Interview: Kyle Strait|
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Birthdate: April 4, 1987
Residence: Redlands, CA
Nicknames: Supersize, Kayodic, Teddy
Career Highlights: With his out-of-nowhere win at the 2001 Sea Otter Classic, Kyle was hailed as "the next Ryan Nyquist." He squeeezes in NORBA competitions, World Cup contests, and global one-off events such as Red Bull Rampage. Kyle won the 2004 Red Bull Taxco Downtown with a 60-foot gap jump as well as the 2005 Red Bull Valparaiso Downtown.
But his most exciting competition was the 2004 World Junior Downhill Championships in France. Kyle's third-place finish was his first World Championship podium and the only downhill medal awarded to a U.S. rider.
(Dirtworld) My most memorable experience in freeriding came when . . . (Kyle) I placed third in the Junior Men's World Downhill Champs in Les Gets, France, in 2004.
I've been successful as a mountain bike freerider because . . . I love to ride and it's my passion.
The last thought in my mind before I start a race is . . . breathe . . . breathe . . . .
I am most proud of . . . my buddy Cam Zink at the 2006 Crank Worx, where he placed third in the Slopestyle event.
My experience has helped me . . . a lot with the contests I go to. The more I compete, the better I do.
Confidence is something you . . . can gain with experience and practice.
I am different from most other guys in that I . . . am really just like a big teddy bear!
I live by the phrase . . . "You're either first, or you're last." -- Ricky Bobby
With my younger brother, one piece of life advice I give him is . . . "Just try it. It won't hurt."