Episode 87: I Golf With a Lot of Russians

Screen Grabtion Contest: A Little Help






I've been collecting screengrabs myself, but since I'm not eligible to win (total bullshit), I thought I'd share a few good one with you people. Feel free to grabtion™ them!

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Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix

Volta a Catalunya

Coppi e Bartali

Dwars door Vlaanderen

Dwars door Vlaanderen

Ladies Dwars door Vlaanderen

Dwars door Vlaanderen

Ronde Van Vlaanderen

Episode 86: Ultimate Warrior Killed by Xmas Tree

Episode 85: Gianni Savio, His Moustache and a Priest Walk Into a Bar...

2014 Spring Classics ScreenGrabtion™ Contest -- Info & Rules


We are celebrating the 2014 Spring Classics campaign with the ScreenGrabtion™ Contest. You'll have the chance to win awesome prizes from Ritte Bicycles, Road Magazine & TrainerRoad.com.


WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO:

ONE
'Like' us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Entries from listeners not following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook will not be eligible.

TWO
While watching coverage any of the Spring races*, keep an eye out for any unusual moments. Be quick, snap a screen grab of it or take a photo with your smart phone. The grab may be taken during the race, or during pre or post coverage in any channel. Write the perfect caption to go with the image.

THREE
Email the image along with the caption to SpeedMetalCycling-at-gmail.com
Include:
- the image
- the caption in the body of the email
- the name of the race and what channel the grab is was from
- your Facebook name and/or your Twitter handle
- your name and city

The best three entries will be picked by the SMC staff and announced on the podcast after the deadline of April 29th, 2014 at midnight EST. Two runners-up will receive awesome prize packs** from Ritte. Road and TrainerRoad.com, and one winner will receive a grand prize**, including swag from our sponsors.

DEADLINE
All entries must be received before 12:00am EST April 29th, 2014.

Have fun, make them awesome and as always good luck to all.

________________________________________________
* Includes any televised professional race taking place between March 21 and April 29, 2014 

**Prizes will be awarded based on the decisions and choices made by the Speed Metal Cycling staff and are final. Prizes will differ depending on availability.


Episode 84: Clowns Drinking Decaf

L to R: Paolini, Pozzato, some other dude

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The Speed Metal Cycling Podcast is presented by NYC Velo, New York City's Bike Shop. 

WTF WERE WE TALKING ABOUT?
We are celebrating the 2014 Spring Classics with the Screen Grab and Caption Contest. You'll have the chance to win awesome prizes from Ritte Bicycles, Road Magazine and TrainerRoad.com

For complete rules and details, click here.



The Milano-Sanremo Guide cover... whatever!
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Episode 83: The Cricket Incident

Episode 82: Greg LeMond gets TacoBell in Dubai

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The Dark Lord will most certainly approve of various beverages being consumed out of this stainless steel, unholiest of containers.

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Sean Kelly won his second Paris-Roubaix. A classic of classics.
 



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We celebrate the four most famous climbs in Flanders. Celebrate with us. BYOB, of course.



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About

On a moonless, cold and dreary January night in 2010 a visionary by the name of Almighty SkullKrusher gave birth to Speed Metal Cycling. More than a blog and a podcast, SMC is a stand against the "cycling establishment." Self-righteous cycling "fans" who never outgrew the high-school mentality of "cool" and "uncool" kids. Cycling, the professional sport, and riding a $9,000 bike in a superhero leotard on a Sunday are not the same thing.

Hosts of the Podcast:

SkullKrusher
Born and raised in Colombia, he is the founder and muscle behind everything Speed Metal Cycling. The 'Krusher will never hesitate to use violence to prove his point, even when he knows he's wrong. He lets Mad Cycling Knowledge (MCK™) flow from his innards like an ever-flowing stream of apocalyptic fire, pissing off more cycling nerds than he cares to remember. He is also an author and working on his second (non-cycling related) book.

Motto:
"Mosh or Die."

Klaus
An accomplished and worshiped cycling blogger, journalist and photographer, Klaus is SkullKrusher's brother and obviously got all the talent in the family. His critically acclaimed blog Cycling Inquisition is always worth a read. He has written for Road, Peloton, Bicycle Times and Bicycling amongst many, many others. He is also featured in the Cycling Anthology books, volumes 2 and 3.

Motto:
"I'm going to Belgium. Again."
Mike Spriggs
No idea what Mike is doing on this podcast. Unlike his co-hosts, he's nice and reasonable. He resides in New York City and runs Gage+Desoto "a unique resource at the intersection of road cycling and design." They also sell some nice cycling books. Mike is also the Commander-in-Chief at the Rapha Cycle Club in New York City.

Motto
"......" (silence while others talk and make asses out of themselves)

Putting my Money Where my Mouth Is

I'm always complaining about ugly kits in the peloton are. But could I do better? I am a seasoned professional designer with massive experience in sports and entertainment. I've done everything from movie posters to professional team uniforms. I have done work for major sports leagues in the U.S., soccer teams in Europe, the WWE, Sony, adidas, blah, blah, blah. Point being, I should be qualified. So, I decided to give it a try.

What better kit to start with than the monstrosity that is Androni Giocattoli. It took a while to find all the sponsor logos in a format I could use and I ended up recreating a few, but once I did that it was pretty straight forward. I must admit it was harder than I thought. I know that I didn't have 13 marketing execs in my ear wanting their logo bigger and in the correct PMS colors, but I tried to keep the hierarchy of sponsors about the same. I hope you enjoy.

Feel free to make fun of me in the comments.


I grouped all the minor sponsors and used grey for their logos in an attempt to avoid the dreaded logo soup effect. I know the sponsors wouldn't be happy, but I think I could convince them. I'm really good at bullshitting clients.


This one is what would happen if Venezuela was no longer a sponsor and Bianchi stepped up. More of a dream scenario, really.



Episode 81: 90% of the Speed Metal Cycling Staff is 2.7

And the winner is...

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Our contest winner is Dan Gerous from Montreal
Intro and outro music by Amorphis 

WTF WERE WE TALKING ABOUT?
- Vote the SkullKrusher's WCA kit design
- H.G. Wells / Jack The Ripper movie: Time After Time
- Rushlee Buchanan new NZ Champ
- Meet Bill Humphreys at the Rapha Cycle Club in NYC

MAKE THE LOTTO BELISOL JERSEY BETTER CONTEST
The winner of the contest is Dan Gerous (I'm sure that's not his real name). Dan will receive a copy of The Jersey Project book by Bill Humphreys courtesy of Gage+Desoto

Scroll down to see some of our favorite entries.










Alzate's "classy" family portrait


Our three Honorable Mentions











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Episode 80: Cycling Fashion 101

Enter our "Make the Lotto Belisol Jersey Better" contest. Details below.

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MAKE THE LOTTO BELISOL JERSEY BETTER CONTEST
As heard on the podcast, here's what you need to do to enter the contest:

Step 1. Right click the image of Marcel Sieberg to the left (it should be 1080 x1596 px), and save it on your computer.

Step 2. Power up MS Paint, PowerPoint, Corel Draw, Photoshop, or your image editing software of choice and go nuts.

Step 3. Save your vision of a better jersey and email it to: SpeedMetalCycling(at)gmail.com

Note: Sleeping kittens and Kim Jong-un as subject matter are not allowed, since I obviously already kicked your ass.

DEADLINE JANUARY 30.
We'll chose the winner at our own discretion and announce it on our next episode. If you win, we'll send you an email letting you know.

The winner will receive a copy of The Jersey Project book by Bill Humphreys. Courtesy of Gage+Desoto

WTF WERE WE TALKING ABOUT?
- Island200 Pittsburgh Velofrome
- BMC + Lululemon = funny pics
- 2013 vs 2014 Kits

GET IN TOUCH
Email:
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Links:
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Twitter:
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2014 vs. 2013 Kits

A work in progress, of course. As the new ones get released I will update.

Enjoy and share your opinions in the comments.

Jan. 14 - added Tinkoff, Giant and IAM.


Pro Teams

AG2R LA MONDIALE (ALM) - FRA
Overall: 8 / Improvement: Yes / More brown!



BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM (BEL) - NED
Overall: 7.5 / Improvement: Yes? / Is that a new tone of green?



BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) - USA
Overall: 7 / Improvement: Same / "Just use whatever you have left from last year, boys!"



CANNONDALE (CAN) - ITA
Waiting for better images.



FDJ.fr (FDJ) - FRA
Overall: 6.5 / Improvement: Yes (if blue will be their main color) / Very similar to last year's blue kit, which was nicer than the white.



GARMIN SHARP (GRS) - USA
Overall: 7 / Improvement: Yes / More white and a panda.



LAMPRE-MERIDA (LAM) - ITA
Overall: 7 / Improvement: Yes! / Love the darker blue.



LOTTO BELISOL (LTB) - BEL
Overall: 7 / Improvement: Not sure / Radical change, but is it better?



MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) - ESP
Overall: 7.5 / Improvement: Meh. / I do like the addition of the green bands on collar and sleeves.



OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP CYCLING TEAM (OPQ) - BEL
Overall: 6 / Improvement: Slight / Got rid of the hideous half-tone gradient.



ORICA GreenEDGE (OGE) - AUS
Overall: 5.5 / Improvement: Same shit, different year



TEAM GIANT SHIMANO - NED
Overall: 4 / Improvement: YES! Hideous, generic jersey, but NO more white shorts!



TEAM EUROPCAR (EUC) - FRA 

Overall: 5 / Improvement: Whatever / No comment. WTF.




TEAM KATUSHA (KAT) - RUS
Overall: 5 / Improvement: Nope / Still looks like a shitty club jersey.



TEAM TINKOFF-SAXO - DEN
Overall: 6.5 / Improvement: Sure / Looking more like the Swedish National Team, but it's nice.




TEAM SKY (SKY) - GBR
Overall: 8 / Improvement: Nope / Adding more logos, ugh.



TREK FACTORY RACING (TFR) - USA
Overall: 7 / Improvement: Yes? / I go back and forth on this one. The simplicity is nice. Love the pintripes.




Pro Continental Teams


IAM CYCLING - SWI
Overall: 8 / Improvement: Yes / Easily my favorite new kit. The Swiss flag detail on the chest is very elegant. Love it.



 YELLOW FLUO (YEL) - ITA 
Overall: 1 / Improvement: NO!! / Fuck this.
TEAM NETAPP - ENDURA (TNE) - GER
Overall: 6.5 / Improvement: Obviously not / No, it's not a joke.



ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI (AND) - ITA
Overall: 3.5 / Improvement: Nope / Why do they even bother? Might as well just wear Affliction T-shirts.



BARDIANI CSF (BAR) - ITA
Overall: 4 / Improvement: Nope / Barforama.



BRETAGNE - SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT (BSE) - FRA
Overall: 7 / Improvement: Yes / I liked the grey, but the white looks nice. If they had black shorts, it's be a solid 9.



MTN - QHUBEKA (MTN) - RSA
Overall: 6.5 / Improvement: Yes / Not much you can do with that shitty MTN, logo, huh?



RUSVELO (RVL) - RUS 
Overall: 3.5 / Improvement: Nope / God awful!



UNITEDHEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM (UHC) - USA
Overall: 7 / Improvement: Yes! / Proof that you CAN do something decent with 29 logos.



 WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT (WGG) - BEL
Overall: 2 / Improvement: NO! / The worst kit of the year, so far! HORRIBLE. TERRIBLE.

Episode 79: Douche Lemonade

Episode 78: Vegetarian Pâté, or Mush

Episode 77: Juicy Bananas '77

Episode 76: Skydive Chihuahua