mix that I don't think is entirely fair. It leaves teams wondering if they should cover the moves of the rider in question. That creates an indescribably negative atmosphere. So I did what I thought was best for the team, the peloton and everyone else. I headed home to Girona.
Since that time, I have made three trips to
Switzerland to meet with my team, a trip to
Madrid to congratulate my teammates on a podium finish and five stage victories at the Vuelta Espana, a trip to
France to conclude filming of the IMAX project ?Brain Power?, and have traveled to the Interbike Trade Show in
Las Vegas . This would have been impossible without the help of my wife who has traveled closely with me carrying computers, phones, fax machines, printers and files all needed to manage the flow of information regarding my case.
The days have been long, but it also been important to keep the effects of my situation from spreading unnecessarily. For instance, the IMAX production crew had been in
Europe for weeks with a staff of over 50 people from three countries to prepare for the final days of shooting in the mountains of the
Pyrenees. Under the circumstance I could have said I couldn't be there. And they probably would have understood. But that may have also meant the unraveling of the entire project if those shots were not completed. With two years invested, none of us wanted that. So we filmed by day, and I worked by night and all made the best of it. I the end, I was happy to be among such a great group of people during that difficult time period. The daily production schedule was a welcome diversion mentally.
Being at Interbike was also important to me. This is the biggest cycling industry trade show of the year in the
United States and arguably worldwide. All the companies involved in this sport are in attendance. Over the summer I had committed to a schedule of 15 appearances over two days. We stuck to our plan because it was important for me to thank my sponsors and also to show the cycling industry that I am not hiding. I was honored to appear with each of my sponsors in
Las Vegas , and really appreciated all the support they and the attendees of the show shared.
Right now, I'm at home in
Colorado. We stopped here for a few days in May but we have not been ?home? to stay since Christmas. So it feels good to be back. The mountain air and wildlife that surrounds our home is the perfect antidote to the recent craziness.
But in a couple of days we'll be back on the road again, attending Pedal for Progress events for the Tyler Hamilton Foundation in San Francisco, October 17 and in Denver on October 23, as well as a host of other commitments.
So we are doing our best to keep things as normal as possible during an otherwise not-so-normal time. Thanks for