Ryan Guettler made his international debut in 2001 at the Asian X Games and quickly became a regular on the U.S. BMX circuit. In 2004, he shocked the crowds when he took top honors in both the prelims and the finals to end Ryan Nyquist’s three-year reign as the King of Dirt, following it up with a bronze medal in X Games park.
Guettler proved the win was no fluke and solidified himself as a top competitor during the 2005 Dew Tour when he ended the season with two Dew Cups – one in BMX park and the other in BMX dirt – becoming the only Dew Tour athlete to claim two Dew Cups in different disciplines in the same year. That same year, he also claimed third in X Games dirt and fourth in park to prove his dominance in both disciplines.
His 2006 season started off strong, but after a handful of injuries midway through the season, he was unable to come back as strong as the year before. Although Guettler struggled to make the podium at the beginning of ’07, he placed second at the Toyota Challenge in the park competition, landing multiple 1080’s and double backflips – tricks that only a select few BMX athletes have perfected. Guettler continued to advance the sport of BMX, landing the first 1080 in a BMX dirt competition during the last stop of the ’07 season.
Returning to top form for the 2008 Dew Tour season, Guettler took second in the park competition at the first stop of the season en route to finishing seventh overall in the year-end rankings. The double threat also took home second place at the Right Guard Open’s dirt contest, closing out the year with an identical seventh-place ranking in the race for the BMX dirt Dew Cup. In addition to his success on the Dew Tour, Guettler has also faired well at the X Games, finishing just off the park podium and taking fourth in both 2008 and ’09.