How The Race Was Won – Vuelta a España 2014 – Stages 17-21

16 Sep

A great run-in and sprint, a few late GC deciders, and one “why-did-we-even-bother-to-start” day. And maybe another flyby or two.

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Cat 3 35+ Mythbusting

14 Sep

cat3As a recent transplant to Colorado, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the quality of the handful BRAC Colorado’ Cross Cup races I’ve done so far. But I will say I’m a little confused by the number of separate fields these events jam into single day of racing.

I think many of these races could be combined, but for the moment, I’m going to focus on the split that most closely affects me: there are separate fields for Cat 3 racers—one “Open” race, and one reserved for those age 35 and up.

The result is two small fields (24 and 46, respectively, at my last event) of similarly skilled and experienced riders starting a minute or two minutes away from each other—which doesn’t make any sense. So I’ve started asking why the series splits these two races, instead of simply scoring a masters category separately. The responses I’ve gotten haven’t been particularly well-thought out.

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The Week in Bike #35 – 12 September 2014

12 Sep

New stuff, Bikenado2, MONSTER JAM, dog, Evelyn Stevens, classics, Interbike, bros, #college, more dog, ‘cross season, ‘Cross of the North, Tour of Britain, Cavendish, Kwiatkowski, Grands Prix Cyclistes, Challenge Sprint Pro, race formats.

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Because John Watson Wants an Apology

11 Sep

We’ve all done dumb shit before, John—especially me. Especially on the Internet, and especially while having a good party going. It’s not a character flaw. It happens, and when it happens to me, I make amends. That’s why I’m writing this—because you seem to think I’ve done something wrong and I’m addressing that. I’m just…not sure what wrong I did.

First, let’s establish the backstory. I don’t believe any of these are in dispute.
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How The Race Was Won – Vuelta a España 2014 – Stages 10-16

9 Sep

The Heart of the GC racing action, with a few absurd surprises, battles for the minor placings, far too many motos, but no one able to upset Valverde…yet.

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The Week in Bike #34 – 5 September 2014

5 Sep

Wait for it…, GP Ouest-France Plouay, Poitou Charrents, Holland Ladies Tour, Oakleys, Baby-Dump, Gran Fondo New England, elbows, Tour of Alberta, Dumoulin, aerodynamics, Hour Record.

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How The Race Was Won – Vuelta a España 2014 – Stages 6-9

1 Sep

Two mountain-top finishes, a sprint, and an escape. Plus crosswinds, some argy-bargy, more deflated thundersticks, a Magic 8-Ball and GC race that remains fantastically tight nearly halfway into the event. Buy a shirt if you prefer men’s style shirts. Buy a shirt if you prefer women’s style shirts.

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The Week in Bike #33 – 30 August 2014

31 Aug

Late, HTRWW, dog, Womens’ World Cup, Vargarda, PRJCT X, GP Plouay, Kristoff, Vattenfall, USAPC, Phil Liggett Phact Check, beer, dispatch, that other show, men’s HTRWW shirt, women’s HTRWW shirt, order-of-registration five months out?!

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How The Race Was Won – Vuelta a España 2014 – Stages 1-5

28 Aug

Hot days in the early going in Spain—not a ton of GC action, not a ton of particularly complicated sprints. An on-form Degenkolb. An absent Sagan. An aircraft carrier. Too close for missiles. Switching to guns.

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The Week in Bike #32 – 22 August 2014

22 Aug

Neutralization, communication, organization, press conferences, Bicycling Fall Classic, finances, Ladies Tour of Norway, Vargarda TTT and RR, UCI website, Arctic Race of Norway, inter-Norwegian drama, rising Oligarch drama, brand exposure, business, Vuelta, redemption, cyclocross.

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