Firefighter Farrar: From one dream job to another


Farrar moved back to the US in the fall of 2017, bringing down the curtain on a career that spanned more than a decade and in which he won stages in all three Grand Tours. The then 32-year-old could have conceivably carried on for another year – at least – but by the time he finished his final race in Canada he had known for some time that he was ready to move on.

Joining the fire service had always been at the back of his mind, even when he was a young kid kicking ass on the track back home in his early teens, but when the wins started to flood in he understandably chose to follow one dream while the other was put on hold.

Tyler Farrar grew up in Wenatchee, WA so I always enjoyed following his pro cycling career from afar over the last decade or so. My interest in the sport has waned a bit in recent years though and I hadn't realized he had completely retired 3 years ago. Really cool to see that he knew exactly what he wanted to do next after wrapping up his cycling career, and that he's now working as a firefighter in Kirkland.