Manual for Speed isfinallylaunching a training blog experience called Amateur Animal Cycling Krew (AACK). AACK will be written by Chris Duroy, Patrick Newell and Daniel Wakefield Pasley, three of Amateur American Road Cycling’s preeminent aficionados and adherents. But this project isn’t just another tired example of armchair commentary and re-hashed training data. AACK is an interactive multi-media experience. It’s a training blog and an informational resource specifically catered to those who want to be a part of putting the animal spirit back into Road Racing.
Animal Spirit? What’s that mean? It means you take the algorithmic race plans and modern, science-based strategies and you throw them in the trash. You take power meters, athlete food, sound racing strategy, and all the common sense that has lead road cycling to the banal “control the race”, “watch your power meter”, “stay in your zone” style of riding that has surgically and methodically removed any and all excitement from the sport, and you throw them in the trash. Then you dump a Sunday afternoon county fair Porta Potty on top of it, crash into it with a gas station refueling truck and fire a few dozen flaming arrows into the middle of the huge, stinking pile of rubbish. Now that you’ve got this garbage fire roaring take a look at yourself in the mirror; what you see reflected back at you is the Animal Spirit. Now you know.
AACK is concerned with guts, with panache, with style, with winning the race from the front, talking trash, eating horse meat, tanning beds, hair gel, and mid-thigh tanlines. AACK is about injecting excitement back into the sport of road racing. If this means controversy, antagonism, and strife, well, so be it.”– AACKHow do we intend to accomplish this? We intend to use the the powers of the internet, we intend to use crowd psychology, we intend to use the competitive spirit that is hardwired into humanity, the competitive spirit that has been stifled by the tyranny of strict adherence to results results results. Hey, we still GIVE A SHIT about winning, don’t get me wrong, it’s the point. We just think winning is holistic. If you look like shit doing it, have no style, and drain the fun out of winning in the process, you’re doing it wrong.