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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Tour de Donut 2007

Will Tim Ranek, the star of the documentary "Tour de Donut: Gluttons for Punishment," be able to defend his title in the men's division of the annual bicycle "race" on Saturday in Staunton, Ill.?

After his infamous performance in the 2005 race, Tim came back in 2006 and ate 20 doughnuts to finish with an adjusted time of -6:38. For those you not familiar with the premise of the Tour de Donut, cyclists get a 5-minute time bonus for each doughnut eaten.

The only thing I know is that I won't be challenging him for the title. I have to work late Friday night at the Belleville News-Democrat -- which means I also will miss Tour de Belleville this year -- so that pretty much knocks me out of making an early-morning trip to Staunton. The last two times I tried to do that, my cycling pretty much stunk. By contrast, I was off the Friday night before the 1995 Tour de Donut, I managed to get a good night's sleep and won the event!

I do intend to attend the race next year, the 20th anniversary of the event, and I do intend to be off the Friday before the event so I can put in a good performance.

For those of you who are fortunate to be in the event, I'm posting a preliminary map (PDF file, three pages) of the course put together by the organizers of the ITS Trail, the proposed trail between Staunton and Benld.

You have until 7 a.m. CDT Friday to sign up for the race, and you can do that at the Tour de Donut's Web site.

And to whet your appetite for this year's race, I'm once again posting the trailer for the movie below:

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Roger 1 comments links to this post 10:34 AM

Aren't donuts a performance enhancing drug banned by the IOC?
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