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Floyd Landis announces Gran Fondo

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
January 31, 2013, 22:40,
Updated:
January 31, 2013, 22:54
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, February 1, 2013
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Two-day event to take place in Windham, NY

Former professional rider Floyd Landis is back and has announced that he will co-organise a cycling tour event on June 1-2, 2013 in Windham, NY in the Catskill Mountains, just north of New York City.

"It's near where I got my start in mountain biking way back. I raced there in the Catskills again in 2010 and it was fun and had some crushing climbs," Landis told Cyclingnews.

The capacity for the event has yet to be confirmed but Landis and joint event manager Dieter Drake and Anthem Sports are hoping for a positive response.

"Cycling needs a diversion right now. We're hoping this will be one way to get people out riding bicycles for fun and to forget about all the drama that they're reading and watching right now," Landis added.

Participants will compete individually over two days; the Devil's Kitchen Hill Climb is featured on Saturday, while the Gran Fondo Catskills will be held on Sunday. In addition to the individual hill climb competition, participants will be timed on various challenging segments of the course for the Sunday gran fondo event. Overall champions in various age-group categories will be crowned and awarded prizes at the end of the event.

Landis and Anthem Sports - organizers of the popular Tour of the Battenkill in Cambridge, NY - hope to bring attention to the local tourism industry with a major cycling event.

Landis has had a turbulent few years. Having been stripped of the Tour de France in 2006 he spent years on the sidelines before returning to the sport in 2009. In 2010 he came clean, admitting to a past of doping and has since been an advocate for clean sport.

"I'm finished with professional racing but I enjoy riding my bike and I want to be a part of something like this now. Dieter and Anthem Sports are helping to make it happen. He has many years experience at promoting the biggest one-day race in the US and will create a very professional event."

Aaron Wyatt More than 1 year ago
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LaBici More than 1 year ago
Enjoying riding his bike. well done lad! GranFondos are fun!
texas cross pioneer More than 1 year ago
Go to H----, liar.
Kenneth Trueman More than 1 year ago
Not sure why are so mad at Floyd. He eventually told the truth and helped to bring down Lance, unless that is what you are frustrated about.
TrackCynic More than 1 year ago
Simple - he's a cheat. If a criminal confesses to something bad, does that make them any better a person. Maybe better than someone who doesn't, but he's still a criminal.
Mr.DNA More than 1 year ago
You're right. People cannot change. Kid stole a cookie? Bind his hands until he turns 18.
Strydz More than 1 year ago
Can someone not make up for there mistakes from the past? If we go by your example then why do we need jails, they are always criminals so should just be done away with.
TrackCynic More than 1 year ago
Because this is supposed to be a sport. It's not life. I know it's tough for some people to remember, but sport (before it was taken over by business and athletes made into prima donnas) is mainly about participation and also about being inspired by those sportspeople who are good enough to make a living from it. If they cheat to get in that position, don't they also deserve to be thrown out if they abuse our trust?
jbeevi More than 1 year ago
The Floyd fairness fund? Enough said.
ridindirty More than 1 year ago
Wow that is a lot of Hate towards 1 person. I am glad there are people like you who are better then the rest of us and hold us to a higher standard. Your name lets me know you are mad because he outed your saint, however there is a lot to the story, and I don't think it is up to you to judge him here and now, or after he passes. Let us bring biking back to the riders who ride for fun. Not idolize people, I ride my because I love it. There are tons of us out there, and things like this help.
Dogmar More than 1 year ago
Seems like he is in peace with himself. Good for him. I used to know him personally, and he REALLY is one of the nicest guys you can hope to meet. Wish I could participate in the event.
TrackCynic More than 1 year ago
Do you have to be on EPO to ride this, or can you do it clean?
oCoMik More than 1 year ago
C'mon people "thumbs down" on that comment.... That's pure comedy gold.... Even your golden boy Floyd would have given that a "thumbs up".
ggusta More than 1 year ago
" Officially " clean is encouraged, but EPO is helpful. I notice they don't even give a link to the site. Guys, here's a hint, are they or were they once a professional athlete? If yes, then they are probably doping or doing something unethical to get a winning advantage. Why do you just reserve your rage for those who have been caught when you know the rest are just as bad and may be worse?
Rich Nickla More than 1 year ago
I don't know about EPO, but if you're over the age of 45 you can probably get a TUE for your testosterone replacement therapy. I'm sure Pat and Hein would understand.
Kenneth Trueman More than 1 year ago
Looking on the Anthem Sports site, it looks like it will be called Floyd's Tour of the Amish Country; it will take place on June 1-2 and will instead take place in Farmersville, PA. http://greatamericancycling.com/granfondo/ I think we need some clarification. :)
John Woody More than 1 year ago
Return his TDF win. He's got more right to it than anyone else.
Wally Gator More than 1 year ago
Not so much
oCoMik More than 1 year ago
Like it or not, Floyd won the TdF. He stood atop that podium... I'm not condoning how he got there but he finished the route faster than any other competitor. For many, including myself, that is enough when one considers how it is suspected that the playing field was dirty for a LONG TIME.
realfan More than 1 year ago
people on bikes having fun sounds good Floyd !! rest of you morons ,shut up and get a life !!
SeventhSon More than 1 year ago
That is correct.
geekonabike More than 1 year ago
I'd be there if it wasn't 3k mi away.
generic More than 1 year ago
Hey if the doping cheat Levi Leipheimer has one, why can't this doping liar have one too!
DavePat More than 1 year ago
How pathetically desparate does a promoter have to be to sign one of the biggest cheaters, liar, and fraud in sports history ?
VAM1000 More than 1 year ago
He is not quite the biggest. I think the title of the "biggest cheater, liar and fraud in sports history" will always belong to Lance. That's a title he won't lose.
BadScreenWrtr More than 1 year ago
Hmmm . . . A-Rod got $275 million from the Yankees, so really who's the bigger cheat? And of course A-Rod still has a contract with said Yankees even though he's a proven drug cheat and of course the fans love him because he's now a historically significant baseball player.
ridindirty More than 1 year ago
So Dave you have evidence of all cheats in sports history, and the amount they cheated? Also have you developed an equation that can weigh all those cheating techniques so as to be able to evaluate and rank cheaters. East Germany? China at the Beijing, The 12 year old baseball who was 16. US track in the 1980's, Baseball, etc. NFL Spygate? Also can we weigh cheating? Don't you cheat or not? So is a little cheating OK? I think you need to move on, Floyd was not one of the biggest cheats in history. He won 1 race and was caught. I would think the guy who 7+ would be bigger? Or the guy who taught him to cheat? Rasmassuen said he dope for 12 years! That is longer then Floyd Career. PS it is an optional thing. If you don't support don't go!
oldcrank More than 1 year ago
No drug cheat list is complete without Ali and Tyson. Unfortunately Ali is paying a very heavy price for his drug use.