Brit Josh Bryceland first came to the attention of most downhill fans in 2007, when, in his first year competing in the elite category of the World Cup series, he finished ninth in Maribor, Slovenia, a performance that he still rates as the best of his career. “It gave me the confidence of knowing that I had the speed to race at that level,” he says. Since that breakthrough year, Josh has scored many top tens and two podiums - a runners-up spot at Mont Sainte Anne, Canada in 2011, and a fifth-placed finish in 2012 at a dry and dusty Fort William in Scotland. He also won the Junior downhill categories of the World Cup series in 2007, and at the World Championships at Val di Sole in Italy in 2008. Born in Manchester on 23rd March 1990, Josh (also known as ‘Ratboy’ or ‘Miami Bryce’) has been racing downhill since the age of 10, and was first sponsored by the Northwest Mountain Bike Centre at the age of 15. Since 2006 he has competed on a Santa Cruz under the the wing of downhill legend Steve Peat. Josh’s effortless style is guaranteed to entertain the downhill crowd, but he never takes things too seriously. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I wake up all over the world making the most of this amazing opportunity I have,” he says. “Success in racing is what drives me but I’m a firm believer that you have to keep it fun along the way.”
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