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“Honestly, I don’t think Nibali considers the conditions bad unless the road is covered with an oil slick that is actively on fire.”

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From a production standpoint, Roubaix is the worst. 

It takes forever (~10hrs this time around) to even get a hold of the footage, because so many people are trying to torrent it. Once you do get it, there’s a lot of going back and forth through the interesting parts because the race (though not as much this year) tends to be broken up and hard for the cameras to follow, and that production truck confusion gets passed on to you as a viewer.

If the footage is from Eurosport, you’re extra boned because the commercials miss a lot of how moves form and get brought back. You’d think having 15 minutes’ less racing would at least reduce the re-watch time, but with 4 hours to play with in total, you’d be wrong. 

I’ve done HTRWW vids on Roubaix I think as much as any race—and for the past three of them, I literally didn’t sleep. In 2012 and 2013, I had fortunately managed to bank some of the creative window-dressing ahead of time, and by last year, I had a fast enough computer to get everything done in one session.

I’m starting a real job tomorrow, so I went to bed around midnight, and left the editing to today. It took about five hours; I’m usually just under an hour-per-minute on these things, though this Roubaix was a more-complex-than-normal edit. That’d put me at 5am, plus an hour or so to upload, post, social media, etc—6am. A toss-up on my “try to sleep/start the day” decision algorithm.

Still, as much as I appreciate the rest, after two years of going all-out, I can’t shake the sense of failure at having it come out “late”.

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Ah…sometimes the really good races are the most frustrating to make videos for. This was a great event but when stuff effectively never stops happening, there’s not a lot of room to have fun and pull out the little threads that run through a race. 

Plus Hayman had no consistent behavior that lead to his victory—until around 40k to go, he was putting quite a bit of effort into making attacks and following moves that made sense for a guy in the break, but not for a potential winner. 

And for all EQS’ early work making the split stick and Vanmarcke’s cobbled brilliance to repay his repeated teammate bailouts, exhaustion (or the lack thereof) and not tactics really seemed to be the final selector. So a general recap of the action took up most of my attention. Which—to me, anyway—always feels a little off.

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I cannot believe I got Bakelants wrong, especially after that day in 2013 when everyone go Bakelants wrong at the Tour.

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Please to watch this video on recent bike racing in the Belgium.

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Speaking of embedding, there’s always such trepidation is using the YouTube link. Will I have to swap it out in a few hours? 

…unlike, say, the dudes uploading full, unedited copies of the broadcast coverage, who make no effort to minimize the impact of their video on the marketability of officially licensed offerings, cite their sources, add value beyond access, etc. 

Not that it’s not awesome to be able to watch the full race—it totally is. My issue is that I seem to be *specifically* targeted by rightsholders, despite putting a fairly absurd effort into making sure my uploads meet the legal standard for Fair Use. 

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This weekend’s bike party. It was a pretty big one.

(NOTE: if you’re accessing the Internet from a port identified with a series of numbers arbitrarily assigned to Germany, you should go here)

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Another “I have a job and can’t do every stage or get it done by Monday morning” experiment, this time following just the top of the GC struggle through a team-focused lens.

If you don’t like that, there is at least dubstep at the end.

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Still haven’t been able to bring myself to make another Dan Martin gif.

Yet.

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Any use of the NBC logo is purely accidental.

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Timed so that, if you’re celebrating Patriots’ Day,  you can slip this between watching the elite marathon finishes and getting responsibly intoxicated.