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Introduction: Human Athlete Visual Showcase

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Manual for Speed is about the humanity of speed. To that end, in addition to documenting cycling tournaments around the world we’ve been collecting individual human athletes, individual human athletes like Alex Howes, Lachlan Morton, Phil Gaimon, Matt Cooke, Carlos Alzate, Freddie Rodriguez, Sam Johnson, Dan Chabonov, among countless others. It’s their (the athlete’s) individual perspectives, insights and p-e-r-s-o-n-a-l-i-t-i-e-s that give the pursuit of speed—and by association the entire institution of professional road cycling—the character, context and dramatic gravity it requires, and without which the whole entire enterprise would be sterile, mechanistic and devoid of personality. And let’s be honest here, as it really is just about devoid of personality.

Speaking of which, the Human Athlete Visual Showcase is an exercise in personality. Because listen, these dudes aren’t robots. They have feelings, emotions, families, ideas, proclivities, tastes, dreams and idiosyncrasies, just like you and I.

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