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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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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 ...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @xyxax @xyxax the first year I was top10, now it’s mind bendingly hard and I suck. But dam you and Steamy (no matter that he is folding like a cheap tent to peer pressure) are hot! Good luck, if you are on the top step Veloforma will be cursing the day … »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Garrans 3. Vanmarcke 4. Matthews 5. Kolobnev »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Armistead 5. Van Dijk »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @Minnesota Expat right you are. Actually I love that Brit thing – it’s never boring! Like some on the other end of the Chunnel…(calm down Froonk, just kidding). Wiggo should have a bonkers good year coming up. »

  2. @davidlhill yes to putting him in the pantheon but there is a slight hiccup with his “British” eccentricity, no? That is when the competition is Anquetil, Coppi, Merckxs et al? »

  3. @xyxax honest I’m not wheelsucking, I made my picks without seeing yours! VSP PICKS: 1. Martin 2. Wiggins 3. Dumoulin 4. Malori 5. Dennis »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Van Vlueten 5. Borghini »

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. I know he said he talked to Spartacus before deciding to ride. That conversation, I think they are friends, could have been pretty funny – “I’d like to do the hour, do you mind?” “Mind, why?  Oh no do it (snicker). It will be good to see what you do… … »

  2. One thing about Jens is he is just consistent. What a cool thing to know ones self so well and go into that effort and do it. If we had been watching Merckxs in Mehico you know we’d be thinking its a sure thing. Jens, on the other hand, while he has wins … »

  3. Frinckin Jensy, he looks like the little kid about to go in the candy store, lovin the clock discs. My bet is around 52 kph… After looking at the current records: (a) UCI unified record (from 2014) – Sosenka  49.7 (b) UCI hour record (until 2014) – M… »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

@Rob's posts:

  1. @Puffy did not see the apology vid but she was fired from her job – a police officer! What a twat. @Frank, Im not sure I want to play nice anymore? Back in the dark ages as a lone commuter for 4 years in London I had to obey all traffic rules and cars we… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Bianchi_Bob thank you, it is so great to SEE her and her wonderful strength and beauty! That is the best possible image – ever. »

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. @Steampunk True that and lets hope the same crew comes to the tour fit and with Quintana. it has been a great race to watch. One thing, giving Contador his due as a great mountains rider, I just don’t like his style. Meaning that it always seems he is o… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. You may be a cyclist if? Your favorite way to travel is on a bike anywhere, anytime. You need to ride. You shift your weight back on the saddle as you pull on the front brake. You feel naked without a helmet even to the corner store. Clipping in is thoug… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Bob, first, Bianchis are the most consistanly beautiful and ridable machines, end! Second, just getting on a bike is meditation and doing it with V is a higher level. Lastly, it sounds like you and the wife have done an increadable job in all departments … »

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. Ok, since my brief, out of body like experience of being on the podium before the tour I admit to submarining my chances, Aru in #2, Kelderman #5, the other picks going to new blood… How sadly wrong! So the old guard is nailing this down and all I can … »

  2. @Deakus  I like your musings, Sparty going for it now maybe, with 2 climbs left. I don’t think he will make it but good for him just being there and playing off the front. I’m wondering if Froome was just doing exactly what was in his plan yesterday and … »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

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  1. @Deakus @Deakus Not sure why @ChrisO brought this up??  but I’m sure you could do the same from your house, just the other way round, if you know what I mean. Frank might lend you his mini pump, you know how those things excite the lassies? »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

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  1. @frank Whoooa kid, now I am worried? This is… just, I really really don’t know?? Maybe we don’t know you as well as we thought… @Nate, uhm, I’d back off from any post cogal activities with the Fronkster… »

  2. What a great day out, thank you for sharing and yes, all looking very fit and hard. Blow me, great grandson of George M., that right there is legacy and must be the instigation of true hardness. If any ask, I think he made it and was on the way down… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Nate Just wondering why you need gloves for wiping at all? first I do wear gloves all the time because it is about the crash and wanting to go to work without road rash on my hands. As an aside I always try to find the thinest gloves with no padding beca… »

Brett’s recent post about Jensie brings up the dilemma of professional cycling for me. I admire many of cycling’s famous riders yet I don’t admire cheaters. Luckily for me I can fervently embrace opposable ideas within my consciousness and sleep well at night. Which also means I would have been one of those cheaters. I also see the tangle...

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  1. So the lesson learned is we do need to hear these stories now and until things change. There are still riders being caught for doing shite so obviously the problem has not been solved. Really though it is not just a cycling problem and until all sports ta… »

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. @frank  am I wrong but didn’t @ Buck do this for your attempt? I nominate him to do it – he did such a good job! (Big shit eatting smiley face) »

  2. @Mike_P  had to look up Sosenka and wiki goes straight to his doping but f me methamphetamine in 2008 for a time trial! I thought Tommy Simpson disproved the efficacy of that shit. In full disclosure, of my questionable “history”, for laughs during winte… »

  3. And I should say thank you to Brett for speaking the truth and all the good comments in this post. It is something that should be talked about in every sport (pro golf any one?). This dilemma is the paradox of being a fan in the 21st C. »