SK: Four-wheel mountain biking. Gravity is the power source. It's an insane combination of mtb, rally car, and motocross. Throw some trophy truck similarities in there too. It's nothing like a monster truck, and no, my bike does not need an electric engine.
How does the bike work, and who made it?
SK: The four-wheeler was made by the defunct company R-ONE. I was partners in the company with another dude. The bike handles very well but must be treated with real respect, cause it can bite you bad.
Tell us about the early days of Whistler
SK: From 2000 to 2004 was really a rad time, a Lil more hardcore if ya will. I am super proud to be in the first wave of people who moved here JUST for the bike park. Skiing wasn't even a part of the reason to move here, not even on the radar.
Don't forget it was NWD 2 and The Whistler Bike Park that helped me get my name and sport out there in the mainstream media during those first couple years.
What are your personal goals with riding?
SK: You really never do stop learning new methods and tricks of the trade. I just wanna take gravity powered four-wheelin' to a new level every season I ride. Push the bar as high as I can. Plus, I want to give my sponsors as much bang for their buck as possible.
How have things changed since the release of your previous video in 2015?
SK: Your piece featuring me came out in March of 2015. 19 months later, the piece has gotten over 13 million views in total and has really pushed people's recognition of me waaaaay outside just the bike world. I get stopped by people of all ages, in all sorts of crazy situations. They stop me to ask questions and to grab a selfie with "that guy from the video with the crazy four-wheel bike".
Honestly, I freakin' love it! I am in it to entertain, and I would never be bummed about reaching such a massive and mainstream audience.
Describe an average day riding in Whistler?
SK: Get up at 7:30 am, leave the house at 8:15, get dressed and tune my ride, get on the lift at 10 am, bang out 5 or 6 runs, have a killer healthy lunch, get back on the lift at 1pm, bang out 5 or 6 runs, come home, wash bike, tune bike, eat food, dork around with friends or Sarah till late, sleep and repeat 4 days week. It does not suck that's for sure.
What are some things people may not know about Stacy Kohut?
SK: I have a huge heart and I have time and respect for ANYBODY that is TRULY respectful to people with disabilities. Ask a well thought out question or comment, and you will get a well thought out answer.
Anything you'd like to add?
SK: I just want to thank my sponsors for the amazing support over the 16 years. Stik/Troy at TLD, The Oakley Canada crew, Maxxis and the NRG peeps, Scott at Sun and Hayes, Leroy and the Phil Wood posse, Stefan and the Vans Canada group, Richard at Ergogenics, everybody from Fox Shox, James and the shop crew from Suspension Werx, Andrew from Maxima, Rob and Crystal from Intuition Liners, James at The Fix Inc, Chris and Pete from North Shore Billet (NSB), Robby from FSW, Fraser and Stokesy from Lift Ops, and of course my friends and family.
Also, thank you to all the people of ALL ages who respect and get what I'm all about... It does mean the world to me.
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