Velominati Community Profile Archive

Velominatus: San Tonio

Order: Level 2 Velominatus

Location: San Antonio, TX

Social:

Cyclist, Bicycle Commuter.

@San Tonio's activity:

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Kwiatkowski 3. Gilbert 4. Kreuziger 5. Rui Costa »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. @andrew Yeah the were aluminum cinelli altera handlebars and come to find out they have a reputation  for snapping suddenly. I was pretty surprised at the time. »

  2. Back to the original topic of the massive power available climbing in the drops.I was actually imagining myself as Pantani and climbing in the drops when this happened : Fortunately it was a slow motion crash, I wasn’t hurt bad and I was only half a bloc… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. @razmaspaz I usually use cyclingfans.com to watch the races. The are always several links to choose from. http://www.cyclingfans.com/paris-roubaix/live »

  2. Triple Double in a sprint finish! VSP PICKS: 1. Van Fabian 2. Van Boonen 3. Van Mini Phinney 4. Vanmarcke 5. Van Avermaet »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. Ok last time I change my picks for this one VSP PICKS: 1. P. Sagan 2. Faboo 3. Tommeke 4. Z. Stybar 5. S. Van Marcke »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. P. Sagan 2. Z. Stybar 3. Thor 4. Faboo 5. Van Avermaet »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. E. Longo-Borghini 2. E. Armistead 3. E. Johansson 4. G. Bronzini 5. E. Stevens »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. @ChrisO I wouldn’t describe the VSP Champions Shop Apron as a token souvenir more like highly sought after trophy and in my case prized possession. That being said I don’t disagree with you but damn that Veloforma is one sweet ride. »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. Great race to watch and feels good to be on the board with some points. I was a little surprised that there were no English language feeds for the race. »

  2. Slight revision of picks. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Van Avermat 3. Degenkolb 4. Farrar 5. Boonen »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. I have a feeling that the Women’s VSP will make the difference in the overall win this year. Don’t sleep on their races. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Borghini 3. Pooley 4. Johansson 5. Van Dijk »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. Badly need some points this race. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Van Avermat 3. Degenkolb 4. Faboo 5. Phinney »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. P. Sagan 2. R. Krueziger 3. M. Kwiatkowski 4. I. Stannard 5. JJ Rojas »

  2. After some serious deliberation I’ve decided to put a bunch of names on a dart board and make my picks that way. VSP PICKS: 1. P. Sagan 2. R. Krueziger 3. M. Kwwiatkowski 4. I. Stannard 5. JJ Rojas »

  3. I am super stoked for these amazing prizes! Watch out I’m gonna be back in my winning form this year. »

The view from Strahlubnaig.December 21st, 2013, at latitude 56 ½ degrees North, a little before 9am, and of course not fully light yet in this small corner of north west Europe, where the shortest day grudgingly gives us 6h 50m of what can be loosely described as ‘daylight’. Continue reading...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. Sounds like a great ride, really like the pics too »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. Long solo rides are cool, for all the reasons above, but drinking recovery beers by yourself in full kit at the pub not as cool. »

Pity our cyclist, it’s Saturday and he won’t shave his face, it might sap his strength but he has to shave his legs or he won’t look serious. He certainly can’t have sex, more strength stealing there, and kissing his wife, whoa, slow down, that could spread some germs. He doesn’t want to get sick so going to that birth...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. @Gianni I’d put Sagan in that group as well, crazy antics aside dude has some legs. »

My first bicycle opened a new world to me, one where range was measured by will and pedal revolutions, not steps; the only objective was seeing how far out I could push my range. First, to the border of our community, then to the nearest gas station, and on it went. It was a big yellow contraption with 10 speeds – twelve if you count “crash...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. Mustache bars, fenders and racks? I’m looking forward to my invitation to the Inaugural Velominati Tweed Ride Cogal. »

In the days of Anquetil, this was considered the most prestigious individual time trial on the calendar, and he made his name early by winning the event as an amateur at 19. It was also 100km in length, which brings up the point that maybe everyone in our generation should be banned from ever breathing the phrase, “Rule #5″.These days,...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. @dancollins Chapeau Sir, Congratulations on your well deserved victory. I’m sure you will do us proud with the illustrious velominati shop apron. »

Oh brothers and sisters, we find ourselves here again. It was but a few moments ago when the Milan-Sanremo VSP went up. Racers fought the sleet, producing an unforgettable start to the Velominati VSP season. Cancellara, Nibali, Froome and, and Horner were all big points winners for our astute and well informed audience. But now it has come to Paris...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. Here goes nothing VSP PICKS: 1. Degenkolb 2. Van Avermat 3. S. Chavanel 4. Ciolek 5. Farrar »

The Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the race in question by the time the countdown clock goes to zero...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. ugh Delgado’d il lombardia need to be more careful or I might end up out of the top twenty. only maybe one more race on the calendar too. »

The world championship road race stands out among all other one-day races as the one where the winner is awarded both a curse and a jersey to carry for the next 12 months. It also inspires way too many riders to wear white bibs, which is an alarming trend in itself and one which I hope Brian Cookston, the new UCI President, prioritizes over the dop...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. Hard to pick against the boy wonder. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Faboo 3. Nibali 4. Van Garderen 5. Stannard »

Where: Montecatini Terme to Firenze, ItalyWhen: September 28 Continue reading...

@San Tonio's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Abbott M. 2. Vos M. 3. Longo Borghini E. 4. Bronzini G. 5. Johansson E. »