This Friday, two nights before the 4th annual T-Mobile International Grand Prix of Cycling bicycle race in San Francisco, guests will raise money for the Lance Armstrong foundation while eating dinner with cycling celebrities including Phil Liggett. The dinner is followed by a screening of the movie 'The Tour Baby!', a low-budget, behind-the-scenes, now-on-DVD film by Scott Coady, chronicling the 2000 Tour de France.

Cult Tour de France DVD is star attraction at Lance Armstrong Benefit Dinner

Former track cyclist Scott Coady packed his job and took a video camera to the Tour de France in 2000. He managed to gain access to areas not normally publicised, including Lance Armstrong’s hotel room.

He later produced VHS copies of his film and these gained a cult status in the US.

In July, Coady released a DVD packed with new features – some of them risque – as well as a re-edited, remastered version of the film. Sales of this DVD benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Coady has raised $45 000 to date, and aims to reach $100 000.

"It took my best friend’s daughter getting cancer to give me the inspiration to actually make the film and set a goal to raise $100,000 for the LAF," said Coady.

"It took me two years to get the first version of the film out on VHS and begin showing it around the country. It took a year and nine months to create a full featured DVD version of the film including lots of bonus features.

"People ask me all the time why I am doing what I do. My answer is – you can’t get enough of the Tour de France and you can never do enough fight cancer."

Coady’s website includes clips from the DVD. To buy the DVD you can order online at $56.95 for international shipping, or donate a minimum of $100 to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to receive a free copy of the DVD.

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