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Sedona’s own Gary Bohn set to tackle the ‘Tour’5 min read

Sedona’s own Gary Bohn set to tackle the ‘Tour’5 min read

S edona resident Gary Bohn will tackle all 21 stages of the 2023 Tour de France in June and July. At age 64 next year,…

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S edona resident Gary Bohn will tackle all 21 stages of the 2023 Tour de France in June and July. At age 64 next year, the lifelong cyclist will be the oldest participant of The Tour 21, to his knowledge, in the event’s existence. He’s among 25 riders around the world selected for the event. Photos: David Jolkovski/Larson Newspapers Sedona resident Gary Bohn has cycled all of his life, but his relationship with the sport changed in the late 1980s.

Cycling on the world stage had been dominated by European riders, limiting interest in the United States.

That changed in 1986 when Minnesota-native Greg LeMond broke through, becoming the first American rider to win the Tour de France, the sports most prestigious and important event.

LeMond won the Tour twice more — in incredible comeback fashion in 1989 and a repeat title in 1990. Officially, LeMond is still the only American to win the event. Future seven-time champion Lance Armstrong and 2006 winner Floyd Landis were stripped of all titles following blood-doping controversy.

Bohn, who was born and raised in Minnesota, caught Tour fever during that LeMond run. His interest in cycling ramped up to another level. He made trips to France in 2000 and 2002 to see what he calls the “biggest spectacle in sports” first hand at the height of Armstrong’s run.

Those experiences cemented Bohn’s love for the sport.

“I’ve watched every minute [of the Tour] since,” he said.The Tour de France is a grueling 23-day long event. Cyclists compete in 21 […]

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