Local cyclist, Tyler Young, is the leader of the Great Ride Series bike rides from Stockton’s Performance Bicycles in Lincoln Center. More than just a cyclist or ride leader, Tyler is one of the most well known cyclists in Stockton. His dedication to his riders is unparalleled. He started cycling again just a few years ago and used it to lose weight and get back in shape. Since then, he has used his passion for riding to encourage people all over Stockton to get out on their bikes.
Every Saturday, Tyler leads a ride from the Performance store. A family-friendly ride that often gets up to 50 riders, Tyler takes his fellow cyclists through north Stockton neighborhoods and on to the Calaveras bike path before heading to University of the Pacific and the turn-around point at Starbucks on the Miracle Mile.
To get an idea of what Tyler means to local cyclists, I spoke with a few of his riders, Kelly Rose, Kiel Penrod and Karen Jordan, during a recent Saturday morning ride.
Tyler’s impact on local cyclists is clear. Talk to any of his riders and they will tell you he is the reason they continue to get out on their bike.
Tyler has a ride for all cyclists, no matter what “tribe” they belong to. His Saturday rides have every level of cyclist, from families riding with small children to die-hard lycra-clad road cyclists. He also leads a weekly mountain bike specific ride and a Sunday road bike specific ride of varying distances.
Follow Tyler on Instagram, @roguefreeman.
“He doesn’t care if you’re slow or fast, he just wants you to be there.”
-Kiel Penrod, local cyclist
“I push myself to show up because of Tyler. This has become a big part of my life.”
-Karen Jordan, local cyclist
The music for episode 103 is “Calaveras Super Highway” by Michael Klooster & Ernest B. Mancuso, featuring Justin Anderson.
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