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Velominatus: Patrick

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: Newcastle, England

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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. Don’t know why I spend ages agonising over these picks like I know what I’m doing… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Kristoff 4. Sagan 5. Van Avermaet »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Armitstead 2. Johannson 3. Pieters 4. van der Breggen 5. van Dijk »

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. Mighty Spartacus has to win something soon… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Vanmarcke 3. Sagan 4. Demare 5. Kristoff »

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. I’d love to see Cav win a bunch sprint, but I’m going for Spartacus giving it full gas and then more full gas… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Kwiatkovski 3. Sagan 4. Slagter 5. Kreuziger »

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. Just watching a live stream of Eurosport…is ‘toym bonnifickayyshun’ a new scoring concept Sean Kelly has developed? No disrespect to the double hard bastard intended. »

Brittany is the kind of area that produces strong-minded and strong-bodied people; I’m looking at you, Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault. It produces this type of person because that’s what windy farming land does to people. Brittany is also lumped full of short, steep hills, and we all know what that means: its a perfect place for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Hausler 4. Armitstead 5. Stevens »

Yes, we got piss drunk after the 2012 Seattle Summer Cogal and dreamed up the V-to-V Stage Cogal: epic riding, vertical, a real challenge. It was indeed all that.Sadly, there was one element missing: @eightzero on the road. Turns out I had made all kinds of plans for individuals to serve a Director Sportif. And each and every one of them fell throu...

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  1. Wow – that looks like 2 days of pure awesomeness! »

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. What do I know anyway…just hope Valverde doesn’t have another mechanical disaster. VSP PICKS: 1. A. Valverde 2. J. Rodriguez 3. S. Henao 4. D. Martin 5. B. Intxausti »

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. Tragic.  RIP @itburns. Condolences to all friends & family. This is a terrible reminder how fragile and vulnerable we can be on our bikes, no matter how badass we are.  Take care one and all. »

Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Stevens 2. De Vries 3. Bronzini 4. Fournier 5. Taylor »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. J-rod getting stronger & Contador getting desperate. Porte will lead Froome off the mountain… VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez 2. Contador 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Kreuziger 5. Porte »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. @VeloVita Only 2 flats ever – do you ride solid pram wheels? My own stupid cak handedness has caused more flats!! Respect – I hope you haven’t tempted fate though… »

  2. @Deakus Your lady looks mighty fine in those gumwalls. Very classy! »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Wow!!  That was mega!!  I love to see Cav win, but credit to Contador – what a wily, ballsy fucker he can be. »

  2. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Evans 4. Valverde 5. Rodriguez »

  3. @eenies Agreed.  Way too much polka dot! »

  4. @Patrick What I meant to say was… Woah – that’s lush! »

  5. @frank »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne VOS 2. Evelyn STEVENS 3. Elisa LONGO BORGHINI 4. Ellen VAN DIJK 5. Claudia HAUSLER »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Evans 4. Pinot 5. Rodriguez »

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. @sanspareil They’re beauts!  I’m intrigued by the Holdsworth – what age is that? Looks like you’ve personalised/upgraded just about everything, I love it.  Also, I’m impressed how you managed to co-ordinate the colour of the building in the background t… »

Update: You can watch the live stream (assuming it works from the velodrome) on the Velominati channel at USTREAM. When you log in, you’ll first see my little test video of my puppy eating grass. Please disregard me yelling at it. That never happened.I have always considered myself to have a good imagination, something I attribute half to my...

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  1. @harminator Class!! A bit like Cav earlier this season and most of last season!! »

Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a r...

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  1. Just received my copy courtesy of Amazon today – and it is a mighty, weighty tome!  Not only will I be using it to guide my cycling aspirations, but it looks like I can also use it to (brow) beat/encourage my oldest son into cycling with me and riding the… »

Update: You can watch the live stream (assuming it works from the velodrome) on the Velominati channel at USTREAM. When you log in, you’ll first see my little test video of my puppy eating grass. Please disregard me yelling at it. That never happened.I have always considered myself to have a good imagination, something I attribute half to my...

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  1. @scaler911 Portland looks scary! »

  2. 41.46.  Merckxspeed! »