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2016 Amstel Gold Race: Pre-Race

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Earlier this year Manual for Speed met with World-Famous Animal Behaviorist Darnell Chazinski. At the time, Darnell was in the process of submitting a body of work representing 47 years of study to the Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy for peer review. Darnell’s work is focused around the positive physical and psychological effects of role playing, in particular Animalizing. Darnell posits that Animalizing is extremely effective for CEOs and Professional Athletes. With that in mind, Manual for Speed brought what Darnell calls 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.


Alex Howes / January 1, 1988 / Golden, Colorado

Bears are mammals. They’re cute as the dickens, but they can also be deadly.  It is also true that bears produce a variety of vocalizations, some of their more well known vocalization types include:

  • Moaning, produced mostly as mild warnings to potential threats or in fear,
  • Barking, produced during times of alarm, excitement or to give away the animal’s position.
  • Huffing, made during courtship or between mother and cubs to warn of danger.
  • Growling, produced as strong warnings to potential threats or in anger.
  • Roaring, used much for the same reasons as growls and also to proclaim territory and for intimidation.
  • Humming, a loud monotonous buzzing sound, primarily employed by cubs.
Nate Brown / July 7, 1991 / Colorado Springs, Colorado

Tigers have muscular bodies with powerful forelimbs, large heads and long tails.​ The oldest remains of an extinct tiger relative, called Panthera zdanskyi or the Longdan tiger, have been found in the Gansu province of northwestern China. In Chinese myth and culture, the tiger is one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese art, the tiger is depicted as an earth symbol and equal rival of the Chinese dragon – the two representing matter and spirit respectively. The Southern Chinese martial art Hung Ga is based on the movements of the tiger and the crane.​ In American folklore the Tiger is associated with winning and/or dominating long one day events such as a Spring Classic. Lions have been known to breed with tigers to create hybrids called ligers and tigons.​ ​The liger is a cross between a male lion and a tigress. The less common tigon is a cross between a lioness and a male tiger.

Tom Jelte Slagter / January 7, 1989 / Groningen, The Netherlands

Golden eagles are sometimes considered the most superlative fliers among eagles and perhaps among all raptorial birds.​ ​They are equipped with broad, long wings with somewhat finger-like indentations on the tips of the wing.​ ​Golden eagles are unique among their genus in that they often fly in a slight​ ​dihedral, which means the wings are often held in a slight, upturned V.​ ​A typical, unhurried soaring speed in golden eagles is around 45–52 kilometers per hour (28–32 mph).​ ​When hunting or displaying,​ or winning Amstel Gold,​ the golden eagle is capable of very fast gliding, attaining speeds of up to 190 km/h (120 mph).

Toms Skujiņš / January 7, 1989 / Sigulda, Latvia

Dance is a performance art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic​ ​value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture.​ ​Dance can be categorized and described by its​ ​choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin.​ ​Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, figure skating, synchronized swimming and many other forms of athletics​ such as bike racing a Spring Classic.​

Chameleons have the most distinctive eyes of any reptile. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. Each eye can pivot and focus independently, allowing the chameleon to observe two different objects simultaneously. This gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their bodies. Prey is located using monocular depth perception, not stereopsis.​ ​Chameleons can see in both visible and ultraviolet light. Chameleons exposed to ultraviolet light show increased social behavior and ​physical prowess​​, are more inclined to bask and feed,​ have better race results,​ and are also more likely to reproduce, as it has a positive effect on the pineal gland.

Simon Clarke / July 18, 1986 / Melbourne, Australia

Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping as a means of locomotion. The comfortable hopping speed for a red kangaroo is about 20–25 km/h (12–16 mph), but speeds of up to 70 km/h (43 mph) can be attained over short distances, while it can sustain a speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) for nearly 2 km (1.2 mi).​ ​This fast and energy-efficient method of travel has evolved because of the need to regularly cover large distances in search of food and water, rather than the need to escape predators.​​ At slow speeds, it employs pentapedal locomotion, using its tail to form a tripod with its two forelimbs​ ​while bringing its hind feet forward.​ ​Kangaroos are adept swimmers, and often flee into waterways if threatened by a predator. If pursued into the water, a kangaroo may use its forepaws to hold the predator underwater so as to drown it.​ If forced to race a bike, Kanaroos do it good.​

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