By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Las Vegas
Of the many rumors swirling in recent weeks about Lance Armstrong, one of them has included him racing cyclo-cross events this season - and that rumor appears to have some truth. While the details of his 'official' comeback are not to be released until Wednesday morning when he will announce his 'official' comeback at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, his manager Mark Higgins confirmed with Cyclingnews that his first race following that announcement will likely be the UCI category 1 Cross Vegas cyclo-cross race held in conjunction with the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas.
"We are going to try to make it," he said. "It will be tight with so many heads of state at the Clinton Global Initiative [event] and then air traffic control as well." While the events are scheduled for the morning New York time (EDT) and the men's Cross Vegas race does not start until 9:00 p.m. (PDT), Armstrong's private plane could be at the mercy of the US air traffic control system.
Even if he does make it to the race on time, having no UCI points from last year will mean he will likely start well back in the grid - in the middle at best.
He also is scheduled to be on the David Letterman show this Friday as well, though Higgins said that was taped Monday and will not conflict with his travel.