Friday October 26, 2012 | 11:23 AM

The new documentary "The Levi Effect" screened in Maine and across the country earlier this week to mixed reviews from movie fans and cycling enthusiasts.

The timing of the film's unveiling through Fathon Events was interesting, what with the latest news about biking icon/doper Lance Armstrong and his now-stripped Tour de France titles. Levi Leipheimer is no stranger to "enhanced" cycling either and was among the professional riders to confess to using drugs prior to Armstrong's fall from the podium.

Leipheimer's story goes beyond the bike (as does Armstrong's) to the millions of dollars he's raised for needy charities and the effect he's had on him home community and around the world. But as one commentor on the film's Facebook page points out, Leipheimer seemingly lied to the filmmakers during the bulk of the documentary.

If you didn't see the movie, here's a little taste. If you want to see the doc in its entirety you can hope that local indie movie houses will screen it, but more likely you'll have to wait until January when the DVD becomes available.


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