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The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Slagter 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Valverde 5. Leukemans »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @freddy Superb! I bet he can still smash it too… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Great story. Ah, the fun of graded bunch racing. So much better than racing to handicap times. “Without really thoroughly formulating a plan, I get in the drops…” That’s all you need right there! »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @unversio Ah, happy days indeed. Greetings and best wishes to William and Alex (and Genevieve, of course). VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarcke 2. Cancellara 3. Stybar 4. Kiristoff 5. van Avermaet »

  2. Where’s all the Sep Love? The boy is on fire, and he must have learnt something by now… VSP PICKS: 1. Vanmarcke 2. Cancellara 3. Stybar 4. Kiristoff 5. van Avermaet »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

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  1. @frank Big Maggie’s other great call on RVV was when GvA and SvdB got a gap in the last 10km, and t Fab just sat up and looked at Sep. Backstedt said something like “Cancellara won’t chase because he isn’t desperate for the win”. So true. I just hope t… »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. @Ron Agreed. GvA is my new favourite rider. The guy just will not give up! The wins will come eventually. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Vanmarcke 3. Cancellara 4. Kristoff 5. Degenkolb »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Lizzie and Emma have all the form, but Lizzie is the better sprinter. Always include Pauline Ferrand-Prevot in your top 5. She is guaranteed points! VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Emma Johansson 3. Amy Pieters 4. Amialiusik 5. Ferrand-Prevot »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Top 3 get away up the Paterberg, and Sagan rolls them on the line. Kristoff wins bunch sprint for 4th. OPQS come away empty-handed, but Tom will smash everyone at Roubaix next weekend. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Van Marcke 3. Cancellara 4. Kristoff 5. Degen… »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johnasson 3. Lizzie Armitstead 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Anna van der Breggen »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. All change. Stybar to win by attacking 10km out. OPQS controls the bunch, tires out Sagan, and also wins the sprint for second. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Cavendish 3. Sagan 4. Bozic 5. Degenkolb »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johnasson 3. Anna van der Breggen 4. Lizzie Armitstead 5. Elisa Longo Borghini »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. Let’s sprint like it’s 2009! Cav to make up for MSR, and to cover for Boonen who will still have other things on his mind. That OPQS team looks unbeatable on cobbles. Kristoff will still be hungover… VSP PICKS: 1. Cavendish 2. Farrar 3. Sagan 4. Bozic… »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. I had better replace Pelucchi. Sorry Matteo. Hard to win if you aren’t in the race! VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Sagan 3. MIchael Matthews 4. Demare 5. Kristoff »

  2. Fuck it. Why not?! VSP PICKS: 1. Pelucchi 2. Degenkolb 3. Moser 4. MIchael Matthews 5. Colbrelli »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @ChrisO Rule #16, eh? So is that Emily Roper? »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Mark1 Oooooo! Bel Mezzo, Mark! »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. @Pedale.Forchetta …countered with an incrediblty dignified approach and attitude from @Dan_R. Nice guys can get results.   “my natural charm has made me a good sprinter” Classic @Frank! »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. @cantona Acknowledged. And I have to admit that I think they lost the design plot when they started going all swoopy curved tube with their recent carbon offerings. However, I still respect their history, and I love my 928 T-Cube from 2008 (the last of … »

  2. @Teocalli I think you should stay true to the fashion of the time. Especially if you have l’Eroica plans. »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

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  1. @dancollins Congratulations. You smashed us on the last stage, even though you had the VSP in the bag. The Prophet would be proud. »

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  1. @DerHoggz Vinylminati also sounds good…maybe @Brett could start a music division of the corporation. »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

@Bianchi Denti's posts:

  1. Seems to be multiple start lists, depending where you look. So it’s a crap shoot. VSP PICKS: 1. Olga Zabalinskaya 2. Patricia Schwager 3. Edwige Pitel 4. Liesbeth de Vocht 5. Fanny Leleu »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. Holy fucking fuck! Have we seen this pic before? How about a bulk-order of Veleatherminati trench coats, @Frank? Stolen from http://www.fabbricadellabici.com/ »