036: Can You Ride a City Bike Up the Toughest Climb in the Tour De France

036: Can You Ride a City Bike Up the Toughest Climb in the Tour De France

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How far would you take a dare, especially one that started as a joke? These guys took it all the way up Mont Ventoux, the iconic slog of the Tour de France, on a clunky cumbersome rental bike built for flat city lanes. They attempt the same feat up Mt. Washington. Why? Because others were calling it impossible. They were also driven by a worthy cause, Macmillan Cancer Support. Faced with adversity every step of the way, they pushed forward, always eking out a solution. Their achievement epitomizes the adage “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”


  1. People saying it’s impossible makes it all the better.
  2. Keep going even when it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Things will often pull together at the last moment.
  3. Just start it.

Panel Notes:

Joe Desena:
It’s never about the bike or the clothes or the gear it’s about the will!

Johnny Waite
“This segment is a perfect illustration of what you can do when you start from the magic question “imagine if”, believe anything is possible, and add a healthy dose of humour! A thoroughly entertaining adventure retold by some incredibly entertaining friends.

This is a great story that I defer to the doctor to describe: Dr. Seuss that is, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…
You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting,So… get on your way!
So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

Resources and Mentions


  • Video and Audio Production – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
  • Audio Post Engineer – Aaron Moore
  • Synopsis – Matt Baatz