European FMX legend Tom Pages has seen the highs and lows of freestyle motocross better than most. Within the first 2 years of his FMX career, Tom and his brother Charles had gone from riding in their backyard to appearing before the entire world at X Games and X-Fighters events. The 2 brothers were amongst the very first people to land the incredible frontflip on motocross bike, as well as attempt various other ground breaking and life threatening tricks. They were considered some of the world's best FMX riders, a position that most aspiring freestyle motocross athletes can only dream of achieving.
Unfortunately Tom had lost sight of the true meaning of riding, and in the following few years chose to take a big step back from the spotlight and mainstream competitions. He simply wanted to enjoy riding again, and focus on the things really mattered.
In 2010, Tom and Charles seemed to be making a comeback, but this time they were riding on their own terms. Tom has started focusing on building his trick repertoire without the backflip, which he had once mastered, instead pushing the progression of a series of right-way-up tricks such as the 'vault'. Another trick that has brought Tom attention is his incredible 'whip'. Since appearing in the newest version of the 'On The Pipe' film series with one of the world's biggest 'whips', Tom has turned heads all throughout the industry and earnt himself an invite to X Games Best Whip this year.
Tom is excited about all of the new opportunities in front of him, and even more so that this time around, he is riding with his own style.
From everyone at Unit, we would like to wish Tom the very best of luck at X Games and the future of his career.
Courtesy: Unit Clothing
Filming: Mike Never & Judith Emanuel
Editing: Mike Never
Music: 'Why, O, Why' by Daniel Miller and 'Ballade' by DJ Gero