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Speed Thrills

An American in Paris, pedaling ahead of a peloton and coming back from a life-threatening ailment to win the Tour de France. Who else? Has to be Lance Armstrong, right? Pas si vite. (That means “Not so fast.”) Actually, before Lance there was Greg LeMond — the first American to win cycling’s Holy Grail. LeMond was the first to don the yellow jersey in 1986 as he rode triumphantly by the Champs Élysées back when Armstrong practically rode with training wheels.

LeMond broke barriers Armstrong never encountered, won three total tours — two after he came back from a gun-shot injury he received while hunting that almost killed him — and did everything without the specter of performance-enhancing substances lingering over his head (accusations still follow Armstrong). He was the first to use clipless pedals, cycling eyewear, modern high-tech helmets, and aero bars — all in an attempt to create more speed. Fitting then that the Wolfsonian Museum (1001 Washington Ave. Miami Beach) invited LeMond to talk about that which he knows best as part of the Speed Limits exhibit on Friday. The “Greg LeMond: Breaking Speed Limits” night starts with a screening of Vive Le Tour, a French short about the tour. Then LeMond will talk about how he redefined cycling speed limits. Tickets cost $10 but are free for Wolfsonian members. Call 305-535-2644, or visit
Fri., Jan. 21, 2011

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