Kyle Strait: man on a mission
The Crankworx 2018 season is due to come to an epic conclusion at Crankworx Whistler, Canada – one of the annual mountain bike events. Who will become King of Crankworx? It’s looking close!
American Kyle Strait is one rider in contention for the crown, having been a dominant force in mountain bike for the past decade. We caught up with the man himself to ask how his preparations were going and to find out more about the man behind the bike.
Crankworx Whistler is just around the corner and you find yourself fourth in the ‘King of Crankworx’ rankings. How have you prepared for the event this year?
I went up to Highland Mountain Bike Park a couple of weeks ago, just to fine tune my skills. I coached kids that week and we did some dirt jumping and riding round the mountain. Basically, I want to keep my skills sharp and my mindset positive as the season is pretty long and I don’t get to spend a lot of time at home.
How do you relax in your downtime at a long event?
We have opportunity to look around the area and I have a lot of friends in Canada. So I go spend some time with them, camping or fishing. I’ll also take a while to get back home by making a few stops along the way.
You’re competing in four events at this year’s event. Which one are you most excited about?
Definitely Speed & Style. That’s the top one for me at Crankworx.
What are you looking to take away from Whistler this year?
As many podium finishes as possible! The prize money for each event isn’t that high so you want to go for the overall tour win and become King of Crankworx. I’d be stoked to be on the podium, especially as I didn’t compete at Innsbruck this year.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
In September, I’ll have a little downtime and do some filming. Most of October will be spent gearing up for Rampage – I’m there for over two and a half weeks before the event and that sets me up for the rest of the year really.
What advice do you have for any young mountain bikers looking to make it to the top of the sport?
Have fun and enjoy the places you go to. I see so many people caught up in wanting to do well, but it’s so important to relish the moment. You can shred on any bike but people sometimes worry about all other sorts of crap that doesn’t really matter. Put most top guys on a crappy bike and they’ll still do well. Main thing is to enjoy it – mountain bike is meant to be fun!
Time for quick fire questions – get ready!
Biggest inspiration: Shaun Palmer
Morning or evening: Definitely evening
Favourite song: Any George Strait song
Biggest fear: Being sad
Favourite place to ride: Home
The one face you’d add to Mount Rushmore: Any one of my friends
Cats or dogs: Dogs for sure
One thing you couldn’t live without: The sun
If you could have a superpower, what would it be: Be unbreakable
Nightmare job: Anything sitting in an office
If you weren’t a rider, what would you be: A postman or on border patrol
Catch Kyle competing at Crankworx Whistler live on EDGEsport: 10–18 August. How can you watch in your area. Find out here.