The Week in Bike #41 – 24 October 2014

24 Oct

Tour fashion police, Lennie Briscoe, 2015 Tour Route, Chris Froome, Vinokourov, transparency, Nibali, talking points, www.ninox.cc, Japan Cup, World Cup Valkenburg, electronic shifting, USA Cycling, Hincapie, Armstrong, fondos, crime, punishment, authority, enforcement.

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How The Race Was Won – Tour of Beijing 2014

20 Oct

Mmmm, smoggy. The last edition of the ill-fated WorldTour expansion into Asia wasn’t without it’s charms—surprise hilltop finishes, panda suits, cute notes to faraway daughters. But the production crew might want a few more dry runs, specifically with KM-to-go graphics and maybe not filming riders while they’re having a post-race pee.

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The Week In Bike #40 – 17 October 2014

17 Oct

Hostage…to fortune, what the UCI meant to say was, some problems with the lower tiers, the sponsor appeal in women’s cycling, Giro dell Emilia, transfers, Rebellin, Horner, Astana, AARP, Hushovd, responsibility, money, enforcement.

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How The Race Was Won – Paris-Tours 2014

14 Oct

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By many accounts, the last race of the European season. Certainly plenty of riders in the pack were eager to get ‘cross season to underway, especially considering the slick pavement, but still a few riders gunning for that last big result—just some gunning a bit harder than others.

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The Week In Bike #39 – 10 October 2014

11 Oct

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Phil Gaimon, professional networking, real sport, Astana, UCI, WorldTour licenses, Team Alonso, Oleg Tinkoff, Grand Tour prize, Contador, women’s news, women’s prize, Andy Schleck, development, broken thumb, CX of the North.

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KMC Cyclocross Festival #1 Elite Men – HTRWW x BTB

10 Oct



Not sure if conditions in the Men’s race made it to “muddy”, but things were definitely slick. For all the nervousness on the start line, the first lap was pretty relaxed, before two early moves off the front meant most of the action took place further down. Still, some nice recoveries and hard-fought battles nonetheless.

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KMC Cyclocross Festival #1 Elite Women – HTRWW x BTB

9 Oct

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A lovely New England style deterioration from damp and tacky to slick and loose. Three flyovers per lap, including an extremely steep side-by-side setup, one just following a set of stairs. No surprise on the winner, but tightly-fought battles from there down.

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How The Race Was Won – Il Lombardia 2014

6 Oct

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A new course for the race formerly known as Tour of Lombardy this year, and I think it works pretty well—beating up the riders just as TV coverage kicks on before a furious final four kilometers up, over, and into Bergamo. Warmer temps saw cramps play a role this time around, but it’s pretty hard to complain about how it all wrapped up.

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The Week in Bike #38 – 3 October 2014

3 Oct


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Dimension of sight and sound, Matt White conspiracy theory, Astana positives, World Championships, national teams, allegiances, incentives, Fashion Club, meh, end of the season, UCI World Tour Standings, Tour of Beijing, Saiz, Spain, globalization.
(And no—shirt plugs have not been discontinued—just didn’t get around to one this week. Shoot me an email if you’re interested.)

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How The Race Was Won – Women's World Road Championships 2014

2 Oct

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Installment two of the ongoing collaboration with CyclingTips. A lot of pixels scattered on the lackluster nature of this year’s event and while it could have been more exciting, the at times pedestrian tempo didn’t mean the race was uninteresting—especially not with a late catch and wonderfully chaotic final kick.

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