As a young lad, Paddy dreamed of building trails. Twentry years later, Paddy is doing just that through his company Joyride Bike Parks — Joyride for short. The company employs 18 people, owns 11 machines, and contracts fallers, arbourists, and wilderness foliage consultants. Paddy now has a young family and his story illustrates how dreams can become reality through dogged determination, perseverance, integrity, and focus.
Joyride is best known for its machine-built, hand-finished slopestyle trails. But the company also has extensive experience building hand-tooled trails and in alpine environments. Look around at some of the top MTB destinations, and chances are there is a Joyride build nearby.
Joyride flagged and had a hand in building one of the first bike park trails at Whistler in 1997, giving the company deep roots in the Sea to Sky area. Like many of the top trail building companies, Joyride employees have significant building and riding experience. Every shaper on the recent Creekside build submitted impressive trail building resumes prior to being hired.
The company’s project portfolio runs the gamut, from competition courses for events like Crankworx and the Red Bull Joyride, to multi-use trails in places like Rossland, BC.
This level of dedication to quality can’t be taught. It can only be learned through hours and hours of painstaking, almost OCD-level dedication to perfection which many rider won’t even notice. But the trailbuilder knows it’s there. The quality shines throughout every Joyride build.
Biking for over 25 years Lee is an avid outdoorsman embarking on many adventures with his loving, and sometimes concerned wife, Sharon.
Lee has been an advocate for bike trails for 20 years. He is occasionally found working in his day job as an intellectual property lawyer. As a resident of Whistler and Vancouver, British Columbia, Lee's playground extends mainly to Western Canada.