Armstrong, teammate to join in Leadville 100
LEADVILLE – Lance Armstrong and RadioShack teammate Levi Leipheimer will race in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race next weekend.
Armstrong had said earlier he was leaning toward entering and race organizers say they received Leipheimer’s entry form for next Saturday’s race.
The race starts at 10,500 feet, climbs 2,000 more feet and is considered the nation’s highest-altitude endurance test. Armstrong is the defending champion, winning last year in a record time of 6 hours, 28 minutes, 50 seconds.
Leipheimer, who won his second straight Tour of the Gila this year, missed last year’s race in Leadville. This will be his first mountain bike race.
Preps reporting dates
Hope you had a good summer. The high school sports scene is back.
Yep, Monday is the the first day of practice for 2010 fall sports with golf teams getting in their first swings.
• Battle Mountain golf: Tee times begin at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Eagle-Vail Golf Club. You need to call coach Cassie Desmone at 970-376-3494 to set those times.
• Eagle Valley golf: The Devils report to their newly-named old stomping grounds – the Gypsum Creek Golf Club (previously Cotton Ranch). Eagle Valley tee times begin at 4 p.m. Call coach Tom Buzbee at 970-376-0389.
• Cross country, football, softball soccer and volleyball for the Huskies and Devils report Aug.16. Be sure to check the Vail Daily for specific schedules in the next week.
Kids Adventure Race today
The first Vail Kids Adventure Race takes place from 9 a.m.-noon today in Vail Village and on Vail Mountain.
The course includes a mountain bike challenge and a zipline as well as Slope-N-Slide and tubing. Teams of two, ages 6-12, will compete for the fastest time and must finish the entire the challenge together.
The final obstacle, the slack line, will offer perhaps the greatest opportunity for hilarity as exhausted racers will attempt to cross a slack line over a mud pit. Registration is officially closed for the race.
Three waves of racers will set off at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. VRD race director Beth Pappas encourages spectators to drop by anytime throughout the race and help cheer the participants along the course.
“It will be great to have members of the community there to cheer the kids on,” said Pappas. “It will be easy to view most of the action from the base of the mountain at the Vista Bahn.”
An awards ceremony also will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow near Vail Mountain’s Vista Bahn chairlift in Vail Village where participants will receive pizza compliments of Blue Moose Pizza and prizes donated by Patagonia and Hestra.