Team Clif Bar—Brady Kappius, Troy Wells and Ben Sonntag—are in Las Vegas, Nevada for Cross Vegas, a cyclocross tournament known commonly as America’s Fabulous Cyclocross Event and/or The Biggest Cyclocross Race in America. And for Interbike, which Interbike “isn’t a trade show, it’s an industry experience where manufacturers, retailers, media & more conduct the business of cycling.” In order to compete at Cross Vegas properly, to their fullest and most able, like, in terms of potential and whatnot, Team Clif needs to practice, acclimate and immerse. While traditional Media traditionally maintains a respectful distance from their subjects in order to maintain as unbiased and objective a perspective as possible, Manual for Speed does not, at all. Instead we enable. 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.
Mandalay, the second-largest city (pop. 1,225,553) and the last royal capital of Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is located north of Yangon River on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River seven hours north (by car) of Thanlyin, a small Burmese town on the Gulf of Martaban. Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Circus Circus Enterprises bought the Hacienda Hotel and Casino in 1995. A year later CCE closed the Hacienda in December, imploded the Hacienda on New Year’s Eve, changed their name from CCE to Mandalay Resort Group, and built a 950-million dollar Hawaiian-themed “Project Paradise” called the Mandalay Bay, despite the fact that there is no actual bay near the inland city of Mandalay and regardless of the fact that Mandalay is not, as previously stated, a city in Hawaii.
During construction of the predominantly gold-colored (a result of gold leaf used on the windows) 43-story building, engineers discovered vertical movements and particularly differential movements (‘dishing’) between the tower core and the wings. The tower core was sinking at a rate of 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 inch (13 to 19 mm) per week and the wings were sinking at a slower rate causing differential distortion between the column bays. If these movements were not stopped, severe structural damage would occur and the building would have been at risk of eventual collapse. Construction was halted while a solution was developed and implemented. The solution proved to be the installation of micro-piles (formerly marketed as ‘Pin Piles’) filled with grout 200 feet (61 m) deep below the structure each capped with a hydraulic jack to stabilize the structure at the desired vertical height to carry the weight. And that’s why the parking structure and alleys behind the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino are exceptional for Cyclocross practice in the afternoon and early evening.
John Charles Frémont or Fremont , aka “the Pathfinder, was an American military officer, explorer, and politician. In the Mexican American War, Frémont, a major in the U.S. Army, took control of California from the Bear Flag Republic in 1846. Frémont then served as military Governor of California; however, he was court-martialed for mutiny and insubordination. After President Polk commuted his sentence, Frémont led a fourth expedition, which cost ten lives, seeking a rail route over the mountains around the 38th parallel in the winter of 1849. He retired from military service and settled in California. Frémont became one of the first two U.S. senators elected from the new state of California in 1850. He was the first presidential candidate of the new Republican Party, carrying most of the North. He lost the 1856 presidential election to Democrat James Buchanan when Know-Nothings split the vote and Democrats warned his election would lead to civil war.
During the American Civil War, he was given command of Department of the West by President Abraham Lincoln. Although Frémont had successes during his brief tenure as Commander of the Western Armies, he ran his department autocratically, and made hasty decisions without consulting Washington D.C. or President Lincoln. After Frémont’s emancipation edict that freed slaves in his district, he was relieved of his command by President Lincoln for insubordination. Historians portray Frémont as controversial, impetuous, and contradictory. Some scholars regard him as a military hero of significant accomplishment, while others view him as a failure who repeatedly defeated his own best purposes. The keys to Frémont’s character and personality may lie in his being born out of wedlock, his ambitious drive for success, self-justification, and passive-aggressive behavior.
Fremont Street in Old Town Las Vegas, Nevada, the second most famous street in the Las Vegas Valley after the Las Vegas Strip, is named in honor of explorer John Charles Frémont. Fremont Street is (or was) the address for many famous casinos such as Binion’s Horseshoe, Eldorado Club, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, The Mint, and the Pioneer Club. Prior to the construction of the Fremont Street Experience, the western end of Fremont Street was the picture of Las Vegas that was included in virtually every television show, movie and Human Visual Athlete Showcase that wanted to display the lights of Las Vegas. The abundance of neon signs, like cowboy Vegas Vic, earned the street the nickname of Glitter Gulch.