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Velominatus: Steampunk

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Location: Dundas, ON

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In never-ending search for la volupté, Steampunk is an unreconstructed Canadian west coaster transplanted to Ontario, where he rides on every opportunity and sometimes shows up to work as a professor of history. He is a careful student of the Rules and la vie Velominatus, but is not beyond (occasionally) distilling them down to a single path: la vie Cognoscentus. The BFGs are always locked and loaded (that sound you just heard was your soul being crushed by their power). On a more serious note, he is a staunch advocate of commuting by bike and he also fundraises for Bikes to Rwanda.

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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. @unversio That was pretty awesome, wasn’t it? »

  2. @Ron It’s a strong-looking field, though I would love to take a flyer of a pick on her. »

  3. This. Courtesy of my friend and cycling historian, @laxbikeguy: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8J7L-SrvwmM »

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. P. Gilbert 2. D. Moreno 3. A. Valverde 4. W. Barguil 5. M. Kwiatkowski »

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. A former student of mine is among the starters. Excited to see how Annie Foreman-Mackey fares–and wishing her good luck. VSP PICKS: 1. E. Longo Borghini 2. E. Stevens 3. A. Van de Breggen 4. E. Johansson 5. A. Moolmans »

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. P. Gilbert 2. D. Moreno 3. T. Gallopin 4. W. Barguil 5. M. Kwiatkowski »

  2. @Duende Some variant of these, but in a different order, then. »

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...

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  1. @Rob I postponed the meeting so I could get out for a short morning ride. Life will roll on. Weight is good; fitness will come… »

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...

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  1. @Nate Belatedly: yes. »

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...

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  1. @Rob And don’t forget the Tripels. Sun is shining, but we’re still in bitterly chilly single-digits. I’ve been out, fighting a lot of potholes and lots of enduring grit and grime on the sides of the roads. It’s been a slow and late start to the season,… »

  2. @Buck Rogers He didn’t look 2011-ish, but he still looked pretty damn impressive as he took off. It’s hard to bet against that… »

  3. @xyxax I haven’t heard of any of these guys (and I didn’t get the first joke). »

  4. @Buck Rogers Bold. Unconscionable. But bold. He went well midweek. I guess the peloton needs the love child of Paracelsus and Methuselah to make it whole… »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. P. Gilbert 2. A. Valverde 3. D. Ulissi 4. B. Mollema 5. W. Poels »

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...

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  1. @Gianni You talked me out of picking Thor. When he bridged to Boonen’s group, I figured it had to be the winning move. »

  2. @scaler911  3/5 and only Stybar in the right spot (which doesn’t really mean much). In actual fact, I would probably have enjoyed the race a lot more without the VSP. Watching my picks go poof was a little disappointing, but that was an absolutely terrifi… »

  3. @Ron  Yep: if there was any doubt, I think we can put the bash on Wiggo stuff behind us. That was a very impressive ride from him. Big respect. And good to see Thor get one last kick at the can in. »

  4. @Gianni Love it! Wasn’t his explanation of the Ronde a few years ago: “Easy up and faster?” Give him Lance’s glare, and no one else would even bother to show up at the start… »

  5. @boudewijn Under the circumstances, it’s probably wise not to include him among your picks… »

  6. Going with Tommeke 2.0 for the long shot. I like this kid. And picking the obligatory Frenchman, which means it won’t be Gaudin, but will be another one… VSP PICKS: 1. F. Cancellara 2. S. Vanmarcke 3. G. Van Keirsbulck 4. D. Gaudin 5. Z. Stybar »

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...

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  1. @Buck Rogers 5/5, but only third and fifth in the right spots… »

  2. 1. Van Dijk 2. Armitstead 3. Johansson »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. E. Longo Borghini 2. E. Van Dijk 3. E. Johansson 4. E. Armitstead 5. A. van Vleuten »

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...

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  1. Not that I’m ever any good at this, but there are simply too many mainstream candidates to even start this. I’m salivating already for Sunday… VSP PICKS: 1. F. Cancellara 2. P. Sagan 3. T. Boonen 4. S. Vanmarcke 5. G. Thomas »

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. This is the coolest thing on the internet today: »