Tom Trantow

I started my YouTube channel just as a way to document the journey of learning trials. That got some attention as my skills grew and I soon began sharing what I was learning and viewers became more interested. I realized I had more to offer the trials community and want to continue giving back. My previous life as a teacher and communicator kindled the desire to make something more than just YouTube videos. I wanted to assist riders to get past the frustrations that come from trying to learn things in the wrong order. I know these 1st hand. I wanted to teach real skill development by breaking down techniques into drills and fundamentals in a safe way to learn and keep riders motivated through milestones of achievement.  

I have always been into actions sports. I played Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis and Waterskiing growing up. Then I fell in love with Volleyball in high school and got to play at The Ohio State University from 1999-2003. I majored in Interactive Communication and never knew exactly what I would end up doing with that degree. Fast forward 20 years and I have a wife, 3 daughters and have been in Retail Management for 15 years. Prior to that, I was a substitute teacher. I have coached multiple sports and have always enjoyed teaching. 

15 years ago, My Dad taught me to ride a Harley Sportster and I rode street bikes on and off until an accident made me want to sell the bike. When Covid hit, I wanted a social distancing sport that I could keep doing despite everything shutting down.  3 dirt bikes later and I still wanted to get better at riding. It seemed like everyone I was watching on YouTube was advocating for trials as a way to improve skills.

If an activity doesn't provide increasing challenge, mental and physical tests, competition, and a chance to socialize, then I don't usually stick with it for more than a year. Trials has all of these, and I am hooked! I went all in and documented the process of my riding and used my creativity, storytelling, and desire to teach to launch my YouTube channel. I have gotten so much already out of the sport that I want to share my passion and give back to the community. I have started taking photographs and partnered with Next Gen Mototrials to support our local youth. 

Pro Rider Sam Fastle as well as Trials Coach Ray Peters and Trials 2 competitor Oliver Smith have also agreed to help contribute content from their vast riding experience and so the Trials Progression team is growing. 

Sam Fastle 

Sam was the 2012 Expert 125 Champion and finished 3rd in the Expert class in 2013 as well as winning the UTE Cup that year. Sam came into the 2016 season after a 2-year hiatus while serving the Mormon church, and wow 'ed everyone by finishing 8th in the pro class! While Sam spent the 2018 season climbing his way to #4 in the series, he also had a baby! Sam had many notable rides in 2022 while also juggling a busy life. 

Sam is an NATC Pro class rider and also rides in our local Trials Inc club events. In addition, Sam is also an authorized TRS Dealer - You can learn more about TRS Kentucky and reach out to Sam on his Facebook page | La Grange KY | Facebook  To learn more about Sam's riding career


Louisville, KY