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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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Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. @DCR @Buck, you know I know what stuff you are made of and how you would be like the black knight in the Tour. “What missing a foot? One is good enough. What, no legs I’ll use my hands, no hands, I will get it done with my teeth – hey where are you g… »

  2. Right now with 2 swaps of my 1st and 2nd and leaving 3-5 I’m negative 7. Ok this just either sucks or is really really fun! I choose the later and am betting that there will be lots more carnage to come so that we have not finished shuffling this peleton… »

  3. 43 to go and Jens has flatted, good wheel change, shouldn’t hurt him getting back on in pouring rain! »

  4. @VeloSix  ++1 and hes a guy that would be fun to hang with or have at your back, just saying, a rare combination these days. »

  5. @Buck Rogers I’m a fan boy of Spartacus and while it seemed he was a bit tentative yesterday it looked  to me to be exactly the situation he was quoted on, why work to bring up 3 others to have them use you. It is a very different race 5 days into the Tou… »

  6. That was the tits, a bit surprised Fabian did not have it to turn on the afterburners in the last section but Sagan is going so well he would have been giving a free ride… Kwiatkowski is the sleeper here me thinks? »

  7. @Tom Mc  Nibbles is in form – good for my 3rd place pick! Gutted for Cav but happily that means he will be back next year on fire to nail down more wins for the record book… »

  8. The field this year is so deep with potential… This is going to be a fun race! VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. da Costa 5. Kwiatkowski »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Johansson 3. Abbott 4. Pooley 5. Borghini »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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  1. @Owen  spot on! A wonderful drink as is tea. Both should only be drunk in the style of the culture that adopted them and perfected the drinking of them. Note that the image (what post here never gets the image dissected?) that Gianni used is not of some … »

  2. Gianni, theres doping then theres doping… espresso, wicked hot embrocation and tiger balm in the nostrils is all legal and kosher. Miami and “Cubano” coffee are about as close to Italian coffee as one can find (ignoring that Miami is not really part of… »

It’s always a let down for a fan to realise his or her idol is not all that they were held up to be. And while I was somewhat a fan of Marco Pantani, it was neither a surprise nor a let-down to read about his troubled life, and his subsequent sad, lonely death.It wasn’t a surprise, or a let-down, to read that possibly his whole career w...

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  1. @Buck Rogers thanks, that was good, the man seems to be just what I imagine we would have been if at age 27 or so our road had taken a different turn! Hey see you in a few weeks for a Hudson Valley ( east side) ride!! »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. Love road machines Brett, English, German or Italian. But never went off road. Riding one or both gives back to cycling. Off road – bike handling, on road – road awareness. Before I lose it I’d like to make a track day on 1000cc’s… And if there is one … »

The anual international Cogal will be held each year on the birthday of The Prophet, Eddy Merckx – June 17. Community members will have the choice to observe this in their own way; honor him by riding at the front all day, or head out alone to meet the Man with the Hammer with just a bit of food in the jersey and water in the bidon. Continue...

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  1. Merckxton

    The anual international Cogal will be held each year on the birthday of The Prophet, Eddy Merckx – June 17. Community members will have the choice to observe this in their own way; honor him by riding at the front all day, or head out alone to meet the Man with the Hammer with just a bit of food in the jersey and water in the bidon.

    We also encourage community members to organize Cogals on the day of, if possible, or on the nearest weekend day. However you choose to observe Festum Prophetae, make sure you do with with dignity and respect.

    Vive la Vie Velominatus.

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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...

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  1. @chippendale_rider Best first post, your in! »

  2. @Marko  this ^ seems to raise the this conversation to its subtle essence. Do we wear this stuff for practical and functional or for its style or both? UhhMmmm?? I mean it’s not that it’s such a bad look, in fact it looks like, as you say, it’s doing the… »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. @brett This ^ and great thoughts In the article. It strikes me that part of your deal is that 100% of your life is the bike where most of us it is only a small %. I can’t imagine working and playing at the same thing in life. Meaning that part of the jo… »

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. @ChrisO thanks for the thorough explanation. I remember fondly my years of no helmets and would love to go back. What holds me back is the accidents I have had starting with sliding at 45 kph on my hairnet in a race. Imagine body at 45 degrees, feet up,… »

  2. @ChrisO Agree, these are a good start for the uninitiated. Why, out of curiosity, are you so down on helmets?  »

  3. @Fausto Crapiz  come back when you’ve spent some real time on your bike… Maybe, like 5 years from now? No, make that 10. @Al__S +1 without going too deep into the cushions of my home psychoanalysis, since I first heard the term 40 years ago (as a vi… »

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 cl...

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  1. @Tartan1749 Ha – I thought nobody was paying attention… it was done to tweek Frank and the e’s hair style was supposed to be camouflage…. Although I have been known to wear a skirt occasionally because reel men love tae dance too! »

  2. Frank, I too like Nairocito, he is seemingly very modest or shy, I can’t tell which. My guess before we are to hard on him is that he is going with what the team puts in front of him? On the other hand I think the whole get up looks sort of cute and hot…. »

  3. Man that TT course has got to be one of the most beautiful ever! I really need Evans to pull this one out, I don’t care what it takes, drugs, pumped blood, 79 Italian virgins at the finish line… Just DO it Good Cadel!!* *really, it’s not about beating… »

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...

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  1. A poignant memory back in the day when race finish lines were little more than a home made banner stretched across Main Street USA. One of the larger more organized, better budget teams (read, they all showed up in the same large church group type van) wh… »

In my journey through life, I’ve been struck by the near universal existence of the competitive spirit amongst people. Even people who claim not to be competitive in nature are seemingly competitive about how uncompetitive they are. I’m more uncompetitive than you. We find it everywhere, between old friends and perfect strangers alike...

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  1. I am competitive but I could care less about my competitors, they are just furniture that is in place to allow me to play. »