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Typology: Typologies of the Best of 2014

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Emiliano and I are frequently asked, “What is Manual for Speed?” Usually it’s somebody’s 86-year old aunt or a taxi cab driver or a Customs Agent and so who cares?, so we just say it’s a blog on which we do blogging because we’re bloggers. If pressed and in an indulgent mood we might say something like, it’s about bikes, you know, the Tour de France…Lance Armstrong…then maybe we make fists with our hands and pump our arms in a pedaling motion. If none of those work, well too bad that’s on them, we already went above and beyond. And rarely do any of those people want any additional information because 75% of the time they think we told them we’re racing (not photographing) the TDF in our man-sized bodies and so they wish us luck and that’s the end of that. At any rate those situations are simple, straight-forward and easily handled. But what about a good friend’s wife or a father-in-law or somebody we care about, like our wives and children, best friends, potential investors, prospective advertisers, existing clients, professional human cycling athletes, etc., what about all those people, what do we tell them, like seriously, WTF is Manual For Speed? And guys, real-talk, whenever Emilano and I are photoshooting a race together and sharing a room night after night in some strange city in a foreign unseemly hot country, somewhere in like, Europe, when it’s 3:30AM and Today’s Race Report has been filed with the home office (sup Kevin Edward Brown!!!!) and the lights are off and it’s quiet and dark except for the strangled gargle of a clapped-out air conditioning unit and the Times Square Effect of 23 different devices trying to charge at once, we talk about this very issue because in any given moment on any given day, we have no idea what Manual for Speed is.

Listen, we’ve thought about it some more and that’s simply not true. We know what Manual for Speed is about, and it’s about the vibe, man. It’s about the whole deal, the whole spectacle. In fact, if we could do it again we’d call this project Spectacle Of Speed.

In support of, and in homage to, the sentiment that Spectacle is our premise, here is a catalog, a typology if you will, of The Best Shit we witnessed in 2014. Thank you! Oh, and guys, if you’re still reading this, please go out tomorrow or sometime in the next week or so and buy a Castelli thing. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere it’s easy, buy some gloves or something because A) they will give you An Unfair Advantage, and, B) Castelli makes all this CGAB (cycling glory and bounty) possible!!!!

BEST GIFS!!!
BEST BOOK!!!
BEST CRASH!!!
BEST CHILLER!!!
BEST RACE HOSPITALITY!!!
BEST DOG!!!
BEST SNACKS!!!
BEST LEGS!!!
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER!!!
BEST BUTT!!!
BEST SPIN INSTRUCTOR!!!
BEST SELFIE!!!
BEST NAP!!!
BEST RIVALRY!!!
BEST CYCLIST HOLDING A KANGAROO!!!
BEST HAIR – PROS!!!
BEST MONO!!!
BEST MFS FAN!!!
BEST STOKE!!!
BEST RACE OFFICIAL!!!
BEST HAIR – AMATEURS!!!
BEST ARTIST!!!
BEST COP/GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL!!!
BEST BIRD!!!
BEST KID!!!
BEST KISS!!!
BEST IPAD!!!
BEST PHILLER!!!
BEST SWAN SONG!!!
BEST KING OF SLING!!!
BEST NEUTRAL SUPPORT!!!
BEST MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE!!!
BEST UNFAIR ADVANTAGE!!!

Best Gifs !!!

FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO FEATURE LENGTH GIF DOCUMENTARY
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO FEATURE LENGTH GIF DOCUMENTARY
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO FEATURE LENGTH GIF DOCUMENTARY
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO FEATURE LENGTH GIF DOCUMENTARY
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – 257KM
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 06
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 06
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 04
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 1
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS
FOUND IN: HAVS: TCBCCT DUNKIN' DONUTS TOUR
FOUND IN: HAVS: TEAM CLIF BAR CYCLING
FOUND IN: RIVER PARKS CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: AMERICAN CRIT HOUSING VOL. 3
FOUND IN: HAVS: TCBCCT DUNKIN' DONUTS TOUR
FOUND IN: JINGLE CROSS
FOUND IN: HAVS: MAROONED IN THE MARRIOTT

BEST BOOK!!!

BEST CRASH!!!

BEST CHILLER!!!

FOUND IN: JINGLE CROSS
FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 04
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 01
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: RIVER PARKS CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: RIVER PARKS CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: 2014 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 2
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 01
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 01
FOUND IN: DUBAI TOUR – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – BUPA STAGE 04
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – TEAM PRESENTATION

BEST RACE HOSPITALITY!!!

FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – BE SAFE BE SEEN STAGE 6

BEST DOG!!!

FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: JINGLE CROSS
FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – PURE BLONDE STAGE 05
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – 257KM
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – 257KM
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 1
FOUND IN: AMERICAN CRIT HOUSING VOL. 3
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: JINGLE CROSS
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03 #DAILYDEKKER

BEST SNACKS!!!

FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – 257KM (THANKS THE FEED AND CLIF!)

BEST LEGS!!!

FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: KMC CYCLOCROSS FESTIVAL TOURNAMENT
FOUND IN: RED HOOK CRITERIUM – BROOKLYN
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – BIKEEXCHANGE.COM.AU STAGE 02
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – THOMAS FOODS STAGE 03
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 07
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 01
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 2
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – ROUBAIX
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER!!!

FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – DOWNTOWN PEOPLE'S CHOICE CLASSIC
FOUND IN: DUBAI TOUR – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – 257KM
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – 257KM
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – 257KM
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 2
FOUND IN: ANDERSEN BANDUCCI BOISE TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 06
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 07
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 04
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS
FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: KMC CYCLOCROSS FESTIVAL TOURNAMENT
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS
FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL

BEST BUTT!!!

FOUND IN: ISCORP DOWNER AVE CLASSIC
FOUND IN: KMC CYCLOCROSS FESTIVAL TOURNAMENT
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – BUPA STAGE 04
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 06
FOUND IN: MCNELLIE'S GROUP BLUE DOME CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 04
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 2

BEST SPIN INSTRUCTOR!!!

FOUND IN: ALEX HOWES AT PELOTON STUDIO

BEST SELFIE!!!

FOUND IN: 2014 USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: ANDERSEN BANDUCCI BOISE TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 06
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 06
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 01
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS
FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03

BEST NAP!!!

FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – DOWNTOWN PEOPLE'S CHOICE CLASSIC
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – SAN REMO STAGE 01
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – PURE BLONDE STAGE 05
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – PURE BLONDE STAGE 05
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – PURE BLONDE STAGE 05
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – BE SAFE BE SEEN MAC STAGE 06
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – ROUBAIX
FOUND IN: ANDERSEN BANDUCCI BOISE TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 04
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS

BEST RIVALRY!!!

FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 01
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02

BEST PRO HOLDING A KANGAROO!!!

BEST HAIR – PROS!!!

FOUND IN: ANDERSEN BANDUCCI BOISE TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS
FOUND IN: CROSS VEGAS
FOUND IN: DUBAI TOUR – TEAM PRESENTATION
FOUND IN: RED HOOK CRITERIUM – BROOKLYN
FOUND IN: RED HOOK CRITERIUM – BROOKLYN
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – BUPA STAGE 04
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – BUPA STAGE 04
FOUND IN: GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION BRADY ARTS DISTRICT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – PRE-RACE
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – ROUBAIX

BEST MONO!!!

BEST MFS FAN!!!

FOUND IN: ANDERSEN BANDUCCI BOISE TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – COMPIEGNE
FOUND IN: HISTORIC ROSWELL CRITERIUM

BEST STOKE!!!

BEST RACE OFFICIAL!!!

FOUND IN: ANDERSEN BANDUCCI BOISE TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: MCNELLIE'S GROUP BLUE DOME CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 06
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 1
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 5

BEST HAIR – AMATEURS!!!

FOUND IN: ANDERSEN BANDUCCI BOISE TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: MCNELLIE'S GROUP BLUE DOME CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 01
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 06
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03

BEST ARTIST!!!

FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 07 THANKS NAOMI!

BEST COP/GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL!!!

FOUND IN: ANDERSEN BANDUCCI BOISE TWILIGHT CRITERIUM
FOUND IN: DUBAI TOUR – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: TOUR OF UTAH – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX – 257KM

BEST BIRD!!!

BEST KID!!!

FOUND IN: ISCORP DOWNER AVE CLASSIC
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 01
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 01 #DAILYDEKKER
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 06 #DAILYDEKKER
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 03
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 05
FOUND IN: 2014 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS

BEST KISS!!!

FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 04
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 1
FOUND IN: 2014 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS

BEST IPAD!!!

FOUND IN: GRAN PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
FOUND IN: TOUR DOWN UNDER – TEAM PRESENTATIONS
FOUND IN: USA PRO CHALLENGE – STAGE 02
FOUND IN: ATHENS ORTHOPEDIC TWILIGHT CRITERIUM PT. 1

BEST PHILLER!!!

FOUND IN: 2014 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BEST SWAN SONG!!!

DAVID MILLAR, FOUND IN: PARIS-ROUBAIX: ROUBAIX
MATT COOKE, FOUND IN: 2014 USA CYCLING PROFESSIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BEST KING OF SLING!!!

BEST NEUTRAL SUPPORT!!!

FOUND IN: HAVS: WHAT'S UP WITH YELLOW? THANKS MAVIC!
FOUND IN: HAVS: WHAT'S UP WITH YELLOW? THANKS MAVIC!
FOUND IN: HAVS: WHAT'S UP WITH YELLOW? THANKS MAVIC!
FOUND IN: PARIS–ROUBAIX: 257KM THANKS MAVIC!

BEST MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE!!!

FOUND IN: HAVS #2: ALEX HOWES

BEST UNFAIR ADVANTAGE!!!

FOUND IN: VUELTA AL PAÍS VASCO – STAGE 05 WE HEART YOU CASTELLI!!!!!
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