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The Week In Bike #45 – 21 November 2014

21 Nov

Bono, advertising, value, factories, cheap stuff, expensive stuff, peak Rapha, enthusiasm, stoke, Superprestige Gavere, mud, Vantornout, Cant, Koksijde, hour record, Martin, MTN-Qhubeka, data, wild cards, corruption, Kazakhstan, UCI, WorldTour licenses, funny doctors, a message from your Uncle Billy.

The Week In Bike #44 – 14 November 2014

14 Nov

Cold, Amstel, beer, Superprestige Ruddervoorde, signs, Jaarmarktcross Niel, movie bikes, interviews, Nibali, Vinokourov, Astana, Brajkovic, United Healthcare, guilt by association, teams, Evelyn Stevens, Lehman Brothers, “real” jobs, employment, tenure, security, weirdos, Thomas Dekker, Hour Record.

The Week In Bike #43 – 7 November 2014

7 Nov

The cycling TV product, VeloCenter, Koppenbergcross, Bpost, Superprestige, Zonhoven, Wiggins, Hour Record, Roubaix, Motofish Coffee, teams, minimum wage, sponsors, riders, Pantani, vaporware dope case, late payout, …but yeah TV production is the problem.

How The Race Was Won – Koppenbergcross 2014

4 Nov

Koppenbergcross makes a nice gateway into Euro CX for road fans. Some recognizable cobbles, no forced dismounts, and lots of pedaling. Plus there’s a stretch-regroup pack dynamic in the earlier laps that will feel very familiar, and as always, that unpredictable cyclocross mayhem.

The Week In Bike #42 – 31 October 2014

31 Oct

New hour record, Yams, off-season traffic, cute dog, lie detectors, Kreuziger, thyroids, mishandling, Hamilton, MTN Qhubeka upgrades, Six Degrees of Jean-Paul Van Poppel, transfers, Wyman, sponsorship, Wonka, road cycling, WorldTour, Superprestige, governing bodies, leagues.

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.

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.

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.

How The Race Was Won – Paris-Tours 2014

14 Oct

(if the above isn’t working, go here) 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.

The Week In Bike #39 – 10 October 2014

11 Oct

(if the above isn’t working, try here) 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.