“I’m well aware my presence is not an easy topic, and so I encourage people if they want to give a high-five, great,” Armstrong told
The disgraced cyclist plans to join in the RAGBRAI, an annual weeklong trek that stretches between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Billing itself as the world's oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event, the ride will run 406 miles across the state from July 21-27.
The acronym stands for "Register's annual great bicycle ride across Iowa." As many as 10,000 people participate each year.
Armstrong has been at the RAGBRAI before. This time, he will be joined by staff members from a bicycle ship he owns in Austin, Texas, and plans to stick around for at least three or four days of the ride.
Less than a year has passed since he was stripped of his seven
"To be honest, it's not a statement, it's not an experiment," Armstrong said. "It's just me wanting to go ride my bike with what in the past has been a friendly group of people that share the same interests."