I know that you are going through a lot right now and I wanted to let you know how much of an inspiration you are to people. I was out riding with my biking buddies yesterday and the topic of discussion was their Tyler sightings. One of them had bumped into you when they were getting their bike fit and you were there training. Another was at the bike shop when you brought your dogs in to get degreased. I was feeling a little bummed because I hadn?t seen you in Boulder yet. Well someone must have felt sorry for me because who should come riding along but this guy with this big smile and pleasant hello as you cruised on by. Our relative speeds prohibited me from conveying a story I have wanted to tell you about. So here it is:
In July of 2003 my cousin, his friend and I were hiking up Bear Peak in Boulder. It was at the time of the Tour De France. The topic of discussion as we were trudging up that very step hill was how amazing it was that you were riding the Tour with a broken collar bone.
After we made it to the top of the mountain we decided to take the long way down and we ran out of water. It was very hot in Colorado that day. It got up to 102 degrees and I got very dehydrated. The last mile of the hike was very painful for me. It was hard to put one foot in front of the other. The thing that got me through that last mile was the thought that you could ride the Tour De France with a broken collar bone. At the end of the hike my companions wisely convinced me that it would be best to go to the hospital. We thought that the nurses at the hospital would just hook me up to an IV to re-hydrate me. When we got to the hospital we found out that I was having a heart attack. Well the fine doctors and nurses at Boulder Community Hospital patched me up with a stint in one of my arteries and I got to spend my recovery days watching you put in a dominating ride to win stage 16 in the Tour and take fourth overall.
Tyler, in an odd way you got me through that ordeal. Thank you. I believe in the healing power of the bike and I am honored to work with THF.
Dave Hunter Longmont, Colorado