Friday, August 10
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tyler Hamilton is coming to RDPL! Former Professional Cyclist and New York Times Best Selling Author will give a presentation about the ups, and downs of pro-cycling and his life as a competitive athlete.
Tyler Hamilton was once one of the world’s top-ranked cyclists—a fierce competitor renowned among his peers for his uncanny endurance and epic tolerance for pain. He started his career with the U.S. Postal Service team in the 1990s and quickly rose to become Lance Armstrong’s most trusted lieutenant, and a member of his inner circle. For the first three of Armstrong’s record seven Tour de France victories, Hamilton was by Armstrong’s side, clearing his way. But just weeks after Hamilton reached his own personal pinnacle—winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics—his career came to a sudden end: he was found guilty of doping and exiled from the sport.
In 2012, Hamilton released his memoir, The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs, a riveting journey into the heart of a never before seen world, the stark choices that went along with his decision to compete at a world class level and his complicated relationship with Lance Armstrong. The book became an instant New York Times bestseller and was the recipient of the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
Freed from the burden of hiding the truth and being able to tell a story that only a few short years ago would have seemed unimaginable, his story is the example of how culture can drive behavior – not just in sports, but in business and in life – and how values can be easily compromised as a consequence. He is also a testament to the transformational power of the truth.
Hamilton raced professionally from 1995 to 2008 and now runs his own training business for cyclists of all levels, Tyler Hamilton Training LLC. He currently lives in Missoula, Montana.
Hamilton is in Red Deer to ride in the Berry Architecture Community Wellness Ride on Saturday, August 11, 2018. The Berry Architecture Community Wellness Ride is in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Central Alberta) and the Central Alberta Brain Injury Society. Supporting both of these organizations is important to Tyler because of his commitment to mental health issues and the importance of brain injury prevention in cycling and sports in general. For more information, please, check - www.wellnessride.ca.
You will be able to purchase Hamilton's book The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs at the program.