It makes sense that mountains would be required for mountain biking, right? Not necessarily if you're Brett Rheeder. The Canadian slopestyle phenom says he isn't drawn home by the flat farmlands, but the stomping grounds where he was born and raised still hold a little something for him.
Nearly all of Rheeder's family lives in the same part of southern Ontario, which allowed him to build a course on some land owned by his cousins, who live less than three miles from him. "We hoped the dirt was going to be good, but as soon as we dug into the ground we knew it was gold," says Rheeder. Even though the area is flat as all get-out, it's clear that the word "home" has a special meaning for this place and for Rheeder.