Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Hamilton back in the Peloton

Wow, it's been awhile since I've seen Tyler's name on a start list (other then our local romp up the big hill). I'm not sure how I feel. Tyler was at one point my favorite pro rider. I've met him on numerous occasions and worked a bit with him after he broke the long standing Mount Washington Hill Climb record ten years ago. He hadn't made it big yet, and Lance hadn't started his tear through the Tour record books and Tyler was this strong rider from New England who was our local rider and a great skier to boot. I cheered hard every time he was in a race and was estatic when he left USPS to go to CSC where he should have stayed. His move to Phonak never felt like it was the right thing to do- maybe it was the colors of those kits that made me feel like I was about to go into convulsion. Either way it all went downhill from there.

I so want to believe he was clean, but as we all know pro cycling is anything but clean and if you look at the leader board not many of those top names are untainted in someway. The issue I struggle with is that if he doped so be it- where I struggle is with that if he did dope and put up this super defence with the "I believe" thing- then it really hurts his credibility as a human. I just don't know what to think.

Tyler- ride well and put that new bumble bee kit on the map, I just hope my admiration isn't misplaced.

Onto other notes, XC skied last night in the dark for about 40 minutes. It was chilly but not to bad. It was a good skiing by braile experience and by the end I felt like my balance was coming around. This is good as now that the XC skiing is getting better I'm not as jonesed to get on the bike. Of course I need to make sure I keep some saddle time so that my bum doesn't get out of shape! I can always shoot for riding the two hour episode of 24 next Monday.

That's it from here.



bluecolnago said...

i don't know what to think about tyler and doping, or doping in general. i think the consensus is that "everyone is doing it". if that's the case the point becomes moot since "no one" has an advantage.

i believe that if one would like to enhance their performance that it should be done through training and nutrition. sport is politics and politics is sport. hmmmm....

that's may take on it.

peace out, yo!

bluecolnago said...

i got home from work today and found a rather "fat" envelope in my mailbox. a huge "thank you" to dea and the twaf guys! sweet shirts! thanks guys!

it's still beau coup cold here so i'm gonna get on the trainer. ;)

ride safe.

peace out, yo!

weak and feeble said...

Blue, wear them with pride!