The Recon Ride Podcast: Tour de Suisse 2015

11 Jun

Tour de Suisse 2015

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.

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The Recon Ride Podcast: Criterium du Dauphine 2015

5 Jun

Criterium du Dauphine 2015

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.

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How The Race Was Won – Giro d’Italia – Stage 15

1 Jun

It’s one stage, and it’s the whole Giro. There weren’t major GC gaps at the top of the classification, but maybe there could have been. Purely speculative ♫…and to be real, it doesn’t matter anyway… ♫

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The Recon Ride Podcast: Giro d’Italia 2015, Part 3

25 May

Giro d'Italia 2015 Recon Ride Podcast Part 2

Episode 14: Giro d’Italia 2015, Part 3
Catch up on a crazy week with Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) and myself, and preview what’s coming up for the last few days of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

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The Recon Ride Podcast: Giro d’Italia 2015, Part 2

18 May

Giro d'Italia 2015 Recon Ride Podcast Part 2

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.

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Cycling’s Sponsor-Branded Teams p/b Financial Instability

11 May

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 Hunting is 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.

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The Recon Ride Podcast: Giro d’Italia 2015, Part I

6 May

Tour of Flanders Recon Ride Podcast

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.

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How The Race Was Won – Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015

28 Apr

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.

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The Recon Ride Podcast: Tour de Romandie 2015

26 Apr

Tour of Flanders Recon Ride Podcast

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.

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The Recon Ride Podcast: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015

24 Apr

Tour of Flanders Recon Ride Podcast

Episode 10: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015
Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) and I discuss Liege-Bastogne-Liege, which is the oldest race…anywhere. Longer climbs than most classics, a ton of potential launch points, a ridiculous array of potential favorites, layers of history, and just the tiniest bit of post-industrial gloom make this Monument (if you think that’s a thing) a fitting send-off for the spring classics season.

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