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    Tour de Fatston

    Tour de Houston a fitness feat

    Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

    The city has scheduled a March 19 bicycle ride through historic neighborhoods dubbed "Tour de Houston," Mayor Bill White has announced, and he hopes it will become an annual tradition.


    "Houston is tired of people calling us America's fattest city," White said, donning a bicycle shirt during a Friday news conference. "We have a lot of people who are fit, and a lot of people who need to get fitter."







    The tour, which will have routes of 20 and 40 miles, will raise money for the Houston Parks Board.

    Registration is $25 in advance, and $35 the day of the event. Both tours begin and end at Hermann Square in front of City Hall. The tour is a recommended training ride for the BP MS 150 charity bike ride from Houston to Austin on April 16-17.

    State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said he thought of the idea after riding in New York's "Five Boroughs" bicycle tour. He said that White, a bike rider who has made fitness a priority, jumped at the chance.

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    Don't know what to think about this. I had some members of another message board get after this topic though. This ride is on the same day as the Great Escape ride hosted by the Pearland cycling club. Either should be fun. Don't know if I'm going to do either of them, I have a run that weekend !
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    I recall that back in the '80's Joe Bentley used to put on a race every summer in Hermann Park by the name of "Tour de Houston". Anyone know if Joe Bentley is still around. He was quite a fat-ass for a bike rider. Dirty too but he smoked some good weed.

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    I don't know about that. Houston used to have alot of stuff going on from what I've heard. Then it died out, kind of like the dinosaurs.
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    Where the fuct is Mr. KnowItAll when you need him? Jelly Titties should have a detailed history of the Houston bike racing scene from the 80's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXRAiDR
    Then it died out, kind of like the dinosaurs.
    'Cuz they got too big and fat, then they turned to oil. Then the Arabs came, and they bought Mecerdes Benzes.
    Where's the Mojo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosa Nostra
    'Cuz they got too big and fat, then they turned to oil. Then the Arabs came, and they bought Mecerdes Benzes.
    Now ain't that a sad sight, daddy, walks into MoJo a white man, walks out talkin like a Franq. It's all that Franq semen been shootin up his butt. It's backed up into his brain and comes out of his mouth.

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    I don't know what happened to Joe Bentley, but I remember the Tour de Houston that was around for a few years. It was a road race series that covered about 6 or 7 weekends. Local clubs each put on a race in the series, and there was even a track race in the mix. The Hermann Park crit was the one most people remember. I remember almost throwing up there.

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    I often wondered what happened to Joe Bentley. I bought several bikes from him in the late 70's and early 80's and still have a Casati I had him construct for me. He just seemed to disapear in the 90's. I was in Houston Bicycle not long back and the owner said he came and worked there some and he had a restruant in far west Houston close to Hwy6.

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    Yeah alot of folks have left the scene. I've not been as active as I once was in riding over the last 2 years (and trust me, it shows). I'm slowly getting back into now that I've put a hard stop to the work/life balance and have achieved several of my goals in life. Damn it feels good to be a gangster
    "As long as I breathe, I attack"-Bernard Hinault
    I've got more skill on two wheels than the majority of people have on two legs.

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