My Manta

A freak’s dilemma. Bike fit for the XXL human.

  I am 6’4″ with NBA-length legs and arms. In terms of bike fit, there’s no other way to truly and emotionally encapsulate what that means. Excuse my French, I’m fucked. I own a colossally expensive custom road bike, my dream machine, my cyclist version of the guy who finally gets his Porsche 911. I […]

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It's all about people, baby

Wiggins goes all soft and mushy.

Considering that Bradley Wiggins is a music fanatic, it’s ironic he’s so tone deaf. We might tack on a noticeable lack of self-awareness and for clinical purposes, an issue with his memory. How else to characterize his recent clueless quotes about his Continental Team Wiggins cycling team and how different it is in personality and […]

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Thomas looking for open roads

Geraint Thomas is no longer following Froome’s wheel

He did it for a number of seasons at Sky, the domestique deluxe, the regular plan B, the loyal teammate who’s always good for a hard pull at the front on a 14% grade in the Alps. Well, Geraint Thomas isn’t following Froome’s wheel anymore. From pretty much the moment Froome made his surprise announcement […]

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P.R.O. Pursuit

Review: Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Pursuit bib short. Sexy racey.

Speed, style, sexiness. If we had to pick three words to elevator pitch Pearl’s P.R.O. Pursuit bib short, those would be the descriptors. The Pursuit sits at the top of the Pearl performance hierarchy of P.R.O., Elite and Select. At $195,  it’s made for bike racing and a racer’s lean physique. The attitude is high-end […]

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Slap my butt

E3 goes cowgirl crazy. Harelbeke hotties!!!

You have to hand it to the crazy sexist folks who run the E3 Harelbeke bike race. They’ve consistently focused their posters on showcasing naked women and tight butts in tighter panties. They have a theme and they just run with it year after year. For the 2018 edition, they put together a Wild West […]

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All smiles in Portugal

Van Garderen hones in, homes in.

Distance between Aspen, Colorado and Girona, Spain: 8,530 kilometers. Distance between Albufeira, Portugal and Girona, Spain, 1,319 Kilometers. There you have perhaps the ultimate metric the will determine the performance of BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen. Less travel equals stronger race results. Home determines wattage. Van Garderen just finished the Volta ao Algarve in third […]

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Two for Oman

Astana takes over Oman

Not the entire country of Oman, just the part where you’ll find the Green Mountain, the queen stage of the Tour of Oman. Miguel Angel Lopez won the stage and Alexey Lutsenko took control of the overall in a one-two punch that knocked everyone else out of the race. Astana team boss Alexander Vinokourov is pouring […]

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Tejay gets hot

Van Garderen tops teammate Porte in Portugal.

Tejay van Garderen is BMC’s boss again. It may only be for a day and just in Portugal and perhaps limited to the Algarve region but Van Garderen is The Man. He proved significantly faster in the Volta ao Algarve time trial than his teammate and Tour de France captain Richie Porte. Once upon a time, […]

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Froome under the microscope

Froome fades on stage two of Ruta del Sol

Was it the thick legal brief in his back jersey pocket that was weighing him down? That’s one theory concerning Chris Froome’s underwhelming performance in the second stage of the Ruta del Sol. He rolled in 27 seconds behind his Plan B teammate Wout Poels, who won the stage and took the leaders jersey. Journalists […]

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Haas on a high in Oman

Nathan Haas wins at Oman in love-fest.

Today, in the Tour of Oman, Nathan Haas was filled with love. He adores his bike, calling it “awesome,” he loves his legs, calling them “fantastic” and he has tremendous affection for this part of the world, saying, “I love coming to Oman.” On top off all that, it was Valentines Day. In honor of […]

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I am The Man

Coquard is the Man in Oman

“Coquard beats Cavendish in Tour de France sprint.” That’s a headline the young French sprinter would love to read — it would be the biggest victory of his career — but instead of France, he’ll have to settle for a different continent and another county. Substitute the Tour of Oman for the Tour of France. […]

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Bartalucci reveals more great areas at Sky

Burying Sky. Ex-team doctor hammers nail in coffin.

Regrets and condolences, dearly beloved, it’s time to bury Team Sky. The final nail in the coffin comes from former Team Sky doctor Fabio Bartalucci. He revealed in an interview with cyclingnews that back in 2011, when he worked with the team, it had an intravenous recovery program. This kind of recovery program was controversial in […]

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Peter Sagan and double gran fondo

Peter Sagan gran fondo in California. Double shot!!

Holy shit fire. Well, life just got immeasurable better for every bike racing and bike loving fan in California and Nevada and anyone within jet distance. World Champion, three time rainbow jersey fashion icon, coolest man in cycling, wheelie boss of the peloton, Peter Sagan is bringing not one, but two juicy events to California. […]

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Zinn Merano ST.

Zinn Merano ST. A big, non-freak road bike

I’m a freak and I ride freak bikes. At this point in my life, I’m just going to admit the oddity of my dimensions and the horrible effect they have on the esthetics of any bike frame. I’m 6′ 4″, 200 pounds with long arms and legs. Built like a pro basketball player and you […]

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