Tyler McCaul

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2009 Best Trick at Ranchstyle
  • 2009 Ranchstyle – 3rd
  • 2009 Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle – 6th
  • 2008 Highland Claymore Challenge Slopestyle – 6th
  • 2007 Junior Downhill World Championships Team Member

Q & A

How did you get into biking? How old were you?
I just kind of grew up doing it. I never even owned a BMX bike either. My first 20 inch bike was a full suspension from Toys ‘R Us and once that broke I upgraded to a bigger and better bike. It was a 26 inch mountain bike that was full suspension and I was only nine and probably about 4’8”. I think that I could barely even reach the pedals.

What do you love most about mountain biking?
It’s something that I love doing and I don’t think that I’ll ever get tired of it because there’s so many different ways that you can do it. Also getting to travel to places I would normally never get to see and I’ve met some of my best friends through it.

What do you like least about mountain biking?
The injuries. Also when there are contests that are super windy and you have to ride.

Best place biking has taken you?
Fort William, Scotland for the ’07 Jr. World Championships. That place is sweet.

What do you miss most when you are traveling?
Burritos! They don’t have them in Europe and my friends and family.

If you could only ride at one place forever, where would it be?
Probably where I already live in Aptos, California because there are so many different kinds of things that you can ride here.

What riders have influenced you the most?
Greg Minnaar, Shaun Palmer, Kirt Voreis, Mike Aitken, and Jeremy Stenberg.

What are your interests outside of riding?
Building jumps and trails, skimboarding, snowboarding, surfing.

Who were your heroes as a kid?
Robin Williams, Barry Bonds, Jeremy McGrath, Nicolas Vouilloz.

If you could ride with anyone who would it be?
Mike Aitken but he recently had a crash that put him into a coma so I hope that he gets better soon!

If you weren’t a MTB pro, what other profession would you be involved in?
I’d become a professional underwater basket weaver or I’d have my own show like Jerry Springer. But I’d change my name to Harry Winger first.

What was your first bike set up and how has it changed?
My first bike had training wheels and I recently ditched those things.

Describe your perfect day.
Wake up at a lake, do some wake surfing early in the morning before the water gets choppy then I’d eat a burrito and do some DH shuttle runs, eat some sushi, and then chill at the beach for a bit until the weather cools down enough to have an evening dirt jump session. I’d end it with a sweet house party with all of my friends and lots of girls. Lots and lots of girls.

What is one thing that most people might not know about you?
I have a super duper sensitive left funny bone. And it’s really not very funny!

Best advice you’ve ever been given.
“Don’t let it get to your head.” Kyle Ebbett told me that when I was a young rider and I was starting to get recognized. He didn’t want me to get cocky and I think that that’s the most important thing to remember if you want to go places.

If you could spend an afternoon with anyone – past, present or future – who would it be?
Kurt Cobain

Favorite Movie?
Memento, Step Brother

Any advice for the young ‘uns coming into MTB?
Work harder than you think is necessary and never think that you are better than you are.

I'm stoked to ride for a company that has such deep roots in the sport.
-Tyler McCaul