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
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
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?
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,
Tickets: $50 – Includes:
A copy of the DVD!
One chance to win a Tour Baby! video jacket signed by Lance Armstrong
DJ Pete O
No host bar
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
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
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
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
on his site right now), so stay tuned!
The Tour Baby! Interview with Scott Coady