On The Passing of Cycling.TV

11 Oct

Will Farrell sings at a fanciful funeral for cycling.tv

♫…all we are is dust in the wind…♫


Last week, numerous cycling outlets reported that Cycling.TV, long-time online broadcaster of Euro cycling events, would be shutting down forever in a little less than a month. The company’s message to subscribers ran thusly:

Cycling.TV regrets to inform you that as of November 3, 2017 we will cease operations. As set forth in Clause 4 of Cycling.TV’s Terms and Conditions of Purchase, you will receive “a refund of the amount you pre-paid for the Services less an amount proportionate to the number of days for which you have had access to the Services”.

It was, as valedictions go, brilliantly and painfully appropriate—terse, yet convoluted, devoid of detail, accompanied by radio silence from the company, and utterly out of sync with anything on either the company’s website or Twitter feed, even now, a full week after the announcement. At time of publication, its app remains ready for download.

Just based on the rest of the brand’s communications, the mere existence of a closure announcement is notable, and the fact that it arrived weeks before the eventual termination feels like a minor miracle.

And yet, it remains nothing short of amazing that Cycling.TV made it this far. (more…)

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Il Lombardia 2017

6 Oct

Episode 81: Il Lombardia 2017

In what is probably our last race preview episode of the season, Dane and I talk about the final monument of the year, and chat with Lotto-Soudal’s Tim Wellens who’s lit this race up (and many others) on more than one occasion.

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A Twitter Thread on Eurosport, NBCSN, and Cycling TV Coverage

27 Sep


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How The Race Was Won – UCI World Championships Men’s Road Race 2017

26 Sep

An unprecedented result, active racing, and an entertaining technical glitch all made for a unique and pretty enjoyable battle out on the roads of Bergen. Thanks to CyclingTips for helping to make this weekend’s HTRWW’s come together at the last second.

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How The Race Was Won – UCI World Championships Women’s Road Race 2017

25 Sep

It’s a rare treat to get footage for a full women’s event, and rarer still to see a race where one team is so dominant, but the competition stays active and fun to watch. Thanks to CyclingTips for helping to make this weekend’s HTRWW’s come together at the last second.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – UCI Men’s World Championship Road Race 2017

21 Sep

Episode 80: UCI Men’s World Championship Road Race 2017

Rain, red carpets, and really good racing. The Bergen races have delivered so far, and Dane and I have hopes for the main event on Sunday, where we just might see a rider claim three consecutive rainbow jerseys for the first time ever.

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Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec et Montreal 2017

6 Sep

Episode 80: Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec e Montreal 2017

These late-season one-days are two of my favorite races, due in no small part to the fact that Dane Cash himself attends the events and gets rockstar interviews with the likes Tom Dumoulin and Greg Van Avermaet for this very podcast.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Vuelta 2017 Rest Day Round-Up 2

4 Sep

Episode 79: Vuelta a Espana 2017, Part 3 – Rest Day Round-Up 2

I have to give Chris Froome’s rivals credit for trying some of my recommendations from the previous show, but the Sky rider remains in great shape heading into the final week of the 2017 Vuelta.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Vuelta 2017 Rest Day Round-Up

4 Sep

Episode 78: Vuelta a Espana 2017, Part 2 – Rest Day Round-Up

Chris Froome is in a strong position, but with two weeks remaining, many rivals still have cards to play in the 2017 Vuelta

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Vuelta a Espana 2017

16 Aug

Episode 77: Vuelta a Espana 2017

The Vuelta is the weirdest and I think most consistently entertaining of the three Grand Tours. Between Alberto Contador’s swan song, Tour winner Chris Foome on the start list, and the thoughts of BMC’s Rohan Dennis, our first podcast on the 2017 event hopes to live up to that standard.

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