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Wanna Go To The Tour de France, Baby?
If you’re thinking about going to le Tour this year, here’s one tour that is guaranteed to be a different TDF experience. Cult filmmaker Scott Coady – the man who brought us that irrepressible film “The Tour Baby!”, just announced he’ll be taking a select “team” of guests to the 2005 Tour de France. I had to ask what he’s got planned for the trip…

Scott is offering two tours (each is eight days, seven nights) for this year’s Tour de France, and promises you won’t have to sleep in a van (that’s an inside joke for those of you who have seen his film). I had the occasion to do a little partying with Scott in Vegas during last year’s Interbike so I can tell you, if you like adventure, he is a PEZ-Worthy guide.

The proof of Scott’s adventures are plain for all to see on “The Tour, Baby!” dvd

Yesterday we checked in with Scott via telephone to ask about his latest adventure.

Pez: What possessed you to get into the Tour de France trip business?

Scott: Well, since “The Tour Baby!” was released on DVD two years ago, I’ve heard from tons of people telling me how much they loved the film, then saying that either I’d inspired them to see the TDF or that they’d gone to it but didn’t get as close to everything as I did. And, they all said that they’d love to go with me. So, I started thinking about how to take some people with me.

Pez: With all the established tour groups out there snapping up rooms in every town along the route, how on earth did you manage to find all those hotels and arrange for transportation?

Scott: About the same time I came up with this idea I met David Martin, the owner of Europeds, a company that’s been doing cycling trips to Europe for 25 years. You know how it is sometimes – David and I just clicked. He loved the film so much and what I was doing with it to raise money for the LAF that he even donated a trip to the Tour de France to one of my fundraisers. I liked his style so I mentioned I was looking for a way to take a group of people to the TdF in 2005. David goes over to France each October to be there, in the Alps, the day the Tour organizers announce the route so he can personally go to the hotels and and book the ones best suited to create a memorable and exciting TdF experience. He offered to book my hotels for me at the same time and arrange everything! I couldn’t believe my luck and, of course, said yes on the spot and Tour Baby Travel was born.

When Scott gets close to the action – he means it. He shot this on his ride with the Discovery Channel team in January.

Pez: Sounds like the incredibly good fortune you’ve had since your first trip to France continues. I was amazed at the access you scored! So besides hand picked hotels, what else have you come up with to make your trips unique?

Scott: You mean in addition to the fact that our hotel in Briancon which is both a TdF finish and start town is right next to the Discovery Channel team’s hotel, and that during the Pyrenees we’ll be with Lance when he pays tribute to Fabio Casartelli at his memorial?

Pez: Exactly…

Scott: Well, like other tours, we’re going to ride the big/classic mountain passes/climbs – Alpe d’ Huez, Col de Madeline and Mount Ventoux, just to name a few – and I’ll be suffering on my bike along with the rest of the team. But we’re going to do three things different. First, we’re going to tackle the Tour de France as a team. Each trip we’ll kick off with a formal team presentation where each member will recieve their Team Tour Baby! jersey. This memorable event will be photographed and filmed, of course. Then, we’ll attack each day exactly like a pro team starting with breakfast together where we’ll set our day’s objectives, make a plan to accomplish the goals, and then we’ll ride in squads. We even have a code of conduct! Second, we’re going to party like there is no tomorrow. Third, I’m going to film the entire thing and produce a short documentary for every team member.

Pez: How did you get your motto “Don’t just go to the Tour de France, get it all over you!” ?

Scott: Everyone’s favorite scene from the film is where I eat the contents of a road kill feed bag. When I am passionate about something, I want to roll in it, not just look at it. So it really is a statement about my approach to planning these trips for myself. If you come with me, you’re not just going to ride your bike and watch the riders go by. You’re going to become a teammate on a team whose mission is to experience as much of the TdF as possible, and have the time of your life while doing it.

Scott’s guerilla marketing at its best… and not a bad way to meet some ladies either.

Pez: Sounds like fun to me. Do you have to be a racer to go?

Scott: Heck, no! The only requirement is that you are passionate about the Tour! The trip is open to men and women, riders and non-riders. We even have a few rooms that can accommodate a pair and a third person. Oh, and I strongly recommend that you see my film before signing up so you know what your getting yourself into. This is not be for everyone.

Pez: I’m sure it will sell out. How many people are you going to take and how would a Pez reader sign up?

Scott: Each trip is limited to 15 team members who will be aided by 5 staff. To sign up, just visit my website where you’ll find a complete itinerary and all the details you could possible want. If you need to know about the code of conduct, check out “note from Scott” .

Pez: Before I let you go, I’ve heard you’re working on a new film and something about a very special jersey you have?

Scott: At this moment I’m editing a film that should be out later in the year about another big time European bike race. And later this year I’ll be raffling off a USPS team jersey which was signed by every member of their winning 2003 TdF team as part of my continuing efforts to achieve my goal of raising $100,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Keep an eye on my website for more details about both of these.

Pez: Best of luck with everything Scott. I’m off to ask Mrs. Pez if I can go to the TdF with you..

Scott: Why not bring her with you…!

Scott has pledged to raise $100,000 dollars for the LAF, and is now close to his goal through sales of the dvd “The Tour, Baby!” So buy the dvd and help a great cause, and get a cool slice of TDF life like it’s never been presented before.

Get more info on the video, and order your copy at the website:

Read the PEZ-review of the movie here.


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