Tyler Hamilton Interview - Part 2
Dave Osborne talks with US Champion Tyler Hamilton of Team Rock Racing about his difficult years of suspension, his year with Team Tinkoff, the move to Rock Racing, the current state of US cycling – and he tells us about the qualities of a new bike brand he likes.
year for a team. He has done a lot for US cycling this year. He has been a big sponsor for a lot of the races, Tour of California, Tour of Georgia, the U.S. Pro Championship. He has also helped some of the smaller races – small classic races that have been around for such a long time. Helped them stay afloat. Races like the Harlem Criterium, which maybe didn’t have a big name to it but … This year he’s put his brand and his attitude towards racing.
DO: So he’s certainly a broad based individual when you talk about his focus and concern for cycling?
TH: He is a huge advocate for rider’s rights. He believes the riders should have way more of a voice in the sport. He is working hard to have that come through at some point. Right now, we don’t have a whole lot to say, but some day we will.
TH: Certainly, the sport of cycling is better with Michael Ball.
DO: One of the things with Roadcycling.com is that we support charities and causes and specifically we have supported the Tyler Hamilton Foundation. We would like an update from you as to what is going on with the Foundation and I know the Global Ride is in the U.S. this year so, what can you tell us?
TH: I believe this is the sixth year doing MS Global. It is our marquee ride. The past five years have been in Europe, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy. Last year we were in the Dolomites. Beautiful! As you know, the Euro is so strong right now. We have to – every day we are trying to make money and trying to cure this disease. Right now, we want to bring as much money into this fight as possible. This year it’s going to be in the U.S. It’s actually going to be in Vail, Colorado just after I come home from the Tour of Great Britain. We have one day at home and then off to Vale. I have been fortunate in my life to remain somewhat healthy, knock on wood. When you see people here who are suffering with the disease of MS (multiple sclerosis) and it really puts everything in perspective. For me, I feel like we’re going to have success. I feel like it’s an obligation to give back. For me, it is inspiring to see these people who have MS go out on a bike. I think it has done a lot for them. I have been involved with the MS Society since 1996 or 1997. There are just so many people with this disease. I know a lot of close friends who have the disease. For the rest of my life, I want to do funding to find a cure.
DO: Well, that’s an excellent effort that you’re putting forth in that and Roadcycling.com wishes you all the best and your foundation all the best in the ride in the