Stage 12 Manual For Speedisms
A short catalog collected throughout the day.
“What the funicular?”
—When @caleyfretz and @hannahtroop took the lift down to the Dutch Corner and beat us there by an hour because Steve and I had to side-hill 3k of thistles between the barriers and and some kinda problem: a cliff, a wall, sleeping TDF #chilleurs, stacks of bicycles etc., and side-hilling in Vapor Maxes is basically like walking on your ankles. I mean, there’s a reason hiking boots don’t come with inflatable soles.
—Basically the same as Performance Journalism™. Just further illustrating the idea that we don’t just talk about hill people and ditch monkeys, we become hill people and ditch monkeys. We live among them. We go where they go, we eat what they eat, we sing their songs, we clap, stomp, and shout with them. And yes, it’s the same as becoming an undercover cop. You can get in too deep. How do you prove your loyalty? Are you pretending to like the Dutch version of the electric slide, or do you actually like it now?
—Riding in clown cars with boys.
—Private conversation between Ashley Gruber, Steve and myself.
—I can’t remember now.
“Show me your ‘Go Face’.”
—The faces Dutch fans make when moshing on the side of road about to be used for a bike race.