Saturday, July 28, 2007

That OTHER Tour

Wow, it seems like forever since I've had an opportunity to put words on paper... um, I mean to post to this blog. But, you know what prompted me to pick up the laptop and surf this way? I wish that you all could read Fabio Biasiolo's blog, http://laltrotour.blogspot.com/

Fabio's blog was created this summer to show off his supercycling exploits as he rides through France with his sidekick, Guillaume Prébois. Fabio has finished on the podium in the Race Across America from Atlantic City NJ to Oceanside CA. Guillaume is a cycling journalist who has undertaken some crazy cycling projects, but non crazier than this:

Guillaume and Fabio have raced across France, following the various stages of the 2007 Tour de France, one day ahead of the professional cyclists. They have a small-but-mighty crew that follows them each day on the roads and cares for them each night. The idea was Guillaume's: after he heard Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen say after a tough day in the Pyrenees Mountains, "a normal man would have ended up in the hospital today" Guillaume decided to find out. Could a normal rider with some good training, initiative, self-discipline and self-denial be able to complete all of the Tour de France stages in 2007 without resorting to doping?

Well... they did it!

Today, July 28, 2007 Fabio and Guillaume (the names are almost interchangeable) crossed the finish line of the Champs Élysées in Paris. A doctor from Toulouse has traveled with their crew throughout the race, forcing Guillaume to undertake the same blood draws and urinalysis as the big boys do (with a French inspector looking over Guillaume's shoulder while he empties his bladder). The overall results in view of Guillaume's bill of health - physically, mentally and emotionally - are nothing short of miraculous.

Guillaume's accomplishments are phenomenal, but I've got a special place in my heart for Fabio, the 45-yr-old cycling master. Could you do what they've just done? Check out all of the action at the Paris newspaper, www.lemonde.fr and bring your Babelfish!