Phillip Kmetz is an American downhill mountain bike rider from Keene,
New Hampshire. Racing downhill mountain bikes since '05, some of
his notable accomplishments include two 3rd place ProGRT
national race finishes and a 5th in the overall 2012 series.
In 2011 he placed 5th at the National Championships,
and earned the ESC Series, New Hampshire,
and Vermont State champion titles.
Read more about him here.
At three years of age, Phillip was already bored with riding a bike the conventional way. By five he had already begun dirt jumping, and soon after entered his first BMX race.
Throughout the next few years he competed in numerous ABA and NBL BMX races throughout the Country.
Later, he was selected to represent the USA in Vallet France where he made it to the finals placing eighth in the 1999 UCI World Championships.
Needing a change of scenery, in 2006, he entered and won his first Downhill race at Plattekill Mountain.
In 2008 he earned the title of Jr. Expert National Champion for dual slalom, and also won the amateur Claymore Challenge.
Phil Kmetz took 2009 off from racing and riding to focus on his education and a real career, though he quickly realized a regular career was not for him.
Upon his return, he recieved his Professional license upgrade and by the end of 2010, clenched his first Pro win.
The following year Phil competed in 28 events, and won of the first Battle of Hellion at Highland, while also earning the ESC overall Champion, and finished 5th in the 2011 National Championships.
In 2012 Phil placed 3rd at both the Mountain Creek and Plattekill ProGRT races, and attended his first UCI World Cup in Norway.