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
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.