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Team Clif Bar—Brady Kappius, Troy Wells and Ben Sonntag—are in Las Vegas, Nevada for Cross Vegas, a cyclocross tournament known commonly as America’s Fabulous Cyclocross Event and/or The Biggest Cyclocross Race in America. And for Interbike, which Interbike “isn’t a trade show, it’s an industry experience where manufacturers, retailers, media & more conduct the business of cycling.” In order to compete at Cross Vegas properly, to their fullest and most able, like, in terms of potential and whatnot, Team Clif needs to practice, acclimate and immerse. While traditional Media traditionally maintains a respectful distance from their subjects in order to maintain as unbiased and objective a perspective as possible, Manual for Speed does not, at all. Instead we enable. Here is Manual for Speed enabling Team Clif through staircase drills, bunny hops, reflections, portraits, hand holding, meet & greets, Chippendales, street dancing, performance art, etc.

THE MANDALAY

Mandalay, the second-largest city (pop. 1,225,553) and the last royal capital of Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is located north of Yangon River on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River seven hours north (by car) of Thanlyin, a small Burmese town on the Gulf of Martaban. Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Circus Circus Enterprises bought the Hacienda Hotel and Casino in 1995. A year later CCE closed the Hacienda in December , imploded the Hacienda on New Year’s Eve, changed their name from CCE to Mandalay Resort Group , and built a 950-million dollar Hawaiian-themed “Project Paradise” called the Mandalay Bay , despite the fact that there is no actual bay near the inland city of Mandalay and regardless of the fact that Mandalay is not, as previously stated, a city in Hawaii.

During construction of the predominantly gold-colored (a result of gold leaf used on the windows) 43-story building, engineers discovered vertical movements and particularly differential movements (‘dishing’) between the tower core and the wings. The tower core was sinking at a rate of 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 inch (13 to 19 mm) per week and the wings were sinking at a slower rate causing differential distortion between the column bays. If these movements were not stopped, severe structural damage would occur and the building would have been at risk of eventual collapse. Construction was halted while a solution was developed and implemented. The solution proved to be the installation of micro-piles (formerly marketed as ‘Pin Piles’) filled with grout 200 feet (61 m) deep below the structure each capped with a hydraulic jack to stabilize the structure at the desired vertical height to carry the weight. And that’s why the parking structure and alleys behind the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino are exceptional for Cyclocross practice in the afternoon and early evening.

THE LONGEST STAIRWAY IS LISTED BY GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS AS THE SERVICE STAIRWAY FOR THE NIESENBAHN FUNICULAR RAILWAY NEAR SPIEZ, SWITZERLAND, WITH 11,674 STEPS AND A HEIGHT OF 1,669 M (5,476 FT). THE STAIRS ARE USUALLY EMPLOYEE-ONLY, BUT THERE IS A PUBLIC RUN CALLED "NIESENLAUF" ONCE A YEAR.
WIKIPEDIA REDIRECTS "PARKING GARAGE" TO "MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK".
SOLAR-SOURCED VITAMIN D IS LESS AVAILABLE LATE IN THE DAY, WHEN THE SUN IS CLOSE TO THE HORIZON, DUE TO THE INCREASED AMOUNT OF ATMOSPHERE IT'S LIGHT MUST TRAVEL THROUGH.
GOOGLE SEARCH SUGGESTS "WHY CYCLISTS HATE STOP SIGNS" AS A COMMON QUERY.
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A NUMBER OF SCIENTIFIC STUDIES INDICATE THAT SPENDING LONG HOURS IN THE SUN WITHOUT EYE PROTECTION CAN DAMAGE YOUR EYES BY CONTRIBUTING TO CATARACTS, MACULAR DEGENERATION, AND GROWTHS ON THE EYE, INCLUDING CANCER. BASED ON THESE STUDIES, OPHTHALMOLOGISTS RECOMMEND THAT YOU WEAR 99% AND ABOVE UV-ABSORBENT SUNGLASSES AND A BRIMMED HAT WHENEVER YOU’RE IN THE SUN FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.
LIVESTRONG.COM WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO DO A BENCH DIP: HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=JOX1RB5KRQI
"IF YOU BORROW ONE ELEMENT (BESIDES RUNNING) FROM ROCKY BALBOA'S TRAINING REGIMEN, MAKE IT STAIR-CLIMBING. THE PLYOMETRIC MOTION STRENGTHENS THE SAME MUSCLES AS LUNGES AND SQUATS, AND TAXES YOUR LUNGS AND HEART AS YOU POWER TO THE TOP."—RUNNER'S WORLD
RIDING IN THE DROPS CAN IMPROVE STABILITY ON TECHNICAL TERRAIN, BUT THE LOWER POSITION DECREASES VISIBILITY.
TEAMWORK IS "WORK DONE BY SEVERAL ASSOCIATES WITH EACH DOING A PART BUT ALL SUBORDINATING PERSONAL PROMINENCE TO THE EFFICIENCY OF THE WHOLE".
ENDANGERMENT
THE CALF MUSCLE, ON THE BACK OF THE LOWER LEG, IS ACTUALLY MADE UP OF TWO MUSCLES: (A) THE GASTROCNEMIUS IS THE LARGER CALF MUSCLE, FORMING THE BULGE VISIBLE BENEATH THE SKIN. THE GASTROCNEMIUS HAS TWO PARTS OR "HEADS," WHICH TOGETHER CREATE ITS DIAMOND SHAPE. (B) THE SOLEUS IS A SMALLER, FLAT MUSCLE THAT LIES UNDERNEATH THE GASTROCNEMIUS MUSCLE.
IN HUMAN ANATOMY, A HAMSTRING IS ANY OF THE FIVE TENDONS CONTRACTED BY THREE POSTERIOR THIGH MUSCLES (SEMITENDINOSUS, SEMIMEMBRANOSUS AND BICEPS FEMORIS), AND THE TERM IS OFTEN ALSO USED TO REFER TO THE MUSCLES THEMSELVES.
THE ORIGINS OF TUG OF WAR ARE UNCERTAIN, BUT IT IS BEYOND DISPUTE THAT THIS ONCE ROYAL SPORT WAS PRACTISED IN ANCIENT EGYPT, GREECE AND CHINA, WHERE IT WAS HELD IN LEGEND THAT THE SUN AND MOON PLAYED TUG OF WAR OVER THE LIGHT AND DARKNESS. IT IS ALSO WIDELY BELIEVED THE SPORT WAS MADE POPULAR IN GREAT BRITAIN BY LORD ELLIOTT SIMPSON, IN THE 16TH CENTURY. SIMPSON WAS A KEEN TUGGER.
HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PAGES/ATT-MORE-BARS-IN-MORE-PLACES-MY-ASS/113765091983000
THE CLEVELAND CLINIC OFFERS VARIOUS TIPS FOR HEALTHY POSTURE.
​"​THE STREETS OF VEGAS HAVE LOTS OF POTENTIAL. THE BACK ALLEYS HAVE EVEN MORE​, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN."​—BRADY KAPPIUS​
THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF STANDING RATHER THAN SITTING THROUGHOUT THE DAY HAVE LONG BEEN TOUTED BY HEALTH OFFICIALS. WINSTON CHURCHILL WROTE WHILE WORKING AT A SPECIAL STANDING DESK, AS DID ERNEST HEMINGWAY AND BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.
IN 1999 A 17 YEAR OLD GIRL GOT HIGH ON SPEED AND STARED AT A SOLAR ECLIPSE FOR 30 MINUTES WITHOUT EYE PROTECTION. SHE SUFFERED FROM SEVERE BURNS ON HER RETINAS, BUT MOST OF THE ILL-EFFECTS ALLEVIATED IN THE SPAN OF AROUND A YEAR. HTTP://WWW.NATURE.COM/EYE/JOURNAL/V16/N2/FULL/6700067A.HTML
FURTHER READING.
MANY JAPANESE PRACTICE "FOREST BATHING", THE EFFECTS OF WHICH WERE STUDIED IN THIS PAPER.
SHOWGIRLS IN LAS VEGAS ORIGINATED IN 1952, WHEN THEY WERE INTRODUCED AS ACTS TO BOOKEND VEGAS HEADLINERS.
SHOWGIRL PERFORMANCES ARE DESIGNED TO HIGHLIGHT THE PERFORMERS' PHYSICAL APPEARANCES.
THE LAS VEGAS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPT. CONFIRMED THAT IT'S FINE TO WANDER DOWN THE STRIP €“- OR ANY OTHER STREET IN TOWN €“- OPENLY SWIGGING YOUR BEER OR SIPPING A COCKTAIL; NO BROWN PAPER BAG REQUIRED. IT'S ALSO ABSOLUTELY FINE TO BRING YOUR DRINK INTO A CASINO, BUT GENERALLY, IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE TO TAKE A DRINK FROM OUTSIDE INTO OTHER LICENSED PROPERTIES, SUCH AS BARS OR CLUBS, WHICH MAKE THEIR MONEY FROM SERVING THEIR OWN LIQUOR. OF COURSE, NO PROPERTY IS TOO THRILLED IF YOU TRY TO TAKE OUT A DRINK IN THEIR GLASSWARE, BUT MOST ARE HAPPY TO SUPPLY A TO-GO CUP IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE BEFORE YOU'VE FINISHED.
THE "ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT" BUFFET HAS BEEN ASCRIBED TO HERBERT "HERB" COBB MCDONALD, A LAS VEGAS PUBLICITY AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGER WHO INTRODUCED THE IDEA IN 1956.
DEMI LOVATO – NEON LIGHTS
​"​YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN VEGAS.​"—TROY WELLS
"I SHOULD REALLY GET INTO CYCLING, IT WOULD BE SOME GOOD CARDIO​.​"—THE DANCER ON THE RIGHT.
​"​VEGAS IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE YOU COULD WALK AROUND IN A FULL CYCLING KIT WITH A CROSS BIKE AND NOT FEEL THAT OUT OF PLACE."—BRADY KAPPIUS
"​WOW, THAT BIKE IS REALLY NICE. WHAT TYPE OF GEARING ARE YOU RUNNING​? A 32 TOOTH, HMMM. I'M ACTUALLY TRAINING FOR AN IRONMAN RIGHT NOW. ​​"—ANONYMOUS TRIATHLETE ON FREMONT STREET IN OLD TOWN LAS VEGAS​.
SURF AND TURF IS OFTEN CONSIDERED TO SYMBOLIZE MIDDLEBROW "CONTINENTAL CUISINE" OF THE 1960S AND 1970S, WITH (FROZEN) LOBSTER AND STEAK AS ERSATZ STATUS FOODSTUFFS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS.
​"​THE FLEXIBILITY​, OUR FLEXIBILITY, ​IS LACKING."—TROY WELLS​
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