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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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A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people. Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. Not surprised to see that Dr Phil went down to the start line to add to the narcissism. »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Solovey 2. Bussi 3. Antoshina 4. Tetrick 5. Drysdale »

April 2015 // Lille, France The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride. Continue...

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  1. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do all this with Johan Museeuw, the last Lion of Flanders.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

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    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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    Gare de Lille Flandres

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I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. Speaking of bike handling and staying off the brakes… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @freddy The best thing for Jelle Wallays is he can now use Noel van Tyghem’s classic line: “Between us, I and Eddy Merckx have won every classic that can be won.” »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Demare 2. Degenkolb 3. Van Staeyen 4. Poels 5. Chav »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. Caution – Wind. Attack fest. White rainbow bibs. VSP PICKS: 1. Simon Yates 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatowski 4. Valverde 5. JRod »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. @Haldy I’m a big Terpstra fan and happy that he got a PR win but that finale was massisve demonstration of anti V. 10k from the line and the fucking who’s who of Classics hardmen all together and not one of the fuckers tries to match Terpstra? What the! »

  2. @Frank You got the first 3 letters right. »

  3. Funny you switched the lead pic to this as I was typing. My last big goal was the Gavia Mortirolo loop. The Gavia went very nicely but the Mortirolo took me places in the pain cave I could never have imagined. »

  4. Nicely put @Frank. I know that, for me, having an objective is the most potent motivator. And it works both ways. The suffering during training is sustained by thinking about the objective and when the big days arrive the suffering is sustained by reflect… »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @wiscot Agreed. If not MK then who? Who was more worthy on the day? Best response from Giblets: “I saw Kwiatkowski going away on the descent and I didn’t really think he’d stay away, but he was clearly very strong,” Gilbert said, later musing: “The win… »

  2. L-R: Alfred E Newman, Wingnut QuietCowSki, The Human Hairnet. »

  3. @Mikael Liddy Yes. Green patch bewilderment here too. Way to take an iconic symbol and fuck it up. Maybe Switzerland is planning to annexe a third of Italy. (You heard it here first.) Hey! Wait! I got a new complaint. Worst commentary ever. Uncle Phil… »

  4. @Buck Rogers Tommeke has jumped the shark. Exhibit A: »

  5. @Ccos Vos was dropped well before that crash. If you watch a longer version she rolls through the mess about 30 seconds later. Lucinda Brand (bib 11) is the psychic. »

  6. This man will turn the race… VSP PICKS: 1. Kristoff 2. Gerro 3. Degenkolb 4. Cancellara 5. Valverde »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. Seemed such a long way to the line from the bottom of the hill for those four. I think a solo attack (like the Junior Mens) over the final climb is the go. Sparty won’t want to be towing anyone. »

  2. @Geraint 5. Cromwell (I think) Bizarre. Never seen a riders sit up like that in the final K – let alone a group with such strength. »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. Harder to pick than a broken nose. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibbles 2. Gerro 3. Valverde 4. Sagan 5. Degenkolb »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Ferrand-Prevot 3. Vos 4. Armistead 5. Stevens »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. @Puffy You nearly lost me at 20 x 20 min efforts. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Pretty big sacrifice if you’re Luke Durbridge don’t you think? And what’s Faboo’s excuse? I guess he has the RR in his sights. The course is a bit like MSR. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dennis 4. Malori 5. Kiryienka »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. Result: 1 Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 0:38:48.16   2 Anna Solovey (Ukraine) 0:00:18.68   3 Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America) 0:00:21.25   4 Mieke Kroeger (Germany) 0:00:38.29   5 Ann-Sofie Duyck (Belgium) 0:00:45.31 Which for me adds… »