Happy Belly

Yesterday I woke up to snow in Vancouver; the 40 minutes drive to the airport took 2 1/2 hours because of just a couple centimeters of snow, crazy! Even weirder is that Toronto is grey, and wet, just how Vancouver is supposed to be?

By |2009-03-10T15:20:32+00:00March 10th, 2009|Travel, Trials of Life|0 Comments

Trials of Life Video

My filmmaker friend Alex Lavigne filmed and edited together a short from one of my Trials of Life school presentations. He had some out takes from Crux that didn't make the final film, they're spliced in throughout the short. Have a look if you like...

By |2017-10-03T06:33:12+00:00November 19th, 2008|Trials of Life, Video|1 Comment


I often have students or teachers ask where I came up with the material I present, and I guess it’s a combination of reflection on my experiences combined with the critical thinking that goes along with reading books. I have had a few people ask if I have read or seen ‘The Secret’;

By |2017-10-03T06:33:17+00:00May 23rd, 2008|Travel, Trials of Life|2 Comments

Maine Departure

Yesterday afternoon was my last show in Maine, and it was a public show, and it took place in the Camden Opera House. This beautiful venue was perfect for the event which included the showing of Manifesto, Trial and Error, and Crux; then a live demo, and a Q&A session to follow. The whole event was about 2 hours long; that’s a whole lotta Ryan time!

By |2008-05-19T23:04:51+00:00May 19th, 2008|Travel, Trials of Life|1 Comment

Great Day

Went out to the beach in Rockland today with Ian, 'the' local trials rider, and I was blown away, world class granite rocks with endless lines. A couple blown spokes and a lingering cold ended the session, but I'd love to go back sometime. It was refreshing to get out and ride rocks, especially by the ocean, the Atlantic ocean!!

By |2008-05-15T20:05:31+00:00May 15th, 2008|Travel, Trials of Life|2 Comments

Dr. Suess

One of the quotes I use in my Trials of Life presentation is from Dr. Suess. I actually wasn't sure which book it was from until one of the teachers today pointed it out; the part I use is in italics, but I think entire poem is worth taking to heart...I love Dr. Suess!!! Oh, the Places You'll Go! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go. You wonÂ’t lag behind, because you'll have the speed. You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.....

By |2008-04-11T01:10:00+00:00April 11th, 2008|Trials of Life|1 Comment

A difference

A few days ago I stopped in Williams Lake, BC while on tour and got chatting with a mountain biker who works for the Boys and Girls Club. Through the last decade or so he has been taking kids on mountain bike rides and getting them hooked on the sport. He invests his time with [...]

By |2017-10-03T06:33:18+00:00April 6th, 2008|Travel, Trials of Life|1 Comment

School, Shower

I am sitting here in the McBike Shop in Smithers, BC, catching up on some e-mail after presenting at two schools today, one high school and one elementary. So depending on the age of the students, I change some of my speech and the tone in which I present. But for the younger grades, I [...]

By |2017-10-03T06:33:19+00:00April 4th, 2008|Travel, Trials of Life|0 Comments

Victoria Tour

Just sitting here sipping my second cup of tea, and having a chill day at home. I’m going to try and rest for a few days after a fantastic tour in Victoria on Vancouver Island. Alex and I had the official CRUX world premier on the 15th. Here’s a short video of the evening compliments [...]

By |2017-10-03T06:33:20+00:00November 26th, 2007|Travel, Trials of Life|0 Comments