A CHAMPION cyclist at the center of an alleged love triangle murder has told how he has been “shocked” since his fugitive girlfriend gunned down her love rival and went on the run.
Colin Strickland, 35, spoke directly to a media outlet for the first time since his partner Kaitlin Armstrong met on March 11.
Exclusive pictures obtained by The Sun show him working on a car and riding a bike in front of the house he used to share with yoga teacher Armstrong.
It was revealed this week that Armstrong, 34, may have used her younger sister’s identity to evade capture by US Marshals for over a month.
She is believed to be hiding in rural upstate New York.
Strickland admits he had an affair with Wilson but says it took place after he briefly split from Armstrong in October 2021.
Wilson was killed shortly after meeting Strickland at a local pool while she was in Austin for a race last month.
But he’s adamant that his relationship with Wilson after he got back together with Armstrong was purely platonic.
And he told The Sun: “I’m just in shocked grief mode.”
When asked how he’s been doing since Wilson’s death and Armstrong’s escape, Colin said, “I’m not feeling well. Why not? drama and catastrophe.
“I just focus on things that are in front of my face and in control of as I try to put the pieces of my life back together.”
Given the chance to set the record straight, Strickland added, “I don’t think it’s time for that.
“I think there is still time to mourn this terrible event.”
Strickland spoke after a private investigator exclusively told The Sun earlier this week that Armstrong may have used the identity of her younger sister Christine Armstrong to go into hiding in rural upstate New York.
She fled after the police brought her for interrogation on May 12, but released her on technical grounds.
Armstrong was last seen exiting LaGuardia Airport in New York on May 14, three days before an arrest warrant was issued for her.
Strickland said it was “pretty obvious” that she should surrender, but added, “I’m not really thinking about Kaitlin, that’s out of my control.
“Obviously she won’t be the same person I knew.
“I would say she’s one of the most volatile people I’ve ever met and that’s why it’s so absolutely shocking.
“She had sides to her personality that I didn’t think she shared with anyone.
“I had no indication of anything like that.”
When asked if he believes the claims that Armstrong may be posing as her sister Christine, Strickland said, “How is that relevant to me?
“I work on damn cars all day, that’s what I do.
“I don’t follow the damn news, it’s not in my sphere of influence.
“I can’t do anything but freak out. It really is.
“My heart goes out to everyone who was more deeply traumatized than I was.”
After news of Wilson’s death broke, former gravel champion Strickland was dropped by sponsors.
He says he now only uses a commuter bike to attend therapy sessions.
Strickland said: “I don’t ride a bike at all. I haven’t ridden a bike in six weeks.
“I rode a commuter bike to go to therapy appointments and that was it really.
“I’m hoping therapy will help the situation, I’m really just getting started. There’s a lot to process.
“I hope it will help me find some purpose in my life again someday. I have lived in a state of shock.
“I need the requisite time to mourn and mourn, pretty much everyone.
“There is currently no explanation for this.
“It’s going to take some time and retrospection, some serious thought and retrospection, to get some perspective on it.”
When asked about his reaction to the sponsors being dropped, he said: “Everyone just wants to distance themselves from this event, which I totally understand.
“They are reacting to public anger, which I completely understand.
“I’m just capable of screwing up my life, there’s nothing really to say. It is what it is.
“I’ve never done anything to harm anyone, but that’s just the position I’m in and unfortunately there’s no way to change that.
“I wouldn’t fight anyone on an impulse to distance themselves from it because it’s just a lazy situation.
“I’m not reading much on the internet right now because I think it would add to my emotional distress, so I’m not sure who the public is angry at. I can’t talk to that.”
Strickland confirmed that Armstrong and Wilson faced off at a cycling event in Arkansas in January this year.
According to the police report, Wilson Strickland texted after the event, saying: “This weekend has been a strange one for me and I just want to know what’s going on.
“If you guys just want to be friends (seems to be the case) then that’s cool, but I’d like to talk about it because to be honest my mind is spinning and I don’t know what to think.”
On May 14, an anonymous call reached the Austin Police Department saying they had information about Wilson’s murder.
The caller told police she was dating Armstrong in January of this year when she “had just discovered that Strickland was having a romantic relationship with Wilson.”
The police report then states: “Armstrong told the caller that Armstrong was so angry that Armstrong wanted to kill Wilson.”
Strickland declined to elaborate further on the two women’s meeting in January or what Wilson meant by her message.
But he said: “I would like to say that Moriah and I have seen each other at no fewer than four events this year 2022 and we had a totally platonic relationship and friendship.
“It’s unfortunate how this has been distorted as a salacious aspect of this story, when it really wasn’t the case.
“It’s just unfortunate for her memory to be so distorted.
“I don’t feel like my words are really powerful at the moment so I don’t feel the need to try and set the record straight.
“I would tell you that Mo was an intelligent person and she didn’t get the impression that we were in a romantic relationship.
“If we were in a romantic relationship, at those bike races we saw each other at, we would have been romantic, we would have found privacy, and that in no way happened.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5587996/kaitlin-amstrong-colin-strickland-moriah-wilson-christine-update/ The cyclist at the center of the ‘love triangle’ murder was ‘shocked’ after his girlfriend Kaitlin Armstrong went on the run