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Velominatus: Rob

Order: Gray Order Velominatus

Location: Miami Beach, close to America

Old dog rider with some amateur race experience back in the day. Still going fast but seeing the writing on the wall... Day job is self employed metal smith. Occasional mushroom hunter, collector of antique spoons

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Any Questions?Look Folks, on 18JUN2015 a bunch of us are going to head out from Portland, Maine at V:0V in the “A.M.” and ride all fucking day long to Burlington, Vermont, probably arriving near-to-after dark. Continue reading...

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  1. Any Questions?

    Look Folks, on 18JUN2015 a bunch of us are going to head out from Portland, Maine at V:0V in the “A.M.” and ride all fucking day long to Burlington, Vermont, probably arriving near-to-after dark.

    This is a Redux of the 200-on-100 that we rolled in June 2012 which was one of the most physically challenging and mentally tough things that I have ever done in my life. Brutally awesome and I am feeling the need to ride something EPIC this next year.

    As of right now this is a get your own ass to Portland and ride completely-bloody-committed because there is no support for this puppy but the Two Massive Guns of Steel that you see when you look down every day. That is unless, of course, you are too fat to see them when you look down. In that case you have one of two choices: Either lose that gut or don’t show up because this is a compete DROP ride. No way that one can wait for someone else on a ride of this magnitude.

    I am planning on showing up with a few fellow V members that I know are of a similar ability level. We are planning on staying together for at least the first 150 to 200 k’s. If you want to make similar arrangements, that’s cool, but do not plan on everyone singing kumbaya and waiting for your sorry ass if you cannot hold the line. Not being cruel here but being realistic. On the 200-on-100 we all started together and broke into MANY sub-groups and never saw each other for the entire 12 to 15 hours.

    For the route we will be riding the reverse of the 200(Not)-on-100 that T. King/Johnson and Kelly did in 2012.

    So, dust off your rollers, break out the winter parka, stop making NancyBoy excuses and channel your inner Leonard Smalls because the training for this fucker started yesterday!

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    Date - June 18, 2015
    5:05 AM - 10:30 PM

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    Scratch Baking Company

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  2. Any Questions?

    Look Folks, on 18JUN2015 a bunch of us are going to head out from Portland, Maine at V:0V in the “A.M.” and ride all fucking day long to Burlington, Vermont, probably arriving near-to-after dark.

    This is a Redux of the 200-on-100 that we rolled in June 2012 which was one of the most physically challenging and mentally tough things that I have ever done in my life. Brutally awesome and I am feeling the need to ride something EPIC this next year.

    As of right now this is a get your own ass to Portland and ride completely-bloody-committed because there is no support for this puppy but the Two Massive Guns of Steel that you see when you look down every day. That is unless, of course, you are too fat to see them when you look down. In that case you have one of two choices: Either lose that gut or don’t show up because this is a compete DROP ride. No way that one can wait for someone else on a ride of this magnitude.

    I am planning on showing up with a few fellow V members that I know are of a similar ability level. We are planning on staying together for at least the first 150 to 200 k’s. If you want to make similar arrangements, that’s cool, but do not plan on everyone singing kumbaya and waiting for your sorry ass if you cannot hold the line. Not being cruel here but being realistic. On the 200-on-100 we all started together and broke into MANY sub-groups and never saw each other for the entire 12 to 15 hours.

    For the route we will be riding the reverse of the 200(Not)-on-100 that T. King/Johnson and Kelly did in 2012.

    So, dust off your rollers, break out the winter parka, stop making NancyBoy excuses and channel your inner Leonard Smalls because the training for this fucker started yesterday!

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    Date - June 18, 2015
    5:05 AM - 10:30 PM

    Location
    Scratch Baking Company

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There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

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  1. @Oli John is a one of a kind. A terrific person and a great example of hard man. As my initiation I spent 2 years following his wheel on the Allis Loop 5 days a week and he had me on fixed and roller racing for winter training. He was responsible for my s… »

  2. @Ccos last June at Wheelworks in Belmont, MA. Peter Mooney frame builder on the right, MIT is Jim Presig, singer we won’t identify… CCB guy is James Fitzgerald who is still actively racing. The best reason for the get together was to ride the Allis Loop… »

  3. @Gianni Damn, you said it not me! There is no image of the whips. But for your entertainment I include a shot of this last Junes reunion ride of the old gang… We rode the Allis Loop with the man and it was very entertaining! »

  4. Ahhh Gianni, was that Laughing Alley? Fond memories, that basement was where the chain was bathed  in the large parts cleaner, then given a blow job hanging from a hook with the compressor then replaced on the racing bike with a chain tool and lovingly lu… »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. @razmaspaz Is it Axel going through that awkward pre adolescent chubby stage? Or a sister we never have heard of because she has gone into a nunnery due to the fact that women can not race the tour? »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @pistard Utility aside, I just can’t get with the name. Like you should wear it with a shrug while sitting on a plouffe with your dainty hands in a muff. Call it a fucking collar or V-channelling cone or something. ^ too right! Now that the name for th… »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @Chris that it – “nice helmet”??! @ChrisO is going to the wall in a bitchin stage race in a far flung corner of the old empire and ALL you have is nice helmet… Jeez, what are you jealous, mad he copied your name with a clever twist or you really like th… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @wiscot, I am open to any variation to the rule… Mainly because I do not rock face fuzz. @Ron that sounds great, I can now do the same in S. FL, where do you live? @All Murcans, happy gobbler day hope you all have the time for a pre or post dinner rid… »

  2. I’m sorry, I meant to kick back and let this article just fade to black by itself. @Franks evil genius is to whip up a story where there is no story and this one is at the bottom in a admittedly short list because his saintly genius is to point out a stor… »

  3. @littledove @littledove, cobbles are like clip ins, fixed gear and sex the first time. It is a head trip about what you think they are and they aren’t anything like you think. So the best way to tackle the stones the first time is just friggin go for it… »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @Barracuda It’s time to begin a V-Starter for V-caps. This would be a KickStarter to raise the initial lucre to make the minimum order. I imagine it’s got to be a fairly large number of caps and therefore I purpose that we canvas the community and do t… »

  2. Frank, why is it that after lumbering us with batman and tires “pour le une pour cent” you redeem yourself with this? Not only are you praising the skimpy little things but you now give the Buck, Gianni, Rob demographic the virtual Papal dispensation to w… »

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. @Gianni that’s double plus 1! (don’t know why the plus sign did not print…?) »

  2. @Gianni  1! »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @ChrissyOne I take that back about you and a filter ^??? With vino @Franks is borderline. @Frank yes to tubs and the best possible. It’s been years since I’ve treated myself but the memories of 210 gram silk Continentals fore and aft on light rims gives … »

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. @Buck Rogers GIANNI IS THE DWARF! »

  2. @ChrissyOne no, no, it’s @Buck who has no filter. Sorry I have no edjumacation and I think my puncktuation led you to think I meant you? Your all sunshine and light. Remember I have spent the longest day with @Buck so I knows of his dark side…( yes, I … »

  3. @Buck Rogers Buck, @ChrissyOne, because this is a “family” site posted an image during full sunlight… if you had any kind of a filter you’d have kept quiet about what the “room” is used for at night! »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. @Roger  this is a sign that your body is giving you… Maybe just the warp drive needs a rest, maybe your about to come down with a virus (have you been hanging out with @xyxax?) or worst of all you need time off… FFS it is now winter in NE and there i… »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @Gianni I will offer Buck my Cliffs Notes: Bat Man may or may not exist but if he does its in a suit without tits. Since we can never know the real Bat Man we can’t know if he’s a hero or vigilante. Frank loves Marco, hates Lance even though they both … »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. @Steven Wholly Molly, Merckx AND Sercu – that just boggles the mind the combined number of wins for 365 days is off the charts! No need to ask who won that six… »

“My dear, Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. ~ Falsely yours” ― Charles BukowskiIt&#...

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  1. While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die. Leonardo da Vinci Genius, he had a way of looking at everything from an unexpected angle… »

April 2015 // Lille, France The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride. Continue...

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  1. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do this with a local Cyling star; in past years this has been the last Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw. The rider for 2015 will be unveiled later in the year.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

    Our trip is an all-expenses included trip. By this we mean that once you’ve managed to get yourself to Lille, you could put your wallet in a locker and leave it until you return back in Lille nine days later. We cover all transport, food, energy drink and bars, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the beer and wine you can drink. The beer supplied is the full line of Malteni beers, which is owned and managed by the Pavé Cycling Classics owners, William and Alex.

    • Friday April 3rd: Pick up at Gare Lille Europe train station
    • Saturday April 4th: Paris Roubaix 100km discovery ride
    • Sunday April 5th: Ronde Van Vlaanderen Pro race at De Oude Kwaremont
    • Mon April 6th: 3h Flanders discover ride + visit Jaegher Bicycles Workshop (and Malteni brewery-time permitting).
    • Tue April 7th: Morning visit National bicycle museum at Roeselare + 3h Gent Wevelgem ride
    • April 8th: Morning at Gent Velodrome + Scheldeprij Pro Race
    • April 9th: Paris roubaix ride with the pros 150km from Troisvilles to Roubaix
    • April 10th: Recovery ride around the gîte + AG2R pro team meeting
    • April 11th: Tour of Flanders ride + RVV museum visit
    • April 12th: Paris Roubaix Pro race at Troisvilles, Arenberg and L’Arbre. Drop off at Lille Rail station or hotel in the evening

    Bookings

    All expenses including transport to and from the train station in Lille at the start and end of the Tour are covered, including all meals, transport to rides and events and unlimited supply of all selections of Malteni beer and fantastic French wines.

    €3,250.00

    If you have trouble with the booking system, please email us to book.


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    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Location
    Gare de Lille Flandres

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