• For those who haven’t seen it, a really good video with Davis and Taylor by Lululemon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn6hyyxfxQU

    • CC

      Brilliant. I know Tyler and the Morton Bro’s cop a heap for being out there… but honestly, if you’re not striving to be a little different, what are you doing?

  • SeanMcCuen

    seems like a thoughtful guy, I wish him the best.

    • Allez Rouleur

      He does seem like a thoughtful guy and I do wish him the best. I also realize he’s young and having fun, but as someone who doesn’t use social media at all, the photos of him mugging it up for the camera and writing witty captions are a big narcissistic. But, that’s the way the world is going. Oh well.

      • Shane Stokes

        The captions are written by the photographer, Kevin Scott Batchelor. He took the photos at the recent Thereabouts trip, which can been seen on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/explore/tags/thereabouts2/ It’s a matter of opinion if people consider some of the photos narcissistic or not; the other interpretation could be that they are tongue in cheek, playing up to the Thereabouts reaction against the constraints of the pro lifestyle. Definitely a case of personal interpretation, I guess!

      • SeanMcCuen

        what was I thinking? psycho narcissist for sure.

  • Allez Rouleur

    Have just returned from a wedding in Geneva, NY gotta wonder if Gus picked up his sweatshirt in town…or at a thrift store. Can’t imagine an Aussie made it there, but then again, the Finger Lakes is an awesome place to ride a bike.

    I played Division I college lacrosse (top level, for the non-Americans here) and broke my leg in a summer league game after my freshman year. I was never quite the same, never quite as quick. Considering my break was a single, clean break of the tibia, I can only begin to guess at what the multiple, compound breaks of Taylor’s leg is going to mean in terms of rehab and adjustment. That was a gruesome crash.

    I wish him the best, whether that means he returns to the PROs or finds a new path.

  • Frank Cheshire

    Always thought Taylor was a bit of a tool but sitting here now in a Swiss hospital with almost 100 internal/external stitches in my leg, a reconstructed hip with enough metal to set off airport metal detectors for the rest of my life, several smaller broken bones and a fair chunk of my skin lying on a Swiss road somewhere I now have a completely different perspective on the man. Yes there’s still an American hipster brashness but the mental strength it requires to even think about walking let alone getting back on a bike at that level is staggering and full credit to him for taking the path that he has. I’ve had a week of rehab that has left me in tears so far and mine is fairly straightforward (and indeed the accident was my own fault) so I can only imagine what he has endured to be where he is. Guys if you’re focused on the Instagram pics and quirky nature of the man then you are missing the point of this article (and indeed the man) by a long long way.

    • Shane Stokes

      Good comment, Frank. Very best of luck with your recovery

  • lefthandside

    Lovely piece. I was wondering where you were going with reference to the Morton brothers but that’s an interesting connection. People are more than their instagram accounts and w/kg. If you can’t ham it up for the camera, when can you? It must be a strange thing to be a professional athlete. Looking forward to riding my bike tomorrow.

    • Shane Stokes

      Thanks for that. All three are quirky individuals with strong characters, and who clearly love cycling, not just racing. Interesting that they got together for the latest Thereabouts.

  • Bill Humphreys

    Good update on where Taylor is in his life and his recovery. Sitting at the Flying J Truck Stop on I-80 West, like most over the road truck drivers I was looking for Taylor’s results in the Adriatico stage race back in March, when I noticed he missed the time limit on the second to last day and was sent home. He had a brutal day alone in the mountains and was hoping to ride the final stage time trial for a win, but it was not to be.
    He has essentially finished the stage race and had acquired the miles/fitness in preparation for Milan San Remo the following week. As far as i could tell from my vantage point (in a sleeper berth with my laptop in Western PA) Taylor was on schedule for the Spring Classics, at least a few of them. So what happened at that point? Somewhere right about there he made a decision to stop, go home and chill out. None of this was revealed in your interview and maybe I missed the press release on this info back in March, while I was rolling down the highway.
    As an old timer who worked with his Mom and Dad as a soigneur years ago, I love the kid and wish him the best.

    • Shane Stokes

      Hi Bill, hope you are keeping well of late. Taylor hasn’t raced since his crash; not sure where the confusion has cropped up. Could you be thinking about previous years? He was outside the time limit in the 2013 Tirreno http://www.procyclingstats.com/rider.php?id=140886&season=2013

      • Bill Humphreys

        Yeah, Shane, I must have been reading something from years previous, thanks for clarifying that for me. I’m off the Road for the moment and trying desperately to get in enough miles on the bike to lose the 15 pounds I gained in 14 months as a truck driver. To also get in enough form to ride my age (71) at the end of July without doing an overnight.

        • Shane Stokes

          Hey Bill, good luck with that – hope you have a good birthday…

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