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.

17 Questions: Kyle Strait – More Mountain Bike Videos

Q & A

  1. When did you turn pro?

    Around the age of 16

  2. What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?

    Winning the Red Bull Rampage and placing 3rd in the Jr. Worlds.

  3. If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?

    Being one of the best all around riders and having great style.

  4. Word Association:

    • Fun= Jumps • Vision= Blurred • Friend= fun • Foe= jokes • Greenhouse= eastcoast • Gas= smelly

  5. When did you first start riding? Where/why?

    At about 4 like everyone else. I just never stopped when I got older. My dad made some jumps for me and went on from there.

  6. What drives you to be sicker than everyone else?

    I have a lot of friends that push me to do things and it makes me strive for more.

  7. If you weren’t ripping on a bike, what kind of menial task would you want to do?

    Building new things always makes me stoked. So something like that.

  8. If you had to date one person who would it be: Pamela Anderson after Tommy Lee, Snookie from Jersey Shore or your mom in the past like Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future?

    Snookie for sure! She is ridiculous.

  9. If you had to share a bathroom with one Oakley rider, who would it NOT be and why?

    Hmmm, I would have to say Cedric Gracia. He uses way too much hou'r lour.

  10. Tell me a funny story about an Oakley rider...(We’ll never tell)

    Cam Zink and I got lost in Austria at a contest and ended up walking for 45 mins in the wrong direction before we figured out it was the wrong way. Long story short...I don't let Zink give directions anymore.

  11. What’s the funniest thing that you’ve ever seen happen on a bike?

    Cam McCaul could not figure out why his cranks were spinning while doing tail-whips.

  12. What’s the gnarliest thing you’ve ever seen happen on a bike?

    Zink's 360 off the Oakley Icon Sender at Rampage last year.

  13. Talent…other than doing no handed pushups:

    I am probably the best that I know at sleeping.

  14. Oakleys are…


  15. Best song to ride to:


  16. First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…

    Watch TV in English

  17. A lot of riders never get to go to Prom, did you go, who did you take or who would you ask if you could go today?

    Yep I never went. And If I didn't say my old lady Kara, I would be in big trouble. Wait...she will never read this, haha! I would take any one of the Victoria's Secret chicks. (So would we!)

  18. What is something that you wouldn't normally tell someone about yourself?

    I have an off centered birthmark on my chest.

  19. Fist pumping? Head Banging? C-Walking? Or Funky Chicken? Which one? Or all of the above?

    Can I go with Stage Kicking?

  20. Dream vacation spot:


  21. Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?

    Mr. T for sure. Unless I was sick cause then Chuck Norris could cure me.

  22. If the most interesting man in the world wanted to take your girlfriend out would you let him?

    Yes of course I would. He is like 75 and probably wouldn't be able to do much to her.

  23. People would be super surprised if they knew that you…

    Went to a Britney Spears concert last year. And it was my idea.

  24. What tricks are you working on?

    Oooo, well I really want to tell you but it has to do with Triples.

  25. You’ve been mistaken for…

    Micky Rourke

  26. Food…

    Al Pastor Tacos

  27. Taylor Swift or Myley Cyrus? Or if you prefer older, Megan Fox or Diane Keaton?

    Diane Keaton, I have so much learning to do from her.

  28. Last words…

    You never know how fast you are going till you go down.

Kyle Strait


"Loose is fast, and when you're on the edge you are out of control" - Days of Thunder

Date of Birth:
April 4, 1987
Huntington Beach, CA – "The inland by the sea."
Pivot Cycles, SDG, RockShox, Sram, Avid, Truvative, TLD, Mavic, ODI, Sensus, Vans, E13
Moto, Driving my 69 Lincoln

Career Highlights

    • 2013: 1st, Red Bull Rampage
    • 2004: 1st, Red Bull Rampage
    • 2004: 3rd, Junior World Championships
    • 2004: 1st, Ride To The Lake in Germany
    • 2004: 1st, Red Bull Taxco Downtown Street Race
    • 2001: 1st, Sea Otter Big Air