WTB/Cannondale/Sram professional Ben Cruz probably can’t wait to get out of bed every morning. His life, after all, is the dream most of us try to stay asleep for. Earning his ride the old-fashioned way, by being the annoying little grom that always showed up whenever an adventure was about to go down, Cruz earned the respect of WTB Maven Mark Weir and has since ridden his way into the ranks of Enduro’s elite athletes.
A charger from sun-up to way past sun-down, you’ll find Ben ripping trails on his Cannonade Jeckyl and on his moto, stalking 12-point bucks, and searching for trophy fish as well. This guy is never bored. Ben has seen things in the woods around his Northern California home that are better left unspoken.
Read on for a peek into what keeps the young gun stoked and pushing it day in and day out.
Have you ever seen examples of supernatural phenomena, ie Bigfoot, ghosts, miniature creatures, chupacabra, etc? Well, I’ve spent more months in rural Humboldt/ Mendocino County than most. I’ve seen things. Not sure exactly what I’ve seen, but I’ll tell ya,’ I didn’t have the rounds nor the balls to do much more then get in the truck and bail. There is a mythical creature of southern Humboldt County called Rich Nasty. He sports a hairy body, undersized Jordans, and will terrify any child. I’ve witnessed this seldom-seen phenomenon terrorize many wood-folk. There have been repeated sightings of him doing leprechaun tricks from the Miranda Bridge.
Dawn patrol or evening ride? Dawn patrol. Evening is for fishing, digging, and motoing
Have you ever used your bike as a getaway vehicle, and why? Nope. Never broken a law in my life….
If you had to ride with cantilever brakes instead of hydraulic discs or elastomer suspension instead of current technology, which would it be? I’d go with the brakes. At least I wouldn’t have my eyes rattled outta my head trying to not go off the cliff.
Flats or clipless? Clips. Flats on the pump bike but other then that, clips are the only option
Would you rather be a circus clown or a rodeo clown? Rodeo: At least if you drink a the rodeo you’re not creepy.
Favorite place to ride? Across the street from my house. I’ve been digging some real cool new stuff exactly the way I want it
Who are your heroes or role models? Hard to say. There have been so many influential people in my life. I give the biggest props to the military men and women fighting non-stop to allow me the freedom to do as I please. Those are the real heroes.
Favorite WTB product? WTB Warden 2.3 tough casing. No need for anything else
Pizza or burrito, and what would be on/in the perfect one? Burrito. Carne asada with lots of cilantro and I’m sold!
Cross-train or ride more? Just riding. No need to do more or less as long as you’re having fun
Tomac or Palmer? Palmer. He is the Miserable Champion.
Meditation or Metallica? Metallica. Kill ‘Em All is still my favorite album of all time.
What was your first bike? I dunno. It was full chrome and ready to send it!
Websites you check everyday? According to my phone I’m on pinkbike, vitalmtb, facebook, and Google.
Is it a roost or a carve? Roost, cutty, what ever you call it, you know you always look over your shoulder to check out the carnage.
What is one super power you wish you had? I’d like to be able to teleport. Then a sober driver would never be an issue.
What are you most grateful for? My girlfriend Rachel. She keeps my whole reckless lifestyle glued together. Without her I’d be causing a lot more trouble. Haha!