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By Janna Trevisanut
Date: 5/24/2004
The Tour Baby! Latest News
 

Okay, so I'm not sure if that will be the actual name of the film, but Scott Coady had me in hysterics on the phone this afternoon with his 2004 Paris-Roubaix filming adventures. I cannot wait to see it!

First though, The Tour Baby! news: It's coming out on DVD! You can advance order it at The Tour Baby.com at a discount for another couple of days, it will be available for sale on the Daily Peloton soon, and Scott's having a party to celebrate its release too.

You do need to live somewhere near San Francisco to get to the party (there will also be a big party in San Francisco in conjunction with the T-Mobile International in September) but here's the lowdown on the DVD edition of The Tour Baby!.

The Tour Baby! DVD Edition

The DVD includes outrageous outtakes from the original film taking you even further behind the scenes. (Scott warned me today - "Some of this stuff you would not want your young children to see." I said, "I don't have any young children." Scott said, "Right answer.")

The DVD also offers viewers two new short films: a highlight reel from Scott’s 2001 trip to Alpe D’Huez during Tour de France, and clips from his adventures during the 2002 edition of the Tour. The filmmaker’s running commentary accompanies the original film, and if you’ve ever spent any time with Scott, you know that watching this film with him looking over your shoulder is going to be very funny and very insightful.

The disk also includes an interview with the filmmaker who finally answers the question everyone asks: “How in the world did you manage to get your camera into Lance Armstrong’s hotel room during the Tour de France?”

The Tour Baby! was originally released on VHS in August 2002 and chronicles San Francisco filmmaker Scott Coady's amazing journey following the entire 2000 Tour de France.

Watch as Scott embarks on an adventure of a lifetime, armed only with a Sony digital camera, his passion for cycling, and a beat up Avis rental van he called home for a month. Going from a complete outsider at the start of the race to standing atop the winner's podium at the finish, Scott not only filmed the race, he became part of it!

Scenes include Lance Armstrong in his hotel room, Robin Williams at the finish line, Jean Marie Leblanc (Director of the Tour de France), Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen relaxing off duty, crazed tour fans, US Postal Riders in the team bus and in their hotel rooms, up close and personal with the podium babes, Lance and the late Marco Pantani battling it out atop Mt. Ventoux, plus Pantani’s final professional victory a few days later as he soloed across the finish line at the summit of Courcheveal, and the after race parties in Paris.

(One of my favorite moments in the film is Scott on Mt. Ventoux as Armstrong and Pantani ride past, toward the summit - the wind is whistling viciously and here they come... "Pantani!!!! Pantani and Lance!!!!" You can see this clip at The Tour Baby! site.)

If you have ever wanted to see the Tour for yourself, but haven't made it over yet, this two hour DVD is the next best thing. Professionally edited and with a soundtrack provided by some of the hottest bands in San Francisco, The Tour Baby! will entertain and inspire you to follow your dreams, too.

Just so you know this isn’t purely a commercial venture, every single penny which Scott earns from the film goes straight toward his goal of raising $100,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It’s a great film, and for a good cause. What’s not to like about that?

Upcoming Showings

The Tour Baby! will be shown at the Iron Horse Classic in Durango, Colorado, and at the Quad Cities Criterium in Rock Island, Illinois, at the end of May, so keep that in mind if you will be in the area.

The Release Party

May 27, 2004, 8 pm

The San Francisco Italian Athletic Club in North Beach. 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco.

Tickets: $50 – Includes:

  • A copy of the DVD!
  • One chance to win a Tour Baby! video jacket signed by Lance Armstrong
  • Silent Auction
  • DJ Pete O
  • No host bar
  • Free popcorn

On May 27 join San Francisco filmmaker Scott Coady and Dan Osipow, Communications and Events Director with Tailwind Sports which owns and manages the United States Postal Services Pro Cycling Team, for the long awaited release of the DVD version of Scott’s film The Tour Baby!

Tour de France fans are sure to get their itch scratched with a double helping of the Tour: a screening of the new DVD, plus the chance to hear Dan Osipow talk about the US Postal cycling team’s plans to help Lance win his sixth straight Tour de France.

Dan, who is also the designer of San Francisco’s now infamous T-Mobile International bicycle race course, with its eight brutal ascents up Fillmore Street and twelve equally nasty climbs of Taylor street, will also share some behind the scenes stories from the pro peloton.

Every single penny goes straight to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

For more info and advance tickets online, visit TheTourBaby.com.

It's P-R Baby!

Scott took a run overseas this spring to begin his latest adventure - the filming of Paris-Roubaix. Now here's what's amazing about Scott. I have never met anyone who "pulls it out of the fire" like this guy does. He is simply charmed - that's what epitomizes his first film The Tour Baby! and it will undoubtedly be the same for this next film. Nothing like doing something for a good cause, eh?

So here's just part of the P-R story he told me on the phone today.

He arrives at Brussels, but only one of his two travel companions are there. The other has missed her flight from some other part of the world. He phones his team contact to see if they could swing a press pass for the race, but the answer is no. He has half his crew and no access to anything and begins to wonder if it was a good idea to come at all.

From this extremely inauspicious start, Scott ends up showering in the Velodrome showers while French TV films him... You know, the famous Roubaix showers that now have plaques with the name of all the past winners. He also gets VIP passes to the Velodrome, gets into an authorized press vehicle with a professional driver, race radio and a TV and film his own personal version of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Belgian style. How does he do this????

There are other stories, about drinking pints with Phil and Paul, David Duffield (the voice of Eurosport), Sean Kelly, Stephan Roche, the Hincapies and more, but those will have to wait until you see the Paris-Roubaix film. I asked "when" and Scott said he will begin putting it together after he returns from the Tour this July. He's planning an end of the year release, and we will keep you up to date.

Scott is donating ten copies of the DVD to give away in the Daily Peloton's Lance Armstrong Foundation fundraising effort as well. Thanks, Scott!!

We will let you know when The Tour Baby! DVD is available for sale on the Daily Peloton (don't forget the pre-order discount on his site right now), so stay tuned!

Read The Tour Baby! Interview with Scott Coady


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