World's Fastest Track Operator-Tyler Brown
PULL Magazine|October 2019
Right as we were about to start this interview, a kid and his mom walked into the DK tent to say Hi. Tyler asked to pause the recorder, and went to shake the kids’ hand and give him a quick pre-main pep-talk. A few minutes later, TB#316 returned and told me “He’s a follower of mine on Instagram. I’ve never met him before.” Right there, dropping everything to help out a fan, pretty much sums up The World’s Fastest Track Operator.

It may be hard to find a more dedicated BMX racer than Tyler Brown. The dude eats, sleeps, and breathes BMX. He wears more BMX hats than anybody else we know, which is where our interview begins.

THE DAD HAT

PULL: Let’s start off with the newest hat you’ve been wearing. The one that reads DAD. How are you handling that new job title?

TYLER: It’s fun. It’s different. It’s a lot of work. She’s only two months old, so it’s been cool to see the changes in her. She now recognizes my voice. I’m just looking forward to her growing up and being a lot more active.

PULL: Is it a lot more work than you ever imagined?

TYLER: Yeah. I had no idea. I knew it’d be a ton of work, and I already had a pretty full plate - with all of the stuff I do. Between operating the track and doing USA Cycling stuff, training and coaching, traveling, I still have to come home and have a full night with the little one. It’s an adjustment. One of the things that’s been really cool, though, is the support from the BMX community. I get up there in staging to race the Vet Pros and they’re all giving me Dad advice behind the gate.

THE USA CYCLING HAT

PULL: Do you have a regular work schedule? What’s your average week of work like?

TYLER: It kind of changes for me everyday. It depends on who we’ve got in town. If like, World Cups are coming up, then we have a lot more going on. We’ll have a lot more people down at the training center. So, it varies from week to week.

PULL: What’s the best thing about working for USA Cycling?

TYLER: The BMX program is based out of here in Chula Vista, so I’d say the most rewarding part is watching these athletes improve and compete at the World level.

THE COACHES HAT

PULL: So what is your title or job duty with USA Cycling?

TYLER: Technically, I’m the coach for USA Cycling, but most of the top guys have their own personal coaches. So, I’m more like a helper for them. I’ll set up the timing, film video, whatever they and their coaches want. I’m the guy who takes care of that. Connor, Corben and Jared - they ll have their own coaches, so I’m more there to assist them.

THE T.O. HAT - CHULA VISTA BMX

PULL: Then there’s the big hat - Track Operator. Tell us what that is like...

TYLER: At night, I’m pretty much there every night. It’s been fun - we’ve watched the track grow from a small little local program to where we are now. We’ve got some awesome families and local riders who help us out.

PULL: What’s the best thing about running a track?

TYLER: As much as I like working with the Elites, the most rewarding thing is getting a new kid out there for the very first time, and seeing how excited they are, to helping a kid chase after a NAG plate, and everything in between. We have programs for every level - from beginner to National caliber expert.

PULL: First becoming a TO was probably like being a dad, right? You kind of have no clue what you’re in for - right?

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