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Location: Milwaukee, WI

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@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. With the birth of my first child due at any moment, I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to go through something like this. Your daughter is the definition of the word hero, as are all who battle any sort of disease/condition/ailment with that … »

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. Rest day swap. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Alberto Contador 2. Christopher Froome 3. Fabio Aru 4. Rigoberto Uran 5. Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver »

  2. @strathlubnaig For Fuck Sake. If I see another tweet about how it’s too hot at La Vuelta, I’m gonna break my internet box. If you don’t want to race in the heat, don’t enter a bike race in SPAIN in AUGUST. (Similarly, if you don’t want to race in the … »

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. @dyalander I tend to agree with you here. We don’t condemn every rider that was even remotely a part of that era do we? If we’re going to assume that everyone was doping, then we don’t get to pick and choose which one’s are going to be OK with us. Just… »

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...

@KW's posts:

  1. So many legit contenders in this race that picking a top 5 becomes very difficult. So excited for this race. Will have to see if I can get a decent Eurosport feed at the office without blowing up my work computer. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Alexander Quintana … »

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. @brett This! »

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. I came upon the community after Jon’s passing, but like many others, I’ve seen and read many of his posts. Even I feel that knot in my stomach today. “This could be my last ride. Either make sure it isn’t, or make sure it’s worth it.” I’m not sure that … »

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...

@KW's posts:

  1. Also not mine, but the first bike I remember was the classic Schwinn Scrambler with the awesome yellow mag wheels. Heavy as all get out, but pretty indestructible. I rode that bike everywhere, jumped it off anything, and crashed it all over the place wh… »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @David Tang Here’s a better idea. Why don’t we make a rule outlawing the ugly as fuck POS–oops, I mean POC–helmets. That way there’s no excuse for wearing your eyewear correctly. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

@KW's posts:

  1. From yesterday’s ride. It’s my new favorite route. »

July 13 2014 marked the 35th anniversary of the seminal ‘cycling film’ Breaking Away. 35 years. Nothing stays popular for that long, right? Things get dated, lose their edge (if there was edge in the first place) and eventually become irrelevant (I’m looking at you, Rolling Stones). Yes, even legends get stale if left out too lon...

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  1. I moved to Bloomington in the summer of 2004 to start my doctorate at the School of Music. This was long before I discovered The Way, and as such had no interest in bikes or racing. Racing aside, the Little 500 seemed nothing more than another excuse for … »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

@KW's posts:

  1. I was given this as a gift for my soon-to-be-born wee one. I’m hoping I can steer him toward the path, but I suppose he’ll do what he wants to do. If he turns out like his dad though, his mother may just go crazy. »

After Stage V there was Stage 9, where the World TT champion earned the dotty jumper. In case you missed it, Stage 9 was a trip into the Vosges mountains, 170km with six categorized climbs. This was a stage for a breakaway to stay away. A large group did escape and with 152km remaining to the finish Alessandro De Marchi of Cannondale bolted off the...

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  1. This. All. Fucking. Day. »

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...

@KW's posts:

  1. How tired will the Tour guys be? I guess we’ll find out. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Rodriguez 3. Valverde 4. Bardet 5. Ten Dam »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. The whale shark a la Jens. »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

@KW's posts:

  1. @frank That’s called complacency. »

  2. “The best gains aren’t found in technology; they are found in building the strength of your Will…” This (and my Velominatus Budgetatus status) is the reason that I have no problem riding a steel bike that weighs 23lbs (gasp!) with 9 speed (double gasp!… »

I like definition, to place things in a box and tightly seal the lid. It makes me feel comfortable, like another of life’s little mysteries has been stored away for safe keeping. I also love ambiguity; it is the space wherein all interesting questions are asked; the unknown is life’s greatest beauty. You might say that makes me a hypo...

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  1. @meursault Negated by the all-white kit. »

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. @wiscot I was really impressed with what Thomas did on Stage 5 after Froome abandoned. He literally towed Porte for the rest of the day, and brought him all the way to the front. If Sky were to give him some freedom, I think he could be a real contender… »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. Reach in the hat… VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Olds 3. Ferrand-Prevot 4. Armitstead 5. Johansson »

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. @wiscot Don’t forget Quintana. Yup. »

  2. @wiscot Great riders with great palmares. Perhaps a bit lost in all this is the fact that should Nibali go on to win this Tour, he will become only the 6th man to win all three GTs in his career. He’ll join the likes of Anquetil, Contador, Gimondi, Hin… »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. While watching some of the Panzerwagen’s exploits in this Tour, I started to become more aware of my jaw and breathing while riding. For me, one of the by-products of the whale shark is that I also become more aware of tension in my arms and shoulders. I… »

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. @frank Agreed, but the Song Remains the Same  “…as we go sliding… sliding… sliding through.” Out is out. »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

@KW's posts:

  1. This is from the Daily Mail’s website today. Watch out lady! There’s a Panzerwagen behind you! »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

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