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Just say "WCP, what the heck?"
Last Post 07/23/2019 04:55 PM by Evgeni Berzin. 2 Replies.
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Dale

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05/19/2019 12:55 PM
I swear I am NOT making this up!

The last few days I've been at a sales meeting on the west coast. Annual deal and I get to see other reps that have become friends over the years. Since every company is cheap and treat us like college kids we end up sharing hotel rooms. Luck of the draw whether it's a new guy, a dork, or one of your buddies you get.

This year I roomed with a rep I've known for years. Good guy, he's a hard core cycling enthusiast so we talk races, tactics, riders, director sportiffs, equipment. Anyway, in the course of one of those late evening gab sessions he talked about the time he worked for World Cycling Productions!

"WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK? HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU!"

Said it totally didn't surprise him and furthermore WCP did not have exclusive rights to all the Euro races. Additionally, "Tim is sort of a d***."
I was dying laughing... heck, my buddy was dying laughing!

He said big film canisters would show up and they'd set to editing hours and hours of film into a manageable length. Occasionally Tim would cut additional time to make it fit what was needed. Sometimes they'd have to edit the edit. "You do realize you cut out the key attack and the race makes no sense without those 30 seconds."

Sometimes Phil and Paul would show up and narrate. It ruined the illusion he had that the two of them were sitting in some booth in Flanders. Instead they were in some nondescript office in Minneapolis.

It was the highlight of the sales meeting to hear him talk about WCP and me give him the VeloNews Tech Talk scandal.
Cosmic Kid

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05/19/2019 10:09 PM
Hah...that is awesome!!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Berzin

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07/23/2019 04:55 PM
I have a soft spot for Phil and Paul. I remember years ago sitting in front of a small color tv set watching the first race I ever purchased from WCP, the 1995 Fleche Wallone/Liege Bastogne Liege. Hence the username.

It killed me when WCP went under, but only because I enjoyed collecting the race videos/dvd's.

As for the Velonews tech talk scandal, someone please refresh my memory?
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