The 7-time Tour de France winner started the race strong at the 2011 XTERRA World Championship Sunday morning but faded at the end.
The retired cycling great was with the first group out of the water on the first lap of the swim and held steady into transition in fifth place. Naturally, Lance excelled on the bike but was passed by the eventual race winner, Michael Weiss around mile 14.
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Since spectators weren’t allowed on the bike or run course, very few people knew about Lance’s crash on the bike. He took a nasty fall with about a mile to go before the finish which resulted in a cracked helmet.
@lancearmstrong “Tough but fun day today @XTERRAoffroad. Went out too hard in the swim, finally got going on the bike but took a nasty spill at the end,” he tweeted after the race. “Then suffered in the run. Thanks to all who came out and THANK YOU to all of the volunteers!!”
His last race related tweet reflected on the severity of his crash, “Don’t remember the last time I cracked a helmet. In fact, I don’t remember much!” @lancearmstrong
After the race, Lance released a statement about what happened at the end of the bike, “I just crashed; crashed as we were coming back. We had finished that last technical section before the tunnel with a corner or two to go and it seemed like the front wheel slid out and just landed on my head basically, which was a surprise. I hit it harder than I thought, because I stood there for a while taking inventory, trying to remember my name. That probably took a little out of me. Obviously took a little out of me standing there for a minute or so. I’ve never hit my head that hard before.”
Lance said this about his overall performance at the XTERRA World Championship, his second ever XTERRA race, “I made some mistakes. I think the combo of swimming – I went out too hard on the swim, got a little excited and over-cooked it. It took me four to six miles to get comfortable on the bike and at that point, I was able to get in a rhythm and ride fast, but then the crash is the way it ended. If I had to do it over, I probably would have backed off on the swim and hoped for a more balanced bike ride, and of course, take the crash out. Like all these things, hindsight is 20-20.”
As far as coming back next year and racing in Maui again, Lance was optimistic, “Yeah, I don’t see why not. But I think I would need to try some other events throughout the year. It seems to me the more you practice the little things like the strategy of the event, the transition from swim to bike and transition from bike to run, the easier they become.”
Lance’s race results are as followed:
Swim 20:59, Bike: 1:23:20, Run: 52:40, Finish: 2:36:59.
Full results and more race coverage can be found on XTERRAMAUI.com.