Taylor Tolleson Interview
Team BMC’s all-round fast man slowed down by broken collarbone.
It’s not like it is only a flat one-day race, but I will certainly do everything I can to be healthy and in shape by then, especially since it is a big team objective, I’ll definitely want to do my bit.
This is the third time you’ve broken your collarbone. What makes you willing to get out and race again and again?
At the end of the day, I just love to race. If I didn’t race bikes, I’d be racing cars or motor bikes or anything. I’ll race you down the supermarket isle. Crashes happen and that is just something you have to be prepared for. Actually the other two times I broke my collarbone were when I was 15 and racing BMX, so things haven’t gone that badly on the road.
What races really inspire you to perform?
I like really hard one-day races with some rollers, maybe a little rain thrown in...
Like the Tour of Leelanau in Michigan which you won just before your accident?
Yeah, exactly like that. I like the races to be really hard and where maybe only a small group of guys can make it to the finish together. I have a strong sprint and in those situations I usually have a really good chance to win. Next year I think I want to focus on my sprint a bit more, and I dream of racing eventually in events like the early spring classics. I would love to excel at those sorts of races, but that is probably several years in the future.