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Velominatus: MIkael Liddy

Order: Black Order Velominatus

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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New member of the Velominatus Paterfamilias club & fighting the Breeding & Blimping instincts doggedly!

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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. @Puffy Brett’s openly pointed the finger in Voigt’s direction for many a year now, there are some relevant questions being asked & what better time to ask than when there are so many platitudes being sent his way thanks to the cult following Jens has … »

PerfectionThe fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that...

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  1. Perfection

    The fifth Cogal to be held in Scotland will tackle what is considered to be the UK’s toughest road climb, the famed Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) Wester Ross. Rising from sea level to 626m in 10km, this jewel is the closest thing to a true Alpine pass that Britain has to offer. For anyone thinking that this is it, be advised that the total climbing for the 144km ride is 2770m and this is only on day 1. Day 2 will be shorter (70km)but being the Scottish Highlands will not be flat. Did I not mention that this is a weekend event? Hell yes!

    Lodgings are available in the Kinlochewe Hotel where pre ride espresso and post ride recovery beverages will be taken. The hardy will share the attached 12 bed bunkhouse whilst those who demand a greater degree of comfort can stay in the hotel itself. Tel 01445 730253 to book in.

    Join us UK based Velominati, for what will undoubtedly be a rugged classic.

    Route Day 1: http://www.strava.com/routes/98589 Day 2: To be decided over beer.

    VLVV

    JohnB

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    Date - August 23, 2014 - August 24, 2014
    8:05 AM - 8:30 PM

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    Kinlochewe Hotel

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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. @Lazarus Thrift I disagree, I’ve worn different combinations of these to a the last couple of weddings I’ve been at. »

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. @sthilzy damn you…I was supposed to be getting stuff done today too! »

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...

@MIkael Liddy's posts:

  1. @gilly I wouldn’t be too quick to assume that Cothodor is off any of the shit lists around here…the points you make in your last paragraph are probably why Voigt generally gets a pass on the full on accusations, but there’s long been an uneasy feeling a… »

  2. @Superman Sam you forgot to mention the club & league taking legal action against ASADA claiming their investigation was illegal…sound familiar? »

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. Blingtastic finish to stage 3, this kid is gonna win some big 1 day races over the next few years. »

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. @harminator thankfully it didn’t hang around too long on the Cogal a few years back on account of being powered by two superhuman engines. »

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. Don’t think either Bertie or Froome will be in shape to challenge. Unfortunately for the rock star, his compatriot will just be too strong up the steep stuff. VSP PICKS: 1. GoGo Nairo 2. Mick Jagger 3. The Well Dressed Man 4. Panda Man 5. Warren Barguil »

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. @Nate yup, as you can see from the photo above, he gave up the ability to ever have calves. »

Choice, or the perception of it, is one of the most powerful forces on Earth. The great secret lies in the locus of control, which suggests that if given the perception of a choice we will be more willing to endure hardship or suffering. We’ll suffer even for the promise of a future intangible reward so long as we feel we have a choice...

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  1. Seems you & I have been reading from the same songbook recently Frank, here’s my response to the suggestion of how crazy I was for getting up so early to go riding & what greeted me at the turnaround point of this morning’s ride. Forest Range … »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @jeff I have sent Frank the deets via email previously to do them via Kustom Caps. I believe they’re in the queue, but it’s a long fuggin queue. »

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. @JGalt way to make a fucking entrance… »

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...

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  1. @ChrisO that’s Can-he-go at the end of stage 2 of the Tour of Poland, apparently it swelled up a bit during the stage… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. huh, embedding didn’t work so well. Take 2… H500 DIRTY DONNA from PineappleKeith on Vimeo.   »

  2. @frank I used this video as a bit of breakfast inspiration before a 100k/3000m sufferfest last year, needless to say the very self evident song lyrics of the soundtrack were on loop all day. <iframe src=”//player.vimeo.com/video/73669400″ width=”500″ … »

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. https://twitter.com/ORICA_GreenEDGE/status/495595319317766144 »

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. @G’rilla nice, that 333 Fab is a thing of beauty. »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. @piwakawaka I’m assuming the fire risk came from the copious amounts of lightning that was also on hand, unfortunately that was enough to put a stop to me kitting up. Not much fun being on top of a hill when there’s that stuff around. @sthilzy usually I… »

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. Will not pick Malmerde! VSP PICKS: 1. Nico Roche 2. Galloping Tony 3. Phil Gil 4. J-Rod from the Rokkit Skwad 5. Gerro »

It’s no coincidence that Stage Five of the Tour was not only the best one to watch, or that it helped decide the race before nary a hill was crested, but that it was just, well, Stage Five. Only last minute copyright clearances prevented the organisers actually dubbing it Stage V, though they managed to get the rain delivered on time, an ess...

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  1. I’ll just leave this here as some evidence of step 1 in relation to tomorrow morning… »

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. Wanna look at what it’s like winning on the Champs-Élysées? Have a look at the move she pulls at 40s to get the wheel she wants leading in to the sprint! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armitstead 3. Wild 4. Slappendel 5. Elvin »

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. @freddy I reckon Bardet’s attack was more to try & draw out the chasers to let Peraud counter. Valverde looks the weakest individually but has a super strong team around him, unfortunately for him, it’s an ITT on the weekend… Nibs just has to keep … »

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. Here’s yours truly combining the Whale Shark with some belly breathing a couple of years ago. For those of you likely to be in Adelaide around TDU time next year, this about half way up a 2k, 11% pain-fest that will feature in the associated cogal. … »