My name is Kyle Thomas
. My life is very busy right now, I am a 21 year old Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Idaho, in Moscow Idaho USA, and when I am not submerged in school work, I am either out riding trails, or building them. I grew up in Bismarck North Dakota where I first became interested in mountain bikes. I started racing XC when I was 12. I loved riding and racing my bike more than anything and went on to race XC, Road, and BMX. I spent countless hours just riding in my driveway working on the basics of riding, balance, control, and confidence. I read every bike magazine I could get my hands on, watched every video I could find, and browsed the internet for anything on two wheels. I started working at my local shop when I turned 14, and have been a bike junkie ever since. Once I graduate I hope to work in the industry designing bicycles and bike related products.
I really got into free riding when I moved to Idaho when I was 17. Iíve always enjoyed the downhill aspect of riding and spent this last summer racing and improving my riding along with learning more about this industry. This last summer I worked for Transition Bikes in Bellingham Washington as their intern, which allowed me to see the production side of the cycling industry. The last summer was the best summer Iíve ever had, I progressed immensely as a rider and learned an awful lot from the guys at transition and the people they deal with on a daily basis. My favorite part was meeting all the people over the summer and interacting with the riders, talking to the public, and riding with people who enjoy riding.
Iíve been around the industry for a few years now, and Iíve filmed videos and written stories on multiple events around the country for online sites, and met numerous riders along the way. I am looking forward to being in front of the camera as a rider and to see this aspect of riding and the business that goes along with it. Rip.TVís be a Dirtbag Contest has been an amazing experience. I want to say thanks to Rip.tv for putting on the contest, and treating us like rock stars. I had a great time in Whistler and hopefully look forward to riding with the Drop in crew next summer!