Tour de France, July 23 & 24, 2004

American Flatbread- Flatbread Kitchen

Friday & Saturday July 23 & 24, 2004
Tonight’s Menu and Baking Are Dedicated To:

Tour de France

I went to see my friend Charles Fallick Martley the other day. Many of you may know him from around town as a helpful chap who volunteers for the Ambulance Service, runs an acupuncture office in town here and also runs and funds an acupuncture school in India. He is also a Flatbread alum and a huge cycling fan. His animated conversation about the Tour recently piqued my interest in the Tour de France.

The Tour de France began in 1903 as a publicity stunt for the magazine l’Auto. That year it was a 2,500 km race over 19 days. This year is the 91st year of the Tour, because some time was taken off for the World Wars. It has become a 22 day and 3395 km race in which 9 countries participate: Belgium, Denmark, France (they have 6 teams!), Germany, Italy (they have 4 teams!), Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA.

America recently woke up big time to the Tour in 1999 when cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, of the United States Postal Service team, won for the first time. He has won every year since then and with 2 days (or stages as the racing days are called) left of the 2004 Tour de France to go, Lance looks as though he will capture a record breaking 6th victory in a row.

Each of his victories have been a victory for every cancer survivor, every underdog (America’s favorite champion), and a stellar example of what determination and focus can yield. The Tour is extremely physically challenging with a four-stage period of climbing mountains in the Alps all day. These are mountains twice as high as our own, and one day was a 14 km race uphill the whole time. Wow.

With two days left, I would encourage everyone to check it out on the telly. We may see the reason many people now call it the Tour de Lance.

Thanks for coming tonight!

Love, Jen

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