We’re going to unpack Luck and Love and we’re making a list. Of super clear and super basic ideas about how and why the Spring Classics work so well. And the first thing on our list is Cobbles....
Flow makes a course interesting which makes the race interesting. Without flow Professional Road Racing is a Threshold Contest. Which sounds more interesting than it often is.
Road to Rad, Exhibits C-D: Crowdsourced Power & Women's Racing
I can’t say that the riders as a whole appreciated the gentleman in a turquoise bikini bottom sprinting up the hill in front of them.
I hugged Ben for me. For you. For everyone. We shared smiles. I asked him how he did that, I reminded him that breaks don't stay out, like, they just don't. It's not how racing works, so like, umm,...
If you’re a reader and consumer of Manual for Speed (or in other words if Manual for Speed is in your personal Fan Club), and you read these Race Reports, then you may (understandably) be confuse...
Fuck the lackluster setting, the invisible stage, the absent crowds, because none of that matters, it’s window dressing. These are the best in the world doing what they do.
We at Manual for Speed believe it's time to begin a conversation about the state of Road Cycling in America today.
Dear ATOK, you got California, I mean it’s California, the same one known around the world.
But I do want to tell you something: as much as I might feign disinterest and try on airs of disassociation I can tell you that every single day when that first rider crosses the finish line, it is...
So the 2016 ATOK is in the bag and for MFS we made it through, by which I mean nothing critically damaging happened and there were no unsolvable issues.
"I don’t remember the first cassette that I bought but I do remember the first cassette I wanted. My neighbor had it: Motley Crue’s - Girls Girls Girls."
MFS collaborated with Dehen 1920 to create One-Of-A-Kind-Official Manual for Speed Correspondent Jackets.
He's not just a dumb, hyper-exceptional hunk of an athlete. He's a complete human being equipped with complexity, contradiction and nuance. Also, he's funny. Point is, we like him.
As far we can tell, the Team Presentation is a warm-up for sign-in. Or maybe, think of it like a wedding rehearsal.
Look, Paris-Roubaix is insane. It’s exactly why Manual for Speed was invented.
You could say Phil became a hobby of ours, or you could say we became friends, both characterizations of our relationship are accurate. We like him personally and we're fascinated professionally by...
Manual for Speed brought an "Animalizer" or vision-based portal in the form of an ancient leopard skin (on loan from the Smithsonian's Museum of Hunting and Gathering) to today's Amstel Gold Roster...
Amstel Gold, I’m told, was boring and lite-disappointing; but I didn’t see that, I saw an incredible high-speed spectacle.
Alex Howes. Allllllllllllllllexxxxxxxxx Howwwwwwwes. Alex, Alex, Alex, Alex, Aleeeeeeeeex. Howes.
La Redoute is maybe the single greatest section of any bicycle race ever. It’s magical.
Manuel reports from Stage 01 of the Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 02 of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 03 of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 05 of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 06 of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 9 of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from the first rest day of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 10 of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 12 of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 15 of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Manuel reports from Stage 17 the 2015 Vuelta a Epsaña.
Manuel reports from Stage 19 of the Vuelta a España.
I almost passed out because of the strain thinking places on the human body in this kind of heat and humidity. At that point I made a decision to do all my subsequent thinking before going outside ...
Don't sweat sweat by beating sweat to the punch by sweating before sweating kicks in.
Tulsa Oklahoma is so hot and so humid, just being alive makes you sweat. Especially if you're alive outside. And/or thinking. And/or breathing. And/or racing bikes. That's why Manual for Speed visi...
The Blue Whale was built by Hugh S. Davis, Boy Scout, photographer, zoologist, lecturer, father of two, grandfather of four, great-grandfather of nine and friend of many.
This week on Human Athlete Visual Showcase, Troy Wells and Brady Kappius go inside Le Palais de Watson to take a peek at how the other half lives.
Maybe Cyclocross is, at best, a false-sport whose origins can be traced all the way back to an organized crime syndicate that flourished in pre-industrial Europe, when, like the Dark Ages, anti-in...
It was between 17°F and 18°F. There is a big hill. Some people ride up it. Lots of people don't. Some people try to but can’t. Some people ride it one time but then can’t another.
Dear Iowa, bootcut jeans? Still? Really? Is it because you guys ride Harleys and work in fields and whatnot? Like what I'm trying to say is this, do you wear bootcut jeans because you wear so many ...
Here is Manual for Speed enabling Team Clif through staircase drills, bunny hops, reflections, portraits, hand holding, meet & greets, Chippendales, street dancing, performance art, etc.
Las Vegas is an absolutely perfect location to hold a cyclocross tournament.
Manual for Speed was on hand for the 2014 Interbike Bicycle and Bicycle Accessory Trade Show. We hit the red carpet and asked some of the most influential Bicycle Industry Style Icons: "What are yo...
Like the plague, handbags for men, and Peugeots, Cyclocross was invented in Europe. Apparently one day in March, in the town of Luik, in the year 1907, a group of bored and misguided road cyclists—Pierre, Raoul, Henri, Jacque, Big Tony and some dude named Martin—elected to turn an otherwise lawful road race into an act of terrorism. Citing church steeples as landmarks, they decided to run their village-to-village race that fateful day using any means necessary; meaning they could cut through farmer’s fields (trespassing), hop over fences (breaking and entering), climb over walls (vandalism) take shortcuts (reckless endangerment), and basically do WHATEVER it took to get there first. In spite of the fact that their farms, fields, and parks, nay livelihood was now scarred by a barbaric and senseless network of ruts, errant mud, and exposed roots, a situation the villagers instinctively knew was environmentally unsustainable, they refused to complain or confront the outlaw steeplechasers for fear of retribution, or worse, for fear of death. Left unchecked, this type of race has become codified over the decades into the insidious and destructive cyclocross racing format that we know today.
I didn’t have the best time. I hope you did. Team MFS discussed this back at the La Quinta Office after my keycard quest (see below). We all pretty much shared the vibe, but then after looking at the photos we thought, hey these photos aren’t that bad, this race looks all right. So Dear Readers, look at the photos, there’s something to them.
Maybe Cyclocross is, at best, a false-sport whose origins can be traced all the way back to an organized crime syndicate that flourished in pre-industrial Europe, when, like the Dark Ages, anti-innovation, anti-technology and anti-intellectual attitudes dominated culture.
Dear Iowa, bootcut jeans? Still? Really? Is it because you guys ride Harleys and work in fields and whatnot? Like what I'm trying to say is this, do you wear bootcut jeans because you wear so many boots?
Steeplechase Tournaments, like American Criteriums, are weekend events in various towns-not-cities throughout America.
Las Vegas is most definitely in the middle of a desert. There is just no way of denying it; any map worth a damn will show that the City of Sin rises like a middle finger from the center of a vast brown expanse, away from major bodies of water, far from a dependable jetstream.
Gloucester, MA, is notable for at least two different reasons.
Road Cycling is, in fact, about the finest, most transformative sport known to man. And for many, that is enough. But for us, for Manual for Speed, it’s clear that Cycling is bigger and more profound and frankly, more interesting than a simple superficial single interpretation of SPEED. We maintain that Professional Cycling is the Greatest Spectacle on Earth.
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