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Aug

18

2011

Mountain Biking with Andy Schleck

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Yeah, he’s clearly the best climber in the world, but maybe you thought it wise to discount Andy Schleck’s chances in the PCC that starts August 22 because he’s from Luxembourg (height of land: 1,319 feet) and the PCC is in Colorado where much of the racing will be done above 9,000 feet. You might want to think again. In the weeks leading up to the race, Schleck’s been training and living at 7,000 feet in the hills north of Steamboat. Surprisingly—if you only know the younger Schleck from the second step of the Tour de France—he was getting in much of that training on a mountain bike, courtesy of his sponsor Trek. Of course he’s a ripping mountain biker, too. Not just a strong climber; he has serious skills. Naturally he thumped me consistently over an hour of riding, but he let me get in front a few times to snap some shots. That’s him riding a wheelie for about a hundred yards. Check out the teaser slideshow and look for the Schleck interview in a future issue.  —Marc Peruzzi

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