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5 questions with 'Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville International Film Festival is increasing in size and prominence each year. This year it was the site for the U.S. debut of the Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan’s film Le Ride.

The cycling enthusiast and host of The Amazing Race jumped on a 1928 bike to ride the Tour de France as New Zealander Kiwi Harry Watson did so many years ago.
Watson and three Australian teammates competed in the Tour de France. They were not as slick nor prepared as the other 10-man European teams. Roads were not paved. Of the 168 riders were began the 3,500 mile race, just 41 finished.
Keoghan did his best to recreate this dangerous ride. Taking 26 days to do so on restored vintage bikes.
Keoghan was in Louisville for the showing Thursday night and answered my five questions.
1) What made you want to recreate the ride from 1928?
I read a book about the first English speaking team to participate in the Tour De France let anyone finish it, which is known as the world's toughest race.  My wife (Louise Rodrigues) and I thought that this story has to be told.
2) How did you train for something as grueling as that?
I had to incorporate short high-intensity interval training in between filming The Amazing Race. I had to average 150 miles a day on a vintage bike. It was no easy task.
3) Have you ever been to Louisville? 
We came to the Kentucky Derby 8 years ago and are looking to make another trip sometime soon, we've had such a warm welcome. The film premiered at the New Zealand Film Festival in July and this is the first U.S. premiere here in Louisville, so we're very excited to be here.
4) Your film Le Ride has gotten great reviews. What do you feel makes it appealing to so many people?
I truly think the underdog story appeals to so many people and the fact that these cyclists took on something that seems insurmountable, especially in 1928. They spent 6 weeks at sea just to get there. The race was designed to eliminate as many riders as possible, which makes the feat that much more incredible with the rawness of their team and the harsh conditions they faced.
5) You’ve been to some pretty fabulous places. If you had to suggest that I visit just one place where would it be and what should I do?
Well obviously I'm biased, but you can't go wrong with New Zealand! (Shannon’s note: Phil is from New Zealand.)
For more information on the Louisville International Film Festival and show times click here.

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