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Cycling Champions Visit, Train in Reno-Tahoe Area

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The winner of the world's most well known cycling race is in Reno. Andy Schleck won the 2010 Tour de France.

The cycling community is thrilled to have someone with his speed and stature using Reno-Tahoe as a training ground. "You have lovely weather. You can do everything: you can ride bike in half hour, you can ski..."

Andy is joined by his brother Frank - also a champion pro cyclist and Jens Voigt. At age 41 Voigt was the oldest competitor in the Tour de France this year.

"I was a wild child. My teacher said 'that kid has way too much energy, so do some sport.'"

That sport is now his profession - competing around the world.

"We're hoping to create more attention, more people hop on bike, start cycling."

They don't have to do much convincing with the crowd - a fun mix of Reno Cycling Club members and the procrastinating peddlers.

"It's great training, great roads, lots of people on the bike that's what cycling needs."

Three pro-athletes were invited to ride here by Franz Weber. A former Olympic skier and world record holder who's called Reno home and his training ground since the 1980's. "This all happened within four days."

Fans paid $100 for a picture with money going to help build the 116 mile Reno-Tahoe bikeway from Tahoe to Pyramid.

"Eventually you'll be able to follow the Truckee from its beginning point to its end point."

"I think it's great Reno's embracing cycling."

They all get to see where their speed stacks up. Taking off alongside pros from Reno to Galena then up Mount Rose Highway.

The pros will cycle through Reno-Tahoe for more than 100 miles a day then leaving for pro cycling championships in Colorado on Monday. So you can call this kind of a warm up.

Written by Neda Iranpour

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