VIDEO: Lance Armstrong conquers Waipio Valley road for charity

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VIDEO: Lance Armstrong conquers Waipio Valley road for charity
Big Island Video News

By Stephanie Salazar

The world’s most famous cyclist has conquered what some call the world’s steepest road.

This Friday, Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) – who has been biking around the Big Island of Hawaii recently, as he does from time to time – accepted a challenge issued over “Twitter” to ride up the Waipio Valley Road.

The challenge was laid down by Mark Slavonia (@slavonia), of San Fransisco, who also offered to donate $10,000 to Armstrong’s Live Strong charity foundation.

The road is infamous and rightly so – rising 800 feet from Waipio Valley to the top in just 6/10ths of a mile. The average grade is 25% and the peak grade reaches 40%.

Believe it or not, Armstrong made it in a little over 9 minutes. After the ride, Armstrong’s crew filmed a quick video and posted it on YouTube, on the Team Radio Shack user account.

Slavonia says he will make good on his promise to donate the money.


  • http://www.lancesupport.org rewval

    I only wish there was video of the climb – great job though! Any Lance supporters out there, please leave him your positive message of encouragement at LanceSupport.org.

  • Maya Bandu

    Lance is a hero. He makes me think of riding, sweat from my brow, climbing an endless switchback up a luscious Hawaiian mountain road. It makes someone think of chartering a cruise on http://www.ymtvacations.com/ with their bike aboard right now.


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