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

18 May

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 […]

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

6 May

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 […]

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.

The Recon Ride Podcast: Tour de Romandie 2015

26 Apr

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, […]

The Recon Ride Podcast: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2015

24 Apr

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) […]

How The Race Was Won – Amstel Gold 2015

21 Apr

A lot of cool and varied teamwork from a variety of squads, mercifully few crashes, near-fisticuffs, and nicely tactical final k. All in all, not a bad Amstel. Watch on Vimeo if the embed above doesn’t work—it’s a better site anyway.

The Recon Ride Podcast: Amstel Gold & Fleche Wallonne 2015

18 Apr

Episode 9: Amstel Gold & Fleche Wallonne 2015 The youngest of the Spring Classics, Amstel Gold is punctuated by 30+ climbs and incessant road furniture. Wednesday’s Fleche Wallone takes riders over the photogenically steep Mur de Huy three times. Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) is back in the US to help me discuss the events, […]

How The Race Was Won – Paris-Roubaix 2015

13 Apr

The cobbles weren’t all that decisive this year—thanks to good weather and a steady tailwind, they were really more a steady grindstone against which the field was reduced. The real tactical action came at the very end, and involved some of Etixx-Quickstep’s best racing this spring, though in the finale, the outcome was pretty much […]

The Recon Ride Podcast: Paris-Roubaix 2015

10 Apr

Episode 8: Paris-Roubaix They call it the Queen of the Classics—long, pan-flat, jarring and legendary. Dane Cash (@velohuman / VeloHuman.com) continues his European tour, interviewing my race favorite Sky’s Brad Wiggins, his teammate Gerraint Thomas, and MTN Qhubeka’s American veteran, Tyler Farrar. In addition, we both pontificate on the history, the most important cobbled segments, […]