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International Cyclist Tyler Hamilton to Launch Charitable Foundation.

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MARBLEHEAD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 24, 2003

- Tyler Hamilton Foundation will Champion the Fight against

Multiple Sclerosis; Provide Opportunities for Aspiring Young

Cyclists -

- Kick-off Fundraiser Scheduled for January 8th at Cyclorama in

Boston -

Tyler Hamilton, an elite professional cyclist who pedaled his way toward the top of the sport last summer, announced today that he will launch a charitable foundation in January, 2004. The Tyler Hamilton Foundation's mission is to provide opportunity and access for individuals affected by multiple sclerosis and aspiring young athletes with a passion for cycling. The Foundation plans to hold a kick-off fundraiser on Thursday, January 8, 2004 at the Cyclorama, located in Boston's South End.

"The Tyler Hamilton Foundation will champion the two causes closest to my heart - competitive cycling and the fight against Multiple Sclerosis," said Hamilton. "As a young cyclist, I developed physical strength, mental toughness, and the ability to work towards goals that were incredibly daunting. However, it wasn't until I began working with individuals with MS that I learned the meaning of real courage in the face of adversity. This is my opportunity to give something back to both of these amazing communities."

Hamilton has actively supported the Multiple Sclerosis community since 1996 when a friend, whose mother suffered from the disease, introduced him to the National MS Society. Moved by the population's collective strength, perseverance and selflessness, he helped grow the MS Society's bike tours by developing routes, donating equipment, providing autographed jerseys as prizes, and hosting VIP cyclist recognition events. Today, Hamilton is Honorary Chair of the National MS Society's "Cycling Series."

A second and equally important aspect of the Tyler Hamilton Foundation will be providing opportunities to aspiring young cyclists who dream of riding and competing at the highest levels of the sport. A characteristically under-funded and under publicized sport in the United States, competitive cycling allows young athletes to reach new heights of fitness, while teaching them important lessons about sportsmanship, dedication, camaraderie, and trust.

"Both cyclists and individuals who suffer from MS are characterized by their unwavering fortitude when facing long roads of adversity," said Joe Tonon, president of the Tyler Hamilton Foundation. "Tyler's wealth of life experience, extensive network of contacts, and high-profile status make him the ideal person to spearhead a Foundation that meets the unique challenges of both of these communities. Across the board, the Tyler Hamilton Foundation is dedicated to helping others reach their dreams and goals."

On January 8, 2004, the Tyler Hamilton Foundation will host a gala fundraiser at Cyclorama in Boston's South End. The event will feature a silent and live auction, food from some of Boston's top restaurants, live music by the Chad Hollister Band, raffles, and a chance to meet Tyler in person. Event Committee members include Channel 4 Sports Anchor, Bob Lobel; Olympic cyclist Maureen Manley, world champion freeskier Chris Davenport as well as representatives from the cycling industry from Pedro's; Clif Bar; Speedplay; SkiMarket; Cervelo; Mavic; Hutchinson Tire and Nike. Tickets for the event may be purchased by calling 781-990-1486.

About Tyler Hamilton

32-year-old Tyler Hamilton is a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts. He began cycling at the age of 18. After rising through the amateur ranks, Tyler became a professional cyclist in 1995 and began riding for the Montgomery Bell team, which became the U.S. Postal Service team in 1996. While riding for Postal, Tyler grew in to an elite professional racer and helped his friend Lance Armstrong win three Tours de France. In 2002, he joined and became co-leader with Team CSC, the Denmark-based team whose title sponsor is the U.S. technology giant Computer Sciences Corp. While with Team CSC, Tyler was runner-up in the 2002 Giro d'Italia and fourth in the 2003 Tour de France. In January 2004, Tyler will become leader of the Phonak Hearing Systems Cycling Team, an up and coming Swiss team that hopes to compete in the 2004 Tour de France for the first time. Tyler lives with his wife Haven and Golden Retriever Tugboat. They spend about nine months of the year in Girona, Spain.

About the Tyler Hamilton Foundation

The Tyler Hamilton Foundation is the heart of professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton. The Tyler Hamilton Foundation is dedicated to individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis so that they may maintain a high quality of life while dealing with the daily complications of this disease and to MS Research that is critical to finding a cure. The Tyler Hamilton Foundation is dedicated to paving the road for aspiring young cyclists who do not have the opportunities that were provided to Tyler as he began his career. The Tyler Hamilton Foundation is dedicated to helping those who exemplify good sportsmanship and a passion for cycling reach their dreams and goals.
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