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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 – Gent-Wevelgem 2014

31 Mar

What this classic lacks in high-profile obstacles, it makes up for in rich historical appeal. After all, The More You Know™. [iPad/iPhone/m4v if the embed doesn't work]

How The Race Was Won – Milan-Sanremo 2014

24 Mar

New climb, old climb, no climb—it’s a long-ass race and the weather was bad. Can you even really call it a bunch sprint if the “bunch” is less than 30 riders? [iPad/iPhone/m4v if the embed doesn't work]

How The Race Was Won – Paris-Nice 2014

17 Mar

The newly-revamped course for the French spring opener makes for a whole lot of racing for a single HTRWW episode. [iPad/iPhone/m4v if the embed doesn't work]