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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.

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.

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.

How The Race Was Won – Il Lombardia 2014

6 Oct

(if the above isn’t working, go here) A new course for the race formerly known as Tour of Lombardy this year, and I think it works pretty well—beating up the riders just as TV coverage kicks on before a furious final four kilometers up, over, and into Bergamo. Warmer temps saw cramps play a role […]

How The Race Was Won – Women's World Road Championships 2014

2 Oct

(if the above isn’t working, go here) Installment two of the ongoing collaboration with CyclingTips. A lot of pixels scattered on the lackluster nature of this year’s event and while it could have been more exciting, the at times pedestrian tempo didn’t mean the race was uninteresting—especially not with a late catch and wonderfully chaotic […]

How The Race Was Won – Men's World Road Championships 2014

1 Oct

(if the above isn’t working, go here) So in case you missed it yesterday, I’ve begun working with CyclingTips on keeping How The Race Was Won and The Week in Bike going this year. This is rad because I get paid, but also because I get to work with an organization that’s been doing really […]

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. [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

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. [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

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. [iPad/iPhone/m4v]

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?!