You've probably seen some of the many stories about the French prison service's interesting approach to putting criminals back on to the straight and narrow by getting them to ride it in a 20 stage version of the Tour de France complete with outriders, medical support (who knows there may even be drugs) and the obligatory inflatable plastic arch for stage starts and finished. Breakaways are banned in this gallic version of the chain gang that also echoes the famous description of Tour riders as convicts of the road.
Anyway, there's been loads of things written about it, but here's the most thoughtful piece I've seen Putting offenders behind handlebars by Adam Sage in The Times who was actually at the start of the ride today in France
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.