Lance Armstrong to Race at XTERRA USA Championship Saturday in Utah

September 21st, 2011

American cycling legend has Beehive State buzzing with excitement

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will race at the XTERRA USA Championship triathlon Saturday, Sept. 24 at Snowbasin Resort near Ogden, Utah – his first triathlon in more than 20 years.

Armstrong tweeted his intentions last week and an Associated Press article confirmed the wide-spread speculation shortly after, setting off a flurry of action on social media sites around the world.

“I’m going out 2 have a good time, enjoy the course, & support the event,” said Armstrong.

While the buzz hit frenetic levels with the news, the “rumors” of a possible Armstrong appearance started slowly in the jungles of Japan when XTERRA World Champ Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz was in Marunuma for XTERRA in late August.

“I got a tweet from Armstrong about training and at first I thought it was a joke because I’d never talked to him before,” said Stoltz, who embraced the news saying “I think it’ll be great for the sport and I’m really excited to race against him” in an interview with Triathlete Magazine.

The hype intensified when Armstrong posted a profile to his twitter account of a pre-ride he did on the XTERRA USA Championship course at Snowbasin, a brand new route that had just been approved for use by the US Forest Service.

“We had literally just got clearance and made the decision to use the Sardine Peak trail for the USA course the day before Armstrong showed up,” said Steve Andrus, the Snowbasin Resort sport event operations director who was tasked with showing Armstrong around.  (Note: In photo Andrus is pictured on Armstrong’s left, with Mike Caldwell, an Ogden mayoral candidate and former race director for the Ogden off-road tri he started in 2004, on his right, and age group competitor Josh Mortensen from nearby Eden, Utah on the far left).

“That was a cool experience.  He was very inquisitive, wanted to know everything from tire choices to weather possibilities, elevation, trail conditions, other competitors, everything you could think of,” said Mortensen, who got to pre-ride with Armstrong, Caldwell, and 1996 XTERRA World Champion Jimmy Riccitello.  “It was pretty humbling to have one of the best cyclists to ever walk the planet ask me questions like that, and then he would just take off … man can he haul.”

Now the big question is, “How will he do?”

“Lance coming to XTERRA is huge,” said XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas.  “In our kinds of sports he is an icon.  We’re flattered he chose us, but if he thinks it will be easy pickins, he is in for a surprise. Our guys will not go silently into the night.”

XTERRA USA Championship Press Guide

2011 XTERRA USA CHAMPIONSHIP PRO START LIST
Tentative as of 9.20.11

2011 Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
1 – Conrad Stoltz – 37, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2 – Josiah Middaugh – 32, Vail, Colorado
3 – Nicolas Lebrun -38, Digne, France
4 – Branden Rakita – 30, Manitou Springs, Colorado
5 – Seth Wealing – 32, Boulder, Colorado
6 – Craig Evans – 33, Hendersonville, Tennessee
7 – Cody Waite – 32, Lakewood, Colorado
8 – Dan Hugo – 25, Stellenbosch, South Africa
10 – Jason Michalak – 33, Lakewood, Colorado
11 – Adam Wirth – 33, Boise, Idaho
12 – Brad Zoller – 33, Avon, Colorado
13 – Patrick Valentine – 25, Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 – Matt Boobar – 38, Stratton Mountain, Vermont
18 – Will Ross – 22, Anchorage, Alaska
24 – Jimmy Archer – Boulder, Colorado
25 – Will Kelsay – 29, Boulder, Colorado
30 – Ben Allen – 26, North Wollongong, Australia
31 - Lance Armstrong – 40, Austin, Texas
32 – Tim DeBoom – 40, Boulder, Colorado
33 - Chris Ganter – 32, Boise, Idaho
34 – David Henestrosa – 34, Manresa, Spain
35 – Michael Hiscott – 28, London, England
36 – Lewellyn Holmes -29, Bristol, England

2011 Rank – Name – Age, Hometown
61 – Melanie McQuaid – 38, Victoria, B.C., Canada
62 – Shonny Vanlandingham – 41, Durango, Colorado
63 – Christine Jeffrey – 38, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
64 – Emma Garrard – 30, Park City, Utah
65 – Suzie Snyder – 29, Fredericksburg, Virginia
66 – Jessica Noyola – 29, San Diego, California
67 – Caroline Colonna – 46, Taos, New Mexico
68 – Tracy Thelen – 31, Colorado Springs, Colorado
70 – Kelley Cullen – 30, New Castle, Colorado
71 – Lesley Paterson – 30, San Diego, California (Scotland)
72 – Sara Tarkington – 30, Boulder, Colorado
73 – Danelle Kabush – 36, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
74 – Luisa Bryce – 29, Denver, Colorado
75 – Jaime Brede – 33, Breckenridge, Colorado
77 – Kim Baugh – 31, Colorado Springs, Colorado
80 - Mical Dyck – 29, Victoria, B.C., Canada
81 – Tammy Jacques – 45, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
82 – Carina Wasle – 26, Kundl, Austria

Note:
Numbers 1-25 represent men’s exact position in 2011 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings
Numbers 30-up represent non-ranked pro men in alphabetical order, then late additions
Numbers 61-77 represents women’s exact position (those ranked 1-17) in 2011 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series standings
Numbers 80-up represent non-ranked pro men in alphabetical order, then late additions

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988. It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2011 will produce nearly 200 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 15 countries worldwide.  There are 40,000+ competitors from all 50 states and more than 40 countries competing in XTERRA.  In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence. View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com.

 

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Lance Armstrong to Race at XTERRA USA Championship Saturday in Utah

Contact Info

Trey Garman
808-216-8606
trey@xterraplanet.com
http://www.xterraplanet.com/utah/index.html

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