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Lance Armstrong may be banned from competitive cycling sanctioned by the UCI for life - although as we reported over the weekend, he' s now able to participate in other sports - but he has devised the route of a new mountain biking event in Colorado.

> Armstrong is slightly less banned

The Aspen 50 is named for the city where Armstrong lives for part of the year and will follow trails in the Roaring Fork Valley, reports the Aspen Times.

According to Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association executive director Mike Pritchard, the Aspen 50 isn't a race - although he expects some to ride it as if it were.

He said: “While this inaugural ride is not actually a race, you can expect some truly fast riders to be leading the way as soon as the pedalling starts.”

Permissions to use the trails involved are reportedly being sought by a business called WEDU - an endurance events company set up by Armstrong, who has appeared on social media recently in kit bearing its logo.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.