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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...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Whoops, didn’t pay enough attention to realize picks now closed at midnight. Just call me LA Delgado. Oh well, here are my picks just for fun: 1-Kwiatkowski, 2-Philbert, 3-JRod, 4-Valdirty, 5-Betancur. »

  2. Watching Kwiatkowski ride away from Sagan with such ease back in the Strade Bianche got me to thinking about his chances in the Ardennes. Since then I’ve only seen him get stronger…hopefully he keeps it up tomorrow, I could really use the points. »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. What a race. My VSP was pretty much destroyed, but couldn’t care less. Congrats to Terpstra. »

  2. cannot wait until 4:15 am PST… VSP PICKS: 1. BooBoo Boonen 2. Cancellartacus 3. There’s something about Sagan 4. Steeebar 5. Vanthemanmarcke »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Unfreakingbelievable!!! Faboo is an absolute beast! »

  2. Not feeling great about any of this. All I know is I thought Tom looked comfortable on the ‘bergs last week despite the hand injury. I think he fends off Sagan’s ascension to the top classics rider position for a little longer and I’ve got Fabs as my favo… »

  3. @G’phant Thanks for the tip, I’ll try this as well. Couldn’t hurt…well, I guess it could. »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. I beliEvie. VSP PICKS: 1. Evie Stevens 2. Emma Jo 3. Longo_Borghini 4. Van Dijk 5. Armstead »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Evie Stevens 3. Borghini 4. Emma Jo 5. Emma Poo »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Kristoff 3. Boonen 4. Degenkolb 5. Paolini »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Two Italians on the podium? It could happen…. right? My reach is that Nibali and Pipo Pozzato make the home crowds lose their minds  by whipping up a Stanny sandwich on the blocks. Fab and Pete fill out my card. Can’t wait. Thanks as always to the Kee… »

2013 was The Year of The Anti-V. In every other year, the Velominati Cogclave to decide The V and The Anit-V awards is full of curses and thrown pint glasses, usually in defense of each of our chosen V-Moments. 2013 saw the same scene, except this time it was for us having too many competing Anti-V Moments and when it came time to discuss the V-Mom...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. @frank +1! »

  2. Such a monster ride, glad I got to witness it live and hope to someday join the Keepers Tour to witness something like it in person! »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. @Cyclops +1. Couldn’t agree more…and if he was smart, he would also offer to make a sizeable donation in Café Roubaix’s name to the bicycling related charity of Dan’s choice. Just a thought. »

While the shortest distance between two points is a straight line,  for us road cyclists it is usually not the fastest. @RobsMuir ponders this while riding and retains such complex thinking when done with his ride. That is an enviable skill in itself. VLVV, Gianni    Continue reading...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Fantastic post. This line especially caught my eye: “Imagined targets in the road–a pebble there, a divot farther along, that tar snake up ahead–can bend the Line ever so slightly and bring it more solidly to mind. Each turn brings a slight variation of … »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Boom, boom, boom, boom I’m gonna shoot you right down Right off your feet Take you home with me Put you in my house Boom, boom, boom, boom VSP PICKS: 1. Boom Boom Boom Boom 2. DeMare 3. Degenkolb 4. Van Avermaet 5. Meersman »

Il Lombardia, this is the race of the fallen leaves. This fall classic is a beautiful race in a beautiful region of Italy. The arduous route may change year to year but what does not change is the Italian need to win this thing. There is some national pride at stake here after the Italian men finished off the podium in Firenze. Bergamo to Lecco, 24...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Purito, Dirty, Majka, Martin…looked like Gasparotto who almost pipped Martin at the line? Martin seemed to have a mechanical or crash coming into the finishing straight? Congrats to JRod…this has to take much of the sting of last week away. For Valve… »

  2. Whoops – meant to put Costa in there. VSP PICKS: 1. Uran² 2. Nibbles 3. Purito 4. Rui 5 names 5. Oh Danny Boy Martin »

  3. Can’t believe I am entering picks for Il Lombardia already. Another season in the books and what a great one it has been. Let’s hope the classic of the falling leaves is a fitting finish for this fine season. Preferably (for my VSP anyway) with the flowin… »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

@LA Dave's posts:

  1. Great race. JRod and Nibbles deserve big props for that last lap. Nibali dragged Costa all the way back up and gave him the shot. JRod just didn’t have enough left. Rui played his hand perfectly. »

  2. He’s going to get him!! »

  3. Costa is gaining!!! »

  4. This is setting up perfectly for Valverde…ugh. »

  5. Uran is down hard! Awful! »