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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. [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stages 16-21

8 Aug

I was out of town, so we managed to secure a guest narrator. Took a while to get the finished product out as he insisted on final cut. [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stages 11-15

21 Jul

Sure, Nibali has a more than comfortable lead, but two uphill finishes last week didn’t do much to sort out the rest of the standings. All that and some fantastically aggressive racing and a couple sprints. Also, I’m seriously not going to be around next weekend, so you’ll have to wait for the final installment. […]

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stages 6-10

15 Jul

A transitional week of crosswinds, short climbs, and moderate mountains. The GC race continues to not be shaped by traditional forces, and a standout contender solidifies his lead. Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8jOWWsSb_g&t=3m45s [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stages 1-4

15 Jul

As I mentioned after Stage 5, we’re a little out of order here. Relieve the opening few days among massive crowds in England that were…maybe not so used to seeing a bike race. Music: https://soundcloud.com/dimmakrecords/the-chainsmokers-selfie-4 [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Tour de France 2014 – Stage 5

10 Jul

I really couldn’t sum this one up in a minute-long, 180-world sound clip. Nibali gets to show his handling skills are for more than descending, Froome struggles from the beginning, and a whole lot of people attempt to limit their losses. Music: https://soundcloud.com/cosmocatalano/the-chase [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Criterium du Dauphine 2014

17 Jun

A lot of successful breakaways, early GC action, smart riding, bold moves, and a surprise winner. Stage races should always be this fun—though maybe not so difficult to rework. Music: https://soundcloud.com/djskillzmusic/florida-georgia-line-how-we-roll [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Giro d’Italia 2014 – Stages 16-21

3 Jun

Quintana confirms on a legendary day, a whole lot of breakaways hold out, and someone may be a little fond of forcing people to ride bikes uphill. Music: https://soundcloud.com/mechanikproject/trap-o-fortuna [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Giro d’Italia 2014 – Stages 10-15

26 May

A little rain, a touch of hail, but mostly hard, savvy, GC-impactful racing. Big climbs, TTs and the science of limiting losses. Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UNUYQDOGfg [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Giro d’Italia 2014 – Stages 4-9

19 May

Rainy, rainy, rainy, to the point that the GC shake-ups seem to have had less impact on the GC than the flat and intermediate stages. Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUrudD4Db5c (I’m so, so sorry) [iPad/iPhone/m4v]