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@Pedale.Forchetta's activity:

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Looking good! »

  2. Looking good! »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. I don’t care the result, all that I want is that la Squadra play a good race. VSP PICKS: 1. Sonny Colbrelli 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Simon Gerrans 4. Ben Swift 5. Peter Sagan »

  2. If you like the front photo of Fabian Cancellara, the author is Timm Koelln, the book is The Peloton. A book that every cyclist should have. »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @Chris ahah! A beautiful misunderstanding!  Too late I understoodwhat you meant, but that say a lot of me, it looks like I consider myself more a cyclist than a photographer… »

  2. @Chris ah! This is still Millar, I don’t look that good comparing… PS I’m the guy with the leather jacket »

  3. @wiscot I’m with you! »

  4. David Millar in Milano. »

  5. @wiscot no double standard for me, I try to be coherent with the way I dress myself on and off the bike. But you know I’m Italian. »

  6. At the start line of MSR 2014. »

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...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Well done Brett, we are fans, we are cyclists but we know the world we live in. It’s not an error to hope and acting trying to improve it a little bit. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Tomorrow the last stage (9th) finishing at the Madonna del Ghisallo. Today (stage 8th) the girls suffered like hell on the last slope. »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @frank Thank you, not the best squadra, but at least has some class. »

  2. @wiscot I’m with you, and I personally like their bike too. »

  3. Rule #50?!? Ahahah… Just joking of course. »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. I’ve never put my bike on the roof of my car. She travel inside. »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Thomas Dekker, stage 15. Photo by me. »

  2. @Mikael Liddy the radio just say that some motorcycles will be put in front of the riders with red flag in order to prevent attacks and to minimize risks. »

  3. Same stage, different people, and with those scars is not difficult guess who he is. Photo by me. »

  4. »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @frank  how true is that!? »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. 14 stage, Agliè -Oropa. Photo by me. »

I met a nice character a few weeks ago on a magnificent ride through the Bay Area. He rode a Colnago C-50 which was so filthy that I was unable to ascertain with any degree of certainty what color it was painted. I spent most of the ride suppressing the impulse to lead him and his bike through a local car wash. As it turns out, he’s based o...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. World is small, I’m using it since ages! »

On our trip to Paris, my wife and I, in need of culture, rode the Vélib bikes to Cycles Laurent. This was our first French bike shop visit and excitement was high as we navigated our helmetless headed way through the city traffic. The shop is a classic; it’s crammed with bikes and clothes. There is no room to move. My wife immediately dove into...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. “Finishing any event last is always better than not finishing.” And even more commendable is finishing In spite of  mishaps! Great one Gianni. »

Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Me like many cyclists (in the amateur area) have done nothing for my legs or whatever for ages. Then I’ve started 2 years ago to stretch my calves every day, every morning. No more then 5 or 6 minutes in all, but it really changed the shape of my legs… »

  • 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...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

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