Tom Isted, known previously for his skills on a BMX has left the small wheels behind in search of bigger jumps. In recent years, he has competed in the Crankworx slopestyle, Audi Nine Knights and is a regular on the top spot of the UK Dirt Wars competitions. Being based in Cornwall, a county known more for its water sports, Tom told us how he much preferred to be in the hills.
We first met Tom at Woodys Bike Park, set just back from the sea. The park boasts a large range of bike trails from flowy blues to double blacks with some of the biggest jumps you’ll see in a UK bike park.
During lockdown, the park was closed and Tom struggled not being able to ride with anyone but now that the lockdown has eased the park is reopen and during filming, it was really busy with around 70 guests. With such a large site it was great to see people outside enjoying mountain biking at a social distance.
It’s seriously impressive seeing what Tom can do on his downhill bike however when it comes to training for the FMB he’s got his own private compound just 10 minutes from home.
Tom’s passionate about taking the tricks he learnt on his BMX and doing them on bigger jumps, it all starts on his huge air bag where he can safely push his limits before trying it on dirt.
With events starting up again Tom was at Dirt Wars last weekend at Radical Bikes Bike Park where he took the win, a strong start to what will hopefully be a short but jam-packed season.
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