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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]

How The Race Was Won – Strade Bianche 2014

10 Mar

Gravel, splits, crashes, team tactics, bold attacks, Mario Cipollini and a finishing climb into a walled citadel—what more could you ask for? [iPad/iPhone/m4v if the embed doesn't work]

How The Race Was Won – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2014

3 Mar

An absurdly active race for a season-opener, with all the usual classics mayhem in spite if the UCI’s new rules. Omega Pharma’s Niki Terpstra was the most active and Belkin the most aggressive, but the opportunities abounded for all sorts of ambitious opportunists. [iPad/iPhone/m4v if the embed doesn't work]