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Velominatus: Erik

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Attorney, creator (with my lovely Velominata) of The Completely Unauthorized Ohio University Coloring Book, Cat-6.

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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...

@Erik's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. tony gallopin 2. valverde 3. sagan 4. purito 5. stybar »

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...

@Erik's posts:

  1. @ChrisO Based on his performance, Nibali would not be a bridesmaid to a Contador and a Froome. He took this race by the throat from day one.  He had time on both of them before they crashed out.  And he has been unstoppable since. »

  2. So, Horner finally attacks and Nibali goes with him?  Why?  Horner is not a threat.  You’ve got an ample cushion.  Nibali is fascinating.  This could doom Horner’s move because the other GC contenders will not want to let Nibs get up the road. Do you thi… »

  3. Delgado for the rest day.  Valverde better stay in second! »

  4. @velojello New favorite line. »

  5. @Mikael Liddy Does Porte have Low T?  It’s natural for testosterone levels to decline as men age, but sometimes low testosterone can cause symptoms ranging from low sex drive to depression. I will say no more. »

  6. Wow. Wow. Wow. Nibali.  I suppose I will slot him in on the rest day and leave Valverde where he is.  Meanhile, three DNFs in my top 5. Intriguing that Porte cracked.  What is Sky’s plan C? »

  7. Argh. Talansky is toast.  I forgot to do swaps yesterday.  I might as well call this a loss.  2 picks confirmed DNF. One showing that he is a baller but will likely be out.  A gamble on Horner and Valverde in the wrong spot. Not a shining VSP moment.  Bu… »

  8. Crazy, sure. But genius if I’m write. The only chance I have in this VSP is a do or die breakaway. VSP PICKS: 1. Chris Horner 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Alberto Contador 4. Andrew Talansky 5. Chris Froome »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

@Erik's posts:

  1. Tech troubles?  I can’t post anything in either Giro Rosa or TDF VSP.  Is it me?  I also see no posts. Help! »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Mara Abbot 3. Evelyn Stevens 4. Emma Pooley 5. Emma Johansson »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. Horner for the win. Mark this date.  I said he’d win the Vuelta.  Mind you, I got the rest of the top 5 all wrong. http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/06/news/horner-line-race-tour-de-france_332642 »

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. This one could get very interesting.  There is an ITT which will suit Martin. But there are several days in the mountains around that.  Anyone know if Martin can hang for a day or two in the mountains? »

  2. More racing to distract me from the rest of this world. »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggins 2. Cadel Evans 3. Tom Danielson 4. Rui Costa 5. Kreuziger »

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 cl...

@Erik's posts:

  1. @VeloVita Quintana is amazing.  I bet Movistar will regret their choice to back Valverde for le Tour. »

  2. No country for old men.  Italy, that is.  I will miss Cadel Evans. »

  3. Well shoot. Maybe I should have done rest day swaps.  Cadel can still pull this out.  Uran has never had the leadership role and it isn’t like OPQS has had many grand tour plans lately…. other than Levi Leipheimer. »

  4. 10 points to swap! 10 points! Forget it.  That would be 20 points down no matter what.  I’m playing my cards as dealt.  Won’t win. But I ride with pride. »

  5. @Buck Rogers I don’t really expect him to survive the weekend, but he is making hay while the sun shines (in the rain, so to speak). »

  6. Is it just me, or does anyone else have a new favorite rider in the maglia rosa, Matthews.  In pink, wins a stage, 4th in today’s sprint.  He is everywhere. »

  7. 2 out of 5 picks are DNF.  This is going well. »

  8. Swap or not? Numerically, the odds are against me with a swap.  I lose five to potentially gain 7. Play what you came with. No swap. »

  9. Wow. This is a tough one.  I had to leave Quintana out. I am sure to regret it for my VSP. But then, I am sure to regret most of my choices. Monfort is a good dark horse top 5. VSP PICKS: 1. Good Cadel 2. Purito 3. Rigoberto Urán 4. Dan Martin 5. Maxime… »

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...

@Erik's posts:

  1. I should never have doubted Gilbert. »