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Now then. The words "sick" and "gnarly" has often been used by the Crazy one when describing Matt Brook's over the phone. I sure was full of scepticism but the boy from the hill's wasn't having any of it. Then I met Matt Brooks. He pulled up in the most ghetto pick up I had ever set eyes on. As he got out I stated "That's a pretty sick pick up". Oh dear. My scepticism had to go, the Crazy one wouldn’t let me use that kind of language and get away with it. I wish I hadn't said it as I'm sure Matt pretty much changed my views about freeriders; only with his bike riding, not his talk.

Crossed Up

TW: Yo Matt. So things have changed a bit for you in the last few months, what has been the biggest change?

MB: The only real difference now is that I have a few companies helping me out (race face, giant bikes, giro helmets, and adidas eyewear), but I still ride for fun just like the good ol’days

TW: Now, you and J-rad chose to tag team it in the Race Face UFC and it worked real well, why did you decide to use that format??

MB: Me and J-rad are super good buddies. We were both going to enter and figured only one of us would probably get picked so we thought it would be our best bet to get into the top 16. Making it to the finals was completely unexpected

TW: What's your ride for 2005?

MB: Riding a giant faith 1 and a giant stp 1 all decked out with Diabolus race face components. DIG IT!

TW: Racing is still king here in Britain, but it seems low key in Canada, why do think this is?

MB: I think free ride appeals more to the masses than racing. Not to say that racing isn’t fun, but it gets to be fairly expensive after you pay all your race fees, travel expenses, and then you add your bike on top of that. With free ride all you really have to buy is a bike and after that the rest is up to you. We also have huge resorts investing in free ride such as Whistler and Sun Peaks, which helps the sport a lot.

Free riding seems to have progressed at a crazy rate, I think some racers would struggle to comprehend the size of some of the gaps in B.C, any ideas on what has pushed freeride on?

I think people are always going to want to push the limits of what is thought to be possible, those are the people that push free ride forward. A lot of it has to do with builders as well. When things are built right, and look good, they begin to look a lot more possible. So thanks to all the people with shovels in their hands, you guys rock!

Going Big!

TW: Which rider/s would you give props too most? and why?

MB: Wade Simmons has always been one of my personal favs, because he is the godfather of free ride. Without Simmons none of this would be happening right now. Tyler Klassen and Steve Romaniuk are both gnarly rippers and wicked guys as well.

TW: Big tricks, or big style?

MB: Both

TW: Hard tail or Full sus?

MB: I prefer full sus to a hard tail but that’s simply because of the terrain I am surrounded by.

TW: Trail or skate park?

MB: Trail.

TW: Where’s the best place you've ridden?

MB: Whistler is one of the best places I have ridden, there is always something crazy going on you probably remember eh Tommy? Hehehe.

Kamloops seems pretty low key as far as B.C riding goes, yet some of the most gnarly terrain and sickest gaps, is that due to it's low key presence over the world, compared to say whistler?

I think it just has a lot to do with a very motivated riding community that Kamloops has. There are always people building something new around here. We have even just opened up the very first city funded bike park. I don’t really think Kamloops is very low yet at all. Anyone who makes a decent bike movie or runs a decent magazine knows about Kamloops.

Drop In Bus [Matt's bottom right]

TW: How's the travel schedule looking for 05, any big trips planned, any Red Bull events?

MB: I have a few trips I have to do already. I will be doing a lot of shooting around Kamloops with NWD unchained. I am going to Nelson to shoot with Clean Cut productions, Whistler for Crankworx, and Sun Peaks for Joy Ride. Unfortunately there is no more Red Bull Rampage this year, so I won’t be going to Utah. I think I might to go Vegas for Interbike as well.

TW: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck would?

MB: ummmm, I’d say 5?

TW: What get's you stoked?

MB: I love riding with new people and just seeing everyone rip.

TW: What's the funniest thing you have seen while biking, apart from Crazy Gus being bust on the Box at Whistler?

MB: I think some of the funniest things happened on a film trip to Vancouver Island with MPF. On the way there we pretty much ran out of gas, and then we had to break into Darren Butler’s house to get a box of swag. We pulled some sweet u-turns in rush hour traffic and managed to be the last vehicle onto the ferry to the Island. While we were there Derek Chambers broke both his wrists (which wasn’t very funny), then we went to some gong show parties while we were there. Good times had by all!

TW: Freeriders have a bit of a rock star image, where do they differ to racers?

MB: I don’t see a huge difference between free riders and racers. There are tons of racers that free ride as well. Look at Cedric; he killed it at the Red Bull Rampage. As for the rock star image I don’t know where that comes from. I think it’s mostly just a marketing gimmick.

Everyone in BC runs a beater

TW: Do you still drive a ghetto Mazda B2200 pick up?

MB: Hahaha, yes I sure do. Ghetto till I die!! What!! What!!

TW: Any tips for budding freeriders?

MB: Be progressive. Don’t go out and try to do all the biggest gaps right away. We ride because it’s fun and it’s not much fun when you can’t ride.

TW: Right lets start rapping this up. Anyone you would like to thank?

MB: For shizzle. I’d like to thank all you UK boys. All my riding bro’s in Kamloops, and all my sponsors: Giant, Race Face, Adidas, and Giro. Nice one Tommy, can’t wait to ride with you boys again. Peace!

Playing with their wood


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