• Lance Armstrong and friends ride in Auckland. (Getty)Source: Getty
World cycling's biggest MAMIL was joined by more than 200 Kiwis for a morning ride on Tuesday in Auckland.
Cycling Central

20 Dec 2016 - 9:58 AM  UPDATED 21 Dec 2016 - 7:42 AM

More than 200 people have cycled into Auckland to take part in a morning ride with Lance Armstrong.

Despite being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2013, plenty of Kiwis seemed keen to get up close to Armstrong, who said he was humbled by the showing.

The 45-year-old had earlier asked Aucklanders to join him for the waterfront cycle via Twitter.

Trucks bringing goods in and out of the nearby Auckland Port were held up by the riders, most of whom were male.

They departed at 6am for a ride of about an hour.

Armstrong acknowledged to reporters that the ride was unlikely to change the minds of Kiwis who felt betrayed by him.

"It is what it is," he said. "There's nothing I can say to a lot of people to make it go away and I get that."

Armstrong is thought to be in Auckland for a film shoot with Lion Breweries.

Ride with me: Armstrong issues Auckland invite
Lance Armstrong landed in the New Zealand and invited the public to join him for a ride around Auckland's waterfront.