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Florida resident Greg Weidle won himself a trip to the Tour de France.

Have you ever entered one of those sweepstakes where you had to write a story, shoot a video, or do something else creative in the name of promoting a brand? We didn’t think so. But this guy did and won a trip to the Tour de France.

Greg Weidle of Orlando, Florida had never contemplated participating in one either before this past June, when he read about Specialized’s #Itsmytour contest. The Morgan Hill, California-based bike-maker asked fans via social media to shoot a 30-second video explaining why they deserved to win an all-expenses paid trip to the final week of this year’s Tour de France.

Weidle had an “oh, why the hell not?” moment, and submitted the humorous video below. A graphic designer by trade, Weidle is a recreational cyclist who does the club rides just west of Orlando. He said his busy work schedule means he’s only able to keep up with the Tour via the race’s smart phone application. He said he wanted the video to capture that concept.

“I try to watch the Tour but I’m never able to take it in to its fullest extent because of work,” Weidle said. “To me, the Tour is huge. If I’m lucky, I get to listen to it in my headphones.”

Weidle and a friend shot his video over the course of four hours on Sugarloaf Mountain Road outside Orlando, a place Weidle describes as, “The only climb we have out here.” He submitted it two days before the contest ended in late June. On-line viewers whittled the 40 or so video entries down to four finalists, and then Specialized’s employees voted for the winner.

In mid June, Weidle got a random phone call from California. He had won. To celebrate his 20th anniversary, he took his wife with him to France. Alongside a handful of journalists and Specialized dealers, Weidle will get to watch the race from l’Alpe d’Huez through the race’s finish on the famed Champs Élysées in Paris.

“You can’t win unless you try,” he said.

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