2019 PGMBA/PGCC sponsored athlete.
Age: 22 Hometown: Prince George, BC
Simon Karrer is a local slopestyle athlete competing on a global stage.
What’s your plans for all things bikes in 2019?
My plan is to ride as much as possible, whether it be at home with friends or competing at contests. As long as I can stay healthy and have fun, I’ll be stoked!
Who are all your other sponsors and what does sponsorship mean for you?
Along with the PGCC/PGMBA I am sponsored by Lama Cycles, NS Bikes, Alpinestars, Industry Nine, Sportchek, Ruckus Bike Shop, and Rad Army. To me, sponsorship is a two way relationship where a company or organization supports me in return for me providing them publicity and feedback on their products/services.
•What are your goals related to cycling looking toward the future?
As far as contests go, my goal is to get some solid results under my belt, which will hopefully get me a spot in the top 20 in the FMB World Overall Ranking. I’m currently sitting in 28th overall, so I think this is achievable by the end of the 2019 season.What is the best aspect of riding bike?
That feeling that keeps you coming back/progressing?
The best feeling for me is just getting to spend time with your friends and getting to do something that you’re passionate about.
What is your favorite trick to pull off in competition?
It depends on the feature that I am doing the trick on, but I would have to say the no handed front flip is my favorite at the moment.
If you had to hit just one line/trail over and over what/where would it be?
That’s a tough question, I’d have to say the Slopestyle line at the GP Compound here in Prince George would be my pick. It’s got a really good variety of features, as well as the size is big enough to do all of your biggest tricks, but small enough to make it fun to just cruise and enjoy as well.
Favorite trail in PG?
I think that one of my favorite things I’ve ridden here in Prince George isn’t really a trail but riding down the North Nechako cut banks was a blast!
Who is going to win Crankworks in Whistler this year?
With the field of riders being as competitive as it is, it’s anyone’s game. It would be really cool to see a Canadian like Brett Rheeder or Anthony Messere on top though.
What overseas destination do you look forward to the most?
I always look forward to going to Spain. Barcelona is probably my favorite city I’ve been to, so any time I get the chance to go back, I always jump at the opportunity!
Any pre-competition rituals? Meditate? Rock some music?
I usually just put on some music and find a quiet spot to get my head straight and visualize what it is I want to go out and do.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back 5 years ago?
I try to live with no regrets but one thing I would tell myself is to buy a camera and take more photos of all the cool things that I come across. I started doing this last year and it has been a lot of fun to go back and look through photos from past trips and things like that.
What would you like to see happen in PG’s riding scene to help it to the next level?
I think it’s awesome to see the trail networks growing at places like Pidherny and Otway. But what I think Prince George desperately needs is a public jump park. Somewhere kids can go and hang out and ride their bikes and catch some air. I never had that growing up, so my friends and I always had to build our own jumps so that we could go biking. I think that if kids had access to a jump park then it would get them much more excited to get outside and ride their bikes!