Archive | April, 2016

How The Race Was Won – Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2016

25 Apr

No better way to end the spring season than a thin layer of heavy, damp snow, right? The weather certainly played a role, but tactics, vind vests, gearing, and even (maybe) the occasional spectator did too. Enjoy the schadenfreude that comes from knowing your local weather conditions are nowhere near this bad, courtesy of CyclingTips and Scott.

The Recon Ride – Tour de Romandie 2016

24 Apr

The Recon Ride Tour de Romandie 2016

Episode 41: Tour de Romandie 2016

It’s no secret I don’t much care for week-long stage races, but this one’s not so bad. Listen in as Dane Cash of VeloHuman and I discuss why that is, alongside other topics that make this last-stop Giro/first-stop Tour tune-up unique.

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Photo by Georges Ménager (CC).

The Recon Ride – Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2016

22 Apr

The Recon Ride Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2016

Episode 40: Liege-Bastogne-Liege 2016

The sport’s oldest event sees a new course this year, and while I think it didn’t exactly need the adjustment, it sill gave me plenty of things to talk about with Dane Cash of VeloHuman. Favorites, climbs (categorized and otherwise), crashes, and the general gravitas of a 100+ year old event.

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Photo by Jean Housen (CC).

How The Race Was Won – Amstel Gold 2016

18 Apr

Into the hills of the Netherlands, on a race course the favorites still seem to be trying to figure out. Yes, the action is end-loaded, but it’s pretty interesting this time around PLUS I hid a rider mis-identification toward the end totally on purpose to see if you’re paying attention and not at all because I cross-read the start list. And of course big ups to Scott and CyclingTips for making it all happen.

The Recon Ride Podcast – Amstel Gold / Fleche Wallonne 2016

15 Apr

The Recon Ride Amstel Gold/Fleche Wallone 2016

Episode 39: Amstel Gold / Fleche-Wallonne

Off of the cobbles and onto the streets…and suddenly Etixx-QuickStep is the hot contender? Dane Cash of VeloHuman and I break down how this truth of the hilly classics is indeed stranger than the fiction of, say, Lance Armstrong’s continued tenure as the officially recognized 1995 Fleche-Wallonne winner.

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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.

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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Photo by Dane Cash.

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.