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Have You Heard of Cyclo-cross?

At the recent bike industry convention in Las Vegas, Lance Armstrong made a not so stunning return to bike racing.

Granted he was a little out of his element. He was racing in a cyclo-cross event. The seven time winner of the Tour de France came in 22nd place, but this isn't a yellow jersey, multi-stage event; cyclo-cross races consist of multiple laps on a short but crazy course and generally last between 30 minutes and an hour.

Cyclo-cross race courses contain many elements and riding surfaces. Cyclists ride over pavement, through wooded trails, on grass, up steep hills and must also maneuver around obstacles that often require riders to hop off their bikes and carry them to the next challenge. Although, I have just learned about this kind of race, they have been popular in Europe since the 1940s. As cycling becomes more popular in the US, the variety of races held in the States grow as well.

After battling through tough press conference with a barrage of questions posed by three time Tour winner Greg LeMond on the subject of doping, I think Lance found cyclo-cross a little daunting. Armstrong did say it felt good to ride, race and compete, but chances of becoming an elite cyclo-cross competitor next season are small. I, however, would love to ride in one of these races as well as hear a little more about LeMond's allegation about Armstrong's doping. What about you?


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susanec susanec 8 years
Every fall weekend. Pretty much every type of biking happens here in CO but my bf races cross. And tris. The terrain definitely varies for each race.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've never heard about this, but i have to say that maybe it'll put things into perspective for LAnce, since he's been out of the game for a bit and now he's trying to come back in when there are people who've been training hard for so long. i would have thought that the different terrain wouldn't have been so much of a challenge for him since i think that there's a lot of road racing for the tour - but i guess maybe the trails are a bit challenging. i don't know.
Lil-Liz Lil-Liz 8 years
You want to hear more about Armstrong's doping read "From Lance to Landis" by David Walsh. Over 300 pages of evidence, some circumstantial. Read "Bad Blood: the secret life of the Tour de France" by Jeremy Whittle. Whittle does an excellent job of detailing Armstrong's paranoia with incidents by Armstrong himself regarding journalists who question his integrity. The following article shows Armstrong has no intention of treating the media differently than he had before.
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