Brett was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. In 2005, Brett moved to Fort Collins, where he earned a degree in Health & Exercise Science from Colorado State University and raced with the CSU Cycling Team. Now residing in Boulder, Brett works for Colorado Athletic Club and is immersing himself again in the sports he loves and taking it to new levels with Xterra off-road triathlon.
Brett started racing motocross at 13 years old and competed professionally through the age of 19. While a member of the CSU Cycling Team, Brett discovered his potential as a cyclist by quickly achieving victories and earning a spot on the Nationals Team. After graduation, a combination of unfortunate events led to a 3-year hiatus from cycling, during which Brett moved to Boulder and regained his drive and focus. After excellent showings at the Tour of Tucson, Tour of the Depot, and the Tour of the Gila, as well as a second place at the Amateur World Championship races in Belgium, Brett signed with Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling in 2012. Unexpected life changing injuries forced a very quick retirement from road cycling, and despite many medical opinions, nothing was ever diagnosed.
Brett returned in 2014 with the goals of just qualifying for and then racing the Leadville 100 MTB and having fun, despite trying to learn how to deal with the chronic nerve problems in his left leg. After qualifying at multiple Leadville series races, Brett finished 29th and met his time goal of finishing under 7 hours and 30 minutes with a time of 7:26 at the 2014 Leadville 100 MTB race. Shortly after, he won a victory at the Leadville Series' Barnburner 104, in Flagstaff, AZ.
Following that victory, Brett somewhat randomly raced in his first Xterra triathlon at Buffalo Creek at which he qualified for the National Championships. Just a few short weeks later he finished in 2nd place at the Xterra Nationals in Ogden, UT, which qualified him for Worlds. A few short weeks after that he placed 5th at the World Championships in Maui, HI. The rest is history.