Armstrong Tweets Invite to Ride; Masses Clog Traffic

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2009 12:12 PM CDT
Lance Armstrong at the end of the Tour de France.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Lance Armstrong brought Scottish traffic to a standstill today after more than 200 cyclists answered his Twitter invitation for a casual bike ride. The seven-time Tour de France winner issued the invitation while in Glasgow to watch Irish rockers U2 perform tonight. "Hey Glasgow, Scotland! I'm coming your way," Armstrong wrote. "Who wants to go for a bike ride?"

"It's a chance to meet lots of people," said Armstrong. "We made up our mind to come and see a show two nights ago and I said, 'Hey let's have a bike ride.'" Among the amateur riders was 44-year-old nurse Julie Watson. "It's a bit out of this world," she said. "It's quite dreamlike. It's a chance in a lifetime to ride with my hero. He's an inspiration that I've followed for years since his cancer."