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Spain: This update is coming to you from Haven Hamilton. I'm
Tyler's wife. I wanted to post a note of appreciation to all of you who are standing behind Tyler and I during this very difficult ordeal. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and is appreciated more than you can imagine.
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I have known
Tyler since 1996 and we have been married for almost six years. When I met him he was a neo-pro bike racer who competed primarily in the
United States . Back in the day, we had no idea
Tyler's career would reach the heights that it has. But we've been grateful for every opportunity he's been provided through racing and have made the most of what I often refer to as - one incredible adventure.
After ten years of working for an advertising agency back in
Boston I left my job to join
Tyler full time in
Europe. The weeks and months apart were taking a toll on our relationship and it was clear that if
Tyler was going to excel overseas he needed an on-sight support network.
Some people probably assume that athletes who make it to the professional level were born gifted, and that it's the gift they possess that allows them to make a living doing what they love. But the gift is only the beginning. Tyler and I have met many talented cyclists over the years who never make the jump to Division 1. So many things can railroad a career. A bad season, a lack of support, a team folding, the list of variables stacked against a kid who wants to rise up to the highest level of this sport is endless. The ones who make it have to above all, love what they are doing, be dedicated beyond compare, and have luck and forward momentum on their side.
And this is all just for starters. When
Tyler began racing in
Europe, he quickly realized he was starting anew as an athlete. Although he had been a successful cyclist in the
US, he had to begin the process of proving himself all over again. It was clear that success back home did not guarantee success in
For the first time in his life he was told he was "over-wieght", "didn't train hard enough", "didn't eat right", "wasn't dedicated enough". This was pretty shocking considering he had been a successful skier, soccer player, sail boat racer, little leaguer and cyclist all his life. But
Tyler took the advice of his new mentors, and as he would say - "stepped up" his dedication and focus.
Tyler's steady progression over the last eight seasons here in
Europe has been a result of his ability to put cycling first in his life. I have often joked that I ranked third behind the bike and dog in
Tyler's world. But there is