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Velominatus: Dan_R

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada

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Father-Husband. Warrior-Philosopher. Mechanic-Racer. Two out of six... I climb like Cav and TT like a Schleck, but if it is snowing and raining and generally miserable, I can tow the big train. Owner and main wrench at Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio. Love riding, eating, drinking, sleeping. Hate dishes, laundry, and getting dropped. Masters/Cat5 Road, Cat3 Track, Sport CX & Mnt Noted Palmares - 2000 Manitoba Ice Bike, 15th; 2004 24 Hours of Adrenalin Canadian Championships, Masters 7th; 2006 Alberta Provincial Time Trial, Cat5 5th; 2006 Alberta Provincial Track, Masters A Omnium, 4th; 2007 Alberta Track, Masters A Omnium, 4th; 2011 School of Cross, Sport, Lanterne Rouge; 2011 GP Jim Horner Cross, Sport, Lanterne Rouge; 2012 USMC Trials Road Race, Open, 16th; Pigeon Lake Road Racce (Provincial Championships), Lanterne Rouge.

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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. Stybar will be thrown into the break a la Van Summeren for Tomke. The out come will be the same. Except the World CX Champ will be le vainqueur de 2014. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Tomke 3. Faboo 4. MiniPhinney 5. Sir Wiggo »

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. Boonen 2. Stybar 3. Sagan 4. Faboo 5. Terpstra »

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. M. Vos 2. E. Johansson 3. E. Van Dijk 4. E. Armitstead 5. E. Borghini »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @Teocalli I guess technically speaking, I have around fifty in the stable. Although 40 of them are for sale…. »

  2. I love the new lexicon term. My Nine Bike is of course my previous #1, the ’06 Marinoni Super Vectra with durable 105 Group-san. Last year the #1 was the Cipollini Bond with Dura-Ace & Miche Supertype demo bike. This season, I will building this baby… »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. Gravity. My everlasting nemesis. It binds us all, yet we fight it with all the stupidity that can be mustered. »

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. Johansson 2. Stevens 3. Borghini 4. Van Dikj 5. Gunnewijk »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Stybar 3. van Avermaet 4. Sagen 5. Stannard »

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. @RedRanger Good on ya! I am changing my miniPhinney pick… VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Sagen 3. Van Avermaet 4. Stybar 5. Moser »

  2. @frank Two shoes though…. Awesome announcement @frank. Even if I was in the know! VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Sagen 3. Van Avermaet 4. MiniPhinney 5. Moser »

The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the...

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  1. The Heck of the North is a Gravel Classic held in Northern Minnesota. The course is about 185 kilometers long, approximately 75% gravel/dirt road, with 15 kilometers of trail and as little pavement as needed to make it all come together.

    The front few groups of this race go for the win, while the rest of the field simply enjoy a fun day out on the bike, riding one of the most challenging and exciting routes in the quickly-emerging gravel scene.

    Mixing gravel roads and ATV trails, this race is home to some of the most innovative bicycle concoctions you’ll ever come across, from drop-bar fat bikes to race-tuned Graveur machines. Leave your road machine at home; you’ll need fast 32mm tires at least in order to survive the trail sections.

    More information on the Heck of the North site. Registration is $54 before July 15; $65 before August 15; and $76 until September 15. Registration ends September 15 or once the 400 rider limit is met.

    The Heck of the North is not a Cogal, but Velominati is a sponsor of the event and will be providing exclusive prizes. See you there.

    Official site: http://www.heckofthenorth.com/

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    Date - October 04, 2014
    12:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location
    Castle Danger Brewery (Two Harbors MN)

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Not one to subscribe to the slew of text speak or acronyms that permeate the modern vernacular (well, not too much, I guess YJA is one used fairly regularly), I am harbouring a severe case of FOMO right now. And the catalyst for this? The lack of a KT14. Shit, I did it again. WTF?As Gianni wound up the excitement and anticipation for the real start...

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  1. C’est dommage. At least I will be making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Lexicon anyone???) in early June to ride the roads and visit some WWI monuments. Not during the Holy Month, but on hallowed ground none the less. »

Lucky is the cyclist who has a parent cyclist. Early mentoring about the pain cave, guidance gluing on tires, these are worthwhile lessons a parent could lecture a child on. If one has to listen to a parental lecture, better it be about Eddy Merckx and how you are no Eddy Merckx than balancing your checking account. For the rest of us, our parents...

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  1. Oh, my daughter is eyeing up the Dawes Sprint Jr road bike we have in the shop. She keeps asking if it has been sold when I come home in the evening. »

  2. When I was six, I watched my show off dad endo over the bars of his road bike. I laughed so hard I endo’ed after hitting the curb straight on. Like father, like son. When he visits, he likes to sit back drinking coffee all day while I work in the shop. He… »

Strength can be a fickle thing this time of year, when the training isn’t as consistent as it should be; it comes and goes, sometimes several times in the span of a single ride or even a climb. Like a rosy-eyed dreamer I keep awakening as I train, thrown like a rag doll between a state nearing euphoria and one resembling purgatory.My mind is...

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  1. I am the Café Roubaix guy, so I have to look like I am fit at the very least. I had a man-flu over the weekend which kept me from doing much constructive, let along the pain cave. But got back on the trainer today. I shut down the little voice that said, … »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

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  1. @frank. I have made a realization. You are training seriously for this year’s PF Hour! Good on you! »

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. Posted to FB already. To be worn in the Foundry of Awesome! »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy That’s awesome! “Here! Make this!” @frank, that’s a great photo of a young Der Kaiser. @Barracuda So much for formulas, however i guess the formulas are a starting point and one needs to then tinker to ones own body measurements. Yup. … »

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. @VeloSix They pay my rent. »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

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  1. @artman Bang on artman. I use a wide variety of source while doing a fit. If my Cinelli customer had not been happy with the small frame, I had a medium to build up. You just never know even with all the measurements in the world. @scaler911 & @art… »

  2. I have been crazy busy lately (go figure eh?), but I need to take the time to chirp up on this article – great job @Gianni. I just fit a customer to a new Cinelli Saetta yesterday. He was convinced that it was going to be too small for him, but alas, it … »

It’s the ride you’ll do the most. The hardest ride you’ll ever do, too. You’ll do it so often that it should be easy, but it never is. Its frequency is such that it really should morph into all the other rides of its ilk, therefore negating the actual nexus of this necessary, evil ride. But it never does, it’s always s...

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  1. My doctor is Dr. McGillicuddy. And his special cure-all medicine. »

The Goldilocks Principle is under assault, balance is lost. Without balance, we are reduced to savages. Steerectile Dysfunction is spreading like wildfire; socks are quickly becoming knee-highs and the line between shorts and knickers continues to blur.We spend considerable time making everything on our loyal steed fit and look perfect. Bar tape an...

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  1. Finally, someone has spoken the unspoken. Rejoice. »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

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  1. @Dan_R @gordo  Can you give me a call? The number as we copied it down does not work. @strathlubnaig @JohnB Most excellent! »

I have no dog in this fight but @Henrik does. I can’t swim in the serious ‘stache growing gene pool. And yes, it’s already Vajanuary, we left Mo’vember with nary a nod, why, because it’s stupid. Rule #50 could have included having the last name Freuler and wearing the prison stripped Atala kit as the second exception...

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  1. @wiscot That would have been awesome! And maybe just a little intimidating. Either that, or he would have thought he was dealing with Baron Von Munchhausen. »