Born: May 23, 1983
Hometown: Walnut Creek, California
Residence: Del Mar, California
Weight: 172 lbs
Turned pro: 2003
Highly motivated after a successful return to pro racing in 2006, 24 year old Skyler Bishop is back for his second year with the Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling Team, presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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 return to the pro ranks.
Off the bike, Skyler spends considerable time in the estuaries of Southern California working as a wetlands ecologist. Skyler is also an extraordinary photographer. In 2005 he worked closely with a professional photographer
in Italy and is currently expanding his knowledge of studio lighting through course work in San Diego. Look for Skyler's images to make a big impact in the years ahead.
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.