Video: Ryan St. Lawrence, USA's First Bucket Biker

Oct 24, 2018
by Jonathan Emery  

Many of you have heard of our good buddy Ryan St. Lawrence by now. To the audience on social media: you've probably seen a glimpse of his journey since his life-altering spinal cord injury. You may have seen the videos of him getting back on 2 wheels this summer (first bucket biker in the USA) two years after his accident. There’s a good chance you’ve seen pictures of his fully customized adaptive Santa Cruz V10 bucket bike and have seen him competing in the US Open of mountain bike as an adaptive athlete next to Motocross legend Doug Henry. You may have noticed as he and others helped local adaptive athlete Lyndsey Runkel get her own bucket bike set up.

But his friends know him as Ryguy. I met Ryguy in the parking lot of the local riding spot near my house over five years ago and we've been riding together ever since. We have competed against each other in many a local enduro race; rubbing tires on local trails, literally. Before his accident we knew him as the driving force and "President" of Team Granite along with buddies Keith, aka “Coach” and Jonny, aka “Vermont Chapter President.” He was also the driving force behind a weekly ride series we called “beerleague,” which was basically a ride up and down the mountain multiple times followed by post-ride beers. At the time, many of us were not a part of Team Granite, but we all rode, raced, and laughed together over those post ride/race beers. Our weekly beerleague slowly evolved into a legit mountain event @Highland-Mountain-Bike-Park known as Wednesduro.

Fast forward to his accident, and you saw the local riding community rally together. It also brought all of us who rode together closer. Fast forward to the present, years after his accident, after everyone has continued going about their daily lives and responsibilities. You'll find the guys behind the scenes, the original guys of Team Granite, still there, along with many new members, enthusiastic as ever, helping in any way they can to get Ryguy out on his bike.

So, with that history lesson out of the way, the real reason for this post is to show you just how far you can go with grit, determination, skill, and the right team around you. This year for our annual Team Granite summit we headed west to some of the best mountain biking destinations in the United States. We went all over Utah and Colorado. We got Ryguy out on as many rides as we could in the 9 days we were out there. Logistics, weather, and trail conditions made it challenging, but that wouldn't stop any of us.

We managed to get in a decent ride in Moab despite Ryans battery showing only a quarter charge

They say there is no I in team, but with our team you hear a lot of "I got this", and "I'll take care of that".

Only about a third of our members could make the trip but you can be sure they all wanted to be there

Ryan probably spent five times as much time shuttling us to ride and getting drone footage as he did riding but was always stoked to do so

Look for a full trip report and photo epic coming soon...

Special thanks to:
Highland-Mountain-Bike-Park
High Fives Foundation
Cycles Etc.
Chris Yank for always wrenching
Members of Team Granite


31 Comments

  • + 32
 Really cool! Massive props to each and every volunteer that goes out of their way to help those less-abled riders ride their bikes!
  • + 15
 I'm not an emotional guy, but I'll admit, reading this back after I wrote it choked me up! Proud of our Team! #teamgranitemtb
  • + 3
 Stoke is high on that one. Great job man!
  • + 12
 Yea RyGuy! Getting that bucket up to warp speed!
  • + 11
 So dope.. Proud to be part of this team.
  • + 6
 Ry, not only are you a killer shredder that literally never missed a beat between injury and getting back on two wheels but you are also just an incredible person, heart and soul! Thank you for never letting me settle on a three wheeler and showing me the absolutely bloody magic of being back on two wheels. You helped me find a part of myself that I thought I had lost forever (or the foreseeable future). And thank you Team Granite MTB for helping me one my maidan voyage back on my Devinci. You are all a f*cking rad group of humans that deserve so much praise for spreading your passion for mountain bikes all over!
  • + 2
 We were happy to help! Although I will admit I was nervous as hell seeing you go down the hill for the first time! lol
  • + 10
 RyGuy is two legit!
  • + 10
 Wasatch Crest Trail FTW!
  • + 6
 Awesome, Ryan! You deserve these props! And a battery that keeps you riding all day!
  • + 6
 Nice! Was this bike parked out front of McStiff's a couple of Fridays ago? Think I spotted it on our trip.
  • + 2
 lol yep, we were at Mcstiff's twice that week!
  • + 3
 @projectnortheast Excellent! All rides end at mcstiff’s!
  • + 3
 @jlang002: or Milt's!!!
  • + 7
 Good friends, dope bikes, unreal trails and locations. Good stuff.
  • + 4
 Rad Ryan! Dave Poole (@madmanpoole) has been bucket shredding here in the States since 2015- give him a follow and spread the stoke!
  • + 3
 Increbile and awesome. This is why this debate needs to open up quite a bit. Still don't understand what so many are scared about when it comes to ebikes. Anyway. Not trying to stir the pot. Just digg'n this
  • + 3
 Ride on, RyGuy!

Goes without saying but... Staggering amount of support not from just Team Granite, but your families as well! #RideTogetherStayTogether
  • + 4
 wow, great group of riding buddies!
  • + 3
 So sick. Love the mountain bike community. No other sporting community like it.
  • + 4
 pretty awesome. would love to see some details on his V10 and the set up.
  • + 3
 You can see a better pic of his bike here with a decent description... www.pinkbike.com/news/Back-on-Bike-after-Spinal-Cord-Injury.html
  • + 4
 Very cool! Ryan has some solid friends!
  • + 5
 Stoked to see this!
  • + 4
 Team Granite Fun Team! Wish I could have made the trip!
  • + 5
 This is great!
  • + 4
 I would be scared shirtless to ride a bike like that! Mad props.
  • + 4
 Epicness redefined!
  • + 3
 This so awesome. Love you guys
  • + 3
 So stoked to see Ryan riding again!!

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