Archive | April, 2011

GilBEAR takes it onto the big ring

Look Pro, Part VI: Move Sur la Plaque

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There’s something not quite the same about how the Pros climb and how we climb. They go faster, I suppose. There’s that. They’re skinnier, too, and climb better for their weight to boot. And they’re stronger, that probably helps although I can’t speak from personal experience. I’ve also noticed that while under pressure, theirs is…

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Guest Article: Reverence – Rule 33 For the Risk Averse

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We’re going to take advantage of our break in the Velominati Super Prestige to get a few articles out that have been sitting in the queue but haven’t had the opportunity to see the light of day due to the busy race schedule. Besides, we’ve spent the last two days bemoaning a couple skinny kids’ lack of…

The killer's look

Anatomy of a Photo: Fausto Coppi

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A lot has been made lately of the fact that riders today are lacking a little bit of the V. It’s not so much a criticism of how they conduct themselves during a race (although that has also been called into question lately), but in their general demeanor towards their life as a cyclist. It doesn’t…

Bloody Peugeots, always breaking down on hills.  Stockeau, 1980

Velominati Super Prestige: Liége-Bastogne-Liége

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We’ve all watched bike races, that’s a given, but how many of us actually listen to a bike race? It’s at this time every year that I’m reminded of something; The Ardennes Classics sound different. How does a bike race sound exactly? In the case of L-B-L, it’s the low buzz of the TV helicopter…

Velominati Super Prestige: La Fléche Wallonne

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La Fléche would perhaps be my least favorite classic, were it not for Gent-Wevelgem’s ill-timed bike-throw in their race for last place. It isn’t anything to do with the quality of these races themselves, but more to do with the company they travel in. Gent used to be sandwiched between de Ronde and Roubaix, just…

Van Summerent

Look Pro, Part V: The Power of Hair

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The power of hair is not to be underestimated. Especially when it comes to having it carefully disheveled, with little bits poking out of the vents of your helmet. Indeed, hair sticking out of your helmet vents can be thought of as a conduit to The V; the strands reaching into the Ether, channeling its power like…

The iconic windmills of the Netherlands

Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold Race

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Holland. Not known as a hilly country, this. I have relatives who live “at elevation” near the Kinderdijk, where I took this photo. They live at 3m above sea level. Right. Known more for wind than we are for hills, then. In fact, one of the many (many) interesting things about the Netherlands is that while most…

Working man Van Summeren wins in Roubaix. Photo: Fotoreporter Sirotti

Here Stands a Man: Johan Van Summeren

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Here stands a man. A quiet man. A hard working man. A Belgian man. A man from a life of grit, cold, and rain. Here stands a man who has chosen a life of hard work and sacrifice; a hard life even within the context of Cycling. A man who spends long hours in the wind…

Servais Knaven-You have to earn that sweet shower plaque

Velominati Super Prestige: Paris-Roubaix

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Let us pray for rain. The Sunday after Ronde Van Vlaanderen brings us to Paris-Roubaix. The Holiest of Holies. There are no bergs to ride over, instead, accelerate to maximum speed to be in the top 20 to start each cobbled section, bring power up to flank to float over broken treacherous farm path crown,…

Welli Roubaix poster

A Sunday in Well

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It’s on like Donkey Kong!  Welli-Roubaix: Hell of the North (Island) is recon’ed, the seal of approval has been licked and stamped and the gravé awaits.  Oh, yes, it is on! It looks like there may be a touch of dampness around on Sunday, which only adds to the fun (read: no fun).  We’ve added in a…

Chimay Rouge - Biere Premiere

Reverence: Chimay Ale

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What better week is there to pay homage to one of the finest ales the world has ever known?  Each year, Cycling Week in Belgium has me turning toward the top shelf of my regular beer peddler for a bottle of Chimay Red Label to be savoured on either the day of the Ronde Van…

Awesome? You bet!

Velominati Super Prestige: Ronde van Vlaanderen

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Ok, ok, settle down now people. Take your seats please. You’re all a little bit on edge, like some cycling Gamblers Anonymous group that’s been let out for the weekend with a pocket full of bills and the name of the nearest bookie. But in your excitement, you managed to crash our server, delaying the…

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