Canadian Thomas Vanderham began cycling at the age of ten after he caught the bug from a neighbour. His prodigious talent was soon obvious as he began forging his fundamental skills riding the infamous North Shore of Vancouver, and he was nicknamed ‘The Kid’ after making his first film appearance at the age of just 15
Since then, Thomas has become one of the leading figures in freeride mountain biking, placing in the top ten at every edition of Red Bull Rampage, the largest and most dangerous competition of them all, until missing out in 2013. He has also performed well at other competitions, including Monster Park, Whistler Crankworx, where he was named overall champion in 2003, World Cup finals and World Championships.
However, his main focus each year is on exploring new terrain around the world and filming groundbreaking headline parts in mountain bike films including The Collective’s Roam, and the fifth and sixth parts of Freeride Entertainment’s New World Disorder. Recently, he joined up with Anthill Films for a one-week ‘trail crawl’ – all his favorite trails in one, non-stop road trip from Kamloops, BC to Utah.
He currently rides for the freeride team of Vancouver-based Rocky Mountain Bicycles, and works closely with brands such as Dakine, Shimano, Fox, Maxxis, Oakley and Troy Lee Designs to shape the future of freeride mountain biking. He is also heavily involved with bike camps and clinics all over the world.