HDTV has a documentary they run every once in a while titled Riding The TDF that High Definition viewers can watch. Two guys win a contest sponsored by Trek and Trek takes them to Europe to train for a bit and then ride the steepest stage of the TDF. Before they go they are taken to the Trek factory and presented with two state of the art (seriously off topic, here folks) racing bikes. The training in Europe is done with some really famous racers that you'll just about all recognize and then a few days before the Peloton is scheduled to get there they are turned loose on the mountain. True story with the actual folks and in stunning Hi-Def, it's very entertaining. If you don't have a Hi-Def TV system, it is worth sucking up to a friend who does and asking them to keep an eye out for the next airing of it. Might even be worth setting aside a bottle of wine or a six pack of gourmet root beer (Natural Brew?) to bring along.
Lansing, MI USA