What would inspire two men, ages 65 and 59, to take on 11 racetracks in 21 stages and 25 days over 1,000 kilometers...on their bicycles?
The way we see it, Thoroughbred race horses have contributed to the very meaning of life, so they too deserve to retire with dignity and not be sent to the slaughterhouse just because they now do six furlongs in 1:16 instead of 1:12.
As American expatriates living in Paris, we have decided to ride our own Tour de France--riding from racetrack to racetrack across France--during the 'real' Tour de France to raise money for Thoroughbred retirement. But we need your help.
We invite you to follow our journey, and if you'd like to sponsor us, just click on www.firstgiving.com/trf or on the Sponsor Us link below.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation currently cares for over 1200 unwanted horses. When you sponsor us, we are helping them in their mission to save ALL unwanted racehorses.
I have lived in Paris for 20 years, and enjoy horse racing both as a fan and sometime horse owner since my first visit to Santa Anita at the age of 14.
Being a specialist in East Asian art has also allowed me to visit race tracks all over the world,although by means of highly polluting jet engines. Our bike tour takes us to 11 race tracks, adding only our own exhaled air to the atmosphere. Hearty thanks to my wife and two daughters, the many contributors of funds, logistic support, press coverage and good wishes, all of which makes possible the success of our project.