What is the “Tour de France”?
photos* of and by thomas woodson, joey schusler, and sam seward biking the huayhuash mountain range in the peruvian andes. with a climb to over fifteen thousand feet, the route they planned for had only been completed once before by bicycle. as woodson puts it, riding a bicycle in this terrain at that altitude is “like pushing a wheelbarrow up a staircase while trying to breath through a drinking straw.”
Is this even real?
Today’s technologies – instrumented things, sensor networks, data – have the opportunity to deepen social relationships, to brings us new important kinds of social relationships that we don’t already have and to participate directly in those relations. When we start to think about our technologies as not simply providing incremental value – good recommendations or metrics for this or that problem – we give them room to grow.
Organizational metaphors can be helpful to think about what’s going on in work culture. Gareth Morgan’s Images of Organizationis a great compendium of metaphors: organization as a machine, organism, brain, culture, political systems, etc. I also find Joanne Martin’s analysis of contending…
As an example of the AWOL with a full load is Team AWOL’s Swiss Alp (r)adventures. Before we nailed the geometry of the AWOL, we did several long field test on our prototypes, looking for the perfect geometry for all the differed kinds of contexts the AWOL would be ridden in. Here, fully loaded on bad roads in the Swiss Alps, crossing Pragel Pass.
"Es set up for this weekend adventure was a fully loaded AWOL with all the necessities for both touring and hiking. The AWOL is dressed up with 45x700 Specialized Nimbus tires, Surly Nice Racks front and rear, a handlebar bag and a backpack in the rear for hiking. Front left low-rider carry the kitchen and appliances for two persons, for two nights. Front right low-rider is the cooler and carries all the food. Front panniers should always carry the heavy stuff, it balances the ride and makes it more stable. Left rear pannier keeps a Hilleberg Akto 3 tent, 2 sleeping bags and 2 sleeping mats. Rear right is the wardrobe. Just so that you know. The AWOL rides really well with 20 k + of gear"
Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.
I love Rapha’s use of photography in their Spring Summer 2014 Lookbook shot on location in the Cévennes in France. You can see these and more over at Rapha http://pages.rapha.cc/products/springsummer-2014-training-racing