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Southwest born and raised. I could never live somewhere without mountains.

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I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. I’m ashamed to say the reasons for picking these women. Here is to dumb luck! VSP PICKS: 1. Alison Tetrick 2. Anna Solovey 3. Victoria Bussi 4. Haley Simmonds 5. Cecilia johnsen »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. Here is to a good race VSP PICKS: 1. Van avermaet 2. Degenkolb 3. Vanmarcke 4. Demare 5. Nizzolo »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. I can only imagine the thought process of those riding with d Martin, beautifully timed attack. They all stared at him riding away and wasted any chance of bringing him back. Was it just me or did anyone else clinch their cheeks watching that last turn wi… »

  2. Edit for not reading start list… VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. J Rodriguez 5. Gilbert »

  3. Shooting at falling leaves VSP PICKS: 1. Van Avermaet 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. J Rodriguez 5. Gilbert »

This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. @sthilzy love the chart. In my mind I fit different roles  depending on the day. As for the camelback. The newer style looks loads better on a bike and unloads maximum hydrating flows for those really hard efforts. Best bottle I have used. »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I don’t get the extreme aggression you have towards fabian @Buck Rogers. Whining aside (which is getting annoying as of late.)Maybe lay off the cocaine with tommeke. »

  2. I hardly consider him uninspiring. Strada biancha  was a phenomenal show. Working equally with Sagan to keep the hounds away, and after a beautiful effort he buried Peter on the last climb. I think his efforts go to show what a great rider he can become. … »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. Here’s to a great race! VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Johansson 4. Ferrand-prevot 5. Stevens »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. Blah. Not happy with the picks. Excited to watch the race though! VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Gerans 3. Kristoff 4. Sagan 5. Van avermaet »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. I love the long climbs. Nothing compares to the mental stages you progress through km to km. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Hope there is a record made! VSP PICKS: 1. Tony Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dennis 4. Van Garderen 5. Malori »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. best guesses… VSP PICKS: 1. van dijk 2. Villumsen 3. Brennauer 4. Solovey 5. Stevens »

First run in 2002, the GP de Plouay-Bretagne is part of the women’s UCI World Cup series.  It’s 4.5 laps totaling 121km. As usual, there is little information or publicity for yet another women’s UCI race. Here is a start list. Here is the official French website. And yes, Ms. Vos won the last two editions. We regret the lack of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Armistead 4. Cromwell 5. Pooley »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. We will see… VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Uran 4. Aru 5. Rodriguez »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. GILBERT Philippe 2. MOLLEMA Bauke 3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro 4. RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin 5. VAN GARDEREN Tejay »

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. Bronzini 2. Vos 3. K wild 4. Armistead 5. johansson »

Brad Wiggins is sitting at home, watching his team implode at a Tour de France he was not invited to.What’s on his mind? An attempt at the Hour Record, that’s what. Now that the UCI has allowed riders to mount a conventional (track) time trial machine in their efforts and the likes of Boardman, Obree, Moser, Rominger, and Indurain all...

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  1. Last I heard Faboo has shelved his hour record attempt. I like his stance on the subject as well, said that the romance of the traditional hour record held by Merckx had nostalgia being able to compare ones self with the greats of cycling. »

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. @VeloJello It is a litespeed Vortex. The light 6/4 Ti makes for a wonderfully lite bike. @Teocalli Yes I do realize the bidon cages detract from the aesthetics. The bike was recently used for a bit of gravel/tarmac riding to the tune of 100+km  and… »

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. Fantastic stage today. I love seeing Nibali put more and more time into the other blokes. He has a commanding lead and yet feels the need to say “Wait! I have more pain to dish out. I will assert my dominance not by just beating you but obliterating the p… »

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. Quick shot of the commuter… »

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. @Rob I would be happy to see him pull it out. From the stories I have heard of him I don’t doubt his resolve. I just fear injury, which in this tour seams to be running rampant. I am all for a friendly bet of a cycling cap! It’s the go to bet between frie… »

  2. @Buck Rogers Not going to rub anyone’s nuts here but there is a big difference when a rider is a top GC contender and one that is riding as support. And I will bet money Talansky drops the tour after his multitude of crashes. »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending i...

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  1. @piwakawaka Very true. But in the dead of the summer when temperatures reach into the triple digits I usually prefer short sleeves to long. As it is I don’t shave the arms. Anyone else here chime in on arm shaving? »

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. rest day swaps. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Froome 3. Valverde 4. Port 5. talansky »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

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