Tyler
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Date of Birth : 3/18/1998

Height : 1.78m

Weight : 60kg

Education: University of Arizona

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Photo: Tosh Clements

Type of rider: Puncheur

Strengths: Short Climbs

Area most eager to improve: Long Climbs

What or who inspired you to start riding?

 

Watching the Tour de France every summer as a kid got me really excited to ride.

 

What’s your biggest goal for the season?

 

This season, I want to learn as much as possible. Soak up knowledge like a sponge, and generally develop into a better rider.

 

Where is your favorite place to train and why?

 

Tucson, because there is nice weather and a great cycling community. 

 

What’s one lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way and/or beginner mistake you made and now laugh about?

I got dropped in a race, and I hadn’t studied the course at all so I had no idea where to go. I ended up at the finish line, but I got there an hour before everyone else.

 

What race are you most looking forward to this year and why?

 

All of them, I love to race! A major goal is to help the team get invited to some stage races this summer like the Tour of Utah.

 

What is your dream race to win and why?

 

Liege-Bastone-Liege. Just watching it, it seems pretty epic.

 

Which pro rider would you love to have as a teammate: Kwiakowski. It’s just the way he races. He’s crafty, fast and looks cool doing it.