Tyler Hamilton Diary
2004 has been busy from the start.
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I?m sorry the updates have been few and far between. As you may imagine, every day of the last two months have been straight out busy. I took the month of October off from riding and training per usual. But once November hit, I got back to riding again, just like every year.
The difference is that this year, I have a full time job off the bike ? trying to get to the bottom of my positive test results stemming from the Olympics and the Vuelta. My wife and I are fortunate to have an incredible team of legal and medical experts helping us out. There are new developments to contend with almost daily. But we are a united front and little by little we are starting to make sense of everything.
Thanks to all of you who have kept the notes of support coming. I do read your messages, and appreciate all the encouragement and trust you have shared. I also want to express my overwhelming gratitude to those of you who have demonstrated your support through believetyler.org. I am absolutely humbled by the level of outreach we?ve received from so many of you.
However, the website has, in addition to my other challenges, become somewhat of a hot button. There is some confusion regarding the legal defense fund and it?s use. So let me try to clarify a few things.
When news of my case first broke, generous people from around the world, many of whom I do not know, started sending donations to my various webmasters to help defray my legal expenses. There were also a number of people who contacted us to see how they could help with my upcoming legal expenses. All of this compelled the creation of a legal defense fund account. A group of my friends set up the believetyler.org website as a way to show we were formally handling the funds received.
Let me make one thing completely clear ? absolutely no funds raised on behalf of the Tyler Hamilton Foundation support the legal defense fund. It is our ultimate hope to have it be the other way around. I have pledged publicly, that this fund will be used as a last resort in defraying my legal costs. Instead, we hope that once the case is resolved, the remaining monies donated to the legal defense fund can be diverted to the Tyler Hamilton Foundation to support youth cycling initiatives.
That said, donations to believetyler.org are not tax-deductible. However, the Tyler Hamilton Foundation is a 501 (C) organization and is a registered charity so all donations to this organization are tax-deductible. Because we hope the legal defense fund will someday benefit the foundation, the staff at the foundation, in partnership with