Road Cycling is, in fact, about the finest, most transformative, most powerful sport known to man. And for many, that is enough. That is as complicated and/or nuanced as the whole thing needs to be. But for us, for Manual for Speed, it’s clear that Cycling is bigger, more profound and frankly more interesting than a simple superficial singular interpretation of SPEED. We maintain that Professional Cycling is the Greatest Spectacle on Earth. From Human Athletes, Chillers and Barricade Butts to the Mobile Performance-art Circus Show that is a high-speed, semi-volatile parade of athletes, fans, police, staff, supporters, judges, team cars, neutral support, media, feed stations, KOMs, Sprints, and et cetera et cetera, this website (and project) is dedicated to the whole Fuck Show.
Manuel reports from the 2015 Vuelta a España.
12 year-olds and French businessmen have known this for years, but folding mini scooters really are the best way to travel.
Road Nationals from Chattanooga featuring a plethora of Kasual Klub Team Members.
We care a lot more about a specific group of dudes because they’re Our Dudes. It’s not an official thing, or a club, and they’re not all on the same team, they’re just dudes we like.
A quotidian aggregation of the day’s events at the Giro d’Italia, as experienced by an enthusiastic eight-pound miniature dachshund named Manuel.
We l-o-v-e-d loved it. I had my reservations too. I mean, you’re in England which England is all fine and dandy when it comes to bacon and club anthems but bike racing?
Listen, MSR, I couldn’t be more sorry that we had to end it like that. I was there for such a short time and we barely got a chance to talk and hang out. You know I love you! You know that.
Why was Ted King carrying four boxes of nutritional bars up to his room the night before the race? Did he just sit and eat those in his room instead of going to team dinner?
THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS THAT ALEX HOWES IS IN YELLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is going to be America’s single best Stage Race (ever) within the next two years. The vibe is right.
Manual for Speed will be sending Manuel, an eight-pound miniature dachshund currently working toward obtain an online degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University from his home in Miami-Dade county.
There Are Like Three Maybe Four Things You Need to Know About the 2014 USA Cycling Professional Road National Championships (USACPRNC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Vuelta al País Vasco is chill. I mean it’s fast, and it’s probably the hardest race—according to Tom-Jelte Slagter—in the world except for a Grand Tour (i.e. the Vuelta, that French one and the Giro), and the spectator turnout is a solid B+, but all and all it’s kinda laid back.
"Dubai Tour is the new professional cycling race that will open the UCI Asia Tour. From February 5th to 8th, 2014, the Great Cycling is coming to Dubai for the first time. 4 stages, the best teams and the best riders will offer the World an amazing competition and a magnificent showcase of Dubai."
The day before yesterday it was 44°, yesterday it was 38°, today it’s 27°. Sometimes it’s windy here. Mostly it’s pleasant and bright, like the way Christians and nearly-dead people talk about Heaven. Only everyone here still wears shants, camouflage, and cargo-pocketed camouflaged shants (but shants all the same).
Surrounded by thousands of fan’s poster-thrusting hands on his way into the Garmin Sharp Team Bus, we ask Lachlan Morton what his Spirit Animal is. “What’s my Spirit Animal? Give me a minute on that one.”
"There is no way to express what it feels like to sprint through the cobbled and tunneled corners before the Wall, then to hear the echo of the crowd subside with the onslaught of heat and steepness that is the Wall itself."
Dude, what words? There are no words. It’s colorful and epic and there is nothing like watching 207 dudes expertly destroying themselves 21 days essentially in a row in game-changing mountains and in mercurial weather. The faces. It’s all about the faces.
In January 2013, I told Raoul we were coming back. I told him we wanted to ride with him and his Dad this time. I said caravanning is cool and all, but let’s just do this for real. He said I was welcome, he said I could stay with him, he said that his Mom would make White Gold Soup (cream of white asparagus) for us. I said cool, that sounds delicious, oh and before I forget, what’s the key to spectating Amstel?
Winning one of these races requires good legs, but also motivation. An American eager to win an important domestic event in front of home fans is a leading contender. A rider who wants to win should be familiar with the terrain, weather, and culture that come with racing in the United States. Physically, a rider must be able to handle the high mountains, while holding in his own shorter individual time trials. He must also be someone who races for a team with a competitive international program and a roster deep enough to control a stage race from start to finish.
"A race like this could prepare you well for what's next, or you could just dig yourself into a big hole.”
I am 6’4”, 185 pounds. I am wearing the polka dot Mountain Classification jersey during the Cascade Cycling Classic. I got to choose between size small and size extra-small. Enough said.
You've been racing professionally for two years, and all of it, the whole time, nearly every race if not every race, has been ninety minutes long. And flat. That’s what you do. You race for ninety minutes on flat ground and you’re good at it. You maybe don’t win, in fact you rarely actually win, but you contribute, substantially, regularly. Dependably.
"That was my lowest spot all week. you just want to shut the door and sleep, but everyone is feeling like that. There are always hiccups with transfers and logistics, and the staff has been really good about it so you just handle it. All you have to worry about is racing bikes."