BONNYVILLE-RAISED MUSICIAN BEATS “MANTRACKER”

With a backpack filled with socks, a spork spoon and fork combo and a can of soup, a northern Alberta-born musician managed to outsmart Canada’s greatest trackers.
Clayton Bellamy and his bandmate Jason McCoy of the Road Hammers helped kick off the fifth season of the popular Canadian reality show Mantracker Monday night.
“I was determined not to quit,” said Bellamy.
The premise of the show is for the “prey” to elude capture by the Mantracker and make it to the finish line within 36 hours.
Terry Grant, also known as Mantracker, has been a full-time Albertan ranch cowboy for more than 25 years and is trained to track anything that moves. So Grant was not too happy when he was defeated by a “couple of guitar pickers.”
“He takes it pretty serious, he was genuinely upset,” said Bellamy.
Bellamy and McCoy were dropped in the middle of the rugged northern Ontario terrain of Elliot Lake for the 40 km chase last September.
Bellamy thought it was over when they spotted the Mantracker within the first hour of the chase.
“I thought he was going to beat my a–on the first day,” said Bellamy.
Bellamy said only about 30% of the prey manage to evade the Mantracker.
With only a month to train before the taping of the show, Bellamy did a lot of physical training and studying to learn ways to beat the Mantracker, he said.
Bellamy also said growing up on a farm in Bonnyville helped him outsmart the cowboy. “It becomes this grudge match between you and the Mantracker,” said Bellamy.
Bellamy said the show was an amazing experience, filled with singing, crying and even a little bit of vomiting.
“It was a great adventure and that is what life is about,” said Bellamy. “I felt pretty rockstar when I was done.”
You can catch this rockstar and his band, the Road Hammers, at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards on Sept. 12 in Edmonton, where they are nominated for Group of the Year.
The band also received a Juno nod this year.
If you missed the season premiere of Mantracker, catch Bellamy and McCoy hammer the Mantracker again when the episode re-airs on Sept. 11.

candice.ward@sunmedia.ca With a backpack filled with socks, a spork spoon and fork combo and a can of soup, a northern Alberta-born musician managed to outsmart Canada’s greatest trackers.

Clayton Bellamy and his bandmate Jason McCoy of the Road Hammers helped kick off the fifth season of the popular Canadian reality show Mantracker Monday night.
“I was determined not to quit,” said Bellamy.
The premise of the show is for the “prey” to elude capture by the Mantracker and make it to the finish line within 36 hours.
Terry Grant, also known as Mantracker, has been a full-time Albertan ranch cowboy for more than 25 years and is trained to track anything that moves. So Grant was not too happy when he was defeated by a “couple of guitar pickers.”
“He takes it pretty serious, he was genuinely upset,” said Bellamy.
Bellamy and McCoy were dropped in the middle of the rugged northern Ontario terrain of Elliot Lake for the 40 km chase last September.
Bellamy thought it was over when they spotted the Mantracker within the first hour of the chase.
“I thought he was going to beat my a–on the first day,” said Bellamy.
Bellamy said only about 30% of the prey manage to evade the Mantracker.
With only a month to train before the taping of the show, Bellamy did a lot of physical training and studying to learn ways to beat the Mantracker, he said.
Bellamy also said growing up on a farm in Bonnyville helped him outsmart the cowboy. “It becomes this grudge match between you and the Mantracker,” said Bellamy.
Bellamy said the show was an amazing experience, filled with singing, crying and even a little bit of vomiting.
“It was a great adventure and that is what life is about,” said Bellamy. “I felt pretty rockstar when I was done.”
You can catch this rockstar and his band, the Road Hammers, at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards on Sept. 12 in Edmonton, where they are nominated for Group of the Year.
The band also received a Juno nod this year.
If you missed the season premiere of Mantracker, catch Bellamy and McCoy hammer the Mantracker again when the episode re-airs on Sept. 11.

candice.ward@sunmedia.ca