Riff Stills Photo Epic: Dylan Sherrard - A General Cycling Enthusiast

Dec 19, 2016 at 19:01
by Steve Riffel  
When I first moved to Kamloops I didn’t have much of a goal in mind career wise. Just an overwhelming desire to take a crack at creating a life completely absorbed by biking. And my biggest hope was to find a way to support that lifestyle. I guess I’ve done pretty well for myself on that project, and now my big hope is that maybe I can help people to realize it’s not that crazy to spend their lives doing what they love, if they really love it.

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

Kamloops bike ranch.

I’ve definitely been feeling a positive momentum shift in my riding in recent times. I’ve spent a lot of years really focused on progression, and it's been a riot. But riding that way - always pushing so hard - it takes an enormous amount of energy. And honestly, it feels kind of self-absorbed.

Last light at the Kamloops Bike Ranch

Kamloops Bike Ranch

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

I feel like I’ve learned lots of cool tricks on my bike, but I’ve also learned a lot of cool things about healthy and happy living too. And I’m starting to feel its a lot more rewarding to place all that energy into making biking better for other riders. I really want to use my voice and the skills I’ve developed to share those tricks and ideas with others. I just want to make riding more enjoyable for everyone.

Harper mountain.

Harper mountain.

Harper mountain.

Harper mountain.

Shred Hard Summer Camps is a nice step in that direction. It’s so much fun, I almost can’t believe it’s possible. I have the chance to host bike camps in my favourite riding destinations with my friends - who happen to be some of my favourite riders - as coaches. And then we create this rad atmosphere where riders really kick back and enjoy their ride, which is the perfect environment to make a ton of progress in a short time. It’s totally bonkers.

Shredhard summer camp.

Camper and Camp champ.

Sun Peaks Resort.

I’ve noticed myself watching a lot more surf content than mountain bike content this year. I think it’s because surf characters and their content generally seem to be a little more calm and collected. And they all seem really connected to the natural world. In biking, with so much high tech gear around us, I’m worried that connection is too easily overlooked.

KBR pump track.

KBR pump track.

KBR pump track.

Maybe we make biking a little more complicated than it needs to be, and maybe that’s taking away from our enjoyment.

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

I refuse to subscribe my riding to any particular label. A definition is simply a limitation, and I love biking far too much to limit what I can do by labelling it as anything specific. When people ask me what I do for a living, I just tell them, “I’m a general cycling enthusiast.”

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

I’m not so sure about this whole being constantly busy situation that’s gained so much popularity. I honestly feel that in order to do what I love as a career, to do well at it, and to keep loving it… I need to remember the chillin' is equally as important as the killin’.

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

I also feel it's really necessary to keep things on my own terms. I think I turn down a lot more job offers and travel opportunities than I accept. I guess I just love what I do far too much to allow for any changes that don’t feel like natural, organic growth. That's a hard gun to stick to, but I feel really good about it.

 panshotfriday

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

Riff Stills Photo Epic Dylan Sherrard

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been biking for 17 years already. And even crazier to think about all the growth and knowledge, or the incredible lifestyle that bicycles have allowed for me. I’m incredibly grateful and eternally indebted. And I’m really excited about whatever I’m rolling toward next.

Double exposure.


MENTIONS: @dylansherrard / @riffstills




25 Comments

  • 22 1
 No matter what bike, it's always great watching Dylan ride. So much flow, so much style. But further than riding, Dylan's helpful hints I often see him giving future shredders at the Kamloops Bike Ranch is what makes this guy a true class act. My kids have so much respect for Dylan and know that they can always rely on Dylan for advice. That is what truly makes Dylan an ambassador of the sport! Keep er chill bud!
  • 13 0
 Man, that was really good. Riding with Dylan for a few hours was probaly the best thing i could have done for my confidence on two wheels. Thanks for always inspiring so many people to get out and ride bikes, and generally make the most of life.
#mondaysdontsuck
  • 12 0
 I really respect and admire this attitude, the desire to do what you love rather than conform to a group or prevailing trend and the guts to stick to it and share it with others.

Dylan made a really profound point (In my view) in Freehub's faces segment where he said mountain bikers 'Don't celebrate what we do enough'. I'm lucky enough to have followed and been part of the evoloution of Mtb, in my case 1980's BMX to where are today. In the case of the UK its a wealth of riding options and easy access to technology, with a broad range of technology and the best kit. And yet it seems it's not enough, to me there's too much tech talk, what to ride; wheel size, pedal type, bike brands, Where to ride; what's a great trail built with skill and imagination, or one that's not worth the visit. This passive-agressive willy waving isn't what MTB IS supposed to be about. Then there's Strava every ride is a race what happened to riding for the opportunity or just the buzz? Collect those not KOM's
  • 8 0
 "chillin' is equally as important as the killin"
i chill better than i can kill lol
  • 6 0
 Dylan Sherrard is one of the very few true Ambassadors of this sport we all take part in.
We should all be a little more like Dylan.

#goodguydylan
  • 4 0
 Dylan lives slow, I think a lot of people appreciate that about him. Takes the time to live by what matters most to him and dedicates himself to making the most of it. You're the man Dylan, keep on being you.
  • 2 0
 Good attitude, wish more people were that way. To a degree I understand what he means being surrounded by hi tech equipment and loosing the connection but I don't really see that, riding a few times I week I get to see the woods, the mountains and the countryside in all seasons. I love to see the ebb and flow of the seasons and their impact on the environment, I try to spend as much time as I can there and appreciate every season for what it has to offer
  • 4 0
 I liked that Smile
  • 3 0
 dylan throws one of the nastiest tables in the game.
  • 2 0
 or unturndown or whatever you call that trick haha
  • 3 0
 Tippie's Grin should be listed among Canada's most treasured assets.
  • 2 0
 I liked the 5th pic down .
  • 1 0
 Yeah Dylan!! You are the epitome of a professional athlete. I wish you nothing but the best. Keeps er reeeeal bud!
  • 2 0
 oh you! that was pleasant
  • 2 1
 Whitehorse represent......
  • 2 1
 love it!
  • 3 5
 Nice guy, I find it ironic how he is such a quality person and down to earth but rides for the most corperate brand in the industry. Cam Zink, get this man a YT!
  • 3 5
 i say put down the copy of SURFER and start pickin' up issues of RACER -X. life will make more sense. braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap!
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