By Steve Frothingham
Lance Armstrong is preparing diligently for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in Colorado, training in nearby Aspen to acclimatize to the altitude.
As of Monday, Armstrong had ridden parts of the 100-mile Leadville course two or three times and was doing daily road and offroad rides, said Trek spokesman Ben Coates.
“Lance is in Aspen with a couple of guys, one of them is a trainer that he is working with. He looks super fit when I saw him the other day, and he seems to be taking the race very seriously,” Coates said.
Armstrong also has been testing equipment, choosing between a Gary Fisher Superfly 29-inch hardtail and a 26-inch Trek Top Fuel 9.8 full suspension.
Coates said both bikes were under 23 pounds with seat pack, bottle cages and computer. Coates told VeloNews on Monday that Armstrong has settled on the Trek.
Coates provided the following specs:
Avid Juicy Ultimates with 140mm rear Stan’s rotor.
Bontrager Race X Lite wheels with Bontrager Jones XR Team Issue Tubeless Ready Tires.
Bontrager XXX Lite Riser Bar and Bontrager X Lite Stem.
Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Bottle Cage
Shimano XTR Cranks, Derailleur (rapid rise on rear), Cassette, shifters and Chain.
Crankbrothers 4 Ti Candy pedals
Nokon cable housing
SID World Cup fork w/handlebar lockout
DT Swiss rear shock w/handlebar lockout
Bontrager Race Lite lock on grips
Not pictured is a new Bontrager Inform saddle