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Saturday, January 15, 2011

t.i.c.h. - Jan 15

Happy Birthday Lucien Pothier was born on January 15, 1883. He died on April 29, 1957.
The French rider stood on the podium of the Tour de France and the Paris-Roubaix Classic.
Pothier was 2nd in the 1903 Tour de France behind Maurice Garin of France.
Pothier was also 3rd in the 1904 Paris-Roubaix Classic behind Hippolyte Aucouturier of France and Cesar Garin of France. 

You could say that our history started January 15, 2003 when the first Tour d'Afrique Race /Expedition departed from Cairo with 33 cyclists all ready to spend four months cycling through Africa.
This is the opening background history for a group that does tours across Africa and much more.  Check 'em out.

And last, but definitely not the least - news of the weird from Jan 15, 1919.
On this date in 1919, a 2.3 million gallon holding tank full of molasses burst, casting a wave from 8-15ft high and traveling approximately 35 mph down the streets of Beantown.  Several blocks were flooded to a depth of 2-3 feet.  Twenty one people and several horses lost their lives and around 150 were injured.  It took approximately 87,000 man hours to remove the molasses. 
What a mess.  I sure several bikes were injured and they just chose to leave that out.  Heart-wrenching!
Boston baked beans anyone?

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