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.

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.

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.

At the Races #8: Newbs

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

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.

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!

Night

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

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.

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.

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”?

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.

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.

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 cyclist girlfriend Jen Whalen.

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.

#ProudPandas

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

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?"

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Jamey Driscoll’s Hair

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

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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.

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.

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?”

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."

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.

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.