Will the ride be over before it begins?
Phil Keoghan (host of The Amazing Race) and his riding partner Ben begin their epic journey around France to retrace the 1928 route of the Tour de France. Using similar bikes and gear they follow the same route as the first English speaking riders. A cracked stem and navigation problems are just some of the issues they face on their first day of Le Ride.
Phil and Ben ride back in to history
On Day 2 of Phil Keoghan’s 1928 Tour de France journey on a vintage bike. Phil and Ben ride down the exact street the riders in the 1928 Tour de France did and pays homage to the soldiers who fought in World War II.
Connecting With The Course
Day 3 for Phil and Ben finds them really connecting with the bike trail. While the roads are in better shape and their tires are taking less of a beating, there are still many challenges to face as they try as much as possible to travel the same course used as the riders of the 1928 Tour de France.
A Day Of Characters
On their way from Dinan to Brest, Phil and Ben are joined by a professional bike rider and meet a group of motorcycle riders. Today’s trek was 135 miles much of it uphill and into a head wind.
A Brush With The Law
After beginning Day 5 on the wrong bridge, Phil and Ben are asked by the local police to stay off the highway. Navigation issues are adding extra miles onto an already tough ride.
After an early morning downpour Phil compares and contrasts the differences in how riders from 1928 handled nutrition with how it’s done today.
The People Who Make The Ride Possible
Phil takes the time to reflect on who has made the ride possible as well as the disease that has inspired him to take this journey.
Some Riding and Some Resting
One Day before they head into the mountains, Phil and Ben continue along the original path of the 1928 Tour de France stopping for a picturesque picnic with Phil’s father. Also, Phil gives some insight into the type of cameras and lenses that are being used to film this project.
An Epic Stage
On one of the toughest stages of the 1928 Tour de France Phil and Ben call on an expert to act as their guide to help them climb Mount Tourmale.
The Dangers of The Ride
Phil discusses the modern technology in the Normatec recovery device. On their ride, Phil and Ben take a break to remember Fabio Casartelli.
The Long Stretch
With a long leg ahead, Phil and Ben find enjoyment in stage 11 by comparing photos of landmarks passed during the 1928 ride to the present state. Phil also gives some insight into how these videos are made.
The Coastline of France
It’s Summertime in France so as Phil and Ben bike along the coastline, they stop at a beach to dip their feet into the Mediterranean Sea.
The Wonderful Wrong Turn
The team takes a wrong turn, but this mistake becomes a highlight due to the beautiful scenery they encounter. Phil also shares his secret to making it through such a strenuous adventure – a sense of humor!
The Manly Men
Phil describes stage 14 of the ride as the one that was daunting him due to the long, uphill distance. Though long and strenuous, Phil and Ben made their way up the mountain and sailed down to the next stage.
Just 100 Miles
Phil expresses his joy when discussing this relaxing leg of the trip. After all the hard work the team has put into this ride, they were able to take some time to meet up with members of Phil’s family and enjoy the beautiful scenery as they rode by.
Before beginning the next stage of their ride, Phil and his team chat with some locals, do a few news interviews, and even taste some absinthe. They were then accompanied by a few local cyclers on their ride.
Breaking The Law
While en route from Belfort to Strasbourg Phil and the team stop to coerce officer Greg onto a fake horse. Many hours are spent looking for exact course locations taken during the 1928 Tour de France.
Motorbikes and Merry-Go-Rounds
The team gets pulled over by the French police who soon become more interested in Officer Greg than writing citations. During a relatively easy day, more time is spent tracking down original 1928 Tour de France locations and there’s also time for a quick ride on a Merry-Go-Round.
A Bit Worn Out
The mental demands of recreating the 1928 Tour de France is taking it’s toll on Phil and Ben however both are determined to complete the challenge.
Phil discusses the frustrations in getting lost this far into the ride. He also takes his dad to Le Quesnoy New Zealand Memorial where they reminisce on some family history.
Grumpy Old Men