LEADVILLE, CO – Rain, hail and muddy trail conditions did not slow down the seven-time Tour de France champ. Armstrong broke the course’s time record by nearly 20 minutes crossing the line on a flat tire.
Armstrong wore silver Nike mountain bike shoes and black socks. This was a stark contrast to Lance’s normal choice to wear black shoes like he did throughout the Tour de France. His shoes stood out against his black Mellow Johnny’s racing kit.
Armstrong was slowed by not only his flat tire, but also from huge crowds of spectators lining the streets of Leadville, Colorado making his way to the famed red carpet finishing line.
Lance Armstrong dethroned six-time defending champion Dave Wiens on Saturday, winning in 6 hours, 28 minutes, 50 seconds. “This year, Lance is coming off the Tour (de France). Last year, Lance was coming off the couch,” joked Wiens, who seemed pleased with his second placed finish. At the races mid-way point at the peak of the Columbine climb Armstrong already had 10 minutes into his rival. Wiens had set the previous record of 6:45:45 – for many years the course record was set at 7 hours 15 minutes. Weins had beaten the seven-time Tour de France winner by nearly two minutes in 2008. That was before Armstrong began training in earnest for his return to the Tour this year.