Kristin Armstrong couldn’t stay away from the sport she loves — and in the end, it couldn’t keep her away from competing again.
Armstrong, 41, announced Tuesday her return to pro cycling.
She retired after winning the gold medal in the individual time trial at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She also won gold in the time trial at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Her first race back will be the Pan-American Continental Time Trial Championships, an event she won in 2005.
In a Facebook post, Armstrong, who has coached and been a part owner of Team Twenty 16, cited the growth of women’s cycling as part of why she is returning. “The hope that my involvement in the competitive side of the sport will assist our development even more,’’ she wrote on Facebook.
Speaking to the Idaho Statesman in July at the Twilight Criterium, Armstrong did not commit to a return to competition in part because of three hip surgeries in the preceding year. She did not rule out trying for an unprecedented third straight gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero. She did not mention any potential run at the Olympics, simply opting to look at the race ahead.
“After that, I am not sure,” Armstrong said. “I am just looking forward to returning to competition and seeing this wave of support of our great sport continue to grow.”
Armstrong did not return calls from the Statesman on Tuesday.
In her retirement, Armstrong has been the Ambassador of Community Health for St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise. She also had taken a hiatus from competition for a year, starting in late 2009, when her son Lucas was born with husband Joe Savola.
Her race in Mexico will be her first since the London Games in August of 2012.
“We have a tremendous team,” said Jim Miller, a vice president with USA Cycling. “And Kristin’s return to Team USA strengthens our medal potential in Mexico.”