Scott Coady is a
Peloton Project member, raising funds for the
Lance Armstrong Foundation. Scott has produced a feature length video of the
2000 Tour de France entitled The Tour Baby.
Daily Peloton: Hi Scott, tell us a little bit about yourself... you
are a rider right - and a fan obviously? Are you a movie producer?
Scott Coady: Yeah, I ride. Recreational now, but I raced as an amateur
for 8 years with my last race at the Master's Worlds in 1996 on the velodrome in
Manchester, England. I'm a sprinter and definitely not a movie producer. I had
never owned a video camera before I bought the one I used to make the film, just
weeks before going on the trip.
DP: Okay, so how did you get started on the film? Did you plan it or
did it just grow as you went along, following the Tour?
SC: I am definitely a cycling fan. The long one day classics and the
long tours are like opera to me. With highs and lows, sub plots and passion and
tears. Cycling has it all. Like many people I had dreamed of going to see the
Tour de France. Well, before OLN came on the scene with their live coverage,
getting half hour recaps each evening definitely wasn't scratching my itch,
especially when they would never even show the attacks! I was tired of "here is
the bunch" then "here are five guys on a breakaway" then "here is the winner."
So when the Tour organizers announced in Oct of 1999 that Mount Ventoux would
be back as a the finish of a road stage for the first time in almost 30 years
for the millennium edition of the 2000 Tour de France, I knew I had to be there
on that mountain since I had climbed it in 1995 as part of a two week training I
had done there. To make a long story short, I ended up quitting my job and
planned to follow the entire tour figuring that would finally satisfy my pent-up
Just weeks before departing, I bought a mini digital video camera, figuring I
would just record my adventure for personal purposes. As I went along,
especially after getting footage of Lance and the team in their hotel rooms and
team bus, I knew I had the makings of a real film and committed myself to making
DP: How many times have you been to France to follow the tour?
SC: Three now. 2000, 2001, 2002.
DP: Is all the footage for The Tour Baby from the last tour or was
some footage from earlier tours?
SC: It is all from the 2000 Tour.
DP: Frankie Andreau said at the premiere, " The film captures the
ambience of following the Tour more than any film he has seen." Is that what you
were trying to accomplish with the video?
SC: As I went along just being a total fan, I always kept in mind all
the cycling fans back at home who would love to see the Tour but couldn't make
it. I was sort of like a surrogate for them and just filmed myself seeing and
doing everything I knew they wished they could do or see.
DP: You got access to places most fans would never get into - how did
you arrange this? Tell us about some of them in the film.
SC: Well I don't know if I can really explain it. It was one of those
magical times in life where it seemed as if I was guided by an unseen hand. As
people in the know heard about what I was up to, they offered help. All I can
say to explain it is that it was a combination of being totally committed,
passionate, honest and grateful for every little opportunity. Or, it might have
been that they felt sorry for me, living in a dilapidated delivery van for the
month and driving the entire Tour route by myself.
DP: In the film it looks like the Tour is a rolling party; what is it
like camping and following the tour?
SC: Totally crazy. Burning Man (http://www.burningman.com)
has nothing on what goes on in those mountains! People arrive up to five days in
advance to claim their spot. They set up bars, BBQ pits, party all night long,
drinking homemade hooch and eating the most amazing homemade food. There are fan
clubs for most of the European riders who set up camps with their own bars, food
service and entertainment, and they just go off 24/7 singing songs and painting
DP: What is your most enduring memory of the adventure of following le
Tour, the most inspirational?
SC: One of my desires going over was to see Lance off the front really
going for it. When the race hit the Pyrenees, I picked the Col de Abisque to
watch and film despite a voice in the back of my head which told me I should
have been on Hautacam. Well, as you all know, it was terribly cold that day and
raining and there I was shivering, watching as Lance went over the top in a
bunch and I didn't even see him. Then, as you see in the film, I find some guys
watching the race on a TV in a cement trash bunker, and watched as Lance
unleashed his assault up Hautacam and I missed it.
I was so depressed!! I began wondering if was a good idea to even go over to
France to watch the race. The biggest moment of race, I am in France and I am
missing it! I was pissed. So I leap frogged ahead, vowing not to miss the show
down at the top of Mount Ventoux. There, just before the final turn, I got what
I came for. Off in the distance I could see Lance's yellow jersey coming up the
mountain with someone on his wheel.
Then, as they got closer, I realized it was Pantani! Pantani and Lance! The
two former champions of the Tour, Pantani the winner in 1998 after coming back
from a horrific accident in which his leg was shattered in something like 13
different places, and Lance the winner the year before (Pantani sat out) after
coming back from cancer, battling each other on the most legendary mountain of
the tour. It was one of the greatest moments I have ever witnessed in sports,
including seeing the 7th game of the world series in which the Twins beat the
Braves and seeing Chris Boardman shatter the world hour record.
I broke out in tears of joy, relief, and admiration all at once. Turning the
camera on myself as I was overcome with passion was difficult but a really
special moment in my life. I have climbed Mount Ventoux now three times. It is
one thing to see these guys do their thing on TV. It is quite another witness
them suffer while climbing the mountain that Lance has said is the hardest climb
he has ever done and know that they are going at least twice as fast as any of
DP: Did you start out with a plan to do this to raise money for the
Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), or did you get inspired by it all and decide
to do it while following the race and making the video?
SC: No, I never had a plan to raise money for the LAF when I started.
But once I got to the Tour and saw that I had the makings of a film, it just
seemed like the right thing to do to have all the proceeds from the film go to
the LAF. Then, during the editing process, the daughter of my best friend was
diagnosed with a rare and severe form of brain and spinal cancer. Her name is
Claire, and at age 10 she was fighting for her life. There wasn't much I could
do to help her so I threw myself into the project and fight cancer through
fundraising. I am very happy to report that although she is still receiving
chemotherapy, she is winning the battle and her tumors are retreating.
DP: Tell us a little about the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and why it
is important for you and us to support it.
SC: What I love about the LAF is that besides funding research, it is
dedicated to cancer SURVIVORSHIP. It is helping survivors!! I believe that
language creates reality. It is very comforting to me that anyone who reaches
out to the LAF is reaching out for survivorship. Just that alone could make all
the difference. Attitude is everything and how we talk about and think about our
life creates our reality which affects our attitude.
My goal is to raise $100,000 for the LAF by August 2003. I heard that the top
fundraiser for the LAF last year raised $93,000. So, I figure I could do
$100,000 and that would be something worth pursuing. I released the film in
August of 2002 and have raised $6,000 for the LAF so far! I am approaching the
fundraising project just like Climbing Mount Ventoux, one kilometer at a time!
Mount Ventoux is twenty kilometers bottom to top at 8%. I have my fundraising
broken down into 20 $5,000 segments so I have climbed one kilometer! As anyone
who has climbed the "Giant of Provence," as Mt. Ventoux is known, the hardest
part is at the bottom because it hurts so badly and you have so far to go! So
you just suck it up and keep going. It hurts the same all the way to the top but
the closer you get, the more you feel like you are going to make it, which helps
keep you going.
DP: If one of our readers wanted to buy a video they could go to your
SC: All they have to do is visit
http://www.thetourbaby.com. There they can see clips of the film, find out
where we will be showing the film around the country or buy one for themselves.
They can either send me a check, use PayPal or make a donation directly to the
LAF and get a free copy of the film.
DP: If they wanted to sponsor a showing in their area who would they
SC: They should contact me. I have had a terrific response from bike
clubs. The film is inspirational, informative, interesting, very, very funny and
makes a wonderful club event. I offer a copy of the film free to any cycling
club who wishes to show it to their members and pass the hat for the LAF and
help me achieve my goal. I have even shown up at a few of the club meetings.
DP: If bike stores or clubs would like to participate in selling the
video would they contact you?
SC: Yes, via e-mail. My e-mail address is
DP: By the way, I hear you have some exciting news to share this week?
SC: Yes, on Monday, I am very proud and pleased to announce that
...(you have to wait).