Home Base

Camptonville, CA

Riding Info

What is your primary bike?
2015 Cannondale Jekyll
Preferred style of riding:
All Mountain, big days in the back country
Facebook: Liam Ruff
Instagram: @sierraruffrider

Digging Deeper

What motivates you to ride?
I am motivated to ride because I love being in the mountains and I love being challenged by them. I have never regretted going for a ride, it is always a blast, and this is motivating. I race because I enjoy the excuse to go fast, as fast as possible. It pushes me to my limit and it is also gives me a goal to work towards. Training and racing is challenging, but this what makes it rewarding. The reason I train is because I want to perform my best on race day. Although getting a good result is fun and rewarding, for me racing has always been about feeling good and knowing I could not have gone any faster in a race.
Biking related goals for 2017:
In 2017 I am going to continue to race at the expert/semi pro level focusing mainly on enduro events with a few cross- country and downhill races. I will continue being involved in both volunteer trail work and professional trail building with the US Forest Service. I will continue doing trail advocacy work as an intern with the International Mountain Bike Association.
My proposed race schedule is:
• Downieville Classic All-Mountain World Champs
• The Dirty Sanchez Enduro (professional invite only) • California Enduro Series
• Ashland Spring Thaw
• Nevada City Dirt Classic
Name some of your strengths and talents:
I don’t mind suffering and I don’t mind being uncomfortable, which is arguably the most important thing when it comes to racing bikes. Although racing is important to me, mountain biking is not all about riding fast and suffering. I really enjoy slowing down and getting new riders involved in the sport. There is nothing more rewarding than getting someone out on the trails who never thought they would go mountain biking, I really enjoy getting my friends who don’t ride hooked on mountain biking. I also really enjoy trail building and have worked with Bicyclists of Nevada County extensively over the past several years, I have also volunteered with Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and the Forest Trails Alliance. This summer I worked on a Forest Service trail crew in the Tahoe National Forest and will continue to work with trails next season. When I’m not riding my bike or building trails I play old time and folk music on mandolin, guitar, and banjo.