Archive | April, 2010

MerckRemo

The Salute

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Winning salutes are brought up from time to time here on Velominati.  Of all the images and memories we have of cycling’s greatest athletes, many are of champions crossing over the finishing line in their winning pose.  A rider’s salute as he or she crosses the finishing line first is not of insignificance.  This is how…

The Underwear Gnome Plan To Weightloss

Book Review: Racing Weight

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I know it’s a bit misleading to call this article a “Book Review”, but “Book Review” soundsbetter than “Jump To Conclusions After Reading One Chapter and Publish Those Conclusions”. Like most cyclists, I suffer from the belief that I’m overweight (I am).  In a world of rising obesity, I am thrown strange glances and receive accusations of…

Specialized S-Works Classic Tape

Tape-O-Philia*

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Nothing says “amateur” more than an imperfect handlebar tape job. A review of Specialized S-Works Handle bar tape

Bernard Hinault observers Rule 5 in Liège–Bastogne–Liège

Velominati Super Prestige: Liege–Bastogne–Liege

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The inaugural Velominati Super Prestige continues with its last installment of the Spring Classics, Liège–Bastogne–Liège, on Sunday, April 25.   This will be the fourth race in the season-long series and with the unpredictability of the Ardennes classics continuing as it has, the competition is doing nothing to open up but is instead closer now than ever. Thankfully,…

The steep climb of the Muur de Huy

Velominati Super Prestige: La Fleche Wallone

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The inaugural Velominati Super Prestige continues with La Fleche Wallone on Wednesday, April 21.   This will be the third race in the season-long series and presents another opportunity to jump up the rankings and unseat current series leader and rainbow cog wearer, Rob, who consolidated his lead Sunday at Amstel Gold.  The competition remains very close…

Michael Boogerd races in Amstel Gold

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold Race

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The inaugural Velominati Super Prestige kicks into full swing this week with the Amstel Gold Race to be held Sunday, April 18.   Sunday will be the second race in the season-long series and is an opportunity to unseat current series leader and rainbow cog wearer, Rob, who took the lead last week by predicting two podium…

Before race radios, riders had to think for themselves or risk falling back to the cars to speak with their D.S.

Race Radio

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Anyone who watched Flanders and Paris-Roubaix can agree that the strongest and most deserving rider won both events; Fabian Cancellara dominated both races and did nothing to lessen his reputation as Spartacus.   One thing that that struck me, however, is how significantly race radios factored into how the races played out. In Flanders, Fabian…

Roubaix_01

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix (Keeper Tip Hotline)

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We are quickly arriving at what is, for any Velominatus, the end of the most awesomest week of the year.  There have been emails and comments flying around within the community so we thought it would be fun to publicize our plan for honoring the Hardmen of the Cobbles this coming Sunday. So, with that, we launch…

The Trench at Wallers-Arenberg the first year it was included, 1968

The Trench

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This 1968 photo of the the sector at Wallers-Arenberg shows what it must really be like to ride Paris-Roubaix.  The cobbles are uneven and the holes are deep; the safety of the gutter is dramatically reduced by the deep mud.  At 95km from the finish, the race can’t be won here, but it can certainly…

The Eurotrash Hublot Teammachine SLT01

On Rule 12

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If you’ve been paying close attention to my posts on other Keeper articles lately perhaps you’ve noticed my stable has been in a state of flux.  It all started when Frank texted me a pic of a pair of used demo 404’s at his LBS for sale.  Well no, that’s not true.  It really started 10…

Boonen is broken by a stronger man; Bettini Photo

Steady Up with More Speed

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This is my favorite week of the year. I meant to write something earlier this week – as a prelude of some kind – but it didn’t work out. Then, as the weekend wore on, I busied myself with the usual weekend business, which always includes chores, family, friends, and cycling. This weekend, though, containing…

Tino Tabak

Tino

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The Kennett brothers have produced a series of great books on some of New Zealand’s most successful, least successful, hardest, most famous, infamous and iconic cycling heroes. Their latest offering, written by Jonathan, looks at arguably the most naturally talented of all the subjects, the often-times controversial Tino Tabak. This evening I was lucky enough to…