Please help Coen realize his dreams to ride on the world stage. He's done the work to reach this level, the toughest part will be travelling there.
Downhill Mountain Biking is one of the most exciting and dangerous gravity disciplines in sport. Reaching the World Cup level racing is extraordinarily difficult and entering on pace as one of the top prospects is equally as challenging. Coen Skrypnek has achieved that much at the age of just 16.
Participating in every 2021 race (6 UCI World Cup Downhill and Crankworx Innsbruck) overseas as a Canadian minor requires significant travel costs over the 6 month schedule. Funds will go to cover travel expenses.
Following 2020, commmitments by sponsors and teams are significantly restrained and a first year junior rider has to fund all travel/food/accommodation expenses and some bike/equipment as well. Coen is currently supported by the Kona Bike Company Team and has been riding Konas since he was 11 years old. The factory team is able to provide bikes and parts and pit support at limited DH races in 2021. He gets his biking clothing as part of the DHaRCO clothing crew as an ambassador. There is so much that will not be covered.
In his first year in the U17 age category, Coen Skrypnek, finished the 2019 season as the second overall racer in the DH BC Cup series, as well as a top three finisher overall in races held outside of the series in his first year of that age category through the year. He was a consistent podium finisher for the past few years and did not race in 2020. Standing at six feet tall, and having added 10 lbs of muscle this fall, with markedly increased strength and endurance, he is physically ready to ride on the world stage. With an extensive amount of training, plenty of lifetime race experience and an outgoing friendly demeanor, he is mentally tough and prepared for the big stage. Regarded as one of the top upcoming junior Downhill Mountain Bike racers in the world, Coen is looking to make his mark in 2021, starting with the first race in April in Maribor, Slovenia.
For the last race season, in 2019, Coen placed on the podium as a 15 year old in the U17 category in Whistler Crankworx, in the A-Line Air DH, 4th in the Crankworx Canadian Open Downhill, 3rd place at the Canadian National DH race in Panaorama, BC, 2nd place at the Canada Cup in Silverstar and Golden, BC, and 2nd overall in the 2019 BC Cup Race Series. Additionally, in his first, and only, year racing cross-country, Coen finished first at 6 of 7 races, and first overall in the BC High School Series in the spring of 2019.
Lastly, Coen is an exceptional student and a model school citizen. He holds a 92% average 3/4 of the way through grade 11 and finished above that in his grade 10 year. He is a PMBIA level 1 bike coach and a mentor to his classmates and on the bike trails.
Recently Coen shared this amazing video of him mentoring another young grom shredder, also named Cohen, who is just 10 years old.
Travelling overseas frequently is a major financial hurdle. Funds are needed for travel expenses. Because he is still a minor, Coen must travel with a chaperone (parent), and therefore air and ground travel, accommodations and food are the primary expenses that are required to participate. This total is exorbitant and necessary to compete as one of the world's best.
Securing travel and accommodation funding is humbly requested by Feb 25th or earlier, please, to allow for travel plans to be properly arranged.
Please like and follow Coen on instagram https://www.instagram.com/coen.skrypnek/
Video: 40s in Squamish filmed and edited by: Peter Wojnar
Video: Big Coen Little Cohen" filmed and edited by Zane Simmonds
Photo: Coen headshot/torso provided by Zane Simmonds
- Coen Skrypnek
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- Shannon Hearn
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