Tour de France

Tour Defrance, Grand Départ

You might end up saying;”That’s Easy; It’s a Bicycle Race.” And for the most part you would be correct, it is. But it is much more than that really. The Tour de France tests for individual will, intent and perseverance. Like the Olympic Games, the Tour de France invites peoples from all the world to compete to see who has the will, inner strength, athletic ability and desire to perform at super human levels.
The Tour de France reminds of us of our own strengths, challenges and will. It is rather fitting that Lance Armstrong has won this event seven days. Surely it puts him in the top of the list of the best athlete of our present period, but it does more than that. It shows us that anything is possible; that is if you’re willing to sacrifice and press on through any hardship. It’s emotionally moving to watch Lance Armstrong, similar to how American audiences fell in love with Rocky. A story any athlete can associate, a story that everyone who has ever made it through the rain, understands. A Superman, who has over come his kryptonite, not because he wanted celebrity, but because it had been there; the hills, the competition, the Tour de France as well as cancer stood in his way. He beat the odds, by shear strength and will and now he’s shown us why;”We ought to Live Strong.” That is what the Tour de France is. Although Lance Armstrong makes it look easy, if you are going to watch closely you can see that it is far from easy. And he did it with a little help from his friends; he got by with a little help from his Team Discovery Channel. Still at the end a man who rides the conversation, competed and did the seemingly impossible. One must ask themselves, if Lance Armstrong can do so, then certainly we can raise a good family, certainly we can succeed in our own live and we all definitely can improve ourselves.
The Lance Armstrong story is a rags to riches story. He came from behind, climbed up, was knocked down and refused to surrender to hardship. Today he stands were he belongs, on top of the podium at the Jersey, which is the colour of the Sun. This hardship he has over come has built a”strength of character’ unmatched by ordinary guys. We have so few examples such as Lance Armstrong; modern day heroes, which truly inspire a nation. In Lance Armstrong’s case he has inspired the World.
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