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Velominatus: Rom

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A dedicated MAMIL but was touring and some racing from age 15. Now weekly group rider, some racing and TT.

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It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Olds 3. Bronzini 4. Wild 5. Armistead »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. @DeKerr I’ve got a more immediate problem, how do I put a cleat on this? »

  2. @Puffy The VMH has one of these. There are still finger nail marks in the ceiling after she attacked a square inch on one of my guns. She has much more V than me. i prefer pain to come from within the guns. her torture device is also pink so very unm… »

  3. @Barracuda Two reasons why that isn’t the case: that’s a TT bike not a dirty tri bike if I had attempted a swim first I wouldn’t have made it onto the bike »

  4. @frank   have discussed this with the VMH and she’s not for it. But after seeing Specialized wind tunnel video (not that we listen to them), I’m thinking it may be some free seconds. Also will help me look more fantastic. problems are: i have trou… »

  5. @wiscot My 15 yo son refers to it as my sippy cup. I’d slap him but he’s 6′ 3″ »

  6. My VMH and I also refer to this. As race face »

  7. @Barracuda You guys and your Adelaide hills. attended my first TDU in 2012. Me “how much longer does this hill go for?” My  “mate” who’d been there   before “just a few more k’s”. 10km later, me “how much longer does this hill go for?” My  “mate” 0f d… »

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. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Contador 3. Porte 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. Rui Costa »

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. Emma Johansson 2. Marian Vos 3. Emma Pooley 4. Giorgia Bronzini 5. Evelyn Stevens »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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  1. @wiscot Speaking of things your mum made, here I am centre, with arm warders knitted by me mum, circa 1982. Who said merino was the new wonder material? »

  2. I remember the good old days, having to wash your jersey and shorts by hand in wool wash then having to wait ages for them to dry and the chamois ending up stiff as a board. on recommendation I used to rub in this cream I think called Jecovital to soften … »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Rui Costa 2. Mollema 3. Roman Kreuziger 4. Wiggins 5. Mathias Frank »

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. So J-Rod is out, Quintana has a sore butt and Nibali didn’t front up. C’mon guys. »

Last week we completed the second stop in the tour for our book, The Rules; The Way of the Cycling Disciple. For the first two, we partnered with Rapha to do a five-to-six hour ride and then sign the books at the shop afterwards. In both cases, I was amazed by the quality of the riding and by the ride leaders themselves, Robert in NYC and Eric in...

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  1. What’s going on in the regroup pic with the guy in the pink jersey? »

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...

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  1. I find regular visits to my Physio help a lot. helps that they’re in my building at work. After a back injury from avoiding running over my mate’s face and the self inflicted pain from TTing, the Physio’s work and helped my lower back big time. I’ve also … »

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. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Evans 4. Uran Uran 5. Nibali »

If Lance won seven Tours then maybe Tyler Hamilton did win a Monument after all, or not. Finally Hamilton had a chance to measure up to Armstrong in a big one day race. That alone must have felt good; riding against him instead of for him. Johann versus Bjarne, Lance versus Tyler, this was a proper knife fight. Tyler looks ahead and Lance looks at...

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  1. I think Pharmie is unhappy with Tyler’s rule violations on his armwarmers. What a hideous gap and uneven roll-down. »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. @JohnB Hi Gianni same with with me and I’ve still got no points for Slagter. looking to double my points awesomeness here. cheers rom »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Costa 3. Froome 4. Mollema 5. Kwiatkowski »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. @Gianni Hi @Gianni, yes I meant the Slagter  that came 5th »

  2. do I need to hit the “submit Post” button to lodge a dispute, or just the dispute button? (got no points for 5th pick) »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van der Breggen 2. Pooley 3. Vos 4. Armistead 5. Van Dijk »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Kwiatkowski 2. Valverde 3. Gilbert 4. Vanendert 5. Slagter »