How The Race Was Won – Paris-Roubaix 2016

11 Apr

Yeesh, what a race. Early splits, strong teamwork, crashes, epic saves—but it would all come down to who was best on the cobbles…or would it? A study in cycling, persistence, luck, and general exhaustion. Thanks as always to the good people at CyclingTips, with an assist from Scott.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Paris-Roubaix 2016

7 Apr

The Recon Ride Paris-Roubaix 2016

Episode 38: Paris-Roubaix 2016

The Queen of the Classics, the Hell of the North, the one race that people who only really know the Tour de France might also have heard of. Dane Cash of VeloHuman and I do the usual rundown, and even get BMC’s Taylor Phinney to tell us what’s actually going on out there on the cobblestones of Northern Europe.

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How The Race Was Won – Tour of Flanders 2016

4 Apr

Summing up Tour of Flanders in five minutes is always a challenge. Key points—aggressive racing early didn’t pay off, things calmed down a lot in the middle, Cancellara passing on the move did have some logic to it, and the critical moments were a lot closer than you might think.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Tour of Flanders 2016

31 Mar

The Recon Ride Tour of Flanders 2016

Episode 37: Tour of Flanders

I don’t like to point out any one show (or event) as a favorite, but I will say that Dane Cash of VeloHuman, CyclingTips‘ US Editor Neal Rogers and I had some outstanding conversation this week, examining and prognosticating about this 100th edition of the most important race in cycling’s most important country.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – E3 Harelbeke / Gent-Wevelgem 2016

23 Mar

The Recon Ride E3 Harelbeke & Gent-Wevelgem 2016

Episode 36: E3 Harelbeke / Gent-Wevelgem

Classics season is underway in earnest. Dane Cash of VeloHuman brings on-the-ground experience from his Belgian trip last season as we talk about the courses, climbs, crosswinds, and prospective podiums.

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How The Race Was Won – Milan-Sanremo 2016

21 Mar

So—probably just going to be a handful of these this year, but you should thank the good people at CyclingTips that there are any at all. Sanremo was the first race I ever did (back in 2009) and one of my favorites. But between the crashes and the lack of attacks, I think it may be time to freshen up the profile just a touch.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Volta a Catalunya 2016

20 Mar

The Recon Ride Volta a Catalunya 2016

Episode 35: Volta a Catalunya 2016

The Volta a Catalunya is a great race and an old race, but underproduced and out of place on the WorldTour calendar–or at least that’s what I think. Dane Cash of VeloHuman, who was at the event itself last year, has some different thoughts as we pick some potential winners and preview the parcours.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Milan-Sanremo 2016

17 Mar

The Recon Ride Milan-Sanremo 2016

Episode 34: Milan-Sanremo 2016

The World Tour’s longest race also brings the most compressed action, but I’m pretty resigned to thinking this thing is always going to be a sprint. Dane Cash of VeloHuman and I discuss the good and the bad of that, tab a few favorites, and even get some on-the-ground info from Velonews’ Italian specialista Gregor Brown.

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The Recon Ride Podcast: Tirreno-Adriatico 2016

6 Mar

The Recon Ride Paris-Nice 2016

Episode 33: Tirreno-Adriatico 2016

A mid-week stage race that’s comfortable with who it is, but at the same time isn’t afraid to try new things. That’s the Tinder Profile for Tirreno-Adriatico, and in this latest edition of the Recon Ride Dane Cash of VeloHuman and I tell you when to swipe left, when to swipe right, and when to stop belaboring the metaphor and just watch the dang bike race.

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The Recon Ride Podcast: Paris-Nice 2016

3 Mar

The Recon Ride Paris-Nice 2016

Episode 32: Paris-Nice 2016

After last week’s Belgian season opener, the eyes of the sport head to France where a storied event becomes ever more undermined by the organization that owns it. Dane Cash of VeloHuman talk about the ins, outs, stages, implications, contenders, and maybe—just maybe—make a few accurate predictions.

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