Stories of Commitment: Tayte Proulx-Royds
Kelowna, BC, Canada
When you ask a 13-year-old how long she has been riding and racing bikes, you don’t expect her answer to be, “11 years.” But for Tayte Proulx-Royds, she’s not exaggerating when she says she’s been on bikes her whole life. Well, at least as long as she can remember.
Calling Kelowna, BC home, Tayte has always been surrounded by wild open spaces, mountains, and more than just a few bike parks. Following her older brother’s wheel, she began racing BMX as soon as she could pedal and quickly jumped on a mountain bike.
At such a young age, she’s already achieved an impressive amount – from being two-time provincial cyclocross champion and XCO MTB provincial champion to winning the Darkhorse Award at the inaugural Dark Horse Invitational Freeride event in 2021. In 2022, she’s already been on podiums at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California and NW Cup Downhill Series in Port Angeles, Washington.
If you ask Tayte what her favorite achievement was, she’d tell you it was winning the very first Dark Horse Invitational “Dark Horse Award”. Tayte was 12 at the time, the youngest athlete invited to the event. Riding with some of her heroes in the sport, she worked her way up to sending the line of massive jumps.
“To me, all in means always looking forward and not being afraid to be afraid,” said Tayte. “It’s giving it your all and never looking back.”
It’s obvious Tayte is wise beyond her years; so, we wanted to ask her a few more questions. Her responses, hand-written in a notebook, scanned and sent to us via email gave us a glimpse into Tayte’s past and her promising future in the sport.