Lance Armstrong visiting Kalamazoo to help finish a bicycle ride
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An honor ride dedicated to the nine people injured or killed on Tuesday, will be attended by renowned bicyclist Lance Armstrong.
According to a member of the Chain Gang, Lance Armstrong will be joining bicyclists from the Chain Gang for a 6:30 p.m. departure on Tuesday from the Kalamazoo County Health Services parking lot.
Newschannel 3's Amy Hybels got local reaction to the news that Armstrong will visit from The River Church in downtown Kalamazoo
Newschannel 3 confirmed the Armstrong visit Saturday evening with Steve Johnson, the organizer of the original ride.
Johnson said that members of the Greater Kalamazoo cycling community are invited to participate in finishing the ride with Lance Armstrong on Tuesday Evening. The ride will begin at 6:30 p.m. departing from the health service parking lot on gull road. The 28.5 mile ride will travel north to Plainwell and back.
As you recall Armstrong posted his condolences on Instagram on Wednesday. The message reads in part, "...Couldn't shake my feeling of incredible sadness thinking about yesterday's unimaginable tragedy in Kalamazoo. To the ones lost - may you rest in peace."
Saturday we got reaction from the pastors at The River church in Kalamazoo, Pastor Rob Link has read Armstrong's biography, and recalls passages in which Armstrong was run off the road in Texas.
Rob Link, the lead pastor The River, said, "I think it is really cool that he that he's kind of reaching into two things: his experience and his influence as a world-renowned biker. To come and bring whatever he can by way of peace and joy."
Dori Beltz, a pastor at The River, said, "Kalamazoo deserves it. We've been through a lot and to have someone like Lance consider coming in is miraculous, in my mind."
We've reached out to Armstrong's publicist about this event and are waiting to hear back from him.
The ride will go from 3299 Gull Rd. in Kalamazoo and head 28.5 miles north to Plainwell, along the same route that was started Tuesday.