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Velominatus: Bill Chris

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Location: Newport News, Va USA

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Hey man, I am a freelance musician who plays the double bass. I mainly play in symphony orchestra's but have also love playing some bluegrass and jazz. I teach music at Christopher Newport University. I also work at the Williamsburg Winery, cheers. I fell back in love with bikes while playing at a music festival in Lucca, Italy. I rented a bike there for the summer and rode all over that beautiful Tuscan town after not riding a bike since I was a child. After coming back to the US I finally got a bike of my own. My first modern ride has been a 1987 TREK 400 Elance. I recently upgraded to a 2010 TREK 4.5 Madone, n+1. Cheers

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Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. Great article. I work in a business that involves tourism, retail, and the service industry  all rolled into one. There are days when I want to choke someone…well most days. But I have found the trick to getting through is riding to and from work. It ma… »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. Great movie. Ever since it became available on Netflix I have watched it a few times. It is good motivation to get the old 80’s steel frame Trek out for a ride. There is something about those down tube shifters I love and of course the fantastic feel of t… »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. Armitstead 3. Johansson 4. Wild 5. Borghini »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. What a great tour so far, the chalks have scratched and it is time to hit the mountains. Cheers VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibale 2. Valverde 3. Van Garderen 4. Van Den Broeck 5. Costa »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Valverde 3. Van Garderen 4. Van Den Broeck 5. Froome »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Pozzovivo 3. Uran 4. Rodriguez 5. Kiserlovski »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. GILBERT Philippe 2. MARTIN Daniel 3. VALVERDE Alejandro 4. RODRIGUEZ Joaquim 5. BAKELANTS Jan »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armistead 2. vos 3. Borghini 4. stevens 5. Pooley »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. Fleche Wallone »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. A. Schleck 5. Moreno »

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. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Voeckler 4. van Poppel 5. Rodríguez »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarke 3. Boonen 4. Terpstra 5. Van Avermaet »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Devolder 4. Degenkolb 5. Boonen »

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. Vos 2. Borghini 3. van Dijk 4. Anna Van Der Breggen 5. Armitstead »

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. So when is that killer V-Cap going to be made available for purchase in the shop? »

  2. So when is that killer V-Cap going to be made available for purchase in the shop? VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Boonen 3. Boason Hagen 4. Hushovd 5. sagan »

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. A V-Cap as part of the kit for 3rd place! I hadn’t heard that we had a cap yet and it isn’t available for purchase in the shop yet. When will we be able to get one of these? It looks great, well done. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boassen Hagen 3. Cancellera 4… »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boassen Hagen 3. Cancellera 4. Nibali 5. Degenkolb »

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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  2. It may have to come to that. Major worry right now is if the beer from it is also cursed. I would stop drinking it but then I would get the shakes. »

  3. Lets see if the photo posts this time… @Bill Chris »

  4. I am wondering if an exception for Rule #29 can be made in this particular case? It is only on the bike when it is fulfilling its function. I finally got to use it for the first time yesterday. Two rewards: first better training ride due to the extra weigh… »

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  6. Rule #11 in play with the family photo of Carlos Alzate of Team United Healthcare. »

I’m a naturally loud and weird person who expresses excitement through volume. Also, alcohol is supposed to be a depressant, but it doesn’t appear to work for me; all it does is make me happier (and louder) – until I have a little too much at which point I get weirder (a too-happy, too-loud kind of weird). But being a happy pers...

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  1. #5 Spot on!!! Was on a ride with the wife a bit ago and had a nasty fall due to a hidden pot hole due to leaves. I hate wearing a helmet, and when ever she is involved of course I wear a helmet. Her first comment “thank god you had a helmet on”, my respo… »