Barry Wicks is a mountains born and bred adventure athlete. With tens of years of experience racing everything from World Cup MTB and CX to multi-day races like BCBR, Barry is as well versed as they come on two wheeled exploits. For 2018, Look for Barry to be leading the charge on new, high adventure trips throughout the season with the occasional Gravel, MTB and CX race thrown in for good measure.
RIDER NEWSMORE FROM THE COG
DISCIPLINES / RIDING OR RACING FOCUSMTB, Gravel, CX
KONAS IN YOUR QUIVERHonzo CR Race, Hei Hei Supreme, Major Jake
DATE OF BIRTHNovember 15, 1981
RIDING WITH KONA SINCE2002
PERSONAL TOUCHES ON YOUR BIKES
Most if not all of my bikes have top secret modifications to make them faster.
I like to watch Kris Sneddon blast old school AC/DC on his walkman while he checks all his bolts and lubes his chain one link at a time. Then I attack from the gun.
FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE
Sunshine Coast, BC
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
I grew up in Oregon, and currently live on the beach in Pacifica, CA
GOALS FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Inspire new journeys through attempting ridiculous trips and make lots of memories.
THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU
I am a competitive Stand Up Paddle Board racer
I enjoy rock climbing and whittling in my spare time
I make and sell Hella Sweet Gloves on ETSY in my spare time
FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2017
Reaching the top of the UPS trail segments on the Kokopelli trail on day two of the Kona Team adventure trip project. We had large doubts throughout the day as to if we would be able to complete the entirety of the trail, and when we got to the top of UPS we knew we would make it.
It was a great feeling and gave me the belief that anything we tried would be possible. That might be a bad thing, because now I am going to try harder and harder stuff until we fail, and the guys are going to hate me for it.
THIS OR THAT?
NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE?
GOT, Stranger Things, The Americans. I like cheap thrills.
FLIP-FLOPS / SANDALS?
Barefoot Whenever possible. Freedom for the toes!
LAUNDRY OR DISHES?
Neither. I enjoy completing menial tasks for the sense of accomplishment it gives me.
WOULD YOU RATHER BECOME A NINJA OR A PIRATE?
Pirate. I Like the sea.
PHONE CALL OR TEXT?
Prefer phone calls but I only text. I have social anxiety.