Tour de San Luis: Día Dos

Tour de San Luis: Día Dos

Tuesday - January 20, 2015 - La Punta

No two cortados are alike.

La Punta
Mirador de Potrero
Alto La Florida, Cat 3 (65.7km), Mirador de Portrero de los Funes, Cat 1 (185.3km, Finish)
El Durazino (38.8km), Calle 9 de Julio (129.7km)
MFS Team
Daniel Wakefield Pasley, Emiliano Granado, Keiran Best
Hotel Huarpes Rooms 128 & 132
Today's HACU Count
9 (see below, 12:15 PM)
Today’s One to Grow on, Brought to You by the City of San Luis

Did you know that you can have your tires patched at 12:09 AM for 50 pesos? Well, you can!

Number of Strange (unknown) Argentine Senior Citizens Who Insisted Keiran Kiss Them on the Cheek(s) Mwaa-mwaa-style Today


Number of Family (Three or more occupants, one of which is under the age of 7.) Scooter/Mopeds Seen Today



To kiss Kiel Reijnen in an awkward and unseemly manner. Then, after the moment is good and uncomfortable for everyone involved (MFS, Kiel, witnesses, etc.), say “That’s from Jordan, your wife, as per her express command.” Oh and umm, photograph the bicycle riding part of the race this time.

Manual Tecnico Course Description Verbatim

On Tuesday January 20, will tour the 185.3 kms that make up the second stage, departing from La Punta, through El Durazno, perilago Florida, then by Route Portezuelo to Villa de la Quebrada and Nogolí, returning towards La Punta to finish at Mirador del Potrero. Sprint has 2 goals and 2 Goals Mountain.

Manual Tecnico Course Description Translated

They left La Punta, they rode on a freeway for like 15 miles to a non-descript roundabout, did a 180, rode about 5 miles back down the same road but now in the opposite direction, took a right, climbed for awhile, rode through a culvert or a river—it’s hard to tell here sometimes—went to a lake, rode around it, rode basically back down the same way they came up but this time they went through a toll booth, then they rode up the freeway to some town called Nogoli, then they turned around and rode back to this one road near La Punta, took a left and rode up it, which was cool because it climbed for about 4 or 5 miles, and there were views and stuff, then they finished at the top of the mountain. Some of them rode back down to the bottom of the hill, then got dragged through citizen traffic back to their hotels near the Hippodrome around La Punta by their team cars. Others just took “the buses” back to St. Louis.

WiFi Fuerza

The wifi in Argentina is worse than the wifi in France. Then, tonight at approximately 11:35 PM—this is Daniel speaking by the way—after being forcibly, fruitlessly, forced into rotating through all three of Huarpe’s useless networks, again, throughout all of my five minute poop, the toilet was unable to flush all my turds, of which there were two. It got one, left one. I flushed again but the toilet was still cycling and not yet up to full power. I waited thirty seconds, I know this because I counted. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, ocho, nueve, diez, once, doce, thirteen, whatever, the whole way to thirty, and still the toilet was, based on the noise it made, at about 15% power. This after a day spent rotating through cellular networks because in Argentina, like in Europe, one get’s bumped off that nice 3G shit and put on some off-brand E shit over and over and over again. I’m sure it’s like a script or code written into the software as per a G8 agreement regarding AT&T customers traveling abroad, and like yeah, I’m sure Randall L. Stephenson is all, “Give my people service and stuff but just please make sure it’s super tedious. Make it so they have to periodically go into their iPhone settings, because who doesn’t look forward to that?, and switch Cellular Networks from Automatic to Manual, and if that doesn’t work, they can do that whole P-trick where you have to toggle back and forth between Library or Airport or whatever forcing their phones to reconnect with the network and maybe land, for a minute or two, back on that good 3G for five minutes tops, basically just long for Gmail to let them know they have new emails but not long enough for them to load and be readable.” I think I did that about 35 times today. Anyway back to the poop thing because the way I see it, it all comes down to the same issue: there I was again in a situation where I needed more capacity, more bandwith. I’m sending, but Argentina is not receiving, anyway I’m sure you know what I’m saying. Pipes, fiber optics, Instagram, turds, texts, it’s all about connectivity. Like it or not, it’s all in the game and Manual for Speed’s out here trying to function.

IAlex Howes Tour Down Under Dream Log, Night #1
“Chippo and I illegally harvested a kidney from a Russian supermodel (selected for her delicate bone structure) and put it in a kangaroo to help start a race of pigmy kangaroos which we then sold to Hollywood movie stars.”Alex Howes
IIA Chronological Report of Día Dos' Events Until this Report was Filed
  • 12:15 PM: We’re at the Havanna Cafe in downtown San Luis just off of Pringle Plaza. Havanna Cafe with two ‘n’s translates in American to a combination Starbucks and See’s Candy. It’s maybe the one place in non-Buenos Aires Argentina that you can get a cortado para llevar, they sell popular Gift Sweets and they are a chain. They also sell about a dozen variations of ham and cheese sandwiches. Sure everything on their breakfast and lunch menu starts with a description alluding to something different, something unique and exciting, but in the end it all comes down to jamon y queso. Cocido, cruda, it’s all ham. This is not unique to Havanna, this is everywhere in Argentina. As far as we can tell there about thirteen or fourteen different variations of Ham And Cheese Units (HACU) readily available around the country.
  • 12:57 PM: Cortados—an espresso “cut” with a small amount of steamed/warm milk—come in all shapes and sizes. No two cortados are alike. Even within a single batch, say an order of tres cortados grandes for the table, there is often a great deal of variation in the type and size of glass and/or mug the cortado is served in; as well as milkiness, foam, volume, color, etc. Unlike their North American cousins the mocha and the latte, cortados do not adhere to a strict doctrine of discipline wherein consistency and repeatability are paramount. They are wild and elusive, and sometimes they come with coffee grounds in the bottom of the glass.
  • 1:35 PM: In the car on the way to the town of La Punta: “If you think about it, a lot of the time professional cyclists are on some kinda white collar criminal mobile house arrest. They travel around the world often visiting highly desirable top-tier destinations, staying the whole time in nice if not baller hotels, which, for the majority of their time in any one place, they can’t leave. And while they’re not required, physically-speaking, to wear an ankle bracelet, if they did, theirs would beep loudly every time they took more than 36 steps in a row or ate 100 calories too many an hour.”
  • 2:45 PM: Everybody, regardless of geographic, cultural, religious, sexual or any other orientation, loves doing a River Charge to a 180 E-brake Slide in a rental car. Everybody.
  • 3:35 PM: “Are these towns coming or going?, like, are they in a period of decline and neglect, or is this what revival and renewal looks like in the town of El Durazno?”
  • 4:09 PM: In Argentina dogs own themselves. In this, a post-ownership world, they come and go at will. Mostly though they just sleep on stairs, they LOVE stairs.
  • 4:11 PM: We had big plans for the Water Feature from earlier today—the one we bossed to the delight of all—as the original route took the riders back through it (in the opposite direction) after Lake Florida. We were so excited!!! about the prospect of photoshooting the Peloton splashing through it that we based most of the second half of our day entirely around the concept. IMAGINE THAT SPLASH!!!!!!, then they changed the course, DEAR RACE ORGANIZERS NOT COOL, we did not agree to this, we did not sign up for this.
  • 5:09 PM: Dear Thick Babes, if you feel like you are super under-appreciated where you live, like in America for example, relocate to Argentina immediately. Don’t even bother to pack because all you need down here is a bikini bottom, a pair of jeans, and a handful of tee-shirts—and they sell all that shit here anyway, probs in better colors and styles than what you got. Seriously stop wasting time and bring that badonkadonk down here!
  • 5:33 PM: While photoshooting the Peloton racing through a Toll Booth, Emiliano met and befriended a Doctor who owns and operates a motorcycle. The Doctor was curious why Emiliano, a badge wearing and fully credentialed photographer, was not on a moto. Emiliano explained that the process was a little bit involved and tedious, and that we didn’t know a licensed/certified driver. The Doctor explained that he would be happy to do it. Emiliano asked what about registering you and your motorcycle, the Doctor said, “What, what are they going to do or ask or check?” Phone numbers were exchanged, plans were outlined.
  • 6:35 PM: Como se dice, “Please no thumbs up?”
  • 6:45 PM: On the way up the mountain we pass many men carrying colorful commercial-type coolers on shoulder straps—Ice Cream Sherpas.
  • 6:57 PM: At first glance the hey can I have a water bottle gesture is easily misinterpreted as an homage or reference to the Shake Weight.
  • 110:47 PM: If you’re in a bad mood or sad or just looking for a pick-me-up, ask Siri to say the name of this street: Chacabuco.
  • 11:45 PM: We changed the right rear tire on our rental car in less than eight minutes.
IIIToday's Letter to the Editor
RE: Tour De San Luis

Hello Guys!, My name is Diego, and I apologize for taking your mailbox with this, but I have no twitter account or facebook, and wanted to send you a greeting. I am a fan of Manual for Speed for a while, and surprise come and see that you are covering the “Tour de San Luis” !!. I live in Buenos Aires, and I hope to be in San Luis for the stages of the weekend, I’m not sure I could do it, due to my work. But if I go, I will search you, to make a selfie with you guys!.

Congratulations on your page, it’s really great. I’m looking forward to your reports. Being from here, if you give any wrong information about Argentina, I will correct you. It’s a joke!.

Congratulations again and have a nice stay in San Luis.

Sorry for my bad English, is a mixture of what I learned in elementary school and Google Translator.

FROM: Diego Javier Santilli

MFS made contact with Diego and it turns out he might be here, in San Luis, this weekend. If he can make it there is talk of a #SeflieSession in a public pool!

IVLa Punta / Start
La Punta, featuring Plaza de los Niños (bottom right).
Names of camouflage patterns worldwide include: French Tiger Stripe, Portuguese Lizard, Bleeding Vines, Scrambled Egg, Desert Jigsaw, and Seaweed.
According to Askmen, white men should never wear white socks, because: they are hard to match and get dirty easily.
Advantages of using Chirino 8x13 hollow bricks: Standard sizing through strict quality control, they save time and money, and provide maximum adherence in high temperatures.
In Argentina, men don’t feel comfortable urinating while standing immediately adjacent to other men. (Source:
VPre- and Post-Embalse Florida
Boca Juniors was sponsored by Pepsi from 2001, to 2003.
"Hey, I can be the answer,
I'm ready to dance when the vamp up,
And when I hit that dip get your camera,
You can see I been that bitch since the, pamper"

Lyrics to the song 212 by AZEALIA BANKS, Fearuting LAZY JAY
The earliest surviving examples of pre-Columbian tie-dye are from Peru, and date back to 500 to 810 AD.
VIMirador del Portrero
That #chiller in the middle is Riccardo Magrini, Eurosport commentator and 1983 Tour de France stage winner.
VIIBonus: Kommuter Alley-Kat
World champion Michał Kwiatkowski thanked MFS driver Emiliano Granado for moving to the right and letting the "commuter alley cat" through. You're welcome Michał Kwiatkowski.
VIIIBONUS: Men at Work Pictorial feat. a Sneak Peek at the Upcoming SHIBORI SPEED Shirt by MFS


Mix #2: Cumbia Styles


“ZZK Records is music to move to, it's the future sound of Latin America. Essentially the label was born out of a weekly dance club, so there's always been an element of movement to the music we put out. What better way to get on your bike and ride, get on your feet and walk or run, or put your dancing shoes on and shake, than these daily playlists, straight from Argentina?”Grant C. Dull, ZZK Records
    Cumbia Styles
  • 1 Brujjas Deejay Zombie Dance
  • 2 Animal Chuki Capicua
  • 3 Chancha Via Circuito Bosques Via Temperley
  • 4 Super Guachin La Gorra
  • 5 Major Lazer Hold The Line (Frikstailers Remix)
  • 6 Fauna Guachito Gil
  • 7 El Remolon Alza las Manos
  • 8 Petrona Martinez El Hueso (King Coya Remix)
  • 9 Villa Diamante Sara Hebe vs Deltatron
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