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Velominatus: Blah

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Singapore

From Melbourne, Australia. Lived in Qatar for four years and now Singapore since August 2011. Been riding bikes since BMX days racing as a 4 or 5 year old. From 20 inch to 24 inch then mountain bikes from teen years until I saw the light maybe ten years ago and got on the road. Haven't looked back. 2011 Scott Addict as bike #1 in Singapore and a De Rosa Team in Melbourne as bike #2 for when I'm there. Singapore apartment space makes N+1 a difficult thing with a family.

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If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. I’ve had my pair for a year also. I agree. They’re awesome. That is all. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

@Blah's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. abbott 3. pooley 4. johansson 5. borghini »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. vos 2. abbot 3. pooley 4. johansson 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. VSP PICKS: 1. froome 2. contador 3. nibali 4. valverde 5. talansky »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. @RedRanger Shhhhhh… Everyone will want one. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Brad Wiggins 2. Rui Costa 3. Roman Kreuziger 4. Bauke Mollema 5. Mathais Frank »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Costa 2. Brad Wiggins 3. Bauke Mollema 4. Roman Kreuziger 5. Mathais Frank »

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. @Dana Albert Actually – now I’ve read the whole post, this may be the funniest guy on this site. Seriously, people, have a read. If serious, it’s frightening, but as satire it’s just genius. »

  2. @Dana Albert You say you have a sense of humour, but it doesn’t feature prominently in your writing. Your writing actually comes off as a bit pompous (it’s certainly dry and long winded), which runs contrary to your thesis that roadies like you aren’t el… »

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. Ten points is expensive to do the large shuffle I’d like to do – a simple JRod out, Majka in, and we’ll see how it goes. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. n quintana 2. r majka 3. c evans 4. r uran 5. d pozzovivo »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. n quintana 2. j rodriguez 3. c evans 4. r uran 5. d pozzovivo »

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. Happiest I’ve been while getting just one point in the VSP – Go Simon! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. valverde 2. gilbert 3. dan martin 4. j rod 5. nibali »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. valverde 2. gilbert 3. dan martin 4. kwiatkowski 5. j rod »

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. @Island Bike Thank goodness for that – you’re doing quite well this year, and a Delgado from you is exactly the break we all need. +1 for “sleep depraved”, you lucky bastard. »

  2. @Simon For whatever reason, Gerrans isn’t riding, FYI. »

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. vos 2. armistead 3. johanssen 4. borghini 5. van dijk »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. d moreno 2. p gilbert 3. a valverde 4. j rod 5. m kwiatkowski »

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. @Weldertron There’s that, sure. That and moustache wax gets all over your bar tape otherwise. »

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. gilbert 4. gerrans 5. slagter »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. valverde 2. kwiatkowski 3. gilbert 4. gerrans 5. rodriguez »

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. vanmarcke 3. boonen 4. kristoff 5. stybar »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. vanmarcke 3. boonen 4. kristoff 5. sagan »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. vanmarcke 3. boonen 4. sagan 5. kristoff »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. johansson 2. armitstead 3. van dijk 4. borghini 5. stevens »