World class rider pedals to Olympics

2017-03-14 06:04
Tyler Klumper paving his way to 2020 Olympics. Photo: Supplied

Tyler Klumper paving his way to 2020 Olympics. Photo: Supplied

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FOR former Upper Highway rider, Tyler Klumper, BMX racing is more than just a hobby, it is his life.

Klumper got into cycling as training for motocross at the age of eight. He ended up enjoying it so much he began racing more. 

Now living at Tarpon Springs in Florida­, U.S., the aspiring 19-year-old said that as a child he never wanted to be anything else but get to professional level in what he did.

“I'm very competitive and always wanted to be the best.  Some of my achievements in South Africa include being SA number two in the elite men’s class. I represented South Africa in the BMX World Championships in Belgium in 2015,and received my provincial and South African colours for racing,” he said.

In addition, Klumper has earned many accolades in the U.S. including being on the podium multiple times in the North American Supercross series in 2016, racing in the Super X men class and finishing second in his first national race as a pro this year in Louisville, Kentucky. 

He said he is inspired and motivated every day by his dream, which is to race in the 2020 Olympics.

“My role models are Maris Stromberg, a BMX racer who won the Olympic gold medal twice in a row.
“Neik Kimman, a BMX racer who won the elite men world title in 2015 in his first year racing in that class, and my parents, for raising me to always chase after my goals and dreams.”

Describing himself as a perfectionist, Klumper said he likes things to be “right”.

“In my training, my racing, my daily life - that’s just my character. Racing at the speeds we do at pro level everything needs to be pin-point accurate so this personality trait I have comes in handy on the track.”

He said he is most proud of the last few months of his life.
“I've been sponsored by J&R Bicycles, who have played a major role in helping me get to race in the U.S.
“Between all my sponsor commitments and training and racing in the A pro class I hardly have enough hours in the day.
“Many people have told me how hard it would be and most people wouldn't be able to do it. Every day I prove them wrong by working as hard as I possibly can.”

Kluper’s message is - “Dream big. Don’t listen to negative people who always say it can’t be done. The world is full of opportunities. Hard work and dedication will get you to your goals and you could get to live your dream just like I am.”





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