Lance Armstrong will ride again – as part of team Lance and Friends at this year’s Livestrong Challenge in October.
Armstrong registered Feb. 2 for the charity bike ride and made a $5,000 donation. The Oct. 18 ride will mark Armstrong’s first participation in a Livestrong event since October 2012.
The charity ride starts and finishes in downtown Austin and raises money for the Livestrong Foundation, which provides services to cancer survivors. Armstrong founded the non-profit organization but was later forced to leave under pressure in November 2012.
He admitted in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013 that he used performance-enhancing drugs when he won his seven Tour de France titles. He was stripped of those wins.
“We welcome all contributions to the Livestrong Foundation as we continue our work to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now,” said Ellen Barry, executive vice president of strategic communications. “This includes the recent contribution by Lance Armstrong, as part of his efforts to fundraise for the annual Team Livestrong Austin Challenge. He has signed up to ride in our annual event with his own team as the ride is open to participants nationwide. We look forward to hosting thousands of survivors and advocates as they take to the streets of Austin to support those in need of our services.”
In a statement to The Associated Press, Armstrong said he remains “humbled and proud” of Livestrong.
Registration for the ride is $75, with no minimum fund-raising requirement. For more information go to http://www.teamlivestrong.org.