Ride with Lance  not a race                                           Back
 In 1996 Lance Armstrong   was diagnosed with testicular cancer that spread to his lungs and brain. He was given a forty percent change of survival. He survived and came back to win the Tour de France1 - ARMSTRONG Lance seven times in a row (a three week, 3,000 mile bicycle race in France).

 October 21, 2005 Margee and I went to Austin, Texas, Lance’s home town, to the “Ride for the Roses” with Lance.

 Saturday morning we went to pick up our packets at the LAF Village. We heard Lance’s mother, Linda Armstrong Kelley, talk about her new book and answer questions. That afternoon we got on our bikes and road to the State Capital building and took a few pictures. We rode over to the University of  Texas football stadium. The Longhorns were playing the Texas Tech Red Raiders and we listened to the crowd roar. Saturday evening we heard Lance speak at a program he and CNNs Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted for four cancer survivors.

 Sunday morning Lance was the first rider to initiate the “Ride for the Roses” event around 7:30 a.m.  About 7,000 riders followed in eleven waves. I rode 40 miles and Margee did the fun ride. On my twenty-six mile marker, Robin William’s Peloton group passed.

 On the way home we stopped at Beavers Bend State park and rode are bikes around the park. As we continued home we took the scenic Talimena drive to see the fall foliage.

 Watch Saturday Night Live on Oct. 29th to see Lance host and Sheryl sing!


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