Lance Armstrong took the first step in his comeback climb. Without the usual international fanfare, Armstrong entered a cycling race called the Tour of Gruene in central Texas. In Saturday's Time Trial, Armstrong found some of his three-year old form en-route to winning the 16 mile course in 33:14. Armstrong said of his first TT in three years, "Hard effort. Been awhile since I've done that!!".
On the following day, Armstrong partnered with longtime friend and rider John "College" Korioth to convincingly win the 2-man "team" time trial. "Lance and College rode like the wind today. They were in another league than the rest of us.", said another competitor following the race. "I think he's on a great pace towards TDF form!" The Armstrong team won by three minutes and averaged over 29 miles per hour on a 27.3 mile course that included an Alp-like climb of 13%. Armstrong reported that he felt better in Sunday's race than he did the prior day.
Following his win, Armstrong prepares to travel to LA to meet with long-time trainer, Chris Carmichael, where he will begin his fine-tuning in a wind tunnel. Lance Armstrong was one of the first riders to bring the science of wind-tunnel testing to cycling. While some riders maintained Armstrong was using illegal drugs, Armstrong has consistently contended that his hard work and advanced training have given him the edge.