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Tyler Whitfield

BMX Race

Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Snap Products, Tru Precision

150 lbs.
Rockford, IL
Rockford, IL

How did you get into BMX?
My dad used to race and he got me into BMX.

How old were you when you started riding?
5 years old.

Where did you grow up?
Rockford, IL.

How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
I was at the Redline Cup in 2005 and was doing well. Neal Banks from Revolution Bike Co. came up to me and asked if we needed any help. So my dad went over there and talked to Neal. Neal told me to pick out a helmet and that was it. I chose the D2.

How long have you been riding for TLD?
Since 2006 and it is awesome.

Which TLD products are you using?
I am using yellow Voltage gear with the new 2011 D3 Zap helmet and a few others. I also wear the shock doctor elbow and knee pads for protection. For gloves I wear one yellow and one red GP glove to match both sides of my jersey. I have 18 helmets.

Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
Riley Stair for my whips, haha.

What do you like to do when you're not riding?
I like golf and pretty much any other sport I have the chance to do.

What bands/music are you into?
Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, Jay-Z, MGMT.

List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
1. Hopefully to get N.A.G. 1 at the ABA Grand Nationals.
2. Do well in Junior Men at the races that I go to.
3. Hopefully go to the World Championships again.

List a few highlights of your career:
I am a UCI World Champion.
I am currently N.A.G. 5 in 16 expert.
I have almost 100,000 views on my YouTube videos.
Had a "Be the Bike" in PULL Magazine.
Had a couple photo shoots for TLD and other sponsors.

What's your favorite race/event and why?
My favorite race is the ABA Grand Nationals because it is such a big event and it is always fun hanging out with your friends. The track is always good, too.

What's your idea of an epic day riding?
To me an epic day of riding is to race at a really cool technical track, then after, stay a few hours riding with my friends and learn a bunch of new awesome lines and throw some sick whips.

What's the best thing about being a BMX athlete?
The best thing for me is riding all the cool gear, meeting new people, seeing people look up to you, them knowing they can come up and talk to you, and riding my bike all the time.

If you weren't a BMX athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
I really do not know what else I would do if I was not riding my bike besides golfing.

If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
That people would see BMX more than just riding a bike.

Who would you like to thank?
My parents, sisters, Jim, Therese, and Thor Buchanan, Troy Lee Designs, Ryan Smith, Sean Thomas, Greg Skibel, Greg Woolworth at Snap Products, Todd at Tru Precision, Jon Wells at Sunringle, Mike Redman, Mike Carruth at, Johnny Dzierzbicki for making me awesome YouTube videos,  Kevin at Xbalm, Rob Sinks at Kegel’s bike store, Spoke Monkey Cyclery, Ryan Burke at Answer, Kirk at J&R bike shop, Pierce at Pro Gate, Five Ten shoes, Jake and Candy at Rockford BMX, all of my teammates and their parents that help me get to the races.

Any words of wisdom?
Hard work and determination pay off and if you work hard at what you want to do, you can do anything.