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hmmmm.. ok.. :eek:

but was it really worth a whole new thread, or would the kohl retires one not have done.. ;)
 
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No, my thread about the irony of the French having a TdF for prisoners......you have reading comprehension problems, don't you? See, the title's purpose was to attract readers, the story is the icing, and the irony of the story is the cake. I really shouldn't have to explain the joke.....but there is always one in a crowd....
 
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No, my thread about the irony of the French having a TdF for prisoners......you have reading comprehension problems, don't you? See, the title's purpose was to attract readers, the story is the icing, and the irony of the story is the cake. I really shouldn't have to explain the joke.....but there is always one in a crowd....

sorry.. i got attracting readers muddled up with something else.. :D
 
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OMFG. Im gonna guess taxes are REALLY high in France.
Just when you thought you'd seen it all. Normally I would think this is a joke, but the world has gone so bizzarro lately... it makes perfect sense.
 
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i've heard about "convicts of the road", but this is something else!

Has anyone else read this story?...no breakaways...prison guards...is this an april fool's joke?
 
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Well lets see, sit in the jail cell possibly stare at the wall then toilet all day, go lift some weights and try not get killed or something like that.

Or, ride a bike across France possibly seeing the country side and possibly some normal people.

If you have a tough time with that decision I think you belong in prison.
 
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The participants are hardly Guantanamo Bay residents.

I think it's a good idea, take some low-risk prisoners and teach them the ways of cycling: discipline, hard work, delayed gratification and to give prisoners something to aim for during the winter months as they work in the prison gym.

I saw a group of riders out training for it the other day, they are the sort of prisoners who are allowed small release periods, not high security detainees. They all get special clothes for the ride. It's also a way for the prison services to show the public that not all prisoners are low-life ready to kill ordinary citizens, the people on this ride will just be those who made stupid mistakes.

It's not like the old "chain gang" where workers would be forced into slave labour to clear roads, it's something more positive. I don't know if it will work but it's cheap, especially since many will spend the night... in prison as they tour from jail to jail!
 
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you should take some pictures for us. i'd love to see one of these prison jerseys. I bet they would be great for commuting since they would be very visible.
 
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It's a very good idea. A positive one at that. Maybe other countries should look at doing a similar thing with their respective tours.

Adelaide could take some of the Yatala prisoners out and ride the TDU route.

Spain could do the same along part of the Vuelta course. Italy with part of the Giro. Germany with part of their tour. etc.
 
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It's not that out of the ordinary, I know that there are football, baseball, basketball etc. prison teams that get out and play against others.
 

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