Manual for Speed is about the humanity of speed. To that end, in addition to documenting cycling tournaments around the world we've spent the last four years collecting individual human athletes, individual human athletes like Alex Howes, Lachlan Morton, Phil Gaimon, Matt Cooke, Carlos Alzate, Freddie Rodriguez, Sam Johnson, Dan Chabonov and, among countless others, Evan Murphy. It's their (the athlete's) individual perspectives, insights and p-e-r-s-o-n-a-l-i-t-i-e-s that give the pursuit of speed—and by association the entire institution of professional road cycling—the character, context and dramatic gravity it requires, and without which the whole entire enterprise would be sterile, mechanistic and devoid of personality. And let's be honest here, as it really is just about devoid of personality.
Speaking of which, the Human Athlete Visual Showcase is an exercise in personality. Because listen, these dudes aren't robots. They have feelings, emotions, families, ideas, proclivities, tastes, dreams and idiosyncrasies, just like you and I.
Take Evan Murphy for example. In addition moving up from Cat 2 to Cat-basically-like-pro in an afternoon, in part by supporting Matt Cooke's (2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Man of the Mountain—MOM) Philadelphia campaign, he is funny and smart. He also races cyclocross for Castelli-sponsored NYC Velo CX, a cyclocross team based in New York City.
On the subject of Evan Murphy, we managed to procure a one-of-a-kind piece of cyclocross memorabilia for you. Available in the store.
Evan (humanity) +
Cyclocross (cycling tournaments) +
Castelli (an unfair advantage) +
New York City (Times Square, Union Square, CHUD, Central Park, etc.) +
MFS (an interest in humanity) =