Episode 17: Tour de France 2015, Part I
Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) and I dissect the storylines and first week of the sport’s biggest event. [SPOILER ALERT] I expect the first nine days to be relatively nervous.
Episode 16: Tour de Suisse 2015
There’s a lot to try and cover in a race this wide-open, especially given that it’s set to take place over nine freakin’ days. Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) has a slightly more positive take, but for me, this year’s Tour de Suisse marks a pretty big missed opportunity to present the public accessible, compelling racing in the run-up to the sport’s biggest show.
Episode 15: Criterium du Dauphine 2015
While many consider this the beginning of “TdF Season”, as Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) and I delve into this week, the Dauphine is more than just a tune-up event, and has historically been kind of a crummy predictor for the Tour. Listen in for the details on why, a preview of this years parcours, and even a few predictions.
Episode 13: Giro d’Italia 2015, Part 2
We’re a touch over a week into the Giro—lots of things have gone as planned, and plenty more haven’t. Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) and I discuss what’s already happened, examine the next six stages, revise our predictions, and check in with Dave Everett (@ShoddyCycling / YouTube) for some on-site observations.
I like a lot of what Vaughters says here, but the problem is that cycling can’t have a franchise system until it has actual franchises. I mean, Vaughters’ own squad—officially Slipstream Sports LLC—hasn’t ever been called by that name. Manchester United, in contrast, has remained Manchester United, whether Sharp, AIG, or Chevy is emblazoned across the chest.
This enduring team brand is a major reason why the franchise system is successful. That “I gotta see about a girl” scene in Good Will Huntingis effective because Will and Sean—a generation apart—each understand the experience of Red Sox fandom. It just wouldn’t work with US Postal Service p/b Berry Floor.
Episode 12: Giro d’Italia 2015, Part 1
The first Grand Tour of the season is fast arriving. Join Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) and I as we give a basic overview of the event, cover the pre-race storylines and favorites, speak with Giacomo Nizzolo, Matteo Pelucchi, and Adam Hansen, plus offer 100% guaranteed picks for the opening nine stages—despite the fact that the latest of these is still nearly two weeks out.
An aggressively contested classic, pretty much from the moments the cameras came on (and off). Effective, well-executed team work, some nice individual performances, but also kind of an example of how, sometimes, you just gotta be fast. Those in Germany might need to watch on Vimeo.
Episode 11: Tour de Romandie 2015
With the classics in the rear view, Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) and I press boldly into Grand Tour season with the Tour de Romandie, a very hilly six-day stage race through the French-speaking parts of Switzerland that serves both as a launch pad for Tour de France prep, and a final tune-up for contenders in next month’s Giro d’Italia.