BMX Dirt rider Kye Forte entered the record books in 2012 when he performed the highest BMX jump in recorded history, setting a new record of 6.38m on a purpose-built ramp in Bristol. The feat was captured on film as part of the Samsung Galaxy Note and #Breakfree film series. Among his other achievements are winning the European King of Dirt title in Berlin in 2002, and being named Dirt Jumping World Champion in 2005. He is also an X Games finalist and in 2005 finished first at the Nokia Freestyle World Dirt contest in Prague and the BMX Dirt Masters in Cologne. He took first place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2012. Born in Newton Abbot, Devon in 1981, Kye comes from a family of avid BMX riders. He says he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t riding a bike with his brothers Toby and Leo, who have also gone on to become successful professional bike riders. “My first memories are of ripping up our back garden with my brothers,” he says, “and digging holes in the lawn.” Noted for his smooth style, Kye’s special talent is whips, flips and 360s. He is also gifted at tackling complex courses, a talent he put to good use when he founded the Red Bull Empire of Dirt event in 2007 (a competition in which he finished sixth in 2012). He has a preference for dirt trail riding, and says he is most at home on the Decoy Trails near his home in Devon.
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