LEE ROY BROWN
LEE ROY BROWN

LEE ROY BROWN

INVERMERE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

I’m Lee Roy Brown, the baddest man in the whole damn town! I’m a 30-something-year-old mountain biker living in the British Columbian interior mountains with a huge love for the gravity-oriented style of riding and a pretty laid-back approach towards life.

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I remember as a five-year old, my grandpa taking the training wheels off my bike, and the total exhilaration that came with it. That was when it became more than just a bike and became my life. Since then I’ve either raced, worked in the industry as a mechanic, or just been out riding with friends for the thrill and fun of it.

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WHAT KIND OF A CYCLIST ARE YOU?
I grew up freeriding and racing downhill. In recent years I’ve gotten more into Enduro. Whatever the discipline, I’m always looking for the fastest direct line down the mountain.

WHAT IS THE CYCLING ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
Being asked to be part of a shoot for Dirt Magazine in 2008, shot by Mattias Frederickson showcasing the trails around Nelson. It was a huge honor to take part in that.

Racing the Red Bull Psychosis each year from 2006–2008 in Golden, BC. Every year it got faster, steeper, and more blown out. And every year I managed to make it down alive. Barely.

Placing 1st in the Canada Cup DH at Panorama in 2017 in the Open Men’s category.

Filming the video for the Salsa Cassidy launch in summer 2020, with great people and wicked locations near my hometown.

HOW LONG HAS CYCLING BEEN A PART OF YOUR LIFE? WHEN DID IT BECOME MORE THAN JUST “RIDING A BIKE”?
I remember as a five-year old, my grandpa taking the training wheels off my bike, and the total exhilaration that came with it. That was when it became more than just a bike and became my life. Since then I’ve either raced, worked in the industry as a mechanic, or just been out riding with friends for the thrill and fun of it.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN ON A BIKE SO FAR?
Riding bikes all over British Columbia has offered me amazing views and big lines, but one of my most memorable was a day riding downhill in the mountains surrounding Medellin, Colombia. One ride had super gnarly singletrack, running out through farmers’ fields into donkey trails (and donkeys!), and finished off with cold cervezas. The hospitality of the local riders was next-level awesome.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO DAYDREAM ABOUT WHERE YOU HAVEN’T YET RIDDEN?
Swapping a Canadian winter for a New Zealand summer and riding all that country has to offer sounds pretty dreamy to me. Every corner of the world seems to have riding to offer, and I plan to explore it for as long as I’m able. I still have a lot of trails close to home I haven’t put my tires on yet, so between my local and worldly aspirations, I’ll be daydreaming about cycling adventures for the rest of my days.

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THE BICYCLE MEANS TO YOU?
The bicycle to me represents pure freedom. The freedom to explore, the freedom to push myself physically and mentally against myself and others, and the freedom of having an open mind to embrace my love of the sport and meet like-minded riders.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR FUTURE AS A CYCLIST UNFOLDING?
Mountain biking will always be part of my life, personally and hopefully professionally. The technology is so progressive now that it gives riders the ability to keep pushing their “peak” years longer and longer.

I hope I can represent some diversity in the sport for the next generation of riders. Historically, riding has been a fairly whitewashed sport, but that tide is shifting. It’s uplifting to see riders of all backgrounds embracing the sport and taking their places in it.

WHO INSPIRES YOU AND YOUR RIDING?
Growing up I looked up to guys like Robbie Bourdon and Wade Simmons. I wore out the New World Disorder 1 VHS tape after watching it so many times to get insight and inspiration from their form and style. It was surreal becoming friends with Robbie and getting to ride with him and work on his bikes when I moved to Nelson, BC. I’ve been lucky enough to ride with some of the best freeriders in the world, and I’m always in awe of their confidence and line choice. Honestly though, I get inspiration from anyone having fun on a bike. That’s what it’s all about.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SALSA BIKE MODEL AND WHY?
The all-new Cassidy! Its fast, long, stable, modern geometry and all the right angles make it a confidence inspiring ride. And check out that colour combo.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PRE, DURING, AND POST RIDE/RACE FOOD AND BEVERAGES?
Every day and ride starts with a solid breakfast sandwich and coffee. Water, sammys, and Sour Patch Kids for longer rides motivate me to the top, and nothing tops off a day of shredding like ice-cold beer and poutine.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU AREN’T CYCLING?
A mix of business and pleasure… getting outside and road tripping with my girlfriend, making sure our two dogs, two cats, and 16 chickens are fed and walked, watching the stuff, chopping the wood, and getting my daily news fix on PinkBike.

WHAT DON’T YOU LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ON A RIDE?
Air in the tires, layers, and a stoke to get out. And a freshly lubed chain—when it’s dry or squeaky it drives me bananas!