James Hird Puts Tour De France Dream On Hold, For Now


Coach of AFL side Essendon and possibly the Australian legal profession’s greatest benefactor, James Hird, has today announced he’ll be putting his dream of riding the Tour de France on hold so he can focus his full attention on coaching the Essendon Bombers as they compete for the 2015 season.

Hird, who comes back to coaching full-time after serving a one-year suspension, has long dreamed of riding the Tour de France and lists former seven-time champion Lance Armstrong as a personal source of inspiration. Hird speaks highly of Armstrong’s “whatever it takes” approach, with his “live strong” motto featured prominently at Essendon’s Windy Hill base.

In fact, while suspended last year for his involvement in the Essendon drug saga, Hird went to France to observe the tour and plan his assault on it, taking renowned sports scientist Stephen Dank along as personal trainer and nutritionist. Dank has attracted criticism for his advocacy of  the controversial “Peptide Diet”, whose adherents only consume peptides injections for sustenance. Most experts, however, believe it is a far less dangerous “health fad” than the Pete Evans-promoted “Paleo Diet”, whose adherents consume nothing but Evans’ effluent.

Mark Williamson

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