Does Lance’s Performance Hurt or Help Cancer Survivors?


In 2008 when Lance Armstrong announced his return to professional cycling he made it quite clear that he was intending to use his media presence to help promote his “Global Cancer Initiative.” (Source: SI’s Austin Murphy wrote “Earlier that morning, at the CGI’s “Plenary Session,” Armstrong had been introduced by former president Bill Clinton, who lauded him for the Livestrong Global Cancer Initiative that is being rolled out in lockstep with his return to racing.”

Has Lance’s performance in the pro peleton in 2009 and 2010 helped or hurt his campaign, and by extension cancer survivors?

I’m not trying to be facetious here–while I’ve known several people with cancer it hasn’t touched me as directly as many who are part of the Livestrong campaign. When Lance was on his Tour de France winning streak I talked with and read the stories of many cyclists who were inspired by Lance’s domination of professional cycling after winning his battle against cancer. I’ve personally donated a large amount of money to the campaign to support people participating in his (and other) events.

So do things change now that Lance’s last tour didn’t manage to get him on the podium and saw him falling meters short of having the power to win a stage on this year’s tour?

Shawn from SXSW

Our Bro Shawn from @sxsw impressed us with his skills and fashion choices earlier this year, including the stylish wool hat. He’s riding a Raleigh Rush Hour, a fav bike of ours.

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Short Track MTB

That scene is way bigger than we expected. Noteworthy that like cats and dogs, roadies and mountain bikers warmed up together before their respective races.

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Photos from Wheeled Migration’s Wanderlust Bicycle Tour. They rode from Chico to the California Worldfest in Grass Valley July 12-15.

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Ignite Bikes

Ignite Bikes is part of our Mobile Social Interbike Remix We’re talking about bikes and then Riding the Strip.

interbike_side_no_border.jpgIf you had five minutes on stage to talk about bikes what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world, geeks have been putting together Ignites and we’re bringing the format to Interbike with us.


We want to hear about integrating wireless mobile technology and bikes. How you’re changing the world with bikes too. Got some crazy new product idea? Tell us about it, but note these talks are not pitches.


April Streeter talking about “The Future of Biking Wears Skirts and High Heels” at our last event.

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Mobile Social Interbike Remix

Ignite Bike and the Mobile Social happens September 23, 2010, after the Ready to Ride Fashion Show. We’re talking bikes and riding the strip.


  • Event: Interbike 2010
  • When: September 23, 2010
  • Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Who: Attendees, Industry, Bike Huggers
  • What time: 4:30 for Ignite Bikes and 6:30 for Mobile Social.
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