Armstrong to ride in Leadville Trail 100
December 5, 2006
Now that he’s run the New York Marathon, Lance Armstrong is ready for a trip to Leadville. It promises not to be enjoyable.Armstrong, at the urging of his longtime coach, Chris Carmichael, is slated to race in the grueling Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race in August.Carmichael, who has a training center at the Aspen Spa and Club, did his first Leadville Trail 100 this past summer, and piqued Armstrong’s interest when he recounted the story for the seven-time Tour de France winner.The 100-mile mountain bike ride includes more than 11,000 feet of climbing at elevations between 9,500 and 12,600 feet. Leadville Trail 100 Director Ken Chlouber said that Armstrong’s presence at this year’s event is a coup for Leadville, noting in an in interview with the Leadville Chronicle that Armstrong “is the most popular man in America.”The bike race, which is in its 13th year, follows an unforgiving path along the Sawatch Range. It was created following the success of the original Leadville Trail 100, a 100-mile running race that began in 1983.The annual footrace attracts a field of about 750 riders, about 500 of whom finish.Though Armstrong is scheduled for the bike race, Chlouber said he expects the additional publicity will boost interest in the foot race as well. “It’s a real opportunity to showcase Leadville to the world,” Chlouber said.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.