Tom Demerly is a feature writer, journalist, photographer and editorialist who has written articles that have appeared in The Aviationist, TACAIRNET, Outside, Business Insider, 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 is also a contributing editor to the military aviation blog Alert 5 (now TACAIRNET.com) and has written their best viewed features 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 recently served as a beta-reader for Robert F. Dorr’s first fiction book, “Hitler’s Time Machine“.
Demerly is a noted expert on military aviation and defense technology and intelligence, having served in an intelligence gathering unit in the 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 also 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.