absolutely love it out here.

Who are your favourite people to ride with?

Vlad Sherryuble: Due to traveling the last 2 years I haven't been riding with one specific group of people in particular but everyone I've been riding with are awesome people and I have a great time riding with everyone I meet in 2020.

What's been your worst crash over the years?

Vlad Sherryuble: My absolute worst crash was in Russia for the first time ever on real mountains in a qualifying run for 4x Championship. I was young and inexperienced, yet had a huge passion to win. Ended up waking up in a hospital with a bad concussion, lost of my vision for about 3 weeks, some interior bleeding, broken elbow, and lots of bruises.




Who's your favourite rider?

Vlad Sherryuble: Never really had favorite rider but Bruni seems like a really cool guy and absolutely crushed it in 2019.

What's your favourite motto or saying?

Vlad Sherryuble: I don't really have my favorite saying, but definitely have my word: "AESTHETIC" !

What annoys you?

Vlad Sherryuble: Definitely always feel incomplete when I can't ride for whatever reason.

What makes you happy?

Vlad Sherryuble: The easiest question to answer is "What makes you happy?". It's riding my bike.

What's your favourite food?

Vlad Sherryuble: Riding a bike and going to the gym every day, maintaining a healthy being and aesthetic physique required a lot of food which I never really have preferences in. I think about the food as a way of reaching my goals before the test.




What do you enjoy away from bikes?

Vlad Sherryuble: Aside from biking I actually like going to the gym, love skiing, playing any sports, hiking, traveling, snorkeling, being active and productive.

Where can people follow you on social media?

Vlad Sherryuble: You are more than welcome to follow me on Instagram @Vlad.The.King, Facebook or any other social media I am on.



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58 Comments

  • 92 1
 Vlad would like to speak to the manager, now. www.instagram.com/p/B_N1oO2pYox
  • 11 0
 How many times can I upvote this?
  • 40 0
 how many days till we find out he has an onlyfans lmfao
  • 16 0
 I really wish I could somehow un-see at least half of those pics!
  • 9 0
 @pbmo: I was thinking it was an ironic sort of "I'm the greatest ever" thing, until I clicked that link.

Now I'm just questioning whether I truly understand irony at all...
  • 8 0
 "Nobody makes me bleed my own blood!"
  • 14 0
 Looks like a buff Arya Stark in that picture.
  • 2 0
 Vlad doesn't live to live.
  • 2 0
 PB is too old to fully appreciate this. I'm still cackling 3 min later
  • 2 0
 @bhuck12: I figured there was some sort of generational joke in there, but I have no clue what it is.
  • 61 0
 Daaaamn that's where I recognized Tom Bradshaw from. In a time when everyone else was Everesting paved or dirt roads, using weight weenie bikes, this boss did it on a long-travel sled apparently with no chamois. Absolute legend
  • 28 0
 Tom also forgot to mention that the frame was cracked, and the shock was blown. Animal.
  • 24 0
 And I’m pretty sure his favourite saying is “Farts are just the ghosts of animals we’ve eaten”
  • 5 0
 He's ridden with/in front of Nate Hills on quite a few #FollowCamFriday eps in BC. Generally, he's the guy in the Hawaiian shirt getting crazy loose.
  • 49 1
 This vlad guy is probably the cringiest dude I've ever witnessed lmao
  • 21 0
 Made the mistake of looking up dudes Instagram. Gonna go use my bleach eye drops now.
  • 20 0
 Vald is Waki
  • 7 0
 I genuinely thought he was a satire addition

Or may be he is but PB didn't tell him?
  • 2 1
 @richard01: Waki.The.King
  • 45 0
 not hard to guess who has the biggest ego of these three
  • 28 0
 Maybe they decided to not frame him as the egotistical bad guy, instead putting Ben at the front, because the "bad guy Russian" trope is a bit overplayed.
  • 8 0
 He really leaned into it, didn't he.
  • 25 1
 Had to pause the interview so he could go down on himself
  • 27 3
 Sorry Vlad but you look like a clown shoe doing a Charlie's Angel's pose bud... you scream "I'm a douche Bro"
  • 8 0
 I believe the proper nomenclature is ‘bruh’.
  • 2 2
 please. i can tell you right now i would be no less cringy, and far more awkward, if i had to pose for a picture or do basically anything in the public eye.
  • 4 0
 aesthetic
  • 1 1
 @nevertoofast: “Aesthetic Physique“. I think you mean athletic, Vlad.
  • 13 0
 You spelled "Ottawa" wrong, you know its only the capital of your home country...
  • 14 0
 Didnt read a word or watch it but I know who I want to lose lol
  • 7 1
 I read of a rider named Tom
Went off on his bike like a bomb
He showed if you ain’t
Got a chromoly taint
You might end up crying to Mom

Talented forest gnome JoPe
Dispensed us a little straight dope
The therapy cure
Though not right for her
Is how she bestows others hope

Canadian replicate Vlad
Fancied himself super rad
He shouted AESTHETIC
But came off pathetic
And commenters skewered the lad

Rider zero zero one
Came just to scare up some fun
Old, weak and lame
With no biking game
Resorts to a cheap hit and run
  • 2 0
 Whaaat I love this ! I dream of being a forest gnome
  • 9 0
 I hope Vlad Gets a real reality TV gig after this. He deserves it.
  • 8 0
 Tom's a great dude. Chur.
  • 8 0
 Nothing says aesthetic like factory wrinkles and flex-posing.
  • 7 0
 Chur Tom! Top bloke and an animal on the bike, had a great time on 2019 TransNZ, partly due to this guys great hosting ????
  • 6 0
 guys he is from wellington new Zealand!!!! please let us have this PLEASE!!! is always Rotorua and Queenstown that gets all the fame
  • 7 0
 I think the need Ritz to sponsor this whole thing because it is so cheesy.
  • 8 2
 Hey Vlad, do you flex much?
  • 4 0
 Interesting no mentioning of Bradshaw being followed by Nate Hills on YouTube. He's been in a few of the Follow Cam Friday videos.
  • 4 1
 watched this super high and was definitely way too into it. I guess that's the point. Want to hate but it hates itself for me. Love it. Ugh.
  • 3 0
 I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.
  • 4 0
 The dude on the right looks so face swapped
  • 5 0
 “Aesthetic”.
  • 3 0
 Vlad needs to go topless as often as possible. Can't really see his pecs in a riding shirt.
  • 4 0
 "Ottowa" lol
  • 3 0
 No chamois No problem. I'm glad to be able to do it.
  • 1 0
 Why don't you just incorporate this in the episodes?

Are you going to post their race results from ep 2 in a separate thread?
  • 2 0
 His bike probab, no undoubtably has Flex stays.
  • 1 0
 Even Vermont's sweet maple syrup couldn't save @kiwibradshaw at Ainsa 2018...no doubt he was hugged up.
  • 1 0
 Hey , you all deserve to win
  • 1 0
 Guy on left looks like Gary Vee lol
  • 1 0
 First pic and already one question...: What time it really is???
  • 4 4
 How dare Tom disrespect the queen, cardinal b
  • 1 1
 I totally dig this show, thanks PB!
  • 1 1
 Vlad looks like Ivan Dragos son!
  • 1 0
 "I will dessstroyyyy Youuu...!"
  • 1 0
 Bryce Harper on Wheels

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