Tom Demerly is a feature writer, journalist, photographer and editorialist who has written articles that have appeared in The Aviationist, TACAIRNET, Outside, Business Insider, Russia’s government media outlet Sputnik, Velo-News, Bicycle Guide, Bicycling, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete, Triathlon Today!, USA Triathlon Magazine and many other publications around the world.
Since 2016 he has been U.S. Correspondent for one of the world’s most widely read defense and aviation online publications, David Cenciotti’s TheAviationist.com, published in Rome, Italy. Beginning in 2009 he created and was Senior Content Editor for the TriSports University section of TriSports.com, then the world’s largest online triathlon retailer. He has also worked as a brand journalist and copywriter for Felt Bicycles in Irvine, California. Demerly authored the naming nomenclature for the “Felt IA” series of World Championship winning bikes and developed names for the bike’s unique engineering features. Prior to his career experience Demerly studied journalism at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan and with media pioneer Russ Gibb while in High School at Dearborn High.
Demerly has written the most-viewed feature on TACAIRNET.com with over 5,000 views per day and shares by noted aviation personalities like Chuck Yeager and Tom Clancy’s technical advisor and author John Gresham. Demerly worked as a beta-reader and consultant for noted author, the late Robert F. Dorr’s first fiction book, “Hitler’s Time Machine“.
Demerly is a noted expert on military aviation, defense technology and intelligence. He served in an intelligence gathering unit as a member of the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard . His military experience includes being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia (Cycle C-6-1) and as a Scout Observer for Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE), Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU). Demerly also consults to the defense industry in softgoods, uniform and personnel/equipment categories for the special operations community working for Tactical Performance Co., Ltd.™, North Highlands, California.
Tom Demerly has raced endurance events on all seven continents including the 152 mile ultra-endurance Marathon des Sables, the 105 mile Jordan Telecom Desert Cup, The Discovery Channel Eco Challenge and The Raid Gauloises Vietnam and “The Last Marathon” in Antarctica. Demerly has also climbed the highest mountain on three continents and the highest mountain in the western hemisphere, Aconcagua in Argentina at 22,841 ft.
Demerly is four-time Michigan USA Cycling Champion and has completed over 250 triathlons around the world, Including the Ford Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and five other Ironmans. In 1990 Demerly raced for the elite level Nike/Velo-News/Gatorade Cycling Team in Belgium.
In addition to his media, business and endurance/adventure sports experience Demerly attended the first-ever Fit Institute of Slowtwitch (F.I.S.T.) triathlon specific bike fitting program. He has gone on to develop unique and effective triathlon bike fit and positioning techniques specifically for the retailer.
Excellent site you have here Tom! Keep up the solid work – we’ll be back!
Love your blog! happened upon post on facebook and read some of your posts just when needed to give me perspective. Thanks 🙂
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Bookmarking you now….! (Why am I just finding your blog…weird!)
Hello Tom. I like your articles. Do you have a monthly email letter you send out? add me to your list. Thanks.
I just read your article: “Why you shouldn’t support your local…” It was surely refreshing to see your spot-on analysis of the state of the IBD’s and your proactive call for action. The best write up as far as I am concerned thus far. Congrats!
I stumbled upon your blog, wow! Great work and info. My wife and I started cycling this year. We will be reading your books.
Thank you again,
I just saw your interview with Lt. Col. Russell Szczepanik and thought it was great. My father is also an SR-71 alum and (small world) was the pilot that flew with Mr. Szczepanik. Thank you for sharing stories about that incredible aircraft. I could listen to my Dad tell stories about piloting the SR, U2, etc. for hours :). It was such an interesting time!
If you having any other pieces upcoming on the SR-71, etc. and need subject matter experts, please let me know! My Dad is always up for sharing his piloting experience.
Laura Hansen (Young)
Daughter of Col. Richard A. Young (Capt. when flying the SR-71)
I read your article about the chinese spy balloon. I have a theory you may or may not have thought about. More sinister than I read theories of dropping forest fire starting Incendiaries, weather altering or even an EMP attack dry-run. After hearing that a balloon could not gather more info than a sattellite and that it was flying over missle silos, my 2nd thought was it was trying to send signals to trip the launch of these missles. The reason- China could say the US started a nuclear attack and it could retalliate with their “can’t shoot down HGVs. Far-fetched? Russia and China, ever since they have demonstrated these HGVs have appeared to be daring and goading the US to start something.
BTW the Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand spoke about the Yukon object shot down days ago, and next to her (I think it was) Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre, added (I heard him say on TV) that this object was apparently jamming the tracking attempts of the jets that shot it down.
Interesting idea. I got to visit a decommissioned ICBM site in Southern Arizona several years ago and learn, first hand, about ICBM launch procedures. Then I got to launch an ICBM with the system in training/demonstration mode. The system failed to launch. Also, an interesting thing about the launch system was how antiquated it was. The potential for “hacking” it was nearly nonexistent simply because it was so darn old.