Tom CardyBeing able to have a fun session anywhere seems to be a skill Tom has perfected. The Chelmsford UK native uses his endless creativity and incredible bike control to shred anywhere, street or dirt. Upbeat and full of positive energy, this is a rider that keeps the stoke high and has a hell of a time on his bike.
I am 24 years young with an addiction to two wheels that has lasted for about 10 years so far. I enjoy all disciplines of riding but
still believe that a car park with a few curbs can be one of the most fun places to ride, check my Instagram if you don't believe me, haha!
Where are you from and where do you live?
I was born in Chelmsford, UK and currently live here now although I'm fortunate enough to travel very frequently, spending too much time in one place is boring. Despite the lack of mountains/elevation in Chelmsford over the years my friends and I have managed to make it a cool place to live by creating lots of spots to ride and a very strong local scene.
Who do you ride for?
I am currently sponsored by GoPro, Fox/Mojo suspension, Green bikes, Fiveten and TSG. Massive
thank you for the support!
What are your strengths?
Definitely riding my hardtail jump bike. Street, skatepark, and dirt jump is where I am most comfortable although I am really enjoying my trail bike more and more these days.
What are your weaknesses?
Time away from my bike, how do people that don't ride cope?
What has been your worst crash over the years?
(I've been) Doing this sport for a long time so there are lots but I had a painful one at NASS festival in the UK this year. I cased slightly doing a front flip on a really small, steep trail jump which blew my hand off the bars and I fell forward taking a handlebar to the stomach. To top things off, the jumps were made of gravel so sliding headfirst down the landing felt like sliding down sandpaper.
Where is your favourite place to ride?
Everywhere! I am lucky to be surrounded by lots of very good spots and I think it's important to ride different spots all the time because one set of jumps gets boring. Street riding is one of my favourite because literally anything can be ridden, you don't need anything fancy. At home I spent a lot of time at Radical Bikepark too because it's awesome.
What bikes are you riding right now?
Green bicycles scope kitted out with Fox 36, 831 forks.
Do you have any projects or trips lined up for the rest of 2017?
I actually have a very busy end to the year. I like to try to stay busy all year around even when contests and shows finish by creating content for my social channels. I will be working on a new video edit over the next two months as well as the Bangers Tour with Sam Pilgrim and videos for his YouTube too. Contest wise I have one more left and plenty of shows… so keep an eye out if you live in the UK as there is a high chance that I will be performing with the Action Sports Tour in your town.
What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?
Moto GP. I am a huge fan. But it's not really away from bikes, is it?
Who or what inspires you?
I try and find my inspiration from lots of different places and people all of the time. Gaining inspiration from a multiple of places gives you so many more ideas to be unique. I guess I find people who are working hard and pushing themselves to do something new or unseen before very inspiring.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Basically riding or doing something that revolves around biking. It's very rare my day comes away from two wheels, haha.
What is your favourite non-bike website?
Does YouTube count, even if you're watching riding videos on there? haha
What is your favourite motto or saying?
Are you silly? Of course, I'm gonna send it.
If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?
Well at college I studied Carpentry so maybe that but working a normal job five days a week doesn't appeal to me so most likely traveling as often as possible whilst riding and exploring other sports like surfing and snowboarding. I also love making videos so perhaps pursue that a little more too.
What grinds your gears?
Wind! Nothing worse than a beautiful sunny day, then you step outside and its crazy windy. The sun tempts you to ride and gets you stoked then the wind has other plans. I would rather it rain.
What makes you happy?
Riding with my friends, in the summer, feeling great on the bike and landing every trick.
Who’s your favourite rider?
Sam Pilgrim. Growing up he was my favourite rider, his videos were very inspiring and I think that is the reason I have a very street style. I remember standing in a long queue at bike radar in 2010 waiting for Sam to sign my helmet, pretty crazy to now travel with him all of the time and be in his videos too.
Where do you think the future street and slopestyle mountain biking is headed?
Street riding I think will stay as just a fun aspect where people make videos or little Instagram clips. I cant see any MTB street comps becoming as popular as the FMB World Tour because that's just not the vibe of street riders (and you might as well enter a BMX comp). As for slopestyle, I think it's going to become very popular over the next few years, like the Redbull X fighters was a few years back. It's already become similar to an Olympic sport with regards to training and dedication. It's great that when you watch a live feed now it has a pre-show and gives a lot more detail into the sport for people who perhaps have never seen it before. I also think that it will make its way onto the larger TV channels very soon too which will be great recognition for the riders who have put so much in to make it there!
What does the future hold for Tom Cardy?
To continue riding 100%. My main goal is to enjoy what I am doing as well as inspire/influence others to get on a bicycle. I aim to continue competing in the gold/silver FMB events and riding shows too! Most importantly I aim to continue producing regular content/ working on projects because this is what I enjoy the most whether it be video projects, magazine work, blogs, photos or even just little videos for social media weekly… Each project is different and has something unique to offer. I have so many ideas that I would like to create so watch this space…