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A visit to Tyler's hometown...(10 posts)

A visit to Tyler's hometown...jtferraro
Jul 28, 2003 4:37 AM
As much as I wanted to go for a ride yesterday, I also really wanted to take a trip to Marblehead, Massachussetts - Tyler Hamilton's hometown. Since there was a chance of rain in the forecast, and since I knew I wouldn't have any free time next weekend, I figured today would be the day (not to mention the timing being ideal, as the Tour wraps up!). Before even knowing Tyler was from Marblehead, I've been interested in visiting there. It's a quaint little shoreline town just north of Boston. I was also really curious to see how much "local spirit" and "Tyler fever" existed. His website,, has pictures of some of his fans w/banners on their houses, etc. Although I didn't see much in town re: Tyler & Le Tour, the "Welcome to Marblehead" sign did have a 2nd sign hanging off it, reading "Home of Tyler Hamilton, World Class Cyclist". I thought that was cool. He's also had such an incredible year. I'm still so amazed that he came in 4th, out of 198 riders, and w/a double fractured collarbone from Stage 1!! As Paul Sherwin would say "That's guts, that's determination, that's...". I also really loved when he informed the others that the "yellow jersey was down" and to wait for him on Luz Ardidin(sp?). He's definitely one of my favorite riders and he definitely is a "World Class Cyclist"!

Once we drove into town we parked and walked around a bit, as I snapped a few pics. We decided to get dinner, and sat outside at a fun little seafood restaurant called "The Barnacle". Our view was really nice - the water, boats, adults, kids, dogs swimming below. I'm surprised Tyler didn't become a World Class Sailor growing up in Marblehead, MA! ;-)


P.S. Marblehead, MA, is *also* the birthplace of the American Navy.
The water, "The Barnacle" on left.jtferraro
Jul 28, 2003 4:41 AM
Fort (park) at end of street.jtferraro
Jul 28, 2003 4:44 AM
Boats in the water (taken from park).jtferraro
Jul 28, 2003 5:22 AM
re: A visit to Tyler's hometown...gtown
Jul 28, 2003 7:18 AM
Nice Pics!

I'm actually looking at Marblehead from across Salem Harbor as I write this. My office window have a very nice view.
NICE! I'm jealous! ;-) (nm)jtferraro
Jul 28, 2003 7:46 AM
I live just down the hill...Dan-T
Jul 28, 2003 12:31 PM
from that sign, no more than 1/4 mile away. It's not uncommon to see Tyler riding around the area during the off season, either alone or with a bunch of CCB guys. I've also bumped into his wife in line at the local supermarket. It wasn't until after she was out the door that I figured out who the cute brunette in the genuine USPS vest was.

A few years back ('99?) the town declared a "Tyler Hamilton Day" and he presented a LA autographed yellow jersey, which hung in the town hall for some time. I blasted the local paper for not covering Tyler's LBL win this year, but they came through the next week. The town damned well better have another Tyler Day this year!


P.S. I think Tyler was a competitive sailor while growing up (through high school), but gave it up to concentrate on skiing in college, then on to cycling.

P.P.S. I was out racing sailboats all weekend. Went past the Barnacle around 3:30 PM on the way in on Sunday.
No kiddin'?!jtferraro
Jul 28, 2003 6:48 PM
That's cool that you live right there! It must be pretty neat to see Tyler cruise by. Ever ride w/him? I think I walked by that local supermarket. Is it next to Coffey Ice Cream? Neato re: seeing his wife in the USPS vest.

Good for you for blasting the local paper for NOT covering Tyler's LBL win this year!! I agree...Marblehead *BETTER* have another TH day this year. He deserves it!


P.S. Intereting about him being a competitive sailor in high school, then going on to skiing, then cycling. Thanks for the info!

P.P.S. Nice! My friend and his wife race their sailboat, too. I've even helped them out a few times! We didn't hit the Barnacle til' 5pm (when they opened for dinner).

Again, thanks for the "local" commentary!!

No kiddin'?!Dan-T
Jul 29, 2003 1:05 PM
>That's cool that you live right there! It must be pretty neat to see Tyler cruise by. Ever ride w/him?

Yeah, right! If only I were fit enough to ride the CCB Saturday morning rides in the winter. I'm way too much of a wimp to do any serious riding in February. No to mention the 3 1/2 year old vying for attention, and my wife's Paralympic sailing campaign. Usually I'm in my car, and almost drive off the road trying to get a good look to see that it's not some Fred in a team kit!

>I think I walked by that local supermarket. Is it next to Coffey Ice Cream?

Yup. Crosby's Market, aka Pennie's to the old-timers in town.

You must be relatively local, if you want to do any weekend sailboat racing on J/24...
What does CCB stand for?jtferraro
Jul 29, 2003 7:53 PM
Yeah, I hear you re: doing serious riding in February!!

Yup - Crosby's. Neat area, as the store is basically in the middle of a neighborhood.

I'm really not that local - from Connecticut. Thanks for the sailing offer. My friend used to have a J22, and now has a J27. I'm really don't know too much about sailing but would like to maybe take a class.