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Wishing Lance some luck

Dear Editor:

Ever since Lance Armstrong bought a house in the West End last fall, there have been reports of “Lance sightings” all over town and on the mountain passes. I had my Lance sighting on Friday morning. He was climbing Independence Pass faster than I was coming down!

There he was, The Man, climbing with that steely look in his eyes, gritting his teeth, out of the saddle with muscles surging. Now I know what Jan Ullrich must have felt like when Lance gave him “the look.”

All of us who are cycling enthusiasts spend the summer training for our favorite events or challenging ourselves to get stronger and go faster. Many locals just completed Ride the Rockies – congratulations, Mr. Mayor and all the locals who took part. Many of us are getting ready for the big Susan G. Komen fundraiser on Aug. 22 – Ride for the Cure. It is a great ride that raises lots of money for a great cause.

But Lance is training for the big one – the Tour de France! It starts with an individual time trial in Monaco on the Fourth of July and progresses through vineyards, valleys and mountain passes until it reaches Paris on July 26. Lance has won the Tour a record seven times and will be trying for number eight in a couple of weeks.

Is it too cool or what that Lance is training on the same climbs and mountain passes that we all use? I hope he knows how much we admire his amazing abilities and accomplishments.

Best of luck in the Tour, Lance. We’ll be pulling for you! And congratulations to you and Anna on the recent birth of your son, Max.

Pete Louras

Aspen


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