Smog Times at Smogmont Smog

It seems to me that embroidering an umbrella would reduce its effectiveness. Maybe I’m wrong.

(via CyclePhotos Valkenburg WC report)

  1. Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/1000th
  4. Focal Length: 109mm

Phil: Hey Sammy—looks like you’re peeing there, huh?

Sammy: OMG Phil inapprops.

(as seen in the Tour of Beijing #htrww)


This is still pretty much how I ride downhill.

iMovieHD: under-featured and massively crash-prone, but probably the smoothest, most intuitive piece of video software I ever used. I updated to Yosemite yesterday, which finally rendered this classic piece of Mac goodness inoperable. 

Note that the absolutely ratchet footage still takes up 8GB+ because I screen-ripped it at top quality. #fightgenerationaldecay

Pauwels’ collision after the line at Ronse was actually pretty uncommon. 

Tom Boonen’s crash here from the 2003 Gent-Wevelgem is the standout example example in my mind, though I seem to recall an incident with Farrar and Petacchi getting tangled with the press after the line in the 2010(?) Giro, too.


Another Greg Addo video, this time on PVD. GoPro/spectator intercutting really nails down the feel of the big northeastern fields. Definitely brought back some memories, including the trip to the pit. 

(via Colin, from whom I am stealing all my content this year, though Greg’s been on here before.)


Cheers to bikes and beers!

To Friday!

Cyclephotos didn’t caption this photo from their Ronse collection, but as the hat suggests, this woman’s name is Elle.

  1. Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/250th
  4. Focal Length: 50mm

I really like this Playmobil video that’s been making the rounds, mostly because of how lovingly constructed it is. The bike vs ATV take, the wipe outs, the showboating, the whips, GoPro, multiple angles, etc. 

Bicycling’s The Hub blog pointed me to this similar Lego-based video; it’s much better shot, but it’s a cultural parody and the actual bike sequences are probably its weakest feature.

Sure, the Playmobil reel has a few camera shadows, stop-motion background hops, and other ragged edges, but the commendable commitment to purpose makes it a more enjoyable watch, every time. 

…not that there are any parallels for this with respect to real footage of road racing, of course…

(previously in stop motion videos)