Friday, March 03, 2006

Ride the Tour -- With No Breakfast Stop

Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France

A PMC Exclusive Showing at Museum of Science - Mugar Omni Theatre
Monday March 27th, 7:00pm

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Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France
The PMC Exclusive Showing at Museum of Science - Mugar Omni
Monday March 27th, 7:00pm.
Welcoming remarks by PMC Founder and Executive Director, Billy Starr.
Tickets, normally $9 are specially priced to the PMC for $5.00 when purchased through the PMC store. Please note, you must be logged in to purchase this item.

"Chugging steadily uphill, the rider threads his racing cycle through the cheering mass of spectators lining the roadway. Ahead of him, a mountain rises-green and terribly far away, the road vanishing into it. Yet the rider powers on, unaffected by the crowd, unflagging in the face of what must be an agonizing climb. How does he do it?"

That's the question Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France aims to answer. The Tour is known as the most grueling competition in sports, and it is a dramatic example of how practice and repetition can "wire" our brains to excel at complex, demanding tasks. The three-week, 21-stage race covers roughly 2,000 miles (approximately the distance from London to Cairo) and crosses two mountain ranges that even cars struggle to climb. Pain and exhaustion are de rigueur; horrific falls and injuries are commonplace. And inside every rider striving for the yellow jersey is a complex physical system composed of bones, muscles, neurons, and other tissues-all connected to, and powered by, the brain. Following the 2003 Tour de France, Wired to Win explores the capabilities of this amazing organ, integrating IMAX® technology, cutting-edge computer and medical imagery, and real-life racing drama to show how the brain responds to stimuli-and adapts for success as we learn, train, and practice.

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