Brett Turcotte: 2015 Pre-Season Catch Up
We’re starting a little section here this fall where we call a few people up and see what they’ve been up to. First on the docket is Brett Turcotte of Kamloops BC. Never still, Brett is one to get things done and this summer has been no exception.
SM: What’a’ya been up to?
BT: I’m full time in Kamloops these days. I’m back to operating a processor in the logging industry. I’ve been doing that and riding my dirtbike and [pedal] dirtjump bike on my days off and also just been having fun with my kids, camping and fishing and playin around.
SM: What’s the same with jumping on the bikes and jumping a sled?
BT: It’s the same kinds of movement in a lot of ways. It’s always good to keep up on that feeling of being in the air and trying tricks. I started hitting ramps on my dirt bike about a month ago and it’s been great to get that kind of practice. There’s a lot of similarities between that and my sled. Even on my [pedal] dirt-jumper, the feeling is the same. The only difference is that I go 18ft on the pedal bike and 80 on the dirt bike.
SM: Are we going to see you hitting ramps on your sled this year?
BT: Yeah, hopefully we can get a ramp show together soon. There’s talk of some performances this winter but I can’t announce it yet. I’m getting a custom sled built right now that doesn’t even need snow to work. I hope to get on that thing by the end of September. Once I get my hands on it, I think I’ll put the dirt bike away and focus on sled tricks.
SM: What’s the plan for this winter coming up?
BT: I’ve signed on with McGuire Racing to compete in 4 ISOC Snocross events: Duluth MN, Cantaberry MN, Salamanca New York, Lake Genieva WI. And I’m going to X Games to compete in as many snowmobile disciplines as I can (they aren’t all secured yet). Along with that I’ll be filming segments for 509 and Slednecks again.
SM: Will you be a full time sledder this winter?
BT: I doubt it. I still have to work running equipment. But there will be more time on snow this winter coming up than last winter.
SM: How’s life living in Kamloops and being a sledder?
BT: Living in Kamloops is a huge benefit for me. There’s an international airport and so much sick terrain within two hours from me. I can get to Pemberton almost as fast as I can be in Revelstoke and then I can always pin it up to Valemount if I want. So really, it’s a super central place with a ton of options.
Interview by Tim Grey