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Hampsten to talk cycling

1992 Tour stage winner visiting Steamboat

Andy Hampsten knows cycling, and Katie Lindquist and Kent Eriksen know Hampsten.

On Aug. 12, the eve of the first Kent Eriksen Tour de Steamboat, Hampsten will be the featured speaker at a pasta dinner to help kick off the event.

He will be talking about his race career and life as a professional cyclist.

“Anyone who has been around bike racing knows Andy Hampsten,” Lindquist said. “He was the Lance Armstrong of 15 years ago for the United States.”

Hampsten’s career highlights include winning the Tour of Switzerland in 1986 and 1987 and winning the Tour of Romandy in 1992. In 1992, he won a stage in the Tour de France, climbing the grueling L’Alpe d’Huez faster than anyone else.

Hampsten completed eight Tour de Frances, placing fourth twice.

Hampsten splits time between Boulder and Italy.

“We just wanted to have another reason for people to be here and to have a captive audience,” Lindquist said. “You don’t have to ride the Tour to do the fund-raiser, or you don’t have to go to the fund-raiser to ride in the Tour.”

An Evening with Andy Hampsten Benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation is being hosted by Wells Fargo Bank and includes dinner, a guest speaker and a live auction at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Registration is available online at http://www.rockypeakproductions.com through the Tour de Steamboat link. The dinner and auction are limited to the first 250 registrants.

The night is not an official LAF-hosted event, but all proceeds raised will benefit the LAF.

Representatives from the Lance Armstrong Foundation will be in Steamboat to answer questions about the foundation and cancer awareness. Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor, is chasing his seventh Tour de France title beginning Saturday.

“My sister has breast cancer,” Lindquist said. “She’s in remission, but everyone knows someone who has cancer one step away.”

According to the LAF Web site, the nonprofit foundation’s mission is “to inspire and empower people with cancer to live strong.”

The foundation produced bright yellow LiveStrong bracelets commonly seen on wrists throughout Steamboat and the United States. The LAF serves its mission “through education, advocacy, public health and research programs.”

On Aug. 13, one day after Hampsten’s dinner speech, road cyclists will leave Steamboat on the 110-mile Tour de Steamboat. It’s a noncompetitive tour taking riders over three mountain passes on some of Colorado’s most scenic roadways. The ride begins and ends in Steamboat.

It is a fully supported race with food, beverages and sag support.

Post-ride festivities include a barbecue block party. Registration for the ride is available at http://www.rockypeakproductions.com.