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Surprise guest paces Brainstorm Tech bikers

Lance Armstrong (in center wearing white shirt) during the Fortune Brainstorm Tech bike ride.  Lance Armstrong (in center wearing white shirt) during the Fortune Brainstorm Tech bike ride.
Lance Armstrong (in center wearing white shirt) during the Fortune Brainstorm Tech bike ride.

The hardy group of attendees at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech in Aspen who turned out at 7 a.m. for a grueling 25 mile bike ride to Maroon Bells and back were surprised by one unexpected guest: super biker Lance Armstrong.

Armstrong came as a guest of public relations guru Pamela Alexander, who is no slouch on a bike herself. She and Armstrong paced the cyclists up the mountain, along with a group that included NYSE CEO Tom Farley and Zynga CEO Mark Pincus.

Your correspondent fell somewhat behind, but made it to the top. It was a great way to start the morning — although we suspect Armstrong was holding back.

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