Saturday, June 25, 2016

July Scavenger Challenge: Tour de France

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

July Scavenger Challenge: Le Tour de France
July 1 - July 31, 2016

Last month we went sailing. Lets continue our athletic journey to bicycling in the most celebrated cycling race!


1. Géo Lefèvre, a journalist with L’Auto magazine, had an inspired plan, envisaging a near-2,500-km-long (1,553m) cycle race across the country (of France). Most thought the idea preposterous; however, his editor, Henri Desgrange, was bold enough to believe in the idea and to throw his backing behind the Tour de France. 
ʘRead a book in which a character proposes something that is ridiculed by most OR read a book featuring a journalist OR read a book with an intact “25” in its page count.
Cancel the Wedding Carolyn T. Dingman 7/3/16

2. And so it was that, on July 1, 1903, sixty entrants set out on their bicycles from Montgeron, France. After six mammoth stages, only 21 cyclists, led by Maurice Garin, arrived at the end of this first epic race. Not many years passed before the Tour de France won over the sporting public and the roadside crowds swelled. The French people loved their towns, their countryside and, since 1910, even their mountains, in the spotlight.
ʘRead book #60 or book #21 on your TBR OR read the sixth book of a series OR read a book that takes place anywhere in France.
The Color of Love Julianne MacLean 7/17/16

3. With the exception of the two world wars, the race has taken place every year since 1903. The race runs during the month of July, mostly throughout France although small forays into neighboring countries may occur. The course is changed each year yet always passes through the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and the Alps. After a grueling 21-days, the race finishes on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. 
ʘRead a book in which a main character is an athlete (bonus points for a cyclist!) OR read a book that takes place in the mountains (any range is fine) OR read a book whose author’s first and last initials may be found in CHAMPS-ELYSEES.
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Unwrapping Her Perfect Match Kat Latham 7/6/16

4. This year the 103rd Tour de France will take place Saturday, July 2- Sunday, July 24, 2016. The race will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,519 kilometers (2,187 miles). The stages will include the following: 2 individual time trials, 9 flat stages, 1 hilly stage, 9 mountain stages including 4 summit finishes, and 2 rest days.
ʘRead a book that matches the pace of one of this years stages:
---a book that leaves you feeling flat (sad or disappointed),

---a book that is hilly (the character goes through some ups and downs),

Both MCs had some emotional growing to do to make their relationship work. Their relationship had ups and downs before they got it together.
Lovers At Heart Melissa Foster 7/3/16

---a book that is mountainous (lot of pages, dense),
---a book that is a heart-pounding summit finish (a thriller)
---a book that lets you rest easy.
You may use another option for the stages (rather than the examples given). Please tell us which stage you used and how your book meets its criterion.

5. The rider with the lowest aggregate time of the day’s stages is the leader of the race the next day and gets to wear the coveted yellow jersey. This year’s Yellow Jersey will be decorated with blue-white-red piping along the back seams. 
ʘRead a book with a bright yellow cover (at least 75% should be yellow) OR read a book with a character you believe is a good leader OR read a book in which some kind of competition occurs (tell us what).
Broken Soul Faith Hunter 7/17/16

6. This year’s Tour de France will provide a start that honors the soldiers of WWII. From the team presentation at Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the stage finish at Utah Beach and the start of stage two at Saint-Lô, the martyr city devastated by bombings, the landmarks of World War II will be highlighted. 
ʘRead a book that takes place during WWII OR read a book in which a character has served or is currently serving in the military OR a book in which a main character is honored in some way for their courage (tell us how).
At the Water's Edge Sara Gruen 7/8/16

7. The race kick-off mentioned above is in the Manche Department (area) with the official start at the foot of Saint-Michel. The salt meadow sheep of the Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, one of the Manche's emblems, are all ready for the Tour. To mark the symbolic barrier of 100 days before the Grand Depart, 100 ovine were painted (thanks to a certified biodegradable paint) in the colors of the Tour leader jerseys.
ʘRead a book that takes place in a rural area OR read a book with its total page count that is divisible by 100 OR read a book with a castle or with sheep on its cover.
Justified Deception Patricia Watters 7/4/16

Sources: (Check out the sheep!)


♣ When you sign up for the challenge, please post a challenge template so we have a post to which to link your name; post #2 will list participant links which can then be used for making challenge updates.

♣ For each book you read, please indicate the title, the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover, include a link to the book cover.* If it’s not obvious from the book title or cover, be sure to explain how your book fits the task. If you don’t, you won’t get credit for completing that task. 

♣ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long.

♣ Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged!

♣ If you choose any of the spelling options, you may use the first letter of the first word in the book’s title (excluding A, An and The) or the author’s first or last initial (middle names or initials can NOT be used). 

♣ If you want the challenge moderator to check your progress as you make updates,please copy/paste your update into a new message . We don't have time to scroll back through the entire thread looking for "message #15," or to follow links back to an original post. 

♣ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message to make it easier for everyone to see what you've read. If you don't repost your list, you won't be included in the list of those who have completed the challenge.

*If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title or cover, see the instructions here: Link Instructions 

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