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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

It's not about the bike

How do you go through testicular cancer, and fight back to win the Tour de France?

That's the message of Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike: A Journey Back to Life. The version I read was in French, picked-up several years ago in the Côte d’Ivoire.

As translations go, it wasn’t half bad, and the inspirational story came through strongly. Even the “big, bad French” wrongly villified by Bill O’Reilly seem enamored by the man from the flatlands of Texas who conquered the Alps.

The Tour de France is one of those events under-appreciated by most of us Americans. I had the joy with my family of watching the cyclists struggle uphill one morning in July ’94 when they passed by a small town in southeast France. It was worth the sleepless night in our roadside tent to experience the excitement. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Now with 7 feathers in Armstrong's cap, don’t be surprised to see an updated version of It’s Not About the Bike coming to a public library near you. Check it out.


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