According to a published report in the Leadville Chronicle, Lance Armstrong’s coach has confirmed the seven-times Tour de France champion’s entry into the 13th Annual Leadville Trail 100 MTB race in Colorado on August 11.
Armstrong’s former team-mate Floyd Landis, who wore the Tour winner’s yellow jersey in Paris last year has also said he plans to race at Leadville, setting the scene for a unique event: two former Tour stars racing dirt. Landis, whose racing career started in mountain biking, is currently awaiting the verdict of a US Anti-Doping Agency hearing after he returned a positive test for testosterone at the 2006 Tour.
The Leadville course, 50 miles out and back, includes a seven-mile climb from 10,200 to 12,600 feet elevation. Former cross country pro David Wiens, 42, has won it four consecutive times, starting in 2003. He won in 2006 with a time of 07:13:14.