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Thursday, June 09, 2005

The "regular" guy's tour

While I'd love to one day ride the Etape du Tour, a 43-year-old from Maine is planning on riding every stage of this year's tour in 21 days with two rest days. He's aiming to ride each stage one day before the pros. He's recruited a team of eight professionals as domestiques and is paying for the whole thing himself. He's personally donating $1 per kilometer as well as raising money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Tyler Hamilton's MS Foundation.

He only started riding three years ago, although he won a silver medal in sailing at the 1992 Olympic Games, beat cancer in 1993, founded and skippered the America's Cup syndicate "Young America" in 1995 and won a national age-group championship in snowboarding in 2004, so I for one wouldn't bet against him completing 2,241 miles of bike riding in France this summer.

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