STARTING HIS BIKING JOURNEY AND OVERCOMING MANY OBSTACLES ALONG THE WAY, KYLE GIFFORD IS HERE TO SHARE HIS STORY WITH XTORK.
Kyle’s fascination with the wheels started at a very young age, pretty much from a baby being pushed around in a pram. His parents have always been extremely supportive of him and introduced him to bicycles from an early age, and it just kick started from there. Kyle remembers vividly his first bike, “My first bike was the popular black plastic three-wheeler push bike that every kid has growing up in South Africa and from there on I went through bike after bike. From building ramps with a wooden plank and a few bricks in the back yard, to shoveling dirt and ripping around with my friends at our local riding spots, I was always riding my bike, always trying to jump, go faster and bigger.” Throughout Kyle’s biking journey, Kyle’s father was always mountain biking and was keen on spending time riding with his son. Kyle’s father liked to keep his wheels on the ground sticking to Cross-country Mountain biking but Kyle moved to Downhill Mountain biking and was instantly hooked! During his years of riding mountain bikes, he experienced his fare share of injuries. In 2012, Kyle had a crash whilst racing Downhill Mountain bikes that resulted in a few broken ribs and organ damage. This accident required him to put mountain bikes off for some time and made him doubt returning to racing downhill at the time. As he was recovering, he found himself riding his motocross bike more than his mountain bike. He adds, “I loved the fact that you could jump on your motorbike and head out for hours at a time, covering a huge amount of untouched land, exploring, finding new trails and lines as you go. It turned into an adventure every time I went out and at the same time I would try to improve on my technical abilities on the bike.” Although Kyle rides motorbikes at the moment, his passion for mountain biking is still present. “The great thing is that both sports complement each other and I have found myself bringing a lot of my mountain bike skills over into my motor bike riding.”
“Find a sport that you are passionate about and do it for the love of the sport! It’s not about impressing others, it’s not always about attaining results. Challenge yourself, but never lose sight of why you got into extreme sports in the first place. It’s about getting out there and doing what you love because it ignites and drives something inside you! “