By Henry Robertshaw published
Lance Armstrong and two former US Postal team-mates were back racing again this weekend, finishing in 86th place in a 24-hour mountain bike event in the USA.
Armstrong teamed up with George Hincapie and Dylan Casey for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, with a fourth former US Postal rider Christian Vande Velde being replaced by triathlete Julia Polloreno after Vande Velde fell ill.
Armstrong, Hincapie, Casey, and Vandevelde finished third in the event in 2017, but the team seemed to take things a little less seriously this time round, finishing in 86th place in the four-man team competition. Official results show that Armstrong's third lap of the 16 mile race taking 12 hours, suggesting that they all enjoyed a bit of sleep (and probably a few beers too).
The event was one by the "Average Joey's" team, who completed 22 laps of the 16 mile off-road circuit, 30 miles north of Tucson, Arizona, double the tally of Armstrong and co.'s WEDU.TEAM, averaging a seriously impressive 18mph on the hilly course and tough terrain.
Armstrong is currently serving a lifetime ban from cycling, but this only applies to event sanctioned by the UCI and national governing bodies. The 24 Hours of Old Pueblo is an independently run event, and is not sanctioned by USA Cycling, leaving Armstrong free to compete.
As well as racing mountain bike endurance events, Armstrong is also currently fighting a legal case brought by the US Justice Department and Floyd Landis, another former US Postal team-mate.
The lawsuit alleges that Armstrong misused federal funds when taking performance-enhancing drugs while riding for a team sponsored by the US Postal Service.
The case had originally been scheduled to go before a jury in November, but ongoing legal wrangling has meant that it has now been delayed until May. If he loses the case, Armstrong will be liable to pay $100million.
Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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