Levi Leipheimer has stood atop the podium of cycling’s most celebrated contests: The Tour de France. The Olympics. The Amgen Tour of California. The Vuelta a Espana. The Tour de Suisse and the USA Pro Challenge here in Colorado. But beyond the race coverage lies a man whose impact on those around him is even more notable. From the millions in charity work to the reshaping of his hometown, he’s done it all nearly silently. Until now.
As part of the investigation into Lance Armstrong, Levi testified about the doping in Pro cycling. Last week he was fired from the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team because of his doping. Tonight the Levi Effect is showing at theaters nationwide for one night only at 7:30 PM.
The Levi Effect is the story of Levi Leipheimer who left behind the mountains of Butte, Montana for a life of cramped hotels, endless traveling, and shovelfuls of pasta across two continents. Many talented young athletes do the very same, but few can make a home for themselves amongst the agonizing competition of a grueling sport. After years of struggling against the world’s top athletes, Levi finally earned a spot in their ranks. His greatest legacy may not be his racing success on the bike, but rather how he’s carried that success off the bike although it’s too early to know what effect his doping confession will have.
The Levi Effect website lists 3 local theaters showing the Levi Effect tonight. They are Tinseltown, Cinemark Carefree Circle and Hollywood Theaters 14. If you’re looking for someone to go with, a group is meeting a Cafe Velo before going over to the movie.