Guest post by Al Porotesano

Let’s promote DogeCoin to the world. Let’s sponsor a cycling team with DogeCoin on Tour de France. I can’t think of anything more exciting to spread Doge to the eyes of the world with a DogeCoin-sponsored cycling team on Tour de France.

Think about our last major DogeCoin crowd-funded effort supporting professional NASCAR driver Josh Wise. We were happy to see our shibe-powered car at the Talladega Speedway for three hours cheering for the #98 car with a smiling Doge.

shibabikeThat same elation for the DogeCar could be possible if we have a DogeCoin cycling team on Tour de France. The thought of Mark Cavendish, or Andy or Frank Schleck, sprinting to the finish line wearing their yellow and black jersey with the words DogeCoin stamped on the chest on the front of their jerseys wearing a smiling Doge on the back gives us reason to cheer for three weeks of the tour.

Tour de France is the oldest and most prestigious cycling race in the world with 20 to 22 cycling teams composed of nine riders per team touring in France and it’s neighboring countries for 21 days. Tour de France is a force for global advertisement when a professional cyclist wears a jersey from it’s primary sponsors. Some of us still think of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France (disputed) victories with his United States Postal Service cycling jersey in his early racing years, so imagine if Thor Hushovd won the tour and launched his bike to the moon from the Eiffel Tower. The imprint of corporate sponsored teams on Tour de France can promote DogeCoin to the world.

This ambitious proposal to create a DogeCoin Cycling team in the UCI world tour will be expensive. To support an existing decent team in the UCI tour starts at $12 million or roughly 25 billion DogeCoins. Twenty-five billion DogeCoins can support a team at the UCI’s major world tours that globally televise Tour de France, UCI’s other world tours include Vuelta la Espana, Giro d’Italia, and other circuits like Tour of California, Tour down Under (in Australia), and Tour of Flanders (in Belgium) to name a few. It takes time to raise that amount of money in a year to be a successful funding campaign.

However, If 25 billion DogeCoins sound too ambitious that scares off poor shibes, then we could co-sponsor an existing cycling team for at least less than ten billion DogeCoins. If Trek Factory Racing needs an additional partner, Trek Factory Racing would be renamed to Trek-DogeCoin as an example of this partnership should they accept it. This would be awesome if it can be done in time for this year’s upcoming Tour de France in July.

Since the Doping Scandals of the last decade, The UCI and Tour de France are desperate for a positive makeover. Nissan, RaboBank, Sharp Electronics, and the Discovery Channel, just to name a few, dropped their sponsorships after the sport of cycling was tainted with endless doping allegations for years. The International Cycling Union (UCI) responded by cleaning house. Revamping their entire drug testing policy to make sure all cyclists in the UCI tours are completely clean with daily or hourly blood tests. The UCI hopes to have new sponsors that includes lower entry fees to reboot cycling from it’s culture of doping that ravaged the sport. This is where DogeCoin can take the opportunity spread the word of Doge to the world.

Tour de France has it’s global audience and cultural followers. Dieter Senft is famously known as “The Red Devil”, dressed up in a red suit with a black cape and a trident at several Tour de France stages. Spectators wave their country flags on the side of the roads and streets. Roads are painted in chalk on the French roads in the mountain stages visible for the cameras. So imagine if our shibes are there dressed in Doge supporting team DogeCoin at the French Alps, the Vineyards or at Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris. Such support, Much Rides, Many Wines. Wow!

I hope this proposal reaches out to the UCI cycling teams who need relief in funding to help promote DogeCoins and cycling to new shibes worldwide. If the DogeCar brought new fans to NASCAR with Josh Wise’s #98 DogeCar in North America, think of what Team DogeCoin cycling can do at the world’s biggest cycling race, Tour de France, can bring for DogeCoin.