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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. @Nate Thirded. »

  2. @Gianni We crossed.  Will try logging out. Thanks.  And, obviously, if I am unsuccessful, feel free to ignore my non-conformance entirely. That’s generally the best way to deal with non-conformity anyway. »

  3. @Island Bike I cannot get to the women’s VSP , either.  (In fact it’s been happening quite a bit with the VSP, particularly when I log in on my iPad.)  While it is inconceivable that my presence or absence in a VSP would result in a materially different… »

  4. I say, my good man, a tripel for the Belgian, please. VSP PICKS: 1. PhilGil 2. Mollema 3. Moreno 4. Slagter 5. Kwiatkowski »

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. Time PhilGil re asserted himself. I am anticipating these picks will result in my humiliation, but consoling myself with the thought that the humiliation will be less than that which would come from a Delgado. Probably. VSP PICKS: 1. PhilGil 2. Purito … »

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. Damn. Delgado’d. Even though, on my iPad, the timer says I have 20 hours to go. Serves me right for not thinking about whether that makes sense whenI looks earlier in the day. FWIW, I say Fabs, Vanmarke, Billions, Tommeke and GVA. In that order. »

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. Vos out? Then Wild is in. VSP PICKS: 1. VanDijk 2. EVie SteVie 3. VVild 4. JoVhansson 5. Van Vleuten »

  2. Vuck knows… VSP PICKS: 1. VanDijk 2. EVie SteVie 3. Vos 4. JoVhansson 5. Van Vleuten »

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. Dice rolled. Bones scattered. Entrails analysed. Stars assessed.  Crystal ball scrutinised. Nuts scratched. I got this down. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabacus 2. Sep V-Mark 3. Blownen 4. Billions 5. G Thomas »

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. @G’phant  Gah – ‘in the dark once more’. Sums up my typing as well as my picks. »

  2. Rolling the dice in the darkince more. VSP PICKS: 1. Billions 2. Stybar 3. Thomas 4. Fabs 5. Vandenburgh »

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. Gah – Greipel in for Kittel’s hitherto unheard of sibling… VSP PICKS: 1. Cavisbackandcan 2. Kittel 3. Heiny Hairstyle 4. Greipel 5. Degenkolb »

  2. This is more of a placeholder, to avoid the humiliation of a Delgado.  Which is not to say these picks will not prove humiliating (particularly if there is further gratuitous tweaking of the course as a result of landslides and/or RCS caprice).  Just not … »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. @frank Full medical assessment (stress ecg and everything – we  do it every few years) at the end of next week, to see what basal fitness is like when I am truly unfit, then yes. Just in time for winter.  Brilliant. »

  2. FWIW (with apologies for continuing the focus on physical rather than metaphorical hunger), my experience with weight loss has been interesting (to me, at least). When I was  97 kgs (sorry, ‘Mericans, I dunno what that is in lbs) I dropped to a steady 83k… »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. Outstanding, Extreme craziness expertly executed and beautifully recorded. Very, very strong work. »

Always be Casually Deliberate, even when riding.You have just attacked off the front to take a town line sprint. It was a just-the-perfect-amount-of-dumb yet successful move. You went deeply anaerobic for a sprint no one else was even mildly interested in, but you did crush them unrestrainedly. Continue reading...

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  1. On another note entirely (and apologies if this has been posted elsewhere already), HardTalk interview with Cavenmaybecanin2014 here: Gives quite a good account if himself. Felice Navidad, all. »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. A few things: 1. Stop hating on Mike S. His company did a shitty thing. But he accepted responsibility. He didn’t duck it – he just explained it. The explanation is plausible – Spesh will have a bunch of lawyers  charged with protecting trademarks, and t… »

I’m compliant with Rule #74: no Garmin, no cyclometer, just an uncluttered cockpit. I’m not anti-data, if I could generate some awesome data I’d like to know about it. If I was racing I would train with data. I just got bored with looking at the numbers and not doing anything about them. When my Cateye cyclometer/heart rate monit...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears  Excellent.  Thanks very much. »

  2. @PeakInTwoYears What topo mapping software are you using?  There’s a bunch of tracks near me that I have long wanted to map. »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

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  1. Have emerged from the Internet wasteland which is China to Malaysia, where I can finally get onto – just in time to embarrass myself with wasted picks. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Nibbles 3. Motorcus 4. Eddy BH 5. Piti »

Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. @Steampunk Well spoken. VSP PICKS: 1. Wall St Refugee 2. Tiff Crom 3. Linda V 4. Bronzini 5. De Vries »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Borghini 2. Bronzini 3. Vos 4. Evey Stevey 5. de Vries »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Quintana 3. Froome 4. Purito 5. Cuddles »

Update: You can watch the live stream (assuming it works from the velodrome) on the Velominati channel at USTREAM. When you log in, you’ll first see my little test video of my puppy eating grass. Please disregard me yelling at it. That never happened.I have always considered myself to have a good imagination, something I attribute half to my...

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  1. @Russ True that.  Thanks, all – including the Big Mad Dutch Guy.  A great way to spend a rainy Sunday morning working from home … »