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WANTED: 20 CEO’s Who Love To Climb

CEO Challenge LLC and Destination Cycling have announced a new Tour de France CEO Cycling Challenge to be held July 9-14, 2006 from the Biarritz Coast to the Pyrenees. Twenty CEOs will have the unique opportunity to ride actual Tour De France stage routes, compete against each other on one of the Tour’s most famous hill climbs, and watch the Tour live as it travels through the Pyrenees Mountains.

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Test Your Legs on the historic Pyrenean Battleground of the Col de Tourmalet!

Throughout the trip, the CEOs with receive complete travel, team, and technical support from Destination Cycling’s experienced staff. “This is the ultimate cycling trip for CEOs,” stated Ted Kennedy of CEO Challenge. “The team from Destination Cycling has anticipated every need of the rider, and has booked rooms at some of the nicest resorts and hotels in the Pyrenees. It will be a tremendous opportunity for CEOs to get to know each other while really understanding what it must be like to ride the Tour. Additionally, since business is never far from the minds of CEOs, we have included one roundtable discussion for them to explore networking opportunities within the group.”

Ted Kennedy and his team have developed these events around six common criteria:
1. An actual competition among CEOs, with an absolute winner declared in each age group (if relevant), and overall
2. Incorporate a business training / idea sharing exercise and /or guest lecturer relevant to the group
3. Include access that is not available to the general public (e.g., the finish line at the Ironman)
4. Exclusive ‘meet & greet’ opportunities with Pros / Coaches / Personalities / Insiders in the sport
5. First class all the way, with wonderful VIP opportunities for the CEO and his / her guests, and one price covers all expenses
6. Raise money for a charity that is relevant to the CEOs taking part

The CEO Challenge gives CEO’s who ride a chance to let their legs do the talking.

Try to survive it! Here’s a sampling of the daily rides.
Day 1: Welcome warm-up ride: 25 – 40 km over flat to rolling terrain
Day 2: Get ready to ride a portion, or if you can survive it, all of the complete 193 km (120 mi) Stage 10 from Cambo-les-bains to Pau
Day 3: CEO Challenge Race Day – Race from the base to the summit of the Col du Tourmalet – 18.4km at average of 7.7% and altitude of 2,115m
Day 4: Ride from the hotel in Pau or Lourdes up the Col de Marie Blanc, the Tour’s last climb of today’s Stage 10 that climbs to 1,035m for 9.3km at 7.3% grade, watch the pros on this famous climb
Day 5: Ride up the Col de Peyresourde ( 9.5km @ 7.1%) and Col du Portillon (7.9km @8.4%), watch the race on the Col du Portillon
Day 6: Departure and recovery time!

Click here to view all 7 days of the action-packed itinerary.

Destination Cycling knows their stuff when it comes to luxuriously chasing the Tour by bike.

Every dreamed of riding on a professional team and competing up the famous Pyrenean battleground on the Tourmalet? You battle with your business everyday in the conference room – now it’s time to take it outside and test your legs against the most competitive group out there on bikes – other executives just like you.

Let Destination Cycling treat you like a pro cyclist with all the VIP perks (namely incredible lodging, great food, late wake-up calls, your own bed, and daily massage). As you’ve read on PezCycling, the Destination Cycling team has plenty of experience with CEO cyclists. And if you are the hyper-challenged – Type A -can’t get enough type on the bike, you can join them for all 21 grueling stages of the Tour de France 2006 route on their Tour de France Challenge. Dare to survive it.

Anyone is welcome to join in the trip, but only CEOs / Presidents / Managing Directors / C-suite executives will be allowed to take part in the CEO Cycling Challenge Race, win awards, and participate in the roundtable discussions.

For more itinerary information and the application form, visit
DestinationCycling.com/trips/ceocyclingchallenge.html . Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dates: 7/9-7/14/2006
Trip Length: 6 days/ 5 nights
Trip Start: Biarritz, France Airport
Trip End: Toulouse, France Airport
Trip Includes:
-5 nights of hotel accommodations (4 star hotels, typically luxury chateaux-hotels of France)
-All gourmet meals, including all snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
-On-site experienced bilingual guides
-Daily route support (mechanical bike checks/maintenance; medical/physical therapy; nutrition)
-Daily post-ride massages from professional soigneurs (massage therapists) on staff (one for every three CEOs)
-CEO Cycling Challenge / Destination Cycling Team Kit (including jersey, shorts, jacket, socks.)
-Professional facilitation of CEO Roundtable discussion – CEOs pre-pick topics to be discussed
-Private tours and wine tasting (as applicable)
-Entrance fees to all events/activities
-Pre-departure packet detailing the entire trip itinerary and how to prepare
-All daily transfers and luggage transfers, including bike cases
-All gratuities, taxes, and fees for all hotels, meals, porter, and guide services

Not included:
-Air transportation to France
-Personal items purchased during the trip

About The Competition “Crazed” Organizers
CEO Challenge LLC is a Boulder, CO company that is the world-leader in designing sport competitions for CEOs, including CEO Cycling, Ironman, Golf, Triathlon, and Marathon Challenge events (with more to come). Each event is designed as a first-class unique experience with numerous business networking opportunities for the competing CEOs. More information on the events can be found at www.ceochallenges.com, or by contacting Ted Kennedy at [email protected], or 720-222-3043.

Destination Cycling
Whether you want to experience the grandeur of the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia, or simply take in the good life with some exquisite food, wine, and surroundings, Destination Cycling will show you how to do it in style. Choose from cycling trips to Austria, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, US, and Canada. Founded in 2001, with over 18 years of experience specializing in performance, lifestyle, charity, and custom itineraries, Destination Cycling’s guided vacations cater to every cyclist’s unique dream and interests. For more information, visit DestinationCycling.com

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