How The Race Was Won – Milan-Sanremo 2018

19 Mar

Back again this classics season, thanks to the good people at Eurosport. A stiff headwind kept the pack together for one of the slowest Milan-Sanremo’s in ages. But the sprint-friendly conditions created opportunities for attackers as well, leading to perhaps my favorite final few K in years of watching the event.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Milan-Sanremo 2018

15 Mar

Recon Ride Milan-Sanremo 2018

Episode 83: Milan-Sanremo 2018

Dane and I are back, and just in time for the classics! Listen in to hear Elia Viviani’s thoughts on the longest major race of the season, this Saturday’s Milan-Sanremo.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Off-Season 2017

9 Nov

Episode 82: Off-Season 2017

A 2017 post-view? A 2018 preview? I don’t honestly know that there’s a difference—but the one thing I do know is that this is the last Recon Ride of 2017. Less impressive than it sounds, considering the 2018 Tour Down Under is just three months off.

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On The Passing of Cycling.TV

11 Oct

Will Farrell sings at a fanciful funeral for cycling.tv

♫…all we are is dust in the wind…♫


Last week, numerous cycling outlets reported that Cycling.TV, long-time online broadcaster of Euro cycling events, would be shutting down forever in a little less than a month. The company’s message to subscribers ran thusly:

Cycling.TV regrets to inform you that as of November 3, 2017 we will cease operations. As set forth in Clause 4 of Cycling.TV’s Terms and Conditions of Purchase, you will receive “a refund of the amount you pre-paid for the Services less an amount proportionate to the number of days for which you have had access to the Services”.

It was, as valedictions go, brilliantly and painfully appropriate—terse, yet convoluted, devoid of detail, accompanied by radio silence from the company, and utterly out of sync with anything on either the company’s website or Twitter feed, even now, a full week after the announcement. At time of publication, its app remains ready for download.

Just based on the rest of the brand’s communications, the mere existence of a closure announcement is notable, and the fact that it arrived weeks before the eventual termination feels like a minor miracle.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – Il Lombardia 2017

6 Oct

Episode 81: Il Lombardia 2017

In what is probably our last race preview episode of the season, Dane and I talk about the final monument of the year, and chat with Lotto-Soudal’s Tim Wellens who’s lit this race up (and many others) on more than one occasion.

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A Twitter Thread on Eurosport, NBCSN, and Cycling TV Coverage

27 Sep


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How The Race Was Won – UCI World Championships Men’s Road Race 2017

26 Sep

An unprecedented result, active racing, and an entertaining technical glitch all made for a unique and pretty enjoyable battle out on the roads of Bergen. Thanks to CyclingTips for helping to make this weekend’s HTRWW’s come together at the last second.

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How The Race Was Won – UCI World Championships Women’s Road Race 2017

25 Sep

It’s a rare treat to get footage for a full women’s event, and rarer still to see a race where one team is so dominant, but the competition stays active and fun to watch. Thanks to CyclingTips for helping to make this weekend’s HTRWW’s come together at the last second.

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The Recon Ride Podcast – UCI Men’s World Championship Road Race 2017

21 Sep

Episode 80: UCI Men’s World Championship Road Race 2017

Rain, red carpets, and really good racing. The Bergen races have delivered so far, and Dane and I have hopes for the main event on Sunday, where we just might see a rider claim three consecutive rainbow jerseys for the first time ever.

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Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec et Montreal 2017

6 Sep

Episode 80: Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec e Montreal 2017

These late-season one-days are two of my favorite races, due in no small part to the fact that Dane Cash himself attends the events and gets rockstar interviews with the likes Tom Dumoulin and Greg Van Avermaet for this very podcast.

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