Let’s start with Women’s Racing. Have it. Support it. Nurture it. Develop it. Cultivate it. Care about it. Watch it. Sponsor it. Just fucking do it. Go to it. Watch it. Love it.
About crowdsourced Power and Parties—Dear UCI and race promoters and race organizations et al., let’s talk about fans. You NEED them, for two main reasons. A) They’re your eyeballs and eyeballs = $$$$$$$$$. If nobody cares, well, then nobody cares. But you already know that, kinda. B) Crowds animate the race, they increase the quality and quantity of the competition. It’s a fact, we researched it. We worked with Steve Hockett, our resident physicist, to diagram11See below. the effects enthusiasm and crowd size have on the race. We commissioned ourselves to make a comprehensive photographic study of the intersection between crowds and racing. And we recorded hours and hours of video interviews on the world-renowned Mur de Huy, annually one of cycling’s most densely crowded hill tops, about the subject of crowdsourced power; it’s nature, it’s importance, and whether or not it really exists.
Because we respect science, let’s be clear about our process: our hypothesis is that crowdsourced power exists and is vital to the future of cycling because it quantitatively and qualitatively improves the race. We did a 3-pronged study. The 3-pronged study proves our hypothesis. And finally, we’re publishing our findings (proof) here on Manual for Speed as well as in several other Scientific Journals. That evidence is:
- A diagram drawn by a physicist.
- A short documentary film.
- A bunch of photographics.
Additionally, we are publishing anecdotal evidence to support our Crowdsourced Power findings in the form of our Field Notes presented verbatim and in list form. Again, these are Field Notes and should be read as such. In some cases they may appear random, incoherent, irrelevant, tangential, misleading and bizarre. But that’s just because they are our field notes. If you don’t understand or feel comfortable with Field Notes it may be better to skip this section.
- Miniature Jupilers.
- House Music. POUNDING. BPB.
- Number of sausage vendors per person is remarkable. Email Fabrice, see if he has the actual number.
- Belgians drink too much maybe?
- Yeah, Belgians drink a lot.
- Quick internet search suggests that Belgians drink less than Estonians.
- Cigarettes don’t give you cancer in Europe? Or has the research and data on cigarettes not been published here? Look into this.
- Bring a chair. Real fans bring chairs. Even if that chair is a cardboard box.
- Bring a hat. Real fans bring hats. Even if that hat is a carboard box.
- Face paint.
- Mur hurts to walk down more than it hurts to walk up.
- Sometimes I get the feeling that World War II only just ended in the Ardennes. It’s something about people’s faces and their expressions. And horsefoot.
- So much beer.
- More sausage.
- Jib arms.
- Flags and flags and flags and flags and stickers, and flags.
- Mur is two corners and ditch for 1.5k @213%
- Dogs are fans too.
- RVs. Festooned RVs. RVs with flags and dog-fans.
- Flag capes
- Crowds so close the riders can feel it. They respond. They make eye contact. They go faster. The more somebody yells the more other people yell. It’s like the rarely discussed/witnessed flipside of mob mentality which is otherwise terrifying and sucks. But in this case, this flipside deal, it’s more like the time Art Bell host of Coast to Coast with the help of several million listeners made it rain in a desert using Mass Focus Intention Demonstration.
This above two-dimensional diagram illustrates two phenomenon:
- The positive effects (internal and external) cheering has on the peleton; namely, an increase animation and vigor which directly impacts the quality and competition of the race.
- How increased levels of cheering (more vigorous, increased strength, louder, greater volume, etc) directly correlate to increased power. Delivering even more animation and speed to the race, which, again, directly impacts the quality and competition of the race.
Steve Hockett, Manual for Speed’s resident Physicist, has a BA in Physicism and Art from Leeds University. He currently lives in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, UFO Triangle UK.