Racing is a massive part of mountain biking and sometimes seems like the only path to a professional career in our sport. However, there’s one team that defies the norm! Led by ex-World Cup racer Josh Bryceland, the Cannondale Waves team lives and breathes one thing only – fun on two wheels! But how can a team with no racing ambitions thrive in such a performance-dominated sport?
Josh Bryceland (known by many as Ratboy or Rat, for short) should need no introduction. With numerous downhill World Cup wins and podiums under his belt, it’s safe to say he has experienced his share of success. However, after a long career at the top of the sport, the infamous “Ratboy” shocked many with his announcement that he would be retiring from World Cup racing after the 2016 season. The news left huge uncertainty in the world of mountain biking – what happens when one of the world’s best racers defies the norm and makes a U-turn, shifting their focus from fast times to good times?