The Week In Bike #39 – 10 October 2014

11 Oct

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Phil Gaimon, professional networking, real sport, Astana, UCI, WorldTour licenses, Team Alonso, Oleg Tinkoff, Grand Tour prize, Contador, women’s news, women’s prize, Andy Schleck, development, broken thumb, CX of the North.

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KMC Cyclocross Festival #1 Elite Men – HTRWW x BTB

10 Oct



Not sure if conditions in the Men’s race made it to “muddy”, but things were definitely slick. For all the nervousness on the start line, the first lap was pretty relaxed, before two early moves off the front meant most of the action took place further down. Still, some nice recoveries and hard-fought battles nonetheless.

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KMC Cyclocross Festival #1 Elite Women – HTRWW x BTB

9 Oct

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A lovely New England style deterioration from damp and tacky to slick and loose. Three flyovers per lap, including an extremely steep side-by-side setup, one just following a set of stairs. No surprise on the winner, but tightly-fought battles from there down.

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How The Race Was Won – Il Lombardia 2014

6 Oct

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A new course for the race formerly known as Tour of Lombardy this year, and I think it works pretty well—beating up the riders just as TV coverage kicks on before a furious final four kilometers up, over, and into Bergamo. Warmer temps saw cramps play a role this time around, but it’s pretty hard to complain about how it all wrapped up.

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The Week in Bike #38 – 3 October 2014

3 Oct


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Dimension of sight and sound, Matt White conspiracy theory, Astana positives, World Championships, national teams, allegiances, incentives, Fashion Club, meh, end of the season, UCI World Tour Standings, Tour of Beijing, Saiz, Spain, globalization.
(And no—shirt plugs have not been discontinued—just didn’t get around to one this week. Shoot me an email if you’re interested.)

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How The Race Was Won – Women's World Road Championships 2014

2 Oct

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Installment two of the ongoing collaboration with CyclingTips. A lot of pixels scattered on the lackluster nature of this year’s event and while it could have been more exciting, the at times pedestrian tempo didn’t mean the race was uninteresting—especially not with a late catch and wonderfully chaotic final kick.

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How The Race Was Won – Men's World Road Championships 2014

1 Oct

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So in case you missed it yesterday, I’ve begun working with CyclingTips on keeping How The Race Was Won and The Week in Bike going this year. This is rad because I get paid, but also because I get to work with an organization that’s been doing really cool stuff over the past year or two, from netting interviews with sport scientists about the gritty details of a bio passport case to pulling back the curtain on how exactly the Tour de France ends up on your TV screen (or pirate feed, as the case may be). Did I mention they’re also hiring a women’s editor?

Anyway, enjoy the video—happy to be able to say there are many more on the way.

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The Week in Bike #37 – 26 September 2014

26 Sep

Bike Rumor, The List, lawyers, happy week, women’s Strade Bianche, World Champs crash, publicity, Universal Sports, content distribution, Fields of Joy CX, Sunbury Cycling Club, more worlds, UCI tribunal, Alpecin.

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How The Race Was Won x BTB TV – Cross Vegas Men 2014

20 Sep

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The term “grass crit” gets thrown around a lot, but a fair amount of road tactics and even teamwork in this one. Plus a little controversy, at least one dollar pick-up, and the big differences tiny differences in technique can make.

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The Week in Bike #36 – 19 September 2014

19 Sep

Hour “record”, marketing, vandalism, weather, crashing, Britain, weird stuff, http://neon-velo.com/, Gerrans-ing, Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour, Vos, van Dijk, “naked” kits, Buzzfeed, pumpkin spice condoms, free publicity, decency.

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