How To Watch A Bike Race

10 Dec

A brief guide to where to find the cool stuff during a bike race. Obviously, you’ll see the break, you’ll see the guys leading the chase, and you’ll see the finish, but I’ve always found the real meat of the sport to be happening just behind the focus of the camera.

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The Week In Bike #47 – 5 December 2014

5 Dec

WorldTour teams, moustache, Astana, technicalities, MPCC, Neri Sotolli, Facts-4-Kreuziger, camouflage, Milton Keynes World Cup, Flandriencross Hamme, IAM Cycling, Velon, Vaughters, utopian pensions, money, rights, CyclingTV, consumer appeal, NCBSN, the basics, bells and whistles, trust.

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The Week In Bike #46 – 28 November 2014

29 Nov

Playing pro, cars, airports, TSA, Astana, Francorchamps, Koksijde, airplanes, leg room, hotels, Velon, l’Equipe, ASO, telling stories, cycling season, Cancellara, Hour Record.

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How The Season Was Won 2014

25 Nov

Obviously, specialization makes it tough to pick a “best” rider these days. So if I’m going to do it, it’s going to be a comprehensive approach. You can’t just look at who won the most competitive Grand Tour of the year and call it a day. Here’s how I see the competition, and who I see coming out on top this year.

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The Week In Bike #45 – 21 November 2014

21 Nov

Bono, advertising, value, factories, cheap stuff, expensive stuff, peak Rapha, enthusiasm, stoke, Superprestige Gavere, mud, Vantornout, Cant, Koksijde, hour record, Martin, MTN-Qhubeka, data, wild cards, corruption, Kazakhstan, UCI, WorldTour licenses, funny doctors, a message from your Uncle Billy.

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The Week In Bike #44 – 14 November 2014

14 Nov

Cold, Amstel, beer, Superprestige Ruddervoorde, signs, Jaarmarktcross Niel, movie bikes, interviews, Nibali, Vinokourov, Astana, Brajkovic, United Healthcare, guilt by association, teams, Evelyn Stevens, Lehman Brothers, “real” jobs, employment, tenure, security, weirdos, Thomas Dekker, Hour Record.

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The Week In Bike #43 – 7 November 2014

7 Nov

The cycling TV product, VeloCenter, Koppenbergcross, Bpost, Superprestige, Zonhoven, Wiggins, Hour Record, Roubaix, Motofish Coffee, teams, minimum wage, sponsors, riders, Pantani, vaporware dope case, late payout, …but yeah TV production is the problem.

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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.

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The Week In Bike #42 – 31 October 2014

31 Oct

New hour record, Yams, off-season traffic, cute dog, lie detectors, Kreuziger, thyroids, mishandling, Hamilton, MTN Qhubeka upgrades, Six Degrees of Jean-Paul Van Poppel, transfers, Wyman, sponsorship, Wonka, road cycling, WorldTour, Superprestige, governing bodies, leagues.

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The Week in Bike #41 – 24 October 2014

24 Oct

Tour fashion police, Lennie Briscoe, 2015 Tour Route, Chris Froome, Vinokourov, transparency, Nibali, talking points, www.ninox.cc, Japan Cup, World Cup Valkenburg, electronic shifting, USA Cycling, Hincapie, Armstrong, fondos, crime, punishment, authority, enforcement.

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