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At the Races #7: Randos

  • “Hey man, whassup? You got a dollar?”
  • “How far do they ride?” “Wow! How fast?” “Wow!”
  • “Eat shit. Aahahaha I’m just kidding!”
  • “Freeeeeeeeeee biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiird!”
  • “How much is that bike? I’ll trade you.”
  • “What’re all of you doin’ out here?”


These are just some examples of the comments, unsolicited vocalizations, and peer-to-peer interactions one might expect from the “local color.” Now Randos is a broad term we’ll narrow it down for our purposes. What we’re talking about when we talk about Randos are the scalawags, gadabouts, rascals, partiers, burnouts, rapscallions, hedonists, wanderers, sundowners, breezers, recreation-opportunists, and chillers that are just… there, man. They appear without rhyme, reason or warning and disappear just the same. And while the hardcore fans and circumstantial observers tend to behave as expected: lining the road and cheering when the riders pass, the Rando is attracted to any party like moths to a light. And what is the Professional Road Racing spectacle, if not a party? I mean you have groups of people coming together for socialization and entertainment, what more is required?

It doesn’t matter that the Rando doesn’t know a Froome from a Boonen, the Rando doesn’t care, the Rando doesn’t need to know, the Rando is just chilling. What more could you ask of them?”

AT THE RACES is a study of the more ubiquitous or “prevalent” types of chillers found spectating PRRs on any given day, at any given race. To help us properly identify and catalog chillers, Manual for Speed commissioned world renowned interpretive illustrator and dog walker Thomas Slater. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary Human Taxonomy from Oxford and has been supporting his family as a commercial illustrator since the age of 7. His recent work titled Gran Fondo’ler (Confessions of a Cycling Enthusiast) is currently being considered for a solo show at the Tate.


Head to our 2017 Introduction post for the At the Races index.

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