Colorado Cyclist Jonathan Vaughters dishes on The Armstrong Lie, doping and Lance

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Few people can claim to know Lance Armstrong in the same way as Jonathan Vaughters, a cyclist and native Coloradan who became Armstrong's friend, teammate -- and eventually, his enemy. Now, the CEO of Slipstream Sports is featured in a documentary called The Armstrong Lie, which is scheduled to open in Denver on December 13 and in Boulder next month (although the opening dates have already been pushed back several times). The film's director, Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks) had followed Armstrong during his unsuccessful 2009 Tour de France attempt, hoping to capture a second return to glory for the sport's most popular personality. Armstrong didn't win, and the film -- as originally conceived -- wasn't made.

See also: Gerrit Keats faces jail for threatening "f-ing pig" who banned Lance Armstrong

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Sonya Looney, Cyclepassion calendar celeb, wins Vapor Trail 125 in Salida

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Sonya Looney's competitors -- male and female alike -- are getting used to looking at her from behind during endurance races like the Vapor Trail 125.
If you were ogling those photos of Sonya Looney posing for the 2013 Cyclepassion calendar we posted last week and wondering if she's the real deal, here's your confirmation: She was busy training for Saturday's Vapor Trail 125 High Altitude Ultra-Marathon Mountain Bike Enduro race in Salida when those steamy photos of her first began appearing online, and we can now report that Looney -- the only woman to complete the grueling 125-mile race this year -- not only won the women's division by default and set a new women's course record, but also placed 6th overall out of 26 riders (just 19 of whom completed the course), leaving most of her male competitors in the dust.

"I race with guys so much that I almost don't even notice anymore," Looney says. "I'm used to there not being a lot of women at some of the events I choose because they're really tough: Most guys don't even want to do them. It does feel really good to be able to compete amongst the men, but I try not to get too caught up in it."

See also:
- Boulder pro Sonya Looney on posing for the sexed-up Cyclepassion calendar
- Bike Porn! Boulder champ Heather Irmiger strips down for 2011 Cyclepassion Calendar
- Heather Irmiger wins mountain bike gold at 2011 Pan American Games

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Boulder pro Sonya Looney on posing for the sexed-up Cyclepassion calendar

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Mountain biker Sonya Looney in the 2013 Cyclepassion calendar.
"The human body -- male or female -- is a work of art, especially with athletes," says Boulder-based mountain bike pro endurance racer Sonya Looney, the latest local rider to strip down for Cyclepassion, the infamous German Calendar of International Cycling Stars often disparaged/celebrated as bike porn. "We work hard for our bodies, and there's a reason why photographs and paintings and sculptures of nude or nearly-nude athletes have always been popular."

Looney is one of six international athletes featured in the 2013 Cyclepassion calendar (her hard-won body is pictured on both the February and September pages) but she says the decision to pose wasn't an easy one. "For better or worse the calendar images are out there now, and it's starting to bring me a lot of attention I'm not used to." Westword caught up with her for a quick chat about the softcore calendar, the hardcore race schedule she still has ahead of her, and how she's balancing such contrasts in her life.

See also:
- Bike Porn: Boulder champ Heather Irmiger strips down for 2011 Cyclepassion Calendar
- Heather Irmiger wins mountain bike gold at 2011 Pan American Games
- Best of Denver 2012, Best Mountain Bike Park: Trestle Bike Park

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Mike Dion takes Reveal the Path mountain biking film on the road

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"If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would you go?" became a central question for Mike Dion after the success of the Denver-based filmmaker's 2010 film, Ride the Divide. That question became the tagline for his next film, Reveal the Path, which took Dion and some of the world's top mountain bikers and adventure cyclists -- including Kurt Refsnider and Matthew Lee -- through Scotland, Switzerland, France, Morocco, Nepal and Alaska.

Dion premiered his new film last week in Boulder and is now taking the show on the road, with nearly two dozen tour stops along the way. Tonight's screening at the Denver FilmCenter is already sold out, but you can get a sneak preview of Reveal the Path in the following interview with Dion -- and then see the movie when it starts an exclusive run at the Denver FilmCenter at the end of the tour, starting July 27.

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Woodward at Copper guarantees snow for summer camp, adds mountain bike camps

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Not ready to let go of the ski/snowboard dream and put that crummy snow season behind you, even weeks after all the resorts have closed? Neither are the coaches at Woodward at Copper, where they're gearing up for summer camps -- and guaranteeing an on-snow experience.

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Let the mud-slinging begin: Mountain bike season gets an early start

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The month of May, as any mountain biker can tell you, is mud season. Just three weeks ago skiers and snowboarders were still making decent turns at Breckenridge as the ski area closed out its fiftieth anniversary season, and in a typical year May is a month of downtime for the mountain town as all the snowmelt sorts itself out. But this year has been anything but typical, and while the slow snow season was a downer for skiers and snowboarders (and whitewater river sports enthusiasts), it's been a boon for mountain bikers.

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Bike porn! Heather Irmiger wins mountain bike gold at 2011 Pan American Games

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Heather Irmiger, this time with clothes on, winning gold at the 2011 Pan American Games.
We recently noticed an uptick in traffic to our December 2010 post about the 2011 Cyclepassion calendar, featuring Boulder's Heather Irmiger wearing considerably less than she'd typically wear on her way to winning back-to-back-to-back mountain-bike championships. Why the sudden surge of new interest? Irmiger won Women's Cross Country Mountain Bike gold in Tapalpa, Mexico on Saturday, opening day of the 2011 Guadalajara XVI Juegos Panamericanos.

Via HeatherIrmiger.com: "The town of Tapalpa was a wonderful setting for the Pan American Games mountain bike competition," says Irmiger. "I absolutely loved that the first bit of the course wound through the technical cobbled streets and shouting supporters. The course suited me well, with a longer climb that took us to the top of a forested plateau. It was on this climb that I took the lead on the first lap. I was very motivated to earn Team USA a medal and to win this event, which I had been looking forward to since receiving the honor of being selected to the team."

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Tour de Fat raises more than $150,000 for Colorado bike organizations

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Westword photographer Brandon Marshall spotted a penny farthing in City Park at the 2011 Tour de Fat Denver
New Belgium Brewing, the Fort Collins-based brewery with the iconic cruiser bike logo and best known for its Fat Tire Amber Ale, raised more than $90,000 on September 3 for the Overland Mountain Bike Club, Bike Fort Collins, and Fort Collins Bike Co-op at its Tour de Fat event in Fort Collins, then raised more than $60,000 in Denver on September 10 for Bike Denver and the Denver Cruiser Ride (don't miss photographer Brandon Marshall's slideshow of the 50 Best Costumes from Tour de Fat Denver).

"We look forward all year to Tour de Fat because it's the largest celebration of bicycles in Denver," reports Piep van Huevan, executive director of Bike Denver. "The money raised at Tour de Fat will support the advocacy work we do to make Denver a better place to ride bikes; and everyone benefits when we live in a bicycle friendly community."

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This Weekend in Stoke: Adrenaline junkies, eat your heart out

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Turn out the lights! Director Josh Berman and his Level 1 Productions crew -- local heroes all -- are bringing it tonight at 8 p.m. for the world premiere of After Dark at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street ($15). The twelfth installment in the Level 1 ski porn filmography features Colorado spots like Breckenridge and Telluride's Helitrax operation among a list of snowy locales around the world, as well as some of the biggest names in freeskiing, many of whom will be in the house tonight. For the After Dark trailer and more pre-season ski porn fixes, don't miss our comprehensive guide to all of this month's ski and snowboard movie premieres.

For other ways to get stoked this weekend, read on...

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This Weekend in Stoke: Top 5 ways to put human endurance to the test

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This weekend we found five of the world's gnarliest endurance events, all going down right here in Colorado. This is what you've been training for all summer, right?

It's all downhill from here! First up is the Trestle All-Mountain Enduro at Winter Park, a three-day, five-stage mountain bike event created to help determine the best all-around trail rider in North America, with $10,000 in prize money and over $20,000 in swag prizes including a TREK Remedy bike for the fastest amateur in the event and free Avid chains for all participants of the Enduro. Registration closes tonight at 5 p.m., immediately followed by the first event: A chainless top-to-bottom downhill race down the double black diamond trails Search & Seizure, Trestle Downhill and Witness.


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