Thursday, February 4, 2010

Welcome to South Africa Lance we certainly are becoming the destination of choice for celeb's

Lance Armstrong, the world's most iconic cyclist, confirmed last night he would be riding the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour next month.

Armstrong will be in South Africa from March 9-11 as part of a fund-raising initiative for JAG, a Cape Town-based charity. The charity had continued to deny Armstrong would remain in South Africa for the Cycle Tour, which takes place on March 14. However, late last night on the Twitter social media website, Armstrong announced he would be riding in the world's biggest timed cycling race.

"Hey South Africa! Excited to come down in March. Bringing your man Daryl Impey with me. And yes, we?re racing The Argus. Hear great things," wrote Armstrong. ?And really looking forward to coming down to SA and working with the JAG Foundation to support all the great work they are doing."

Armstrong will have a rather full schedule when he visits South Africa, addressing an exclusive 400-person banquet on March 9 and then leading a 100km ride with a small group of riders on March 10, rumoured to cost each rider a tidy R175 000. A 700-strong crowd will attend a breakfast on March 11.

Armstrong is also said to have all but confirmed he would be riding in the 2011 Absa Cape Epic, the team mountain bike stage race through the Western Cape. Epic race director Kevin Vermaak said last week he had been in constant contact with Armstrong's management and was confident he would take part next year.