2017

Road Racing

Road Cycling is, in fact, about the finest, most transformative, most powerful sport known to man.

August 31, 2017

2017 Vuelta a España: Stage 11

I talk to some friends. I get my feet wet, really wet. There are lots of puddles and umbrellas and smiling faces and kids and it is wet.

August 26, 2017

2017 Vuelta a España: Stage 08

This report was filed on an iPhone in the dark because the power (and the AC along with it) in our room went out.

July 26, 2017

At the Races: Tour de France Fan Edition

When Soigneur Magazine commissioned us to create a profile of four individuals that make the Tour de France the most prestigious and remarkable cycling race ever, we decided to feature four TDF Fans.

July 19, 2017

2017 Tour de France: Stage 17

I don’t have a Part One to share with you. And I feel so bad about that. I feel a sense of despondency and profound dismay. I’m in a deep AF funk.

May 19, 2017

2017 Tour de California: Stage 06

The finish was placed at the end of a pier so the racers could ride directly into the water if they wanted. None of them did, which is honestly so damn disappointing.

May 18, 2017

2017 Tour de California: Stage 05

Just moments before Ian set off to tackle the most best stage of the 2017 Tour de California he took a minute to talk to us about fishing. So chill.

May 17, 2017

2017 Tour de California: Stage 04

Let met tell you something about a five-hour motorcycle ride through the Santa Ynez mountains when it’s sunny and warm-almost-hot: if you don’t apply sunscreen you will get sunburned BIG TIME.

April 16, 2017

2017 Amstel Gold Race

Flow makes a course interesting which makes the race interesting. Without flow Professional Road Racing is a Threshold Contest. Which sounds more interesting than it often is.

April 9, 2017

2017 Paris–Roubaix

We’re going to unpack Luck and Love and we’re making a list. Of super clear and super basic ideas about how and why the Spring Classics work so well. And the first thing on our list is Cobbles.

American Crits

Fan Club

In Fan Club, Manual for Speed takes you inside the minds of our favorite human athletes.

Bonus Treasures

July 26, 2017

At the Races: Tour de France Fan Edition

When Soigneur Magazine commissioned us to create a profile of four individuals that make the Tour de France the most prestigious and remarkable cycling race ever, we decided to feature four TDF Fans.

June 23, 2017

Tulsa Tough Statement

In light of recent​ e​vents at this year’s Tulsa Tough Category 3 race, we would like to issue the following statement.

June 21, 2017

MFS Kit Series 2017

Continuing the tradition started with our MFS Artist Residency in 2015, MFS commissioned four artists to obliterate the rules of cycling kit design.

March 20, 2017

At the Races #8: Newbs

Puppy love, honeymoon phase, whatever you want to call it—it's inspiring and uplifting to see.

March 17, 2017

At the Races #7: Randos

Any bicycle race has it's share of locals who just want to see what the hubbub is all about.

2016

Road Racing

Road Cycling is, in fact, about the finest, most transformative, most powerful sport known to man.

May 21, 2016

2016 American Tour of Kalifornia: Stage 07

But I do want to tell you something: as much as I might feign disinterest and try on airs of disassociation I can tell you that every single day when that first rider crosses the finish line, it is spine tingling. This sport is beautiful.

May 18, 2016

2016 American Tour of Kalifornia: Stage 04

Fuck the lackluster setting, the invisible stage, the absent crowds, because none of that matters, it’s window dressing. These are the best in the world doing what they do.

May 17, 2016

2016 American Tour of Kalifornia: Stage 03

If you’re a reader and consumer of Manual for Speed (or in other words if Manual for Speed is in your personal Fan Club), and you read these Race Reports, then you may (understandably) be confused about how much we actually like the institution of Professional Bike Racing.

May 16, 2016

2016 American Tour of Kalifornia: Stage 02

I hugged Ben for me. For you. For everyone. We shared smiles. I asked him how he did that, I reminded him that breaks don't stay out, like, they just don't. It's not how racing works, so like, umm, dude, wow, how!?

April 17, 2016

2016 Amstel Gold Race

Amstel Gold, I’m told, was boring and lite-disappointing; but I didn’t see that, I saw an incredible high-speed spectacle.

April 16, 2016

2016 Amstel Gold Race: Pre-Race

Manual for Speed brought an "Animalizer" or vision-based portal in the form of an ancient leopard skin (on loan from the Smithsonian's Museum of Hunting and Gathering) to today's Amstel Gold Roster Photoshoot.

April 10, 2016

2016 Paris–Roubaix

Look, Paris-Roubaix is insane. It’s exactly why Manual for Speed was invented.

April 9, 2016

2016 Paris–Roubaix: Pre-Race

As far we can tell, the Team Presentation is a warm-up for sign-in. Or maybe, think of it like a wedding rehearsal.

April 1, 2016

COBBLE GOBLINS

SPRING CLASSICS COVERAGE PRESENTED BY CANNONDALE

Fan Club

In Fan Club, Manual for Speed takes you inside the minds of our favorite human athletes.

July 18, 2016

Fan Club: Neilson Powless

So what does it take to be the human equivalent of a giant ball of ice hurtling through the cosmos at unimaginable speeds?

July 6, 2016

Fan Club: Joe Lewis

For those of you who aren’t Joe Lewis, get ready to update your fantasy team because this Joe Lewis Fan Club is going to give you unfiltered access into the mind of your new favorite rider.

June 7, 2016

Fan Club: Jasmin Glaesser

We've heard about Jasmin Glaesser because she's Jasmin Glaesser for Christ's sake, born in Germany, Canadian citizen, bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics. But who is she really? No clue, let's find out together.

June 2, 2016

Fan Club: Danny Pate

"I don’t remember the first cassette that I bought but I do remember the first cassette I wanted. My neighbor had it: Motley Crue’s - Girls Girls Girls."

May 14, 2016

Fan Club: Toms Skujiņš

Here is an informative, interesting and entertaining interview with a 24 year old Latvian human cycling athlete. Please enjoy.

April 14, 2016

Fan Club (Cobble Goblins Edition): Phil Gaimon

You could say Phil became a hobby of ours, or you could say we became friends, both characterizations of our relationship are accurate. We like him personally and we're fascinated professionally by him—I think because, well, he's fascinating.

April 7, 2016

Fan Club: David Millar

He's not just a dumb, hyper-exceptional hunk of an athlete. He's a complete human being equipped with complexity, contradiction and nuance. Also, he's funny. Point is, we like him.

Bonus Treasures

September 8, 2016

2016 MFS Kit Series #3: The Most Animal

Is it your duty as a cyclist to buy this jersey and help fund the future of cycling? To in effect televise this revolution? To be a changemaker? To spread the word? Yes, yes it is.

August 12, 2016

The Sound of Spectacle

If you think cycling looks like the Greatest Spectacle on Earth, you should hear it.

July 28, 2016

Le Spectacle

Le Spectacle is a organism, it is an ecosystem, it is an entire world—every year it hatches in the beginning of July and for nearly the entire month the world stands in rapt attention as this massive event cavorts, parades, and churns through Europe.

MFS in G(h)ent

Surprise!!! We still have stories to tell from the Cobble Goblins Campaign!

January 3, 2016

Night

"The darkest section of the race is also the fastest."

2015

Road Racing

Road Cycling is, in fact, about the finest, most transformative, most powerful sport known to man.

August 23, 2015

2015 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 07

We are headed home. And, as far as we can tell, from the email/voice/text correspondence we have been receiving from home, our homes are not broken. This is a great sign.

August 22, 2015

2015 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 06

Cycling fans seem to get more excited about the helicopter flying around to shoot the cycling than the cycling itself. Maybe we at MFS should start covering Air Shows.

August 21, 2015

2015 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 05

If you don’t want your picture taken, then don’t come to the race in a costume that screams, “PLEASE TAKE MY PICTURE.”

August 20, 2015

2015 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 04

The music they play for the crowds at bike races is the same music that was used to force Manuel Noriega to capitulate to the CIA.

August 18, 2015

2015 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 02

Even though the WiFi signal is less than ideal the joint is located next to a Whole Foods and the tube is showing a righteous selection of flicks. Plus we’re in America. So we are doing like B or B+, ish.

August 17, 2015

2015 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 01

The Rodeo Bulls that shared the riders’ team bus and tent area are powerful and impressive animals. But the magnificence of their physicality was tempered by the overwhelming smell of their sickeningly pungent manure that had the entire peloton questioning why their team pit was located in a stockyard.

July 24, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 19

I don’t know about you but I’m getting tired of these things. I mean, in some ways, it’s proof that the Tour de France is the Greatest Sporting Event in the History of the World. What other sport lasts this long?

July 23, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 18

Every day at the end of the day we stink and we’re sticky. I think the only time I’ve ever felt more sullied and begrimed was when I messengered on a scooter in Los Angeles back in ‘93 (the freeways and that inversion layer add-up).

July 22, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 17

Walking up a well-spectated climb is maybe quite possibly my second most favorite part of documenting a race. The end is near. Alpe D’huez is all anyone can talk about.

July 18, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 14

I think I’m over the high-speed cannonball-run honeymoon tour of France. Castles, Priories and Palaces really are wonderful but they’re also remarkably tedious. At this pace and in these conditions,you know what I want?, I want a basic-as-fuck Best Western.

July 17, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 13

Today was Manual for Speed’s first Tour de France Sunflower Patch. I know you won't believe us, and why should you?, but photographing the race proximal to a Sunflower Patch was non-consensual.

July 16, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 12

I think at the time I was writing a business plan and you’re supposed to include a SWOT; which analysis seemed pertinent to today's Health & Wellness-related decision-making.

July 15, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 11

OMFG this race has been so basic until today. Today felt exceptional. Today it felt like the Tour De France started.

July 14, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 10

The brakes now make a grinding noise when we use them for slowing and stopping. The sound has a “metal on metal” quality. #rotors The concern is this: today was the first of many mountain stages to come. If the brakes are questionable now, what will they be like in a week when we’re in the Alps, which are also mountains?

July 11, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 08

It was rapturous and life affirming. It saved us at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half. Now I can go home. No seriously, can I go home now?

July 10, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 07

I think what’s so fascinating, and demoralizing, about the Tour de France isn't the size and the scale, that’s to be expected, it’s a really big bike race. We knew it was big. No, what’s so infuriating, and mind blowing and, I suppose, interesting in like a philosophical-type sense, are the walls. Guys there are walls EVERYWHERE here.

July 8, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 05

We had all the right tools at our disposal, we had everything you need for a successful parking campaign: three copies of the official TDF Race Bible, sticker privilege, credentials, Google Maps, the internet, five years of “on the job” race documenting experience, a modern car, two fully functional adults (both of them marginally well rested), and 1.5 hours of discretionary time. And we still couldn't figure it out. We still fucked it up.

July 7, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 04

We are now officially in France, the land of Wefeee not Wifi. And MGSMD (May God Strike Me Dead) if this Wefeee is not every bit as good as First World Wifi. Better than average, in fact. Did France leave the Dial-Up Age once and for all?

July 6, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 03

I don’t think I can muster and maintain a PMA until the end of this race. I know it’s early but I’m changing my strategy already. I’m trading in my PMA for some ETS, Embrace The Suck.

July 5, 2015

2015 Tour de France: Stage 02

We missed the finish-finish because I magically made a frituur appear with mind and manifestation powers.

May 17, 2015

2015 Tour of California: Stage 07

Okay here goes. We’re not impartial, we’re partial. Yes, of course, we still care, and have always cared, and will continue to care about the whole giant sprawling spectacle. All of the fans and the support crew, even the police and the busted-ass Sacramento Valley towns like Lodi, we care about ALL of that shit. But I’m talking about Human Athletes.

May 16, 2015

2015 Tour of California: Stage 06

Maybe I’m just a sucker for deformities, dysmorphia, burning man x bath salts, body mutilation, post apocalyptic landscapes and meteorological events, supermodels loading 19th century fire arms, Cirque du Soleil at speed, bod mods, Day of the Dead make-up, and a GIANT-FUCK-OFF-UNIVERSE-SIZED Monster™ Energy™ Drink™ reincarnated as a two hour music video featuring basically nothing at all except a car/motorcycle/monster-truck chase that goes all the way to the end of the road in one direction, then turns around and comes right back.

May 15, 2015

2015 Tour of California: Stage 05

Hey everybody. How’s it going. I’m okay I guess. I should've known it was going to be one of those days. I bought a new kind of yogurt for breakfast.

May 13, 2015

2015 Tour of California: Stage 03

At 9:45 AM in the parking lot of the Berryessa Community Center I met my driver, Alex. After introductions we talked for a few minutes about what I was looking for. I told him I was looking for the bike race. He laughed, but not a lot.

May 12, 2015

2015 Tour of California: Stage 02

At 1:38 PM on California State Route 99, just south of the Elk Grove Area, on SirusXM Satellite Radio, on Shade 45’s (Eminem’s Uncut Hip-Hop Channel-XL) All Out Show, featuring Rude Jude and Lord Sear, we listened to an interview with Jessica Drake (an American pornographic actress, film director, screenwriter, sex educator, and radio personality) about her latest movie Jessica Drake’s Guide To Wicked Sex: Plus Size.

May 8, 2015

2015 Giro Day Italia: Introduction

A quotidian aggregation of the day’s events at the Giro d’Italia, as experienced by an enthusiastic eight-pound miniature dachshund named Manuel.

May 7, 2015

2015 Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 03

First things first 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? I know, I know, you’re thinking, "WTF bike racing in England all the sudden doesn't make sense???!?!?!?!!??!"

2015 Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 02

This is a guide to the forty-nine (key) words & phrases you’ll need to pronounce correctly if you’re planning on photographing a bike race in Yorkshire County, UK.

May 5, 2015

2015 Tour of Yorkshire: Stage 01

Let’s talk about it this way. Sometimes I, Daniel Wakefield Pasley, suck at travel so bad, sometimes I do travel so wrong, it becomes a problem.

April 2, 2015

2015 Milano-Sanremo

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.

March 16, 2015

2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 07

Manual for Speed thinks Paris–Nice is a bike race. And no amount of High Points or Low Points is going to change that. That’s undeniable.

March 15, 2015

2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 06

At the start, near sign-in, Manual for Speed found Alex Howes and talked to him about white pants and velvet shoes.

March 14, 2015

2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 05

All I wanted was my sock so I could put it on my foot and take command of the day and my destiny, a destiny that was immediately occupied by finding, then consuming, yet another disappointing but technically caffeinated coffee.

March 13, 2015

2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 04

Not all Haribo gummy candies are delicious. I’m not saying just stick with the bears, but it’s definitely not the worst idea.

March 12, 2015

2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 03

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

March 10, 2015

2015 Paris–Nice: Stage 01

Yesterday was a Sunday, today is a Monday, when do Businesses in France do Business? Do the French value commerce? Do the French trade goods and services with each other?

January 22, 2015

Tour de San Luis: Día Tres

Apparently the Team Selection of Cuba is trading Cuban Cigars for water bottles, used sneakers, and Rock & Roll compact discs.

American Crits

June 17, 2015

2015 McNellie’s Group Blue Dome Criterium

I almost passed out because of the strain thinking places on the human body in this kind of heat and humidity. At that point I made a decision to do all my subsequent thinking before going outside for the duration of my visit to Oklahoma.

Fan Club

In Fan Club, Manual for Speed takes you inside the minds of our favorite human athletes.

August 17, 2015

Fan Club: Junior Development with Team Axeon

Throughout the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, Manual for Speed will be following the Axeon Cycling junior development team because we think cycling development is critically important and woefully under appreciated, especially in the United States. In order to help you familiarize yourself with these young bucks, we spent some time with the guys before the race asking questions and taking photos in their finely appointed Steamboat Springs condos.

June 4, 2015

Fan Club: Kyle Murphy

Kyle Murphy aka Stinky Carl (see below) showed up to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the 2015 USA Cycling Men's Time Trial & Road Race National Championships as a more or less unknown; he left with an 11th place TT and an 8th place Road Race. That's, like, really good. Also we like Kyle. So we called Kyle. And asked him a series of questions ranging from insightful to borderline useless. He answered them.

April 6, 2015

Fan Club: Nathan Haas

I’d love to be Elijah’s stunt double actually. Also, as his doppelganger I take great pride in being mistaken as a citizen of Middle earth. Always I’d choose hobbit, but to be frank, I’m no hero, I’m just here for those Dragon Fireworks.

March 7, 2015

Fan Club: Ben King

"I think it’s simple but not easy to compete as an act of worship."

Bonus Treasures

July 24, 2015

Tour de France All-Stars

In an effort to demonstrate and showcase the necessary role Fan Art plays in the culture of Road Racing we collaborated with Specialized and Sam Taylor to create a collection of TDF All-Stars.

July 14, 2015

MFS Artist Residency: Summer 2015

The way we see it, Cycling Kit is an opportunity for Elevated Personal Expression. As such, we’re proposing a complete break from the hegemonic monotony of Corporate Body Advertising. Rather than being an unwilling participant in some Business Company’s fall product campaign, why not express your own aesthetic, an aesthetic that says culture counts, style counts and Goddamnit, art counts.

July 3, 2015

YO! MFS CRIBZ: California Edition

In this episode of YO! MFS Cribz, Manual for Speed has been granted exclusive and unprecedented access in the Los Angeles area homes of five seasoned pros to catch a glimpse of their decadent SoCal lifestyles.

SUPPORT OUR DUDES 2015

What better way to say “I support our dudes,” then with a t-shirt that say’s “Support our Dudes”?

June 24, 2015

Post-Tulsa Tough Tulsa Tour

After the race, we went on a tour of downtown Tulsa. On a weekend, downtown Tulsa appears to be an empty post-apocalyptic movie set. Or maybe everyone is just in church.

April 15, 2015

WAGs’ Guide to Girona

We asked Laura Fletcher, Amber Meier, Jordan Reijnen and Melissa Van Zyl for their top attractions, spots and tips for visitors to Girona.

February 19, 2015

Stars: They’re Just Like Us!

Pro cycling SUPERSTAR! and world renowned author Phil Gaimon was spotted in the offseason strolling along New York’s East River in the midst of a kasual tryst with his girlfriend.

January 10, 2015

2015 CANNONDALE-GARMIN PRO CYCLING TEAM LAUNCH

Media, athletes, bike dealers and celebrities from around the world descended upon the world-renowned IAC building in NYC on January 7th for the launch, and now fans can join in on the excitement online.

2014

Road Racing

Road Cycling is, in fact, about the finest, most transformative, most powerful sport known to man.

September 18, 2014

2014 Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal

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?

August 23, 2014

2014 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 05

Ian​ and I, along with Ian's girlfriend Alyssa, drive the course ahead of the rolling enclosure. Driving the course ahead of the rolling enclosure is NEXT LEVEL boring.

August 20, 2014

2014 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 02

On a corner along the course a few miles south of Basalt, Fr. Will Fisher, several members of his St. Peter's Episcopal Church Congregation and several Aspen Jewish Congregation members were performing Bike Blessings.

August 19, 2014

2014 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 01

Mike Creed, Team Smart Stop DS, wears Levi's 511 jeans, Mountain Khakis Polo, Mountain Khakis boots and an H&M Blazer.

August 11, 2014

Tour of Utah: Stage 07

Guys, I'm not doing so hot. I think I might be clinically exhausted. Also it's a full moon, my girlfriend Keiran texted me about it, she said it's a Sturgeon Moon, I don't know what that means.

August 9, 2014

2014 Tour of Utah: Stage 05

It IS possible to take a selfie of yourself + the peloton from the back of a moving motorcycle if you really, really want to and if you're willing to risk damaging all kinds of shit like your phone and your body and your real camera and maybe the moto driver and a small portion of the peloton.

July 3, 2014

2014 Tour Day France: Introduction

A quotidian aggregation of the day’s events at the Tour de France, as experienced by an enthusiastic eight-pound miniature dachshund named Manuel.

April 12, 2014

Vuelta al País Vasco: Stage 05

Anecdotal evidence suggests that at any given moment between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00, on every Alto in Basque Country, there are at least 23 male cycling fans between the ages 20-30 smoking Phat Blunt$.

April 11, 2014

Vuelta al País Vasco: Stage 04

Let's be perfectly clear, totes candid-style!!!! So far, as in up until like 14:09 today somewhere just outside the mountain village of Ezkoriatza, this race has been extraordinarily boring. The scenery, the villages, the landscapes, the crowds, the Racing & the Pacing, all of it, the whole vibe, was pleasant-but-unremarkable. And but then we went to Alto de Ixua which Alto de Ixua was proper legit.

April 10, 2014

Vuelta al País Vasco: Stage 03

Manual for Speed is 4.67 years old and today we penetrated the institution of Professional Cycling for the first time ever: #watershed.

April 7, 2014

Vuelta al País Vasco: Stage 01

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.

February 12, 2014

2014 Dubai Tour: Stage 04

What's the opposite of a well planned, thoroughly organized, expandable/adaptable grid the result of foresight and experience?, Dubai is!

February 8, 2014

2014 Dubai Tour: Stage 03

On Thursday, February 6th, schools in Dubai were closed due to rolling road closures needed for the Tour of Dubai.

February 7, 2014

2014 Dubai Tour: Stage 02

A dust storm or sandstorm, or haboob (هَبوب) in Arabic, is a meteorological phenomenon common in arid and semi-arid regions. Dust storms arise when a gust front or other strong winds blow loose sand and dirt from a dry surface.

February 6, 2014

2014 Dubai Tour: Stage 01

There are so many skyscrapers in Dubai. Nearly all of them are impressive but most of them are sub-attractive and/or not shaped right—at least in terms of aesthetics and common sense, and probably gravity.

February 5, 2014

Dubai Tour: Team Presentation

On a spectrum—1 being the TDU Team Presentation which presentation in spite of the didgeridoo dudes was lackluster times 1000, and 10 being the Giro d'Italia presentation which presentation was like a moon landing and a Super Bowl and a late '80s Michael Jackson concert and an Olympics that doesn't suck and a real Roman Gladiator event and a late '90s Havasu Spring Break all rolled in one—the Dubai Tour Team Presentation was a 7.9.

January 26, 2014

2014 Tour Down Under: Stage 06

Manual for Speed would like to sincerely thank Australia for all the new friends, as well as for all the subsequent experiences and support the result of having made new friends, which new friends live inside you.

January 25, 2014

2014 Tour Down Under: Stage 05

Dear Adelaide, look, seriously, I can't get past the driving thing. If anything it was worse today than yesterday. I mean, if you can't take constructive criticism I don't know why I bother.

January 24, 2014

2014 Tour Down Under: Stage 04

When I approached Graham Watson at the start of the bike thingy this morning, two things; he was sitting on the back of his Photo Moto with his eyes closed like mid-zen-style, and when he opened his eyes and saw me approaching (clearly in pursuit of an interview, again) he gave me a low-five like straight away, just like that, like we were buds. Boom.

January 23, 2014

2014 Tour Down Under: Stage 03

The shiny black road surface which in America we call asphalt, they call Hot Mix. "They whack it on so smooth so it's fast, but it only lasts about 10 minutes. By the end of the tour it''ll be gone."

January 22, 2014

2014 Tour Down Under: Stage 02

For sale is a Like New Excellent++++ Akubra Coorong in olive green size 59. Used less than once. Still have the bag it came in, hang tags with information about product features and benefits, care instructions and proof of purchase.

January 21, 2014

2014 Tour Down Under: Stage 01

Australia, to the untrained and unsophisticated eye—like, say, my eye for example—is a lot like a tropical Canada.

January 18, 2014

2014 Tour Down Under: Team Presentation

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.

American Crits

July 14, 2014

ISCorp Downer Classic

While competing in Tour of America's Dairyland, Team CLIF Bar Cycling not only raced in professional-level criteriums for 11 consecutive days, but Team CLIF Bar Cycling also undertook the challenge of watching 24 movies, including the complete Harry Potter series.

Fan Club

In Fan Club, Manual for Speed takes you inside the minds of our favorite human athletes.

November 18, 2014

Fan Club: Adam Myerson

Because we simply like and respect and revere him as well as what we think he stands for, we asked Adam Myerson Thirty-one questions give or take.

August 6, 2014

Fan Club: Kiel Reijnen

Kiel Reijnen's answers to our sometimes sub-excellent questions were, without fail, brilliant and insightful.

March 5, 2014

Fan Club: Ted King

We asked Ted King twenty questions. Many of our questions were stupid, all of them were long.

Bonus Treasures

October 29, 2014

#ProudPandas

MFS is proud to honor the Proud Pandas of the Surprise Me! Edition RFTD Kit Team!

September 17, 2014

Interbike Bicycle Trade Show Red Carpet

Manual for Speed was on hand for the 2014 Interbike Bicycle and Bicycle Accessory Trade Show. We hit the red carpet and asked some of the most influential Bicycle Industry Style Icons: "What are you wearing?"

August 1, 2014

Evan Murphy, Regarding Comportment

Evan Murphy is in Emiliano Granado's car. They are driving home after the finish of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic.

February 13, 2014

Dubai Tour Team Catalog

An inconsistently/randomly captioned and quasi-complete Team Catalog Typology (TCT) featuring race participants, in profile, commuting to work the morning of the fourth and last day of the 2014 Dubai Tour.

Valentine’s Day

Many would argue that Valentine's Day is a contrived holiday designed to serve commercial/corporate interests aka sell shit, which duh, but everyone agrees that love as in True Love is a legitimate, intrinsic part of our shared human experience.

February 4, 2014

Phil Gaimon on the World Tour

I’m from Georgia. I almost got my ass beat for wearing skinny jeans to a Waffle House once, I should've known. And on rides I used to get "GO LANCE" all the time. Fact is I'd rather get called derogatory names; they don't bother me as much. I have an English degree, God knows why. I'm old and everyone knows it but it's not a factor, I know where I'm at and I know what I can do.

January 29, 2014

A Brief Typology of Australian Naps

Of the myriad techniques Australians utilize to combat the effects of the omnipresent South Australian Sun, none pay as many dividends as the siesta.

January 19, 2014

Lachlan Morton, Pre-2014 Tour Down Under

"Eventually we got to Uluru. Everyone else flew home while I drove the rig back with my girlfriend who had flown in. At one point, out in the middle of nowhere driving along a huge, straight highway, a big eagle—I've never seen a bird this big (at this point Lachlan makes a measuring motion with a level hand at about belly button height)—came up from the side of the road."

January 16, 2014

Tim Johnson’s Breakfast

Manual for Speed is at the USA Cyclocross National Championships this weekend. We saw Tim across the parking lot this afternoon and said hi.

January 15, 2014

Jamey Driscoll’s Hair

We asked Jamey, "Are you aware, like when you look in the mirror every morning, that your hair is fabulous?"

January 14, 2014

Ryan Trebon on Cars

"Everything else can be C-quality, because I just want to drive it and not worry about every little thing. I don't want to look at a show car, I want to rip it around."

2013

Road Racing

Road Cycling is, in fact, about the finest, most transformative, most powerful sport known to man.

August 24, 2013

2013 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 06

I’m not sure, this might be ironic. In order to properly photograph a competitor doing push-ups in the WFC I had to bend at the knees and squat-down and in the process I cramped-up and pulled my hamstring because I’m exceptionally sunburned and dehydrated after day six of a seven day UCI 2.HC Stage Race. Now it hurts to walk and my range of motion is considerably reduced.

August 23, 2013

2013 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 05

The lady in front of us inside the Avon Starbucks next to the Burger King by the round-about ordered: “A venti, sugarfree, vanilla, one-pump, classic soy, double-blended, extra-matcha, green tea, Frappachino, no whip.”

August 21, 2013

2013 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 03

The USA Cycling Pro Challenge Media Public Relations Department (USAPCMPRD) likely does not recognize Manual for Speed as a legitimate race news and coverage supplier/publisher.

August 20, 2013

2013 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 02

The race organizers no longer provide Media with the typical windshield-wide "I CAN BYPASS THIS BARRIER AND I CAN SPEED" stickers and because Colorado Highway Patrol is, let’s call it, overzealous.

August 19, 2013

2013 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 01

We accidentally forgot about the race and missed the next lap, still at the Starbucks enjoying espresso drinks and air conditioning, and a handy 110v outlet. Side note: Inside the Starbucks we located a TV (which TV was playing the race) and photographed it as penance.

August 18, 2013

2013 USA Pro Challenge: Pre-Race

We forgot to ask Peter what kind of Starbucks Espresso Drink he enjoys the most. We promise to get this information if we see him again.

2012 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 06

One of the more curious teams at the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge was RusVelo. We spoke with moonlighting Chief Mechanic Ralph Medlof about the team and their fundamentals.

August 17, 2013

2012 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 05

"You have the best seat in the house, you're in the race, you see what actually happens rather than a neutered description on TV."

August 16, 2013

2012 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 04

"I'm not exactly built for these races, and on a day like today I know it's probably time to pull out of the race, but if there's a chance in hell at making it, I want to make it."

August 13, 2013

2012 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 01

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.

July 29, 2013

2013 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic

What follows is a collection of brief race reports, taken directly from the riders in the hours and days directly following the revised and resuscitated Philadelphia Cycling Classic.

May 26, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 21

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.

May 24, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: “Stage 19”

I am quick to anger, irrational, confused and bloated. I regularly get into verbal altercations with Polizia, Race Officials, Spectators and other Photographers. I drive with impunity which impunity technically does not exist.

May 23, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 18

Everyone that works for Vini Fantini wears #fluo footwear, including—but not limited to—special edition #fluo Crocs (genuine, authentic Crocs).

May 21, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 16

France was boring. Everything was closed. Nobody came to watch the race. We saw a castle on the side of the road.

May 19, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 15

At some point during the drive to the to top (in a Black Audi A6, two in the front, three in the back—I sat back-right), past the first set of switchbacks, out of the clouds and into the mist, I almost cried.

May 18, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 14

Cevere is flat and euro-bucolic, in the middle of the roundabout at the end of town is a double overhead (tall) cow sculpture.

May 17, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 13

In spite of the weather, Raoul wore a colorful and funzie white v-neck, a pink bootleg MFS baseball cap, denim short shorts rolled at the hem and white canvas sneakers. "I’m boycotting the weather, besides"—he said on the way out the door—"It will be summer in the car." And it was.

May 14, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 10

These mountains in Northern Italy are like no other mountains in the world, they are abnormal and unique. They are massive, the relief is staggering, the blanched colors and muted light is prehistorically otherworldly. They are craggy and covered in glaciers. They are run through with massive drainages and creeks and mile-wide glacial flood plains. They are vertical and over-vertical and impossibly straight-up. We are in another world.

May 12, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 09

If Southern Italy (Naples, we're talking about you girl!) looks and feels Jersey Shore (and it does!), things here in Middle Italy just got a little Romeo and Juliet.

May 10, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 07

We have been in the office and under the manager’s desk in a total of five different hotels across the south of Italy, unplugging and resetting various modems and routers. Italy is the Wild West of online access, there are no standards, no common protocols, and every situation is invariably different and more convoluted than the last.

May 9, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 06

I realized that for many in attendance today and yesterday and tomorrow, the Giro d'Italia is a high-speed parade, a spandexed flotilla.

May 7, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 04

We photographed the start, took a wrong turn on the way out of town, accidentally drove INTO a Castle, turned-around, found the road out of town, drove east through many tunnels on many bridges, climbed 3,000 feet, drove into a monsoon, made it to the Autostrade, got on the Austostrade, then sat/drove in on-and-off traffic for several hours.

May 5, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Stage 02

We land, drink cappuccinos and wait for riders and team cars to arrive via ferry from Napoli. After Team Landing and subsequent “photoshooting” we hike the course uphill 3k to the Stado where the buses are parked.

May 3, 2013

2013 Giro d’Italia: Team Presentation

One half of Manual For Speed (Daniel Wakefield Pasley) has been living in an apartment in Sorrento Province of Naples, Italy for the last three days. Waiting for the 2013 Giro to begin, eating pizza, Naples is the birth place of pizza, and maintaining my commitment to the consumption of one unit (coppa) of gelato (cioccolato fondente) a day during my stay here.

April 21, 2013

2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Wallonia is reminiscent of West Virginia in many respects: the people, the mood, the obvious impact which now defunct, or antiquated, or just straight-up busted, large-scale industry has had on the economy and the environment.

April 18, 2013

2013 Flèche Wallonne

Flèche Wallonne is ALL about the Muir day Hooeee, or as it's both pronounced and spelled by the local French-speaking Belgians, the Mur de Huy.

April 14, 2013

2013 Amstel Gold Race

Seeing any given race more than once or twice is sometimes difficult. Seeing the start and the finish and maybe once in between is sometimes, if not often, the absolute best-case scenario.

Bonus Treasures

October 20, 2013

Tim Johnson: An Introduction

I went from the Pro Tour in Europe to Division III in the US over the course of one offseason. We drove a van to half the races we did. Normally that kills a cyclist, but for me it was the best thing I could’ve done. It reinforced why I do it, and that’s because I love to ride my bike.

October 18, 2013

Kaitie Antonneau: An Introduction

"When I go to race I turn something on. The day of the race I have a whole different side to me, whether I’m relaxed or not. I’m ready to try to kill people on my bike."

October 16, 2013

Jamey Driscoll: An Introduction

"I’m not at the point in my life or career where I’m worried about walking three blocks or how many peanuts I grab out of a bowl."

October 11, 2013

Ryan Trebon: An Introduction

"I had a friend in the ninth grade who was into racing and we started riding together every day. I was like, “Hey, this is fun,” and it snowballed from there."

September 27, 2013

Reed McCalvin: “It Matters to Me”

"The Development Riders are at just the right age to work hard, absorb everything and to still be people. They make mistakes and they figure things out. It’s a great time in their career. And when they win it’s that much more exciting."

September 24, 2013

Reed McCalvin: An Introduction

"The longer I was in the sport the more I became a little disenfranchised with it. Attitudes and Egos and Politics."

August 15, 2013

Tom Danielson on Hotels

"I was in that mindset a month and a half ago at the Tour de France and then I crashed out, and all of a sudden you have a completely different perspective where you want to be checking in and out of different hotels every day."

August 8, 2013

The Professional Cyclist Book Club

The Pro Cyclist's Book Club is a book club dedicated to the pursuit of the intellectual, cultural and spiritual growth of the professional cyclist.

July 19, 2013

Jasper Stuyven in California

The finale of a Pro race is harder and goes for longer than an entire U23 race. You also have more time to get bottles and take a pee break in the Pro race because it's more controlled.

July 15, 2013

Blue or Blue?

“I have new jersey for the Belgian National Team. It’s blue, but it’s different blue. You can help me decide. Blue or Blue?”

June 12, 2013

Reed McCalvin, On Alex Howes

"He likes knives—I don't know what the knife thing is about but it's his thing, and it’s NOT creepy, it’s not like he’s walking around packing, he just likes knives."

June 7, 2013

Dan Chabanov: CRCA Championships

He is twenty-six years old. He was born in Moscow, Russia but he lives in Brooklyn, New York where he will continue to live until he has a reason to leave.

May 13, 2013

An Interview with Alex Howes

Alex Howes is twenty-four years old, he wears nerd glasses, he has dapper hair, he is co-founder of the P.C.B.C. (Pro Cyclist’s Book Club), he lives in Boulder, Colorado. It’s mid-January. In 48 hours he leaves for Gerona, Spain and the start of his 2013 season. For two days now we have been following and observing Alex in his natural habitat.

2012

Road Racing

Road Cycling is, in fact, about the finest, most transformative, most powerful sport known to man.

August 12, 2012

2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 06

"A race like this could prepare you well for what's next, or you could just dig yourself into a big hole."

August 11, 2012

2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 05

"At first I didn’t want to talk about it with a lot of the guys on the team. The whole point of the team is for all of us to move on, but the reality is that not all of us will go up. Not everyone can be a Pro Tour rider."

August 10, 2012

2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 04

"I knew my physiology wasn’t a guaranteed ticket for success. Cyclists are machines, we have to be to some degree. But I love what I do, so much so that it's not a sacrifice to give up a lot of things that most people would consider sacrifices, or to go through things most people wouldn't. It's what I want to do."

August 8, 2012

2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 02

At some point in the middle of his sophomore year, because his friends raced and because he thought it looked like fun, he showed up to a mountain bike race on a 100-degree day. In a t-shirt and tennis shoes—no water bottle. He raced Junior Beginner, he finished seventh out of ten.

August 7, 2012

2012 Tour of Utah: Stage 01

The Tour of Utah is billed, probably justifiably so, as the hardest stage race in North America.

July 21, 2012

2012 Cascade Cycling Classic: Stage 03

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.

May 29, 2012

2012 USA Cycling Road Race National Championship

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.

May 20, 2012

2012 Tour of California: Stage 08

"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."

May 19, 2012

2012 Tour of California: Stage 07

"In a football game one team wins, one team loses. 50-50. In cycling you have 200 riders, one guy wins. 1-200. And every one of those guys really, really wants to win."

May 18, 2012

2012 Tour of California: Stage 06

"Being in the car and hearing Sam and Carlos' names called for abandoning sucked. I know Sam really wanted to finish the race, Carlos did too. That was the hardest thing for me, I teared up a little bit. I had shades on though."

May 17, 2012

2012 Tour of California: Stage 05

In the end, if we aspire to do these big races, the riders and staff have to show up. It's not a one-and-done sort of thing though. It takes some time to prove you can get it done, and it takes some time to prove you can't.

May 16, 2012

2012 Tour of California: Stage 04

"Ride your bike a lot, race your bike a lot, sleep a lot and don’t eat crappy food. Do all of that perfectly every day, that’s all you got to do. It’s really simple, the recipe is painfully easy, so much so that its almost impossible to do."

March 26, 2012

2012 Redlands Bicycle Classic: Stage 03

"It was a day of hypothermic rain and we smashed the race apart. We took it down to the important players and we had it where we wanted, it was ours to win."

March 23, 2012

2012 Redlands Bicycle Classic: Prologue

"Being only 6 or 7 seconds out of the yellow jersey is a good feeling—the team doesn't have to ride for you yet you're still within striking distance of the whole race, and people aren't looking at you like they do if you're in yellow."

American Crits

July 15, 2012

2012 Boise Twilight Criterium

"When the race started it was dry and warm, but after 20 minutes the rain started and it was like racing on an ice rink."

June 13, 2012

2011 River Parks Criterium

"Gorillas, water guns, water balloons, wet roads, public nudity, mid-day drinking in Oklahoma in June, live local music. Crowds like that are always good until they do something sketchy."

May 5, 2012

2012 Spartanburg Regional Classic

“I have my calendar of races and I show up and I do my best and try to get wins and I mostly do so yeah, I hope they’re happy.”

May 3, 2012

2012 Downtown Walterboro Criterium

And Speed Week is different and by different I mean worse because the races are often at night, sometimes late at night, as in not finished until 10:00 or 11:00. So the routine that keeps you working from 6:30-1:30AM everyday for six days at a time is shifted back some eight or so hours, and so now you are basically working an overly long swing shift.

Bonus Treasures

August 24, 2012

Jens, Still Being Jens

I never turned left or right or up and down I was always at my spot, hopefully people see some certain stability. 'Whatever happens, Jens will be still Jens.'

July 31, 2012

Torn Labrum(s)

"There is something about living on the fringe that keeps me motivated."

April 17, 2012

Sponsor 101

SpiderTech presents to Team Exergy.

April 13, 2012

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Excerpts from the 2012 Team Exergy Rider Contract.