Presidential hopeful John Edwards took some time off from the campaign trail on Wednesday and hit the bike trail instead. Campaigning in Iowa, Edwards squeezed into some spandex and did some biking with 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong along the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) route.
Edwards and Armstrong rode at a steady pace, and the candidate chatted with riders about the issues that they were interested in. Armstrong said he invited all of the presidential candidates to ride with him, but Edwards was the only one so far to take him up on his offer.
Three riders from Armstrong’s foundation surrounded Edwards and tried to shield him from the crush. The pack of riders around them hovered at about 50 deep.Edwards said that he'd only ridden a bike "two or three times" in the last 20 years, but managed to make the trek without falling. But was it as easy as he made it look?
As the pack crammed together to let a car pass, Edwards wobbled a little and veered around a rider.
“This is an accident waiting to happen,” he said, and laughed.
"This is actually not hard, this is fun," Edwards said as he climbed a hill on County Road T16 on a black Trek road bike he borrowed for the day. "The biggest problem is my butt hurts. Is that normal?"More than anything Edwards knew who to defer to along the course. Edwards may want to lead the nation, but Lance is the man when it comes to the bike-path.
"I only kept up with Lance when he decided I should keep up with Lance," Edwards said.I don't have the answer to that, but I'm guessing it is. But what's not normal is that Edwards managed not to get helmet hair while riding. But I guess that's also normal when you get a $400 haircut.