Our Head Skills Coach Tom has been riding bikes at a high level for many years now and has overseen the progression of many riders at The Summit.
He has been in the cycle trade for over 10 years, has a wealth of technical and riding knowledge to advise on general bike components, suspension setup, and bike positioning. After all, before being a coach he was a professional Retul Bike fitter for 4 years.
Tom is an exceptionally passionate rider, with a great way of coaching all ability riders. His speciality in riding is getting airborne and is known for making the most technical trails look as flowy as a Blue. He is a Sponsored Freestyle Dirt Jump/Slopestyle rider and has been competing in the National DirtWars series, and the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour for the last few years.
His competition highlights are finishing 2nd in the National Pro Dirt Jump series in 2016 and 2017, 4th in Europe in 2016 and 34th in the entire World Rankings in 2017.
Tom wants to drive the "flow" of trails in his coaching sessions. Anyone can "Huck" themselves into a corner or off a jump, but it’s the skilled riders who come out the other side with the most amount of control, speed, efficiency and with the biggest smile.
So if you'd like help in trail flow, cornering, braking, efficiency, or building general confidence, you will be in great hands with Tom. As well as his specific knowledge on how to jump, from simply clearing a jump for the first time, to gaining the most height, and to "Squashing" for ultimate speed in a race situation.