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Velominatus: Mirk

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Saw the light late. Geek. Epicurean unless on a bike.

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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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kristoff 2. Fabu 3. Ven Avermaet 4. Vanmarcke 5. Sagan »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabulous Fabu 2. Sagan 3. John-Boy Degenkolb 4. Roelandts 5. Kristoff »

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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  1. @frank  Alas, Greipel has a broken collarbone and several sinew issues. He was operated in Belgium on Sunday evening and now has a metal plate in his shoulder. He’ll be out for several months. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Vanmarke 4. Paolini 5. Vansummeren »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. John-Boy Degenkolb 3. Taylor Phinney 4. Gianni Meersman 5. THURAU junior (why not) »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Dan Martin 3. Sagan 4. Degenkolb 5. Stybar »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

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  1. Where the hell can we vote for the Worlds ? »

It’s funny what goes through your head at 3am when you’re woken by a cat. Especially if that cat’s name is Lars, and he was named after the Metallica drummer (not by me, he’s my VMH’s cat). I prefer to call him Jan though, as Jan has always been my favourite Ullrich. So last night Lars woke me up, and unable to get ba...

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  1. @TBONE Are you saying Janssen didn’t look good in it? I think he looked awesome, like the lovechild of Marcel Kittel and an ice block. »

  2. I’d rather compare the Jans than the Ullrichs. »

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. A little pedantic remark on Rule #89: I don’t really understand what you mean by “Wallonian”. Probably not the Walloon language, which most Walloons do not even have decent command of. Or maybe French with a Wallonian accent? “Lüütch-Bastonnye-Lüütch” - g… »

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. @Mike_P One beautiful bike. I dig the looks of that SMP;  when I first saw it, it reminded me of a Formula 1 car. (Others had associations from the domaine of disfunctions that afflict the gentleman from a certain age on and are naturally not so keen on… »

Gianni really took it in the shorts after trying to sneak his way along with a stealth EPMS. Like an alcoholic falling off the wagon, the poor fellow can’t quite come to grips with the comfort of his old friend, the saddle bag. The solution lies in finding a light toolkit to carry along with him on his rides, one that fits in one pocket in to...

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  1. <- sorry for the off-topic post, i thought was in vuelta thread. screw this keyboard, i'm off cycling. »

  2. Good grief, zero points so far. BTW, Euskatel has just been bought by Fernando Alonso. Sammyboy remains their team leader. »

  3. @ToeOverlap The latter. »

  4. I still don’t know what exactly happened, but a couple of weeks ago, I suddenly hear a dreadful noise and my bike stops rolling.  I look at where my rear mechanics should have been and all I see is a huge clusterfuck of broken chain, rear derailleur, dera… »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. I hear Bigdog RatPack is planning to lose a few kilos this winter in order to tackle a GC in a 2014 grand tour. How awesome would that be? »

  2. @snoov Sorry to point out his chances of winning are about as good Phil Liggett’s. »

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  1. @G’rilla excellent, but misses decals. »

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. @Mark1 A wet dream. Congrats, and let us know how it rides. »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

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  1. Had to do some adjustments, forgot that Nibbles will only warm up for the WCC in Florence and probably isn’t even gonna finish. Those days are over. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Uran Uran 2. Carlos Alberto Bed and Cure 3. Purrrrito 4. Crowded House 5. Valverde »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Uran Uran 2. Carlos Alberto Bed and Cure 3. Purrrrito 4. Crowded House 5. Purito »

  4. Not simple, is it? VSP PICKS: 1. Uran Uran 2. Nibbles 3. Carlos Alberto Bed and Cure 4. Purrrrito 5. Crowded House »

As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, if you ride a bicycle you can bet your ass against an apple that you are going to get a flat. Not if, but when. Death and taxes, and all that.This could be Pierre or Antonio or Jean-Michel, most likely a name that rolls off the tongue with the same ease he rolled his dead tubular from the...

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  1. @Buck Rogers I guess you’re right, at least it could be; here’s Hugo in 1950 displaying the same awesome compliance http://www.tageswoche.ch/images/cms-image-000677023.jpg As for cartridges, keep away from the cheap ones. Lately, one of these exploded… »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Heart braking. Whatever accident it is, remember that on a bike you’ll always lose. Ride safe, everybody. RIP Jon. »