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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]

How The Race Was Won – Giro d’Italia 2014 – Stages 1-3

12 May

A Team Time Trial and a pair of rainy sprints. Music: https://soundcloud.com/bill-craig/molly-malone-2013 [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Tour de Romandie 2014

5 May

An important Tour tune-up stage in what’s been, for many would-be contenders, an usual spring. Features TTs, climbs, sprints (bunch and tactical) and yes—victory cheese. outro music: https://soundcloud.com/sssshawnnnn/sssshawnnnn-mac-n-cheese-live [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2014

28 Apr

You can make a donation for this week’s fresh beats: https://soundcloud.com/cosmocatalano/liege-bastogne-liege-chorale-kazakh-beats-orchestra-remix The action was back-loaded into this year’s event, but the sudden swings of fortune and what-if moments were all still there in abundance. In many ways, the riders were one, but they were not the same… [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Amstel Gold 2014

21 Apr

Cars, furniture, wind, position battle, a dangling escape, and a a breakaway rider who perhaps overestimated his strength. Rap metal light opera accompaniment from UnderGunned Productions: https://soundcloud.com/undergunnedproductions/modern-major-generals-song-1 [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

How The Race Was Won – Paris-Roubaix 2014

14 Apr

Don’t grab door handles. Don’t compensate for bad position by driving relentlessly to the front. Do attack once and make it stick. Don’t hire these guys to film your velodrome. Oh, right—the boat: http://cyclocosm.com/2013/07/how-the-race-was-won-tour-de-france-2013-stages-1-4/ [iPad/iPhone/m4v]