Calling us is great too because we WANT to really hear you and this way we can really do that. We love inflection, subtlety, tone, all of it. Pre-emoji vibes are the best. Feel free to ramble. FTR, we may (and probably will) publish your VM if it’s good. So make it good!
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Performance Journalism™ about the culture of Bicycles, Sport and Other. YP = YJ + MFS + 🚲 + 😜 X PJ™
More than reliable transportation or a destination or extensive provisioning, any Performance Journalist™ worth their salt requires for success in any endeavor or pursuit only a quality Wool Blanket. Wool blankets can be fashioned into a jacket, as in a capote, or a cloak or cape. They can be used to wrap and therefore protect your valuables during travel as well as camouflage said valuables regrettably but necessarily left overnight in a car in a dimly lit motel parking lot. In place of an otherwise useless cotton towel pre-and-post hot spring, swim hole, hobo slap, etc. As a bedroll, a napkin (albeit an oversized napkin), a pillow, a sack or makeshift bag, a brightly colored and nicely delineated picnic or lunch spot, for love-making, in defense against nearly feral or overly habituated animals, a lightweight saddle alternative, fire containment and for bivouacking and/or enhancing an otherwise primitive shelter. For wound care and poultices. Protection against the elements like dust, wind, direct sunlight, etc., as well as volatile and/or tempestuous weather. Insulation be it fixed, semi-permanent or temporary. To appear Period Correct if which period is the whole of the 1800s. A blanket and/or ad-hoc burrito-style mummy bag. And finally, if need be, they can be soaked in various nutrients, broths, herbs and tinctures for later oral or topical application.
Daniel PasleyFounder, Editor, Contributor, Blogger
Kevin BrownPublisher, Web Editor, Interneter
Justin BalogCinematographer, Video Editor
Steve HockettIllustrator, Animator, UK Section Chief
THE SPECTACLE OF ROAD RACING→ Professional 🚴🏼♂️ is the finest, most beautiful, most relevant sport in the world and for many that’s as complicated and/or nuanced as the whole thing needs to get. But for us, for MFS, racing is more profound and, frankly, more interesting than a simple display of competition and speed. In service to this core belief which, here and now, we submit as a Universal Truth, we created an episodic multimedia documentary and contemporary study exalting Road Cycling for ALL that it is: ✨The ✨Greatest ✨Spectacle ✨On ✨Earth ✨
EXPLORATION, ENGAGEMENT, EDUCATION→ In partnership with NASA and the US Military this a reboot of Lewis & Clark. Our mandate: Explore, Engage, Educate. Our POV? Our modus operandi? Our raison d'être? D-i-s-c-o-v-e-r-y, discovery. From pseudo anthropology, interpretive cartography, field observations, illustrations, typologies, catalogs, terrestrial vs. galactic and bicycle-/non-bicycle-based adventure to Shackleton, Darwin, Captain Cook, we are the Corps of Discovery. 🌕🚀🚁🚲🛶🌍
THE CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF OTHER→ We are Cultural Anthropologists and Sportsmen compelled into the Wilderness to explore, document and publish a lasting and meaningful record of our experiences there. Through a collection of fictional and non-fictional multimedia we endeavor to understand and relate those people, places and pursuits the purview of Yonder. What is our purview? All things other. ///// Edges, Frontiers and Margins. Nerds & Warriors. The DTF. The Salty. W E 💖 O T H E R.
Kevin McDonald – actor/comedian/voice actor, member of The Kids in the Hall.
William Shatner – actor, best known for playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek.
MFS RACE NOTES BY KLAUS:
There’s something slightly unsettling about walking into your room atHotel Espresso in Montreal, putting your bags down, and hearing the sounds of someone potentially being molested in some fashion through the AC vents. Similarly, there’s something unusual about hearing the people in the room upstairs walk around in high heels at four in the morning as the smell of cigarette smoke wafts in through the previously-mentioned vents.
Observation: since his death, Casey Kasem has traveled to more countries than some members of the Manual for Speed staff.
Astana’s Janez Brajkovič looks like an oversized banana when wearing his bright yellow, team-issue winter jacket.
Why was Ted King carrying four boxes of nutritional bars up to his room the night before the race? Did he just sit and eat those in his room instead of going to team dinner?
Garmina, our GPS’ female voice, has a fantastic way of mispronouncing every single French street name, primarily by putting the accent in eight different places all at once.
Parking signs in Montreal state what time, day of the week and month you can and cannot park in a particular spot. We also believe that there’s a parking spot near a not-so-great Indian restaurant we ate at that is only available for public use during Mardi Gras.
Pros—they’re just like us, or at least they have to deal with the same mundane problems that all of us put up with. During the race, we overheard riders discussing the following topics among themselves:
Having to deal with a flooded basement.
Buying a new washer dryer set.
Experiencing deplorable customer service with a new bank.
The mandatory meeting that photographers are forced to attend is not very helpful because it’s in French.
At times during the meeting it sounds like someone is up on stage mocking French speakers, making pseudo-French sounds in a potentially xenophobic fashion. And then you realize that they are just speaking French.
There’s nothing like putting a piece of tape on an expensive lens, and thus converting into a much cheaper version of itself.
Cameras on long sticks are the new iPads at races.
Guy in the woods found a 1644 Morningstar.
Crazy guy who talked a lot:
“Journalists who are kidnapped should have their ransoms covered by the newspapers they work with.”
“We are going back to how we were during the middle ages. Today, even Protestants are out of control, while American leadership is a concern.”
“Feed Zone!” wass easily the most important aspect of the race to theMontréalais, and which “Feed Zone!” we were asked about every five minutes by all kinds of people, and were in turn told about (especially its location) by nearly as many people nearly as often. One member of the audience, asked about the “Feed Zone’s!” location, but refused to tell us why he wanted to know where it was, that was his secret.
Nothing is as satisfying as being photobombed by a race director when trying to take a selfie with a podium girl (see below).
Yes, there’s aLeica cycling cap.
OFFICIAL GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL MFS PLAYLIST
Kongos –Come With Me Now
Dirty Heads featuring Rome from Sublime –Lay Me Down
Weezer –Back To The Shack
Les Merseys –Elles Se Moquuer De Moi
Hozier –Take Me To The Church
Taylor Swift –I Knew You Were Trouble
Enrique Iglesias –Bailando feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona
Vance Joy –Riptide (Flicflac Edit)
GRAND PRIX CYCLISTE MONTREAL
STOP MOTION IS AN ANIMATION TECHNIQUE TO MAKE A PHYSICALLY MANIPULATED OBJECT APPEAR TO MOVE.
IN MONTREAL, IT'S ILLEGAL TO MAKE A RIGHT TURN ON RED. MFS DID NOT FIND THIS OUT UNTIL AFTER THE TRIP, AND WELL AFTER SEVERAL ILLEGAL RIGHT HAND TURNS WERE MADE DURING SAID TRIP.
"AIR GUITAR WITH A LENS" GENERATED 2,620,000 RESULTS ON GOOGLE.
WITH THE ADVENT OF LED TECHNOLOGY, LARGE VIDEO SCREENS NOW TAKE AS LITTLE AS HALF AN HOUR TO SET UP.
ROUGEMONT ARE "THE APPLE JUICE SPECIALISTS IN QUEBEC SINCE 1959"
"IN THE VENN DIAGRAM OF LIFE THAT READS IN ONE CIRCLE “PEOPLE WHO GRADUATE COLLEGE” AND “PROFESSIONAL CYCLISTS” IN THE OTHER, THERE ISN’T MUCH OVERLAP — LIKE, I THINK THERE ARE MAYBE SIX OF US."
ACCORDING TO DIGITAL PHOTO SECRETS, THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO WHEN TAKING A SELFIE ARE: KNOW YOUR GOOD ANGLE, USE GOOD LIGHT, USE A FILTER FROM A PHOTO APP, DON'T BE TOO SERIOUS, BUT DON'T OVERDO IT.
REGULATIONS FOR GARBAGE COLLECTION IN MONTREAL: PLACE GARABAGE IN A BAG WITH NO HOLES, MEASURING AT LEAST 65 X 90 CM, WITH A CAPACITY OF AT MOST 80 LITERS.
BINOCULARS CAN BE GALILEAN OR KEPLERIAN IN THEIR DESIGN.
AN ATTACHÉ CASE GETS ITS NAME AS IT WAS TRADITIONALLY USED BY AN "ATTACHÉ", A DIPLOMATIC OFFICER ATTACHED TO AN EMBASSY OR CONSULATE ABROAD.