THE ART OF LETTING GO

Pro cyclist Taylor Phinney has learned to deal with intense pressure, a near career-ending crash and a father who's battling a life-altering disease. We spent three days with him to find out his secret to letting go of the weight of it all.

"I'VE ALWAYS HAD AN EXAMPLE FOR HOW TO DEAL WITH DIFFICULT SITUATIONS, JUST HAVING MY DAD IN MY LIFE DEALING WITH PARKINSON'S EVERY DAY"

—TAYLOR

Last year, after solid perform-ances in the Spring Classics, Taylor won the US National Time Trial Championship. A few days later, during a descent in the US National road race, he crashed into a guardrail. His lower leg snapped, and his future on a bicycle hung in the balance.

About four months after the accident, Taylor discovered a hidden talent: art.

"YOU GET THAT SAME MEDITATION QUALITY PAINTING AS YOU DO WHEN YOU GO OUT FOR A LONG BIKE RIDE"

—TAYLOR

Taylor is still recovering from his crash of a year ago and is getting stronger every day. He has his sights set on competing in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Find out more about Taylor at lululemon.com.

  • brajohn1

    Inspiring

  • TaraWanders

    I dig it!

  • ali__dover

    Fantastic, truly

  • ghostedout

    Great story.

  • tbyrnes

    What a rad story. Paint yer way to Rio.

  • jaywilder

    dig your art Taylor big time!

  • karen

    Incredible story.

  • Lelove

    Thanks for sharing your great story!

  • katienewman

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • karlblack

    An absolutely amazing story. I am instantly inspired. Thank you for sharing your story Taylor and Lululemon for bringing the exposure. You're already a champion

  • ninagraceless

    Great story!!

  • brentdurand

    Thanks for this story at lulu lemon 🙌. So refreshing to see. I don't buy many new clothes these days but will pick up some lulu lemon next time round.

  • bewi

    Great story!

  • bluechameleon

    Inspiring! Thank you!

  • pjnardy

    Great to hear his story of recovery, thank you lulu lemon. As an avid cyclist living in Chattanooga where his crash happened, I remember it so vividly.

  • lavender55

    Fabulous - I loved that art saved you!

  • jgurtz

    Nice fixie! Art is such a wonderful thing to carry within (and to show others)

  • verdderfan

    Aww😟😞☺️

  • Uyiosa

    Good luck in Rio Taylor, I know you would've fully recovered before then ❤️❤️👍🏽

  • chrisrobanske

    Great story! Good luck Taylor!

1/17