Life In The Loops: No Brad No Ride - Part 2

Nov 25, 2013 at 21:29
by Dylan Sherrard  
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Sometimes I worry that perhaps we’ve only painted half the picture. We’ve all shared stories of a madman wandering wildly through the sage brush and swinging his rusted flat head to carve mountains into takeoffs. But we all stop there. We never take a moment to consider what makes Brad Stuart tick. And that bothers me, because Brad is one of the most fascinating people I know.

Brad Stuart

Brad Stuart

At 36 years old, Brad rides faster, jumps higher and is more enthusiastic about cycling than anyone I've met. He has a supportive wife and a two year old son. He also owns a house and works a full time job. Most normal people are incapable of allowing all those things to coexist in the flawless way that Brad does. But he loves riding his bike as much as he loves anything else, so he makes it work. He looks at everything around him with a child-like affection and he knows that he only has one shot at life, so he spends his time wisely and he pushes hard for progression.

Maybe one... maybe two years and he ll weild a real saw.

Brad Stuart Kamloops bike ranch. Man that one was sick I almost hit your camera

Dylan being pretty alright

That lifestyle produces an infectious energy that can be seen and felt in anyone who spends time with Brad. Simply being around him makes me want to work harder and be better, share more and be nicer to people. I can especially see the truth in that when I’m around Brad’s two year old son, Kaden. He wanders around the driveway with the same big smile that Brad wears. He shares whatever rocks and flowers he can find in the bushes, and he tries to help load the trucks when we leave the house to go riding.

Brad Stuart

Brad Stuart

Brad's Bike Park

Being such a bad ass and generally decent fella for so many years presented Brad with an interesting opportunity in the fall of 2010. The city of Kamloops realized the size of cycling in our community and decided that our local park, the Bike Ranch, was in need of a makeover beginning with the jump park at the bottom. After checking with the locals, it was clear that Brad would be the man for the job.

Brad s shipping container on site at the ranch. Tools of construction and destruction live as one.

Brad Stuart

Years without proper maintenance had rendered the Bike Ranch helpless against the violence of the summer sun. Thousands of skids and cases had reduced the jumps to oddly misshapen piles of moon dust. But in only 4 days with a bobcat, Brad transformed the dusty barren landscape into a picture perfect jump park with rows on rows of carefully sculpted doubles. We finished off that season with a fantastic session and put our bikes away for the winter, wondering what the world would be like if Brad were working in the Bike Ranch all the time.

Brad lead Dylan under a trail intersection built solely by Brad

A slash so forceful it moves the clouds

The following spring, Brad was given a full time city job as the official grounds keeper at the Kamloops Bike Ranch, and he has held that position for the last three seasons. In his time at the Ranch Brad has transformed the landscape from a network of dry and dusty single tracks into a world class training facility. He has opened a foam pit, a pump track, a dual slalom course, as well as the most scenic and enjoyable uphill trails in the valley.

Moto influence

Brad’s remodeling of the Ranch means that any rider, of any skill level, riding any style of bike, can hang out in the park and enjoy themselves. But perhaps the greatest feature of his efforts goes beyond the manual labor performed in that white clay valley. What a lot of people seem to overlook is the sense of community Brad has instilled in the people who ride there. They are always keen to help and always smiling. Always willing to share their tips or lend a hand with shoveling. And always ready to share a story – kind of like Brad is.

Brad Dylan something moldable and something shapable.

Brad Stuart

NO BRAD NO RIDE

Simply put, Brad is an overlooked cog in our community. Aggy said it really well at the end of Stength In Numbers. “We owe it to trail builders for every smile that they put on our faces when we ride our bikes.” In Kamloops, the majority of us owe brad for those smiles.

Not a puncture simply such a forceful drift and slash unseated the tire. Maybe it s not up to Brad Stuart Spec

A little to much spice and one finds themselves a little bit more familiar with the properties of Kamloops concrete

When I see a group of kids ripping laps through the dirt jumps or a mom and her two daughters pedaling around the pump track, I know that is happening because of Brad. When kids are under rotating back flips into the shelter of the foam pit, and fathers are shuttling laps with their sons, I know they enjoy those luxuries because of Brad’s hard work.

Brad and five young men whose lives on bicycles have been shaped by his hands his riding and consistent grin.

Brad above his big kid s sandbox

I wouldn't be riding at the level I do today if it weren't for Brad pushing me along the way, and I'm sure that many others in Kamloops could say the same. Brad has worked with the community to build exactly what they want to ride and redefined how much fun they can have on their bikes. He is pushing people to realize their potential and showing them the baby steps along the way. He is making riding happen for people in a big way, and there isn’t a better man for the job.

Brad Stuart

Thanks for everything, Bradley!

Keep up with Dylan between columns by following him on The Kona Cog.
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39 Comments

  • 28 1
 Awesome write up and addition to part 1, sounds like a legendary guy! This did remind me of a few guys from where I ride, putting huge amounts of work in so everyone can have a great time.
  • 15 0
 I have riden many of those lines and have really enjoyed myself ..hats off to you Brad for all the hard work you have put into creating those trails
  • 10 0
 My role models and heros aren't in hollywood, they don't play TV sports. Mountain biking is the most fun, but it has the best tribe period. I owe this dude a beer, we all do.
  • 3 0
 I gave him a greasy Alberta Pilsner when I was there in November. He's a cool dude. If I move there I will definately help him out when I can.
  • 10 1
 HQ, HQ! This is Kona China! Please give Dylan and Brad Carbon Operators! We need to get connected to more awesomeness!
  • 17 0
 Yes please.
  • 6 0
 I see Brad at the bike park nearly everytime i go riding and he does ten times as much work as any human being, i see him measuring transitions with shovel lengths and spending hurs perfecting them to get them just right even though you can't even see the difference, he's super stoked to listen to ideas and without a doubt the single best builder n the world
  • 4 0
 Being a father (of two young girls) and having a full-time job like Brad, I admire his ability to juggle all of it as Dylan wrote.
  • 3 0
 Very well said, and thanks for addressing this Dylan, also thanks for all your hard work Brad its always been a pleasure running into you on the trails.
  • 3 0
 A pure inspiration. Brad for what he's done for the cycling community in Kamloops, and Dylan for shining much needed light on Brads efforts.
  • 1 0
 Well said! There is no words to describe the energy that superhuman has and radiates, i feel so lucky to have had so many sessions with brad late in the season epic days at the dirt jumps and especially on the new trail 'wrangler' and as Dylan said, both the bike ranch and the man himself pushed my riding to a higher level, I'm headed back to Australia in a few weeks stoked on what i got out of this trip, cheers Brad!
  • 1 0
 this man , has got it made ! every local in Kamloops, even the world owe him a big thank you because he has been a big inspiration too all the riders with making dream jumps come true . He has done a huge part in helping revolutionizing this sport and pushing it to the edge literally. Without him good bye bike ranch and great riding trails , seriously no one could even come close to his art work he creates. Thanks Brad for being Gnarly as fuck ! good times helping you build a bit this last year !
  • 3 0
 The biggest thanks you can give to trail dogs like this is to get out there yourself and start digging.
  • 1 0
 Brad is so stoked, espresso mellows him out. Another great piece of writing Dylan!! And great pics of the legend in action!!
  • 1 0
 we could use a brad over here haha seriously i wish we had something like what brad has built. cheers to brad and all the people he makes smile
  • 1 0
 It's a shame there is so few comments. These have been a great read and an awesome spotlight onto an awesome individual. BRAD COME HELP ME BUILD SOME JUMPS!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 This is what its all about. Join in at you local spot everyone can do something to help, and if you ride and DON'T dig you should be ashamed of yourself
  • 1 0
 I have built and rode with brad he is exactly how you described him. Very lucky to have met him and ridden his amazing bike ranch. Hats off to brad
  • 1 0
 So why does Sun Peaks resort not hire Mr. Stuart to work with trail crew . Transform a couple of dream runs and open other chair lifts that lay dormant .
  • 3 0
 World need more Brad!
  • 2 0
 Anybody that can bring a foam pit to your town is a God.
  • 7 0
 Foam pits suck. We are getting Monster to get us an air bag in the spring. We are also going to get the lights in and on right away.
  • 3 0
 that would be that coolest. If your getting rid of the foam pit ill take it
  • 1 0
 Dylan, I absolutely love your columns!! keep up the great job Smile Wish I had a Brad friend as well haha
  • 2 0
 Great article. A full-time city job building trails? That's tits!
  • 1 0
 Well written Dylan. Thanks Brad and all other trail workers for all that you do
  • 1 0
 The people who make mountain biking happen need more coverage. MOAR I say!
  • 1 0
 Awesome write up. awesome guy... we all appreciate and respect the work you do brad Salute
  • 2 0
 w00t
  • 2 1
 Will there be a part 3?.........
  • 1 0
 Thanks Brad for all the big smiles and air miles. Much appreciated!
  • 1 0
 Our world needs more guys like Brad... and Dylan too... Great work!!
  • 1 0
 Nice work. The bike ranch is my favorite place on earth.
  • 1 0
 What bike does he ride????
  • 1 0
 Brad is ta rad!
  • 1 0
 such jump, much stoke.
  • 1 0
 Leg End x
  • 1 0
 mtb Jesus?
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