Robert Taylor, co-owner of Victory Bicycle Studio, has over twenty years of experience in the bicycle industry. Since 1991, he has worked as a mechanic, fitter, buyer, and instructor for some of the largest retailers in the South. Robert has also served on the advisory board for Trek Bicycle Corporation and Cannondale Bicycle Corporation. He holds certifications from Fit Kit, Michael Sylvester Fit Services, and is a USA Certified Mechanic.
Robert got hooked on cycling in the late 1980’s when he returned to Memphis from college. He spent his late teens and early twenty’s participating in regional triathlons. Through his thirty’s Robert raced locally as Category 3. Today, Robert teaches spinning and trains through the week for local century rides. He also serves as race director for the largest underground cyclocross race in the Mid South: Cyclocrunk.
Clark Butcher, co-owner of Victory Bicycle Studio, began his career in endurance sports at the age of 7 when his father introduced him to running. At 11 years old he completed his first half marathon and was hooked on competing. He went on to run several half marathons a year, as well as numerous 5K and 10K races, until the age of 14 when he discovered triathlons. After a handful of triathlons, he realized cycling was his forte’. Road racing soon commanded all his attention and he quickly moved through the USCF rankings to a Category 2 cyclist by the age of 16. Right after high school he started racing full time and competed in events such as the Junior World Cup in Canada, National Championships, and too many NRC (National Race Calendar) events too mention. This eventually led him to Germany, where for 5 weeks in 2002 he raced and trained with the German National team. This brought him great experience in the world of elite bicycle racing.
Clark studied Exercise Science at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, focusing on integrating his knowledge of training on the bike with exercise physiology. This combination continues to be valuable to him, his client athletes, and Victory’s customers.
After taking a sabbatical from studies to race full time again, he soon became a USCF Category 1 racer, where he continues to race today. He finds great satisfaction in working every day with clients who share his love of bicycles.