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by Mark Zalewski
February 3, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Degenkolb wins rough and tumble Dubai sprint; Damien Howson takes Sun Tour lead with solo victory on Falls Creek; Kristoff fires back with win at Etoile de Bessèges, stage 2; Tony Martin solos to win at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Stuyven forging his own path despite past comparisons with Classics kings; Grivko punches Kittel amidst tense crosswinds in Dubai; Should welfare come before winning?; Canyon coming to the US market by summer; Judge rules against lawsuit over Dekker’s tell-all book; Pair recreates 1928 Aussie-Kiwi Tour de France ride in documentary; Cadel Evans joins ride for veterans with PTSD; Video: Crosswinds wreak havoc in Dubai; Skoda ad features career of Bradley Wiggins.
Phil Keoghan, host of “The Amazing Race,” and his friend Ben Cornell recreated the ride of a brave (if not a little crazy) group, consisting of a New Zealander and three Australians, who were the first English-speaking team to race the Tour de France when they entered the 1928 edition. Using period equipment and duplicating the route, the pair rode an average of 240 kilometres for 26 days to cover the 5,632 kilometre distance. They filmed the entire process over five years for a documentary.
“I want to really give the audience a sense of how difficult it was, I thought if I put myself in the story, maybe the audience would see me suffering and understand just how hard it was for them,” he told ABC.
The documentary of their effort, “Le Ride,” recently premiered in Australia.
Keoghan said it took him three years to track down the original bike ridden in the 1928 race, a steel frame with only one gear. One stage, dubbed the ‘Death Stage,’ took the pair 23.5 hours to complete.
“The feeling of satisfaction now, with all the reflection, is not just going over those legendary climbs in the middle of the night, but knowing that these humble men who lived in a time where you didn’t skite, you didn’t show off about your achievements, that their achievements will not be forgotten now,” Keoghan said.
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