Meet Junior Rider Dylan Fryer

This week marks the beginning of Bear Development Team’s Junior Series! We are honored to dedicate our weekly post to the introduction of one member of the Bear Development Team.
Check in every week to get the inside scoop on Bear’s Junior Team!
This week, meet…

DYLAN FRYER

Racing Age: 18
Hometown: San Anselmo, CA
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9 RSL
Favorite Training Song: “Float On” by Modest Mouse
Best Post-Ride Snack: Salted Chocolate GU Stroopwafel

I am a Marin-raised kid. I went to Marin Montessori School, where I got to study what I liked (or so they say in the literature) and learned to love learning. I will always feel nostalgic about this school, because this is where discovered my love for math and maps. I was at this school through 8th grade, and did thousands of permutations of math work and map work. Before I could write I told my pre-K teacher I wanted to make maps. She told me that I could do that as soon as I learned every country in the world. She thought this would hold me off a few months. I came in 2 days later and told her I was ready with all the countries, and now could I draw the map? She had to say yes, and showed me how to hold a pencil to make maps. My mom had at least 50 maps of continents over that year on our fridge. My love of math and science continues to this day, it actually makes me feel joyful to work on math and science problems. I maxed out my high school’s math program as a junior, and went on to take math at College of Marin. I am looking forward to studying math and physics when I attend UC Berkeley in the fall. Go Bears!

I am currently one of the captains of the Sir Francis Drake High School mountain bike team, and I have a part-time job at Mathnasium tutoring all levels of students in math. I love Rubik’s cubes, sudoku, Monty Python and John Green novels. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and What If are my favorite books. I have a high enthusiasm level for life and the pursuit of happiness!

I live with my mom, my stepdad and my brother Zach, who is 14. We have a lot of fun together; playing games, traveling, riding bikes and engaging in crazy conversations. My extended family also lives in SF and Marin, and I am super close to my grandparents and aunt/uncle and cousins. We all love to ride and hike and be out in the beautiful green space of Marin county – birthplace of mountain biking. We have a particular love of games like Sardines, the noun game, Scattergories and all card games.

I have been riding bikes ever since I was first able to walk. Well, ok, a couple of years later. My parents were both bike racers, so the sport sort of runs in my family. Starting when I was 5 years old, we used to take family vacations to Mammoth Mountain, land of incredible downhill. Since my bike at that time was a 16-inch single gear bike, I couldn’t really go uphill. But I was amazing going downhill! My mom says people used to stop her to ask how old I was, and she was so proud to say “5 years old” as I booked down “Downtown” and “Off the Top”. My first race was the kids’ race at the San Rafael Twilight Crit. I was 6. At that one-lap race, I was so excited, I passed the finish line and kept going for another lap. All the kids on skuuts and tricycles followed me, and the officials had to run after us to stop the mayhem. I raced in Mammoth when I was 7, and my dad had to race next to me to make sure I stayed on the right trail. I nearly lost my way in the forest, so it was a good thing he was with me. After these epic races, from then on I was hooked. It was a short trip to my first race in Fontana, CA when I was 12!

I was on my first development team when I was 12 and a year later, I found the Bear Development Team. I was super excited by the welcoming attitude that Julia and all the other riders had for me. I was a “Baby Bear”, but I felt super special and honored to be part of the team. I was the youngest rider on the team for 3 years running. I have a special place in my heart for the younger riders – I know how it feels! I am still honored and humbled to be on such a special and welcoming elite program.

I’m super excited to race my last junior season accompanied by some other awesome junior riders on the Bear Development Team and keep the stoke levels high!