Landis to race in charity event

VAIL, Colo. -- While he awaits word on whether his 2006 Tour de France victory will be upheld, Floyd Landis will race for charity this weekend, the first time he's competed since his victory ride down the Champs-Elysees last year.

Landis will race in both cycling legs of a four-part team event that includes mountain biking, road cycling, kayaking and running.

The event is part of the Teva Mountain Games, an annual week of running, cycling and raft races being held in Vail.

There is a $2,500 first prize for the winning team, along with other cash prizes for winners of individual events. Landis has agreed to donate any winnings to charity. He is racing for Athletes for a Cure, a program that helps athletes raise money to fight prostate cancer.

An arbitration panel is reviewing testimony from the nine-day hearing that concluded last week, deciding whether to uphold Landis' positive doping test after the 17th stage of last year's Tour de France.

Landis hasn't competed since his victory in cycling's biggest race. In September, he underwent hip-replacement surgery. In February, he agreed to not race in France this year, and a return to the Tour de France seemed unlikely given the extensive rehab he
needed for his hip.

The Teva Mountain Games are not sanctioned by any governing body, and there is no doping control authority present, spokesman Ian Anderson said.