2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 03
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2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 03

Wednesday - March 11, 2015 - Saint Amand-Montrond, France

Dear France and French People, just because we are driving a Volkswagen with Swiss plates does not mean we are Swiss.

RACE BIBLE
Start
11:30 AM, Saint Amand-Montrond
Finish
3:58 PM, Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
Length
179 km
Winning Time
04:32:12
Arrivée

3.5 hours south of Paris and best known for its AOC vineyards which extend over nineteen municipalities and more than six hundred hectares, Saint-Pourçain takes its name from a hermit who founded an abbey here in the 6th century. The race finished at avenue Faubourg National, à l’extremetié d’une ligne droite finale de 300 mètres.

Largeur
7 mètres
Distance de l'arrivée
350 mèters
Weather

Cold and mildly foggy in the morning. Eventually the fog burned off and it was partly sunny most of the afternoon until the early evening, when it was fully sunny.

Course OVerview

Um, let’s see, it was, ah…okay, here’s something, it was, in several spots, about 36% more scenic today than it has been on previous stages, including the Prologue that started behind the grocery store and went down the street to the building. We attribute this to the increased number of hills and lakes and rivers and and forests, amazing forests today. Also we saw a number of rather extensive networks of farming-related hedges and rock walls. And it finished on a nice little hill in a nice little village. Bravo Stage 4, bravo!

MFS Team

Ian Gabriel Marshall, Raoul “The Potato Chasser” Sturme, Keiran Elaine Best and Daniel Wakefield Pasley

Current Location

Hotel de Grignan in Vichy.

HIGH POINTS
  • While wandering around the pre-finish (500 meters) area waiting for the race to pass through the first time (of two laps), I was asked to put my photo vest on by a race official. The tunic jammer. Manual for Speed DOES NOT generally wear the tunic jammer. But whatever, I was in a good vantage-position and didn’t want to move and I had the tunic jammer in my musette bag so I put it on. And left it on, #becauselazy. On my way past the finish line for the actual finish (Manual for Speed’s Official Finish Position is about 300 meters past the actual line, near where the soigneurs post-up) I was still wearing the tunic jammer. At that point I was standing near the Finish Party Pit and wearing the required tunic jammer, which to be fair, was just thrown on over my head and the ties were left untied and the whole presentation was very carefree and reckless and #2cool2try, so I figured fuckit, maybe I can sell a fisty snap to one of the rags for a cool hundy anyway right? So that’s what I did, I stood there in the Party Pit wearing a tunic and took several Hands-Up-Fist-Pump-Finish photos. I felt dirty and ashamed and but, also, a little bit excited. Tingly. Then some dude without a tunic and proper credentials standing outside the finish area started taking photographs of the Party Pit, of which I was a part. Some dude was doing MFS on MFS. Which made me feel tingly all over again.

LOW POINTS
  • While wandering around the pre-finish (500 meters) area waiting for the race to pass through the first time (of two laps), I was asked to put my photo vest on by a race official. The tunic jammer. Manual for Speed DOES NOT generally wear the tunic jammer. But whatever, I was in a good vantage-position and didn’t want to move and I had the tunic jammer in my musette bag so I put it on. And left it on, #becauselazy. On my way past the finish line for the actual finish (Manual for Speed’s Official Finish Position is about 300 meters past the actual line, near where the soigneurs post-up) I was still wearing the tunic jammer. At that point I was standing near the Finish Party Pit and wearing the required tunic jammer, which to be fair, was just thrown on over my head and the ties were left untied and the whole presentation was very carefree and reckless and #2cool2try, so I figured fuckit, maybe I can sell a fisty snap to one of the rags for a cool hundy anyway right? So that’s what I did, I stood there in the Party Pit wearing a tunic and took several Hands-Up-Fist-Pump-Finish photos. I felt dirty and ashamed and but, also, a little bit excited. Tingly. Then some dude without a tunic and proper credentials standing outside the finish area started taking photographs of the Party Pit, of which I was a part. Some dude was doing MFS on MFS. Which made me feel tingly all over again.

IToday's Observations, Categorized
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Today’s You Better Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself Observation: Dear France and French People, just because we are driving a Volkswagen with Swiss plates does not mean we are Swiss. I know we’re loud and speaking a foreign language (which is, for the record, English) but that doesn’t mean we can’t understand some basic French words and comments.

“We hear you making comments, casting aspersions, prejudging us, and we don’t like it!”MFS

Today’s Unfair Advantage Brought to You by Castelli Observation: Manual for Speed gave Ted King a pair of FULLY operational11We’re talking no cable fray, both channels loud and clear, only tangled a few times, pure white in color, etc. If we were to post these on eBay the words LIKE NEW!!! LN would be used. OEM iPhone 5s headphones. The reg white ones. He was riding back to the Team Bus through the crowd and media gauntlet after sign-in right as we were walking past when we made the hand-off; not a word was exchanged #tactical. And now Ted King has headphones that work, which means he can pretend to not hear people if he needs to, which is crucial when he’s trying to focus on the race and the day ahead—therefore those headphones give Ted King an Unfair Advantage. And because we will write the cost of those headphones off as a part of Manual for Speed, which we’re able to do because Castelli basically provides 98% of the financial support needed to keep Manual for Speed fully operational, it means that Ted King’s headphone-based Unfair Advantage was brought to you by Castelli.

 

Today’s Totally Rad Observation: In one of the many towns we passed through today, Manual for Speed saw this dude hanging out in front of a coffee shop. Yeah, right, big whoop. Well this dude had swirly lines shaved into the sides of his head, a long curly rat tail and a big silver hoop in his left ear. He was in sweats and Nike trainers and this cool leather varsity-looking hoodie. And he was four years old.

 

Today’s Culinary-based Observation: The French hate salt.

 

Today’s Second Culinary-based Observation: The French don’t sell or seem to care for potato chip flavored potato chips. We’re not talking about seasoning here, we’re talking about the fact that the majority of potato chips here are designed to taste exactly like various complex ethnic entrees or fast food favorites or types of meat; e.g. kung pao chips, chicken McNugget & curry sauce chips, beef (boeuf) chips, etc.

 

Today’s Sonic Observation: In France, they still ring bells. The city-wide, on the hour and/or at key times of the day kind-of-bells.

 

Today’s PUMPED AND JAZZED Observation: Autour Du Monde Snack Bar in Montimarault does NOT serve Stumptown22aka MFS Coffee #microsponsor which gives Autour Du Monde a totally Fair Disadvantage. Side Note: Seriously, the coffee in France is pathetic. That France borders Italy only further confounds slash exacerbates the problem. And here’s the real irony as far as Manual for Speed is concerned: the pain au chocolat in France is unfailingly stunning—even a cold PAC purchased from an off-brand gas station in the late afternoon is something to savor—but in Italy they’re an embarrassment. The problem almost always starts with Nutella. Italians replace chocolat with Nutella in their PACs, which is sacrilege. So the question then becomes, where can you have an amazing cafe latte WITH an amazing PAC, at the same time, from the same place? On the border maybe? In Switzerland? Nope, neither, you just can’t, it’s just not possible in Europe. But in America, in Portland, at a Stumptown, it’s close, real close. As close as it gets. (#americandream)

IIToday's Quotes Not Endorsed by MFS

“I’ll make you wetter than Katrina.”Flo Rida feat. Sage the Gemini & Lookas
“Open that shit wide and let me see how big your mouth is.”Calvin Harris feat. Big Sean

IIIToday's Quotes Endorsed by MFS
“I loved your baguette comment, I just saw a beautiful woman in these shoes and this dress, carrying a purse and looking stylish, and she had a baguette in her hand.' #louisvittonbaguette”Ben King
FOR THE RECORD
41.PREPARE FOR THE EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL STRESS
"It’s not boring in the peloton, shoulder to shoulder, lots of bumping and elbows and jostling, and then with 40k to go it gets so fast, it’s not the physical stress, it's the emotional and mental stress."
-Ben King
“It’s not boring in the peloton, shoulder to shoulder, lots of bumping and elbows and jostling, and then with 40k to go it gets so fast, it’s not the physical stress, it's the emotional and mental stress.”Ben King
IVStage 03 Playlist by FM FUN
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VA Very Brief Typology of #pronotpros
#pronotpro
The key to employing an effective #pronotpro program is to find the right balance between taking photos of your cyclist heroes, looking nonplussed with the spectacle around you ("No big deal duuude."), and slowly meandering around the finish area on your bike.
VIToday’s New Flair-based Game: “That Guy”
  1. Hey Raoul, that guy has more zippers on his jeans than you do.
  2. Hey Ian, thats guy has more buckles on his vest than you do.
  3. Hey Kieran that guy has two lanyards around his neck and there’s a camera hanging from the end of one of them.
VIIStart: Saint Amand-Montrond
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Guy Roux is a former French football player and manager known for being in charge of French side AJ Auxerre for the remarkable period of more than forty years and for leading the once humble amateur team to national and worldwide prominence.
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According to ADA requirements sidewalks should be at lest 5 feet wide. For sidewalk widths less than 5 feet, a 5 foot by 5 foot passing space is to be provided at intervals no greater than 200 ft. French sidewalks clearly exceed ADA requirements from time to time.
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"I dream of that night with you,
Lady when first we met,
We danced in a world of blue,
How can my heart forget blue were the skies,
and blue were your eyes,
just like the blue skirt you wore"—Blue Skirt Walz by Frankie Yankovic
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According to Camopedia, the camouflage encyclopedia, the first examples of camouflage worn by the French army were produced by the Section de Camouflage, under the direction of Eugene Corbin.
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Now throw your hands in the air
And wave 'em like you just don't care
And if you like fish and grits and all that pimp shit
Then everybody say O-Yea-yer

PS: someone has a little wheeeeet spot!!
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The heart ideogram was developed as a metaphor at the end of the Middle Ages, with possible early examples of it in the 13th to 14th century. #fansies
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VIIIAlong the Course

Forward

 

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22 km
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27 km
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32 km

Backward

 

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22 km
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27 km
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32 km
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Peek-a-boo!
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Raoul demonstrating advanced Go-Pro POV techniques that can be employed with the right equipment.
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A deft appreciation for angle, light, and composition also helps.
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IXCôte de la Croix du Chêne
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XCol de La Bosse
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XIFinish: Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule
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According to Skyrunner, the maker of the 66-110 Jumping Stilts, their products gives you "the ability to jump 2 meters in the air and run up to 9 feet with incredible speed. Enjoy incredible heights and speed with your Skyrunner". Users of jumping stilts refer to themselves as "powerbockers", in honor of Alexander Boeck, the German aerospace engineer credited with inventing them in 2003.
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FR.PN.3.1

 

Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule Crowd Banging on Barriers

 

This Field Recording made on 11 March 2015 in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, France.

 


 

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Fitted baseball caps are normally sewn in six sections, and are usually topped with a matching fabric-covered button, called a squatchee.
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The light blue color in the Kazakh flag (and thus in Astana's bus, cars and team kit) symbolizes cultural and ethnic unity of Kazakhstan people and the indivisibility of Kazakhstan country.
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It also represents the endless sky as well as water; the sun, a source of life and energy, and exemplifies wealth and plenitude.
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FR.PN.3.2

 

An Excerpt from the Finishline PA System

 

This Field Recording made on 11 March 2015 in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, France.

 


 

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