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Born: May 23, 1983
Hometown: Walnut Creek, California
Residence: Del Mar, California

At age 22, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada’s Skyler Bishop is hoping to make a splash in his return to pro cycling after a two-year hiatus.

After racing on the NORBA circuit with Ritchey Design’s junior mountain bike team, Skyler began road racing in 2000. He then spent three months racing in Italy in 2001 and earned his Category 1 upgrade at age 18 in 2002,

In 2003, Skyler turned pro with the then-fledgling Health Net team. After a solid season on the pro circuit, Skyler considered a position with Health Net presented by Maxxis for 2004, but – after a severe injury while training for cyclocross in the fall of 2003 – he opted to focus on his studies and graduated from UC-Santa Cruz in 2005 with a degree in Environmental Studies.

After some collegiate racing in 2004 followed by a return to elite amateur racing in 2005 for the San Francisco Olympic Club, Skyler decided to rejoin to the pro ranks.

“Once I committed to returning to pro cycling full-time, and I knew that Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada would be the best fit for me. Getting to ride with teammates like Ben Jacques-Maynes, Dominique Perras, and Dan Schmatz is a good opportunity for a guy my age.”

Photography is Skyler’s primary off-the-bike interest, and he had the opportunity in 2005 to work closely with a professional photographer in Italy.He plans to further pursue photography after his cycling days are over.

After growing up in the Bay Area in Walnut Creek, Skyler relocated in the fall of 2005 with his family to Del Mar in Southern California. When he’s not riding or racing, Skyler works for the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy on the restoration of impacted watersheds. It is an extension of his college thesis on the interpretation of vegetation using aerial photography.


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