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Velominatus: Gianni

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Gianni bought a champagne gold Peugeot with sew-up tires in 1976. That was the beginning of the Troubles. Think Magnus Backstead without the big engine or rugged Swedish good looks. He has a small altar in his crawlspace containing smaller photos of Francesco Moser, Eros Poli and Gianni Bugno.

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Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @Ccos No, you are beyond comment #5 and now not obliged to read the post at all. »

  2. @unversio It’s the right tool as long as you are not opening Pabst Blue Ribbon. This could work too. Bike as opener. »

  3. @Haldy I’ve never heard of them. But they look excellent and the offset might spare the knuckles. Again, it lacks a bottle opener. »

  4. @Nate Yes, but opening a beer with a hex wrench is messy. »

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. I didn’t see either race. I am Mr 2 points. I did pick Armistead to win so I was close. She is really becoming an all around badass. »

  2. Spencer rules! Vos does not? Final Race Results1. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline2. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa4. STEVENS Evelyn5. MOOLMAN AshleighFinal VSP Results1. Spencer (10 points) 2. Kevin (10 points) 3. seemunkee (9 points) 4. the Engine (… »

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. Malmerde wins. It had to happen. Just saying. Final Race Results1. VALVERDE Alejandro2. MARTIN Daniel3. KWIATKOWSKI Michal4. MOLLEMA Bauke5. SLAGTER Tom-JelteFinal VSP Results1. unversio (12 points) 2. V-olcano (12 points) 3. piwakawaka (12 points) 4. dy… »

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...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @anhtony You have duplicate picks here. @Two Ball Billy You too! Correct before it’s too late. Please. »

  2. @anhtony You have duplicate picks here. »

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 Island, it’s hard to do it that way. Try logging out and back in or try another browser. If no luck we will consult with Herr Director to award points as you have made your picks, all be it in an unconventional way. »

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. armistead 2. stevens 3. vos 4. van der breggen 5. Johansson »

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. gilbert 2. nibali 3. hesjedal 4. valverde 5. rui costa »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @RedRanger That would be too easy. Better to fly from Hawaii to NYC (and back) in hopes the publisher slips me a free one. »

  2. @Stephen Mother jumper! How is it you have a copy before I do? This did happen in England too; book shops seemed to have the book well before the British release date and they sold them also. »

  3. @Pedale.Forchetta Yes, that is too bad. That would have been much fun to see you in NYC. Enjoy your time in New York without us. »

  4. @Ccos That is a reasonable exception. Better the water should leak into your nostrils than your bottom bracket bearings.  »

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. @andrew Sensational photos. What a day for some race viewing and beer drinking. »

  2. Rebellin in 13th. He didn’t DNF. »

  3. All is right with the world. Abandy has lived up to his name. Final Race Results1. GILBERT Philippe2. VANENDERT Jelle3. GERRANS Simon4. VALVERDE Alejandro5. KWIATKOWSKI MichalFinal VSP Results1. The Grande Fondue (13 points) 2. Father of Four (12 points)… »

  4. @Rob Did you watch the movie I posted on page 2 (?) of this VSP? It’s you all over it. It’s fantastic. »

  5. I had sworn off Malmerde but I need the points. I believe not one person (OK, maybe a few?) has chosen a Schleck in this VSP, how far their stock has fallen. And if you did pick a Schleck, you will get burned. It’s time for Johnny Hoogerland to get back t… »

  6. I had to hot wire the VSP generator to take that little doper Rebellin’s name. It gagged on it so I opened a 2 liter bottle of Old Horse Buns Strong Ale and poured it down the generator’s input punch card slot. »

  7. @Buck Rogers Frank has fled the interview so I will be cursing everybody, because I can. Abandy? Someone is picking Abandy? Dude. That is deep. »

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. @roger Oh mommy. A Ti Seven with those fine rose Chris King disc hubs. You are in deed the Man. Go crazy tomorrow. »

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. This doesn’t belong here, but it belongs somewhere. These boys are super stoked. God forbid the driver goes over some road chowder: exhaust pipe and muffler, dead deer, rock… »