Tiger Wins M Frames
As the Tour de France made its final sprint down the Champs-Elysees on July 29th, the auction for Oakley’s one of a kind solid 18K gold M Frames signed by Lance Armstrong closed and Tiger Williams, a 45-year-old avid cyclist based in Stamford, CT, had the winning bid.
“I haven’t seen them yet,” said Williams. “But Lance says they’re really heavy. I look at it as donating to charity. If I get neat gift in the process, it’s a bonus."
Williams is the founder of Williams Trading, a firm providing trading services to hedge funds and family trusts, but he’s also one of 15 co-owners of Team Discovery’s parent, Tailwind Sports, and a top fund-raiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
The gold M Frames will add to Williams extensive cycling memorabilla collection, which includes the bike Lance rode in ’98, all five of the autographed yellow jerseys worn by Americans in a Tour de France, Floyd Landis’ time trial bike and Geaorge Hincapies’s time trial helmet. Williams plans to display the M Frames at the office, where they will see even more appreciation from the sports fanatics he works with.
Williams, who has lost a mother and two uncles to cancer, has been involved in cancer research through two foundations and now focuses on cancer survivorship through the Lance Armstrong Foundation. “They are doing the right thing at the right time,” he says. He also raises money for USA Cycling to help groom future pros and Olympians.
An avid reader of paceline.com, Williams noticed the announcement about the M Frames while online, keeping up to date with Lance.
“I had an ebay account, but I had never purchased anything,” he says. “I reopened my account and made a bid. There were three of us bidding back and forth and I really thought it would go for more money and someone else would win."
A former hockey player (he got his nickname as a teen, when friends dubbed him Tiger after David James "Tiger" Williams, the NHL’s most penalized player in history), Williams graduated to triathlons in the 90’s as a result of a knee injury from a ski accident.
“I got on a bike and found out I could ride a bike pretty fast.” Williams finished the Ironman in ’94 and ‘96 and started racing his bike in 2002. He cycles around 10,000 miles a year and has gone to France to follow the tour for the past six years. “It’s exciting to race a little, but mostly I just love riding my bike,” he says.
As for the M Frames?
“I’ll probably hang on to them for awhile and then donate them back so they can put them up for auction again,” say Williams. "My interest is to raise as much for foundation as possible.”