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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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Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Rob Rob is wise. Like Rob, after many, many years of sharing the road with cars, I do have a hair trigger for telling someone to fuck off if necessary. Once, on my commute home I was about to take a right on my home street. Of course a car was passing… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @DeKerr That should make it in the next edition of The Rules. Very well written. »

  2. @wiscot Yes, I agree. My brain is always cataloging roads for riding (climbing). We might visit friends in Switzerland this summer and I can’t let go of the Swiss cobbled mountain pass. Only the Swiss would do that in the first place. It begs to be rid… »

  3. @Kupepe Owning a red Colnago Super, you have met the definition already, I would say. Only a cyclists would own a that. Chapeau for getting on it inside, three times a week. »

  4. @VeloSix Really. I hate to think how many carbone wheel units would go into paying for therapy sessions. What a waste, what a waste.  »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe 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...

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  1. @TheDon No worries, it never made it to our VSP. I should have crossed it out but didn’t. It might have happened under a different name but we didn’t contest it. »

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. @Nate Oh No You Dinnnint! »

  2. I love it when even other Spaniards bitch about how the spanish cyclists refuse to work together.  Berti was miffed they wouldn’t work together to bury Froome. Ha! »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Teocalli It must be the diameter of the bead or something to do with the tire. I have a pair of 2-way fit Eurus wheels and have used Michelin, Specialized Roubaix and Conti 4000 clinchers all without a thought or incident. I have Bontrager R3 tubeless… »

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. @ChrissyOne Your bike is killin’ it. Nice. I have done that red with the Michelin pros too. I’m a Michelin Pro fan and as a moto girl you will appreciate their grip in the corners, even the wet ones. »

  2. @Deakus Yeah, I looked at that and said the same as LBS. Aluminum doesn’t like to be bent and rebent. That rim is doomed. Think zipp 303s instead. I finally bought some Bontrager Aeoleus 5.0 tubs on ebay, slightly used. I can’t tell which is more aweso… »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @Al__S Thanks for that link, it is a great story. I’m about to highjack my own article, why not? Mini Phinney legs. All thanks to a USCF moto. Ouch . »

  2. @HMBSteve @Rob Exactly, this shit does need to see the light of day or people won’t understand mistakes were made. I don’t want to be the dick on Velominati who keeps bringing this up but I really do think it’s important and interesting. It’s important… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @Chris And shorts and jersey. That lad has some style. Yep, those sunglasses are smart too. »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. @Dino She is not asking for sympathy, she is just telling her truth. And as @optimiste says, it is not forced, it’s not a tell all expose. I’ve held a USCF license and I’ve been following this sport since 1975. And I was  shocked to hear how Inga was t… »

  2. @DeKerr I’m thrilled to know that people like Jeannie Longo have been cheaters for decades and Inga was still able to put the hurt on them when they were in their prime. With the right coaching and team she arguably would have been the women’s version … »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @wiscot Thank Merckx I can depend on @wiscot to jump into the fray when necessary. @Owen A clown’s fever dream. +1 for that. Genius. »

  2. How can you be so right and so wrong at the same time? Is it interference from the other hemisphere? Badmouthing the Atala kit? With the prison bar motif because some Alata bikes were made by prisoners, I think. Brett, we are very far apart on this, as us… »

I hesitate to file this in the Guest Article category. It would be better filed under fellow un-rewarded pirate cycling-site writer, if we had such a file. @winnipegcyclechick does all of her site’s writing, her graphics are usually hers and much too funny. Frankly, she makes me sick. And, AND, she can make the jokes we can’t make lest...

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  1. From @Rob on a slightly related note. This was a race Rob actually did, wearing wool shorts and a hairnet, but in the 1980’s. These guys mean business. Tour of the Gaspé in Eastern Canada. Hardman Tour, staying in people’s houses, eating what was at the t… »

  2. @Rob @Cycle Chick Since we are not making a living racing, these group rides which don’t fall under the serious definition of training rides are about as much fun as one can have as a cyclist. And if they improve one’s fitness, bike handling and ability… »

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. @Julian Winn Thanks. That is the best information yet, sorry I missed that. And yes to TV coverage, it’s the only way people will get how good the women’s races are. »

Cyclists love socks. I know I do. I’d make a point of collecting as many pairs as I could from every race, event, shop or rep that I ever happened upon. Some were so good that I still have them, others, well, let’s just say they were “re-homed” long before they got the chance to retire gracefully after years of loyal service...

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  1. FFS! We are very apart on this. I love wool socks, even in hot weather if they are lightweight. But this is not cool, unless playing rugby. »

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. I wonder what poor Italian got the call up with less than 48 hours to replace Horner. And Cancellara is in the Vuelta? I thought he dropped out of the Tour to prepare for the Worlds? How many stages of the Vuelta will he get through. I bet he bails with a… »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. The way the omerta was enforced by Quick-Step Omega Pharma with egg timer would make any rider currently under contract a little worried about speaking up. And jensie has what, twelve children to raise? I am a Jens fan and have been for a long time. He i… »

I bought a Road ID the day I learned of Jon Lennard’s death on August 12, 2013. Someone in the posts of the original announcement of his passing (below) mentioned he was identified by his Road ID. Of course he had a Road ID. What I knew of him made that perfect. So responsible and sensible.The nature of this community is a strange thing; we d...

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  1. Awwww jeeeze, a year has gone by? And he was wearing his V-kit, I don’t think I realized that. Fuck. I’m no wiser a year later about his death, it’s still a terrible thing but we are all lucky more of us haven’t had fatal meetings with cars. Cars are assh… »