July 26, 2017 • Hailey Hendricks • Staff Writer
Utah native, TJ Eisenhart, prepares for the Tour of Utah bike race in front of his Lehi home.
Cyclist TJ Eisenhart will be one of the few Utah natives competing in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, an annual week-long road race that will take place throughout Northern Utah from July 31 to Aug. 6.
In the suburbs of Lehi lies the Eisenhart residence where family and friends gather, but most importantly, where 23-year-old Eisenhart’s childhood dreams became a reality.
Eisenhart said at the age of eight, his family took a vacation to Spain where they were able to watch Lance Armstrong lead the Tour de France through the Pyrenees. Eisenhart said in that moment, he knew that’s what he wanted to do.
At 11 years old, Eisenhart’s parents gave him his first racing bike and he said from that time on, he couldn’t get enough.
“When I was in 9th grade I was sitting in math class and I was just like, ‘I shouldn’t be here. I don’t want to be here. I know what I want to do and that I’m going to do it and I’m going to give everything for it,’” Eisenhart said.
Since he was 18, he’s been a professionally-sponsored bike racer after he signed with the BMC Racing Team. Then, at age 22, he signed with the Holowesko Citadel Racing Team sponsored by Hincapie Sportswear.
Eisenhart, who is easygoing and upbeat, said that once he joined Holowesko, he has felt like he has been able to show his fans his true personality.
“Finally when I had the freedom to open up, it was just like an explosion. I was just, ‘Boom. TJ Eisenhart’s here,’” Eisenhart said.
Breaking many stereotypical cyclist looks and personality, Eisenhart said he was reminded of why he races and what life is all about when his dad gave him a turquoise necklace, a signature piece that he never takes off.
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