Lance Armstrong Getting Back on His Bike at RAGBRAI in Iowa

Image: Lance Armstrong Getting Back on His Bike at RAGBRAI in Iowa

Monday, 08 Jul 2013 12:06 PM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong will begin trying to rehabilitate his image later this month in the 406-mile Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the cyclist told the Des Moines Register last week.

The Register said the event would be Armstrong's first big public appearance since admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs for years, including during his record seven Tour de France victories. He made the admission to Oprah Winfrey during a lengthy interview back in January.

Urgent: Is Obamacare Hurting Your Wallet? Vote in Poll

Armstrong has since been stripped of all of his Tour de France titles and he is facing numerous lawsuits over his past denials of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong told the Des Moines Register that he did not see his participation in the event as anything more than a chance to get on his bike again with other cyclists.

"To be honest it’s not a statement, it’s not an experiment," Armstrong told the Des Moines Register from Aspen, Colo., during an interview. "It’s just me wanting to go ride my bike with what in the past has been a friendly group of people that share the same interests."

Armstrong told the newspaper he would arrive for the cycling event July 20 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and stay "three or four days." The cycling event, which runs from July 21-27, is one of the world’s oldest and largest bicycle touring events, according to the Des Moines Register.

The Iowa event's director T.J. Juskiewicz told the Register that Armstrong would be no different than the 10,000 other bicyclists participating in the event.

"They have a great time here, and they want to return," Juskiewicz said. "We are open to anyone that wants to come ride RAGBRAI. Who knows, we might get TMZ covering RAGBRAI­ this year."

Armstrong had earlier angered some riders at this year's Tour de France when he was quoted in the French tabloid LeMonde that cyclists could not win the race without using performance-enhancing drugs.

"It is impossible to win the Tour de France without doping because the Tour is an endurance test, where oxygen is crucial," Armstrong told LeMonde. "Just to give you one example – EPO (the blood booster erythropoietin) won’t help a sprinter win the 100 meters, but it will make all the difference for a runner doing the 10,000 meters. It’s obvious."

Editor's Note: Get the Navy SEALs Cap – Celebrate Our Heroes

Related stories:

Nike Cutting Ties with Lance Armstrong's Foundation

Livestrong Charity Personally Profited Lance Armstrong, Records Show

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

'American Sniper': Reviews Mixed for Eastwood's Chris Kyle Biopic

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 15:30 PM

"American Sniper" opens in theaters Dec. 25, and the Bradley Cooper movie about a military sniper is receiving mixed rev . . .

FedEx Driver Shot in Memphis; Police Searching for Suspect

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 14:43 PM

A FedEx driver was shot Thursday afternoon in Memphis when someone fired a high-powered rifle into the passenger door of . . .

Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty to Drunken Driving After DUI Arrest

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 14:06 PM

Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Friday, nearly three months after the Olympic gold medal swimmer was . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved