Alex Howes (USA/Cannondale) post-finish

102nd LiËge-Bastogne-LiËge 2016
  • lefthandside

    Wow there’s a lot happening in this post but it’s well written and a real journey. Great work getting the words to paper and up on the blog, just shows that sometimes all you need is a mind and a keyboard to inspire

    • Joydmcginnis2

      “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”…..!ce376etwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 DoIIars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !ce376e:?:?:???? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsFabulousGetPayHourly$98…. .??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!ce376e….,….

  • Alex

    Comparing racing in Northern Europe to fighting in the World Wars is as ignorant as it is trite.

    Its frankly insulting that you think it’s ok to compare a day spent cycling in the Ardennes (and getting paid handsomely for it), to the misery of warfare. I thought everyone had realised this by now, but still cycling journalism turns to this tired trope.

    • lefthandside

      Fair criticism i think… though I read it as more a comment on the impact of the landscape it is an image worn smooth by overuse. Anyway it didn’t grate as much with me (though “sight” instead of “site” on reflection annoys me). I still enjoyed the energy of the telling. I’m also not sure the piece should have the second half (too much going on!)

    • Bull Teal

      Alex, not sure where you read Alex Howes comparing bike racing to fighting wars… he was simply painting a picture of the snow reminding him of the thousands of crosses in cemeteries that line the route, a nod to the history of the region. Nice read Alex H.

      • Alex

        Right there in the article… ‘once the sight of a great war, and we were here to once again charge into battle’. As in, racing in LBL is a battle and in some way continuous with the death of millions of people across Europe.

        ‘Small white crosses suspended just before our eyes, reminiscent of the World War II cemeteries nearby, as if placed there by the steady hands of ghosts to remind us that this was once the sight of a great war, and we were here to once again charge into battle.’

        • Bull Teal

          Fair call Alex. Still don’t think you need to bag the guy out, sometimes best to keep your thoughts to yourself.

          • Alex

            It’s something that is done all to often in cycling journalism. In an effort to add some drama the WWI comparisons come out every year for the spring classics. It’s not cool and worth calling because it disrespects and diminishes & glorifies the horror of war, it seems a strange thing when cycling journalists are coming over all Rupert Brooke on us.

            • bob jones

              Agree completely. And then there’s the cultural appropriation inherent in that jersey. But I guess anything for a profit, eh Castelli?

              • Alex

                I couldn’t even face starting on that one…

              • dsd74

                You’re right, that is blatant cultural appropriation! And speaking of cultural appropriation, non-European should not be allowed to immerse themselves in the culture of, wear the clothing of, etc. bike racing as it is a European sport…

                • Alex

                  However non European Cycling fans have managed to avoid the temptation to systematically destroy the people and culture of European Cycling.. Lance Armstrong aside.

                  • dsd74

                    I’m sure you realize I was being sarcastic, though I do think that this whole “cultural appropriation” thing is ridiculous; being of Dutch origin, should I scream “cultural appropriation” every time I see a German riding a Dutch-styled bike or an Ajax jersey (yes, I have seen that!) because of what they did during WWII?

                    Perhaps CT should create safe spaces on the site…

                    Now back to cycling: nice to see pros doing some cycling that doesn’t involve staring at power meters during the season, must be a nice mental break!

                    • Dave

                      Feel free to call out Germans for cultural appropriation. Just make sure you can do it without needing a Germanic language to do so.

    • Samaway

      Yes, sport-as-war is a common theme, but I read it more as a metaphor that describes the bodily toil of competition/training than a literal description of sport. It’s surely a bit romantic and masculine (as Matthew Merritt cheers in his comment below!), but it’s hardly ignorant to comment on the cultural expectations of professional cyclists (i.e., that they suffer in the name of sport).

    • DMan1985

      I’m offended that you are offended by his analogy. I’m even more offended that you think he gets paid handsomely to ride his bike. It’s common knowledge that JV takes advantage of Alex piss poor riding abilities and obvious lack of journalistic abilities to pay him less than market.

  • Matthew Merritt

    Thanks for this. Finally someone bringing the romance back to a race write up – even if the relationship seems a little rocky.

  • David9482

    Hey wow, honestly, I’ve read a lot of really interesting athlete diaries over the years (such as Mike Barry’s, Chad Haga’s, Phil Gaimon’s and others’) but Mr. Howes is a seriously good writer. Not going to lie, Mr. Howes has a very good second career lined up! Alex, let me buy a copy of your first book!

    • Carmensmeek

      “my room mate Mary Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”..,……..!wc426ctwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 DoIIars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !wc426:?:?:???? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsPermanentGetPayHourly$98…. .??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!wc426…….

  • bigdo

    This man is an excellent writer….

    And he finally broke out that canoe; interesting detail, I remember him giving an interview on GCN to Neal Rodgers (I think he writes for CT as well right?) and he was asked what he would be doing if he weren’t a pro cyclist, and he replied that he’d be just out, getting into canoeing.

    On another note, as someone of Native American descent from the south west, I’m not thrilled about that jersey…for a myriad of reasons, but I think Howes’ intentions were in the right place.

    Nice piece..

  • SterlingMatt

    Alex, et al….yes, you can wield the mantle of political correctness…and comparing a bike race to war is not an equitable comparison, but charging headlong into every argument one can muster over a few words is seriously misplaced energy….isn’t there an election to mock or something?

  • Il_falcone

    What a great read, Alex. The best I have found in months on anything cycling-related. Thank you! You’re a great writer.

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