Armstrong vs. Wiens Take Two
By Fred Dreier
One month after their head-to-head battle at the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race, Lance Armstrong and Dave Wiens will meet again. Both men are part of three-person squads for Sunday’s 12 Hours of Snowmass mountain bike race in Snowmass, Colorado.
Earlier this week the seven-time Tour champ announced his plans to participate in the 12-hour race, which benefits the Aspen Youth Center and Extreme Sports Camps charities. Armstrong will race alongside Colorodans Len Zanni and Max Taam.
The news caught the eye of Mike Kloser, the former mountain biking great and four-time Adventure Racing world champion, who lives in nearby Vail. Kloser contacted Wiens and Vail local Jay Henry, the 2007 marathon mountain bike champion, to ride as a three-man All Star team at the event.
“I got an email from a buddy saying there was going to be a worthy opponent at the Snowmass race, and I thought ‘what the heck?’” Kloser told VeloNews.com. “I put some phone calls in, and [Henry and Wiens] were psyched to do it. It’ll be fun.”
Wiens, a former World Cup-level cross-country racer, narrowly defeated the seven-time Tour champ at the Leadville race on August 9, finishing the 100-mile event just two minutes ahead of Armstrong.
The seven-time Tour champ, who earlier this week announced his plans to end his three-year retirement and race the 2009 Tour de France, won the local 10-mile Smuggler-Hunter mountain bike race this past Wednesday in Aspen.
Stay tuned to www.velonews.com for news and updates from the Snowmass race.