Word is buzzing through the online media that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is training to race the Leadville 100, a 100-mile mountain bike race in Colorado August 9.
"It's huge for the race, of course, but even more grand and more meaningful to our community, because now the national and the international spotlight will be on Leadville," promoter Ken Chlouber told the Summit Daily.
Former cross-country pro David Wiens won the event in 2007, which saw Floyd Landis participate and Armstrong cancel his planned participation due to conflicts. According to the Summit Daily, Armstrong is reportedly training in nearby Aspen, Colorado to adjust to Leadville's 10,200-foot elevation.
The Leadville course, 50 miles out and back, includes a seven-mile climb from 10,200 to 12,600 feet elevation. Wiens, 43, has won it five consecutive times, starting in 2003. He won in 2007 with a time of 6:58:46, more than two minutes ahead of Landis.
"(Armstrong's) coming to win," Chlouber told the newspaper. "I’m sure he’s got his guns strapped on, and he’ll be coming full blast ... We’re going to put him on the front row, right besides Dave Wiens, and I expect it’ll be a shootout right from the get-go."