Archive | October, 2013

How The Race Was Won x BTB TV — Cross Vegas

31 Oct

Halloween Horror Story: you compete in this sport with lots of mud, sharp inclines, technical descents, and surfaces so unreliable you occasionally have to run them…but then you get asked to compete at it on a manicured grass soccer field, in the middle of the desert, on the other side of the world, half-a-year before the World Championships! Mwahahahaha!
Seriously, though—this year’s Cross Vegas showed that just because a course is fast and open doesn’t necessarily mean it’s gonna be a road race. There are seconds to be had around every bend, and the best ‘cross racers don’t need a mud bog to suss them out.

How the Race Was Won x BTB TV – Colorado Cross Classic

25 Oct

Let’s stick around Colorado for a little bit—no need to rush the transition out of the high-and-dry. Instead, feast your eyes on the dusty, slick, and sandy saga of the Colorado Cross Classic, which proves rider reputations (for crashing in technical conditions, for dominating certain surfaces, etc) are no guarantee of future performance.

How The Race Was Won x BTB TV – Boulder Cup

17 Oct

Kinda wanted to make fun of Boulder a little more, but they’ve had a tough couple weeks. Choose instead to highlight the massive contingent of riders for whom this was the hometown race. Can we call it “Rocky Mountain Worlds” yet?

Anyway, cool to see the purpose-built course, but hoping for a little more snow/muck by the time nationals rolls around—it’ll give the pack a little more reason to outrigger.

How The Race Was Won – Paris-Tours 2013

15 Oct

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“The Sprinters’ Classic” is played out. “The Un-Google-able Race” is the new jam. Lots of posturing, a flurry of attacks over some steep-ish climbs, some not-so-polite racing, and a very suspenseful finish.

And I think that’s a season. This is the third time I’ve done Paris-Tours, so maybe next time around I’ll be up for the Tour of Beijing—or maybe I’ll point out that boxcar-ing events onto an already-too-long season is no way to build new markets. We’ll find out in 2014.

How The Race Was Won x BTB TV – Providence Cyclocross Festival

10 Oct

Some big names came out to play at the Providence Cyclocross (I don’t hyphenate) Festival last weekend. Double points going fifteen deep at this UCI C1, a tight and surprisingly hard-racing course that brought out the selections early—though not so early that the always-important start proved decisive.

While I’m not sure the podium would have played any differently on a more open course, the race also provided a good example of how the technical aspects of cyclocross sometimes invert the road racing logic of keeping your nose out of the wind.

How The Race Was Won – Giro di Lombardia 2013

9 Oct

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I don’t like to do produce these things “late”—but then again, I don’t have complete control over my own work schedule, either. And to be entirely honest, the 2013 edition wasn’t exactly a race for the ages.

Still, it’s a “monument” (though I’ve never been clear on the root of that particular distinction) and not without its moments. But above all else, I’m just trying to finish strong as the season wraps up, following some day-job induced interruptions in August and September.

How The Race Was Won x BTB TV – Gran Prix of Gloucester

3 Oct

It was tough to resist the temptation to voice-over this one in my finest North Shore accent. GP Gloucester is a New England staple—though super-dry conditions, while appeasing some unhappy locals, made the event almost unrecognizable in parts.

Perhaps it wasn’t surprising, then, to a see a California-based New England transplant come to the front to challenge some of the biggest and most-established names in the sport. But conditions alone couldn’t account for the remarkable poise and timing she displayed, keeping the race under control and picking her moments through the second day of racing.

You can also catch a super-rare glimpse of me in front of the camera, attempting to conduct live interviews after Day 1, in BTB’s full GP Gloucester coverage.