Video: A Look Back at Ryan Howard's Riding Career in 'A Letter to Aptos'

Feb 25, 2022 at 9:00
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesA Letter To Aptos, the story of Ryan "R-Dog" Howard. R-Dog was born and raised in the small beach town of Aptos, California - just outside of Santa Cruz and home to some of the best mountain biking on offer and the grounds of the iconic Post Office. His passion was never really in racing as a kid. For Ryan it was all about riding with style and poise. His all-for-fun mentality that he brings to every ride and his wide grom-like smile are inspiring others to hit the trails. Watch as we uncover how a small beach town and an empty dirt lot shaped Ryan into the person and the rider that he is. Bikes have taken him all over the world, but he always comes back home to the mountains of Aptos with a smile on his face.805



32 Comments

  • 9 0
 One of the raddest dudes on a bike
  • 6 0
 So great. Nice work to all involved in this, and big props to R Dog's Mom! Opening that bottle with her teeth (and, of course, raising such a hero)!
  • 5 2
 all the Santa Cruz riders watching her using her teeth, imagining all that extra income.....
  • 8 1
 Great video, and now I finally know how to pronounce Aptos
  • 12 1
 Lesson two will be "Soquel"........
  • 5 1
 @xaos: Ha, I just learned how to say it the other day... Guy sounded like he was saying "SoCal" and I was confused, then he mentioned the demo trail and it then clicked for me.
  • 3 0
 @xaos: So kell
  • 2 0
 @Evo6:

Ny scene
  • 2 0
 @Evo6: So kewl at Manuels Wink
  • 1 0
 @xaos: Anyone here see SSD at the Soquel Grange Hall?



#crickets
  • 6 0
 Well done, r-dog has a heart of gold
  • 7 0
 Rdog is the man!
  • 6 0
 Well that kicked some serious ass
  • 5 0
 Awesome, such a cool guy that just want to ride bikes!!
  • 5 0
 My favorite rider to watch always looks like he is having a blast!
  • 6 0
 Great Video
  • 5 0
 Enjoyed that very much, didn't seem like 19 mins.. wish it was longer.
  • 6 3
 Sweet, my 2 favorites in 1 video: our local trails in Santa Cruz and 805 brews.
  • 2 0
 Absolutely loving that Toyota. Reminds me of my first truck back in 99, Red 86 with a 22RE. And R-Dog of course rips, double bonus
  • 5 1
 this guy bikes
  • 4 0
 Thank you Rdog
  • 3 0
 Yeah Doggy!!! Argh Argh!!
  • 4 0
 RAD - nice video Rdog.
  • 2 0
 Love the mid 80's Yota! Let's pitch in and get that exhaust leak fixed!!!
  • 2 0
 +1
I was going to (ironically) ask if that was some kind of rare vintage proto-Tacoma. "Where's the overlanding rack? Where's the rotopax? Does it even get to a trailhead without those?" /s
  • 2 0
 @number44: Haha Yota heads are out of control these days and I'm kind of one of them. I don't drive any newer than 2000 though.
  • 3 0
 RDOG YOU LEGEND!
  • 2 0
 Love RDog!! How did you get clear streets lol!!!
  • 2 0
 Always been fascinated with his effortless riding and incredible style.
  • 1 0
 So is 805 sponsoring a retirement party?
  • 1 0
 Why retire? An 8-oh-5 is better than a 9-to-5! Kid chose his own way of life #totalrespect #supermom





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