With a rally driver and passionate biker as a father, it's not surprising to learn that Thomas Oehler was racing before he could walk. He started on a three-wheeled trike before moving onto a mini cross, eventually finding his feet (and wheels) on purpose-built trial bikes.
The Austrian began competing in 1997, and made his first international appearance in 1998 at the age of 15, becoming Austrian champion just two years later. He then went on to take the Austrian title a further five times, as well as placing sixth in the UCI World Championships in 1999 and acquiring the title of Indoor European Champion in 2006.
Two years later, in 2008, Tom served up an inspiring bike trials performance for a crowd of passers-by on the streets of Kuwait, by targeting a number of trucks waiting at a red light and jumping from truck roof to truck roof. This daring display and his skilled performances at several other shows in 2008 subsequently secured him the World Championship title that year.
In a matter of a few months, Tom also managed to set a new Guinness World Record during the Bike Infection event in Kaprun, Austria. In front of a crowd of around 800 spectators, Tom smashed the previous bike high jump record of 2.85m, setting a new record of 3m exactly, and secured his standing as one of world's elite trials riders.
And it seems that record breaking has become a forte of Tom's – he has also claimed the 400m Hurdles on his bike, smashing the former record with a time of 44.62s. Tom's world record feat was seen by Gugl Games spectators, as he took to the track on two wheels, racing reigning Olympic champion Félix Sánchez (on two legs) at the distance.Read more