DOB: June 13, 2004 in Calgary, AB.
I am Coen Skrypnek. I was born June 13, 2004 in Calgary, AB. I have been riding bikes since I was three years old and started with downhill mountain bike teams at WinSport Academy and Freeride in Calgary, Alberta. In 2018, I raced in the BC Cup Series as a UCI U15 rider. My family relocated from Calgary, AB to Squamish, BC in September and I am enrolled in Junior High School at Don Ross Middle School.
I love riding fast and DH racing and really like free ride and slopestyle too. My first DH bike was my 2015 Carbon Kona Operator in August 2015. In 2017 I moved up to a medium frame 27.5 Kona Operator DL. A sweet ride for sure…now I’ve outgrown that frame and I am looking forward to a large brand new carbon Kona Operator. The bike that Connor Fearon rode to finish top ten on the World Cup DH in 2018.
My goal is to ride professionally, including UCI World Cup DH in 2021, free ride and some day compete in Red Bull Rampage in 2020. This past year went awesome on the BC Cup and NW Cup race circuit. I finished every single race I entered and finished second overall in the BC Cup standings. I am looking forward to my first year of U17 UCI racing in 2019. It is going to be epic! Biking is like breathing to me, speed is the blood that runs through my veins and big air lifts me up!
Highlights for me the last season:
2018: Another amazing season. The biggest thing for me was riding all the time with incredible riders and competition. I had a goal for the season to ride smoothly and clean every race. I wasn’t too worried about speed early in the season. As things went on, though my speed picked up and I started finding the podium almost every race.
We lived in Whistler for two months this summer and moved to Squamish, BC at the end of August. Since we got here, I ride almost every day and keep making progress and tackling bigger features and tricks, as well as speed. It is almost like I take one step forward every single day.
I dialed in a back flip and a 360 on my DH bike, as well as nailed a front flip recently. I’ve also hit drops on my trail bike that are bigger than anything I have ever done before. One thing I set my mind to during race season was to improve my speed so much that I never have to have that “perfect” race. Even if things break or I have a crash, I will always be in contention.
My favorite race this year was the Canadian Open DH at Crankworx in Whistler, where I took 2nd place. It was easily the best race I have ever had. Fastest, cleanest, yet. Can’t wait to do that over and over in 2019.
ging with my friends and some pro’s at Crankworx was a great time
"IT'S NOT WHETHER YOU
GET KNOCKED DOWN, IT'S WHETHER YOU GET UP"
DOB: July 30, 2001 in Calgary, AB.
I am Madison Skrypnek. I was born July 30, 2001 in Calgary, AB. I have been riding bikes since I was six years old and have been riding downhill mountain bikes the past 4 years. I am in grade 12 at Howe Sound Secondary in Squamish, BC.
I am focused on a few things in my life at this moment. Biking is front and centre. The 2018 race season had its us and downs this year, but the biggest thing for me was that my training runs and most races were crash and incident free. My confidence on the bike has grown and my strength as a rider is really improving.
Following the season I trained with Jaime Hill and got lots of riding in on the local trails. Bigger, steeper, faster. That is my motto. I did a lot more pump track and jump line riding this year and can say I really enjoyed it. I hope to do more in 2019 – maybe even a few dual slalom or pump track and slopestyle competitions. My Muay Thai fighting continues and I expect to fight in a few tournaments this winter.
I recently was accepted to Vancouver Film School into the Film and Special effects Makeup Artistry program. My goal is a career as a special effects make-up artist.
My goal for 2019 is to ride and compete DH in the BC Cup series and Crankworx events and enjoy the places biking takes me.
Highlights of the last year:
2018 Season: As I said, it was a mixed season. I did not find the podium as frequently as last year, but stayed close most races. Finishing fourth overall in the BC Cup Series was a big accomplishment for me.
My favorite race weekend was the BC Cup #6 race in Big White, BC. It is my favorite course – BURLY! I made the podium and felt amazing. This year Crankworx didn’t work out as I only raced in a single race and had an insect bite that caused my eye to swell over and did not get to race the Canadian Open DH .
I am dedicated to pursuing success through great habits and hard work. I am a fearless competitor and I’ve been told I am tough as nails…