Meet the High Above Ambassadors
- Jess Hana
Cy Whitling came to mountain biking via a sketchy jump behind the grocery store, and hasn't strayed far from those roots. He enjoys putting the local middle school kids to work digging out the dirt jumps every spring, while sane people are still skiing powder. He lives in Driggs, Idaho with his dog, Jolene, who doesn't understand the point of sessioning things, and his partner, who encourages him to ride uphill faster. He's a big fan of coaching new riders, and nothing beats helping someone do something new for the first time. Although once he won the Sport catagory of an XC race against a bunch of eight graders, and that podium felt pretty dang great too. He enjoys anything with two wheels, from enduro racing to bikepacking, but he's still happiest when he can get his tires off the ground. Cy is much better at drawing bikes than he is at riding them, but that doesn't stop him from trying.
Keep up with Cy and don't forget to checkout his rad artwork on Instagram @cywhitling
- Cy Whitling
- Sarita Mendez
Zavier Vaillancourt is a Vancouver, BC native who grew up enchanted by the loamy, raw, and steep mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore – situated on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. From a young age, Zavier fell in love with riding BMX bikes at his local skate park and was later introduced by a close friend and his brother to “The Shore” on the primitive and adrenaline-inducing full-suspension bikes of the early 2000s. In his late teens the adventures became less about riding bikes downhill fast and more about skiing and the pursuit of deep snow. After gathering a bachelor’s degree, co-founding the former boutique ski manufacturing company Epilog, and a 10-year hiatus from mountain biking, he’s once again found himself in love on two wheels as a Kona grassroots and shop rider for Wild Ways in BC’s West Kootenays where he lives today with his fiancé and his faithful hound. Zavier can be found throwing shapes and building new trails whenever he’s not skiing, toiling through nursing school, or planting trees between semesters to pay the bills. If you find yourself in his neck of the woods, don’t hesitate to reach out and say hi!
Give Zavier a shout on Instagram @zavierskis
- Zavier Vaillancourt
My love for bikes began at age 13 in my hometown of Adelaide, South Australia in the velodrome. I trained at a National Level and aspired to attend the Olympics, until a family move to England forced me to leave my team. My love for training and competing on the track preconditioned me for racing Enduro today. A few years after moving to England I bought my first mountain bike and a hobby quickly turned to a passion. In 2014 I moved to BC to continue to explore the west coast and now call Squamish home.
- Laura Battista
Marco grew up in Washington and utilized the whole state as his playground. From galavanting around Leavenworth to carving turns at Mt Baker, he eventually set roots in Whatcom County and started a food truck, Monolo Eats, with his mom.
When Marco isn’t slinging tacos or creating new dishes, he’s out and about in various ways. Snowboarding, mountain biking, pestering his older sister, talking to his cat (Momo), and filling his notepad with sketches and ideas. Marco was also the owner of the mini truck before it came into JC's life and is now the legendary High Above vehicle.
- Marco Thody
Adrian is a 13 year old Southern California rider. When COVID-19 forced lock-downs around April of 2020, biking was one of the few things Adrian could do outside. Adrian soon met other kids in his neighborhood that were also into mountain bikes. For the first time in his young life, Adrian had friends in his own neighborhood.
A turning point for Adrian came when he met Gene Hamilton, a mountain bike coach from Moab, UT. Gene explained to Adrian that his skills would develop from drilling specific skills, rather than just riding. Gene also explained that, if Adrian wasn’t willing to do boring drills, he might-as-well sell his bike, because mountain biking at a high level involves risk. Adrian liked his bike, so he drilled.
Adrian is most proud of his ability to break down the skills required for mountain biking (skills he has only started to understand) and convey these principles to others. He enjoys nothing better than towing a friend into a jump and watching his friend master something that he thought was impossible.
In addition to downhill racing, Adrian is also an accomplished wrestler and American Jiu Jitsu player. He views grappling and downhill racing as complementary. The training involved in one discipline provides useful mental and physical skills that carry over to the other.
Keep up with Adrian on Instagram @aris_gravity
- Adrian B
I'm an Aussie-born Vietnamese gal who's been based in sunny Singapore for the past 6 years. I'm also mother to 3 cats, way too many steel vintage bikes and an ever-growing collection of upcycled Aloha shirts. I love riding the trails on my Starling Swoop or cruising around the city (with the odd shortcut through the woods) on my 26er. For my day job, I'm the Head of Marketing & Sustainability at NewCampus, an EduTech startup making business education more inclusive and accessible to emerging leaders in South-East Asia. On most weekends, you'll find me (a) helping out at the timing desk at local MTB / MX / kids races (b) doing round-island rides on my fixie (#minimalist) or (c) slogging through a few laps at the local MTB park with some very patient friends (followed by mandatory beers of course!).
Stay up to date on all of Kitty's adventures in sunny Singapore @_kittyvo_
- Kitty Vo
- Corey Samot
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