Listen, hand to God, Manual for Speed is coming around. For seriously, it’s happening, we are. Pretty much since the Tour de France and Colorado, we’ve had some time to reflect and check-in with some shit, basically everything. The world. Ourselves. Friends. Family. Our privilege. Et cetera, et cetera. We get it, over the last six months we’ve gone from observation and calculated complaint to some kind of protracted sulk. Enough is enough, cycling is rad, France is cool, fans are neat, corn hole toss isn’t the apocalypse (or is it?), who cares, that’s not the point. The point is we’re pumped & jazzed. And we’re going to prove it but first real quick one pretty critical & super negative thought about obtaining credentials.
I could tell you all about how after five years of publishing Manual for Speed we still have to fight and beg and work and do tricks and handjobs for credentials. How it’s rarely if ever a straight-forward thing, and how demoralizing it is to be scrutinized and evaluated and judged ALL DAY LONG by volunteers in Location Hats and Italians with exceptional style. More specifically I could tell you about getting a second bib at Today’s UCI in Richmond. Which bib was a required to properly photograph the race.
Or I could ask you, our readers, to watch this video (ed note: since removed by YouTube, but it was an hour long of Axel Rose doing something). It’s an hour long. I spent two hours trying to get a bib so you should watch it twice. If you do, if you watch this whole video twice, in solidarity, because you want to know if you can, for endurance-practice, whatever, it doesn’t matter, point is if you watch this video twice we will send you a free kit. Also, no cheating, you have to watch the video and only the video, no multi tasking, no distractions. In fact, listen, if you make it through 20 minutes, write us, tell us about it, we will probably send you something awesome.
This video perfectly captures the circular nature of the UCI credential process. [Previously mentioned missing hour long of Axel Rose] Also, it speaks to the absurdity. And the torture. And the desperation. And the insanity. That’s it, I’m done. 1000% positivity from here on out.