Cycling is a cleaner sport since Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, helped expose Lance Armstrong and the doping scandal in 2006.

Andreu, 50, still lives in Michigan. He’s raced in nine Tour de France events, and the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games.

On Saturday, he’ll be the announcer at the 2017 Waterloo G&G Gravel Road Race.

“Waterloo G&G, which is kind grit and gravel, gravel road ride,’’ said Andreu. “It’s a great experience for cyclists. … There’s different distances, so it’s not only for races, it’s for people who just want to ride. They can do a choice of different distances. It fits into that vein of cross-fit; Spartan races. It’s about challenging yourself, doing something different.’’

The event is produced by Epic Races, which specializes in professionally managed multi-sport endurance events. Epic Races hosts 20 road races, triathlons, clinics and provides athletes of all ages and abilities opportunities to learn and develop.

The race will lead cyclists through a 100K or 50K course. For those new to bike racing, there is a 10-mile non-competitive loop. The course will take riders through rolling hills, paved roads and dirt roads. At the finish line will be a beer from Wolverine State Brewing Co., and a commemorative Waterloo G&G pint glass.

While Andreu admitted that the Armstrong scandal put a dark cloud over the cycling world, the sport has never been as popular as it is now.

In June 2006, the French newspaper Le Monde reported that during a deposition Armstrong admitted using performance enhancing drugs to physicians just after brain surgery 10 years earlier. After years of public denials, Armstrong finally came clean in January 2013 on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He admitted to things he did, but said that he was not doping in 2009-10, saying the last time he crossed the line was 2005, according to his Wikipedia profile.

“It was detrimental; it was critical,’’ Andreu said of the Armstrong era. “It definitely hurt cycling. It was a big scandal and cycling is still recovering from that kind of era from 15 years ago. One thing that’s very important to realize is that it’s a completely different kind of sport now than what it was back then.’’

Andreu said the sport has rebounded and then some.

“I think it’s still popular,’’ he said. “I ride around here all the time. Ten years ago I’d ride around and see nobody. Now, on the weekends when I’m riding on Hines Drive or going out to events, it’s amazing how many cyclists I see out on the road. It’s a great sport. It’s a non-impact sport. It’s healthy and it’s a lot of fun. You can ride around by yourself or even with a group of friends or buddy’s. You’re able to stop, have a cup of coffee and have a good time and enjoy it.

“I’m not a runner. I’ve never seen a runner smile. I see cyclist smile all the time.’’

Today’s bikes are so much better he said it feels like taking off in a rocket ship.

“There are specific bikes for specific events,’’ he said. “Ten years ago you’d have a road bike and you’d ride on the road and go do whatever. Now you have these gravel rides, which are extremely popular all over the U.S. They have what you might call road bikes, but they have disc brakes and fatter tires to be able to ride on the road or go off-road. Technology with the disc brakes, that has kid of come around the last couple of years and that’s a big thing.’’

Contact Perry A. Farrell: pafarrell@freepress.com