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Manual for Speed is committed—without fail, absolute, unwavering, 1000%, by definition/design, innately, etc.—to context. Without it, there is no context. There is no circumstance(s), no scene, no background, no POV, no perspective, no who or what or when or where or why. And no way to fully and actually comprehend. We endeavour to promote comprehension. To that end, American Criteriums will be produced in partnership with Team CLIF Bar Cycling (TCBC)—nine above average, though technically amateur humans in various states of their lives, with varying degrees of real-world responsibilities, obligations and  trappings, i.e. families, jobs, car payments, bosses, vacation time, etc., racing at the professional level. Against other amateurs as well as fully funded, fully committed professional teams. TCBC will be our context, our POV, our perspective and our circumstance. Over the course of 2014 MFS will travel throughout America documenting and publishing TCBC’s Criterium campaign. From the inside and embedded; we will eat with them, sleep with them and race with them.

For that reason we travelled to Northern California in January to photograph the 2014 TCBC Yearbook, which yearbook is published here/now. But first a message from Dylan Seguin; American Criterium Co-Producer, Team CLIF Bar’s Manager & Director, Sports Marketing Independent Contractor & Consultant and Lacrosse Coach/Player:

“Faster! Faster! Faster!”

JD BERGMANN

DOB: 23 SEPTEMBER 1976 POB: IA CURRENT RESIDENCE: ALBANY, CA STATUS: LONG-TERM, LIVE-IN HOUSE BOY NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: MASSAGE THERAPIST SPIRIT ANIMAL: LEPRECHAUN PALMARÈS: TWO-TIME WINNER OF THE CLIF BAR INVITATIONAL FOOSBALL TOURNAMENT; "CHAMPION OF EVERYTHING," CLIF BAR ATHLETE SUMMIT; A COUPLE WINS IN P1/2 CRITS; A COUPLE TOP-TENS IN NRC CRITS AND RRS

“I’ve been racing for 15 years now. For the last 6 years, I’ve been saying I’ll probably quit racing in the next year or two. So far that hasn’t happened. I love racing my bike more than anything else (I can think of), and amazingly, I keep getting better every year. The dream scenario would be to turn pro for a year or two and then switch to being a team director. While winning races is certainly more fun than not winning, it’s even more fun to teach and mentor—to help younger and/or stronger guys win races.”

I am in love with speed. Whether it is on a bike or skis or a snowboard or a motorcycle, the feeling of going fast puts a grin on my face. My whole life is pretty much based around going fast. I’ve avoided real jobs for a long time, all in the pursuit of going fast. On a bike it’s a toss-up between Gravity Assisted Speed (GAS) and Leg Powered Speed (LPS) as to which I prefer. The effortless joy of railing a corner downhill at 45 mph, pushing your tires to the edge of their traction, is a whole different joy compared to popping-out of the draft in the last 200m of a race, crushing your pedals, accelerating up to 40mph on the flats, elbow to elbow with your competition. I love it all.

BLAKE ANTON

DOB: 14 JUNE 1988 POB: OAKLAND, CA CURRENT RESIDENCE: ARROYO GRANDE, CA NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: ARCHITECTURE GRADUATE STUDENT AT CAL POLY, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA SPIRIT ANIMAL: PANDA PALMARÈS: 1ST 2013 VUELTA A NICARAGUA STAGE ONE; 2ND 2013 MANHATTAN BEACH CRITERIUM; 1ST 2010 COLLEGIATE ROAD RACE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS; 2ND 2010 INDIVIDUAL OMNIUM COLLEGIATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

“Cycling is a beautiful sport but once it becomes a job, it can lose something. Going Pro has never been a major goal of mine. Success to me is doing what you love to do. The point of life is to live it.”

I believe that many of us love to ride and to race because it as close as we can get to the feeling of flying. Carving down a twisted descent at 50 mph knowing that one wrong twitch could send you (or someone else) sliding off the side of a mountain, is an adrenaline rush like no other—mix in 100 other racers in the same situation and it becomes a synchronized and beautiful dance made possible by a whole lot of trust. The rush and the high is amazing.

MENSO DE JONG

DOB: 27 JANUARY 1989 POB: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA CURRENT RESIDENCE: HAYWARD, CA STATUS: ONE PATIENT GIRLFRIEND NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: MS GEOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENT; PART-TIME ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING SCIENTIST SPIRIT ANIMAL: THE MENZOR PALMARÈS: RACED PRO IN 2011 (WONDERFUL PISTACHIOS PRO CYCLING) AND 2012 (JELLY BELLY) PRIOR TO GOING TO GRAD SCHOOL; 4TH 2011 U23 XC CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3RD 2010 COLLEGIATE NATIONALS ROAD AND XC

“I’m not a risk taker by nature so learning how to trust traction and dive corners has been a ten year process, Baby Steps. I’m at my best when I have some space, and I’m bigger than pretty much everyone else on a bike, so people usually give me some.”

CJ DUDLEY

DOB: 11 SEPTEMBER 1988 POB: RENO, NV CURRENT RESIDENCE: RENO, NV STATUS: RECENTLY MOVED IN WITH MY GIRLFRIEND AND SLOWLY GETTING ACCUSTOMED TO MORE CANDLES, GIRLY ARTWORK, AND COUNTLESS BOBBY PINS AND HAIR TIES STREWN EVERYWHERE NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: PH.D. STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO. I WORK ON "DRONES" OR MORE ELEGANTLY, AUTONOMOUS AERIAL SYSTEMS. I SPEND MUCH OF MY TIME STARING AT HORRIBLY LONG EQUATIONS, CRASHING STUFF INTO WALLS, AND PRETENDING TO BE SMARTER THAN I REALLY AM. I ALSO HAVE MY OWN BUSINESS WHERE I REPAIR CARBON FRAMES WITH AN ENGINEER'S APPROACH. LOTS OF CARBON DUST, RESIN, AND PAINT EQUATE TO THE EQUIVALENT OF A COLLISION SHOP FOR BIKES. SPIRIT ANIMAL: WHEN I WAS YOUNG I HAD PET FIRE BELLY TOADS AND I AWOKE ONE MORNING TO SEE ONE WAS EATING THE OTHER. I'M THAT GUY. PLUS THEY LOOK COOL. PALMARÈS: A BUNCH OF TOP 20 OR WHATEVERS; I DID OK AT THE FOLSOM CYCLEBRATION STAGE RACE (7TH), BUT THAT'S HARDLY THE TOUR

“Speed itself is an addiction, but my desire to go ever-faster is insatiable.”

I don’t know where it came from, maybe I’m just wired that way. As a kid I spent winters ski racing and the summers hurling myself down my parents’ street on rollerblades, setting up cones and pretending I was skiing GS. I’ve pushed the limits and ended up on my ass a lot. There’s definitely a fine line between how much speed you’re able to handle, and how much you can’t— sometimes you can take and go faster, but sometimes you have to surrender a bit. Good bike racers know how to read the situation, they know the difference.

I’d like to continue racing through the end of school and see where we are when I finish. Success is multifaceted. As a rider with personal ambitions, success is constantly progressing. Whether it’s training, race tactics, nutrition, finishes, etc., there is always room for improvement. As a teammate, success is a different beast and could even come down to simple things like getting bottles before you crack or giving up a wheel to a teammate who goes on to finish well. One of the aspects I dig with TCB is that we aren’t preoccupied with results. Sure top 10’s are awesome but giving a water bottle or a bar to a kid or some fans after a race will get management and CLIF pumped on the team and our ability to deliver the real message, which is about interacting with local communities, supporting the whole race scene, being ambassadors, etc. Finally, since we all know that I’m not going to race at the World Tour level, one’s personal success in society can be defined by their impact. When you die, what will people say about you. I like to think about that every day.

PETE MORRIS

DOB: 20 JULY 1986 POB: CARSON CITY, NV CURRENT RESIDENCE: RENO, NV STATUS: I DID HAVE TO MOVE IN WITH MY PARENTS AS A 24 YEAR OLD WITH $7 IN MY BANK ACCOUNT, BUT THAT WAS AFTER LAVISHLY LIVING IT UP IN SPAIN FOR A HANDFUL OF MONTHS. I CURRENTLY LIVE WITH 4 OTHER GUYS AND JUST MOVED MY GIRLFRIEND TO DENVER. NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: GRADUATE STUDENT IN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE; SPIN INSTRUCTOR AND CROSSFIT/BOOTCAMP INSTRUCTOR TO PAY THE BILLS SPIRIT ANIMAL: THIS SEASON I'M REALLY GOING TO WORK TO BRING OUT MY LION. I'VE GOT THE FUZZINESS. PALMARÈS: 2013 CLIF ATHLETE SUMMIT, "BEST CLIF BAR"; 7TH 2013 TOUR OF AMERICA'S DAIRYLAND STAGE 11; 3RD 2013 LITTLE CITY ROAD RACE

“The first year I raced Boise Twilight Criterium I managed a 2nd place in the 2s race. The following year I came back—looking for upgrade points and more post race PBR and Old Fashions—with a vengeance and a plan to win the race with some panache. Anybody can win the sprint, I wanted a long solo breakaway. The opportunity came with 35 minutes to go. My break away lasted 33 of those 35 minutes before I was swept up. I kept it together for another podium, but the feeling of riding through the crowds and the energy coursing throughout downtown Boise, was amazing.”

For me, speed comes from putting all the pieces together. I’m not sure if it comes from having previously raced cars or what, but speed happens when everything aligns. Flying down a decent, hitting apex after apex, sprinting out of each corner, tucking and really leaning through turns. That’s speed. Following wheels and getting that charge as someone attacks, coming around them and railing the turn into the start finish stretch, getting on top of the gear and really powering, thats speed. Everything needs to come together to get that last couple ticks of speed, and when that feeling hits, there is nothing like it. That feeling comes so rarely but it’s so worthwhile. It’s like how surfers spend 95% of their time hanging out not catching waves, but when they do finally catch one, it makes it all totally worth it.

MICHAEL JASINSKI

DOB: 20 MARCH 1987 POB: ROSEVILLE, CA CURRENT RESIDENCE: ROSEVILLE, CA STATUS: SOLO—NOT SURE IF I'M OFF THE FRONT OR THE BACK THOUGH NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: HISTORIAN SPIRIT ANIMAL: KILLER WHALE PALMARÈS: WEATHERED LEGS

“Speed? I respect her. She’s a mighty mistress who can gift a moment of bliss just as easy as easily she can eternal pain. Sometimes you can get there faster if you take it slow, but sometimes you need to get a little loose and scare yourself.”

Riding without training wheels. Hanging out at the bike locks before school. Building BMX jumps. Skidding fixed gears. Commuting to work. Riding to bars.Wind in my face. Fresh are in my lungs. Exploring. Riding rollers in my garage. Getting dropped. Getting dropped again. Not getting dropped. Dropping people. Shaving my legs. Gluing tubulars. Bumming rides to races. Taking the team van to races. Flying with my bike to races. Poaching camp sites. Sleeping on floors. Staying in hotels rooms. Group rides. Rodney races. Velopromo road races. Oregon stage races. Night crits. UCI tours. Muscles twitching in bed. Work Monday mornings. New friends that are now old friends. Sincere help from others. Having it on me. Going all in. Wanting to stop. Not pulling out.

MICHAEL JACQUES

DOB: 2 JULY 1970 POB: HONOLULU, HI CURRENT RESIDENCE: PORTOLA VALLEY, CA STATUS: MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN (ONE TWO YEARS, ONE NINE WEEKS) NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: STAY-AT-HOME DAD; TILE CONTRACTOR SPIRIT ANIMAL: TASMANIAN DEVIL PALMARÈS: 3RD TOUR DE NEZ, 3RD NORCAL DISTRICT CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS, 5TH GC TOUR O' OAHU

“I’m nearing the end of racing a bicycle. Success is the pursuit of happiness and I’m pretty close to that with my 2 boys, Noah and Jude and my awesome wife Tracy.”

Speed is like surfing Pipeline or Off The Wall. Perfect swell direction, 8 to 10 foot (16 to 20 foot face), glassy, no one in the line-up but you and your budz. Dropping into one of the biggest barrels ever, a barrel big enough to fit a school bus inside it, being so deep in the barrel you don’t know if you’re going to make it, then being spit out and living to tell about it. Speed is also the perfect lead-out—single file just you and your teammates, building up speed, taking the corners as fast as you possibly can, your sprinter winning.

DAVID MCCOOK

DOB: 24 DECEMBER 1969 POB: TAMPA, FL CURRENT RESIDENCE: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: CYCLING COACH SPIRIT ANIMAL: FLORIDA PANTHER (ENDANGERED!) PALMARÈS: 1ST 2013 RED BULL ROAD RAGE, COLORADO; 1ST 2013 USA CYCLING MASTERS TRACK NATIONALS SCRATCH RACE; 3RD 2013 USA CYCLING MASTERS TRACK NATIONALS POINT RACE; 1ST 2007 USA ELITE NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP SCRATCH RACE; 1ST 2006 USA ELITE NATIONAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP SCRATCH RACE; 8TH 2004 USA NRC; 1ST 2001 HERALD SUN TOUR STAGE 15 (GEELONG TWILIGHT CRITERIUM); 1ST 2000 HERALD SUN TOUR STAGE 8 (BENDIGO CRITERIUM); 1ST SPRINT CLASSIFICATION 1995 REDLANDS BICYCLE CLASSIC; 1ST 1994 PRO CRITERIUM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP; 1ST 1992 AMATEUR CRITERIUM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

“I started racing in 1985, I am 44 years old, it’s been 29 years. Let’s just say I’m still here.”

Speed is an addiction. My 7-page driving record reads like a testament to my need for speed. I believe my symptoms started to show at very young age; I got goose bumps whenever I was able to convince my mom to drive fast on a curvy road. My addiction to speed is clearly still present; last year I took on the Red Bull Road Rage Downhill challenge and won the race with a top speed of 56 mph.

MARK SHIMAHARA

DOB: 11 MARCH 1974 POB: PRINCETON, NJ (DOES NOT LIKE BON JOVI, LOVES THE BOSS) CURRENT RESIDENCE: VENTUCKY, CA1 STATUS: UNMARRED NON-CYCLING OCCUPATION: MARKETING MANAGER, PATAGONIA; PHOTOGRAPHER, ROAST MAGAZINE SPIRIT ANIMAL: PIGLETTE PALMARÈS: TCB RIDER SINCE 2008, SELECTED FOR THE 2008 NATURE VALLEY PRO RIDE TEAM, 3RD PLACE 2011 WORLD SIPHON COFFEE CHAMPIONSHIPS (TOKYO, JAPAN), "BEST MEAL IN A PIE" AT MISSION PIE'S ANNUAL PIE CONTEST 2013

“I want to get back into form for this year so I can contribute and participate, and mentor the young guys. I have something left.”

I’ve been racing for over 20 years and am going to retire soon. I considered retiring two years ago when I crashed for the fifth time that season. But when my sixth crash took me out for the year, I decided to race another year because I didn’t want a crash to be the reason for quitting. I want to leave on my own terms. So as they say in Japan, down six, up seven. It took eight months to recover from the surgery, in which procedure my shattered patella was bolted back together. I started racing again in July of last year. In August somebody crashed in front of me in a criterium. I bunny-hopped onto the sidewalk to avoid it but then ran directly into a light post. I broke my collarbone. That’s how my 2013 season ended.

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