(CNN) - While most Republican presidential candidates will disperse throughout early presidential nominating states this week, Gary Johnson will be 10,200 feet above sea level in Colorado.
The former New Mexico governor and avid outdoorsman will participate in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race Saturday, a 100-mile course that begins and ends in the Central Colorado city, according to his campaign.
Johnson has reached four of the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest. He has failed to garner more than a few percentage points in early polling of presidential candidates despite officially jumping into the race in April.
Saturday is also the date of the high stakes Ames Straw Poll, intended to test the strength of presidential campaigns ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses. While Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will be in Ames, former Govs. Jon Huntsman of Utah and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts will be in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state. Undeclared candidate, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, will speak in the early primary state of South Carolina.