Movie about Lance Armstrong’s fall plays Portland this week

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The official poster.

We don’t usually cover mainstream movies here on the site, but when an indie film comes to town that’s about journalism and biking, we have to give it a shout.

The Program is a fictionalized portrait of an Irish reporter’s battle to uncover Lance Armstrong’s history of doping his way into yellow jerseys. It’s at the Living Room Theaters this week.

The movie is directed by Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen, etc.) and stars Ben Foster as Armstrong, Chris O’Dowd as journalist David Walsh and Jesse Plemons as Armstrong’s teammate, enabler and finally betrayer Floyd Landis.

Here’s the promotional description:

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Lance Armstrong open thread

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Lance was larger than life in the bike world, even here, when he appeared in a video at the 2010 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland

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Team Profile: Jens Voigt’s Army, seriously funny

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“If you’ve ever been at a race where someone got mad and threw their bike, we’re the opposite of that.”
— Team member Dylan Robbins (aka Admiral Longpour)

[Publisher’s note: As part of our ongoing racing coverage (made even better by our embedded racer and journalist Josh Liberles) we’ll be featuring profiles of local teams. From the super fast to the super silly, Portland is full of them! Last week we featured the Ironclad Performance Wear cycling team; now we turn our attention to the paisley platoon: Jens Voigt’s Army. — JM]

Jens Voigt (@thejensie on Twitter) is a perennial fan favorite in the European peloton known for his aggressive racing, affability and longevity – he’s 40 years old and as tough and fast as ever. Portland’s Jens Voigt’s Army cycling team has added to the legend, both via its hero-worshiping name and through a compilation of Jens Voigt’s fabulous quotes assembled into an online “soundboard” that has gone viral.

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Day one slideshow from the Summit

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National Bike Summit 2010 Day 1-6

Mr. Armstrong gave us a personal
welcome and thank you at the
opening reception party.
-Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

First day is in the books here at the 2010 National Bike Summit — and it was a big one. Lots of excitment, record attendance, the launch of a major national promotional campaign, big news from Google, a guest appearance (via video) from Lance Armstrong, and lots more.

Check out the slideshow below (or browse the gallery). It contains all my best shots from today, including a visit to Bikestation D.C., a few snaps of the local bike-sharing solution, Smartbike DC, and photos of advocates from around the country:

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Still need holiday gifts? Check out the BikePortland Bookstore

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Perhaps BikeCraft yielded the perfect holiday gifts for every bike lover in your life. But if you need that one last perfect item, check out the book suggestions below — or browse through our Bookstore for even more inspiration.

December 21st is your deadline for shipping via priority mail; or if you’re in the Portland area, you can buy books online here and pick them up at the Powell’s location of your choice.

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Lance in France at Wordstock

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Cover of Lance in France by
Ashley Maceachern.

Lance Armstrong is coming to the Wordstock Festival.

Well, OK, not really. But Lance fans (especially little ones) still have a reason to get excited about Wordstock.

That’s because local author Ashley Maceachern tells us she’ll be a featured author. Ashley is a friend of Lance’s and a former Nike executive who has written Lance in France, a children’s book (with fun illustrations by Michelle Barbera) that follows Lance through the adventures of the Tour de France.

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Lance Armstrong to buy the Tour de France?

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I don’t usually post rumors, especially when they have nothing to do with Portland. But hey, this is Page Two so here goes…

Check out this story just posted by Joe Lindsey of Bicycling Magazine (whose work I really respect). He writes:

“As if Lance Armstrong’s return to racing weren’t already shocking, now comes a serious rumor that Armstrong is part of a consortium which plans to purchase the world’s greatest bike race and possibly replace several key top executives at its parent company.

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Lance for Governor? (Oh, and he’s racing again too)

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Lance Armstrong, shown here at
the Oregon Convention Center
in February, is no stranger
to Portland’s bike-friendliness.
(Photos © J. Maus)

By now, I’m sure many of you have read the story heard ’round the world about Lance Armstrong’s rumored return to bike racing.

VeloNews posted a story about it yesterday, and now the rumors have been confirmed by Lance himself.

I’m excited about this because his presence can be nothing but good, not just for the sport of bike racing, which is in dire need of drug-free heroes (at least that’s what many Americans see him as), but for the bike movement in general.

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Rapha will export Portland vibe to Lance’s backyard

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Rapha will host a roller racing competition
— like this one in Portland last February — at
Lance Armstrong’s shop in Austin, Texas.
(Photo: Dat Nguyen)

Rapha, the UK-based high-end cycling apparel maker who recently established their U.S. headquarters in Portland, is wasting no time sharing the bike culture that brought them here.

According to the company’s U.S. general manager Slate Olson, Rapha is staging a weekend of events at Lance Armstrong’s new retail store in Austin, Texas. Beginning this Friday at Mellow Johnny’s bike shop, Rapha will host an exhibition of photographs from their Roleur magazine, followed by a roller racing competition on Saturday and a “Gentleman’s Ride” on Sunday.

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Team Rubicon Roll-out Party

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It’s almost time for Team Rubicon’s Fundraising and roll-out party. 100%, every last nickel, dime and penny will be donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

But wait! There’s More!

Not only will all the funds raised be donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help fund cancer research along with helping people face challenges and changes that come with cancer . . . The funds raised at the party will also send one lucky individual to the 2008 Portland LIVESTRONG Challenge. So come be part of the party!

AND If you have been looking for that hard to get SRAM Red kit, we have one. Current bid is at $1000.00, the money goes to a good cause, you get a SWEET parts kit . . .how could your significant other say no? Pencil in the 26th on your calendar and come bid on the SRAM Red Kit and or ORBEA OPAL or both.

We have two very special guest speakers on hand for the nights festivities. John Ohnstad, LAF mentor and Dr. Craig Nichols, Renowned Cancer Specialist (and Lance Armstrong’s physician). There will be information on the Portland LIVESTRONG Challenge and more.

Now for the Who, What, Where and When –

Who: Team Rubicion’s Roll out party
Where: Laurelwood Pizza Co, 1728 NE 40th Ave – Portland, OR – 97212
When: Saturday April 26th, 7pm – 9pm
Entry: $20 at the door (includes pizza and one drink voucher)
Raffle tickets are 1 for $5, 5 for $20, 10 for $30.
Dress: Please wear something yellow

Party information:

7:00 – Doors open
7:00 – 7:20 meets and greets -Silent Auction items can be reviewed and bid on
7:20 –7:25 Welcome
7:25 – 7:30 LAF manifesto
7:35 – Guest speaker John the LAF mentor
7:40 – Pete O’Connor shares his story and battle with cancer and what the LAF has meant to him
7:45 – Guest speaker –Dr. Craig Nichols;
8:00 – 8:05 – Meet the riders of Team Rubicon
8:05 – 8:30 Food, drinks are served – more opportunity to biding on silent auction
8:30 Raffle and Silent auction announcements.
9:00 Event over

Silent Auction Items

SRAM Red Kit in custom made cherry wood box in custom Padauk/Cherry wood box –retail price $2,000
ORBEA Opal frame – retail price- $2000

Raffle Items

Flak Jacket LIVESTRONG Oakley Glasses retail value – $150
Radar LIVESTRONG Oakley Glasses retail value – $185
$100 Gift Cert. Bike Gallery retail value – $100
Hammer Nutrition Product; short course fuel kit and long course fuel kit retail value – $200
2 Massages From Kurt Marion retail value – $100
Park Tool Kit retail value – $80
Pair of Schwalbe Tires ultrimo tires retail value – $160
LIVESTRONG Challenge bag from Nike retail value – $50
2 Descente Wool Retro Jackets retail value – $200
3 Descente Jerseys retail value – $100
Rapha items retail value – $375

Please share our invite with everyone, our goal is to fill all 100 seats at Laurelwood.

Special thanks to all our sponsors for giving us this opportunity to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation! We are so grateful for your support!

ORBEA • NIKE • SRAM • LAF • United Finance • Laurelwood Brewery • Hammer Nutrition • Bontrager • Russ Auto • Schwalbe • Park Tools • Giro • Oakley • Bike Gallery • E-Z Up Tent • Yakima • OBRA

Thank you and hope to see you there!
Norrene and David and all of Team Rubicon

Lance wants his hometown to “evolve into a place like Portland”

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Lance at the Oregon Convention
Center last Saturday.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The national bike movement might have just found its most important (and famous) ally: Lance Armstrong.

After just bumping into Lance at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show held in Portland last weekend, I noticed a story published in his hometown newspaper today about the new “commuting bike shop” he plans to open.

And get this; the shop will focus on commuter bikes, not on high-end, carbon-fiber race machines he so heroically pedaled to seven Tour de France victories.

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A visit from a guy named Lance

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Lance Armstrong with NAHBS
founder Don Walker.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Just as I was leaving the opening day of the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS), none other than Lance Armstrong showed up.

He and few friends ambled in to gaze at the world’s most beautiful bicycles just as most folks had filed out for the night.

Rumor has it that a select group of locals will join Lance for a ride tomorrow morning. The crew that is invited to join him is likely some of same folks that are a part of the Teams of Portland exhibit that opened at Wieden + Kennedy last night.

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