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"We used to live in a rolled up newspaper in a septic tank." Found the bike relatively late in life after a mis-spent youth. Now cured, living northern Sydney, soaking up the serenity and agony of the local gorges... Married, 2 kids, school teacher (design & tech) renovating the house and running the school MTB program.

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After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. @mouse Agreed. I think his full name is Master BatDan. »

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. Its been a long time between fingerbangs. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Quintana 3. Aru 4. Uran 5. Fingerbang »

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. Big sport thrives on the Jens’ brand of mythology. Fans get a bigger kick from suspending disbelief and constructing outrageous heroes and legends. Proper examination of the hard facts only ruins the fun. Jens has unashamedly bought into, and cashed in o… »

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think.- Virginia WoolfOur actions lie on the horizon of the present, in that swirling cloud where fantasy turns into reality. To plan is to cast a shadow into the future, to attempt to lay shape to the unknown. As the present merges with the future, reality will try our plans on for s...

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  1. @Daccordi Rider That thing scares the shit out of me. Massive kudos to you for being involved in that endeavour. »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. In my last teaching job, a teenage Aspergers student came to my office one lunch time and asked if he could join the MTB team. The team was already pretty full and the rides difficult to manage because of the wide range of ages and abilities. I knew very … »

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. AMerckx. VLVV. »

Never forget your roots, they say… OK, I’m a child of the 70′s, and back then bicycles were as big a part of my life as they are today. We’d always be out riding, building tracks and jumps, and tinkering with our Dragsters, stripping them down to emulate our motocross heroes, with varying results.All these memories came f...

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  1. This isn’t mine, but I got a Grifter somewhere around 1979. I was a bit put out. The BMX craze hit my suburb soon after so I felt out of date and left behind from the get go. The Grifter had a 3 speed, grip-shift set up but no suspension so any hucking … »

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...

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  1. @the Engine Rat-Packed the final corner… »

  2. NFI VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. GVA 3. Albasini 4. Slagter 5. Vanendert »

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...

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  1. Kittel inhaling wasps on Pla d’Adet. Dropped from the grupetto. Durbo and Sveino Horner’s socks… OPQS roll up to the start in Pau. Terpstra in sneakers. »

  2. Nope. Pics won’t post. »

  3. My internet is fecked. Final attempt… »

  4. VLVV »

  5. Been loitering in the Pyrenees for the last few days…Watched from Pla d’Adet yesterday and the Depart from Pau today. Very cool. I took some pics. Fuglsang nominated for Rule #5 for refusing to abandon, Paulini is a beast, Horner’s socks? Kittel suffere… »

  6. @Buck Rogers Crikey! I think Jim might put doping control into the red zone. »

  7. Nibbles is riding at a level above. Hasn’t looked under pressure yet. Very impressed with young Romain Bardet. Rode like a lion today as did Tejay. Nice to see them work together and a nice gesture of thanks at the finish. In sharp contrast with Malmerde… »

  8. Porte is French for door, non? Back door Richie for the Lexicon? »

  9. I don’t know who’s calling the shots at Lotto but there’s some kind of crazed genius to their methodology: Bring a solid CG contender to the biggest race of the year and pretty much ignore him: Bring a top sprinter but forget the lead out. Then after a ha… »

  10. No Veloforma for me… VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibbles 2. Porte 3. Kwiatowski 4. Bardet 5. J VdB »

  11. A couple of my own pics from the Wallers sector yesterday. A bit redundant because a certain G. Watson was 5 metres to my left…(Thomas & Porte, Durbridge) It was a really crazy day for us. The VMH and Pedalwans understand my passion but don’t nec… »

  12. Ride Report – Around Orchies etc: Monday July 7. Decided at dawn to drive the 100k from Bruges to Orchies to ride some stones and check out options for spectating Stage 5. Yesterday’s pissing rain has disappeared. Its blue skies and only slight winds fro… »

  13. Nothing broken on Cav according to Lefevere. What time does ‘Merica get to watch the replays. I feel like it would be noice to stay in “non-spoiler” mode until Uncle Sam has his starbucks… »

  14. Shit just got real at the lap of France. Don’t think Gerro and Cav will be dining together tonight. »

  15. Bertie has been hiding his light under a sirloin but will and will reveal a new, revised version of the finger bang. Froomie will have a Bad Day (Wiggo will be seen cheering on twitter). JRod is solid, Nibbles is not. J VdB, Talansky and Tejay will buckle… »

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. Cromwell 2. Vos 3. Longo Borghini 4. Johannsen 5. Pooley »