Armstrong and Landis: Compare and Contrast
After riding with two Tour de France Champions, Armstrong and Landis, my BFF at Bicycling Magazine and I couldn’t help but note a few comparisons.
- When we rode with Landis at his Power Tap training camp we were almost arrested by the local sheriff for blocking traffic. Riding with Armstrong we had a police escort.
- During our training ride with Landis getting burgers was his idea and he ate with us. During our ride with Armstrong at the Madone launch, we rode to a café for burgers, but Armstrong left and didn’t join us. We’re guessing he had to ride with Trek dealers.
- We drank beers with Landis at his house and at the Power Tap training camp. He seemed to have a good time. When I told Lance we’d gone out Thursday night, had a few drinks and a couple of laughs, he seemed to have honestly regretted missing the opportunity. However, I’m guessing he quickly got over not going out with us.
- Landis rides an aluminum Pegoretti made in Italy. Armstrong has a high-modulus carbon fiber Madone made in Wisconsin.
Custom painted with Jack Handey quotes.
Custom painted by hand.
Two police motorcycles and a squad car provided a rolling enclosure for us during our 20 mile ride.
PowerTap camp 2006. Riding in a double paceline and hoping we don’t get hassled by the police.