It’s a fitness Friday again and this week we’re blogging all things biking.

Armstrong announcing the return of pro cycling to Colorado

You may or may not have seen Lance Armstrong’s press conference/announcement at the CO state capitol on Wednesday 8/4. Next August, pro cycling will return to Colorado which, along with California, will be one of two states in the nation to host an event of this caliber, akin to the Coors Classic which ended 22 years ago. The Quiznos Pro Challenge, an eight-day stage race sponsored by Quiznos, will likely bring great economic and morale boosting benefits to our outdoor enthusiastic state. Armstrong, along with Governor Ritter, made the exciting announcement and then hosted a bike ride around the city, tweeting to cyclists about it the day before. Everything about this, in my opinion, screams awesome. As I have mentioned before, I am fairly new to this great state , but we here in Colorado have it good, damn good. If you at all enjoy getting outside and being active, this is the place to settle. So, good for Armstrong for spearheading the effort to showcase what we Coloradoans are all about.

Lance Armstrong and Gov. Bill Ritter ride with the crowd after announcing the return of pro cycling to Colorado.

In other biking news, I will be back on my bike this weekend in a big way. Tomorrow morning I will pedal off on my fourth Pan Mass Challenge, a 200 mile bike ride that raises money to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. As cancer survivors ourselves, who were treated at Dana Farber, my father and I are proud to take part in an event of this magnitude. The ride starts off in Sturbridge, MA and ends on Sunday at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown, MA. Participants spend Saturday night at Mass Maritime Academy, sleeping on a large military ship or in dorm rooms. It’s an inspiring trek as patrons line the back roads and closed off highways of MA, with cheers and tears as they honor the riders, who endure miles of numb behinds in an effort to cure cancer. It is the single largest and most successful athletic fundraising event in the country, and I am proud to once again be a small part of it. See you next week…when I will hopefully be recovered and feeling my backside again. Cheers.