The Top 10 Ratboy x Santa Cruz Moments

Sep 27, 2018
by Sarah Moore  
Josh Bryceland enjoying his more relaxed schedule this season. While he might not be between the tape he is still on his bike and having fun non-stop.


With Santa Cruz and Josh Bryceland parting ways ahead of 2019, we immediately started reminiscing about all the iconic moments they've had over the years. Below are some of our favourites.





1. Winning Junior World Championships - 2008 - Val di Sole



2. His first Elite podium - 2011 - Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup

Ratboy took his first Elite World Cup podium at Mont-Sainte-Anne, finishing second to Aaron Gwin.



3. Launching the 2013 Bronson

The Syndicate was on tap for the launch video for the first mid-size-wheeled Bronson.



4. Winning his First World Cup - 2014 - Leogang

The Rat took his first World Cup win at Round 4 of the DH World Cup in Leogang.



5. Winning the World Cup Overall - 2014 - Meribel

Josh Bryceland dominated the second half of the 2014 season, and his third place at Meribel secured the World Cup overall.



6. Injury at Worlds - 2014 - Hafjell World Championships

Maybe not a favourite moment, but definitely a memorable one. Josh Bryceland missed out on the win at World Championships in Hafjell, Norway by a mere 0.4 seconds after spectacularly overjumping the finish line sender, breaking his foot and ankle in the process.



7. Launching the Bronson, again - 2015

Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland smashed the trails of Madeira for the launch another Santa Cruz Bronson.



8. His final international DH Race - 2016 - Val di Sole World Championships

With rumours looming that he might step away from racing, Josh's final DH race on the global stage was at 2016 Worlds. He finished 15th. It's still incredible to see someone step away when they're at the top of their game, what a shock.



9. The Wheel Love video - 2017

Wheel Love flew under the radar last year, but was an incredibly rad project with creative, loose riding and good vibes throughout. An instant classic, and we were stoked to see more of what Josh had been doing away from racing.



10. Launching the Bronson, for a 3rd time - 2018

Josh and yet another new Bronson took quite a trip, down in the woods near the town where he was born. This one gets brought up all the time in "best launch video" conversations.






What did we miss? What would you add to the list?

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88 Comments

  • + 154
 Rat- “I didn’t want to brake for that jump”
Greg- “I noticed”

Classic!
  • + 77
 "Did you brake?"
"I had a puncture.."
"Ah, wank"..

Gotta love the rat.
  • + 2
 Still my favorite all time moment in racing
  • + 52
 What about winding up Gee on the podium during the anthem

Rat "You not gonna sing bro?"

Gee Scowls at Rat boy

Rat "I don't know the words either"

Cracked me up then, cracks me up now
  • + 48
 Gee and Rat for me always represented the two ends of the downhill spectrum perfectly. The serious, train every day, hit your lines maximise power output and go for the win and the get loose, get wild, go fast approaches that both prove incredibly successful. They have both been icons of DH for the UK and they show that it's about what works for the rider and there is no single formula for success.
  • + 45
 Watching the promo for the Blur TR made me buy one. So rad www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWUjon8EmVI
  • + 3
 Whoever it is on that bike sure is pedaling a lot. Are you sure it's him?
  • + 12
 Never seen this before! Made me want to buy one now!!lol! The one with him and Peaty dicking around on chameleons was pretty cool!!
  • + 1
 Great, that song will be in my head all day.
  • + 4
 Hell yea! Still want one! Should've jumped on that frame deal years ago.
  • + 1
 Ooooo! Still one of my favorite trail bike riding videos.
  • + 1
 Came here to say this. "Rat attack" video is awesome
  • + 7
 Look at those funny little wheels, short frame and head angle set for sharp handling. Looks so much fun, I reckon it could be the future! You mark my words! I can’t think why nobody thought to try that before...
  • + 4
 @karatechris I can't believe I forgot about this one. I remember being so inspired by this when it came out.
  • + 1
 @aps62: short high and steep. It's the future! ????
  • + 1
 Such a legendary video, always gets me stoked every time I rewatch it
  • + 2
 @Dav82: that chameleon video was dope! cool song also. long live the rat
  • + 1
 the way he corners bike for his size is totally amazing so smooth >>>
  • + 1
 The moment Rat went from being a rider I liked to one of my favorites - just loose flowy fun on two wheels; his personality comes through so well in his riding
  • + 41
 Need the national anthem in there
  • + 5
 Ah damn it.
  • + 1
 classic
  • + 21
 Long Live RatBoy. He will make new moments where ever he lands.
  • + 8
 * whenever he lands.
  • + 4
 @mi-bike: too high...can't land...he'll just roll to the next gig
  • + 15
 Ratboy's name will always be synonymous with the Santa Cruz brand for me - even if he ends up on Cannondale next season. Regardless, wishing him the best.
  • + 6
 Rat "I didnt want to brake for that jump"
Greg "I noticed"
Classic!

The videos of rat, peat and greg were the syndicate golden days.
There just isnt much content from them now.
I would love to see 30min videos, more the better. I miss the horse play and lifestyle content of their videos.
Their current team deserves way more exposure. Top riders that arnt even at their full potential yet. Even greg has alot more in the gas tank.
Much love for santa cruz. Diehard fan.
  • + 4
 Greg peaty and the rat were always great! Would love to see a new series with them
  • + 10
 Missing the blur tr launch video.
  • + 5
 I'm reading comments on how we all miss that guy and somehow fully agree to it. So even though he is not gone, people feel a lack of coverage on him, want to see more of him. For me it just underlines what a great personality he is and how romantic the crowd of these die hard MTBers in the end is...
  • + 3
 we sure do love our hero's...cheers!
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13508350
  • + 6
 Cappuccino Steve. Priceless.

If you listen to the interview with Rob it sounds like this was Josh's decision 100%. Rob seemed heart broken as he spoke about Josh. Sad day indeed.
  • + 1
 Where can one find the interview?
  • + 4
 @dingus: Vital MTB. The link is near the bottom of the story about Josh leaving SC.

www.vitalmtb.com/news/news/Josh-Bryceland-Leaves-Santa-Cruz,1205
  • + 2
 Thank you sir.
  • + 2
 @Madtown: Man, you could hear the wheel love in his voice.
  • + 2
 maybe Rat was disappointed that Rob sold out to corporate dweebs (Pon Holdings).
  • + 9
 Stockport’s finest
  • + 4
 gotta check this Andes Pacifico Ratcam, just flowin' !!

youtu.be/YxMmt8ShsOs
  • + 3
 That was my favorite video from this year. That's what riding with your bros is all about.
"F*cking gettin' it, Krunk!" "Ya man!" Love it!!!!!
  • + 2
 I have blisters on my corneas from watching that. WOW!!!
  • + 1
 I've got a couple of Earthed dvds (and Earthed 1 on VHS). I'll have to figure out what goes on which, but I think there was an edit of Bryceland with Richard Cunynghame on Earthed 3 (not to be confused with Richard Cunningham from Pinkbike) and with Ruaridh Cunningham on Earthed 5 (who probably already had a junior Worlds title in the pocket at the time). Both show some impressive skills on the big bike for a guy his age.
  • + 4
 one of the best this is peaty episodes, good old days Smile

youtu.be/prGf7p_8Gz0
  • + 2
 This news kinda breaks my heart, but I'm not even sure why. The end of a pretty sick era, I guess. Regardless, the rat will still find a way to have an awesome time. Best of luck to you Josh.
  • + 1
 Love rewatching these moments. For us regular folk it's difficult to understand why Ratboy stepped away from racing when he was just hitting his stride. As soon as you watch one of his recent edits though you can see that the man just loves being on bikes with mates, laughing, pushing limits, and having a fuck off good time. It all makes sense now. Ratboy, best of luck on your next adventure!
  • + 1
 My favourite part of all those videos is how the other riders rally around him when they find out he's busted. A lot of those guys are chalk and cheese, but it always makes me happy when I see how they come together when it counts.
  • + 4
 imagine if he still would have won after breaking his ankle...it was sooooo damn close
  • + 4
 I miss this guy . Wishing your the best in your future RAT BOY ! The Happiest Pro ever to race DH
  • + 2
 Why 3 Bronson launches? He made history, Fun and trophys down here Wink

youtu.be/fAexwQrhDNw jackal launch

youtu.be/rj6sBSWSdiI V10 launch
  • + 2
 Met the Rat at a strip club in Portland, OR. Smoked a joint with him and took a pic. Cool ass motherf**ker! Wishing the dude profitable endeavors ????
  • + 4
 Ratboy to Transition. Periot.
  • + 4
 Anyone else hoping for a banger leaving edit?
  • + 4
 Ah that old post-ride staple, the best launch videos conversation.
  • + 3
 My favorite bike racer ever. So inspirational for all of my own aspirations. And just fun to watch.
  • + 2
 Breaking a foot. Not a great moment. Being carried off by 2 greats Peaty and Minnar, EPIC
  • + 2
 "after last week I thought we were at a massive disadvantage being on 26 inch....turns out ....

Fast forward 4 years.....
  • + 3
 The leogang song and the anthem singing with gee were hilarious
  • + 4
 We rail berms in Leogang!! Classic Rat. We love you man always!
  • + 1
 LEEE OOO GAAANG LEE OOO GANG
  • + 1
 I find it odd that he launched the new Bronson and is now leaving. Seems to me its his choice to move on to something he is more intrested in.
  • + 1
 Is that really it? Because of that comment? I honestly can’t believe that. Santa Cruz without the Rat is like SC without Peaty, or Kathy, or Minnar.
  • + 4
 What comment?
  • + 2
 I want to see more of his narrowboat
  • + 1
 Wow that's like finding out ya best mate have spilt up!!!! Long live the rat....
  • + 1
 He inspired me a lot! I had a possibility to meet him personally!
www.pinkbike.com/photo/12144228
  • + 2
 The whistler ratboy syndicate special, great laugh that one.
  • + 2
 My favorite launch of the Bronson was this latest with the cartoons.
  • + 2
 Issall about ridin, give or take
  • + 2
 anyone know where hes going?
  • + 1
 People are talking about Cannondale.
  • + 1
 On the 2008 podium who are the two others : Thirion and Hart ?
  • + 2
 sam dale
  • + 1
 Is that Cannons i can hear on the Dales?
  • - 1
 Person leave a team to go to another team....."and everyone looses their minds." (Joker, 200Cool
  • - 2
 His comment to the kids at the end of his Redbull Hardline run.
  • + 1
 because of that?
  • + 1
 What happenned?
  • + 12
 @sevensixtwo: After his run (quali run I believe) some kids wanted an autograph, I believe he replied "hold on boys I'm breathing out me f*cking arse" which I took to mean just a second let me catch my breath. Surely that's not what this is about, is it? I mean we all expect that from the Rat, he wasn't being mean or anything.

#LONGLIVETHERAT
  • + 1
 @Matheusgsg: Doubt it, others f-bombed during actual interviews at Hardline (Vigé...). It's one of the first words a true mountain biker learns.
  • + 6
 like someone could understand him anyway
  • + 1
 What did he say?
  • + 2
 That just means he's out of breath, so what?
  • + 2
 @BigEvil: Sounds like that is totally unrelated. The Rat himself has said: "As I near my 30's I feel my role within the industry changing and feel it's time to put something back in. And by that I mean helping develop the youth! With this comes a new brand and new opportunities to mentor two young riders."
  • + 1
 Children know how to swear, because other children teach them how to swear.
  • + 3
 Its hilarious. Top 10 rat moment. Love it!
  • + 0
 @Steventux: not to mention f*ckin' parents
  • + 3
 Thats actually funny as shit. No way SC dropped him because of that. Besides, brits swearing isn’t really swearing.

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