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Steve
5th June 09, 05:50 PM
I almost lol'd at this:

Penal Tour de France pedals off
Nearly 200 French prisoners are preparing to take to their bikes in the first ever penal Tour de France.


The 194 inmates, escorted by 124 prison guards and sports instructors, will set off from Lille and cycle about 2,400km (1,500 miles), ending up in Paris.

They will have to cycle in a pack, will not be ranked and, for obvious reasons, breakaway sprints will not be allowed.

Prison authorities say they hope the race will help the inmates learn values such as team work and self esteem.

The prisoners, all serving jail terms of between five and 10 years, will make stopovers in 17 different towns, each of which has a jail.

"It's a kind of escape for us, a chance to break away from the daily reality of prison," said a prisoner identified as Daniel at the project's launch in May.

"If we behave well, we might be able to get released earlier, on probation," he said.

Prison official Sylvie Marion said the project aims to help the prisoners "reintegrate into society by fostering values like effort, teamwork and self-esteem".

"We want to show them that with some training, you can achieve your goals and start a new life," Reuters quoted her as saying.

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Link. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8082354.stm)

Yes, I almost lol'd cause it says "Penal Tour!!" *snicker*

But seriously, sounds like those French prisons are pretty rough, eh? Also thought it was kinda funny that they have to have the stops in towns that have jails, ya know, so they can get locked up in good old fashioned cells each night.

theotherserge
5th June 09, 05:55 PM
By chance, does the last leg of the tour finish in Denmark?*

*see I.R.'s thread...

Steve
5th June 09, 05:56 PM
It says it ends in Paris: READ THE THREAD, N00B.

Spade: The Real Snake
5th June 09, 06:07 PM
The current leader is awarded the prestigious yellow-striped jersey.

And Papillon approves

bob
5th June 09, 06:44 PM
I hear at rest stops they let them eat cake.

WarPhalange
5th June 09, 07:07 PM
They are out of bread, apparently.

Ajamil
7th June 09, 12:52 AM
That's the sound of a man, pedaling on the chain..

OZZ
8th June 09, 03:32 PM
To a bunch of guys who have been locked up for years, this is quite a treat. Kind of strange way to 'rehablitiate'.
The French have come a long way since the gullotine, eh?

Dark Helmet
8th June 09, 06:36 PM
oui

Harpy
8th June 09, 07:35 PM
This is ultra cool. I hope other forward thinking nations start similar activities (keeping with local/cultural pasttimes).

bob
9th June 09, 06:15 AM
This is ultra cool. I hope other forward thinking nations start similar activities (keeping with local/cultural pasttimes).

When my ancestors got arrested, they made them go sailing.

Sun Wukong
9th June 09, 06:34 AM
I think this is a great idea, but I really don't think it would work out very well in the US unless they used non-violent offenders only.

Ajamil
10th June 09, 11:14 AM
I think this is a great idea, but I really don't think it would work out very well in the US unless they used non-violent offenders only.

Well this is America, so first off it won't be bikes, it'll be NASCAR.

Spade: The Real Snake
10th June 09, 12:10 PM
fuck that, it'll be fucking Death Race.

Kein Haar
10th June 09, 05:53 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Walk

Spade: The Real Snake
15th June 09, 12:24 PM
^^^
Backwards Walking POOING 4 TEH WINZ

Ajamil
16th June 09, 12:31 AM
Reasons for "tickets":

blue balls?

headache from excessive cheering?

Also, do we need the marathon runner macro, or can we all share the meme and chuckle?